WU Alumni Weekend
 

Schedule for Half-Century Plus

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Printable Friday Schedule.

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Thursday, Sept. 11 - The Warm-Up

Bearcat Lounge

7:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

The Quad

Registration and information desk is open, as is the lounge... kick back, relax, and enjoy the campus atmosphere!

Audit Classes

All Day

Register for classes at the Bearcat Lounge

Observe current professors and students in their natural habitat without the risk of being assigned a 20-page paper or pop quiz. Per faculty request, space is limited. Click link at the top of the page for a full audit class listing.

Weekend Warm-Up Mixer

7:00-9:00 p.m.

Gilgamesh Brewing, 2065 Madrona Ave SE Salem

Join fellow Bearcats and the WUAA Salem/Mid-Valley Chapter at Gilgamesh Brewing for a casual mixer. WU alumni food and drink specials will be available (no-host bar).

Friday, Sept. 12 - The Kickoff

Bearcat Lounge

7:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.

The Quad

Registration and information desk is open, as is the lounge... kick back, relax, and enjoy the campus atmosphere and rotating events of the day!

Audit Classes

All Day

Register for classes at the Bearcat Lounge

Observe current professors and students in their natural habitat without the risk of being assigned a 20-page paper or pop quiz. Per faculty request, space is limited. Click link at the top of the page for a full audit class listing.

WUAA Board of Directors Meeting

8:00 a.m.

Ford Hall, Kremer Board Room (102)

WUAA President Linda (Walker) Kelly '69 invites you to drop in and see your alumni leaders and decision makers in action.

Kickoff Breakfast

9:00-10:30 a.m.

The Quad

Start the weekend right in the company of friends over a delicious breakfast. Registration is required ($15).

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 tour guides.

inClass Session - Willamette's Quirky History

10:30-11:30 a.m.

Mark O. Hatfield Library, Haftield Room

Take a "guided tour" through decades of Willamette's more unusual history with University Archivist, Mary McRobinson. Using primary source materials selected from Willamette's Archives and Special Collections, Mary will share some of WU's lesser-known history. Come prepared to share a favorite story or some quirky tidbit from your time at Willamette!

inClass Session - Autotopography

10:30-11:30 a.m.

The Quad

How does one write about one's self? How does one place the self, spatially and historically, in relation to others? What is shared and gained by engaging in such 'autotopography'? Join Christopher Harris, professor of theatre, as we explore and play with identity, testimony, place, and ethics.

Half Century Plus Luncheon

11:00 a.m.

Putnam University Center, Alumni Lounge (3rd floor)

A special luncheon for those alumni who graduated more than 50 years ago. Registration is required ($20)

Alumni Awards Ceremony & Lunch

12:00 p.m.

Rogers Rehearsal Hall

Join the WUAA Board of Directors in honoring 2014 Alumni Award winners Teresa Hudkins '69, Dawn Albert '08, Curtis Acosta '94, Astrid Dabbeni '01, Jeff Heatherington '65 and Jennifer Sasser '89. Registration is required ($40).

(Re)Thinking Lunch

12:00-1:30 p.m.

The Quad

Enjoy lunch and learn something on the side; about the "politics" of the table, where food comes from, how it gets from farm to fork, and the complicated decisions that surround the food industry and nutrition. Registration is required ($20).

inClass Session - Beer Brewing: A Chemical Experience

1:30-2:30 p.m.

Collins 324

Professor Sarah Kirk and husband, John Kirk, will explore the process of making beer while considering the chemistry behind the production and consumption of alcohol. Participants will enjoy a beer tasting. Registration is required ($10).

inClass Session - Demystifying the College Admission Process

1:30-3:00 p.m.

Mark O. Hatfield Library, Hatfield Room

Get an insider's perspective on what the college application and admission process is like today with members of the College of Liberal Arts admission staff. All alumni and future Bearcats are invited to bring plenty of questions!

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 tour guides.

