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An inside look at Willamette University's secret side
Statesman Journal (Mar 9)
"The campus at Willamette University is alluring, if only because of the picturesque stream that curls through the 60-acre spread.
It also is inviting, not far from the heart of downtown Salem and right across the street from the State Capitol. Practically anyone can take in an exhibit at Hallie Ford Museum, grab lunch at Goudy Commons, or attend the symphony at Smith Auditorium."
Willamette University holds 12th annual Pow Wow
Statesman Journal (Mar 8)
"Men and women in traditional Native American regalia danced, sang and drummed at the 12th Annual Social Pow Wow at Willamette University Saturday.
The event is a social opportunity for different tribes to join together and celebrate their history. It was also an event to honor Native American educators, namely April Campbell, Oregon’s first Indian education specialist.
Co-coordinators and Willamette students Felicia Garcia and Sara Cordes said this year’s event brought a surprising turnout. There were 23 vendors in all, and some had to be turned away."
Powwow to bring native culture to Willamette on Saturday
Statesman Journal (Mar 4)
"Garcia, a member of the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians, said she wants to connect with other native students.
'I look forward to frybread, listening to the drummers, seeing the dancers and their regalia, and sharing my culture with the greater Willamette and Salem community,' Garcia said. 'I hope that people can learn something about native culture from this event and have fun.'
Lobbyist reflects on five decades
Statesman Journal (Mar 2)
"Since he first set foot in the Capitol as a 19-year-old page in January 1955, when he was a sophomore in political science at Willamette University, Dave Barrows has been a part of state government. He credited his first job to Mark Hatfield, then a political science instructor and a new state senator."
Could a religious protection bill like Arizona's happen in Oregon?
Statesman Journal (Feb 28)
"The business owners in these cases believe same-sex unions are a sin, and they claim participating in these unions in any way violates their constitutional rights to the free exercise of their religion.
It basically means the defendants 'wanted to be exempt from public accommodation laws' the same way churches and other religious institutions are, said Steve Green, the director for Willamette University’s Center for Religion, Law and Democracy.
What’s the legal argument against it?
The equal treatment of gay couples is more important than the rights of commercial businesses, Green said."
Saxton selected for Because She Cares project
Molalla Pioneer (Feb 27)
"Lynne Saxton, executive director of Youth Villages Oregon, has been selected as one of 24 female nonprofit leaders from across Oregon to be represented in Portland mixed media artist Theresa Weil’s Because She Cares project.
Weil’s portraits were displayed Tuesday at the State Capitol galleria lobby with opening remarks scheduled from Secretary of State Kate Brown."
State of the County address: Read Marissa Madrigal's complete speech
The Oregonian (Feb 25)
"In Natividad's case, he didn't start with a college legacy in his family. When your parents have gone to college, you have a built in network of advisors. If your high school counselor sucks, no problem, mom knows how to interpret college entrance standards. If you want to go Ivy, Uncle Alex went to Harvard and can tell you how he played the game, starting with expensive SAT prep courses. Although Nati's family provided a loving, stable environment, when it came to college stuff, he was on his own. But in Salem, Willamette University has partnered with private donors to provide a college readiness program called: Willamette Academy.
From middle school through high school, Willamette Academy provides homework help, takes kids to visit college campuses, and has them work with Willamette professors. Nati says, 'Willamette Academy gave me an opportunity I might have never had. The opportunity to have a college education. The opportunity to realize my dreams. An opportunity that has forever changed my life and the life of my family.'"
Willamette takes on an air of African culture
Statesman Journal (Feb 19)
"Celebrate African culture through dance, music, sports, art and lecture at Willamette University’s ninth annual Celebration of Africa 'Africa on the Move.'
'Africa on the Move’ is a unique opportunity to learn about the rich and diverse African continent,' president of the Willamette African Studies Club Mariah Grubb said."
Masei happy with decision to stay close to home
Statesman Journal (Feb 13)
"When Alika Masei first moved to Salem while in middle school, he swam at Willamette University’s pool as a member of the Bearcat Swim Club.
As a freshman in college, he swims at Willamette’s pool as part of Willamette’s team.
Masei, a graduate of West Salem High School, is one of the rare high-level club swimmers from Salem who chose to stick around town to compete at the college level, and he’s been one of Willamette’s top swimmers."
