WU Alumni Weekend


Thursday, Sept. 17 - The Warm-Up

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 at Gilgamesh Brewing.

Friday, Sept. 18 - The Kickoff

Kickoff Breakfast

9:00-10:30 a.m.

The Quad

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

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.

A Taste of Japan: Celebratory Lunch

12:00-1:30 p.m.

Celebration Tent on The Quad

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.

J. Rueben Clark Law Golf Scramble

12:00-4:00 p.m.

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.

Bearcat Bash

4:00-6:00 p.m.

The Quad

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.

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.

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.

South Patio/Ricks Cafe, Collins Legal Center

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.

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.

Get together with classmates and catch up on life!

Reception for the Class of 1960

7:00-9:00 p.m.

Enjoy libations and tasty savory and sweet bites 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 crawl.

Saturday, Sept. 19 - The Apex

Breakfast with the President

9:00-10:15 a.m.

Alumni Lounge, Putnam University Center 3rd Floor

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

Celebrating 96 Years of Greek Life

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

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.

Women's Basketball Reunion

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

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.

Rowing Reunion

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

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

12:00-1:30 p.m.

The Quad

Enjoy flavors and music from around the world as you choose items from a variety of ethnic food stations, and get a glimpse of international-inspired student experiences at Willamette.

Jazzy Happy Hour

5:00-7:00 p.m.

The Quad

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.

Class Reunions

Start times vary by class between 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Reunions don't come often, so make the most of yours by celebrating with your old friends and classmates! Prices and locations will vary. Visit your class reunion page for more information.

Law Receptions for Classes of 1965, 1990, and 2005

6:30-8:30 p.m.

Illahe Hills Country Club

Enjoy a lovely dinner at a beautiful location – Illahe Hills Country Club – with fellow Law alumni from your Class.

Party on the Patio

8:00-10:00 p.m.

Smith Patio

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

Sunday, Sept. 20 - The Wind Down

Farewell Brunch

9:30-11:00 a.m.

The Quad

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