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Guyot provided her take on ways humans are connected – or disconnected – from the ecosystems that support us. Third place: Sabine Ganezer ’19 Humanity’s relentless drive to shape the landscape around us was the theme of Ganezer’s essay. Honorable mention: Elsa Harris ’19 Harris’ entry was a moving account of her passion for birding and preserving the natural environments of the Pacific Northwest. Faculty spend summer pursuing knowledge and research Summer is an important time for Linfield College faculty to pursue research, deepen their knowledge in their field and prepare for the next academic year. This includes attending conferences and participating in professional activities. For some, this also includes the opportunity to present their research and ideas. Professors Susan Currie Sivek and Leonard Finkelman are just two Linfield faculty members who had this opportunity. Sivek presented a poster as a finalist for the Great Ideas for Teachers competition sponsored by the Scholastic Journalism Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication as well as the Community College Journalism Association. Sivek was named a finalist for two ideas she submitted, but could only present one of them. Finkelman presented at the International Society for the History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Biology conference in early July in Montreal, Canada. His talk, “De-Extinction and the Conception of Species,” looked at the new area of de-extinction from a philosophic perspective. Read what 24 other Linfield College faculty did with their summers. linfield.edu/ linfield-news/linfield-faculty-summer reports from high school counselors across the country, institutional data and independent student surveys. According to a survey of Linfield students conducted by The Princeton Review, the college “is all about providing a well-rounded education for each and every student who steps on campus.” Students also raved about the college’s “studious atmosphere and excellent support base,” and said “the school was built with the students’ best interests in mind.” Linfield was recognized earlier this year for its sustainability efforts by being included in the 2015 Princeton Review Guide to 353 Green Colleges. The annual guide was launched in 2010 and Linfield College has been included in every edition. Linfield placed in the top half of Forbes Magazine’s list of America’s Top Colleges. Of the 650 colleges ranked, Linfield came in at 278th overall, and placed in the top 50 for colleges in the west. Further, Linfield ranked second in Oregon on the Forbes Financial Grade, a proprietary measurement that looks at nine components to measure the financial health of private institutions. Students win prizes with summer essays Four incoming students earned prizes in the Summer Common Reading essay contest. The annual contest, open to all new first-year and transfer students, was based on this year’s common read, The Sixth Extinction, by Elizabeth Kolbert. Prizes included free textbooks and gift certificates to Barnes and Noble Bookstore, sponsored by the Linfield College Office of Enrollment Services. First place: Yasmeen Ramos ’19 In her winning essay, Ramos shared how running nature trails during a visit to Spain deepened her appreciation for the natural environment. Second place: Ruby Guyot ’19 Flower power Linfield students in the First CLAS pre-orientation program painted a bike rack area on campus in August. They were part of 92 new students who kicked off their Linfield College experiences a week early by taking part in one of four pre-orientation programs. In addition to First CLAS, a service-learning and leadership program, students could take part in iFOCUS, an interdisciplinary science hands-on laboratory and field experience; the SOIL Project, which taught students what it means to live sustainably at Linfield and in the McMinnville community; and AHA, an Arts and Humanities in Action immersion lab. Fall 2015 l i n f i e l d m a g a z i n e - 5


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