Schedule of Activities - Class of 1997

Friday, Sept. 15

Student for a Day
All Day
This exciting opportunity to attend class alongside current students gives you a snapshot of Willamette’s academic life today. A complete schedule of class offerings and locations will be available at check-in.
Martha Springer Garden Tour
11:00 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 wine tasting at three alumni-owned wineries — Coelho Winery, Samuel Robert Winery and August Cellars — in the beautiful Eola-Amity Hills wine country. Chartered bus transportation is provided from campus. Space is limited — register today!
Campus Walking Tour
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Visit familiar spots and see the many new and exciting spaces on campus. The tour is led by an Office of Admission student tour guide.
Greek Meet and Greet
1:30 - 2:45 p.m.
Members of Willamette’s Greek organizations invite their alumni to stop in for informal tours and conversation about Greek life. All nine current Greek organizations will be represented: Alpha Phi, Alpha Chi Omega, Delta Gamma, Pi Beta Phi, Beta Theta Pi, Kappa Sigma, Phi Delta Theta, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Sigma Chi
Hallie Ford Museum of Art Tour
2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Oregon’s third largest art museum celebrates the creativity of the human spirit as it is reflected in the art of different cultures, places and times. Join us for the Crow’s Shadow exhibition, organized by the Hallie Ford Museum of Art in partnership with the Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts. The exhibition chronicles the history of Crow’s Shadow over the past 25 years and its emergence as an important indigenous printmaking atelier in Pendleton, Oregon. Some 60 prints drawn from the Crow’s Shadow Print Archive highlight themes of landscape, abstraction, narrative, portraiture, social critique and humor.
Greek Life Reception
3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Join alumni, current students and staff in a celebration of Willamette's renewed commitment to Greek life. 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.
Residence Life Alumni Reception
3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Join current and former student staff of Residence Life at an open house event. Share memories of being a Resident Assistant or Community Mentor, and learn about updates in the residential experience and recent residence hall renovations.
Waller Hall's 150th Birthday Celebration and Archival Exhibit
4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Enjoy a birthday cake in the President’s office while you view historical photos of Waller Hall.
Sophomore/Alumni Mixer
4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Meet sophomore students who want to hear from you about how you chose your major and where it has led you in life. Share experiences and memories of Willamette with the new generation!
Computer Science Reception
4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Join alumni from computer science for a casual reception.
Chemistry Department Celebrates More Than a Century
4:00 p.m.
Join current and emeriti faculty, Dave Goodney, Norm Hudak, Kirk Brink and Frances Chapple, as well as Mary Payton (widow of Professor Art Payton), to celebrate chemistry then and now. Featured alumni will speak about their careers in a panel discussion followed by a reception, tour of the Olin Science Center and an opportunity to meet current chemistry students. A special dinner for Chemistry alumni, emeriti and current faculty will complete the evening. | Panel: 4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. | Tour/Reception: 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. | Dinner: 6:30 p.m.
Bearcat Happy Hour
5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
Kick off your first night back on campus by connecting 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 Association Board of Directors.
Alumni Awards Presentation and Dinner
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Join the Willamette University Alumni Association Board of Directors for dinner and to honor alumni receiving the Sparks Medallion, Distinguished Alumni Citation and the Young Alumni Leadership Award for 2017.

Saturday, Sept. 16

Conversation and Reception with President Steve Thorsett
9:00 - 10:30 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.
Alumni Swim Meet
9:00 a.m.
Are you a former swim team athlete? Come show off your stuff and compete against current students with former teammates. Warm-up starts at 8:30 a.m.
All-Class Memorial Service
10:30 - 11:00 a.m.
Gather with Willamette’s Chaplains Karen Wood and Gary Ellison 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
11:00 - noon
Visit familiar spots and see the many new and exciting spaces on campus. The tour is led by an Office of Admission student tour guide.
Hallie Ford Museum of Art Tour
11:00 - noon
Oregon’s third largest art museum celebrates the creativity of the human spirit as it is reflected in the art of different cultures, places and times. Join us for the Crow’s Shadow exhibition organized by the Hallie Ford Museum of Art in partnership with the Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts. The exhibition chronicles the history of Crow’s Shadow over the past 25 years and its emergence as an important indigenous printmaking atelier in Pendleton, Oregon. Some 60 prints drawn from the Crow’s Shadow Print Archive highlight themes of landscape, abstraction, narrative, portraiture, social critique and humor.
Buzz '49 and Libby Yocom Memorial Bench Dedication
11:00 - noon
Join alumni, faculty, staff, family and friends for the official dedication of a memorial bench named for Richard "Buzz" Yocom '49 and Elizabeth "Libby" Yocom in recognition of their commitment and loyal service to Willamette University.
Bearcat Tailgate and BBQ
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Join your fellow Bearcat fans and get pumped up for the big game with a BBQ in the end zone at McCulloch Stadium.
Alumni Homecoming Game: Bearcat Football v. Cal Lutheran
1:00 p.m.
Show off your best Willamette gear and cheer on the Bearcats as they take on the Kingsmen.
Zena Forest Tour
1:30 - 3:30 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!
Immersive Internships
1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Willamette students increasingly benefit from an array of experiential learning opportunities available through specially crafted internship programs. The Mark O. Hatfield Library’s Digital Production Lab and Archives and Special Collections partner to provide distinctive experiences whereby students extend classroom learning into professional spaces. This session explores the ways in which students work with unique materials from the Archives and with current technology from the Digital Production Lab to transform archival research, while learning valuable skills that transfer after graduation. Come learn about student accomplishments, from preparing collections for researchers to creating podcasts to curating traditional and virtual exhibits!
The Evolution of Willamette's Architectural and Natural Landscape
2:30 - 4:00 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 and Natural Landscape
4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Enjoy a campus tour highlighting Willamette architecture by Dr. William F. Willingham ‘66.
Alumni Rugby Game
6:00 p.m.
Come watch the alumni take on the current Willamette University men's rugby team in this years annual Alumni Rugby Game!

The Saturday Night Experience

All-Class Social and Class Photo
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
The evening’s celebration begins with a cocktail, great hors d'oeuvres and time to mingle with fellow Bearcats. Entertainment will be provided by student musicians led by Professor Wallace Long. Individual reunion class photos will be taken —be on time so not to miss your photo!
Reunion Class Dinners
7:00 - 9:00 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.
Winning Hand Casino 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, Sept. 17

Half Century Club Brunch & Class of 1967 Welcome
10:00 a.m. - Noon
Celebrate members of the Half Century Club and honor the Class of 1967 during a served brunch. Club members will welcome the Class of 1967 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.
Alumni Baseball Game
Noon
Root on your fellow alumni as they take on the current Willamette baseball squad.
Bus Tour of Campus
Noon - 1:00 p.m.
Relax and receive a bus tour of campus led by Mike Bennett ‘70, tour guide extraordinaire! Space is limited — register today!
Mariachi Vargas with Ballet Folklórico Tlanese - Presented by the Oregon Symphony Association in Salem
2:00 - 5:00 p.m.
For over half a century, Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán has been considered the finest mariachi in the world. The group never fails to engage its audience to the maximum, eliciting spontaneous gritos, sing-alongs, and one ovation after another with its heart-wrenching vocals and virtuosic instrumentals. Combined with traditional Mexican dance by Salem-founded Ballet Folklórico Tlanese it’s sure to be a truly special cultural experience of traditional Mexican music and dance!