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Linfield Mag 28 Fall 2014

President’s Report available online The 2012-13 President’s Annual Report is available online, linfield.edu/ presidents-report. It records some of the college’s recent successes, provides an overview of the strategic plan and offers several stories about how philanthropy affects the Linfield community. Linfield recognized for excellence Several publications recognized Linfield for academic excellence this year. Linfield was named one of the region’s top schools by The Princeton Review and recognized for academic strength, sense of community and study abroad programs. Linfield was one of 125 colleges chosen for the “Best in the West” section of the website feature, “2014 Best Colleges: Region by Region.” The college was ranked 123 in the latest U.S. News & World Report survey of the nation’s best liberal arts colleges. The annual survey ranked nearly 1,400 schools in a variety of categories including retention, graduation rate, class size, caliber of students and quality of faculty. Linfield tied for 123 with St. John’s College in Maryland and Wittenberg University in Ohio. Books by Linfield professors recognized nationally 4 - l i n f i e l d m a g a z i n e Fall 2013 Washington Monthly named Linfield as one of the top liberal arts colleges where you get the “Best Bang for the Buck.” The ranking is a list of colleges that do the best job of helping non-wealthy students earn degrees at affordable prices. Out of 1,572 colleges and universities in the publications’ broader rankings, only 349 made the cut as best-bang-for-the-buck schools. Linfield team wins problem solving competition A team of Linfield sociology students placed first in the Judith Little Problem Solving Competition at the Association of Applied and Clinical Sociologists meetings in Portland Oct. 3-5. Students were presented with a problem to solve for a community partner. Linfield students were asked to develop a method by which the Well Arts Institute could expand their base and work with larger organizations. They received their assignment Thursday at noon, and had until Saturday at 3:30 to consult with applied sociologists, conduct online research, and attend conference panels and listen to papers that were relevant to their problem. From that, they developed a proposal to present to a public audience, which included three judges and the community partner. Linfield’s team was judged to have the most professional and comprehensive solution to the problem presented by Well Arts. They are discussing a possible internship where they might be able to implement part of their proposal. The Linfield team was comprised of Ines Peña ’15, Flora Maciel Garibay ’15 and Gina Castillo ’14. Grants awarded to faculty, college Linfield faculty continue to succeed in attracting outside support for programs and students. • The Jack Miller Center awarded Nicholas Buccola, associate professor of political science, a grant to support the Constitution Day lecture, “FDR, Obama & How Presidents Drop Bombs.” This lecture is part of a series of activities of the Douglass Forum for Law, Rights, and Justice and the Legacies of War theme for PLACE (Program for Liberal Arts and Civic Engagement). • The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation awarded the Linfield-Good Samaritan School of Nursing its fifth New Careers in Nursing grant supporting a scholarship program. These scholarships go to students from populations underrepresented in nursing, who have a bachelor’s degree and are pursuing a second degree through Linfield’s accelerated nursing program. Linfield d i g e s t Two Linfield professors have been recognized with national prizes for books they have authored. Anna Keesey, the Renshaw Distinguished Professor of Literature and Writing, received the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize for Little Century. The award is given each year by the University of Rochester to a book of prose fiction by an American woman. The novel, published in 2012 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in New York City, was chosen for the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers program, and was praised by The New York Times, The Boston Globe and The Washington Post. Lissa Wadewitz, associate professor of history, received a pair of awards for her latest book, The Nature of Borders: Salmon, Boundaries, and Bandits on the Salish Sea. The John Lyman Book Award from the North American Society for Oceanic History is awarded annually to “recognize excellence in the publication of books that make significant contributions to the study and understanding of maritime and naval history.” She also received the Hal K. Rothman prize from the Western History Association. This award is made once every two years to “the best book in western environmental history defined in its broadest sense.” The Nature of Borders won over all other entries from 2011 and 2012. Anna Keesey Lissa Wadewitz


Linfield Mag 28 Fall 2014
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