Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Wildcat John Sadowski working hard to 'Save Our Surf and Seals'

Wildcatville note: John Sadowski, Linfield Class of 1970, earned two degrees in physical education from the college, a bachelor of science and a master of education. He lettered in 1966-1967-1968-1969 for Wildcat football teams coached by Paul Durham and Ad Rutschman and on 1967 and 1968 Linfield track teams coached by Hal Smith. Stan Sadowski, his younger brother, attended Linfield and lettered on the 1971 Wildcat track team.

Linfield football photo from Linfield Sports Information
Good Neighbors: JOHN SADOWSKI

October 7, 2009
By Sarah Pacheco

Instead of flowers, heavy springtime showers brought foam cups, paper plates, plastic bags and other rubbish into John Sadowski’s driveway in Ewa Beach. When he went outside to clean up the mess, he noticed a trail of trash leading to the Ewa Beach drainage channel up the road. He followed and was shocked at what he found.

“When I got closer to the channel, I noticed the debris getting thicker and thicker with such items as a mattress, foam pad, portable TVs, large branches with tons of leaves, more plastic bottles, containers, etc. When I got to the channel and stood on one side of it, I saw a dead animal that looked like a small dog or large cat,” he recalls.

To combat the flood of litter, Sadowski created the group Save Our Surf and Seals (S.O.S.S.), which holds monthly cleanups of the channel and surrounding beach. The first project launched on Aug. 15 with 20 volunteers, and on Aug. 29 the group collected 10 bags of opala with the city’s Adopt-a-Block event.

The high school mentor (he’s been with the DOE for 38 years and Leilehua High for 35!) has drawn helpers from all over Oahu: the Campbell High girls volleyball team; Leilehua Lettermans’Club and AVID students; Iwalani Sato from the City and County of Honolulu; and neighbors and friends he calls the “real environmental heroes.”

“Through our efforts, I notice more people wanting to help. I also notice more people being conscious about what is left on the beach when they leave,” shares Sadowski, who was honored by the mayor in August with a Laulima Award for his efforts in keeping Hawaii beautiful.

“I wasn’t doing this for awards but to help the community stay clean and, more importantly, for future generations to continue to enjoy the beach and ocean,” says Sadowski, who was an avid surfer before a car accident last December left him with hip problems. He now lives in Ewa Beach with his high school sweetheart of 40 years, Sharan, and his mother, whom he cares for.

Those who wish to join the cleanup should come prepared with covered shoes or rubber boots, a hat, sunscreen and plenty of drinking water. Trash bags will be supplied, but if you have rakes, handheld litter picks, a wheelbarrow or pickup truck to haul stuff away, Sadowski says bring it on down.

S.O.S.S.‘s next event is scheduled for Oct. 10. Meet at 91-545 Ft. Weaver Road at 8 a.m. Call 689-1783 or e-mail jsebsc@hotmail.com for more.

Wildcatville is having a problem with the YouTube posting below. It's from Aug. 25, 2009, about Ewa Beach's "Save Our Surf and Seals" President John Sadowski receiving Laulima Award at State Capitol. If the video won't play for you, go directly to YouTube using this link and change the setting from 360p (default) to 480p or 240p (p = pixel width).

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Rest in Peace, Emanuel and Maud Galer Northup

Important "players" in Linfield College history were Emanuel and Maud Galer Northup. They are interred at McMinnville Masonic Cemetery. Photos of their gravestones taken June 19, 2011. However, on Nov. 21, 2017, the photos could not be seen.

Learn about Mrs. Northup:

McMinnville Telephone-Register Thursday, Jan. 22, 1948


Mrs. Maud Galer Northup, widow of the late Emmanuel Northup, who was former mayor of McMinnville and dean of the faculty at Linfield college, died January 18 in McMinnville. Funeral was held January 20 at the chapel of the Macy and Son Funeral home, with burial at Masonic cemetery. Rev. W.E. Henry and Rev. Elton Smith officiated.

Coming here from New York, the Northups settled in McMinnville in 1892, where he became a member of the McMinnville college faculty. Mrs. Northup, though a young woman soon became well known to the college students and earned the nickname of "mother". She was born in Pleasant Brook, N.Y., May 8, 1867. Northup, who was a member of the faculty at Linfield for 41 years, and faculty dean from 1896 to 1929, died January 4, 1933. He was mayor of McMinnville from 1903 to 1905 and was president of Oregon Mutual Fire Insurance company in 1902. Mrs. Northup was a member of the Baptist church, Eastern Star and the Current Event club.

