Friday, October 7

7:30 am - 5:30 pm

Visit the student-run coffee shop located on the first floor of the Putnam University Center to try their handcrafted drinks and various treats made from scratch.

12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Check In, Putnam University Center, 1st Floor

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

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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.

3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
How the Liberal Arts Prepares Students for Careers, Montag Den

The liberal arts teach students how to read, write, and think, but how do we ensure they are career ready? In this session we will talk about the skills employers are seeking, how we help our students gain these skills, and how we shape our Career Development offerings through our Career Communities model to ensure Willamette students have the opportunity to explore career fields, gain meaningful and relevant experience, and connect with employers and alumni across a variety of industries.

Please join Mandy Devereux, Director of Career Development, in this session to learn more about how Willamette helps prepare career ready graduates.

4:30 - 6:30 pm
Oak Festival Sustainability Tabling and Panel, Ford Hall 102

Come and learn about different sustainability efforts on and off campus, with a focus on highlighting native plants like Oregon oak through tabling and an interactive panel!

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Parent Welcome Reception , Rick's Café, College of Law, 245 Winter Street SE

Please join fellow Willamette families for a celebratory reception hosted by the Alumni and Parent Engagement office as we welcome you to our Bearcat community. This is a great time to meet fellow Willamette parents as well as University staff. Brief welcome remarks at 6:00 p.m., with hors d'oeuvres and drinks provided.

7:00 pm
Family Jazz Concert , Smith Auditorium

The Willamette Jazz Collective – the University's jazz big band – and the Willamette Singers, will perform classic big band jazz from composers such as Duke Ellington, Count Basie, and Woody Herman. Bring your visiting family and friend to celebrate with our talented young jazz musicians!

8:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Family Weekend Movie Night, Cat Cavern, Putnam University Center, 2nd Floor

Join Willamette Events Board (WEB) and the Residence Hall Association (RHA)for a family movie night to watch Encanto! Snacks will be provided.

Saturday, October 8

8:30 am
Silver Falls State Park Hiking Trip, Meet for departure at the Hatfield Fountain

Sign up to visit one of the premiere state parks in the region and all of Oregon. Silver Falls State Park includes one of the best hikes in the state called the 10 falls waterfall hike. We will hike a small 2.6 mile portion of the trail to see two of the largest waterfalls in the state. Do not miss this opportunity to spend time with the Outdoor Program Leaders and be in the great outdoors. You have the option to join the Outdoor Program in our rented vehicle transportation that we provide or your family can meet us at the waterfall trailhead as well. If you choose to drive there is a $5.00 Parking fee at the trailhead. We are offering two start times: 8:30 am and a 1:30 pm start. There are a total of 17 slots for each trip. Sign up fast, the spaces fill quickly. We hope you can GET OUTSIDE with us this weekend!

8:30 am - 10:00 am
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 am - 12:00 pm
Check In, Putnam University Center, 2nd Floor

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

9:00 am - 9:50 am

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 - 2:00 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 am - 10:50 am

For more information, visit the Mini-University Sessions Page.

11:00 am - 11:50 am
For more information, visit the Mini-University Sessions Page.
11:00 am – 3:00 pm
ZenaFest

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.

11:30 am - 12:30 am
Bearcat Pride Poster Making and Blitz Photo Op, University Center 2nd Floor Lobby & Student Engagement and Leadership Office

Join us in Student Engagement and Leadership to make some fun, handmade signs to root on your Willamette Bearcats this weekend at the football game, and/or soccer matches. While you’re at it take a fun photo with our mascot, Blitz the Bearcat!

1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Family Day, Hallie Ford Museum of Art

In conjunction with the exhibition, Transformations: The George and Colleen Hoyt Collection of Northwest Coast Art, the welcome figure will be unveiled on Saturday, October 8, 2022 and will be timed to coincide with Willamette University's Family Weekend. There will be carving demonstrations by several Oregon Native carvers in the Maribeth Collins Lobby from 1 :00 to 4:00 p.m., followed by the dedication of Mercier's welcome figure from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.

1:00 pm
Football v. George Fox , McCullough Stadium

Tickets available through Athletics.

1:30 p.m.
Silver Falls State Park Hiking Trip, Meet for departure at the Hatfield Fountain

Sign up to visit one of the premiere state parks in the region and all of Oregon. Silver Falls State Park includes one of the best hikes in the state called the 10 falls waterfall hike. We will hike a small 2.6 mile portion of the trail to see two of the largest waterfalls in the state. Do not miss this opportunity to spend time with the Outdoor Program Leaders and be in the great outdoors. You have the option to join the Outdoor Program in our rented vehicle transportation that we provide or your family can meet us at the waterfall trailhead as well. If you choose to drive there is a $5.00 Parking fee at the trailhead. We are offering two start times: 8:30 am and a 1:30 pm start. There are a total of 17 slots for each trip. Sign up fast the spaces fill quickly. We hope you can GET OUTSIDE with us this weekend!

7:00 p.m.
Willamette Family Concert, Hudson Hall

Four outstanding Willamette University ensembles will welcome friends, family and the Salem community in the Family Weekend Concert, Saturday, October 8 at 7:00pm in Hudson Hall on the Willamette University Campus. Performing will be the University Concert Band, the University Chamber Orchestra, Voce, and the Chamber Choir. The performance is free and all are welcome!

8:30 pm

Nash is a dedicated artist who devotes his time inventing new magic and crafting inspirational presentations to empower his audiences to chase their dreams.His work had earned him accolades from the corporate events industry (Voted 2x “Best Entertainment Provider”), the university events industry (Voted 2x “Magician of the Year”, “Mentalist of the Year”), and the wedding industry (3x winner of “Best Reception Entertainment”)

Please note: The content of this performance may not be suitable for young children.Willamette students do not need tickets, free admission with WU student ID.

Sunday, October 9

8:30 am –3:30 pm

Visit the student-run coffee shop located on the first floor of the Putnam University Center to try their handcrafted drinks and various treats made from scratch.

10:00 am - 11:00 am
Poetic Praise: Poetry as Sermon & Open Mic/Spoken Word, Cone Chapel, Waller Hall, 2nd Floor

Join the Office of Spiritual and Religious Life for service of Poetic Praise. Featuring our own spoken-word, artist-in-residence, Sterling Cunio, prepare to hear poetry as sermon, and participate during the open mic through presenting a reading or spoken word of your own.

11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Oak Festival Field Trip to Confederated Tribes of the Grande Ronde Native Plant Nursery, meet at Hatfield Fountain at 10am

Take a tour of the nursery led by Jeremy Ojua the native plant nursery supervisor, then volunteer working the land and tending to the plants! Sign up before the event here: CTGR Native Plant Nursery

12:00 pm
Women's Soccer v. George Fox, Sparks Field

Tickets available through Athletics

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
A Capella Concert, Hudson Hall

Join the talented WU a capella community for a lively concert featuring a capella groups Uptop and Headband.

1:30 - 3:00 pm
Confederated Tribes of the Siletz Indians Property in Turner, OR, meet at Hatfield Fountain at 1:20pm

Participants will walk the property, collect acorns, while sharing stories about nature, oaks and more, led by CTSI wildlife program biologist, Josh Seekatz. Sign up before the event here: CTSI Turner property

2:30 pm
Men's Soccer v Linfield , Sparks Field

Tickets available through Athletics

Willamette University

Student Engagement and Leadership

Address
Putnam University Center, Second Floor
900 State Street
Salem Oregon 97301 U.S.A.
Phone
503-370-6463 voice
503-370-6407 fax

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