Linfield Reports, 9/19/16

Constitution Day lecture scheduled at Linfield

Jonathan WeilerUniversity of North Carolina Chapel Hill professor Jonathan Weiler will present “Worlds Apart: authoritarianism and American political divisions on the eve of the 2016 election” at the Constitution Day lecture on Monday, Sept. 19, at 7:30 p.m. in 201 Riley Hall at Linfield College.

The talk will explore the roots of the current divisions between political parties and consider how the impasse might be broken.

Weiler received his Ph.D. in political science from University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, where he is senior lecturer and director of undergraduate studies in the Curriculum in Global Studies. He has written three books: “A Darker Side of Reform: Human Rights in Russia” with Marc Hetherington; “Authoritarianism and Polarization in American Politics,” which won the 2016 Philip Converse Award given yearly to a book that has made a lasting impact in political science; and “Divorce: A Love Story,” which was co-written with his former wife, Anne Menkens.

Funding for this project was provided by the John Templeton Foundation through a grant from the Institute for Humane Studies. The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Nick Buccola, chair and associate professor of political science, 503-883-2246,


Student one-acts open Linfield’s 97th theatre season

Marshall TheatreLinfield College will open its 97th theatre season with “The Season Opening One-Acts,” three one-act performances, Sept. 22-24 at 7:30 p.m. in the Marshall Theatre in Ford Hall.

“The Internet is Distract — Oh Look A Kitten!,” “Simulation” and “Act 3: Wildcats Connected,” explore the college’s 2016-17 PLACE theme: The Digital Self. This year’s theme focuses on how the digital age affects human experience, as well as how engagement with technology impacts identities, physical bodies, self-expression, interpersonal relationships and social interactions. Each performance offers a different perspective on these issues.

“Act 1: The Internet is Distract — Oh Look A Kitten!” takes a comical look at a student desperately trying to finish a paper despite many online diversions. This comedy, written by Ian McWethy, will be directed by Jenny Layton, a 2014 Linfield graduate, and is presented by special arrangement with Playscripts, Inc.

“Act 2: Simulation” by Carrie Vaughn provides a look at digital identity and questions the existence of the roles we assume on the Internet. This world premier questions whether we exist at all, or are just programmed to think we exist. The short play was commissioned for Linfield’s PLACE program, and is directed by Chris Forrer, a 2013 Linfield graduate.

“Act 3: Wildcats Connected” will bring the focus back to the Linfield campus. Audience members will have a chance to interact with the playwright Carrie Vaughn, the director and the rest of the production team to discuss how the digital age has impacted their lives.

All tickets are $5 and seating is reserved. Tickets are available at and in the Marshall Theatre Box Office beginning Sept. 19. Located in Ford Hall, the box office is open Monday through Wednesday from 3 to 5 p.m. and Thursday through Saturday from 3 to 7 p.m. For more information, call 503-883-2292. The Marshall Theatre is fully accessible.


Open houses planned to ‘Explore Linfield’

Linfield College students walkingThe Office of Admission will host the first of three Explore Linfield open houses Friday, Sept. 23.

Students will check-in and speak with academic and co-curricular resources in Fred Meyer Lounge, learn about academic programs and the admission process, tour campus and enjoy lunch in Dillin Hall. Please join us in welcoming prospective Wildcats and their families to campus.

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Students gear up for Taste of Service

Taste of ServiceLinfield College students will explore the local community while lending a hand during Linfield’s Taste of Service Day Saturday, Sept. 24.

Students will serve together at various community-based organizations, including the Yamhill Community Action Partnership, Greater Yamhill Watershed Council, McMinnville Library, Habitat for Humanity and other non-profits in the area. Last year, more than 70 students participated.

“The organization may have us cleaning up around their building or doing maintenance, and although the impact may not be as noticeable as with a large project, the work is greatly appreciated,” said Deizhanna Kaya-Abad, Linfield senior and Change Corps Days of Service director. “Volunteering is important, because most of the organizations we work with rely on volunteers and the help they provide.”

