Schedule of Events

Your passport to adventure, learning and fun is at this year’s Alumni Weekend: Willamette in the World! Look at the schedule below and join us as we gather with alumni from all class years and all schools for a whirlwind weekend celebrating old and new friendships and Willamette’s global connections.

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  • Click here for a map of campus.
  • Find lots to do around Salem while you're in town.
  • Campus amenities and services are available throughout much of the weekend including access to the Sparks Athletic Center (check in at the Bearcat Lounge), bookstore, campus dining services, and more.
  • Online preregistration is closed, but you can still register onsite when you arrive on campus!
  • *These events below require individual registration and payment upon arrival at Alumni Weekend. Space at many events is limited and registrations will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Unmarked events can be attended by purchasing the Access Passport onsite for $5
  • The Registration Tent on the Quad will be open Thursday, Sept. 17 from 12:00 - 3:00 p.m.; Friday, Sept. 18 from 8:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.; and Saturday, Sept. 19 from 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 17

University Convocation: WU and TIU - Lessons From 50 Years of Partnership
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
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.
Waller Hall, Cone Chapel
*Sigma Chi Reunion
7:00-9:00 p.m.
Kick off Alumni Weekend with your Sigma Chi brothers from 1962 to 1968 at this lively reception ($10).
Putnam University Center, Dining Rooms 1 & 2
DG Alumni from the '80s Gathering
6:30 p.m.
Join other DGs from the '80s for this casual gathering. Contact Sue McAulay Pyne '86 at 408-266-0751 for more information or to RSVP.
At the home of Beth Roop Eck '86
Weekend Warm-Up Mixer
7:00-10:00 p.m.
Get the party started! The WUAA Willamette Valley Chapter invites you to mix and mingle with alumni from near and far.
Gilgamesh Brewing, 2065 Madrona Ave. SE Salem

Friday, Sept. 18

*Kickoff Breakfast
9:00-10:30 a.m.
Come anytime and start your day with yogurt parfaits, freshly baked scones, seasonal fruit and Bearcat camaraderie ($10).
Bearcat Lounge
Audit Classes
9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Sit in on a class and see how college is different, and the same, as when you attended.
Register at the Bearcat Lounge
Continuing Legal Education Class at the College of Law
9:00-10:00 a.m.
Hobby Lobby - a look at the U.S. Supreme Court's decison in this landmark case. One general credit (Oregon State Bar). No charge.
WU College of Law, Rm 218
Connect at the Library!
9:30-10:30 a.m.
Get a behind-the-scenes tour through the Hatfield Library and Archives led by university librarian Joni Roberts. Explore some of the Archive’s digital collections and maybe even dig up something from your Willamette days.
Mark O. Hatfield Library, Hatfield Room (2nd floor)
WUAA Board of Directors Meeting
9:30-11:30 a.m.
See your Alumni Association leaders in action and learn about the work the association is doing on your behalf.
Ford Hall, Kremer Board Room
Continuing Legal Education Class at the College of Law
10:30-11:30 a.m.
Employment Case Law Updates – Abercrombie and Fitch’s failure in the courts and in our culture. One general credit (Oregon State Bar). No charge.
WU College of Law, Rm 218
The Evolution of Willamette's Architectural and Natural Landscape
10:30-11:30 a.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 that he has accumulated while researching Willamette’s architectural and natural landscape for his forthcoming book on the subject.
Mark O. Hatfield Library, Hatfield Room (2nd floor)
Alumni World Travels
10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
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.
