Alumni Reunion Weekend 2018 - Schedule of Activities

Schedule subject to change.

A complete list of locations will be provided in your Alumni Reunion Weekend magazine available at check-in.

 

Thursday, June 7

Delta Gamma Reception
4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Come celebrate and tour the Delta Gamma house at a wine and cheese reception.
Winemaker's Dinner
5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Enjoy a six-course dinner prepared by Bon Appetit’s executive chef, Andre Uribe, featuring local Northwest flavors paired with wines from alumni vintners. Space is limited — register today!

Friday, June 8

Martha Springer Garden Tour
11 a.m. – Noon
Tour Willamette’s “secret” garden! The one-acre site is divided into 12 smaller gardens, an alpine rock garden and various theme borders.
Rediscover Salem Lunch
Noon – 2 p.m.
Take a leisurely stroll downtown, where the food scene has blossomed in recent years, for lunch at one of Salem’s many outstanding eateries.
VIP Willamette Valley Wine Tour
Noon – 4:30 p.m.
Enjoy the stunning wine country adjacent to Salem with visits to three wineries in Eola-Amity Hills. Chartered bus transportation and box lunch provided from campus. Space is limited — register today!
What Does Russia Want?
1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
By many accounts, Russian-American relations are at their lowest point since the end of the Cold War. Russia’s annexation of Crimea and its interference in the U.S. presidential elections have resulted in economic sanctions and growing distrust. A panel discussion will consider the Russian government’s motivations and the attitudes of “everyday” Russians toward the U.S. today.
Sarah Bishop, Associate Professor of Russian
Campus Walking Tour
1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Visit familiar spots and see the many new and exciting spaces on campus during a tour led by an Office of Admission student tour guide.
Hallie Ford Museum of Art Tour
2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Celebrating its 20th year, Oregon’s third largest art museum celebrates the creativity of the human spirit as reflected in the art of different cultures, places and times.
Museums, Memory and Imagination
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Professor Roger Hull will speculate on the role that art museums have played in his professional and imaginative life for the past 50 years. From the Art Institute of Chicago, which he visited frequently as a graduate student, to the great museums in New York and Washington, D.C., to the institutions in Europe and especially Italy, where he and the late Professor Adele Birnbaum conducted their Florence Program, museums of art have fascinated Hull and enriched his life. In the 1990s, he envisioned and helped establish Willamette’s own Hallie Ford Museum of Art.
Roger Hull, Professor Emeritus of Art History and Senior Faculty Curator, Hallie Ford Museum of Art
Greek Life Reception
3 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Join alumni, current students and staff. This casual gathering will provide an update on how Willamette is supporting Greek life on campus and give you a chance to reconnect with Greek brothers and sisters, classmates and friends.
Hallie Ford Museum Tour with Professor Roger Hull
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Enjoy a tour lead by Professor Hull following his lecture “Museums, Memory and Imagination.”
Professor Roger Hull, Professor Emeritus of Art History and Senior Faculty Curator, Hallie Ford Museum of Art
Math Department Gathering
4 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Join mathematics alumni and current and emeritus faculty to celebrate Associate Professor Mark Janeba as he enters retirement. Food and refreshments will be served.
Waller Hall Archival Exhibit
4 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Enjoy dessert in the president’s office while you view a historical exhibit celebrating Waller Hall’s 151 years.
Biology Department Reunion and Reception
4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Join current and emeriti faculty Barbara Stebbins-Boaz, Scott Hawk, Gary Tallman and Grant Thorsett to celebrate biology then and now. Featured alumni guests will speak about their careers in a panel discussion followed by a reception.
Class of 1968 Happy Hour at The Ram (formerly Walt’s)
4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Reunite with classmates to kick off the 50th Reunion festivities at the old stomping grounds.
Bearcat Happy Hour
5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Connect with your classmates and other alumni at the Bearcat Happy Hour, an event filled with fabulous fare, beer and wine. Also meet members of the Alumni Board of Directors.
Class of '78 Kick-Off Dinner and Wine Tasting
6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Before your official reunion dinner on Saturday, join your classmates for a private event at FairWay Restaurant & Bar at Salem Golf Club. Begin the evening with a wine tasting hosted by Jeff Swanson '79 of Eugene Wine Cellars, followed by a lovely dinner at one of Salem's finest steakhouses.
FairWay Restaurant and Bar at Salem Golf Club
Alumni Awards Presentation and Dinner
7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Join a dinner to honor alumni receiving the Sparks Medallion, Distinguished Alumni Citation and the Young Alumni Leadership Award for 2018.
Class of 1968 Hospitality Suite
9 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Relax and unwind at the Grand Hotel with classmates.

