Willamette University media update

May  2010  |  280 citations

In the News

HeadBand, an a cappella group comprising Willamette students, is featured in the Statesman Journal.  "He didn't sing in high school until his senior year. ‘At Willamette, Theis joined Male Ensemble Willamette. Then he went to a HeadBand concert and was ‘absolutely blown away.' ‘I knew I had to audition,' he said. ‘We've been very fortunate; every guy we've found has that feeling that ‘I need this to be part of my life.'"

Students Ben Gronowski and Lizzy Whittemore were featured in an article about their cross country cycling trip to raise money for affordable housing. "Whittemore, a biology major from Tigard, first heard of the organization more than a year ago. An avid athlete, Whittemore played softball for Willamette University for two years when she was thinking of a new sport. She came across the Bike and Build Web site, and decided to sign up. To help with her training, she joined the school's cycling club."

Psychology professor Melissa Witkow was quoted in The New York Times on an article entitled "Can an Enemy Be a Child's Friend?" "‘You have several options, as I see it, when you become aware of someone else's antipathy,' said Melissa Witkow, now at Willamette University in Oregon, the psychologist who led the study. ‘You could be extra nice, and that might be good. But it could also be awkward or disappointing, and a waste of time. You could choose to ignore the person. Or you can engage.'"

The AP picked up news about art professor Andries Fourie's service as a cultural envoy to Namibia. "Andries Fourie, assistant professor of art at Willamette University, will serve as cultural envoy in Namibia this summer for the U.S. Department of State. The state department, Willamette University's Center for Sustainable Communities, University of Namibia and Windhoek College of the Arts are supporting his visit."

English professor Mike Chasar's poem "Little Known Clauses in Arizona's New Immigration Law was published in the Statesman Journal.  "Redesign the dollar bill to get the Latin off the rear. If you can't spend a buck in English your money's no good here."

Politics professor Melissa Buis Michaux comments on Rep. Kurt Schrader's reelection bid. "‘Schrader's chief problem in this midterm election is that Democrats do not seem greatly motivated ... compared to Republicans,' says Willamette University political scientist Melissa Buis Michaux."

Westar's Jesus Seminar featured in The Oregonian in "Willamette-based Jesus Seminar, no stranger to controversy, plans book on apostle Paul." "The 25-year-old Jesus Seminar -- and its umbrella nonprofit, the Westar Institute -- moved to Oregon in July, accepting an invitation from Willamette University. The relationship promises to be mutually beneficial: Westar and its scholars become a research center in Willamette's department of ancient studies and archaeology, and Polebridge, Westar's publishing arm, will function as the university press for Willamette professors."

Center for Religion, Law and Democracy's Steven Green comments in ABA Journal on a case about a pastor's speech relative to an employment dispute. "‘The [Oregon] court even acknowledged that they were pushing the envelope,' says Steven K. Green, director of the Center for Religion, Law and Democracy at Willamette University College of Law. In the short run, Green and other observers predict that the initial victory in Oregon will encourage others. ‘I think it has the potential, certainly, of emboldening plaintiff lawyers-and surely clergy-to invite the courts to take another look,' Green says."

Fred Thompson from the Center for Governance and Public Policy Research was a guest columnist in The Oregonian. "One should be skeptical of congressional claims about the pursuit of broad public interests, especially where distributional issues are involved. Indeed, assigning the GAO to protect us against parochial political interests looks a lot like asking the fox to guard the hen house."

"Living Culture" featured Jennifer John's work at Zena Forest in a video segment. "‘Living Culture' visits with Jennifer Johns and students from Willamette University, as they embark on a farming project. The university purchased 305 acres of farm and forest land in Polk County, 10 miles northwest of Salem, Oregon."

College of Law's James A.R. Nafziger discusses immigration after Sept. 11. "In 2000, before the terrorist attacks, the annual number of permanent resident aliens, or ‘green card' holders, admitted annually peaked at about 1.5 million, according James Nafziger, who teaches immigration law at Willamette University in Salem, Ore...While the economy usually explains fluctuations in migration, anti-terrorist regulations deterred many from seeking visas to live here. ‘The American public began to forget our traditional hospitality to strangers,' Nafziger wrote."

Atkinson dean Debra Ringold talks to The Oregonian about the relaunch of G.I. Joe's.  "The new G.I. Joe's must rekindle that passion so it can focus on winning over new customers, said Debra Ringold, dean of Willamette University's Atkinson Graduate School of Management. The concern, she said, is that a beloved brand can erode in the face of stiff competition, especially when a company is off the scene for a while."

Debra Ringold's comments on Eugene's slogan were picked up in an AP story. "Debra Ringold, dean of the Atkinson Graduate School of Management at Willamette University in Salem, said the original slogan was a very strong assertion of superiority and the new version probably will be more acceptable to most consumers."

Graduate School of Education is named a "Winner in the News" for earning accreditation from NCATE. "Willamette University's Graduate School of Education. It's earned initial accreditation from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. Meanwhile, the overall university is undergoing an intensive process - as regularly occurs - to continue its accreditation."

Hallie Ford Museum's exhibit from Alfredo Arreguin is featured in the Statesman Journal. "Twenty-seven of Arreguín's paintings and prints will be on display starting Saturday for the artist's solo show at Willamette University's Hallie Ford Museum of Art. He and his wife, Susan Lytle, also will share about 20 masks and fanciful carved animals from their extensive collection of Mexican folk art."

Alumnus and popular author Patrick Carman ponders the nature of a bearcat in his chat with the Statesman Journal. "Bearcats rule! Now if I could just figure out what a Bearcat is...I went to Willamette and I still don't quite get it. Sort of like a wolfboy, but it's a bear...and a cat...I'm drifting."

Alumnus' Vic Snyder talks about his Oregon roots and how it led him to Congress. "He returned to college, earning a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Willamette University in 1979, followed by a medical degree from Oregon Health & Science University in 1979. That same year he moved to Little Rock to complete his residency in family practice, a task he finished in 1982."

From the Web

Willamette honors the class of 2010 at commencement. "‘I hope you have sufficiently mastered a set of academic disciplines that will enable you to solve problems - big and small - and change the world,' he said. ‘But most, I hope you will come to understand that your education here was deeply rooted in and connected to human experience and human endeavor, and that the process by which you deepened your connection to the living world will excite, inspire, delight and confound you every day of your life. You have been educated to serve humanity.'"

Willamette students and alumni earn national awards for academics and research. "These scholars captured awards in a wide breadth of fields, from the sciences to public service to business to government policy - a reflection of Willamette's comprehensive liberal arts education."

Physics professor Rick Watkins' work presents a challenge for the current cosmological model. "In Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Watkins' team measures this peculiar velocity by directly comparing previous surveys of differing volumes of space from ‘nearby" galaxies' - within 163 million light-years of Earth. His team calculated that nearby galaxies are flowing quickly, at the very edge of consistency with the prevailing model. ‘What's the likelihood that a universe with the WMAP parameters could give us this big of flow?' Watkins asked. ‘It's less than 2 percent.'"

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