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Remembering Jerry E. Hudson, Willamette University’s 18th President

04.04.2024 | Paul McKean

During his 17-year tenure, Hudson spearheaded an era of growth and modernization at Willamette, making his presidency one of the most impactful in the school's history.

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Interdisciplinary research project serves at the intersection of public health and environmental science

04.04.2024 | Melanie Moyer

A contract with Marion and Polk Counties’ Health Departments brings together students and faculty to address environmental health hazards through civic-engaged learning.

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Empowered by a dual degree, Gianna Marchese BA’22, MBA’23 lands an impressive role at Warner Bros.

04.03.2024 | Melanie Moyer

While many in Hollywood are still recovering from pandemic-era closures and setbacks from the summer of strikes, Marchese landed a job promoting big-name films.

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Henry Dalton BS’24 creates Willamette’s Fungi Project while studying the species’ possibilities for the future

04.02.2024 | Linda Lenhoff

Dalton has found opportunities at Willamette to turn his hobby into solid research opportunities.

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Colloquium students examine technology’s effects on Gen Z

03.29.2024 | Linda Lenhoff

The students turned research into websites, podcasts, posters, and more to help others reduce screen time and find answers to mental health challenges.

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Farm Club grows food for the Willamette community and volunteers for local organizations

03.20.2024 | Melanie Moyer

Hidden across the Salem campus, you might stumble upon kale, corn, green beans and more. The student-grown fruits and vegetables nourish the campus and help feed the Salem community.

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Chamber Choir brings the power of music on tour in March

03.19.2024 | Paul McKean

On their first tour in five years, students will connect with alums, high schoolers, and community members as they travel the Pacific Northwest.

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Student-designed Willamette Week Dessert Issue takes the cake

03.14.2024 | Melanie Moyer

“This town takes its sweet tooth seriously,” writes the publication, and PNCA students helped reflect Portland’s sweet side in the layout and illustrations for the magazine.

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Student cancer research takes top prizes from doubleheader conferences

03.14.2024 | Melanie Moyer

Chemistry students spend their summers learning how to conduct innovative research while developing impressive research presentation skills.

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Supporting and valuing women in tech: Five questions with Assistant Professor of Data Science Kristen Gore

03.14.2024 | Paul McKean

Assistant Professor of Data Science Kristen Gore discusses gender inequities in technology fields and what can be done to address them.

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R. Stranger MFA’24 combines creative writing and visual arts in their multimedia approach to art

02.15.2024 | Linda Lenhoff

R. Stranger’s multi-disciplinary, hyper-collaborative work showcases various mediums and has flourished in PNCA’s low-residency creative writing program.

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Fortune names Willamette on ‘Best Master’s in Data Science Programs in 2024’ list

02.15.2024 | University Communications

Once again, Willamette University’s Masters in Data Science program was the only program in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest to make the cut.

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Akilah Deernose BA’04 breaks down barriers as Executive Director of the Montana ACLU

02.14.2024 | Melanie Moyer

Through her leadership of the human rights organization, the politics major is pursuing her life’s mission: to care for others in the ways she was cared for at Willamette.

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MBA for Professionals program helps Kyle Hopkins MBA’21 launch his new international role at IKEA

02.14.2024 | Melanie Moyer

With the confidence he gained from his Willamette MBA for Professionals experience, Hopkins leads a team in Amsterdam focused on building software solutions for IKEA stores.

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Problem-solving and determination helped LaToya Kamara Manley MBA’12 build the women’s footwear strategy for Nike’s Jordan brand

02.01.2024 | Paul McKean

Manley’s experience in Willamette’s MBA for Professionals program gave her the confidence and leadership skills to steward the legacy of Michael Jordan at Nike.

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Swim, Bike, Run: Willamette’s Women’s Triathlon team dominates the Pacific Northwest and beyond

02.01.2024 | Sophie Cipolla

In less than three years, the program has become a powerhouse in national competitions.

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Genesis Turris MFA/MA’25 uses Graduate Curatorial Fellowship to engage PNCA community and beyond

02.01.2024 | Linda Lenhoff

The artist and curator focuses on public engagement in all of his work, which visitors had a chance to experience in two graduate student exhibits.

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Collaborative research project examines how AI shapes education

02.01.2024 | Paul McKean

An interdisciplinary summer research project gave Shouvik Ahmed Antu BS’26 the chance to work with faculty to explore how ChatGPT can empower innovative research and learning.

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Five questions on adult computer literacy with Assistant Professor of Computer Science Fred Agbo

01.17.2024 | Paul McKean

Why are adults being left out of the computing revolution? Assistant Professor of Computer Science Fred Agbo is trying to find out.

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Nels Swenson BA’98, MBA’99 advocates for others and promotes inclusion in engineering

01.17.2024 | Sophie Cipolla

As a leader at Intel Swenson uses his platform to advocate for women in STEM.

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Three new Art of Sparkling wine labels showcase PNCA talent

01.17.2024 | Melanie Moyer

Students found creative freedom and professional experience during another year of the partnership with Argyle Winery.

