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The State of the Union address and its impact on the American presidency

03.07.2024 | Paul McKean

Mark O. Hatfield Professor Richard Ellis shares his thoughts on the role of the State of the Union.

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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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Willamette’s Conversation Project featured on Oregon Public Broadcasting’s “Think Out Loud”

09.22.2023 | Paul McKean

Professor David Gutterman, Associate Professor Wendy Petersen-Boring and Mira Karthik BA’24 joined the popular radio program for a conversation about difficult conversations.

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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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Senate internship leads student on ‘path to employment’

01.19.2023 | Jennifer Johnson

Chris Brown BA’23 gains valuable political experience interning for Sen. Dan Sullivan in D.C. Discover how his legislative journey shapes his career path.

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Academic Honors and Awards announced

06.07.2022 | Office of the Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

More than 200 undergraduates are recipients of 2022 Academic Honors and Awards. Congratulations, Bearcats!

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Excellence on the field and in court: Bearcat named youngest partner at law firm

02.25.2022 | Jennifer Johnson

Scott Perlin's journey from football player to lawyer parallels competitiveness and preparation. Recently promoted to partner, mentorship played a pivotal role.

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Finding a reward in managing risk

11.10.2021 | Jennifer Johnson

Janelle Bovell ’08’s journey to vice president at PayPal underscores the power of curiosity and reflects a commitment to growth and community impact.

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Nowhere to go but up: From a low GPA to a BA, MBA and JD

07.06.2021 | Jennifer Johnson

Geoff Winkler BA ’04, JD ’06, MBA ’08 had a rocky academic beginning, but now he's CEO of American Fiduciary Services.

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Fearless in the pursuit of opportunity

06.23.2021 | Jennifer Johnson

Willamette University alum Jennifer Lawrence Hanscom ’91, CEO of the Washington State Medical Association, credits liberal arts education for her achievements.

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Student Scholarship Recognition Day(s) highlights student research and presentations in live virtual format

05.27.2021 | Peter Li '20, MBA'21

The annual event was hosted virtually for the second consecutive year and expanded to a two-day format for the first time.

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Only six matching gifts for student scholarships left

05.27.2021 | Office of Advancement

An anonymous donor has given Willamette $1 million in matching funds to inspire the creation of new endowed scholarships and a limited number of matching funds remain.

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Law student becomes triple Bearcat before 25

05.11.2021 | Cindy Cromwell

Karina Salzberg’s interest in law and desire to learn how to help her future clients helped put her on a track to accomplish a remarkable achievement.

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Academic Honors and Awards announced

05.06.2021 | Office of the Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

More than 200 undergraduates are recipients of 2021 Academic Honors and Awards. Congratulations, Bearcats!

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New student coalition advocates for the incarcerated, introduces legislation

03.05.2021

Bill introduced by Oregonians Against Slavery and Involuntary Servitude gains support from U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley.

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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.

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Biden appoints politics grad to US Department of Transportation position

03.03.2021 | Jennifer Johnson

Edward McGlone ’11 advances to deputy assistant secretary.

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More than 130 undergraduates honored

05.13.2020 | Office of the Dean, College of Liberal Arts

The Willamette University College of Liberal Arts honored students’ academic achievements this week.

Kalie Weninger

Sociology major wins Fulbright for masters degree in England

03.08.2020 | Jennifer Johnson

Kalie Weninger ’15, a UK Fulbright grant recipient, is delving into homelessness policy and drawing from her experiences at Willamette and Family Promise.

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.

Professor of Politics Melissa Michaux

Politics class to be featured in upcoming documentary

02.25.2020 | Jennifer Johnson

A transformative Willamette University class held at the Oregon State Penitentiary (OSP) is on its way to gaining national exposure.

Leah Olson ’20

Father’s ALS diagnosis inspires student’s advocacy

09.03.2019 | Jennifer Johnson

Leah Olson '20, inspired by her father's ALS diagnosis, lobbies in DC, interns with ALS Association and organizes Marc's Marathon fundraiser for ALS research.

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.

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Promoting a healthy future

05.01.2019 | Tom Morlan

Anna Ayala, a senior chemistry major, embodies the fusion of science, compassion, and advocacy, aspiring to be a doctor and a catalyst for social change.