Iconic Mojave Joshua trees in race against extinction
Review-Journal (Feb 3)
"This spring, a pair of researchers will go looking for clues to the Joshua tree’s fate in a lonesome valley 140 miles north of Las Vegas. And they’re inviting interested 'citizen scientists' to join them in their search.
Henderson-based ecologist Todd Esque, from the U.S. Geological Survey, and evolutionary biologist Chris Smith, from Willamette University in Salem, Ore., are offering a four-day course in March called 'The Race North: Population Ecology of Joshua Trees In an Era of Climate Change.'"
A place kicker at Willamette University in Oregon, Mertens came out as bisexual to his team last night. He now comes out publicly in hopes of inspiring other LGBT athletes to come out and be true to themselves.
Panelists discuss minorities in law
Statesman Journal (Jan 25)
A district attorney, a judge and a business lawyer spoke to Willamette University law students about how Oregon’s legal system must adapt as Oregon’s population grows more diversified.
College students and staff ready to serve community on MLK Day
Statesman Journal (Jan 18)
More than 500 local college students from around the Mid-Valley will volunteer Monday doing everything from sorting food to building raised beds in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
It’s part of a growing trend among colleges and universities to not only encourage students to volunteer, but also organize projects and even incorporate them into the classroom.
Twenty years ago Congress designated the holiday a national day of service, and five years later college and university presidents signed the Campus Compact to promise greater civic involvement across the board. Eventually more than 1,100 schools signed, including Willamette University, Chemeketa Community College and Western Oregon University.
Contemporary art show coming to Hallie Ford
Statesman Journal (Jan 11)
"'Breath of Heaven, Breath of Earth,' the most recent show at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art, looked back on art as ancient as 6,000 BCE. The upcoming show focuses on art so contemporary that the artist still is creating some of it.
"'Whiting Tennis: My Side of the Mountain' is a solo show of work that Tennis, a Seattle artist, has created over the past 10 years. It opens Saturday and continues through March 23.
Willamette University remembers alumnus, Nobel Prize winner
Statesman Journal (Jan 9)
Willamette University announced the passing of a renowned alumnus and Nobel Prize winner Thursday morning at age 74.
Dale Mortensen graduated from Willamette with a bachelor’s degree in economics and math. He was senior class president, participated in theater and various other groups, including Beta Theta Pi and Young Democrats, according to a press release from Willamette University.
President Obama Announces Another Key Administration Post
The White House (Jan 8)
Today, President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate the following individual to a key Administration post:
- Heidi Biggs – Member, Board of Directors of the Corporation for National and Community Service
Heidi Biggs is the Executive Director for the Community Foundation of the Klamath Basin, a role she has held since 2013. Previously, she served as Project Director for Hire Calling Public Affairs from 2004 to 2009. Before that, she worked in public affairs for JELD-WEN, Inc. from 1998 to 2004 and as assistant corporate counsel from 1997 to 1998.
Ms. Biggs previously worked for Mills & McMillin, P.C. as an associate attorney from 1992 to 1997 and as a law clerk from 1990 to 1992. She has previously served on the Board of Directors and as past president for the Klamath-Lake Child Abuse Response & Evaluation Services. Ms. Biggs received a B.S. from Northwestern University and a J.D. from Willamette University.
Nick Symmonds Leaves Oregon Track Club, Signs with Brooks
Runner's World (Jan 2)
"Seattle’s Brooks Beast will be a part of his life, but the one constant will remain Sam Lapray, whom Symmonds calls his best friend. They’ve known each other since Symmonds was a student at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon and Lapray was a coach. More recently, he was an assistant to Rowland at the OTC.
'For now, Sam Lapray is going to be my mentor as he’s always been for the last ten years and help guide this transition phase,' says Symmonds. 'He’s has seen me through the transition from college to professional and the transition from Coach Gags [Frank Gagliano, the earlier OTC coach] to Coach Rowland.'"
Engaging an entire community
Polk County Itemizer-Observer (Dec 30)
"The Independence City Council made a goal to better engage the city's Latino community. To accomplish that goal, City Manager David Clyne and Economic Development Director Shawn Irvine recruited the help of intern Elizabeth Calixtro.
Calixtro, a student at Willamette University in Salem, will spend about nine months on the three-phase project.
'I think the main point of importance for the city is that they are bringing in somebody to explore these issues,' she said. 'I can do what I can to create better communication. I think it's a great initiative for the city.'"
