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Castillo-Flores named to White House internship
Hood River News (Jul 1)

"Castillo-Flores, now a Willamette University student, will participate in a program with a stated mission 'to make the White House accessible to future leaders around the nation and to prepare those devoted to public service for future leadership opportunities,' according to a White House press release."

Dixie flag represents one thing: Southern racism
Statesman Journal (Jun 29)

"Since its revival in the early 20th century, the flag has always represented white supremacy, black subordination, Southern intransigence and bigotry. Its presence early in the century at black lynchings, at Ku Klux Klan rallies since the 1950s and '60s, and at opposition rallies to civil rights and school desegregation of the same decades should put to rest any claims of its benign messaging. That it may also represent 'Southern white pride' is unconvincing and inextricable from notions of white superiority.

Related assertions that the Dixie flag represents the South's heritage are equally specious, in that Southern legislatures did not begin to incorporate images of the Dixie flag into their state flags until the civil rights era; you don't see many Southern blacks celebrating their heritage with the Confederate battle flag."

God is not on our side: The religious right’s big lie about the founding of America
Salon (Jun 28)

"'The faith of our Founding Fathers established the precedent that prayers and national  days of prayer are an honored part of our American way of life,' Bush insisted. As historian Richard  T. Hughes has written about Bush, in his embrace  of the myth, Bush 'thoroughly confused the Christian view of reality with the purposes of the United States.'

Such rhetoric usually receives a pass from the mainstream press, perhaps because of its ubiquity. On occasion, the press criticizes a politician for too closely associating  the nation’s history and goals with God’s purpose, but reporters usually  consider such  statements as being  off-limits for critique."

Intensive summer music camp has public performances
Statesman Journal (Jun 25)

"Few Salem residents have heard of the summer arts camp, even though Willamette University has been hosting it since 1974. In the coming weeks, the program's 250 students — fourth through 12th grades — will gather from across Oregon and the Northwest to study music, theater, art, dance, writing and photography. The students, staff and guest artists will offer free performances. Quinland Porter, the program's executive director, hopes locals will attend.

'They will be impressed,' Porter said. 'It's very inspiring to see young people who are dedicated to learning.'"

Mary Purvine was real-life 'Dr. Quinn'
Statesman Journal (Jun 21)

"Purvine was one of Oregon's first female doctors. She graduated from medical school at Willamette University in 1903 — the oldest medical school in the West at the time — and maintained a practice in Salem for more than half a century.

She died of natural causes in 1965, at the age of 84, and was interred at City View Cemetery. Her gravesite is marked by a simple but elegant marble headstone. The matching stone next to hers is that of her husband, Ellis, who died 28 years before her."

What are Salem residents called? Governor, do you know?
Statesman Journal (Jun 13)

"I called Gov. Kate Brown, who recently moved into Mahonia Hall. As for what to call Salem residents, she said, 'These days, I just call them neighbors.' She praised Salem's hospitality, beautiful parks and neighborhoods, small-town vibe and bustling downtown that integrates Capitol Mall, Willamette University and the historic district. As for a demonym, she said, 'I don't feel strongly about this. Salemites? Capitalistas? I suppose, with Willamette University's strong presence, Bearcats might even be an option.'"

Dear Graduates, You will fail
Statesman Journal (Jun 7)

"During his first year at Willamette, Reinhardt was deeply influenced by Bill Smaldone, E.J. Whipple Professor of History, who taught German history. Smaldone recalls Reinhardt as an energetic, curious and hardworking student who stood out from the beginning.

Smaldone's wife, Jennifer Jopp, is now the heritage center's board president. She recalled how Reinhardt impressed her when he taught at Willamette during his doctoral studies. One summer, he taught a course about Zena Farm.

'He always goes above and beyond,' Jopp said. 'He didn't just teach the course; he and his students wrote a book about it.'"

Retiring teacher leaves behind a classroom full of history
TheTimes (Jun 3)

"For someone who’s been a teacher for so long, it might seem natural that teaching had been a lifelong dream, that from Day 1 she’d wanted to enlighten young minds. But no.

When Evans started college at Willamette University, she wanted to be a political speech writer and was pursing a degree in American studies. Then, at a speech competition at the University of Portland her sophomore year, one of the nuns grading her took Evans aside and asked what her major was. Not satisfied with Evans’ answer, the nun contacted a counselor at Willamette, who brought Evans in and told her she had to take an education class."

Inside the studio with Mel Katz: 50 years into his career, Portland art luminary still sparkles
The Oregonian (Jun 1)

"An air of preparation fills the studio, too, where plastic-wrapped sculptures are lined up several weeks in advance of their pick-up date for Katz's upcoming exhibitions at theHallie Ford Museum of Art in Salem, opening June 5; and Laura Russo Gallery in Portland, opening June 4.

