Future Connect: Linfield and PCC offer uncommon path to four-year degree

Gerardo Ochoa with the inaugural inductees of Alpha Alpha Alpha at Linfield University.

Graciela Quinto Alfaro and her twin sister Gabriella were raised by a single mother. Things have always been tight financially, but neither her or her sister would let that stop them from getting an education.

When her sister attended a four-year college, Alfaro could see firsthand how the costs of higher education impacted her family – from loans to student debt to the high-costs of on-campus living, university life was expensive. From her sister’s experience, she knew the odds of her attending a four-year institution without accumulating debt would be impossible. 

“I needed to help my mother with bills and my only opportunity to attend a university would be near our home,” said Alfaro, a North Portland resident.

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Cheer and stunt team goes to nationals

Linfields cheer and stunt team will travel to Florida to compete in a national competition this week. Members of the Linfield University cheer and stunt team will make university history this month when they head to Florida for the 2022 UCA & UDA College Cheerleading and Dance Team National Championship. This marks the first time Linfield’s cheer program has competed in the national competition.

Linfield is scheduled to perform in the semi-final competition at 1:46 p.m. ET Friday, Jan. 14. The finalists will compete that night starting at 7:30 p.m. ET, with winners being announced starting at 9:30 p.m. ET. The full event will be streamed on Varsity TV.

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Cast-off mattresses land beneath unsheltered residents

Sandra Lupton

Linfield University graduate student Sandra Lupton diverted old mattresses from the landfill to the community’s unsheltered residents.

As part of her studies in the Linfield University master’s in nursing program, Sandra Lupton is leaning into healthcare as an ecosystem, one that doesn’t end at the emergency room or clinic doors.

So, when she heard the Linfield University-Good Samaritan School of Nursing might dispose of older, waterproof mattresses used at the Portland Campus, Lupton set her mind to keeping them out of a landfill.

“The mattresses are perfectly usable, clean and waterproof and have only been slept on by manikins,” Lupton said.

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Science students on regional stage at Murdock Conference

Elise Bedford presents her research findings at the annual Murdock College Science Research Conference.

Elise Bedford presents her research findings at the annual Murdock College Science Research Conference.

Science students on regional stage at Murdock Conference

Linfield University students were well-represented at November’s Murdock College Science Research Conference.

Two Wildcats gave oral presentations while seven more gave poster presentations.

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Linfield launching new sustainable investing certificate

Dr. Jennifer Madden, dean of the Linfield University school of business, teaching in a classroom on the McMinnville campus.

Dr. Jennifer Madden, dean of the Linfield University school of business, teaching in a classroom on the McMinnville campus.

A new initiative at Linfield University and a generous gift from a Washington-based investment firm is creating pathways to sustainable legacies for all.

As new emphasis is placed on the environmental and social impacts of investing, Linfield is launching a new sustainable investing certificate.

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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.

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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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