Opening Days Schedule of Events

This schedule is subject to change throughout the summer as programming is finalized.

Opening Days dates have changed in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, and we look forward to seeing you August 19-23! We will communicate with you directly if there are any further changes.

For Parents & Families

Parent and family orientation has been moved online this year in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. We invite you to explore our virtual sessions. In order to limit the density of people on campus and preserve the safety of our community, we ask that parents and family members (not exceeding two total) who accompany their student leave campus as soon as possible following the move-in process.

For Students

First-Year Students

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
New Student Check-In, Montag Center
Pick up your Opening Days packet, keys to your residence hall and mailbox, and student ID card.
Open to: First-Year Students, Transfer and International Students
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Settling-In Activities, Campus-wide
Refer to the Settling-In Checklist in your packet for tasks to complete during this time. Activities are divided by those that must be done on this day and those that can be done at your leisure.
Open to: First-Year Students, Transfer and International Students
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Panhellenic Council Rummage Sale, Jackson Plaza
Hosted by the Willamette sorority community, you’ll find items commonly needed for college life, including mini fridges, hangers, alarm clocks, lamps and more. All of the items have been donated by students who’ve lived in the residence halls.
Open to: First-Year Students, Transfer and International Students
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Lunch, Goudy Commons
(students only)
Open to: First-Year Students, Transfer and International Students
5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Dinner, Goudy Commons/Brown Field
(students only) OD groups will be meeting for dinner. If you are interested, contact your leader.
Open to: First-Year Students, Transfer and International Students
7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Residence Hall Floor Meeting
You will get information from your Resident Advisor regarding meeting location.
Open to: First-Year Students, Transfer and International Students

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

7 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Breakfast, Goudy Commons
(students only)
Open to: First-Year Students, Transfer and International Students
8 a.m. to Noon
New Student Check-In, Montag Center
Pick up your Opening Days packet, keys to your residence hall and mailbox, and student ID card.
Open to: First-Year Students, Transfer and International Students
8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Settling-In Activities, Campus-wide
Refer to the Settling-In Checklist in your packet for tasks to complete during this time. Activities are divided by those that must be done on this day and those that can be done at your leisure.
Open to: First-Year Students, Transfer and International Students
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Panhellenic Council Rummage Sale, Jackson Plaza
Hosted by the Willamette sorority community, you’ll find items commonly needed for college life, including mini fridges, hangers, alarm clocks, lamps and more. All of the items have been donated by students who’ve lived in the residence halls.
Open to: First-Year Students, Transfer and International Students
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Lunch, Goudy Commons
(students only)
Open to: First-Year Students, Transfer and International Students
2 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.
Opening Days Kick-off for New Students, Colloquium Classrooms
Join us for the official kickoff event of the Opening Days program. OD leaders will give you information regarding location at check-in.
Open to: First-Year Students, Transfer and International Students
3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Opening Days Group Session, Colloquium Classrooms
Open to: First-Year Students, Transfer and International Students
4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
College Colloquium, College Colloquium Classrooms
(first-year students only; transfer students participate in their group session)
Open to: First-Year Students
5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Dinner, Goudy Commons/Brown Field
(students only)
Open to: First-Year Students, Transfer and International Students
8 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Residence Hall Floor Meetings
Open to: First-Year Students, Transfer and International Students