Surviving her are: one son, Truman Northup, Portland; two daughters, Mrs. Fleeta Johnson, Oregon City, and Miss Beth Northup, McMinnville; a brother, Claude Galer, New York; two grandchildren and three great-granchildren.

Four children preceded her in death.

Pallbearers at the funeral were A.R. Hartzell, L.S. Shumaker, Ralph Storey, Charles Odell, Leon Beal and Art Bish.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

1992 Wildcat football vs. Findlay at Portland Civic Stadium

Friday, December 18, 1992
Linfield, Findlay Playing For Title

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - They are the little guys of college football and their players reap no big financial rewards and no nationwide fame.

Linfield College of Oregon, enrollment 2,100, and the University of Findlay, Ohio, enrollment 2,900, meet tomorrow for the NAIA Division II championship in a game that will showcase a largely untainted form of college sports.

"Kids at this level play without a lot of so-called rewards that might exist at a scholarship schools," Linfield Coach Ed Langsdorf said. "They are truly amateurs in the sense that they're full-time students."

The title game will be played on a neutral field. But Civic Stadium in Portland is just 38 miles from Linfield's campus, and more than 2,000 miles from Ohio.

The game matches the balanced attack of Linfield (12-0) against the wishbone offense of Findlay (11-1). Langsdorf is unbeaten as Linfield coach after taking over when Ad Rutschman retired last year.

–Linfield ‘Cats lost 26-13 to Findlay. The Wildcats scored first on a 5-yard TD run by QB Shannon Sells, however Findlay scored twice to stay in front for good at 14-7.

–The photo with this story is one of the signs given to Linfield fans before the game. Text at the sign’s bottom says, “The Linfield College Alumni Assocation invites you to a postgame celebration from 4-7 p.m. at the Multnomah Athletic Club (south end of the stadium). $5.00 per person cover chare. No host refreshments.”

Also, see AP story (includes box score) about game on page 3H of Sunday, Dec. 20, 1992, Eugene Register-Guard:

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Free! Eyes of the Cat are Upon You stickers

Wildcatville offers free “Eyes of the Cat are Upon You” self-adhesive stickers. They are 1-inch in diameter and printed with Linfield purple (PMS 267) ink on white stock. A Portland label firm founded in 1928 printed the labels to exact Wildcatville specifications. Show Wildcat pride by affixing a sticker to your clothing, your car, your bike, your water bottle, an envelope you are sending in the mail or (use your imagination). Get five free stickers by sending a self-addressed stamped envelope to Wildcatville Headquarters. For headquarters address e-mail wildcatville@gmail.com.

Above, stickers. Below, enlarged sticker artwork.

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Oregonian stories about Ad Rutschman's retirement as coach, athletic director

Rutschman quits coaching

By Ken Wheeler, Oregonian
Wednesday, December 18, 1991

McMINNVILLE, Ore. -- Ad Rutschman, who never had a losing season in 24 years as football coach at Linfield College, announced his retirement from coaching Tuesday.

The announcement was made at a news conference held in a basement room of Melrose Hall on the Linfield campus. It was a wonder that Rutschman could find the room. He and his teams had never been near the basement in all of his years with the Wildcats.

``The job has been a very time-consuming job,'' said Rutschman, whose 24-year record was 183-48-3 and included three NAIA Division II football national championships. ``It's a job that requires a high energy level. I think that for a number of years, I have operated on about four hours sleep a night, and I no longer can do that.''

Rutschman, who turned 60 last Oct. 31, will remain at Linfield as athletic director and as a professor in the physical education department.

The search for a new coach will begin immediately, Rutschman said, with Kenneth Goodrich, vice president of academic affairs and dean of faculty, heading the search committee. Rutschman said he would be a member of the committee.

Rutschman indicated that the health of his wife, Joan, played a part in his decision to retire from coaching at this time.

``Basically,'' he said, ``Joan and I have never had a vacation in the 24 years that we have been here. I think it's time to take a few days here and there to play.

