Linfield Reports, 4/25/16

We Are Linfield

WeAreLinfieldLinfield will launch its first Giving Day on Tuesday, April 26. For 18 hours and 58 minutes (3:00 a.m.-9:58 p.m. PDT), our community of alumni, parents, faculty, staff, friends and students will come together to declare WeAreLinfield.

Primarily driven by social media and electronic communication, there will be fun activities, food and prizes in the Fred Meyer Lounge in McMinnville from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. and in the Wildcat Den in Portland from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. While fundraising is a key objective of the day, the event will also create an environment of unity and pride among all Linfield groups. There will be several updates via email and social media throughout the day.

For more information, contact Craig Haisch,, or Lisa Goodwin,, in Institutional Advancement, 503-883-2217.


Buccola to present lecture on 1965 Baldwin and Buckley debate

Nick Buccola, political science professorNicholas Buccola, professor of political science at Linfield College, will present “The Radical and the Conservative: James Baldwin and William F. Buckley Jr. at Cambridge” on Wednesday, April 27, at 7 p.m. in the Austin Reading Room in Nicholson Library at Linfield.

Buccola will discuss his current book project that explores the 1965 debate between Baldwin and Buckley. His book examines how these two American public intellectuals ended up squaring off on stage and the significance of this class between a leading voice of radicalism and a leading voice of conservatism in American political thought.

Buccola’s first book, “The Political Thought of Frederick Douglass,” was published by New York University Press and was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award. He has published scholarly articles, book chapters and op-eds on many topics including same-sex marriage, Friedrich Nietzsche, John Adams, the abolitionist movement, Leo Strauss, Judith Shklar and liberal education. He has three book projects under contract at the moment: a collection of essays on the political thought of Abraham Lincoln, a collection of the essential writings of Frederick Douglass and a collection of essays on the ideological origins of the Tea Party movement. Buccola is the recipient of the Samuel Graf Faculty Achievement Award, the Allen and Pat Kelley Faculty Scholar Award and a National Endowment of the Humanities Enduring Questions grant.

The lecture is free and open to the public. The Linfield College faculty lecture series offers one presentation each month by Linfield faculty. For more information, call 503-883-2409.


Gough to speak about forests and carbon emissions

Linfield College signChris Gough, professor of biology at Virginia Commonwealth University, will present “Can aging and disturbed forests soak up our carbon emissions? Challenging old theories with new science” during the iFOCUS Science Colloquium Lectures Series on Thursday, April 28, at 4:15 p.m. in 100 Graf Hall.

The talk is sponsored by the Hearst Foundations. For more information, contact or visit


Linfield welcomes visitors for Spring Open House

Linfield studentsThe Office of Admission will host prospective high school and transfer students and their families for Spring Open House on Friday, April 29.

Guests will learn about Linfield’s academic programs, international programs, student life, and admission and financial aid process. Faculty and administrators are invited to join guests for a hosted lunch in Dillin Hall from noon to 1 p.m.

The agenda is available at For more information, contact the Office of Admission at 503-883-2213.


Linfield students to perform flute and guitar recital

GuitarTwo Linfield College students will perform a flute and guitar recital on Saturday, April 30, at 7:30 p.m. in the Delkin Recital Hall in the Vivian A. Bull Music Center.

Kathryn van Dyk, a senior environmental science major and music and biology minor, will be featured on the flute and Adrian Clifford, a junior exercise science major and music minor, will be featured on the guitar. This concert will showcase a mix of duets and solos on both instruments. Featured pieces include: “Suite for Flute and Piano” by Charles-Marie Widor, “Entr’acte” by Jacques Ibert, “Lágrima” by Francisco Tárrega, “Tiempo de Zamba” by Julio Salvador Sagreras, “Pavane” by Gabriel Fauré and “Schizo Cuchoo” from Gary Shocker’s “Flute Forest.”

