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Salem lifts drinking water advisory

As of July 3, 2018, the advisory is no longer in effect. Salem’s drinking water is safe for all populations.

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Questions of Truth

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

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In class — “ENVR 327W: Water Resources”

Karen Arabas’ class examines the water resources of the western United States.

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On top of her game

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

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Willamette baseball impresses as runner-up in NCAA West Regional

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

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A first-time novelist earns critical acclaim

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

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Willamette University expands access for students with high school college credit

Credits earned from concurrent courses may transfer under the new guidelines.

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First-generation student aims for healthcare career

Sierra Wilson ’18 heads to the National Institutes of Health this fall.

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Professor Seth Cotlar lands national lectureship

Cotlar among 26 professors who will give lectures throughout the nation

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Take A Break combines volunteering, leadership and learning

Student-led groups travel to Seattle, Boise, San Francisco and Fresno for spring break.

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Varsity triathlon competition begins fall 2021

The women's team will compete in fall 2021.

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Waste audit offers valuable lessons in sustainability

A student-organized event showed how the campus community could improve its recycling efforts.

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Hawai’i Club presents 29th Lū’au

The event shared Polynesian music, food and traditions with the Willamette community.

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Willamette announces commencement speakers, honorary degree recipients

Former governor, community leaders to speak at graduation ceremony

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Internship steers BA/MBA grad to auto industry

A semester at Daimler Trucking helped J. Connor Maloney BA/MBA ’18 define his career path.

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Traditional Malay dance, bird song animates choir performance

Willamette Chamber Choir performed at regional conference for 18th time.

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Wulapalooza rocks Brown Field

Students celebrated the 20th annual Wulapalooza — Willamette University’s annual earth, art and music festival — on April 14.

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‘Wings of Fire’ makes world premiere at Willamette

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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Athletics facilities renovated and improved

A number of Willamette University’s athletic facilities are undergoing renovation and construction projects.

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2018–19 Tuition for the College of Liberal Arts

Tuition increase is projected to place Willamette in the middle of its Northwest 5 peer institutions and in line with similar private colleges and universities nationally.

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Two more rounds of Bearcat Days this week and next

The program follows last month’s successful admitted-student event.

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A snail’s life

Unconventional, multimedia Dempsey Lecture chronicles the environmental plight of Taiwan’s golden treasure snail.

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Willamette to welcome Bearcat Days visitors

Please join us in welcoming approximately 500 guests to campus for Bearcat Days on March 15–16, April 5–6 and 12–13.

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Colby R. Takeda '11

In 2015, Colby Takeda became one of the nation’s youngest administrators when he opened The Plaza at Waikiki, an assisted living community in Honolulu.

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Nine faculty receive tenure, promotion

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

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ExSci seniors present at ACSM conference

The Northwest American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) conference was held in Bend, Oregon.

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Willamette ranked in top 10 for Peace Corps volunteers

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

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.

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MLK celebration inspires the Willamette community to take action

Events included Into the Streets community service projects, a book club and a lecture.

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Delta Gamma members vote unanimously to vacate chapter house

The sorority will relinquish the lease to their house at the end of the academic year.

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Updates to online Financial Aid Self Service tool

Students will be able to view and accept awards online through the new system.

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Tools of my trade — stage combat

Enter Associate Professor Jonathan Cole’s stage combat classroom.

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Farewell to the 29th class of the American Studies Program

Students celebrate their many accomplishments before heading back to Japan.

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Civic Communication and Media program receives national recognition

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

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Portal to replace website gateway pages

Over winter break, WITS will retire the Willamette website’s gateway pages for students, faculty and staff.

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Next Cookies and Conversation planned for Tuesday

Afternoon casual conversation with university leadership open to all students.

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Clean energy, legislation and language

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

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Masha Gessen asks, ‘Is democracy in danger?’

The fall 2017 Atkinson Lecture speaker finds autocratic parallels between recent political developments in Russia and America.

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Choir alumni celebrate their community of music

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

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Kostantinos Efstathiou hits the ground running

Willamette’s new campus rec director talks about his past and future plans for the university

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Tynan Gable ’17 recognized for Hatfield Library Research Award

Tynan Gable ’17 was commended by the adjudication committee for the Mark O. Hatfield Library Research Award based on work from an EXSCI 248 class.

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Up with the lark for Willamette walks

Willamette students, faculty learn about birds and identify species.

