Willamette University, Students at the Mill Stream

Director's Corner

DeniseThe happy dawn of a new academic year

I always love Opening Days - the excitement, the anticipation, the nagging fear of being in college for the first time hidden just behind smiles. This year was wonderfully similar to the rest. 

Those in the admission office once again recruited and engaged a top notch, amazing class amid a very competitive market and an economic situation unlike any we've seen in decades. The undergraduate student activities office carried off what seemed to be a perfectly orchestrated three days of orientation and welcome to new students and parents, and I've heard through the grapevine that the graduate schools did the same. 

The amount of work, thought and attention to detail that goes in to getting students here and getting them ready - before classes ever even start - is astounding. Alumni and parents can really be proud of the sincere effort that goes in to growing our Willamette community every year. This is our future and we all have a part in it.

As we get closer to the celebration of Reunion Weekend (Sept 24-26!), I'd like to remind you that all alumni are always invited to take part in the festivities. I really do encourage you to attend and reconnect with Willamette. I think you will find that energy, intellect and community are common bonds, just as shared class years are.

You will likely experience a renewed sense of pride in this institution - your institution - and the amazing thing that happens when students return and school starts anew. It's inspiring and rewarding to watch first-hand the transformation of these students during their four years living, learning and aspiring at Willamette. And it's a worthy reminder that this place provides an opportunity for exploration, growth and change - and that we've all been the beneficiaries.

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Denise Callahan '95, MBA'00
Senior Director of Alumni Relations