Alleta Maier ’18 was 12 years old the first time she heard the term “strong force,” and entranced as her middle school science teacher hopped around the room demonstrating scientific principles.
Fast forward a decade, add the power of Linfield College, and Maier has found her calling: particle physicist. Maier, who earned degrees in physics and mathematics in May, is setting off to do things her 12-year-old-self only dreamed about. She will investigate strong force as part of a doctoral program at the University of Wisconsin, which includes three years of study in Geneva, Switzerland, working with the world’s largest and most powerful particle collider. “Linfield’s phenomenal undergraduate research program has opened doors for me,” Maier says. “It’s incredible work and I’m very fortunate and very excited.”
Maier immersed herself in research from day one at Linfield, taking in iFOCUS, a pre-orientation program for science. Summer research stints with professors in math and physics followed, which led to a prestigious Duke University Research Experience for Undergraduates in particle science. “At Linfield, my education was not restricted to the physical sciences,” says Maier, a gender studies minor who also served as vice president of the student body. “Linfield’s liberal arts curriculum has given me a plethora of outlets for my curiosity with both breadth and depth of knowledge.”
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This is my first opportunity to write to you since becoming Linfield’s 20th president. I’m humbled by the college’s proud legacy, including the past year’s performance reflected in this annual report. Linfield College shines with excellence as a result of work done by former President Thomas Hellie, our faculty and our staff.
In 2017-18, Linfield posted one of the highest nursing-licensure pass rates of any BSN program in Oregon, was honored with the selection of eight NCAA All-American or Academic All-American student-athletes, and achieved the many other milestones reflected on these pages.
These accomplishments, and more, have nonetheless come at a challenging time in higher education. The challenges will not get any easier in the months and years ahead. Linfield cannot rest on its accomplishments; it will continue to move forward. What we can do is work together, all of us, to make Linfield continues to reach new heights. In service to our students, we will adapt and we will innovate. We will move boldly toward a better and brighter future. Toward that end, I look forward to hearing from you, meeting you and working alongside you in the years ahead. Thank you for entrusting me with the leadership of this great institution.