Linfield Reports, 11/14/16

Linfield for Life hosts Philanthropy Week celebration

Philanthropy DayLinfield for Life, the student alumni association at Linfield College, is celebrating Philanthropy Week, Nov. 14-17, with Tag Day, a thank-a-thon and student interviews.

Throughout the week, students are encouraged to sign thank you cards to one or more of Linfield’s generous donors. Stop by Dillin Hall from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Nicholson Library from 7-10 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 14, and Thursday, Nov. 17, to share your gratitude.

On Tuesday students and faculty will be interviewed and videotaped about their Linfield experience. Their clips can be viewed online and on the Linfield College Instagram page. The Portland Campus will also be celebrating Philanthropy Week with its first ever thank-a-thon on Tuesday. Free lunch will also be provided during the lunch hours in The Den.

Wednesday, Tag Day, Linfield students will wake up to large signs resembling gift tags placed around campus highlighting how gifts from alumni, parents and friends make a difference. Philanthropic gifts supporting building and technology improvements, scholarships, financial aid, research opportunities and much more will be showcased.

“We want to show students just how lucky we are to be a part of the Linfield family and give thanks to all those who make our unique experiences possible,” said senior Danielle Duman, one of the student coordinators of Philanthropy Week. “I hope that this week also inspires current students to give back and make future Wildcats’ experiences the best possible just as those before us have done.”

Linfield for Life cultivates institutional pride, tradition and lifelong loyalty within the Linfield community. Through social, educational and philanthropic programs, they educate members of the Linfield community about the college’s rich history and about the benefits of staying involved, while enhancing the student experience and building lifelong bonds with the college.


Medal of Heroism recipient to give talk at Linfield

Kael WestonJ. Kael Weston, recipient of the Secretary of State’s Medal of Heroism, will present “Iraq and Afghanistan: America’s Longest Wars… What’s Ahead?” on Wednesday, Nov. 16, at 7:30 p.m. in Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall at Linfield College.

The event will be streamed and archived on the Linfield Live Facebook page.

Weston, who spent more time in Iraq and Afghanistan than any other American diplomat, will discuss the seven years he served as a political advisor to Marine Corps units in some of the most dangerous areas of both countries, as well as the future of U.S. foreign policy.

Weston is the author of “The Mirror Test: America at War in Iraq and Afghanistan,” a New York Times Book Review editors’ pick. The frame for the book, from which the title is taken, centers on soldiers who have received a disfiguring wound to the face. The mirror test is the moment during recovery when patients look upon their reconstructed appearance for the first time. From an intricate tapestry of voices and stories – Iraqi, Afghan and American – Weston delivers a larger mirror test for the nation in its global role.

Weston served in the U.S. State Department for more than a decade, including seven years in Iraq and Afghanistan focusing on political-military issues. The federal government awarded him the Secretary of State’s Medal of Heroism for his multi-year work with Marines in Fallujah between 2004 and 2007. Weston was also a Fulbright Scholar in the Netherlands.

The talk is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Shaik Ismail at 503-883-2228 or


Linfield to host 86th annual Mahaffey Tournament

Roy "Hap" MahaffeyUndergraduate students from across the nation will compete in the 86th annual R.D. Mahaffey Memorial Forensics Tournament Nov. 18-20 at Linfield College.

The tournament is one of the oldest intercollegiate tournaments in the region and honors Roy “Hap” Mahaffey, Linfield alumnus, for his pioneering efforts with forensics. Linfield students will compete, as well as help organize and host the event.

The tournament will offer individual events as well as novice, junior and open divisions. Debate topics will focus on recent news events and will change for each round of the competition. Contestants will be judged on various aspects of speaking, including persuasion and dramatic interpretation. Awards will be presented to winners and finalists in all events.

The public is invited to observe all competitions. Check schedules and event information in the lobby of Riley Hall.

The event is sponsored by the Linfield Forensics Program and the Department of Theatre and Communication Arts. For more information or to volunteer to serve as a judge, contact Jackson Miller, director of forensics and professor of communication arts, at 503-883-2625 or


Linfield exhibit to showcase student art work

Student art workArtwork by Linfield College students will be on display at the Annual Juried Student Exhibition Nov. 30 through Dec. 16 in the Linfield Gallery, located in the James F. Miller Fine Arts Center on campus.