The Quad, Seminar Tent
*Half Century Plus Luncheon
11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
A special celebration for our alumni who graduated before 1965, and if interested, stay after for a short presentation about planned giving ($25).
Putnam University Center, Alumni Lounge (3rd floor)
*A Taste of Japan: Celebratory Lunch
12:00-1:30 p.m.
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 ($25).
The Quad, Celebration Tent
J. Rueben Clark Law Golf Scramble
1:00 p.m.
Join students, faculty and alumni of the College of Law for a fun and relaxing afternoon at a local golf course. All skill levels are welcome! Register separately at
Cross Creek Golf Course, Dallas, OR
Campus Tour
1:30-2:30 p.m.
View your old stomping grounds with new eyes while you tour campus with student guides.
Meet at the Bearcat Lounge
Museums, Memory & Imagination
1:30-2:30 p.m.
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.
Hallie Ford Museum, Rm 215
Digging a Nat Geo Cover Story: WU's Archeology Field School in Scotland
1:30-2:30 p.m.
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.
The Quad, Seminar Tent
WUAA Board of Directors Meeting
1:30-3:30 p.m.
See your Alumni Association leaders in action and learn about the work the association is doing on your behalf.
Ford Hall, Kremer Board Room
Hallie Ford Art Museum Tour with Roger Hull
2:30-3:30 p.m.
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.
Meet in the lobby at Hallie Ford
Martha Springer Botanical Garden Tour
3:00-4:00 p.m.
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.
Meet at the Bearcat Lounge
Sparks Athletics Center Tour
3:00-4:00 p.m.
Bearcat Athletics has a remodeled home! Student athletes will take you on a guided tour of this incredible facility.
Meet in Sparks Center lobby
The "National Question": What is the Role of the National State in the Contemporary Era?
3:00-4:00 p.m.
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.
The Quad, Seminar Tent
Opening Minds to the World: Faculty Fulbright Panel
3:00-4:30 p.m.
Professors Jim Nafziger, Jeanne Clark, Ron Loftus, Pamela Moro and Scott Pike 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 students.
Mark. O Hatfield Library, Hatfield Room (2nd floor)
Shark Tank? How Real Investors Evaluate Companies and the Money they Make
3:00-5:00 p.m.
Join Associate Professor of Entrepreneurial Practice and Angel Fund Executive Director Wade Brooks ’90, MBA’13, to learn how real investors assess startup companies for investment, and how valuation and returns work in early stage investing.
Seeley G. Mudd Building, Room 201
*Bearcat Bash
4:00-6:00 p.m.
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 GSE/Willamette educators. 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 ($15).
The Quad, Bearcat Lounge
*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 ($25).
Mary Stuart Rogers Music Ctr., Rehearsal Hall
*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 ($30).
The Quad, Celebration Tent
*College of Law Dinner Party
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Dean Curtis Bridgeman invites you to join him on the Law School’s patio for a Greek-themed dinner party ($30).
Law School, Patio
*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 ($30).
Montag Den
*Willamette Educators/GSE 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 ($18).
Home of Steve Baxter MAT'13, Salem
Class of 1975 Casual Gathering
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Get together with classmates and catch up on life!
Bentley's Grill at the Grand Hotel - 291 Liberty Street SE
Volleyball vs. Linfield
7:00 p.m.
Cheer on the Bearcats volleyball squad as it takes on rival Linfield! Then, stay for a reception afterwards. RSVP to for the reception.
Cone Field House, Sparks Athletic Center
*Casual Gathering 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 ($10).
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 tour.

