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College of Liberal Arts News

Willamette Named a Top Fulbright Producer

The Institute of International Education recognized Willamette University this week as one of the top U.S. producers of Fulbright students. An article in The Chronicle of Higher Education listed Willamette among the top bachelor's institutions for 2009-10, with three Fulbright scholars and 18 applicants. This is the third year in a row that Willamette made the list.

Kate D'Ambrosio '06, who majored in history and politics at Willamette, won a Fulbright to Australia to research wildfire response policies in collaboration with RMIT University and the Australian National Bushfire Cooperative Research Center. Emily Johnson '08, a French major, headed to Benin to research interconnections between climate change and the gendered effects of malaria. Art history and Spanish major Ali Maki '09 received a Fulbright to teach English in a bilingual high school in Madrid, Spain.

Sixteen Willamette students and alumni have received Fulbright grants in the past five years. The Fulbright program aims to foster mutual understanding among nations through education and cultural exchanges, sending more than 800 Americans annually to study and conduct research in more than 150 countries.

For more information about the Fulbright program and other national awards, visit the Student Academic Grants and Awards website.

CLA Benefits from Distinguished Visiting Professorship

A $3 million gift from Mark and Melody Teppola will create a new visiting professorship for the College of Liberal Arts. The first chair of its kind at Willamette, the Mark and Melody Teppola Presidential Distinguished Visiting Professorship will allow for an annual appointment of visiting scholars of national or international note. Willamette will begin the search for the first recipient in 2011.

Mark Teppola '60 was an active alumnus who served as a member of the Willamette Board of Trustees from 1980 until his death in January 2009. He and his wife were frequent supporters of the university during the past 40 years.

"The generosity of our alumni and friends, including the Teppolas, is a testament to their confidence in the university and our tradition of exceptional teaching, research and student learning," President M. Lee Pelton says. "The holder of the new professorship will exemplify the highest standards of academia and contribute to the intellectual liveliness of our commonwealth of learning."

With this gift, the Campaign for Willamette's total reached $131 million. The $125 million campaign, which concluded in late October, was the most ambitious and successful development campaign in Willamette's history.

Red Chamber Performs at Willamette

Willamette University Center for Asian Studies will present a performance by Red Chamber, a Chinese string band, Saturday, Nov. 6, at 7:30 p.m. in Cone Chapel. The concert is free and open to the public.

Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Red Chamber features Mei Han, a world-renowned zheng master. The group straddles traditional and contemporary, whether it be ancient Chinese string band music, bluegrass or jazz fusion. These virtuosic performers set the stage on fire with hot licks, power and passion.

Red Chamber takes its inspiration from the traditional Chinese "Plucked String" repertoire that is seldom, if ever, heard in the West. Featuring only plucked strings, the ensemble creates a unique sound while performing a repertoire that spans centuries, including transcriptions from the Tang Dynasty (618-907) and modern compositions.

The concert is sponsored by the Center for Asian Studies with support from the Grace Goudy Distinguished Artists Series. For more information call anthropology Professor Pam Moro at 503-370-6645.