``Joan has been fighting a respiratory infection for about 14 months, and it has been a real struggle. She has been an unbelievable help to me, and maybe it's time for me to help her.''
One of the most difficult things, Rutschman said, ``was in finding an easy place to get off this roller coaster.''

It might not have been easy, but he found a spot to get off. At the top, obviously.
Linfield finished the past season with an 8-3 record and reached the quarterfinals of the national playoffs before losing to archrival Pacific Lutheran, which on Saturday will play Georgetown College of Georgetown, Ky., for the national championship.

And while Linfield never had a losing season under Rutschman, the Wildcats won or shared 15 league championships and swept to seven unbeaten regular seasons.

Rutschman's coaching success is spelled out graphically on a sign posted on the red-brick fortress at the southern end of the campus that the Wildcats call home.

Maxwell Field
Home of the Linfield Wildcats
NAIA II National Champions
1982, 1984, 1986

Rutschman, a graduate of Hillsboro High School, was a three-sport standout and little All-American running back before his graduation from Linfield in 1954.

He began his coaching career at Hillsboro High School in 1954, where his teams won a state championship in football in 1966 and in baseball in 1962, 1966 and 1968. In 1968, he became head coach in baseball and football at Linfield.

As football coach, he succeeded his college mentor, Paul Durham, who had posted a 122-51-10 record in 20 years before moving to the University of Hawaii as athletic director.

``Linfield will find a successor. What a challenge he will have, but what an example to follow,'' Durham said from his home in Hawaii. ``Adolf Rutschman is something special.''

Rutschman's decision came as a surprise. He had met with his staff earlier and told his assistants of his decision. Then, before the news conference Tuesday, he had an emotional meeting with members of his last football team during which he told of his plans.

``I'm going to miss the relationship I've had with our coaching staff,'' Rutschman said, ``and miss the game planning, the strategy involved in a game. But overall, it's been a wonderful 24 years.

``I'm going to miss the relationships with the players. I feel so strongly that the skills of success are basically the human skills, relationships that people have with one another . . . work ethic . . . handling adversity, things like that.

``I don't think there is any place in the educational system where those things can be taught better than in athletics, especially in team sports. That has been an enjoyable thing.''
Of all of the years, all of the games, all of the championships, Rutschman said, one moment seemed to stand above all of the rest.

``I suppose the thing that sticks out the most,'' he said, ``was that first national championship, but that was in baseball.''

Besides the three national football titles the Wildcats won under Rutschman, the school's baseball team won or shared the conference title seven times in his 13 years as coach and won the national crown in 1971. Rutschman continued his dual roles as head baseball and football coach until 1983, when he gave up the baseball job.

And now the football job, too, will be passed on, but more than a coaching change is involved. Rutschman's announcement marked the end of an era. His record stamped it as such.

Linfield’s Rutchman plans retirement
Oregonian Sports Friday, May 26, 1995

McMINNVILLE, Ore. -- Ad Rutschman, whose accomplishments with Linfield athletics have spanned nearly a half century, will step down as the college's athletic director next year.
The 63-year-old Rutschman, who announced Thursday that he would retire on June 30, 1996, said he had no definite plans but indicated that he planned to remain active in sports-related fields such as consulting and participating in clinics.

Rutschman first starred as a freshman athlete at the McMinnville school in 1951. He has been associated with the school ever since with the exception of 14 years as football and baseball coach at Hillsboro High School, where his teams won state championships in both sports.

``This does not signal an end of an era,'' Linfield president Vivian A. Bull said, ``but a time of renewed commitment by Linfield to uphold the values exemplified by Ad Rutschman in his life as an athlete, coach, athletic director and teacher.''

During four years as a student-athlete at Linfield, Rutschman earned 12 letters in football, baseball and basketball. In his senior year, he was named a first-team Little all-American in football and was drafted by the Detroit Lions. He chose not to try out with the NFL team, choosing instead to start his coaching career at Hillsboro.

Rutschman returned to Linfield in 1968, succeeding Paul Durham as football coach. He remained as football coach for 24 years before choosing to step down and concentrate on his duties as a teacher and athletic director.

Rutschman also served as the school's baseball coach for 13 years from 1971 to 1983, and his first team won the national NAIA championship.

Winning championships became routine. In his 24 years as football coach at Linfield, Rutschman never had a losing team, and his 1982, 1984 and 1986 teams won the NAIA Division II national championship.

