Willamette University media coverage update

Aug. 2010  |  238 citations

Willamette is named among nations top colleges. "U.S. News and World Report listed Willamette University in the top tier of liberal arts colleges nationally, ranking the university 59th overall in the new issue of ‘America's Best Colleges 2011' and naming Willamette among the top ‘Up-and-coming National Liberal Arts Colleges.'"

Environmental Science's Karen Arabas highlights sustainability at Willamette. "Karen Arabas, a professor of environmental science at Willamette University in downtown Salem, said private schools such as hers share that mission. She points to the 168-year-old institution's motto: ‘Not unto ourselves alone are we born.' ‘We have a strong sense of service on campus, and sustainability transcends every field,' Arabas added. ‘When students graduate, these are some of the skills and knowledge they'll need in the world, whether they go into law, business or medicine.'"

Sierra calls alumnus Jeff Bennett a reason to be hopeful about the future of our planet. "My project partner, Albert Wright [right], and I did a lot of experimenting. We decided to overengineer the generator-that is, make it stronger than necessary. I hand-carved the blades using the instructions from a book, then made modifications. We did this outside regular classes, for no credit. It was a labor of love."

Football players team up on service activities. "‘Right now I know of just over 500 volunteers,' Oviatt said. ‘The cool thing is the Willamette University Football team is coming to help.' Willamette has helped out in West Salem before, lending hands at slinging wood-chips to cover some 2,000 feet of the Wallace Marine Park trails in August 2009. The WU crew will be the cornerstone for building a broader effort at West."

Law student Mark Fretta wins Chicago triathlon. "It was the first major triathlon win for Fretta, 33, of Portland, Ore., a third-year law student at Willamette University who says the sport is his hobby. He competed in Chicago on a borrowed bike. ‘That was the hardest run of my life,' Fretta said after guzzling several bottles of liquids. ‘If I wasn't winning, I don't know if I would have finished.'"

Top environmental blogger for The New York Times, Andrew Revkin, writes about a speech he gave at Willamette. "Last week, in writing about James Hansen's essay on why he became a climate campaigner after decades working as a NASA climate scientist, I promised to post a lecture I gave in 2005 at Willamette University explaining how I reconciled personal passions with the professional detachment that comes with life as a journalist."

Hallie Ford Museum of Art Exhibition, "Critical Messages," is featured. "‘I think it will be an interesting and informative exhibit,' said Hallie Ford's director, John Olbrantz, last week. ‘Usually when you think of these issues, you think of activists demonstrating, but you don't think of artists doing their work. Yet artists always have been in the forefront of social change.'"

A paper about the "identifiable victim effect" by psychology's James Friedrich is quoted on Jonah Lehrer's "The Frontal Cortex." "What's interesting, though, is that some people are much less vulnerable to the identifiable victim effect than others. (There are Spocks among us!) Consider this new paper led by James Friedrich, at Willamette University, which measured differences in ‘analytic processing' style among 120 undergraduates."

Coach Speckman featured on The Chronicle of Higher Education blog. "Born without hands, Speckman has spent a career defying the odds. You'd hardly know it from his modest bio, but he started 40 games as a college linebacker, earning NAIA Honorable Mention All-American honors one season at Azusa Pacific University."

Law's Michael Wise comments on an employment law case. "Michael Wise, a professor at the Willamette University College of Law, said it can also depend on what the employee said or did to get them fired. If it was based on a private issue, perhaps related to them as an individual, on the job, it could get them fired. But an issue of ‘public concern' speaking out about something bigger than his or herself it's more likely to be a protected action."

Law's Jeffrey Standen discusses the Commerce Clause in the context of legalized betting in New Jersey. "Jeff Standen, a professor of law at Willamette University in Salem, Ore., and a leading authority on sports and the law, says the chances of the law being overturned are not great, and that the plaintiffs' best chance for success lies in the their contention that PASPA violates the 10th amendment to the constitution."

Human Rights Clinic's Gwynne Skinner participates in an OPB discussion about human trafficking and writes an op-ed in The Oregonian. "Assistant professor of law at Willamette University, directed recent report [summary pdf] on human trafficking in Oregon."

Atkinson Graduate School of Management partners with Peace Corps. "‘The Willamette University MBA program is delighted to partner with Peace Corps Fellows/USA,' said Debra Ringold, Dean and JELD-WEN Professor of Free Enterprise at the Atkinson Graduate School of Management. ‘We look forward to working with Peace Corps Fellows as they immerse themselves in the Willamette MBA program, explore their career interests, and collaborate with fellow students on experiential projects.'"

Learn more about the class of 2014 and see a clip from Jonah Lehrer's fantastic talk during Opening Days. "Lehrer, a Columbia graduate and former Rhodes Scholar at Oxford who has been called ‘an important new thinker' by the Los Angeles Times, addressed the class of 2014 and their families during their opening Convocation ceremony. Lehrer studies neuroscience and is a contributing editor at Wired magazine and Scientific American Mind."

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