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Conor Foley BA’12 uses his international public health knowledge to help local youth

01.17.2024 | Melanie Moyer

Working at the Marion County Health and Human Services, Foley focuses on preventing tobacco addiction among vulnerable youth populations.

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MBA for Life program helped Andy Sloop MBA’00 develop a process management approach to sustainability

12.07.2023 | Linda Lenhoff

The Nike leader strives to make the company zero waste and sustainable, taking corporate responsibility to the next level.

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Open mind and interdisciplinary education helped Michael Diamond BA’11 design Google's next self-driving car

12.07.2023 | Sophie Cipolla

Software engineer Michael Diamond BA’11 bridges the humanities and computer science in Silicon Valley.

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Living in a materials science world: Professor Robert Macfarlane BA’04 treasures what he learned at Willamette

12.06.2023 | Linda Lenhoff

The associate professor at MIT, whose work has implications for climate and sustainability, energy, health, medicine, technology, and other fields, started with a degree in Biochemistry from Willamette.

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Angelica Trimble-Yanu BFA’19 brings together tradition and technology for the artwork in Google’s new flagship store

11.29.2023 | Linda Lenhoff

The Indigenous Oglála Lakȟóta artist from Oakland is passionate about exploring sustainability, traditional ceremonies, and ancestral remembrance in her community-based art.

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Katie Hill BA’23 studies the hidden heroes of our ecosystems

11.15.2023 | Sophie Cipolla

The first graduate of Willamette and Oregon State University's joint 3-2 Forestry program is investigating questions that climate scientists grapple with as they attempt to rehabilitate affected forests.

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Josh Fuentes BA’17, MBA’20 draws on breadth of experiences and strong relationships to excel at Deloitte

11.14.2023 | Paul McKean

With the rich experiences and the multidisciplinary toolkit he gained as a dual-degree Willamette graduate, Fuentes is thriving in the high-caliber world of consulting at Deloitte.

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Willamette students and faculty shine at regional computer science conference

11.14.2023 | Melanie Moyer

With several faculty members leading the conference and a first-place student win, the School of Computing & Information Sciences dazzled peers.

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PNCA gives Robert Maciel MFA’22 the building blocks for a design career

11.14.2023 | Linda Lenhoff

Maciel uses his degree in his work designing for a custom fabrication company, while his art examines how to elevate shared personal spaces.

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Five questions with Human Resources Professor Ashley Nixon on technostress

11.01.2023 | Paul McKean

Professor of Human Resources Ashley Nixon explains how technology and stress intersect in the workplace and what we can do about it.

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Terry Sherman BA’25 strives to be a force for good on and off the court

11.01.2023 | Sophie Cipolla

When the opportunity arose for Terry Sherman BA'25 to pursue a summer internship at Center 50+, he knew immediately that it would be a great fit.

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Sanaz Masoumi MFA’24 reflects literature and culture in her wearable art

11.01.2023 | Linda Lenhoff

Second-year MFA candidate Sanaz Masoumi was featured at Portland Fashion Week and got an outstanding response from the audience.

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“In the Deep” musical brings together three generations of Willamette alums and celebrates the power of connection

10.25.2023 | Sophie Cipolla

The world-premiere musical, born out of a partnership among three Willamette alumni, challenges audiences to be fearless in the name of connection.

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Willamette MBA alums address bias in hiring with AI

10.17.2023 | Paul McKean

Andrew Hallberg BA’12, MBA’16 and Malik Kahel MBA’16 have taken their experiences sitting on both sides of the venture capital investment table to found an AI startup.

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Nathan Galvan BFA’23 credits mentors at PNCA for helping him find success as a graphic design professional

10.17.2023 | Melanie Moyer

Galvan made the most of his education and landed a job with the Portland Trail Blazers.

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Former pre-med student becomes a professional hacker

10.17.2023 | Melanie Moyer

Carlos Luevanos BA’18 finds his passion making Zendesk’s newest tools and products safe and secure.

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Sarah Jenner BA’25 experiences a life-changing public health internship in Ghana

10.17.2023 | Sophie Cipolla

With the support of the Career Development team and Willamette’s pre-health Cahill Internship Fund, Jenner spent her summer in Ghana as an intern at the Princess Marie Children’s Hospital.

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Willamette University among top liberal arts colleges on U.S. News and World Report’s ‘best college’ list

10.13.2023 | University Communications

The university was named one of the top three liberal arts colleges in the Pacific Northwest for the fifth year in a row and excelled in “social mobility” and “best value” categories.

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Willamette recognized for “hands-on educational experiences” on Forbes’ top colleges list

10.13.2023 | University Communications

The list evaluated 500 American colleges and universities on graduation rates, graduate salaries and educational outcomes.

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Willamette University’s The Conversation Project celebrates diversity through storytelling and music at The Immigrant Story Live

10.10.2023 | Linda Lenhoff

The event will be filled with storytelling and music that honors the diverse members of the community in hopes of spreading understanding and acceptance.

