Events and Opportunities

Alumni Weekend

It’s a Don’t-Miss Bearcat Experience for ALL alumni!

Your Alumni Association rolls out an Alumni Weekend with something for everyone. New programming appeals to Bearcats from all WU schools.

Alumni inClass

Try something new with experiences from the intellectual to the offbeat. Get scientific about beer and chemistry with Professor Kirk. Investigate the surprising history of slavery in Oregon with R. Gregory Nokes ’59. Embrace the “art of the delicious” with Dani Cone ’98, owner of Seattle’s High 5 Pie and Fuel Coffee. And that’s just for starters.


Classic tailgating kicks off football fun! Cheer on the Bearcats against Texas’ Trinity Tigers.

Politics Symposium

Dig deep into WU’s political past, present and future. Explore Willamette’s role in Oregon’s political legacy, get the filmmakers’ perspective on the Hatfield Project documentary. Hungry for more? Join us for lunch and learn something on the side — about the “politics” of the table — where food comes from and how it gets from farm to fork.

Peace Corps Salute

Honor WU’s legacy of global volunteer leadership with professor John Uggen, Sarah Kassel ’04 and others. WU will salute the hundreds of Willamette alumni who have served in the Peace Corps during the past 50 years.


Connect with classmates, friends, faculty and students at the Bearcat Bash and throughout the weekend. Special celebrations are on tap for milestone reunions.

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Alumni Travel

Your passport to learning and adventure with Willamette friends

Time to book an unforgettable experience! We have assembled a one-of-a-kind international lineup for alumni and friends.

Our plans balance trips to provide the benefit of expert guides while allowing independent exploration. More than 1,000 alumni and friends have traveled Willamette-style over the past 10 years.

Forecast for the year: Spectacular!

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Switzerland and the Heart of the Rhine and Moselle
Aug. 12–27, 2014

European river cruising is the “hot” travel du jour. The reason is clear: historic and cultural highlights change every day — and are just minutes away. On board, you unpack once and make yourself at home in a comfortable cabin, relish outstanding cuisine and enjoy a friendly tour director’s expert perspective.

Enjoy five countries in 15 days as you travel from Basel, Switzerland, to Amsterdam.

The base price includes 14 sightseeing tours, wine tastings, lectures and local entertainment, plus visits to five UNESCO World Heritage sites. Add a four-day pre-trip to Lucerne, Switzerland, and/or a four-day post-trip to Bruges, Belgium.

Call immediately. Space is nearly sold out.

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The Best of India and a Ganges River Cruise
Jan. 10–28, 2015

This is our first trip to India, so we’ve packed it with value and moments to remember. The base trip includes seven river-cruising days and 34 sightseeing tours and cultural connections, including
four UNESCO World Heritage sites. Marvel at bustling Delhi, fortified Jaipur, Ranthambore’s tiger-filled national park and Agra’s site of a lifetime, the Taj Mahal.

You can also add a five-day pre-trip to Delhi and Kathmandu, Nepal, and/or a five-day post-trip to Varanasi, India.

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Portugal and the Douro River Wine Country
May 16–27, 2015

Three nights in historic Lisbon, the City of Seven Hills, and a seven-night cruise upriver to Salamanca, Spain, and back. Highlights include nine sightseeing tours plus cultural connections, 26 meals and breathtaking scenery along the romantic Douro River.

Add a four-day pre-trip to the storied island of Madeira and/or a six-day post-trip to Barcelona.

Keep lifelong learning in your life, Willamette-style.

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Dave Barrows ‘57, JD’61: “Dean of Lobbyists”

Dave Barrows, long considered the “dean” of lobbyists in Oregon’s Capitol, died in March. He was 78.

Barrows took his first job in the Capitol as a legislative page in 1955 while still a Willamette undergraduate. He credited Mark Hatfield, then a political science instructor at the school and a new state senator, with helping him land that gateway position.

His son, Tom, recalled that his father came to Willamette as a freshman planning to play football. “He arrived early on campus and roomed with another player who, he was impressed to learn, was from Dallas,” Tom Barrows said. That is, until he discovered the teammate he thought had been recruited from Texas was, in fact, “from right down the road in Dallas, Oregon.”

Although sidelined by a knee injury, he nevertheless scored big during his time at Willamette. He served as sergeantat- arms of his freshman class, joined Beta Theta Pi fraternity and bonded over football with future U.S. Sen. Bob Packwood, with whom he would be lifelong friends and a confidante. He would later serve as a member of the WU Alumni Association Board of Directors in 1972–73.

Barrows earned his undergraduate degree in 1957, with a major in political science. He later entered law school convinced that his future lay in politics. He set a goal to be a full-time lobbyist by age 40, according to a Statesman Journal profile earlier this year. He achieved that goal by the time he was 30 and then embarked on a career at the Capitol that spanned nearly five decades. Barrows is believed to have been the longest-serving lobbyist ever in the Oregon Capitol.

He got his first taste of lobbying as a parttime special assistant to the superintendent of Fairview Home in Salem during the 1959 and 1961 legislative sessions, and he was soon hired by tobacco wholesalers in 1963 to defeat a state cigarette tax proposed by Hatfield, who was by then governor. (The two remained friends for many years.)

Among his first clients were the Association of O&C Counties and the Oregon Savings & Loan League. He represented the two organizations exclusively from the mid-1970s until the mid-1980s, serving as an executive of both. His firm, Dave Barrows & Associates, later took on other clients, including a wide range of public, private and nonprofit groups. In 2003, he pressed the state for help luring a Major League Baseball team to Oregon.

In the Statesman Journal profile, Barrows said legislators had told his clients over the years that they liked dealing with him because “when they ask us what the other side will say, we always give them the full picture. You have got to be honest and open — and also creative.”

Politicians and clients alike continued to praise his work after learning of his death.

Linda Navarro, president of the Oregon Bankers Association, told a reporter with the Portland Business Journal that Barrows wielded a lot of influence. “Dave represented a segment of our industry for decades. We are absolutely better, as an industry and association, because of him.”

Barrows “was a rare individual,” said Senate President Peter Courtney, the longest-serving member of the current state Legislature. “You knew when you asked Dave a question that he was going to give you a straight answer. His honesty and integrity could not be questioned. He was a mentor to many and a friend to all. Dave Barrows was a legend.”

Barrows lived in the Mountain Park area of Lake Oswego, Ore. He is survived by his wife, Pat; son, Tom; daughter, Stacey; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.