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traditional boot camp “I’m stunned at how worldly they are after they graduate,” he said. “I can’t help but believe that it emanates from their broader background. It’s not necessarily the background that I give them. I am a great fan of the liberal arts and I believe our accounting students are outstanding, in part, because of their broad, nonaccounting coursework. I have many colleagues in other departments to thank for that. ” Branding About 10 years ago, a student walked in and asked Jones for permission to miss a class. He needed to go home to eastern Oregon and help with branding. Jones granted permission with the understanding that the next year he would get an invitation to join him. The following spring Jones accompanied Jacob Collier ’03 and four other students and spent a weekend on the ranch helping with spring branding. “He jumped right in, wrestling the Mike Jones is the Harold C. Elkinton Professor of Accounting and the longest-serving full-time faculty member at Linfield, with 35 years of distinguished service. He was named The Edith Green Distinguished Professor in May, given to a senior faculty member who demonstrates sustained excellence in the classroom and has worked to enhance Linfield’s commitment to academic excellence. calves and working the cows through the chute,” Collier said. “He was up for anything and everything and willing to try.” Collier, now a CPA with Guyer & Associates in Baker City, switched his major to accounting after taking only one class from Jones. “He is one of the big reasons I am in accounting,” he said. “He was engaging, took personal interest in his students and you could ask him any question. He loved what he was doing.” Using social media Jones knows the value of establishing networks and connections. He is well known in the accounting profession and has been instrumental in connecting Linfield students with professional opportunities. He’s taken to social media and has created a Facebook group made up solely of Linfield accounting graduates. “If you get a degree in accounting, you can do just about anything,” he said. “I hope what they take away is that they went through a first-class program in a first-class school and they can do anything. That’s the kind of thing we need to think about as teachers. “A teacher has to really like and be excited about the material,” he said. “That excitement can rub off. I think that’s the key thing for effective teaching, regardless of the discipline.” – Mardi Mileham Summer 2013 l i n f i e l d m a g a z i n e - 1 7


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