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Strategies: You're a start-up, college grad
USA Today (May 22)
"The Class of 2015 is just about in the middle of the Millennial generation, the largest demographic group since the Baby Boomers. They are shaping our collective futures.
This past weekend, one member of that class, my niece Kayley Abrams, graduated from Willamette University in Salem, Ore. I got to meet a number of her fellow graduates, and if I were an investor, I'd put my money on many of these human start-ups.
I am confident that success is in their future — and ours. Congrats to all!"
Willamette University grads urged to 'be bold, give back'
Statesman Journal (May 18)
"Piluso used one of the film's iconic scenes, where Cameron stares at a photo of a little girl, to illustrate the point that the longer we look at something or look inside ourselves, the more we find.
'I believe the more you look at something the more there is to look at. We are all made of dots, really. And we shove those dots together, where they be professors, friends and coffee … We've added a layer to ourselves in our time here.'
One of those students looking inside himself to figure out his path was Bryan Martz, who graduated with a degree in rhetoric and media studies. The South Salem High School alumnus said he was looking for jobs in sports marketing, with Nike being his dream destination. Until then, however, he will stay at Willamette a little longer, working at a summer position in the communications office."
"I just got done living my entire life in a small town where I was 100 per cent not allowed to be bisexual,' Mertens told TSN.ca. 'I got to college and I definitely was just exhausted and it was a tired that you can’t sleep off. I didn’t want to feel like that anymore. I knew it was all stemming from the fact that I was spending every minute of every day trying to suppress this side of me that was – obviously, it’s not a defining characteristic, but it was a part of me and a big part of my life.'
'I was in an environment that I felt safe and I had met Wade and I had talked to Wade and it became the right time to do it. That’s such a hard thing to say because I don’t know if there’s such a thing as ‘the right time’ to do it, but it was the least bad time to do it. I just felt like I wanted to begin my college football career with my focus on football and football only and not have to drag along the baggage of being in the closet.'"
A Reason to Be Optimistic: The New Generation of Sustainability Professionals
Huffington Post (May 11)
"This is not just happening at Columbia. Here in New York, the City University has launched a number of new sustainability programs, as has the New School and Bard College. Bard has begun the region's first green MBA program. And of course, sustainability education is not limited to New York. The Bren School of Management at UC Santa Barbara has been at this longer than anyone else. The Atkinson School of Management at Willamette University has a sustainability concentration and Arizona State University, under Earth Institute founder and ASU President Michael Crow, has a thriving set of programs in its path-breaking School of Sustainability. Last week, I had the honor of visiting with the excellent faculty and students of one of the nation's newest sustainability masters programs at Wake Forest University in North Carolina."
Community exclusion from criminal justice costs much
Statesman Journal (May 9)
"Once again the local community – this time in Baltimore, Maryland – calls for investigation into the procedure of criminal justice. And once again the public feels angry and helpless, confronting grave disparity in the criminal process but remaining distanced from its solution.
Much of this rage and despair can be attributed to the modern community's exile from the justice system. Our current model of criminal justice marginalizes the local populace to mere bystanders during criminal procedure and adjudication, cutting them almost completely out of the process. This community exclusion is draining our public coffers, filling our prisons and creating a continual, lingering sense of injustice."
Data Bank: Five Oregon universities that lead to bigger-than-expected paychecks
Portland Business Journal (May 8)
"The report, 'Beyond College Rankings: A Value-Added Approach to Assessing Two and Four Year Schools,' by Brookings Fellow Jonathan Rothwell and Senior Research Assistant Siddharth Kulkarni, is intended to fill a major gap in the types of information available to education officials. It's also intended as a tool for students considering where they want to attend college."
Eastern Oregon excursion inspired new art exhibition
Statesman Journal (May 2)
"In September, artists Tom Prochaska and Christy Wyckoff retraced the journey of Charles Heaney to remote regions of Eastern Oregon. Heaney, a significant Oregon painter who lived from 1897-1981, had gone in search of artistic inspiration. That is what Prochaska and Wyckoff found.
'Tom Prochaska and Christy Wyckoff: In the Footsteps of Charles Heaney,' featuring about 30 drawings created by Prochaska and Wyckoff on the recent excursion, will be on exhibit Saturday, May 9, through July 19 at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art, 700 State St."
Poetry (May 1)
"It might also help us to understand the citations of poems in movies or TV shows from the past fifty or sixty years that sometimes sample — and perhaps thus kitsch, or perhaps begin to make cliche — verbal artifacts from literary culture in a way that parallels the incorporation of the vernacular by elite poetry and demonstrates how the “bridge” of kitsch between them does in fact run in two directions. (Think, for example, of what Dead Poets Society has done for — or to — Walt Whitman’s poem 'O Captain! My Captain!')"
Law Student Named 2015 Patsy T. Mink Fellow
Hawaii Ahe (Apr 28)
"William S. Richardson School of Law student Linnea Schuster ’17 has been named the 2015 Patsy T. Mink Fellow and will spend the summer working in the office of U.S. Representative Tulsi Gabbard in Washington, D.C.
Schuster, 25, has had several years of experience working for members of the Hawai‘i State Legislature, and she hopes her time in Washington will give her a broader perspective. 'I see this as an opportunity to get to know the federal political system a whole lot better,' said Schuster, 'in addition to supplementing what I’m learning in class since we discuss both state and federal law.'"
Experts discuss vaccines, public health, personal freedom
Statesman Journal (Apr 18)
"A panel of experts gathered Thursday at Willamette University's College of Law discussed topics ranging from common arguments about vaccination requirements in schools to the balance between personal freedom and public health.
The panel was made up of four individuals: Sen. Elizabeth Steiner Hayward, a Democrat from Beaverton and a family physician; Steve Green, a law professor at Willamette University; Dr. Jay Rosenbloom, pediatrician and medical director of Children's Health Foundation; and Bob Reinhardt, executive director of the Willamette Heritage Center. The forum was sponsored by the College of Law and the Statesman Journal."