Change Corps is made up of student leaders who plan and host a number of events, working to create a welcoming and vibrant culture of service on campus. Sign up at Learn more about Community Engagement and Service at Linfield.


Linfield to host Homecoming events for students, alumni

Linfield Homecoming 2015A series of homecoming events for students and alumni are planned for the week of Sept. 26-Oct. 1 at Linfield College.

Student activities begin with “Culture of Consent” on Monday, Sept. 26, at 7 p.m. in Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall. On Tuesday, Sept. 27, students can get coffee and donuts during morning passing periods in the Walker Courtyard. On Wednesday, Sept. 28, at 8 p.m. a Drag Show will be held in Ice Auditorium. On Thursday, Sept. 29, at 8 p.m., We Three will perform at Cat Cab  in Fred Meyer Lounge in Riley Hall with free food for the first 150 people. On Friday, Sept. 30, at 8 p.m. the annual Mr. and Mrs. Linfield will be held in the Ted Wilson Gymnasium.

Registration for alumni activities begins Friday, Sept. 30, at 11 a.m. in Fred Meyer Lounge. The Founders’ Society Luncheon will be held at noon in Jonasson Hall, lower level of Melrose Hall. At 1:30 p.m., alumni can sample local wine during a wine tasting at Brooks Winery.

Kerry Nordstrom-Bradley, class of 2010 and recipient of the Outstanding Young Alumna Award, will present “Living on the Edge: Counseling on the Bering Sea,” at 3 p.m. in 222 T.J. Day Hall. She will discuss her experience as a school counselor in Scammon Bay, a bush village in Alaska, and how her Linfield career brought her to where she is today.

Floyd McKay, class of 1957 and recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus Award, will give a talk at 4 p.m. in 222 T.J. Day Hall. McKay is the author of “Reporting the Oregon Story: How Activists and Visionaries Transformed the State.” He will discuss his time as an Oregon reporter and journalist.

“Linfield’s Finest,” a gathering for alumni, friends and faculty, will present the alumni award winners at 5:30 p.m. at the McMinnville Grand Ballroom. In Addition to Nordstrom-Bradley and McKay, other award winners include Pete Dengenis, class of 1964 and Alumni Service Award recipient, and David and Jeanne Beck, owners of the Crawford-Beck Winery and recipients of the Walker Service Award.

Alumni events continue on Saturday, Oct. 1, with registration at 9 a.m. and campus tours at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. At 10 a.m., a Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority reunion will be held on the Withnell Patio and a “Nifty Fifties” brunch for alumni from the 1950s will be held in Dillin Hall. At 10:30 a.m. there will be a Kanto Gakuin University celebration in Jonasson Hall and an English department reunion in T.J. Day Hall.

An all-alumni barbecue begins at 11:30 a.m. in the parking area of the Vivian A. Bull Music Center, followed by the Linfield Wildcats vs. Lewis and Clark Pioneers football game at 1:30 p.m. At 2:30 p.m., the men’s soccer team will take on Pacific Lutheran University. At 4 p.m. alumni of the Black Student Union are invited to meet with current students on the Withnell Patio. At 4:30 p.m. Kappa Sigma Fraternity will host a post-game barbecue outside Ford Hall. Post-game class reunions will be held for the classes of 1956, 1966, 1976, 1986, 1996 and 2006. At 7 p.m. comedienne Jenna Brister, class of 2006, will perform in Ice Auditorium.

Alumni and friends may also participate in the Parker Archie Moore 3.5 Memorial Run/Walk on Sunday, Oct. 2, at 9 a.m. at Maxwell Field.

