19 Linfield things to love from 2019
A jump in first generation enrollment, an inauguration and students showcasing their talents made 2019 a year to remember.
Increases in first generation and first-year enrollment
A record 42 percent of Linfield’s first-year students are the first in their families to attend college. Many of them are recipients of the Linfield First Scholarship which focuses on access to a Linfield education and mentorship from students, faculty and staff. After three years of first-year student enrollment under 400, the incoming class boasted 459 students. The Linfield Magazine addressed the impact of a college education for first generation students and their families.
Remembering “A beautiful day in the neighborhood”
Ahead of the “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” movie release, former Linfield President Charlie Walker and wife Cherie reminisced about their connection to Mister Rogers. Linfield gave Fred Rogers an honorary degree at the 1982 commencement. “As we got up on the stage,” Charlie Walker told KGW, “The seniors all stood up in mass. I wondered what’s this all about and they began to sing, ‘It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood,’ … without a moment of hesitation, he went right to the microphone and looked at them and said, ‘It really is a beautiful day in our neighborhood here.’” Linfield’s own, Starla Pointer ’82, who graduated that day, wrote the Walkers’ account for the News-Register.
Linfield inaugurates President Miles K. Davis
The Linfield community celebrated the inauguration of Miles K. Davis, the 20th president in college history in March. Festivities included a poster presentation by students, a talk at the Linfield School of Nursing, faculty presentations, events in Portland and McMinnville and, of course, the inauguration ceremony.
Two professors. Two books. Many accolades.
The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Philadelphia Inquirer, Whoopi Goldberg and many more have lauded The Fire Is Upon Us: James Baldwin, William F. Buckley Jr., and the Debate Over Race in America, the latest book by Nicholas Buccola, the Elizabeth and Morris Glicksman chair in political science.
Professor Buccola’s book wasn’t the only publication in 2019 to earn praise. Joe Wilkins, director of creative writing and associate professor of English and environmental studies, released his debut novel Fall Back Down When I Die on March 12. It’s up for a 2020 Pacific Northwest Book Award, and it was on the short list for the 2019 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize.
Pioneer carillon chimes once again
The melodic tones of the Pioneer bells can be heard across Linfield’s McMinnville campus once again. The carillon, which is located in the cupola of the historic Pioneer Hall, was repaired by the Utilities Trade team and will continue to ring every half and full hour between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. The bell had been silent since 2014.
Return of the Mack
An all-new Mack the Wildcat received a warm welcome at Homecoming. The campus community got a sneak-peek at the ASLC pep rally and more than 3,000 Wildcat fans met Mack prior to the football game. See how Mack got back in the game with help from some current students and employees.
The Linfield community takes a stance against hazing
Linfield student groups, including all seven fraternities and sororities and nearly every athletic team, united to participate in National Hazing Prevention Week Sept. 23–27. Activities were designed to raise awareness, educate the Linfield community and prevent hazing. The week included a social media event, #NoHazeLinfield.
Donors stepped up to support Linfield students
Linfield’s 4th annual Giving Day, held May 1, demonstrated the generosity and commitment of the Linfield community to provide Linfield students a life-changing education. Over a span of 29 hours and spurred by a matching gift of $200,000 by the Board of Trustees, we raised more than $425,000 from over 705 donors, exceeding our goal of $400,000.
Wildhack — a 24-hour competition of ideas
Students brought creativity and innovation (and a whole lot of coffee) to the inaugural Wildhack competition this spring. Teams had 24 hours to survey the landscape in higher education and suggest proposals about better ways to recruit and retain students. Winning team members (L-R) Luis Perez Morales ’19, Calder Ifft ’21, Cristina Ortiz Mateos ’20 and Mihretabe Gizaw ’20 each earned $1,000 scholarships and an opportunity to present their ideas to the Linfield College Board of Trustees.
Linfield employees share big ideas at TEDxMcMinnville
When Linfield hosted the inaugural TEDxMcMinnville, Under the Microscope, in January, the event was led by many with Linfield ties. Speakers and performers from around the Pacific Northwest kept the crowd of nearly 400 engaged throughout the afternoon. Two talks were given by Linfield employees. Gerardo Ochoa, director of community relations and special assistant to the president (pictured above left), spoke about “The Impact of Mispronouncing a Name,” and David Sumner, professor of English and environmental studies (above right), opined on “How to Disagree Productively.”
“The Streak” continues to garner national attention
The Wildcats continued college football’s longest streak of consecutive winning seasons on Oct. 26. “The Streak” was one of the reasons Linfield was chosen by ESPN as one of the top 50 all-time football programs.
Alumna named an Oregon History Maker
Gale Castillo ’73, was named an Oregon History Maker by the Oregon Historical Society in October. Castillo shared advice for Linfield students during her acceptance speech, “if they do what they love, they can be successful.”
Pets parade costumes in Halloween contest
Jane Failing Hall is embracing its reputation as an “animal house.” This Halloween, 11 of the more than 20 pets living on-campus entered a costume contest. Judges thought Tom’s “Tacky Tourist” costume was the cat’s meow, gaining him and owner Kiana Morrison ’23 local media attention from KGW, as well as $100-worth of pet supplies.
Four faculty members named Lacroute Scholars
Linfield announced in June the creation of The Lacroute Initiative for Advancing the Liberal Arts. Based upon her long-term commitment to Linfield’s mission, Trustee Ronni Lacroute completed a generous gift intended to reinforce the central nature of the liberal arts to the college’s curriculum. The inaugural Lacroute Scholars in the Liberal Arts include (L-R) Jamie Friedman, assistant professor of English; Jennifer Williams, assistant professor of religious studies; Patrick Cottrell, professor of political science; and Leonard Finkelman, assistant professor of philosophy.
President of Adidas North America visits Linfield
Zion Armstrong, president of Adidas North America, shared his personal and professional story and offered his perspective on the sports apparel industry during a visit to the McMinnville campus. In addition to giving a community talk, he met with business and sport management students and faculty.
Grants roll in to support science education and research
Two Linfield science professors received grants totaling $120,000 from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust to support cancer therapy research. Sreerupa Ray, assistant professor of biology, will research whether gene mutations affect chemotherapy treatments. Andrew Baggett, assistant professor of chemistry, will study a promising new way to potentially stop or slow the spread of certain kinds of cancer in the body.
Additionally, the National Science Foundation awarded a grant to Linfield thanks to a successful proposal by Catherine Reinke, associate professor of biology.
Linfield launches outdoor programs
Linfield is perfectly positioned in the Pacific Northwest. We’re less than an hour from the Oregon Coast, Mount Hood is within driving distance and a multitude of hiking opportunities surround us. For those reasons and more, Linfield launched outdoor programs that offers opportunities for students to explore all that the PNW has to offer.
Wine and business students win again!
Linfield students earned a top prize at the Intercollegiate Wine Business Invitational for a second consecutive year. In 2018, Linfield won the Grand Prize over universities such as Penn State University, Michigan State University and Washington State University. Linfield students followed up in 2019 by earning the top prize in the Business Plan category.