Friday, December 07, 2018


By Starla Pointer
Staff Writer, McMinnville News-Register 
Dec 6, 2018  

Linfield College has a critical need to increase its enrollment, President Miles Davis told a crowd of employees and students at a community forum on Friday.

He described a nationwide trend of decreasing college and university enrollment and, in some cases, withering support for the idea of higher education.

Since Linfield, a private school, depends on tuition and fees to pay the bills, enrollment is critical, he said. This year, declines led to a $3 million shortfall.

“We can’t keep spending the endowment” to make up differences like that, Davis said.

He reiterated how Linfield must make a multi-pronged effort to market the college and recruit and retain students. Some strategies are in process, like focusing on first-generation students, and redoubling recruiting efforts aimed at transfers and non-traditional students.

He’s been welcomed when he visits community colleges, he said, and he is eager to persuade students to go on to Linfield. “They’re good people,” said Davis, noting he started at a community college himself.

In addition, he said, Linfield is working on attracting more diverse students. The number of students who are white and middle class is shrinking, but there is great potential for recruiting students of color, he said. Already, Latino students represent 17 percent of the enrollment.

When a student asked about Linfield’s efforts to raise cultural awareness and decrease harassment -- which she said she’d suffered -- Davis told her that those are priority issues. “It’s the right thing to do,” as well as good for the college, he said.

He invited the student to participate on Linfield’s new bias response team.

“Please don’t leave” Linfield, he implored her.

Davis discussed a wide range of other topics, from finances to Linfield’s continuing commitment to the liberal arts, during the hour-long forum in Ice Auditorium on campus. A direct video feed let people on the Portland campus listen and ask questions, like their counterparts in McMinnville.

At the outset of the forum, the president said he wanted to provide an opportunity to air concerns and to address rumors, such as recent speculation that the college will cut positions or eliminate programs.

Between the McMinnville and Portland campuses and the Office of Continuing Education, which attracts adults who work while attending classes, the college in 2017-18 had 162 faculty members, not counting adjuncts, and 430 other employees, ranging from administrators to groundskeepers.

Davis, who joined Linfield in July, said the budget for 2019-20 has not been drawn up yet, so no decisions have been finalized. Programs growing and attracting students will be supported; others, in which enrollment is declining, need to be critically analyzed.

Every year, he said, the administration considers the potential for serving students represented by each department. Then the president has to present a balanced budget plan to the Board of Trustees based on realistic projections for revenues and costs.

If growth were projected annually at 10 percent for the next five years, he said, that would “get us back to where we were” before enrollment started to decline.

He likened the process to gardening: “To grow, we often have to cut. There’s no contradiction. We have to decide what’s useful to the growth of the body as a whole.”

Davis said representatives of all areas of the college have formed a cabinet to discuss potential budget items. They will be meeting several times before the budget is finalized in early 2019.

A few of those present at the forum said later that they had received early retirement offers. College officials confirmed such offers were made in November to an undisclosed number of employees based on their years of service and proximity to retirement age.

Those employees have until early January to decide, so the college won’t know how the offers will affect the budget until then.

Asked about the next 10 years, Davis said his long-range vision includes stable finances for the college, improved branding and marketing, flourishing enrollment and a new science facility — a capital campaign for the latter is underway.

He also wants to expand into graduate programs and increase Linfield’s online presence. In addition, he wants to continue to “seek to attract and retain the most qualified faculty” as well as quality students, who are “at the heart and soul” of the college.

Drawing laughter, Davis said he wants to change Oregon’s landscape so drivers will see signs everywhere promoting Linfield, rather than George Fox.

In the short term, enrollment declines are driving concerns. Linfield, like schools across the nation, is suffering from a societal shift in the way higher education is delivered and considered.

Some people are questioning the need for higher ed. Others, largely those who look at it as simply job training, think it can be better delivered by for-profit schools. And many students are choosing community colleges or online programs, rather than residential schools, due to costs alone.

Like many schools, Linfield has seen enrollment decline. But other institutions are worse off: 106 schools across the country have closed in the last few years; seven in 2018.

So belt-tightening is necessary, Davis said. “We’ve had to postpone some hiring to stop the bleeding,” he said.

Linfield has not filled the position of vice president for enrollment services, which has been empty since mid-summer. Instead, the president is overseeing those duties.

To save additional dollars, he said, he is proposing handling data analysis in-house, rather than hiring an expensive outside company to examine enrollment trends, recruiting and financial aid packages. In-house analysis also could be more relevant to Linfield’s particular needs and strengths, he said.

On the positive side, Davis said, this is a time of great opportunities.

