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Winter Welcome Week: Explore the Uncommon

Linfield is a unique campus that strives to advance shared knowledge as we connect life, learning, and community. In celebration of our campus mission, the Student Engagement Team invites you to participate in Winter Welcome Week: Explore the Uncommon from January 11-17, 2021. Winter Welcome Week: Explore the Uncommon is an opportunity for all Linfield community members to revel in learning something new through several engaging virtual programs. It is also an opportunity to share knowledge by offering a program about which you are passionate. 

All students, faculty, and staff are invited to participate in Winter Welcome Week by attending or hosting a program. Unless otherwise indicated, all Winter Welcome Week programs are hosted virtually - you can participate even if you have not yet arrived to campus! 


Each program name is linked to the RSVP page, which will prompt you to login with your CatNet ID and Password before you can RSVP.  You can also peruse all upcoming events by visiting Engage, Linfield's student involvement platform


Monday, January 11

Trivia with Debbie!, 6-7 p.m. 

Debbie Harmon Ferry, Special Assistant to the President 

Get to know your peers and have some fun! A trivia game with six rounds of questions! Each round will be on a different topic. Folks can score their own answers and Answers will be provided at the end of each round!


Tuesday, January 12 

Five Tips to Take Your Social Media Video to a New Level, 10:30-11 a.m.

Kevin Curry, Assistant Professor of Journalism and Media Studies

Video has become a key component of social media content. In this seminar, learn five simple tips to make your video content better. The focus is on both the visual (shot framing, lighting etc.) and audio (interview sound, background noise) components of video content. Participants will become more aware of how and where they shoot their video content for social media, and in doing so create better content. It doesn't take much to set yourself apart and these five tips will take them to a higher level of content creation.

Freaky Cats - Using Economics to Understand the Uncommon, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Eric Schuck, Professor of Economics
Brittany Teahan, Associate Professor of Economics
Randy Grant, Professor and Chair of Economics

Ever wonder why people make the choices they do? Every look at a decision and just question 'why'? Don't feel alone! Economists do this every day, sometimes in the most unlikely circumstances. Using a 'Freakonomics' style format, Linfield's distinguished Economics faculty will share stories from around the globe, use economics to interpret these stories, and engage the audience in discussions to learn more about how economics can be applied throughout life.

Pickin' on Place: Bluegrass Music Discussion and Mini-Lesson, 1-2:30 p.m.

Rob Gardner, Professor of Sociology
David Sumner, Professor of English

Discuss bluegrass music and its role in creating a vital sense of place historically through the present day as they play a selection of bluegrass fiddle tunes, songs, and ballads! Tune up your guitars (and Banjos, Mandolins and Fiddles) and join in the music! Throughout the session, we will provide some basic music instruction about bluegrass rhythm and lead playing!

Gender Experiences & Expression, 2:30-3:30 pm

Kristen Gage (Andersen), Area Director for Residential Education 

Learn how to be better able yourself to identify messages about gender in the media you are consuming and your interactions with the world. Join us in Exploring gender identities, how we code gender and expressions of it, and how we are socialized around gender expectations and roles

Business Master's Degree Programs, 3:30-4 p.m.  

Jennifer Madden, Dean of the Linfield School of Business
Natalie Welch, Assistant Professor of Business

Dean Madden and Professor Welch will share the latest news on the upcoming graduate degree programs in the School of Business and answer any questions students may have.

The Art of Blackout Poetry, 4-5 p.m.

Rachel Norman, Assistant Professor/Director of Writing 
Caroline Hall, Student
Bee DeGraw, Student

Learn how to create both traditional (paper-based) and digital blackout poems! Blackout poetry is when a page of text — an article from a newspaper, a page of an old book, an email — is completely blacked out except for a select few words. a brand new story is created from the existing text! Think of it as poetry meets arts-and-crafts!

Create Your Future: Vision Board Activity, 6-7 p.m. 

Esperance Ibuka, Office of Inclusion, Access, & Diversity
Kaelia Neal, Office of Inclusion, Access, & Diversity 

Create a personal vision board that you can keep as a motivation and a reminder of your aspirations! Engage in a fun activity to create a personal vision board! Using pictures, images, and words, students will put together a collage that reflects their dreams, goals, aspirations, desires as a way to envision their future!


Wednesday, January 13 

Coping in the Time of COVID: De-Stress with Psychology, 9:30-10:30 a.m. 

Lee Bakner, Psychology Department Chair and Professor
Judith Zatkin, Visiting Professor of Psychology
Yanna Weisberg, Associate Professor of Psychology
Cara Ray, Instructional Associate for Psychology

Develop a deeper understanding of stress and ways to cope with these challenges in an engaging activity! Faculty within the Psychology Department will present on stress and coping with stress! Following the presentation of select evidence-based findings, participants will have an opportunity to engage in a stress reduction activity!