An opening reception will be held Wednesday, Nov. 30, at 5 p.m. in the gallery.

This year’s juror is Wendy Red Star, an artist who explores the intersections of Native American ideologies and colonialist structures through her work. Raised on the Apsáalooke (Crow) reservation in Montana, Red Star’s work is informed both by her cultural heritage and her engagement with many forms of creative expression, including photography, sculpture, video, fiber arts and performance. Red Star has exhibited in the United States and abroad at venues including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain, Domaine de Kerguéhennec and the Portland Art Museum. She received a bachelor of fine arts degree from Montana State University, Bozeman and a master of fine arts degree in sculpture from University of California, Los Angeles.

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. The gallery is located in the James F. Miller Fine Arts Center on the Linfield College campus.

For more information, call 503-883-2804 or visit Linfield Gallery online at


Linfield students plan and host nonprofit 5K race

Jingle All The Way 5KLinfield College students will host a Jingle All The Way 5K and children’s mile fun run on Saturday, Dec. 3, at 9 a.m. at Discovery Meadows Park in McMinnville.

Students in the Economics of Running class, taught by Professor Randy Grant, have spent the semester volunteering at local runs. They are learning about things that worked and things that didn’t work while planning their own run for the Linfield and McMinnville communities.

“The biggest thing I have learned from the class is how races are structured and planned,” said junior Angela Leingang, a business major.

Cost is $30 and increases to $35 on Saturday, Nov. 26. Students get a $10 discount if they use the promo code “Wildcat.” The children’s fun run is $10. All proceeds go to the Parker Archie Moore Scholarship Fund. Runners will receive a long-sleeved shirt, hot chocolate and cookies, and can take part in a costume contest.

For more information, visit the website or event pages on Facebook and Twitter (@LCJingle5k).


Students nab top honors at Murdock Science Conference

Murdock Science ConferenceThree Linfield College students earned top awards for research presentations at the annual Murdock College Science Research Conference Nov. 4-5 in Spokane, Wash.

Twenty-two Linfield students and five faculty members attended the conference, joining peers from 31 institutions across the Pacific Northwest. Students competed in a variety of categories, including oral and poster presentations.

Senior Megan Schwehr won best oral presentation in the life sciences for her talk “Exploring GABA Receptor Circuitry in Zebra Fish Lateral Line.” She was tops among 17 presentations in her category.

Co-authors and presenters senior Tyler Griffin and sophomore Clara Prentiss earned a best poster award in the Ecology/Evolution/Biodiversity section for their presentation “A Functional Ecological Comparison of Three Sponge Species from the Lower Florida Keys.” Their winning poster was one of two chosen from 48 entries in the category.

The conference provides a valuable opportunity for Linfield students to share and discuss their work with others from around the region, said Chad Tillberg, associate professor of biology.

“Our students aren’t just excellent presenters, they’re also engaged audience members,” he said. “By watching the talks and reading posters of other students, they see the application of the concepts and methods from their own coursework. Students leave the conference energized about science.”

Each fall, the M.J. Charitable Trust and a different Northwest private college or university co-host this conference. The conference focuses on sharing and advancing new knowledge in the natural sciences created or discovered through collaborative faculty-student research.


Community news

Reshmi Dutt-Ballerstadt, professor of English and co-coordinator of the Gender Studies Program, and Duncan Reid ’10, sustainability coordinator, were quoted in “Standing Rock Activists See Flood of Online Support,” an article on Rewire.


Campus calendar


This week: Philanthropy Week


12:30-1:30 p.m.: Blood pressure clinic, 106 HHPA

5:15 p.m.: Wildcat Workout, Fieldhouse


Noon: German table, Walnut Room, Dillin Hall

7:30 p.m.: J. Kael Weston, “Iraq and Afghanistan: America’s Longest Wars… What’s Ahead?” Ice Auditorium


5:15 p.m.: Wildcat Workout, Fieldhouse

7 p.m.: Women’s basketball at Corban


Today through Sunday: Mahaffey Memorial Forensics Tournament


10 a.m.: Football at Hardin-Simmons

11 a.m.: Cross country at NCAA DIII Nationals

2 p.m. Men’s basketball at California Lutheran

3 p.m.: Women’s basketball at Whittier


2 p.m.: Men’s basketball at UC Santa Cruz

5 p.m.: Women’s basketball at Occidental