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May 2015, Monthly Edition

One is going to medical school. Another is becoming a journalist, and a third is dedicating himself to neuroscience. This month, more than 700 students from the College of Liberal Arts, Atkinson Graduate School of Management and the College of Law are graduating from Willamette. We share some of their stories — as well as other celebratory happenings — in this newsletter. Read on to learn more, and continue to send your story suggestions to us at

Emily Miller '15
A traumatic event prompts Miller ’15 to remap her life
Moved by the death of a friend, Emily Miller '15 wants to help people heal. Willamette prepared her for UCLA medical school, where she'll study pediatric oncology. 

Willamette Singers
Willamette Singers win DownBeat award
The jazz group gains global recognition for the second straight year.

Speakers chosen for 2015 commencement ceremonies
Speakers for the undergrad and graduate schools will share remarks May 17.

Alumna wins Charlotte W. Newcombe Fellowship
Risa Cromer ’04 is one of four anthropologists across the nation to receive the award.

Jonny Saunders '15
Saunders '15 catches research bug
Halfway through his Willamette education, Jonny Saunders '15 discovered his love for neuroscience. Now, he's off to graduate school to continue his studies.

Martha Sonato '15
Sonato ’15 connects Latinos and environmentalism
Martha Sonato ’15 takes a person-to-person approach to engage the Latino community with environmental issues in the Columbia River Gorge. 

Alumna awarded NSF graduate fellowship
With the stipend, Christina Johnson '14 is pursuing her doctorate in microbiology.

Students share scholarly work
On Student Scholarship Recognition Day, students led the discussions as they presented their projects.

Speaker probes China's pollution problem

Ma Jun, an environmental activist, discussed his work during the Dempsey Lecture Series.

Willamette honored seniors at Athletics Awards Night

Dylan Jones '15 and Jack Nelson '15 shared the J.H. Booth Award, while Michaela Freeby '15 was chosen for the Jean Williams Award.

Law recognized for 2014 employment outcomes

From first in Oregon to first in the Pacific Northwest, Willamette College of Law keeps climbing in rankings for job placement for graduates. 

AGSM anniversary
Atkinson celebrates 40th anniversary

More than 300 people participated in the festivities May 1 and 2.

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