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On children, U.S. in solidarity with ... Somalia?
Statesman Journal (Nov 20)

"The U.S. signed the Convention on Feb. 16, 1995, yet despite its active role in drafting the Convention, the United States stands alone in its failure to ratify it. Why?

Warren Binford of Salem is an associate professor of law and director of the clinical law program at Willamette University College of Law, where she teaches international children's rights. Contact her at"

Ore. exhibit evokes childhood internment for Takei
USA Today (Nov 15)

"As Takei viewed the exhibit, he shared memories of his childhood imprisonment with John Olbrantz, the director of the museum. Some of Shimomura's prints portray everyday life: A young boy wearing a baseball cap rides a tricycle. A child sits at a desk, but through windows and doors, the camp's barbed wire fences loom.

I was in school then," Takei said. 'We started the school day off with the Pledge of Allegiance. I could see the barbed wire fence and the sentry towers as I recited the words 'with liberty and justice for all.' I was a kid just mouthing the words we were taught.'"

Bloomberg Businessweek Business Schools
Businessweek (Nov 12)

From Willamette makes Bloomberg's best business schools list:

"Willamette University was named a top business school in rankings by Bloomberg Businessweek.

The university's Atkinson Graduate School of Management, which was the only Oregon business school listed, was ranked 81st for its full-time MBA program."

A Million Business Cards Present a Math Challenge
Huffington Post (Nov 10)

"How many cards did the Willamette structure take? This is where you get to do some math. First, it takes six business cards to make a box. Twenty boxes are needed for a level one Menger Sponge so 120 total cards are needed. How many are needed for level two and how about level three? You may notice the uniform design on the completed Willamette Menger Sponge. This is due to paneling as seen in the image below in which undergraduate Jessica Kawana works Willamette's structure. Adding this aesthetic took an additional 18,048 printed cards. Multiply the total cards needed for a level 3 Menger Sponge by 20 and you get a Mega Menger requiring over 1.3 million cards!"

Willamette University dance concert will explore truth
Statesman Journal (Nov 8)

"More than 40 dancers will perform 'Veracity: a Dance Concert' Nov. 13-22 at M. Lee Pelton Theatre, Willamette University, 900 State St. The performance features 10 dance pieces that explore the concept of truth through movement.

Directed by Jessi Fouts, instructor of dance in Willamette's Department of Theatre, and choreographed by six Willamette students, the show will include ballet, tap, modern and aerial dance. There will also be live music and singing."

Why did Oregon get bluer while the nation got redder?
Statesman Journal (Nov 7)

"So, why did Oregonians step a little closer to the Democrats while their counterparts across the country stepped away?

Melissa Buis Michaux, an associate professor of politics at Willamette University, said the first clue can be found by looking at voter turnout.

Oregon had one of the highest turnouts at 69.5 percent."

Ada County gets first new county prosecutor in 40 years, Bennetts is first woman to hold post
The Spokesman-Review (Nov 5)

"Ada County has a new county prosecutor after nearly 40 years, and it’s the first woman ever to hold the position. County commissioners voted unanimously yesterday to appoint Jan Bennetts, a 20-year veteran deputy county prosecutor and longtime Prosecutor Greg Bower’ chief of staff for the past two years, as the new prosecutor...

Bennetts, a University of Idaho graduate who holds a law degree from Willamette University College of Law, clerked for the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals before joining the prosecutor’s office. She was instrumental in creating the FACES Family Justice Center in 2006 to help victims of child abuse, sexual assault and domestic violence. Bennetts said, 'I can’t think of anything I’d rather do than serve this community and continue to work to protect our citizens every day, and that’s exactly what I plan to do.'"

Salem Weekly (Oct 30)

​Karen also plays guitar in a punk band called City of Pieces.  In her “spare time”, she is a Professor of Chemistry at Willamette University.  Miraculously, Karen managed to temporarily fuse her career as a professor with her hobby as a radio DJ by teaching a colloquium class to a group of fourteen freshmen, with the topic “Community Radio”.  As such, the students have their own talk show on KMUZ.  It’s called “WU-Who” and airs Sundays 3-4pm.  Students interview accomplished upperclassmen on campus as well as leaders of nonprofit organizations in the Salem area.  One of Karen’s goals for this up and coming radio program is to assist in building a stronger bridge between Willamette University and the Salem community.

Fractals cube complete at Willamette University
Statesman Journal (Oct 27)

"Assistant math professor Josh Laison looks at the completed global MegaMenger project on the Willamette University campus in Salem on Monday, Oct. 27, 2014. Staff and students spent nearly a month folding thousands of business cards into cubes and fractals to create the 5' x 5' cube."

Daily Emerald  (Oct 24)

"The act of preemption is to tell one government that they can’t make laws about a subject as they are already responsible for it. Event moderator attorney Melissa Wischerath describes it as one governmental body telling another 'Hey, you can’t regulate that, we’re already doing that.'

Paul Diller, a professor at the Willamette University School of Law, describes home rule as a “bargaining chip” for local governments in negotiations with state legislators. It’s an agreement from the state with local governments to allow for self-rule as long as their ordinances don’t interfere with state regulations."

