Linfield leader will be Student Success Champion

Lainie Sowell, Linfield director of student care and support, is the university's new Student Success Champion.

Lainie Sowell, Linfield director of student care and support, is the university’s new Student Success Champion.

Linfield University will be more proactive in responding to student challenges and increase retention and graduation rates.

Lainie Sowell, Linfield director of student care and support, was recently accepted into the Higher Education Data Sharing Consortium (HEDS) Student Success Champions program as the representative of Linfield.

Sowell’s primary goal as a Student Success Champion (SSC) is to institute an early alert system that develops connections between historically underserved students and campus resources.

“By focusing on both early academic performance and campus engagement, Linfield aims to increase the retention of our students and completion of a degree within four years,” Sowell said. “The opportunity to be included comes at an exciting time for Linfield. We have HEDS representatives visiting this month to collect data and identify Linfield students’ definition of success.”

The SSC program helps Student Success Champions develop leadership and change management skills for student success at their respective institutions. The selective program is free for qualifying HEDS institutions.

HEDS member institutions share data, knowledge, and expertise to advance undergraduate liberal arts education, inclusive excellence, and student success.

Other Linfield staff and administrators who contributed to Sowell’s application process included Gerardo Ochoa, Jennifer Ballard, Joe Wilferth, Jeff Mackay, and Susan Hopp.

 

Welcome the holidays with Linfield performing arts

Members of the Linfield concert choir perform in October 2021.

Members of the Linfield concert choir perform in October 2021.

Linfield University’s performing arts students are hosting a slate of performances on the McMinnville Campus in early December. Choral and instrumental performances are all part of the line-up.

Admission is free to all events. Masks, proof of vaccination, or a negative covid-19 test result, are required for entry.

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Uncommonly visible: First-generation students at Linfield are beacons, award-winners

Karina Alcantara Guerrero is a peer mentor in the Linfield University First Scholars program.

Karina Alcantara Guerrero is a peer mentor in the Linfield University First Scholars program.

The Linfield University‘s McMinnville Campus was filled with unknown elements for students Ruby Trujillo and Karina Alcantara Guerrero. Fortunately, the university was ready and able to welcome them and hundreds of their first-generation peers in making a giant leap into higher education. 

“The (First Scholars) leaders made me feel at home, like I belong somewhere. They made me feel like I’m not alone and not the only first-generation Latinx student,” Trujillo said. 

On Nov. 18, the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) honored Linfield’s First Scholars program with a Beacon Award for Excellence in Student Achievement. The award honors a program’s ability to be replicated and scaled to increase student retention and success at other institutions. The Beacon Award comes with a $2,500 check to support continued growth. 

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First Domaine Serene scholarship awards announced

Linfield University's Domaine Serene scholars Emma Libby, Adrian Garcia and Laura (Citlalli) Cruz Reyes with Grace Evanstad, owner of Domaine Serene Winery.

Linfield University’s Domaine Serene scholars Emma Libby, Adrian Garcia and Laura (Citlalli) Cruz Reyes with Grace Evenstad, owner of Domaine Serene Winery.

It took only one week in an introductory wine course for Emma Libby to decide she would double major at Linfield University.

“The social aspect and history of wine is what drives my passion,” said Libby, a junior from Forest Park, Washington, who also majors in journalism and media studies. “One of my favorite things about the wine studies program is the amount of field trips and inside views we get of wineries and vineyards. It helps solidify that this is where I want to work in the future and creates strong connections for students to pursue our passion after graduation.”

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Linfield announces broadcast partnership with KOIN-TV

The Linfield University Wildcats celebrate a touchdown earlier in the 2021 season.

Linfield University today announced a television broadcast agreement with Portland’s KOIN-TV and sister station KRCW/Portland’s CW. Portland’s CW will broadcast Linfield athletic events through the 2022-23 academic year, beginning with Saturday’s NCAA Division III playoff football game.

The game Saturday between the Linfield (9-0) and the University of Redlands (8-1) will kick off at noon and be broadcast from Maxwell Field in McMinnville, Ore. Linfield is ranked #6 in the American Football Coaches Association Division III poll, and Redlands is #21.

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Carrie Kondor named to teaching standards commission

Carrie Kondor

Carrie Kondor

The director of Linfield University’s teacher education program, Carrie Kondor, received state Senate approval for a seat on the Oregon Teaching Standards and Practices Commission (TSPC).

After serving in an interim capacity since February 2021, Kondor’s nomination by the Oregon Alliance of Independent Colleges and Universities was approved Monday, Nov. 15. Continue reading

Linfield earns “Green College” status from The Princeton Review for 12th consecutive year

Student works in the Linfield Garden

Linfield’s on-campus garden is one example of the university’s commitment to sustainable agriculture

Linfield University is one of the nation’s most environmentally responsible colleges, according to The Princeton Review.

The education services company features Linfield in its website resource, “The Princeton Review Guide to Green Colleges: 2022 Edition,” released in October 2021. The guide is accessible for free at www.princetonreview.com/green-guide.

Linfield has been featured in this publication since its inception in 2010, making the 2022 edition its 12th consecutive inclusion.

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Making their voices heard: 2020 election sees increase in student voting

Student points to an I Voted sticker on a flag face maskThe percentage of Linfield University students voting in last year’s presidential election, significantly rose to 76.8% in 2020 from a rate of 62.8% in 2016. A report from the Institute for Democracy & Higher Education (IDHE), creators of the National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement, analyzed institutional data from Linfield and nearly 1,200 colleges and universities across the country. Linfield saw increases in both the percentage of voting-eligible students who registered to vote, as well as the voting rate of registered students. Continue reading

Andrea Reinkemeyer wins international composition award

Portrait of Andrea Reinkemeyer

Andrea Reinkemeyer, associate professor of music composition and theory at Linfield University, recently won top honors from the International Alliance for Women in Music (IAWM). Reinkemeyer received the 2021 Alex Shapiro Prize, which recognizes newly created works of any duration written for a large ensemble wind band requiring a conductor. The piece can be arranged with or without a soloist, as an acoustic or electroacoustic piece, and be published or as yet unpublished. Reinkemeyer was selected as this year’s recipient for her composition, “Smoulder.” The award comes with a monetary prize and a mentorship and consultation with Shapiro, an American composer of acoustic and electroacoustic concert music. Continue reading