Family Weekend 2017 Schedule

Below is the schedule for Family Weekend 2017. The 2018 schedule will be available in August 2018.

For more information, email the Family Weekend Coordinator.

Friday, October 6

7:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
The Bistro Open, Putnam University Center
The Bistro facilitates an inclusive and educational community for students to challenge themselves professionally and socially and to provide an accessible platform for student creativity and expression. In addition to their coffee and tea selection, The Bistro serves warm cookies, their famous Buzz Bars and limited entree selections. Learn more about The Bistro here on their website.
8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
The Willamette Store Open, Putnam University Center, 1st Floor
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Jostens Class Rings, Putnam University Center, 1st Floor

Jostens is available to answer questions regarding class rings and other products. This is an opportunity for students and families to custom order a beautiful class ring.

10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Hallie Ford Museum of Art Open, Hallie Ford Museum of Art, 700 State Street

There will be two exhibitions to enjoy at the Hallie Ford Museum, with complimentary admission. For more information click here.

12:00 p.m. - 6:00 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 shirts will be available for purchase at check-in.

5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Parent Leadership Council Welcome Mixer, Rick's Cafe, College of Law
Meet other visiting parents and families while enjoying appetizers and drinks provided by the Parent Leadership Council (PLC). This parent-only event gives you the opportunity to meet PLC members in a relaxed setting as you kick off your Family Weekend plans. This event will take place at Rick's Cafe (College Of Law, Lower Level).
7:30 p.m.
Theatre Production: “An Inspector Calls", M. Lee Pelton Theatre

When Inspector Goole arrives unexpectedly at the prosperous Birling family’s London home in April 1912, their peaceful dinner party is shattered by his investigation into the death of a young woman. His startling revelations shake the very foundations of their lives and challenge us all to examine our consciences. 

By John Boynton Priestley 
Directed by Christopher L. Harris
An Inspector Calls is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York. 
All performances are sold out. Wait list is available.
7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Jazz Night, Hudson Hall

Come and enjoy Willamette University’s own Vocal Jazz group the

Willamette Singers under the direction of Dr. Wallace Long Jr., accompanied by the Willamette Jazz Collective under the direction of Professor James Miley, as well as some of the Willamette Jazz Program’s small groups. The Willamette Singers brand new album titled Green Garden will be for sale at this event, as well as past CD’s from our collection. The performance is FREE and the public is welcome. For further information contact the Willamette University Music department at 503-370- 6255 or email dtrevett@willamette.edu. Tickets are not required.

 
8:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Open Mic Night, Cat Cavern, Putnam University Center
Join the Willamette Events Board (WEB) as they host an Open Mic Night! Stop by any time during the event to enjoy student performances and complimentary refreshments.

Saturday, October 7

8:00 a.m. - 1:00 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. Tickets required.

  • Tickets will be available for purchase at Goudy Commons during Family Weekend Brunch.
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
The Bistro Open, Putnam University Center, 1st Floor
9:00 a.m. - 9:50 a.m.

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. For more information, visit the Mini-University Sessions Page.

  • No tickets required for Mini-University Sessions
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Coffee in the Lobby, Putnam University Center, 2nd Floor

Come enjoy complimentary coffee and breakfast treats at check-in!

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 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 shirts will be available for purchase at check-in.

10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Jostens Class Rings, Putnam University Center, 1st Floor
10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
The Willamette Store is Open, Putnam University Center, 1st Floor
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Hallie Ford Museum of Art Open, Hallie Ford Museum of Art, 700 State Street

See Friday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., for description.

10:00 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.

See Mini-University Page

11:00 a.m.
Interfraternity Council Information Session, Autzen Conference Room, Putnam University Center, 3rd Floor
Learn about Greek Life for men on campus.
11:00 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.

See Mini-University Page

11:30 a.m. –1:00 p.m.
Homecoming Tailgate BBQ, McCulloch Stadium

Located in the end zone under the big tent. Advance tickets required. This event has reached capacity.