Gerry Frank to receive Tom McCall Leadership Award
Statesman Journal (Oct 23)

"Maybe you know him best as the chief of staff for U.S. Sen. Mark Hatfield for 20 years. Or maybe for his Salem sweets shop, Gerry Frank's Konditorei, and the cake contest at the Oregon State Fair that Frank has judged for 55 years. Or maybe as the former vice president and manager of Meier & Frank, which was one of Oregon's leading department stores before it merged into Macy's in 2006. Or maybe for his trustee work at Willamette University, his Oregonian column, his role in dozens of nonprofits and volunteer groups throughout the state."

Bosses Seek ‘Critical Thinking,’ but What Is That?
Wall Street Journal (Oct 21)

"Critical thinking may be similar to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart’s famous threshold for obscenity: You know it when you see it, says Jerry Houser, associate dean and director of career services at Willamette University in Salem, Ore.

When recruiters tell Mr. Houser they want students with problem-solving skills, “that usually has something to do with critical thinking,” he says. His office encourages students to prepare stories to illustrate their critical-thinking prowess, detailing, for example, the steps a club president took to improve attendance at weekly meetings."

Salem ahead of the class in volunteer tutoring, teaching
Statesman Journal (Oct 18)

"'Students make significant contributions that translate to thousands of hours of service that translate into thousands and sometimes millions of dollars in benefit to the community,' [Eric Lassahn, director of Community Service Learning at Willamette University] said.

Undergraduate students at Willamette volunteered 64,018 hours of service last year and many logged time at local schools, including Bush Elementary. That's where a dozen Willamette students run the Tiger Club, an afterschool program that focuses on reading, writing and math.

The school was a natural fit for sophomore Kanika Meister who volunteered at local elementary schools during high school.

'It was really fun getting to know the kids and learning how their brains work," she said, "and how the activities we were doing enhance their education.'"

Nick Symmonds Launches Run Gum
KEZI (Oct 14)

"Tuesday, he’s launching his invention called Run Gum, which is manufactured in Eugene. It’s now available online and in running stores come 2015.

'It’s a revolutionary new delivery system for stimulants. It’s chewing gum fortified with caffeine, taurine, B vitamins. It’s a phenomenal product. I’ve been working on it for years, putting together my experience on the track and my degree in biochemistry from Willamette University finally getting some play,' Symmonds said."

Take a stroll through Willamette and bring an appetite
Statesman Journal (Oct 13)

"Salem and Willamette University offer comfort in the tight-knit vibe they emit, and a walk through campus to see the changing leaves contrasted with the old brick buildings is a great way to spend your lunch hour.

I chose to pick up lunch at Goudy Commons, Willamette University's cafeteria. I've heard astounding reviews from all who have eaten there, so it only makes sense to stop for some food on my lunch hour."

Trio’s collaboration results in big sound
Spokesman-Review (Oct 9)

Weyerhaeuser and Hicks met in a choir class at Willamette University, eventually starting their own a cappella group, an experience he describes as 'hilarious and cheesy.'

“We had this wonderful entrepreneurial experience with that,” Weyerhaeuser said. 'It was fun creating that from nothing and having this small liberal arts school rallying behind you. I think that was our initial inspiration – what if we started our own band and wrote our own music? A lot of the ingredients in the current sound are group vocals and vocal harmonies, so that’s kind of where it all started.'"

Cover Oregon health exchange legal costs top $1.1 million; any winnings likely split
The Oregonian (Oct 7)

"The tally is significant because the state and Oracle haven't yet completed round one: a battle over whether the case will be held in state or federal court. Arguments to settle that issue will be heard Nov. 21.

The case is at an early stage, and the spending so far has achieved the equivalent of laying the foundation for a large building, said David Friedman, a Willamette University law professor who has been following the case closely. That means there's a lot of costly lawyering yet to be done.

'It's going to be expensive,' he said, adding that an appeal of any initial ruling appears likely. 'This could go on for years.'

One of the wild cards in the case is what happens if Oregon eventually does win money from Oracle."

Oregon gay marriage case: NOM says emails show AG's office too chummy with advocates
The Oregonian (Sep 26)

Gwynne Skinner, a Williamette University law professor, said some of the emails may be embarrassingly chummy but she didn't see anything improper in them.

'I think they're grasping at straws,' Skinner said of NOM. 'I don't think they have a claim at all.'

New Court of Appeals judge named
Portland Tribune (Sep 25)

"Flynn was named Thursday by Gov. John Kitzhaber to succeed Judge Robert Wollheim, who will retire Oct. 31. Kitzhaber appointed Wollheim, then a Portland lawyer specializing in workers’ compensation appeals, to the court in 1998.

Flynn would be up in 2016 for a full six-year term in the nonpartisan position.

Flynn has been part of the Portland law firm Preston, Bunnell and Flynn. She has specialized in cases before the Oregon Court of Appeals, Oregon Supreme Court and the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and political science from Willamette University in 1989. She earned her law degree from Gonzaga University in 1992, when she was admitted to the Oregon State Bar."

Award-winning authors to speak at Willamette University
Statesman Journal (Sep 22)

"The Hallie Ford Literary Series will feature three dynamic writers who have achieved regional and national recognition.

