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September 2019 News

Leah Olson ’20

Father’s ALS diagnosis inspires student’s advocacy

09.03.2019 | Jennifer Johnson

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

National Science Foundation grant supports women in STEM

09.05.2019 | Marketing and Communications

A $999,899 NSF grant supports ASCEND, led by Prof. Sarah Kirk of Willamette University, empowering STEM women faculty across six institutions and regions.

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

Bearcats celebrate the new academic year


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.

head shots of George Gu, Katherine Skovira, and Anusha Ramesh

New tenure-track faculty start the year


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

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.

Students talk to representatives from different colleges.

Steps to choosing the right college

09.11.2019 | Jennifer Johnson

You’ve done the research, figured out the pros and cons and maybe even created a spreadsheet, but you still can’t narrow down your list.

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.

Race to Alaska boat at sea

Capturing the ultimate race at sea

09.11.2019 | Jennifer Johnson

Henry Veitenhans '22 and team take on the grueling Race to Alaska, rowing 750 miles from Port Townsend to Ketchikan. A tale of adventure and resilience.

Katherine Skovira head shot

Willamette welcomes new opera chair


Katherine Skovira, a mezzo-soprano, joins Willamette University as the Johanna Beckham Zeller and Norman K. Zeller Endowed Chair in Voice and Opera.

Maggie Grogan (20') demonstrates cutting edge eccentric training/balance device

Eccentric Training/Balance Device Demo

09.17.2019 | Exercise and Health Science

Maggie Grogan (20') demonstrates cutting edge eccentric training/balance device from the Open House at Northwest Rehabilitation Associates recently.

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

Get involved in clubs at Willamette


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

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


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

New faculty join Willamette


Five new faculty work across several fields.

Student sitting on lawn working on laptop

When should I apply to college?


In college as in life, timing makes a difference.

A student teaches before a projection screen

Willamette listed among top Teach For America colleges


Willamette University excels on Teach For America's Top Contributors List, ranking within the top 10 for colleges with fewer than 3,000 students.

Symeonides drafts international model law on Internet conflicts of laws

Symeonides drafts international model law on internet conflicts of laws

10.01.2019 | Willamette College of Law

Professor Symeon C. Symeonides adds another success to his record of law reform by drafting an international model law on conflicts of laws for the IDI.

Willamette College of Law building with autumn colored trees

Willamette College of Law recognized by National Jurist Magazine


Willamette was the only law school in the Pacific Northwest to be recognized.

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