Alumni Reunion Weekend 2019 - Schedule of Activities

Welcome back to Willamette! Alumni Reunion Weekend is that special time of year when alumni of all ages return to campus to reconnect with old friends and the Willamette community. Join us to celebrate your Willamette connections and share all that you have experienced since you walked across the commencement stage.

Schedule subject to changeA complete list of locations will be provided in your Alumni Reunion Weekend magazine available at check-in.

Thursday, June 6

Blockchain and Cryptocurrency 2.0: The Revolution Continues
6 – 8:30 p.m.
After a successful introductory event last November, join Willamette alumni as we continue to uncover the pros, cons and questions around blockchain technology and emerging digital currencies from a variety of angles. Featured content experts — including Coinme executives Neil Bergquist ’09, MBA’10 and Nathan Love ’05, MBA’06 — will be there to guide meaningful conversation around opportunities and concerns surrounding these emerging technologies that may significantly affect the way we live, work, interact and thrive in society. Join alumni for a networking hour with hors d’oeuvres and beverages before the session begins.
Class of 1969 Talk & Cocktails
6:00 p.m.
Kick off the 50th Reunion with a cocktail party at the home of Keith ’69 and Madge Bauer ’69. You won’t want to miss this welcome party! Come early at 4:30 to join classmates in the garden for a timely and rousing discussion about separating the art from the artist.

Friday, June 7

R.A. Booth Society Hospitality Suite
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
All members of the R.A. Booth Society are invited to the R.A. Booth Hospitality suite during their time on campus for Alumni Weekend. We will have special snacks and beverages, as well as other amenities for this most special group of alumni and friends of the university. A perfect spot for relaxation in between the wonderful activities of the weekend.
5th Floor, Waller Hall
Large-Scale Flows of Galaxies as a Test of the Big Bang
11 a.m. – Noon
Professor Watkins and a senior physics major will present on their research using data on the motions of galaxies to test the Big Bang model of the origins of the Universe. They will start by giving an overview of the history of the Universe and explain why large scale flows of galaxies carry information about the distant past. They will then discuss their results and the associated implications.
Rick Watkins, Professor of Physics
Noon Basketball
Noon – 1 p.m.
The Noon Ball tradition is still running strong. Join familiar players, students, faculty, staff, coaches and local community members for a fun pick-up game. You may have played with Nathan Sivers Boyce, Tony Hoobler, Nate Coston, Dave Griffith, Eric Tweed JD’14, Brian "Bub" Lathen JD’04 and Eric Lassahn, who still regularly frequent the Cone Gym between 11:30 and 1:30 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Come hit the hardwood for this special reunion edition of Noon Ball!
Cone Field House
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.
What I Learned in Prison
1 – 2 p.m.
Professor Michaux visited a prison because she wanted to teach a class on mass incarceration and thought she should have firsthand knowledge. What she found changed her thoughts, not only about criminal justice and prison policy, but also about the fundamentals of teaching, 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, Professor of Politics, Law and Ethics
Campus Walking Tour
1 – 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 – 3 p.m.
Oregon’s third largest art museum celebrates the creativity of the human spirit as reflected in the art of different cultures, places and times.
Tai Ji Quan: Moving for Better Balance (TJQMBB)
2 – 3 p.m.
Tai Ji Quan: Moving for Better Balance, a specialized exercise program, has been shown to be particularly effective. This talk will discuss falling in older adults and examine the success of TJQMBB, both from a research perspective and as applied in the community.
Peter Harmer, Professor of Exercise and Health Science
Music Performance of Les sept Ivresses
2 – 3 p.m.
A portrait from the 1890s emphasizes French composer Augusta Holmès’s (1847-1903) professional zeal over her feminine charm. Indeed, she navigated in her life the opposing claims of being the “Muse of France,” and a composer of music both ‘masculine’ and ‘virile.’ Ms. Laura Agüero, soprano, and Dr. Marva Duerksen, pianist, are excited to share selections from Les sept Ivresses (Seven Ways of Being Drunk), a set of Holmès’s songs composed in 1882. Ms. Agüero presently serves as Executive Director of the Oregon Symphony Association in Salem, in addition to maintaining an active performing career. Dr. Duerksen has a strong commitment to the Women’s and Gender Studies Program at Willamette, and for many years her work has focused almost exclusively on women composers, with particular emphasis on musical settings of Emily Dickinson.
Ms. Laura Aguero and Dr. Marva Duerksen, Associate Professor of Music
Greek Life Reception
3 – 4 p.m.
Join alumni, current students and staff for a casual gathering that will provide an update on how Willamette is supporting Greek life on campus while allowing you to reconnect with Greek brothers and sisters, classmates and friends.
Making Black Life Matter on a Historically White Campus
3 – 4 p.m.
In her most recent work, Professor Drew analyzes anti-racist pedagogical practices while teaching “Black Lives Matter.” She argues that studying and engaging in a movement taking place in real-time facilitates — perhaps necessitates — legitimizing activists’ knowledge, generating conflict in the classroom and breaking through the veil of post-raciality in the classroom and beyond. She analyzes the challenges and contradictions of student-generated intervention projects, in which the goal was to make black life matter on campus.
Emily Drew, Associate Professor of Sociology
Program for Urban and Regional Government Reunion
4 – 5 p.m.
Join fellow classmates and faculty from the Program for Urban and Regional Government (PURG) and engage in a discussion of the program's impact — past and present.
Waller Hall Archival Exhibit
4 – 5 p.m.
Enjoy dessert in the president’s office while you view a historical exhibit of Waller Hall.
International Collegiate Business Strategy Competition and Reunion
4:30 – 8 p.m.
Join Professor Negri, former teammates and other alumni who participated in the Business Simulation classes for a time to reconnect and reminisce about the program since its inception in 1966. The evening includes a reception, appetizers, a buffet dinner, open bar and a few rounds of the game.
Don Negri, Professor of Economics
Bearcat Happy Hour
5 – 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.
College of Law Class of 1969 50th Reunion Reception
6:30 p.m.
Kick off your 50th reunion with classmates at a hosted reception.
The Grand Hotel
Alumni Awards Presentation and Dinner
7 – 9 p.m.
Enjoy dinner and a time to honor alumni receiving the Sparks Medallion, Distinguished Alumni Citations and the Young Alumni Leadership Award for 2019.
Summer Concert on the Quad
8 – 11:30 p.m.
Join alumni of all ages for an evening concert with The Junebugs, a high-energy pop/rock trio with Pacific Northwest folksy goodness. Their genre-bending sound and bright, cheery melodies will provide a fun, yet relaxing, backdrop for the evening.
Class of 1969 Hospitality Suite
9 – 11 p.m.
Relax and unwind at the Grand Hotel with classmates.