``Winning probably kept me in coaching,'' Rutschman said, ``but the most satisfying things have been from the kids who graduated and came back or wrote to say how important athletics was to what they are now doing. This gave me an opportunity to have an impact in helping develop young people and that will always be the most gratifying aspect of my career.''

During his playing career as a running back at Linfield, Rutschman set school records that still stand, gaining 3,761 on 672 carries. As a senior, he averaged 137.4 rushing yards per game.
But it was after his return to the school as a coach that he really took on a load, serving as baseball coach, football coach, classroom teacher and athletic director simultaneously for a period of 10 years.

``I have always believed that hard work is important and if people are to achieve any degree of success they must work hard,'' Rutschman said. ``I also believe it is essential to base your decisions on principle, even when it is not popular. I believe that if you work hard and do what is right, eventually good things will happen.''

Rutschman's 24-year football coaching record at Linfield was 183-48-3, and the Wildcats won or shared the league title 15 times. In 13 years as baseball coach, his teams were 244-198-2 and won or shared seven league championships.

He was elected to the NAIA Hall of Fame in 1989, to the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame in 1993, and has five times been honored as the top coach in the state by being named recipient of the Slats Gill Man of the Year Award at The Oregonian Banquet of Champions.

A new athletic facility scheduled for completion this summer will be named the Rutschman Field House in honor of Rutschman and his wife, Joan, who has worked at Linfield with her husband as athletic secretary, ticket manager and booster club coordinator.

Linfield’s athletic director Rutschman to retire next year
Oregonian Friday, May 26, 1995
On the Sidelines Colleges

Ad Rutschman, 63, who coached Linfield College to three NAIA Division II national football titles in the 1980s, announced Thursday that he will step down as the athletic director of the McMinnville school next year.

Rutschman, who coached the football team from 1968 to 1992, said he will retire on June 30, 1996. Though he has no definite plans, he indicated that he planned to remain active in sports-related fields such as consulting and participating in clinics.

Rutschman first starred as a freshman athlete at Linfield in 1951 and has been associated with the school ever since except for 14 years as football and baseball coach at Hillsboro High School.

Monday, June 07, 2010

Ad Rutschman: Distinguished Service Award from McMinnville High School Athletics

Ad Rutschman was among those honored during the McMinnville High School Sports Hall of Fame banquet, May 8, 2010, in the Evergreen Aviation Museum in McMinnville.

See May 12, 2010, McMinnville News-Register article here for coverage of the event.

He was one of five individuals and one business receiving Distinguished Service Awards from McMinnville High School Athletics saluting their support and service to Mac High student athletes.

Among six inducted into the “Hall” were Linfield grads Gene Carlson, Luke Buchheit and the late Jeff Durham. Also inducted were Ron Kam (a former Linfield assistant swim coach), Shana Ball and Melissa Bogh.

Sean Burke, Mac High athletic director, provided Wildcatville with the Rutschman award citation:

Coach Ad Rutschman

“McMinnville High School has had the privilege of having one of the greatest coaches in the game of football donate his time to work with our student-athletes. His list of accomplishments as a college football and baseball coach is well-known in our community. But, what many may not be aware of is that Coach Ad Rutschman has volunteered the last sixteen years working in the McMinnville HS football program sharing his knowledge and expertise.

“In 1994, shortly after retiring from Linfield College, Coach Ad Rutschman became the unofficial offensive coordinator for Head Coach Don Rutschman and the varsity football team, a position that he maintained until 1998.

“Coach Rutschman has also volunteered every summer at our football camps working mostly with our quarterbacks and even served four years with his wife Joan, and daughter MaryJo working in the softball concession stand. I am confident that as our student-athletes look back at their high school football experience they realize that they had an opportunity to work with someone special.”

Rest of the storyJoan Rutschman told Wildcatville the rest of the story concerning concessions supporting Mac Hi softball. Joan, Ad and their daughter, MaryJo Nichols, took care of concession sales at McMinnville High School home softball games and McMinnville elementary school home track meets 2006-2009, the four years Alyssa Nichols, Joan and Ad’s granddaughter/Mary Jo’s daughter, was starting infielder for the Mac Hi Bears.

“Mary Jo did all the work,” said Joan.” She picked up items to be sold and the three of us sold them.” All profits went to the softball program. “Working together on this was such fun and good for the softball program, too,” she said. “MaryJo, and I really liked doing it.”