Politics Symposium Session - Campaign Finance Reform

1:30-3:00 p.m.

Ford Hall, Kremer Board Room

These distinguished Bearcats will explore and uncover the complicated ways in which campaigns in America operate, what regulations are implemented to oversee our elections, and what challenges are still faced. Panelists: The Hon. Paul DeMuniz JD'75, John DiLorenzo Jr. '77, JD'80 and Jim Lottsfeldt '85; moderator: Paul Diller, Associate Professor of Law.

Politics Symposium Session - Living the Motto

1:30-3:00 p.m.

The Quad

Politics is impacted both in the direct policy arena and in the impacting culture and lived experiences arena. Willamette's motto has great meaning to students and alumni of all eras. Our university strives to educate students to live lives of success, contribution and meaning. This set of distinguished alumni have made social impact the central focus of their careers and bring perspectives from a broad spectrum of social action approaches to share. The diverse paths this set of change agents have taken illustrate how a focus on mission and impact can change the world and how living and working in service of others brings Willamette's motto to life. Panelists: Curtis Acosta '94, Dawn Albert '08, Astrid Dabbeni '01, Jennifer Sasser '89; moderator: Eric Friedenwald-Fishman '88.

Student/Faculty/Alumni Mixer

2:30-4:00 p.m.

Bearcat Lounge

Enjoy refreshing Italian sodas and visit with current and emeriti faculty.

inClass Session - High 5 Pie

3:00-4:30 p.m.

Eaton Hall 209

Dani Cone '98 has translated her education and student experience working at the Bistro into a thriving collection of specialty businesses in Seattle, including three Fuel coffeehouses, two Cone & Steiner general stores, and a bakery specializing in pies called High 5 Pie. Tap into Dani's entrepreneurial spirit, learn some of her pie making secrets, and of course, indulge your taste buds with a sample of some pie. Hey, she even schooled Martha Stewart on TV, so you're bound to learn something.

Politics Symposium Session - Why Do We Teach the Humanities?

3:15-4:30 p.m.

The Quad

The study and teaching of the humanities - and the liberal arts more broadly - often appears under siege in the United States today. In public debates about higher education, many are calling for more emphasis on science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and on pre-professional training. In this session, three Willamette professors will discuss why it is important to study and teach the humanities, what they have learned in the process, and how we can conceive of the liberal arts in the contemporary world. Presenters: David Gutterman, Sammy Basu, and William Duvall.

Politics Symposium - Asia in Motion: Politics, Economy, Culture and Environment

3:15-4:30 p.m.

Ford Hall, Kremer Board Room

Asian societies are experiencing profound economic, legal, social, political, and cultural changes, yet new trends remain rooted in distinct historical trajectories. Given Asia's deep integration with, and prominent role in, global affairs, current changes in Japan, China and other parts of the region are linked in important ways to life in the U.S., and the Pacific Northwest more specifically. This panel of Willamette faculty, who study and visit Asia, will offer observations of key trends of change in Asia and their broader implications. Panelists: Yan Liang, Ron Loftus and Jim Nafziger; moderated by Greg Felker, Associate Professor of Politics.

Martha Springer Botanical Garden Tour

3:30-4:30 p.m.

Meet at the Bearcat Lounge

Tour WU's "secret" garden on campus with Dean Wentworth, Willamette's Botanical Garden & Greenhouse Curator. Dedicated in 1988 in honor of biology professor Martha Springer, the one acre site is divided into 12 smaller gardens, including a butterfly garden, herb garden, alpine rock garden, theme borders, and ethnobotany gardens.

Toast to Willamette

4:30-6:30 p.m.

The Quad

Savor samples from local vintners and brewers and enjoy the harmonies of folk duo Tall Heights while mixing with fellow Bearcats from all schools and generations. Registration is required. Cost is $50 with Bearcat Bash dinner, or $20 for just the reception

Symposium Social (at Toast to Willamette)

4:30-6:30 p.m.

