This was a difficult year for most people, but there were many bright moments for Linfield as well as our students, faculty, staff and alumni.

A man and woman in caps and gowns celebrating in front of a historic brick building.
Two graduating students replace the LINFIELD I’s at the drive through diploma event in May.


A message from Linfield University President Miles K. Davis.

Five people outside sitting around a picnic table giving thumbs up signs.
A group of Linfield students studying outside in early October.

Nearly everyone I talk with this fall asks how we are doing in terms of response to the pandemic. I relish telling them how mature our students have been, how professional our faculty and staff are in making the best of a difficult situation and how, for the most part, we’re doing okay. More than once, someone has responded with some version of the following: “It makes sense Linfield students would be faring better than those at other universities. You get a special kind of student there.”

I never disagree with them on the point.

I’m writing today, on the…


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.

Thanks to its geography, McMinnville has the potential to see major damage from “the Big One.” Because of this looming threat, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has stepped up emergency preparation programs in the area. …


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. While this should be celebrated, it is somewhat detached from our consideration of perceived risk regarding contracting COVID-19.

A different mindset and approach will more closely approximate the risk we are dealing with during this pandemic. This is also the approach that Allied Health and Medicine use for other viruses (like HIV), communicable diseases, and unknowns.

The approach is this: anyone of us can be infected with…


A man points to a logo on his left breast on a purple polo shirt. He is standing in front of a brick building.
President Miles K. Davis shows off Linfield University’s new logo.

— by Miles K. Davis, president, Linfield University

The semester we just concluded is not one anybody could have foreseen. Worldwide pandemic turned the lives of students, faculty and staff upside down, and forced Linfield to adapt quickly to a fast-changing environment.

I’m proud to be part of a community that embraced the change, cared deeply for one another and worked hard to keep the learning experience a positive one. You can read more about the changes in recent months, and their impact on Linfield, throughout Linfield Magazine’s online edition.

As archivist Rich Schmidt points out in this story about…


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.

Linfield students and their instructor place the pig in a wire cage, take photos and set up a trail camera, preparing to collect data on the pig’s decomposition over the next four months.

Elizabeth DeVisser ’04 is an expert in how human bodies decompose. As Linfield’s anatomy and physiology lab…


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.

“We have about a minute and a half,” he says to co-host John Lutaaya ’21, referring to the countdown before they begin broadcasting.

They don’t know it yet, but Magnello and Lutaaya’s show will be one of the last to broadcast from KSLC on 90.3 FM in McMinnville.

This spring, the…


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. His job is to stoke the flames and monitor the pottery inside a small wood-fired kiln at East Creek, an artists’ compound near Willamina in the coast range.

If he does well, he’ll graduate to a more challenging task: leading the firing of a massive kiln built into a nearby hillside. The kiln’s name, anagama, means “cave kiln” in Japanese. …


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. More than 100 Linfield meets, tournaments, matches and games were canceled as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It’s almost surreal because it was just so unexpected,” said Klindt. “You work so hard and you build a bond with your teammates, and then have to let that go so suddenly. …


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 in our mailbox only a week earlier, sent by the Office of Admission to encourage admitted students to social-media brag their college choice. “I’ll never need that,” he said dismissively, tossing it aside.

My wife and I, Linfield classmates from a different era, couldn’t bring ourselves to throw “Linfield Bound”…

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