KMUZ marks second birthday with big plans
Statesman Journal (Dec 18)
In 2009, when the founders of Salem’s community radio station were scrounging their first donations, it took true optimists to envision KMUZ 88.5 FM as a reality. Now supporters are celebrating two years on the air. They have about 75 volunteer disc jockeys who run talk shows or spotlight such musical genres as punk, zydeco, Russian rock, accordion and classical...
Bill Smaldone, a history professor at Willamette University, has been serving on the board, but someday he’d like to do a show of his own. He already has picked out a title: “History Matters.
”Building KMUZ, he said, “is one of the most important things you can do to build community. It gives a voice to people who would have no way to express their ideas or share their culture.”
Winning lottery or killed by asteroid
KOIN 6 News (Dec 13)
"If you buy a ticket every second, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, it would take you eight years to—by chance—to get the winning ticket,' said Josh Laison. 'And in that time?' Chris Woodard asked. 'You would have spent something like twice the jackpot to get the winning ticket, " said Laison.
"The Oregonian: How does somebody come from small-town, rural eastern Oregon, and a liberal arts school in Salem, get to California and a top job at one of the tech industry’s hottest companies?
Adam Messinger: My parents were a non-negligible part of that. My dad has a master’s degree in forestry, my mom, before she had kids, was a teacher. They were foundational. We traveled a lot, even though we lived out there. That made it possible for me to imagine it.
I loved growing up there, but I always knew that I was going to end up getting a job in technology.
I went to Willamette because it seemed like the best school for me in Oregon. I started there as a physics major, I worked at a couple physics labs over the summer and I found myself rewriting their software all the time. And I decided I would do that. I’m very happy I have a physics degree. It’s great training to think."
Willamette's basketball team powered by Samoans
D3 Hoops (Dec 4)
"Ioane’s Samoan heritage helped him connect with Manu and Smith, who are both starters for the Bearcats this season.
Manu’s father came to the United States from America Samoa while Smith grew up on the Islands before traveling to the U.S. to attend college.
Ioane said being Samoan helped both families feel comfortable sending their sons to play for Willamette.
'The parents obviously trusted me, knowing my background. They know our program is based on that same family concept of big brothers taking care of smaller brothers and respecting your elders,” Ioane said. 'I think that was easy for the parents … to trust me with them 10 months out of the year.'"
"If an employer in Colorado, for example, disqualified all convicted felons regardless of the crime or time of its commission, how could that possibly be fairly applied to a person who had been convicted years ago for the felony of marijuana possession with the intent to distribute for a job waiting tables in a State that no longer even criminalizes simple possession of marijuana? An employer would be hard pressed to challenge enforcement of Title VII against it if the policy operates to disqualify applicants for such a job, particularly if people of color had disproportionately been arrested and convicted for such a crime."
Are for-profits same as churches?
Statesman Journal (Nov 30)
"Citizens United took many people by surprise when the Court held that corporations have the same rights to political expression as natural persons. Now the Court will decide whether a corporation also has a right of religious conscience.
The idea sounds ludicrous, but it may represent the logical extension of the legal trend to extend individual rights to artificial persons such as corporations. Hopefully the Court will resist the impulse."
Stayton grad sets her sights on a medical future
Statesman Journal (Nov 19)
It’s an honor, but more importantly, it’s a learning opportunity.
That’s the way 2013 Stayton High School graduate, and Willamette University freshman, Juri Ahn views her nomination to attend the Congress of Future Medical Leaders in Washington, D.C., this February.
Wabash College Announces New Dean
Inside Indiana Business (Nov 15)
"Wabash College President Gregory D. Hess announced today that Dr. Scott E. Feller will become Dean of the College effective July 1. An award-winning chemistry professor, Dr. Feller has served Wabash since 1998...
...Dr. Feller earned his bachelor's degree in chemistry from Willamette University, and his Ph.D. in physical chemistry from the University of California, Davis. He was a post-doctoral research fellow at the National Institutes of Health and taught at UC-Davis and Whitman College prior to his arrival at Wabash in 1998."
Colleges help area thrive, leaders say
Statesman Journal (Nov 14)
"Thorsett, a graduate of South Salem High School, said that 4,100 Willamette alumni live in Marion and Polk counties, contributing to a successful town-and-gown relationship with Salem.
'They stick around here because they like what they find,' Thorsett said.
He estimated that Willamette puts $200 million per year into the local economy. The university is distinctive in its embrace of the region, Thorsett said."
Willamette dance concert to tweak gravity's law
Statesman Journal (Nov 9)
"Willamette University dancers will skirt the law of gravity when “Beginnings: A Dance Concert” takes the stage.