Saturday, June 9

Student & Faculty Collaborative Research Presentations
9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Learn about the kinds of collaborative research that results when our award-winning faculty members team up with our incredibly talented students. Presentations will include research projects in the sciences and humanities.
Delta Gamma Brunch
9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Delta Gamma sisters gather to share a meal and celebrate time spent in this much-loved space.
Conversation and Reception with President Steve Thorsett
10:30 a.m. – Noon
Join Willamette’s 25th president, Steve Thorsett, for a conversation about the current and future state of the university. The conversation will be followed by a reception.
All-Class Memorial Service
10:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Gather for an informal time of remembrance to pay respects to members of our community who have passed on, with a special tribute to those in a reunion year.
Campus Walking Tour
11 a.m. – Noon
Visit familiar spots and see the many new and exciting spaces on campus during a tour led by an Office of Admission student tour guide.
Hallie Ford Museum of Art Tour
11 a.m. – Noon
Celebrating its 20th year, Oregon’s third largest art museum celebrates the creativity of the human spirit as reflected in the art of different cultures, places and times.
All-Class Lunch
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
A throwback celebration awaits you. Enjoy a selection of tasty salad and entree options, including modern takes on some of those famed dishes from over the years in a no-host, all-you-care-to-eat style buffet with a festive setting.
Zena Forest Tour
1:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Take a guided tour of 305 acres of ecologically diverse and historically significant land owned by Willamette and managed by WU’s Sustainability Institute. Space is limited — register today!
What I Learned in Prison
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Professor Melissa Buis Michaux went to prison because she wanted to teach a class on mass incarceration and thought she should have firsthand knowledge. What she found there changed her thoughts not only about criminal justice and prison policy, but also about the fundamentals of teaching and learning, and the nature of the human condition itself. It is not that everything Michaux knew about prison was wrong. Instead, she says, “My knowledge of human possibility was just so limited.” Join Professor Michaux for a thoughtful conversation about what she learned in prison.
Melissa Buis Michaux, Associate Professor of Politics
Campus Golf and Ultimate Frisbee
2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
For many years, students have taken part in a round of campus (tennis ball) golf or tossed around the frisbee. Join your classmates and fellow Bearcats in a round of campus golf or come participate in some ultimate frisbee. Sponsored by Campus Recreation.
Panel: Oregon Professors of the Year
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Join Carol Long, senior vice president for academic and student affairs, and a group of Willamette’s own Oregon Professors of the Year as they explore how they chose their profession, their teaching philosophies, and changes in both teaching and students over their careers. Panel participants include Suresht Bald and Roger Hull.
A Personal and Statistical Look at Inequality and the United States
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Join Professor Beaton for a discussion about the American economy’s growth of wealth and income inequality over the last several decades.
Dr. Charles “Russ” Beaton ‘60, Professor Emeritus of Economics and 2018 Sparks Medallion recipient

The Saturday Night Experience

All-Class Social and Class Photo
5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
The evening’s celebration begins with a glass of wine, beer or other beverage, hors d’oeuvres and time to mingle with fellow Bearcats. Individual reunion class photos will be taken — be on time so you don’t miss your photo!
Class of 1968 - 50th Reunion Class Photo
5:30 p.m.
Join your classmates in capturing this special milestone!
Class of 1968 - 50th Reunion Reception
6 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Reunite with your classmates at this special VIP reception. Start your evening with a glass of wine, beer or other beverage, hors d’oeuvres and time to mingle.
Reunion Dinners
7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Catch up with classmates and enjoy great food and special programs that highlight your class stories and achievements, all planned by your reunion committee.
Class of 1968 50th Reunion Dinner and Program
7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Catch up with classmates and enjoy great food and a special program highlighting class stories and achievements, all planned by your class reunion committee.
Winning Hand Casino Night Celebration and Dance
8:30 p.m. - Midnight
Keep the good times rolling under the Bearcat tent! Continue to catch up with friends and enjoy music, dancing, fun photo opportunities, gaming tables, vintage arcade games and prizes. Beer, wine, soft drinks and late-night snacks will be served.

Sunday, June 10 - Celebrating the 50th Reunion & Half Century Club

Half Century Club Brunch and Class of 1968 Welcome
10 a.m. - Noon
Celebrate members of the Half Century Club and honor the Class of 1968 during a served brunch. Club members will welcome the Class of 1968 as they present themselves for induction into club ranks. Then, visit with President Steve Thorsett and Carol Long, senior vice president for academic and student affairs, to learn how Willamette operates today. This is an event you don’t want to miss.
The Evolution of Willamette’s Architectural and Natural Landscape
12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Curious to know how Willamette’s campus evolved from a single building in a field to the beautiful setting we appreciate today? Come hear public historian Dr. William F. Willingham ’66 as he shares information gathered while researching Willamette’s architectural and natural landscape for his forthcoming book on the subject.
Walking Tour: Willamette’s Architectural History
2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Enjoy a campus tour highlighting Willamette’s architecture led by Dr. William F. Willingham ’66.

Monday, June 11 - FORE Willamette

FORE Willamette
Noon
Join your fellow Bearcats for a fun day of golf in celebration of Willamette Athletics, including prizes, spectacular raffle items and extraordinary food. We are excited to bring the longstanding tradition of FORE Willamette back home to Salem and Illahe Hills Country Club this year. This event offers the opportunity to catch up with friends, meet new ones and have a great time celebrating Bearcat Athletics. Learn more and register online at wubearcats.com/fore
Illahee Hills Country Club