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Linfield’s Habitat connection When a group of Linfield College students arrived at the Habitat for Humanity work site for Alternative Spring Break, two retired Linfield professors were there to hand them their hardhats. Doug Cruikshank, education, and Howard Leichter, political science, are two of a long line of Linfield- affiliated volunteers for the McMinnville Habitat for Humanity organization. They work three days a week and are part of a team of seven. Founded in 1991, the organization has built more than 40 homes with families in the McMinnville area. Bernie Turner, Linfield trustee, was instrumental in the founding, and others with Linfield ties have been associated as well, including site supervisor Cliff Probasco ’69, Marianne Mills ’72, John Hare (biology), Jim Duke (psychology) and Jack Alin (mathematics), to name a few. Led by then-Chaplain Bill Apel, Linfield formed Oregon’s first campus chapter of Habitat for Humanity in 1990. Cruikshank joined the group after retiring from Linfield in 2001 with no prior construction experience. He is now a leader in the program, having served as president and a board member, and has worked on 14 homes. “It has become a very satisfying second occupation,” he said. “Not only am I helping a population that needs housing, I’m working with great people and learning new things for myself.” Leichter began volunteering after retiring from Linfield in 2008, and has since helped build seven homes. He said he was reminded of how dedicated and hardworking Linfield students are during their week of service in March. “At Linfield, we are part of a larger McMinnville community and it’s a very positive relationship,” said Leichter. “This was an opportunity for me to continue to be engaged, and to strengthen the town-gown relationship.” Summer 2015 l i n f i e l d m a g a z i n e - 1 1 Chaplain’s Team FirstCLAS Linfield Activities Board Change Corps SMART Linfield Clubs ASLC Athletics Linfield Community Garden Alternative Spring Break Sustainability Admission Ambassadors Nursing Clinicals Gearing up Engaged students are essential to the engine of a thriving community. This year, more than 800 Linfield students participated in a wide range of service areas, contributing more than 47,000 hours. Watch video: youtube.com/linfieldcollege/videos Meet the Linfield Change Corps The student leadership team organizes service learning opportunities for their peers. Erin Carson ’15, international relations major, Camas, Wash. Chandler Colllins ’15, psychology major, Portland Mikayla Frei ’17, political science major, Lostine Sara Gomez ’17, political science major, Ketchikan, Alaska Alyssa Kaplan ’17, elementary education major, Seattle, Wash. Special Lovincey ’16, mass communication major, Aloha Casey Thein ’15, biology major, Burns linfield.edu/serve


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