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Cookies and Conversation planned for Tuesday

All Willamette students invited to join university leaders for this monthly event.

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A summer of science turns students on to research

During this Willamette program, students make breakthroughs while working side-by-side with professors.

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Grace Goudy Distinguished Artist Series: Jane Austen’s Songbook

Piano, vocal performance highlights 19th century songs

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Happy families

Student-run Family Weekend earns kudos for its organization and events.

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Mandatory password change for everyone

Members of the university community must change their Willamette network passwords by Oct. 17.

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Willamette plans for future capital improvement projects

The university will direct funding to athletic projects, followed by continued enhancements to residential spaces.

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Alumni Weekend reunites and reconnects

The campus community worked together to create a memorable, meaningful weekend for alumni.

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Hallie Ford honors 25 years of contemporary American Indian art

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

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Students sign up for a variety of clubs and groups

Activities and Resources Expo featured more than 100 opportunities for student involvement.

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Alumni Weekend will bring Bearcat grads back to campus

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

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Willamette welcomes incoming students

Undergraduate, graduate students represent dozens of states and several foreign countries.

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2017 Faculty Awards announced

Seven outstanding faculty members honored at Opening Convocation.

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Sewing new and old tales into familiar fabrics

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

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Willamette lauded in latest ‘Fiske Guide to Colleges’

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

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Willamette Store temporarily closes next month for renovation

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

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Fundraising brought in $17.785M for 2016–17

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

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New developments in student career services

The summer brings changes in the Office of Career Development.

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A historic commencement

Willamette’s three colleges celebrate their students’ achievements.

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A passion for social justice

Alika Masei ’17 has dedicated his college career to creating a better place for all students.

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SARAs celebrate a decade of service

Sexual Assault Response Allies provide victims of sexual assault the option of speaking confidentially and anonymously to a fellow student.

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Putting her heart and soul into law

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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“An orchestra at your fingertips”

Zach Duell ’18, the university’s sole organ student this semester, explains why the Bishop Family Organ is so grand.

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Willamette Singers win Best Undergraduate Large Vocal Jazz Ensemble

The group wins Best Undergraduate Large Vocal Jazz Ensemble

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The search for historical truth: Jason Lee and Willamette commemorations

Grace Pochis ’17 examines the influences that shaped how the history of the university and Jason Lee has been told.

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From the Marines to an MBA

Herschel Mapes ’16, MBA ’17 finds a refreshing challenge after choosing a nontraditional path.

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Willamette sets 2017–18 tuition and fees

CLA tuition increase is a historic low for the university.

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Final round of Bearcat Days this week

Help Admissions welcome admitted students to campus Thursday and Friday.

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Willamette team’s success leaves nothing to debate

The Debate Union heads to national tournament this week.

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Second round of Bearcat Days this week

The program follows last month’s successful admitted-student event.

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New housing changes help first-year students find common ground

First-Year Commons will include Terra, Belknap, Cascadia and Matthews halls and Baxter Complex.

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Chemistry professor secures $325K National Science Foundation grant

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

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Spring break reminders

Here are a few things for students to know concerning housing, food and transportation.

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Six faculty granted tenure for 2017–18 academic year

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

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Bearcats unite for Day of Service

In Salem and across the country, members of the Willamette country joined together to do good.

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Willamette welcomes Bearcat Days visitors

Events for admitted students kick off Thursday and Friday.

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In “Lear’s Daughters,” female voices take stage.

Feminist prequel to famous Shakespeare play imagines sisters before “King Lear.”

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In 3-2 engineering program, Donald Swen ’18 discovers challenge and success

Through Willamette’s joint degree program, Donald Swen ’18 heads abroad, works with robots and finds shorter path to advanced engineering degree.

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Atkinson Lecture speaker Ta-Nehisi Coates addressed the lies that lead to racism

Willamette’s MLK Celebration concluded with a presentation by the 2015 National Book Award winner.

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Willamette Day celebration events

Here are the events that kick off a yearlong celebration of Willamette’s past, present and future. Join in the festivities that begin Wednesday.

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ASP class of 2017 arrives on campus next week

Campus community encouraged to make the new Bearcats feel at home.

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AGSM faculty offer leadership advice to undergrads

A series of interactive events helps students get ahead in their career preparation.