As this is written (June 2009) Alyssa has completed her freshman year at Linfield. “She really enjoyed it,” said Joan.

See “Recruit a Wildcat” graphic – featuring Alyssa (Linfield Class of 2013) and Ad (Linfield Class of 1954) -- with this article which appeared on page 27 of the Fall 2009 issue of Linfield Magazine

Saturday, June 05, 2010

Hail to the chef and helpers whom include Linfield Water Crew's John Schindelar

Photos: President Obama with salmon bake contingent, Chef Jason Stoller Smith, and John Schnindelar of Linfield Water Crew (bottom).

Local chef to cook for president

By Starla Pointer
McMinnville News-Register
June 4, 2010

A Yamhill County chef and several McMinnville residents will prepare a traditional salmon bake at the White House on Tuesday, June 8, as part of President Barack Obama’s congressional picnic.

“It’s a great honor for us to represent the Northwest in Washington, D.C.,” said Jason Stoller Smith, who was chef at Dundee Bistro for eight years.

The White House dinner coincides with a job change for Stoller Smith: He left the bistro Tuesday to become head chef at Timberline Lodge, stepping into the kitchen of renowned chef Leif Benson, who is retiring.

Stoller Smith considers Benson his greatest mentor. He worked under him as a sous chef prior to coming to Dundee in 2002.

In addition to cooking at the bistro, Stoller Smith has always been involved with charity events and other local programs that promote food and wine. He has been putting on salmon bakes at Starry Night, the McMinnville Education Foundation’s annual summer fundraiser, and at the International Pinot Noir Celebration, for which he has served as a board member.

It was at the latter event that his salmon bakes came to the attention of the White House wine buyer. And that led to the invitation in mid-May to cook for the president and Congress.

The picnic has a guest list of about 2,000 people. It will feature foods from the four corners of the U.S., Stoller Smith said.

To represent the Pacific Northwest, he also plans to prepare dishes using fresh Oregon strawberries, bacon from Carlton Farms, sheep’s milk cheese from Oregon and farro, a grain from Southern Washington.

“The menu will be seasonal produce and food from small producers,” said Stoller Smith, who has featured similar products at Dundee Bistro and expects his replacement, Christopher Flanagan, to do the same.

“It’s my responsiblity as an Oregonian to highlight Oregon’s foods,” he said. “This is just a great opportunity to do this on the nation’s greatest stage for some of the most influential people.”

For the entree, he and his assistants will bake Copper River salmon, which is just coming into season in Alaska. Stoller Smith said he ordered 80 salmon sides for the event.

The rich fish will be threaded onto alder saplings cut and trimmed just for this event. Cedar lashings will hold them onto the stakes.

They will be baked in a traditional way over an open fire — in a 45-foot fire pit dug into the White House lawn.

“We’re building a fire pit right outside the Oval Office steps. Crazy,” said Stoller Smith, who is still marveling at the opportunity to cook for the president.

Including the chef, a dozen people are traveling from Yamhill County to Washington, D.C., for the event. They include three retired teachers, Chris Chennell, Vern Fenske and John Schindelar, who have worked with Stoller Smith at Starry Night and the IPNC dinner.

Jay Sandmann of McMinnville procured the alder saplings. Jake Rockwood of Carlton helped split the saplings in preparation for holding the salmon. Stoller Smith’s father is transporting the saplings by car to Washington, D.C.

In addition to the chef’s family, also helping with the dinner will be Helen Fenske and Cindy Chennell. Joan Schindeler had to turn down the trip because of commitments to the Court-Appointed Special Advocate’s program, her husband said.

John Schindelar said the helpers are excited about this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

“We certainly hope to meet some of Oregon’s delegation in Washington, and there may even be an opportunity to meet and shake hands with President Obama,” he said.


These three photos appeared in the McMinnville N-R in 2010. In June 2 edition, "Chef Jason Stoller Smith in the Dundee Bistro kitchen preparing Riso and Clam soup." In the June 16 edition, "Cindy Stinson-Chennell poses with the presidential first dog, Beau, on the White House lawn." ... "Jason Stoller-Smith and McMinnville cookers prepared a traditional Indian salmon bake for guests at the White House June 8. The oregon group represented the Pacific Northwest at the 'Taste of the States' picnic."

