Select June 2011 media clips

June 2011 | 400 citations

Graduate School of Education announces new dean. “Willamette President M. Lee Pelton announced Thursday that Julie Gess-Newsome will be the inaugural dean of the school. ‘She was the unanimous selection of the search committee,’ Pelton said. ‘She brings to this position remarkable experience as an administrator who is known for her innovative and creative talents.’”

US News blog discusses Willamette MBA program. “If you're looking for the fast track to gain the skills and network to launch your career in a new direction, a popular way to do so is through an M.B.A. program. So-called ‘career switchers’ look upon the degree as a way to expand international job opportunities, develop the right connections for future employment, and establish the potential for long-term income and financial stability. In fact, there's even an M.B.A. for Career Change offered by Willamette University's Atkinson Graduate School of Management.”

Portland Business Journal notes increased job offers for MBA students. “Some Willamette University students fielded as many as five offers before receiving their diplomas, said Beth Ursin the school’s director of career management. One 2011 Willamette MBA grad, Nick Footer, has already started his job as a business development executive with Anvil Media, a Portland-based search engine marketing company. ‘There’s definitely a little luck in it, but going back to school helped me find a job I’m passionate about,’ said Footer. ‘I knew that when I graduated, I’d be more attractive to any potential employer.’

Law’s Jeffrey Standen discusses the NBA lockout with The Atlantic. “The NBA lockout is going to be a lot more contentious and prolonged than the NFL,’ said Jeffrey Standen, a professor of sports law at Willamette University and author of The Sports Law Professor blog. ‘The owners in the NFL have the basic structure of the collective bargaining agreement,’ he continued. ‘The revenue percentage. The rookie salary compensation scheme. It shouldn't be too bad of a negotiation. In the NBA, the owners want some fundamental changes to the collective bargaining agreement.’”

Law’s Warren Binford writes a guest column for The Oregonian about police interrogation of children. “The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decided that the state social worker and the deputy sheriff had violated the girl's Fourth Amendment right to be free from unreasonable search and seizure. The case was appealed, and the Supreme Court agreed to review it. For the first time, the nation's highest court would decide whether the conduct in this case -- which is far too routine in child welfare investigations -- violates a child's constitutional rights.”

Education’s Robin Fromherz discusses the link between knowledge and freedom. “Freedom is opening a book and being able to read, to understand and to share. It is one of what should be everyone's undeniable rights. The approaching Fourth of July holiday should remind all Americans of the pathway to freedom that was traveled by our ancestors of long ago and our own footsteps of today.”

Salem Breakfast on Bikes posts an article about Beecher exhibition at Hallie Ford Museum. “Ross Palmer Beecher rides a bike and dumpster dives. She's also got a fertile and inventive show at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art this month. You'll see icons like Jackie O and more than a few nods to Jasper Johns. It's folk art and found object, sometimes whimsical confection, other times barbed with commentary on slavery and tragedy.”

Alumnus Trevor Bassett-Smith joins the Peace Corps. “[Tom] Smythe and Soren Sorenson, Trevor’s track and field coach at Willamette University, were also a factor in his desire to give back some of the generosity he’s received. ‘Coach Smythe was the was the first person who gave me respect when I worked hard in athletics, and no matter how hard I worked at Willamette, Soren was willing to work harder for me.’”

Alameda Patch, a hyper-local news outlet, includes an opinion piece from a parent of a recent graduate. “The letter said Willamette understood that parents who chose to send their children to private college before the economic crisis might no longer be able to afford it. So rather than raising tuition to meet expenses, the university would offer a “scholarship” percentage discount on tuition if the student worked hard, kept grades up, and graduated on time. If for some reason they didn’t, Willamette would consider the amount a zero interest loan, payable after graduation. The letter shook in my hands as my tears threatened to splash onto the page.”

Alumnus U.S. Rep. Jay Inslee (D-Wash) to run for Washington governor. “‘It should be a good race,’ said Jennifer Duffy, senior editor at the Cook Political Report. ‘You have a pretty established Republican who seems to be popular with voters and a Democrat who seems to be able to clear the field.’ Inslee was born in Seattle and graduated from Ingraham High School. He received a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Washington and his law degree from Willamette University.”

Alumna Shana Cooper directs at Oregon Shakespeare Festival. “Cooper, whose parents ran the Ashland Bakery Cafe, majored in theater at Willamette University, earned a master's degree in directing from the Yale School of Drama and was associate artistic director at California Shakespeare Theater for four years. In 2009 she came back to OSF to wear an assistant director's hat for both ‘Macbeth’ and Bill Cain's new play ‘Equivocation.’ Now she's at the helm of Shakespeare's popular comedy about what happens when the King of Navarre and his buddies vow to give up worldly affairs — including women — for three years.”

Alumnus Nick Symmonds “blew away” challengers at the USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships. “And, despite one of the deepest 800 fields the U.S. has ever seen, it was Symmonds executing a perfect tactical race. The former Willamette University star was fourth at the bell lap, moved up to third on the backstretch, and then found another gear as he rounded the final curve with 100 meters left. With the crowd of 10,033 standing and roaring, Symmonds blew away the competition with a winning time of 1 minute, 44.17 seconds to claim his fourth straight U.S. title.”