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Campus jobs open for leadership — and non-leadership — types

All Willamette students are encouraged to apply for Campus Life jobs

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Winter choir tour brings Bieber and Basie to Oregon, California

Update (Jan. 9, 2017): Unfortunately, the choir tour had to be canceled due to the winter storm that paralyzed Oregon over the weekend.

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Memories, friendships celebrated at ASP closing ceremony

The American Studies Program provided a warm send-off for the class of 2016.

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Taking a stand at Standing Rock

Willamette staff member, students spend holiday break supporting pipeline protesters in North Dakota.

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Outreach program encourages girls to consider science

For 20 years and counting, the Webber scholarship has helped female scholars teach elementary students.

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Dog Days returns for finals week

If you’re feeling stressed about finals, try petting a dog.

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Willamette to add women’s lacrosse

Plans include a club team in 2017–18 and a varsity team in 2018–19.

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Recipe for a successful baking company

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

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After the Break

Four alumni share how the Take a Break program expanded their worldviews and inspired careers focused on social justice.

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Student trip highlights Oregon’s little-known racial history

Oregon Black Pioneers nonprofit leads College Colloquium trip to Portland.

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This scary, frustrating, crazy, unprecedented election

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.

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Identity, climate change and other topics head Carson talks

Undergraduates present findings from Carson Undergraduate Research Grants.

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Willamette students respond to the 2016 presidential debates

How is Willamette University responding to the 2016 presidential election? Find out in this video of students at DebateWatch and this preview article from Willamette magazine’s fall issue.

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Willamette students help the needy through harvest gleaning

Food Recovery Network travels to Molalla, Oregon, to collect hundreds of pounds of apples.

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Students asked to update emergency contact information

All students will be required to update their information before registering for classes.

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Roxane Gay delivers Atkinson Lecture

The acclaimed author and “bad feminist” inspired laughter, tears, social change and self-reflection.

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Out with the old, in with the new

Summer renovations transform Baxter and Doney halls.

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Season of Shakespeare

Willamette University Theatre’s new season features contemporary plays, music, dance and “Macbeth.”

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Willamette welcomes new tenure-track faculty members

They join several departments in CLA, Law and AGSM.

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Convocation speaker addresses life’s great mysteries

Robert Krulwich of Radiolab urges first-year students to cultivate wonder about the world.

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Opening Days gets the class of 2020 off to a good start

The Willamette community welcomes its newest members to campus.

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Opening Days begins this week

Willamette gears up for a new academic year and the arrival of the class of 2020.

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Assistant professor named Kavli Fellow

Katja Meyer attends the Kavli Frontiers of Science Indonesian-American Symposium.

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Questions of justice

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

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Life of the mind

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.

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Long looks forward to SVP role

Former dean Carol Long returns to Willamette as senior vice president for academic and student affairs.

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Willamette ranked No. 6 for Peace Corps volunteers

More than 330 alumni have served the organization since 1961.

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“Vincent in Brixton” opens Feb. 18

Romance, destruction characterizes new Willamette production.

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Students explored meaning of art in “PIECES and PARTS”

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

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Student Advisory Board seeks to bridge gap between students, administrators

The group aims to foster effective, two-way communication between students, staff and administrators.

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Professor Peter Harmer earns Oregon mentor award

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

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Willamette community gives back for MLK Day

Nearly 180 students, staff spent an afternoon serving their community.

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Willamette launches 24-hour crisis hotline

Through ProtoCall, students will receive immediate help from trained counselors.

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Willamette wins world record — for the second time

The Guinness Book of World Records confirmed the win this month.

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Amadou Fofana wins grant for documentary project

Amadou Fofana will undertake a collaborative documentary project on African cinema.

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Alumna, professor help Anya Rogala ’16 find her way

Through the help of her mentor, Anya Rogala ’16 transforms two internships into a chosen career.

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Carson Scholars share research at public forum

A summer program enables students to study scholarly, professional or creative endeavors around the globe.

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Maya Kaup '17 stands up to her fears to champion important causes

Maya Kaup ’17 overcomes her aversion to the spotlight to champion important causes.

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New ASWU president reveals his goals for 2015-16

Shamir Cervantes '16 shares his challenges, goals for the 2015-16 year

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Walking the talk

Among his many activities, Mitch Diaz '16 serves as an admission intern and welcomes visitors to campus.