Van Dyk has studied flute for 11 years, and for the past four years she has studied with Denise Westby at Linfield. She has spent a semester abroad in Australia studying natural science and a month in Norway learning about Norwegian music and culture. After college, she hopes to earn a master’s degree in environmental science. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, cross country skiing, the Beatles and scuba diving.

Clifford has studied guitar for eight years and classical guitar for two years with Pamela Goldsmith at Linfield. Clifford also plays alto saxophone in the Linfield College Concert Band and has been featured in the college Jazz Band. Outside of music, Clifford is involved in cross country and track and field and works on campus as a resident advisor.

This concert is free, open to the public and sponsored by the Linfield College Department of Music. For more information, call 503-883-2275 or visit


Linfield Hawaiian Club presents annual lu’au celebration

Linfield College LuauTraditional island dances and an authentic Hawaiian meal will highlight the 44th annual Linfield College Lu’au, “Gift of Aloha,” Saturday, April 30.

Tickets are available at

Linfield College students will share the Hawaiian culture with the community, including performing dances from the Hawaiian Islands as well as New Zealand, Tahiti, and Samoa.

The dinner will be catered by a Hawaiian cafe and served by Linfield students, and will feature a number of traditional Hawaiian dishes. Dinner will be served from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Rutschman Field House, with dinner service ending at 6:45. The “Country Store” will open at 5:30 p.m., also in the Rutschman Field House. The store features food, leis and gifts donated from Hawaiian companies, with proceeds helping to cover event costs. There will also be a concession stand available during the performance.

The live performance will be held in the Ted Wilson Gymnasium at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the event includes pre-show entertainment.

The annual lu’au has been organized by members of the Linfield Hawaiian Club, Hawaiian and non-Hawaiian alike, with students involved in all aspects of the production including choreography. New dances are created each year, and student performers began rehearsals in early February.

Many parents of Linfield students help with the event, buying Hawaiian fabric, sewing costumes and collecting donations from Hawaiian companies and the Linfield community. They also gather foliage and leis and coordinate shipments to McMinnville.

General admission tickets for the performance are $15. Tickets for both the show and dinner are $25 for general admission and $28 for reserved seats. Student and senior (60+) tickets are $18 and $20, and require I.D. Children’s tickets are $10 and $13. Children under age two, seated on their parents’ laps, are admitted free without a meal.

The event is sponsored by the Linfield College Hawaiian Club, and the Multicultural Programs and College Activities offices. For more information, visit or call 503-883-2435 or 503-883-2574.


Mays to perform original compositions for senior project

Logan Mays '16Linfield College senior Logan Mays will present his senior music capstone project on Sunday, May 1, at 4 p.m. in Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall at Linfield.

Mays will perform eight original compositions as well as read from his thesis paper.

The compositions that he will present are for a variety of ensembles, including a choral piece, a brass quartet, solo piano, B-flat clarinet with piano, voice with piano and a mixed ensemble. Mays will perform with other Linfield students as well as accompanist Susan McDaniel. His thesis paper is titled “Exploring the Relationship Between Text and Melody, Harmony, Rhythm, and Texture in Felix Mendelssohn’s ‘Nunc Dimittis.’”

Mays, of Rocklin, Calif., is a music major with an emphasis in composition and a double minor in mathematics and education. He has studied voice with Professor Anton Belov, choir with Professor Anna Song and composition with Professor Andrea Reinkemeyer. He has performed in numerous ensembles and productions, including the role of Ernst in the Linfield Theatre production of “Spring Awakening,” and Leporello in “Don Giovanni” and Figaro in “La nozze di Figaro” in the Opera Workshop.

As an active performer on campus, Mays has presented both original and cover songs during CatCabs. In 2014, he released an EP, “Fade,” followed by an 8-track album in 2015, “I Still Remember,” featuring songs with themes of love, loss and life.

This event is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the Linfield Department of Music. For more information, call 503-883-2275 or visit


Linfield to host opera and musical theatre workshop

Linfield's Opera TheatreA collage of scenes from beloved operas and shows will highlight the opera and musical theatre workshops on Sunday, May 1, at 7:30 p.m. in Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall.