The Quad

Politics Symposium attendees are invited to extend the conversations of the day in the special Symposium Lounge at Toast to Willamette. Registration is required. Cost is $50 with Bearcat Bash dinner, or $20 for just the reception

Women's Soccer Match vs. Northwest Christian

5:00 p.m.

Sparks Field

See the Bearcat ladies storm the pitch to take on NW Christian in a heated regular season match!

Bearcat Bash

6:30-8:00 p.m.

The Quad

Gather with alumni from all WU schools and decades, and celebrate an evening of Willamette unity, shared history and the "Big W" while enjoying a sumptuous Northwest feast. Registration is required. Cost is $50 (includes Toast to Willamette reception)

Men's Soccer Match vs. UC Santa Cruz

7:00 p.m.

Sparks Field

Cheer on the Bearcats during their 2014 regular season home opener against UC Santa Cruz!

Student vs. Alumni Volleyball Match

7:30 p.m.

Cone Fieldhouse

Check out this exhibition volleyball game and cheer on some fellow alumni!

Screening of "The Gentleman of the Senate: Oregon's Mark Hatfield"

8:00-9:30 p.m.

Ford Hall, Film Studies Room

Join us for a special screening of The Hatfield Project documentary that reviews this Bearcat's extraordinary 40-year career in public service.

Salem Pub Crawl

8:00 p.m.

Hit the town and visit some old haunts as well as a few of Salem's new nightspots! Bearcat specials will be available (no host).

Saturday, Sept. 13 - The Apex

Breakfast with the President

9:00-10:30 a.m.

Alumni Lounge, Putnam University Center 3rd Floor

Enjoy a delicious town hall style breakfast buffet followed by an address from President Thorsett on the "Big W," Willamette's Strategic Plan, and how Bearcats can live and exemplify the school's motto. Registration is required ($15).

Alpha Phi Breakfast

9:00 a.m.

McGrath's, 350 Chemeketa Street NE Salem

Join Marty Messner Cloran '71 for a special breakfast with fellow Alpha Phi alumni. Please RSVP with Marty (martycl@aol.com) by Sept. 10.

Bearcat Lounge

9:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.

The Quad

Registration and information desk is open, as is the lounge... kick back, relax, and enjoy the campus atmosphere and rotating entertainment of the day!

Salem Chamber Orchestra Dress Rehearsal

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

Rogers Rehearsal Hall

Willamette Debate Union Open House

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

Ford Hall 324

Visit Willamette's newest building, Ford Hall, and meet the Assistant Director of the WU Debate Union and Civic Communication and Media instructor, Una Kimokeo-Goes. Learn about the oldest Debate Union in the Western United States and Willamette's updated rhetoric program, Civic Communication and Media

Campus Tour

10:45-11:45 a.m.

Meet at the Bearcat Lounge

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

inClass Session - Breaking Chains: Slavery in Oregon

10:45-11:45 a.m.

Eaton Hall 209

R. Gregory Nokes '59 tells the story of slavery in Oregon, focusing on the case of a Missouri family, who, after being brought to Oregon in 1844, were unlawfully enslaved by an Oregon legislator instead of being freed as expected.

Hallie Ford Museum Tour

10:45-11:45 a.m.

Hallie Ford Museum of Art

Visit Willamette's acclaimed museum, which has been described as "a vibrant artistic hub offering access to historical, regional and contemporary art," with Maribeth Collins Director, John Olbrantz.

Politics Symposium Session - Oregon's Political Benchmarks

10:45 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

The Quad

From the Beach Bill, Vote by Mail, or the Oregon Health Plan, this panel will discuss Oregon's legacy of legislative leadership and current challenges. Panelists: Rep. Tobias Read '97, Reyna Lopez '09, Dmitri Palmateer '96, Chet Orloff; moderator: Kerry Tymchuk '81, JD'84.

