Linfield Reports 10/2/17

Linfield offers ‘Best Bang for the Buck’ in Oregon and Washington  

Linfield College students walkingFor the second year in a row, Linfield College was ranked as the top liberal arts college in Oregon and Washington on Washington Monthly’s “Best Bang for the Buck” list.  

The Washington, D.C.-based publication rates schools based on their contribution to the public good: recruiting and graduating low-income students; producing cutting-edge scholarship; and encouraging students to do public service. The lists ranks schools that help non-wealthy students attain “marketable degrees at affordable prices.”  

Washington Monthly also recognized Linfield as one of the top liberal arts colleges nationally, ranking it 81st out of 240 liberal arts colleges overall.  

“It’s an important part of Linfield’s identity, and a core part of our mission, to help students from all socio-economic backgrounds improve their lives and contribute to the greater good,” said Scott Bernard Nelson, Linfield’s communications director. “We’re happy to be recognized for that.”  

Earlier this year, researchers from Cal-Berkeley, Stanford, Brown and the U.S. Treasury Department found that Linfield outpaced virtually all private colleges in the Pacific Northwest at admitting students from disadvantaged families and helping them move up the economic ladder.  

A 2015 study from The Economist magazine also ranked Linfield 27th nationally out of 1,275 colleges and universities when it comes to the economic value of its degree  

Career Development hosts annual Grad School Week, Oct. 26 

Linfield College, Pioneer HallIt’s Grad School Week! On campus this week will be a number of resources and programs to help students connect with graduate programs, prepare for successful graduate applications and learn more about graduate school options and related career path possibilities. A number of information tables and events will be held to make these resources accessible to students, including graduate exam prep workshops, the annual Grad School Expo, a Lunch On Us with SOAN alumni and the Taylor Series “Are You Thinking About Grad School” event. 

For more information about Grad School Week, visit  

Genetics talk by Andrew Black on Oct. 4 

Andrew BlackAndrew Black, visiting assistant professor of biology at Linfield College, will discuss teleost behavior, genetics and genomics on Wednesday, Oct. 4 at 4 p.m. in 100 Graf Hall at Linfield. This lecture is part of the Science Colloquium Series and is sponsored by the Linfield physics department. For more information, contact Jennifer Heath at 503-883-2267 or at 


Constitution Day event features Cheryl Harris and Jonathan Rauch 

Linfield CampusCheryl Harris, award-winning civil rights educator and author, and Jonathan Rauch, a leading commentator on American politics from the Brookings Institute and The Atlantic, will discuss equality and speech on Thursday, Oct. 12, at 4:30 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall.  

Harris, the Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation Chair in civil rights and civil liberties at the University of California, Los Angeles’ law school, is one of the world’s leading scholars in the field of critical race studies. She is the author of the seminal essay, “Whiteness as Property,” and she is an award winning civil rights educator. Rauch, from the Brooking Institution and The Atlantic, has established himself as a leading commentator on American politics, public policy and culture. His books on gay marriage and free speech are widely recognized as important contributions to debates in those areas.  

Both Harris and Rauch will speak independently in order to familiarize the audience with some of their views about the central questions in debate over equality and speech. They will then engage in conversation with each other before the floor is opened to comments and questions from the audience. At the conclusion of the event, there will be opportunities to continue the conversation at a reception in Jonasson Hall.  

This event is free, open to the public and co-sponsored by the Frederick Douglass Forum on Law, Rights, and Justice, the Program for Liberal Arts and Civic Engagement, the John Templeton Foundation, the Elliot Alexander Fund for Political Science and the Office of Academic Affairs. For more information, contact Nicholas Buccola at 503-883-2246 or  

Gallery hosts Present Tense sculpture installation by faculty member 

Linfield College entryLinfield Gallery is featuring “Present Tense,” an installation of newly created work by Scott Ross, assistant professor of sculpture. The installation is on display through Saturday, Oct. 7.  

“Present Tense” creates an environmental experience that addresses themes of compression, pressure and the duality of the familiar and unfamiliar. Using typical building materials, the venue is transformed into a distorted space in which audiences are invited to contemplate both their own physical presence, as well as the movement of light through cracks in the ceiling.  

All exhibits are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. For more information, call 503-883-2804 or visit Linfield Gallery at  

Poets read from latest work at the Nick  

Lex Runciman, professor of EnglishAcclaimed poets Lex Runciman and Robert Wrigley will read from their works on Wednesday, Oct. 11, at 6:30 p.m. in the Austin Reading Room of the Jereld R. Nicholson Library at Linfield College. 

This reading is part of the “Readings at the Nick” series. 

Runciman, Linfield professor emeritus of English, has published four college textbooks, two anthologies and six collections of poems, including “The Admirations,” which won the Oregon Book Award. His new and selected poems, “Salt Moon: Poems 1981-2016,” was published in 2017. His work has appeared in such magazines and journals as Ploughshares, Southern Review, Northwest Review and The Gettysburg Review, as well as in a number of anthologies, including “From Here We Speak,” the poetry volume of the Oregon Literature Series from Oregon State University Press.  

Wrigley, the first male in his family to escape work in a coal mine, was also the first to graduate from college. Wrigley also earned his master’s degree from the University of Montana. His collections of poetry include “Anatomy of Melancholy & Other Poems,” winner of the Pacific Northwest Book Award; “Beautiful Country; Earthly Meditations: New and Selected Poems”; “Lives of the Animals,” winner of the Poets Prize; “Reign of Snakes,” winner of the Kingsley Tufts Award; and “In the Bank of Beautiful Sins,” winner of the San Francisco Poetry Center Book Award and finalist for the Lenore Marshall Award from the Academy of American Poets.  

The reading is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Linfield Nicholson Library and the Linfield English Department. For more information, contact Susan Barnes Whyte at 503-883-2517,  

Community news 

  • Randy Grant, the Dave Hansen Chair in Economics, is now a member of the board of directors of the Oregon Road Runners Club (ORRC).   
  • Joe Wilkins’s memoir, The Mountain and the Fathers, has been bought by Editions Gallmeister of France for translation and publication. Editions Gallmeister will also be publishing Wilkins’s forthcoming novel, Fall Back Down When I Die.  
  • José Angel Araguzassistant professor of English/creative writing, will be one of the poetry editors of Right Hand Pointing, an online literary journal. 

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