Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Miles K. Davis named 20th president of Linfield College (1/31/2018 Linfield)

Date: January 31, 2018 at 12:38:46 PM PST
Subject: The next president of Linfield College

Miles K. Davis named 20th president of Linfield College

The Linfield College Board of Trustees announced today that Dr. Miles K. Davis will become the college’s 20th president, and the first African-American president in the institution’s 160-year history.
Davis, dean of Shenandoah University’s Harry F. Byrd, Jr. School of Business in Winchester, Va., will begin his new appointment July 1. He succeeds Dr. Thomas L. Hellie, who is retiring after 12 years as Linfield’s president.

“From the moment I engaged with Linfield and the community, it has been a growing love affair,” Davis said. “From the Board of Trustees to the faculty, staff, coaches and administrators, Linfield College is an impressive group of people. It is Linfield’s students, though, who really stole my heart with their inquisitive and thoughtful questions. I am excited about becoming a part of this community of learners and scholars.”

David C. Baca ’78, chair of the Board of Trustees and a partner at the Davis Wright Tremaine law firm, said Davis brings an entrepreneur’s sensibility to Linfield at a time of transformation in higher education.

“Dr. Hellie has done a remarkable job leading Linfield, and that has put it in a very good place,” Baca said. “However, all of higher education faces a rapidly changing environment. That environment is going to require us to adapt, and Dr. Davis has shown that he can lead the kind of change we will need to continue to succeed.”

Davis has a Ph.D. in human and organizational sciences from The George Washington University, an M.A. in human resource development from Bowie State University and a B.A. in communications from Duquesne University.

At Shenandoah since 2001, he was the inaugural chair of the management science department at the Harry F. Byrd, Jr. School of Business and became the founding director of its Institute for Entrepreneurship. He was named dean of the school in 2012.

Davis is an authority on entrepreneurship whose most recent work focuses on integrity, values and principles in the business world, as well as faith-based entrepreneurship. He helps organizations manage cultural and structural changes, strategic planning, leadership development and strategic growth initiatives.

Davis worked as a managing consultant and principal for EDS Corp., and has served on the boards of numerous non-profit organizations and publicly traded companies.

The author of many journal articles and book chapters, Davis published a book titled “OD and Change Management Consultants” in 2009. He is a member of the Society of Leadership Fellows at St. George’s House, an organization based out of Windsor Castle in England that brings together world leaders in a variety of fields to analyze contemporary issues.

Davis is the first college president to come out of The PhD Project, a network that helps members of underrepresented communities attain doctorates and become leaders in higher education.

“Linfield College, with its strong roots in the liberal arts and world-class professional programs, is meeting the needs of a dynamic world,” Davis said. “I am honored to be invited to help lead Linfield, as the college helps lead the region, country and world in connecting learning, life and community.”

The nationwide search for Linfield’s 20th president began in May 2017, when Hellie announced he would retire at the end of the 2017-18 academic year.

A search committee, which included representatives from the Linfield College Board of Trustees, faculty, staff and student body, closely reviewed the credentials of the candidates and conducted extensive interviews.

“I am gratified to know that Dr. Davis will become Linfield’s next president,” Hellie said. “His personality and experience align very well with our college’s culture and future needs. Linfield has been a great home for me, and I trust it will be for him as well.”

Brenda DeVore Marshall, professor of theatre and communication arts, one of four faculty members on the search committee and its vice-chair, said Davis will bring new energies and perspectives to the college and the community.

“I am excited Dr. Davis has decided to join our community, and I look forward to working with him,” she said. “He will provide enthusiastic leadership for the next chapter in Linfield College’s commitment to inclusive student education.”

Linfield College is a nationally renowned, comprehensive four-year college with its main campus located an hour outside of Portland, in the heart of Oregon’s wine country.

It also maintains a School of Nursing in Portland, and online degree and certificate programs. The college’s curriculum is rooted in traditional liberal arts and includes practical education through collaborative, service and experiential learning opportunities.