Despite these major shows, there's a sense of ease in Katz's office, housed in the middle of his studio. It's a large space, yet feels intimate as all the various parts of Katz's life meet with his art."

Friends, Family and Startup Fundraising: Risky Business?
U.S. News (May 27)

"'Startup investing is the exact opposite of a ‘get rich quick’ proposition,' adds Chris Tsai, co-founder and CEO of Celery, an e-commerce platform that helps startups sell their merchandise. 'Ninety percent of startups fail, and any startups that survive will likely lock up your capital for an extended period of time.' He adds: 'The average venture-backed IPO takes seven years.'

Still, the potential returns can be enticing. When Robert Wiltbank of Willamette University led the largest study to date of angel investors – affluent individuals who supply capital for a business startup – he found that angels made more than 2.5 times their initial investment. Still, the odds of a positive return in any single investment were less than 50 percent. 

That said, Wiltbank released his landmark study in 2007 – the year the first iPhone was introduced – so it’s hard to gauge how much the odds have improved, if at all. Even startups making what’s called 'the ask' have lots of questions they learn to answer along the way."

WWII ace from Salem to be honored in nation's capital
Statesman Journal (May 19)

"Bruce Wade Williams grew up in Salem, attending Englewood Elementary School, Parrish Junior High and Salem High School. He went on to play football and basketball at Willamette University, earning a degree in liberal arts.

He was enrolled in law school at Willamette in 1940-41, when he joined the Navy Air Corps and became a fighter pilot.

Williams flew the Grumman F6F Hellcat and became an ace — a designation earned for shooting down at least five enemy planes in aerial combat — during the fall of 1944. He also fortified the legend of the Hellcat."

College journalism that makes this instructor proud
Statesman Journal (May 17)

" I've taught Journalistic Writing at Willamette for 15 years, and the Collegian has come a long way. Most of its editors, including outgoing editor-in-chief Zane Sparling, were far better managers than I was 40 years ago as editor of the Linfield College paper.

Today is Willamette's commencement, and I am unable to attend due to family obligations. So to honor the student journalists, I'd like to share an example of their work.

Here is a profile of Gov. Kate Brown's communications director that graduating senior Emily Hoard wrote as an assignment for my just-completed Journalistic Writing II class and which was published in the Collegian on April 29. It is shortened for space here but otherwise only lightly edited by me."

PeaceHealth fills key post
Bloomberg Business (May 12)

"PeaceHealth announced Monday it has named a chief medical officer for its nonprofit, Catholic-affiliated health system.

Dr. Michael Murphy, a board-certified obstetrician-gynecologist, who has a law degree as well as a medical degree, will be PeaceHealth's first chief medical officer at the system's headquarters. He is set to start at PeaceHealth's office in Vancouver, Wash., on June 15...

Murphy is familiar with Oregon.

He previously worked as vice president of medical affairs for Rogue Valley Medical Center in Medford for three years and in private practice in Salem for 18 years.

Murphy received his medical degree from Thomas Jefferson University College of Medicine in Philadelphia, Pa., and his law degree from Willamette University College of Law."

Salem WWII veteran flew 'whatever airplane the military had'
Statesman Journal (May 9)

"Specht, 98, was raised on a 17-acre farm in Silverton. His father was a logger and his mother a seamstress. He wasn't one of those kids who grew up enamored with airplanes and dreaming of flying, and he didn't plan to work in the local sawmills after graduating from high school.

He scraped together the $75 a semester needed to attend Willamette University, where he majored in economics and played basketball for the Bearcats. That was back in the day when there was a center jump after each successful basket. The rules were changed his junior year.

Specht graduated in 1939 and went to work for the Union Oil Co. in Seattle. He rose quickly from steaming empty barrels to placing orders for the warehouse, a promising start to what he thought would be a long and successful career with the company.

The war and the draft changed all that."

Occidental educator bound for Galapagos after landing National Geographic fellowship
The Press Democrat (May 9)

"Detrich, 36, was chosen from 2,700 applicants, along with 34 others from several different U.S. states and three Canadian provinces. They’ll be shipping out in October aboard the National Geographic Endeavour, a 96-guest ship fully equipped with tools for exploration. Highlights of the trip will be close encounters with marine iguanas, blue-footed boobies and giant tortoises. To help Detrich acclimate to the Galapagos, her friends have gifted her with blue nail polish.

Detrich has always been interested in the environment and conservation. She earned a bachelor’s degree in environmental science from Willamette University in Oregon and a master’s degree from Miami University in Ohio, where she focused on community-based and global conservation."

New Oneida County magistrate judge selected
Idaho State Journal (May 6)

"Commission Chairman Judge Stephen S. Dunn, announced the appointment and indicated that the commission interviewed six highly qualified applicants seeking appointment. Judge Dunn and the Magistrates Commission are confident that the people of Oneida County and the Sixth Judicial District will be well served by Hooste. 

