Gift a game-changer for theater program A generous contribution from Trustee Ronni Lacroute will transform theater education at Linfield for generations to come. An endowment created by Lacroute’s gift funds a new tenure-track position in theater. It also endows a chair in Shakespeare Studies. Daniel Pollack-Pelzner, professor of English, at Linfield since 2010, is the first holder of the Ronni Lacroute Endowed Chair in Shakespeare Studies. Lindsey Mantoan, assistant professor of theatre, will join the Theatre and Communication Arts department July 1. “This major gift from Linfield Trustee Ronni Lacroute demonstrates once again that she is deeply committed to arts and culture in Oregon,” said Thomas L. Hellie, Linfield president. “Ronni’s generosity inspires all of us to do more for our students and for the liberal arts.” Lacroute developed a passion for the arts and liberal arts education during her student years at Cornell University. “Linfield must be able to attract and retain remarkable faculty who reach out beyond Linfield and are respected by the broader community,” Lacroute said. “That will attract students.” Pollack-Pelzner, she said, is one of the best and brightest in the country when it comes to Shakespeare scholarship, and she’s particularly excited that he will be the first endowed chair in Shakespeare Studies. Lacroute previously established the Lacroute Arts Fund, which makes possible the Lacroute Arts Series at Linfield. The series is dedicated to connecting students with artists in meaningful ways, and helping the college present art events and activities for the campus and the wider community. It provides programs featuring artists in music, art and visual culture, as well as theater and communication arts. March, Stephanie Mulligan ’13 guest directed Circle Mirror Transformation, the story of four lost New Englanders enrolled in a community center drama class. Actors included, from left, Arianna Strong ’18, Antoine Johnson ’19, Bailey Sipila ’17, Ben Bartu ’18 and Joella Cordelle ’17. 4 - l i n f i e l d m a g a z i n e Spring 2017 In Two earn prestigious scholarships Lizette Becerra ’18, left, and Sara Gómez Horta ’17 Sara Gómez Horta ’17 and Lizette Becerra ’18 have earned scholarships to study abroad. Gómez Horta, an English literature and political science double major from Ketchikan, Alaska, will start a public policy master’s program in Beijing, China, this fall after being named a Schwarzman Scholar. She was one of 129 scholars selected from some 3,000 applicants for the program, meant to educate and prepare students to confront challenges of the coming century and develop a deeper understanding of China. Scholars will live and study together at Schwarzman College built exclusively for the program at Tsinghua University. Expenses for each scholar are fully funded by the program. Becerra, a Latin American Studies major from Seattle, Wash., is studying abroad in Quito, Ecuador, after receiving $5,000 from the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program. She will study at the Universidad San Francisco De Quito, taking courses on race, ethnicity and the culture of Ecuador. Becerra is posting weekly bilingual blog entries reflecting on her experiences, allowing others to follow her travels. Once back in the United States, she will share travel insights with Latino parents through a presentation during the Spanish orientation program at Linfield.
Linfield Magazine Spring 2017
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