It will run from Friday through Nov. 23 at the M. Lee Pelton Theatre on campus. Thirty dancers from the student body and community will perform a variety of styles, including ballet, hip-hop, tap and even aerial dance, where dancers suspend themselves from scarves anchored above."
Ancient Near East exhibit at Hallie Ford Museum takes viewers back 8,000 years
The Oregonian (Nov 8)
"Just steps from Salem's hallways of modern government sit treasures of ancient Mesopotamia, Babylonia and Samaria. Their names conjure images of vast plains, fertile valleys and stepped ziggurats, known as 'stairways to heaven.'
The 64 pieces in an exhibition called "Breath of Heaven, Breath of Earth: Ancient Near Eastern Art From American Collections" at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art take visitors back 8,000 years. Gods, human figures, playful animals and items from temples and houses reveal the way people lived over a vast area extending from modern-day Turkey to Iran and Iraq."
Mid-Valley's 'Monuments Men' helped rescue plundered art from Nazis
Statesman Journal (Mar 9)
"Olbrantz met Sponenburgh in 1998, soon after coming to Willamette University’s new art museum. Olbrantz and art professor Roger Hull drove to Sponenburgh’s home on the coast for the first of many visits. Eventually the conversations turned from art to Sponenburgh’s work with the Monuments Men — especially his role in transporting priceless treasures from the Altaussee salt mine.
That connection sharpened Olbrantz‘s interest in the little-known story of how Europe’s art was saved during and after World War II. Olbrantz read an early book on the subject, Lynn H. Nicholas’ 'The Rape of Europa: The Fate of Europe’s Treasures in the Third Reich and the Second World War.' When Robert Edsel’s 'The Monuments Men' was published in 2009, Pam Olbrantz bought it for her husband, who devoured it.
The result was that Olbrantz brought Edsel to Willamette for a 2010 lecture, 'Is Art Worth a Life? Hitler, War and the Monuments Men.' Sponenburgh, 94 at the time, was too frail to attend. But the event closed a circle, honoring the Hallie Ford museum’s benefactor for his and his colleagues’ wartime service."
Why I became an educator
Oregon Business (Mar 4)
Sexual abuse: Struggling through complicating factors to get at the truth
Statesman Journal (Mar 3)
"Meredyth Goldberg Edelson, a professor of psychology and women’s and gender studies at Willamette University, agreed.
'There are cases when people do make false allegations, but there are not a lot of them,' Edelson said. 'What’s more likely to happen is a victim to disclose something and then get pressure to recant.'"
Lawmakers urge Ore. to review child 'deportation' case
USA Today (Feb 27)
"Professor Warren Binford, who teaches international children’s rights at Willamette University’s College of Law and runs the child-advocacy clinic there, said there are a limited number of parties who can appeal the court’s decision.
She said the child’s court-appointed attorney represents the child, and that he or she can appeal, but the representation is challenging because children cannot make fully informed decisions without all the information.
'But giving children all of the information can be traumatic for them, so therein lies the challenge of representing children,” Binford said. 'Without a doubt DHS and the court should be looking at the dad, but there are so many red flags here. It deeply concerns me.'"
Holznagel: 'I'll take history for $1 million'
Molalla Pioneer (Feb 26)
"A 1979 graduate of Forest Grove High School with a history degree from Willamette University, Holznagel parlayed his acting experiences at FGHS and Theatre in the Grove — and his ability to learn and retain information — into a job with Will Vinton Productions in Portland, where for a time he rode the wave of the California Raisins’ popularity.
In 1992 he wrote a script for a CBS program, 'A Claymation Easter Celebration,' and won an Emmy award for best animated special of the year. That’s where his career trajectory took a fateful and fortuitous turn."
Willamette singers eager to share Mozart's 'Marriage of Figaro'
Statesman Journal (Feb 22)
"Robb Harrison, a 2006 Willamette grad, plays her intended bridegroom. During his student days, he pursued a conducting major until vocal instructor Allison Swensen-Mitchell dared him to try opera.
'She was the person who told me I had the voice and could do it,' said Harrison. He has gone on to sing professionally in musical theater and opera, as well as teach in Salem-Keizer schools."
Willamette's Conner Mertens talks about coming out as bisexual
Sports Illustrated (Feb 14)
Conner Mertens was watching TV and hanging with his soon-to-be fraternity brothers on Sunday night when his phone buzzed with a text message. "Get your popcorn ready," it read. "And turn to ESPN."
