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Undergraduate Student Stories

Our students and alumni are making discoveries, initiating positive change and making a difference in people's lives every day. Read the stories below to discover just how powerful a Willamette education can be.

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

06.02.2021 | Jennifer Johnson

Kawamura now works with data for scouting at the Houston Astros.

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Traditional 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, featuring 250 student presentations and more than 2,500 guests.

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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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At Amazon, Wayfair and now Proto101, Ashleigh Corker BA, MBA’06 finds what she does best

05.26.2021 | Jennifer Johnson

Ashleigh Corker BA, MBA ’06 leans into sustainable clothing after stints at world's biggest e-commerce companies.

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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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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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Rosa León Zayas wins Renjen Prize for Faculty Excellence

05.04.2021 | Marketing and Communications

The award recognizes the accomplishments of faculty members early in their careers.

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Research, faculty boost grad’s success in physics

04.30.2021 | Jennifer Johnson

Willamette's tight-knit physics community and REUs opened up graduate opportunities for Hannah Rarick ’21.

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Campus leadership, experiential learning strengthen grad’s future in healthcare 

04.30.2021 | Jennifer Johnson

Bella Medina ’21 found myriad ways to be active within their major and on campus.

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Student leadership roles led graduate to MBA

04.23.2021 | Jennifer Johnson

Hawaii Club, TIUA encouraged Jarin Kobashigawa BA ’20, MBA ’21 to pursue graduate school.

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Willamette University announces new guidelines ahead of in-person fall opening

04.22.2021 | Marketing and Communications

Willamette University will once again resume in-person education this fall and anticipates a full range of on-campus activity.

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

04.15.2021 | Jennifer Johnson

Scarfe is a soloist, faculty member and founder of the Trinity Alps Chamber Music Festival.

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New Dean of Students announced

04.15.2021

Willamette University welcomes its new dean of students for community care and inclusion, Abbas Hill.

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Student body elects new ASWU officers

04.12.2021

Associate Students of Willamette University President Giovanni Bautista '22 and Vice President Angel Park '22 share their goals.

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Cultivating a global community

03.31.2021 | Tom Morlan

Accomplished linguist Elizabeth Guzman Ljubetic ’14 is committed to fostering a more interconnected business world.

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Lee Kelly sculpture graces Willamette University campus

03.30.2021 | Tom Morlan

The piece, which SAIF Corporation donated to the university in 2017, was installed just northeast of the Art Building on March 29, 2021.

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Highly competitive healthcare internship sends Willamette student to Kenya

03.25.2021 | Jennifer Johnson

Applicant pool for East Africa internship was the largest in the organization's history.

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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.

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Business Programs

01.22.2021 | Marketing Communications

WU unveils new business programs

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College of Law announces Law School Bound admission program

01.15.2021 | Willamette University College of Law

The program offers an innovative and transparent path to obtaining a legal education.

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Building diversity and inclusivity into the global workforce

01.04.2021 | Jennifer Johnson

Nancy Garcia ’08, MBA’10 incorporated the fundamentals she learned at Willamette into her career.

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Willamette leaders credit successful fall semester to community strength, support

12.08.2020 | Daniel Johnson

After reopening for in-person learning in August, Willamette nears the completion of its fall semester with few reported COVID-19 cases thanks to campuswide safety measures and policies.

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.

Eric Swinn ’06 talks to a fisherman in India

Adventures abroad began with French and Russian studies

11.23.2020 | Jennifer Johnson

Eric Swinn ’06 has traveled the world as a foreign service officer.

Lisa Landreman

An interview with Lisa Landreman

11.18.2020 | Emmy Obenauf '23

Willamette's new vice president for student affairs and dean of students discusses beginning her tenure in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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A flash interview with Director Susan Coromel

11.12.2020 | Andrew Keswick '22

Theatre major Andrew Keswick '22 and Professor Coromel discuss the intricacies of safely producing a live theatre production during the global pandemic.

Marie Morel-Seytoux

A career that adds up

11.10.2020 | Jennifer Johnson

Success for FICO Vice President Marie Morel-Seytoux ’90 began with a Willamette math degree.

Jaered Koichi Croes ’08

Undergraduate blog charts path for future career

10.27.2020 | Jennifer Johnson

Jaered Koichi Croes ’08 now runs a popular Japanese culture blog and app that teaches kanji.

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Remembering Thetford Lodge

10.12.2020 | Jennifer Johnson

Students, staff and faculty share photos and memories of Thetford Lodge, which was destroyed by unprecedented wildfires last month.

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Rediscovering her roots through Latin American Studies

10.09.2020 | Jennifer Johnson

After traveling the world, Claudia Ortiz Gajardo ’20 pursues long-sought degree.

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U.S. News names Willamette best in PNW for economic diversity

09.14.2020

Willamette also ranked No. 2 for best liberal arts school and “Best Value School” in Oregon.

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Students, faculty return to campus with cautious optimism

09.06.2020 | Daniel Johnson

With new safety protocols and classroom technology upgrades in place, students, faculty and staff returned to campus in August for in-person instruction and to reconnect with the WU community.

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.

Waller Hall with green grass before it and a blue sky streaked with white clouds overhead

New faculty members join Willamette

09.01.2020

Six new professors bring expertise in law, data science, Japanese, computer science and vocal jazz.

Dani Cone ’98

In the right place at the right time

08.20.2020 | Jennifer Johnson

Willamette’s holistic approach empowered Dani Cone ’98 to become one of Seattle's most recognizable small business owners.

