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The Best B.A. in Theatre Programs in the Country in 2015
OnStage (Feb 20)
"Tucked away in the Pacific Northwest, far from the lights of Broadway or Hollywood lies the best BA theatre program in the country. The program at Willamette University in Salem, OR is absolutely incredible. Students majoring in Theatre are provided with a range of experiences within all areas of the theatre: acting, directing, stagecraft, costume construction, design, dramaturgy, lighting, voice, movement, theatre history, and dramatic literature."
Oregon colleges rank high in Peace Corps survey
Portland Tribune (Feb 20)
"The Peace Corps reported this week that the University of Oregon, Portland State University, the University of Portland, Willamette University and Lewis & Clark College were among the top schools with alumni in the international service program."
Gov. Kate Brown appoints Executive Team
KVAL (Feb 18)
"Kristen graduated from the University of Washington in 1988, and has been vice president and assistant to the president at Willamette University since 2002. Prior, she worked in Oregon state politics for more than 13 years as a journalist, political advisor and legislative advocate, including service with Oregon Attorney General Hardy Myers from 1996 to 2002, and communications director for Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski’s 2002 gubernatorial campaign."
Incoming governor names OHSU lobbyist as chief of staff
The Oregonian (Feb 16)
"Shipley has had a long acquaintance with Salem. While still a student at Willamette University in the 1990s, Shipley worked for then Reps. Judy Uherbelau of Ashland and Kitty Piercy of Eugene.
He earned his bachelor’s degree in politics and environmental science from Willamette in 1996. He earned his law degree at Georgetown University, and could have gone to a top law firm. But he returned to Oregon to work as a legislative assistant for a state senator.
'I made a conscious decision to get back into public service in that building,' he says of the Capitol, in a Willamette University article in 2009.
He also worked for Senate President Peter Courtney, D-Salem."
4 reasons you should work on campus during college
USA Today: College (Feb 12)
"'For several years, research has indicated that students who work on campus perform better academically, integrate socially, benefit from a caring work environment where supervisors are older and enjoy mentoring their students,' says Jerry Houser, associate dean and director of the career center at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon. “Student staff make friends with other student workers in the same office,' Houser adds, pointing out that an on-campus job is ideal for freshmen who are trying to adjust to college life."
Karen Holman: Professor by day, punk rocker by night
Statesman Journal (Feb 10)
"Karen Holman plays punk rock poetry on her 1971 Gibson Les Paul.
When not rocking out on stage or playing her favorite exotica or garage tunes on one of her radio shows, Karen can be found at Willamette University teaching and researching."
As stress builds on college campuses, it's puppies and massage chairs to the rescue
The Oregonian (Feb 7)
"Willamette University invites students to 'refresh the senses and melt away your stress in Bishop Wellness Center's Mind Spa,' which offers free use of a private room with a reclining leather massage chair, full spectrum light, and bio-feedback system. During finals week, Willamette also schedules "Dog Days," when students can drop by a half-hour before any final exam to enjoy the unconditional canine comfort."
Winged hat thief: 'Angry Owl of Oregon' accosts 4 joggers in a month
Christian Science Monitor (Feb 6)
"Oregon wildlife officials are warning park visitors that owls can be aggressive and territorial, especially during mating and nesting season. David Craig, a biology professor and animal behavior specialist at Willamette University, said it is not that unusual for owls to defend their territory.
'When owls are nesting, they're really territorial,' Craig told the newspaper. 'Great horned owls as well as barred owls often swoop down on people, but a very small percentage get clawed and attacked like that.'"
Tom and Carlee's excellent (art) adventure at Hallie Ford
Statesman Journal (Feb 4)
"De Mambro Santos led the group's viewing and discussion of 'Eustache de Saint-Pierre, Vétu,' a towering sculpture by 19th century French artist Auguste Rodin, who is considered by many to be the father of modern sculpture. The bronze work depicts one of the Burghers of Calais, town leaders who surrendered themselves to save their city from a British siege during the Hundred Years' War.
'They wanted to interact with the piece. They were not simply there or passively absorbed,' De Mambro Santos said. 'They wanted to transform their own ideas and get a better experience. It was pedagogically very enriching. We are always dealing with a diversity of human perceptions. It's fascinating.'"
