Willamette University, Students at the Mill Stream

March 2014

Russian dancingTraditional Russian dancing at Maslenitsa

Last month's snow has melted away, but it's still cold and wet here on the Willamette campus. Of course, that hasn't slowed down any of our current Bearcats, who have continued to accomplish big things while finding time to let loose, as they did at Maslenitsa, which is also known as the Russian version of Mardi Gras. Along with enjoying traditional Russian food, dancing and folk songs, students also participated in many other cultural traditions, including the burning of effigies, which symbolizes the end of winter.

Willamette alumni are most certainly looking forward to celebrating the coming of spring and (hopefully) sunshine with friends too. Fortunately, opportunities to do just that will present themselves this month! Take a peek below at just some of what's coming up:

Chat with a Bearcat in Ukraine

Bring your questions about current events in Ukraine to a special Facebook chat with Jason Cammarano '98 on Friday, March 7 at 10:30 a.m. Jason will provide us with a first-hand account of what's going on in the country, so join us on the WUAA Facebook page.

Regional Alumni Mixers - Portland, Seattle, San Francisco, San Diego, Washington D.C., Denver

On March 12, WU alumni will gather in select cities for several fun mixer events at some of the best bars and restaurants in their respective regions. If you are looking to connect with fellow alumni in a casual setting, this would be your ticket. Check out our events page for more info and register for the gathering nearest you.

Willamette Academy's "Believe in Me"

Support the Willamette Academy's efforts to enrich the academic lives of local high school students by attending its annual benefit, "Believe in Me" on March 14. Held on the second floor of the WU Putnam University Center, the event will feature a wonderful dinner, fabulous gift selections and student presentations. Tickets are $50 and they are still available at www.willamette.edu/go/believe.

WUAA Lunch & Learn Series Part I: Strength Spotting

Led by professional career coach Peter Wallmark '68, part one of this free informative series will teach alumni how to identify the career strengths they already have and utilize them in applying for jobs. Join us in Portland's Pearl District on March 20, but register soon because space is limited.

April Events to Keep an Eye On:

First Avenue Career Expo (April 4) - Students get the chance to meet with reps and recruits from nearly 20 grad schools and more than businesses and organizations.

Opportunity Fair (April 10) - A three-hour networking event at the Cat Cavern that will put students and business reps in the same room together. Informational tables will be set up for students looking for their next (or first) job. To RSVP, fill out this survey. If your business or organization is looking for interns and you want to get involved, contact service@willamette.edu.

Bird Watching Tour (April 19) - Join alumni for a bird watching tour led by Salem Audubon Society nature guides Tim Johnson and Barbara Dolan. During the walk, we expect to see the Ospreys return, along with more than 50 breeding bird species at Minto-Brown Park. Be sure to bring your lunch, some chairs and a blanket for a picnic directly following the tour.

On a final note, we are currently putting together a memory book for each of the six CLA professors (Jim Frew, David Goodney, Linda Heuser, Anita King, Ken Nolley and Charlie Wallace) who are retiring this spring. If you'd like to contribute, send your fondest memories and stories about them to kburris@willamette.edu.

Have a happy and (hopefully sunny) March!