Thursday, August 20, 2020

8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Breakfast, Goudy Commons
Open to: First-Year Students, Transfer and International Students
9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
College Colloquium Group Session, Colloquium Classrooms
First-year students will meet with their colloquium associate for a group session.
Open to: First-Year Students
10:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
Opening Convocation, Colloquium Classrooms
Join the faculty and administration as the Willamette community formally opens the 2020-21 academic year. You can experience convocation with your CC group in your designated classroom.
Open to: First-Year Students, Transfer and International Students
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Lunch, Goudy Commons
Open to: First-Year Students, Transfer and International Students
1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.
College Colloquium
Open to: First-Year Students
3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Free Time
Open to: First-Year Students, Transfer and International Students
3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Athletics Practice Time
Open to: First-Year Students, Transfer and International Students
4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Chemistry 115 Challenge Exam, Olin 302
This exam is for all students interested in placing out of Chemistry 115, General Chemistry I.
Open to: First-Year Students, Transfer and International Students
4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Dinner & Opening Days Group Session, Goudy Commons/ Brown Field
See your Opening Days Leader for your group’s assigned time.
Open to: First-Year Students, Transfer and International Students
7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Matriculation Ceremony, Colloquium Classrooms & Quad
All first-year and transfer students should take part in this Willamette tradition. You will experience Matriculation with your OD group in your CC classroom.
Open to: First-Year Students, Transfer and International Students
9 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Glow Up
Join your classmates for glow-in-the-dark themed activities like soccer, arts and crafts, and a photo booth! Please sign up in advance via WISE.
Open to: First-Year Students, Transfer and International Students

Friday, August 21, 2020

8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Breakfast
Open to: First-Year Students, Transfer and International Students
8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
College Colloquium Prep Time
Open to: First-Year Students
10:30 a.m. to Noon
College Colloquium
Open to: First-Year Students
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Lunch, Goudy Commons
Open to: First-Year Students, Transfer and International Students
Noon to 1 p.m.
Lunch with Colloquium Associate
Open to: First-Year Students
1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Calculus Sequence Placement Advising, Ford Hall, Second Floor
This is an open advising session for students who are unsure about which calculus course to take. Email Professor Inga Johnson at ijohnson@willamette.edu for a Zoom link.
Open to: First-Year Students, Transfer and International Students
1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Academic Advising Appointments
Academic Advising Appointments should go after Calculus Sequence Placement Advising based on time period.
Open to: First-Year Students
2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
3-2 Engineering Informational Session, Collins 205
First-year students interested in our pre-engineering/3-2 engineering program should attend this session to learn more about the requirements.
Open to: First-Year Students, Transfer and International Students
2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Dining Service Information Session, Goudy Commons
Do you have questions about food service, or medical or dietary restrictions? Come meet the managers and learn how Dining Services can meet your needs. If you cannot attend at this time, another session is scheduled for 4 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 26.
Open to: First-Year Students, Transfer and International Students
3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Opening Days Group Session
Open to: First-Year Students, Transfer and International Students
3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Athletics Practice Time
Open to: First-Year Students, Transfer and International Students
4 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Shabbat Kiddush, Putnam University Center, Third Floor
Join members of the Jewish Student Union for a meet and greet with other Jewish students and friends.
Open to: First-Year Students, Transfer and International Students
4:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Passport to Salem
Experience the city of Salem and have fun with your new classmates! You can check out restaurants and cafes in the downtown Salem area and cap the day off with a nice sunset at Riverfront Park. You’ll also have the option of creating a special keepsake at Create a Memory pottery studio from 4:30 to 6 p.m. You can sign up for Passport to Salem in advance via your WISE site.
Open to: First-Year Students, Transfer and International Students
5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Dinner, Goudy Commons
Open to: First-Year Students, Transfer and International Students

Saturday, August 22, 2020

8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Breakfast
Open to: First-Year Students, Transfer and International Students
10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Music Theory Assessment, Mary Stuart Rogers Music Center, Rogers Rehearsal Hall
This assessment is for students who are interested in majoring or minoring in music.
Open to: First-Year Students, Transfer and International Students
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Bearcats Give Back, Cat Cavern, Putnam University Center, Second Floor
Learn about your new community and participate in service projects in Salem. Afterwards, you can share your experiences and meet new people! Sign-ups for this event will be online; your OD Leader will provide more information.
Open to: First-Year Students, Transfer and International Students
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Lunch, Goudy Commons
Open to: First-Year Students, Transfer and International Students
5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Dinner, Goudy Commons
Open to: First-Year Students, Transfer and International Students
6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Opening Days Group Session
Open to: First-Year Students, Transfer and International Students
6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Starting the Conversation, Colloquium Classrooms
Members of the Opening Days staff will present an insightful and honest look at issues facing new students at Willamette.
Open to: First-Year Students, Transfer and International Students
8 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Opening Days Group Session
Colloquium Classrooms
Open to: First-Year Students, Transfer and International Students