The Rodin piece is on exhibit in the museum's lobby through May 17."
"Dr. Emily Drew is an Associate Professor of Sociology and Ethnic Studies at Willamette University, where she teaches courses about racism, immigration, and social change. Her research agenda revolves around understanding how race and racism get institutionalized, with the goal of helping to illuminate more effective strategies for interrupting systemic inequality. Drew’s newest published work in the Journal of Urban Affairs explores how a neighborhood in Portland, Oregon responds to gentrification by raising consciousness and building 'antiracist place.'"
Owl attacking joggers in Salem park
KOIN 6 (CBS) (Jan 30)
"The barred owl attacked the jogging man at 5:30 a.m., one of three reported attacks.
Willamette University biology professor David Craig told KOIN 6 News the barred owls, related to the spotted owls, are normally found in rural wooded areas in the east. He and his students believe it’s just this one owl living in the park attacking humans rather than their normel prey like squirrels and birds."
Pumas Announce Pair Of Returnees
Bremerton Patriot (Jan 26)
"A native of Chula Vista, California, Jensen grew up playing for the highly respected San Diego Nomads Soccer Club, a club that has produced other professional players such as Steve Cherundolo, Frankie Hejduk, Eric Avila, Joe Corona and even former Kitsap Puma Jesus "Chuy" Sanchez, among others.
While at Willamette University, Jensen performed very well on the soccer field, scoring 17 career goals, getting a school record 18 career assists and earning both all-conference first team honors and an all west-region third team selection in 2013.
However, following his final season of collegiate soccer, Jensen found himself yearning for another opportunity to keep playing at a higher level and he decided to make the trip to Bremerton for the Pumas' tryouts."
Ex-Gov. Barbara Roberts: King's fight for equality still applies
Statesman Journal (Jan 20)
"She asked the Portland Gay Men's Chorus to sing at her inauguration as secretary of state in 1985. The announcer asked if he could call them the Portland men's chorus. She flatly refused.
'If I could take a stand of consciousness and courage on my first day in office, I would never be afraid to do so again,' she said.
Roberts has seen firsthand how frustrating social change can be. It happens slowly and methodically, she said.
'Even when you have the microphone and the podium, you can't always make the positive change you want to make,' Roberts said in an earlier interview."
- Roberts talks about fight for rights
Portland Tribune (Jan 21)
Salem man attacked by great horned owl in Bush’s Pasture Park
Statesman Journal (Jan 16)
"According to Craig, great horned owl attacks that produce injuries are not common, but they’re not unheard of either.
'When owls are nesting they’re really territorial,' Craig said. 'Great horned owls as well as barred owls often swoop down on people, but a very small percentage get clawed and attacked like that.'
If more people report attacks, Craig suggested city parks officials could put up warning signs, but closing the park should be a last resort.
Phenomena like the owl attack are what make the Salem area so special, Craig said.
'As scary as it was for Ron, it’s a wonderful thing Salem can offer such a great habitat,' Craig said.
'I wish it would have happened to me,' Craig said. 'I would have loved that.'
New Study Finds Lack of Exercise Is Deadlier Than Obesity
NBC Nightly News (Jan 15)
"I think we're seeing a Renaissance. There's a lot of development going on with the city right now, and with that is more people who are interested in walking and more interested in getting around without the use of a car."
Congress must make amends for illegal capture and torture: Guest opinion
The Oregonian (Jan 11)
"The Senate report confirms not only that our government tortured hundreds but that it also seized hundreds of men without any reasonable basis. In fact, only 5 to 7 percent of men held at Guantanamo Bay were actually apprehended during any military engagement. Many of these men were taken by Pakistanis and Afghans who received a bounty for each man taken or acted out of revenge."
Salem lawyer honored for environmental work
Statesman Journal (Jan 9)
"Salem lawyer Martha Pagel has received the Oregon State Bar’s Environmental and Natural Resources Section Award.
Pagel is a water and natural resources lawyer and shareholder at Northwest law firm Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt
She also is former director of both the Oregon Water Resources Department and Department of State Lands."
