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2014 Fall Linfield Magazine

4 - l i n f i e l d m a g a z i n e Fall 2014 Ignorance explored in summer essay contest Four incoming students earned prizes after entering the Summer Common Reading essay contest. The annual contest, open to all first-year and transfer students, was based on this year’s Common Read, Ignorance: How It Drives Science by Stuart Firestein, who spoke at Linfield’s opening convocation in August. Prizes included gift certificates to Barnes and Noble Linfield College Bookstore and were sponsored by the Linfield College Office of Enrollment. The Common Read project identifies a single book for all first-year and transfer students, and serves as a centerpiece for discussions and special programs throughout the year during Colloquium and the college’s PLACE initiative (Program in the Liberal Arts and Civic Engagement). This year’s PLACE theme is “How do we know? Paths to wisdom.” First place – Ehren Cahill ’18 Cahill thoroughly explores his own ignorance and what this realization means to him on the cusp of his next big adventure – college. “Firestein has helped me become aware of my own ignorance and has not only inspired me to continue asking questions, but also to ask questions that will help me direct my journey in higher education. Ignorance is unbound, why should we try to change that?” Second place – Maddy McCaslin ’18 McCaslin makes a convincing argument for the value of ignorance, stating “embracing ignorance opens the doors of discovery in areas one may have previously dismissed as outside of their expertise.” Third place – Emma Coleman ’18 Coleman applied the book in her own life by taking inventory of subjects she felt she knew a lot about and discovering that, in fact, her own ignorance was vast on these topics. Coleman states the value of ignorance when she writes, “Without ignorance, there is no progression, no change, no means of expansion.” Transfer student winner – Suzanne Johnson ’16 Johnson writes about acknowledging and addressing her own ignorance through making meaningful connections between her world religions and political science courses. Her statement “each day provides an opportunity to ask a new question or look at a previous question in a new light” is the perfect challenge for those embarking on their journey at Linfield College. Read the full essays: linfield.edu/linfieldnews/ essay-winners Web videos feature staff, students Linfield College has launched two new video series, one targeted at parents and the other profiling current Linfield students. Tips for Parents is a new series featuring interviews with campus experts on topics of keen interest to parents. Launched in September, new videos are posted every two weeks. So far, interviews have covered parenting college students, residence life, career development and studying abroad. Check out the slate of interviews at linfield.edu/parents/parent-videos. Student Stories is a monthly profile of a current Linfield College student. In September, ASLC Vice President Ivanna Tucker ’15 talked about her Linfield experience. In October, cross country and track athlete Chad Linnerooth ’15 talked about how he chose Linfield, and how his professors and coaches have helped him find his career interests. You can see the profiles, as well as other Linfield videos, at youtube.com/ linfieldcollege/videos. Renovation results in Student Central The lower level of Melrose Hall had a major face-lift this summer and is now Student Central, designed to create a centralized space to provide for easier access by students, faculty and the community. The offices located there are Registrar, Financial Aid, Student Accounts, Learning Support Services, Career Development and Academic Advising. In addition to the work in Melrose, renovations in Walker Hall have also resulted in some changes. International Programs and the Political Science Department are now housed on the first floor of Walker Hall. The Anthropology Museum exhibits will now be featured in display cases throughout the ground floor atrium area in Walker. Shaik Ismail, director of International Programs, and Debbie Harmon Ferry ’90, director of alumni and parent relations, taping a Tips for Parents segment.


2014 Fall Linfield Magazine
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