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

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.

Linfield puts focus on first-generation

College recruiters are already telling potential freshmen about “Linfield First.” The program launches in the fall of 2019, so entering students can apply for the scholarships. Continue reading

Dr. Miles Davis Inducted into The PhD Project Hall of Fame

Dr Davis was inducted into The PhD Project hall of fameThe PhD Project, an award-winning program to increase diversity in management, has announced the 2018 inductees into The PhD Project Hall of Fame. They are: Dr. Mary Gilly, Senior Associate Dean and Professor of Marketing at the Paul Merage School of Business, University of California, Irvine; Dr. Miles Davis, President of Linfield College; Dr. Quinetta Roberson, Fred J. Springer Endowed Chair in Business Leadership, School of Business at Villanova University. Continue reading

Linfield College No. 1 in PNW for ethnic diversity for third straight year

–U.S. News & World Report cites college for diversity, value and liberal arts program– 

Best Ethnic Diversity 3rd year in a rowFor the third year in a row, Linfield College holds the No. 1 spot among Pacific Northwest liberal arts colleges for “Best Ethnic Diversity,” according to the 2019 U.S. News and World Report rankings released today.

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Combined bachelor’s-master’s degree in wine

The U.S. college with the first interdisciplinary wine studies degree will now be the first U.S. college with a five-year program leading to both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in wine studies.  

Linfield College, with campuses in McMinnville and Portland, Ore., is teaming up with Ecole Superieure d’Agriculture (ESA) in Angers, France, for the initiative. Students who complete the program will receive a bachelor’s degree in wine studies from Linfield and an international vintage master’s degree from ESA.  Continue reading

Miles Davis joins Linfield

Reprinted with permission of the News-Register. By Starla Pointer, August 2, 2018.  A poster of Muhammad Ali is the first thing visitors see when they enter Miles Davis’ office at Linfield College.

Linfield’s new president intentionally placed the poster in pride of place opposite the door. Below, he put a display case that holds a boxing glove, signed by the Olympic gold medalist and heavyweight champion of the world.

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Linfield No. 1 in Oregon for graduate earnings 

CommencementLinfield College is ranked No. 1 for graduates’ earnings in the state of Oregon, according to the career website Zippia. The San Mateo, Calif.-based website ranked four-year institutions by looking at the highest average earners 10 years after entering college, as reported by the College Scorecard.

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