WU Alumni Weekend
 

Schedule for Half-Century Plus

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Thursday, Sept. 17

University Convocation: WU and TIU - Lessons From 50 Years of Partnership

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Waller Hall, Cone Chapel

Join students for the weekly convocation! This week's topic will be about what WU and TIU have learned from their 50-year sister relationship.

Audit Classes

1:00-4:00 p.m.

Register for classes at the Bearcat Lounge

Sit in on a class and see how college is different, and the same, as when you attended.

Sigma Chi Reunion

7:00-9:00 p.m.

Putnam University Center, Dining Rooms 1 & 2

Kick off Alumni Weekend with your Sigma Chi brothers from 1962 to 1968 at this lively reception.

Weekend Warm-Up Mixer

7:00-10:00 p.m.

Gilgamesh Brewing

Get the party started! The WUAA Willamette Valley Chapter invites you to mix and mingle with alumni from near and far.

Friday, Sept. 18

Audit Classes

9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Register at the Bearcat Lounge

Sit in on a class and see how college is different, and the same, as when you attended.

Kickoff Breakfast

9:00-10:30 a.m.

Bearcat Lounge

Come anytime and start your day with yogurt parfaits, freshly baked scones, seasonal fruit and Bearcat camaraderie.

Continuing Legal Education Class at the College of Law

9:00-10:00 a.m.

WU College of Law, Rm 242

Hobby Lobby-a look at the U.S. Supreme Court's decison in this landmark case. One general credit (Oregon State Bar). No charge.

Connect at the Library!

9:30-10:30 a.m.

Mark O. Hatfield Library, Hatfield Room (2nd floor)

Get a behind-the scenes tour through the Hatfield Library and Archives. Explore some of the Archive’s digital collections and maybe even dig up something from your Willamette days.

WUAA Board of Directors Meeting

9:30-11:30 a.m.

Ford Hall, Kremer Board Room

See your Alumni Association leaders in action and learn about the work the Association is doing on your behalf.

Continuing Legal Education Class at the College of Law

10:30-11:30 a.m.

WU College of Law, Rm 242

Employment Case Law Updates – Abercrombie and Fitch’s failure in the courts and in our culture. One general credit (Oregon State Bar). No charge.

The Evolution of Willamette's Architectural and Natural Landscape

10:30-11:30 a.m.

Mark O. Hatfield Library, Hatfield Room (2nd floor)

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 that he has accumulated while researching Willamette’s architectural and natural landscape for his forthcoming book on the subject.

Alumni World Travels

10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

The Quad, Seminar Tent

Come and share your travel experiences with Jim Booth ’64, and hear how Willamette’s Travel Program enables people to engage in lifelong learning and make lasting connections.

Half Century Plus Luncheon

11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Putnam University Center, Alumni Lounge (3rd floor)

A special celebration for our alumni who graduated before 1965, and if interested, stay after for a short presentation about planned giving.

A Taste of Japan: Celebratory Lunch

12:00-1:30 p.m.

The Quad, Celebration Tent

Enjoy a taste of Japan through food, music and ceremony, celebrating the remarkable 50-year sister university relationship between Willamette and Tokyo International University. Dignitaries from Willamette and Tokyo International University will be attending to mark the occasion, and entertainment will be provided by Willamette's Chamber Choir and Taiko Drummers.

J. Rueben Clark Law Golf Scramble

12:00-4:00 p.m.

Oak Knoll Golf Course, Independence

Join students, faculty and alumni of the College of Law for a fun and relaxing afternoon at a local golf course. Lunch is provided, and all skill levels are welcome. Register separately at willamette.edu/go/golf

Campus Tour

1:30-2:30 p.m.

Meet at the Bearcat Lounge

View your old stomping grounds with new eyes while you tour campus with student guides.

Museums, Memory & Imagination

1:30-2:30 p.m.

Hallie Ford Museum, Rm 215

Join Professor Emeritus Roger Hull as he shares how the great art museums of the world have influenced his professional and imaginative life for over 50 years.

Digging a Nat Geo Cover Story: WU's Archeology Field School in Scotland

1:30-2:30 p.m.

The Quad, Seminar Tent

Hear from Associate Professor Scott Pike about Willamette’s ongoing participation in one of the most groundbreaking and important archeological excavations in the British Isles.

WUAA Board of Directors Meeting

1:30-3:30 p.m.

Ford Hall, Kremer Board Room

See your Alumni Association leaders in action and learn about the work the Association is doing on your behalf.

Hallie Ford Art Museum Tour with Roger Hull

2:30-3:30 p.m.

Meet in the lobby at Hallie Ford

Be guided through Oregon’s third largest art museum by the man who envisioned and helped establish it two decades ago – Professor Emeritus Roger Hull.