Nathan Love ’05 MBA’06

Alum succeeds by thinking beyond now to 'what is possible’

08.19.2020 | Jennifer Johnson

MBA program, connections lead Nathan Love ‘05 MBA’06 to jobs in entertainment, digital tech.

Football player makes a cut with the ball

Willamette suspends football, soccer and volleyball competition

07.22.2020

Tennis, golf and cross country teams will still be able to compete in the Northwest Conference this fall.

A professor leans into a table in the World Languages Studio to provide instruction to two students

Willamette awarded NEH CARES grant

06.24.2020

$299,766 grant will support humanities programming in the CAS, museum and library.

Alexis Gjurasic ’19

Coronavirus cuts Fulbright short, but lessons continue

05.27.2020 | Jennifer Johnson

Alexis Gjurasic ’19 earned the distinction as the first Willamette Fulbright grantee in Luxembourg.

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.

mosaic of graduates photos

Virtual celebration honors graduates

05.18.2020

More than 500 students representing three schools graduated from Willamette University on Sunday. 

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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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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.

Claire Matthews-Lingen

Newly elected ASWU executive officers

05.07.2020 | Marketing and Communications

President Claire Mathews-Lingen '21, Vice President Dani Garcia-King '22 and Treasurer Michael Burke '23 respond to a brief Q&A.

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.

Face mask

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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Willamette computers lend power to COVID-19 fight

04.29.2020 | Jennifer Johnson

Willamette University faculty joined the fight against COVID-19 — and so have campus computers.

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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.

Image from the presentation "How Syrian Asylum Seekers and Refugees Interact with Dutch Healthcare" by Lily Clancy ’22.

Student Scholarship Recognition Day continues tradition online

04.28.2020

The innovative spirit of Willamette University students shone a bit more than usual last week.

Message to Prospective Students from Willamette President

04.27.2020 | Marketing and Communications

Looking forward to the fall.

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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.

Rositsa Atanasova ’07

Major in Classical Studies ‘crucial link’ for refugee rights work

04.23.2020 | Jennifer Johnson

Alumna travels world for education, finds humanitarian career.

Lisa Oakley ’04

‘Disease detective’ alumna works at the front lines of COVID-19

04.23.2020 | Jennifer Johnson

Research by Lisa Oakley ’04 and her team prompted social distance, face-covering measures.

view of cherry blossom trees and empty sidewalk along the Quad

A month like no other

04.20.2020 | Jennifer Johnson

During this unprecedented time, some Willamette University departments share how the pandemic dramatically transformed their service to students, especially those who remain on campus.

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.

Professor Kirk pours solution into a beaker

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.

Willamette suspends all athletic events and activities

03.12.2020

The indefinite suspension follows the NCAA’s decision to cancel sports championships and the NWC’s move to halt athletics at member schools.

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Willamette recognized for creating pathway to success for underrepresented students

03.09.2020

Strive for College, an organization dedicated to educational access, gives the university high marks for fostering an environment that leads to timely graduation and rewarding careers.

Kalie Weninger

Sociology major wins Fulbright for masters degree in England

03.08.2020 | Jennifer Johnson

Kalie Weninger ’15 one of three graduates awarded the grant last year.

Stained glass window of a cardinal W in Cone Chapel, detail shot

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.

Conner Mertens ’17

From athlete to advocate

02.25.2020 | Jennifer Johnson

Politics grad starts nonprofit, becomes public speaker and fights for patient rights.

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.

Waller Hall and Eaton Hall before a green lawn

Willamette named ‘Best Value College’ by Princeton Review

02.23.2020

University receives high marks for academic quality, affordability and success of alumni.

Two students hold a sign saying "Welcome to Willamette" in both English and Japanese

American Studies Program class arrives

02.03.2020

Bearcats gathered at Hatfield Fountain to welcome the new ASP students to campus.

Student loads brush into truck bed

Willamette celebrates Martin Luther King Day

01.24.2020

Bearcats engage in service projects, book club, documentary screening and more events in the spirit of King’s legacy.

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NCAA magazine features Willamette men’s basketball’s healthy masculinity program

01.24.2020

The Willamette men’s basketball team nurtures a culture of healthy masculinity, a commitment that is making a difference in the locker room and beyond.

Blitz the Bearcat dances with student

Should I attend admitted student day?

01.15.2020 | Jennifer Johnson

After you’ve been accepted to a university, it’s easy to think your college search is over.

WEMS

Student-run EMS offers great career preparation

01.06.2020 | Jennifer Johnson

Willamette Emergency Medical Service is one of two services of its kind registered in state.

Fannie Lou Hamer speaking graphic

Willamette’s MLK celebration features screening of ‘Fannie Lou Hamer’s America’

12.18.2019 | Adam Torgerson

Filmmakers will answer audience questions following Jan. 24 screening.

Emma Giron photo

Emma Giron ’18 is the first Rangel Fellow from Willamette

12.17.2019 | Adam Torgerson

The program funds a master’s and living expenses for people considering careers in foreign service.

Student shakes TIUA President, Hiroshi Takahashi's hand while receiving their certificate.

American Studies Program closing ceremony gallery

12.16.2019 | James Kalama '21

Willamette University and Tokyo International University of America celebrated the 92 members of the American Studies Program’s 31st class on Dec. 13.

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.

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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Best questions to ask at your college visit

11.08.2019

Google all you want, but visiting a college is the best way to find out if it’s truly right for you.

