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Are for-profits same as churches?
Statesman Journal (Nov 30)
"Citizens United took many people by surprise when the Court held that corporations have the same rights to political expression as natural persons. Now the Court will decide whether a corporation also has a right of religious conscience.
The idea sounds ludicrous, but it may represent the logical extension of the legal trend to extend individual rights to artificial persons such as corporations. Hopefully the Court will resist the impulse."
Stayton grad sets her sights on a medical future
Statesman Journal (Nov 19)
It’s an honor, but more importantly, it’s a learning opportunity.
That’s the way 2013 Stayton High School graduate, and Willamette University freshman, Juri Ahn views her nomination to attend the Congress of Future Medical Leaders in Washington, D.C., this February.
Wabash College Announces New Dean
Inside Indiana Business (Nov 15)
"Wabash College President Gregory D. Hess announced today that Dr. Scott E. Feller will become Dean of the College effective July 1. An award-winning chemistry professor, Dr. Feller has served Wabash since 1998...
...Dr. Feller earned his bachelor's degree in chemistry from Willamette University, and his Ph.D. in physical chemistry from the University of California, Davis. He was a post-doctoral research fellow at the National Institutes of Health and taught at UC-Davis and Whitman College prior to his arrival at Wabash in 1998."
Colleges help area thrive, leaders say
Statesman Journal (Nov 14)
"Thorsett, a graduate of South Salem High School, said that 4,100 Willamette alumni live in Marion and Polk counties, contributing to a successful town-and-gown relationship with Salem.
'They stick around here because they like what they find,' Thorsett said.
He estimated that Willamette puts $200 million per year into the local economy. The university is distinctive in its embrace of the region, Thorsett said."
Willamette dance concert to tweak gravity's law
Statesman Journal (Nov 9)
"Willamette University dancers will skirt the law of gravity when “Beginnings: A Dance Concert” takes the stage.
It will run from Friday through Nov. 23 at the M. Lee Pelton Theatre on campus. Thirty dancers from the student body and community will perform a variety of styles, including ballet, hip-hop, tap and even aerial dance, where dancers suspend themselves from scarves anchored above."
Ancient Near East exhibit at Hallie Ford Museum takes viewers back 8,000 years
The Oregonian (Nov 8)
"Just steps from Salem's hallways of modern government sit treasures of ancient Mesopotamia, Babylonia and Samaria. Their names conjure images of vast plains, fertile valleys and stepped ziggurats, known as 'stairways to heaven.'
The 64 pieces in an exhibition called "Breath of Heaven, Breath of Earth: Ancient Near Eastern Art From American Collections" at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art take visitors back 8,000 years. Gods, human figures, playful animals and items from temples and houses reveal the way people lived over a vast area extending from modern-day Turkey to Iran and Iraq."
Bullying: Strategic storytelling, coping strategies and role-playing
The Oregonian (Nov 20)
"Also studying bullying is Melissa Witkow, an associate professor of psychology at Willamette University whose research centers on adolescents. She’s in the second year of a two-year, three-site study in Oregon and California that’s collecting data from sixth-graders to determine the most effective coping strategies for children who are being bullied.
'It’s hard to think about eliminating bullying entirely,' Witkow said. 'Given that it exists, and given that I expect it’s likely to continue to exist … it’s important to focus on making sure that victims or potential victims have coping strategies at their disposal.'"
Sunday profile: The birdman of Gaiety Hill
Statesman Journal (Nov 17)
"Birds are a great conversation starter. At least they are for David Craig, the biology chairman at Willamette University.
'Everyone has an opinion about birds,' he said about the ubiquitous animals.
After a conversationalist finds out that Craig is an ornithologist, they usually dive right in with a story or question about them.
It often starts out with a complaint about an annoying bird. 'There’s this dang woodpecker that keeps hammering the side of my house,' they’ll say. 'You must have a nice yard and live by a creek,' Craig will reply, causing them to wonder how he knows where they live."
Willamette professor will receive national honor today
Statesman Journal (Nov 14)
After 20 years, the professor of politics said he often finds himself off to the side, quiet, standing idly in his own class.
On those days, it’s his students who run the discussion.
'They’re bright,' he added with a smile, describing students in his upper-division courses. 'If I give them good questions, good instructions, they will often lead discussion.'"
Helping preschoolers learn to focus their attention
The Oregonian (Nov 13)
"The researchers' goal was to develop and assess a family-based program that would 'improve brain systems for selective attention in preschool children.' Researcher Courtney Stevens, assistant professor of psychology at Willamette, said selective attention can be boiled down, in this context, to children's ability to stay focused in a potentially crowded and loud classroom.
'You could have the most amazing kindergarten teacher up there, but if a child can't control their attention...it doesn't matter what the teacher's doing,' Stevens said. 'The ability to control their attention is helping the kid to benefit from everything that's going on.'"
Today's Young Professional: Kareem R. Walcott
Statesman Journal (Nov 9)
City Club of Portland research says 'Frankentax' on property needs to be overhauled
The Oregonian (Nov 7)
"But Steve Maser, professor emeritus of public policy and management at Willamette University and the lead writer of the report, said the state’s odd system is putting downward pressure on local governments that could choke funding for basic services in the future.
'Political decisions are often driven by crisis,' Maser said. 'It’s not there yet. But you can anticipate that it’s going to get there and then action would have to be taken.'"