As we turn the page on Willamette University’s 181st birthday I am reminded of the rich history of our alma mater. The first University in the West looks much different than it did nearly two centuries ago, and truth be told it looks much different than it did just two years ago. I've witnessed great connections between Bearcats, regardless of their graduation years. Though some details have changed over time, all 37,000+ of us share the experience of having spent life-changing years on our campuses.
I believe all our lives are enriched not only by this past connection to Willamette — but also by a continuing relationship with the university and fellow alumni. Our alumni board exists to develop and support the community we share. Specifically, we help you keep in touch with other alumni (both old friends and new), campus activities, and student life. Take a moment to think about those influential persons in your life already: friends, colleagues, a professor with whom you've stayed in touch, and maybe even a spouse.
There are many ways to create more Willamette connections in your life. Current students and young alumni wish for mentorship. Fellow alumni nearby would love to strike up conversations. And there are alums everywhere who share your industry, major or interest. Recently, I contacted a business attorney in another state and we realized we are both Willamette alumni. Sometimes these Willamette connections might surprise you, so please keep your eye out for fellow alumni.
Just by attending Willamette, you're already a member of our alumni community. I invite you to join me - find a new connection by browsing these web pages for opportunities.
I look forward to seeing you.
Bob D. Heck BA’07, MBA’11
President, Alumni Board