Daily Update

New COVID-19 restrictions

Reopening Operations Committee

In light of rapidly-rising positive case counts in the state, Gov. Kate Brown announced a two-week “freeze,” which creates additional statewide COVID-19 restrictions to limit in-person interactions. The restrictions officially take effect on Nov. 18 and extend to at least Dec. 2. The freeze does not apply to or change protocols for higher education, which allows us to operate under previous guidance issued by the Oregon Health Authority.

Here are some changes at Willamette as a result of the new restrictions.

  • Hallie Ford Museum and Sparks Fitness Center are closed to most users. Both remain open for credit-bearing class instruction.
  • The outdoor tent will be closed and Goudy Commons will be available only for grab and go meals starting today, Nov. 16. (The Bistro will not be affected, as they already offer only grab and go options).
  • Most campus offices will operate remotely.
  • Employees who are able to perform their duties remotely must do so during the "freeze period."
  • Employees who work on campus and travel out of state for the holidays, must use vacation or personal time to quarantine for 14 days before returning to campus. 
  • Students leaving the area for winter break should prepare for the possibility of next semester beginning remotely. Take whatever books, supplies, equipment or other materials you may need.

Please review our full update for the new statewide restrictions, the travel advisory issued by the governors of Oregon, Washington and California, and more details about planning for winter break and our January return. Continue to check your email over the break, as we will keep you informed of any adjustments to our mitigation strategies or changes in the start of in-person instruction. 

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Things to know

Bearcat Buddies Pen Pals

Want to connect with other Willamette CAS students? Sign up for the Bearcat Buddies Pen Pal program.

Bearcat Buddies

Flash interview with "The Memo" Director Susan Coromel

Andrew Keswick '22 interviews Coromel about mounting the hybrid in-person/livestreamed production. View "The Memo" online Nov. 20-30.

Marketing & Communications

Assistant Coach Sorensen emphasizes family and WU

Assistant Coach Sorensen is committed to his family and to Willamette University.

Robert A McKinney

Fall textbook rental returns

Textbook rental returns are due Dec. 18.

Melinda A Hochendoner

Accounting office closed during quiet period

Sign up for direct deposit so you do not experience a delay receiving payments.

Ken Pifer

New Faculty/Staff:

  • Mike Long: Benefits and Compensation Manager - Human Resources

Things to Do

November 16, 2020

Dean's Academic Excellence Series - Exam Preparation 2

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

College of Law

Mindfulness meditation online

4:45 PM - 5:00 PM

Religious/Spiritual Life, General

Japanese Studies Session

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
WU Campus

Student Organizations, World Languages Studio, Japanese Studies, College of Arts and Sciences, Student Activities & Events

Registration begins for students with 7-14.75 earned credits

All Day
WU Campus

College of Arts and Sciences

November 17, 2020

J.W. Long Law Library: Research Help Coffee Time

9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

College of Law

Career Placement Virtual Office Hours

12:30 PM - 2:30 PM

College of Law

MLSA: Judge Ortega Debriefing Session

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Student Organizations, College of Law

CCM Fall Senior Thesis Presentations

2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Academic Events

Your Social Media Life and Afterlife

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

College of Law, Alumni Events

Study Abroad with WU Q&A - Drop-In session

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

College of Arts and Sciences

MBA Registration for Spring Semester

All Day

Early Career MBA and MBA for Career Change

Registration begins for students with 6.75 or fewer earned credits

All Day
WU Campus

College of Arts and Sciences


Brenda P and Prints from the Permanent Collection | Aug 20 - Mar 6

Hallie Ford Museum of Art

Arts, Hallie Ford Museum of Art, General

Lockwood Dennis: Woodcuts | Oct 24, 2020 - Jan 16, 2021

American, 1937-2012
Print Study Center, Hallie Ford Museum of Art, +2 more

Arts, Hallie Ford Museum of Art, General

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Marketing and Communications

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