Student Scholarship Recognition Days
On April 20-21, 2021, one of Willamette's most beloved traditions will be held again online. Join us virtually for two days celebrating innovative and creative student research. Fill out this short form and we will be in touch with a full schedule of presentations and details for how to join us. Whether you attend one session or the entire two days, we hope you will enjoy hearing from our students.
About SSRD: Student Scholarship Recognition Days (SSRD) is held each spring to celebrate the exemplary scholarship and creativity of Willamette University students. It is a day for students to share the fruits of their research; to present musical, theatrical, and dance performances; and to display works of art to fellow students, faculty, family, and friends.
Date and Time
Philanthropy for Community Impact
Andrew Galen MBA'17
Contributing Assistant Professor
Professor Andrew Galen will discuss his work as part of the Philanthropic Investment for Community Impact consequential learning course. Each year a select group of MBA students works with the United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley to decide how to invest a fixed pool of funds for social community impact and assess the performance of their investments year over year. In the process, students gain invaluable insight and experience in grant management, as well as the ability to impact the community in a strategic and meaningful way.
Originally March 8, 2021
Hamilton History: What Really Happened in "The Room Where It Happens"
Professor of History
Lin-Manuel Miranda's hit musical "Hamilton" captured the world's imagination and brought a new focus on the founding generation of the United States. Join fellow alumni as Professor Seth Cotlar answers all your questions about the real historical events that are represented in the acclaimed musical.
Professor Cotlar specializes in the history of the United States in the years between the American Revolution and the Civil War. He is the author of Tom Paine's America: The Rise and Fall of Trans-Atlantic Radicalism in the Early Republic. At Willamette University, Professor Cotlar has taught courses on the Early American Republic, the Abolition of Slavery, the History of American Conservatism and more.
Special thanks to Joe Gruber '09 and the Bay Area Alumni Chapter for their help in organizing this great event.
Originally Published Feb.11, 2021
Talks about Race
Anthony Peterson '80
Diversity and Inclusion Consultant
Join Anthony Peterson '80 for an important conversation around race and diversity, a take on the racial tension during the summer of 2020 and what we can do moving forward.
Anthony is a Diversity/Inclusion, Ethics, Religion Coach and Consultant at people3, INC. He has lived, studied, written about and taught about cultural, racial and other diversity realities throughout his life. His 2014 TEDx talk, "What I am learning from my white grandchildren — truths about race," has been viewed over three million times.
Originally March 8, 2021
Your Social Media Life and Afterlife
Assistant Professor of Law
So many of us practically live online these days, but what happens to our social media lives after we pass on?
Join Professor Andrew Gilden as he tackles important legal questions surrounding the social media afterlife and dive into some notable cases that could impact future decisions in this ever-evolving area of the law.
Learn more about this evolving area of the law and how your own social media life and afterlife may be impacted by upcoming legal decisions.
Originally Published Dec. 9, 2020
The Evolution of Willamette's Architectural Landscape
Bill Willingham '66
Author and Public Historian
Curious to know how Willamette’s campus evolved from a single building in a field to the beautiful setting we appreciate today?
Hear public historian Dr. William F. Willingham ’66 share research he gathered for his book, "Collegiate Architecture and Landscape in the West: Willamette University, 1842-2012," and learn more about the rich history behind some of Willamette's most iconic buildings and landmarks.
Originally Published Nov. 23, 2020
Defending and Promoting Civil Rights in the Time of COVID-19
Professor of Law
Professor Gilbert Carrasco will share his research and work around promoting and defending civil rights in the time of COVID. Specifically, he will help contextualize the origins and intensity of the Portland BLM movement, exploring a variety of legal issues related to the presence and actions of federal agents on the Portland city streets. He also will provide some context as to how civil rights have evolved throughout American history.
The session is sponsored by the Center for Constitutional Government, which was endowed by a generous contribution from Willamette law graduate Kenneth D. Peterson Jr. JD'80 and the Peterson Family Foundation.
Originally Published Nov. 13, 2020
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.
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.
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: 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.
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
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
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
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