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Monumental Discovery Using his sleuthing skills, professor Ricardo De Mambro Santos attributed a painting to the work of a master. Now the painting is coming to Willamette.

08-25-2014

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Bringing Science to Life Through a research trip to Nevada, biology professor Chris Smith enriches learning for his students.

07-15-2014

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Decoding the Imposter Syndrome With the help of a National Science Foundation CAREER grant, biology professor Emma Coddington is helping students navigate the science world.

06-09-2014

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Making History Come Alive Wendy Petersen Boring '89 strives to connect history, sustainability to her students.

04-10-2014

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Learning Alongside his Students Nominated for an Oregon Book Award, English professor Scott Nadelson strives to inspire his students just as much as they inspire him.

03-04-2014

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2013 in 2:13 Check out our video for a glimpse of some of the accomplishments and happenings from Willamette in 2013.

12-17-2013

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Why Willamette? President Steve Thorsett responds to a prospective student's question about Willamette.

10-24-2013

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Beyond the Classroom Mark Conliffe, who teaches Russian language and literature, forges ties with his students that last well after graduation.

10-07-2013

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Breath of Heaven, Breath of Earth The Hallie Ford Museum of Art celebrates its 15th anniversary by showcasing objects representing the world's oldest civilizations.

08-29-2013

Breath of Heaven, Breath of Earth A rare opportunity to view varied and exquisite art from some of the world’s oldest Near Eastern civilizations

08-01-2013


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Creative Expressions Winner of this year's Oregon Book Award for drama, assistant professor Andrea Stolowitz stays focused on writing and mentoring students.

06-20-2013

Music: Spring Concert Willamette University’s faculty trio is presenting a program of Ludwig van Beethoven, Ernest Bloch and Maurice Ravel at 7:30 p.m. April 2 in Hudson Hall.

04-02-2013

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Making Connections Continuing Instructor Courtney Dillard builds community by dining with strangers across the country

02-21-2013

Constance Fowler Art: Constance Fowler

01-24-2013

Holly Andres Art: Holly Andres

01-24-2013

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Discovering Connections Through community outreach, professor Courtney Stevens helps students apply neuroscience to real-world issues.

11-26-2012


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What does Google know about me? Through her research, professor Amber Davisson learns Google's role is to reinforce people's existing opinions.

10-31-2012

WU professor wins coveted prize Rebecca Dobkins receives the Earle A. Chiles Award for promoting Native American artistic expressions.

09-28-2012

WU professor earns commission Through the Fowler/Levin Prize, visiting English professor Andrea Stolowitz will debut her play in Portland.

09-24-2012

Election 2012: The Forum on Politics The often overlooked questions of the 2012 election will be probed through “The Forum on Politics in 2012” at Willamette University Sept. 26.

09-17-2012

Computer science professor awarded NSF grant Students will gain work experience by helping Haiyan Cheng study statistical techniques.

09-04-2012

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A Dedicated Mentor Professor Gary Tallman’s devotion to helping students turn their passion for science into successful careers has earned him a statewide award.

11-28-2011

Environmental scientist to speak at national conference Scott Pike to present Neolithic dig research at Geological Society's annual meeting.

09-30-2011

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A New Type of Collaboration The Liberal Arts Research Collaborative allows students and professors to pursue independent research while working closely with people from other fields.

08-05-2011

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Willamette Welcomes New Education Dean Julie Gess-Newsome brings experience as a teacher, researcher and administrator to the Graduate School of Education.

07-22-2011

Grant goes to music faculty member Elise Yun earned a competitive award from the Oregon Arts Commission to enhance her work with piano.

07-18-2011

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Learning to be Advocates Six Willamette students and four professors turned a critical eye toward sustainability and debate this summer in China.

07-07-2011

Psychology prof wins grant Erik Noftle’s award will allow students to collaborate with him on research into personality development.

06-30-2011

Biology prof earns national grant Emma Coddington’s award supports collaborative student-faculty research on the way hormones change behaviors.

06-02-2011

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Collaborators in the Lab Physics Professor David Altman’s research reveals secrets about the protein myosin — and opens new doors for his students.

05-03-2011

Grant supports undergrad research Biology Assistant Professor Emma Coddington won a prestigious grant that will allow her students to join her in the lab.

04-26-2011

Grant goes to English prof Mike Chasar’s award from the National Endowment for the Humanities will support his book on popular American poetry.

04-13-2011

Biology prof earns two research grants One of Chris Smith’s awards will support his Joshua tree research, which he does collaboratively with students.

04-12-2011

Faculty works on display A new exhibit in the Hatfield Library showcases the scholarly and creative work of Willamette’s professors.

04-01-2011

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Farewell to a President M. Lee Pelton reflects on Willamette’s accomplishments during his 13 years as president.

04-01-2011

Fulbright goes to politics prof David Gutterman will teach and conduct research in the Czech Republic thanks to a prestigious, competitive grant.

03-31-2011

Chemistry professor earns grant Alison Fisher’s award will allow a local high school science teacher to join her in the lab for research.