U.S. Bank names Stacey Dodson market president
Portland Business Journal (Apr 17)
"Dodson most recently served as division manager for commercial banking. In that role, she reported to Wasson, the previous market president.
Prior to that, Dodson served as region manager for the bank in central and eastern Oregon. She holds a bachelor's degree from Willamette University and a commercial lending degree from Western Banking Schools."
Vaccines & Our Health forum at Willamette University
Statesman Journal (Apr 16)
Popular percussion group to perform a musical potpourri
Statesman Journal (Apr 10)
"The university's Grace Goudy Distinguished Artists Series will present Ethos Percussion Group in 'Points of Departure: Music for Percussion Inspired by Four Continents' at 8 p.m. Friday, April 17, at Rogers Music Center, Willamette University, 900 State St.
The group is a quartet that combines contemporary classical repertoire, the music of master musicians from non-Western traditions and ancient traditions in what they call 'a potpourri of musical genres from around the globe.' The concert will include music inspired by the Mesopotamian ziggurats, folkloric animism and trance music, and Indonesian traditions."
Proposal aims to override Oregon’s GMO pre-emption
Capital Press (Apr 8)
"Currently, the state government can pre-empt cities and counties action on nearly every subject, said Paul Diller, a law professor at Willamette University.
'This amendment would flip that presumption in many more instances,' he said.
While the proposed amendment wouldn’t have any power over federal pre-emption — that would require a change to the U.S. Constitution — it would override state pre-emption with a simple majority vote if it gets on the ballot, Diller said."
"There’s no question that the plea bargaining process allows our criminal justice system to function more efficiently than it would otherwise. But critics see it as a coercive end run around the rights of the accused—especially the poor, who can’t afford lawyers and must rely on overworked public defenders to represent them—as well as a tool for overzealous prosecutors who prioritize winning over seeing justice done. One of these critics is Laura Appleman, a professor at the Willamette University College of Law, and in her new book, Defending the Jury: Crime, Community, and the Constitution, she proposes an intriguing and original solution to the plea bargaining problem: Instead of letting prosecutors and defense attorneys hammer out plea deals behind closed doors and then get them rubber-stamped by judges, we should introduce regular people into the process—by convening a 'plea jury.'"
- "Defending the Jury: Crime, Community, and the Constitution"
Sentencing Law and Policy (Apr 12)
Forum to dissect Oregon's vaccine policy, culture
Statesman Journal (Apr 5)
"Willamette is a leader in the study of health care law," Willamette law school Dean Curtis Bridgeman said. "With the recent public interest in vaccination, we're delighted to host such an important and timely discussion."
Willamette grads discuss professional theater careers
Statesman Journal (Apr 2)
"'We cultivate a culture of lifelong learning and curiosity, and that leads to lifelong passion for exploration and the art. The students who really take the time to think deeply and experiment broadly tend to be the ones who are the most successful in the outside world,' Cole said.
Professor Chris Harris said Willamette's 'old school apprenticeship' approach involves students working side by side with faculty and eventually becoming their colleagues in the creative process. He said students who go on to succeed develop a hunger for the collaborative and creative process."
A homecoming for Michael Sykes
South County Spotlight (Mar 27)
"Michael Sykes entered the political realm before he was even old enough to vote.
The former Columbia County commissioner, whose resume also includes past positions at the Port of St. Helens as assistant manager and commissioner, city administrator for the city of Vernonia, city manager in Forest Grove, and now Scappoose city manager, has a 'passion for politics.'
Sykes served as student body president at Scappoose High School prior to graduating in 1975. Before he finished college at Willamette University in Salem, he had set his sights on becoming a Columbia County commissioner."
Not your 'sleep-inducing' classical music concert
Statesman Journal (Mar 26)
Ben & Jerry's co-founder talks business at Willamette
Statesman Journal (Mar 19)
"For Jerry Greenfield — the Jerry of none other than Ben & Jerry's ice cream — there's a spirituality inherent in business.
"As you give, you receive," he said, speaking to a crowd at Willamette University on Wednesday night. "Just because the idea that the good you do comes back to you is written in the Bible doesn't mean it isn't a good business idea."
Greenfield spoke as a guest of Willamette's Atkinson Lecture Series on the values that drove his business from a gas station in Vermont to a nationally beloved brand."
Birth Of A (Christian) Nation: Scholars Debate The Genesis Of A Popular Myth
Wall of Separation (Mar 16)
"This July, former Americans United Legal Director Steven K. Green will publish a new book titled Inventing a Christian America: The Myth of the Religious Founding. I received an early copy and read it a few weeks ago. Green, who is now a professor of law at Willamette University in Oregon, argues that the “Christian nation” myth springs from the 1820s, during a time of growing religious piety when a generation that rose up after the Founding Fathers began to cast about for a foundational myth that would link the still-new nation with the Almighty in a profound way."
Willamette professor giving special lecture about Rodin
Statesman Journal (Mar 12)
"Dr. Ricardo De Mambro Santos, associate professor of art history at Willamette University, will give an illustrated talk about sculptor Auguste Rodin and his sculpture, “Eustache de Saint-Pierre, Vétu,” at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 17, at the Broadway Commons, 1300 Broadway St. NE, Room 304."
Member Spotlight: Kirsten Wyatt
International City/County Mgmt. Assn. (Mar 10)
"Recognizing the importance of the future of local government, Kirsten, along with Kent, a senior management analyst in Tigard, Oregon, co-founded Emerging Local Government Leaders (ELGL). ELGL connects, communicates, and educates about local government topics. The organization’s philosophy is that 'there’s no one pathway to leadership' and provides anyone with a passion for public service with stories, webinars, and other professional development opportunities. Kirsten describes ELGL’s relationship with organizations like ICMA, GFOA, and state and local government management organizations as augmentative 'and provides unique learning and networking opportunities to our members.'
Most recently, Kirsten and ELGL are specifically addressing the ICMA Task Force on Women in the Profession report. The report, which showed that the percentage of women in CAO roles has not increased since 1984, is the topic of a series of learning and sharing opportunities. Adopting the tag #13Percent from the report’s findings, the ELGL effort encompasses members from across the country working together to raise this issue to prominence."