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José Alvarado BA’13 is a software entrepreneur who is paying it forward

10.03.2023 | Sophie Cipolla

Real-world experience, faculty mentors, and rich alumni connections helped José Alvarado start his own software agency and led to success in software engineering.

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Hayley Freedman’s BA’09 commitment to global citizenship brings life-saving care to East Africa

10.03.2023 | Melanie Moyer

First introduced to global public health and African Studies as a Willamette student, Hayley Freedman BA’09 continues a lifelong passion for service in her career.

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Internships lead to full-time position at Intel for Hadisa Gowhari MBA’23

10.03.2023 | Linda Lenhoff

The MBA graduate and Fulbright fellow looks forward to focusing on her two passions: corporate finance and entrepreneurship.

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PNCA supports the revitalization of Portland’s North Park Blocks through art and community with expanded First Thursdays

10.03.2023 | Paul McKean

Through new collaborations across the North Park Blocks, PNCA returns as the “front porch” for Portland’s art scene with an expanded First Thursdays.

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Willamette University community comes together to achieve record-breaking fundraising year

09.28.2023 | University Communications

Willamette raised more than $27 million in commitments — the majority of which were in support of scholarships — beating the previous record from 2007.

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Award-winning artist Olivia Harwood BFA’21 strives to empower herself and others in her work

09.20.2023 | Linda Lenhoff

The PNCA alum is quickly attaining considerable status after having a number of shows, where audiences discover her passion for challenging notions of femininity.

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Willamette MBA ranked the #1 B-school in Oregon by Bloomberg Businessweek

09.20.2023 | University Communications

The Atkinson Graduate School of Management was the only MBA program in Oregon and one of two in the Pacific Northwest that made Bloomberg’s Best B-School list.

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From music major to ethical hacker

09.05.2023 | Paul McKean

Ariel Todoki’s BA’18 studies at the intersection of music and computer science gave her an advantage as she launched into a career in cybersecurity.

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Eileen Isagon Skyers MA’14 speaks about the intersection of art and AI on the TED2023 stage

09.05.2023 | Melanie Moyer

An expert on digital art and culture, Skyers spoke at the TED2023 conference about artists innovating with digital technology.

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Camille Mercier MBA’09 earns her “seat at the table”

09.05.2023 | Sophie Cipolla

With a Willamette MBA in hand, Mercier makes history as the first female CEO of Spirit Mountain Casino.

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Jeremy Coste BA’17 banks on brilliance to become one of the youngest directors at Bank of America

09.05.2023 | Sophie Cipolla

Willamette's Gifted Scholars program allowed Jeremy Coste BA'17 to get a head-start on college at a remarkable pace — leading him to a job as director at Bank of America at the age of 24.

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Morgan Gratz-Weiser BA’13 takes on vital role in the Governor’s office

08.07.2023 | Linda Lenhoff

The alum works to support the governor’s policies on climate, clean energy and natural resources along with housing, health and education.

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Bearcats share stories, relive memories at Alumni Reunion Weekend

06.23.2023 | Paul McKean BA'11, MBA'23

At parties, reunion dinners and faculty lectures, friendships were formed and connections were reforged across campus, all based on one thing: a shared love of the Willamette University community.

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Design students bring artistry and dedication to community projects

11.01.2022 | Linda Lenhoff

Willamette University students contribute to community projects like Give!Guide redesign & Blanchet House displays, blending creativity with social impact

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MBA sets the stage for establishing a new style

08.23.2022 | Jennifer Johnson

Saraa Green ’19 MBA, who works at Adidas, developed a business plan for a hair product that's now being distributed in the U.S.

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'A new day for sculpture': Quantum artist reflects on career

06.28.2022 | Jennifer Johnson

Julian Voss-Andreae ’04, renowned for his quantum sculptures, garnered acclaim. His journey from Germany to Portland unfolded into a remarkable career,

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A record 850+ alums come home to Willamette for Reunion Weekend

06.24.2022 | Paul McKean BA'11

Bearcats from far and wide converged on Salem to reconnect with classmates and friends at Willamette's largest Alumni Reunion Weekend on record.

Eric Swinn ’06 talks to a fisherman in India

Adventures abroad began with French and Russian studies

03.25.2022 | Jennifer Johnson

Eric Swinn '06, a Willamette alum, leverages his French degree as a U.S. diplomat, tackling fraud rings in Russia, child abductions, and refugee crises.

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From bank teller to VP: MBA leads alumna to executive ranks

01.10.2022 | Jennifer Johnson

Jasmine Ames's transformation from aspiring brain surgeon to US Bank VP exemplifies adaptability and inspiring career growth through dedication and resilience.

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Willamette Law grads show resilience in passing the bar

12.08.2021 | Sarah Bello

With the threat of a global pandemic and moving to fully remote classes, the Class of 2021 overcame a number of obstacles on their way to passing the bar exam.