Sunday, August 23, 2020

8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Breakfast, Goudy Commons
Open to: First-Year Students, Transfer and International Students
9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Interdenominational Worship Service, Waller Hall, Cone Chapel
All are welcome.
Open to: First-Year Students, Transfer and International Students
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Campus Recreation Outdoor Activities, Quad
Members of the intramural staff will facilitate a series of safe and fun activities on the Quad.
Open to: First-Year Students, Transfer and International Students
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Lunch, Goudy Commons
Open to: First-Year Students, Transfer and International Students
5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Dinner, Goudy Commons
Open to: First-Year Students, Transfer and International Students
7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Willamette Night Out
This showcases the many events and programs that occur on campus throughout the course of each semester. Activities will take place across campus. For a detailed schedule, check with your Opening Days leader.
Open to: First-Year Students, Transfer and International Students

Monday, August 24, 2020

7 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Breakfast, Goudy Commons
Open to: First-Year Students, Transfer and International Students
8 a.m.
Classes Begin!
Open to: First-Year Students, Transfer and International Students
4:45 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.
Shuchats Arts Fellowship Exhibition, Art Building Student Gallery, Room 211
Open to: First-Year Students, Transfer and International Students
5 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.
Pre-Health Sciences Meeting, Zoom video call
All first-year students planning careers in medicine, dentistry, nursing, physical therapy, optometry, etc., should attend this meeting. First-year students whose last names start with A-K will meet from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Students whose last names start with L–Z will meet from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Email Jason Duncan at jduncan@willamette.edu for the Zoom link.
Open to: First-Year Students, Transfer and International Students

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

4:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Theatre Open House, Zoom video call
If you’re interested in theatre, join us and learn about our program and productions. Contact Theatre Manager Stephen Alexander at sgalexander@willamette.edu for the Zoom link.
Open to: First-Year Students, Transfer and International Students

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

4 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Dining Service Information Session, Goudy Commons
Do you have questions about food service, or medical or dietary restrictions? Come meet the managers and learn how Dining Services can meet your needs.
Open to: First-Year Students, Transfer and International Students

Transfer and International Students

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
New Student Check-In, Montag Center
Pick up your Opening Days packet, keys to your residence hall and mailbox, and student ID card.
Open to: First-Year Students, Transfer and International Students
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Settling-In Activities, Campus-wide
Refer to the Settling-In Checklist in your packet for tasks to complete during this time. Activities are divided by those that must be done on this day and those that can be done at your leisure.
Open to: First-Year Students, Transfer and International Students
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Panhellenic Council Rummage Sale, Jackson Plaza
Hosted by the Willamette sorority community, you’ll find items commonly needed for college life, including mini fridges, hangers, alarm clocks, lamps and more. All of the items have been donated by students who’ve lived in the residence halls.
Open to: First-Year Students, Transfer and International Students
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Lunch, Goudy Commons
(students only)
Open to: First-Year Students, Transfer and International Students
5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Dinner, Goudy Commons/Brown Field
(students only) OD groups will be meeting for dinner. If you are interested, contact your leader.
Open to: First-Year Students, Transfer and International Students
7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Residence Hall Floor Meeting
You will get information from your Resident Advisor regarding meeting location.
Open to: First-Year Students, Transfer and International Students

