Welcome!

Welcome to the Opening Days website and the Willamette community! We are delighted to introduce you to the Opening Days program, commonly known on campus as OD. This website will help you navigate the Opening Days schedule, including the list of events and activities. Additionally, you will find more specific details about the program, including the OD Leaders, Leadership Team, and Staff.

The Opening Days program strives to provide incoming students with a direct reflection of the Willamette community as a whole. Willamette students are given leadership positions and the opportunity to develop and run Opening Days, with the support of Willamette staff. The program offers an introduction to various aspects of campus life for first year, transfer, and international students, to ensure that everyone has the knowledge and confidence to succeed at Willamette.

Fully welcoming and acclimating incoming students to our community includes introducing them to the academics and resources on campus. During Opening Days, first-year students will begin with College Colloquium, an introductory seminar course designed to guide them through their academic transition to Willamette. The connections made in colloquium continue outside of the classroom- with their fellow classmates also in the same OD group and their colloquium professor acting as their first-year advisor. Beyond academics, Opening Days aims to introduce the many other resources Willamette has to offer. These include Bishop Wellness Center, Academic Support, Career Services, Library and Technology resources, and many more.

We are thrilled to welcome family and friends into the Willamette community as well! We hope to answer any questions and make this transition as comfortable as possible. Thursday and Friday will be busy days with settling in, activities, and lots of information, but it is our goal to make it as stress-free as we can!

We have worked hard to make this program as fulfilling and enjoyable as possible, with the help of our enthusiastic and knowledgeable OD leaders and our wonderful Leadership Team. We are dedicated to providing each individual with an unforgettable and rewarding experience. Over the summer, you will receive more information about our program and your leaders will contact you prior to your arrival to welcome you and answer any questions you may have. We hope to begin building connections that will last beyond Opening Days and into your time here at Willamette.

This website has an assortment of information to help make the journey to Salem and the transition into college as easy as possible. In the toolbar on the left, you will find the Leader Profiles, the Program Itinerary, helpful information regarding transportation and lodging in Salem, and much more! Additionally, throughout Opening Days, this website will contain the most recent and updated information.

On behalf of the 2016 Opening Days community, we hope you have a wonderful year and we are very excited to welcome you home to Willamette in August!

Sincerely,

Opening Days Coordinator and Leadership Team 2016

Bridget Summit ‘17, Kandace King ‘17, Robyn Burnside ‘18, Michael Chen ‘18, Caden Crowston ‘18, Heather Pearson ‘18