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The university’s motto — “Not unto ourselves alone are we born” — motivates and inspires students, faculty and alumni to turn knowledge into action. It creates a sense of purpose in what we do, as well as engaged citizens who want to give back, make a difference and leave the world a better place. Read our stories below to learn more about how each person represents Willamette’s unique ethos and tradition.

Andrew Galen

Alumni Spotlight: Andrew Galen

Not unto ourselves alone are we born: Andrew Galen, a Class of 2017 Willamette MBA alum, has truly taken our school motto to heart. After graduating just over a year ago, he wasted no time before becoming heavily involved in both the Salem and Willamette communities.

an alumna speaks with former White House Chief of Staff Leon Panetta and Sylvia Panetta, his wife

Switchboard makes connections for jobs and more

An alumna launches a new career thanks to the free Willamette community resource.

Student shows off sculpture at art opening.

Creativity flourishes with new arts fellowship

Students gain more access to faculty mentorship, funding and peer learning communities.

Two female students hold a bee

New Willamette ‘hotel’ provides good ‘bee-search’

Faculty member, students build bee hotel to learn more about the species’ behavior.


Willamette grads top Teach For America list

Willamette University shares the top spot among small colleges nationally for alumni service to the program.

Cindy Richards

Professor Richards receives national award for teaching excellence

The civic communication and media professor was lauded for using civic engagement and experiential projects to help students learn.

Bioscientist Travis Stiles ’05 stands in his lab

Not Unto Ourselves Alone with Travis Stiles ’05

Bioscientist Travis Stiles ’05 explains how three professors and a fraternity brother inspired his potentially life-saving research.

Sierra Wilson ’18

First-generation student aims for healthcare career

Sierra Wilson ’18 heads to the National Institutes of Health this fall.

Megan Hinzdel

An OUTLaw’s journey to becoming a lawyer

Megan Hinzdel JD’18 wants to create more inclusive communities in the workplace and beyond.

Colby Takeda

Colby R. Takeda ’11

In 2015, Colby Takeda became one of the nation’s youngest administrators when he opened The Plaza at Waikiki, an assisted living community in Honolulu.

3-point challenge logo

Women’s basketball is in fifth place nationally for cancer fundraiser

The only Division III school in the top 10, Willamette can win a huge cash bonus by getting the most new pledges the week of Feb. 18.

John Poulsen ’94

Alumnus exposes devastating slaughter of elephants

John Poulsen ’94 publishes research that leads to crackdown on poachers.

Three 1Ls represented Willamette Law's APALSA student group at the NAPABA Convention: (L to R) Alex Dooley JD'20, Megan Irinaga JD'20 and Noelle Chan JD'20.

NAPABA Convention a success for Willamette Law students

Five Willamette Law students represented the school in great fashion last weekend at the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) Convention.

Third-year JD/MBA student Andy Blevins serves the LGBTQ military community through his work as an extern at OutServe-SLDN.

Law student and veteran serves LGBTQ military community through fall externship, work on transgender ban lawsuit

Third-year JD/MBA student Andy Blevins’ first encounter with OutServe-SLDN occurred while he served in the military. From 2007-11, he was a cryptologic technician for the Navy.

Judge Beth Allen JD'96 was surprised with the OGALLA Community Service Award at the organization's annual dinner October 20. She also won the Chief Justice's Juvenile Court Champion Award in August.

Judge Beth Allen JD’96 wins recent awards

Judge Beth Allen JD’96 now knows how well her friends can keep secrets from her. The Willamette Law alumna was surprised this fall with not one, but two awards for her work in the community and judiciary.

Marie Watt artist at work

Sewing new and old tales into familiar fabrics

In her latest work, acclaimed Native American artist Marie Watt ’90 explores the symbiotic relationships between humans and the natural world.

Swen newsfeed

In 3-2 engineering program, Donald Swen ’18 discovers challenge and success

Through Willamette’s joint degree program, Donald Swen ’18 heads abroad, works with robots and finds shorter path to advanced engineering degree.

Bull kelp performance

Music and nature meet in Colloquium grant composition

Michael Chergosky ’19 transforms bull kelp into a horn section.

Jessica Weiss

Jessica Weiss ’18 publishes academic paper, lands coveted NYC internship

Willamette’s liberal arts approach creates opportunities for Jessica Weiss ’18.


Driven by sustainability and business

Lettajoe Gallup '15 MBA'16 uses her dual-degree to jump-start her career.

Brewer-Wallin News Feed

A Love of Creativity and History

Each season, Bobby Brewer-Wallin designs the costumes for three mainstage plays and one dance concert.

 Kip Ioane ’01, MAT ’02

A team built on a lasting foundation

Head Basketball Coach Kip Ioane ’01, MAT ’02 leads by example.

Sonny Nguyen

From refugee to attorney

Sonny Nguyen LLM’16 hopes to use his knowledge of the law, and incredible personal experiences, to advocate for human rights.

Mark Andreoni '16

Mark Andreoni ’16 focuses his talents on helping others

By exploring new pursuits, Mark Andreoni ’16 discovers his calling

Will Nickerson

The Myriad Lives of a Maker

The more you talk with Will Nickerson ’16, the more you wonder, “What doesn’t he do?”

Maya Kaup '17

Maya Kaup '17 stands up to her fears to champion important causes

Maya Kaup ’17 overcomes her aversion to the spotlight to champion important causes.

Clanton Art

World of Whimsy

From an idea to a sketch to a finished drawing, Ben Clanton ’10 explains the makings of his new children’s book.

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New ASWU president reveals his goals for 2015-16

Shamir Cervantes '16 shares his challenges, goals for the 2015-16 year

Nicole Roth MBA'16

Thriving in Willamette's professional program

Most challenges are too big to tackle alone. That’s why Nicole Roth MBA'16 decided to earn her MBA.

Mitch Diaz

Walking the talk

Among his many activities, Mitch Diaz '16 serves as an admission intern and welcomes visitors to campus.

Erin Milos

Supported for success

Erin Milos, JD/MBA ’17 found the comfort of her small-town roots at Willamette.

Will Christiansen

From AmeriCorps to the Willamette MBA

William Christiansen MBA’16 is pursuing his passion for the not-for-profit sector.

Nate Aggrey

At home at Willamette Law

Nate Aggrey ’09 JD '16 is ready to apply his knowledge of the law to global issues.

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Taking the fast lane

Teneah Rushen '18 shares the tools that keep her competitive.

Laura Appleman

Serving the law and the community

Willamette Law Professor Laura Appleman trains students to practice criminal law.

Ashley Nixon

What will bring you the greatest amount of fulfillment in your work?

Ashley Nixon, assistant professor of human resources, helps her MBA students find out.

Roy Perez

Pérez teaches his students never to settle for the world in which they live

Roy Pérez, who teaches English and American Ethnic Studies, helps his students challenge concepts of culture and power.

Eva Kripalani

The many hats of corporate counsel

Eva M. Kripalani JD ‘86 makes the connection between law and business.

Natalie Pate Journalist

Pate '15 pursued her love for performing, activism at Willamette

An aspiring human rights journalist, Natalie Pate '15 is honing her writing skills through a reporting job with the Statesman Journal newspaper in Salem.

Holman KMUZ

Students find their voices through community radio

What’s it like to host a radio show? Chemistry professor Karen McFarlane Holman’s “Community Radio” students try it firsthand — and learn about themselves along the way.