Fall Dance Showcase at Linfield College

Fall Dance ConcertBlending together ballet and jazz, Linfield students will perform “The Jazz Nutcracker: Clara’s Dream” for the Fall Dance Showcase on Friday, Nov. 30 and Saturday, Dec. 1 in Marshall Theatre in Ford Hall. Showtime for both performances is 7 p.m. 

The dancers will perform the classic “Nutcracker” story in the styles of ballet and jazz with Tchaikovsky’s original score arranged by Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn. Under the direction of Eve Brindis, adjunct professor of dance, “Clara’s Dream” infuses tradition with modern jazz, themes and bright colors. The array of ballet and jazz choreography draws influence from George Balanchine’s “Nutcracker.”   Continue reading

Second-longest streak in college football comes to an end

Second longest streak in football comes to an endFlorida State’s 41-year streak of winning seasons comes to an end, but a much longer streak continues 

With Florida State’s loss Saturday to rival Florida, the Seminoles end one of the most impressive streaks in all of college sports. Before this season’s 5-7 finish, the ’Noles had recorded 41 straight winning seasons – including 36 consecutive trips to bowl games.  

Almost 3,000 miles to the west in McMinnville, Oregon, there is a school that has an even more impressive run going, however. Linfield College hasn’t had a losing football season since Dwight D. Eisenhower was in the White House.  

Linfield, which has fewer than 2,000 students and plays at the NCAA Division III level, finished 7-2 this year to record its 63rd consecutive winning season. The Linfield Wildcats competed in the NCAA playoffs nine out of the last 10 years and have claimed four national championships in their history. Longtime Linfield coach and athletic director Ad Rutschman was inducted in 1998 into the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta, Georgia.  

“The Streak,” as it is known at Linfield, began in 1956. That year, the Wildcats finished 6-1-2, winning their last six games in a row. Outside the football stadium on game days still today, “Streak Street” is a pedestrian walkway for fans and a celebration of 63 years of continued excellence.  

Harvard, Notre Dame and Central College (Iowa) remain tied for second on the all-time consecutive seasons list, with 42 apiece. None of those streaks are current, however. Second on the active seasons list is University of Mount Union, in Alliance, Ohio. Mount Union last had a losing season in 1979.  

Grand Prize for Intercollegiate Wine Business Invitational awarded to Linfield

Wine being pouredA team of six Linfield College students has been awarded the Grand Prize in the inaugural Intercollegiate Wine Business Invitational (IWBI), taking top honors against teams from Penn State University, Michigan State University, Washington State University, the University of Houston and Florida International University.   Continue reading

MJ New Quartet to perform at Linfield 

MJ New QuartetThe MJ New Quartet, a virtuoso quartet who revisit the introspective elegance and sophisticated soundscape of the Modern Jazz Quartet (MJQ), will perform at Linfield College.  

On Wednesday, Nov. 28, the MJ New Quartet will bring their blend of classical and jazz to the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall at 7 p.m. Led by jazz pianist Darrell Grant, the group offers thoughtful interpretations and explorations of MJQ classics such as “Django,” “Skating in Central Park” and “Odds Against Tomorrow,” as well as lesser-known pieces.  

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88th annual Mahaffey Tournament held at Linfield

Mahaffey Debate TournamentUndergraduate students from across the nation will compete in the 88th annual R.D. Mahaffey Memorial Forensics Tournament Nov. 16-18 at Linfield College. 

The tournament is one of the oldest continuing intercollegiate tournaments in the nation and honors Roy “Hap” Mahaffey, Linfield alumnus, for his pioneering efforts with forensics. Linfield students will compete, as well as help organize and host the event.  Continue reading

Only pet-friendly residence hall in Oregon coming to Linfield

A student walks a cat on a leashSoon, a Linfield College student’s checklist for his or her on-campus room might read: bedding, headphones, laptop, a backpack — and Fluffy.  

In the fall of 2019, Linfield College will designate the Jane Failing residence hall as “pet-friendly” and students can apply to bring their pet to campus. This makes Linfield College one of only a few colleges nationwide, and the only one in Oregon, to allow many types of pets — not just fish and small caged animals — in a residence hall.  Continue reading

Linfield College acquires 20-acre Portland campus

Purchases land and buildings from University of Western States

Western States University Lecture HallMcMinnville, OR and Portland, OR • Linfield College announced Monday that it has agreed to purchase the University of Western States campus in Northeast Portland.

University of Western States will lease back the facilities until May of 2020, when Linfield will take possession. The Linfield-Good Samaritan School of Nursing has been located at Northwest Portland’s Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center since 1982, and the nursing program will continue to operate in that location for the remainder of this academic year and the next.

“This was a once-in-a-century opportunity for us to expand in Portland,” said Miles K. Davis, Linfield College president. “It guarantees that our school of nursing will have a secure home, and it gives us additional opportunities to expand in the state’s largest metropolitan area.”

The facilities at the existing Linfield-Good Samaritan School of Nursing are at full capacity, leaving the college’s nursing programs with long waiting lists.

“In the United States, nursing schools turn away more than 64,000 students each year, largely due to insufficient classroom space, faculty and clinical preceptors,” said Kim Dupree Jones, Linfield’s dean of nursing. “Oregon has similar challenges. Our new campus will allow us to significantly expand to meet the healthcare needs of Oregonians. The timing of our new campus is critical as one quarter of Oregon’s registered nurses and one half of Oregon nursing faculty plan to retire in the next decade.”

This investment represents Linfield’s most significant expansion since 1998, when Linfield acquired 115 acres next to its McMinnville campus through a gift and purchase agreement with the Hewlett-Packard Corporation. The University of Western States campus has 10 buildings, including a new lecture hall and a state-of-the-art anatomy laboratory, and is zoned for educational purposes and student housing.

Linfield’s nursing degree is one of its most popular, with 44 percent of the class of 2018 earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. The number of students majoring in nursing has increased 27 percent over the past decade, and in 2018, Linfield’s online RN-to-BSN degree was named the top program on the west coast by BestValueSchools.com.

Many Linfield students majoring in nursing spend their first two years at the McMinnville campus and the final two years in Portland. There are no plans to alter that arrangement, which ensures students, regardless of major, are rooted in traditional liberal arts and have collaborative, service and experiential learning opportunities.

Founded in 1858, Linfield is a four-year independent college with campuses in McMinnville and Portland. Twenty-five percent of Linfield students are first-generation college students, and more than one-third are U.S. students of color. The U.S. State Department honored Linfield for being Oregon’s top producer of Fulbright Scholars in 2017-18.

Russian art songs topic of faculty lecture at Linfield 

Anton BelovAnton Belov will discuss 19th-century Russian art songs in an upcoming Linfield College faculty lecture. 

Belov, associate professor of music, will present “Romanticism, exoticism,
nationalism and revolution as reflected in the Russian art song of the 19th century” on Wednesday, Nov. 14, at 7 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall on campus.   Continue reading