Family Weekend & Homecoming 2020 Schedule

The schedule below is tentative and is subject to change.

For more information, email the Family Weekend Coordinator.

 

Thursday, October 1

7:30 p.m.

Friday, October 2

7:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
The Bistro facilitates an inclusive and educational community for students to challenge themselves professionally and socially and to provide an accessible platform for student creativity and expression. In addition to their coffee and tea selection, The Bistro serves warm cookies, their famous Buzz Bars and limited entree selections. Learn more about The Bistro here on their website.
8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
The Willamette Store Open, Putnam University Center, 1st Floor
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Jostens representatives will be available to answer questions regarding class rings and the products they offer. This is an opportunity for families and students to custom order a beautiful class ring.

Willamette merchandise is also available here on the Jostens website (with online catalog).

10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Hallie Ford Museum of Art Open, Hallie Ford Museum of Art

Explore the exhibits at Willamette University's own Hallie Ford Museum of Art.

12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Check In, Putnam University Center, 2nd Floor

Pick up campus information and pre-purchased tickets. Limited tickets and shirts will be available for purchase at check in.

Brunch tickets will be available at Goudy Commons. Theatre tickets will be available at the Theatre Box Office.

5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Meet other visiting parents and families while enjoying refreshments provided by the Parent Leadership Council (PLC). This parent-only event gives you the opportunity to meet PLC members in a relaxed setting as you kick off your Family Weekend plans.

7:30 p.m
7:30 - 9:00 p.m.
Family Weekend Jazz Night, Smith Auditorium
Family Weekend Jazz Night features the Department of Music’s great student Jazz musicians performing in small combos, the Willamette Jazz Collective, and The Willamette Singers. Free and un-ticketed, so enjoy a great evening of Jazz from big band classics to contemporary pop fusion and everything in between!
8:30 p.m.

Willamette Events Board invites students and their families to participate in a night of interactive pop-culture trivia!

Think you know a lot about a lot? Are you the one who always has the answers to your friends’ questions about pop-culture, video games, and comic books? Do you rarely need to Google stuff? Then put a team together and compete in the infectiously fun game show, Nerdology! This program is an interactive pop-culture trivia show. A mixture of awesome games with fun audience interactions and nerdtastic trivia. Play! Win prizes! Test your knowledge!

Light refreshments will be provided.

Saturday October 3

8:00 - 9:30 a.m.
Continental Breakfast, Goudy Commons
Bon Appetit will serve lighter breakfast fare for those who would like to enjoy a quick meal earlier in the morning. 
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Check In and Coffee Lounge, Putnam University Center, 2nd Floor

Pick up campus information and pre-purchased tickets. Limited tickets and shirts will be available for purchase at check in.

Brunch tickets will be available at Goudy Commons. Theatre tickets will be available at the Theatre Box Office.

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Parents play an important role in the career development and readiness of their students. Whether you know about the field your student is interested in or not, there are so many ways we can collaborate together to ensure your student is career ready when they graduate from Willamette. 

 

Please join Mandy Devereux, Director of Career Development, in this session to learn the ways you can help your students be prepared for life after WU. 

9:00 - 9:50 a.m.
Mini University Session 1
Get a taste of the academic life at Willamette by attending your choice of sessions presented by professors from a variety of departments. Mini-university sessions are 50 minute long classes modeled after the classes students attend daily at Willamette. The wide variety of mini-university classes give you a hands-on experience of what it’s like to be a Willamette student, and to see what current and exciting subjects and inquiries Willamette students are immersed in. For more information, visit the Mini-University Sessions Page.
10:00 am - 1:30 pm
Gourmet Brunch by Bon Appetit, Goudy Commons

Enjoy a delicious brunch served in Goudy Commons. There will be a variety of breakfast and lunch options available. Tickets are required for everyone attending, including any Willamette student without a board meal plan.

 

10:00 - 10:50 a.m.
Mini University Session 2
For more information, visit the Mini-University Sessions Page.
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Jostens Class Rings, Putnam University Center, 1st Floor Lobby

Jostens representatives will be available to answer questions regarding class rings and the products they offer. This is an opportunity for families and students to custom order a beautiful class ring.

Willamette merchandise is also available here on the Jostens website (with online catalog).

10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Minto-Brown Island Park Walk, Star Trees

The beautiful Riverfront Park and connected Minto-Brown Island Park offer an outdoor adventure with convenient proximity to campus. 

Leave from the Star Trees at 10 a.m.

Advance tickets required.

11:00 - 11:50 a.m.
Mini University Session 3
For more information, visit the Mini-University Sessions Page.
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
The Gender Resource and Advocacy Center (GRAC) provides resources and support to persons of any gender and sexual identity in the Willamette University community. Visit their Family Open House to learn about their resources.
11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Zenafest is a perfect opportunity for students, family and alumni to spend a few hours touring the University's 305-acre Zena property, including learning about ecological restoration and sustainable forestry in the mid-valley. You can also enjoy locally sourced food, fresh apple cider, and check out nearby vineyards and wineries.

Pre-registration required. Bus and self park options, optional lunch.

12:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Family Activity Day, Hallie Ford Museum of Art
Join us for a celebration of the Hallie Ford Museum of Art’s 20th Anniversary with activities inspired by our permanent collection. View the full schedule.
2:00
4:00 p.m.
Homecoming Tailgate BBQ, McCulloch Stadium
Join current students, families, and alumni for a Homecoming Tailgate BBQ!

Located in the end zone under the big tent. Advance tickets required. Football tickets purhased separately. Free football tickets (limited quantities) will be available at Family Weekend and Homecoming check in.
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Family Weekend Concert, Hudson Hall
The Willamette Music Department presents its  Family Weekend Classical Music Concert. 
7:30 p.m.
Theatre Production: TBA, M. Lee Pelton Theatre
9:30 p.m.

Ben Seidman’s performances are jam packed with stand-up comedy, fascinating true stories, and world- renowned sleight-of-hand. His energy and playfulness are contagious as they spread through the audience and he never fails to give a sensational performance. Click here to learn more!

Sunday, October 4

9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Interdenominational Worship Service, Cone Chapel, Waller Hall, 2nd Floor
All are welcome to this service of worship led by the Rev. Karen Wood, University Chaplain. While interdenominational in scope, this service honors Willamette's relationship with the United Methodist Church and is in the style and spirit of progressive mainline Christianity.

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