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2015 Winter Magazine

Linfield alumni bring value to their fields, communities In early November, every time I turned on my car radio, another outstanding Linfi eld graduate was in the news. I heard Margaret (Shepard) Van Vliet ’85, director of Oregon Housing and Community Services, interviewed about homelessness in Oregon. Another day, Michael Lindblad ’94, Oregon’s Teacher of the Year, was featured on Oregon Public Broadcasting’s Think Out Loud. Later that same week, OPB ran a story about the sale of 10 Barrel Brewing, co-owned by Garret Wales ’06. On three different days the program featured Linfi eld alumni from three different decades who work in three very different fi elds. They are leaders in business, education and community service. Each 2 4 - l i n f i e l d m a g a z i n e Winter 2015 graduate differs in style and skill set and yet all of them are impacting Oregon. I listened with pride as our alumni were interviewed. Each sounded so articulate. Clearly, they are the products of a liberal arts education and used this opportunity to practice critical thinking and clear communication skills. Though not all alumni are on the radio each week, it was a wonderful reminder that Linfi eld is educating creative leaders who are engaged locally, nationally and globally. Our alumni bring value to their communities whether they are educators, civic leaders or business owners. I’m glad I happened to tune in just in time to hear a few of them shine. Director of Alumni and Parent Relations Pencil us in! Denver Saturday, March 7, noon Denver ChopHouse & Brewery Hosted by Eric Deffenbaugh ’00 and Justin Ball ’00 Palm Desert Friday, March 20, noon Desert Willow Golf Resort Los Angeles Saturday, March 21 TBD location, time Reno Wednesday, March 25, 6 p.m. Washoe Steakhouse Hosted by Debbie Day – Debbie Harmon Ferry ’90 Boise Tuesday, April 7, 6 p.m. Hillcrest Country Club Hosted by Gary Smith ’72 Eugene Tuesday, April 14, noon Oregon Electric Station San Francisco Wednesday, April 15, 6 p.m. Bin 38 Nursing Alumni celebration Saturday, April 25, 12:30 p.m. Portland Campus Mom’s Weekend May 1-2 For more information, call 503-883-2547 or alumni@linfield.edu, linfield.edu/alumni Caption this 1970s photo from the Linfield College Archives of the late Elmer Fricke, professor emeritus of math, and the most inventive entry will win a $20 gift card from the Linfield Bookstore. Responses may be included in an upcoming Linfield publication. Email creative entries to alumni@linfield.edu.


2015 Winter Magazine
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