Willamette University Media Coverage Update

Jan. 2010  |  236 citations

In the News

o   The Princeton Review recognizes Willamette as a top value. Excerpt: "Willamette University was named one of the nation's best-value private schools by The Princeton Review. Willamette University was the only Oregon school selected for the list of the nation's 50 ‘Best Value' private colleges and universities."

o   The Oregonian included Willamette Academy as one of Oregon's "success stories" over the last 20 years. Excerpt: "Willamette Academy. A public/private partnership between Willamette University and the Salem-Keizer School District that reaches out to historically underrepresented communities and empowers students who in many instances are the first in their families to attend college."

o   Bunky Echo-Hawk's live painting performance on Founder's Day was featured in the Statesman Journal. Excerpt: "Rebecca Dobkins, chairwoman of Willamette's anthropology department, helped coordinate his Monday appearance and said she was especially impressed with the portrait. ‘It articulated how he perceived Obama as a warrior for all people, with values that were resonant with Native people,' she said."

o   Willamette professors participate in an on-campus event that expands girls' career horizons in math and science. Excerpt: "Willamette University hosted 215 middle school girls who visited campus as part of the American Association of University Women's ‘Expanding Your Horizons' programs. The unique program welcomed girls from Marion, Polk and Yamhill counties as they learned about careers that involve science."

o   Basketball players organize Hoopsters for Haiti fundraiser. Excerpt: "‘We as athletes are obligated to be leaders within our communities,' said Willamette post Cameron Mitchell, who started the program with teammate Bubba Lemon. ‘I can't think of a better way to use our gifts and talents as athletes than to use them to help others especially those who can't help themselves.'"

o   Tektronix co-founder's trust awards grant to support sciences at Willamette. Excerpt: "The trust awarded $2 million through 17 grants to nonprofits in Oregon. The recipients of the winter grants: ...$80,000 to Willamette University in Salem to support new positions in biology and chemistry."

o   Musicians' tour was covered in regional news outlets. Excerpt: "The 40-voice Willamette University Chamber Choir and the 16-member jazz group the Willamette Singers...under the direction of Wallace Long, will perform sacred and secular works, both a cappella and accompanied."

o   MLK events were covered widely by regional news outlets. Excerpt: "On the Willamette University campus in central Salem, King's famed voice resonated through the campus as his speeches were replayed through speakers outside the student center. Signs dotted the sidewalk, pointing out milestones for civil rights."

o   Business education group Portland Ten partners with Atkinson Graduate School of Management. Excerpt: "‘I have seen Portland Ten mature in a very short time while it simultaneously catapulted an initial cohort of new technology companies to their next level of growth,' says Robert E. Wiltbank, PhD, Associate Professor of Strategy & Entrepreneurship at Willamette University. ‘I see the value of the initiative as a learning opportunity for my students, an accelerator for new businesses in Portland (and beyond), and a model initiative from which we - as educators, investors, and business and civic leaders - can learn.'"

o   The Christian Post was one of many national outlets that covered Steven Green's testimony before the Texas State Board of Education. Excerpt: "‘I fully support exposing children to the religious influences of our nation's history. Religion has played a very important ideological and institutional role in the nation's government,' Green acknowledged. ‘However, there is a crucial pedagogical and legal difference between the academic study of our religious past and exposure of children to misleading religious truth claims particularly if they're for the purpose of instilling religious devotion.'"

 o   Jeffrey Standen discussed health clubs' legal liability in the Houston Chronicle. Excerpt: "Jeffrey Standen, a law professor at Willamette University in Oregon who teaches and writes on sports law, said risk is assumed by participants in all kind of physical activities and sports. ‘Courts often rule that a sport's risks are obvious and inherent,' Standen said."

o   Chicago media discusses Willamette study on compliments. Excerpt: "Peter Wogan, associate professor of anthropology, and students in his ‘Language and Culture' class conducted a semester-long research project to examine the way compliments were given and received on the Willamette campus. The class wrote an article and published their findings in Women and Language.",4_5_JO24_COMPLIMENT_S2-100124.article

o   College of Law graduate and winner of the state bar's award for judicial excellence, Judge Richard L. Barron (JD ‘70) is seeking re-election to the position he's held since 1981. Excerpt: "[Barron] graduated from Portland State University and Willamette University College of Law. In 2006, the Oregon State Bar established the Wallace P. Carson, Jr. Award for Judicial Excellence to honor the longest serving chief justice of the Oregon Supreme Court. The year after Carson was presented the award, Barron became the first judge to accept it."

o   Alumnus Tim Weaver '70 was featured in The Oregonian for his distinguished career representing the Yakima tribes. Excerpt: "Weaver, 65, has terminal colon cancer. He's expected to live another two months, maybe three. When he dies, the Northwest will lose one of its foremost legal experts on salmon, a walking library on how tribes' rights relate to that endangered and sacred fish. ‘You can tell that everybody in that room - all of the other lawyers - have a great response to Tim...He says what the law is, and everyone agrees.'"

o   Alumna Janet Carlson ‘75 announced her intent to run for re-election as a Marion County Commissioner. Excerpt: "Janet Carlson filed to serve a third term as Marion County Commissioner today...A McNary High School alumnus and summa cum laude graduate of Willamette University, Carlson began her career as a public school teacher."

From the Web

o   Professor Jerry Gray was awarded the Kremer Chair of Economics. Excerpt: "Named Oregon's 2005 Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, students and faculty alike praise Gray for his enthusiasm, dedication and humor."

o   Law alumnus earns lifetime achievement award. Excerpt: "The Washington State Association for Justice recently honored Paul Stritmatter (JD '69) with a Lifetime Achievement Award. The personal injury attorney was recognized for his work as an ‘advocate for the most vulnerable.'"

o   Alumnus Ryan Calkins '99 fights global poverty through microfinance. Excerpt: "‘For the first time, I was forced to have my culture stand in relief against another culture, and what that taught me about myself and what I wanted to do with my life was pretty fundamental,' Calkins says. That semester in South America launched Calkins on a path of fighting global poverty, and nearly a decade later, he discovered a different way to do it: microfinance."

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