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Oregon Symphony Brings Film Music to Willamette

The Oregon Symphony performed music from the movies Nov. 30 in Smith Auditorium.

Conducted by Jeff Tyzik and hosted by radio personality Edmund Stone of allclassical.org, the concert included music from Spiderman, Pirates of the Caribbean and Harry Potter.

Since 1955 the Oregon Symphony, based in Portland, has partnered with Willamette to bring the symphony's classical concerts to the Salem community. Pops concerts were added to the series in 1975.

Today the Oregon Symphony in Salem presents a season of nine to ten concerts annually on the Willamette campus.

For more information, visit the Oregon Symphony website.

Politics Professor Basu Wins Fourth Canadian Embassy Grant

Associate Professor Sammy Basu (Politics) was recently awarded his fourth Canadian Studies Program Enhancement Grant from the Canadian Embassy in Washington, D.C., to support Canadian Studies programming at Willamette.

The Canadian Studies Program Enhancement Grant is designed to encourage scholarly inquiry and multidisciplinary professional academic activities that contribute to the development or expansion of university Canadian Studies Programs. The Canadian Embassy is also particularly interested in innovative projects that promote awareness among students and the public about Canada-U.S. relations; Canadian social, economic, political, security, and quality of life issues; and Canada's role in international affairs.

The program is administered by Foreign Affairs Canada, through the Canadian Embassy, Washington, D.C., in cooperation with Canadian Consulates General throughout the U.S. 

Willamette Leads Northwest for Murdock Startup Research Grants

Willamette University is the recipient of two research start-up grants for new science faculty from the M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust:

Karen Holman (Chair, Chemistry) was awarded $25,000 to support the hire of a tenure track Bioanalytical Chemist.

David Craig (Chair, Biology) received $25,000 to support the hire of a tenure track Microbiology professor.

Each of Willamette's two Research Start-up Grants for New Science Faculty will provide $25,000 in matching funds toward start-up packages for the new hires in the Biology and Chemistry Departments. Each grant from the Trust will also include an additional $15,000 of research support if the new faculty member receives a multi-year renewable research grant to support his/her research within 30 months of taking up his/her position at Willamette University.

To date Willamette University has received eight Research Start-up Grants for New Science Faculty from the M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust, more than any university in the Pacific Northwest.

Willamette Outreach Programs Receive Grant

The Spirit Mountain Community Fund from the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde recently awarded a $10,000 grant to two Willamette University outreach programs: Willamette Academy and the Chemawa Indian School Tutoring Program.

Willamette Academy is a college access supplemental education program that helps local underrepresented middle and high school students become the first in their families to earn a college degree.

The Chemawa Indian School Tutoring Program trains Willamette student volunteers to become mentors and tutors for high school students at a federal Indian school in Salem.

Both programs bring local students to the Willamette campus regularly for lectures, sports events, classes and other educational programs.

"Our tribe aims to help citizens who are struggling to gain a sense of identity and self-expression," said Shelley Hanson MBA'96, director of the Spirit Mountain Community Fund. "Willamette Academy and the Chemawa Tutoring Program reach out to those young citizens, helping them build strength and character so that they may have a brighter future."