Award-winning poet Marilyn Chin will speak at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2. Chin's books are already considered Asian-American classics." 

Winners & losers in the news
Statesman Journal (Sep 20)

"Comments on the first Statesman Journal story about the houseboat showed support for the vessel and its owner. Some commended him for not buying into societal values, others said people need to mind their own business and let him be.

Susan Smith, a professor of law at Willamette University and director of the Sustainable Environmental, Energy & Resources Law program, said that the state has the constitutional power to regulate how state waterways are used.

In this case, the state's actions convey that no one has exclusive use to the waterway, she explained."

Conner Mertens reflects on life since coming out to his Willamette teammates
Fox Sports (Sep 18)

"As I stand and look back over this journey, I can't help but smile. This thing that caused severe depression, anxiety and self-loathing has now become an integral part of my everyday life. No longer in hiding, I am able to live my life openly and unapologetically. I look forward to the day when "coming out" is no longer a step in the life of an LGBT person. The day when our families, churches, sports and social interactions are not latent with efforts to preserve our competency and character by concealing our sexuality. Call me an optimist or call me crazy, but I firmly believe that we will see this in my lifetime ... and it will be beautiful."

Shanty boat moves down Willamette River
Statesman Journal (Sep 17)

"WINNER: Willamette University physicist David Altman was named a Scialog fellow for his “high risk, highly impactful discovery research on untested ideas in cell biology.” The Scialog program enables scientists engaged in unusual research to collaborate on new avenues of study. Altman studies myosin, the protein responsible for muscle movement. His recent work explores diabetes-related foot pain."

Revenue agency to replace computers
Portland Tribune (Sep 16)

"In addition to improving efficiency, the new system will enable the agency to participate fully in the Treasury Offset Program of the U.S. Treasury, which aims at catching those owing taxes.

'More than anything else, what’s needed here are information system upgrades at Oregon’s Department of Revenue,' writes Fred Thompson, a professor at the Atkinson Graduate School of Management at Willamette University.

Thompson made his comments a year ago on the Oregon Economics blog maintained by Oregon State University."

Ideas man: Patent attorney Stewart Myers finds inspiration working with inventions
Gazette-Times (Sep 10)

"After just five years of private practice as a patent attorney, Stewart Myers can’t really claim to have seen it all. But he’s seen an awful lot of things he never expected to see."

Mark Hatfield's life gets film premiere
Portland Tribune (Sep 8)

"Hatfield, a Republican, died in Portland in 2011 after a long illness. He was 89. He held public office 46 years, including the governorship from 1959 to 1967, and U.S. senator from 1967 until 1997.

He was born in Dallas, Ore., in 1922, and grew up in Salem. After earning a bachelor’s degree at Willamette University, he was in the Navy during World War II. He witnessed the after-effects of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, and the French recolonization of Indochina — events that shaped his later opposition to nuclear weapons and the Vietnam War — before earning a master’s at Stanford University and returning to teach at Willamette University.

He remains the youngest Oregonian ever elected governor — at 36 — and the longest-serving Oregonian in the Senate."

Huge bronze sculpture arrives at Hallie Ford Museum
Statesman Journal (Sep 4)

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Willamette archaeology students pictured in NatGeo
Statesman Journal (Aug 31)

"Did you know that playing in the dirt can land your picture in National Geographic? It did for Jessica "Jo" Heupel, a 2014 graduate of Willamette University's archaeology program. Her picture was featured in "Before Stonehenge," National Geographic's August cover story that has been years in the making.

Heupel was one of 10 Willamette archaeology students who accompanied Scott Pike, chair of Willamette's archaeology program, to the Orkney Islands off Scotland's northern coast this summer. They spent four weeks working in the field with a team of international archaeologists excavating the Ness of Brodgar, a Neolithic site dated to 3200 B.C."

Oregon House names acting chief clerk
Portland Tribune (Aug 29)

"Before he worked in the Washington House, Sekerak was a staff attorney for the Washington Senate and an attorney for the Washington Department of Revenue. He also worked at a Portland law firm.

Sekerak earned bachelor’s and law degrees from Willamette University. He obtained a bachelor’s degree in political science, with an emphasis on philosophy and economics, in 1987. His law degree came in 1992.

He graduated from South Salem High School in 1983."

Gun control: Legal expert describes 3 ways Multnomah County ordinance could land back in court
The Oregonian (Aug 25)

"Dailey’s ruling didn’t address the merits of either side’s argument but instead focused on whether the plaintiffs were harmed by the county ordinance and had grounds to sue. It effectively keeps the law in place but leaves room for a more suitable plaintiff to challenge the county in court.

Paul Diller, a law professor at Willamette University who specializes in local government law, said there are three ways that legal questions surrounding the gun control measure could come back before a judge for resolution."

Good things to know when engaging police
Statesman Journal (Aug 23)

"Appleman brought up a good point: most interactions that people have with police are in their cars, where it would be difficult to record an encounter.

And what about the right to refuse consent to a search?

