Family Weekend

Family Weekend 2015 Schedule

Below is the continually evolving schedule for 2015, events will be added as they are confirmed. The final schedule will be posted in August.

For more information, email the Family Weekend Coordinator

Thursday, October 8
7:30 p.m.Theatre Production: “bobrauschenbergamerica”
M. Lee Pelton Theatre

bobrauschenbergamerica is a fantastical road trip through the American landscape, written as Robert Rauschenberg, one of America’s greatest living artists, might conceive it. Traveling easily through time, the play is a glorious collage of images and sensations—Rauschenberg’s childhood home, a human martini, a pizza delivery boy, the world’s worst collection of chicken jokes…

  • Tickets required, see Registration & Tickets
Friday, October 9
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.
10 a.m.-5 p.m.Hallie Ford Museum of Art Open
Hallie Ford Museum of Art, 700 State Street

Exhibit description to be added.

4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.Historic Downtown Salem Walking Tour
Leave from Hatfield Fountain at 4:30 p.m.
This is an opportunity to walk through downtown Salem on a lovely, fall afternoon! Join us for this walking tour and learn what Oregon's capital city has to offer.
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.

  • No tickets required
7:30 p.m.Theatre Production: “bobrauschenbergamerica”
M. Lee Pelton Theatre
See Thursday, 7:30 p.m., for description.
8:30 p.m.-10 p.m.Open Mic Night
Bistro
The Willamette Events Board will host an Open Mic Night for students and families. Come enjoy student performances!
Saturday, October 10
9 a.m.-12 p.m.Coffee in the Lobby
Putnam University Center, 2nd Floor
Come enjoy your morning cup of coffee and some scrumptious breakfast treats at check-in! Coffee will be available starting at 9:00 a.m.
9 a.m.- 12 p.m.Family Weekend Check-In Continues
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.
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.
8 a.m.-1 p.m.Professional Photographer
In front of Goudy Commons
Photographer John Dutton will take family photos while you wait in line for brunch. Photos will be available for purchase online after Family Weekend.
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, visit the Mini-University Sessions Page.

  • No tickets required for Mini-University Sessions
10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. The Willamette Store Open
Putnam University Center, 1st Floor
10 a.m.-10:50 a.m. Mini-University Session 2
See Saturday, 9 a.m.- 9:50 a.m., for description.
11a.m.- 11:50 a.m.Mini-University Session 3
See Saturday, 9 a.m.- 9:50 a.m., for description.
12 p.m. 4 p.m.Hallie Ford Family Activity Day
Hallie Ford Museum of Art, 700 State Street
Families and kids are welcome to sit down and make art in the lobby of the Hallie Ford Museum of Art after being inspired by the ongoing "Contemporary Bestiary" exhibit. This is a fun event for the whole family, and all are welcome.
1:15 p.m. - 5 p.m.Hike at Silver Falls State Park
The bus will depart from the Hatfield Fountain at 1:15 p.m., please arrive by 1:00 p.m. to check-in.

Hikers will embark on a guided hike of the Lower South Falls area. This will be an easy and slow-paced 2.2 mile hike with 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: “bobrauschenbergamerica”
M. Lee Pelton Theatre
See Thursday, 7:30 p.m., for description.
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.

  • No tickets required
7:30 p.m.Theatre Production: “bobrauschenbergamerica”
M. Lee Pelton Theatre
See Thursday, 7:30 p.m., for description.
9:30 p.m.Featured Entertainment: Professional Comedian Sara Schaeffer
Smith Auditorium Auditorium (Tickets are available for purchase at check-in and at the door 30 minutes before the show, no reserved seats)

Description to be added.

  • Tickets required, see Registration & Tickets
Sunday, October 11
9:30-10:30 a.m.Interdenominational Worship Service
Cone Chapel, Waller Hall, 2nd Floor
All are welcome to this service of worship led by the Rev. Karen Wood, University Chaplain. While interdenominational in scope, this service honors Willamette's relationship with the United Methodist Church and is in the style and spirit of progressive mainline Christianity.
11 a.m.- 12 p.m.A Cappella Concert
Mary Stuart Rogers Music Center, Hudson Hall

Do you enjoy music? Want to hear three amazing a cappella groups on campus? Well, luckily, they will each perform a few songs during this concert. Come have a relaxing time during a beautiful part of the day and listen to some great music.

  • No tickets required
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.The Willamette Store
Putnam University Center, 1st Floor
1 p.m.- 5 p.m.Hallie Ford Museum of Art Open
Hallie Ford Museum of Art, 700 State Street

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