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Symeonides completes a 30-year project and 7 books in 7 years

04.06.2021 | Sarah Bello

Dean Emeritus and Professor of Law Symeon Symeonides has completed a 30-year project. Widely described as the world's leading expert on comparative conflicts law today, Symeonides has also completed seven books in the last seven years.

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University Chaplain Karen Wood to retire in July

03.22.2021 | Jennifer Johnson

Community reflects on the beloved chaplain's two decades of service and leadership at Willamette.

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Faculty tenure and promotions

03.04.2021

Board of Trustees promotes 10 professors from across the university to professor and associate professor with tenure.

Warren Binford, Professor of Law

Willamette Law faculty and alum recognized

09.15.2020 | Willamette University College of Law

Professor Warren Binford and Jackie Sandmeyer JD’19 to be honored by the Oregon American Constitution Society at their annual awards dinner.

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Vice President Jade Aguilar accepts position with ECONorthwest

09.05.2020 | University Relations

Jade Aguilar, Willamette’s inaugural Vice President for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, recently announced she has accepted a position with ECONorthwest in Portland.

Justice Hans A. Linde

Reflecting on the legacy of Justice Hans Linde

09.04.2020 | Willamette University College of Law

Hans A. Linde, longtime instructor at Willamette University College of Law, left an indelible imprint on the legal community in the state of Oregon.

Rohan Grey

Law School's newest professor

08.18.2020 | Sarah Bello

Professor Rohan Grey joins Willamette Law. Grey's research focuses on the legal design and regulation of money and finance.

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Staying Connected

07.27.2020 | Sarah Bello

Law school emphasizes nimble stability and shared ownership in reopening efforts.

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New dean keeps his ear to the ground and focus on the students

07.01.2020 | Sarah Bello

Brian Gallini takes on his role as dean of the College of Law.

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Curtis Bridgeman returns to law faculty

06.30.2020 | Cindy Cromwell

Bridgeman returns to the faculty after seven years in administration, serving as dean for the College of Law.

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Norman Williams returns to faculty

06.11.2020 | Cindy Cromwell

Norman Williams concludes his seventh and final year as Associate Dean of Academic Affairs for the College of Law.

Assistant Director of Career Management Jonathan Scrimenti

MBA students Zoom toward interview success

05.06.2020 | Jennifer Johnson

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

Professor Emeritus Eric S. Roberts speaks at podium

Leading computer science expert to teach at Willamette

04.30.2020 | Ruth P. Feingold, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences

Willamette names Stanford Professor Emeritus Eric S. Roberts the 2020–21 Mark and Melody Teppola Presidential Distinguished Visiting Professor.

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Willamette faculty, staff produce hundreds of face coverings for community

04.30.2020 | Jennifer Johnson

Bearcats use costume supplies and 3D printers to create much needed protective equipment for the community.

Associate Professor of English Mike Chasar

Associate Professor Mike Chasar publishes new book

04.29.2020 | Jennifer Johnson

Communication by new media consumes much of our lives these days, yet one of the world’s oldest art forms continues to prove its relevance.

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Dave Griffith wins Renjen Prize for Faculty Excellence

04.28.2020

Prize will support the associate professor of chemistry's scholarly projects.

Scott Pike's archaeology class

Students join city of Salem to work on historic project

04.20.2020 | Jennifer Johnson

A question related to Salem’s biggest historical figure united Willamette students with the city to find the answer.

Associate Professor of Human Resource Management and Organizational Behavior Ashley E. Nixon

COVID-19: Perspectives and Insights

04.15.2020

Willamette University professors respond to the pandemic by answering questions in their fields of expertise.

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Willamette chemists help distillery boost sanitizer production

04.09.2020

Chemistry department helps Divine Distillers increase hand sanitizer production by donating and prepping materials. The Print Center and graphic designers provided labels.

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Faculty tenure announced

03.04.2020 | Marketing and Communications

Board of Trustees promotes eight professors in the College of Arts and Sciences to associate professor with tenure.

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Willamette College of Law professor cited in recent Supreme Court case

02.10.2020 | Cindy Cromwell

Steven K. Green’s research generates significant media buzz as the nation’s highest court hears arguments in the case of Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue.

Stephen Patterson

Religion professor wins Grawemeyer Award in Religion

12.11.2019

Stephen Patterson, George H. Atkinson professor of religious and ethical studies, recently received a $100,000 prize and the 2020 Grawemeyer Award, an honor recognizing the most outstanding idea in religion, music composition, world order, psychology and education.

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

11.25.2019 | Jennifer Johnson

Report details children’s rights violations at U.S.-run facilities.