Hooste, 44, received his bachelor of science from Utah State University in 1997 and his Juris Doctorate from Willamette University College of Law in Salem, Oregon, in May of 2000. He is currently a resident of Firth and is an associate attorney with EchoHawk Law."

Dr. Jay Brunner "Honored" to be Apple Citizen of the Year
Basin Business Journal (May 1)

"Brunner is Director and Professor at the Washington State University Tree Fruit Research and Extension Center in Wenatchee. He has been selected as the Apple Citizen of the Year for the 2015 Apple Blossom Festival. 'It was a great surprise and a great honor,' he says of being selected. He adds than when you look at who has been chosen in the past, 'it's an honor to be included in a group of people like that.' 

Brunner graduated Pendleton High School in Portland in 1965 and from there he went to Willamette University in Salem for his undergraduate work in biology. A professor, knowing he liked applied science, suggested he concentrate on entomology. 'I like nature and insects are part of that,' Brunner explains. He received his MS and Ph.D. from Washington State University and started working at the extension center in Wenatchee in 1978 after spending three years working in Michigan. He's been the director of the Extension Center since 2000, saying he spends half his time on administration and half on research. He's now winding his work down as he plans to retire in August."

State Supreme Court Partially Overturns PERS Reform
Oregon Public Broadcasting (May 1)

"The Oregon Supreme Court has partially struck down reforms made to Oregon’s Public Employees Retirement System (PERS). Oregon Republican leadership, the League of Oregon Cities, and the Oregon School Board Association all issued public statements lamenting the ruling. Governor Kate Brown said she will 'be reviewing the ruling and assessing next steps.'


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Law Student Named 2015 Patsy T. Mink Fellow
Hawaii Ahe (Apr 28)

"William S. Richardson School of Law student Linnea Schuster ’17 has been named the 2015 Patsy T. Mink Fellow and will spend the summer working in the office of U.S. Representative Tulsi Gabbard in Washington, D.C.

Schuster, 25, has had several years of experience working for members of the Hawai‘i State Legislature, and she hopes her time in Washington will give her a  broader perspective.  'I see this as an opportunity to get to know the federal political system a whole lot better,' said Schuster, 'in addition to supplementing what I’m learning in class since we discuss both state and federal law.'"

Experts discuss vaccines, public health, personal freedom
Statesman Journal (Apr 18)

"A panel of experts gathered Thursday at Willamette University's College of Law discussed topics ranging from common arguments about vaccination requirements in schools to the balance between personal freedom and public health.

The panel was made up of four individuals: Sen. Elizabeth Steiner Hayward, a Democrat from Beaverton and a family physician; Steve Green, a law professor at Willamette University; Dr. Jay Rosenbloom, pediatrician and medical director of Children's Health Foundation; and Bob Reinhardt, executive director of the Willamette Heritage Center. The forum was sponsored by the College of Law and the Statesman Journal."

U.S. Bank names Stacey Dodson market president
Portland Business Journal (Apr 17)

"Dodson most recently served as division manager for commercial banking. In that role, she reported to Wasson, the previous market president.

Prior to that, Dodson served as region manager for the bank in central and eastern Oregon. She holds a bachelor's degree from Willamette University and a commercial lending degree from Western Banking Schools."

Vaccines & Our Health forum at Willamette University
Statesman Journal (Apr 16)

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Popular percussion group to perform a musical potpourri
Statesman Journal (Apr 10)

"The university's Grace Goudy Distinguished Artists Series will present Ethos Percussion Group in 'Points of Departure: Music for Percussion Inspired by Four Continents' at 8 p.m. Friday, April 17, at Rogers Music Center, Willamette University, 900 State St.

The group is a quartet that combines contemporary classical repertoire, the music of master musicians from non-Western traditions and ancient traditions in what they call 'a potpourri of musical genres from around the globe.' The concert will include music inspired by the Mesopotamian ziggurats, folkloric animism and trance music, and Indonesian traditions."

Proposal aims to override Oregon’s GMO pre-emption
Capital Press (Apr 8)

"Currently, the state government can pre-empt cities and counties action on nearly every subject, said Paul Diller, a law professor at Willamette University.

'This amendment would flip that presumption in many more instances,' he said.

While the proposed amendment wouldn’t have any power over federal pre-emption — that would require a change to the U.S. Constitution — it would override state pre-emption with a simple majority vote if it gets on the ballot, Diller said."

No Deal: Should prosecutors be forced to have their plea bargains approved by juries?
Slate (Apr 7)

"There’s no question that the plea bargaining process allows our criminal justice system to function more efficiently than it would otherwise. But critics see it as a coercive end run around the rights of the accused—especially the poor, who can’t afford lawyers and must rely on overworked public defenders to represent them—as well as a tool for overzealous prosecutors who prioritize winning over seeing justice done. One of these critics is Laura Appleman, a professor at the Willamette University College of Law, and in her new book, Defending the Jury: Crime, Community, and the Constitution, she proposes an intriguing and original solution to the plea bargaining problem: Instead of letting prosecutors and defense attorneys hammer out plea deals behind closed doors and then get them rubber-stamped by judges, we should introduce regular people into the process—by convening a 'plea jury.'"