Actor preparing to go onstage

How to prepare for college theatre auditions

11.01.2019 | Professor of Theatre Susan Coromel

Many colleges and universities, including Willamette, offer scholarships for serious theatre students.

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How to apply for financial aid

10.31.2019

Financial aid is the best way to lower the sticker price of a college, and a few small steps can make the process more manageable.

Student wearing a football costume plays a violin

How to make extracurriculars stand out on a college app

10.22.2019 | Jennifer Johnson

Do you volunteer at the local food shelter, play soccer or practice an instrument? Or do you take care of relatives and hold a part time job

A student teaches before a projection screen

Willamette listed among top Teach For America colleges

09.30.2019

Seven Bearcat alumni are serving in the program’s 2019 teaching corps.

From the crowd's perspective on the Quad, five student hold signs of Willamette's motto in Latin: non nobis solum nati sumus

Willamette welcomes new classes

09.20.2019

Undergraduate, graduate students represent dozens of states an several countries.

three students twirl flaming poi in a time-lapse photo so the fire forms circles around them

Get involved in clubs at Willamette

09.20.2019

With 91 registered student organizations available this year, it’s harder to find something you’re not interested in.

Katherine Skovira head shot

Willamette welcomes new opera chair

09.16.2019

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

Race to Alaska boat at sea

Capturing the ultimate race at sea

09.11.2019 | Jennifer Johnson

Supported by a colloquium grant, student documents his race from Washington to Alaska.

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.

Waller Hall on a sunny autumn day with orange-yellow tree in foreground

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.

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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.

A smiling student seated at a table outside helps a standing student sign up for a club

Bearcats celebrate the new academic year

09.06.2019

The campus community kicked off the start of the academic year with a block party and the annual Activities and Resources Expo. Here are some photographic highlights.

Leah Olson ’20

Father’s ALS diagnosis inspires student’s advocacy

09.03.2019 | Jennifer Johnson

Leah Olson ’20 interns with ALS Association, lobbies at D.C. and in Salem.

Students on the beach leap for a Frisbee

Opening Days and Jump Start gallery

08.22.2019

The Willamette community welcomes nearly 400 College of Liberal Arts students at the student-led orientation programs, Opening Days and Jump Start.

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.

student and professor crouch over a computer screen next to a microscope

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.

Olivia Scott at the South African coast

Student athlete works to prevent gang violence

07.10.2019 | Jennifer Johnson

Olivia Scott ’20 reflects upon interning with a program founded by a reformed gang member in South Africa.

Victoria Black Horse (Photo by Dominick Reuter)

Alumna builds bridges to a healthier future

07.01.2019 | Rosemary Camozzi

Medical resident Victoria Black Horse ’13 laid her foundation for medical school at Willamette University and continues to mentor Native American students entering the field.

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.

student researchers receiving award

City honors Willamette student researchers

05.29.2019 | Tom Morlan

Geoarchaeology class unearths clues about the history of an old millrace in downtown Salem.

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Keeping the Bearcats on their toes

05.21.2019 | Tom Morlan

The groundbreaking research of Monya Maleki ’19 brings the benefits of ballet to the football arena.

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Seniors honored for cocurricular involvement

05.21.2019 | Office of Student Activities

Congratulations to the recipients of the 2019 Senior Keys and Senior Certificates.

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.

Raul Marquez ’22

Representing diversity and fighting for more equitable resources in schools

05.08.2019 | Jennifer Johnson

First-year student is among youngest candidates ever to run for Salem-Keizer School Board.

anna ayala in the lab

Promoting a healthy future

05.01.2019 | Tom Morlan

Aspiring physician Anna Ayala ’19 wants to make an impact at the individual and policy levels.

Students in straw hats dancing

Hawai’i Club presents 30th Lū’au

04.30.2019

Student-run evening of entertainment celebrated the rich history of Polynesian music.

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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.

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Undergraduates share their research achievements

04.30.2019

Student Scholarship Recognition Day highlights Willamette students’ intellectual, creative and academic pursuits.

Tova Hershman ’19

Honors and Awards in Bearcat Excellence presented

04.29.2019

Students recognized for cocurricular involvement and leadership.

Paige Morrisey ’19

Willamette politics major lands Stanford data fellowship

04.23.2019 | University Communications

Paige Morrisey ’19 will interview families, collect data for groundbreaking study.

adrian uphoff

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.

Cooper Battle in lab

A Growing Threat

04.17.2019 | Adam Torgerson

Students in Willamette’s ‘Battle Lab’ target cancer cells.

Garrard Conley

Reconstructing identity and the importance of compassion

04.16.2019 | Jennifer Johnson

“Boy Erased” author speaks about writing, cinema and surviving conversion therapy.

sarah pope in lab coat

Chasing down a childhood dream

04.15.2019 | Tom Morlan

The pre-vet studies of Sarah Pope ’13 took her from Willamette to a biodiversity hotspot in South Africa.

Amarit Ubhi

Meet ASWU’s incoming executive officers

04.15.2019 | Associated Students of Willamette University

New president, vice president and treasurer will be sworn in during the last ASWU Senate meeting of the semester May 2.

Paimon Jaberi

Finding strength in numbers

04.03.2019 | Tom Morlan

BA/MBA graduate uses data to tackle the business side of the Seahawks.

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.