Mertens, a kicker at Division III Willamette University in Salem, requested a channel change. About 10 minutes later, he sat stunned and happy as Michael Sam, the 2013 SEC Defensive Player of the Year and an NFL draft hopeful, said these landmark words: "I'm not afraid to tell the world who I am. I'm Michael Sam. I'm a college graduate. I'm African-American, and I'm gay."Read More: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/college-football/news/20140214/conner-mertens-willamette-university/#ixzz2tKQcqAfL
The Conner Mertens Story
Fox Sports Live (Feb 9)
"His story is one of exceptional courage and honesty. Conner Mertens of Willamette University became the first athlete at any level to come out as bisexual, and hasn't looked back."
Oregon Senate's 'quieter' leader
Statesman Journal (Feb 2)
"Taylor grew up near Grants Pass, went to Brown University and worked at the Congressional Budget Office before returning to Oregon to obtain a law degree at Willamette University and practice at a private firm in Portland.
'I decided I enjoyed the public service that I did at the Congressional Budget Office,' he said in explaining why he applied for his current job."
Paroline decision will have worldwide impact
Statesman Journal (Jan 25)
Four Willamette University law students worked with former Oregon Supreme Court Justice Paul De Muniz, law professor Warren Binford and others to prepare a friend-of-the-court brief on behalf of the Dutch National Rapporteur on Trafficking in Human Beings and Sexual Violence Against Children.
Ore. law students get their day in Supreme Court
USA Today (Jan 19)
When the U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments Wednesday in a case about how much possessors of child pornography must pay their victims, two Willamette University law professors and four law students will be in the chambers.
New 'Red light, green light' record set in NW
KOIN 6 (Jan 14)
"Willamette University in Salem, Ore., is headed for the record books.
The Guinness Book of World Records now confirms the school hosted the largest game of 'Red light, green light' in history."
Dale T. Mortensen, Top Labor Economist, Dies at 74
The New York Times (Jan 10)
"Dale Thomas Mortensen was born on Feb. 2, 1939, in Enterprise, Ore. His father, a Danish immigrant, was a forest ranger, and Dale developed a love of the outdoors as a child that continued through his final days, his son said.
He graduated from Willamette University in Salem, Ore., with a bachelor of science degree in economics, and earned his Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon. He joined the Northwestern faculty in 1965 and stayed at the university for his entire career except for a stint as a visiting professor at a university in Denmark. It was during a luncheon on a return trip to Denmark for an academic conference that he learned he had won the Nobel."
Two weeks of MLK events coming to Willamette
Statesman Journal (Jan 9)
Willamette University is hosting a number of activities honoring Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., beginning Monday.
Highlights of the celebration include a screening of MLK’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech, a night of live entertainment and the annual “Stride Toward Freedom” 5K run/1 mile run/walk.
Salem authors are finalists for Oregon Book Awards
Statesman Journal (Jan 7)
Two Salem authors once again are listed among the state’s best, as finalists for the prestigious Oregon Book Awards.
They are Scott Nadelson, for his memoir “The Next Scott Nadelson” (Hawthorne Books), and Scott William Carter, for his children’s book “Wooden Bones” (Simon & Schuster).
They’ll find out if they won at the 27th Oregon Book Awards ceremony March 17.
Nadelson holds Willamette University’s Hallie Ford Chair in Writing. He won an Oregon Book Award in 2004 for “Saving Stanley: The Brickman Stories,” and he was a finalist in 2006 for “The Cantor’s Daughter.”
Suzanne Allen-Guerra, a Breckenridge architect, combines works and passion
Summit Daily (Dec 29)
"Allen-Guerra’s college education took her to Willamette University in Salem, Ore., and then on to The American University in Cairo, Egypt, studying art, architecture and economics. She eventually relocated to the Centennial State, where she received her master’s degree in architecture from the University of Colorado at Denver...
While comfortable working on large houses and sprawling acreage, Allen-Guerra’s crew doesn’t work only on the big projects. Recently, the company provided its services free of charge to help out a local Blue River family.
The couple was introduced to Allen-Guerra through a client. They had spent about four years saving for, buying and improving a lot of land in Blue River, just south of Breckenridge. Although both hold steady jobs in the county, earning enough to build their own house was out of reach, financially.
Allen-Guerra was impressed with their story, the fact that they were working hard to pursue their dream, and decided to help out. She donated the company’s services to help from the ground up, from architecture to engineering. The house is currently undergoing construction."
