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a l u m n i n o t e s Dale co-founds Dinner with a Dane What started as a social media experiment has turned into a nonprofit organization striving to create bridges between cultures. Amanda Dale ’07, (below, right) who moved to Denmark three years ago to pursue a master’s degree, realized that she and her other classmates didn’t know many natives. Dale and her friend, Nanna Klerk, decided to experiment with the idea of bringing Danish and international residents within Denmark together to create community. “Danes are a bit notorious for being reserved, and many international people in Denmark struggle to build a social or professional network, or ever really feel at home in the country,” said Dale. “Nanna and I thought we could be in a good position to try and change that, for at least a few people.” The result was Dinner with a Dane (DWAD), a nonprofit that brings people together to help ease the transition for people who have relocated to Denmark. Non-natives can go onto the website and fill out a questionnaire regarding their location, family and interests. They are then matched up with Danish volunteers who have registered to host a dinner. Once paired, they decide when the dinner will be held. DWAD currently has around 500 total participants: half are Danish volunteers and the others are immigrants. Dale currently works full time for a relocation company, helping people who move to Copenhagen find housing, carry out necessary registrations, and adjust to life in Denmark. Dale believes that her Linfield experience allowed her to grow in many ways, at her own pace. “I think that everyone has the power to create positive experiences for other people in one way or another,” she said. “This is our way of trying to do that.” – Morgan Gerke ’16 Winter 2016 l i n f i e l d m a g a z i n e - 2 9 his wife, Marilyn (Henderson) ’55; granddaughter, Claire Oliver ’10; and grandson, John “Barrett” Zetterberg ’12. Ken Wheeler ’55 of Portland, Nov. 8. Survivors include sister Oreta ’51. Madelin (White) Druse ’57 of Redding, Calif., Aug. 1. Anne Gilroy ’59 of Sacramento, Calif., Jan. 7. Kermit Ragain ’61 of Gold Hill, Dec. 1. Survivors include son, Kerry ’91, and sister, Kathleen (Ragain) Petersen ’65. Florice Ercell Walker ’70 of Portland, Jan. 7. Loyce (Mixon) Frazier ’71 of Boise, Idaho, Jan. 21. Craig Baker ’77 of Rockaway Beach, Jan. 8, 2015. Virginia (Kirschenman) Renz ’77 of Olympia, Wash., Jan. 19. Regina (Hancock) Love ’78 of Springfield, Aug. 28. Brandon Nelson ’78 of Salt Lake City, Utah, Dec. 21. Betty Dversdal ’81 of Tualatin, Dec. 6. Oakley Elliott ’84 of Sweet Home, Sept. 5. Ruth Lueck ’84 of Cresco, Iowa, Nov. 26. AmieJoe Roper ’15 of Albany, Jan. 6. APRIL 26, 2016 One day. Many dreams. www.linfield.edu/426


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