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10/10/2003 Four individuals, community honored at Linfield homecoming

McMINNVILLE – Four people and the McMinnville community will be honored with special awards during Linfield College's homecoming celebration Oct. 18.

Dr. Leland Chou of Wilmington, N.C., a 1951 alumnus of Linfield College, will receive Alumnus of the Year award, which is given to alumni who have distinguished themselves by making outstanding contributions to their professions. In 1981 Chou became chair of the Fine Arts Department at College of The Albemarle in Elizabeth City, N.C., where he taught for 16 years. In 1994 Chou founded the Albemarle School of Arts, a free after-school program devoted to arts and music and targeted to low income students. He was also active in the Pasquotank Arts Council Grass Roots Grant Committee, director of the College of The Albemarle community chorus and charter member of the Hope Group, which promotes racial harmony. Prior to moving to Elizabeth City, he was a minister at a Baptist church in Toledo, Ohio.

In 1995 Chou received the Governor's Award for Outstanding Service for his efforts with youth and community projects in Elizabeth City. He is also the founder and chairman of the Albemarle Family Life Council and chairman of the World Community Service of the Elizabeth City Morning Rotary Club.

Chou came to the United States in 1947 at the age of 19. He attended San Francisco City College where he was encouraged to apply for a voice scholarship at Linfield. After completing his Linfield degree, he earned a master's in historical and critical research from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, a master's in sacred music from the Union Theological Seminary in New York and a doctorate in music from the University of Southern California. He and his wife, Lily, moved to Wilmington, N.C. in 2002. They have two sons, Phil and Leon.

Brian Simpson of Arlington, Va., and Jody Stahancyk of Portland will receive Alumni Service Awards, which are given to alumni for their outstanding contributions to Linfield.

Simpson is a 1997 graduate of Linfield with a degree in mass communication and the director of group sales for the National Hockey League's Washington Capitals. He previously worked as director of ticket sales for the Tacoma Sabercats hockey team in Tacoma, Wash., where he helped organize a number of Linfield alumni gatherings at football games and other events. Since moving to Arlington and he has continued volunteering his time organizing events for alumni in the Washington, D.C., area in conjunction with Capitals' games. He and his wife, Tricia, are expecting their first child.

Stahancyk is a 1970 graduate of Linfield with a degree in political science, a successful attorney and active community member. After graduating from Linfield, she completed her law degree at the University of Oregon. In 1973 Stahancyk began her legal practice as a Multnomah County deputy district dttorney,

where she successfully prosecuted for six years. In 1979, she was appointed as the Referee (Pro-tem Judge)

for the Multnomah County Juvenile Court where she sat until 1982. She then spent a year as an assistant Oregon attorney general in the Consumer Protection Division. She moved into private practice in 1986 and is the senior shareholder of Stahancyk, Gearing, Rackner & Kent. She is married to John Crawford and has two children, Seth and Kate.

Stahancyk has served on a variety of local boards, among them the Perry Center, Boys & Girls Club, Children's Charity Ball and Lutheran Family Services. She also served on the Linfield Board of Trustees from 1995 to 2000. Stahancyk has been a strong advocate of mentoring students and has been active in Linfield's Career Mentor Day, which designed to give students an opportunity to explore a profession in which they are interested. Stahancyk regularly employs Linfield students in her practice, providing practical on-the-job experience and an inside look at the legal profession.

Winthrop Dolan of McMinnville will receive the Walker Award, which is given to individuals who have distinguished themselves through long-standing, unselfish and significant service to Linfield College. The award is named in honor of Charles and Cherie Walker. Charles Walker served as president of Linfield College from 1975 to 1992. Dolan is an emeritus professor of mathematics at Linfield, where he taught from 1948 to 1974. During his career at Linfield, he served twice as interim president, in 1968 and 1974. Now an emeritus member of the Linfield Board of Trustees, Dolan served from 1974 to 1989. He was also active in the Linfield Research Institute for many years.

Over the years, Dolan contributed to Linfield College as well as the local community. He's been active in the McMinnville First Baptist Church for more than 50 years. He took an active role in Boy Scouts when his children particiapted. He served on advisory committees for both city and county, spending several years on the board of Community Chest, the predecessor of United Way. He served for eight years on the board of the Housing Authority of Yamhill County, two as chairman. He was active in Gallery Theatre, taking on roles in many plays and musicals. He is the author of "A Choice of Sundials," and author and co-author of several scientific papers. Dolan received his bachelor's degree from Denison University, his master's degree from Harvard University and his Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma. He and his late wife, Thelma, have one daughter and two sons, including John, who received his bachelor's from Linfield in 1971.

The city and people of McMinnville are being presented the Community Award by the Linfield Alumni Association in recognition of community's extraordinary support of Linfield throughout its history. Mayor Ed Gormley and Kathy Bernards, a 1976 graduate and immediate past chair of the Partners-in-Progress campaign, will accept the award. The Community Award was established in 1997 to recognize members of the greater Linfield community for their contributions to and support of the college.