Linfield Reports, 2/8/16

Ash Wednesday service planned

Linfield College signLinfield College will host an Ash Wednesday worship service on Wednesday, Feb. 10, at noon in Jonasson Hall, lower level of Melrose Hall.

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Christian observance of Lent. The event is free and open to the public, and sponsored by the Chaplain’s Office and Chaplain’s Team. For more information, contact Chaplain David Massey at 503-883-2259,


Linfield to host “Changing America” exhibition

Changing America exhibitA traveling exhibition, “Changing America: The Emancipation Proclamation, 1863 and the March on Washington, 1963,” will run Feb. 10 through March 25 at the Jereld R. Nicholson Library.

The exhibit will showcase the relationship between two great movements that resulted in the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, and the March on Washington in 1963. Some 100 years separate the Emancipation Proclamation and the March on Washington, yet the two events are linked together in a larger story of liberty and the American experience. Both events were the result of people demanding justice. Both grew out of decades of bold actions, resistance, organization and vision. And both provided inspiration for the future.

Two speakers will be featured during the exhibit. Clayborne Carson, professor of history at Stanford University, will present “Martin’s Dream: My Journey and the Journey of Martin Luther King, Jr.” on Thursday, March 3, at 7:30 p.m. in the Austin Reading Room of the library. Carson serves as the Martin Luther King, Jr. Centennial professor of history and Ronnie Lott founding director of the Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute at Stanford University.

Waldo Martin, professor of American history and citizenship at University of California Berkeley, will present “Ready for the Revolution? History and the Black Panther Party” on Thursday, March 10, at 7:30 p.m. in the Austin Reading Room. Martin has published numerous articles and lectured widely on a variety of topics in modern African-American history and culture.

The traveling exhibition is presented by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture and the National Museum of American History in collaboration with the American Library Association Public Programs Office. The exhibition is made possible by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

The exhibit and lectures are free and open to the public. The events are sponsored by the Linfield Department of Political Science, The Frederick Douglass Forum on Law, Rights, and Justice, the Elliot Alexander Fund for Political Science, the Dean’s Speaker Fund and Nicholson Library. For more information, contact Susan Barnes Whyte, college librarian, at or 503-883-2517.


‘The Fifth Wheel’ exhibit to feature four women artists

The Fifth Wheel art exhibitNew work by four women artists, along with themes from “Moby Dick” will be showcased in “The Fifth Wheel,” an upcoming art exhibit at the Linfield Gallery in the James F. Miller Fine Arts Center.

The exhibit runs Feb. 10 through March 19 and features artists Sarah Nance, Julia Oldham, Alanna Risse and Jane Schiffhauer. An opening reception will be held Wednesday, Feb. 10, at 5 p.m., and an artist talk will be Saturday, March 12, at 5 p.m. Both events are in Linfield Gallery.

The exhibit features new work from the four artists in conversation with Melville’s classic American novel “Moby Dick.” “The Fifth Wheel,” which takes its title from a passage in the novel describing the surprisingly inessential nature of the human soul, brings together artists of different mediums and styles. The combination of site-specific installation, sculpture and hand-drawn animation, creates new perspectives of the famously masculine literary work.

Nance is an artist working in installation, drawing and sculpture. Natural light occupies a central role in her work, as it is intimately related to considerations of perception, beauty and ephemerality. She completed her MFA at the University of Oregon and is currently visiting assistant professor/area head in fiber at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Oldham was raised by a physicist, an avid gardener and a pack of dogs in rural Maryland, and her childhood was filled with adventures in the woods, bee stings, drawings and science experiments. Oldham studied art history at St. Mary’s College of Maryland and received her MFA from the University of Chicago. She spends her time in New York and Oregon.

Risse is a multi-disciplinary artist living in Portland. She makes immersive installations from everyday materials like cardboard, PVC pipe, canvas drop-cloth and fabric remnants. She has an MFA in Visual Studies from the Pacific Northwest College of the Arts.

Schiffhauer is a multi-disciplinary artist who pulls from an array of media to express her concepts. Common themes in her work include relationships, personal narration and the human condition. She has an MFA from the Pacific Northwest College of the Arts and has had solo exhibitions at Ditch Projects, the Columbia River Maritime Museum and Milepost 5.

The exhibit is 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.


Robin Lawton to share story of her family in latest work

Robin LawtonRobin Lawton, professor emerita of English at Linfield College, will present a reading on Thursday, Feb. 11, at 7:30 p.m. in the Austin Reading Room of the Jereld R. Nicholson Library.

