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Basketball's Sean Dart is highlighted by the Statesman Journal. "Willamette university sophomore post Sean Dart is proving to be a lethally effective shooter for the Bearcats. The former Mountain View High of Bend standout who played last season at Eastern Oregon, is connecting on 70.7 percent of his shots, best in NCAA Division III."

English's Stephanie Lenox earns artist fellowship. "The Salem poet fits her passion between her part-time jobs as promotions director at A.C. Gilbert's Discovery Village and visiting assistant professor at Willamette University and her vocation as mom to 1-year-old Iris. She plans to use the $3,000 award to buy herself some extra day care. ‘Iris will have time to play with other kids, and I will have time to play with my ideas,' said Lenox, 33."

Music's Hekun Wu releases a new CD. "Johann Sebastian Bach's Six Suites for Unaccompanied Cello are a joy to music lovers and a life's work for cellists. For both reasons, the work has been recorded in more than 50 versions. The latest is ‘The Tao of Bach' by Willamette University cello professor and conductor Hekun Wu. The nearly 21/2 hour, two-CD set has just been released by MSR Classics. Proceeds from Wu's CD sales at The Willamette Store will support the school's music programs."

Russian's Mark Conliffe comments on foreign language studies. "Numbers were mixed on Oregon's private college campuses, too. Lewis & Clark College in Portland and Willamette University in Salem each enrolled more than 1,100 students in language classes, more than half of their undergraduates, because they require languages and they send a big share of students to study abroad...Students have ‘a growing appreciation for the importance of having access' to other cultures, said Mark Conliffe, professor of Russian at Willamette University."

Center for Religion, Law and Democracy's Steven Green comments on religion and hiring. "Gaskell's lawsuit is indicative of an increasingly tense debate between religion and science on college campuses and elsewhere, said Steven K. Green, a law professor and director of the Center for Religion, Law & Democracy at Willamette University in Salem, Ore. ‘I think it reflects a phenomenon that the sides in this debate are becoming more encamped, they're hunkering down,' Green said. ‘Because certainly within the biology community and within the science community generally, they see the increasing attacks creationists are making as very threatening to their existence - and vice versa, to a certain extent.'"

Education's Robin Wright Fromherz writes a guest column about the joy and value of reading. "The arts open doors and activate imagination. The arts find a special place in the hearts of all children and all adults who have not forgotten to dream. Reading is not a task that demands drilling, standards and filling in tiny little bubbles for answers. Reading is the doorway to adventure and to a full life."

Angel Capital Education Foundation names Robert Wiltbank among directors. "ACEF also named two new directors: Robert E. Goff, founder and president of the Sierra Angels of Incline Village, NV, and Robert E. Wiltbank, Ph.D., associate professor of strategic management for the Atkinson Graduate School of Management at Willamette University in Salem, OR. With support from ACEF and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation of Kansas City, Wiltbank co-authored Returns to Angel Investors in Groups. Based on a year-long survey that considered 538 angels, 3097 investments, and 1,137 exits and closures, this report provided the first opportunity to understand Return On Investment of angels connected to angel groups and the drivers behind those returns."

Student coach takes youth team to statewide robotics competition. "Two teams, Judson Middle School's Team Phoenix and Willamette University Youth Outreach Program, earned championship awards and will move on to the state competition."

Star Trees light up the holidays. "Two Salem children officially launched the holiday season Saturday at Willamette University. Carter Nelson, 5, a McKinley Elementary kindergartner, and Amelia Smith, 7, a Salem Heights second-grader, threw the switch and lit the Sequoia Star Trees. The tree lit up to cheers, and Willamette's Star Trees choir entertained the hundreds on hand with holiday ditties, capped with ‘Jingle Bells.' For 14 years, this event has brought together the university and the community, said WU chaplain Charlie Wallace."

Smith Auditorium is named the best live music venue, and Goudy Commons is named best place for a lunch break. "Smith Auditorium took the prize for ‘Best Live Music Venue.' Located in the Smith Fine Arts Complex at Willamette University, Smith Auditorium can hold up to 1,230 people. The venue hosts Oregon Symphony Concerts - the next one is January 14th - and many other large scale events."

Statesman Journal editorial page editor lists Willamette as a reason the governor should live in Salem. "Yes, Portland has Portland State, Lewis & Clark, Reed and other fine institutions. But Salem has Willamette University across from the Capitol, providing instant access to its professors and students. Practically every day of the week, Willamette has an intriguing speaker, concert or other event open to the public. And you'd be surprised at how many national and regional leaders send their children to Willamette because it's such a good university."

Alumnus Jeremiah Adler creates pilot television program. "[His] post-bottle-hurling decision to focus more intently on writing, and his creative partnership with fellow Willamette University student Brianna Barrett, was a good one. If only because they ended up writing and producing an extra-low-budget TV pilot that has become a hot prospect for broadcast and cable programmers alike."

Alumnus thrives in first teaching job. "Engage students in their learning. Be patient. Give them a chance to voice their opinions and they will flourish. These lessons from Willamette University's Graduate School of Education swim through Dallas Myers' head as he addresses his class of high school acting students."

Willamette looks back at 2010. "A renovated theatre, a Nobel Prize-winning alumnus and recognition as a best-value university were among the highlights of 2010 at Willamette University."

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