How to Be a Wise Donor: Maximizing Your Giving and Family Benefits
Jeff Thede JD’79
Partner, Thede Culpepper Moore Munro & Silliman LLP
No matter what stage of life you are in, equipping yourself with the knowledge and tools to become a better donor will help you plan a brighter financial future for you and your family.
Join estate and trust planning expert Jeff Thede JD’79 as we take a close look at gift vehicles that can maximize your giving and tax and income benefits for your family. From outright gifts of cash to charitable remainder unitrusts, there are many creative and savvy ways to support your personal financial goals and causes you believe in.
Date and Time
December 9, 2020
6:00 PM PT
Societal and Environmental Impacts on Supply Chains
Associate Professor of Operations and Supply Chain Management
Few of us take the time to consider how essential supply chains are to our daily lives of modern convenience ... until the store shelves are empty.
In this presentation, Professor Andrew Kach discusses the current risks and disruptions to supply chain sustainability, including modern slavery/forced labor practices as well as the impacts of COVID and other natural and man-made disasters.
Originally Published Nov. 11, 2020
The Impact of COVID-19 on Captive and Vulnerable Populations
Laura I. Appleman
Associate Dean for Faculty, Van Winkle Melton Professor of Law
While COVID-19 has touched nearly every aspect of our lives, it has particularly affected society's most vulnerable populations. In this presentation, Professor Appleman explores the profound ways in which COVID has affected a whole range of individuals who are captive and vulnerable. In particular, she discusses the incarcerated and those in nursing homes, mental institutions, foster group homes, long term care homes and community corrections. Professor Appleman also shares her research on this topic and the relevant legal issues to captive and vulnerable people who are often in high population residential environments.
Originally Published Nov. 10, 2020
Early Career Conversation: How to Land Your Next Job Opportunity
Career Development Director
What skills and characteristics are employers really looking for? How do you effectively tailor your resume? What's the best way to go about job searching? Director of Career Development, Mandy Devereux shares job search strategies that can help you land your next opportunity!
Originally Published Nov. 2, 2020
Epidemiology, Public Health and COVID-19
Professor of Exercise Science
The COVID-19 epidemic has brought epidemiology to the forefront in the public consciousness in a way virtually unprecedented in modern times with a constant urging from public health professionals to "listen to the science."
Professor Peter Harmer examines what this actually entails and why there is still widespread resistance to public health recommendations for controlling the impact of COVID-19.
Originally Published Oct. 24, 2020
A Virtual Tour Through the Hallie Ford Museum of Art
Professor Emeritus of Art History
Artist, "Memory as Myth"
Join Roger and Bonnie Hull on an exclusive virtual tour as we visit the Clifford Gleason and Bonnie Hull Exhibitions at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art.
Originally published October 13, 2020.
The Effects of Marijuana on the Brain
Dr. Daniel Nicoli
Psychiatrist, Clinical Law Program
Marijuana is a complex and controversial topic, but Dr. Daniel Nicoli breaks down the misconceptions and medical research for you in this fascinating topic. Learn about the challenges of researching marijuana, how cannabis interacts with different parts of the brain, the epidemiology of marijuana use and more in this fascinating discussion.
Originally published October 12, 2020.
Bearcat Athletics and COVID-19
Director of Intercollegiate Athletics
Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Rob Passage discusses how Willamette Athletics responded to COVID-19 and share what our coaches and student-athletes are doing with this extended off-season.
Originally published October 1, 2020.
What’s Next, Now What: Am I Just Supposed to Adult Now?
Beth Dittman '02 & Kyle Flowers '14
Join career and life coach Beth Dittman ’02 and Associate Director of Residential Life at Macalaster College Kyle Flowers ’14 for an informative session on navigating life after college. Learn how to make the transition from school to a career and make a plan to put your passions into action.
Originally published September 10, 2020.
Willamette Academy Update with Emilio Solano '09
Emilio Solano '09
Executive Director, Willamette Academy
Willamette Academy and its programs have been significantly impacted by the outbreak of COVID-19. Join Executive Director Emilio Solano '09, our incredible students and academy supporters for a virtual conversation, where we update you on how we've responded to the situation, what's happening with our summer programs and activities and how we are moving forward.
Originally published August 27, 2020.
College Search Series
Sue Corner '90
Director of Recruitment, Willamette University
Part 1: Top 10 Ways to Maximize Your Summer Break
The summer months — particularly those following the sophomore and junior years in high school — can be key opportunities for organizing and making progress in a student’s college search. This session will explore the top 10 ways students can use their summer to plan and prepare themselves for the college search process.
Originally published June 3, 2020.
Part 2: Organizing a Balanced and Effective College Search
The college search has become a fairly stressful and harried pursuit for many students and families — but it doesn’t have to be. This session will look at the retention theory, which not only identifies where a student can gain admission, but a place where they will thrive. Learn about campus visits, the admission interview, gap years and the most common ways to narrow a search.
Originally published July 15, 2020.