This founder wants to help you find the perfect exit strategy
Chicago Tribune (Jan 7)
"'The big story in entrepreneurship today is not the small number of big exits but the much larger number of small exits. There are many, many entrepreneurs quietly starting companies, selling them after a few years, and putting $10 million or $15 million in their bank accounts.' How many? The total number is hard to come by, because many private-company acquisitions are not reported. Joel Wiggins, the president of Crown College in Saint Bonifacius, Minnesota, estimates that the average is about 10,000 per year over the past nine years. (See sidebar on page 122.) Whatever the actual number, Peters is correct that the vast majority are relatively small. Rob Wiltbank, entrepreneurship professor at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon, notes that the median price of private companies acquired by public companies is just $14.8 million. That median would undoubtedly be even lower if private-by-private acquisitions were included."
Outsports male hero of the year: Conner Mertens
Outsports (Jan 1)
"Of all the "honors" Outsports will hand out this week, this was probably the toughest to select.
The "hero of the year" is meant to honor someone in sports who has gone beyond the baskets, goals and touchdowns and worked from the inside to make sports more inclusive and inspire LGBT people in sports to be themselves.
Conner Mertens has very quietly done exactly that. Since coming out to his team - and then publicly - in January, Mertens has been a magnet for young gay and bisexual athletes, someone to talk to about their feelings and situation. Mertens has worked with athletes in football, basketball, baseball and many other sports, often young high school athletes in their teens struggling to find their place in the world."
Remembering a civic leader
Central Oregonian (Jan 1)
"One need not look far to find an organization that Minturn had touched in one way or another. In addition to his Roundup board service, he impacted local schools as a member and chair of the Crook County School Board. He served on the Prineville Hospital Foundation, the Crook County Commission on Children and Families, and Crook County Fair Board and was a member of multiple organizations, including the Kiwanis Club of Prineville, the Elks Lodge, the Crook County Historical Society and the Humane Society of the Ochocos...
Minturn balanced his busy civic service schedule with a longtime law career. He came to Prineville in 1952 after passing his bar exam for the State of Oregon. The Willamette University graduate served as the Crook County District Attorney from 1954 to 1964 and practiced law locally until retiring in 1994.
“He was very well respected, very ethical, very competent and detail-oriented, and just an excellent attorney,” said Jim Larson, a retired attorney who began working for Minturn in 1971, and later partnering with him. 'Before I ever even came over, I spoke to a court of appeals judge who spoke very highly of him.'"
Willamette Department of Theatre ranked best in nation
Statesman Journal (Feb 25)
"Willamette University's Department of Theatre has been ranked number one on OnStage's 'The Best B.A. in Theatre Programs in the Country in 2015.'
'It was a no-brainer for us that this was the best program in the country right now," said Chris Peterson, OnStage's founder and editor-in-chief.
OnStage is an independent blog staffed by volunteers who are educators, writers, audience members and theater lovers. Their mission is to critically cover all types of theater."
Maslenitsa celebration at Willamette University
Statesman Journal (Feb 19)
Indian-origin Punit Renjen to be the next CEO of US-based Deloitte Global
India Today (Feb 17)
"Renjen hails from Rohtak, Haryana. His father was a prominent businessman in Lahore before the partition.
He grew up in India and did his schooling at Lawrence School in Sanawar, Himachal Pradesh.
He has a bachelor's degree with honours and a master's degree in management from Willamette University, US.
Renjen was one of The Top 25 Consultants ranked by Consulting Magazine in 2007."
Do millennials care about the Kitzhaber scandal?
Statesman Journal (Feb 16)
"The question of relevancy is weighty among millennials. Millennials will often consume and respond to the news that has a connection to issues they personally care about, said Cindy Koenig Richards, professor and chair of the Civic Communication and Media Department at Willamette University.
'Millennials think through and make connections between something like the resignation of the governor and what that means for the issues that they are most deeply invested in,' she said. 'I'm hearing a lot of students talk about, what does this transition mean for immigration reform? What about sustainability?'"
