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DeniseWhy I love reunion

There are a lot of successes I could share about Reunion Weekend, but one key aspect that seldom gets enough recognition is the role of volunteers. This year, over 100 volunteers representing various classes and affinity groups played an instrumental role in the planning, communication and carrying out of a great weekend.

With the highest attendance ever - 675 guests to campus, which is a 65% increase over last year - the energy and excitement in the air was palpable. It was heart-warming to watch classmates and teammates reunite with each other and share memories of their time at WU. Students joined in the action during the Quadfest barbeque, providing a great opportunity for the past and future to connect and begin new relationships. 

All of these interactions were made possible by the work of volunteers who have been at it for nearly six months - many volunteering for the third or fourth time to help their class gather.

To many, Reunion Weekend may seem to be just another event, and while it is a wonderful opportunity to gather and have fun, it does more than that. It is a vehicle for the rekindling of shared bonds at Willamette. Alumni move on when they graduate; they scatter across the country and the world, experiencing family joy, career success and losses. But for a weekend, they unite as Bearcats and the years melt away.  Reunion Weekend is the reminder that Willamette changes lives and that no matter how far away you go or how long you might have been gone, there is a place for you here. 

Your peers are waiting. We hope to see you in 2011!

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