Part 3: Pitfalls and Opportunities in the College Application
Early decision versus early action, test-optional choices and test prep vendors, academic rigor and co-curricular involvement - what does it all mean? This session will clarify some of the terms used in the world of admission and discuss the components of a typical college application. After years of reading thousands of college applications, Sue will share the most common pitfalls applicants fall into and offer advice about maximizing the application to present yourself in the most effective and authentic way.
Originally published August 12, 2020.
Happy Hour from Home: Visualising Leaders, Archigos meets ggplot
Professor Robert Walker
Associate Professor of Quantitative Methods
Utilizing the database of world leaders – Archigos (Chiozza, Gleditsch, and Goemans) — Professor Robert Walker uses R's ggplot universe and extensions to explore data on the population of world leaders over nearly two centuries. How long do leaders endure? Do entry circumstances influence tenure? How are entry and exit methods related? How do leaders die? These and comparisons among military and non-military leaders, male and female leaders, political system characteristics and other related issues are constructed as a flipbook to explore both the method of inquiry and the code tools used with the results we uncover.
Originally published July 1, 2020.
Happy Hour from Home: Craft Beer
Jake D. Hoskins
Assistant Professor of Data Science and Marketing
How can small niche firms compete with larger, more established organizations? By examining the rapidly expanding craft beer industry, this study explores how craft breweries are able to both enter the market space of these larger competitors and secure sustained patterns of growth. Specifically, we highlight two factors influencing the success of craft breweries. First, as major beer producers mimic niche products (i.e., faux craft beer), smaller niche firms are allowed to enter the market by exposing the typical consumer to the tastes of craft beer. Second, craft breweries enjoy increased success if they (a) emphasize the local elements of their company, and/or (b) offer a larger number of products.
Originally published June 29, 2020.
Business Financials During COVID-19
Matt Benjamin '02, MBA'05
Wealth Management Advisor at Northwestern Mutual
For many small businesses, these are certainly trying times. Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Advisor Matt Benjamin, MBA, CLU, joins us for a session about tangible strategies business owners can use to manage their finances. Matt will provide important information that small businesses should pay attention to, including how the recently passed CARES Act may impact them.
Originally published June 4, 2020.
Saving for Retirement During COVID-19
Bob Heck '07, MBA'11
Wealth Advisor at Kiley Juergens Wealth Management LLC
You don’t need a large sum of money to begin investing and accumulating wealth now. In this video, Bob Heck, CFP, MBA of Kiley Juergens Wealth Management discusses the “accumulation phase,” a time to use investment strategies such as dollar-cost averaging and take advantage of employer matches and contributions to build a portfolio over time. Bob talks about the importance of being an active participant in your investments and shows you how contributing even a small amount each month can pay off big in the long run.
Originally published June 3, 2020.
Retirement Planning During Uncertain Times
Barry Nelson '99
Managing Partner, Capital Financial Planners
A short-term plunge in the stock market doesn't mean disaster for those in or nearing retirement. In this video, Barry Nelson '99, CFP, managing partner of Capital Financial Planners in Salem, discusses retirement planning with a focus on playing the long game when it comes to investing and the stock market. He highlights current opportunities you can take advantage of and provide insight on recent market activity.
Originally published June 3, 2020.
37 Years of Choral Music at Willamette University
Dr. Wallace Long Jr.
Former Director of Choral Activities, Willamette University
This conversation features Dr. Wallace Long Jr, who served as the Director of Choral Activities at Willamette for the past 37 years. Dr. Long arrived at Willamette in 1983 and served as Music Department Chair from 1994 - 2001. This year marks the end of an era as Dr. Long retired at the end of the 2020 school year.
Dr. Long discusses highlights of his time at Willamette and the impact the choral program had on both himself and his former students. Finally, we hear what's next for Dr. Long.
Originally published June 1, 2020.
What I Learned in Prison with Melissa Buis Michaux
Professor Melissa Buis Michaux
Professor of Politics, Policy, Law and Ethics, Willamette University
Professor Melissa Buis Michaux has been teaching a class on restorative justice for the past five years. The class takes place in the Oregon State Penitentiary and includes 16 people who are currently incarcerated and 16 Willamette students. In this video, Michaux discusses her research on mass incarceration, criminal justice, and transformative justice.
Originally published June 1, 2020.
Christopher Foss '07 on Pacific Northwest History, Teaching, and his Liberal Arts Education
Christopher Foss '07
Adjunct Instructor, Tokyo International University of America
We are joined by Christopher Foss '07, a historian and adjunct history instructor at the Tokyo International University of America at Willamette. We hear about his experiences at Willamette University, where he discovered a lifelong love of history. He discusses how his liberal arts education prepared him for the rigors of teaching and research. Christopher is the author of "Facing the World: Defense Spending and International Trade in the Pacific Northwest Since World War II."
Christopher P. Foss '07 is an adjunct history instructor at the Tokyo International University of America Japanese student exchange program at Willamette University. Previously he taught at the University of Portland, Washington State University, Vancouver, and the University of Colorado, Boulder, where he received his PhD in US foreign relations history.
Originally published May 28, 2020.