Willamette Heritage Center hires local as new director
Statesman Journal (Feb 12)
"The Willamette Heritage Center has hired Bob H. Reinhardt as its next executive director. Reinhardt, who is currently a visiting assistant professor of history at Western Oregon University, will teach through the remainder of school year. He will assume part-time responsibilities at the center on March 31 and begin full-time work in June."
World-famous Salem photographer's work on exhibit
Statesman Journal (Feb 8)
"At the turn of the 20th century, a Salem photographer, Myra Albert Wiggins (1869-1956), was considered one of the foremost pictorial photographers in the country. Now, her work will be featured in a new exhibition, 'Myra Albert Wiggins: A Photographer's Life,' from Saturday, Feb. 14, through April 26 at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art, 900 State St."
Governor Kitzhaber appoints Ryan Mulkins as Josephine County District Attorney
Office of the Governor (Feb 6)
"Governor Kitzhaber today announced the appointment of Ryan Mulkins as Josephine County District Attorney to fill the upcoming vacancy created by Stephen D. Campbell’s resignation, which is effective February 28, 2015.
'Ryan Mulkins has the prosecutorial experience and leadership qualities that will serve the people of Josephine County well,' said Governor Kitzhaber. 'His dedication to the community and his desire to work collaboratively across the public safety spectrum position him well to lead the Josephine County District Attorney’s Office.'
Mr. Mulkins received a Bachelor of Science in finance from Portland State University and a Juris Doctorate from Willamette University College of Law. A Deputy District Attorney in the Josephine County District Attorney’s Office since 2007, Mr. Mulkins has prosecuted a wide-range of criminal cases. He has served on the board of directors for Southern Oregon Aspire, a nonprofit organization that provides residential and vocational support to people with developmental disabilities, and he has volunteered as a coach for Special Olympics."
Beyond the Finish Line
ASBMB Today (Feb 5)
"Willamette’s faculty noted Symmonds’ ability to put his nose to the grindstone. 'I think Nick would have made a very good biochemist,' states Todd Silverstein, Symmonds’ adviser in the chemistry department. “His level of understanding and his work ethic were quite good.' In fact, Silverstein points out, Symmonds 'accomplished more on our ongoing enzyme inhibition project than any other previous student, with perhaps one exception.'
Such determination and dedication served Symmonds well on the track, where he became the second-ranked American runner at 800 meters during his senior year in college. His achievements caught the attention of Nike, which signed him to a sponsorship deal that allowed him to focus all of his energy on training after he graduated in 2006. He won the 800 meters at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials, earning his ticket to the Olympics."
Rasmussen shares poignant memory in talk about death
Statesman Journal (Feb 3)
"Rasmussen acknowledged that the emotions were there — nothing helped to keep his mind off his impending mortality. Not reading a book, the newspaper or watching TV.
But there was no way he was going let it slip.
Until one unexpected day at the dog park.
Rasmussen shared this story with Willamette University's Institute of Continued Learning, a program for retired people. The topic on Tuesday was 'Living with Dying.'"
"'Birds of Neptune' is about two orphaned sisters played by Parker and Britt Harris who live in the spooky house where they grew up (lots of doll heads in the yard and old photos in the house) and cope with their memories and changing circumstances and the arrival of a bearded outsider played by Kurt Conroyd. It doesn't go smoothly for them, and the drama is accented by a score by Kevin O'Connor of Talkdemonic, a Portland band. Additional music is by Erik Blood of Seattle and the soundtrack includes songs by Warpaint and Radiation City."
Willamette students give back through community service
Statesman Journal (Jan 23)
"Two hundred Willamette University students spent their half day off from classes volunteering as part of the school’s weeklong Martin Luther King Jr. celebration.
In order to fight for equality, you also need to be on the ground helping out others, said Summer Elias, student coordinator of the community service day.
Students volunteered with Salem-Keizer Education Foundation (SKEF), Marion-Polk Food Share, Habitat for Humanity’s Restore, Bush’s Pasture Park, Union Gospel Mission and Salem Audubon Society."
Salem Packers fan thought he was dying in owl attack
KGW (NBC) (Jan 19)
"Apparently owls don't like Packers any more than Seahawks do," laughed Craig in the video.
