Yesterday was Founders Day for Willamette, and the university's 169th birthday celebration involved cake (a popular tradition among students), on-campus festivities including a performance from San Francisco-based world hip-hop ensemble Audiopharmacy, and — new this year — the unveiling of the 2011 alumni award recipients. Dale Mortensen '61, Dorr Dearborn '61, Peter Kremer '62 and Scott Tomlins '01 were selected by the WUAA Board of Directors from among many worthy nominations as this year's winners.
Any Harlaxton College alumni out there? In the 1970s, a group of Willamette students attended Harlaxton in England; if you're one of these students, the folks at Harlaxton are having an interesting reunion celebration and invite you to consider. Read more online.
Also, Willamette is completing the periodic academic accreditation process this year. There is an opportunity for alumni and friends to offer commentary on the university and the process — read more in a recent news release.
Finally, we are deeply saddened to report the passing of two special Willamette community members since the last edition of WU News: Sue Rauch '75, associate vice president for admission and financial aid; and Julie Abendroth, associate professor of exercise science. Sue had spent 38 years at Willamette, including her time as a student, and was known by many as one of Willamette's sincerest and most effective advocates. Julie inspired countless students — not to mention the faculty and staff around her — with an inviting demeanor, bottomless energy and admirable research savvy. Both women will be missed tremendously.
There are already gift funds set up in both Sue and Julie's names (the Sue Rauch Scholarship and the Julie Abendroth Memorial Fund, which goes to the exercise science department) — if you'd like to recognize either with a contribution, you can do so easily via the support website or by calling 503-370-6805. Look for more complete notes on Sue and Julie in the next issue of The Scene, due in May.