Family Weekend

Family Weekend 2015 Schedule

Below is the 2014 schedule. The 2015 schedule will be posted in August 2015.

For more information, email the Family Weekend Coordinator

Thursday, October 9
7:30 p.m.Theatre Production: "Top Girls"
M. Lee Pelton Theatre

A skeptical and comical look at the role of women in contemporary society from one of Britain’s greatest theatrical innovators. The action swings from a smart Thatcher-era London women’s employment agency to a cottage in rural East Anglia, as it considers the sacrifices and compromises women have to make to carve out a place for themselves. Overlapping dialogue, inventive doubling of characters and the most unusual dinner party you’ll ever see combine to create a truly memorable evening.

Friday, October 10
8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.The Willamette Store Open
Putnam University Center, 1st Floor
12 p.m. - 6 p.m. Family Weekend Check-In
Putnam University Center, 2nd Floor
Pick up a complete schedule of events, campus information and pre-purchased tickets. Tickets and t-shirts will be available for purchase at check-in.
10 a.m.-5:00 p.m.Hallie Ford Museum of Art Open
Hallie Ford Museum of Art, 700 State Street

Take a walk on the wild side at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art. A Contemporary Bestiary brims with animal imagery created by 22 artists from Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana and British Columbia. Then step back in time with 30 prints from Audubon’s Royal Octavo Edition (printed in 1841) with the exhibition John James Audubon: The Birds of America. We invite you to turn your own creative energy loose at our annual Family Activity Day and take your own creation home with you!

3 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Guided Campus Tour
North Steps of UC
Take a tour of the beautiful Willamette University campus led by student tour guides, with featured stops and info sessions from selected resources on campus. This tour is a great way to learn more about some of the resources available to students on campus.
4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.Historic Downtown Salem Walking Tour
Leave from Hatfield Fountain at 4:30 p.m.
This is an opportunity to walk through downtown Salem on a lovely, fall afternoon! Join us for this walking tour and learn what Oregon's capital city has to offer.
5:30 p.m.-7 p.m.Sparks Athletic Center Renovation: Parent Dedication Ceremony & Open House
Sparks Athletic Center Lobby

Please join us for a special ceremony as we honor the important role our parents played in making the $6 million renovation of the Sparks Athletic Center a success. Stay following the ceremony for tours of the renovated space including: the expanded fitness center, new multipurpose classrooms, sports medicine center and the remodeled team locker rooms. Ceremony will begin at approximately 5:45 p.m. Refreshments will be served. Event is free. Please RSVP to or 503-370-6054.

7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. A Taste of the Willamette Valley
Putnam University Center, Cat Cavern, 2nd Floor
This event features a variety of wines, craft beers, and appetizers that accentuate the tastes of the Willamette Valley-- a region known as one of the top wine making regions of the world. Come on over for an evening of food, drinks, and fun for the whole family, featuring student musicans, and a student art display. Guests under the age of 21 are welcome to purchase appetizer-only tickets.
7:30 p.m.Jazz Night
Smith Auditorium (Doors open at 7 p.m.)
Don’t miss this opportunity to be amazed by the musical talents of Willamette’s student jazz musicians and vocalists, including the Willamette Singers and the Willamette Jazz Collective.
7:30 p.m.Theatre Production: "Top Girls"
M. Lee Pelton Theatre
See Thursday, 7:30 p.m., for description.
8:30 p.m.-10 p.m.Open Mic Night
The Willamette Events Board will host an Open Mic Night for students and families. Come enjoy student performances!
Saturday, October 11
8:00 a.m.-10 a.m.Coffee on the Quad
Come enjoy your morning cup of coffee and some scrumptious breakfast treats on the Quad! Coffee will be available starting at 8:00 a.m.
8 a.m.- 12 p.m.Family Weekend Check-In Continues
Putnam University Center, 2nd Floor
Pick up a complete schedule of events, campus information and pre-purchased tickets. Tickets and t-shirts will be available for purchase at check-in.
8 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.Gourmet Brunch by Bon Appetit
Goudy Commons
Enjoy a delicious brunch served in Goudy Commons. There will be a variety of breakfast and lunch options available.  Tickets are required for everyone attending, including any Willamette student without a board meal plan.
8 a.m.-1 p.m.Professional Photographer
In front of Goudy Commons
Photographer John Dutton will take family photos while you wait in line for brunch. Photos will be available for purchase online after Family Weekend.
9 a.m. - 9:50 a.m. Mini-University Session 1
Get a taste of the academic life at Willamette by attending your choice of sessions presented by professors from a variety of departments. Mini university sessions are 50 minute long classes modeled after the classes students attend daily at Willamette. The wide variety of mini university classes give you a hands on experience of what it’s like to be a Willamette student, and to see what current and exciting subjects and inquiries Willamette students are immersed in. More information, visit the Mini-University Sessions Page.
10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. The Willamette Store Open
Putnam University Center, 1st Floor
10 a.m.-10:50 a.m. Mini-University Session 2
See Saturday, 9 a.m.- 9:50 a.m., for description.
11a.m.- 11:50 a.m.Mini-University Session 3
See Saturday, 9 a.m.- 9:50 a.m., for description.
12 p.m. 4 p.m.Hallie Ford Family Activity Day
Hallie Ford Museum of Art, 700 State Street
Families and kids are welcome to sit down and make art in the lobby of the Hallie Ford Museum of Art after being inspired by the ongoing "Contemporary Bestiary" exhibit. This is a fun event for the whole family, and all are welcome.
1:15 p.m. - 5 p.m.Hike at Silver Falls State Park
The bus will depart from the Hatfield Fountain at 1:15 p.m., please arrive by 1:00 p.m. to check-in.

