Opening Days Lead Team

The OD staff is largely comprised of student leaders who are passionate about Willamette and helping new students navigate through their first days on campus.

Meet the Lead Team


We are delighted to introduce you to the Opening Days program, commonly known on campus as OD.

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. Please make sure to visit the Leader Profiles page and the Program Itinerary! 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!


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

About the OD program

A student-run, four-day program of activities which not only challenges students both academically and socially but also gives parents the opportunity to learn more about the university and the transition their child will be making.

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Opening Days Leaders

Assist new students during Opening Days, as well as being responsible for facilitating all the events and programs that occur during Opening Days. Every leader is a member of one of the OD committees, each responsible for planning different events.

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Lead Team

The leadership team duty is to plan the events and programs during OD. They work year long - hiring and training OD leaders, planning each of the events, and acting as OD leaders during the program.

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Opening Days Check-in

On Aug. 25 from 8 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., all new students and their families need to pick up an Opening Days packet. This packet will include a complete schedule for Opening Days with locations of events and additional information.

Check-in will be in the Cat Cavern, second floor of the Putnam University Center.

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