Newberg native crowned Rodeo queen
The Newberg Graphic (Mar 4)
"'I love talking with children, signing autographs, seeing the smiles come across their faces,' she said.
When she is not performing her rodeo queen duties Piscitelli, 21, studies at Willamette University where she is double-majoring in biology and environmental science."
McKay High School : Elizabeth Silva Mendez
Statesman Journal (Mar 2)
- Meet our 2015 Academic All-Stars
Statesman Journal (Mar 2)
Hallie Ford receives $20,815 to acquire sculpture
Statesman Journal (Mar 1)
"The Hallie Ford Museum of Art at Willamette University is among eight visual arts institutions getting money from The Ford Family Foundation to buy seminal works by Oregon visual artists, the Oregon Arts Commission announced this week.
The foundation awarded a total of $95,690 through its Art Acquisition Program to help Oregon institutions leverage organization and donor dollars to acquire works. In the five years of the program, 40 works of art by Oregon artists have been placed into permanent collections in the state.
Hallie Ford will use its $20,815 from the foundation to buy "Triad," a 2006 painted aluminum sculpture by Mel Katz that will be included in the museum's summer retrospective of Katz's work. The sculpture is 71/2-feet tall and 4-feet wide."
"Tymchuk is the executive director of the Oregon Historical Society and a fifth-generation Oregonian.
Prior to assuming the helm at historical society, he earned a reputation as one of Oregon's most respected public servants."
Willamette Department of Theatre ranked best in nation
Statesman Journal (Feb 25)
"Willamette University's Department of Theatre has been ranked number one on OnStage's 'The Best B.A. in Theatre Programs in the Country in 2015.'
'It was a no-brainer for us that this was the best program in the country right now," said Chris Peterson, OnStage's founder and editor-in-chief.
OnStage is an independent blog staffed by volunteers who are educators, writers, audience members and theater lovers. Their mission is to critically cover all types of theater."
Maslenitsa celebration at Willamette University
Statesman Journal (Feb 19)
Indian-origin Punit Renjen to be the next CEO of US-based Deloitte Global
India Today (Feb 17)
"Renjen hails from Rohtak, Haryana. His father was a prominent businessman in Lahore before the partition.
He grew up in India and did his schooling at Lawrence School in Sanawar, Himachal Pradesh.
He has a bachelor's degree with honours and a master's degree in management from Willamette University, US.
Renjen was one of The Top 25 Consultants ranked by Consulting Magazine in 2007."
Do millennials care about the Kitzhaber scandal?
Statesman Journal (Feb 16)
"The question of relevancy is weighty among millennials. Millennials will often consume and respond to the news that has a connection to issues they personally care about, said Cindy Koenig Richards, professor and chair of the Civic Communication and Media Department at Willamette University.
'Millennials think through and make connections between something like the resignation of the governor and what that means for the issues that they are most deeply invested in,' she said. 'I'm hearing a lot of students talk about, what does this transition mean for immigration reform? What about sustainability?'"
Willamette Heritage Center hires local as new director
Statesman Journal (Feb 12)
"The Willamette Heritage Center has hired Bob H. Reinhardt as its next executive director. Reinhardt, who is currently a visiting assistant professor of history at Western Oregon University, will teach through the remainder of school year. He will assume part-time responsibilities at the center on March 31 and begin full-time work in June."
World-famous Salem photographer's work on exhibit
Statesman Journal (Feb 8)
"At the turn of the 20th century, a Salem photographer, Myra Albert Wiggins (1869-1956), was considered one of the foremost pictorial photographers in the country. Now, her work will be featured in a new exhibition, 'Myra Albert Wiggins: A Photographer's Life,' from Saturday, Feb. 14, through April 26 at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art, 900 State St."
Governor Kitzhaber appoints Ryan Mulkins as Josephine County District Attorney
Office of the Governor (Feb 6)
"Governor Kitzhaber today announced the appointment of Ryan Mulkins as Josephine County District Attorney to fill the upcoming vacancy created by Stephen D. Campbell’s resignation, which is effective February 28, 2015.
'Ryan Mulkins has the prosecutorial experience and leadership qualities that will serve the people of Josephine County well,' said Governor Kitzhaber. 'His dedication to the community and his desire to work collaboratively across the public safety spectrum position him well to lead the Josephine County District Attorney’s Office.'
Mr. Mulkins received a Bachelor of Science in finance from Portland State University and a Juris Doctorate from Willamette University College of Law. A Deputy District Attorney in the Josephine County District Attorney’s Office since 2007, Mr. Mulkins has prosecuted a wide-range of criminal cases. He has served on the board of directors for Southern Oregon Aspire, a nonprofit organization that provides residential and vocational support to people with developmental disabilities, and he has volunteered as a coach for Special Olympics."
Beyond the Finish Line
ASBMB Today (Feb 5)
"Willamette’s faculty noted Symmonds’ ability to put his nose to the grindstone. 'I think Nick would have made a very good biochemist,' states Todd Silverstein, Symmonds’ adviser in the chemistry department. “His level of understanding and his work ethic were quite good.' In fact, Silverstein points out, Symmonds 'accomplished more on our ongoing enzyme inhibition project than any other previous student, with perhaps one exception.'
Such determination and dedication served Symmonds well on the track, where he became the second-ranked American runner at 800 meters during his senior year in college. His achievements caught the attention of Nike, which signed him to a sponsorship deal that allowed him to focus all of his energy on training after he graduated in 2006. He won the 800 meters at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials, earning his ticket to the Olympics."
Rasmussen shares poignant memory in talk about death
Statesman Journal (Feb 3)
"Rasmussen acknowledged that the emotions were there — nothing helped to keep his mind off his impending mortality. Not reading a book, the newspaper or watching TV.
But there was no way he was going let it slip.
Until one unexpected day at the dog park.
Rasmussen shared this story with Willamette University's Institute of Continued Learning, a program for retired people. The topic on Tuesday was 'Living with Dying.'"
