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Willamette University

June 2014, Monthly Edition

In the past month, several Willamette University alumni have earned prestigious awards, key leadership positions were filled on campus, and the Class of 2014 was honored with a series of celebrations. As the summer unfolds, we’d love to hear from you. Please share your story suggestions: wu-stories@willamette.edu.




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Celebrating the Class of 2014
Nearly 380 undergraduates participated in Willamette University’s commencement ceremony on May 11. Watch our video to experience the day — the nerves, the excitement, the hugs and the cheers — through the eyes of a 2014 graduate.

Find photos and learn more about May’s commencement ceremonies for the College of Liberal Arts, Atkinson Graduate School of Management and the College of Law.





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Graduates share experiences
Four 2014 graduates — Briana Ezray, Tana Watanabe, Max Peterson and Mae Lee Browning — reflect on their time at Willamette and how it has shaped their plans.





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Two students named Kemper Scholars
Luz Reyna ’17 and Zach Ward ’17 will gain experience in business management and fundraising strategies during the next two summers.





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Tim Stumhofer ’06 wins Bosch Fellowship
As the first Bosch Fellow from Willamette, Stumhofer ’06 will study climate change policies in Germany.





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Alumnus earns second BMI Student Composer Award
Since graduating from Willamette, Phil Taylor ’11 has earned not one, but two, BMI awards for creating original and classical music compositions. The awards are given to about 10 students from around the world each year.




Willamette hires experienced leaders
Monica Rimai will serve as senior vice president for Finance and Administration, while Jackie Balzer will join Willamette as associate dean of Campus Life.





Image of: Richard C. Elliott: Primal Op Borrow a museum flashlight and experience the unique and interactive works of this innovative artist from Ellensburg, Wash. at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art this summer.





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Professor Emeritus Robert Hess Dies
Robert Hess, who taught sculpture and design classes at Willamette for 34 years, died May 8.

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Please share your impressions of The Scene — Willamette’s magazine.





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Michaela Freeby ’15 named Women’s West Region Athlete of the Year
The honor comes on the heels of winning both the Northwest Conference individual championship and the West Regional title.

More from Bearcat Athletics





Willamette law boasts top employment figures for grads The College of Law is ranked first in Oregon and fifth among the West Coast’s 28 law schools for placing graduates in full-time, long-term JD-required and JD-preferred jobs for the Class of 2013.




The two universities are working together to allow students to complete a bachelor’s and law degree in six years, rather than the usual seven.

More from the College of Law





Image of: Michael Hollern Hollern, chairman of the board of Brooks Resources Corp. in Bend, Ore., was recognized for his extraordinary entrepreneurial and civic leadership benefitting Oregon.

More from Willamette MBA



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