Linfield just purchased the University of Western States campus in Portland, which in 2020 will become the new home of the Linfield-Good Samaritan School of Nursing.

Davis said nursing school graduates now represent 44 percent of those who receive degrees. The new facilities will provide expansion in Linfield enrollment and its range of health-related fields of study.

He observed how Linfield could become the go-to school for training nurse practitioners and physician assistants, as well as registered nurses.

He’s open to all ideas, he said, but he’s already ruled out two types of graduate programs.

“I wouldn’t launch a law school or an MBA,” said Davis, who was dean of the business school at Shenandoah University in Virginia before coming to Linfield.

There may be more specific programs Linfield could offer successfully, though, he said.

In addition to its cabinet reviewing budget items, the college also has formed an academic innovation council. Its members — faculty, deans and other members of the staff — will examine ideas that could draw students.

When someone asked about the potential for summer programs, Davis quipped, “We’re giving thought to everything. Nothing, from my perspective, is off the table.”

Linfield may eventually have more programs that combine liberal arts and professional studies, as the bachelor’s degree in nursing does.

But it will not lose its essential focus on the liberal arts entirely, Davis said, defining “liberal arts” as “reasoning, history and citizenship ... to function as a citizen in society.”


Cascade Brewing at 20: How Portland's sour-beer house became the gold standard

By Andre Meunier  Oregonian Dec 6, 2018

(Story by Oregonian. Photo by Wildcatville.)

A little more than 20 years ago, Art Larrance took a gamble. The craft-beer veteran and entrepreneur crunched some numbers, took a look and thought, this might work -- barely, but it might.

And with that, Cascade Brewing was born. In short time, the Portland brewery would become widely hailed as a pioneer of the Northwest-style sour beer movement and a tourist destination for those coming to partake in the city's renowned beer scene. In 2010 the brewery expanded to inner Southeast Portland with the opening of the Cascade Brewing Barrel House.

Friday, Larrance and Cascade will celebrate the brewery's 20th anniversary with a party from 5 to 10 p.m. at its Lodge at Cascade Brewing restaurant, once known as the Raccoon Lodge and Brewpub, on Southwest Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway. The event is open to the public and will feature games, raffles, food and beer.

Larrance -- a 74-year-old who is one of the pioneers of Portland craft beer industry, co-founding Portland Brewing Co. in 1986 and the Oregon Brewers Festival in 1988 -- and his brewing team will be on hand to greet the public and release 750ml bottles of Bourbonic Plague, a popular Cascade beer not bottled in seven years.

We sat down with Larrance this week and asked him about his life, Cascade Brewing and the Portland beer culture. His answers have been edited for brevity and clarity.

Cascade Brewing

The Den at The Lodge at Cascade Brewing, 7424 S.W. Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway, will host the brewery's 20th anniversary celebration Friday night. Those 21 and older are welcome in the Den for the event, and children are welcome in the restaurant upstairs.
What was the Portland beer scene like back in the '80s, when you and the other pioneers kicked this thing off?

"In the early days you had to go explain what a microbrew was. People didn't talk about hops. They didn't know about hops. No one could talk about IBUs or Cascade hops, at least the consumers couldn't. That's one of the big things I've seen as our market has matured, is that people's palates have matured, their vocabulary has matured. They have a much better understanding.

"Portland Brewing was the fourth brewery to get off the ground in Portland, after McMenamins, BridgePort, then Widmer. They all opened up in the latter part of '84 or '85; we did our first brew on Jan. 15, 1986."

(This is a photo cutline: “Art Larrance stands in front of Linfield College's 1966 baseball NAIA National Champions banner, which hangs at The Lodge at Cascade Brewing. Larrance, a Linfield alumnus, was the catcher on that team and caught the final out to win the championship -- a pop-up straight over home plate. Photo from the Oregonian is NOT included with this article.” However, a photo by Wildcatville is included.)

"People say, why did it take off in Oregon? One, we have good water. Another reason are the people from back then, the intelligence of our restaurant and tavern owners. We had to go into places and add taps, because they only had a few taps. So, in the early days we ran a lot of beer lines, trying to figure out how to get another keg in the cooler. 

Also, I give a lot of credit to our consumers. Oregonians like to patronize people they know, their local people. They'll give you a chance. From what I've been told, that's different than say on the East Coast. Oregonians want to try something new."

Why did you start a sour house, and did you think it would work as well as it has?

"We were looking for a way to get a niche in the market, do something no one else was doing. I didn't want to play the hop wars, which were just getting started. We are the kind of company that if people are going to the right, we are going to go to the left. We're the knuckleheads who wanted to do something different. But everyone has taste buds. When we came along people said, "This doesn't taste like Bud." But it's not supposed to! It's got flavor, taste and aroma. People know the difference. They can taste the difference.