Japanese students complete study abroad program
Statesman Journal (Dec 13)
"When Tokyo International University student Tomoaki Ramon arrived at Willamette University in February, he was immediately taken out of his comfort zone.
'At first I had a lot of culture shock because Japan and America is so different,' he said.
Now Ramon, who completed the American Studies Program at Willamette University on Friday, says his English has improved and he’s more outspoken in class."
The Advocate: Nick Symmonds
Runner's World (Dec 10)
"'People laughed at me when I decided to go to a Division III school and not go Division I,' says Symmonds, who attended Willamette University. 'They laughed when I turned down medical school to chase my dream of running in the Olympics. They laughed when I lost at USAs this year after coming in unprepared. But these tough decisions have taken me to where I am today, and I'm very happy about where that place is.'"
Ancient art brings new visitors to Hallie Ford museum
Statesman Journal (Dec 8)
"In the three months that ended Nov. 30, 8,571 people viewed the show of ancient Near East art at the museum, 700 State St. That’s more than twice the number who visited the museum from September through November 2012, said Andrea Foust, the museum’s membership and public relations manager.
Estimates are that yearly attendance will hit 30,000, up from about 24,000 in past years."
Oregon newlyweds stop in Texas for breakfast
San Antonio Express-News (Dec 2)
"For the past four months, the couple from Portland have been driving around the country in a beige 1997 Ford Aerostar, having breakfast with interesting strangers and listening to their stories.
'It’s been a wonderful honeymoon. I don’t think I could have envisioned anything better, although someone did tell me I was a van wife,' said Dillard, 41, who teaches communications at Willamette University.
The idea behind the whimsical journey of discovery was to challenge the sense that America is increasingly a divided country, where strangers are dangerous and people have stopped talking to each other."
Bullying: Strategic storytelling, coping strategies and role-playing
The Oregonian (Nov 20)
"Also studying bullying is Melissa Witkow, an associate professor of psychology at Willamette University whose research centers on adolescents. She’s in the second year of a two-year, three-site study in Oregon and California that’s collecting data from sixth-graders to determine the most effective coping strategies for children who are being bullied.
'It’s hard to think about eliminating bullying entirely,' Witkow said. 'Given that it exists, and given that I expect it’s likely to continue to exist … it’s important to focus on making sure that victims or potential victims have coping strategies at their disposal.'"
Sunday profile: The birdman of Gaiety Hill
Statesman Journal (Nov 17)
"Birds are a great conversation starter. At least they are for David Craig, the biology chairman at Willamette University.
'Everyone has an opinion about birds,' he said about the ubiquitous animals.
After a conversationalist finds out that Craig is an ornithologist, they usually dive right in with a story or question about them.
It often starts out with a complaint about an annoying bird. 'There’s this dang woodpecker that keeps hammering the side of my house,' they’ll say. 'You must have a nice yard and live by a creek,' Craig will reply, causing them to wonder how he knows where they live."
Willamette professor will receive national honor today
Statesman Journal (Nov 14)
After 20 years, the professor of politics said he often finds himself off to the side, quiet, standing idly in his own class.
On those days, it’s his students who run the discussion.
'They’re bright,' he added with a smile, describing students in his upper-division courses. 'If I give them good questions, good instructions, they will often lead discussion.'"
Helping preschoolers learn to focus their attention
The Oregonian (Nov 13)
"The researchers' goal was to develop and assess a family-based program that would 'improve brain systems for selective attention in preschool children.' Researcher Courtney Stevens, assistant professor of psychology at Willamette, said selective attention can be boiled down, in this context, to children's ability to stay focused in a potentially crowded and loud classroom.
'You could have the most amazing kindergarten teacher up there, but if a child can't control their attention...it doesn't matter what the teacher's doing,' Stevens said. 'The ability to control their attention is helping the kid to benefit from everything that's going on.'"
Today's Young Professional: Kareem R. Walcott
Statesman Journal (Nov 9)
City Club of Portland research says 'Frankentax' on property needs to be overhauled
The Oregonian (Nov 7)
"But Steve Maser, professor emeritus of public policy and management at Willamette University and the lead writer of the report, said the state’s odd system is putting downward pressure on local governments that could choke funding for basic services in the future.
'Political decisions are often driven by crisis,' Maser said. 'It’s not there yet. But you can anticipate that it’s going to get there and then action would have to be taken.'"