Community events honor Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy
Statesman Journal (Jan 17)
"What’s happened in the past is connected to what’s done now, said Gordy Toyama, director of Willamette University’s Office of Multicultural Affairs.
'There are still some civil rights that are not accessible to all,' he said.
The theme of Willamette’s weeklong celebration is Life-Interrupted: A Look at Displaced Communities. Toyama said organizers chose the theme because it covers a range of issues including the treatment of Native Americans, slavery, Japanese-American internment camps and Central American children’s detention at the U.S. border.
Within grasp: The Arts Center explores the relationship between artists and their mentors
Albany Democrat Herald (Jan 15)
"In fall of 2013, Coucke asked Andrew Myers and Willamette University associate art professor Andries Fourie to each select one of their students for the exhibit. Myers chose Marshall. Fourie invited his former student and fellow sculptor, Dallas Frederick.
Frederick moved to Salem from his home in Bend to study math and philosophy. He decided to major in art after taking Fourie’s Intro to Sculpture class his first term."
Wolf taps Wetzel to stay as Pennsylvania prisons secretary
The Philadelphia Tribune (Jan 12)
"Gov.-elect Tom Wolf said Monday he will nominate state Corrections Secretary John Wetzel, originally appointed by outgoing Republican Gov. Tom Corbett, to stay on in Wolf's new Democratic administration.
Wolf, whose inauguration is set for Jan. 20, also said he has picked Curt Topper to head the Department of General Services and Teresa Miller as secretary of the Department of Insurance...
Miller, 39, is a partner in the Washington law firm of Crowell & Moring, where she specializes in matters involving the 2010 federal health care law. She previously worked for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and served as the administrator of Oregon's Insurance Division. She holds a law degree from Willamette University College of Law."
Let Boston Decide Tsarnaev’s Fate
The New York Times (Jan 7)
"The right to a jury trial is a special one, rooted in both the Sixth Amendment and Article III of the Constitution. It is not a right that belongs solely to the accused, but is instead a collective right, belonging to both the defendant and his affected community, and embedded deeply in the venue of the crime. Indeed, John Adams, who led an equally unpopular defense in the Boston Massacre trial, conceived of the jury trial right as inseparable from the community’s prerogative to adjudicate local crime."
Orality, Literacy, and the Memorized Poem
Poetry (Jan 5)
"Among its other functions, the memorized poem in the schoolroom becomes a crucial intersection of oral and print economies, as the spoken display of one’s mastery enlists values associated with orality (bodily carriage, gesture, intonation, and elocution) even as word-for-word fidelity to the original, printed text remains the primary measure of achievement; as Heart Beats shows, students could get away with exaggerating the meter of 'Casabianca' because it was most important for them to remember the printed poem’s exact wording. Such an interplay between aspects of oral and print economies worked to transition students — especially students like scholarship boys (or like Johnny and Ponyboy) raised in environments where the values of orality were oftentimes rewarded more than they would have been in educated, bourgeois society — away from a comparatively 'primitive' mode of communication and toward a more sophisticated, 'advanced' one; one might say that, in the process, students became more and more 'book smart.' The process of memorizing and reciting (after all, proof of memorization could have been achieved by writing the poem down) thus helped to segue children from the lived, relational values associated with orality and into the abstract and impersonal knowledge systems facilitated by print."
Hometown heroes: Doctor finds his calling in oncology
Great Falls Tribune (Jan 1)
"For Schelli Bolta, who nominated Martin as her Hometown Hero, that pivotal point came when her husband, John, was diagnosed with leukemia after being admitted to the hospital, feeling sick and weak for more than a month. Less than two years later, John died.
But in their journey through John's cancer, Bolta was amazed she and her husband had Martin walking with them. Even after John died, he's continued to stay in contact with her and her 3-year-old daughterKherington.
'He is a real saint here on Earth,' Bolta said. 'When I thought about Hometown Heroes I thought about Dr. Martin because he is a hero who walks with people literally through the hardest times in their lives.'
Martin was born in Livingston but spent the majority of his life growing up in Great Falls. He earned his bachelor's degree at Willamette University in Salem, Ore., and was headed toward being a different kind of doctor after graduation."