Hikers will embark on a guided hike of the Lower South Falls area. This will be a 2.2 mile hike with great  views and photo opportunities. This hike will display the beauty and nature of the region! Capacity is 90, so get a ticket and reserve your space early before they're all gone!

There will be a $10 non-refundable fee to cover transportation and entrance costs.

We suggest wearing warm clothes, as well as layers and a raincoat. A water bottle is also recommended. 

2 p.m.Theatre Production: "Top Girls"
M. Lee Pelton Theatre
See Thursday, 7:30 p.m., for description.
3 p.m. - 4 p.m.International Meet & Greet
Alumni Lounge, Putnam University Center, Third Floor
All are welcome at this event to meet and mingle with Willamette's international students. Come hear about their experiences as Bearcats. Light refreshments will be served.
7 p.m.Family Weekend Concert
Smith Auditorium (Doors open at 6:30 p.m.)
Enjoy outstanding musical performances by Willamette students. The concert will feature the Wind Ensemble, University Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Choir, Voce Femminile (Women’s Choir), and Male Ensemble Willamette.
7 p.m.Bearcat Volleyball vs. Pacific University
Cone Field House, Sparks Center
7:30 p.m.Theatre Production: "Top Girls"
M. Lee Pelton Theatre
See Thursday, 7:30 p.m., for description.
9:30 p.m.Featured Entertainment: Professional Comedian Tracey Ashley
Smith Auditorium Auditorium (Tickets are available for purchase at check-in and at the door 30 minutes before the show, no reserved seats)
You know what they say about a person with two first names? Well...who knows? People say a lot of stuff. When it comes to Tracey Ashley people are saying the same thing "This woman is funny!" Known for her seamless story-telling, sharp topical material and hilarious punchlines Tracey Ashley is a comedienne on the rise. Tracey performs on college campuses and comedy clubs across the country. Becoming an instant College favorite Tracey was nominated by Campus Activities Magazine as Best Female Performer for her rave reviews of performances. Tracey was a semi-finalist on NBC's Last Comic Standing Season 5, has appeared as a Co-host on TVLANDS Prime Movies and most recently was honored to appear on The OWN Networks comedy special Wanda Sykes Presents: HERLARIOUS. Entertaining audiences with the ups and downs of her world from being born on the farm in Georgia to making a new life in the Midwest Tracey Ashley is hilarious, endearing and all around fun to watch.
Sunday, October 12
9:30-10:30 a.m.Interdenominational Worship Service
Cone Chapel, Waller Hall, 2nd Floor
All are welcome to this service of worship led by the Rev. Karen Wood, University Chaplain. While interdenominational in scope, this service honors Willamette's relationship with the United Methodist Church and is in the style and spirit of progressive mainline Christianity.
11 a.m.- 12 p.m.A Cappella Concert
Mary Stuart Rogers Music Center, Hudson Hall
Do you enjoy music? Want to hear three amazing a cappella groups on campus? Well, luckily, they will each perform a few songs during this concert. Come have a relaxing time during a beautiful part of the day and listen to some great music.
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.The Willamette Store
Putnam University Center, 1st Floor
12 p.m.-1 p.m.Beyond Bid Day - WIllamette Sorority Life
Alumni Lounge
Willamette's Panhellenic Council is hosting an information  to inform the families of both current and prospective sorority women. We will discuss the recruitment process, the new addition to our campus this Spring (AΦ), as well as host a brief Q&A with our panel of sorority women and advisors! There will also be Recruitment Guides available after the info session to give tours of all the sorority houses. Please come and enjoy some light refreshments and wonderful company!
1 p.m. - 2 p.m. Interfraternity Council Information Session
Cat Cavern
The Willamette Interfraternity Council will be hosting an information session about fraternal life at Willamette University and the potential benefits for your son joining one of our five chapters here.
1 p.m.- 5 p.m.Hallie Ford Museum of Art Open
Hallie Ford Museum of Art, 700 State Street

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