Saturday, June 8

R.A. Booth Society Hospitality Suite
9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
All members of the R.A. Booth Society are invited to the R.A. Booth Hospitality suite during their time on campus for Alumni Weekend. We will have special snacks and beverages, as well as other amenities for this most special group of alumni and friends of the university. A perfect spot for relaxation in between the wonderful activities of the weekend.
5th Floor, Waller Hall
Tennis Mix-In
10 a.m. – Noon
Come enjoy playing a couple of matches with a variety of partners and opponents, including former teammates, Coach Bryce Parmelly and former coach Russ Beaton ’60.
Conversation and Reception with President Steve Thorsett
10 – 11:30 a.m.
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.
Campus Walking Tour
11 a.m. – Noon
Visit familiar spots and see the many new and exciting spaces on campus on a tour led by an Office of Admission student tour guide.
Hallie Ford Museum of Art Tour
11 a.m. – Noon
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 p.m.
Celebrate 30 years of Lu`au at Willamette with a Hawaiian-themed lunch in Goudy Commons.
Tennis Alumni Lunch Meet and Greet
Noon – 2 p.m.
Enjoy lunch with current and former coaches, Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Rob Passage and alumni from Willamette’s tennis programs as they gather to share stories and talk about the current state of our athletic programs.
Cultivating the Next Crop of STEM All-Stars at WU
1 - 2 p.m.
Willamette received significant funding from the National Science Foundation to offer scholarships and pilot a cohort of students interested in STEM fields. Professors Kirk and Fisher are excited to share the results from the first year of this five-year grant, which has been a great success as they welcomed in a class of 25 amazing students. Special aspects of the program have included living-learning communities, co-enrollment in first-year courses, embedded tutors, career advising and mentoring networks.
Sarah Kirk, Professor of Chemistry & Allison Fisher, Associate Professor of Chemistry
Film Screening: “A Song for Alan”
1 - 2 p.m.
After a 45-year break, several WU alumni friends recently collaborated on music which has become part of the documentary film, "A Song For Alan." Join fellow classmates for a screening of the film, which honors the late husband of Glenda Hieber Blanchard '69 and highlights the power of friendship and the arts in our lives. John Hudkins '69, Bill Gaynor '69 and Dan Schneider JD'74 wrote, performed and produced the music, which is part of their recently released CD, "A Portion of Time."
Ford Hall Theater
Marriage Equality and the Supreme Court of the United States
1 - 2 p.m.
Professor Green will be discussing why the recent SCOTUS marriage equality decision has decided so little and why so many related issues remain unresolved. Professor Green directs the interdisciplinary Center for Religion, Law, and Democracy and has extensive litigation and appellate experience in First Amendment law involving issues such as school prayer, public funding of religious institutions, public religious displays, religious discrimination, religious free exercise and freedom of speech.
Steven K. Green, Fred H. Paulus Professor of Law and Affiliated Professor of History and Religious Studies
Lessons from the Border Crisis
1 – 2:30 p.m.
Professor Binford recently spent time at the Texas-Mexico border interviewing detained immigrant children and families. While she won't soon forget the crisis she witnessed or her experience in the midst of it, Professor Binford came away from that experience with observations she's now compelled to share.
Warren Binford, Professor of Law
Teaching the Next Generation of Big Dreamers and Risk Takers
2 – 3 p.m.
Join Professor Forster for a talk about entrepreneurial passion, including his ongoing work with the Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center, and how he connects a global community of innovators to students in his experiential teaching courses.
Bill Forster, Associate Professor of Strategic Management
