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Tidbits & Briefs

Welcome Freshman

Freshman and Blitz

An introduction to the (ample) incoming class, courtesy of the undergraduate College of Liberal Arts Office of Admission:

  • We had another banner year in terms of applications — more than 8,400 first-year applications, which is an increase over last year and the most ever.
  • We anticipate 630 new first-year students and 40 transfer students.
  • Twenty-four percent are students of color, our largest percentage in recent history.
  • Five percent of the students are international students.
  • Twenty-three students are children or grandchildren of alumni.

Referrals Encouraged!

Do you know any students who might make good Bearcats? Point them in WU's direction, drop the undergraduate Office of Admission a line at libarts@willamette.edu or call 1-877-LIBARTS (542-2787).

Remember graduate admission, too!
AGSM: 503-370-6167
WUCL: 503-370-6282
GSE: 503-370-5453

Graduate Program Enrollment Update

Atkinson Graduate School of Management

The full-time MBA has enjoyed solid applications this year, and projections at press time suggest a class approaching 100. The part-time Portland- and Salem-based Professional MBA (PMBA) cohorts appear right on track as well.

College of Law

The College of Law will welcome a diverse class of 146 first-year students who, collectively, attended 87 different undergraduate institutions both in the U.S. and abroad. Fifty-seven percent are non-Oregon residents, and the class members are joined by five second-year transfer students, five exchange students from Germany and three Master in Law (LL .M.) students.

Graduate School of Education

The Graduate School of Education (GSE) is ahead of last year in overall enrollment, and this year’s incoming classes include a couple of international students — a first for the school. Of note are the specialty endorsement programs (reading, English for speakers of other languages, special education), which have seen rising numbers and extend the GSE’s reach to in-service teachers in need of continued education.

Knowing the Graduate School of Education Dean

Don’t let the visual likeness fool you: The Barz Bar (above) and the Buzz Bar (below) are very different delectables.

When we spoke to Julie Gess-Newsome, newly arrived dean of the Graduate School of Education, she had just had the chance to start decorating her office (starting with the big coffee-mug clock on the wall — maybe that tells us something). We thought that now, since she’s officially begun her work, it was time to get to know her a little better.

What’s your favorite memory as a kid in school?

In 5th grade I had a science teacher who was a great instructor. I remember when we got into experiments and dissection — I still think of that cow eye — and I knew at that point that I wanted to go into science or education. It was a great moment. I ended up becoming a science teacher.

Who was your favorite teacher, and why?

It was Mr. Bender, in math. He always had a sense of purpose. He recognized that not everybody was going to be in love with math, but he worked hard to make it interesting for all of us.

He also ended up driving me home from a school party once — stranded in my Halloween outfit — because he was the chaperone. He was very professional on the outside, but you could tell that he was just a nice guy.

Why are teachers among the most important people in the world?

One of the powers that teachers have is to excite students about things they didn’t know they could be excited about — to investigate who they are and who they want to become. Teachers give young people the faith to try new things, to think outside the box.

However, often we think that teachers only exist inside the classroom. We’re all teachers. Parents are the biggest teachers, and we don’t do enough for them.

Why is Willamette such a good place to teach education?

We can move fast. I came from a different kind of institution. Here we can make decisions and enact changes; this is a phenomenal opportunity for us to be responsive to the needs of the community and the needs of students, which, of course, are always changing.

We’ve also got a diverse community. There’s access to both rural and urban schools. Sometimes students envision just going back to their own high school to teach, but even in the last 10 years the needs and opportunities have changed, and we can expose people to so many of them right here. That says a lot for relevance.

Goudy Commons Comic

By Glen L. Bledsoe, MAT '91


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