Willamette University to Honor Senator Mark O. Hatfield for 50 Years of Public Service

Willamette University will host an event to honor Senator Mark O. Hatfield, class of 1943. This event will celebrate his 50 years in public service on Friday, Sept. 14 from 3-5 p.m.

The event will begin with a one-hour retrospective on Sen. Hatfield's life from 3-4 p.m. in Hudson Hall, located in the Mary Stuart Rogers Music Center. The retrospective will include a video montage of Sen. Hatfield's life in public service. Friends and colleagues of Sen. Hatfield's many years in office will surprise him with stories and testimonials about their experiences with the senator. The retrospective will conclude with remarks from Sen. Hatfield.

A reception will be held from 4-6 p.m. on Willamette's North Lawn, off of State Street. Willamette University will make a special presentation to Sen. Hatfield during the reception. Freshman Jessica Geheran, the first recipient of the Mark O. Hatfield scholarship, a full-tuition scholarship, will be presented with a scholarship certificate and a signed copy of the senator's latest book, Against the Grain.

Sen. Mark Hatfield is a legacy at Willamette University. In his name, Willamette has several scholarships, a chaired professorship, the Mark O. Hatfield Library and the fine historical collection that constitutes his archives. He serves as the greatest example of the value Willamette tries to instill in its student body: "Not unto ourselves alone are we born."