This varied program, presented by the Linfield Music Department, contrasts excerpts from the classic masterpieces by Monteverdi, Pergolesi, Mozart and Puccini with contemporary musical theatre. From the elegance of the Italian baroque and the passion of the Spanish zarzuela, to the realism and humor of the modern musicals, this program offers a delightful overview of the possibilities of musical drama.

The scenes are directed by Anton Belov, assistant professor of music, and Hannah Penn, adjunct professor of music, with musical preparation by Susan McDaniel and Anne Britt.

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


Tracy Daugherty featured in annual Ericksen Lecture

Tracy DaughertyTracy Daugherty, professor emeritus of English and creative writing at Oregon State University, will present the 2016 Ericksen Lecture on “Public and Private Lives: A Biographer’s Story” on Tuesday, May 3, at 7:30 p.m. in the Austin Reading Room in Nicholson Library at Linfield College.

Daugherty is a four-time winner of the Oregon Book Award. He has written four novels, six short story collections, biographies of Donald Barthelme, Joseph Heller and Joan Didion, and two books of essays, including the forthcoming “Let Us Build Us a City,” about the practice and uses of literary imagination. His work has been recognized with fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

His research and teaching interests explored the intersections of public and private lives, art, architecture, music and science, as well as urban life and American deserts, real and imagined.

Daugherty received his bachelor and master’s degrees from Southern Methodist University and his Ph.D. from the University of Houston.

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Ken and Donna Ericksen Endowed English Department Fund. Ericksen, professor emeritus of English at Linfield, created the endowment in memory of his wife, Donna, a Linfield alumna, who taught reading, writing and English in the Hillsboro School District for 25 years. The endowment allows the English Department to bring literary scholars to campus for several days to work with faculty and students.


Five Linfield College professors to give last lectures

Pioneer Hall, Linfield CollegeFive retiring Linfield College professors will give one “last lecture” on the topic of their choosing before retirement.

Religious studies professor Bill Millar will present “What Happened to the Wives of God?” on Wednesday, May 4, at 7 p.m. in 219 T.J. Day Hall. After receiving his bachelor’s degree from Linfield in 1960, Millar went on to receive a B.D. from Andover Newton Theological School and a Ph.D. from Harvard University. He returned to Linfield in 1984 as a faculty member in the Department of Religious Studies. Millar will retire at the end of the semester.

Violeta Ramsay, professor of Spanish, will present her lecture on Thursday, May 5, at 7 p.m. in Delkin Hall in the Vivian A. Bull Music Center. A native of Mexico, Ramsay has been a part of the Linfield faculty since 1990 and specializes in theoretical linguistics. In addition to teaching Spanish language courses, she leads advanced courses in culture, with emphasis on pre-Columbian cultures, the culture of Indian groups in Latin America, and approaches to “otherness.” Her main research interests include second language acquisition and the development of cultural competency.

Nursing professor Barbara Limandri will present “Nursing: Intelligent Women Need Not Apply” on Monday, May 9, at 5:30 p.m. in the Peterson Hall Auditorium at the Linfield Portland Campus. Limandri joined the Linfield faculty in 2004. She brought with her a wealth of knowledge in the field of nursing and she holds a Ph.D. in psychiatric nursing from the University of California, San Francisco. Limandri’s remarks during her lecture are expected to be slightly irreverent, political and feminist in tone.

Accounting professors Rich Emery and Malcolm Greenlees will present their lecture together on Tuesday, May 10, at 7 p.m. in 222 T.J. Day Hall. Greenlees joined the Department of Business in 1984 with Emery following shortly after in 1986. Together they have taught Linfield accounting students for a combined 62 years.

Each lecture is free and open to the public. Receptions will follow. For more information, contact Debbie Harmon Ferry, director of alumni and parent relations, 503-883-2607,

Linfield to host Oregon Humanities Conversation Project

Jade AguilarLinfield College will host the final presentation in a series of Conversation Projects, sponsored by Oregon Humanities, on various topics of diversity.