Politics Symposium Session - Nations within the Nation: Understanding the Sovereignty of Oregon Tribes

10:45 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Eaton Hall 211

Oregon Indian Tribes, like all federally recognized tribes in the United States, are separate sovereign nations with powers to protect the health, safety and welfare of their members, as well as to govern their lands. This session will explore what 'tribal sovereignty' means in political, legal, economic and environmental terms, in the context of discussion of Oregon tribal governance. Presenters: Raymond Tsumpti, Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs; the Hon. George B. Stevenson JD'76, former tribal judge; and Daniel P. Santos '85,JD'86, Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Administration.

Homecoming "Tailgate" BBQ

12:00 p.m.

McCulloch Stadium

Soak up the tailgate atmosphere and get pumped up for the big game with barbecue, beverages and the biggest Bearcat fans on the planet at a fun tailgate lunch. Registration is required. Cost is $15 for adults, $8 for children.

Lunch on Campus

12:00 p.m.

Goudy Commons

Not heading to the football game? Enjoy a lunch buffet on campus with students instead. Registration is required. Cost is $15 for adults, $8 for children.

Sorority Open Houses

1:00-3:00 p.m.

Visit the Alpha Chi Omega, Delta Gamma, and Pi Beta Phi houses, and meet your newest sisters!

Wine Tasting Tour

1:00-4:30 p.m.

Leave the car behind and enjoy a guided afternoon tour in the spectacular Eola-Amity Hills wine country! We will visit Bryn Mawr Vineyards, Redhawk Vineyard and Winery, and St. Innocent Winery and enjoy some of the region's finest wines. Registration is required (transportation is included, $65).

Homecoming Football Game

1:30 p.m.

McCulloch Stadium

Cheer on your Willamette Bearcats as they take on the Trinity University (Texas) Tigers at McCulloch Stadium.

Politics Symposium - Screening of "The Gentleman of the Senate: Oregon's Mark Hatfield" plus Q&A Session with Filmmaker

1:30 p.m.

Ford Hall, Film Studies Room

The Politics Symposium wouldn't be complete without homage to one of Oregon's greatest political leaders, Senator Mark O. Hatfield '43.Join us for a special screening of The Hatfield Project documentary that reviews this Bearcat's extraordinary 40-year career in public service. Then, stay after the screening for a special Q&A session with a member of the creative team behind the project.

Frank Lloyd Wright House Tour

1:30-3:30 p.m.

Gordon House, Silverton

Take a guided tour of The Gordon House, the only building in Oregon designed by legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright (this tour is sold out).

Campus Tour

2:00-3:00 p.m.

Meet at the Bearcat Lounge

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

Zena Forest & Farm Tour

2:00-5:00 p.m.

Meet at the Bearcat Lounge

Visit 305 acres of ecologically diverse and historically significant land, which is overseen by Willamette University's Sustainability Institute (transportation provided). Sign up in the Bearcat Lounge.

Peace Corps Salute: Recognizing 50-Plus Years of Willamette Volunteerism

3:00-3:45 p.m.

The Quad

Join us in looking back at WU's long and celebrated history in the Peace Corps. Sarah Kassel '04, a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer and Regional Representative, will lead the conversation and also explain how you can become a volunteer, whatever your age.

inClass Session - Willamette Academy

3:00-4:00 p.m.

Ford Hall 201

Founded in 2001, Willamette Academy has become a model program for reaching into historically underrepresented communities and empowering youth who have the desire and potential of becoming the first in their families to graduate from high school and attend college. Join Willamette Academy staff, students and alumni for an informative workshop that will educate, inspire, and empower you.

Politics Symposium Session - The Legacy of "Moderatism"

3:45-5:00 p.m.

Ford Hall, Film Studies Room

Moderate statesman are increasingly rare in this era of intensely ideological politics. Is the pragmatic politician an endangered species? Can moderate partisans exist in today's political climate? How does the legacy of past moderate leaders on both sides of the aisle influence the political leaders of today and tomorrow? Panelists: Rep. John Davis JD'09. Senator Betsy Johnson, Rep. Tobias Reed '97, Angela Wilhelms JD/MBA'13; moderator: Kerry Tymchuk '81, JD'84.

