Linfield Reports, 2/6/17

Trumpet recital showcases Linfield faculty

Linfield College Music DepartmentThe Linfield College Department of Music will present a faculty trumpet recital on Friday, Feb. 10, at 7 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall at Linfield.

The concert will feature two Linfield faculty members – Joan Paddock on trumpet and Albert Kim on piano – along with guest trumpeter Jeffrey Work. The evening will reflect the evolution of the trumpet, introduce trumpet virtuosi through the ages and highlight composers who included and advanced the solo trumpet in their compositional output. Selections in the program will be played on modern instruments, yet will reflect the evolution of the trumpet design from the Baroque era to modern day.

Repertoire selections, spanning over 300 years’ time (1690s-2016), include music by composers Giuseppe Torelli, Johann Nepomuk Hummel, Georges Enesco, Rolf Wallin, Pierre Gabaye, Vassily Georgievich Brandt, Kevin McKee and Zach Gulaboff Davis, a Linfield graduate.

Paddock is a professor of music and director of instrumental activities at Linfield. She is the first woman to receive a doctorate in trumpet performance from Indiana University. She is a founding member and a trumpeter with Halcyon Trio Oregon and holds memberships in the College Band Directors National Association, National Association for Music Education and Oregon Band Directors Association, among others.

Kim, assistant professor of music at Linfield since 2013, earned his doctorate and completed an assistantship in music theory from the Eastman School of Music and has performed throughout the United States and Europe as a soloist and chamber musician.

Work joined the Oregon Symphony as a principal trumpet in 2006 and since 1999, has also served as principal trumpet of the Colorado Music Festival in Boulder since 1999. He has performed in numerous orchestras in the U.S. and abroad including the Boston Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Colorado Music Festival Orchestra, The United States Army Band, as well as performances at the Rencontres Musicales d’Evian in Evian, France.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 503-883-2275 or visit


Portland mixed-media artist featured at Linfield Gallery

Laura HughesThe Linfield College Gallery will showcase “Almost Perfect,” a mixed-media installation created by Portland artist Laura Hughes Feb. 15 through March 11 in the James F. Miller Fine Arts Center at Linfield.

An artist talk will be held Wednesday, Feb. 15, at 5 p.m. in the Delkin Recital Hall located in the Vivian Bull Music Center, followed by an opening reception at 6 p.m. in the gallery.

“Almost Perfect” studies potential singularities and collectivities experienced in the façade of surfaces. Populated by a variety of reflective material exposed to shifting conditions of light, the gallery interior is treated as a receptacle for unstable moments. Suspended transparent mirrored surfaces contain and redirect varying degrees of illumination unfolding throughout the day, and are subjected to forms of activation through the movement of viewers. As light shifts, appearances project, refract, retreat and reposition.

Hughes is a visual artist who creates site-specific installations that investigate how light, form and space surround and shape one another in our perception. Her work has been featured at Fortune Gallery in Portland, the de Menil Gallery in Massachusetts, the Tacoma Art Museum in Washington, among many others. She was a finalist for the 2013 Contemporary Northwest Art Awards from the Portland Art Museum, received a 2012 Fellowship from the Oregon Arts Commission and has been nominated for the Brink Award at the Henry Art Gallery in Seattle. Hughes received a masters of fine arts in visual studies from the Pacific Northwest College of Art and a bachelor of fine arts in drawing with distinction from the Alberta College of Art and Design.

All exhibitions 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.


Linfield welcomes Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Leonard Pitts

Leonard Pitts, Jr.Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Leonard Pitts, Jr. will speak on the current political environment on Tuesday, Feb. 21, at 7 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall at Linfield College. His talk is titled “Where Do We Go From Here?”

Pitts’ column tackles issues related to current events, pop culture, social issues and family life. Syndicated nationally, the column reaches millions of newspaper readers around the country.