Miles Davis named next president of Linfield College (1/31/2018 Oregonian)

Miles Davis named next president of Linfield College

Updated 12:02 PM; Posted 12:00 PM

By Andrew Theen , Oregonian

Miles Davis didn't envision a career in academia and once in the higher education world, he didn't plot a path to the president's office.

On Wednesday, the 58-year-old was named the next president of Linfield College.

"From the moment I engaged with Linfield and the community, it has been a growing love affair," Davis said in a statement. "From the Board of Trustees to the faculty, staff, coaches and administrators, Linfield College is an impressive group of people. It is Linfield's students, though, who really stole my heart with their inquisitive and thoughtful questions."

Davis, the dean of Shenandoah University's business school, said he's excited to take on a new challenge in McMinnville -- another small town that is home to a private university not unlike Winchester, Virginia, where he currently works. Davis succeeds Tom Hellie, Linfield's president for the past 12 years, who is retiring at the end of the school year.

In a statement, Linfield's board chair, David Baca credited Hellie for "a remarkable job" leading the school of roughly 2,200 students and putting it in a good place. "However, all of higher education faces a rapidly changing environment," said Baca, a partner at the law firm Davis Wright Tremaine. 

"That environment is going to require us to adapt, and Dr. Davis has shown that he can lead the kind of change we will need to continue to succeed."

Davis will be the 20th president in Linfield's 160-year history and the first African-American to lead the college. He'll take over the private school in the heart of the Willamette Valley's wine country in July.

"I truly do see education as transformative," Davis told The Oregonian/OregonLive. "It's much more than vocational or philosophical. It offers an opportunity for folks to change their lives."

Davis, born in Philadelphia, was intentionally named after the famed jazz trumpeter. His father was a huge fan of Davis, John Coltrane and Thelonious Monk. "Music was part of me growing up," he said.

So were newspapers. His father, who never graduated from high school, always emphasized being an informed citizen. The family listened to a lot of radio, and for the past 12 years, Davis hosted a monthly radio show in Winchester to discuss business and civic issues.

Davis served in the Navy and worked on P-3 reconnaissance planes, chasing Soviet submarines from the sky.

He retired from active duty in 1989 and went into a career in business consulting with EDS Corp.

Davis received his doctorate in human and organizational sciences from George Washington University. He previously studied communications at Duquesne University and received a master's degree in human resource development from Bowie State University, according to a press release.

In 2001, Davis moved into academia, which he originally had hoped would offer a slower pace than his business career.

The self-described soccer dad said he wanted to be closer to home and travel less.

Instead, Davis chaired the business school's management science department, then founded the Institute for Entrepreneurship at the school. He's been the dean of the business school since 2012.

Davis, who speaks Spanish, credited Shenandoah's president, Tracy Fitzsimmons, for encouraging his ascent to leadership positions at the school.

He said Linfield is "on solid footing," and he doesn't envision major changes at the college.

But he does see a significant opportunity in Oregon overall, citing the state's continued population growth.

More people means more businesses, and more opportunities to supply educated employees for the workforce. "Those types of things are what makes coming to Linfield exciting," he said.


Monday, January 29, 2018

Linfielder Duffy Reynolds: Wildcat football fan

Originally posted 1/29/2018. Updated 1/29/2018

Edith “Duffy” Reynolds of McMinnville is a Linfield graduate and a Linfield Home Economics professor emeritus.

This is her story; not her entire life history, but part of it focusing on Duffy being a Linfield Wildcat football fan.

“The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl,” a book by Timothy Egan, calls Dalhart, Texas, in the extreme northwest corner of the Texas Panhandle, epicenter of the Dust Bowl disaster.

One source describes the Dust Bowl as a “period of severe dust storms that greatly damaged the ecology and agriculture of the American and Canadian prairies during the 1930s.”

Another source says the Depression, 1929-1939, was the “deepest and longest-lasting economic downturn in the history of the Western industrialized world.”