'You do not have to consent to a search, and if the police threaten to get a warrant, you can certainly tell them to go get one,' she said. 'If the police go ahead and search you without a warrant, don't resist. Simply say you're not consenting.'

Consent is an exception to the requirement of a warrant in a police search, O'Ferry said."

Lake Oswego man makes 'Dark Dungeons' movie
Lake Oswego Review (Aug 21)

"What’s the best place to debut a film about role-playing games and dark magic?

For Lake Oswego High School graduate J.R. Ralls, the answer was Gen Con, the best-attended gaming convention on the globe, which drew more than 50,000 enthusiasts to Indianapolis.

There, Ralls, 36, got the chance to show off his first film, “Dark Dungeons,” which is based on Jack Chick’s eponymous 1984 comic about two girls, Debbie and Marcie, who are drawn into the occult world of role-playing games. The girls become addicted to the games, and Debbie taps into dark magical forces."

Mary Kay Inc. Names Vice President of Corporate Communications and Corporate Social Responsibility
Yahoo! Finance  (Aug 20)

"Webb is chairman of HeROS (He Respects Others), the men’s auxiliary for Genesis Women’s Shelter in Dallas and was recently appointed to the board of the Texas Council on Family Violence in Austin. He sits on the Communications Council for the Dallas Regional Chamber and the Executive Forum at the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship. Webb received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Willamette University in Salem, Oregon. He and his wife, Nikki, have three sons."

5 Northwest Colleges Team Up To Offer Unique Course On Food Systems
KPLU: 88.5 Seattle (Aug 11)

"Student Tim Daly, 22, says the course has been transformative. A visit to an 8,000-acre wheat farm in the Palouse was particularly memorable to the Willamette University senior, who has long been wedded to the idea of finding a career in organic or small-scale agriculture.

'It's been incredible. It's the first time I'd seen a conventional [large-scale] farm, really,' Daly said. 'I wanted something that pushed me out of that comfortable norm that I'd developed, those insulated ideas that 'organic is the purest,' or 'organic is the best,' and it's done exactly what I've wanted it to do.'"

Fun with math: What those MathFest conference topics were all about (videos)
The Oregonian (Aug 6)

About "A Borsuk-Ulam Equivalent that Directly Implies Sperner's Lemma" (from Kathryn Nyman of Willamette University), reader KN said this: "Sperner's Lemma is more fun that it sounds; it can be used to divide cake (or rent, land, chores, etc.) among a group of people so that everyone thinks they got the best piece."

Dunkers put on an air show at Hoopla
Statesman Journal (Aug 4)

"Three teams of students in Willamette University's American Studies Program (Tokyo International University) are participating in Hoopla for the first time. They are joined by two Willamette students, Kevin Lyman and senior guard Joseph Jackson.

Two teams are entered in Division III (3 Amigos and Nippon), and one in Division IV (GBM's).

'They've been practicing the last three months or so since we told them about it,' Jackson said. 'They don't have anything like this in Japan. It's really a big American culture event for them, and they've been loving it.'"

County Vs City Laws
Oregon Public Broadcasting (Jul 29)

"According to Willamette University’s Associate Professor of Law Paul Diller, these clashes between city and county governments have raised interesting legal questions, especially surrounding what’s known as “home rule.” Diller also tells OPB that the outcome of these two cases could open up more legal questions." 

Liberal-arts consortium knits together 5 small colleges
The Seattle Times (Jul 21)

"The first class to be offered by the consortium is a three-week course on food systems that will be taught by Whitman, UPS and Willamette. Students will travel across the Northwest, visiting a wheat farm in the Palouse, urban farms in Tacoma and the Zena Forest & Farm owned by Willamette University as they learn about how food is grown and its impact on people, politics and the economy."

Why major party candidates want Independent nomination
Statesman Journal (Jul 11)

"There are other candidates who pursue the Independent Party nomination as a way to avoid a primary fight in their own party.

'If you have a crowded primary field that you don't think you can win but you do think you could win the general election, then you might pursue an Independent candidacy,' Buis Michaux said. 'The primaries tend to push candidates to satisfy an increasingly polarized base, but general elections — especially in moderate or close districts — are often about capturing the middle or independent vote.'"

David Sarasohn: The Hobby Lobby decision and the legal battles ahead
The Oregonian (Jul 4)

'Religious organizations exist to foster the interests of persons subscribing to the same religious faith. Not so of for-profit corporations. Workers who sustain the operations of those corporations commonly are not drawn from one religious community,' wrote Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in dissent. '... The court, I fear, has ventured into a minefield.'

The minefield leads directly toward us.

'I believe religious claimants now have a strong argument to raise that there is a federal constitutional basis' for breaking through state laws, Steven Green, professor of law and director of the Center for Religion, Law and Democracy at Willamette University, told the Statesman Journal. 'It's almost kind of a back door way of this applying to places like Oregon.'

What Hobby Lobby ruling means for Oregon
Statesman Journal (Jul 1)

"The court ruled in the companies' favors Monday, expanding RFRA to include commercial businesses that are closely held — meaning more than half of their stock is owned by fewer than five people.

And it ruled that the contraception mandate violated the religious liberties of those companies.