Symeonides drafts international model law on Internet conflicts of laws

Symeonides drafts international model law on internet conflicts of laws

10.01.2019 | Willamette College of Law

Professor Symeon C. Symeonides has added one more success to his record of law reform, which includes drafting legislation for three states and the European Union and participating in the drafting of two international conventions.

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Willamette welcomes new opera chair

09.16.2019

New chair is expert at building new art institutions, presenting concert music with contemporary twist.

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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New tenure-track faculty start the year

09.06.2019

Willamette welcomes three tenure-track faculty members in the College of Liberal Arts and Atkinson Graduate School of Management.

Warren Binford

Living Willamette’s motto, law professor protects children’s rights

08.06.2019 | Jennifer Johnson

Warren Binford continues to shine light on children’s treatment at U.S. border facilities.

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Willamette ranks among the best universities for student and staff interaction

08.06.2019 | Jennifer Johnson

Student satisfaction places university at No. 8 nationwide.

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Fiske guide features Willamette as a top college

07.10.2019

Popular guide features Willamette among 300 of the “best and most interesting” colleges.

Warren Binford

Professor Binford describes conditions at the border

06.25.2019 | Tom Mayhall Rastrelli

Willamette Law’s Warren Binford and a team of lawyers find hundreds of children being neglected and living in dangerous conditions.

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Willamette MBA Alumni Spotlight: Kyle Roadman

04.28.2019 | Emily Anderson MBA'20

In 2017, Kyle Roadman MBA'06 received the Robert E. Roundtree Rising Star Award granted by the American Public Power Association.

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Willamette MBA’s Andrew Kach honored

04.28.2019 | Marketing MBA

Assistant professor of operations and supply chain management receives the Renjen Prize for Faculty Excellence.

Curtis Bridgeman

Bridgeman to step down as law dean

04.17.2019 | President Steve Thorsett

After the 2019–20 academic year, Curtis Bridgeman will return to teaching at Willamette Law.

Professors Cotlar and Ellis

Professors Cotlar and Ellis edit new presidential history book

04.02.2019 | Jennifer Johnson

‘Historian in Chief’ examines how 11 presidents shaped history through storytelling, education and action.

Neil Berquist ’09, MBA ’10

The future of the digital economy

02.26.2019 | Daniel F. Le Ray

Alumni and faculty discuss the technology behind cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and how digital economies may be quietly revolutionizing the business world.

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Faculty receive promotions or tenure

02.26.2019 | University Communications

Faculty from all three colleges recognized for teaching excellence, scholarly accomplishment.

Chris Garrett

Willamette Law adjunct professor appointed to Oregon Supreme Court

01.23.2019 | Sarah Bello

Gov. Kate Brown recently named Justice Chris Garrett to the court.

Associate Professor of Music John Doan

‘Christmas Unplugged’ makes final appearance at Willamette

12.11.2018 | Jennifer Johnson

Hundreds show up for the old-fashioned holiday program to support departing professor.

Assistant Professor of Chemistry David Griffith and research student Logan Vine ’17

Faculty-student collaborative research gains national visibility

12.05.2018 | Jennifer Johnson

Study of halogenated estrogens leads to publication, audio story on NPR.

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Willamette MBA alumni pave the way for the future of blockchain technology

11.16.2018 | Tynan Gable MBA'19 and Bryan Martz MBA'19

Willamette students and alumni from all three schools came together to learn more about blockchain technology and cryptocurrency from our own distinguished alumni Neil Bergquist '09, MBA '10 and Nathan Love '05, MBA '06.

Assistant Professor of Biology Rosa León-Zayas, Karen Espinoza ’19, Moncerrad Barajas Gomez ’21, Arianna Cannady ’19, Kat Vazquez ’21, Dayton Towata ’19  and Jash Sekai ’19.

Students find ‘all races, all research fields’ represented at science conference

11.13.2018 | Jennifer Johnson

Willamette students present summer research at the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics & Native Americans in Science conference.

Mike Hand

Working together for a ‘strong future’ for Willamette MBA

10.29.2018 | President Steve Thorsett

Professor Michael Hand will serve as interim dean of the Atkinson Graduate School of Management.

Curtis Bridgeman stands in front of the entrance to Willamette University School of Law

Bridgeman named to Wendt Chair in Business Law

10.29.2018

Curtis Bridgeman, dean of the Willamette University College of Law, has been appointed to the Roderick and Carol Wendt Chair in Business Law.

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Willamette MBA to host special event on blockchain technology

10.23.2018 | Daniel Johnson

Open to the entire WU community, the evening’s program will include a networking and social hour, an informational presentation and a panel discussion featuring AGSM and WU professors.

Gunnar Gundersen

TIUA’s Gundersen to retire in December

10.09.2018 | Carol Long

For more than 30 years, Gunnar Gundersen, executive vice president of Tokyo International University America, has been instrumental in building the American Studies Program and developing the lasting integration between Willamette and TIUA.