Forum to dissect Oregon's vaccine policy, culture
Statesman Journal (Apr 5)

"Willamette is a leader in the study of health care law," Willamette law school Dean Curtis Bridgeman said. "With the recent public interest in vaccination, we're delighted to host such an important and timely discussion."

Willamette grads discuss professional theater careers
Statesman Journal (Apr 2)

"'We cultivate a culture of lifelong learning and curiosity, and that leads to lifelong passion for exploration and the art. The students who really take the time to think deeply and experiment broadly tend to be the ones who are the most successful in the outside world,' Cole said.

Professor Chris Harris said Willamette's 'old school apprenticeship' approach involves students working side by side with faculty and eventually becoming their colleagues in the creative process. He said students who go on to succeed develop a hunger for the collaborative and creative process."

A homecoming for Michael Sykes
South County Spotlight (Mar 27)

"Michael Sykes entered the political realm before he was even old enough to vote.

The former Columbia County commissioner, whose resume also includes past positions at the Port of St. Helens as assistant manager and commissioner, city administrator for the city of Vernonia, city manager in Forest Grove, and now Scappoose city manager, has a 'passion for politics.'

Sykes served as student body president at Scappoose High School prior to graduating in 1975. Before he finished college at Willamette University in Salem, he had set his sights on becoming a Columbia County commissioner."

Not your 'sleep-inducing' classical music concert
Statesman Journal (Mar 26)

"Mid-Valley residents will have the opportunity to experience one of Anderson & Roe's bold, creative and energized performances when Willamette University's Grace Goudy Distinguished Artists Series features the duo on Wednesday, April 1. The performance will include Mozart, Maurice Ravel, Radiohead, György Ligeti and more. Yes, Radiohead."

Ben & Jerry's co-founder talks business at Willamette
Statesman Journal (Mar 19)

"For Jerry Greenfield — the Jerry of none other than Ben & Jerry's ice cream — there's a spirituality inherent in business.

"As you give, you receive," he said, speaking to a crowd at Willamette University on Wednesday night. "Just because the idea that the good you do comes back to you is written in the Bible doesn't mean it isn't a good business idea."

Greenfield spoke as a guest of Willamette's Atkinson Lecture Series on the values that drove his business from a gas station in Vermont to a nationally beloved brand."

Birth Of A (Christian) Nation: Scholars Debate The Genesis Of A Popular Myth
Wall of Separation (Mar 16)

"This July, former Americans United Legal Director Steven K. Green will publish a new book titled Inventing a Christian America: The Myth of the Religious Founding. I received an early copy and read it a few weeks ago. Green, who is now a professor of law at Willamette University in Oregon, argues that the “Christian nation” myth springs from the 1820s, during a time of growing religious piety when a generation that rose up after the Founding Fathers began to cast about for a foundational myth that would link the still-new nation with the Almighty in a profound way."

Willamette professor giving special lecture about Rodin
Statesman Journal (Mar 12)

"Dr. Ricardo De Mambro Santos, associate professor of art history at Willamette University, will give an illustrated talk about sculptor Auguste Rodin and his sculpture, “Eustache de Saint-Pierre, Vétu,” at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 17, at the Broadway Commons, 1300 Broadway St. NE, Room 304."

Member Spotlight: Kirsten Wyatt
International City/County Mgmt. Assn. (Mar 10)

"Recognizing the importance of the future of local government, Kirsten, along with Kent, a senior management analyst in Tigard, Oregon, co-founded Emerging Local Government Leaders (ELGL).  ELGL connects, communicates, and educates about local government topics. The organization’s philosophy is that 'there’s no one pathway to leadership' and provides anyone with a passion for public service with stories, webinars, and other professional development opportunities. Kirsten describes ELGL’s relationship with organizations like ICMA, GFOA, and state and local government management organizations as augmentative 'and provides unique learning and networking opportunities to our members.'

Most recently, Kirsten and ELGL are specifically addressing the ICMA Task Force on Women in the Profession report. The report, which showed that the percentage of women in CAO roles has not increased since 1984, is the topic of a series of learning and sharing opportunities. Adopting the tag #13Percent from the report’s findings, the ELGL effort encompasses members from across the country working together to raise this issue to prominence."

Newberg native crowned Rodeo queen
The Newberg Graphic  (Mar 4)

"'I love talking with children, signing autographs, seeing the smiles come across their faces,' she said.

When she is not performing her rodeo queen duties Piscitelli, 21, studies at Willamette University where she is double-majoring in biology and environmental science."

