Earthquakes large and small set off seismographs almost daily on the West Coast. And in Oregon, we’re used to the idea that a catastrophic quake isn’t a question of “if,” but “when.”

A picture of a destroyed structure with the phrase the big one overlaid on the picture.

— by Alexandra Feller ’21

The Cascadia subduction zone, the 700-mile fault line that stretches from Vancouver Island to Northern California, has sourced devastating quakes in the past — and seismologists say it has a 15 to 20% chance of producing a new one in the next 50 years.


Now is not the time for complacency.

Three college students wearing masks and walking on a paved path.
Students masked up walking from class.

— by Erik Stenehjem, director of environmental health and safety, Linfield University

The number of positive cases on our two Linfield University campuses has remained low since we invited students back in August. …

Like something out of CSI, Linfield scientists are digging deep into the mysteries of decomposition. Their painstaking study of an animal’s body may fill a critical information gap for the state crime lab — and help solve missing-person cases.

Two women bending over in a forest inspecting a dead pig in a cage.
Francesca Sheld ’21, left, and Taylor Vogel ’20 record data from a pig cadaver on Jan. 20, the 43rd day of their decomposition research study at Cozine Creek.

— by Kevin Curry ’92, assistant professor of journalism and media studies, Linfield University

A pickup carefully navigates the path to Cozine Creek. The pig in its bed was once destined to spend its life as a 4-H project. A fatal illness means its body will now contribute to science.

Student-run media shifts from analog to digital.

A man talking into a microphone in a studio.
John Lutaaya ’21, co-host of the “Love I Reggae Show,” records one of the final broadcasts on KSLC Student Radio. The station turned its signal over to All Classical Portland on April 2.

— by Travis McGuire, director of social media, Linfield University

“Don’t worry about a thing, cause every little thing gonna be alright.”

Bob Marley’s lyrics send a calming melody through the Renshaw Hall basement studio.

David Magnello ’22, co-host of the “Love I Reggae Show,” stands behind a microphone.


Through twists and turns, ceramic artist Joe Robinson ’09 carries on a Linfield professor’s legacy.

A brick kiln with smoke seeping out of it.
One of multiple kilns on the East Creek property near Willamina, Oregon.

— by Jennifer Nice, parent engagement and development officer, Linfield University

Dampness seeps into Joe Robinson’s coat as night creeps toward dawn. It’s winter of 2006 and the Linfield freshman has been up all night. …

Amid virus, teams manage to connect away from the field.

A woman virtually passing a soccer ball to another woman in a different location. The ball is replicated many times.
Although they couldn’t practice together this spring because of stay-at-home orders, women’s soccer players like Addie Klindt ’23 (left) and Natalie Amara ’20 (right) stayed connected by phone, video chat and social media.

— by Travis McGuire, director of social media, Linfield University

Addie Klindt ’23 is lucky. She’s a two-sport student-athlete, so she was able to complete her fall season on the women’s soccer team. Many of her spring teammates in the track and field program were not as fortunate. …

From generation to generation, Wildcat values link us.

Photos of six people’s profile photos.
(Top) Bethal Fraser, Lynn Fraser ’85, Debbie Nelson ‘94, (Bottom) Scott Bernard Nelson ’94, Sophia Nelson ’22, Bram Nelson ‘24.

— by Scott Bernard Nelson ’94, chief marketing officer and associate vice president, Linfield University

The most natural things in the world sometimes take us completely by surprise.

I was floored this spring when my youngest announced he planned to enroll at Linfield. A purple “Linfield Bound” mailer had arrived…

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