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From the Bearcats to the Blazers and Celtics

On-campus opportunities opened doors to an NBA communications career for Brandon Chinn ’14.

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Representing diversity and fighting for more equitable resources in schools

First-year student is among youngest candidates ever to run for Salem-Keizer School Board.

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Promoting a healthy future

Aspiring physician Anna Ayala ’19 wants to make an impact at the individual and policy levels.

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Hawai’i Club presents 30th Lū’au

Student-run evening of entertainment celebrated the rich history of Polynesian music.

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Undergraduates share their research achievements

Student Scholarship Recognition Day highlights Willamette students’ intellectual, creative and academic pursuits.

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Willamette politics major lands Stanford data fellowship

Paige Morrisey ’19 will interview families, collect data for groundbreaking study.

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Plugging into the power of proximity

Adrian Uphoff ’19 is pushing legislation at the Capitol and opening doors for future interns.

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A Growing Threat

Students in Willamette’s ‘Battle Lab’ target cancer cells.

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Reconstructing identity and the importance of compassion

“Boy Erased” author speaks about writing, cinema and surviving conversion therapy.

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Chasing down a childhood dream

The pre-vet studies of Sarah Pope ’13 took her from Willamette to a biodiversity hotspot in South Africa.

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Meet ASWU’s incoming executive officers

New president, vice president and treasurer will be sworn in during the last ASWU Senate meeting of the semester May 2.

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Finding strength in numbers

BA/MBA graduate uses data to tackle the business side of the Seahawks.

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Professors Cotlar and Ellis edit new presidential history book

‘Historian in Chief’ examines how 11 presidents shaped history through storytelling, education and action.

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Pursuing an MBA with an eye on theatre

Ben Crop ’08, MBA’09 uses dual degree to build a career in theatre management and education.

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2019–20 tuition for the College of Liberal Arts

Willamette University Board of Trustees has set student charges for the coming year.

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Honoring the spirit of generosity

Thanks to a matching gift program, students can make every donation count.

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The future of the digital economy

Alumni and faculty discuss the technology behind cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and how digital economies may be quietly revolutionizing the business world.

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Women’s lacrosse debuts at Willamette

Season opens at home Sunday, Feb. 24, versus the Denver Wildcats.

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Bearcats welcome ASP class of 2019

Warm greetings and a flurry of activity ushered in the 30th anniversary of the American Studies Program.

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Willamette among Princeton Review’s top colleges

The university is named among the top colleges, best value colleges and green schools.

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Playwright champions common ground in controversial topics

E.M. (Ellen) Lewis ’94 sparks conversation surrounding topics such as climate change and the divide on American gun ownership through theatre.

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A not-so-general store — the GOOD food and drink guide

Dani Cone ’98 seeks to foster close-knit community in fast-paced Seattle with Cone & Steiner general stores.

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Be the change — the GOOD food and drink guide

Owen Carver ’03 advocates for sustainable practices and social equity in the coffee industry.

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Park ranger protects Oregon’s stunning places

Inspired by the community spirit of Willamette’s faculty and students, Nick Schoeppner ’11 built a career in public service.

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Dave’s killer nephew — the GOOD food and drink guide

Working with his uncle at Dave’s Killer Bread, Shobi Dalh ’05 helps people with criminal records start anew.

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In conversation with Amarit Ubhi ’20

Budding public servant Amarit Ubhi ’20 spent the summer working in the Oregon governor’s office.

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Willamette celebrates 30th class of American Studies Program

The students who made a positive impact on the university and Salem communities returned to Japan and other home countries.

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‘Christmas Unplugged’ makes final appearance at Willamette

Hundreds show up for the old-fashioned holiday program to support departing professor.

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Students build real-world skills in work with senior citizens

Exercise science class explores the physical changes that accompany aging.

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Isaac Parker named head coach of Bearcat football

Double alumnus is also former team captain and all-conference player.

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Willamette Law hosts ‘A Conversation with Senator Murkowski’

Sen. Lisa Murkowski JD’85 returns to her alma mater for an interactive evening with Willamette students.

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Willamette Singers records eighth album at legendary studio

Vocal jazz group joins music icons who record at Seattle’s Studio X.

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CLA implements new academic advising system

SAGE replaces JASON and WebAdvisor for Spring 2019 registration. Help is available.

