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 5-14-15); details subject to change.

Thursday, Sept. 17 - The Warm-Up

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

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

Waller Hall 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.

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

Audit Classes

9:00 a.m.-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.

Continuing Legal Education class at the College of Law

9:00-10:00 a.m.

WU College of Law

The topic for this session is to be determined. One general credit (Oregon State Bar). No charge.

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.

Connect at the Library!

9:30-10:30 a.m.

Mark O. Hatfield Library, Hatfield Room

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.

Continuing Legal Education class at the College of Law

10:30-11:30 a.m.

WU College of Law

Emerging employment case law CLE with Professor Keith Cunningham-Parmeter. One general credit (Oregon State Bar). No charge.

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.

Alumni World Travels

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

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.

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.

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.

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

2:00-4:00 p.m.


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.

Hallie Ford Museum of Art

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.

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.

International Studies Program faculty discuss the changing significance of nations and of national societies, economies, cultures and politics in today’s globalized world.

Opening Minds to the World: Faculty Fulbright Panel

3:00-4:30 p.m.

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.

Becoming a Global Citizen through the French & Francophone Program

4:00-5:00 p.m.

Bonjour! Students will share how they are becoming global citizens through their study abroad experiences in France and the diverse course offerings on campus.

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!

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 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.

Engaging the World with Study Abroad

10:45-11:45 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!

Global Google Hangout

10:45-11:45 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.

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.

Hallie Ford Museum of Art Tour

10:45-11:45 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.

Martha Springer Botanical Garden Tour

10:45-11:45 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.

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.

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.

Sorority Open Houses

1:30-3:30 p.m.

The young ladies 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.

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

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.

Oregon Garden, Silverton

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.

Homecoming Football Game

1:30 p.m.

McCulloch Stadium

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

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 at the Ram

3:00-5:00 p.m.

Enjoy regional brews, 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

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

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

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

Sparks Athletic Center Tour

10:00-11:00 a.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.

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.