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Willamette University

March 2017 Edition

It was a record-breaking wet February in Salem, so we’re delighted spring is here. In this issue of WU news, Bearcats celebrate Willamette’s 175th, three English professors are nominated for Oregon Book Awards, and the community sets a fundraising record. Read on for more of the latest Willamette news. Share your story ideas with us at


Feb. 1 marked the 175th anniversary of Willamette University’s founding. The community kicked off a yearlong celebration with an aerial photo shoot, the Atkinson Lecture and the traditional birthday cake. A number of signature events will follow, a few of which include the solar eclipse festivities on Aug. 21 and the re-lighting of the famed Star Trees on Dec. 2.

More about Willamette’s 175th

Ta-Nehisi Coates speaks at Willamette University

The 2015 National Book Award winner’s sold-out presentation concluded Willamette’s Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration and opened the university’s 175th birthday celebration.

Professors Danielle Cadena Deulen, Scott Nadelson and Andrea Stolowitz are in the running for 2017 honors.

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Arben Kacanolli MBA’16 and Fitim Selimi MBA’16 used a multifaceted marketing campaign to boost the school’s student population.

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The Willamette Law Review held its annual symposium in February and focused on equity in health law, a growing interest among Willamette students.

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Willamette University swimming

Willamette’s men’s and women’s teams each attained three records at the 2017 NWC Swimming Championships.

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As of Feb. 6, the Willamette Annual Fund team raised $1 million, a record that staff members said they couldn’t have accomplished without the campus community’s help. The Annual Fund directly supports Willamette’s students.

Willamette and Tokyo International University staff in Japan In January, Willamette University educators and administrators traveled to Japan to advance Willamette’s partnership with Tokyo International University.

Webber scholar winners For 20 years and counting, the Webber scholarship has helped female science majors teach elementary students, receive peer mentorship and work in the community.

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