Owl attacking joggers in Salem park
KOIN 6 (CBS) (Jan 30)
"The barred owl attacked the jogging man at 5:30 a.m., one of three reported attacks.
Willamette University biology professor David Craig told KOIN 6 News the barred owls, related to the spotted owls, are normally found in rural wooded areas in the east. He and his students believe it’s just this one owl living in the park attacking humans rather than their normel prey like squirrels and birds."
Pumas Announce Pair Of Returnees
Bremerton Patriot (Jan 26)
"A native of Chula Vista, California, Jensen grew up playing for the highly respected San Diego Nomads Soccer Club, a club that has produced other professional players such as Steve Cherundolo, Frankie Hejduk, Eric Avila, Joe Corona and even former Kitsap Puma Jesus "Chuy" Sanchez, among others.
While at Willamette University, Jensen performed very well on the soccer field, scoring 17 career goals, getting a school record 18 career assists and earning both all-conference first team honors and an all west-region third team selection in 2013.
However, following his final season of collegiate soccer, Jensen found himself yearning for another opportunity to keep playing at a higher level and he decided to make the trip to Bremerton for the Pumas' tryouts."
Ex-Gov. Barbara Roberts: King's fight for equality still applies
Statesman Journal (Jan 20)
"She asked the Portland Gay Men's Chorus to sing at her inauguration as secretary of state in 1985. The announcer asked if he could call them the Portland men's chorus. She flatly refused.
'If I could take a stand of consciousness and courage on my first day in office, I would never be afraid to do so again,' she said.
Roberts has seen firsthand how frustrating social change can be. It happens slowly and methodically, she said.
'Even when you have the microphone and the podium, you can't always make the positive change you want to make,' Roberts said in an earlier interview."
- Roberts talks about fight for rights
Portland Tribune (Jan 21)
Salem man attacked by great horned owl in Bush’s Pasture Park
Statesman Journal (Jan 16)
"According to Craig, great horned owl attacks that produce injuries are not common, but they’re not unheard of either.
'When owls are nesting they’re really territorial,' Craig said. 'Great horned owls as well as barred owls often swoop down on people, but a very small percentage get clawed and attacked like that.'
If more people report attacks, Craig suggested city parks officials could put up warning signs, but closing the park should be a last resort.
Phenomena like the owl attack are what make the Salem area so special, Craig said.
'As scary as it was for Ron, it’s a wonderful thing Salem can offer such a great habitat,' Craig said.
'I wish it would have happened to me,' Craig said. 'I would have loved that.'
New Study Finds Lack of Exercise Is Deadlier Than Obesity
NBC Nightly News (Jan 15)
"I think we're seeing a Renaissance. There's a lot of development going on with the city right now, and with that is more people who are interested in walking and more interested in getting around without the use of a car."
Congress must make amends for illegal capture and torture: Guest opinion
The Oregonian (Jan 11)
"The Senate report confirms not only that our government tortured hundreds but that it also seized hundreds of men without any reasonable basis. In fact, only 5 to 7 percent of men held at Guantanamo Bay were actually apprehended during any military engagement. Many of these men were taken by Pakistanis and Afghans who received a bounty for each man taken or acted out of revenge."
Salem lawyer honored for environmental work
Statesman Journal (Jan 9)
"Salem lawyer Martha Pagel has received the Oregon State Bar’s Environmental and Natural Resources Section Award.
Pagel is a water and natural resources lawyer and shareholder at Northwest law firm Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt
She also is former director of both the Oregon Water Resources Department and Department of State Lands."
This founder wants to help you find the perfect exit strategy
Chicago Tribune (Jan 7)
"'The big story in entrepreneurship today is not the small number of big exits but the much larger number of small exits. There are many, many entrepreneurs quietly starting companies, selling them after a few years, and putting $10 million or $15 million in their bank accounts.' How many? The total number is hard to come by, because many private-company acquisitions are not reported. Joel Wiggins, the president of Crown College in Saint Bonifacius, Minnesota, estimates that the average is about 10,000 per year over the past nine years. (See sidebar on page 122.) Whatever the actual number, Peters is correct that the vast majority are relatively small. Rob Wiltbank, entrepreneurship professor at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon, notes that the median price of private companies acquired by public companies is just $14.8 million. That median would undoubtedly be even lower if private-by-private acquisitions were included."
Outsports male hero of the year: Conner Mertens
Outsports (Jan 1)
"Of all the "honors" Outsports will hand out this week, this was probably the toughest to select.
The "hero of the year" is meant to honor someone in sports who has gone beyond the baskets, goals and touchdowns and worked from the inside to make sports more inclusive and inspire LGBT people in sports to be themselves.
Conner Mertens has very quietly done exactly that. Since coming out to his team - and then publicly - in January, Mertens has been a magnet for young gay and bisexual athletes, someone to talk to about their feelings and situation. Mertens has worked with athletes in football, basketball, baseball and many other sports, often young high school athletes in their teens struggling to find their place in the world."
Remembering a civic leader
Central Oregonian (Jan 1)
"One need not look far to find an organization that Minturn had touched in one way or another. In addition to his Roundup board service, he impacted local schools as a member and chair of the Crook County School Board. He served on the Prineville Hospital Foundation, the Crook County Commission on Children and Families, and Crook County Fair Board and was a member of multiple organizations, including the Kiwanis Club of Prineville, the Elks Lodge, the Crook County Historical Society and the Humane Society of the Ochocos...
Minturn balanced his busy civic service schedule with a longtime law career. He came to Prineville in 1952 after passing his bar exam for the State of Oregon. The Willamette University graduate served as the Crook County District Attorney from 1954 to 1964 and practiced law locally until retiring in 1994.
“He was very well respected, very ethical, very competent and detail-oriented, and just an excellent attorney,” said Jim Larson, a retired attorney who began working for Minturn in 1971, and later partnering with him. 'Before I ever even came over, I spoke to a court of appeals judge who spoke very highly of him.'"