McKay High School : Elizabeth Silva Mendez
Statesman Journal  (Mar 2)

"Nutrition is very important for the physical and mental health of a student, and the lack of a meal that is both tasty and healthy can be a barrier to learning effectively. In psychology class, we learned about Maslow's hierarchy and his theory that basic needs, such as hunger and thirst, must be met before a person can grow and fulfill their potential."

Hallie Ford receives $20,815 to acquire sculpture
Statesman Journal (Mar 1)

"The Hallie Ford Museum of Art at Willamette University is among eight visual arts institutions getting money from The Ford Family Foundation to buy seminal works by Oregon visual artists, the Oregon Arts Commission announced this week.

The foundation awarded a total of $95,690 through its Art Acquisition Program to help Oregon institutions leverage organization and donor dollars to acquire works. In the five years of the program, 40 works of art by Oregon artists have been placed into permanent collections in the state.

Hallie Ford will use its $20,815 from the foundation to buy "Triad," a 2006 painted aluminum sculpture by Mel Katz that will be included in the museum's summer retrospective of Katz's work. The sculpture is 71/2-feet tall and 4-feet wide."

Supreme Court's marriage ruling on a collision course with Hobby Lobby decision (OPINION)
The Oregonian (Jul 1)

"While there is much to celebrate in Obergefell, the glow of the holding may obscure the inevitable legal collision that lies ahead. Two factors stand in the way of fulfilling the promise of marriage equality. First, despite the clear holding by the court and the quick response by marriage officials in states that still maintained defense of marriage acts, the ability now to marry may be a pyrrhic victory. Despite the growing public acceptance of gay marriage and gay rights, only 21 states and the District of Columbia have comprehensive laws preventing nondiscrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in employment, housing and public accommodations (similar laws are also disappointingly absent at the federal level). So in many states, despite a gay couple's right now to marry, the newlyweds may be denied the ability to rent an apartment because of their sexual orientation."

Behind a trademark kick, Nick Symmonds wins U.S. 800-meter title: Day 4 USA Track & Field recap
The Oregonian (Jun 28)

"Doubt Nick Symmonds' finishing speed at your own peril.

But at age 31, and with a gap of nearly 10 meters between Symmonds and an IAAF World Championships berth with 150 meters to go in Sunday's 800 at Hayward Field, it was fair to wonder whether the former Springfield resident — who contemplated retirement only a year ago — had another big kick left in him.

The answer was yes."

Willamette University Diversity
Salem Weekly (Jun 24)

"In 2004, 10% of the entering class identified as a student of color; in 2010, that number rose to 26% of the entering class.  Projections indicate the 2015 incoming class to be at approximately 38% identifying as a student of color.  The school has seen growth particularly within the Hispanic/Latino and African American/Black subgroups; where in 2004, 5% of the population identified in one of these two subgroups, now projections place 19% of the incoming class this fall as identifying within these two subgroups."

Nevada’s top health official gets permanent post
Las Vegas Review-Journal (Jun 15)

"Whitley started working for the state as the senior psychologist for the Nevada Women’s Correctional Facility in 1986. He later served as the administrator of the Division of Mental Health and Development Services, which merged into the Division of Public and Behavioral Health, a part of the department he now heads. A graduate of Willamette University, Whitley holds a Master’s degree in counseling psychology from Western Oregon University.

Whitley will manage more than 5,500 employees and a $4.5 billion budget."

How Willamette Heritage Center's new director came home
Statesman Journal (Jun 9)

I called Gov. Kate Brown, who recently moved into Mahonia Hall. As for what to call Salem residents, she said, 'These days, I just call them neighbors.' She praised Salem's hospitality, beautiful parks and neighborhoods, small-town vibe and bustling downtown that integrates Capitol Mall, Willamette University and the historic district. As for a demonym, she said, 'I don't feel strongly about this. Salemites? Capitalistas? I suppose, with Willamette University's strong presence, Bearcats might even be an option.'"

Catch-22: Coming out can quell gay slurs, but fear of homophobia hinders closeted athletes
USA Today (Jun 4)

"Conner Mertens, a placekicker at Division IIIWillamette University in Oregon who in January 2014 came out as the first openly bisexual college football player, understands the double-bind of that disconnect.

'Growing up and playing sports, you hear a lot of, "Don't be gay,"' he says. 'I don't think people were actually saying, "Don't be homosexual." I think they were saying don't be weak. When you're deeply in the closet, you can't see from their lens because it cuts so deeply. You interpret it as, "They're onto you, they know my secret and are out to get me." Something not meant to be mean can be incredibly hurtful.'

Newspaper family gives Willamette $1M to build nonprofit studies
Portland Business Journal (Jun 2)

"George and Colleen Hoyt gave Willamette's MBA program $1 million in hopes of providing scholarships to students looking to take nonprofit management courses from the Atkinson Graduate School of Management.

