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Willamette University Events 2001-02

September
Public Policy Research Center sponsors environmental conference.

College of Law gathers international faculty for American Society of Comparative Law.

The Montag Center, a 16,500-square-foot student center, opens. It was dreamed up by students, designed by students and now is run by students. The facility took a year and more than $2 million to build.

October
Henry Luce Foundation gives Willamette $275,000 grant to support Asian Studies.

Pianist Iliya Itin appears in concert as Grace Goudy Distinguished Artist.

"Pressure Points" exhibit at Hallie Ford Museum.

Willamette Theater Department presents "Quilters."

November
Lilly Endowment awards $2 million grant to Willamette, the third-largest foundation grant in university history. The grant will be used over the next five years to pay for church internships, workshops to help professors steer students toward the ministry, and to provide community service opportunities.

Rick Bartow, longtime Northwest Native American artist, featured at Hallie Ford Museum.

All-Americans Jake Stout and Aaron Young led the Willamette men's cross country team to the Northwest Conference title and a seventh-place finish in the NCAA Division III national meet.

All-Americans Buffy Morris and Karen Heaston led the Bearcat women's soccer team (18-2) to a No. 3 national ranking and a third-place finish at the national tournament. WU also won the NWC title.

January
University hosts gubernatorial debate featuring six candidates for governor.

Willamette is one of six schools included in $1.3 million technology education grant. The money will improve access to new technology for teacher education students.

Danny Glover and the Jubilee Singers of Fisk University celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King's birthday. Glover read selections of King's writings, including "A Letter From a Birmingham Jail," outlining King's thoughts on the use of nonviolent protest to create an opportunity for negotiation, and "Beyond Vietnam," in which the civil rights leader opposed the Vietnam War due to the resources, both human and material, it took away from low-income communities.

"Islam and the West" lecture series draws Salem community.

Meyer Memorial Trust offers $500,000 for the Mark Hatfield Library Archives, bringing the university halfway to the goal of creating a $2 million endowment.

The Dance Theatre of Harlem comes to campus and spends a week giving demonstrations, lectures and classes at Willamette and at elementary and high schools in the area.

The Willamette men's basketball team played the University of Oregon on Jan. 15 in a game commemorating the 75th anniversary of McArthur Court in Eugene. The two teams played in the first game there in 1927.

February
Trustees approve long-range master plan that, over 15 years, could mean moving the south campus entry, building sports fields above an underground parking garage, creating a residential commons with apartments and suites, moving and constructing some buildings downtown, extending foot paths farther into the city and building a new performing arts center.

Outstanding teachers recognized on Founder's Day.

Waverly Consort presents "Iberia".

Amy Tan and Anna Deavere appear as Atkinson Lecturers.

Black Student Organization honors 10 African-American leaders from Oregon.

Terrell Stone appears in concert as the Grace Goudy Distinguished Artist.

March
Willamette Theater Department presents "Threepenny Opera" and "All My Sons".

Art Building expansion project receives $2 million gift from the James F. Miller Foundation.

Willamette alum Kelly Sullivan '79 is named Northwest Conference men's and women's Coach of the Year after leading the Bearcat track and field teams to the NWC team championships. It was the first WU men's title since 1987 and the first Bearcat women's conference crown since 1978.

April
Jazz Night presents five distinct jazz ensembles.

Junior Emily West is named Truman Scholar.

May
Willamette confers degree to the 641 members of the Class of 2002.

05-15-2002