WWII ace from Salem to be honored in nation's capital
Statesman Journal (May 19)
"Bruce Wade Williams grew up in Salem, attending Englewood Elementary School, Parrish Junior High and Salem High School. He went on to play football and basketball at Willamette University, earning a degree in liberal arts.
He was enrolled in law school at Willamette in 1940-41, when he joined the Navy Air Corps and became a fighter pilot.
Williams flew the Grumman F6F Hellcat and became an ace — a designation earned for shooting down at least five enemy planes in aerial combat — during the fall of 1944. He also fortified the legend of the Hellcat."
College journalism that makes this instructor proud
Statesman Journal (May 17)
" I've taught Journalistic Writing at Willamette for 15 years, and the Collegian has come a long way. Most of its editors, including outgoing editor-in-chief Zane Sparling, were far better managers than I was 40 years ago as editor of the Linfield College paper.
Today is Willamette's commencement, and I am unable to attend due to family obligations. So to honor the student journalists, I'd like to share an example of their work.
Here is a profile of Gov. Kate Brown's communications director that graduating senior Emily Hoard wrote as an assignment for my just-completed Journalistic Writing II class and which was published in the Collegian on April 29. It is shortened for space here but otherwise only lightly edited by me."
PeaceHealth fills key post
Bloomberg Business (May 12)
"PeaceHealth announced Monday it has named a chief medical officer for its nonprofit, Catholic-affiliated health system.
Dr. Michael Murphy, a board-certified obstetrician-gynecologist, who has a law degree as well as a medical degree, will be PeaceHealth's first chief medical officer at the system's headquarters. He is set to start at PeaceHealth's office in Vancouver, Wash., on June 15...
He previously worked as vice president of medical affairs for Rogue Valley Medical Center in Medford for three years and in private practice in Salem for 18 years.
Murphy received his medical degree from Thomas Jefferson University College of Medicine in Philadelphia, Pa., and his law degree from Willamette University College of Law."
Salem WWII veteran flew 'whatever airplane the military had'
Statesman Journal (May 9)
"Specht, 98, was raised on a 17-acre farm in Silverton. His father was a logger and his mother a seamstress. He wasn't one of those kids who grew up enamored with airplanes and dreaming of flying, and he didn't plan to work in the local sawmills after graduating from high school.
He scraped together the $75 a semester needed to attend Willamette University, where he majored in economics and played basketball for the Bearcats. That was back in the day when there was a center jump after each successful basket. The rules were changed his junior year.
Specht graduated in 1939 and went to work for the Union Oil Co. in Seattle. He rose quickly from steaming empty barrels to placing orders for the warehouse, a promising start to what he thought would be a long and successful career with the company.
The war and the draft changed all that."
Occidental educator bound for Galapagos after landing National Geographic fellowship
The Press Democrat (May 9)
"Detrich, 36, was chosen from 2,700 applicants, along with 34 others from several different U.S. states and three Canadian provinces. They’ll be shipping out in October aboard the National Geographic Endeavour, a 96-guest ship fully equipped with tools for exploration. Highlights of the trip will be close encounters with marine iguanas, blue-footed boobies and giant tortoises. To help Detrich acclimate to the Galapagos, her friends have gifted her with blue nail polish.
Detrich has always been interested in the environment and conservation. She earned a bachelor’s degree in environmental science from Willamette University in Oregon and a master’s degree from Miami University in Ohio, where she focused on community-based and global conservation."
New Oneida County magistrate judge selected
Idaho State Journal (May 6)
"Commission Chairman Judge Stephen S. Dunn, announced the appointment and indicated that the commission interviewed six highly qualified applicants seeking appointment. Judge Dunn and the Magistrates Commission are confident that the people of Oneida County and the Sixth Judicial District will be well served by Hooste.
Hooste, 44, received his bachelor of science from Utah State University in 1997 and his Juris Doctorate from Willamette University College of Law in Salem, Oregon, in May of 2000. He is currently a resident of Firth and is an associate attorney with EchoHawk Law."
Dr. Jay Brunner "Honored" to be Apple Citizen of the Year
Basin Business Journal (May 1)
"Brunner is Director and Professor at the Washington State University Tree Fruit Research and Extension Center in Wenatchee. He has been selected as the Apple Citizen of the Year for the 2015 Apple Blossom Festival. 'It was a great surprise and a great honor,' he says of being selected. He adds than when you look at who has been chosen in the past, 'it's an honor to be included in a group of people like that.'
Brunner graduated Pendleton High School in Portland in 1965 and from there he went to Willamette University in Salem for his undergraduate work in biology. A professor, knowing he liked applied science, suggested he concentrate on entomology. 'I like nature and insects are part of that,' Brunner explains. He received his MS and Ph.D. from Washington State University and started working at the extension center in Wenatchee in 1978 after spending three years working in Michigan. He's been the director of the Extension Center since 2000, saying he spends half his time on administration and half on research. He's now winding his work down as he plans to retire in August."
State Supreme Court Partially Overturns PERS Reform
Oregon Public Broadcasting (May 1)
"The Oregon Supreme Court has partially struck down reforms made to Oregon’s Public Employees Retirement System (PERS). Oregon Republican leadership, the League of Oregon Cities, and the Oregon School Board Association all issued public statements lamenting the ruling. Governor Kate Brown said she will 'be reviewing the ruling and assessing next steps.'
- Keith Cunningham-Parmeter: Associate professor at Willamette University College of Law"
Rogue Valley residents explore the definition of marriage
KOBI (NBC) (Apr 28)
Demonstrators have been gathering all day outside the U.S. Supreme Court, and here at home Southern Oregonians met too.
The forum called 'Something Old, Something New: Exploring the State of Marriage' was facilitated by continuing professor Leslie Dunlap from Willamette University.
'What we're really debating is what it means to be human, what it means to be an individual, what it means to be a partner, and how do we care for each other? Those are the deep emotional stakes of the question,' Dunlap said."
