Friday, September 30, 2016

BWC Golf Linfield Homecoming Friday 9/30/2016

Some of same 9/30/2016 BWC Golf at Linfield 2016 Homecoming photos posted at BWC-Linfield Facebook page by Wildcatville posted at this Wildcatville blog. 
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Friday, September 23, 2016

Scott Brosius has helped Mariners as hitting coach in Tacoma

Scott Brosius has helped Mariners as hitting coach in Tacoma 

Originally published September 22, 2016 at 7:38 pm Updated September 22, 2016 at 7:55 pm 

The three-time World Series champion left a successful coaching career at Linfield to start a pro career with the Rainiers.

By Matt Pentz,  Seattle Times 

When Scott Brosius left his post as the baseball coach at Linfield College last year after eight successful seasons, he cited a need for new challenges, the allure of a “new adventure.”

Brosius didn’t exactly picture divisional road trips to scenic Fresno, Reno and Sacramento as the first-year hitting coach for the Tacoma Rainiers, but hey, he’s never been one for five- and 10-year plans anyway.

“The travel, especially in Tacoma, was an eye-opener,” Brosius said this week. 

“I had to remind myself occasionally at 3 in the morning that this was all my idea.”

It took a little while, 15 years removed from his playing career, to regain the rhythms of the professional game. But the former New York Yankees third baseman compared the sensation to riding a horse, the feel of the saddle familiar after a period of readjustment.

In eight seasons at Linfield, Brosius compiled a 270-96 record, leading the Wildcats to a Division III national championship, four regional and five Northwest Conference titles. 

Linfield is where he learned how to teach. The lessons he imparted were on a more basic level than the ones he’s passing along at Class AAA, sure, “but it’s the same idea. As a coach, you just love when the light bulb turns (on),” Brosius said. “… You get a feel for how the younger guys tick.”

With the Rainiers, he works with younger versions of himself. The native of Milwaukie, Ore., won three World Series titles, a Golden Glove and made the 1998 All-Star team while with the Yankees, but it took him years of playing as a utility man with the A’s before he found his stride.

“I’ve been on every angle of Triple A as a player,” Brosius said. “Coming up as the young guy trying to get there, the guy being sent down, the guy on the roller coaster.”

His career arc is especially appealing for pupils such as Mike Zunino, the Mariners catcher who has bounced between levels this season working on his swing.

“He’s so good because he listens,” Zunino said. “He lets you come to him, he listens and he already has an answer for whatever you’re feeling. He always seems to be a step ahead. It’s nice, because a lot of guys want to preach stuff and push it on you.”

Brosius ticks off the players he’s connected with this season on their way from Class AAA to the big leagues: Zunino, Shawn O’Malley, Stefan Romero, Mike Freeman, Nori Aoki, Dan Vogelbach.

“That’s kind of the fun of it, honestly,” Brosius said. “We’ve had a lot of movement this year. You can get a chance to spend a day or two with them, a week with them and see where they’re at.”

As for what’s next, Brosius was more vague.

“I try not to think in those terms, because you never know what’s going to transpire,” he said. “You never say never. That’s the one thing I’ve learned. But obviously I came into this with the idea that I love coaching and want to coach at the highest level.”

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Memorial service Sunday for hall of fame inductee, longtime athletic secretary (9/17/2016 story)

By Kaelia Neal, Sports editor, Linfield Review, Sept 17, 2016

Joan Rutschman, a woman once known as “Mama Cat” by the Linfield community, died Friday, Sept. 9, 2016.

A memorial service is set for 1 p.m. on Sunday in the Ted Wilson Gym at Linfield. A reception will follow.

She was born on Sept. 9, 1932. In 1999 she was inducted into the Linfield Athletics hall of fame, and she is one of 10 individuals who were 1999 inductees.

“In my opinion, she was part of what I call Linfield’s greatest generation,” head football coach Joe Smith said.

She impacted Linfield greatly as she was the college’s athletic department secretary for 27 years. Later she became the athletic booster club coordinator and a ticket manager.

Her husband, Ad Rutschman, is also an important part of Linfield. He is in the Linfield Athletics hall of fame for football and was a football and baseball coach at Linfield.

To honor the Rutschmans for their contributions, the field house on Linfield Avenue is named the Ad and Joan Rutschman Field House.

Mrs. Rutschman was loved by many, especially people in the Linfield community. “Mrs. Rutschman made me feel like I was the most important person in the world,” football coach Doug Hire said. “I will never forget her kind words.”

Smith said her compassion and kindness is what set her apart from others. “She gave everything to Linfield,” Smith said.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Linfield Football honors JOAN 'Mama Cat' RUTSCHMAN


Joan Rutschman, wife of Ad Rutschman, died Friday 9/9/2016, on her 84th birthday. They were married more than 64 years. 

A Linfield football helmet decal (see photo) honors her. Its initial appearance was during the Wildcats' opening season Saturday 9/10/2016 game on Maxwell Field/Catdome at Memorial Stadium.

Two services in McMinnville for "Mama Cat," are open to the public:

--11 a.m. Friday 9/16/2016 at St. James Catholic Church.