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Willamette MBA to host special event on blockchain technology

Open to the entire WU community, the evening’s program will include a networking and social hour, an informational presentation and a panel discussion featuring AGSM and WU professors.

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Switchboard makes connections for jobs and more

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

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Willamette Law’s Business Lawyering Institute: The Business of Law

Willamette’s new Business Lawyering Institute prepares tomorrow’s attorneys for a changing world.

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Families and alumni celebrate the Willamette community

Homecoming and Family Weekend combine for action-packed days of entertainment, commemoration and fun.

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TIUA’s Gundersen to retire in December

For more than 30 years, Gunnar Gundersen, executive vice president of Tokyo International University America, has been instrumental in building the American Studies Program and developing the lasting integration between Willamette and TIUA.

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Creativity flourishes with new arts fellowship

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

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Willamette celebrates indigenous people

Lectures, presentations and a film commemorate Indigenous Peoples’ Day in October.

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

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

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Hallie Ford Museum of Art turns 20

Museum celebrates more than 220 exhibitions and standing among the best in the Pacific Northwest.

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Willamette University Theatre finds a new twist on old classics

The 2018-19 season presents theatre, dancing and music.

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Willamette grads top Teach For America list

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

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U.S. News names Willamette among top colleges

The university was also ranked highly by counselors and is listed also among the “Best Value Colleges.”

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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.

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Bearcats get involved at the fall expo

Activities and Resources Expo featured clubs, resources and opportunities for Bearcats.

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Willamette is a ‘hidden gem’ among universities nationwide

College Raptor highlights Willamette University in several rankings including the 25 Best Colleges in the Northwest.

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Willamette welcomes new students

Undergraduate and graduate students represent 30 states and several countries.

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New tenure-track faculty start the year at Willamette

Willamette welcomes two tenure-track faculty members who work in the College of Liberal Arts and Atkinson Graduate School of Management.

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Willamette ranked top liberal arts college in Northwest by Washington Monthly

The university moves up seven spots, boosted by students’ strong commitment to volunteer work.

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Willamette among Princeton Review’s top colleges

Listed as well among the nation’s environmentally friendly and sustainable colleges, Willamette is also ranked as a “Best Western College” and a “College that Pays You Back.”

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Opening Days begins Wednesday

Willamette gears up for a new academic year and the arrival of the class of 2022.

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Willamette professors volunteer at academy summer camps

The camps offer local high-schoolers a firsthand glimpse of life as a college student.

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Campus update on advancement

VP Shelby Radcliffe provides an overview of FY18 progress.

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Salem lifts drinking water advisory

The city’s drinking water is safe. The university is prepared for the future.

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Questions of Truth

Willamette faculty and staff discuss how the university prepares students to separate fact from fiction in an information-saturated world.

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In class — “ENVR 327W: Water Resources”

Karen Arabas’ class examines the water resources of the western United States.

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On top of her game

Rosie Roberson ’99 has created nearly 100 games and was nominated for a Toy and Game Inventor Excellence Award.

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Willamette baseball impresses as runner-up in NCAA West Regional

Bearcats enjoy record-setting season and finish just short of advancing to national championship.

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A first-time novelist earns critical acclaim

Gabriel Tallent ’10 takes literary world by storm with debut novel “My Absolute Darling.”

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Willamette University expands access for students with high school college credit

Credits earned from concurrent courses may transfer under the new guidelines.

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First-generation student aims for healthcare career

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

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Professor Seth Cotlar lands national lectureship

Cotlar among 26 professors who will give lectures throughout the nation

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Take A Break combines volunteering, leadership and learning

Student-led groups travel to Seattle, Boise, San Francisco and Fresno for spring break.

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Varsity triathlon competition begins fall 2021

The women's team will compete in fall 2021.

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Waste audit offers valuable lessons in sustainability

A student-organized event showed how the campus community could improve its recycling efforts.

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Hawai’i Club presents 29th Lū’au

The event shared Polynesian music, food and traditions with the Willamette community.

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Willamette announces commencement speakers, honorary degree recipients

Former governor, community leaders to speak at graduation ceremony

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Internship steers BA/MBA grad to auto industry

A semester at Daimler Trucking helped J. Connor Maloney BA/MBA ’18 define his career path.

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Traditional Malay dance, bird song animates choir performance

Willamette Chamber Choir performed at regional conference for 18th time.