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

7 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Breakfast, Goudy Commons
(students only)
Open to: First-Year Students, Transfer and International Students
8 a.m. to Noon
New Student Check-In, Montag Center
Pick up your Opening Days packet, keys to your residence hall and mailbox, and student ID card.
Open to: First-Year Students, Transfer and International Students
8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Settling-In Activities, Campus-wide
Refer to the Settling-In Checklist in your packet for tasks to complete during this time. Activities are divided by those that must be done on this day and those that can be done at your leisure.
Open to: First-Year Students, Transfer and International Students
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Panhellenic Council Rummage Sale, Jackson Plaza
Hosted by the Willamette sorority community, you’ll find items commonly needed for college life, including mini fridges, hangers, alarm clocks, lamps and more. All of the items have been donated by students who’ve lived in the residence halls.
Open to: First-Year Students, Transfer and International Students
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Lunch, Goudy Commons
(students only)
Open to: First-Year Students, Transfer and International Students
2 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.
Opening Days Kick-off for New Students, Colloquium Classrooms
Join us for the official kickoff event of the Opening Days program. OD leaders will give you information regarding location at check-in.
Open to: First-Year Students, Transfer and International Students
3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Opening Days Group Session, Colloquium Classrooms
Open to: First-Year Students, Transfer and International Students
5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Dinner, Goudy Commons/Brown Field
(students only)
Open to: First-Year Students, Transfer and International Students
8 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Residence Hall Floor Meetings
Open to: First-Year Students, Transfer and International Students

Thursday, August 20, 2020

8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Breakfast, Goudy Commons
Open to: First-Year Students, Transfer and International Students
10:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
Opening Convocation, Colloquium Classrooms
Join the faculty and administration as the Willamette community formally opens the 2020-21 academic year. You can experience convocation with your CC group in your designated classroom.
Open to: First-Year Students, Transfer and International Students
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Lunch, Goudy Commons
Open to: First-Year Students, Transfer and International Students
1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Transfer Student Sessions
Open to: Transfer and International Students
3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Free Time
Open to: First-Year Students, Transfer and International Students
3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Athletics Practice Time
Open to: First-Year Students, Transfer and International Students
4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Chemistry 115 Challenge Exam, Olin 302
This exam is for all students interested in placing out of Chemistry 115, General Chemistry I.
Open to: First-Year Students, Transfer and International Students
4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Dinner & Opening Days Group Session, Goudy Commons/ Brown Field
See your Opening Days Leader for your group’s assigned time.
Open to: First-Year Students, Transfer and International Students
7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Matriculation Ceremony, Colloquium Classrooms & Quad
All first-year and transfer students should take part in this Willamette tradition. You will experience Matriculation with your OD group in your CC classroom.
Open to: First-Year Students, Transfer and International Students
9 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Glow Up
Join your classmates for glow-in-the-dark themed activities like soccer, arts and crafts, and a photo booth! Please sign up in advance via WISE.
Open to: First-Year Students, Transfer and International Students

Friday, August 21, 2020

8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Breakfast
Open to: First-Year Students, Transfer and International Students
9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Transfer Student Speed Orientation
Open to: Transfer and International Students
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Lunch, Goudy Commons
Open to: First-Year Students, Transfer and International Students
1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Calculus Sequence Placement Advising, Ford Hall, Second Floor
This is an open advising session for students who are unsure about which calculus course to take. Email Professor Inga Johnson at ijohnson@willamette.edu for a Zoom link.
Open to: First-Year Students, Transfer and International Students
2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
3-2 Engineering Informational Session, Collins 205
First-year students interested in our pre-engineering/3-2 engineering program should attend this session to learn more about the requirements.
Open to: First-Year Students, Transfer and International Students
2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Dining Service Information Session, Goudy Commons
Do you have questions about food service, or medical or dietary restrictions? Come meet the managers and learn how Dining Services can meet your needs. If you cannot attend at this time, another session is scheduled for 4 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 26.
Open to: First-Year Students, Transfer and International Students
3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Opening Days Group Session
Open to: First-Year Students, Transfer and International Students
3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Athletics Practice Time
Open to: First-Year Students, Transfer and International Students
4 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Shabbat Kiddush, Putnam University Center, Third Floor
Join members of the Jewish Student Union for a meet and greet with other Jewish students and friends.
Open to: First-Year Students, Transfer and International Students
4:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Passport to Salem
Experience the city of Salem and have fun with your new classmates! You can check out restaurants and cafes in the downtown Salem area and cap the day off with a nice sunset at Riverfront Park. You’ll also have the option of creating a special keepsake at Create a Memory pottery studio from 4:30 to 6 p.m. You can sign up for Passport to Salem in advance via your WISE site.
Open to: First-Year Students, Transfer and International Students
5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Dinner, Goudy Commons
Open to: First-Year Students, Transfer and International Students