It was in Dalhart that Duffy was born on Nov. 1, 1928. Later, two brothers, Carl and Gayle, were born there, too.

When Duffy was 6-years-old, the Reynolds family (dad Albert, mom Vio, her brothers and grandparents Jim and Mary Elizabeth) drove in their packed family car more than 1,000 miles to Pasadena, Calif.

The Dust Bowl and the Depression caused the move because they lost the Reynolds Farm on which had grown wheat and maize, had a few dairy cows and a horse.

“Everybody was leaving. It was a time of hardship,” Duffy said.

“My dad was a wonderful golfer. He and his eight brothers were outstanding athletes. I grew up hearing a lot about athletics, she said.

“We moved from Texas to California because there were golf tournaments in which Dad could compete and win prize money in Pasadena and in the area. Dad competed in tournaments, even playing with famous entertainer Bing Crosby. But, he could never earn enough money to support our family.”

She attended school in Pasadena until the third grade when the Reynolds moved again. They made their home in southern Oregon. Duffy said, “One of my dad’s brothers lived in Grants Pass and said it had a lot of opportunity. Dad worked as a carpenter. He was really skilled working with wood.”

After eight years in Grants Pass, her dad was restless. In the middle of Duffy’s sophomore year of high school, the family moved again. They settled in Springfield, in western Oregon and her father continued working as a carpenter.

After graduation from Springfield High School in 1947, Duffy went to Linfield. The Reynolds attended Springfield Baptist Church. “My two closest friends in church were going to Linfield, so I decided to join them,” she said.

By the way, her brothers were outstanding Springfield High School athletes. They went on to graduate from Linfield, Carl in 1956 and Gayle in 1958. But, at Linfield -- following high school and military service -- only one competed in Wildcat athletics. SEE POSTSCRIPTS

Duffy didn’t know the cost to attend Linfield, but she quickly learned after moving to campus in the fall of 1947 and into Failing Hall. “It was expensive,” she said.

“So I worked my way through Linfield. I was paid 50 cents an hour” cleaning the cafeteria (which was in Pioneer Hall at the time) and Newby Hall, which then housed faculty members.

The first Linfield sporting event she attended was a football game. It was the 1947 season. Wayne Harn was the Wildcats head coach.

Maxwell Field was a “sloppy mess,” she said. “It was a mud bowl after rain. At one game after halftime you could not tell one player from another because of mud on uniforms covering up jersey numbers.”
Attending all home football games, all men’s basketball games (no women’s intercollegiate sports then) and some baseball games were something Duffy always did as a Linfield student.

Something she did not do was attend games when Linfield was on the road. “I didn’t have a car. No one had a car,” Duffy said.

She wanted to major in history at Linfield. But, Duffy was advised it’d be hard or next to impossible to get a job with a history degree. She changed her major to English with a Home Economics minor and planned to use that education to be a school teacher.

After graduating from Linfield in 1951, her first job was teaching Gaston near Forest Grove. “Gaston High had me teaching girls’ physical education for grades seven through 12. I was not a good PE teacher,” she said.

(A bright side to Gaston: There were Pacific University graduates in Gaston. They gave her a ride to and from the 1951 Linfield at Pacific football game in Forest Grove. There she saw Ad Rutschman, freshman Linfield football player, a standout running and defensive back, help lead the Linfield Wildcats, coached by Paul Durham, to a 6-0 victory over the Pacific Badgers.)

After the 1951-1952 school year at Gaston, she took a job at Griswold High School in Helix, located in eastern Oregon’s Umatilla County near Pendleton. She learned about a teaching opening there from a Linfield grad teaching at Griswold High. “I taught seventh and eighth grade English, Junior English and Home Ec.,” Duffy said.

She might have stayed in Helix beyond the 1952-1953 school year, except for a letter from Margaret Fisher, head of Linfield Home Ec. “The college needed a teacher in the Home Ec. Department. Margaret said I’d been a good student at Linfield and that I could do the job. I accepted the offer,” Duffy said.