"But this is very capital intensive, as you have to hold the beer for a year or year and a half. It's riskier, which is why you don't see more people in it. But it's given us a chance to stand out from the crowd, and now we sell in 40 states and 12 countries."

"I didn't expect this, though. I bought the barrel house in '09 at the bottom of the market, and I have people come up to me now and go, "I didn't want to say anything then, but I didn't think you were doing the right thing." But the numbers to me said it would work, and it pays the rent, it pays the bills, then a little more. A lot of people who come to Portland, we're on the tourist trail, so depending on the season up to 60 percent of our business is tourist.

"But yeah, I was surprised when we really took off. It blew me away when all that happened. ... No guts no glory, I guess."

Wednesday, December 05, 2018

Dave Rohrer, Ad Rutschman: Linfield Hall of Famers

Linfield Athletics Hall of Famers Dave Rohrer and Ad Rutschman (left and right) 12/5/2018 in Dayton, Oregon. Dave (Linfield Class of 1963) is a 1959 grad of  Oregon's Hillsboro (Hilhi) High School grad where he was an athlete playing on teams coached by Ad (Linfield, Class of 1954, Hilhi Class of 1950).  

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Stadiums, fields, street, statue and more honor Linfielders

Ad and Joan Rutschman Fieldhouse -- Linfield College.

Ad Rutschman (baseball) Stadium -- at Hare Field, Hillsboro School District, Hillsboro, Oregon.

Dennis Ludwig Stadium -- Sheldon High School, Eugene, Oregon.

(Don) Hicks (softball) Field -- St. Francis Episcopal School, Houston, Texas.

Don Nicholson (football) Stadium -- Tracy High School, Tracy, California.

(Don) Schaefer (baseball) Stadium - North Salem High School, Salem, Oregon.

(Frank) Smith & (Bob) Laycoe Varsity Weight Room -- University of British Columbia, Vancouver, B.C.

Hal Smith Fitness Center -- Linfield College.

(Henry) Lever Street -- Linfield College campus. 

Hugh Yoshida (football) Stadium - Leilehua High School, Wahiawa, Hawaii. 

Jeff Basinski Athletic Center -- Forest Grove High School, Forest Grove, Oregon. 

Jeff Durham (football) Field -- Forest Grove High School, Forest Grove, Oregon.

Joe Brock (baseball) Field -- Stayton High School, Stayton, Oregon.

Lou Littlejohn (football) Field -- North Salem High School, Salem, Oregon.

Michael Okura Memorial (baseball) Field -- West Covina High School, West Covina, California.

Neal Abrahamson  (football/track) Field, Neah-Kah-Nie High School, Rockaway, Oregon.

Pat Smith Athletic Complex -- Clackamas High School, Clackamas, Oregon.

Paul Durham statue (officially a monument) -- Linfield College. 

Paul Durham lobby and foyer inside Linfield College’s HHPA/Health, Human Performance and Athletics building.

Ron August (football) Field -- Dallas High School, Dallas, Oregon.

Roy Helser (baseball) Field -- Linfield College.

Ted Hippi (football) Field -- Toledo High School, Toledo, Washington.

Ted Wilson Gymnasium -- Linfield College.

Additions, correction? Contact


  • Hugh Yoshida Stadium photo by Thom. Inset photo of Hugh Yoshida by Wildcatville/10-13-2012 Linfield Homecoming
  • Photo of Ted Hippi Field below

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Ad Rutschman #32 Linfield football number retired in 1953

On Nov. 22 in 1953, this story and photo (click on photo above for a larger version) appeared in the Sunday Oregonian sports section:

Club Retires
Grid Jersey

Rutschman Gets
Linfield Honors

LINFIELD COLLEGE, McMinnville (Special) – There will never be another 32 on a Linfield college football uniform.

Action taken today by the college student body and letterman’s club has decreed that all jerseys bearing the number used by Linfield’s star fullback, Ad Rutschman, for the last four seasons be placed on display in trophy cases and the number be permanently retired from the Linfield football jersey list.

Rutschman has just completed a four-year career that will go down as probably the greatest in Linfield history. Sporting many nicknames, such as “Air Foam Ad” and “The Slippery Swiss,” the ex-Hillsboro high athlete has led the Linfield ground gainers for four years. The 5-foot-9, 182-pounder gained a total of 3390 yards from rushing plays, an average of 5.1 yards per carry. His total of 1127 last season was eight best in the nation.

