Fall 2007 Edition
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From The Interim Director


I’m pleased to return to the University as interim director of alumni aelations. I join my fellow alumni in wishing David Audley ’93 all the best as he pursues other opportunities. A national search for a new director will begin as quickly as possible.

We have several key initiatives in place, and I want to assure our 25,000 alumni that we remain committed to these new programs. I encourage you to read WU News regularly for updates and to learn how you can participate in our efforts over the coming months.

Launching and promoting the Alumni Career Network, building on the exceptional success of the 2007 Reunion Weekend and continuing to strengthen alumni online communications sit at the top of our agenda going into 2008. What these efforts have in common is the capacity to connect our community in new ways that are both beneficial and meaningful. These are three initiatives that allow Willamette to expand services to loyal alumni.

We began this academic year with a lead gift of $1.1 million from the Class of 1957, presented as the highlight of Reunion Weekend. That class gift pushed the Campaign for Willamette over the $100 million mark. This is a remarkable accomplishment; it illustrates the level of commitment that defines us as members of an extraordinary community.

We have a busy year ahead of us, but with the support of the smartest, most engaged alumni in the country, I’m confident we’ll get it done. Happy holidays.

Rocky Johnson

Rocky Johnson ’70 Interim Director of Alumni Relations

Celebrating a Century

Celebrating a Century

August 30 was no ordinary day for Jean (White) Potts ’29 of The Dalles, Ore. It was a day that called for a celebration, the day she marked her 100th birthday. She joins an elite group of fewer than half a dozen Willamette alumni centenarians.

It’s been a lifetime — a rich and fulfilling lifetime — since Jean graduated from Willamette 78 years ago. She was active in her years on campus with Pi Beta Phi sorority and her role as vice president of ASWU, and she has enjoyed a variety of activities throughout her life.

She married husband Ken in 1935, and the couple had two sons, Ron and Larry. Ron attended Willamette before finishing his degree at Stanford; Larry graduated from Willamette in 1966. Jean taught English before her sons were born and returned to it as they got older. After Ken died in 1984, Jean took up international travel, and on her 90th birthday, Ron took her to Norway to meet some relatives for the first time. She has always enjoyed community activities in the performing arts and work with charitable organizations, and she has taken great pride in watching her grandchildren grow up. Grandson Justin Potts graduated from Willamette in 1993. Other interests included hiking in the Gorge, horseback riding, playing tennis and golf and bridge. In fact Jean is still playing bridge. The golf she had to give up at 92.

Benefits for Alumni

Beyond access to continuing education and enriching cultural activities, Willamette offers you some great benefits as alumni — some you may not know about:

  • library privileges
  • alumni travel programs
  • career network
  • Online Community with alumni directory, classifieds and message boards
  • Willamette Visa

What other benefits would you like to see? If you have suggestions for new benefits or questions about existing ones, visit www.willamettealumni.com or call the alumni office at 1-800-551-6794.