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How a Willamette Law Alumnus went from serving coffee to becoming Dutch Bros. General Counsel

11.15.2021 | Sarah Bello

Josh Lute JD’07 truly knows the ins and outs of Dutch Bros. Coffee. The alum went from slinging drinks at a stand to providing legal advice and assistance.

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A commitment to faculty excellence and Humanities education from two Willamette alumni

07.30.2021 | Shelby Radcliffe, Vice President for Advancement

Lindsay Stewart ’69 JD’73 and Corinne Stewart ’71 have endowed the Lindsay and Corinne Stewart Professorship in Humanities.

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Record-breaking generosity in an extraordinary year

07.29.2021 | Shelby Radcliffe, Vice President for Advancement

When alumni, parents and friends knew of the needs and challenges faced by our community this year, they responded with an unprecedented level of support.

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Willamette University celebrates completion of merger with Pacific Northwest College of Art

06.30.2021 | Marketing and Communications

PNCA becomes an independent college within the university.

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Perseverance and pinot noir

06.22.2021 | Jennifer Johnson

David Coelho ’08, VP of National Sales at Coelho Winery, credits Willamette University for the skills to navigate the uncertainties of the winemaking world.

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Switch hitter: Tommy Kawamura ’14 combines baseball with a knack for stats

06.02.2021 | Jennifer Johnson

Tommy Kawamura, a Willamette University graduate, found his math and economics background unexpectedly useful in a career in baseball analytics.

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Willamette University celebrates Class of 2021

05.18.2021

More than 475 students — representing the College of Arts and Sciences, Atkinson Graduate School of Management and the College of Law — graduated from Willamette University on Sunday. 

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Ian Scarfe ’05: Creative with classical music and his career

04.15.2021 | Jennifer Johnson

Ian Scarfe ’05, founder of Trinity Alps Chamber Music Festival, credits Willamette University's faculty for steering him towards a career in music.

Chloe Prendergast ’14

A finely-tuned success

11.30.2020 | Jennifer Johnson

Chloe Prendergast ’14 founded her own string quartet and became an orchestra member in the Netherlands after she graduated.

Marie Morel-Seytoux

A career that adds up

11.10.2020 | Jennifer Johnson

Learn how Marie Morel-Seytoux's degree from Willamette University paved the way for a successful career as a vice president at the data analytics group FICO.

Jaered Koichi Croes ’08

Undergraduate blog charts path for future career

10.27.2020 | Jennifer Johnson

Jaered Koichi Croes '08 launched his career with Tofugu, a Japanese culture blog born from a Willamette University project. Discover his journey today!

Cone Chapel post-renovation with carpet and tables in place of pews

Historic Cone Chapel renovation fosters inclusive campus community

09.04.2020 | Paul McKean '11

Years in the making, a summer remodel opens up the chapel for flexible and safe gatherings.

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Remembering Susan Hammer JD’76

09.02.2020 | Willamette University College of Law

Willamette mourns Susan Hammer JD'76, a pioneering lawyer, dedicated trustee, and community leader known for her commitment to mediation and service.

Shana Cooper ’99

Willamette Theatre plays enduring role in alumna's life

05.19.2020 | Jennifer Johnson

Undergraduate play leads Shana Cooper ’99 to new career.

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Student draws strength from WU community to overcome personal loss

05.14.2020 | Tom Morlan

During a time of pain and healing, Katie Lee’s professors and classmates inspired her to make the most of her life.

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Willamette MBA program sets stage for promising career

05.12.2020 | Tom Morlan

Emily Anderson MBA’20 used her educational experience as a springboard to a job with one of the nation’s top accounting firms.

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MBA students Zoom toward interview success

05.06.2020 | Jennifer Johnson

Willamette students practice virtual interviews, how to tell their story through workshops.

Nathaniel Woodward, JD '20

Willamette opens the door to hope and healing for College of Law standout

05.01.2020 | Tom Morlan

In the aftermath of personal loss, Nathaniel Woodward JD’20 found his calling as an advocate for accident victims and their families.

Sachiko and Taul Watanabe ’41

Watanabe family's $1 million gift is a game changer for Willamette MBA students

04.27.2020 | Tom Morlan

The gift from the estate of Sachiko and Taul Watanabe '41 provides funds for additional scholarships at the Atkinson Graduate School of Management.

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Lisa Landreman to join Willamette as vice president for student affairs

04.23.2020

The newest addition to the president’s leadership team is passionate about inclusion, equity, mentorship and transformative learning.

Conner Mertens ’17

From athlete to advocate

02.25.2020 | Jennifer Johnson

Conner Mertens ’17, a politics major, credits Willamette for igniting his passion for advocacy. Now, he fights for patients with chronic diseases.

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Realizing a dream at any stage in life

01.30.2020 | Daniel Johnson

After working in various professional fields for more than 25 years, Tamara Palmer JD’21 wanted to attend law school — and donor support made it possible.

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Creating real-world learning opportunities for students

01.30.2020 | Paul McKean '11

Donor support helps students put their management education to the test with real stakes and real organizations.

