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The South Tillamook County Library in Pacific City proved a rich source of information during the two-year project. From left, Professor Kathleen Spring, Daphne Dossett ’13, Professor Ty Marshall, Whitney Weber ’14, Jenny Layton ’14 and Andrea Snyder ’14 gather dory information from books, magazines and newspapers. parade, hoped to instill in his son patience waiting for a bite and the willingness to learn new techniques. “Everyone in this Gifts put students in the field neighborhood will tie on differently,” said JJ. “I’m still learning different tricks.” The students who worked on the Dory Project were part of a larger contingent – 54 – engaged in faculty- Experiential learning by a variety of grants and gifts to the college. In additionstudent collaborative projects last summer, made possible to the Pacific City dory project, students explored topics The nine students involved in the project (see sidebar on including Burmese refugees in Thailand, sponges in page 13) have become familiar with terms like double ender, Oregon estuaries and the economic impact of mountain cannonball and gaff hook. But more than that, the experience has biking in Oregon. enabled them to apply critical thinking skills from their classes, Experiential learning is one of the core themes in while forging meaningful ties with faculty outside the classroom. Linfield’s newly adopted strategic plan, according to Susan Whitney Weber ’14 conducted many of the interviews and has Agre-Kippenhan, vice president for academic affairs and honed her public speaking skills. “I have to think on the spot,” dean of faculty. said Weber, who has her eye on a career in communication and “Learning outside the classroom reinforces what marketing. “The interview can go in any direction and I have to students learn inside the classroom,” she said. “We reel it back in.” appreciate the gifts that make possible these types of A single interview might touch on a wealth of issues – unique educational experiences for students.” politics, gender roles, economy, the decline of fisheries. In order Fall 2012 l i n f i e l d m a g a z i n e - 1 1


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