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In Their Own Words

Cherri Nopp

Cherri Nopp


After 23 years as assistant in the Office of Alumni & Parent Relations, Cherri retired Sept. 28. We’re all sad to see her go, but we’re excited for her new adventures in a well-deserved retirement. In her farewell letter to the alumni community, Cherri wrote: “Being part of your lives, feeling like one of the gang, watching the students go on to do amazing things — these are the things that have made my many years here so special. I will miss hearing the familiar voices on the phone, even if it’s only every five years to plan a reunion, answer a question or direct a call. “I want to say thank you to my colleagues who have made being at Willamette so much fun. I have seen a lot of changes at the University over the years, but one thing that has not changed is the commitment of the people who work here, who care so much about giving students a really good experience. The people change, but that spirit has stayed the same.”

To read the full text of Cherri’s letter, go to www.willamettealumni.com.

Meet Elizabeth Howe,

Elizabeth Howe

Assistant Director of Alumni Communications:

Though my first love is poetry, I am thrilled to be using my writing skills in the alumni office, helping you all tell your stories and keeping everyone connected. I just moved to the alumni office in April, but I have been at Willamette for more than two years. After a brief stint across the street in politics following my graduation from Corban College, I came to work for our development office as the administrative assistant in major gifts.

I love being at WU where people are service-oriented, sustainably minded and open to new ideas. I have had the great privilege of volunteering with the Sustainability Council at Willamette for more than a year now, and I’m excited about the pioneering work we’re doing for our community and our planet.

Meet Stacey Lane,

Stacey Lane

Associate Director of Alumni and Career Networking:

I’m fascinated with all things careerrelated. I’m a proud career geek with a personal collection of more than 250 career books.

When I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Windsor (Ontario, Canada) almost 20 years ago, I couldn’t have planned a more perfect career path to follow. I have a master’s degree in training and development from the University of North Texas and am a certified career coach. Born and raised in Canada, I lived in Texas before moving to Oregon seven years ago.

If I had had a clear career direction when I graduated from college, I wouldn’t have ended up taking a job as “governance services assistant.” From there, I moved into program management, then international operations, and finally I ended up as an independent career coach. It’s been a fascinating, interesting and surprising journey — and now I’m here at Willamette to build a dynamic and innovative career network. Whether you need a specific resource, want some feedback on your resume or help finding a WU graduate who can offer some career advice, I’m here to help. And you can borrow a book, too.

Open Letter to the Greek Community

President M. Lee Pelton and several other members of the campus community recently gathered to discuss the Greek community at Willamette. Following the meeting, Pelton drafted a letter to the Greek community to follow up on the recommendations of the Greek Commission and discuss the University’s ongoing support of the Greek community. Here is a summary of the letter’s key points:

  • The University supports the Greek system, and President Pelton affirms the role of Greek letter societies as an important element within the Willamette community.
  • Willamette will keep the fraternities on the east side of campus (Baxter-Matthews complex) and maintain the historical connection between the Greek and independent residential communities.
  • Housing upgrades for the fraternities are a priority and will be an integral element in the planning of the Eastside residential commons.
  • Beta Theta Pi will be relocated from its current location to another dedicated housing unit to make way for Ford Hall.

Read the full text of the letter in the Online Community at http://www.willamettealumni.com.

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