Alfredo Zuniga ’12

Biology lab guides alum beyond graduation

12.11.2019 | Jennifer Johnson

In his first week as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Texas, Alfredo Zuniga ’12 relied on old notes from his Willamette biology class to teach students.

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Willamette Law clinic students submit report to United Nations Human Rights Council

11.25.2019 | Jennifer Johnson

Willamette Law students submit a report to the U.N. Human Rights Council on U.S. children’s rights violations, a culmination of their clinical experience.

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Family Weekend & Homecoming highlights the best of Willamette

10.17.2019 | Paul McKean ’11

Willamette University's Family Weekend & Homecoming was a hit with nearly 1,000 visitors enjoying events like ZenaFest, athletics, and alumni reunions.

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Biology alum gives keynote at United Nations General Assembly

10.14.2019 | Jennifer Johnson

Pat Keys' speech to the second committee focused on climate change, global wealth inequality and sustainability.

Faculty member talks to international students and their families at event he hosts at his house.

Willamette faculty, staff foster strong relationships with students

09.11.2019 | Jennifer Johnson

Making students feel supported and welcomed is a priority.

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U.S. News names Willamette among top colleges

09.10.2019 | Adam Torgerson

U.S. News and World Report listed Willamette University in the top tier of liberal arts colleges nationally, ranking the university 68th among the best liberal arts colleges and as a “Best Value School” in the magazine’s 2020 rankings.

Alex Compton ’06

Collaborative research catalyzes career

08.20.2019 | Adam Torgerson

Undergraduate research experiences catalyzed the career of Alex Compton ’06, virologist and lead investigator at the National Cancer Institute.

Jamal Raad ’08 and Gov. Jay Inslee JD’76 in Las Vegas

From Willamette to Washington

08.14.2019 | Adam Torgerson

Jamal Raad ’08 takes on climate change as campaign communications director for presidential candidate and fellow Bearcat Gov. Jay Inslee JD’76.

Greg Orzell ’05

History major helped Netflix launch streaming

06.19.2019 | Jennifer Johnson

Liberal arts foundation served Greg Orzell ’05 well as he rose up the tech industry’s ranks.

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Public servant and Willamette Law alumnus Dennis Koho JD’04 dies

06.16.2019 | Sarah Bello

Law partner Eleanor Beatty JD’04 and alumna Sara Kendrick JD’15 recall the former mayor of Keizer’s generosity and care.

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Bearcats come home

06.12.2019 | Paul McKean ’11

Willamette University Bearcats reunited for a memorable Alumni Reunion Weekend, enjoying activities, reunions, and celebrations, fostering lifelong connections.

Brandon Chinn ’14

From the Bearcats to the Blazers and Celtics

05.14.2019 | Jennifer Johnson

On-campus opportunities opened doors to an NBA communications career for Brandon Chinn ’14.

Paimon Jaberi

Finding strength in numbers

04.03.2019 | Tom Morlan

Willamette University BA/MBA grad Paimon Jaberi achieves dream job with Seattle Seahawks and uses data to tackle the business, credits Willamette University.

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In memoriam: William Swindells, 1930–2018

11.12.2018

Willamette life trustee and supporter helped shape and support the university for nearly 50 years.

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2018 Election results for Willamette Law graduates and students

11.08.2018 | Logan English

In the 2018 elections, several graduates — as well as a current student — of Willamette University’s College of Law ran for elected positions.

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Andrew Galen | Alumni Spotlight | Willamette 2018 News

10.29.2018 | Tynan Gable

Andrew Galen, a 2017 Willamette MBA alum, has truly taken our school motto to heart. After graduating just over a year ago, he wasted no time becoming involved.

Hunter Noack plays a grand piano in the middle of a field at Willamette's Zena campus

Students, alumni enjoy music, art and more at ZenaFest

09.10.2018

The annual event at Willamette’s rural facility merged creative arts and abundant natural resources.

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Campus update on advancement

07.23.2018

VP Shelby Radcliffe provides an overview of FY18 progress.

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Bearcats reconnect with alma mater

06.12.2018 | Dan Johnson

Alumni Reunion Weekend celebrates the Willamette community, people and place.

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Not Unto Ourselves Alone with Travis Stiles ’05

05.24.2018

Bioscientist Travis Stiles ’05 explains how three professors and a fraternity brother inspired his potentially life-saving research.

Rosie Roberson '99 and her son play one of her games in a game cafe.

On top of her game

05.23.2018 | Jennifer Johnson

Rosie Roberson ’99 has created nearly 100 games and was nominated for a Toy and Game Inventor Excellence Award.

Matt Steindorf throws a pitch in the regional championship

Willamette baseball impresses as runner-up in NCAA West Regional

05.21.2018

Bearcats enjoy record-setting season and finish just short of advancing to national championship.

Gabriel Tallent ’10

A first-time novelist earns critical acclaim

05.15.2018 | Joe Donovan

Gabriel Tallent ’10 takes literary world by storm with debut novel “My Absolute Darling.”

Phoebe Keever with temples in Myanmar

Spanish major travels half the world

05.15.2018 | Jennifer Johnson

Phoebe Keever ’07 broadens her perspective and helps others during service trips.