'The immediate takeaway is that this is limited to only federal regulations — not state regulations,' said Willamette University Professor Steve Green. 'I think it's going to raise some confusion at about what types of claims businesses can raise on religious grounds.'"

Oregon families anxiously await D.C. immigration decision
KGW (Nov 18)

"Sisters Isaura and Ines Pena are outspoken advocates of change.

They are U.S. citizens, born in Oregon after their parents illegally entered the country from Mexico.

They grew up in Newberg and now attend Willamette University and Linfield College.

Each studies political science, in part, to have a voice in the immigration debate.

'We have a voice and we have a vote. And we can push for something legally to happen and we have that citizen power,' Isura Pena said."

'Getting-by girls' prioritize social lives over school, study shows
USA Today College (Nov 12)

"Jessica Weiss, a freshman at Willamette University, believes there are many possible reasons for the 'getting-by girl' phenomenon in her age group.

'From social media creating insecurities, to not believing there is much social mobility for them,' explained Weiss, 'these girls might not think they need to do much… they already have plenty of support from their parents.'

Weiss argues that some girls’ underachievement may be a result of social media having intensified young women’s concerns about their appearances and popularity.

'We have been completely absorbed by how others view how we live our lives,' said Weiss. 'Our concerns shift away from our ‘invisible achievements’ — test scores, how we do in class — because these are things that media have framed as ‘not cool’ to discuss.'

Moving forward, Weiss believes that social media may be able to help solve the problem it exacerbated."

Oh my: George Takei charms Willamette University crowd
Statesman Journal (Nov 12)

"Pop-culture icon. Social media juggernaut. Social justice activist.

Tuesday night, George Takei spoke as part of the Atkinson Lecture Series held at Smith Auditorium.

He was welcomed by a standing ovation and a roaring crowd at the 1,250 seat sold-out show.

'Oh my. Thank you for that fantastic welcome,' said Takei. 'It really is an 'oh my' welcome.'"

More national representation for Oregon beer: Rogue boss Brett Joyce joins the Beer Institute board of directors
The Oregonian (Nov 9)

"The Beer Institute is the national trade association for the American brewing industry, representing both large and small brewers as well as importers and industry suppliers. It was founded in 1863 as the U.S. Brewers Association.

Joyce grew up in the Rogue brewery, which his father, the late Jack Joyce, co-founded when Brett was 16. After graduating from Willamette University in Salem, Joyce worked with Adidas, building their international golf shoe business from the ground up. He returned to work for Rogue in 2006."

This Scappoose native was a decorated Vietnam rescue pilot
The Portland Tribune (Nov 7)

"It is the story of earning his Purple Heart, not the Distinguished Flying Crosses or any of the other medals, that Harris tells on a visit home to Scappoose for his mother’s 100th birthday last month.

'I was the mission pilot for taking the recon team out,” says Harris, describing his part in a desperate effort to recover a pilot believed to be injured and trapped behind enemy lines. “We discovered later that they were just setting a trap. The enemy wasn’t stupid, and they knew sooner or later, they would send out a big helicopter with troops on board, so they were just waiting.'"

A Question of Semantics: City Council undecided on approach to residency questions
The Source Weekly (Nov 5)

Culture War: The Case Against Repatriating Museum Artifacts

Foreign Affairs (Nov 3)

"In the battle over cultural heritage, repatriation claims based strictly on national origin are more than just denials of cultural exchange: they are also arguments against the promise of encyclopedic museums -- a category that includes the Metropolitan Museum of Art, in New York; the British Museum, in London; and the Louvre, in Paris. By presenting the artifacts of one time and one culture next to those of other times and cultures, encyclopedic museums encourage curiosity about the world and its many peoples. They also promote a cosmopolitan worldview, as opposed to a nationalist concept of cultural identity. In an era of globalization that is nonetheless marked by resurgent nationalism and sectarianism, antiquities and their history should not be used to stoke such narrow identities."

Read more about Cuno in the latest "Willamette" magazine.

Immigration activist backs Measure 88
Portland Tribune (Oct 28)

"In a talk to students at Willamette University in Salem, coinciding with the release of a story he wrote for Vanity Fair, Vargas says he obtained a driver’s license from Oregon so he could secure the internship in 2003.

He was 22 at the time.

'If it wasn’t for a driver’s license from Oregon, I would not have been able to build the career that I have,' Vargas said to the gathering, which was sponsored by Oregon immigrant-rights group Causa."

IKE Box couple finds three ways to honor son's memory
Statesman Journal (Oct 25)

"'As soon as I walked in, I thought it was one of the most welcoming places I've been in,' said Becca Mix, now 29, who started working there almost a decade ago.

Back then, Becca said, her life 'looked good on paper' — she was a driven junior at Willamette University — but she still felt she had a lot of growing up to do.

'I was really selfish — I had to learn that there's more to the world than me and my inner circle,' she said.

Her two years at Ike Box helped her do that. She had to be part of a team. She had to be kind to everyone who stopped in. She had to be patient and personable."

GMO measure most expensive in Oregon history
Bend Bulletin (Oct 24)

"'The lawsuit will be filed probably the first day that the law is in effect. But who knows? They might even file a lawsuit even prior to that moment,' Norman Williams, a law professor at Willamette University, said Thursday.