When Duffy was a student and in her early years teaching, Linfield Home Ec. was in the basement of Failing Hall. Later it moved to Potter which, in an earlier life served as the Linfield President’s residence. Linfield’s Home Ec. program was popular. As a result, an addition was built on Potter to handle the numbers of students and department needs.

After teaching at Linfield for four years with her Linfield bachelor’s degree, Duffy knew if she “wanted to stay at the college I’d have to get a master’s or doctoral degree.”

In her research about where to earn an advanced degree she learned that the University of Tennessee (UT) in Knoxville had received a grant to fund a research project to develop a blue dye which would not fade on cotton. Blue is the least stable of all dyes. She applied and was accepted to work on the project. In preparation for her UT studies, she took a year’s worth of chemistry during the summer at Linfield. After her academic year (1957-1958) of research and studies at the University of Tennessee, she earned a UT Master of Science degree in Textile chemistry in 1958.

Living in Knoxville in the South was eye opening. “This was before the Civil Rights movement. I would see what conditions were for African Americans. It bothered me.” Duffy said.

She returned to Linfield in 1958 and, counting her earlier years before UT, she taught at the college in home economics for 36 years until retiring in 1990. During many of those years she was head of the Home Ec. Dept.

Why retire in 1990? In that year Linfield eliminated the Home Economics major because the administration said it was “not academic enough,: Duffy said. "Because my department (Home Ec.) was being closed and I was tenured, I could have continued on the faculty by moving to any academic department I wanted. I visited several department. But, every department head said ‘If you take a job here, I’ll have to let a faculty member go.’ So, I retired,” she said. She’s now Linfield Professor Emeritus, Consumer and Family Studies, also known as Home Economics.

Duffy has been a Linfield football season ticket holder since her teaching days. Also a faculty member she also attended many men’s basketball games and some baseball games, too. These days she sees Wildcat football home games exclusively.

As a Linfield faculty member some on the faculty had cars. Duffy got one, too, but not until she got her driver’s license at age 24.

The cars gave “wheels” for Duffy and friends Sybil Seward, Dayton school teacher; Patricia Jones, Linfield faculty member, and Lilah Reed, Linfield staff member, transportation to/from Linfield road football games at Pacific in Forest Grove, Lewis & Clark in Portland and Willamette in Salem.

They’d attend Linfield football games in person.

A photo in a 1992 edition of the McMinnville N-R/News-Register showed Duffy and Sybil buying tickets for an opening-round National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Division II football playoff game on Linfield’s Maxwell Field. They were first in line to purchase tickets for the event from Linfield Athletics.

When Duffy, Sybil, Patricia and Lilah didn’t travel to road football games, they would gather and listen to play-by-play of them on the radio.

Over the years Duffy had hundreds of students in the Home Ec. program. Two of them had an interesting connection to Linfield and Major League baseball. They were Scott Brosius and Jennifer Moore, who would later marry.

“During the time Scott and Jennifer were Linfield students while I taught, every student at the college had to take a one-hour credit pass-fail course -- three hours a day for three weeks -- in a department not in their major area. They both took a weaving class in Home Ec.,” she said. “Part of the weaving class work was to bring their project and talk about it.”

One of the class days she was told Scott was not able to attend because he was meeting with the Oakland Athletics of Major League Baseball (MLB). Scott went on to play minor league professional baseball and MLB for Oakland and the New York Yankees. Among his professional baseball accomplishments was being a World Series MVP for the Yankees. “Scott is a real nice guy,” says Duffy.

Scott was not the only Linfield athlete to take Home Ec. courses at Linfield. SEE POSTSCRIPTS

Looking back on her years as a Linfield sports fan, Duffy says, “Linfield teams are very well coached and the players are dedicated. Linfield never gives up. I’ve seen some amazing Linfield wins and look forward to seeing more.”