Saturday, August 22, 2020

8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Breakfast
Open to: First-Year Students, Transfer and International Students
10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Music Theory Assessment, Mary Stuart Rogers Music Center, Rogers Rehearsal Hall
This assessment is for students who are interested in majoring or minoring in music.
Open to: First-Year Students, Transfer and International Students
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Bearcats Give Back, Cat Cavern, Putnam University Center, Second Floor
Learn about your new community and participate in service projects in Salem. Afterwards, you can share your experiences and meet new people! Sign-ups for this event will be online; your OD Leader will provide more information.
Open to: First-Year Students, Transfer and International Students
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Lunch, Goudy Commons
Open to: First-Year Students, Transfer and International Students
5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Dinner, Goudy Commons
Open to: First-Year Students, Transfer and International Students
6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Opening Days Group Session
Open to: First-Year Students, Transfer and International Students
6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Starting the Conversation, Colloquium Classrooms
Members of the Opening Days staff will present an insightful and honest look at issues facing new students at Willamette.
Open to: First-Year Students, Transfer and International Students
8 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Opening Days Group Session
Colloquium Classrooms
Open to: First-Year Students, Transfer and International Students

Sunday, August 23, 2020

8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Breakfast, Goudy Commons
Open to: First-Year Students, Transfer and International Students
9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Interdenominational Worship Service, Waller Hall, Cone Chapel
All are welcome.
Open to: First-Year Students, Transfer and International Students
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Campus Recreation Outdoor Activities, Quad
Members of the intramural staff will facilitate a series of safe and fun activities on the Quad.
Open to: First-Year Students, Transfer and International Students
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Lunch, Goudy Commons
Open to: First-Year Students, Transfer and International Students
5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Dinner, Goudy Commons
Open to: First-Year Students, Transfer and International Students
7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Willamette Night Out
This showcases the many events and programs that occur on campus throughout the course of each semester. Activities will take place across campus. For a detailed schedule, check with your Opening Days leader.
Open to: First-Year Students, Transfer and International Students

Monday, August 24, 2020

7 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Breakfast, Goudy Commons
Open to: First-Year Students, Transfer and International Students
8 a.m.
Classes Begin!
Open to: First-Year Students, Transfer and International Students
4:45 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.
Shuchats Arts Fellowship Exhibition, Art Building Student Gallery, Room 211
Open to: First-Year Students, Transfer and International Students
5 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.
Pre-Health Sciences Meeting, Zoom video call
All first-year students planning careers in medicine, dentistry, nursing, physical therapy, optometry, etc., should attend this meeting. First-year students whose last names start with A-K will meet from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Students whose last names start with L–Z will meet from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Email Jason Duncan at jduncan@willamette.edu for the Zoom link.
Open to: First-Year Students, Transfer and International Students

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

4:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Theatre Open House, Zoom video call
If you’re interested in theatre, join us and learn about our program and productions. Contact Theatre Manager Stephen Alexander at sgalexander@willamette.edu for the Zoom link.
Open to: First-Year Students, Transfer and International Students

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

4 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Dining Service Information Session, Goudy Commons
Do you have questions about food service, or medical or dietary restrictions? Come meet the managers and learn how Dining Services can meet your needs.
Open to: First-Year Students, Transfer and International Students

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