Biotechnology in the time of COVID-19
Dara Wright '97 & Professor Karen McFarlane Holman '90
Professor of Chemistry Karen McFarlane Holman '90 is joined by Dara Wright. Dara is a Willamette University graduate from the Class of 1997 and currently serves as the EVP and President of the Clinical Diagnostics Group at Bio-Rad Laboratories. She is an experienced biotechnology leader with a demonstrated track record of commercial success in both research and clinical sectors.
We talk to Dara about the role her company is playing in the efforts to detect the immune response to SARS-Cov-2 and how her time at Willamette helped prepare her for the role she holds now.
Originally posted May 14, 2020
Adapting to a New Reality in the Workplace
Sandi Collins Hildreth '93
Sandi Collins Hildreth '93 is the Global Human Resources Director for Wieden+Kennedy, the world's largest remaining independent advertising agency. Sandi joins us to talk about her 26 years of experience in human resources and how the COVID-19 crisis is changing the way we work. She also shares important advice for new graduates who are facing a job market shaped by COVID.
Originally posted May 12, 2020
Not unto ourselves alone
Willamette University chaplain Karen Wood joins us to talk about the history of Willamette's convocation tradition, a day in the life of a chaplain and her work serving the community through mindfulness and spiritual development.
Originally Posted April 27, 2020
Supporting Students Through the COVID-19 Crisis
Provost and Senior Vice President
Tiffany Newton, director of graduate alumni engagement, spoke with Carol Long, provost and senior vice president, about the challenges and opportunities facing Willamette University's faculty, staff and students as they adjust to remote instruction in the time of COVID-19.
Originally Posted April 13, 2020
Teaching and Learning at Willamette
Professor of Environmental Science and the Associate Director of the Sustainability Institute
Karen Arabas is a Professor of Environmental Science and the Associate Director of the Sustainability Institute. She earned her PhD at Penn State University and her research interests center on both theoretical questions regarding forest ecology and biogeography, as well as the application of theory to managing and restoring forests. Karen focuses on both natural and human disturbances to forests, and she uses tree rings to help interpret past disturbances and their impacts on forests, such as fire, climate and competition.
In this conversation, we talk about Karen's recent study abroad program with Willamette University students in Northern Ireland, Willamette at Zena, what we can learn from studying tree rings, former students doing noteworthy work, and what Karen likes most about teaching at Willamette.
Originally Posted April 13, 2020
Shtick to Business
Dr. Peter McGraw
Dr. Peter McGraw is a behavioral economist, sought after professional speaker, and global expert in the scientific study of humor. He directs The Humor Research Lab (HuRL), hosts the podcast I’M NOT JOKING, and is the co-author of The Humor Code: A Global Search for What Makes Things Funny. McGraw is a professor of marketing and psychology at the University of Colorado’s Leeds School of Business. He teaches MBA courses for the University of Colorado Boulder, University of California San Diego, and London Business School. His work has been covered by BBC, CNN, NPR, Wired, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Harvard Business Review.
His most recent book was released April Fools Day 2020 and is called Shtick to Business: What the Masters of Comedy can Teach You about Breaking Rules, Being Fearless, and Building a Serious Career.
Originally Posted April 9, 2020
A Conversation with "Mr. Willamette"
Jim Booth '64
In this interview, we spend some time with "Mr. Willamette" as he reminisces about life as a student, hall of fame athlete and work in University Advancement including his time as Director of Alumni Relations and Coordinator for the Bearcat Travel program.
Willamette Faculty Weigh in on COVID-19
Expert faculty members from across the Willamette campus provide insights and perspectives on various dimensions of the COVID-19 crisis.
Professor of Psychology
Dean of the Atkinson Graduate School of Management
Economics Department Chair
Associate Professor of Sociology
Originally Posted March 30, 2020
Stay at Home Yoga
Mikki Trowbridge '07
Mikki helps the Willamette community to stay active with free yoga sessions that you can do from the comfort of your own living room. Grab your yoga mat and tune in. We'll keep this page updated with future sessions.
Feel-Good Flow (35 mins)
Want more yoga?
Check out Mikki's YouTube channel.
Catching up with Coaches Series
See below for a new interview series featuring Willamette coaches, hosted by Chris Sabato, assistant athletics director, media.
Lily Hallock, Volleyball
Sarah Lautenbach, Women's Lacrosse
Brent Summers, Swimming
Aaron Swick, Baseball
Paige Hall, Softball
How to Work Remotely
Jonathan Scrimenti, Assistant Director of Career Management at the Atkinson School of Management, talks about something that many of us have been experiencing for the first time: working remotely and perhaps managing others who are doing the same. In this session Jonathan shares some current research and models of how trust and communication intersect for remote employees. Later he also shares some helpful tips for making the most of working from home.
Originally Posted March 27, 2020
Business Lawyering at Willamette
Karen Sandrik, Associate Professor of Law, Co-Director of the Business Lawyering Institute, speaks at the Alumni Board of Directors Meeting about how the Business Lawyering Institute at the Willamette College of Law is bringing new skills into the law curriculum. She also discusses collaboration with community partners to prepare law students to leaders.
Originally Recorded February 29, 2020