16 awesome Linfield College moments from 2016

It was another incredible year for Linfield College. We had a lot to celebrate in 2016, including these 16 unforgettable moments.

We are #1 in Oregon and Washington liberal arts colleges for ‘Best Bang for the Buck’ and ‘Best Ethnic Diversity’ according to national publications

Washington Monthly recognized the power of a Linfield College degree, and U.S. News and World Report listed us at the top of Oregon and Washington liberal arts colleges and universities for ethnic diversity.

A mathematics professor competed on Jeopardy…and won!

Chuck Dunn, professor of mathematics at Linfield since 2002, has been trying to compete on Jeopardy since he was a college student. On Nov. 4, he became one of the 400 annual contestants to compete on the game show, and he won his first contest!

Scott Brosius ’88 joined the Mariners’ coaching staff

The 1998 World Series MVP, former Linfield head baseball coach and alumnus, was called up to the big leagues. Brosius joins the Seattle Mariners’ coaching staff as an assistant coach after spending the 2016 season as the organization’s hitting coach at their AAA affiliate in Tacoma.

Two students built a solar-powered car

John Adam ’17 and Mason Adams ’17 took the “Power of a Small College” literally and with guidance from Tianbao Xie, professor of physics, they built a solar-powered car. They took their car out for a 15-mph-spin this fall in the academic quad.

We opened two new multicultural centers

Linfield celebrated the opening of multicultural centers on both the Portland and McMinnville campuses in September. The centers provide space for students to learn from each other and celebrate differences, as well as engage in open dialogue about diversity. You can find Portland’s in Loveridge Hall, suite 34, and McMinnville’s in Withnell Commons.

Linfield received a six-figure grant to boost STEM access for low-income students

The National Science Foundation awarded $648,563 to Linfield to help with the recruitment, retention and graduation rates of low income students who are interested in pursuing a degree in STEM majors.

Linfield students land internships in D.C.

Pictured: Giselle Naranjo-Cruz ’17

Giselle Naranjo-Cruz ’17 and Sara Gómez Horta ’17 spent this past summer interning in our nation’s capital. Naranjo-Cruz participated in the Verdell A. Burdine and Otto G. Rutherford Summer Congressional Internship, working for Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley and Gómez Horta was one of 34 finalists to receive an offer to intern as part of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s (CHCI) 2016 Congressional Internship.

Nursing students continue their commitment to community health

30 students and four faculty members from the Linfield-Good Samaritan School of Nursing volunteered at Special Olympics Oregon MedFest. They provided health screenings and assisted athletes with their medical forms as part of the application process to become Special Olympians.

Our first giving day was a success!

The Linfield community joined together in April to raise over $43,000 from more than 262 donors over a 19-hour period.

One professor was published five times from August to December

Daniel Pollack-Pelzner, Ronni Lacroute Chair in Shakespeare Studies

What does Shakespeare, the Disney movie Moana, the HBO series Westworld, Lin Manuel-Miranda and the chief strategist for the Trump administration have in common? They were all part of published articles written by Daniel Pollack-Pelzner, the Ronni Lacroute Chair in Shakespeare Studies, between August and December. Pollack-Pelzner’s pieces appeared in The New Yorker (twice!), The New York Times, Slate and Public Books.

McMinnville was named one of the ‘Best Places in Oregon to Live, Work and Play’

We know that McMinnville has a thriving food and wine scene. We also know that the town has unique attractions. But is it possible that Linfield is the reason McMinnville made the cut on 1859’s seven-town list?

Linfield QB named finalist for most outstanding player award

Sam Riddle’s leadership on and off the field earned him the nomination for the Gagliardi Trophy. The award for the most outstanding football player in NCAA Division III started with ten semifinalists, and Riddle ’17 was among the four finalists who were honored during a ceremony in Salem, Va., prior to the national championship game.

Students from the Economics of Running class planned and ran a 5K at Linfield

Participants from the Jingle All the Way 5K that was held on Dec. 3, 2016 in McMinnville.

One race participant called the Jingle All the Way 5K the “Best organized and most fun race that I have done in Mac, and as well done as bigger runs outside Yamhill County.” Proceeds from the race benefited the Parker Archie Moore Scholarship Fund.

Dillin Hall’s chef was featured at the International Pinot Noir Celebration

Noah Bekofsky, executive chef for Sodexo at Linfield College

Noah Bekofsky, executive chef for Sodexo at Linfield College, was one of 60 featured guest chefs at last year’s International Pinot Noir Celebration, held at Linfield for the past three decades. Bekofsky shared his thoughts on his favorites dishes and preparing food for Linfield College students.

Linfield created a wine studies minor

Linfield’s strong connection to the Oregon wine industry continues to grow. The Wine Studies minor was created to allow students the opportunity to obtain knowledge about the history, culture, production, business, science and appreciation of wine.

Women’s soccer player scores a goal from nearly 50 yards away

We’re still not sure how a goal by Mary Cait Moriarty ’20 didn’t make ESPN SportCenter’s #SCtop10. Moriarty’s strike from the 39 yard line was the third goal in the Wildcats 3-0 win over Pacific University.


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