Local cooks thrilled to meet the president

By Starla Pointer
McMinnville News-Register
June 18, 2010

Meeting President Barack Obama was the thrill of a lifetime for the local cooks who prepared a traditional Indian salmon bake at the White House earlier this

“We were just thrilled to see him,” said Chris Chennell, one of several retired McMinnville teachers who helped with the dinner.

Chennell was particularly lucky: The Oregon State University hat he was wearing attracted the attention of the president, who exchanged a high five with the McMinnville man.

“Are you Beavers or Ducks?” the president asked the Yamhill County group when he saw the hat.

“Beavers!” most of them chorused, aware that the president’s brother-in-law is head basketball coach at OSU.

One of the Oregonians stood firm for his beliefs, though. Arronsic Bell, assistant winemaker at Domaine Drouhin, insisted on his loyalty to the University of Oregon.

No matter. The president still obliged the whole group by shaking hands and posing for a photo with them on the lawn near the Oval Office.

Bell, Chennell and the other locals had the rare opportunity of visiting and cooking at the White House thanks to Chef Jason Stoller Smith, formerly of Dundee Bistro.

Just as Stoller Smith was leaving the Dundee eatery for a new job as head chef at Timberline Lodge, he was offered a chance to represent the Pacific Northwest at a White House picnic, “Taste of the States.” Stoller Smith quickly called on a group of volunteers with whom he has worked at the International Pinot Noir Celebration and the McMinnville Education Foundation’s Starry Night fundraiser.

The helpers also included Cindy Stinson-Chennell, John Schindelar, Vern and Helen Fenske, Ashley Bell, Emily Stoller and Greg and Chris Smith, Stoller Smith’s parents.

The volunteers were eager to help. They sent in their credentials to the Secret Service and soon were cleared to go where few men get to go.

Dressed in “Organic” T-shirts and aprons decorated with a native-style salmon, they arrived at the White House on Tuesday, June 8, the day of the picnic. They were whisked to their cooking site near the Oval Office.

A day earlier, Stoller Smith had set up pipes along the area of the lawn that had been prepared for a fire pit. The pipes would hold the alder saplings the group had prepared back in Oregon; the saplings, in turn, would hold the salmon above the flames.

“Jason was so organized,” Stinson-Chennell said.

The Oregon crew spent Tuesday morning making preparations, then were treated to lunch in the White House’s staff kitchen and dining room — a bare bones facility, they said.

Later, the White House pastry chef gave them a tour of the building. It was the standard tour, but extra special because their group was small and the chef told them stories. They also toured some behind-the-scenes areas such as the White House vegetable garden.

Stinson-Chennell said her group was particularly impressed by the respect the White House staff members showed for their jobs and for the office of the president.

Back at their cook site, they finished making preparations, then lighted the fire.

As soon as the blaze took hold, they were told to move back 100 yards to await the arrival of the presidential motorcade. They marveled at the convoy of black vehicles — police cars, SUVs holding Secret Service men, limousines and an ambulance.

When it was finally time for dinner, the Oregonians filled plates for the president and his family. The First Family also sampled dishes from other parts of the country: Puffy tacos from Texas, fried chicken from New Orleans, a fish roll from Maine and red hot dogs from Chicago.

Schindelar said the Northwest group tried the other dishes too. No question, he said, “ours was the best.”

He said numerous guests praised the salmon, which they served up with a side dish of Oregon strawberries, bacon from Carlton Farms, grain from Southern Washington and sheep cheese from Oregon. “They told us we had the best food and were best of show,” he said.

Schindelar and the Chennells said they were thrilled when the president, his wife, daughters and dog walked right past their cook site on the way to the podium to address the guests.

They were pleased to have a good view of the receiving line, where the president greeted members of Congress and their families. And they were happy to meet some of Oregon’s representatives, including David Wu and Earl Blumenauer.

They hoped for, but didn’t dare expect, a personal greeting. So when the president noticed the OSU hat, it was a special moment for all of them.

“Meeting the president was the highlight of the whole trip,” Schindelar said.

Oregon chef treats Obama to backyard cookout

Published: Tuesday, June 22, 2010, 12:00 AM
Updated: Tuesday, June 22, 2010, 11:07 AM

Charles Dharapak/The Associated Press
Jason Stoller Smith, executive chef of Timberline Lodge, gave guests a taste of the Northwest for this year's congressional picnic: a traditional salmon bake.

