Willamette University

Alumni Tidbits and Briefs

Recent Grad

Recent Grads Unite!

The Recent Grad (2006-11) Advisory Group

Alumni relations has recently enlisted more than 30 alumni from the classes of 2006 –11 to advise on future events, initiatives and services. We want to know what you need — and there’s nothing better than going to the source.

You’re in the driver’s seat.

Want to help? Willing to give a little time to send periodic feedback or suggestions? Drop a note to Amy Erekson Varga ’97 at aerekson@willamette.edu, and she’ll fill you in. Otherwise, stay tuned over the next year for even more offerings geared toward you.

Remember that you can join the conversation right now on Facebook: facebook.com/willamettealumni.


You're Saying WHAT About Our Classmates?

(Say More!)

It’s time again, Bearcat advocates, to nominate your peers for awards at this year’s You’re Doing What With Your Degree? event, set for May 16.

Mark your calendar to attend the event and reception in Portland (details to come), but, more importantly, consider Willamette graduates you know who exemplify creativity or innovation in the professional paths they have chosen since graduating. In the past we’ve heard about a psychology major who has mastered artistic Native American basket- and pottery-making, and a business economics major who made it to the big leagues of specialized groundskeeping with the Arizona Diamondbacks. There are plenty more where they came from.

Consider it for a moment: Who comes to your mind?

Send us your nomination(s) at willamette.edu/alumni/ydwwyd/nomination.

We’ll accept entries until March 15.


Bob, Sue and Julie Pay it Forward

It’s reasonable to say that just about all these three people did while at Willamette was give, give, give — of their time, energy, creativity and advocacy. Bob Hawkinson, Sue Rauch ’75 and Julie Abendroth are Willamette icons of the highest order.

And while they left us far too early, their work is still boosting the university. All three have special funds set up to provide continual resources for programming — and many alumni have chosen these as ways to show their support.


Bob HawkinsonHawkinson Student Initiative Fund —

Supports new student/club ventures in the CLA


Sue Ranch ‘75Sue Rauch Scholarship —

Provides continual financial support to CLA students


Julie AbendrothJulianne Abendroth Exercise Science Fund —

Supports curriculum and hands-on programming


These three legacies are far greater than money, but you might consider these funds if you’re thinking of making a contribution to something — or someone — you value.

Visit willamette.edu/support or call 503-370-6552 if you’re interested.