For more information on alumni events, contact Debbie Harmon Ferry, director of alumni and parent relations, at 503-883-2607 or For more information on student activities contact Dan Fergueson, director of college activities, at 503-883-2435 or


Wilkins to present new collection ‘When We Were Birds’

Joe Wilkins, associate professor of EnglishJoe Wilkins, associate professor of English at Linfield College, will read from his latest work on Tuesday, Sept. 27, at 7:30 p.m. in the Austin Reading Room of the Jereld R. Nicholson Library at Linfield.

Wilkins will present his new book of poems, “When We Were Birds.” In this collection, he wrestles his attention away from the grief, deprivations and high prairies of his Montana childhood. He turns instead toward “the bean-rusted fields and gutted factories of the Midwest” — toward ordinary injustice and everyday sadness, toward the imminent birth of his son and his own confusions in taking up the mantle of fatherhood, toward faith and grace, legacy and luck.

Wilkins is the author of a memoir, “The Mountain and the Fathers,” which won a GLCA New Writers Award in 2014, as well as two previous books of poetry, “Notes from the Journey Westward” and “Killing the Murnion Dogs.” “When We Were Birds” was selected by former United States Poet Laureate Billy Collins for the Miller Williams Poetry Prize Series.

This reading, part of the “Readings at the Nick” series, is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Linfield Nicholson Library and the Linfield English Department. For more information, contact Susan Barnes Whyte at 503-883-2517,



Annual run/walk honors Parker Moore

Parker Archie Moore Memorial Run/WalkThe Linfield community is invited to participate in the Parker Archie Moore Memorial Run/Walk. The 3.5-mile Run/Walk will take place during Homecoming weekend, Sunday, Oct. 2, at 9 a.m.

Linfield students and staff receive a 35 percent discount by entering linfieldstrong35 on the payment page. All proceeds support the Parker Archie Moore Scholarship. Visit the event page on Facebook at Parker Archie Moore Memorial Run/Walk.

For more information, to register or to make a gift, visit RunSignUp–Parker Archie Moore Memorial Run/Walk. Questions can also be directed to Kellie Berger at 503-883-2496,


Community news

Linfield College welcomed the following new faculty members, and faculty members in new assignments. When you have an opportunity, please take a moment to introduce yourself. Read more.

Tenure-Track Faculty: Michelle Dedeo, NURS; Jamie Friedman, ENGL; Emina Mušanović, MDLA; Heather Oesterreich, EDUC; Scott Ross, AAVC; Sandra Terra, MDLA; Ericka Waidley, NURS; and Jennifer Williams, RELS. Visiting Faculty: Daniel Chaffee, SOAN; Virginia Connell, NURS; Jennifer Grier, BIOL; Monica Haj, NURS; Lisa Manthey, NURS; Mark Michelini, BUSN; Keondra Rustan, NURS; Elizabeth Straus, NURS; and Yunqi Yan, CHEM. Instructional Associates: Jeff Brown, BIOL, and Jamie Hansen, PSYC.


Campus calendar


Today: Men’s golf at PLU Invitational

7:30 p.m.: Jonathan Weiler, “Worlds Apart: authoritarianism and American political divisions on the eve of the 2016 election,” 201 Riley Hall


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


7:30 p.m.: Season Opening One-Acts, 7:30 p.m., Marshall Theatre


Today: Explore Linfield open house

11 a.m.: Multicultural Center opening, Withnell Commons

Noon: Spanish Table, Walnut Room, Dillin Hall

7 p.m.: Volleyball vs. Whitworth

7:30 p.m.: Season Opening One-Acts, 7:30 p.m., Marshall Theatre


Today: Taste of Service

Today and tomorrow: Men’s and women’s golf at Pacific Invitational

Noon: Women’s soccer vs. Pacific Lutheran

2:30 p.m.: Men’s soccer vs. George Fox

5 p.m.: Volleyball vs. Whitman

7:30 p.m.: Season Opening One-Acts, 7:30 p.m., Marshall Theatre


Noon: Women’s soccer at George Fox

2:30 p.m.: Men’s soccer at Pacific