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Sigma Chi honors Jim Booth '64 with award

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

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

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

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Opening Days showcases Willamette's community to new students

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

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More Willamette students are going Greek

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

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Career Services earns national recognition for its student programs

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

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Green Initiative Fund awards sustainability grants to students, staff

The awards will improve facilities, reduce waste and promote sustainability.

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Pérez teaches his students never to settle for the world in which they live

Roy Pérez, who teaches English and American Ethnic Studies, helps his students challenge concepts of culture and power.

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Minimal disruptions expected across campus while construction ensues

Crews are working in Baxter Hall, Sparks Athletic Center and Collins Science Center.

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Willamette University launches renewed website this summer

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

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Construction projects underway

The work includes renovating a residence hall and remodeling lab spaces.

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Willamette earns national recognition for community service efforts

The university is named on the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

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Professor Abigail Susik selected to attend national art history seminar

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

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Native American programming helped with new, $30,000 grant

The funds will help recruit, support and retain Native American students at Willamette.

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Willamette University celebrates Class of 2015 at commencement

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

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Willamette’s institutional advertisement lands at PDX

The airport ad is a ‘first’ in a set of collaborative marketing efforts.

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Pate '15 pursued her love for performing, activism at Willamette

An aspiring human rights journalist, Natalie Pate '15 is honing her writing skills through a reporting job with the Statesman Journal newspaper in Salem.

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Students encouraged to reduce waste by donating unwanted items

A joint rummage sale and donation drive is benefiting Greek life and the Union Gospel Mission.

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Risa Cromer '04 earns prestigious Charlotte W. Newcombe Fellowship

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

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Seth Cotlar earns two grants to support his research project

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

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Willamette Singers achieve global recognition through DownBeat award

The jazz group gains global recognition for second straight year.

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Christina Johnson '14 earns National Science Foundation fellowship

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

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Students become teachers for SSRD

On Student Scholarship Recognition Day, students lead the discussions as they present their projects.

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Altman tests muscles' reaction to vibration

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

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Willamette ranks 13th in nation among green colleges

The Princeton Review recognized Willamette for its sustainability efforts.

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Professor Andrea Stolowitz earns second Oregon Book Award

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

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Speakers chosen for 2015 commencement ceremonies

Speakers for the undergrad, graduate schools will share remarks May 17.

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Student, alumnus earn Fulbright scholarships

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

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Willamette community explores its capitol connections at April 2 event

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

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Two students earn Oregon newspaper internships this summer

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

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Convocation panelists remain optimistic about Zena's future

Panelists review history, future of Zena during convocation.

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

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

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Humanity in Action names its first Willamette University fellow

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

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

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

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Willamette community raises over $200k

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

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Shields’ delicious tribute

Fans flip over his edible artworks.

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Tomodachi Program promotes friendship across cultures

Tomodachi participants share American culture with ASP students — and find they learn just as much from the experience.

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Student earns first Luce Scholarship

Christian Oldham ’14, MBA ’15 will spend a year in Japan studying ikebana.

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Theatre touted as nation's best by OnStage

The OnStage blog calls Willamette's Theatre program "absolutely incredible."

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

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

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Two students earn fellowships to study public policy this summer

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

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Students find their voices through community radio

What’s it like to host a radio show? Chemistry professor Karen McFarlane Holman’s “Community Radio” students try it firsthand — and learn about themselves along the way.

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Green Initiative Fund promotes sustainability efforts across campus

The Green Initiative Fund is promoting social and environmental sustainability on campus.

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Biologist explores the science behind owl attacks on Salem runners

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

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History professor selected for CIC seminar at Yale University in June

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

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Amadou Fofana wins Mellon Fellowship at Duke University

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

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Math Department promotes team building through NSF research grant

A National Science Foundation grant is funding undergraduate mathematics research.

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Willamette among nation's best for "making an impact"

The Princeton Review lists Willamette fourth in the nation for "making an impact.”

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Unmasking a researcher

Kaeli Swift ’09 wears a mask as she uncovers the corpse. She knows she’s being watched.

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New TIUA class arrives from Japan

This week, Tokyo International University of America (TIUA) welcomed 132 new students to Salem.

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Remember poetry

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

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Roger Shimomura discusses how stereotypes have influenced his art

Shimomura discusses his creative process Jan. 23 as part of MLK celebration.

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Alumnus, visiting English professor nominated for Oregon Book Awards

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

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

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

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