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12/9/2005 Linfield fall commencement is Dec. 18

McMINNVILLE -- A total of 139 candidates for degrees will be presented at Linfield College’s fall commencement exercises Sunday, Dec. 18, at 2 p.m. in Ted Wilson Gymnasium.

There are 28 candidates for bachelor’s degrees from the McMinnville Campus, 71 from the Portland Campus and 40 from the Adult Degree Program.

Closing convocation on the Portland Campus will be held Saturday, Dec. 17 at 1 p.m. at the Bethlehem Church, 17979 Stafford Road in Lake Oswego.

Interim President Marvin Henberg will preside over commencement exercises. Barbara Seidman, interim vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty, will present the commencement address. David Massey, college chaplain will present the invocation and Kent Harrop, pastor at the First Baptist Church, will present the benediction.

Seidman joined the Linfield English Department in 1983 and now holds the rank of professor. She currently serves as interim vice president of academic affairs and dean of faculty, having held the associate deanship in that office from 1995-2001. Her academic training in American literature includes special emphases in African American literary studies and the work of women writers. She has also co-taught film courses for over 20 years with colleague Will Lingle in the Mass Communication Department. As associate dean she oversaw the creation of Linfield’s Gender Studies Program, which she continues to coordinate.

Seidman has twice been the recipient of the Edith Green Distinguished Professorship for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, once in 1988-89 and again in 2000-2001. Born in Niagara Falls, N.Y., she received her B.A., graduating summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from the State University of New York at Albany. Her M.A. and Ph.D. in literature were awarded by the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.