Oregon National Guard partners with community to 'Walk a Mile in Her Shoes'
KPTV (Fox) (Apr 18)
"Saturday's Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event featured several speakers, including state Sen. Laurie Monnes Anderson, D-Gresham, and state Rep. Carla Piluso, D-Gresham. Willamette University, the Center for Hope and Safety and the Oregon National Guard also had speakers present.
Oregon National Guard members joined with people from the Center for Hope and Safety and Willamette University to walk a mile-long route throughout downtown Salem to raise awareness to sexual violence."
Acclaimed poet Linda Bierds will read in Salem April 23
Statesman Journal (Apr 16)
"Get ready for an aural treat. The Hallie Ford Chair in Writing and the Department of English at Willamette University will present acclaimed poet Linda Bierds at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 23, in the Hatfield Room of Willamette's Mark O. Hatfield Library, 900 State St. Bierds will read and discuss her poetry."
Defending The Jury: An Interview With Laura Appleman
Above the Law (Apr 16)
"The book was actually inspired by two things. First, the frustration and unhappiness I saw when I was a public defender in New York County, much of which stemmed from a feeling that criminal justice was this secret process run by 'the Man,' with offenders’ families and communities completely shut out of the process. Second, I was struck by the irony of having a criminal justice process based heavily on the tenet of community participation — that a jury of your peers, from the surrounding neighborhood, would determine any punishment you might receive — while at the same time experiencing a system that, with the advent of plea bargains, has almost completely excluded any community voice."
Are religious freedoms and non-discrimination irreconcilable?
ABC (Australia) (Apr 15)
"For Republican politicians in the U.S. states of Indiana and Arkansas, it was back to the drawing board. Public opinion and pressure from major corporations forced the legislators to redraft laws, which they said were designed to ensure religious freedom. Critics argued the laws would have permitted discrimination based on sexual orientation. So have laws that were originally bipartisan been appropriated for other political motives? The debate in the U.S. comes as Australia debates whether parents can refuse to vaccinate their children because of religious belief.
Steven Green, one of the architects of the original 1994 federal law, who now runs the Center for Religion, Law and Democracy at Willamette University in Oregon, explains."
Signs of Hope
American Sustainable Business Council (Apr 8)
"It was the first time I had seen a productive interaction between the federal government and business, and it filled me with reassuring optimism. The people leading our political system are not always the conniving, ignorant, selfish individuals so often referenced in our media and news; those at the ASBC Summit were thoughtful people who care about making our country and our world thrive, and they know that we cannot avoid the looming environmental catastrophe without the support and involvement of America’s business leaders.
The vision of an ideal future of America in which business thrives without destroying the planet became concrete at the ASBC Summit. This future for which we all hope was translated into measurable policy steps that we can take as a nation to move forward. The ASBC Summit fulfilled the most important role of our time: facilitating the communication and collaboration between the policymakers, business owners, and dreamers, drawing actionable steps along the way. This conference helped make our world a more sustainable, prosperous place for every American, and it imbued me with a newfound sense of hope."
Pledge of Allegiance has history of creating wedge, and not just in Maine
Morning Sentinel (Apr 6)
"The latest legal wrinkle came in 2004, when the U.S. Supreme Court took up the case of a California parent and atheist who objected to his child’s recitation of the pledge, including the 'under God' provision. The parent argued that it constituted an establishment of religion, contrary to guarantees in the First Amendment.
A lower court in California had struck 'under God' from the pledge as unconstitutional, generating widespread reaction from national politicians. But the Supreme Court reversed the decision on procedural grounds, never deciding the merits of whether having students say “under God” constituted a First Amendment violation.
'This idea of the pledge has become sort of our holy civic religion,' Green said. 'Any perceived backtracking of this is often met with a lot of hostility and opposition.'"
Kip Kinkel's Defense Appeals Sentence
OPB (Apr 2)
Willamette University holds onto its very-rare accreditation
Portland Business Journal (Apr 1)
"The showdown is between Oregon and Oracle, the software giant that largely built the state's online health insurance exchange.
But the battle is far from just a legal one. It's also a high-stakes political and PR game.
'It's like a poker game,' said David Friedman, a Willamette University Law professor. 'If you have the chips, you show that you have the chips and that you're willing to push them all in. And they have plenty of chips to pull in.'"
Local college students pass on beach to volunteer, learn
Statesman Journal (Mar 23)
"Currently, Waller Hall houses many faculty offices, including that of the University President, and Cone Chapel with its many stained glass windows. According to Torgerson, Waller Hall is the foundation of the historic university. 'It's worn step bears the footprints of those who've gone on to make their marks in the Oregon State Capitol and around the world,' he says."
Ben & Jerry’s co-founder to speak at Willamette University
Statesman Journal (Mar 13)
"The Jerry behind Ben & Jerry’s will be speaking at Willamette University next Wednesday, March 18.
Jerry Greenfield, co-founder of the company, is coming to the university as part of the Atkinson Lecture Series and will present 'An Evening of Entrepreneurial Spirit, Social Responsibility and Radical Business Philosophy.'"
Lynne Saxton Brings Compassion and Integrity to Oregon Health Authority
The Lund Report (Mar 11)
"Saxton, who was confirmed by the Senate on Monday, isn’t afraid of stepping into deep waters. Her professional experience in the private nonprofit sector taught her the importance of maintaining stability, while keeping the stakeholders at the table.
In an interview with The Lund Report yesterday, Saxton shed light on the most pressing issues facing the Oregon Health Authority. Some of her remarks also come from her appearance at Willamette University."
Gluten-free bakery started in Salem thrives in Tigard
Statesman Journal (Mar 7)
Happy Campers Gluten Free bakery operates out of a small industrial mall in Tigard. Its staff of a half dozen people, including founders Jan and Lacy Taborsky, start every morning at 6 a.m. And each day, they pump out 800 loaves of vegan, gluten-free, sweet-smelling bread.
That bread is now sold in grocery stores and restaurants throughout the Portland area, Salem, Washington, Hawaii, Nevada, Montana and even New York."
