1 0 - l i n f i e l d m a g a z i n e Summer 2015 make a big difference in a local community,” she said. “That’s when I realized this was what I wanted to do.” Community service has been a way of life for Mike McBride ’72, Linfield trustee emeritus, and was bolstered during his student years. In the 1970s, as Linfield enrollment hovered around 1,000 and the Vietnam War raged, McBride took part in blood drives, raised money for community projects and gleaned hazelnuts at a local orchard for the food bank. “We were active, though not nearly with the scope or quality of opportunities Linfield offers now,” he said. He went on to a life of community service, volunteering with Kiwanis, participating on leadership boards and fundraising for community causes like YMCA and Twin Falls Center for the Arts. In 2011, he took part in a Linfield class in Guatemala, working side-by-side with Linfield students and other community members to build five homes for Habitat for Humanity. “We moved 2,000 stone bricks up a hill to the building site,” said McBride, who learned about the indigenous culture and was impressed by the students’ willingness to serve. “They were hardworking and passionate about the experience.” Now chairman of the board of the Idaho Community Foundation, McBride knows those types of experiences will serve students well after their college years. “Linfield is focused on lifelong learning and community service, something the world lacks,” he said. “The college is right to prepare people for service to the world.” Thein couldn’t agree more. He said his four-year involvement with the community engagement office has given him a sense of how easy it is to be involved, and the importance of remaining connected with the community. “I’m a student at this college, but I’m part of the community as well,” he said. “Twenty years down the road, I might not be as directly involved as I am now, but I will still be supporting community programs.” – Laura Davis Nursing students Nathaniel Kyser ’16 and Trang Bui ’16 take the blood pressure of an elementary student during a nursing clinical at St. James Catholic School in McMinnville in March. Nursing clinicals, an important example of community engagement, enable students to gain valuable hands-on skills while providing health screenings to improve the health of a community.
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