“Mind the Gaps: How Gender Shapes our Lives” will be led by Jade Aguilar on Wednesday, May 4, at 4:30 p.m., in 219 T.J. Day Hall at Linfield. The Oregon Humanities Conversation Project brings Oregonians together to discuss their differences, beliefs and backgrounds about important issues and ideas.

Aguilar will talk about how gender shapes every aspect of life – our interests, opportunities and how we move through the world – from the moment we are born. Even in the 21st Century disparities among genders still prevail, especially alongside race, class, immigration status and geography. She will touch on what this tells us about society’s values and priorities and leave the audience with a better understanding of how the complexities of gender effects daily lives and personal identities.

Aguilar is an assistant professor of sociology, and women’s and gender studies at Willamette University. Her broad areas of study are gender, sexuality and family. Her main area of focus is the study of intentional communities. Aguilar received her B.A. in business marketing from Colorado State University and later received her Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

The event is the third in a three-part series of Conversation Projects hosted at Linfield this spring. The first event, “White Out? The Future of Racial Diversity in Oregon,” was held in February. The second event, “Northwest Mixtape: Hip Hop Culture and Influences,” was held in April.

The discussion is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Reshmi Dutt-Ballerstadt, Linfield Professor of English, at 503-883-2485 or


Theatre department concludes season with ‘Picnic’

Linfield TheatreThe Linfield College theatre program concludes its 2015-16 season in the Marshall Theatre in Ford Hall with “Picnic” by William Inge and under the guest direction of Ellyn Gersh Lerner.

Performance dates are May 5-7 and 12-14 at 7:30 p.m., with a 2 p.m. matinee on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 8.

“Picnic” offers a portrait of life in a small Kansas town in the 1950s — a town of tranquility and monotony, where neighbors wave from their porches and life can be stifling. As everyone eagerly awaits the annual Labor Day picnic, the arrival of a stranger turns life upside down.

Winner of the 1953 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play, the original Broadway production was directed by Joshua Logan, who received the Tony Award for Best Director, and marked Paul Newman’s Broadway debut.

Lerner, who has a Ph.D. in theatre arts, has more than 25 years experience in teaching and directing. She has directed more than 30 plays in a variety of theatres from schools to churches to off-Broadway. She has also participated in the prestigious Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival in teacher-training programs and professional conferences as a guest speaker and panelist. She last directed at Linfield for the May 2009 production of Lanford Wilson’s “Book of Days.”

“I was delighted to be invited back to Linfield because my experience here couldn’t have been more gratifying,” said Lerner. “As an undergraduate at Occidental College, a small liberal arts college in Los Angeles, we had a small student body and a gorgeous campus like Linfield. Here, I feel very comfortable because my own philosophy and approach to play production align with that of the Linfield faculty and staff.”

Cast members include seniors Daniel Bradley of Terrebonne who will play Hal Carter; Emily Griffin of Anguin, Calif., who will play Flo Owens; Travis McKenna of Elko, Nev., who will play Bomber; and Brianna Norris of Milwaukie who will play Rosemary; juniors Naomi Boydston of Friday Harbor, Wash., who will play Millie Owens; and Joella Cordell of Caldwell, Idaho, who will play Helen Potts; sophomores Sierra-Karen Denend of Yakima, Wash., who will play Irma Kronkite; Marcos Galvez of Hood River who will play Howard Bevans; Raisa Mlynski of Forrest Grove who will play Christine; and Cassandra Martinez of Woodburn who will play Helen’s mother’s voice; freshmen Zachary Brehmeyer of Rancho Cucamongo, Calif., who will play Beano; Analesa Fisher of Lake Oswego who will play Madge Owens; Antoine Johnson of Hoquiam, Wash., who will play the voice of boys; and Glenn B. Rust of Eugene who will play Alan Seymour.

Taylor Pitner of Kailua, Hawaii, is the stage manager. Scenic and lighting design is by Ty Marshall, sound design by Rob Vaughn ’97 and Alyssa Coleman ’16 and costume design by Laurel Peterson ’07.

