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May 2014, Monthly Edition

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Campus gears up for commencement ceremonies
A Pulitzer Prize-winning writer and the former chairwoman of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde are receiving honorary degrees as part of Willamette’s commencement celebration on May 11. For live streams, schedules and more information visit: willamette.edu/events/commencement.

President Thorsett responds to the working group's assessment and recommendations and directs campus leaders to implement them. Read thepresident’s message and report

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David Gutterman inspires senior Max Peterson
Max Peterson ’14 first saw Professor David Gutterman while visiting campus as a prospective student. He didn’t know he was meeting his future advisor. 

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Jazz musicians earn DownBeat awards
For the first time at Willamette, two students and a choral group were recognized by DownBeat magazine. Harris Long ’14 was named Best Jazz Soloist, and Matt Sazima ’14 won for Best Jazz Arrangement. The Willamette Singers, a 17-member vocal jazz group, was named Best Large Jazz Ensemble. 

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Grace Katzmar ’14 and Emily Dickey ’11 earn Fulbrights
Katzmar ’14 will teach English in Germany, and Dickey ’11 will conduct research in Canada

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Jen Allaway ’15 presents research at Game Developers Conference
Allaway’s research about sexism in the video game industry began as part of Willamette’s Carson Undergraduate Research Program, which awards grants up to $3,000 for scholarly, creative or professional summer research projects.

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Seven softball players earn All-NWC honors
After a successful season in which the Willamette softball team reached the Northwest Conference Tournament, seven players have been named to the 2014 NWC All-Conference team.

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College of Law introduces master’s program in legal studies
Starting this summer, the College of Law will offer a one-year Master of Legal Studies (MLS) program for non-lawyers, becoming the first law school in the Pacific Northwest to do so.

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The Willamette MBA program has made the list for the second time in three years.

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Fred VanNatta ’60 “leads a lifetime of influence” (Statesman Journal)
“Mary Louise VanNatta said her father maintained one principle. ‘He said your entire reputation is staked on providing the facts and being honest,’ she said. ‘‘If you ever find out you misstated a fact or said something that was incorrect, you run and make that correction.’” 

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