Talk this week at Holding Court was about taking it off
Statesman Journal (Mar 4)
"The Bearcat Days are an opportunity for admitted students and their families to tour the campus, visit classrooms, attend receptions and acquaint themselves with the Salem community. Torgerson and Yost are hopeful that if Salem residents see college-age students and their parents looking a bit bewildered out and about in the city, that they will stop and direct them to a favorite restaurant, gallery or shop.
'Getting to know our faculty is one of our biggest selling points,' Torgerson said. 'Meeting them, and seeing how approachable they are and how passionate they and our students are about Willamette is big for us. But seeing Salem and its culture is equally important. We want them to see what a great community this is.'"
Willamette Law symposium to examine health care reform suit
Statesman Journal (Mar 1)
"Norman Williams, Willamette Law's associate dean for academic affairs, who helped organize the symposium, said he expects the Supreme Court justices will be split on their decision. The outcome will depend on whether a literal reading or a more intentional reading of the statute will win out, he said.
Although King v. Burwell could affect millions of people's health care, Howell said, the court case is not about health care at all."
Northwest Travel: A Legislative Salem
Bend Bulletin (Mar 1)
"Immediately south of the Capitol is the 61-acre campus of Willamette University. Founded by Methodist missionaries in 1842, it was the first school of higher education in the western United States. Facing the Capitol is the oldest building on campus, Waller Hall, built in 1867 and completely renovated in 1989. Today, Willamette’s student body numbers about 1,750. The university’s Mark O. Hatfield Library, dedicated in 1986, honors its namesake graduate, who was Oregon governor from 1959 to 1967 and a five-term senator from 1967 to 1997.
Just off campus is the school’s Hallie Ford Museum of Art, two blocks from the Capitol. For its size, this is one of the best art museums in the Northwest. Exhibits rotate through every few months. Current presentations feature the cross-cultural pop-art creations of Japanese-American artist Roger Shimomura and turn-of-the-20th-century images by photographer Myra Albert Wiggins. The Carl Hall Gallery offers work by Pacific Northwest artists, historic and contemporary; the Sponenburgh Gallery surveys 4,500 years of art history from four continents."
The Best B.A. in Theatre Programs in the Country in 2015
OnStage (Feb 20)
"Tucked away in the Pacific Northwest, far from the lights of Broadway or Hollywood lies the best BA theatre program in the country. The program at Willamette University in Salem, OR is absolutely incredible. Students majoring in Theatre are provided with a range of experiences within all areas of the theatre: acting, directing, stagecraft, costume construction, design, dramaturgy, lighting, voice, movement, theatre history, and dramatic literature."
Oregon colleges rank high in Peace Corps survey
Portland Tribune (Feb 20)
"The Peace Corps reported this week that the University of Oregon, Portland State University, the University of Portland, Willamette University and Lewis & Clark College were among the top schools with alumni in the international service program."
Gov. Kate Brown appoints Executive Team
KVAL (Feb 18)
"Kristen graduated from the University of Washington in 1988, and has been vice president and assistant to the president at Willamette University since 2002. Prior, she worked in Oregon state politics for more than 13 years as a journalist, political advisor and legislative advocate, including service with Oregon Attorney General Hardy Myers from 1996 to 2002, and communications director for Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski’s 2002 gubernatorial campaign."
Incoming governor names OHSU lobbyist as chief of staff
The Oregonian (Feb 16)
"Shipley has had a long acquaintance with Salem. While still a student at Willamette University in the 1990s, Shipley worked for then Reps. Judy Uherbelau of Ashland and Kitty Piercy of Eugene.
He earned his bachelor’s degree in politics and environmental science from Willamette in 1996. He earned his law degree at Georgetown University, and could have gone to a top law firm. But he returned to Oregon to work as a legislative assistant for a state senator.
'I made a conscious decision to get back into public service in that building,' he says of the Capitol, in a Willamette University article in 2009.
He also worked for Senate President Peter Courtney, D-Salem."
4 reasons you should work on campus during college
USA Today: College (Feb 12)
"'For several years, research has indicated that students who work on campus perform better academically, integrate socially, benefit from a caring work environment where supervisors are older and enjoy mentoring their students,' says Jerry Houser, associate dean and director of the career center at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon. “Student staff make friends with other student workers in the same office,' Houser adds, pointing out that an on-campus job is ideal for freshmen who are trying to adjust to college life."
Karen Holman: Professor by day, punk rocker by night
Statesman Journal (Feb 10)
"Karen Holman plays punk rock poetry on her 1971 Gibson Les Paul.
When not rocking out on stage or playing her favorite exotica or garage tunes on one of her radio shows, Karen can be found at Willamette University teaching and researching."
As stress builds on college campuses, it's puppies and massage chairs to the rescue
The Oregonian (Feb 7)
"Willamette University invites students to 'refresh the senses and melt away your stress in Bishop Wellness Center's Mind Spa,' which offers free use of a private room with a reclining leather massage chair, full spectrum light, and bio-feedback system. During finals week, Willamette also schedules "Dog Days," when students can drop by a half-hour before any final exam to enjoy the unconditional canine comfort."
Winged hat thief: 'Angry Owl of Oregon' accosts 4 joggers in a month
Christian Science Monitor (Feb 6)
"Oregon wildlife officials are warning park visitors that owls can be aggressive and territorial, especially during mating and nesting season. David Craig, a biology professor and animal behavior specialist at Willamette University, said it is not that unusual for owls to defend their territory.
'When owls are nesting, they're really territorial,' Craig told the newspaper. 'Great horned owls as well as barred owls often swoop down on people, but a very small percentage get clawed and attacked like that.'"
Tom and Carlee's excellent (art) adventure at Hallie Ford
Statesman Journal (Feb 4)
"De Mambro Santos led the group's viewing and discussion of 'Eustache de Saint-Pierre, Vétu,' a towering sculpture by 19th century French artist Auguste Rodin, who is considered by many to be the father of modern sculpture. The bronze work depicts one of the Burghers of Calais, town leaders who surrendered themselves to save their city from a British siege during the Hundred Years' War.