Williams said the lawsuit probably would come from one of the groups trying to defeat the measure.

That’s what happened in Vermont, which this year became the only U.S. state to pass a law mandating GMO labeling."

Willamette University + 70k business cards = MegaMenger
Statesman Journal (Oct 22)

"Willamette is one of 20 sites worldwide participating simultaneously on the MegaMenger project — the only site in the Pacific Northwest and one of three in the western United States. Other sites are spread from Australia to Finland.

The project was organized by Queen Mary University in London and the National Museum of Mathematics in New York City. Laison just happened to be on the radar of organizers and when he received an email about the project, jumped at the opportunity.

'Are you kidding? Build a giant fractal out of business cards 5 feet long and 160 pounds?" he said. "It's impressive when you see the thing.'"

What makes a Nobel Peace Prize laureate?
Statesman Journal (Oct 18)

"This month's announcement that the Nobel Peace Prize would be awarded to two of the world's most visible children's rights advocates, Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi, should have been met with worldwide jubilation and appreciation.

Instead, the integrity of the Nobel Committee's historic selection was questioned, and both Ms. Yousafzai and Mr. Satyarthi were slandered, including by many within their own countries. Why?"

Personalized Medicine for Breast Cancer
Robb Report (Oct 17)

"HICKS: I’m a molecular geneticist, a DNA guy. Back in 2004 at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL), I started applying then-novel genomic techniques to breast-cancer samples with the goal of finding new markers for personalized treatment. Another BCRF investigator—Michael Wigler, PhD—and I worked together and discovered that a single surgical specimen was often made up of many distinct genetic lineages. We realized we had to look more deeply if we were to understand the biology. This so-called cancer heterogeneity—or variety of cancer lineages—eventually led to honing our genomic analysis down to the level of single cancer cells, profiling one cell at a time. Once we nailed the method, it seemed ideal to apply it to characterizing rare cancer cells, the type that can be found in the blood of cancer patients, so I started talking to the folks who had ways of isolating them."

Are Jason Lee and John McLoughlin out of date?
Portland Tribune (Oct 13)

"Gov. John Kitzhaber has stepped into a debate about who should represent Oregon in the National Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. earlier this year. He issued an executive order creating a nine-member panel to consider whether the current statues should be replaced, who should be substituted instead, and what to do with the statues that may return to Oregon. It is chaired by Jerry Hudson, chairman, former president of Willamette University."

Performance added for one-woman play at Willamette U.
Statesman Journal (Oct 13)

"Damaris Webb will debut her one-woman play 'The Box Marked Black: Tales from a Halfrican American growing up Mulatto. With sock puppets!' at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 24 and 25 at M. Lee Pelton Theatre, Willamette University, 900 State St. According to the box office, the performance Oct. 24 is sold out, but the recently-added performance Oct. 25 has many tickets available."

Researcher helped bring IPM to tree fruit
Capital Press (Oct 7)

"Jay Brunner has been a leading researcher in Washington’s tree fruit industry for years. As he approaches retirement he’s concerned about the future of an innovation he’s been instrumental in developing — integrated pest management, also known by its initials, IPM.

Brunner, 67, has been an entomologist at the Washington State University Tree Fruit Research and Extension Center in Wenatchee for 36 years. He was the center’s first graduate student 44 years ago."

Ebola is deadly -- and in the U.S. -- but odds are good something else will kill you -- science roundup
The Oregonian (Oct 5)

"'I am not worried about Ebola in Oregon because our weak social and economic ties to West Africa means the total number of travelers is very low, and now that a case has been detected, vigilance is going to be very high ... Past outbreaks of SARS, H1N1 swine flu and H1N5 bird flu were of much greater concern given our strong ties to Asia ... The potential for H1N5 bird flu to make as few as 5 mutations and be successful jumping in aerosol form from human to human is much more scary than Ebola,' David Craig, a biology professor at Salem's Willamette University, said on a Facebook in response to the query."

Is An Oregon Equal Rights Amendment Necessary?
OPB (Sep 26)

"Norman Williams directs the Center for Constitutional Government at Willamette University. He says the men who wrote that provision weren’t trying to protect equal rights; they were worried about government corruption.

'That kind of makes sense for an agrarian state with a bunch of farmers and ranchers and timber barons fearful of a competitor getting a favor from the governor,' he said."

Aspen Institute Business and Society Program Announces 2014 Faculty Pioneers
International Business Times (Sep 24)

"Faculty Pioneer Award Winners and Finalists will be recognized at an award ceremony in New York on Thursday, October 16.  The ceremony will be part of a symposium on business education, organized by the Aspen Institute Business and Society Program and hosted at the Ford Foundation.  The symposium will focus on how business schools can most effectively prepare students to lead companies in ways that produce a vibrant economy that works for all.

Finalists for this year's faculty pioneer awards are: 

  • Anat R. Admati, George G.C. Parker Professor of Finance and Economics, Stanford Graduate School of Business, Stanford University
  • Tim Johnson, Assistant Professor of Public Management and Public Policy, Atkinson Graduate School of Management,  Willamette  University"

Willamette football cruises to 2-0
Statesman Journal (Sep 21)

"Willamette University rolled to a 42-24 road victory over California Lutheran in Thousand Oaks, Calif. by virtue of a powerful rushing attack that scored seven touchdowns and netted 455 total yards."

