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2014 Summer Linfield Magazine

DCE director named Laura Brener has been named director of online and continuing education at Linfield College. Brener has had a long career in adult and continuing education, with 20 years of teaching and 11 years in higher education administration. As vice president of instruction at Lower Columbia College in Longview, Wash., she planned, developed and coordinated the college’s instructional offerings. She was responsible for transfer, workforce, transitional studies, eLearning, continuing education and community education. She provided leadership for the expansion of eLearning at Lower Columbia including broadening student services and creating professional development opportunities for teaching online. She has also had extensive experience developing and implementing strategies for student success, including programs that aid in the transition to four-year colleges, integrate library 4 - l i n f i e l d m a g a z i n e Summer 2014 services with tutoring and learning, and expand credit for prior learning options. Brener was previously dean of instruction and academic programs and taught history at Centralia College. She also taught at Whitman College and Walla Walla Community College. She has a bachelor’s degree in sociology and education, and a master’s in U.S. history, both from State University of New York at Stony Brook. Faculty recognized with annual awards Linfield College faculty members have been recognized for outstanding contributions to the college. Randy Grant, professor of economics: The Allen and Pat Kelley Faculty Scholar Award, recognizing outstanding scholarly achievement. Lex Runciman, professor of English: The Edith Green Distinguished Professorship Award, recognizing a senior faculty member who demonstrates sustained excellence in the classroom and has worked creatively to enhance Linfield’s commitment to academic excellence. Patrick Cottrell, associate professor of political science: The Samuel H. Graf Faculty Achievement Award recognizing a faculty member who has made an outstanding contribution to the life of the college that extends beyond his or her regular duties. Ron Mills de Pinyas, professor of art: The Julie Olds and Thomas Hellie Creative Achievement Award, honoring outstanding creative work that has been recognized by peers and has been or is slated for dissemination in ways appropriate for the specific focuses of the work. The following faculty were awarded John B. Housley Memorial International Study awards: Peter Buckingham, professor of history, to further ongoing research in Ireland for a biography of Thomas Aloysius Hickey (1868-1925). Henny Breen, assistant professor of nursing, to support research studying the knowledge, attitudes and beliefs of perinatal Malawian women regarding infant feeding practices and HIV. Tom Love, professor of anthropology, to conduct fieldwork on a medicinal plant program in Peru this summer, continuing work with a multidisciplinary project in the central Andes with which he and Linfield students have been involved since 2009. Summers named Hansen Chair in Economics A new endowed faculty chair, made possible by gifts and bequests from alumni and friends of the college, will support the study of economics at Linfield. The chair is named for Dave Hansen, who retired as professor of economics in 2012 after 43 years. It honors the tremendous, positive impact he had on Linfield’s students. Jeff Summers, professor of economics, has been named the inaugural Dave Hansen Endowed Chair Bike co-op gets a new look Linfield’s bicycle co-op, formerly The Pop Shop, has a new look, thanks to students in Totem Shriver’s Studio Practices 101 art class this spring. Inspired by artist Sol LeWitt, students created a dynamic and colorful design that provides a beautiful and intriguing mural for students on campus, those who run the bike shop and the community as a whole. Students spent about five class periods painting the building and received much positive feedback.


2014 Summer Linfield Magazine
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