--1 p.m. Sunday 9/18/2016 in Ted Wilson Gym on Linfield campus. 

Both Rutschmans are members of the Linfield Athletics Hall of Fame. The Rutschman Fieldhouse on the Linfield campus is named for them.

For many years they each played important roles for Linfield Athletics. She was athletic secretary, booster club director and athletic tickets coordinator. He was football and baseball coach and athletic director.

Family requests memorial donations to Rock of Ages Mennonite Home, Legacy Hospice of McMinnville or Linfield College Athletics.

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Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Samuel C Lancaster, John C Olmstead: McMinnville College, Linfield College campus design



McMinnville Telephone Register newspaper

Thursday, March 6, 1941


Samuel (Christopher) Lancaster, 76, famed Oregon highway engineer and designer of the Linfield college campus, died at his Portland home Tuesday morning after a month’s illness.

Mr. Lancaster gained widespread repute for his achievement in construction of the scenic Columbia River highway. Its location and construction were under his personal supervision. He was also known for work on the north rim highway of the Grand canyon, the highway through Bryce canyon, Seattle’s boulevard system, and other projects.

He laid out the present attractive plot of the Linfield college campus in 1928, just prior to the college’s building program which saw Melrose hall completed in 1929. Funeral services were held this (Thursday) afternoon at Finley’s Morninglight chapel in Portland.

The campus grounds remain a wilderness accessible by wooden bridges over the Cozine Creek until 1928 when a campus improvement program was undertaken, to include the construction of Melrose Hall, the campus Administration Building.  Samuel Lancaster, the architect of the Columbia Gorge Highway, was engaged to design a campus plan at that time.

“Inspired Pragmatism: An Illustrated History of Linfield College,” published in 2007.

“Visitors to Linfield College invariably remark on its attractive grounds. These received their main shape during the presidency of Leonard Riley, who hired John Charles Olmstead to outline a master plan that, twenty years later, was finalized by Samuel Lancaster, builder and landscape architect for the Columbia (River) Highway and J.C. Compton, a trustee…”

“Laurelhurst Park and Terwilliger Boulevard in Portland. Volunteer Park and Lake Washington Boulevard in Seattle. Corbin and Manito parks in Spokane. The campuses of Linfield College in McMinnville and Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon; Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington; the University of Washington in Seattle; the University of Idaho in Moscow; and the grounds of the State Capitol in Olympia, Washington. The Highlands residential development in Seattle and the Uplands in Victoria, British Columbia. All of these sites demonstrate the inimitable Olmsted landscape design imprint, the clear influence of Frederick Law Olmsted Sr. But in fact all of them, and many others in the Pacific Northwest, were designed by John Charles Olmsted.”

In November 1907, landscape architect John Charles Olmsted visited the campus to advise the school on the design of the campus.


John Charles Olmsted was invited by three Oregon college presidents to visit their campuses. The invitations came from Leonard W. Riley, of

McMinnville College (now Linfield College), William Jasper Kerr of Oregon Agricultural College (OSU) and William N. Ferrin at Pacific University in Forest Grove. Olmsted's advice came at an early point in the development of each of the three campuses, which was timely and had a lasting impact. McMinnville College was the first to contract with Olmsted in 1907, who recommended the addition of twenty-three buildings, arranged around three quadrangles. Olmsted recommended uniformity of materials and trim color, which included common red brick. This uniformity can be seen today even in newly constructed buildings on Linfield's campus. Olmsted also advised maintaining the oak grove at the entrance to the college. The College took his advice, and the oak grove still exists, where graduation services are traditionally held.” Source: Joan Hockaday, "Oregon Places: John Charles Olmsted and Campus Design in Oregon," Oregon Historical Quarterly 108.2 (2007)

The campus is one of rare beauty. When John C. Olmstead, the well-known landscape architect, first looked out upon it he exclaimed: "McMinnville College is most fortunate in the selection of its campus." Some day one of the Lord's favored servants will provide the funds for the development of its possibilities. Entrance pillars and arches, proper grading, concrete walks, flower beds, shrubbery, rare trees and plants will make it one of the most entrancing spots in the Northwest.

Monday, September 05, 2016

Del Smith was extraordinarily generous to Linfield

POSTSCRIPT to 9/5/2016 story from McMinnville N-R headlined "New museum owner addresses vets" (Scroll down to see that story).

The N-R story mentions the late
Del Smith.

Del Smith was extraordinarily generous to Linfield College.

A Linfield news release in November 2011 says the college's Board of Trustees honored Del Smith, a trustee emeritus, by naming the college's softball venue "Del Smith Stadium."

The release said, "Smith, founder and owner of Evergreen International Aviation, Inc., served on the Linfield Board of Trustees from 1975 to 2009. He has supported the college through numerous gifts and by providing internships to hundreds of Linfield students at his local businesses. Many of those interns went on to work full time at Evergreen after graduation."