Saturday, Sept. 19

*Breakfast with the President
9:00-10:15 a.m.
Enjoy a scrumptious breakfast and hear an update from President Thorsett on current happenings and priorities at our alma mater ($20).
Putnam University Center, Alumni Lounge (3rd floor)
Alpha Phi Breakfast
9:00-11:00 a.m.
Join your Alpha Phi sisters at "Salem's Favorite Seafood Restaurant," and enjoy a delicious breakfast in the company of good friends. RSVP to Marty at 503-569-7275.
McGrath's Fish House, 350 Chemeketa St. NE, downtown Salem
Phi Delta Theta Chapter Advisors Meeting
10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Phi Delta Theta brothers are invited to sit in on the meeting of chapter advisors for the Oregon Gamma chapter, and then stay for lunch afterward. Don't want to attend the meeting? Then just join in for lunch at noon. RSVP to Paul Johnson at 503-363-5700 or
Oregon Civic Justice Center
Alumni Volleyball Game
10:00 a.m.
Still got game? Put your blocking, hitting and digging to the test on your old home court against fellow alumni. RSVP to
Cone Field House, Sparks Athletic Center
Engaging the World with Study Abroad
10:30-11:30 a.m.
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.
The Quad, Seminar Tent
Global Google Hangout
10:30-11:30 a.m.
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.
Ford Hall, Rm 222
Campus Tour
10:30-11:30 a.m.
View your old stomping grounds with new eyes while you tour campus with student guides.
Meet at the Bearcat Lounge
Hallie Ford Museum of Art Tour
10:30-11:30 a.m.
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.
Hallie Ford Museum of Art
Martha Springer Botanical Garden Tour
10:30-11:30 a.m.
Tour Willamette’s “secret” garden! The one acre site is divided into 12 smaller gardens, an alpine rock garden and various theme borders.
Meet at the Bearcat Lounge
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.
Sparks Athletic Center, Prothero Classroom
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.
Mary Stuart Rogers Music Ctr., Hudson Hall
*Rowing Reunion
11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Come celebrate 25 years of rowing at Willamette with current rowers, past and present coaches and fellow alumni. We’ll share some stories, then head to the football game to cheer on the Bearcats (free for alums, $25 per guest).
Sparks Patio
Kappa Sigma ALS Walk
11:00 a.m. registration (walk begins at noon)
Join Mark Hume '84 and brothers from Kappa Sigma in the State Capital Walk to Defeat ALS.
Riverfront Park, Salem
*Global Eats & Treats
11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
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 ($20 for adults, $10 for kids 4-12).
The Quad, Celebration Tent
Phi Delta Theta Lunch
12:00-1:00 p.m.
Phi Delta Theta alumni and their guests are invited to join the members of the Oregon Gamma chapter and the chapter advisors for lunch. RSVP to Paul Johnson at 503-363-5700 or
Oregon Civic Justice Center
Homecoming Football Game
12:30-3:00 p.m.
Cheer on your Willamette Bearcats as they take on the Cal Lutheran Kingsmen.
McCulloch Stadium
*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! Transportation is included. Wineries include: Bryn Mawr, St. Innocent, Eola Hills ($70).
Meet at the Bearcat Lounge
International Students Speak Out
1:30-2:30 p.m.
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.
The Quad, Seminar Tent
Sorority Open Houses
1:30-3:30 p.m.
The women of Pi Beta Phi and Delta Gamma invite their alumnae sisters to come by for informal tours of their houses and for conversation about Greek life in their chapters today.
Meet in Rick's Cafe (lower level of the Law School)
Zena Forest Tour
Get a guided tour of 305 acres of ecologically diverse and historically significant land, which is overseen by Willamette’s Sustainability Institute. Please note: This tour may require moderate exertion, with some walking on gravel roads.
Meet at the Bearcat Lounge
*Oregon Garden Tour
1:30-4:00 p.m.
Take a narrated tram ride through the Oregon Garden in Silverton, an 80-acre botanical garden featuring more than 20 specialty gardens. Transportation is included ($38).
Meet at the Bearcat Lounge
Alpha Chi Omega Open House
2:30-3:30 p.m.
The women of Alpha Chi Omega invite their alumnae sisters to come by for informal tours of their houses and for conversation about Greek life in their chapters today.
Men's Soccer vs. Whitworth
2:30 p.m.
Cheer on the men's soccer team as it storms the pitch to take on Whitworth.
Sparks Field
Class of 1975 Gathering
3:00-5:00 p.m.
Watch some football and catch up with fellow classmates at this favorite student hangout.
The Ram
Beta Theta Pi Alumni Reception
3:00-5:00 p.m.
Join your Beta brothers and the new members of Beta Theta Pi at this casual reception celebrating the return of the Gamma Sigma chapter.
Outside the old Beta House
Reception honoring Elton Graves '69
4:30-6:30 p.m.
Join classmates, including Alumni Award recipient Elton Graves '69, for a special wine and cheese reception.
The home of Linda Kelly
*Jazzy Happy Hour
5:00-7:00 p.m.
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 ($15).
The Quad, Bearcat Lounge
CLA 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! Locations and start times will vary. Visit your class reunion page for more information (Prices vary. Call the Alumni Office at 503-375-5304 for info).
Atkinson Dinner Party (Event Canceled)
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Unfortunately, this event has been canceled. Attend the Jazzy Happy Hour or the Patry on the Patio instead!
Men's Alumni Rugby Match
7:00 p.m.
Did you play rugby at Willamette? If yes, then join other alums and play a match against current men’s team players! The winning team gets a trophy inscribed with the score, and the name of the winning team, the Man of the Match and the Golden Oldie. Winners keep the trophy until next year’s match!
McCulloch Stadium
*Party on the Patio
8:00-10:00 p.m.
Join the after-hours fun on Smith Patio overlooking the Mill Stream ($10).
Smith Hall Patio

Sunday, Sept. 20

Time of Remembrance
9:30-10:00 a.m.
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.
Star Trees (Cone Chapel in case of rain)
*Farewell Brunch
9:30-11:00 a.m.
Enjoy made-to-order scrambles and waffles in the Bearcat Lounge before making the journey home ($20).
The Quad, Bearcat Lounge
Men's Soccer vs. Whitman
2:30 p.m.
Cheer on the men's soccer team as it storms the pitch to take on Whitman.
Sparks Field