Atkinson Tour with Student Ambassadors
3 – 3:30 p.m.
Take a tour of AGSM led by the school's impressive student ambassadors. Learn about today's Willamette MBA program and see how things have changed since your time at grad school.
Atkinson Meet & Greet with Dean Mike Hand
3:30 – 5 p.m.
Spend some time with Atkinson's new dean, Mike Hand, along with other top administrators from Willamette MBA and hear about present and future plans for the school.
Alumni Music Jam
2 – 4 p.m.
Bring your guitars! The class of 2014 had a great idea: let’s get a bunch of alumni back to rock out together. Join fellow Bearcats to play some organic tunes, or just come by and listen to an informal jam session. Instruments will be available (keyboard, bass, drums) for those who want to make some music together.
Film Screening: "A Song for Alan"
2 - 3 p.m.
After a 45-year break, several WU alumni friends recently collaborated on music which has become part of the documentary film, "A Song For Alan." Join fellow classmates for a screening of the film, which honors the late husband of Glenda Hieber Blanchard '69 and highlights the power of friendship and the arts in our lives. John Hudkins '69, Bill Gaynor '69 and Dan Schneider JD'74 wrote, performed and produced the music, which is part of their recently released CD, "A Portion of Time."
Ford Hall Theater
Compassion in the Public Sphere
2 – 3 p.m.
The basic premise is to explore spaces of compassion: how are they designed and cultivated and how do they work? Professors Boring and Gutterman are interested in spaces liberated from the harshness of surveillance, marked not by humiliation, but by possibility — spaces that might offer, a new sense of what it means to be sacred. The goal is to explore places of healing — political and interpersonal — in a time so commonly defined by disease, illness and shame.
Wendy Petersen Boring ’89, Associate Professor of History & David Gutterman, Professor of Politics, Policy, Law and Ethics
Campus Golf, Ultimate Frisbee & Volleyball
2 – 3:30 p.m.
For many years, students have played golf (with a tennis ball), Ultimate Frisbee and volleyball on the Quad. Join your classmates and fellow Bearcats for a round of one or all. Sponsored by Campus Recreation.
College of Law Tour
2:30 – 3 p.m.
Tour the law school and learn about the history of the building and its current use. Then, stick around for a meet and greet with Dean Curtis Bridgeman at 3 p.m.
Meet in the lobby
The Evolution of Willamette’s Architectural and Natural Landscape
2:30 - 4 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 share information gathered while researching Willamette’s architectural and natural landscape for his forthcoming book on the subject. Followed by a tour led by Dr. Willingham.
College of Law Meet and Greet
3 - 5 p.m.
Join law alumni and faculty for a meet and greet and update from Dean Curtis Bridgeman.
Sparks Open House
3 - 4 p.m.
Hear an update from Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Rob Passage, meet Bearcat coaches and tour the facility.
Sparks Athletic Center
Willamette Academy: Where Are We Now?
3 - 4 p.m.
Willamette Academy serves 150 8th - 12th grade students from historically underrepresented communities in the Salem-Keizer School District through mentoring, tutoring, monthly Saturday sessions, family programming, campus workshops and a summer program. Join us for an update from academy alumna and Program Director Delia Olmos- García ’14 and a panel discussion from current and former students about the program’s impact on their lives and their paths to college.
Alumni Survey Results
3 - 4 p.m.
If you missed our “Bearcats on the Road” program, this is your opportunity to see what we learned from our comprehensive Alumni Survey. Data was collected throughout the month of February and we received thousands of responses from alumni across all three schools. Come to see the results as we reveal the plans we’re making, as informed by the results of this successful survey.
Walking Tour: Willamette’s Architectural History
4 - 5 p.m.
Enjoy a campus tour highlighting Willamette’s architecture led by Dr. William F. Willingham ’66.