Oregon Trail Live grows in silliness at heritage center
Statesman Journal (Sep 20)

"Williams Brown said the event attracts a combination of people: those who genuinely love the game and those who are interested in Oregon history.

Volunteering at the animal hunting station was Willamette University history major Mele Ana Kastner. The challenge required participants to use Nerf guns to shoot at pictures of animals.

'We go for pure authenticity: bright blue and orange Nerf guns,' Kastner laughed."

Classic feminist play at Willamette University
Statesman Journal (Sep 18)

"Willamette University Theatre Arts will present "Top Girls" Sept. 25 through Oct. 11 at Willamette University, M. Lee Pelton Theatre, 289 12th St. SE. Written by Caryl Churchill and directed by Susan Coromel, the play is considered one of the 20th Century's most important feminist plays. The political comedy follows the new managing director of Top Girls Employment Agency, who throws a party for an array of mythical and literary women."

State budgets $2 million for Cover Oregon lawsuit
KGW (Sep 14)

"With the competing lawsuits, the resolution to the Cover Oregon debacle could become as messy as the project itself. Willamette University College of Law professor David Friedman said it could take years to resolve the two lawsuits.

It isn't unusual for two parties to sue each other, he said. However, it's far less common for one to sue in federal court and one to sue in state court."

Leverage MBA Mentors to Reach Career Goals
U.S. News (Sep 11)

"When it comes to pairing MBA students with a mentor, Beth Ursin believes a mismatch is the best kind of match. Ursin, the director of career management at Willamette University's Atkinson Graduate School of Management, is more inclined to connect a student interested in finance with a marketing mastermind. The student itching to get into marketing is more likely to get a finance executive as a mentor.

Putting together people who have what appears to be similar career interests doesn't always make for a strong mentor-mentee relationship.

'Students come in and say they’re interested in finance, and then they take a marketing class and they get excited about marketing,' she says. 'If I've already matched them with someone in finance then that relationship’s no longer relevant. So I match them based on what they want to get out of the program.'"

Second annual Salem Sunday Streets takes over downtown
Statesman Journal (Sep 8)

"Asked if they'll be back in coming years, newcomers Rich and Sharon Schieber said the event brings a needed element to the capitol block. The couple spent the afternoon along with roughly 100 others enjoying free admission to the Hallie Ford Museum of Art, another staple of the event."

Note: Check out the gallery to see City of Pieces, featuring chemistry's Karen McFarlane Holman on guitar.

Wade Brooks, Portland educator and entrepreneur, to keynote Great Plains Capital Conference
Wichita Business Journal (Sep 4)

"Startups, investors and others at the Great Plains Capital Conference will hear a keynote presentation from longtime entrepreneur Wade Brooks, who co-founded and leads the Willamette University Angel Investment Fund in Portland.

According to organizers of the Sept. 25 investment conference in Wichita, the fund Brooks co-created was the first graduate school angel fund in the nation.

Willamette University says it operates an experiential learning program that brings MBA students into the deal flows of angel groups. Students have the opportunity to analyze and invest in local startups with guidance from an advisory board."

How Angels Can Enjoy The Best Returns -- Financial And Otherwise
Forbes (Sep 4)

"Let’s start with the largest study and what we can learn from it to enhance financial returns.  Rob Wiltbank, CEO of software company Galois and professor at Willamette University, collected data on exits – good and bad – from hundreds of angels in the Returns to Angel Investors in Groups.  The study found that the overall return for the 1,100 plus exits in the dataset was 2.6 times the invested money in 3.5 years, or about 27% gross Internal Rate of Return."

Many Bald Eagles Are Victims of Lead Poisoning, but This One Got Intensive Care
National Geographic (Sep 29)

"It was a Friday evening and Jason Jones, the center's program director and master falconer, was out of town. That left program associate Meghan Warren in charge of admitting sick raptors. She was 24, just a few years out of studying biology at Willamette University in Oregon, returning to work at the raptor center where she had been a volunteer.

What Warren lacked in experience, she made up with pluck. She grew up in Sedona, Arizona, catching snakes and tarantulas. She spent summers in Wyoming's Wind River Mountains at a wilderness camp run by her parents, and began at a young age to rescue sick and injured animals, bringing them to the nearest vet.

As soon as she lifted the eagle out of the crate, Warren suspected lead poisoning. The raptor had the classic symptoms. Instead of strutting, chest out and scrappy, it had rounded shoulders and its wings drooped under their own weight. It had trouble lifting its head. Bright green, bile-stained diarrhea soiled its white tail feathers."

Panel to consider Oregon statues in U.S. Capitol
Portland Tribune (Aug 29)

"In 2013 and 2014, the Oregon House passed bills sponsored by Rep. Vic Gilliam, R-Silverton, to replace the statue of Jason Lee with one of Mark Hatfield. Gilliam once worked for Hatfield, a former governor and U.S. senator who died in 2011."