The gift is unusual because it targets a small niche among the nation's schools. Willamette University is one of just two schools in the world accredited for both business and public management."

Strategies: You're a start-up, college grad
USA Today (May 22)

"The Class of 2015 is just about in the middle of the Millennial generation, the largest demographic group since the Baby Boomers. They are shaping our collective futures.

This past weekend, one member of that class, my niece Kayley Abrams, graduated from Willamette University in Salem, Ore. I got to meet a number of her fellow graduates, and if I were an investor, I'd put my money on many of these human start-ups.

I am confident that success is in their future — and ours. Congrats to all!"

Willamette University grads urged to 'be bold, give back'
Statesman Journal (May 18)

"Piluso used one of the film's iconic scenes, where Cameron stares at a photo of a little girl, to illustrate the point that the longer we look at something or look inside ourselves, the more we find.

'I believe the more you look at something the more there is to look at. We are all made of dots, really. And we shove those dots together, where they be professors, friends and coffee … We've added a layer to ourselves in our time here.'

One of those students looking inside himself to figure out his path was Bryan Martz, who graduated with a degree in rhetoric and media studies. The South Salem High School alumnus said he was looking for jobs in sports marketing, with Nike being his dream destination. Until then, however, he will stay at Willamette a little longer, working at a summer position in the communications office."

Drive to eliminate homophobia in sports continues
TSN (May 17)

"I just got done living my entire life in a small town where I was 100 per cent not allowed to be bisexual,' Mertens told 'I got to college and I definitely was just exhausted and it was a tired that you can’t sleep off.  I didn’t want to feel like that anymore. I knew it was all stemming from the fact that I was spending every minute of every day trying to suppress this side of me that was – obviously, it’s not a defining characteristic, but it was a part of me and a big part of my life.'

'I was in an environment that I felt safe and I had met Wade and I had talked to Wade and it became the right time to do it. That’s such a hard thing to say because I don’t know if there’s such a thing as ‘the right time’ to do it, but it was the least bad time to do it. I just felt like I wanted to begin my college football career with my focus on football and football only and not have to drag along the baggage of being in the closet.'"

A Reason to Be Optimistic: The New Generation of Sustainability Professionals
Huffington Post (May 11)

"This is not just happening at Columbia. Here in New York, the City University has launched a number of new sustainability programs, as has the New School and Bard College. Bard has begun the region's first green MBA program. And of course, sustainability education is not limited to New York. The Bren School of Management at UC Santa Barbara has been at this longer than anyone else. The Atkinson School of Management at Willamette University has a sustainability concentration and Arizona State University, under Earth Institute founder and ASU President Michael Crow, has a thriving set of programs in its path-breaking School of Sustainability. Last week, I had the honor of visiting with the excellent faculty and students of one of the nation's newest sustainability masters programs at Wake Forest University in North Carolina."

Community exclusion from criminal justice costs much
Statesman Journal (May 9)

"Once again the local community – this time in Baltimore, Maryland – calls for investigation into the procedure of criminal justice. And once again the public feels angry and helpless, confronting grave disparity in the criminal process but remaining distanced from its solution.

Much of this rage and despair can be attributed to the modern community's exile from the justice system. Our current model of criminal justice marginalizes the local populace to mere bystanders during criminal procedure and adjudication, cutting them almost completely out of the process. This community exclusion is draining our public coffers, filling our prisons and creating a continual, lingering sense of injustice."

Data Bank: Five Oregon universities that lead to bigger-than-expected paychecks
Portland Business Journal (May 8)

"The report, 'Beyond College Rankings: A Value-Added Approach to Assessing Two and Four Year Schools,' by Brookings Fellow Jonathan Rothwell and Senior Research Assistant Siddharth Kulkarni, is intended to fill a major gap in the types of information available to education officials. It's also intended as a tool for students considering where they want to attend college."

Eastern Oregon excursion inspired new art exhibition
Statesman Journal  (May 2)

"In September, artists Tom Prochaska and Christy Wyckoff retraced the journey of Charles Heaney to remote regions of Eastern Oregon. Heaney, a significant Oregon painter who lived from 1897-1981, had gone in search of artistic inspiration. That is what Prochaska and Wyckoff found.

'Tom Prochaska and Christy Wyckoff: In the Footsteps of Charles Heaney,' featuring about 30 drawings created by Prochaska and Wyckoff on the recent excursion, will be on exhibit Saturday, May 9, through July 19 at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art, 700 State St."

Lullaby Logics
Poetry  (May 1)

"It might also help us to understand the citations of poems in movies or TV shows from the past fifty or sixty years that sometimes sample — and perhaps thus kitsch, or perhaps begin to make cliche — verbal artifacts from literary culture in a way that parallels the incorporation of the vernacular by elite poetry and demonstrates how the “bridge” of kitsch between them does in fact run in two directions. (Think, for example, of what Dead Poets Society has done for — or to — Walt Whitman’s poem 'O Captain! My Captain!')"