Peace Corps Salute: Stories from 50 Years of Service

4:00-5:00 p.m.

The Quad

The celebration of WU's Peace Corps volunteers continues as alumni share stories of their experiences and travels around the globe. John Uggen will moderate.

Peace Corps Salute: Reception

5:00-6:00 p.m.

The Quad

Meet and mingle with alumni, students and faculty in honoring WU's Peace Corps volunteers.

Peace Corps Salute: Dinner

6:00-7:00 p.m.

Celebrate WU's rich history of service in the Peace Corps at dinner. Special dinners will take place for class reunions. Registration is required. Cost is $24.

Men's Soccer Match vs. Multnomah

7:00 p.m.

Sparks Field

Join the Bearcat faithful at Sparks Field for an intense regular season match against Multnomah!

The Roof Party

8:00 p.m.

Ford Hall Roof Deck

Rumor has it, illicit parties have occurred on campus rooftops. You certainly never put your student status at risk with such reckless behavior...but now you have your diploma. Enjoy an evening with friends, music, libations and an elevated atmosphere. Cost is $10.

Sunday, Sept. 14 - The Wind Down

Time of Remembrance

9:45-:10:15 a.m.

Star Trees (Cone Chapel in case of rain)

Gather under the Star Trees with Willamette's Chaplain, Karen Wood, for an informal time of remembrance as we pay respect to members of the Willamette community who have passed on.

Farewell Brunch

10:00-11:30 a.m.

The Quad

Join fellow alumni and friends for the final group meal of the weekend. Alpha Phi will have some tables reserved for their alumni. Registration is required ($15).

Class of '59 Women's Brunch

11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Goudy Commons, Wilson-Hines Room

The women from the class of 1959 will gather for brunch and celebrate their 55 years of friendship and ties to WU. Cost is $17.

Willamette Valley Vineyards Tour

12:00-3:00 p.m.

Meet at the Bearcat Lounge

Visit one of the region's leading wineries, Willamette Valley Vineyards, for a special tasting tour, and meet owner Jim Bernau '75. Registration is required (transportation included, $45).

Silver Falls Hike

12:00-3:00 p.m.

Meet at the Bearcat Lounge

Enjoy a beautiful scenic hike at Oregon's Silver Falls State Park with student leaders from Willamette's Outdoor Program. Registration is required (transportation included, $10).

Salem Chamber Orchestra Concert

3:00 p.m.

Hudson Hall, Rogers Music Center

The concert will feature Mozart's "Overture to Don Giovanni, Sejourne," "Concerto for Marimba and Strings," and Beethoven's "Symphony No. 2." Alumni Weekend participants receive a 50% discount.

Monday, Sept. 15 - The Encore

Audit Classes

All Day

Register for classes at the Alumni Office on the 3rd Floor of Waller Hall

Observe current professors and students in their natural habitat without the risk of being assigned a 20-page paper or pop quiz. Per faculty request, space is limited. Click link at the top of the page for a full audit class listing.

FORE Willamette Golf Tournament

11:00 a.m.

The Reserve Vineyards and Golf Club in Aloha, OR

For nearly 40 years, FORE Willamette has been an important University tradition that brings together alumni, parents, coaches, and corporate and community partners to celebrate and support Bearcat Athletics. All proceeds from FORE Willamette go to support more than 450 student-athletes participating in 20 NCAA Division III programs. Registration is required ($225).

Schedule for Half-Century Plus

Click here for a map of campus.

Share your photos on the WU Alumni Association Facebook page!

Printable Friday Schedule.

Printable Saturday Schedule.

Friday, Sept. 12

inClass Session - Willamette's Quirky History

10:30-11:30 a.m.

