Linfield Reports, 4/6/15


Linfield CollegeThe Office of Admission will host two Spring Visit Days for admitted seniors – April 6 and 17.

The visit program will provide students and their parents an opportunity to decide if Linfield is the best college fit for them. This week, many students will stay overnight on Sunday, April 5, and guests will lunch in Dillin from noon to 1 p.m. on Monday. Faculty members are invited to join guests for lunch to share about their Linfield experiences. For more information, contact the Office of Admission at x2213 or visit




Linfield CollegeA panel discussion focusing on the philosophy of science will be held Wednesday, April 8, at 7 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall at Linfield College.

Panelists will include three science philosophers – Jonathan Kaplan, associate professor of philosophy at Oregon State University; Massimo Pigliucci, professor of philosophy at City College of New York; and Leonard Finkelman, assistant professor of philosophy at Linfield.

Questions traditionally answered by philosophers are now being tackled by prominent scientists. As the cultural influence of science and technology continues to grow, what room if any, is left for philosophy? Join the discussion about the role of philosophy both within science and elsewhere. Panelists will explain how philosophy has contributed to scientific progress, why philosophy continues to be important to science, and why there remain questions that only philosophy can answer.

The panelists represent three generations of an academic lineage: Professor Kaplan was Professor Pigliucci’s dissertation advisor and Professor Pigliucci was Professor Finkelman’s dissertation advisor.

Kaplan earned a Ph.D. in philosophy from Stanford University and joined the Oregon State University faculty in 2003.  Pigliucci has a doctorate in genetics from the University of Ferrara (Italy), a Ph.D. in evolutionary biology from the University of Connecticut, and a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Tennessee. Before joining the Linfield faculty in 2014, Finkelman received his bachelor of arts degree in philosophy at the University of Virginia and his Ph.D. in philosophy at City University of New York Graduate Center.

The panel is sponsored by PLACE (Program for Liberal Arts and Community Engagement), exploring this year’s theme “How Do We Know? Paths to Wisdom.” It is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Finkelman at 503-883-2760 or



Arvind SatvanaravanArvind Satyanarayan, from the Stanford University Department of Computer Science, will present “Lowering the Threshold of Visualization Design” during the iFOCUS Science Colloquium Lectures Series on Thursday, April 9, at 4:15 p.m. in 100 Graf Hall.

In this talk, he will present two projects that begin to lower the threshold of custom visualization design by reducing necessary technical expertise.

Consuming data visualizations has become mainstream, with people and organizations embracing visualizations to record, analyze, and communicate data. However, designing effective visualizations remains difficult, as it requires a cross-cutting set of expertise. For example, designers need storytelling expertise to select visual forms that convey both the semantics and connotations of the data, design expertise to ensure visual and interactive elements are perceptually sound, and technical expertise to implement and publish the resultant visualization.

For more information, contact or visit



Linfield Choir ClinicThe Linfield College Concert Choir will host the fifth annual Choir Clinic for Yamhill County elementary and middle school students, grades 3-8, Friday, April 10, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Vivian A. Bull Music Center at Linfield.

A public concert for students to showcase what they have learned will be held at 4:30 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall.

Participants will work with members of the Linfield College Choir and Professor Anna Song learning about music through rhythm activities and games. They will have the opportunity to work in groups to learn songs and make friends.

Clinic fee is $25 and includes lunch and snacks. Registration deadline is Tuesday, April 7.

For more information, contact the music department at ext. 2275,, or Professor Anna Song at ext. 2406.



Linfield College bandThe Linfield College Concert Band will present its spring concert on Tuesday, April 14, at 7:30 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall.

Under the direction of Joan Haaland Paddock, professor of music and director of instrumental activities, the band will perform a variety of pieces from well-known films and composers. The concert will also feature senior Christian Santangelo, student conducting intern and composer, and junior Quillan Bourassa, winner of the Linfield Concert Band Solo Competition.

