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The College of Liberal Arts earns high marks in several college guides, including The Princeton Review, Forbes, Fiske Guide, Washington Monthly and Newsweek/The Daily Beast. “‘There are few other schools where I would have the support, attention, and opportunities to enjoy my two majors, study abroad for a semester, intern for a legislator, work on campus, volunteer in the community, participate in the Greek system, and graduate in four years with 300 equally involved and committed students,’ marvels a sophomore.”
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Forbes adds Atkinson Graduate School of Management to its top business school list. “Our seventh biennial ranking of business schools is based on the return on investment achieved by the graduates from the class of 2006. We surveyed 16,000 alumni at more than 100 schools and heard back from 30% of those grads. We compared their earnings in their first five years out of business school to their opportunity cost (two years of forgone compensation, tuition and required fees) to arrive at a ‘5-year M.B.A. Gain.’”

National Jurist’s preLaw magazine notes that the College of Law is one of only three private schools called a “Best Value.” “Over the years, the rating has seen changes in the types of schools that make the honor roll. ‘In 2004 and 2007, there were a decent number of private schools on the honor roll,’ Crittenden said. ‘BYU, Faulkner University and Willamette are the only private schools left on the list. Private tuition has just increased by too much to consider the schools a good value.’”

The Graduate School of Education’s Linda Tamura is noted in “A brief history of Oregon historians.” “In 2006 several Oregon scholars launched the Oregon Encyclopedia Project. Bill Lang and Rick Hardt of Portland State and Linda Tamura of Willamette University, along with their chief editor Marianne Keddington Lang, are heading up this rapidly expanding online source for Oregon history and culture. With more than 1,000 entries, the project is now the go-to source for historical information on the state. Its brief entries on notable persons, events and places appeal to both scholars and lay historians.”

The Hallie Ford Museum of Art’s “Timeless Renaissance” features rediscovered drawings. “‘You are looking at the first time ever they have been properly displayed in a museum,’ [Professor Ricardo] De Mambro Santos said. Eighteen undergraduate students of De Mambro Santos wrote the labels for each work. They corrected errors in Maggiori's attributions, and they searched for the Renaissance works that could have inspired each drawing.”
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Students begin the year with service programs. “More than 120 members of the Willamette University football team participated in Saturday's United Way Days of Caring. The Bearcats players took part in eight projects, seven in Salem and one at the Zena Forest in Polk County. Willamette players built trails at Zena and at Wallace Marine Park, did gardening work at the Northgate Peace and Forgiveness Garden, and performed maintenance and landscaping chores at Clare Bridge, the Mid-Valley Women's Crisis Service and Waldo, Hoover and Swegle schools.”

The Register-Guard covers football’s Mark Speckman. “In some respects, coaching at Willamette is like coaching at a higher level. Football is football…And he presides over a program where football is in perspective; his players sometimes miss practices for studies, and coaches often rearrange schedules to fit, say, the quarterback’s lab duties. All they do is figure it out.”

Alumna Martha Bennett is nominated to be operations chief at Metro. “Bennett has been Ashland's city manager since 2006. Before that, she worked in northwest Oregon in the early 2000s as the executive director of the Columbia River Gorge Commission. Bennett was also an assistant city manager in Milwaukie and an assistant to former Sen. Mark Hatfield. She earned her master's degree from the University of California, Berkeley and her bachelor's from Willamette University.”

Alumni bring Bearcat football to Finland. “Each team is allowed to have three American imports. Jyväkylä’s imports were [Lukkes] Gilgan and two of his former Willamette teammates, James Perez and Jake Forshey. The three shared an apartment in Jyväkylä. ‘I was living in an apartment with two of my best friends,’ Gilgan said. And that apartment became a whirlwind of activity. That’s because the American players, with their vast football experience, were sort of looked at as player/coaches for the Finland squad.”

Governor Kitzhaber fills judicial vacancies with Willamette Law alumni. “Geyer graduated from Willamette University College of Law. He's worked in the Marion County District Attorney's Office 18 years and is the trial team leader for the crimes against kids and sexual assault division. Day also graduated from Willamette University College of Law. He represents people in personal injury, workers compensation and medical malpractice suits. He has also served as a pro-tem judge in Marion County and from 2005 to 2009 was the chair of the Oregon Republican Party.”

Law alumnus Mark Prater is selected to be staff director of congressional “super committee.” “A Portland native has been tapped as staff director of the Congressional budget supercommittee.  Mark Prater is a capitol veteran with a reputation for tackling complex subjects. Prater is a Willamette University law school graduate. He worked for Senator Bob Packwood, and gained experience as the Senator became the ranking Republican on the Senate Finance Committee.”

Hundreds of media outlets cover the remarkable life and legacy of alumnus Mark Hatfield. “Son of a railroad blacksmith father and schoolteacher mother, Mark Hatfield was a freshman at Willamette when Pearl Harbor was attacked in 1941. He enlisted immediately. After the atom bomb was dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945, the young naval officer was one of the first to walk the moonscape that remained.”