Willamette University media coverage update

Sept. 2010  |  417 citations

President M. Lee Pelton accepts top spot at Emerson College. "Willamette University President M. Lee Pelton announced Wednesday he'll be leaving Salem next summer as his 13th year ends to take the helm of Emerson College, a private communications and performing arts school in Boston."

Journalist David Rohde will discuss his capture by the Taliban. "Rohde was kidnapped and detained for seven months in tribal areas of Afghanistan and Pakistan. He took leave from The New York Times to write the book "A Rope and a Prayer," which will be available on Nov. 30. Rohde's lecture will begin at 8 p.m. on Nov. 2. His lecture is part of the Willamette Atkinson Lecture Series. Past speakers included Colin Powell, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Paul Krugman."

Melissa Witkow's research about teen behavior circulates widely in news reports. "For decades, experts studying teen cliques have known that teenagers prefer to travel in packs. In studies conducted in 1963 and in 1995, researchers found teen friendship groups averaged six persons, said Melissa Witkow, an assistant professor of psychology at Willamette University in Oregon."

Environmental Science's Kimberlee Chambers evaluates the feasibility of eating local. "Even with increased production of edible crops, the Willamette Valley still lacks local food marketing, processing and distribution infrastructure. Investments by entrepreneurs are crucial to the expansion of the local food movement. Ultimately, its success requires that business interactions be transformed into personal ones, as people will pay more to build real relationships and support their communities."

Bill Smaldone advocates changes to trade policy. "Over the long run, building a successful continental economy requires scrapping NAFTA and negotiating arrangements that help raise Mexico's living standard, allow freedom of movement, protect workers' rights, preserve the environment and create democratic transnational political institutions. Bill Smaldone of Salem is a professor of history at Willamette University.

Melissa Buis Michaux comments on the governor's race with KATU. "The chair of the political science department at Willamette University, Melissa Buis Michaux, said in recent elections men have been more likely to vote Republican, but Dudley's 19-point lead suggests something else is afoot. ‘The Dudley campaign is offering something to men that is appealing to them,' Michaux said. ‘And this might just be a case where his basketball career is appealing to male voters.'"

Law's Robin Morris Collin earns an individual leadership award and the College of Law is named among top green schools. "The Sustainable Future Section of the bar was created earlier this year after a petition to support its creation circulated late in 2009 received 465 member signatures. The Oregon State Bar is the first in the United States to create a section devoted to sustainability."

Management's Debra Ringold weighs in on a grocer's push to sell bags. "To marketing expert Debra Ringold, Albertsons' pitch sounded disingenuous, if not a bit coercive. ‘What they're doing is imposing a certain set of values on a customer in a very public way,' said Ringold, a marketing professor and dean of Willamette University's Atkinson Graduate School of Management. ‘With something like that, it's hard to say 'no,' and customers don't like to have their choice taken away.'"

Hallie Ford Museum of Art features a series about the Monument Men. "The story of the Monuments Men is "one of the last great stories of World War II," says John Olbrantz, director of the Hallie Ford Museum of Art. During the next two weeks, it will unfold in Salem. It's a story that should interest art lovers, veterans and students of the war. It's a suspense yarn that rivals fiction. It even has local connections, proving that the world is smaller and history is more current than we often realize."

Museum's ‘Critical Messages' is featured in The Oregonian's fall arts guide. "‘Critical Messages: Contemporary Northwest Artists on the Environment.' Oregon and the Northwest are reputed to be hubs of environmental and sustainability concerns, so this exhibit has particular resonance and timeliness here."

Theatre kicks off the season in new space. "After a year of performing in "found spaces" - including a frigid warehouse off Highway 22 - Willamette University theater students and faculty are rejoicing in their newly renovated playhouse.The $5.6-million project has transformed the building's interior with modern sound and light systems, new classrooms and a black box theater with flexible seating. Workers are adding the finishing touches in preparation for the Oct. 8 opening of "Aquitania."

Alumna Jillian Kramer becomes a monster. "The 28-year-old Kramer is a woman of many talents. A singer and dancer, she earned her degree in theater arts from Willamette University in 2004 and spent a semester studying acting at the University of Wales."

Alumna Dani Cone is featured in Puget Sound Business Journal's ‘40 Under 40.' "Her three shops, originally funded with a Small Business Administration loan, and wholesale bakery now pull in more than $1 million annually. And a store for High 5 Pie is coming soon."

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