Lynn Nakamoto, College of Law Commencement speaker 2018

Commencement speakers, honorary degrees announced

04.02.2019 | University Communications

Leaders in physics, business and law will address graduates from the class of 2019.

Ben Crop

Pursuing an MBA with an eye on theatre

03.26.2019 | Jennifer Johnson

Ben Crop ’08, MBA’09 uses dual degree to build a career in theatre management and education.

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Willamette ranks No. 9 in US for Peace Corps volunteers

03.22.2019

University has been ranked among the top small colleges 15 of the last 17 years.

2019–20 tuition for the College of Liberal Arts

03.19.2019

Willamette University Board of Trustees has set student charges for the coming year.

Students pack food for Global Day of Service

Bearcats team up for third annual Global Day of Service

03.13.2019 | Paul McKean ’11

Willamette community unites to live out the university motto through service projects across the country and overseas.

student writes a thank you note at a table with many cupcakes

Honoring the spirit of generosity

03.12.2019 | Tom Morlan

Thanks to a matching gift program, students can make every donation count.

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.

Melissa Buis Michaux

Faculty receive promotions or tenure

02.26.2019 | University Communications

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

Len Reed

The Collegian finds new mission through Pulitzer Prize-winning writer

02.15.2019 | Jennifer Johnson

Former Oregonian editorial writer mentors newspaper staff.

Lacrosse player

Women’s lacrosse debuts at Willamette

02.15.2019 | Jennifer Johnson

Season opens at home Sunday, Feb. 24, versus the Denver Wildcats.

Student holds up a beaker with liquid in it to the light in a lab

Willamette University adds majors in data science, public health

02.15.2019 | Tom Morlan

The new degree programs will launch in the fall.

Student in cybersecurity club

Students learn cybersecurity skills for competition and careers

02.12.2019 | Jennifer Johnson

Club teaches techniques to crack passwords, hack Wi-Fi networks to improve security.

Willamette student greets an TIU student in front of a bus

Bearcats welcome ASP class of 2019

02.05.2019 | Tom Mayhall Rastrelli

Warm greetings and a flurry of activity ushered in the 30th anniversary of the American Studies Program.

four students converse in Jackson Plaza in spring

Willamette among Princeton Review’s top colleges

02.05.2019 | Adam Torgerson

The university is named among the top colleges, best value colleges and green schools.

E.M. Lewis '94 attends a performance of, "The Gun Show."

Playwright champions common ground in controversial topics

01.03.2019 | Jennifer Johnson

E.M. (Ellen) Lewis ’94 sparks conversation surrounding topics such as climate change and the divide on American gun ownership through theatre.

“When I travel somewhere, I love going to the local store, not the big box — that’s where you see who lives there, what they’re eating, what they’re talking about.” —Dani Cone '98

A not-so-general store — the GOOD food and drink guide

01.03.2019 | Erik Schmidt

Dani Cone ’98 seeks to foster close-knit community in fast-paced Seattle with Cone & Steiner general stores.

Owen Carver ’03

Be the change — the GOOD food and drink guide

01.02.2019 | Erik Schmidt

Owen Carver ’03 advocates for sustainable practices and social equity in the coffee industry.

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.

“By being willing to hire people with (criminal) backgrounds,  we had access to great employees other companies were openly discriminating against.” —Shobi Dahl '05

Dave’s killer nephew — the GOOD food and drink guide

12.26.2018 | Erik Schmidt

Working with his uncle at Dave’s Killer Bread, Shobi Dalh ’05 helps people with criminal records start anew.

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.

Mai Hiwatashi speaks at podium

Willamette celebrates 30th class of American Studies Program

12.18.2018 | Tina Owen

The students who made a positive impact on the university and Salem communities returned to Japan and other home countries.

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.

Student and senior citizen

Students build real-world skills in work with senior citizens

12.11.2018 | Jennifer Johnson

Exercise science class explores the physical changes that accompany aging.

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.

Isaac Parker ’02

Isaac Parker named head coach of Bearcat football

12.05.2018

Double alumnus is also former team captain and all-conference player.

Kelli O'Brien ’22

Tutoring program educates and improves the lives of school children

11.27.2018 | Jennifer Johnson

Willamette undergrads make connections with local students through Tiger Club.

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.

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.

Michelle Hicks ’20, co-coordinator of the Clothing Share, checks the inventory.

SOAR Center supports basic student needs

11.07.2018 | Jennifer Johnson

Free food, books and clothing are offered through a new student-led initiative.

Students record at Studio X recording studio

Willamette Singers records eighth album at legendary studio

10.30.2018 | Jennifer Johnson

Vocal jazz group joins music icons who record at Seattle’s Studio X.

Eleven Willamette students stand on the steps of a building at the Pacific Northwest Students of Color Conference at Gonzaga University

Students of color foster community and growth at conference

10.30.2018 | Kawika Kalama ’21

Pacific Northwest Students of Color Conference inspires Kawika Kalama ’21.

CLA implements new academic advising system

10.30.2018 | Laura Jacobs Anderson and Jackie Barretta

SAGE replaces JASON and WebAdvisor for Spring 2019 registration. Help is available.

A graphic image of an overhead view of city blocks of tall buildings with the text "Willamette University MBA Blockchain: The Revolution Extends Beyond Cryptocurrency November 7 2018"

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.

an alumna speaks with former White House Chief of Staff Leon Panetta and Sylvia Panetta, his wife

Switchboard makes connections for jobs and more

10.22.2018 | Daniel Johnson

An alumna launches a new career thanks to the free Willamette community resource.

