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Wulapalooza gives Willamette students chance to celebrate before finals
Statesman Journal (Apr 28)

"Willamette University students know that finals are just around the corner when Wulapalooza brews up on campus. The annual festival is the penultimate event — but ultimate celebration — that ushers Bearcat scholars into summer.

'This is just a nice break before finals,' said senior Annie Pawlick of Emmett, Idaho, a Wulapalooza co-chair."

Willamette entrepreneurial team gets shot at $215,000
Statesman Journal (Apr 25)

"A team from Willamette University will participate this week in the California Dreamin’ competition, which brings together students from top university entrepreneur programs around the country to prove that they have the best business plan.

Willamette’s team will pitch its business plan for Zoned, a company started and funded by current and former students of Atkinson Graduate School of Management."

Robert Wiltbank honored with 2013 Hans Severiens Award
Angel Capital Association (Apr 19)

"Dr. Wiltbank is associate professor of strategy and entrepreneurship for the Atkinson Graduate School of Management at Willamette University in Salem, OR, and an active angel investor.

'Rob Wiltbank’s contribution is unique in the world of angel investing,' said Marianne Hudson, ACA executive director. 'He is an angel investor, founder of funds, professor and mentor to future entrepreneurs, and he has researched and written two of the most comprehensive and widely consulted reports on investments by angels in groups.'"

Grubb named Truman Scholar
Coeur d'Alene Press (Apr 18)

"Grubb was one of about 60 college juniors from across the country to earn the award, which provides up to $30,000 for graduate school. The honor is bestowed to students who plan to pursue careers in government, policy, public health and related fields.

Along with the aid, Truman Scholars participate in leadership development programs and are granted opportunities for internships and employment with the federal government.

Grubb attended Franklin College in Lugano, Switzerland, and taught English for three months in a village in Nepal. She has six years of experience as a whitewater rafting guide for ROW Adventures, and she is certified as a wilderness first responder.

She studies anthropology and psychology at Willamette University, and plans on getting a graduate degree in International Sustainable Development."

Oregon's gender pay gap slightly smaller than national average
Statesman Journal (Apr 11)

"Ashley Nixon, a professor of Human Resources and Organizational Behavior at Willamette University, said there’s no question the wage gap does exist — instead, it’s a question of what causes it.

'Do we attribute it to discrimination against women or are there other factors to consider?' she said. 'When we do analysis, we find women make 80 percent of what men do, and there are some well-known differences that account for some of this disparity.'"

Justice with a sense of humor
The World (Apr 4)

"Since joining the office in February, Michael Chartrey, 25, has built a reputation as an office prankster.

Budget space freed up when deputy DA Ryan Hughes moved to the narcotics team. Chartrey clerked at the office in the summer of 2011, and he graduated in May 2012 from Willamette University’s law school.

'I love working in that office with one great group of people to work with,” Chartrey said. “As far as where I would want to be in my career right now, I couldn’t imagine a better place. Everybody around is absolutely phenomenal to work with, from our office to the bench. It’s a great place to be.'"

Santa Cruz native wins Fulbright grant
Santa Cruz Sentinel (Apr 27)

"Santa Cruz native Kathryn Burns is to receive a $30,000 Fulbright grant to research women's roles in modern Russian society and the ways those roles have changed in recent history...

Burns, a 2012 Willamette University graduate, also plans to conduct conversational classroom activities and give presentations on American culture and society."

Saxon turned Bearcat headed to Germany to play football
Statesman Journal (Apr 24)

"Dominic David doesn’t speak German, not even a little. But he is about to get a crash course thanks to a contract he signed to play for the Hamburg Huskies of the German Football League...

To land the deal with Hamburg, David and the staff at Willamette put together the highlight video above [see story]. Look for a feature story on David in the coming weeks."

A national popular vote would make every vote for president count
The Oregonian (Apr 19)

"The National Popular Vote bill is not complicated. It involves a matter reserved to the states, and it should easily withstand any constitutional challenge. It would ensure that every vote -- in every state -- matters in every presidential election. The candidate who gets the most votes wins.

Oregon's Legislature should vote to enter into this compact to make sure Oregon and its residents get the national attention we deserve."

Driver's license debate continues
Statesman Journal (Apr 11)

"Gilbert Carrasco, a professor of law at Willamette University and a member of the Oregon Commission on Hispanic Affairs, said the presence of immigrants without documents is a fact.

He said, 'We have resolved there are some people who do not have documents and are going to be allowed to remain here, so the state has a responsibility to its residents to ensure public safety and make sure people are tested before they get on the highways.'"

Salem Chamber Orchestra's new season covers varied lands, eras
Statesman Journal (Apr 5)

"Nikolas Caoile has been the Salem Chamber Orchestra’s principal conductor for nearly a year, but the recently announced 2013-14 season marks the first one he has fully shaped. 'I wanted to combine old and new music, things that would be interesting and engaging for the audience,' he said...

Caoile is a Willamette University alum who earned a bachelor’s degree in music composition in 2000. He went on to earn his master’s in conducting at the University of Washington (2003), then his doctorate in orchestral conducting at the University of Michigan (2007)."