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Returning to th Like their classmates, Kathie Byers ’14 and Stephanie She works with playwrights, agents and casting and helps Mulligan ’13 tackle essays and tests. But at the end of the select the season’s shows. Mulligan also handles the majority of day these nontraditional students make the transition from the company’s dramaturgical writing, and serves as director and college student to professional, attending to commitments as stage manager for productions. community activist and theatre professional. However, as Mulligan’s career Byers and Mulligan are among the 3 percent progressed she considered returning to the of students on the McMinnville Campus age “I realized I had to classroom. Attaining a degree became a 25 or older. personal goal. Byers’ return to school is tied to her evaluate what “We only have so many trips around community involvement. During a 20-year the sun,” she said. “My return to school career as a paralegal, the Linfield business I wanted to do with includes a personal pledge I made to my late Local Individuals Committed to Sheridan. my life; did I want mother and father, both of whom were in as having grown Now, education field.the management major helped found LINCS, Her work with LINCS developed into a an artist, I find a longing to finish what to remain a paralegal passion for working with youth. I started all those years ago.” “I realized I had to evaluate what I or keep working Both say the process has been wanted to do with my life; did I want to challenging. Finding the right fit to meet remain a paralegal or keep working with with youth in their educational goals and professional youth in the community?” she said. needs was important. With the support of her husband and the community?” Days begin early for Mulligan, who three children, she took a leap of faith, quit has a 75-minute commute from Portland. her job and pursued her passion. – Kathie Byers ’14 Seizing every moment, she uses the drive Like Byers, Mulligan also came to to listen to recorded notes for class before question her career goals. When she started working late into the night. working in theatre, Mulligan had numerous “I wanted to stay in Oregon opportunities without a college degree, ultimately landing and continue working but I also wanted to be challenged at Artists Repertory Theatre in Portland as literary manager and academically. I was not looking for a rubber stamp diploma,” artistic associate. Mulligan said. “Linfield appealed to me through the prestigious quality of the educators and the small size of the institution that ensures the kind of personal attention needed to thrive.” Byers, too, is familiar with a hectic schedule. She commutes to campus four days a week while working 12-20 hours at LINCS. Similarly, Linfield had the qualities Byers was looking for, including convenient location. However, the size is what ultimately drew her. Juggling work, a household, parenting, marriage and full-time classes is no simple task and having professors who know their students as more than just a number was essential, she said. “I have professors who say, ‘I will be here for you,’” said Byers. Kathie Byers ’14 high fives students who participate in LINCS, Local Individuals Committed to Sheridan, a program she helped found to support local youth.


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