Graduate Profiles

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    Making a Difference Abroad

    Marco Fiallo ’11 is using his internship experiences to run a social entrepreneurship.

    “The close-knit community you form at Willamette is phenomenal. My Willamette experience changed me for the best.”

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    Leading an Aerospace Company

    Willamette helped Boeing’s former CEO discover his love for numbers and engineering.

    “If it wasn’t for Willamette, I would not have had the exciting and rewarding career that I’ve had.”

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    The Human Face of Technology

    Claire Bonilla ’95 was a volunteer at WU — today she serves global communities through Microsoft.

    "Because of Willamette's broad-based curriculum, I was able to explore my intellectual interests. At the same time, I could explore my passion for working with nonprofits by reaching out as a volunteer, providing the roots for my current work."

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    Turning a Passion into a Career

    Noah Horton ’02 used his talent in computer programming to create a company, Involver.

    "Not being too technically focused, like many of the people who graduate from tech schools, has been a great enabler in my career." 

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    A Problem-Solver

    BJ Wright ’03 tackles tough questions in the science lab and the boardroom.

    "My experiences at Willamette have served me well in my job at McKinsey & Company. My Willamette extracurriculars were like job training."

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    Turning Sports into Art

    Jason Kenitzer ’00 translated his Willamette education into a job creating graphics for Oakley.

    "I use the skills I gained at Willamette to design and create art at a completely different level while thinking critically about my work. My liberal arts education has really benefited me on my career path."

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    Clearing a Path to College

    Julie Kennedy ’99 helped found a successful Brooklyn charter school for inner-city students.

    "Willamette always encouraged me and other students to make things happen, whether it was a flood relief drive or a basketball tournament. That's the reason I'm doing what I am now. I never questioned that if we had a vision for a school, we could make it happen."

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    A Fulbright Researcher

    Randall Cass ’08 takes his agriculture research to Chile through a prestigious Fulbright grant.

    "What I value most about Willamette is the fact that I got to do everything I wanted. Willamette gave me a bundle of experiences that have shaped who I am and where I want to go."

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    A Best-Selling Author

    Patrick Carman ’88 turned his children’s bedtime stories into a popular fantasy book series.

    "The liberal arts experience encouraged me to get out and dream big, and it gave me an open mind about what I could accomplish." 

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    Working on the International Stage

    Sarah Hamilton ’07 takes her theatre production skills to a larger stage through venue management.

    "At Willamette, I learned to work with many different types of people, and how to take care of the finer details while remaining focused on the bigger ideals."

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    Fighting Global Poverty

    Ryan Calkins ’99 co-founded a microfinance organization to provide financial services to the poor.

    "Willamette allowed me to experiment with different disciplines and find out what I was passionate about. Once I narrowed in on it, I had the support of professors who were interested in not only my scholarly journey, but also in what kind of person I would become."

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    An Advocate for Change

    Will Nevius ’09 continued his civic engagement after graduation by heading to the nation’s capitol.

    "Willamette cultivates an environment where you can really pursue things that you're excited about. People are here with purpose, and that is what I value."

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    In Love with the Outdoors

    Kate D'Ambrosio ’06 turned her passions for forestry and public policy into a career with the U.S. Forest Service.

    "The professors at Willamette don't forget about you after you graduate. They have a continued interest in their students. Their help and support has been invaluable."

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    A Budding Economist

    Mentoring from professors helped Colin Gardiner ’09 find his current career.

    "My personal relationships with my professors really helped me. They taught me the skills I needed to get my current job, and they gave me the courage to move forward. That was really valuable."

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    Prepared for the Future

    A full schedule at Willamette helped Elise Helvie '09 get into a competitive graduate program.

    "My Willamette education prepared me extremely well. I not only have a degree, but I also have a wide variety of skills — I know how to interact with people, how to give a presentation, how to write well."

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    Dedicated to Service

    Willamette’s emphasis on study abroad and service led Ana Moreno ’05 to join the Peace Corps after graduation.

    "Willamette has a strong culture of promoting volunteer work and travel and study abroad. It makes sense that Willamette alumni seek out the Peace Corps to continue doing volunteer work and traveling to other parts of the world after they graduate."

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    A Grant-Funded Researcher

    Monica Rother ’05 is still in graduate school, but the National Science Foundation has already funded her work.

    "My Willamette education positioned me as a strong applicant for the NSF fellowship. The close-knit nature of the Willamette community gave me the structure and support I needed to develop my current research interests and skills."

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    Changing Lives for Students

    Emilio Solano ’09 draws on his own background as he volunteers in a Los Angeles classroom.

    "There are so many ways to get involved at Willamette, through programs and clubs, Greek life and volunteering in the community. Most students at Willamette really do exemplify and incorporate the university motto into their daily lives."

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    A Dedicated Leader

    Liani Reeves '98, JD'01 has found success in her law career and through public service.

    "Being empowered to make changes as a student at Willamette University taught me a lot that I use today as I make change in my community and the government."

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