Karen Sandrik and Vincent Chiappetta Business Lawyering Institute

Willamette Law’s Business Lawyering Institute: The Business of Law

10.19.2018 | Christopher Tritto

Willamette’s new Business Lawyering Institute prepares tomorrow’s attorneys for a changing world.

A fan in Bearcat attire smiles at cheers among the crowd at a soccer game

Families and alumni celebrate the Willamette community

10.16.2018 | Daniel Johnson

Homecoming and Family Weekend combine for action-packed days of entertainment, commemoration and fun.

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.

Student shows off sculpture at art opening.

Creativity flourishes with new arts fellowship

10.09.2018 | Jennifer Johnson

Students gain more access to faculty mentorship, funding and peer learning communities.

Black and white photo of Winona LaDuke speaking before a crowd

Willamette celebrates indigenous people

10.01.2018 | Jennifer Johnson

Lectures, presentations and a film commemorate Indigenous Peoples’ Day in October.

Two female students hold a bee

New Willamette ‘hotel’ provides good ‘bee-search’

10.01.2018 | Jennifer Johnson

Faculty member, students build bee hotel to learn more about the species’ behavior.

Hallie Ford Museum of Art

Hallie Ford Museum of Art turns 20

09.21.2018 | Jennifer Johnson

Museum celebrates more than 220 exhibitions and standing among the best in the Pacific Northwest.

Character wearing wooden mask with hands outstretched in a Y before a blue and red backdrop

Willamette University Theatre finds a new twist on old classics

09.21.2018

The 2018-19 season presents theatre, dancing and music.

Willamette grads top Teach For America list

09.12.2018 | Adam Torgerson

Willamette University shares the top spot among small colleges nationally for alumni service to the program.

U.S. News names Willamette among top colleges

09.12.2018 | Adam Torgerson

The university was also ranked highly by counselors and is listed also among the “Best Value Colleges.”

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.

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.

Student holding sign that says La Chipsa de Salem the Salem Spark

Bearcats get involved at the fall expo

09.10.2018

Activities and Resources Expo featured clubs, resources and opportunities for Bearcats.

College Raptor logo with picture of a diamond and test US Hidden Gems 2019

Willamette is a ‘hidden gem’ among universities nationwide

09.05.2018

College Raptor highlights Willamette University in several rankings including the 25 Best Colleges in the Northwest.

President Thorsett shakes the hand of a new student

Willamette welcomes new students

09.04.2018 | University communications

Undergraduate and graduate students represent 30 states and several countries.

Cooper Battle, Bill Forster head shots

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.

Two students work at a cider press

Landscape concert and art installation highlight ZenaFest

08.31.2018 | University Communications

Annual event expands creative possibilities at the rural property.

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Willamette ranked top liberal arts college in Northwest by Washington Monthly

08.28.2018

The university moves up seven spots, boosted by students’ strong commitment to volunteer work.

A new student releases her candle to the Mill Stream during Matriculation.

Class of 2022 prepares to “make the whole world” their campus

08.27.2018

Willamette community welcomes new students at Opening Days.

Waller Hall with students standing in front

Willamette among Princeton Review’s top colleges

08.24.2018 | Adam Torgerson

Listed as well among the nation’s environmentally friendly and sustainable colleges, Willamette is also ranked as a “Best Western College” and a “College that Pays You Back.”

Headshots of the seven faculty award winners

2018 Faculty Awards announced

08.23.2018

The university celebrated seven outstanding faculty members at Opening Convocation.

Two football players carry bags during move-in of Opening Days

Opening Days begins Wednesday

08.20.2018

Willamette gears up for a new academic year and the arrival of the class of 2022.

Willamette Academy student smiles while sitting in a classroom

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.

Vice President Shelby Radcliffe

Campus update on advancement

07.23.2018

VP Shelby Radcliffe provides an overview of FY18 progress.

reusable cup with Willamette written on the side being filled at drinking fountain with water

Salem lifts drinking water advisory

07.20.2018

The city’s drinking water is safe. The university is prepared for the future.

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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.

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.

Professor Karen Arabas stands before a classroom with a whiteboard with Overview Colorado River written on it.

In class — “ENVR 327W: Water Resources”

05.23.2018 | Tina Owen

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

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.”

Law graduate gets embraced by woman with a rose

Willamette celebrates the Class of 2018

05.14.2018

Diplomas in hand, graduates move on to the next stages of their lives.

Willamette University expands access for students with high school college credit

05.10.2018

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

Sierra Wilson ’18

First-generation student aims for healthcare career

05.07.2018 | Jennifer Johnson

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

Professor Seth Cotlar lands national lectureship

05.07.2018

Cotlar among 26 professors who will give lectures throughout the nation

Students on Take a Break in Fresno stand in front of a building they painted.

Take A Break combines volunteering, leadership and learning

05.07.2018 | Jennifer Johnson

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

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.

Varsity triathlon competition begins fall 2021

04.30.2018

The women's team will compete in fall 2021.

A student wearing rubber gloves sorts trash on a tarp in Jackson Plaza.

Waste audit offers valuable lessons in sustainability

04.30.2018 | Tina Owen

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

student smiles after receiving an award

Honors and Awards in Bearcat Excellence announced

04.27.2018

More than 30 awards were given to students who have made positive contributions to the Willamette community.