03-30-2011

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Researching Human Behavior Professor Melissa Witkow and her students are examining the intricacies of the adolescent social network.

03-14-2011

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Learning by Doing Atkinson Graduate School of Management Professor Robert Wiltbank and his students explore entrepreneurship by working as real-world angel investors.

02-10-2011

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Sharing a Curiosity for Art With his overt enthusiasm and international background, Professor Ricardo De Mambro Santos is getting more and more students hooked on art history.

01-13-2011

Poetry prof earns fellowship Stephanie Lenox was one of 13 artists in the state to win a 2011 fellowship from the Oregon Arts Commission.

12-22-2010

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Professor Earns SOLV Citizenship Award A respected Oregon environmental nonprofit honors Joe Bowersox for his commitment to improving the state’s communities.

11-17-2010

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Experiencing a New Culture A grant to conduct research in China gives five Willamette undergraduates and their professor a close-up view of a shamanistic society.

10-29-2010

WU awards sustainability grants Vermicomposting and sustainability books for schoolchildren are among the projects that were funded.

10-21-2010

Professor featured on PBS The crow research of Professor David Craig and his colleagues is the subject of the next episode of “Nature.”

10-19-2010

Grant enhances Canadian studies Politics Professor Sammy Basu earned his fifth grant from the Canadian Embassy to fund academic opportunities.

10-19-2010

Law professor’s sustainability work honored Robin Morris Collin received an award from the Oregon State Bar for leadership in sustainability issues.

10-12-2010

Education professor wins national grant Steve Rhine earns $742,000 to create a center with resources for teaching algebra.

10-08-2010

Biology professor earns NSF grant Gary Tallman’s grant will pay for collaborative student-faculty research on plants and climate change.

10-04-2010

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Meet the New College of Liberal Arts Dean A Willamette education teaches students how to solve problems and innovate — making them ready to serve society, says Marlene Moore, the new dean.

09-24-2010

Professor wins science award Physics professor David Altman earned a grant to support undergraduate research assistants.

05-26-2010

Professor earns fellowship Lynn Makau won an award from the American Association of University Women to help her complete a book project.

05-05-2010

Law professor quoted by Associated Press Keith Cunningham-Parmeter provided his employment law expertise regarding a medical marijuana case.

04-16-2010

Willamette honors faculty Seven professors received awards for scholarship, leadership, service and teaching excellence.

04-13-2010

Willamette honors faculty Ten professors received awards for scholarship, leadership, service and teaching excellence.

04-13-2010

Music professor earns notable award The Oregon Arts Commission honored cellist Hekun Wu with a Career Opportunity Award.

04-05-2010

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Integration of Sports and Law Law Professor Jeffrey Standen shapes the national conversation on everything from sports betting to drug testing of professional athletes.

03-09-2010

Art professor wins Graves Award Andries Fourie earned a prestigious award that will help him enhance African studies at Willamette.

02-09-2010

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Do Crows Hold a Grudge? Professor David Craig and his students are discovering that crows remember people and label them as friend or foe.

01-28-2010

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Professor Wins Artist Fellowship Heidi Preuss Grew was one of 13 artists in the state to receive a fellowship from the Oregon Arts Commission.

12-14-2009

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Adapting to a Global Economy Companies worldwide look to Atkinson Graduate School of Management Professor Lisbeth Claus for advice on managing their global workforce.

11-18-2009

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Professor’s Album on Charts A new CD featuring James Miley, director of jazz studies, is among the country’s top jazz albums.

11-04-2009

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Chemistry Professor Wins Grant Andrew Duncan’s award will support research and collaboration with his students.

10-05-2009

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Law Professor Featured The Oregonian highlights Robin Morris Collin’s work to bring equity into discussions of sustainability.

10-05-2009

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Math Professor Wins NSF Award Professor Peter Otto will collaborate with a mathematician at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

09-22-2009

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Developing a Global View A new Willamette institute will allow students to investigate global challenges, starting with health care in Africa.

09-03-2009

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Unlocking Secrets of Co-evolution Biology Professor Chris Smith and his students research co-evolution in America’s southwest deserts.

08-25-2009

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Summer of Science Camas flower pollination, atom-trapping lasers, vibration exercise and local food systems — students and faculty spent their summer investigating science’s mysteries.

08-05-2009

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Faculty Honored Six Willamette professors received faculty awards for their scholarship, leadership, service and teaching excellence.

05-01-2009

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Is Study Abroad Sustainable? Professor Nathan Sivers Boyce gives his perspective for an Inside Higher Ed article on study abroad programs’ environmental impact.

