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2016 Linfield Magazine Summer

a l u m n i n o t e s 2 6 - l i n f i e l d m a g a z i n e Summer 2016 #WeAreLinfield Linfield held its firstever Giving Day on April 26. I was pleased to participate and to see the effect Giving Day had on all of our constituents. Our role in alumni relations is to encourage graduates to support their alma mater, both financially and in other ways, but we do much more than that. We help connect alumni to Linfield and to each other, reminding them that they are part of a larger community, and encouraging them to take pride in all the successes and accomplishments of the institution and each other. Giving Day was about all of those things. Even as alumni and friends were encouraged to make gifts to support the college, they also posted videos and pictures using #WeAreLinfield. They challenged friends around the world to participate. They posted messages about their Linfield experience on Twitter and Facebook. It was a day to feel good about being part of the greater Linfield community. I felt a common purpose as colleagues across campus in multicultural programs, theatre, career development, athletics and other departments participated. I cherished the moment when an alumnus from the ’50s stopped by Riley Hall and shared his stories with current students. I beamed with pride as gifts and messages rolled in from Hawaii, Washington D.C., Chicago, Scotland and Japan. So in my book, Giving Day was a huge success. Not only did we raise money for the college, we were also once again reminded that #WeAreLinfield. – Debbie Harmon Ferry ’90 Director of Alumni and Parent Relations From Linfield to hospital ministry Krysta Baglien ’08 and Paul Griego ’07, who were first connected by their mutual relationship with Linfield Chaplain David Massey ’78, have now reconnected in their careers. As Linfield students, Baglien was involved with Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Griego with the Chaplain’s Team, both growing close to Massey, whose nickname is “Chap.” “Chap introduced us both to a different way of looking at faith than what we had grown up with,” said Baglien. “He was and is a mentor to both of us.” Baglien and Griego earned master’s degrees in divinity – Baglien at Yale Divinity School and Griego at Iliff School of Theology. They now serve together as part of an eight-person spiritual care team at Children’s Hospital Colorado. Griego covers the Pediatric ICU and in-patient rehab floors, while Baglien covers the Neonatal ICU, Maternal Fetal Unit and Pulmonary floors. “Our staff is excellent at supporting each other and really works to provide the best possible spiritual care to patients, families and staff here at the hospital. I am proud to call Krysta a teammate and a friend,” said Griego. Krysta Baglien ’08 and Paul Griego ’07, with Linfield College Chaplain David Massey ’78, right, after Griego’s ordination in the United Church of Christ on Oct. 18, 2015.


2016 Linfield Magazine Summer
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