José Fausto ’18

Jump-starting a career with Willamette networks

04.27.2018 | Jennifer Johnson

Alumni office connects José Fausto ’18 to job prospects

Willamette students dance with fans in the luau

Hawai’i Club presents 29th Lū’au

04.23.2018

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

a student presents a poster at SSRD

Willamette celebrates Student Scholarship Recognition Day

04.23.2018

The 18th annual event highlighted student achievements across disciplines.

Willamette announces commencement speakers, honorary degree recipients

04.23.2018 | Adam Torgerson

Former governor, community leaders to speak at graduation ceremony

J. Connor Maloney BA ’17, MBA ’18

Internship steers BA/MBA grad to auto industry

04.23.2018 | Jennifer Johnson

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

Willamette Chamber Choir

Traditional Malay dance, bird song animates choir performance

04.18.2018 | Jennifer Johnson

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

A violinist sings at Wulapalooza

Wulapalooza rocks Brown Field

04.16.2018 | Frank Miller

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

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.

Digital rendering of new meeting rooms in McCulloch Stadium, chairs around tables and whiteboard

Athletics facilities renovated and improved

04.04.2018

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

2018–19 Tuition for the College of Liberal Arts

04.02.2018

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.

Blitz the Bearcat with the Willamette motto "Not unto ourselves alone are we born."

Two more rounds of Bearcat Days this week and next

03.30.2018

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

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.

A performer with a lacy white blanket draped over their head and body

A snail’s life

03.08.2018

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

Blitz the Bearcat with the Willamette motto "Not unto ourselves alone are we born."

Willamette to welcome Bearcat Days visitors

03.08.2018

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

Colby Takeda

Colby R. Takeda ’11

03.05.2018 | Alumni Engagement

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.

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.

Exercise Science seniors at ACSM Conference

ExSci seniors present at ACSM conference

02.27.2018 | Department of Exercise Science

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

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.

3-point challenge logo

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.

Andre E. Johnson

MLK celebration inspires the Willamette community to take action

01.29.2018 | Tina Owen

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

Delta Gamma house

Delta Gamma members vote unanimously to vacate chapter house

01.22.2018

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

Updates to online Financial Aid Self Service tool

01.08.2018

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

Student working in chemistry lab

NSF awards Willamette $646,986 for STEM program

12.22.2017

The funding will support underrepresented youth in STEM fields.

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.

ASP student receives certificate at closing ceremony.

Farewell to the 29th class of the American Studies Program

12.18.2017 | Tina Owen

Students celebrate their many accomplishments before heading back to Japan.

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.

Blitz the Bearcat with a laptop

Portal to replace website gateway pages

12.04.2017

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

coffee

Next Cookies and Conversation planned for Tuesday

11.27.2017

Afternoon casual conversation with university leadership open to all students.

Clean energy, legislation and language

11.20.2017 | Jennifer Johnson

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

Masha Gessen speaking to Willamette students

Masha Gessen asks, ‘Is democracy in danger?’

11.20.2017 | Tina Owen

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

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.

Kosti Efstathiou

Kostantinos Efstathiou hits the ground running

11.06.2017 | University Communications

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

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.

Tynan Gable 17’

Tynan Gable ’17 recognized for Hatfield Library Research Award

11.01.2017 | Luke Ettinger Ph.D.

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.

Bird walk

Up with the lark for Willamette walks

10.30.2017 | Jennifer Johnson

Willamette students, faculty learn about birds and identify species.

coffee

Cookies and Conversation planned for Tuesday

10.16.2017

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

Students use a cider press

Sustainability shines at ZenaFest

10.16.2017 | Jennifer Johnson

Willamette community receives a closer glimpse of student, faculty work at forest property.

SCRP participants in front of Ford Hall

A summer of science turns students on to research

10.16.2017 | Jennifer Johnson

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

Jane Austen with earbuds

Grace Goudy Distinguished Artist Series: Jane Austen’s Songbook

10.13.2017 | University communications

Piano, vocal performance highlights 19th century songs

Parents greet student at Family Weekend

Happy families

10.09.2017

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

students viewing Betty LaDuke art exhibition

Exploring social justice through art

10.09.2017 | Tina Owen

Three exhibitions and a panel discussion aim to start a dialogue about critical issues.

Network password update needed

Mandatory password change for everyone

10.04.2017

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

Sparks Athletic Center

Willamette plans for future capital improvement projects

10.02.2017 | Jennifer Johnson

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

Alumni Weekend ’17

Alumni Weekend reunites and reconnects

09.18.2017

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

LARC art

Students, faculty find common ground in math and art

09.17.2017 | Jennifer Johnson

Art projects ask viewers to read between the lines.

Wendy Red Star

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.

Activities expo students having fun

Students sign up for a variety of clubs and groups

09.11.2017

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

alumni weekend Blitz and alumna smile

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.

Willamette welcomes incoming students

09.04.2017 | University Communications

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

Saghar Sadeghian teaches in a classroom

Willamette introduces new tenure-track faculty members

09.01.2017 | Jennifer Johnson

Faculty members join departments in the College of Liberal Arts.

Opening Days leaders performance

Opening Days gives the class of 2021 a proper Willamette welcome

08.28.2017 | Jennifer Johnson

New students move in, explore campus and prepare for life as a Bearcat.

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2017 Faculty Awards announced

08.24.2017

Seven outstanding faculty members honored at Opening Convocation.

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‘Phenomenon on the Lawn’ — Willamette celebrates the eclipse

08.21.2017

Crowds pack the North Lawn and Quad to view the total solar eclipse.