Tickets are $9 for full price; $7 for seniors (62+) and Linfield faculty and staff; and $5 for students (any age, any school); with a $2 discount on all tickets on opening night. Tickets for moms (any age) for the Sunday matinee are $5. Seating is reserved. Tickets are available now at and at the Marshall Theatre Box Office beginning Tuesday, April 26.

This play contains adult themes and is not suitable for all audiences. The production is produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.

For more information call 503-883-2292.


Gilbert, Smart featured in Wine Lecture Series

Jack A. Gilbert and Richard SmartTwo acclaimed viticulture experts, Jack A. Gilbert and Richard Smart, will give upcoming lectures as part of the Linfield College Wine Lecture Series.

Gilbert, a microbial ecologist and group leader at Argonne National Laboratory, will present “Managing Expectations: The Microbiome in Agriculture” on Thursday, May 5, at 7:30 p.m. in 222 T.J. Day Hall at Linfield.  His talk will examine new findings relevant to understanding microbiomes of agriculture, and highlight ongoing research to guide management practice decisions and improve crop productivity, disease resistance and economic viability of farming practices in the 21st Century.

Smart, one of the most experienced viticultural scientists in the world, will present “What I’ve Learned in 50 Years of Viticulture: And Some Messages for Oregon” on Tuesday, May 10, at 8 p.m. in Jonasson Hall in Melrose Hall at Linfield. Smart will share insight into his long career as a leading viticultural scientist as well as a focused message specifically on Oregon’s vineyard systems.

Gilbert, an associate professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolution at University of Chicago, received a Ph.D. in marine biology from the University of Nottingham, UK, and continued postdoctoral training at Queens University in Canada. He is a senior scientist at the Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, and senior fellow of the Institute of Genomic and Systems Biology. He has authored more than 120 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters, is a section editor for PLoS ONE and senior editor for the ISME Journal of Environmental Microbiology. He is on the board of the Genomic Standards Consortium, is the PI for the Earth Microbiome Project, Home Microbiome Project, Gulf Microbial Modeling Project, Hospital Microbiome Project and the Chicago River Microbiome Project.

Smart received a Ph.D. from Cornell University and a D.Sc. Agriculture from the University of Stellenbosch. He has researched and consulted in vineyards in more than 40 countries. Much of his recent consulting has been in countries with developing wine sectors like Mexico, Serbia, Georgia, Thailand, Myanmar and China. Because of his extensive travel, he has received the nickname “The Flying Vine-Doctor.” In addition to his extensive experience with vineyards across the world, Smart is the author of “Sunlight Into Wine,” a book on vineyard canopy management. He is also the viticulture editor for the multi-award winning “Oxford Companion to Wine” by Jancis Robinson, and has more than 350 published works.

The Wine Lecture Series events are free and open to the public. For more information, call 503-883-2766.


Campus calendar


Today: Linfield Giving Day, We Are Linfield

5:15 p.m.: Wildcat Workout, Maxwell Field

7 p.m.: Nick Buccola, “The Radical and the Conservative: James Baldwin and William F. Buckley Jr. at Cambridge,” Nicholson Library


Noon: Wildcat Workout, Maxwell Field

4:15 p.m.: Chris Gough, “Can aging and disturbed forests soak up our carbon emissions?” 100 Graf Hall


Today: Spring Open House

11:30 a.m.: Blood Pressure Screening Clinic, Cook Hall lobby

3 p.m.: Baseball vs. George Fox


10 a.m.: Track and field at OSU High Performance Meet

1 p.m.: Baseball vs. Pacific Lutheran

5 p.m.: Lu’au, HHPA

7:30 p.m.: Adrian Clifford ’17 and Kathryn van Dyk ’16 recital, Delkin Recital Hall


1 p.m.: Baseball vs. George Fox

4 p.m.: Logan Mays senior music capstone, Ice Auditorium

7:30 p.m.: Opera and musical theatre, Ice Auditorium