Martha Springer Botanical Garden Tour

3:00-4:00 p.m.

Meet at the Bearcat Lounge

Get a tour of Willamette’s “secret” garden! The one acre site is divided into 12 smaller gardens, an alpine rock garden and various theme borders.

Sparks Athletics Center Tour

3:00-4:00 p.m.

Meet in Sparks Center lobby

Bearcat Athletics has a remodeled home! Student athletes will take you on a guided tour of this incredible facility.

Integrating Sustainability and Place-Based Curriculum

3:00-4:00 p.m.

Eaton Hall, Rm 211

Faculty from across the University discuss how Willamette’s strategic goal of ‘engagement with place’ is an excellent platform to teach about sustainability—locally, regionally and globally.

The "National Question": What is the Role of the National State in the Contemporary Era?

3:00-4:00 p.m.

The Quad, Seminar Tent

International Studies Program faculty discuss the changing significance of nations and of national societies, economies, cultures and politics in today’s globalized world. Panelists include: Gaetano DeLeonibus, Professor of French, Greg Felker, Associate Professor of Politics, William Smaldone, E.J. Whipple Professor of History, Laura Taylor, Associate Professor of Economics.

Opening Minds to the World: Faculty Fulbright Panel

3:00-4:30 p.m.

Mark. O Hatfield Library, Hatfield Room (2nd floor)

Professors discuss their experience as ambassadors of international education exchange and reflect on what they took to the country they visited, and what they brought back to Willamette.

Bearcat Bash

4:00-6:00 p.m.

The Quad, Bearcat Lounge

This is THE BIG CELEBRATION of the weekend! Kick off your evening with live music, appetizers, and libations, and in the good company of fellow alumni, faculty and students from the College of Liberal Arts, The College of Law, Atkinson and the Graduate School of Education. Afterwards, move on to one of the many dinner parties on campus, or take off with friends to one of the many great spots in town.

Sigma Alpha Epsilon Reunion Dinner

6:00-9:00 p.m.

Mary Stuart Rogers Music Ctr., Rehearsal Hall

The SAEs who are celebrating their 50th reunion welcome back ALL SAE brothers for a special dinner.

Alumni Awards Ceremony & Dinner

6:30-8:30 p.m.

The Quad, Celebration Tent

Enjoy a lovely dinner in the Celebration Tent as the WUAA honors this year’s alumni award recipients.

College of Law Dinner Party

6:30-8:30 p.m.

Law School, Patio

Dean Curtis Bridgeman invites you to join him on the Law School’s patio for a Greek-themed dinner party.

Atkinson Graduate School of Management Dinner Party

6:30-8:30 p.m.

Mudd Building patio

Join the MBA crowd on Atkinson’s patio for a Greek-themed dinner party with Dean Debra Ringold.

Passport Willamette: A Celebratory Dinner for Study Abroad Alumni

6:30-8:30 p.m.

Montag Den

Wherever your study abroad experience took you, come represent your study destination and connect with fellow travelers. Special guests Fernando Miño-Garcés and Eugenia Andrade de Miño (Ecuador), Mark Bennett (Granada), and TIU President Hiroshi Takahashi will all be in attendance for this internationally-inspired dinner!

Alumni Educators Reception

6:30-8:30 p.m.

Gather with fellow Bearcat educators for an evening of conversation, heavy hors d'oeuvres and drinks at the nearby home of Steve Baxter MAT’13.

Class of 1975 Casual Gathering

6:30-8:30 p.m.

Location TBD

Get together with classmates and catch up on life!

Volleyball vs. Linfield

7:00 p.m.

Cone Field House, Sparks Athletic Center

Cheer on the Bearcats volleyball squad as it takes on rival Linfield!

Reception for the Class of 1960

7:00-9:00 p.m.

Enjoy tasty savory and sweet bites and beverages with fellow classmates from the Class of 1960 at the Salem home of Diane McLin ’60.

Willamette Watering Holes

8:00-11:00 p.m.

Visit favorite haunts and new Salem nightspots on this self-guided pub tour.

Saturday, Sept. 19

Breakfast with the President

9:00-10:15 a.m.

Putnam University Center, Alumni Lounge (3rd floor)

Enjoy a scrumptious breakfast and hear an update from President Thorsett on current happenings and priorities at our alma mater.

Engaging the World with Study Abroad

10:30-11:30 a.m.

The Quad, Seminar Tent

Long-time site directors Fernando Miño-Garcés (Quito) and Mark Bennett (Granada), will talk with alumni about the life-long benefits of their study abroad experiences. Join in the conversation! Moderated by Kris Lou, Director of International Education.

Global Google Hangout

10:30-11:30 a.m.

