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Dean Bob Hawkinson to Retire

Dean of Campus Life Bob Hawkinson will be retiring from his post at the end of this academic year. After 10 years as dean, Hawkinson will be continuing in a more limited role as a politics professor here at Willamette.

An event of appreciation for Dean Hawkinson is scheduled for May 4, 3-4 p.m. in Goudy Commons. Alumni are encouraged to attend.

Willamette Students and Administrator Testify for Financial Aid Bill

Two Willamette students urged Oregon legislators to change the way they think about the Oregon Opportunity Grant, the largest state-funded need-based program for Oregon college students.

Radu Bobirnac ’12 and Marco Fiallo ’11, along with Madeleine Rhyneer, Willamette’s vice president for admission and financial aid, testified in front of the Senate Education and General Government Committee. They spoke in favor of Senate Bill 478, which would change part of the revised Oregon Opportunity Grant program that only funds private college students at the cost of attending a state-subsidized university.

Both students have benefited from the Oregon Opportunity Grant.

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Willamette Debater #1 in Country

Politics and Spanish major MaryAnn Almeida '09 beat out 445 other students to take the top overall debater award at the National Parliamentary Debate Association Championship Tournament, held March 27-30 at the University of Pacific in Stockton, Calif.

Almeida and her partner, politics major Nic Robinson '09, reached the final eight out of 223 university debate teams at the tournament. Eric Lowe '09, a politics major, and Acacia McGuire '09, a psychology major, qualified for the final four.

Willamette historically has had a strong debate program, and has participated in the national tournament annually since 1994. In 2006 Willamette won the tournament's Sweepstakes Championship for best overall school performance, and the Season Sweepstakes Championship for best performance throughout the season. A team of Willamette students, including Almeida and Robinson, won the Oregon Independent College Foundation Ethics Bowl competition in 2007.

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