Infinity and Paradoxes, 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. 

Chuck Dunn, Professor of Mathematics 

Infinity is one of the most interesting concepts that mathematics tackles, and it is fascinating how our instincts with it seem to be wrong at every turn! We will develop a better understanding of infinite sets by revisiting our view of finite sets, we will show that there are different sizes of infinity and confront the consequences of that fact, and finally, we will consider some interesting paradoxes that are associated with the concept of infinity in mathematics!

Helping the Hungry, 1-2 p.m. 

Wendy Sagers, English Language and Culture Program

Why are so many people hungry in body and soul? Who is reaching out to help? Meet some of the people and organizations that are helping confront under-employment, hunger, and mental health in both McMinnville and on campus. Learn facts, hear stories, and consider how you might be part of the solution. There are opportunities for students to help masked, socially distanced, and in-person! Meet over Zoom for an interactive event. 

Inclusive Summer Internship Programs, 2-3 p.m. 

Kristi Mackay, Assistant Director of Career Development

Join us in learning about programs who are seeking applicants from underrepresented populations. Students will learn about inclusive summer internship programs that seek diverse candidates! We will discuss the tools you need to apply and the resources available to support you in your application!

Conceptualizing Disability and (Un)Intended Consequences, 2:30-3:30 p.m. 

Kristen Gage (Andersen), Area Director of Residential Education 

Let's have a conversation to better understand how to live and work in a way that is more inclusive to folks with disabilities. Join us in Learning about models of disability, where and how they show up in our lives, and the consequences of using different perspectives.

My Color, My Personality, 3:30-5 p.m. 

Esperance Ibuka, Office of Inclusion, Access, & Diversity
Kaelia Neal, Office of Inclusion, Access, & Diversity 

Take a fun color code personality quiz that will look at the combination of traits and qualities that make you unique! Learn what's unique about You - your core strengths and weaknesses and reflect on how your qualities and traits impact you socially!

Zoom Karaoke Party, 6-7 p.m. 

Dr. Anton Belov, Associate Professor of Music

Do you like to sing? Do you have some favorite songs you would like to perform for others? Do you want to receive some constructive suggestions and supportive comments? Then join us for a fun online karaoke party! It is easy--just find a backing track online, practice beforehand, and sing! It is going to be so much fun!


Thursday, January 14

Mysteries of the Museum, 10-11 a.m.

Leslie Walker, Instructional Associate & Museum Coordinator
Emmaline Irvine, Museum Assistant

This program would highlight a few unique and interesting items from the Linfield Anthropology Museum's collections, particularly items that may be considered oddities or curiosities! Get a glimpse of what museums and museum professionals do! SEE a behind the scenes look at the LAM collections, and provide YOUR best guesses about the details of some of these objects!

Unconventional Chemistry Uncaged: Explosions, Experiments, Explorations, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Dr. Liz Atkinson
Dr. Andrew Baggett
Dr. Megan Bestwick
Dr. Brian Gilbert
Dr. Tom Reinert

Have fun with chemistry from explosions to simple experiments you can do at home! Learning never seemed so easy! Linfield Chemistry faculty will conduct experiments that change color, explode, and many more! We will also give links to some of our favorite experiments on YouTube that have gone terribly wrong and give protocols for simple experiments you can do at home with common household items!

The Tragic Case of a Frontier Oregon Woman, 1-2:30 p.m. 

Lissa Wadewitz, Professor of History
Tom Mertes, Visiting Assistant Professor

Many strong and sturdy women accompanied their husbands and children on the Oregon Trail in the 1840s and 1850s only to find themselves on isolated farms far from any neighbors once they arrived. Join us to learn more about the unique and challenging conditions confronting Euro-American women in the early years of Oregon Territory’s history and how one woman took matters into her own hands!

Leadership: Values, Vision, and Voice, 2:30-3:30 p.m.

Debbie Harmon Ferry, Special Assistant to the President 

An exploration into leadership using the values, vision, voice model! Participants will learn more about various leadership styles and creating their own takeaway idea about a project they may want to provide leadership for.

Bookmaking: Make your own journal, 4-5 p.m. 

Susan Agre-Kippenhan, Provost

Work alongside Linfield's Provost to learn to make your own handmade blank mini-journal! Join us in learning basic bookmaking skills and leave the session with a personal 10-20 page book to fill with your future sketches, thoughts, and deepest secrets! Once you know the basics it is simple to repeat on your own!

