Select May 2011 media clips

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Willamette announces new president, Stephen Thorsett. “As the son of a professor, he grew up at the university, he said, attending football games, prepping for debates in the library and taking summer jobs around campus. His personal connections to Willamette attracted him to the job, he said, but the school's reputation was also an important draw. ‘Willamette itself is a remarkable place,’ he said. ‘It's a very strong institution both at the undergraduate level and in professional education.’”

President Pelton leaves a meaningful legacy. “Willamette has a long list of accomplishments under Pelton's leadership. It raised $131 million in a fundraising campaign, acquired more than 300 acres of forest, created four new academic centers, expanded graduate programs, increased the number of undergraduate faculty by 25 percent, and established a bridge program for economically disadvantaged and under-represented middle and high school students.”

Willamette adds spice to Salem. “Willamette's nationally recognized law and MBA programs are known as much for their community connections as their academic excellence. The private campus is a chemistry lab for building a better community — from its wonderful lecture and performing arts offerings to the invaluable programs targeting talented teens (notably summer camps and the year-round Willamette Academy).”

Graduates look toward the future and global challenges. “Griselda Rios flew in from South Texas to see her cousin, Ivan Martinez, graduate with a degree in politics. ‘He's the first in the family to graduate from college,’ Rios said. ‘I'm just so proud of him.’”

Walter Robinson is celebrated as athlete, scholar and representative of Willamette. “Hundreds of other students will receive their diplomas today. Why is Robinson different? In many ways, he's not. Not at Willamette, a school whose motto ‘Not unto ourselves are we born’ is taken seriously by its students.”

Willamette Academy hosts successful fundraiser and celebration of $40,000 gift. “The Rotary funds donated will be used to purchase more computers and laptops, graphing calculators, translation equipment and other technology. For more information on the Willamette Academy, go to”

Law’s Jeffrey Standen discusses a Super Bowl ticket lawsuit. “‘There’s nothing the plaintiffs want that the NFL hasn’t pretty much given them,’ said Jeffrey Standen, professor of sports law at the Willamette University College of Law in Oregon. He also runs a blog called the Sports Law Professor.”

Hallie Ford Museum of Art is named a reason to love the valley. “Why we love it: The mission of the Hallie Ford Museum is to collect, preserve, exhibit and interpret historical and contemporary art, with an emphasis on regional art.”

Michael Hevel remembers Bob Hawkinson, professor and former Dean of Campus Life. “‘What made Bob so special is that the connection I felt with him was shared by hundreds of others. Since his passing, many have written about their relationship with Bob on a blog (”

Olympian and alumnus Nick Symmonds returns to Oregon. “The Willamette University graduate was back on familiar ground Friday at the Oregon Twilight, participating in the distance medley relay for the Oregon Track Club Elite. ‘It's finally good to be back. I've been in Eugene for about three weeks all year,’ said Symmonds, who has spent most of the year training in Australia.”

Alumnus named CEO of Getty Trust. “James Cuno, director of the Art Institute of Chicago, was named president and chief executive of the J. Paul Getty Trust, taking over the world's wealthiest arts organization, with a $5.3-billion endowment and $250-million annual budget, but one that has suffered management turnover in recent years.”,0,973976.story