WU Alumni Weekend
September 17-20, 2015

Preliminary 2015 Schedule of Events

Here is a sneak peek of what's in the works!

There will be many activities, events and campus happenings throughout the weekend, and lots to do around Salem too. Final Alumni Weekend schedules will be available in hard copy form on campus when you check in, and you can view a tentative schedule below (updated 3-18-15); details subject to change.

Thursday, Sept. 17 - The Warm-Up


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

Waller Hall Chapel

Join students for the weekly convocation! This week's topic will be based around the 50th anniversary of the sister relationship between WU and Tokyo International University (TIU). Details TBA.

Audit Classes

1:00-5:00 p.m.

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.

Weekend Warm-Up Mixer

7:00-10:00 p.m.

Gilgamesh Brewing

Mingle with Bearcats from near and far as WUAA Willamette Valley Chapter kicks off the festivities for the weekend! Details TBA.

Friday, Sept. 18 - The Kickoff

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.

Kickoff Breakfast

9:00-10:30 a.m.

The Quad

Start the weekend right in the company of friends over a delicious breakfast.

Session with Jim Booth '64

10:30-11:30 a.m.

Join Travel Program Director Jim Booth '64 for an interactive session on world travel. Details TBA.

Archives Session

10:30-11:30 a.m.

Mark O. Hatfield Library, Hatfield Room

Take a "guided tour" with University Archivist, Mary McRobinson.Using primary source materials selected from Willamette's Archives and Special Collections, Mary will delve into Willamette's international connections. Details TBA.

Half Century Plus Luncheon

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

Putnam University Center, Alumni Lounge (3rd floor)

A special luncheon for those alumni who graduated more than 50 years ago.

Pacific Rim Lunch

12:00-1:30 p.m.

Celebration Tent on The Quad

A Pacific Rim themed lunch and presentation discussing the remarkable 50-year sister university relationship with Tokyo International University.

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.


1:30-2:30 p.m.

Details TBD.

Session with Professor Roger Hull

1:30-2:30 p.m.

Join Roger Hull (Professor Emeritus of Art History; Senior Faculty Curator, Hallie Ford Museum of Art). Details TBD.

Session with Professor Scott Pike

1:30-2:30 p.m.

Scott Pike (Assistant Professor of Environmental and Earth Sciences; Chair, Department of Environmental and Earth Sciences) leads the Willamette University Archaeology Field School which offers students the exciting opportunity to experience the heart of neolithic Orkney (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and work in the field with a team of international archaeologists. This excavation is redefining the understanding of the Neolithic World and was listed by the Archaeological Institute of America as one of the top 15 "most significant discoveries of 2009." Details TBA

WUAA Board of Directors Meeting

2:00-4:00 p.m.


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

Hallie Ford Art Museum Tour with Roger Hull

2:30-3:30 p.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 Professor of Art, Roger Hull.

Martha Springer Botanical Garden Tour

3:00-4:00 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.

Sparks Athletics Center Tour

3:00-4:00 p.m.

Meet in Sparks Center lobby

Go on a guided tour of WU's newly renovated athletic center.

Global Sustainability Session

3:00-4:00 p.m.

Join Sustainability Institute Director Joe Abraham for an enlightening session around global environmental issues. Details TBA.


3:00-4:00 p.m.

Details TBD

Bearcat Bash

4:00-6:00 p.m.

The Quad

The party really gets going with the Bearcat Bash, a celebration on the Quad for all alumni and students featuring live music, hors d'oeuvres and libations.

Alumni Awards Ceremony & Dinner

6:00-8:00 p.m.

Celebrate the 2015 Alumni Award recipients and enjoy a sumptuous dinner. All alumni are invited.

College of Law Party on the Patio

6:00-8:00 p.m.

South Patio/Ricks Cafe, Collins Legal Center

Join fellow Law grads and Dean Bridgeman for a Greek-themed dinner at the Collins Legal Center.

AGSM Party on the Patio

6:00-8:00 p.m.

Mudd Building patio

Join fellow Atkinson grads for a Greek-themed dinner.

Sigma Alpha Epsilon '62-'68 Dinner

6:00-9:00 p.m.

Reunite with your SAE brothers for a special dinner.

Willamette Watering Holes

8:00-10:00 p.m.

Visit some of downtown Salem's best watering holes on a self-guided tour. Details TBA.

Saturday, Sept. 19 - The Apex

Breakfast with the President

9:00-10:15 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.

Greek Life Panel & Reception: Celebrating 71 Years of Greek Excellence at Willamette

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

Join students and alumni in celebrating the university's rich history of Greek life and tradition.

Women's Basketball Reunion

10:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Join fellow Bearcats from across the decades and teammates for a special reunion of women's basketball alumni. Details TBA.

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 guides.

Rowing Reunion

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

Kicking off the 25th year of rowing at WU, join fellow Bearcats for a special reunion of men's and women's rowing alumni. Details TBA.

Global Eats & Treats

12:00-1:30 p.m.

The Quad

Enjoy an array of global cuisine items at this international lunch festival with students and alumni. Details TBA.

Study Abroad Program Panel

1:30-2:30 p.m.

Wine Tasting Tour

1:30-4:00 p.m.

Leave the car behind and enjoy a guided afternoon tour in the spectacular Eola-Amity Hills wine country! Transportation is included. Details TBA.

Zena Forest & Farm Tour

1:30-4:00 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.

Oregon Garden Tour

1:30-4:00 p.m.

Oregon Garden, Silverton

Join alumni for a tour of the beautiful Oregon Garden out in Silverton.

Homecoming Football Game

1:30 p.m.

McCulloch Stadium

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

International Students Studying at Willamette Panel

2:45-3:45 p.m.

Jazzy Happy Hour

5:00-7:00 p.m.

The Quad

Join alumni for a fun, vibrant happy hour mixer backed by some local live music.

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.


Gather with WUCL classmates for special receptions off-campus.

Party on the Patio

8:00-10:00 p.m.

Smith Patio

Enjoy an evening with friends, music and libations, just like you would have on a Saturday night as a student!

Sunday, Sept. 20 - The Wind Down

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 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

9:30-11:00 a.m.

The Quad

Join fellow alumni and friends for the final group meal of the weekend.

Sparks Athletic Center Tour

10:00-11:00 a.m.

Meet in Sparks Center lobby

Go on a guided tour of WU's newly renovated athletic center.