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More than 130 undergraduates recognized at Academic Honors and Awards

04.30.2019

Willamette University College of Liberal Arts honored students’ academic achievements at a ceremony April 29 in Cat Cavern.

Paige Morrisey ’19

Willamette politics major lands Stanford data fellowship

04.23.2019 | University Communications

Paige Morrisey, a recent politics graduate, joins Stanford's American Voices Project, delving into American life across many diverse communities.

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Plugging into the power of proximity

04.23.2019 | Tom Morlan

Adrian Uphoff ’19 is pushing legislation at the Capitol and opening doors for future interns.

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.

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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.

Nick Schoeppner ’11

Park ranger protects Oregon’s stunning places

12.30.2018 | Tina Owen

Inspired by the community spirit of Willamette’s faculty and students, Nick Schoeppner ’11 built a career in public service.

Amarit Ubhi ’20 holds photo of self with Gov. Kate Brown

In conversation with Amarit Ubhi ’20

12.23.2018 | Tina Owen

Budding public servant Amarit Ubhi ’20 spent the summer working in the Oregon governor’s office.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski greets two students with a handshake.

Willamette Law hosts ‘A Conversation with Senator Murkowski’

11.07.2018 | Logan English

Sen. Lisa Murkowski JD’85 returns to her alma mater for an interactive evening with Willamette students.

drawing of Scrabble-like letter tiles scattered on a game board with some tiles spelling “Questions of Truth”

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.

Carson and Colloquium grants, Presidential Scholars announced

04.30.2018

The grants fund students’ research across a spectrum of disciplines.

Student stands smiling in Cat Cavern after receiving an award

More than 140 undergraduates honored

04.30.2018

The Willamette University College of Liberal Arts honored students’ academic achievements April 23 in Cat Cavern.

Lauren Sharkey

Putting her heart and soul into law

05.01.2017 | Jennifer Johnson

Lauren Sharkey ’15, JD’17, the second graduate of Willamette College of Law’s 3+3 program, hopes to use the law to improve people’s lives.

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From the Marines to an MBA

04.24.2017 | Jennifer Johnson

Herschel Mapes MBA ’17, a former U.S. Marine, shares his journey from serving high-profile leaders to pursuing higher education at Willamette University.

Liz Gill

Crafting her own approach

04.17.2017 | Jennifer Johnson

At Willamette, senior Liz Gill found activities that fit who she is and helped define the leader she wants to be.

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More than 100 undergraduate students honored

04.17.2017

College of Liberal Arts students received more than 100 academic honors and awards.

Election

This scary, frustrating, crazy, unprecedented election

10.28.2016 | Sarah Evans

This year’s extraordinary presidential election has made voters across the country anxious and angry. At Willamette, professors and classes help students navigate through the confusion and understand why their informed vote is important.

Melissa Michaux

Questions of justice

08.01.2016 | Kristin Ohlson

An unusual class takes Willamette students inside prison walls to discover a new perspective on crime and punishment.

Maile Symonds '17

Maile Symonds ’17 earns public policy fellowship

02.15.2016 | Erin Dahl

Maile Symonds ’17 will study public policy this summer.

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New video explores Willamette's connections to the state capitol

02.01.2016 | Michael Beseda

Explore Willamette University's distinct features through a series of documentaries by Mike Palmieri. Learn about student opportunities in Oregon government.

Sen. Mark Hatfield

Sen. Mark Hatfield's legacy explored Jan. 26

01.18.2016 | Mary McRobinson

Hatfield '43 made significant advances abroad while serving as Oregon's senator from 1967 to 1997.

Ta-Nehisi Coates, Courtesy of Nina Subin

Ta-Nehisi Coates to speak at Willamette University

09.30.2015

The bestselling author will deliver “A Deeper Black: Race in America."

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

08.31.2015 | Erin Dahl

Eight new faculty members share insights on their lives.

Student, alumnus earn Fulbright scholarships

04.06.2015

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

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.

Six faculty members achieve tenure

03.16.2015

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

Two students earn fellowships to study public policy this summer

02.18.2015

Juniors Grecia Garcia and Julian Juarez will learn about public policy and international affairs this summer.

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