Rutschman can add another 371 yards gained on passes thrown and 404 on the receiving end. He has also done most of the club’s punting, averaging 34.5 yards on 155 punts. In his first three years at Linfield he was an all-Northwest conference selection twice. He plans to become a high school teacher after graduation.

Paul Durham, Linfield coach, while fully appreciating Ad’s running, passing and kicking talents, said: “Greater than any of his accomplishments was his eternal desire to win and his inspirational leadership of the team.”

Photo cutline:

Coach Paul Durham (right) and Linfield’s star fullback, Ad Rutschman, talk over some of the big moments of Rutschman’s four-year football career at Linfield. Durham holds up one of Rutschman’s jerseys which will be put on display in the Linfield trophy case. The number will be permanently retired.

POSTSCRIPT from 2018:

Note the story says, “In his first three years at Linfield he was an all-Northwest conference selection twice.”

Research shows in Ad Rutschman’s four seasons as a Linfield football player, he was all-Northwest Conference four times, honorable mention as a freshman (1950) and first team as a sophomore, junior and senior (1951, 1952 and 1953).

Wednesday, November 14, 2018


Brian Petersen and Mike Barrow, both Linfield Class of 1968, were teammates on Wildcat 1964 and 1965 (Championship Bowl) football teams.

Brian from Medford, Ore., via Port Orchard, Wash., was a center. Mike, from Prineville, Ore., was a quarterback on teams coached by Paul Durham.

During the Vietnam War, Brian was a hospital Corpsman, first with the U.S. Navy and then with the U.S. Marine Corps. Mike, serving in the infantry with the U.S. Army, died in combat in Vietnam in 1969.

The bond developed between football teammates and among those who have served in the military is strong. Thus, it’s understandable that Brian and Mike had such a bond. 

Although Mike is gone, the bond remains, says Brian.

Because of it, Brian’s Linfield Football “Streak” ring has a special inscription remembering Mike.

Photos include:

--Close-ups of Brian’s ring and “Remember Mike” inscription inside it.

--Brian and Mike as Linfield center and quarterback.

--Still from video interview 11/10/2018, day before Veterans Day 11/11/2018, with Brian about Mike and the ring.

Monday, November 05, 2018


Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, is Veterans Day. According to a Linfield grad/Delta Psi Delta fraternity member, before the Saturday, Nov. 10 (1 pm PST kickoff) Pacific at Linfield football game on Maxwell Field there will be a Veterans Day observance.

Email the grad and others Deltas received includes that “Mike Barrow will be mentioned prior to the November 10thfootball game against Pacific. It is the 50th reunion of his graduation class (1968). Because the game is just before Veterans Day, we thought it would be timely both with the reunion and the sacrifice he made with his life in Vietnam the next year. So come to Linfield's final game of the season and remember our brother Mike for his sacrifice for his country during the Vietnam War. Come early and view his memorial in the Linfield Library.”

Mike Barrow, a Delta, was a Linfield quarterback. He died in Vietnam while serving with the U. S. Army. Mike grew up in Prineville, Ore., and graduated from Crook County High School there. He’s buried at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland. There’s a study room in Linfield’s Nicholson Library named for Mike. In the room are framed items memorializing him. 

Mike graduated from Linfield in spring 1968. In October of that year he enlisted in the U.S. Army. Soon thereafter, he began basic training at the Army’s Fort Lewis, Wash.

Mike’s Army tour of duty began April 3, 1969, in Vietnam. A private first class in the 199th Light Infantry Brigade, he died during combat less than three months later. His death on June 23, 1969, in Long Khanh was a "hostile ground casualty" as a result of "multiple fragmentation wounds." He was 23 years-old and would have been 24 on July 3.

Learn more about Mike:

Posted Nov. 12, 2010:

Cheering over, but Mike Barrow still remembered
Posted May 4, 2011:

Nov. 12, 2011, on campus: Linfield quarterback Mike Barrow to be honored
Posted Oct 26, 2011:

1960s art by QB Bruce Priem depicts Wildcat players, coach
Posted Nov. 14, 2011:

Mary Gail Barrow speaks at Mike Barrow Study Room dedication, Nov. 12, 2011.
Posted Nov. 16, 2011:

Linfield Review story about Nov. 12, 2011, Mike Barrow Study Room dedication
Posted Nov. 18, 2011:

Mike Barrow: A Wildcat remembered
Posted Feb. 11, 2015:

Links to four Mike Barrow stories
Posted July 5, 2015:

Football time machine: Linfield beats PLU, 17-0, in 1965
Posted Sept 17, 2017

Death of Linfielder Mike Barrow in Vietnam War shocked his former classmates