==Duffy’s brothers, Carl (Linfield Class of 1956) and Gayle (Linfield Class of 1958) Reynolds, were, because of the Korean War, drafted into the military after graduating from Springfield, Ore., High School. After each served two years – Carl in Japan and Gayle in Germany -- they both attended Linfield on the GI Bill. Gayle competed in Linfield track & field for Coach Hal Smith. “When I entered Linfield in the fall of 1947 there were many former GIs who came to Linfield. They were anxious to earn their degrees and start their careers,” said Duffy.

==Linfield baseball player Scott Brosius was not the only Wildcat athlete to take Home Ec. courses at Linfield, Duffy said. 

Drake Conti (a member of the LinfieldAthletics Hall of Fame) took all of my courses. He was outstanding in the courses and outstanding as a football player.”

Conti’s success with Linfield football was covered by newspapers and news media when he was an outstanding running back played for Coach Ad Rutschman in the 1973, 1974, 1975 and 1976 seasons. 

The Oregon Statesman in Salem, detailed his success in fashion design. Its April 23, 1976, edition, says Conti, a Los Angeles city all-city football star, came to Linfield intending to be a pre-med major. His mother was a physical therapist and he’d worked part time three years in a VA Hospital. But, his mother was an artist and excellent seamstress.

“With this background and Linfield’s excellent home economics department, Conti found himself yielding to an interest in interior design. Courses dealing with design, color and fabrics soon led him to clothing design and construction as a home economics (minor)” at Linfield, the Statesman story said.

Drake graduated from Linfield with a business degree says his Linfield Athletics Hall of Fame biography.  

Duffy recalls that Conti made and sold clothing and bags, including one called the “Conti Bag” while he was a Linfield student. “He made more selling clothing and things he designed in a year than what I was paid in an academc year as a Linfield faculty member,” she said.

Drake sold his work to Linfield students, faculty and staff and people off campus. “Once he learned there was a fair of some sort in Salem. He got a table at it and sold his work there, too,” Duffy said.

Drake did a lot of work with denim. So, faded blue jeans were a good denim source. Used jeans from an out of state source filled his need. According to the Statesman story, “Seven hundred pounds of used faded denim purchased in California is now on its way to Conti.” Divided into 100-pound boxes, the jeans arrived in McMinnville. But, Drake was moving to a new place to live. So, the shipment was made to Potter Hall. “I remember those boxes in a hallway. Drake had football player friends get the boxes and deliver them to his new place,” she said.



In 1983, Duffy assists a Linfield College student at the sewing machine. Basic clothes design and maintenance were typically part of Linfield Home Ec. curriculum. Photo from Linfield Archives.

Below is story which appeared in the Oregon Statesman (Salem, Ore.) daily newspaper on April 23, 1976. Click on image below to see entire article in larger, easier to read, size.

Duffy Reynolds 2/19/2018 outside McMinnville First Baptist Church. Wildcatville photos.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Linfield football 1975 win in McMinnville over Willamette in print (Oregonian) and in audio (KMCM radio) via 'Sounds of Linfield' phonograph record

Linfield football 1975 win over Willamette

Linfield earns tie in NWC
By Terry Richard
Sunday Oregonian, Nov. 16, 1975 (with some 2010 editing).

McMINNVILLE – Linfield’s Wildcats earned themselves a chance to wait for another football game when they held off Willamette 14-9 for a Northwest Conference win Saturday afternoon at a quagmire called Maxwell Field.

The win for coach Ad Rutschman’s Wildcats gave them a tie with Pacific Lutheran and Whitworth for their sixth NWC title in seven years. It also earned them the right to play for the Oregon “championship” against Oregon College if the Wolves become available.

(As it turned out, it was Linfield’s last game of the season. On the same afternoon in Monmouth OCE, Evergreen Conference champ, beat UPS,30-27. That helped put OCE into to the NAIA playoffs. The Wolves lost in Kingsville, Texas, to Texas A&I, 37-0, to end their season. If Linfield and OCE had played in post-season, it would have been a
rematch. OCE beat Linfield, 13-6, in the season opener for both teams in McMinnville.)

