Approximately 500 guests are expected on campus in the coming weeks for Bearcat Days, Willamette’s on-campus visit program for admitted students and their families.
This year, Bearcat Days are scheduled for March 16–17, April 6–7 and April 13–14. The events are designed to give admitted students a sense of what life as a Bearcat is like. They feature class visits, an overnight stay in a residence hall, campus tours and sessions about student activities and academic programs.
Every element of the students’ visits — from the discussions they witness during classes, to the service they receive at the Bistro, to the passersby who help them find their way — can impact their decision on whether to enroll at Willamette.
As you may recall, it is helpful for faculty and staff to find alternative methods of transportation to and from work on Bearcat Days dates to allow additional space for visitors to park. Campus Safety is willing to provide rides to those who park in the softball parking lot off of 14th St. We appreciate your understanding if parking is tighter and lines in the Bistro and Goudy are a bit longer than usual. Your graciousness is, as always, greatly appreciated.
Regarding food service on Bearcat Days, please note the following:
- Chef Hopeton will prepare a special meal on the patio outside of Goudy Commons, weather permitting, or inside Goudy on Thursday and Friday.
- The Montag Store will open at 11 a.m. Friday with grab-and-go selections, beverages and snacks.
- Goudy Commons will be open Friday for lunch at 10:30 a.m. and will offer more efficient services at each station to move our guests through the cafe at a faster pace.
- Kaneko Café is always a great option and will feature katsu on Friday.