Special to The Oregonian

Jason Stoller Smith's team makes a fire pit to cook salmon and represent Pacific Northwest cooking

When President Barack Obama greeted Jason Stoller Smith at the White House congressional picnic, he teased the Oregon chef about the 45-foot-long fire pit he had made for a traditional Native American salmon bake.

"You dug up my lawn," the president deadpanned as the giant pit blazed within feet of the Oval Office and Rose Garden.

Recipes included with this story: Oregon Strawberry and Arugula Salad, Emmer Farro and Vegetable Salad With Bacon

Stoller Smith's wild Alaska king salmon, smoked on alder saplings, was the hit of the event. "Nobody had any idea of what we were doing," he said. White House Assistant Chef Sam Kass went so far as to call the salmon bake "historic" and told the chef, "There's never been anything like this at the White House."

The theme for this year's picnic, an annual affair for legislators and their families, was food from the nation's regions. Stoller Smith, 38, was handpicked to represent the Pacific Northwest by Daniel Shanks, White House usher for food and beverage and a friend of Oregon's Ponzi wine family. Until Stoller Smith's move this month to executive chef at Timberline Lodge on Mount Hood, he had headed the kitchen at the Ponzis' restaurant, the Dundee Bistro, since 2002.

Shanks' call, which came just 2 1/2 weeks before the party, launched a momentous adventure for Stoller Smith and his culinary team: his wife, Emily; his parents, Kris and Gregg Smith, from Rochester, Wash.; and eight Oregonians, myself included.

While planning for the event was intricate, the chef had plenty of experience from working the salmon bake at the annual International Pinot Noir Celebration and other events.

In e-mails to White House Executive Chef Cristeta Comerford, Stoller Smith ordered provisions (100 salmon sides, 7 pounds each, and six cords of firewood) and detailed the salads that the White House staff prepared and served (see accompanying recipes).

Six days before the event, he and his father drove cross-country hauling 40 metal pipes for either side of the fire pit and nearly 100 alder saplings cut locally by the Oregon Department of Forestry.

Despite the logistics, Stoller Smith kept a calm tone on picnic day. "I'm not the chef that yells," he said.

Cooking, however, couldn't begin until after security clearances were issued for the entire team, which also included Arron Bell, assistant winemaker at Domaine Drouhin; Bell's wife, Ashley, sales director at the winery; and retired McMinnville teachers John Schindelar, Vern and Helen Lieberman Fenske, and Chris and Cindy Stinson Chennell.

Then, White House staffers, from Secret Service agents to cooks, watched in fascination as we built and lit the fire and prepared the salmon. Schindelar, sapling in hand, showed them how we secured the fish on the alder stakes using cedar splints and wire.

Schindelar's friendly exchanges resulted in a spontaneous tour led by a gun-toting SWAT team member to view the president's basketball court, a hidden garden, the vegetable garden, and the beehive. At lunchtime, White House Pastry Chef Bill Yosses ushered us through the Rose Garden into the White House for a private tour.

In the words of one member of Team Oregon, it was a "surreal" day. None of us expected to see the president briefly toss a football in the Rose Garden, to walk past guards to use White House bathrooms, or to feel so welcome in such an imposing setting.

But as we watched staff put burlap tablecloths and potted flowers atop picnic tables spread across the South Lawn, it was clear we were just part of the crew setting up for a party. Later, Obama and the first lady emerged from the Oval Office with the first dog, Bo, to join the picnic and shake hands with guests.

Those of us on Team Oregon, dressed in brown T-shirts with a state logo and ivory aprons bearing a salmon and White House logo, had a proud moment as Obama approached to talk about the fire pit, the Beavers and pose for a group photo.

For Stoller Smith in particular, the salmon bake was a career highpoint. "It's the first time I've ever felt an enormous responsibility as a chef representing the Pacific Northwest," he said.

As for the president's lawn, Stoller Smith stopped by the morning after the picnic for his rig and saw that, "The pit was already rototilled and ready to be sodded."

The accompanying salads were served with the salmon cooked at this month's congressional picnic.

Joan Cirillo is a Portland food and feature writer.