Linfield almost started its waiting game too soon. After slogging to a 14-0 halftime lead on the scoring of Rob Love and Rick Hadeen, the Wildcats were outplayed in the second half.

“I thought we played an exceptionally good first half-considering the conditions,” said Rutschman. “But, in the second half mistakes started to hurt. We also may have had a change of attitude because of the 14-0 lead.”

Willamette (coached by Tommy Lee) scored its nine points in the fourth period. The Bearcats could have had more except the Linfield defenses twice stopped drives inside the five-yard line.

The last-quarter rally by Willamette was led by an aroused defense and backup quarterback Dave Claunch. After defensive end Gary Johnson blocked a punt out of the end zone for a safety, Claunch scrambled for an eight-yard touchdown with 7:05 to play.

The pair of scores got the Bearcats within range but Linfield’s
defenders rose to the challenge of the final few minutes.

Love opened the game’s scoring (on a reverse) when he found the only solid footing on the field and sprinted around right end for a 53-yard score (with 5:23 to go) in the first quarter. He added the Cats’ other TD when he caught a pass from Keith Wentela in the second period.

Love’s best run of the day, a 33-yard tackle-busting jaunt after a pass reception, was nullified because of a clipping penalty.

Linfield’s, still waiting on OCE’s fate, has a 6-3 season record.
Willamette finished at 4-5.

Willamette 0 0 0 9 – 9
Linfield 7 7 0 0 – 14

Lin-Love 53 run (Hadeen kick)
Lin- Love 5 pass from Wentela (Hadeen kick)
Wil – Safety, Johnson blocked punt out of end zone
Wil-Claunch 8 run (Simmers kick)
A – 3,300

First downs 10/9
Rushes-yds. 35-64/40-147
Passes 14-34-4/5-17-2
Fumbles-lost 1-1/1-1
Penalities-yds 5-42/6-70


Here is a link ...

... to three audio files from the "Sounds of Linfield" phonograph record, produced in 1976, but with 1975 activities, including the 1975 Linfield football win in McMinnville over Willamette on Linfield's Maxwell Field in McMinnville. One file is an introduction by Charles U. Walker, then the new Linfield president.  Another file is the entire "Sounds of Linfield" track, narrated by Craig Singletary, Linfield broadcast communications professor. Another shorter file, edited from the longer Singletary-narrated track, is of Larry Ward, sportscaster/Linfield football play-by-play "voice" of McMinnville's KMCM-AM radio, describing some of the action in the 1975 Linfield vs. Willamette football game. In that 1975 game, Linfield head football coach was Ad Rutschman.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Vince Jacobs' book about China (2003)

--Story about his death in 1/12/2018 McMinnville N-R: “His memoir, “Because I’m Chinese: Conflict, Controversy and Paradox in Contemporary China,” told of his experiences in that country.”

--His obit in 1/19/2018 McMinnville N-R: “Vince also taught at Wenzou Teachers College in China in 1990, 1994 and 1999. He enjoyed his experiences in China and published a book titled “Because I’m Chinese.” This book captures the memories of China and the friendships he made while teaching there. He also translated and published a book titled, “Fifty Chinese Fables."


China book published 2003 by Print Northwest, McMinnville.

50 Chinese Fables (title) Fifty Chinese Fables (uniform title) by Qu Guanghui; translated by Lianne Zheng; illustrated by Wing K. Leone; edited and adapted by Vince Jacobs.

Vince, Linfield College professor emeritus, died January 2018 in McMinnville, Oregon.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Water Crew and friends 1/22/2017 in McMinnville

Linfield Water Crew and friends taking break from a meeting at GV in McMinnville on 1/22/2018 evening.

The Linfield College Archives: Connect with your past

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