Family Weekend

Family Weekend 2014 Schedule

Below is a tenative schedule for Family Weekend 2014. This schedule will be updated periodically throughout August. Please check back on Friday, September 5, for the full schedule of events.

For more information, email the Family Weekend Coordinators

Thursday, October 9
7:30 p.m.Theatre Production: "Top Girls"
M. Lee Pelton Theatre

A skeptical and comical look at the role of women in contemporary society from one of Britain’s greatest theatrical innovators. The action swings from a smart Thatcher-era London women’s employment agency to a cottage in rural East Anglia, as it considers the sacrifices and compromises women have to make to carve out a place for themselves. Overlapping dialogue, inventive doubling of characters and the most unusual dinner party you’ll ever see combine to create a truly memorable evening.

Friday, October 10
8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.The Willamette Store Open
Putnam University Center, 1st Floor
12 p.m. - 6 p.m. Family Weekend Check-In
Putnam University Center, 2nd Floor
Pick up a complete schedule of events, campus information and pre-purchased tickets. Tickets and t-shirts will be available for purchase at check-in.
7:30 p.m.-9 p.m.Willamette Valley Wine & Craft Beer Tasting
Putnam University Center, Cat Cavern, 2nd Floor
This event features a variety of wines, craft beers, and appetizers that accentuate the tastes of the Willamette Valley-- a region known as one of the top wine making regions of the world. Come on over for an evening of food, drinks, and fun for the whole family, featuring student musicans, and a student art display. Guests under the age of 21 are welcome to purchase appetizer-only tickets.
7:30 p.m.Jazz Night
Smith Auditorium (Doors open at 7 p.m.)
Don’t miss this opportunity to be amazed by the musical talents of Willamette’s student jazz musicians and vocalists, including the Willamette Singers and the Willamette Jazz Collective.
7:30 p.m.Theatre Production: "Top Girls"
M. Lee Pelton Theatre
See Thursday, 7:30 p.m., for description.
Saturday, October 11
8:00 a.m.-11 a.m.Coffee on the Quad
Come enjoy your morning cup of coffee and some scruptious breakfast treats on the Quad!  Coffee will be available starting at 8:00 a.m.
8 a.m.- 12 p.m.Family Weekend Check-In Continues
Putnam University Center, 2nd Floor
8 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.Gourmet Brunch by Bon Appetit
Goudy Commons
Enjoy a delicious brunch served in Goudy Commons. There will be a variety of breakfast and lunch options available.  Tickets are required for everyone attending, including any Willamette student without a board meal plan.
9 a.m. - 9:50 a.m. Mini-University Session 1
Get a taste of the academic life at Willamette by attending your choice of sessions presented by professors from a variety of departments. Mini university sessions are 50 minute long classes modeled after the classes students attend daily at Willamette. The wide variety of mini university classes give you a hands on experience of what it’s like to be a Willamette student, and to see what current and exciting subjects and inquiries Willamette students are immersed in. More information coming soon!
10 a.m.-10:50 a.m. Mini-University Session 2
See Saturday, 9 a.m.- 9:50 a.m., for description.
11- 11:50 a.m.Mini-University Session 3
See Saturday, 9 a.m.- 9:50 a.m., for description.
9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.The Willamette Store Open
Putnam University Center, 1st Floor
1:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.Hike at Silver Falls State Park
The bus will depart from the Hatfield Fountain at 1 p.m., please arrive by 1:15 p.m. to check-in.

Hikers will embark on a guided hike of the Lower South Falls area. There are two options for participants, a 2.8 mile hike or a 0.7 mile hike. Both options offer great views and photo opportunities. This hike will display the beauty and nature of the region! Capacity is 90, so get a ticket and reserve your space early before they're all gone!

There will be a $10 non-refundable fee to cover transportation and entrance costs.

We suggest wearing warm clothes, as well as layers and a raincoat.  A water bottle is also recommended. 

2 p.m.Theatre Production: "Top Girls"
M. Lee Pelton Theatre
See Thursday, 7:30 p.m., for description.
3 p.m. - 4 p.m.Multicultural Reception
Alumni Lounge, Putnam University Center, Third Floor
The Multicultural Affairs Committee invites students, and their families to join University faculty and staff of color to enjoy light refreshments.  Come learn about multicultural campus life and explore opportunities to become more involved. All family members are welcome!
7 p.m.Family Weekend Concert
Smith Auditorium (Doors open at 6:30 p.m.)
Enjoy outstanding musical performances by Willamette students. The concert will feature the Wind Ensemble, University Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Choir, Voce Femminile (Women’s Choir), and Male Ensemble Willamette.
7:30 p.m.Theatre Production: "Top Girls"
M. Lee Pelton Theatre
See Thursday, 7:30 p.m., for description.
9:30 p.m.Featured Entertainment: Professional Comedian Tracey Ashley
Smith Auditorium Auditorium (Tickets are available for purchase at check-in and at the door 30 minutes before the show, no reserved seats)
You know what they say about a person with two first names? Well...who knows? People say a lot of stuff. When it comes to Tracey Ashley people are saying the same thing "This woman is funny!" Known for her seamless story-telling, sharp topical material and hilarious punchlines Tracey Ashley is a comedienne on the rise. Tracey performs on college campuses and comedy clubs across the country. Becoming an instant College favorite Tracey was nominated by Campus Activities Magazine as Best Female Performer for her rave reviews of performances. Tracey was a semi-finalist on NBC's Last Comic Standing Season 5, has appeared as a Co-host on TVLANDS Prime Movies and most recently was honored to appear on The OWN Networks comedy special Wanda Sykes Presents: HERLARIOUS. Entertaining audiences with the ups and downs of her world from being born on the farm in Georgia to making a new life in the Midwest Tracey Ashley is hilarious, endearing and all around fun to watch.
Sunday, October 12
9:30-10:30 a.m.Interdenominational Worship Service
Cone Chapel, Waller Hall, 2nd Floor
This service will be led by University Chaplain Karen Wood, with assistance from students.  While open to all, the approach is "progressive Christian" -- in line with Willamette's heritage and in tune with current spiritual and political perspectives.  We invite you to join us!
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.The Willamette Store
Putnam University Center, 1st Floor
12 p.m.Guided Tour of Sorority Houses
Meet on Putnam University Center, 1st Floor
A member of Panhellenic Council will lead a tour through all three sorority chapter houses and answer questions about sorority life at Willamette.  This is an opportunity to talk first hand with sorority women about living in a chapter house and what it is like to be  of a sorority at Willamette.  The tour will last about 45 minutes.

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