Select November 2011 media clips
Biology major and Bearcat Soccer midfielder Stephanie Skelly is named a First Team Academic All-American. "Skelly is majoring in Biology with a minor in Chemistry at Willamette. She entered the fall semester with a 3.877 cumulative grade point average. 'Stephanie Skelly has time and time again proven that she is truly a scholar-athlete, excelling both in the classroom and on the field. Stephanie's commitment to pursuing success and achieving her goals speaks loudly to the nature of her character,' Willamette Head Coach Hillary Arthur said."
Willamette Football honors veterans and Bearcats who volunteered after Pearl Harbor attack. "Nearly 70 years ago, the Willamette University football team participated in history. On Saturday, the school will try to pass the story on, possibly for the final time with those who were there. On Dec. 6, 1941, the Bearcats lost 20-6 at the University of Hawaii. The next day, Japanese planes attacked Pearl Harbor, less than 10 miles from the Willamette hotel, and members of the team wound up assisting U.S. forces."
Meredyth Edelson's autism research is noted in Scientific American. "Researchers have long considered the majority of those affected by autism to be mentally retarded. Although the numbers cited vary, they generally fall between 70 to 80 percent of the affected population. But when Meredyth Edelson, a researcher at Willamette University, went looking for the source of those statistics, she was surprised that she could not find anything conclusive. Many of the conclusions were based on intelligence tests that tend to overestimate disability in autistic people."
Religious Studies' Stephen Patterson encourages scholars to embrace public discourse. "'Today the Bible is deployed in the service of all manner of conservative and right wing causes. Biblical scholars need to weigh in on these debates,' Dr. Stephen Patterson, director of The Westar Institute and George H. Atkinson Professor of Religious and Ethical Studies at Willamette University in Salem, Ore., recently stated. 'Religion plays an enormous role in the shaping of our public life. Scholars of religion have a unique vocation to become public intellectuals. The mission of the Westar Institute is all about getting scholars to embrace that vocation.'"
Michaela Kleinert's grant funds quantum mechanics research with students. "Kleinert said she doesn't expect her research to change the world. Yet, in a way, she already has, inspiring the students she works with, the next generation of scientists. 'I've learned so much from her because she is a very smart woman and can explain things very well,' said Hayley Whitson, one of Kleinert's student researchers and a Willamette University senior. 'I think it's pretty awesome to be able to have a woman role model in the field of science, which is not that common.'"
Law's Jeffrey Standen comments about N.B.A. lockout. "In the meantime, Mr. Boies and Mr. Kessler will proceed in court to charge that the N.B.A. has violated antitrust laws. But many antitrust suits are made to be settled, said Jeffrey Standen, who teaches sports law at Willamette University, because the cases are expensive and time-consuming. 'It will take several years, so I suspect this is another tool in the arsenal for the players to slightly up the ante on the owners,' he said."
For the Salem community, the Star Trees lighting is a holiday symbol. "The centerpiece of the evening begins at 6:30 p.m., when the community is invited to behold bright lights as five towering sequoias near Waller Hall will be illuminated. The evergreens earned their name because of the star-shaped swath of sky visible when an observer stands in the center of the quintet of trees and gazes straight up."
Jim Ames, Tom Bader, Janene Allman and others create ornaments to benefit children. "Jim Ames and Tom Bader built a large, handcrafted wooden train, and Janene Allman lead about 75 Willamette classified staffers in handmaking 268 ornaments, all to be sold at an auction Friday that benefits a child welfare agency."
Willamette Academy students partner with the Statesman Journal for "Journey to Success." "What I see in myself is a girl that wants to go college. I want to be a pediatrician and to help little children that are hurt or that feel sick. I want to help others. I also see that I can influence others, just as certain people have influence me. The question now is, 'What does a Willamette Academy student see in themselves?'"
Alumnus Robert Roy '61 writes an essay for Atkinson Lecturer and New York Times columnist David Brooks. "Earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and a Teaching Certificate at age twenty-one from Willamette University in Salem, Oregon recalls moments of struggle and accomplishment.
Setting the University track and field record in the discus is a special recollection. In 2011 I smiled as I stood and stared at the University Track and Field record board, Discus 1961 Bob Roy. I whispered to myself, "'Fifty years; once again!'"
Alumna Darla Williamson (Sanders) '68 was inspired to study law by a fellow student. "In the late 60's Judge Darla Williamson was studying at Willamette University; that's where she found her inspiration to study law. 'I saw this student that was carrying a briefcase, and I thought, no one ever carries a briefcase, and I asked, who was she? And I was told that she was a female law student,' Williamson said. 'I'd never imagined that I could become an attorney, and then I thought if she can do it, that's something I could do.'"
Alumnus Adam Messinger '94 is hired as Twitter's Vice President of Infrastructure Engineering. "Twitter has just announced a key engineering hire today. Adam Messinger will be joining the company as Vice President of Infrastructure Engineering. Messinger was previously Vice President Development at Oracle, where he was responsible for managing the Oracle Coherence, Oracle JRockit, Oracle WebLogic Operations Control, and other web tier products."