Willamette University President Holds Reception for Academy AlumniWillamette University President, Lee Pelton hosted the first annual reception for Willamette Academy Alumni who are attending Willamette University, at his residence in February. President Pelton, who provided vision for Willamette Academy, organized the event to personally honor Academy students who are currently in their freshman through senior years at WU. Pelton congratulated the students for their achievements in higher education and encouraged them "to give back to the community that has given so much to you". President Pelton also shared his own inspirational story of being a first generation college student as well as the achievements he has made since that time. He expressed his passion for the program and its mission by saying, "Willamette Academy is one of the accomplishments that I am most proud of during my time in this community". The reception was also attended by other university faculty, representing multiple areas including the College of Liberal Arts, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, Student Grants and Awards, the Office of the Chaplain, the Lilly Project, and the Learning Center.