Willamette University, Students at the Mill Stream

June 2013

Commencement 2013

We're happy this month to introduce James Lippincott, our new assistant vice president for alumni and parent relations (i.e., boss). James was formerly director of alumni relations at Claremont McKenna College (Calif.) and joined us last week. Read his introductory note

We have heard from many of you about Teresa Hudkins '69 and her upcoming retirement from the Office of Admission. Great memories shared. Remember that you can still join us on campus tomorrow, June 6, at 3:30 for a retirement celebration. It'll take place in the CAT Cavern, 2nd floor, University Center.

The Scene is on its way to your mailboxes right now (also available for online reading -- including a couple appetizing online extras), and inside is a call to action. Many of you can relate to the tradition of matchmaking at Willamette; we know there are plenty of WU sweethearts out there, so send us your stories -- how you met, what you've been up to since then, etc. We're working on a compilation article and would love to include you. Email scene@willamette.edu.

And for the career experts out there: now that the most recent CLA class has graduated, consider putting your experience to good use and becoming a volunteer career advisor. It's easy to customize how you're involved -- maybe you'd love to have coffee with a new graduate in your area who has aspirations for your profession, or maybe you're a savvy cover letter editor who'd like to help via the keyboard. Sign up via the Career Network at The Compass. Oh, and be sure to join the LinkedIn group for Willamette Alumni. You never know when you might need a few career connections yourself.

Finally, following the publicity surrounding the misconduct of Sigma Chi members, a number of students expressed general concerns about sexual harassment on campus, including sexual assault. In response, President Thorsett has formed a 20-member working group that will get underway when students and faculty return to campus in the fall. Comprised of representatives from law enforcement and survivor support services in addition to students, faculty and staff, the group will seek to assess and make recommendations to improve the university's sexual harassment and assault prevention, education, and response. Read more about the working group and its charge online.