New students engage with pre-orientation programs

iFOCUS, Linfield pre-orientation programA group of 81 new students examined DNA gels, harvested carrots, pulled berry vines, took sand samples, packaged beans, explored careers and much more before classes started for the year. They kicked off their Linfield College experiences a week early by taking part in one of four pre-orientation programs.

See a photo slideshow. Students arrived on campus ready to explore research, humanities, community service and sustainability. All four programs gave students the opportunity to work with faculty and student mentors, connect with fellow participants and settle into campus life before classes begin.

The programs include First CLAS, a service-learning and leadership program; iFOCUS, an interdisciplinary science hands-on laboratory and field experience; the SOIL Project, which taught students what it means to live sustainably at Linfield and in the McMinnville community; and AHA, an Arts and Humanities in Action immersion lab.

Orientation for new students continues through the weekend at Linfield. Classes begin Monday, Aug. 29.