'They wanted to interact with the piece. They were not simply there or passively absorbed,' De Mambro Santos said. 'They wanted to transform their own ideas and get a better experience. It was pedagogically very enriching. We are always dealing with a diversity of human perceptions. It's fascinating.'"
The Rodin piece is on exhibit in the museum's lobby through May 17."
"Dr. Emily Drew is an Associate Professor of Sociology and Ethnic Studies at Willamette University, where she teaches courses about racism, immigration, and social change. Her research agenda revolves around understanding how race and racism get institutionalized, with the goal of helping to illuminate more effective strategies for interrupting systemic inequality. Drew’s newest published work in the Journal of Urban Affairs explores how a neighborhood in Portland, Oregon responds to gentrification by raising consciousness and building 'antiracist place.'"
"'Birds of Neptune' is about two orphaned sisters played by Parker and Britt Harris who live in the spooky house where they grew up (lots of doll heads in the yard and old photos in the house) and cope with their memories and changing circumstances and the arrival of a bearded outsider played by Kurt Conroyd. It doesn't go smoothly for them, and the drama is accented by a score by Kevin O'Connor of Talkdemonic, a Portland band. Additional music is by Erik Blood of Seattle and the soundtrack includes songs by Warpaint and Radiation City."
Willamette students give back through community service
Statesman Journal (Jan 23)
"Two hundred Willamette University students spent their half day off from classes volunteering as part of the school’s weeklong Martin Luther King Jr. celebration.
In order to fight for equality, you also need to be on the ground helping out others, said Summer Elias, student coordinator of the community service day.
Students volunteered with Salem-Keizer Education Foundation (SKEF), Marion-Polk Food Share, Habitat for Humanity’s Restore, Bush’s Pasture Park, Union Gospel Mission and Salem Audubon Society."
Salem Packers fan thought he was dying in owl attack
KGW (NBC) (Jan 19)
"Apparently owls don't like Packers any more than Seahawks do," laughed Craig in the video.
Community events honor Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy
Statesman Journal (Jan 17)
"What’s happened in the past is connected to what’s done now, said Gordy Toyama, director of Willamette University’s Office of Multicultural Affairs.
'There are still some civil rights that are not accessible to all,' he said.
The theme of Willamette’s weeklong celebration is Life-Interrupted: A Look at Displaced Communities. Toyama said organizers chose the theme because it covers a range of issues including the treatment of Native Americans, slavery, Japanese-American internment camps and Central American children’s detention at the U.S. border.
Within grasp: The Arts Center explores the relationship between artists and their mentors
Albany Democrat Herald (Jan 15)
"In fall of 2013, Coucke asked Andrew Myers and Willamette University associate art professor Andries Fourie to each select one of their students for the exhibit. Myers chose Marshall. Fourie invited his former student and fellow sculptor, Dallas Frederick.
Frederick moved to Salem from his home in Bend to study math and philosophy. He decided to major in art after taking Fourie’s Intro to Sculpture class his first term."
Wolf taps Wetzel to stay as Pennsylvania prisons secretary
The Philadelphia Tribune (Jan 12)
"Gov.-elect Tom Wolf said Monday he will nominate state Corrections Secretary John Wetzel, originally appointed by outgoing Republican Gov. Tom Corbett, to stay on in Wolf's new Democratic administration.
Wolf, whose inauguration is set for Jan. 20, also said he has picked Curt Topper to head the Department of General Services and Teresa Miller as secretary of the Department of Insurance...
Miller, 39, is a partner in the Washington law firm of Crowell & Moring, where she specializes in matters involving the 2010 federal health care law. She previously worked for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and served as the administrator of Oregon's Insurance Division. She holds a law degree from Willamette University College of Law."
Let Boston Decide Tsarnaev’s Fate
The New York Times (Jan 7)
"The right to a jury trial is a special one, rooted in both the Sixth Amendment and Article III of the Constitution. It is not a right that belongs solely to the accused, but is instead a collective right, belonging to both the defendant and his affected community, and embedded deeply in the venue of the crime. Indeed, John Adams, who led an equally unpopular defense in the Boston Massacre trial, conceived of the jury trial right as inseparable from the community’s prerogative to adjudicate local crime."
Orality, Literacy, and the Memorized Poem
Poetry (Jan 5)
"Among its other functions, the memorized poem in the schoolroom becomes a crucial intersection of oral and print economies, as the spoken display of one’s mastery enlists values associated with orality (bodily carriage, gesture, intonation, and elocution) even as word-for-word fidelity to the original, printed text remains the primary measure of achievement; as Heart Beats shows, students could get away with exaggerating the meter of 'Casabianca' because it was most important for them to remember the printed poem’s exact wording. Such an interplay between aspects of oral and print economies worked to transition students — especially students like scholarship boys (or like Johnny and Ponyboy) raised in environments where the values of orality were oftentimes rewarded more than they would have been in educated, bourgeois society — away from a comparatively 'primitive' mode of communication and toward a more sophisticated, 'advanced' one; one might say that, in the process, students became more and more 'book smart.' The process of memorizing and reciting (after all, proof of memorization could have been achieved by writing the poem down) thus helped to segue children from the lived, relational values associated with orality and into the abstract and impersonal knowledge systems facilitated by print."
Hometown heroes: Doctor finds his calling in oncology
Great Falls Tribune (Jan 1)
"For Schelli Bolta, who nominated Martin as her Hometown Hero, that pivotal point came when her husband, John, was diagnosed with leukemia after being admitted to the hospital, feeling sick and weak for more than a month. Less than two years later, John died.
But in their journey through John's cancer, Bolta was amazed she and her husband had Martin walking with them. Even after John died, he's continued to stay in contact with her and her 3-year-old daughterKherington.
'He is a real saint here on Earth,' Bolta said. 'When I thought about Hometown Heroes I thought about Dr. Martin because he is a hero who walks with people literally through the hardest times in their lives.'
Martin was born in Livingston but spent the majority of his life growing up in Great Falls. He earned his bachelor's degree at Willamette University in Salem, Ore., and was headed toward being a different kind of doctor after graduation."