Select July 2011 media clips

July 2011 | 325 citations

Willamette is recommended in the “Fiske Guide to Colleges 2012.” “The guide says that Willamette ‘is strategically located next door to the Oregon state capitol and 40 minutes from Portland. Bigger than Whitman, smaller than U of Puget Sound, and more conservative than Lewis and Clark, Willamette offers extensive study abroad enhanced by ties to Asia. Well known in the west.’”

Law’s Jeffrey Standen comments in a widely distributed AP article about a player’s controversial tweet. “‘An athlete contracts away his free speech rights in signing his endorsement deal,’ said Jeffrey Standen, a sports law professor and associate dean at Willamette University College of Law in Salem, Ore. ‘What the sponsor is buying is the athlete’s name and image, and their name and image are related to public behavior and opinions.’” 

Law’s Keith Cunningham-Parmeter discusses the standard for proving citizenship. “Just imagine if this mother had been a privileged white woman doing a home birth and the only witnesses were her mother and midwife. The state issues those birth certificates all the time. But now we have a Latina working in a migrant camp and suddenly the state has questions. I think the appellate court sensed the double standard here and was right to correct it.”

Music’s Elise Hae-Ryung Yun earns Oregon Arts Commission Career Opportunity Grant. “To support travel to Paris for advanced training in classical piano and French music with Philippe Biros and to observe master classes taught by Jacques Rouvier at the Paris Conservatoire. In addition to teaching at Willamette University, Yun is a professional musician, performing regionally.”

Willamette Academy students become journalists with assistance from local reporters. “Willamette Academy is a college access program which educates youth from Salem and Keizer with the goal to be the first in their family to graduate from college. This year, Willamette Academy asked the Statesman Journal to participate in one of its summer camps. Statesman Journal staff taught three courses which focused on writing, photography and videography.”

The Willamette Store’s Don Beckman and Tim King comment on Borders closing. “Director Don Beckman said the Willamette Store made a conscious effort to help fill the gap left by Jackson's Books when it closed in 2006, by taking over the poetry contest. ‘We'll try to fill the niche with Borders' passing the same as we did when Jackson's left,’ he said. Beckman said he hopes the store will find opportunities to sponsor author visits and book signings on the Willamette campus.”

The Hallie Ford Museum of Art’s Ross Palmer Beecher exhibition is featured. “John Olbrantz, the museum's executive director, is a longtime fan of Beecher. He organized two shows of her work at the Whatcom Museum of History and Art, Bellingham, Wash., where he worked before coming to Salem in 1998.” 

Along with Willamette and Hallie Ford Museum of Art (articles are no longer available online) the Star Trees are named a reason to love the Mid-Willamette Valley. “Why we love them: The Star Trees are a campus landmark and a community treasure, and provide a stunning backdrop for nearly 2,000 multicolored lights during the Christmas season.”

Alumnus Dennis Swanson is named International Business Development vice president for Boeing Defense, Space & Security in India. “Swanson's association with India began in 1999, when he led supplier management and procurement efforts for BCA in India. He was part of the team that began engaging with Indian industry to place offset contracts with Boeing's key suppliers in the country. Prior to his new role, Swanson was regional director for Industrial Participation Programs in the Middle East and Africa region for BDS. Swanson holds a Bachelor of Science degree in economics from Willamette University in Salem, Ore., and is currently pursuing an executive master’s program in international business.”

Governor Kitzhaber names alumnus and former professor Dmitri Palmateer new legislative director. “He most recently was the statewide business liaison for U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley. He previously worked for Merkley when he was the state House speaker and the Democratic leader in the Legislature. Palmateer is a former history professor at Willamette University.”