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Dean Dave Hansen, radio 'Voice of Wildcats' sort of retires

Dave Hansen, Linfield grad Den Surles and Linfield SID Kelly Bird on Oxy campus (Eagle Rock, Calif.) prior to Wildcats’ Sept. 29, 2009, football game with the Occidental Tigers.

By Starla Pointer
McMinnville News-Register

Hansen roasted and toasted on retirement

With the extra time he’ll have after moving into partial retirement, Linfield College mainstay Dave Hansen said he plans to sleep in, relax, read the newspaper, take walks with his wife, play with his grandchildren, maybe travel a little.

“And I’m thinking of taking up an interest in sports,” he told a crowd gathered in his honor Monday afternoon.

That touched on two major aspects of Hansen’s personality: He knows more than a few things about sports, and he has a bubbling sense of humor.

Hansen has been the “voice of the Wildcats” for more than 30 years, even longer than he’s served as dean of students at the college. His play-by-play and color commentary for the Linfield football team are legendary — so much so that athletic director Scott Carnahan awarded him a souvenir football at the retirement reception.

Signed by historic head coaches Paul Durham, Ad Rutschman, Jay Locey and Joe Smith, the purple-and-white ball is a rare edition, though a twin can be found in the Linfield trophy case.

Hansen, a Willamette University graduate, has been an avid Wildcat since 1969, when he joined the college as an economics professor. He will continue in that role part time, while retiring from the dean’s position, his vice presidency of student services and his football announcing sideline.

Is he glad to be shedding so many of his administrative duties, but continuing to work with students in the classroom? “Abso-by-gosh-a-lutely yes!” he said.

Hansen called the change “a transition to the more rational world of teaching students,” rather than a real retirement.

Nevertheless, his colleagues, students and other friends took the opportunity to give him quite a roasting Monday afternoon.

They teased him about the state of his office: overflowing. They teased him about his wardrobe: best if chosen by his wife. They teased him about his testing style: daily, or at least every day someone misses class.

A former student quipped that he’d taken Hansen’s class, and now, he said, “following years of therapy, I’m leading a positive and productive life.”

Mostly, though, well-wishers heaped praise on Hansen. They called him an excellent teacher and mentor who obviously cared deeply about relationships, the subject matter and the school.

President Thomas Hellie noted that upon his arrival at Linfield, he was cautioned to consult Hansen before making important decisions. That was good advice, he said, as Hansen is incredibly knowledgeable and incredibly loyal.

He’s also incredibly supportive of the city, Mayor Rick Olson chimed in.

Hansen has served on the chamber board, the planning commission and, since 2001, the city council. He also has been involved with advisory groups, like the one charged with planning the Mayor’s Charity Ball.

He can “summarize and dissect complicated matters” and he’s always upbeat, Olson said. “Dave doesn’t talk a lot, but when he says something, you know you should listen.”

The mayor added, “He’s a fine example of a great town and gown relationship.” And in recognition, he went on to declare Monday to be Dave Hansen Day in McMinnville.
Debbie (Hansen) Harmon ‘90, director of capital giving, Jake Harmon ‘26 and Dave Hansen, vice president for student services and dean of students…
--Linfield Magazine, Fall 2004

Pennants salute Linfield national baseball championships

Although the Linfield Wildcats no longer play baseball as a member of the NAIA, the ‘Cats two NAIA World Series titles are celebrated at the perennial NAIA World Series site in Lewiston, Idaho. During the NAIA event -- held in late May and early June -- pennants for all NAIA baseball title teams are on display. See photos taken in May 2010.

For the Wildcats, pennants represent the 1966 Linfield national title team, coached by Roy Helser, and the 1971 Linfield national title team, coached by Ad Rutschman. Neither of those teams won their championships in Lewiston (at Lewis Clark State College’s Harris Field).

The Helser Cats got their victory in St. Joseph, Missouri. The Rustschman Cats won in Phoenix, Ariz. There is, however, a Lewiston connection to Linfield baseball via Rutschman. In 1988, in Lewiston, in conjunction with that year’s NAIA World Series, he was inducted into the NAIA Hall of Fame as a baseball coach.

Cumberland University (Lebanon, Tenn.) won the 2010 NAIA World Series. It also won the World Series title in 2004. According to the Lewiston (Idaho) Tribune, Cumberland is the “sixth school to win at least two NAIA baseball titles.” Wildcat fans know Linfield is one of the six schools.