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Willamette celebrates the Class of 2018

05.14.2018

Willamette University's 2018 commencement ceremonies: Graduates embrace the future as key speakers share wisdom on openness, perseverance, and community.

Willamette Law Dean Curtis Bridgeman hands Salem attorney Nani Apo JD’13 the 2018 Mentor of the Year award.

Mentor of the Year provides a “home away from home” to students

04.13.2018 | Jennifer Johnson

Willamette Law selects Nani Apo JD’13, honors three others for Hon. Mary Mertens James award.

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Atkinson Archive Podcast launches

03.15.2018 | Willamette University MBA

New podcast highlights talent and expertise that make Willamette MBA Oregon’s top MBA program.

Students pack boxes as part of Willamette’s Global Day of Service

Service blooms in Willamette community

03.12.2018

Bearcats volunteer at nonprofits across the country on Willamette’s Global Day of Service.

Willamette ranked in top 10 for Peace Corps volunteers

02.23.2018

The only Oregon school in the top 10 colleges with fewer than 5,000 undergraduates, Willamette has 13 Bearcats serving around the world.

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Women’s basketball is in fifth place nationally for cancer fundraiser

02.19.2018

The only Division III school in the top 10, Willamette can win a huge cash bonus by getting the most new pledges the week of Feb. 18.

Alex Lavery ’14 and Kelly Rose (Oster) Lavery ’15

I Love WU

02.13.2018

Students know their lives will change when they come to Willamette. But sometimes the unexpected happens — they fall in love.

Emilio Solano ’09

In conversation with Emilio Solano ’09

12.20.2017 | Tina Owen

Willamette Academy’s executive director explains how the program helps teenagers — and society — reach their potential.

John Poulsen ’94

Alumnus exposes devastating slaughter of elephants

12.20.2017 | Jen Johnson

John Poulsen ’94 publishes research that leads to crackdown on poachers.

Michelle Atherton ’15

Alumna uncovers rich history in Scotland

12.08.2017 | Jen Johnson

Michelle Atherton’s Willamette experience led her to a unique conservation project abroad.

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Choir alumni celebrate their community of music

11.13.2017 | Jennifer Johnson

Former Willamette singers return to campus for a special reunion and a remarkable professor.

Leandro Gonzales ’03 helped organize the delivery of dozens of tents to Mexico and Puerto Rico residents recently struck by natural disasters.

Willamette community unites to support people impacted by natural disasters

11.06.2017 | Jennifer Johnson

Families of some students, faculty grapple with aftermath.

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Travis Stiles ’05 Named Johnson and Johnson trailblazing scientist

11.01.2017 | Luke Ettinger Ph.D.

Travis Stiles ’05 president and CEO of Novoron Bioscience moves closer to reversing nerve damage caused by Multiple Sclerosis.

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Happy Birthday, Waller Hall!

10.16.2017

The “old historic temple” turns 150.

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Willamette Academy makes important progress

10.02.2017

The executive director provides an update on the popular college access program for underrepresented students.

Jim Albaugh ’72

Willamette trustee honors legendary mathematics professor

09.18.2017

A $5.5 million pledge will impact students and faculty in mathematics and physics.

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Hallie Ford honors 25 years of contemporary American Indian art

09.15.2017 | Jennifer Johnson

Art museum has long history with Crow’s Shadow Institute of Arts.

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Alumni Weekend will bring Bearcat grads back to campus

09.11.2017

Events for alumni to reconnect and reunite with classmates kick off on Friday.

Marie Watt artist at work

Sewing new and old tales into familiar fabrics

07.20.2017 | Jennifer Johnson

In her latest work, acclaimed Native American artist Marie Watt ’90 explores the symbiotic relationships between humans and the natural world.

Willamette Store and Blitz the Bearcat

Willamette Store temporarily closes next month for renovation

07.10.2017 | University communications

Willamette Store temporarily closes next month for renovation

Waller Hall at Willamette University

Fundraising brought in $17.785M for 2016–17

07.10.2017

Gifts recognize the university’s past and future impact, will enhance the student experience.

The DiEllos

Developing “curious minds”

04.24.2017 | Tina Owen

Estate gifts of $6.8 million will support generations of Willamette students.

bicycle trip

Seven countries in one summer

03.06.2017 | Jennifer Johnson

Photos, letters from 1954 Willamette student bike trip are available in university archives.

Three English professors named finalists for Oregon Book Awards

01.13.2017 | Adam Torgerson

Deulen, Nadelson and Stolowitz are in the running for 2017 honors.

Schilling Cider House

MBA alumni planning world’s biggest cider house in Portland

12.19.2016 | Andrew Hickey

Colin Schilling ’10 MBA’12 and Kornei MBA’12 plan ambitious Portland expansion.

Happy Campers Gluten Free

Recipe for a successful baking company

12.06.2016 | Tina Owen

From an enterprising class project, two Willamette alumni built a thriving gluten-free business.