Willamette University move-in exciting, bittersweet
Statesman Journal (Aug 22)

"Thursday was move-in day for students at Willamette University, many of them bright-eyed and anxious freshmen. More than 500 students were on campus settling into their dorms, touring campus with dewy-eyed parents and attending any number of orientation events to welcome them back to school.

As the family moved quickly along, Sarah explained that she had actually visited the campus three ('Or was it four?') times prior. She liked the size and how familiar it felt to her arts high school in Tacoma, Wash. She was planning to study history.

'It just felt right,' she said. 'I visited a few times and loved it. You just know.'"

Educating angels: How a local university is building the next generation of entrepreneurs
Portland Business Journal (Aug 20)

"While the latest funding round for PayRange included a number of big names, one of the lesser known investors may be the most interesting.

Included in the round was the Willamette University Angel Investment Fund, a fact that was pointed out to me by fund advisor Rob Wiltbank, who himself is a noted angel investor and researcher."

Sparks Athletic Center
Statesman Journal (Aug 20)

"Willamette University Athletic Director Dave Rigsby talks in the Prothero Classroom while giving a tour of the $6.5 million renovation of the Sparks Center on Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. The classroom is named at Stephen K. Prothero, a Willamette University professor and coach for 40 years."  

Vadio secures $2 million to mix radio, music videos
Los Angeles Times (Aug 14)

"Vadio, a start-up that integrates music videos into online music streaming services, has raised $2 million in seed funding from individual investors including former media and entertainment executives, the company said Thursday.

Vadio, headed by Willamette alumnus Bryce Clemmer '10, pulls music videos from video-hosting services YouTube or Vevo and airs them when songs play on a radio station’s online broadcast or on an online-only music service."

The Great Lakes: Home to 'South Bay Bessie' and the Most Active Angel Investors in the Country
Inc. (Aug 7)

"Robert Wiltbank, a contributing associate professor at Willamette University, who worked on the report, says it's too soon too tell if the spike in Great Lakes deals is a one-time phenomenon or the beginning of a trend. But he does say some angels in the region did some "really solid, co-invested deals" with early-stage venture capitalists this time around, in both the medical devices and the technology industries."

Meet biggest donors to Mid-Valley races for 2014 campaign
Statesman Journal (Aug 5)

"'They often think, and it seems true, that large donors to specific candidates could get access they wouldn't get otherwise,' said Melissa Buis Michaux, a political science professor at Willamette University.

Oregon is one of four states in the nation with no limits on campaign contributions, which leaves the door open for a donor to bankroll a candidate. And it raises the issue of what is the return on that kind of investment.

'One of the big questions in political science is does the money influence individual legislators or does the money go to legislators they would have supported otherwise,' Buis Michaux said."

Scotland’s Stone Age Ruins: Archaeology Everywhere
National Geographic (Jul 23)

"Cloistered within those walls were dozens of buildings, among them one of the largest roofed structures built in prehistoric northern Europe. It was more than 80 feet long and 60 feet wide, with walls 13 feet thick. The complex featured paved walkways, carved stonework, colored facades, even slate roofs—a rare extravagance in an age when buildings were typically roofed with sod, hides, or thatch.

Fast-forward five millennia to a balmy summer afternoon on a scenic headland known as the Ness of Brodgar. Here an eclectic team of archaeologists, university professors, students, and volunteers is bringing to light a collection of grand buildings that long lay hidden beneath a farm field. Archaeologist Nick Card, excavation director with the Archaeology Institute at the University of the Highlands and Islands, says the recent discovery of these stunning ruins is turning British prehistory on its head."

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Gun control: Confusion over Multnomah County ordinance complicates legal case
The Oregonian (Jul 13)

"Paul Diller, an associate law professor at Willamette University, said if the judge believes the ordinance doesn’t pose a threat to the plaintiffs, she could decline to answer the broader legal question about the limits to county authority over cities.

'Courts don’t decide these questions in the abstract, generally,' he said. 'They only like to decide these when they’re dealing with real parties, bearing real consequences.'"

Multnomah County Gun Law Challenged In Court
Oregon Public Broadcasting (Jul 8)

"Whether the gun ordinance applies in the cities is a critical question for both law enforcement and for gun owners. That’s because more than 95 percent of the people in Multnomah County also live in a city like Portland, Fairview or Gresham.

Paul Diller, a professor of law at Willamette University who studies local governments, says the case raises an interesting question.

'I can’t think of a precedent where county and city authority have clashed like this.'

Diller says the Oregon Constitution gives both cities and counties the right to self-rule. And the law hasn’t clarified how county laws apply within city limits."

What Hobby Lobby ruling means for Oregon
Statesman Journal (Jul 1)

"The court ruled in the companies' favors Monday, expanding RFRA to include commercial businesses that are closely held — meaning more than half of their stock is owned by fewer than five people.

And it ruled that the contraception mandate violated the religious liberties of those companies.

'The immediate takeaway is that this is limited to only federal regulations — not state regulations,' said Willamette University Professor Steve Green. 'I think it's going to raise some confusion at about what types of claims businesses can raise on religious grounds.'"