03-25-2009

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Playing with His Heart on His Sleeve

03-03-2009

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Willamette Celebrates Africa

02-24-2009

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Connecting with the Land

02-15-2009

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Business at the Crossroads

02-12-2009

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Consulting the Divine -- and Monty Python

02-01-2009

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Art Prof Curates Exhibition of 'Modernist with a Message'

01-15-2009

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'The Way the Spirit Moved Me'

01-15-2009

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When Good People Do Bad Things

01-05-2009

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Canvassing the Cosmos

12-15-2008

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The Emancipation of Robin Morris Collin

12-03-2008

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Dedicated Mentor Honored as Professor of the Year

11-20-2008

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Celebrating Distinguished Artists -- and the Visionary Behind The Series

11-15-2008

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The Art of Understanding

10-15-2008

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Elections: More than Just Politics

09-15-2008

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A Great Year for Politics

09-02-2008

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Reflections from New Center Director

07-01-2008

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Statistics Talk

06-16-2008

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Prof Organizes Benefit Concert for Earthquake Relief

05-23-2008

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Adventures in Espanol

04-18-2008

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The Best Sort of Goodbyes

04-01-2008

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Willamette University Musician Takes Home Grammy

02-15-2008

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Radicalism in America: Been There, Done That

02-15-2008

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Chemistry in the Real World

02-01-2008

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Adapting to a Global Economy

02-01-2008

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Peeling Away the Layers

01-15-2008

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Taking the NaNoWriMo Challenge

01-01-2008

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View from the Other Side

12-15-2007

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Looking to the Earth for Answers

12-01-2007

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Whiskey's for Drinkin', Water's for Fightin'

12-01-2007

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Angels Along the Way

11-15-2007

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Peter Wogan: Sharing the Magic

11-01-2007

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A View into Medieval Times

10-15-2007

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Math Professors Put Their Stamp on Research

09-01-2007

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Fighting the Effects of Global Warming, One Cell at a Time

08-15-2007

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Taking the Leap

08-01-2007

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Giving Workers a Voice

07-01-2007

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Chemist by Day, Rocker by Night

04-01-2007

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Hello, My Beautiful Ones

03-29-2007

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Politics Prof Picked as Oregon's Outstanding Researcher

02-27-2007

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Protest on the Edge

02-15-2007

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Talking Across the Divide

02-01-2007

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Hiking Down to a Science

12-15-2006

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The Bistro Family: 20 Years of Common Grounds

12-05-2006

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Music: It's More Than a Pastime

12-01-2006

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The Nuts and Bolts of Religion

11-15-2006

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Should No Child Left Behind Be Left Behind?

10-30-2006

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Reinventing the Bard

10-05-2006

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Choral Group Draws Standing Ovation at Carnegie Hall

09-15-2006

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Debra J. Ringold: Marketing Guru

09-08-2006

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The Rough Side of Fine Art

09-06-2006

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How Are We Doing? Sustainability Retreat Measures Progress, Sets Goals

09-05-2006

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Autism: The Research that Didn't Add Up

09-01-2006

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Andrew Duncan: From Legos to Molecules

08-16-2006

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Warren Binford: Improving the World for Children

08-15-2006

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Faith and Art On Display in the Columbia River Gorge

08-01-2006

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Classics Prof is a Classic

07-21-2006

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Algebra: When X + Y = Confusion

07-15-2006

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How Do You Spell Phthisis? Ask Bill Long

07-11-2006

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Thompson Exhibit Opens in Portland

06-27-2006

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Karen Hamlin: Evolution of a Teacher

06-15-2006

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Ilan Vertinsky: Chasing Storms Around the Globe

06-01-2006

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Trio Oregon Warms Up

05-25-2006

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Willamette Archaeologist Digs History

04-07-2006

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Greening the Divine: Bowersox Talks About How We Talk

04-01-2006

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Like Father, Like Son

03-06-2006

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Susan Kephart: 911 for Threatened Plants

01-05-2006

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Strelow's Green Man Is Canary in Coal Mine

12-21-2005

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Loftus Brings Women into the Historical Record

12-13-2005

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Hekun Wu: Playing a New Song

12-13-2005

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Jerry Gray (2005) Jerry Gray: 2005 Oregon Professor of the Year

11-17-2005

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Juwen Zhang

10-15-2005

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Nathan Sivers Boyce

10-15-2005

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Sharon Rose

10-15-2005

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Ken Nolley

10-15-2005

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Linda Heuser

10-15-2005

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Joe Bowersox

10-15-2005

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Amadou Fofana: It's a Small World, After All

10-15-2005

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Joyce Millen: Bringing Africa to Willamette

09-20-2005

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"Nacho" Cordova

07-27-2005

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Jim Friedrich

07-27-2005

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Wallace Long Jr.

07-27-2005

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Richard Ellis: Exploring the American Psyche

07-21-2005

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Chuck Bowles Is Willamette Track and Field

05-13-2005

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Natalia Shevchenko: Making Connections

05-02-2005

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Sue Koger: The Toxic Avenger

11-17-2004

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Michael Strelow

04-02-2004

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Pamela Moro

04-02-2004

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Ellen Eisenberg

04-02-2004

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Peter Eilers

04-02-2004

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Jean-David Coen

04-02-2004

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Debating Democracy: Willamette University professor causes debate in Eastern Europe

04-25-2003