Convocation panelists remain optimistic about Zena’s future

Since news broke in February that farming would discontinue at Willamette University’s property at Zena, people have wondered, “What’s up with Zena?” On April 2, about 50 students, faculty and staff gathered for convocation in Cone Chapel to find out. Panelists included Joe Abraham, director of the Sustainability Institute and Zena Forest; Kyle Batisky ’15, presidentContinue reading “Convocation panelists remain optimistic about Zena’s future”

“The Country Wife” opens at Willamette University April 16

  For nearly two centuries, “The Country Wife” was considered too scandalous for the stage. But it’s precisely because of its clever satire and cheeky dialogue that the comedy is opening at Willamette University April 16. “It’s a great play, in a fresh adaptation, being performed with incredible production values,” Director Jonathan Cole says. “The show will delight, shockContinue reading ““The Country Wife” opens at Willamette University April 16”

“Gianni Schicchi” opens March 12

  The opposing forces of greed, love and honor are showcased in “Gianni Schicchi,” an opera opening at Willamette University March 12. Produced by Willamette University’s Dramatic Vocal Arts Program, in collaboration with the university’s theatre and music departments, the production shares a complex tale based on an incident mentioned in Dante’s “Divine Comedy.” Wealthy, aristocratic Buoso Donati has a surprise inContinue reading ““Gianni Schicchi” opens March 12”

Andrés Oswill ’15 uses his leadership skills to leave his mark at Willamette

  Most students know Andrés Oswill ’15 as the president of Willamette’s student government. But there is much more to Oswill than this position. “Andrés is responsible and determined,” long-time friend Ivette Flores ’15 says. “He is passionate, intelligent, charismatic and he accomplishes everything he sets his mind to.” From his work as a politics major and women andContinue reading “Andrés Oswill ’15 uses his leadership skills to leave his mark at Willamette”

Green Initiative Fund promotes sustainability efforts across campus

  Every Sunday, Abby Bernhard ’18 walks around the eight eastside residence halls in search of leftover pizza, discarded salads and other remnants of students’ meals. Bernhard is one of several students who empties and organizes the collected compost from the eastside dorms, helping make good use of some 45 pounds or more of wasteContinue reading “Green Initiative Fund promotes sustainability efforts across campus”

“Helen” opens at Willamette Feb. 19

  Themes of individualism and feminism are explored in “Helen,” an adaptation of a historical play opening Feb. 19 at Willamette University. The play tells the story of Helen of Troy, daughter of Zeus and Leda in Greek mythology. Only instead of Helen remaining helpless as she waits for her suitor, this production — byContinue reading ““Helen” opens at Willamette Feb. 19”

Career Services uses three programs to help freshmen think ahead

  In 2014, the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) released a survey that suggested about half of graduating seniors didn’t have a plan for their future. Willamette wants to change that. The Class of 2018 marks the first class to experience three connected programs developed by Career Services called Compass, Roadmap to Success and Passport to Professionalism. These programs helpContinue reading “Career Services uses three programs to help freshmen think ahead”

Two WU students learn business, leadership skills as Kemper Scholars

  As part of the incoming class of Kemper Scholars, Luz Reyna ’17 and Zach Ward ’17 will gain experience in business management and leadership. “I first heard I was finalist when I was getting ready for an interview for Willamette Academy,” says Reyna, a politics major. “I was thrilled to have a sneak peek of whatContinue reading “Two WU students learn business, leadership skills as Kemper Scholars”

New book by Richard Ellis explores gay rights, freedom of association

  In 2000, the case of Boy Scouts of America v. James Dale was brought to the U.S. Supreme Court. The case centered on Dale, a 19-year-old Eagle Scout and assistant scoutmaster in New Jersey, who came out as gay in the summer of 1990. The Boy Scouts, citing their policy that denied membership to “avowed homosexuals,”Continue reading “New book by Richard Ellis explores gay rights, freedom of association”

MIT professor encourages students to consider careers in the sciences

  Catherine Drennan stands in front of 30 students at Highland Elementary School. She wears a white lab coat and moves her arms expressively as she speaks. “Have any of you ever heard of MIT?” she asks the students. The 9- and 10-year-olds are quiet. Then she asks, “Have any of you every heard of IronContinue reading “MIT professor encourages students to consider careers in the sciences”