Lee and York house renovation

Renovation updates Lee, York houses with more contemporary design

08.21.2017 | University Communications

Willamette remodels buildings and relocates staff over the summer.

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.

Fiske Guide to Colleges 2018 Willamette University featured

Willamette lauded in latest ‘Fiske Guide to Colleges’

07.11.2017

Willamette lauded in latest “Fiske Guide to Colleges”

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.

Mandy Devereux

New developments in student career services

06.19.2017

The summer brings changes in the Office of Career Development.

Jade Aguilar

Jade Aguilar named Willamette’s VP of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

06.12.2017 | Adam Torgerson

Sociology’s Jade Aguilar accepts three-year post.

Willamette University Commencement

A historic commencement

05.14.2017 | Tina Owen

Willamette’s three colleges celebrate their students’ achievements.

Alika Masei ’17

A passion for social justice

05.08.2017 | Jennifer Johnson

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

SARAs

SARAs celebrate a decade of service

05.08.2017 | Adam Torgerson

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

books on shelf

Book drive eases burden for first-generation students

05.01.2017 | Jennifer Johnson

Donate your textbooks at drop-off bins around campus.

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.

Willamette University

“An orchestra at your fingertips”

04.28.2017 | Jennifer Johnson

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

Willamette Singers

Willamette Singers win Best Undergraduate Large Vocal Jazz Ensemble

04.28.2017 | Adam Torgerson

The group wins Best Undergraduate Large Vocal Jazz Ensemble

Lee

The search for historical truth: Jason Lee and Willamette commemorations

04.28.2017 | Grace Pochis ’17

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

Mapes

From the Marines to an MBA

04.24.2017 | Jennifer Johnson

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

The DiEllos

Developing “curious minds”

04.24.2017 | Tina Owen

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

Leonard Pitts, Jr.

Willamette announces 2017 Commencement speakers, honorary degree recipients

04.18.2017 | Adam Torgerson

Leonard Pitts Jr. to deliver CLA address.

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.

academic awards

More than 100 undergraduate students honored

04.17.2017

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

Willamette sets 2017–18 tuition and fees

04.10.2017

CLA tuition increase is a historic low for the university.

Willamette University

Final round of Bearcat Days this week

04.10.2017

Help Admissions welcome admitted students to campus Thursday and Friday.

Manfull and Weiss with trophy

Willamette team’s success leaves nothing to debate

04.09.2017 | Jennifer Johnson

The Debate Union heads to national tournament this week.

Blitz welcomes a student

Second round of Bearcat Days this week

04.03.2017

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

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.

Baxter Complex

New housing changes help first-year students find common ground

03.20.2017 | Jennifer Johnson

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

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.

Spring break reminders

03.20.2017 | University Communications

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

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.

Day of Service

Bearcats unite for Day of Service

03.13.2017

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

Blitz the Bearcat

Willamette welcomes Bearcat Days visitors

03.13.2017 | University Communications

Events for admitted students kick off Thursday and Friday.

American Studies Program students at PDX

American Studies Program students join the community

02.13.2017

Last week, Willamette University welcomed 119 ASP students to campus.

Lear's Daughters rehearsal

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

02.13.2017 | Jennifer Johnson

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

Swen newsfeed

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

02.09.2017 | Jennifer Johnson

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

Ta-Nehisi Coates

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

02.03.2017 | Jennifer Johnson

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

Willamette University 175th anniversary

Willamette Day celebration events

01.30.2017

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

ASP arrival photo

ASP class of 2017 arrives on campus next week

01.30.2017

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

AGSM leadership lecture series

AGSM faculty offer leadership advice to undergrads

01.19.2017 | Andrew Hickey

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

Opening Days leadership

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

01.16.2017 | Jennifer Johnson

All Willamette students are encouraged to apply for Campus Life jobs

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.

Top 10 Willamette Instagram photos 2016

Willamette’s top 10 animal photos on Instagram in 2016

12.21.2016 | Tom Mayhall Rastrelli

Did Bearcats love dogs, ducks, goats or owls the most?

Willamette performers

Winter choir tour brings Bieber and Basie to Oregon, California

12.20.2016 | University Communications

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

American Studies Program closing ceremony 2016

Memories, friendships celebrated at ASP closing ceremony

12.19.2016 | Russell Yost MBA’05

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

Standing Rock

Taking a stand at Standing Rock

12.12.2016 | Jennifer Johnson

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

2016 Webber Scholars

Outreach program encourages girls to consider science

12.12.2016 | Jennifer Johnson

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

Dog

Dog Days returns for finals week

12.12.2016

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

Willamette residence halls to close during winter break

12.09.2016 | Jennifer Johnson

Dates, times and arrangements for students to keep in mind.

Willamette to add women’s lacrosse

12.09.2016 | Adam Torgerson

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

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.

TaB Jill Summers

After the Break

11.29.2016 | Marc Covert

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

Student trip highlights Oregon’s little-known racial history

11.14.2016 | Jennifer Johnson

Oregon Black Pioneers nonprofit leads College Colloquium trip to Portland.

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.

Identity, climate change and other topics head Carson talks

10.24.2016 | Jennifer Johnson

Undergraduates present findings from Carson Undergraduate Research Grants.

Willamette University

Willamette students respond to the 2016 presidential debates

10.24.2016 | Adam Torgerson

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.

