Appreciating Alumni Who Contribute Their Time and Talents
Alumni give back to the college in many ways. One is by sharing their time and their expertise. Whether by serving as a guest lecturer, participating as a panelist at a career workshop, representing Linfield at a college fair, coordinating an alumni event or allowing a student to spend the day job shadowing, alumni demonstrate the power of a small college for both students and other alumni. See just a few examples of alumni who have shared their time and talents this year.
Henry '70 and Nancy (Cline) Mahi '71
The Mahis have been so very gracious and welcoming to many students. They know how to demonstrate the Aloha spirit right here in McMinnville. On numerous occasions they have fed groups of students in their home, including the First CLAS pre-orientation group and the Linfield for Life student alumni association. They have also contributed food to feed the football team on more than one occasion. Last month, they attended Happy Birthday, Linfield!, an event designed to teach students about college history and traditions. In addition to supporting students, the Mahis have helped alumni from the late 60s and early 70s to stay connected through their involvement with the BWC group, a group that has been organizing Linfield alumni events and reunions for nearly 30 years.
Joe Seifert '08
Joe Seifert works as a senior tax manager for DeLap LLP, so it is probably no surprise that spring is a very busy time for him. That is why we are grateful that for the past couple of years, Joe has taken the time to come to campus to participate as one of the presenters in the Life 101 program. Life 101 is a series of workshops designed to help students with basic life skills. Joe has presented workshops about personal income tax filing. In addition to sharing this knowledge, Joe has volunteered his time via the Mentor 360 program, an organization of professionals committed to mentoring and imparting their expertise to the next generation. Joe, along with his wife Courtney ’08 have supported Linfield charitably for many years. Their contributions -- professional, social and financial -- are so appreciated.
Scott Pinske '11
Scott Pinske, a production analyst at Columbia Sportswear, one of Oregon’s much sought-after employers, has been incredibly generous about sharing information and tips with Linfield students seeking careers in sports management or sports marketing fields. He has provided informational interviews with students and also welcomed a January Term career exploration class for a site visit. Last year, he returned to campus to serve as a table host for the Life after Linfield Dinner. Though a relatively young alumnus, Scott is already doing what he can to lend a hand to help the next generation of Wildcat alumni.
Kurstin Finch Gnehm '97
Several years ago, Kurstin Finch Gnehm worked at Linfield College. Perhaps that is part of the reason that she continues to support Linfield despite being half a world away. Whatever the reason, Linfield is grateful. In 2010, Kurstin followed a lifelong dream to live and work abroad. She and her husband, Jesse, moved to Scotland where she worked for the University of St. Andrews. A number of jobs and moves later, Kurstin now finds herself in London and though she is no closer to the United States, she still manages to be a huge advocate for Linfield. Kurstin serves as a social media ambassador, joining others who have agreed to use their Facebook, Twitter or Instagram accounts to spread news and information about Linfield. Kurstin has shared Linfield memories, news stories, information about upcoming events and more. She is an excellent example of someone who has found a way to be a loyal fan and supporter of Linfield despite the miles separating her from the college.