February 2017 E-Cat

College lauded for helping students move up

A new nationwide study of anonymous tax returns and tuition filings found that Linfield College is among the best in the Pacific Northwest when it comes to admitting students from disadvantaged families and helping them move up the economic ladder. The study, called "The Equality of Opportunity Project" and conducted by a group of researchers from Cal-Berkeley, Stanford, Brown and the U.S. Treasury Department, developed a new measure it calls the mobility rate. Linfield outpaced each of its peers in the Northwest Conference, and almost all private colleges in the region. Read the full story.

Joe Wilkins Oregon Book Award finalist

Joe Wilkins, associate professor of English at Linfield College, is a 2017 Oregon Book Awards finalist for a collection of his poetry, "When We Were Birds." Now in its 30th year, The Oregon Book Awards and Fellowships honor the state's finest accomplishments by writers who work in poetry, fiction, drama, literary nonfiction and literature for young readers. Winners will be announced Monday, April 24. Read more.

Make plans now to join us for Homecoming

The 2017 Homecoming events will take place Friday and Saturday, Sept. 29-30. Mark your calendar now and plan to attend. It will be a great weekend to reconnect with friends and classmates, explore McMinnville and the surrounding wine country, reacquaint yourself with the campus and stroll down memory lane. Reunions will be held for the classes of 1967, 1977, 1987, 1997 and 2007, as well as a number of other groups. Visit the webpage to learn more.

Connect with Linfield in Southern California

Linfield is coming to Southern California in March, and we hope to see alumni, parents and friends who live in the area. There will be a dinner in San Diego on Thursday, March 9, and a lunch in Palm Desert on Friday, March 10. Join other California 'Cats and hear an update from the college. Learn more and register.

McKeegan leading advancement effort

John McKeegan has been named vice president for institutional advancement. He succeeds Dave Ostrander, who remains at Linfield as senior assistant to the president focused on solicitation of major gifts. At Linfield since 2010, McKeegan also serves as general counsel for the college. Read more.

You are the power of a small college

Linfield students thrive thanks to investments made by alumni, parents and friends. You are the Power of a Small College. Learn how your support has a positive impact on current Wildcats by reading the 2016-17 Midyear Report.

Before we say goodbye to 2016, a look back

It was a memorable year for Linfield College. Our students excelled in and out of the classroom, our faculty continue to be recognized for their achievements and the college received high praise from national publications. Let's look back at 16 awesome Linfield College moments from 2016.

Colorado 'Cats gather in Denver

Alumni in Denver are invited to connect with each other at a lunch on Saturday, March 18. Hosted by Eric Deffenbaugh and Justin Ball, both '00, this luncheon is a great opportunity for Linfield alumni to interact with each other, as well as prospective students who are considering attending Linfield. President Thomas L. Hellie will give a brief update, and Debbie Harmon Ferry '90, from the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations, will also attend. Learn more.

Wildcats hoops on verge of a playoff berth

A trip to the Northwest Conference Tournament is within the men's basketball team's reach. Linfield is fourth in the conference with two games remaining, including this Saturday's final home game against Willamette. Cheer on your Wildcats this weekend and follow all the Wildcat programs.

Linfield's connection to the Oregon wine industry grows

Are you thinking of a career switch to the Oregon wine industry? Linfield's Online and Continuing Education program is launching an online wine management professional program. This is ideal for those already working in the wine industry, people in other fields considering a career change and others wanting to add another dimension to their resume. The program begins May 1. Learn more about the wine management program and other OCE enrichment offerings.

From Michoacán to Massachusetts

KUNP, the Portland Univision affiliate, recently profiled Gerardo Ochoa, assistant dean for diversity and community partnerships, about his graduate school experience at Harvard University. Ochoa, a native of Michoacán, Mexico, gives practical admission advice and mentions that few Mexicans from the city have attended the university. Read more and watch the interview.

Calendar of events

  • Wednesday, Feb. 15 – "Almost Perfect," Laura Hughes artist talk, 5 p.m., Delkin Recital Hall
  • Wednesday, Feb. 15 – Lissa Wadewitz, "A Whale of a Story: Sex, Lies and Testimony in the Nineteenth-Century Pacific World," 7 p.m., 201 Riley Hall
  • Sunday, Feb. 19 – Competitive Scholarship Day
  • Sunday, Feb. 19 – Choir Tour Home Concert, 7 p.m., Ice Auditorium
  • Tuesday, Feb. 21 – Leonard Pitts (photo left), "Where Do We Go From Here?" 7 p.m., Ice Auditorium
  • Wednesday, Feb. 22 – High School Choir Festival
  • Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 22-23 – Powell philosophy lectures, Jay Odenbaugh, 7 p.m., Ice Auditorium
  • Tuesday, Feb. 28 – Happy Birthday Linfield! 11 a.m., Fred Meyer Lounge, Riley Hall
  • Wednesday, March 1 – Core Ensemble, "Ain't I a Woman!," 7:30 p.m., Ice Auditorium
  • Friday, March 3 – Faculty recital featuring Victoria Gun and Albert Kim, 7 p.m., Ice Auditorium
  • Thursday, March 9 – Faculty-student chamber recital, 7 p.m., Ice Auditorium
  • Thursday, March 9 – Philip Deloria, "Towards an American Indian Abstract," 7 p.m., Austin Reading Room, Nicholson Library