Parent & Family Orientation Programs

We’re hosting a series of virtual orientation programs for parents and families this summer.

If you can’t join us for the live Zoom sessions, we’ll record the programs so you can watch them when it’s convenient for you. Additional sessions and participation links will be posted as soon as details are finalized.

2020 Orientation Sessions


First Year Experience Program

Join staff and faculty from across campus who are responsible for providing a comprehensive first year program at Willamette. An overview of the program was followed by a question and answer session.

Date/Time: Thursday, July 9 from 4–5 p.m.
Lead: Sarah Kirk
Panelists: Jenny Jopp, Professor of History; Lisa Holliday, Associate Dean of Students and Director of Student Activities; Sarah Kirk, Director of the First Year Experience and Professor of Chemistry; Stephanie Leeth, Eastside Senior Area Coordinator; Karen Wood, University Chaplain

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Virtual Campus Tour

Explore the beauty of Willamette's campus virtually with the help of a student tour guide. Get an in-depth look at our academic experience, residence halls, and learn more about why our students chose to call Willamette home.

Date/Time: Tuesday, July 14 from 4–5 p.m.
Tour Guides: Rachel Urner ’22 and Cameron Taggesell ’21


Housing, Dining, Health & Safety

Join staff members from the offices of Health and Counseling, Housing, Campus Safety, and University Dining as they discuss the challenges and opportunities in supporting your students through the transition to Willamette.

Date/Time: Thursday, July 16 from 4–5 p.m. 
Panelists: Scott Etherton, Director of Housing; Lindsey Leisinger, Director of Dining Services, Bon Appetit; Ross Stout, Director, Campus Safety; Don Thomson, Director, Bishop Wellness Center

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First in my Family

First generation faculty, students, and administrators will attend this session and are excited to meet you. A first generation college student is one whose parents have not completed a bachelor’s degree and may, thus, be less familiar with what the student will experience.

Date/Time: Wednesday, July 29 from 4–5 p.m. 
Lead: Jade Aguilar, Vice President for Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

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Student Accounts, Financial Aid & Registrar

Financial Aid staff will answer questions about student financial aid policies and procedures. Student Accounts staff will answer questions about tuition, fees and the billing process. Registrar’s Office staff will answer questions about access to student records and grades.

Date/Time: Monday, August 3 from 4–5 p.m. 
Panelists: Laura Jacobs Anderson, University Registrar; Patty Hoban, Director of Financial Aid; Kirk Rutledge, Director of Student Accounts

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Financial Aid Info Student Record Privacy Student Accounts Office


Athletics & COVID-19

An update on changes to the fall season and information on practices, eligibility, and future schedules.

Date/Time: Tuesday, August 4 from 4–5 p.m. 
Panelists: Lisa Landreman, VP for STudent Affairs & Dean of Students; Rob Passage, Director of Intercollegiate Athletics; Leslie Shevlin, Associate Director of Intercollegiate Athletics; Ken Smith, Head Athletic Trainer; Don Thomson, Director of Bishop Wellness Center

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Academic and Intellectual Life at WU

How does Willamette develop, stimulate and support academic life inside the classroom and outside of it? Come to this question and answer session to chat with faculty members, a student and the director of the Learning Center about our campus academic culture.

Date/Time: Wednesday, August 5 from 4–5 p.m.
Lead: Kelley Strawn, Associate Professor of Sociology and Associate Dean for Curriculum

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Partnering with Families: Supporting Students Health and Well-being

The Vice President of Student Affairs/Dean of Students and the Director of Bishop Health and Wellness Center will discuss ways you can assist your student in making a smooth transition to Willamette. They will identify transition and wellness issues, supports and services that are in place, and strategies to encourage their emerging adulthood.

Date/Time: Monday, August 10 from 4–5 p.m.
Panelists: Lisa Landreman, Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students; Don Thomson, Director of Bishop Health & Wellness Center

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Virtual Campus Tour

Explore the beauty of Willamette's campus virtually with the help of two student tour guides. Get an in-depth look at our academic experience, residence halls, and learn more about why our students chose to call Willamette home.

Date/Time: Tuesday, August 11 from 4–5 p.m.


Zoom Into Success

Learn about how Willamette University helps students succeed. From academic support strategies, study habits, selecting a major and time management tips to building skills and experiences for future career success, this session is one you don't want to miss!

Date/Time: Wednesday, August 12 from 4–5 p.m.
Panelists: Gretchen Flesher Moon, Associate Dean for Student Success; Kelvin Clark, Director of Academic Support; Mandy Devereux, Director of Career Development

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Opening Days 2020 Family Program: Family Ties

Watch a series of lighthearted skits put on by Opening Days Leaders about the developing relationship between students and their families during college. There will also be a Q&A session where families can ask a panel of Willamette students, administrators, parents/families and counselors about the transition to college.

Date/Time: Thursday, August 20 at 1:30 p.m.
Panelists: Lisa Holliday, Associate Dean of Students & Director of Student Activities; Alia Mahmood ’22, Opening Days Lead Team

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