Also, the release quotes Linfield President Thomas L. Hellie as saying “Del Smith’s support of Linfield students, both athletically and academically, has changed the lives of countless young people. It is fitting that we recognize his support by naming the softball stadium in his honor. His gifts have been instrumental in the development of our softball program into the national spotlight.”

The release noted that Del Smith was inducted into Linfield’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2005 for "meritorious service to the athletics program including providing lodging, transportation and meals for the baseball program, and financial gifts for the construction of the Rutschman Field House, renovation of Helser Field and upgrades to the football and track fields."

Furthermore, the release said Del Smith's "support for the college has extended far beyond athletics and includes contributions to the Nicholson Library, Linfield Business Department, Edith Green Endowed Lecture Fund and the President’s Discretionary Fund in addition to numerous internships and full-time employment for students at Evergreen Aviation, Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum, and Wings and Waves Waterpark."


New museum owner addresses vets

By Starla Pointer, McMinnville N-R/News-Register 9/5/2016

The owner and top managers of the Falls Event Center, which recently acquired several elements of the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum complex, said they want to preserve aviation history and honor vets and active-duty service personnel as they turn the site into a destination for visitors from around the world.

The for-profit company also intends to continue its record of helping needy people as it builds a hotel and other businesses associated with the site.

“This is not just about making money,” Sam Ramirez, CEO for hotels, told the McMinnville Band of Brothers veterans’ group Thursday. “We also want to partner with the community. Donating to the community is really a cornerstone of who we are.”

Ramirez was joined by Steve Down, founder and owner of the Falls Event Center, which has purchased the museum’s space hall, water park, chapel and hotel site. The latter, located between the aviation hall and water park, has been empty for several years.

The company joins investor George Schott as campus landlords. Schott, who has an association with the nonprofit Collings Foundation, owns the museum’s aviation hall and theater building.

Down said he would like to have the hotel open by next July. He said he’s eying 135 rooms, which is more than Del Smith’s original plans called for.

The facility will feature “an incredible level of service ... at a price and value anyone can afford,” Ramirez promised.

It will be the flagship of a series of similar hotels Down plans to build in several states, he said. And it will follow his business model of giving back to the community by reimbursing nonprofit shelter programs for the homeless for each hotel room booked.

Down also operates a chain of sandwich shops providing food for needy people in return for meals purchased. He said he plans to build a dozen Even Stevens’ sandwich shops in Oregon in the next year, and plans to site one in downtown McMinnville.

His roster of companies also includes a financial education program, Financially Fit, along with marketing firms, construction companies and other businesses.

When they spoke to the Band of Brothers, Down and Ramirez were joined by Neil Bergstrom, head of acquisitions, who will manage the Evergreen site.

The three also addressed a crowd of chamber members, museum staff, docents and area residents at a community town hall Thursday morning. And they took pains to thank the veterans for their role in preserving America’s freedoms.

Down noted that members of his generation and those who have followed sometimes take for granted the sacrifices of veterans. They may forget that in World War II, for example, “The world was literally in crisis. Our freedoms were in jeopardy.

“Please accept my gratitude for the sacrifices your generation made,” he told the Band of Brothers, which counts 23 WWII vets among its ranks, along with veterans of Korea, Vietnam and more recent wars.

Down said he discovered the Evergreen museum complex last November, when he was considering launching a small jet service with multiple hubs, each featuring a small museum of vintage aircraft.

He Googled “aviation museum” and began reading about Evergreen. Its mission of preserving and honoring veterans conformed with his own, he said.

A native of Klamath Falls, the Utah resident flew to Oregon and loved what he found in McMinnville. He returned last week during a vacation trip with his wife, Colleen, along with his mother and three of his sons.

“I couldn’t wait for my boys to see this amazing campus,” he said, noting his family was especially awed by the B-17, a bomber that flew in World War II.

He also praised the docents and staff. “I was hooked once I met the volunteers who donate time and a wealth of energy, knowledge and experience,” he told the veterans, many of whom serve as docents themselves.

Down said he has guaranteed success of the complex to docents, “in order to preserve this for future generations.”

He said he wants to attract more artifacts, including historic planes, and to “drive funding to buy more.” He said he also supports educational efforts, including the McMinnville School District’s Engineering and Aerospace Sciences Academy, which meets in the space museum.

It’s a sacred honor and privilege, he said, to continue the vision of the late
Del Smith, Evergreen’s founder, and his son, the late Michael King Smith, who dreamed of the aviation museum and educational facility.

In addition to preserving history, Down and his managers said their aim is to make the Falls Center Event complex at Evergreen a prime destination for all sorts of events.

Ramirez said they want people to visit for a corporate event or a wedding, or stop at the hotel during a family vacation.

While here, they want visitors to take advantage of all the complex has to offer. They can slide out of the 747 into the Wings & Waves pool, for instance, or learn about the history of aviation and space exploration in the museums.

“We want to make sure kids know these planes flew,” Ramirez said, noting that the museums’ hundreds of docents bring that history alive.

They want their visitors to stay for several days and see other sights and businesses in and around McMinnville as well.

“We want to bring more people here,” he said. “Not enough know how special this is.”