Family Weekend

Mini-University Sessions: Saturday, October 11

Session 1
9 a.m.-9:50 a.m.Yoga
Montag Den

This yoga class will include several varieties of yoga to provide strength and flexibility, including power yoga in which we hold poses, vinyasa flow in which we are in constant motion and yin restorative yoga. Not only will your body benefit, but you will also discover you feel mentally balanced, recharged and relaxed. All levels are welcome.

By: Student Instructor, Sophia Wax

9 a.m.-9:50 a.m.Meditation
Cone Chapel

Join Assistant Chaplain Gary Ellison as he shares an overview of the weekly practice available to WU students. The Office of the Chaplains has created a space for quiet reflection, breathing and guided meditation. Mindfulness has been shown to reduce stress and is invaluable to students who wish to wind down their week with a peaceful break from the hectic life of study, engagement and busyness. A brief opportunity to experience the practice will be offered.

Instructed by: Gary Ellison, Assistant Chaplain 

9 a.m.-9:50 a.m.Looking Behind All the "Nones-sense" - Shifting Influences Over Time of Religious (Non)Affiliation
Eaton 106

In this mini-lecture, I will present the results of my recent research examining whether predictors - or "causes" - of religious non-affiliation in the United States have changed over the last forty years. While the popular media and political "messagers" like to latch onto particular explanations for the rise of religious non-affiliation, evidence suggests that (a) it is very difficult to characterize or predict who does or does not self-describe as "non-affiliated; and (b) that those factors that do provide some degree of explanation have changed over time. My goal is to demonstrate not only the kind of work that some of the faculty do on campus, but also to discuss a bit about how students were integral participants in the research.

Instructed by: Kelley Strawn, Professor of Sociology 

Session 2
10 a.m.-10:50 a.m.Beginner’s Spanish and Studying Spanish Abroad
Smullin 117

Professor Uggen will teach a basic beginner’s spanish course as well as discuss the various programs Willamette offers to study in abroad in Ecuador, Chile, Argentina, and Spain. Professor Uggen has been a part of the Spanish department for many years, and has been an integral part in creating study abroad opportunities for Willamette students in spanish-speaking countries.

Instructed by: John Uggen, Professor of Spanish 

10 a.m.-10:50 a.m.Willamette Academy Information Session
Eaton 209

Willamette University established Willamette Academy in order to help local middle and high school students achieve their dream of becoming the first person in their families to graduate from high school and attend college by providing an after school, weekend and summer program. Through the Academy’s Pathways Program and IDS 215 class, Willamette University students provide thousands of volunteer hours each year helping with academic support, tutoring, mentoring and in various other capacities so that promising young students can truly achieve their potential. Please join Willamette staff, students and alumni for an informative session that will also educate, inspire and empower.

Instructed by: Willamette Academy 

10 a.m.-10:50 a.m.Ethical and Political Perspectives on Freedom of Speech
Eaton 307

This mini-course will provide a brief introduction to some basic perspectives on freedom of speech. Beginning with the text of the First Amendment to the US Constitution, we will discuss the wider philosophical debates that informed it, focusing on arguments for free speech as desirable for fostering individual ethics and a healthy political culture. We'll also look at some contemporary instances of public debate that involve free speech in order to get at some of the assumptions about individuality, community and ethics that underpin different perspectives on how speech can best be legally regulated, and what a robust culture of free speech can do for society.

Instructed by: Matthew Bost, Professor of Rhetoric 

10 a.m.-10:50 a.m.What about WEMS?
PLH 202

Willamette Emergency Medical Service, or WEMS, is a group of students who have received official First Responder or Emergency Medical Technician training and volunteer their time to respond to medical emergencies on campus. Did you know that WEMS members have two hours of practice every week? Did you know that WEMS has faculty advisors but is student run? Come find out more about WEMS -- who we are, what we do, and how we do it!

Instructed by: WEMS

Session 3
11 a.m.-11:50 a.m.Career Connections
Kremer Board Room, Ford 102

What does it take to become a doctor or lawyer, and what is it like to be one? What does it take to run a business or design software? With a degree from Willamette and all the experiences you will have as a student, the sky's the limit. Come meet a variety of Willamette parents who will tell you about their careers and how they got there. Also, reps from Career Services and Alumni Relations will tell you about the resources that you can tap into as you move your career and life forward.

Instructed by: Parent Career Panel

11 a.m. - 11:50 a.m. Physics of the Nano Realm
Smullin 216

At the leading edge of scientific advancement, nanotechnology is the study of manipulating atoms and molecules that are so small that they have properties unseen at human scale. This talk will discuss exactly what the nano-scale is, and what makes this such an unintuitive and fascinating realm. As a case study, I will describe the challenge of generating motion at these small scales, and discuss how motion is generated both by biological systems as well as synthetic systems.

Instructed by: David Altman, Professor of Physics 

11 a.m. -11:50 a.m. Chemistry Club Presentation
Chemistry Club

Come watch some enthusiastic chemistry club students show their knowledge of chemical concepts with fun experiments, including work with liquid nitrogen, exploding balloons, and other exciting demonstrations! In addition, hear one of the chemistry department's great professors, Professor Holman, 2010 Oregon Professor of the Year, give a brief talk about the department. 

Instructed by: Chemistry Club

11 a.m. - 11:50 a.m. Archaeology and the Rhetoric of Nationalism
Ford 304

Indiana Jones may have left people with visions of Nazis attempting to manipulate the material culture of the past for national and personal gain, but setting aside such Hollywood fantasy, we can see current events, rhetoric, and identity shaping choices and interpretations in the science and art of archaeology. An examination of ancient texts and material culture can give us a richer understanding of the shifting rhetorics and identity in ancient culture. Perhaps more surprisingly, an examination of the rhetoric of archaeology can show how the choice of excavation sites, the treatment of material findings, and the explanation of those findings may all be shaped and reshaped by contemporary concerns.

Instructed by: Jeanne clark, Professor of Rhetoric 

11:00 amMy Friends the Triangles: The Study of Geometric Networks
Smullin 129

Mathematical networks have a wide variety of applications outside mathematics: components of an electric circuit connected by wires; genetic similarities among species in a phylogenetic tree; social networks among people; airline flights between cities; links between web pages. My research deals with applications of these networks inside mathematics, to the study of geometric shapes. This is an exciting new area of study, where the interesting problems outnumber the researchers working on them. I'll introduce this field, and then highlight a few problems I've worked on, including some projects with Willamette student co-authors.

Instructor: Josh Laison, Professor of Mathematics

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