“A Love Story and a Riddle: The Life and Letters of Helen Hunter Dixon Evans” explores the marriage of a young couple who met only months before the Wall Street Crash in 1929 and together endured the Great Depression, British colonialism in Africa, the rise of Nazi Germany, and the global chaos of World War II. This is the story of Lawton’s family, captured primarily in handwritten letters with accompanying personal accounts and historic photos.

Lawton’s own life story reflects her connections with America (her mother’s homeland) and South Africa (her father’s homeland). She spent her first 35 years in South Africa where she completed her studies in English literature and taught at what is now known as the University of Westville before immigrating to the United States with her husband and two sons in 1973. In 1979, Robin joined the faculty at Linfield College, where she taught for 25 years. She now devotes herself to her writing.

This reading, part of the “Readings at the Nick” series, is jointly sponsored by Linfield’s Nicholson Library and the Department of English. It is being held in conjunction with other events honoring retiring Linfield Professor of English Katherine Kernberger. The reading is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Susan Barnes Whyte at 503-883-2517 or


Kim piano recital set

Albert Kim, assistant professor of musicPianist Albert Kim will present a faculty piano recital, “Musical Landscapes,” on Saturday, Feb. 13, at 7:30 p.m. in Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall.

Franz Schubert’s “Impromptus” and “Moments Musicaux” are groundbreaking works that lit the way for the vast repertory of 19th century “character pieces” for the piano. Sergei Rachmaninoff penned his own searingly evocative character pieces in the early 20th century with his two sets of “Etudes-Tableaux.” The program will feature selections from both bookends, exploring the cragged landscapes hewn by harmony, rhythm and form. Joseph Haydn’s “E-Major Sonata, Hob. XVI:31” will open the concert.

Kim, assistant professor of music at Linfield since 2013, made his professional debut at age 10, when he substituted on a day’s notice for an ailing Vladimir Horowitz to give the inaugural performance on the 500,000th Steinway piano at Carnegie Hall. He earned his doctorate and completed an assistantship in music theory from the Eastman School of Music. Kim has performed throughout the United States and Europe as a soloist and chamber musician, with performances at Weill Hall, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Konzerthaus Wien, the Köln Philharmonie, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and more. Kim has collaborated in chamber and ensemble performances with Ensemble Signal, Eastman Musica Nova, Charles Castleman, Colin Jacobsen, Edward Arron, the Argos Piano Trio, the Tabletop Opera and fellow Linfield professor Anton Belov. He has coached chamber music at Linfield College and UNC Chapel Hill and serves as a music mentor for Linfield’s thriving ensemble education program.

The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Linfield Music Department, 503-883-2275 or visit


Film screening to examine misleading portrayals of science

Merchants of DoubtThe film “Merchants of Doubt” will be shown Monday, Feb. 15, at 7 p.m. in Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall.

Inspired by the acclaimed book by Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway, “Merchants of Doubt” examines how pundits, scientists, government and media shape public policy and perceptions regarding climate change and other issues. The film especially reveals how pundits-for-hire use unethical tactics to direct key issues of health and safety in their clients’ favor.

Filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the curtain on these “experts,” who present themselves in the media as scientific authorities, yet have the ulterior motive of spreading confusion about public threats ranging from toxic chemicals to pharmaceuticals to climate change. For example, these so-called experts have denied studies linking smoking to lung cancer and connecting coal smoke to acid rain. “Merchants of Doubt” explains how citizens can think critically about these claims and judge their credibility.

More information about this film is available at

The screening is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by PLACE (Program for Liberal Arts and Community Engagement), exploring this year’s theme “Air, Water, Earth, and Fire: The Ancient Elements on a Changing Planet.” For more information, contact Susan Currie Sivek at, 503-883-2521.


Linfield hosts Competitive Scholarship Program

Linfield CollegeThe Office of Admission will host the annual Competitive Scholarship program Feb. 13-15. A full day of activities is scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 14, with nearly 300 prospective students and 800 total guests expected.

Many prospective students will stay in residence halls Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights, dining in Dillin Hall throughout the weekend and visiting classes Monday. A full agenda of events and additional details can be found at

For more information, contact Janet Sasaki, assistant director of admission, at or 503-883-2489.


Linfield online bachelor’s program ranked in nation’s top 100

Linfield College Online and Continuing EducationLinfield’s accredited online college is ranked in the top 100 for the second year in a row as one of the “Best Online Bachelor’s Programs” in America. Linfield stayed at 63rd in recent rankings released by U.S. News and World Report, up from a ranking of 136th just three years ago.

Linfield received its highest marks for student engagement, where it ranked 48th and Student Services and Technology, where it ranked 54th. It is the highest ranked online college program among private, liberal arts colleges in Oregon. Linfield’s Online and Continuing Education program shares the 63rd spot with Eastern Oregon online and is second only to Oregon State University among all Oregon colleges.