The band will perform music by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Jay Chattaway and Philip Sparke. An original work by Santangelo, “Rebirth and Recovery,” will also be performed. Bourassa will be featured in Carl Maria von Weber’s “Concertino for Solo Clarinet, Op. 26.”

Paddock is the first woman to receive a doctorate in trumpet performance from Indiana University. Paddock received the Emmy Award from the National Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Performer’s Certificate from Indiana University. She was awarded a Fulbright scholarship, and studied at the Norwegian State Academy of Music. She is 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.

Santangelo, a music major, is a percussionist in the Linfield Concert Band and Linfield Jazz Band and has played in the orchestra for various musicals. He is also a percussionist for local bands. He has played timpani in Beethoven’s second and fifth symphonies with local orchestras and has been a member of Oregon Crusaders’ Drum and Bugle Corps.

Bourassa is a music major with a focus on clarinet performance. He helped found a clarinet quartet and has performed with the Linfield Concert Band, Salem Concert Band and in the Intercollegiate Honor Band of the College Band Directors National Association combined region conference.

The concert is sponsored by the Linfield College Department of Music. For more information, call ext. 2275 or visit



Jim Diamond, professor of chemistryA decade ago, a class project in Jim Diamond’s Linfield College chemistry classes had a major impact on a proposed industrial plan in Oregon.

On Wednesday, April 15, Diamond, professor of chemistry at Linfield, will discuss the project when he speaks on “Stratospheric Ozone Depleting HCFC 142b, Ten Years Later: Global Warming Consequences, Alternatives and What’s to Come,” at 7 p.m. in 201 Riley Hall.

In 2005, Diamond and his Chemistry in the Atmosphere class saw the following announcement from the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality:

“The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has scheduled a public hearing to receive comments on a proposed air quality permit for a new Owens Corning Corporation polystyrene foam insulation board manufacturing facility in Gresham…

“The foam manufacturing processes will use and emit the non-criteria air pollutant 1-chloro 1, 1-difluoroethane, a halogenated chlorofluorocarbon (HCFC-142b), regulated under Title VI of the Clean Air Act. The company proposes to emit 283 tons of HCFC-142b per year.

“HCFC-142b is an ozone-depleting chemical that also is a greenhouse gas. It is nontoxic to people. The amount of HCFC-142b that this new facility will emit will be the equivalent to the greenhouse gasses associated with 100 more cars on the road.”

Diamond and his class found that DEQ erred in estimating the impact by a factor of more than 1,000 times, and testified at the permit hearing, leading to a Portland Tribune headline, “Same as 100 cars? More like 110,000,” and lawsuits against the manufacturer Owens Corning and DEQ.

Diamond will provide a retrospective of the Owens Corning case and decision, and the relation between stratospheric ozone depletion and global warming, with a look at current circumstances and what is to come.

Diamond has been at Linfield since 1991 and teaches chemistry in the atmosphere, general chemistry, physical chemistry, research methods and research and writing in chemistry. He has a bachelor’s from St. Josephs University and a Ph.D. from Stanford University.

For more information, call ext. 2409.



US Air Force Golden West Winds QuintetThe Linfield College Department of Music will present The U.S. Air Force Golden West Winds quintet on Thursday, April 16, at 4 p.m. in Delkin Recital Hall in the Vivian A. Bull Music Center at Linfield.

The quintet will also perform for students in The American Sense in Sound class that afternoon.

The Golden West Winds is part of the United States Air Force Band of the Golden West from Travis Air Force Base in California. The ensemble is comprised of a flute, oboe, clarinet, French horn and bassoon. The members of The Golden West Winds are all professional Air Force musicians working in support of Air Force and Air Mobility Command official military recruiting and community relations objectives. The group performs at a wide variety of events, from military ceremonies and patriotic shows to educational programs and recitals of original works for woodwind quintets. The ensemble’s recital show was featured in 2012 at the Camerata Musica concert series and at the College of the Siskiyous Performing Arts Series.