Of his six fiction and non-fiction books Pitts’ most recent is the historical novel “Grant Park.” It explores issues of race and events around the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. and the presidential election of Barack Obama. His first novel, “Before I Forget,” was published in 2009 to critical praises. In 2012 he wrote “Freeman,” a novel set during the Civil War.

Pitts wrote a memoir/social study, “Becoming Dad: Black Men and the Journey to Fatherhood,” in 1999. A collection of his columns, “Forward From This Moment,” was published in 2009. And in 1983 he wrote his first book, “Papa Joe’s Boys, about Michael Jackson and his brothers.

Pitts’ work has appeared in such publications as Musician, Spin, Reader’s Digest and Parenting. He wrote, produced and syndicated “Who We Are,” an award-winning 1988 radio documentary about the history of Black America, and has written and produced numerous other radio programs on subjects as diverse as Madonna and Martin Luther King, Jr.

In 2004, Pitts was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for commentary. In 2009 and 2002, GLAAD Media awarded Pitts the Outstanding Newspaper Columnist award. In 2002, the National Society of Newspaper Columnists awarded Pitts its inaugural Columnist of the Year award. Other recognitions include the prestigious ASNE Award for Commentary Writing from the American Society of Newspaper Editors and the Feature of the Year-Columnist award from Editor and Publisher magazine, both in 2001.

Millions of readers were initially introduced to Pitts through a column he penned in response to the 9/11 attacks. His defiant, open letter to the terrorists circulated the globe, generating 30,000 emails, and has since been set to music, reprinted in poster form, and quoted on television and radio.

The lecture honors Black History Month. It is free, open to the public and sponsored by the President’s Office, Diversity Grants Committee, Nicholson Library, Office of Student Affairs, the departments of English, Mass Communication, Political Science, Sociology and Anthropology, Theatre and Communication Arts, and the Writing Center.

For more information, contact Brad Thompson, 503-883-2291,


Linfield top regional college at improving students’ economic mobility

Linfield CollegeA new nationwide study of anonymous tax returns and tuition filings found that Linfield College is among the best in the Pacific Northwest when it comes to admitting students from disadvantaged families and helping them move up the economic ladder.

The study, called “The Equality of Opportunity Project” and conducted by a group of researchers from Cal-Berkeley, Stanford, Brown and the U.S. Treasury Department, developed a new measure it calls the mobility rate. It calculated a score for each institution based on the college’s share of students from lower-income families (bottom 40% of the income spectrum) and its success at propelling them into upper-income (top 40% of the income spectrum) career paths.

By that measure, Linfield outpaced each of its peers in the Northwest Conference, and almost all private colleges in the region. It finished in a virtual tie with Seattle University for the top spot.

Bringing in other private colleges and large public universities in Oregon, Linfield still shines, with a higher mobility rate than all except Portland State. See the numbers.

“We are proud of this recognition,” said Linfield President Thomas L. Hellie. “It confirms our belief in Linfield’s ability to change lives.”


Community news

Elizabeth Straus, visiting assistant professor of nursing, serves on a task force for the Society of Pediatric Nurses that has developed a position statement on the transition from pediatric to adult care, which has been published online. She will present this work with others at the Society for Pediatric Nursing Conference in April.

Daniel Pollack-Pelzner, Ronni Lacroute Chair in Shakespeare Studies, published a piece Dec. 17 in the New York Times, “Behold, Steve Bannon’s Hip-Hop Shakespeare Rewrite: ‘Coriolanus’.”

Andrea Reinkemeyer, assistant professor of music, was included in the Oregon Arts Watch Top 100 list for a May 24 mention, “The Thaw: a transitional journey.”

Anna Song, associate professor of music and director of choirs, was featured in an Oregon Arts Watch review for her work as director of Mulieribus, a women’s vocal ensemble. The group is celebrating its 10th year.

Joe Wilkins, associate professor of English, is the co-author of a textbook, “Environmental and Nature Writing: A Writer’s Guide and Anthology,” published by Bloomsbury Publishing.


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