Rogue Valley residents explore the definition of marriage
KOBI (NBC) (Apr 28)

Demonstrators have been gathering all day outside the U.S. Supreme Court, and here at home Southern Oregonians met too.

The forum called 'Something Old, Something New: Exploring the State of Marriage' was facilitated by continuing professor Leslie Dunlap from Willamette University.

'What we're really debating is what it means to be human, what it means to be an individual, what it means to be a partner, and how do we care for each other? Those are the deep emotional stakes of the question,' Dunlap said."

Oregon National Guard partners with community to 'Walk a Mile in Her Shoes'
KPTV (Fox)  (Apr 18)

"Saturday's Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event featured several speakers, including state Sen. Laurie Monnes Anderson, D-Gresham, and state Rep. Carla Piluso, D-Gresham. Willamette University, the Center for Hope and Safety and the Oregon National Guard also had speakers present.

Oregon National Guard members joined with people from the Center for Hope and Safety and Willamette University to walk a mile-long route throughout downtown Salem to raise awareness to sexual violence."

Acclaimed poet Linda Bierds will read in Salem April 23
Statesman Journal (Apr 16)

"Get ready for an aural treat. The Hallie Ford Chair in Writing and the Department of English at Willamette University will present acclaimed poet Linda Bierds at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 23, in the Hatfield Room of Willamette's Mark O. Hatfield Library, 900 State St. Bierds will read and discuss her poetry."

Defending The Jury: An Interview With Laura Appleman
Above the Law (Apr 16)

"The book was actually inspired by two things. First, the frustration and unhappiness I saw when I was a public defender in New York County, much of which stemmed from a feeling that criminal justice was this secret process run by 'the Man,' with offenders’ families and communities completely shut out of the process. Second, I was struck by the irony of having a criminal justice process based heavily on the tenet of community participation — that a jury of your peers, from the surrounding neighborhood, would determine any punishment you might receive — while at the same time experiencing a system that, with the advent of plea bargains, has almost completely excluded any community voice."

Are religious freedoms and non-discrimination irreconcilable?
ABC (Australia) (Apr 15)

"For Republican politicians in the U.S. states of Indiana and Arkansas, it was back to the drawing board. Public opinion and pressure from major corporations forced the legislators to redraft laws, which they said were designed to ensure religious freedom. Critics argued the laws would have permitted discrimination based on sexual orientation. So have laws that were originally bipartisan been appropriated for other political motives? The debate in the U.S. comes as Australia debates whether parents can refuse to vaccinate their children because of religious belief.

Steven Green, one of the architects of the original 1994 federal law, who now runs the Center for Religion, Law and Democracy at Willamette University in Oregon, explains."


Signs of Hope
American Sustainable Business Council (Apr 8)

"It was the first time I had seen a productive interaction between the federal government and business, and it filled me with reassuring optimism. The people leading our political system are not always the conniving, ignorant, selfish individuals so often referenced in our media and news; those at the ASBC Summit were thoughtful people who care about making our country and our world thrive, and they know that we cannot avoid the looming environmental catastrophe without the support and involvement of America’s business leaders.

The vision of an ideal future of America in which business thrives without destroying the planet became concrete at the ASBC Summit. This future for which we all hope was translated into measurable policy steps that we can take as a nation to move forward. The ASBC Summit fulfilled the most important role of our time: facilitating the communication and collaboration between the policymakers, business owners, and dreamers, drawing actionable steps along the way. This conference helped make our world a more sustainable, prosperous place for every American, and it imbued me with a newfound sense of hope."

Pledge of Allegiance has history of creating wedge, and not just in Maine
Morning Sentinel (Apr 6)

"The latest legal wrinkle came in 2004, when the U.S. Supreme Court took up the case of a California parent and atheist who objected to his child’s recitation of the pledge, including the 'under God' provision. The parent argued that it constituted an establishment of religion, contrary to guarantees in the First Amendment.

A lower court in California had struck 'under God' from the pledge as unconstitutional, generating widespread reaction from national politicians. But the Supreme Court reversed the decision on procedural grounds, never deciding the merits of whether having students say “under God” constituted a First Amendment violation.

'This idea of the pledge has become sort of our holy civic religion,' Green said. 'Any perceived backtracking of this is often met with a lot of hostility and opposition.'"

Kip Kinkel's Defense Appeals Sentence
OPB (Apr 2)

"In 1998, Kip Kinkel killed his parents, then went on a shooting rampage at his high school in Springfield, killing 2 and wounding 25. Kinkel was 15 when he committed the crime, and was sentenced to 111 years, 8 months in prison. In 2007, his lawyers argued he wasn’t mentally fit to plead guilty at the time of his sentencing, but the judge denied him a new trial."