12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Hallie Ford Family Activity Day , Hallie Ford Museum of Art, 700 State Street

Find inspiration in the museum’s current exhibition “Crow's Shadow Institute of the Arts at 25" and then join Elizabeth Garrison (the Cameron Paulin Curator of Education) and local artist Sonia Allen for print-making activities in the Maribeth Collins Lobby. At 1 p.m. a dance performance with the Chemawa Indian School Dancers will be held in the Atrium Gallery.

Free and open to the public!

1:00 p.m.
Willamette vs. Linfield Football Game, McCulloch Stadium

Come cheer on our Bearcats!

1:30 - 5:30 p.m.
ZenaFest - Zena Forest Tours, Buses depart from the Hatfield Fountain

Catch a bus out to our 305-acre Zena Forest property ten miles from campus!

At ZenaFest you can learn about our property that is part of almost 2,000 acres recognized by the State of Oregon, U.S. Fish and Wildlife, and the Nature Conservancy as a regional conservation priority. Tour forest and prairie restoration projects, our neighbor's sustainable forestry operation and mill, or taste wine across the road at Zenith Vineyards. We also plan to have an apple cider press for making juice and locally sourced food for you to sample. Self-transportation will be an option if the bus reaches capacity. Pre-registration required.

Full details available here.

This event is at capacity.

7:00 p.m.
Men's Soccer vs. Linfield, Sparks Field
7:30 p.m.
Theatre Production: “An Inspector Calls", M. Lee Pelton Theatre

See Friday, 7:30 p.m., for description.

7:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m.
Family Weekend Concert, Hudson Hall (Doors open at 6:30 p.m.)

Five outstanding Willamette University ensembles will welcome friends, family and the Salem community in the Family Weekend Concert. Performing will be the Willamette Wind Ensemble, the University Chamber Orchestra, Male Ensemble Willamette and Voce Femminile and the Chamber Choir.The performance is FREE and the public is welcome. For further information contact the Willamette University Music department at 503-370- 6255 or email dtrevett@willamette.edu.

 
9:30 p.m.
Featured Entertainment: The Second City Touring Co., Smith Auditorium

What happens when Chicago’s best improvisers are tossed head first into a medley of live game shows? Come laugh your way through Second City’s Game Night and find out! From celebrity-guessing to fill-in-the-blankety-blanks, charades to feuding families to improvised characters, the laughs come rapid-fire as the emcee segues seamlessly from one game to the next.

Have a special talent? Think your linguistic skills are better than most? Ready to beat the buzzer? Get on stage and change the game! Audiences participate at every turn, taking the show a different direction each night as the whip-smart cast toes the line between absurdity and genius in a way that only game shows and improv can achieve.

Tickets are required for both students and guests and will be  available online during Family Weekend registration (late August, 2017) and will also be sold in-person during Family Weekend check-in. Limited tickets may be available at Smith Auditorium 30 minutes before showtime.

Sunday, October 8

9:30 a.m. -10:00 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.
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Silver Falls Hike, Buses depart from the Hatfield Fountain at 10 a.m.

Advance tickets required.

Hikers will embark on a guided hike of the Lower South Falls area. There are two options, a 2.8 mile hike, or a 0.7 mile hike. Both options offer great views and photo opportunities.

We suggest wearing warm clothes, including layers and a raincoat. A water bottle is recommended. Meet at the Hatfield Fountain at 9:50 a.m. for check-in.

This event is sold out. Silver Falls State Park maps will be available at Family Weekend check-in (for self guided tours).

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
A cappella Mini Concert, Hudson Hall

Willamette's three a cappella groups, Tandem, Headband, and Up Top, will each perform a short set of music.

This event does not require tickets.

12:00 p.m.
Women's Soccer vs. George Fox, Sparks Field
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Hallie Ford Museum of Art Open, Hallie Ford Museum of Art, 700 State Street

See Friday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., for description.

2:00 p.m.
Theatre Production: "An Inspector Calls", M. Lee Pelton Theatre

See Friday, 7:30 p.m., for description.