June 2017 E-Cat

Old, new traditions highlight Commencement Weekend

The names of more than 650 Linfield College graduates rang through the Oak Grove during commencement exercises Sunday, May 28, as graduates dropped acorns in a bowl fashioned from the Old Oak before crossing the stage to accept their diplomas. The ceremony was the culmination of a weekend of activities, honors and traditions old and new. Su-Yen Wong ’89, CEO of the Human Capital Leadership Institute in Singapore, gave the Commencement address and encouraged graduates to reinvent themselves regularly. “You are living in an age of disruption,” she said. Golden Grads, those who graduated from Linfield 50 or more years ago, also marched in the ceremony. View photos from the weekend. And watch highlights of Commencement, the Nursing Pinning ceremony, the Latinx celebration and Grad Finale speeches.

Join Linfield Connect and win

Linfield has a new social media platform for alumni – Linfield Connect – that will allow friends and classmates to connect, both personally and professionally. Making things easy, you can use an existing Facebook or LinkedIn account to join. The first five people to post a job or internship receive a Linfield sweatshirt. All those who post an update or add a photo to the photo albums will be entered to win a $50 Amazon gift card. Help make Linfield Connect a vibrant online tool. Join now.

Let’s hear it for our award-winning faculty

Five professors were recently recognized for excellence and achievement. Recipients included Steve Bernhisel, associate professor of education, Edith Green Distinguished Professor Award; Joe Wilkins, associate professor of English, Julie Olds and Thomas Hellie Creative Achievement Award; Barbara Seidman, professor of English, Samuel H. Graf Faculty Achievement Award; John Sagers, professor of history, Marvin and Laurie Henberg International Scholar Award; and Chris Keaveney, professor of Japanese, Allen and Pat Kelley Faculty Scholar Award. Read more.

Linfield night at the Hops

Spending an evening at the ballpark makes for a great Friday night in July. Enjoying the game with other Linfield alumni and friends makes for an even better evening. Join a Linfield group on Friday, July 21, to watch the Hillsboro Hops play the Spokane Indians. Add to the fun by coming for the pre-game picnic at 6:05 p.m. The first pitch will be thrown at 7:05 p.m. Bring the family or make plans to meet friends. Watch a video with highlights from last year’s Linfield night at the Hops. Register now – tickets are limited.

Invest in our future

Linfield students embrace the liberal arts not only to prepare for life after Linfield, but to become critical thinkers, nimble leaders and agents of change in their communities. Without the financial support of many, the Linfield Fund would not provide a necessary foundation for hundreds of students each year. Please make a gift to support students today.

Do bees have a sweet tooth?

For three Linfield College science students, research was literally buzzing this spring. Tyler Griffin '17, Alaire Hughey '17 and Renee LaFountain '17, members of the Animal Behavior biology course, spent five weeks studying the behavior and ecology of honey bees with Chad Tillberg, associate professor of biology. Their goal? To determine whether or not honey bees have taste receptors for different sugar types. Read more.

Calling all transfer students – free credit evaluations

Linfield alumni are having a positive impact on communities large and small and finding success in a wide variety of professions. For example, one has worked to help cure Alzheimer’s, while another has turned a music major into a career as a pediatrician. Read about these and others in the latest batch of alumni profiles. Do you have an interesting story or career? Tell us about it by completing this brief form.

Sinking birdies to support Wildcats

Grab some classmates and friends and sign up for the 2017 Wildcat Open. The popular tournament returns to The Reserve Vineyards and Golf Club in Aloha on Thursday, Aug. 3. Support Linfield College athletics while playing a round on one of two championship-level golf courses. See the fun that was had last year or find out more.

Bringing the world back to Linfield through photos

Year after year, Linfield College students capture stunning images during their study abroad stints – whether they’re away for a semester, a year or a month. More than half of all students study outside the United States during their time at Linfield, and the college pays the airfare for the first experience. Check out the winners of this year’s annual photo contest, hosted by the International Programs Office.

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