Food recovery network

Willamette students help the needy through harvest gleaning

10.24.2016 | Jennifer Johnson

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

Students asked to update emergency contact information

10.17.2016 | Tom Mayhall Rastrelli

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

Roxane Gay

Roxane Gay delivers Atkinson Lecture

10.07.2016 | Tom Mayhall Rastrelli

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

DebateWatch

Students assess this year’s unusual election through presidential debate event

10.03.2016 | Jennifer Johnson

Hundreds of students, community members gather for DebateWatch 2016.

Doney Hall renovation

Out with the old, in with the new

09.26.2016 | Jennifer Johnson

Summer renovations transform Baxter and Doney halls.

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead

Season of Shakespeare

09.19.2016 | Tom Mayhall Rastrelli

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

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Willamette welcomes new tenure-track faculty members

09.12.2016 | University Communications

They join several departments in CLA, Law and AGSM.

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During ‘Bearcats Give Back,’ new students are drawn to tradition of volunteering

09.12.2016 | Jennifer Johnson

About 110 students donated their time Saturday.

Robert Krulwich Willamette University Opening Days speaker

Convocation speaker addresses life’s great mysteries

08.29.2016 | Jennifer Johnson

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

08.29.2016 | Tina Owen

The Willamette community welcomes its newest members to campus.

Opening Days

Opening Days begins this week

08.22.2016 | Tina Owen

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

Katja Meyer

Assistant professor named Kavli Fellow

08.04.2016 | Tom Mayhall Rastrelli

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

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.

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.

Carol Long

Long looks forward to SVP role

07.25.2016 | Tina Owen

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

Willamette ranked No. 6 for Peace Corps volunteers

02.18.2016 | Erin Dahl

More than 330 alumni have served the organization since 1961.

"Vincent in Brixton"

“Vincent in Brixton” opens Feb. 18

02.15.2016 | Erin Dahl

Romance, destruction characterizes new Willamette production.

art exhibition

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.

Student Advisory Board seeks to bridge gap between students, administrators

02.01.2016 | Erin Dahl

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

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.

Into the Streets

Willamette community gives back for MLK Day

01.25.2016 | Erin Dahl

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

Red Light/Green Light

Willamette wins world record — for the second time

01.18.2016 | Erin Dahl

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

24-hour crisis hotline

Willamette launches 24-hour crisis hotline

01.18.2016 | Erin Dahl

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

Amadou Fofana wins grant for documentary project

12.21.2015 | Patricia Alley

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

Taneesh Sra ’16

Taneesh Sra ’16, MBA '17 develops a winning strategy through golf, MBA program

12.14.2015 | Erin Dahl

Golfer Taneesh Sra ’16, MBA '17 sets her sights on the corporate world

Anya Rogala '16

Alumna, professor help Anya Rogala ’16 find her way

11.30.2015 | Erin Dahl

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

Carson Scholars share research at public forum

11.23.2015 | Lyra Kuhn

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

Maya Kaup '17

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

11.04.2015 | Erin Dahl

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

10.12.2015 | Erin Dahl

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

Mitch Diaz

Walking the talk

10.01.2015

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

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.

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

08.31.2015 | Erin Dahl

Eight new faculty members share insights on their lives.

Red Light/Green Light runners

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

08.31.2015 | Erin Dahl

The Guinness Book of World Records will certify the results this winter.

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

Green Initiative Fund awards sustainability grants to students, staff

06.29.2015

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

Roy Perez

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

06.26.2015

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

Minimal disruptions expected across campus while construction ensues

06.11.2015

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

Willamette University launches renewed website this summer

06.05.2015

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

Construction projects underway

06.01.2015

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

Images of WU students volunteering

Willamette earns national recognition for community service efforts

05.29.2015

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

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.

Willamette University celebrates Class of 2015 at commencement

05.18.2015

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

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

05.18.2015

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

Willamette’s institutional advertisement lands at PDX

05.18.2015

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

Natalie Pate Journalist

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

05.18.2015

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

Students encouraged to reduce waste by donating unwanted items

05.07.2015

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

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.

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.

Students become teachers for SSRD

04.27.2015

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

Christina Johnson '14 earns National Science Foundation fellowship

04.27.2015

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

Altman tests muscles' reaction to vibration

04.23.2015

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

Willamette ranks 13th in nation among green colleges

04.20.2015

The Princeton Review recognized Willamette for its sustainability efforts.

Professor Andrea Stolowitz earns second Oregon Book Award

04.15.2015

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

Speakers chosen for 2015 commencement ceremonies

04.15.2015

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

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.

Convocation panelists remain optimistic about Zena's future

04.03.2015

Panelists review history, future of Zena during convocation.

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.

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."

Valerie Cleary hired as Willamette's new director of athletics

03.23.2015

Valerie Cleary starts her post in late April.

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.

Six faculty members achieve tenure

03.16.2015

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

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.

Tomodachi Program promotes friendship across cultures

03.02.2015

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

Student earns first Luce Scholarship

03.01.2015

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

Theatre touted as nation's best by OnStage

02.24.2015

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

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.

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.

Green Initiative Fund promotes sustainability efforts across campus

02.16.2015

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

Holman KMUZ

Students find their voices through community radio

02.16.2015 | Sarah Evans

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.

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.

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

02.04.2015

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

Kaeli Swift

Unmasking a researcher

02.02.2015 | Adam Torgerson

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

New TIUA class arrives from Japan

02.02.2015

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

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

Shimomura discusses his creative process Jan. 23 as part of 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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