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Wulapalooza rocks Brown Field

Students celebrated the 20th annual Wulapalooza — Willamette University’s annual earth, art and music festival — on April 14.

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‘Wings of Fire’ makes world premiere at Willamette

Director Susan Coromel and composer Austin Green discuss the evolution and staging of the musical based on a tragic fire that shaped workers’ rights in the U.S.

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Athletics facilities renovated and improved

A number of Willamette University’s athletic facilities are undergoing renovation and construction projects.

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2018–19 Tuition for the College of Liberal Arts

Tuition increase is projected to place Willamette in the middle of its Northwest 5 peer institutions and in line with similar private colleges and universities nationally.

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Two more rounds of Bearcat Days this week and next

The program follows last month’s successful admitted-student event.

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A snail’s life

Unconventional, multimedia Dempsey Lecture chronicles the environmental plight of Taiwan’s golden treasure snail.

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Willamette to welcome Bearcat Days visitors

Please join us in welcoming approximately 500 guests to campus for Bearcat Days on March 15–16, April 5–6 and 12–13.

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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.

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Nine faculty receive tenure, promotion

President Steve Thorsett and the Board of Trustees recognize faculty members’ teaching excellence, scholarly or creative accomplishment, and university and community service.

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ExSci seniors present at ACSM conference

The Northwest American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) conference was held in Bend, Oregon.

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Willamette ranked in top 10 for Peace Corps volunteers

The only Oregon school in the top 10 colleges with fewer than 5,000 undergraduates, Willamette has 13 Bearcats serving around the world.

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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.

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MLK celebration inspires the Willamette community to take action

Events included Into the Streets community service projects, a book club and a lecture.

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Delta Gamma members vote unanimously to vacate chapter house

The sorority will relinquish the lease to their house at the end of the academic year.

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Updates to online Financial Aid Self Service tool

Students will be able to view and accept awards online through the new system.

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Tools of my trade — stage combat

Enter Associate Professor Jonathan Cole’s stage combat classroom.

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Farewell to the 29th class of the American Studies Program

Students celebrate their many accomplishments before heading back to Japan.

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Civic Communication and Media program receives national recognition

Willamette’s CCM major prepares students to make influential, ethical contributions to civic life.

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Portal to replace website gateway pages

Over winter break, WITS will retire the Willamette website’s gateway pages for students, faculty and staff.

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Next Cookies and Conversation planned for Tuesday

Afternoon casual conversation with university leadership open to all students.

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Clean energy, legislation and language

Willamette’s faculty colloquium tackles climate change at the ballot.

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Masha Gessen asks, ‘Is democracy in danger?’

The fall 2017 Atkinson Lecture speaker finds autocratic parallels between recent political developments in Russia and America.

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Choir alumni celebrate their community of music

Former Willamette singers return to campus for a special reunion and a remarkable professor.

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Kostantinos Efstathiou hits the ground running

Willamette’s new campus rec director talks about his past and future plans for the university

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Tynan Gable ’17 recognized for Hatfield Library Research Award

Tynan Gable ’17 was commended by the adjudication committee for the Mark O. Hatfield Library Research Award based on work from an EXSCI 248 class.

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Up with the lark for Willamette walks

Willamette students, faculty learn about birds and identify species.

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Cookies and Conversation planned for Tuesday

All Willamette students invited to join university leaders for this monthly event.

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A summer of science turns students on to research

During this Willamette program, students make breakthroughs while working side-by-side with professors.

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Grace Goudy Distinguished Artist Series: Jane Austen’s Songbook

Piano, vocal performance highlights 19th century songs

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Happy families

Student-run Family Weekend earns kudos for its organization and events.

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Mandatory password change for everyone

Members of the university community must change their Willamette network passwords by Oct. 17.

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Willamette plans for future capital improvement projects

The university will direct funding to athletic projects, followed by continued enhancements to residential spaces.

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Alumni Weekend reunites and reconnects

The campus community worked together to create a memorable, meaningful weekend for alumni.

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Hallie Ford honors 25 years of contemporary American Indian art

Art museum has long history with Crow’s Shadow Institute of Arts.

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Students sign up for a variety of clubs and groups

Activities and Resources Expo featured more than 100 opportunities for student involvement.