Anelise Zimmer

In conversation with Anelise Zimmer '16

08.01.2016 | Tina Owen

As the student speaker at Commencement 2016, Anelise Zimmer ’16 drew on her Willamette experiences and urged her fellow new graduates to find the courage to climb life’s mountains.

Senior Thesis Exhibition

Artists in residence

08.01.2016 | Tina Owen

Studio art seniors say goodbye to Willamette with a show of talent.

Valhalla Gorge

In nature's grip

08.01.2016 | Julie H. Chase

Filmmaker John Waller ’98 journeys into uncharted territory to share stories of discovery, beauty and love.

Kelly Cole JD'96

Willamette Law alumna Kelly Cole JD’96 joins CTIA as senior vice president of government affairs

07.29.2016 | Raymond Penney

Kelly A. Cole JD’96 was named senior vice president of government affairs for CTIA - The Wireless Association in Washington, D.C.

Stan Anderson JD'69

Willamette Law alumnus Stanton D. Anderson JD’69 joins Blue Ridge Network's team of advisors

07.08.2016 | Raymond Penney

Willamette University College of Law alumnus Stanton D. Anderson JD’69 joined Blue Ridge Network, bringing global & business experience.

Willamette Law Student Bailey Moody

Two Willamette Law students named Shepherd Scholars, positively impact LGBTQ legal issues

07.06.2016 | Patrick Riedling

Third-year law students Bailey Moody and Jessica Cavallero each received a 2016 Bill and Ann Shepherd Legal Scholarship for $6,500.

Law Professor Paul Diller comments on SCOTUS corruption ruling in Statesman Journal

06.29.2016 | Raymond Penney

Law Professor Paul Diller was quoted in a Statesman Journal article reporting on a United States Supreme Court ruling Learn more.

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Tyler Reich '06 named AVP for university relations

06.27.2016 | University Communications

An alumnus of Willamette, Reich returns to work in the advancement division.

Associate Professor Jeffrey C. Dobbins

Law Professor Dobbins comments in PBJ article on ACA's 'Risk Corridors' program

06.10.2016 | Raymond Penney

Willamette's Civil Procedure Expert and Law Professor Jeffrey C. Dobbins commented in a PBJ Article regarding a Lawsuit by Health Republic Insurance Co.

Associate Professor Jeffrey C. Dobbins

Law Professor Jeff Dobbins weighs in on Oregon's public records law

05.27.2016 | Patrick Riedling

Willamette's civil procedure expert and law professor commented in Statesman-Journal article that reported on a recent judicial opinion concerning the ongoing dispute between former Oregon first lady Cylvia Hayes and The Oregonian.

Law Professor Paul Diller makes sense of law affecting disputes between a city and its county

05.24.2016 | Patrick Riedling

Diller sheds light on the city of Cascade Locks' legal options to open a water-bottling operation in Hood River County.

Willamette University Double Alumnus Theodore Sims vested as new Washington County Circuit Court judge

Lorenzo Williams JD'77 receives National Bar Association Award for Civil Rights

05.02.2016 | Patrick Riedling

Law graduate recognized as pioneer who demonstrates concern for human and civil rights has history of significant litigation wins and community involvement

Ed Whipple

Whipple '74 to lead Campus Life

04.04.2016 | Adam Torgerson

The new VP for Campus Life begins June 1.

Terry Wright

Theresa Wright JD’81 receives Multnomah Bar Association Pro Bono Award

04.04.2016 | Patrick Riedling

Willamette Law’s director of externships and alumna recognized for dedication and service

Hon. Paul De Muniz

Hon. Paul De Muniz JD’75 honored with Literacy Trailblazer Award

03.31.2016 | Patrick Riedling

Former OSC Chief Justice and Willamette Law’s Distinguished Jurist-in-Residence and alumnus has history of giving back to community

Professor David A. Friedman

Willamette Law Professor David Friedman quoted in Portland Tribune

03.29.2016 | Patrick Riedling

Commercial law expert and Willamette Associate Professor of Law David Friedman quoted in Portland Tribune article about Oracle’s failed Cover Oregon website

 Kip Ioane ’01, MAT ’02

A team built on a lasting foundation

03.25.2016 | Erin Dahl

Head Basketball Coach Kip Ioane ’01, MAT ’02 leads by example.

Willamette University Double Alumnus Theodore Sims vested as new Washington County Circuit Court judge

Theodore Sims '77 JD'80 invested as new Washington County Circuit Court judge

03.21.2016 | Patrick Riedling

Investiture Ceremony Honors Willamette University Double Alumnus

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Annual social pow wow connects culture and community

03.14.2016 | Russell Yost MBA'05

Dancers, drummers and vendors shared traditions and heritage.

Willamette Magazine features four alumni musicians

03.10.2016 | Erin Dahl

Read about these four alumni in Willamette Magazine

World War II helped shape Sen. Mark Hatfield’s political career

02.01.2016 | Erin Dahl

Hatfield ’43 made significant contributions to foreign policy during his 30-year career as an Oregon senator.