The Saturday Night Experience

All-Class Social
5 – 7 p.m.
The evening celebration begins with a cocktail, hors d'oeuvres and time to mingle with fellow Bearcats.
Reunion Dinners
7 - 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. Individual reunion class photos will be taken during this time.
Class of 1969 - 50th Reunion Class Photo
5:30 p.m.
Join your classmates in capturing the moment to celebrate this special milestone!
Class of 1969 50th Reunion Reception
6 – 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.
Class of 1969 50th Reunion Dinner and Program
7 – 9 p.m.
Enjoy a lovely meal and a special program highlighting the stories and achievements of your class, all planned by the Class of 1969 Reunion Committee.
College of Law Class of 1969 50th Reunion Dinner
7 - 9 p.m.
Join classmates for dinner to celebrate your 50th reunion and reminisce about your time at Willamette College of Law.
Illahe Hills Country Club
Class of 1959 60th Reunion Dinner
7 - 9 p.m.
Join friends from the class of 1959 to celebrate, reminisce and catch up on years of life, family and career experiences. With a lovely dinner and class photo, the evening with help the entire class commemorate a truly special milestone.
Class of 1964 55th Reunion Dinner
7 - 9 p.m.
Join friends from the class of 1964 to celebrate, reminisce and catch up on years of life, family and career experiences. With a lovely dinner and class photo, the evening with help the entire class commemorate a truly special milestone.
Winning Hand Casino, Celebration & Dance
8:30 p.m. - Midnight
Keep the good times rolling under the Bearcat Tent on the Quad! Enjoy visiting with friends, live music, dancing, fun photo opportunities, gaming tables, classic arcade games and prizes. Beer, wine, soft drinks and late-night snacks will be served.

Sunday, June 9 - Celebrating the 50th Reunion & Half Century Club

All-Class Memorial Service
9 - 10 a.m.
Gather with fellow alumni for a 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.
Half Century Club Brunch and Class of 1969 Welcome
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Celebrate members of the Half Century Club and honor the Class of 1969 during a served brunch. Club members will welcome the Class of 1969 as they present themselves for induction into club ranks. Then, visit with President Steve Thorsett and Carol Long, provost and senior vice president, to learn about the Willamette of today.
Buzz Yocom Portrait Dedication
1 - 2 p.m.
Join alumni, faculty, staff, family and friends for the official dedication of a memorial portrait of Richard “Buzz” Yocom ’49 in recognition of his commitment and loyal service to Willamette University.
Eaton Hall lobby
Willamette Valley Wine Tour
1 – 4 p.m.
Enjoy touring the stunning wine country adjacent to Salem with visits to three wineries in the Eola-Amity Hills. Transportation and snacks provided. Space is limited.
Zena Tour
1:30 - 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.
Native Bees at Zena Farm and Prairie Restoration
2 - 3 p.m.
Lindh studies native bee communities along a continuum from the urban Willamette campus to rural prairie restoration sites, including Zena. She and her students are researching whether native bees will use non-native plants when they occur as ornamentals in gardens or as weeds in farms or restoration sites. Learn about the work Lindh and her students do to determine which bees are associated with restored prairies, farms and urban areas.
Briana Lindh, Continuing Instructor of Biology; Associate Director, Sustainability Institute

Monday, June 10 - 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 for a second 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
Illahe Hills Country Club