For more information, call ext. 2275 or visit



Oregon Wine History ArchiveTwo wine workshops geared for the beginning wine enthusiast will be held in April and May at Linfield College.

“Wine 101” will be held Saturday, April 25, from 1:30 to 5 p.m. in 201 Riley Hall at Linfield. This workshop will cover basic wine knowledge for the beginning wine drinker, including how grapes are grown and how wine is made, an overview of wine regions, major wine varieties and key wine terminology.

“How to Taste Wine” will be held Saturday, May 9, from 1:30 to 5 p.m. in 201 Riley Hall. This workshop is for the beginning wine drinker and will cover how to taste and evaluate wine, wine selection and serving tips, and tasting room etiquette.

Both workshops are limited to 25 participants each and include tastings of eight wines in a relaxed nonintimidating environment. The fee is $125 per workshop. These workshops, sponsored by Linfield’s Division of Continuing Education, are the first in a series of fun and informative experiences that will be offered by Linfield on an ongoing basis.

Because of the growth and global recognition of the Oregon wine industry, Linfield has expanded its commitment to wine studies for undergraduates and the general public through both for-credit classes as well as non-credit enrichment programs.

Linfield has been host to the world-renowned International Pinot Noir Celebration since its inception nearly 30 years ago. The college also has many other collaborative interactions with the wine industry, including the Oregon Wine History Archives, internships and career exploration courses for Linfield students, an ongoing wine lecture series and a year-long Oregon Wine Industry Experience through the Linfield Center for the Northwest.

Ellen Brittan, Linfield’s new director of wine education, will lead the workshops, along with other industry experts. Brittan, owner of Brittan Vineyards near McMinnville, has extensive experience in the wine industry and currently serves on the board of the International Pinot Noir Celebration, and is chair of the Oregon Wine Board and president of the Oregon Winegrowers Association.

For more information, call or email Brittan at ext. 2218, To register, go online at



Mindy Legard Larson, associate professor of education, co-authored with Donna Kalmbach Phillips “Becoming a Teacher of Writing in Elementary Classrooms.” It was published by Routledge in February.

Peter Richardson, professor of German, is the author of “Unser Wohnort ist ein wilder Berg” (The Place Where We Live is a Wild Mountain), a collection of Swiss transcriptions, the oldest of which dates back to 1560.

Dan Fergueson, director of college activities, has been named chair-elect to the board of directors for the National Association for Campus Activities (NACA). The appointment is for the 2015-16 term. Fergueson previously served as vice chair for programs on the board.




Today: Spring Visit Day


Noon: French table, Starbucks

6 p.m.: Japanese Table, Japanese Classroom, Walker Hall


Noon: German Language Table, Dillin Hall

7 p.m.: Philosophy of science panel, Ice Auditorium


11:50 am: SOAN Voices, Dillin Northwest Room

4:15 p.m.: “Lowering the Threshold of Visualization Design,” iFOCUS Science Colloquium Lectures Series, 100 Graf Hall


10 a.m.: Choir Clinic, Bull Music Center

11:30 a.m.: Spanish Language Table, NW Alcove, Dillin Hall

4:30 p.m.: Choir Clinic concert, Ice Auditorium


Today and tomorrow: Men’s and women’s golf at NWC Spring Classic

10 a.m.: Track and field at Pacific Luau Meet

Noon: Baseball vs. Whitman

Noon: Women’s lacrosse at Puget Sound

Noon: Softball vs. Whitworth

1 p.m.: Women’s tennis vs. Pacific Lutheran

1 p.m.: Men’s tennis at Pacific Lutheran


Noon: Baseball vs. Whitman

Noon: Women’s tennis at George Fox

Noon: Softball vs. Whitworth

1 p.m.: Men’s tennis vs. George Fox

3 p.m.: Women’s lacrosse at Pacific