Last spring, I attended the memorial service for Arnold Owens ’55. He passed away suddenly while in Wisconsin supporting the Linfield baseball team’s run for the national title. I was not surprised to see the church bursting at the seams or the many coaches, fans and baseball players who attended the service. Nor was I surprised to see many of Arnold’s classmates, fellow Linfield alumni from the ’50s. But what did surprise me were the many alumni from the ’70s, the ’90s and current students. Many of those folks would not have known Arnold or 2 4 - l i n f i e l d m a g a z i n e Fall 2013 his wife, Marilyn (Gilbertson) ’53, except for their common love of Linfield – and of baseball. Marilyn was surrounded by family, but she was also comforted by another kind of family – her Linfield family. I am often reminded of the benefits alumni receive when they remain connected to Linfield, such as the value added when professional networks are strengthened. However, that day I learned how much I appreciated how one person’s life can be celebrated and enhanced through connections that have little to do with vocation, but may provide the right kind of support when it is most needed. – Debbie Harmon Ferry ’90 Director of Alumni and Parent Relations a l u m n i n e w s Alumni benefit: Linfield connections remain strong Alumni updates Networking reception Tuesday, Nov. 19, 5:30 p.m. Join Linfield alumni for an event hosted by Ashlee (Tucker) Moehring ’02 of Sellwood Consulting. Bring business cards and meet others who understand the value of a Linfield education. So-Cal receptions March 12-14 Make connections with Linfield and friends at three events in Southern California. Watch the website for details. For more information, contact Debbie Harmon Ferry ’90, director of alumni and parent relations, 503-883-2547, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.linfield.edu/alumni. New alumni board member named Lauren Ross ’11, AmeriCorps employee, is the newest member to join the Alumni Leadership Council. Ross will work with the ALC to provide input and direction for alumni events, services, programming and communications. The group meets three times each year to discuss how to nurture lifelong connections with the Linfield community. For more information, email email@example.com. Cat Camp boosts spirit First-year and transfer students, along with their parents and families, packed the Maxwell Field grandstands to take part in Cat Camp, a new orientation event focused on enhancing school spirit. Wearing Linfield t-shirts and sunglasses, students waved foam Wildcat paws as they were introduced to Linfield’s academic and athletic traditions. They played trivia games with prizes, watched cheerleaders perform chants, learned the Wildcat fight song, formed a human tunnel on the field and cheered as if the football team had just scored the winning touchdown. Organizers hope the event will encourage students to support each other during athletic events, plays, concerts and other activities, build school spirit and create a lasting tradition. Linfield welcomed 449 incoming freshmen and 66 transfer students this fall.
Linfield Mag 28 Fall 2014
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