Battle of the Beasts

Bearcats dominate 'Battle of the Beasts'

11.05.2015

Three wins in one weekend - including soccer, volleyball and a donor challenge.

James Cuno '73

James Cuno '73 discusses ISIS and cultural destruction

10.14.2015 | Adam Torgerson

On Nov. 5, the Getty CEO addresses the threat posed by ISIS.

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Navigating the Corporate World

09.30.2015 | Sarah Evans

Campus leadership positions prepared Zhang for work at several major companies.

Jim Booth '64

Sigma Chi honors Jim Booth '64 with award

09.28.2015 | Erin Dahl

The award is the highest honor Sigma Chi can bestow upon its members.

Punit Renjen MM'86

Renjen MM'87 named among world’s most influential business leaders

09.22.2015 | Adam Torgerson

Punit Renjen MM'87, CEO of Deloitte Global and a Willamette trustee, was honored for his work inspiring others.

Willamette greets new graduate students

09.07.2015 | Erin Dahl

New students at Willamette University's Atkinson Graduate School of Management and College of Law dive into orientation activities and prepare for the year.

Red Light/Green Light runners

Willamette community unites to reclaim a world record in Red Light/Green Light

08.31.2015 | Erin Dahl

Discover how Tyler Janitz helped set a new world record in Red Light/Green Light at Willamette University, showcasing the close-knit community spirit on campus.

Willamette celebrates Class of 2019 during annual convocation ceremony on Aug. 21

08.24.2015 | Erin Dahl

Psychology professor and author Dacher Keltner offers students advice on achieving happiness.

Opening Days showcases Willamette's community to new students

08.24.2015 | Erin Dahl

From swimming to volleyball, the Class of 2019 explored Willamette’s offerings.

More Willamette students are going Greek

08.21.2015 | Natalie Pate '15

Thirty-four percent of students took part in Greek life as of last spring.

Career Services earns national recognition for its student programs

08.19.2015 | WU Staff

Willamette earns three top awards, two finalist recognitions in five years

Willamette University launches renewed website this summer

06.05.2015

The site is designed for mobile optimization and includes new multimedia tools for storytelling.

Willamette University celebrates Class of 2015 at commencement

05.18.2015

Three acclaimed speakers helped celebrate the achievements of WU graduates on May 17.

Risa Cromer '04 earns prestigious Charlotte W. Newcombe Fellowship

05.01.2015

Risa Cromer ’04 is one of four anthropologists across the nation to receive the award.

Christina Johnson '14 earns National Science Foundation fellowship

04.27.2015

With the stipend, Christina Johnson '14 is pursuing her doctorate in microbiology.

Student, alumnus earn Fulbright scholarships

04.06.2015

Tejeswara Reddy ’12 and Elisa Ahern ’15 are both teaching English in Europe later this year.

Willamette community explores its capitol connections at April 2 event

04.06.2015

At the Oregon State Capitol, students and staff networked with alumni working in government.

Two students earn Oregon newspaper internships this summer

04.03.2015

Zane Sparling and Emily Hoard will work at Oregon newspapers this summer.

Humanity in Action names its first Willamette University fellow

03.30.2015

Through the program, Maria Hernandez ’15 will explore national histories of discrimination and resistance.

Greenfield merged financial, social values at Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream

03.20.2015

Atkinson Lecture featured Jerry Greenfield, co-founder of Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream.

Willamette community raises over $200k

03.16.2015

Inaugural “24 Hours of Giving” event supported by over 750 donors.

Shields’ delicious tribute

03.05.2015

Fans flip over his edible artworks.

Student earns first Luce Scholarship

03.01.2015

Willamette University celebrates its first undergraduate student selected for the prestigious Luce Scholar program, offering a transformative experience in Asia

Willamette ranked No. 10 for number of alumni serving in Peace Corps

02.19.2015

With 11 alumni serving overseas, Willamette snags the No. 10 spot among small schools.

Amadou Fofana wins Mellon Fellowship at Duke University

02.09.2015

Amadou Fofana has been awarded a Humanities Writ Large fellowship at Duke University.

Remember poetry

02.02.2015

In "Poetry," Chasar considers the vanishing memorized poem.

Grant supports student archaeology research at the Ness of Brodgar

01.29.2015

M. H. Wiener Foundation helps students unearth new finds in Scotland.

Roger Shimomura discusses how stereotypes have influenced his art

01.26.2015

Explore Roger Shimomura's profound journey as an artist and Japanese-American. From childhood internment to challenging stereotypes through vibrant artwork.

Former Oregon Governor believes the fight for equality must continue

01.20.2015

Former Oregon Gov. Barbara Roberts shares her personal story as part of a MLK celebration.

Alumnus, visiting English professor nominated for Oregon Book Awards

01.16.2015

An alumnus and visiting English professor were both nominated for their plays.

Shimomura connects art making to life events in "An American Diary"

01.07.2015

Artist Roger Shimomura will share how race, ethnicity influenced his art in "An American Diary" on Jan. 23.

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