Cindy Richards

Professor Richards receives national award for teaching excellence

09.10.2018

The civic communication and media professor was lauded for using civic engagement and experiential projects to help students learn.

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New tenure-track faculty start the year at Willamette

09.02.2018 | University Communications

Willamette welcomes two tenure-track faculty members who work in the College of Liberal Arts and Atkinson Graduate School of Management.

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2018 Faculty Awards announced

08.23.2018

The university celebrated seven outstanding faculty members at Opening Convocation.

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Willamette professors volunteer at academy summer camps

08.02.2018 | Tina Owen

The camps offer local high-schoolers a firsthand glimpse of life as a college student.

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Willamette featured in ‘Fiske Guide to Colleges 2019’

07.10.2018

Best-selling guide features some 300 of the “best and most interesting” colleges.

Professor Joseph “Chuck” Williamson

Professor Chuck Williamson appointed to Taul Watanabe Chair in the Sciences

06.01.2018

The chemistry professor aims to increase science research opportunities for Willamette undergraduates.

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Questions of Truth

05.29.2018 | Tina Owen

Willamette faculty and staff discuss how the university prepares students to separate fact from fiction in an information-saturated world.

Debra Ringold, dean of Atkinson Graduate School of Management, walks with her horse Larry

Tools of my trade — dressage

05.24.2018 | Tina Owen

How does the dean of a management school relax in her spare time? By entering with a trusted partner into a new venture that demands intense concentration, the willingness to learn — and occasional broken ribs.

Bioscientist Travis Stiles ’05 stands in his lab

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.

Professor Seth Cotlar lands national lectureship

05.07.2018

Cotlar among 26 professors who will give lectures throughout the nation

Students in two lines face the audience singing in "Wings of Fire"

‘Wings of Fire’ makes world premiere at Willamette

04.16.2018 | Department of Theatre

Director Susan Coromel and composer Austin Green discuss the evolution and staging of the musical based on a tragic fire that shaped workers’ rights in the U.S.

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Law Professor Laura Appleman appointed to named professorship

04.16.2018 | Russell Yost MBA’05

She will become the Van Winkle Melton Professor of Law.

Professor Ricardo De Mambro Santos speaks to three students about an exhibit in Hatfield library

Nine faculty receive tenure, promotion

03.02.2018

President Steve Thorsett and the Board of Trustees recognize faculty members’ teaching excellence, scholarly or creative accomplishment, and university and community service.

Associate Professor Jonathan Cole teaches the art of stage combat to Will Bremer ’18 (left) and William Forkin ’19.

Tools of my trade — stage combat

12.20.2017 | Jen Johnson

Enter Associate Professor Jonathan Cole’s stage combat classroom.

In the early 1920s, students pose on the front steps of Lausanne Hall, which housed Willamette’s Women’s College.

HerStory: Notable women throughout Willamette’s history

12.20.2017 | Kristin Ohlson

In its 175th year, the university celebrates the presence and impact of women.

Professor Warren Binford

Law professor receives US Alumni TIES grant

12.13.2017 | Kendra Mingo

Warren Binford receives grant to combat trafficking of child sex abuse images online.

Law Professor Gwynne Skinner passed away December 11, 2017.

Remembering Professor Gwynne Skinner

12.12.2017 | Sarah Carlson

Willamette Law is saddened to announce the passing of one of its most gracious, enthusiastic and accomplished professors.

Assistant Professor Cindy Koenig Richards

Civic Communication and Media program receives national recognition

12.04.2017 | Jennifer Johnson

Willamette’s CCM major prepares students to make influential, ethical contributions to civic life.

Clean energy, legislation and language

11.20.2017 | Jennifer Johnson

Willamette’s faculty colloquium tackles climate change at the ballot.

Wallace Long conducting

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.

Bird walk

Up with the lark for Willamette walks

10.30.2017 | Jennifer Johnson

Willamette students, faculty learn about birds and identify species.

Law Prof. Paul DIller submitted an amicus curiae brief to the Supreme Court for the case Gill v. Whitford. He was assisted by 2L Mick Harris.

Prof. Paul Diller submits amicus curiae brief to Supreme Court

10.25.2017 | Sarah Carlson

Willamette Law Prof. Paul Diller recently submitted an amicus curiae brief to the Supreme Court for the case Gill v. Whitford, which was argued Oct. 3.

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Willamette introduces new tenure-track faculty members

09.01.2017 | Jennifer Johnson

Faculty members join departments in the College of Liberal Arts.

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2017 Faculty Awards announced

08.24.2017

Seven outstanding faculty members honored at Opening Convocation.

David Douglass

David Douglass to join College of Idaho as dean of faculty and VP for academic affairs

03.27.2017

He will transition to his new role at the conclusion of the academic year.