Willamette University holds onto its very-rare accreditation
Portland Business Journal (Apr 1)

"Fewer than 5 percent of the world's business programs have earned AACSB accreditation. Willamette is one of just two schools in the world to earn dual accreditation in both business and public administration."

Legal expert: Oregon playing high-stakes poker in Oracle lawsuit
KATU (Mar 26)

"The showdown is between Oregon and Oracle, the software giant that largely built the state's online health insurance exchange.

But the battle is far from just a legal one. It's also a high-stakes political and PR game.

'It's like a poker game,' said David Friedman, a Willamette University Law professor. 'If you have the chips, you show that you have the chips and that you're willing to push them all in. And they have plenty of chips to pull in.'"

Local college students pass on beach to volunteer, learn
Statesman Journal (Mar 23)

"Students from Willamette University will learn about social justice with a global perspective by serving with international students."

The Hidden History Behind 10 of the Oldest College Buildings in the US
Hometalk (Mar 30)

"Currently, Waller Hall houses many faculty offices, including that of the University President, and Cone Chapel with its many stained glass windows. According to Torgerson, Waller Hall is the foundation of the historic university. 'It's worn step bears the footprints of those who've gone on to make their marks in the Oregon State Capitol and around the world,' he says."

Ben & Jerry’s co-founder to speak at Willamette University
Statesman Journal (Mar 13)

"The Jerry behind Ben & Jerry’s will be speaking at Willamette University next Wednesday, March 18.

Jerry Greenfield, co-founder of the company, is coming to the university as part of the Atkinson Lecture Series and will present 'An Evening of Entrepreneurial Spirit, Social Responsibility and Radical Business Philosophy.'"

Lynne Saxton Brings Compassion and Integrity to Oregon Health Authority
The Lund Report (Mar 11)

"Saxton, who was confirmed by the Senate on Monday, isn’t afraid of stepping into deep waters. Her professional experience in the private nonprofit sector taught her the importance of maintaining stability, while keeping the stakeholders at the table.

In an interview with The Lund Report yesterday, Saxton shed light on the most pressing issues facing the Oregon Health Authority. Some of her remarks also come from her appearance at Willamette University."

Gluten-free bakery started in Salem thrives in Tigard
Statesman Journal (Mar 7)

"A business idea born in a classroom at Willamette University has grown into a full-fledged bakery with customers in Salem, Portland and several states nationwide.

Happy Campers Gluten Free bakery operates out of a small industrial mall in Tigard. Its staff of a half dozen people, including founders Jan and Lacy Taborsky, start every morning at 6 a.m. And each day, they pump out 800 loaves of vegan, gluten-free, sweet-smelling bread.

That bread is now sold in grocery stores and restaurants throughout the Portland area, Salem, Washington, Hawaii, Nevada, Montana and even New York."

Talk this week at Holding Court was about taking it off
Statesman Journal (Mar 4)

"The Bearcat Days are an opportunity for admitted students and their families to tour the campus, visit classrooms, attend receptions and acquaint themselves with the Salem community. Torgerson and Yost are hopeful that if Salem residents see college-age students and their parents looking a bit bewildered out and about in the city, that they will stop and direct them to a favorite restaurant, gallery or shop.

'Getting to know our faculty is one of our biggest selling points,' Torgerson said. 'Meeting them, and seeing how approachable they are and how passionate they and our students are about Willamette is big for us. But seeing Salem and its culture is equally important. We want them to see what a great community this is.'"

Willamette Law symposium to examine health care reform suit
Statesman Journal (Mar 1)

"Norman Williams, Willamette Law's associate dean for academic affairs, who helped organize the symposium, said he expects the Supreme Court justices will be split on their decision. The outcome will depend on whether a literal reading or a more intentional reading of the statute will win out, he said.

Although King v. Burwell could affect millions of people's health care, Howell said, the court case is not about health care at all."

Northwest Travel: A Legislative Salem
Bend Bulletin (Mar 1)

"Immediately south of the Capitol is the 61-acre campus of Willamette University. Founded by Methodist missionaries in 1842, it was the first school of higher education in the western United States. Facing the Capitol is the oldest building on campus, Waller Hall, built in 1867 and completely renovated in 1989. Today, Willamette’s student body numbers about 1,750. The university’s Mark O. Hatfield Library, dedicated in 1986, honors its namesake graduate, who was Oregon governor from 1959 to 1967 and a five-term senator from 1967 to 1997.

Just off campus is the school’s Hallie Ford Museum of Art, two blocks from the Capitol. For its size, this is one of the best art museums in the Northwest. Exhibits rotate through every few months. Current presentations feature the cross-cultural pop-art creations of Japanese-American artist Roger Shimomura and turn-of-the-20th-century images by photographer Myra Albert Wiggins. The Carl Hall Gallery offers work by Pacific Northwest artists, historic and contemporary; the Sponenburgh Gallery surveys 4,500 years of art history from four continents."