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Alumni Weekend will bring Bearcat grads back to campus

Events for alumni to reconnect and reunite with classmates kick off on Friday.

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Willamette welcomes incoming students

Undergraduate, graduate students represent dozens of states and several foreign countries.

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2017 Faculty Awards announced

Seven outstanding faculty members honored at Opening Convocation.

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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.

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Willamette lauded in latest ‘Fiske Guide to Colleges’

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

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Willamette Store temporarily closes next month for renovation

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

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Fundraising brought in $17.785M for 2016–17

Gifts recognize the university’s past and future impact, will enhance the student experience.

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New developments in student career services

The summer brings changes in the Office of Career Development.

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A historic commencement

Willamette’s three colleges celebrate their students’ achievements.

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A passion for social justice

Alika Masei ’17 has dedicated his college career to creating a better place for all students.

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SARAs celebrate a decade of service

Sexual Assault Response Allies provide victims of sexual assault the option of speaking confidentially and anonymously to a fellow student.

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Putting her heart and soul into law

Lauren Sharkey ’15, JD’17, the second graduate of Willamette College of Law’s 3+3 program, hopes to use the law to improve people’s lives.

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“An orchestra at your fingertips”

Zach Duell ’18, the university’s sole organ student this semester, explains why the Bishop Family Organ is so grand.

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Willamette Singers win Best Undergraduate Large Vocal Jazz Ensemble

The group wins Best Undergraduate Large Vocal Jazz Ensemble

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The search for historical truth: Jason Lee and Willamette commemorations

Grace Pochis ’17 examines the influences that shaped how the history of the university and Jason Lee has been told.

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From the Marines to an MBA

Herschel Mapes ’16, MBA ’17 finds a refreshing challenge after choosing a nontraditional path.

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Willamette sets 2017–18 tuition and fees

CLA tuition increase is a historic low for the university.

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Final round of Bearcat Days this week

Help Admissions welcome admitted students to campus Thursday and Friday.

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Willamette team’s success leaves nothing to debate

The Debate Union heads to national tournament this week.

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Second round of Bearcat Days this week

The program follows last month’s successful admitted-student event.

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New housing changes help first-year students find common ground

First-Year Commons will include Terra, Belknap, Cascadia and Matthews halls and Baxter Complex.

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Chemistry professor secures $325K National Science Foundation grant

David Griffith and senior research students study estrogen in aquatic environments.

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Spring break reminders

Here are a few things for students to know concerning housing, food and transportation.

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Six faculty granted tenure for 2017–18 academic year

The university recognized Anna Cox, Brandi Row Lazzarini, Roy Pérez, Abigail Susik, Karen Sandrik and Kawika Pierson for their teaching, scholarship and service.

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Bearcats unite for Day of Service

In Salem and across the country, members of the Willamette country joined together to do good.

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Willamette welcomes Bearcat Days visitors

Events for admitted students kick off Thursday and Friday.

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In “Lear’s Daughters,” female voices take stage.

Feminist prequel to famous Shakespeare play imagines sisters before “King Lear.”

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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.

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Atkinson Lecture speaker Ta-Nehisi Coates addressed the lies that lead to racism

Willamette’s MLK Celebration concluded with a presentation by the 2015 National Book Award winner.

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Willamette Day celebration events

Here are the events that kick off a yearlong celebration of Willamette’s past, present and future. Join in the festivities that begin Wednesday.

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ASP class of 2017 arrives on campus next week

Campus community encouraged to make the new Bearcats feel at home.

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AGSM faculty offer leadership advice to undergrads

A series of interactive events helps students get ahead in their career preparation.

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Campus jobs open for leadership — and non-leadership — types

All Willamette students are encouraged to apply for Campus Life jobs

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Winter choir tour brings Bieber and Basie to Oregon, California

Update (Jan. 9, 2017): Unfortunately, the choir tour had to be canceled due to the winter storm that paralyzed Oregon over the weekend.

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Memories, friendships celebrated at ASP closing ceremony

The American Studies Program provided a warm send-off for the class of 2016.

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Taking a stand at Standing Rock

Willamette staff member, students spend holiday break supporting pipeline protesters in North Dakota.

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Outreach program encourages girls to consider science

For 20 years and counting, the Webber scholarship has helped female scholars teach elementary students.

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Dog Days returns for finals week

If you’re feeling stressed about finals, try petting a dog.

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