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Inauguration 2019: Introduction

Amid flags and pageantry, smiles and dancing, the Linfield College community officially welcomed Dr. Miles K. Davis as the 20th president in college history March 4-8. The inauguration ceremony itself capped a week celebrating Linfield and its commitment to “Global thinking, local engagement.” Events included student poster presentations, a lecture at the Linfield-Good Samaritan School… Continue Reading Inauguration 2019: Introduction

Inauguration 2019: A vision for the future

It weighs a mere 8 ounces. But when the presidential medallion was placed around the shoulders of Miles K. Davis during his inauguration ceremony March 8, its heft felt like so much more. “I felt the full weight of the office I hold,” recalls Davis, who was installed as Linfield’s 20th president. But, he continues,… Continue Reading Inauguration 2019: A vision for the future

Inaugural address: March 8, 2019

The first live performance I saw of Phylicia Rashad was at the Kennedy Center. She was part of the National Symphony Orchestra: Portraits of America series. In particular, she spoke the words in Copland’s “Lincoln Portrait.” I had no idea how meaningful either Phylicia Rashad or those words would be in my life. The 39… Continue Reading Inaugural address: March 8, 2019

Inauguration 2019: Symbols of the inauguration

The mace The mace symbolizes the authority of the faculty in academic matters and the practice of shared governance within the college. It was carried into the inauguration ceremony by John Syring, professor of biology and chair of the Faculty Executive Council. It was created by the late Professor Nils Lou of the Department of… Continue Reading Inauguration 2019: Symbols of the inauguration

Capturing Linfield’s disappearing history

They grew up during the Depression and shouldered weighty responsibilities during World War II –on the battlefield and in their communities. Linfield College alumni from the 1940s saw their lives turned upside down in many ways, as the war raged and even in the years immediately after. Their stories vary. Mitsue (Endow) Salador ’45 was… Continue Reading Capturing Linfield’s disappearing history

From the archives: The war years

In 1939, Linfield College was in the midst of unprecedented growth. In the 15 years since a pair of donations had secured Linfield’s future (and given it a new name), the school constructed five buildings, modernized the curriculum and hit record enrollment. The 1938-39 student body numbered 592, and the graduating class of 99 was… Continue Reading From the archives: The war years

Worth 1,000 words

We mostly see college presidents being “presidential” – giving speeches, interacting with students, awarding diplomas. We rarely get to peek behind the curtain to see the person behind the position, spending time with family, cooking dinner or working quietly in the early morning hours as President Miles K. Davis likes to do. I hope this… Continue Reading Worth 1,000 words

Modern-day monsters

When Godzilla: King of the Monsters! opens in theaters May 31 it will be the 35th Godzilla film produced since 1954. Why do the films continue to resonate across generations? Leonard Finkelman, assistant professor of philosophy and a paleontologist, weighs in on what monsters tell us about ourselves – and our world. Godzilla: King of… Continue Reading Modern-day monsters

Moving to the future

Last fall, Linfield College purchased 20 acres in northeast Portland for a new nursing campus. When Linfield moves to its new facility in May 2020, it will mark a new chapter in nursing at Linfield, and the end of an era for the Linfield-Good Samaritan School of Nursing’s northwest Portland location, its home since 1982.… Continue Reading Moving to the future

Trading places

When students swap countries, they earn more than a stamp in their passport. Misaki Yabusako, an English literature major from Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan, is spending the year at Linfield. Edna Poton ’20, a Linfield global studies major from Salem, spent the fall semester at Kanto Gakuin University in Yokohama, Japan. We brought the… Continue Reading Trading places

Breaking down language barriers

Virginia (Zander) Joplin ’97 works with more than 200 languages per year, which means no two days are ever the same. Joplin, founder and chief executive of the translation and international consulting company Verbio, credits her liberal arts education with helping her excel in an always-changing environment. “You have to have a broad education to… Continue Reading Breaking down language barriers

Friends helping West African friends

When Ruth Titi-Manyaka ’69 graduated from Linfield, she had the option of staying in the United States. Instead, she opted to return to her native Cameroon to help improve impoverished communities there. She ended up founding the Women, Environment and Health (WEH) non-profit — an organization in West Africa that supports women, orphans and families… Continue Reading Friends helping West African friends

Veteran selected for ag econ work

Four years of collaborative research and a lot of hard work are paying dividends for Wes Hanson ’16. Wes is an agricultural economist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Office of Energy and Environmental Policy. The position is part of a Presidential Management Fellowship, the federal government’s flagship leadership development program. He earned a master’s degree from… Continue Reading Veteran selected for ag econ work


Rhiannon Ladwig ’13 celebrated her promotion to Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy by returning to Linfield College for a pinning ceremoney with Eric Schuck, professor of economics. Ladwig, who graduated with a bachelor’s in economics and business management, says Schuck was instrumental in her decision to pursue a Navy career. In addition to being a… Continue Reading Promoted

Alumni notes

1950-59 Dennis Crawford ’56 of Port Townsend, Wash., and wife, Alta, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in Ajijic, Mexico, Dec. 28. Both retired from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. 1960-69 Donald Simpson ’60 of New Zealand is enjoying retirement, travelling with wife, Lorna, and celebrating 50 years together. Simpson regularly plays the church organ and… Continue Reading Alumni notes

History maker

The first reaction was shock, then a mixture of humility and surprise, followed by honor. Gale Castillo ’73 felt a range of emotions upon being informed she would be one of four 2019 recipients of the Oregon Historical Society’s History Makers Medal. Past awardees include Nike co-founder Phil Knight, Columbia Sportswear board chair Gert Boyle… Continue Reading History maker

Nursing grad wins national title

Flipping upside down through the air has become second nature to Olivia McDaniel ’18. The gymnast turned pole vaulter put the skill to good use, winning the 2019 NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field National Championship in Boston, Massachusetts, in March. McDaniel secured the title when she cleared a personal best of 12 feet-11½ inches.… Continue Reading Nursing grad wins national title

Play (summer) ball!

Ben Whitt ’21 (right) is among a group of Linfield student-athletes preparing to hone his baseball skills during the summer months. Linfield has a long history of sending players to collegiate summer baseball leagues. So if you can, cheer on a Linfield player competing near you this summer. Sam Adams ’22 – Bend Bucks Griffin… Continue Reading Play (summer) ball!

Spring 2019 videos

Law, Rights, and Justice major Tedx Inauguration New nursing campus Margaret (Parent) Lutz ’43 Bruce Stewart ’49 Morgan Chamberlain ’20 Trading places