Personal Financial Responsibility, 5-5:30 p.m. 

Paul L. Shillam, Assistant Vice President Financial Services/Controller 

Learn to become a financially responsible adult! Undertaking to explore money and managing to meet day-to-day responsibilities. Introductory program on personal financial responsibilities. Understand what money is, changing environment of managing, credit basics, budgeting (planning), prioritizing your spending (needs versus wants).

Choose Your Own Conspiracy - Then Debunk It, 6-7 p.m.

Jesús Ilundain, Professor of Philosophy

We will consider a few signal recent conspiracy theories first. Participants will be encouraged to bring up examples as well. From these, we will analyze common patterns of pseudo-argumentation typically used by conspiracy theorists. The final step will be to explore ways to engage those swayed by such views. A PowerPoint will structure the discussion but participants will be encouraged to participate actively throughout.

Let's Talk Bad Bunny - Music, Life, & Fashion, 7-8 p.m. 

Esperance Ibuka, Office of Inclusion, Access, & Diversity
Kaelia Neal, Office of Inclusion, Access, & Diversity 

Engage in a conversation on the music, fashion, and life of the Latin trap and reggaeton artist Bad Bunny! Students will discuss the life of the Latin trap and reggaeton artist Bad Bunny. They will listen to songs, watch music videos, view his most iconic looks, and discuss how the 25-year-old artist rose to fame.

Cozy Movie Night, 8-10 p.m. 

Residence Hall Association (RHA) 

RHA members will deliver hot cocoa and popcorn to your room for a cozy movie night. Orders can be placed by messaging us on Instagram @rhalinfield. Preorders will be taken via a google form.


Friday, January 15

Vaccines: Separating the truth from the trash, 10-11 a.m. 

Jeremy Weisz, Associate Professor of Biology
Tim Sullivan, Instructional Associate in Biology
Sreerupa Ray, Assistant Professor of Biology

Three biology faculty will present some basic information on vaccines, and then host a Q&A session to answer any and all vaccine related questions. 

Awesome Things from Math, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Kristen Gage (Andersen), Area Director for Residential Education

Learn about the interesting tale of how math duels helped solve a long-standing quandary! Join us in Playing with some ideas from math! This includes using paper to make a shape with one side and a shape with more than two faces. We'll explore some cool and non-intuitive things that have come out of mathematics.

An Introduction to Art Journaling, 1-2 p.m. 

Caroline Hall, Writing Center Student Employee
Rachel Norman, Writing Center Director

Those who participate will be introduced to the process of art journaling, a visual and creative form of recording you and your interests! Art journaling is a great way to stay creative during everyday life without the pressure of creating a masterpiece! You can be as messy or as organized as you like because it is your journal!

New Year's Celebrations Around the World: A Celebration and Quiz, 2:30-3:30 p.m.

Deborah Herlocker-Freeman, Assistant Director of International Programs Office (IPO)
Shannon Dunn, Community Liaison, IPO Potential students

Join IPO to explore New Year’s traditions around the world - including a trivia challenge with prize. Participants can pick up a new year's treat in the IPO ahead of time. 

Fraternity & Sorority Life Information Session, 3:30-4 p.m. 

Kenna Whatley, Program Coordinator for Student Activities 

We get it. Fraternity and Sorority Life can be pretty confusing. You think you might want to join but have no idea how recruitment works. You’ve read about things that have happened at other schools and wonder if it is “like that” here. Join Linfield's fraternity & sorority Life advisor Kenna Whatley as she describes the different types of fraternities and sororities on campus, explains how recruitment works and reviews what the fraternity/sorority experience is like for our members.

Introduction to Hawaiian Culture, 4-5 p.m. 

Puna Padayhag-Himalaya, Lūʻau & Hōʻike Co-Chair
Shannon Hussey, Lūʻau & Hōʻike Co-Chair
Kamaehu Beltrame-Aila, Lūʻau & Hōʻike Co-Chair
Kaʻiulani Kawaʻa, Lūʻau & Hōʻike Co-Chair

We will be engaging in an education conversation on different aspects of Hawaiian history and Hawaiian language. In addition to having the opportunity to engage in cultural activities. Visit our instagram @linfield.hawaiiclub for more information! 

Sip n' Paint, 7-9 p.m. 

Residence Hall Association 

Join RHA on zoom as we paint together! The theme will be New Year’s Resolutions, but we invite our participants to paint whatever sparks joy. Those who have RSVP’d will be able to pick up their supplies for the event (paint, canvas, and a mini bottle of Martinelli’s) from FML on Friday, January 15th from 3pm-6pm.