Ford Hall, Rm 222

Come hang out with alumni who are working and living abroad! We’ll see and hear alumni from London, Ecuador, France, Amsterdam and Tanzania who will tell us about their lives as expatriates.

Campus Tour

10:30-11:30 a.m.

Meet at the Bearcat Lounge

View your old stomping grounds with new eyes while you tour campus with student guides.

Hallie Ford Museum of Art Tour

10:30-11:30 a.m.

Hallie Ford Museum of Art

Oregon’s third largest art museum celebrates the creativity of the human spirit as it is reflected in the art of different cultures, different places and different times.

Martha Springer Botanical Garden Tour

10:30-11:30 a.m.

Meet at the Bearcat Lounge

Tour Willamette’s “secret” garden! The one acre site is divided into 12 smaller gardens, an alpine rock garden and various theme borders.

Women's Basketball Reunion

10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Sparks Athletic Center, Prothero Classroom

Past players from all generations are invited to come meet the team, go on a tour of the newly-renovated Sparks Athletic Center and sign the alumni pillar in the NEW women’s basketball locker room.

Celebrating 96 Years of Greek Life

10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Mary Stuart Rogers Music Ctr., Hudson Hall

Hear from students, alumni advisors and administrators as they discuss the current strengths of the Greek community and its plans for the future. There will be a reception following the panel so you can mingle with students from your chapter.

Rowing Reunion

11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

The Boathouse

Come out to the boathouse and celebrate 25 years of rowing at Willamette with current rowers, past and present coaches and fellow alumni. We’ll BBQ right on the dock, share some stories, then head to the football game to cheer on the Bearcats.

Global Eats & Treats

11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

The Quad, Celebration Tent

Enjoy flavors and music from around the world as you choose items from a variety of ethnic food stations, including Indian, Hawaiian, South American and Vietnamese.

Homecoming Football Game

12:30-3:00 p.m.

McCulloch Stadium

Cheer on your Willamette Bearcats as they take on the Cal Lutheran Kingsmen at McCulloch Stadium.

International Students Speak Out

1:30-2:30 p.m.

The Quad, Seminar Tent

Hear the unique perspectives of CLA, Law, AGSM and American Studies Program international students as they speak about their Willamette experience and how they engage with the University and the greater community. Chris Andresen, Associate Director of International Education and Nomi Pearce, language in motion coordinator, will moderate.

Sorority Open Houses

1:30-3:30 p.m.

The women of Alpha Chi Omega, Pi Beta Phi and Delta Gamma invite their alumni sisters to come by for informal tours of their houses and for conversation about Greek life in their chapters today.

Wine Tasting Tour

1:30-4:00 p.m.

Meet at the Bearcat Lounge

Leave the car behind and enjoy a guided afternoon tour in the spectacular Eola-Amity Hills wine country! Transportation is included. Wineries include: Bryn Mawr, St. Innocent, Eola-Hills.

Zena Forest Tour

1:30-4:00 p.m.

Meet at the Bearcat Lounge

Get a guided tour of 305 acres of ecologically diverse and historically significant land, which is overseen by Willamette’s Sustainability Institute.

Oregon Garden Tour

1:30-4:00 p.m.

Meet at the Bearcat Lounge

Take a narrated tram ride through the Oregon Garden in Silverton, an 80-acre botanical garden featuring more than 20 specialty gardens. Transportation and guide are included.

Men's Soccer vs. Whitworth

2:30 p.m.

Sparks Field

Cheer on the men's soccer team as it storms the pitch to take on Whitworth.

Class of 1975 Gathering

3:00-5:00 p.m.

The Ram

Watch some football and catch up with fellow classmates at this favorite student hangout.

Jazzy Happy Hour

5:00-7:00 p.m.

The Quad, Bearcat Lounge

Jazz tunes by student musicians, south-of-the-border appetizers and reconnecting with old friends combine to create an excellent kickoff to the evening’s festivities.

Party on the Patio

8:00-10:00 p.m.

Smith Hall Patio

Join the after-hours fun on Smith Patio overlooking the Mill Stream.

Sunday, Sept. 20

Time of Remembrance

9:30-10:00 a.m.

Star Trees (Cone Chapel in case of rain)

Gather under the Star Trees with Willamette’s Chaplains Karen Wood and Gary Ellison for an informal, but very special, time of remembrance as we pay respect to members of our community who have passed on.

Farewell Brunch

9:30-11:00 a.m.

The Quad, Bearcat Lounge

Enjoy made-to-order scrambles and waffles in the Bearcat Lounge before making the journey home.

Men's Soccer vs. Whitman

2:30 p.m.

Sparks Field

Cheer on the men's soccer team as it storms the pitch to take on Whitman.