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For over 40 years, The Scene has been the magazine of Willamette University. Its purpose, then as now, is to share stories and campus conversations that help alumni and friends of Willamette stay meaningfully connected with their university.
The Scene is published three times each year as a service to alumni and friends. There is no cost of subscription, but readers may make a modest return donation to Willamette if they wish.
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Voice to the Voiceless
Anatomy of a Strategic Plan
Special Issue: The Unseen Willamette
Into the (New) Real World: Graduates of the Recession Speak Out
History Unearthed: Archaeology at the Ness of Brodgar
The Man Inside the Arizona Ethnic Studies Controversy
Welcome (Back), President Thorsett
100,000 Views of Oregon
Then & Now
You're Doing What with your Degree?!
Globalism and World Views
Thoughts on Democracy
“Suspended between liquid and air, we inhabit a transitional zone that opens a window on mysteries hidden from those with solid ground beneath their feet.”
“If everyone will take even little actions — whether bicycling to work or picking up litter on your neighborhood streets — we can all make a big difference.”
“Clearly, even five years later, the issues surrounding Sept. 11 still strike a chord: We do still care and, equally important, we still feel the need to talk about it.”
“Why do we want to make the world a better place? It turns out ‘because’ is a real answer after all.”
“Ordinary people, everyday circumstances, simple lessons in leadership: learn your own way, make a plan and prepare, equip those who follow, chart a course, set an example, encourage others to take the lead when they are ready.”
“Each change moves the University forward, not away from its heritage, but toward a better version of itself.”
“My eyes were opened to something much bigger than myself — a community pulling together to take care of one another. After all, isn’t that what service is all about?”