David Griffith

Chemistry professor secures $325K National Science Foundation grant

03.20.2017 | Jennifer Johnson

David Griffith and senior research students study estrogen in aquatic environments.

Six faculty granted tenure for 2017–18 academic year

03.17.2017

The university recognized Anna Cox, Brandi Row Lazzarini, Roy Pérez, Abigail Susik, Karen Sandrik and Kawika Pierson for their teaching, scholarship and service.

Tim Johnson

AGSM professor awarded endowed professorship

12.12.2016 | University Communications

Tim Johnson will become the third Grace and Elmer Goudy Professor of Public Management and Policy Analysis.

Bill Duvall Willamette University professor

Life of the mind

08.01.2016 | Tina Owen

As history professor Bill Duvall retires after 45 years at Willamette, we look at how he and other legendary faculty members have helped students discover the enduring benefits of a liberal arts education.

Ed Warnock, CEO and contributing associate professor for Willamette MBA

Warnock aims for the stratosphere as Perlan CEO

06.22.2016 | Adam Torgerson

Ed Warnock leads the record-setting Perlan Project.

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HR faculty member honored through named award

04.04.2016 | Russell Yost MBA'05

The Lisbeth Claus Trail Blazer Award recognizes professionals furthering the development of global HR practices.

Willamette ranked top producer of Fulbright Scholars

02.22.2016 | Erin Dahl

Two Willamette faculty members became scholars in 2015-16.

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Students explored meaning of art in “PIECES and PARTS”

02.08.2016 | Erin Dahl

Inspired by an art history class, the exhibition relied on student and faculty collaboration.

Peter Harmer

Professor Peter Harmer earns Oregon mentor award

01.25.2016 | Erin Dahl

Professor Peter Harmer’s drive to help students excel earned him a statewide award.

Law professor is Willamette's first Fulbright Distinguished Chair

12.31.2015

Warren Binford hopes to support the advancement of brain science research focused on child pornography.

Courtney Stevens

Psychology professor wins national teaching award

12.07.2015 | Kendra Mingo

Courtney Stevens is the 2015 recipient of the Jane S. Halonen Teaching Excellence Award.

Symeon Symeonides

Symeonides earns a Lifetime Achievement Award

10.07.2015

The American Society of Comparative Law honored Symeonides for his work.

"Inventing a Christian America"

What's God got to do with it?

09.23.2015 | Adam Torgerson

Steve Green explores the origin of America's Christian founding narrative.

Learn more about Willamette's new tenure-track faculty members

08.31.2015 | Erin Dahl

Eight new faculty members share insights on their lives.

SCRP

SCRP helps students, professors make new scientific discoveries

08.14.2015 | Erin Dahl

Through the program, students learn skills that will help advance their careers.

Laura Appleman

Serving the law and the community

07.30.2015

Willamette Law Professor Laura Appleman trains students to practice criminal law.

Ashley Nixon

What will bring you the greatest amount of fulfillment in your work?

07.29.2015

Ashley Nixon, assistant professor of human resources, helps her MBA students find out.

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Professor shares lessons from visiting Saudi Arabia

07.10.2015

Professor Holman encountered many firsts while teaching girls in Saudi Arabia.

Professor Abigail Susik selected to attend national art history seminar

05.26.2015

The event is aimed to strengthen the teaching of art history to undergrads.

Seth Cotlar earns two grants to support his research project

04.29.2015

With the awards, Seth Cotlar will continue research for his book.

Willamette Singers achieve global recognition through DownBeat award

04.28.2015

The jazz group gains global recognition for second straight year.

Altman tests muscles' reaction to vibration

04.23.2015

His experiment suggests myosin, a motor protein, is behind muscles' unusual behavior.

Professor Andrea Stolowitz earns second Oregon Book Award

04.15.2015

Visiting English professor Andrea Stolowitz earns recognition for her play, "Ithaka."

Courtney Stevens recognized in "40 Under 40: Professors Who Inspire"

03.30.2015

NerdScholar recognized Courtney Stevens in its "40 Under 40: Professors who Inspire."

Six faculty members achieve tenure

03.16.2015

The promotions take effect for the 2015-16 academic year.

Biologist explores the science behind owl attacks on Salem runners

02.13.2015

Dave Craig discusses the science behind "Owlcapone's" behavior.

History professor selected for CIC seminar at Yale University in June

02.09.2015

Seth Cotlar is participating in a seminar on slave narratives at Yale University in June.

Amadou Fofana wins Mellon Fellowship at Duke University

02.09.2015

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

Math Department promotes team building through NSF research grant

02.05.2015

A National Science Foundation grant is funding undergraduate mathematics research.

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.

Alumnus, visiting English professor nominated for Oregon Book Awards

01.16.2015

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

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