Mark O. Hatfield Library, Haftield Room

Take a "guided tour" through decades of Willamette's more unusual history with University Archivist, Mary McRobinson. Using primary source materials selected from Willamette's Archives and Special Collections, Mary will share some of WU's lesser-known history.

inClass Session - Autotopography

10:30-11:30 a.m.

The Quad

How does one write about one's self? How does one place the self, spatially and historically, in relation to others? What is shared and gained by engaging in such 'autotopography'? Join Christopher Harris, professor of theatre, as we explore and play with identity, testimony, place, and ethics.

Politics Symposium Session - Campaign Finance Reform

1:30-3:00 p.m.

Ford Hall, Kremer Board Room

These distinguished Bearcats will explore and uncover the complicated ways in which campaigns in America operate, what regulations are implemented to oversee our elections, and what challenges are still faced. Panelists: The Hon. Paul DeMuniz JD'75, John DiLorenzo Jr. '77, JD'80 and Jim Lottsfeldt '85; moderator: Paul Diller, Associate Professor of Law.

Politics Symposium Session - Living the Motto

1:30-3:00 p.m.

The Quad

Politics is impacted both in the direct policy arena and in the impacting culture and lived experiences arena. Willamette's motto has great meaning to students and alumni of all eras. Our university strives to educate students to live lives of success, contribution and meaning. This set of distinguished alumni have made social impact the central focus of their careers and bring perspectives from a broad spectrum of social action approaches to share. The diverse paths this set of change agents have taken illustrate how a focus on mission and impact can change the world and how living and working in service of others brings Willamette's motto to life. Panelists: Curtis Acosta '94, Dawn Albert '08, Astrid Dabbeni '01, Jennifer Sasser '89; moderator: Eric Friedenwald-Fishman '88.

Faculty/Alumni/Student Mixer

2:30-4:00 p.m.

Bearcat Lounge

Enjoy refreshing Italian sodas and visit with current and emeriti faculty.

inClass Session - High 5 Pie

3:00-4:30 p.m.

Eaton Hall 209

Dani Cone '98 has translated her education and student experience working at the Bistro into a thriving collection of specialty businesses in Seattle, including three Fuel coffeehouses, two Cone & Steiner general stores, and a bakery specializing in pies called High 5 Pie. Tap into Dani's entrepreneurial spirit, learn some of her pie making secrets, and of course, indulge your taste buds with a sample of some pie. Hey, she even schooled Martha Stewart on TV, so you're bound to learn something.

Politics Symposium Session - Why Do We Teach Humanities?

3:15-4:30 p.m.

The Quad

The study and teaching of the humanities - and the liberal arts more broadly - often appears under siege in the United States today. In public debates about higher education, many are calling for more emphasis on science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and on pre-professional training. In this session, three Willamette professors will discuss why it is important to study and teach the humanities, what they have learned in the process, and how we can conceive of the liberal arts in the contemporary world. Presenters: David Gutterman, Sammy Basu, and William Duvall.

Politics Symposium - Asia in Motion: Politics, Economy, Culture and Environment

3:15-4:30 p.m.

Ford Hall, Kremer Board Room

Asian societies are experiencing profound economic, legal, social, political, and cultural changes, yet new trends remain rooted in distinct historical trajectories. Given Asia's deep integration with, and prominent role in, global affairs, current changes in Japan, China and other parts of the region are linked in important ways to life in the U.S., and the Pacific Northwest more specifically. This panel of Willamette faculty, who study and visit Asia, will offer observations of key trends of change in Asia and their broader implications. Panelists: Yan Liang, Ron Loftus and Jim Nafziger; moderated by Greg Felker, Associate Professor of Politics.

Tall Heights & Toast to Willamette

4:30-6:30 p.m.

The Quad

We've partnered with WEB to provide a fun late afternoon on the Quad! Enjoy the harmonies of folk duo Tall Heights, some tasty snacks and Italian Sodas, all while mixing with alumni from all schools and generations. Students over 21 may access the Bearcat Lounge.