“People looking to enhance their career by earning their degree are increasingly recognizing the value of a degree from Linfield College,” said Laura Brener, director of Online and Continuing Education at Linfield. “Our emphasis on a personalized education that works with students to meet their goals is reflected in these ratings.”

Linfield College has been involved in online education since the late 1990s. The relationship it shares with the residential campus strengthens the opportunities for online students.

Students interested in starting this spring are encouraged to apply by Friday, Feb. 5. Call the Office of Admission at 503-883-2346 for details.


Faculty, administrators earn grants

A number of Linfield colleagues have earned grants to boost research, programming and equipment needs.

Joyce Betita, Experiential Learning Center director, has received grants to acquire nursing simulation lab equipment from the Hillside Foundation ($6,000), The Jackson Foundation ($3,500), and The Samuel S. Johnson Foundation ($5,000).

Michael Hampton, director of Career Development, successfully applied for a $5,000 grant from the Mountain Pacific Association of Colleges and Employers in support of a conference exploring how curiosity is an important component of the career exploration process.

The National Science Foundation awarded Jeremy Weisz, assistant professor of biology, a grant of $128,416 for collaborative research with faculty from the University of Richmond (Drs. April Hill and Malcom Hill, recipients of $310,143) for a three-year project titled Evaluating the molecular genetic pathways responsible for stable host:symbiont interactions in sponge:algal association.

Archivist Rachael Woody received a grant of $12,000 from the Oregon Heritage Commission in support of transcription of videos for the Oregon Wine History Archive (OWHA). The Oregon Wine Board also awarded Woody a grant of $11,021 to support the development of short videos using oral histories contained in OWHA for use by the wine industry and in wine education.

Linfield Gallery coordinator Josephine Zarkovich secured a grant of $1,500 from the Yamhill County Cultural Coalition in support of a contemporary Native American art exhibition to be featured in the Linfield Gallery on the McMinnville Campus in September.


Community news

Poems by Chris Keaveney, professor of Japanese, have appeared in recent issues of the Tule Review, Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review and Lindenwood Review.

Cecilia Toro, assistant professor of biology, had a research paper, “Dopamine Modulates the Activity of Sensory Hair Cells,” published in the Journal of Neuroscience.

A piece by Andrea Reinkemeyer, assistant professor of music composition and theory, “Wild Silk” for baritone saxophone, percussion and piano was performed by fEARnoMUSIC on Jan. 22 in Portland.

Reshmi Dutt-Ballerstadt, professor of English and coordinator of the Gender Studies Program, has been invited to join the site committee for the Association for Asian American Studies (AAAS) 2017 national conference, held April 13-15, 2017, in Portland.

Anna Song, assistant professor of music and director of choirs, is conductor of In Mulieribus, a professional female vocal ensemble. The group will present “Horae: A Musical Book of Hours” on Friday, March 4, at Mt. Angel Abbey Church, Saint Benedict; Saturday, March 5, at St. Philip Neri Church, Portland; and Sunday, March 6, at Proto-Cathedral of St. James, Vancouver, Wash.

Delta Rho Chapter leaders William Samp ‘17, Cruz Morey ’18 and Connor Owen-Lovins ‘19 recently attended the Pi Kappa Alpha International Fraternity’s Chapter Executives Conference in Memphis, Tenn. The three-day event provided best practices and hands-on training for chapter presidents, treasurers and recruitment chairmen.

Jennifer Knight, associate director of financial aid, was elected president of the Oregon Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (OASFAA), the professional organization for student financial aid administrators in Oregon.

Campus calendar


6 p.m.: Women’s basketball at Lewis & Clark

8 p.m.: Men’s basketball at Lewis & Clark


Today through March 25: Changing America exhibit opening, Nicholson Library

Noon: Ash Wednesday service, Jonasson Hall

5 p.m.: “The Fifth Wheel,” opening reception, Linfield Gallery


All day: Swimming at NWC championships

7:30 p.m.: Robin Lawton reading, Austin Reading Room, Nicholson Library


4 p.m.: Women’s tennis at Whitworth

6 p.m.: Women’s basketball vs. Puget Sound

8 p.m.: Men’s basketball vs. Puget Sound

Today through Sunday: Baseball at Arizona Desert Classic


Today through Monday: Competitive Scholarship Program

1 p.m.: Women’s tennis at Trinity

7 p.m.: Albert Kim recital, Ice Auditorium, Melrose Hall


9 a.m.: Track and field at Washington Indoor Open

2 p.m.: Women’s tennis at Whitman