WU Alumni Weekend
 

Schedule of Events

There are many activities, events and campus happenings planned throughout the weekend, but there are still even more in the works. Check back often for additional details as they emerge. Final Alumni Weekend schedules will be available in hard copy form on campus when you check in, and an electronic version will be available for download.

Registration is open, but online registration is currently down. It will be up and running again soon, but in the meantime, you can still register by calling 503-375-5304.

Thursday, Sept. 11 - The Warm-Up

Audit Classes

All Day

Observe current professors and students in their natural habitat without the risk of being assigned a 20-page paper or pop quiz. Per faculty request, space is limited. Stop by the Bearcat Lounge to register.

Weekend Warm-Up Mixer

7:00-9:00 p.m.

Gilgamesh Brewing

Join fellow Bearcats and the WUAA Salem/Mid-Valley Chapter at Gilgamesh Brewing for a casual mixer. WU alumni food and drink specials will be available (no-host bar).

Class Reunion Warm-Up Receptions

TBD

Reunite with classmates to kick off your reunion! Locations and times to come.

Friday, Sept. 12 - The Kickoff

Audit Classes

All Day

Observe current professors and students in their natural habitat without the risk of being assigned a 20-page paper or pop quiz. Per faculty request, space is limited. Stop by the Bearcat Lounge to register.

Kickoff Breakfast

9:00-10:30 a.m.

Start the weekend right in the company of friends over a delicious breakfast. Registration is required ($15).

Campus Tour

10:30-11:30 a.m.

Meet at the Bearcat Lounge

View your old stomping grounds with new eyes while you tour campus with student tour guides.

inClass Session - Willamette's Quirky History

10:30-11:30 a.m.

Take a "guided tour" through decades of Willamette's more unusual history with University Archivist, Mary McRobinson. Using primary source materials selected from Willamette's Archives and Special Collections, Mary will share some of WU's lesser-known history. Come prepared to share a favorite story or some quirky tidbit from your time at Willamette!

inClass Session - Autotopography

10:30-11:30 a.m.

How does one write about one's self? How does one place the self, spatially and historically, in relation to others? What is shared and gained by engaging in such 'autotopography'? Join Christopher Harris, professor of theatre, as we explore and play with identity, testimony, place, and ethics.

Half Century Plus Luncheon

11:00 a.m.

Alumni Lounge

A special luncheon for those alumni who graduated more than 50 years ago. Special guest, university President Steve Thorsett, will stop by to say hello. Registration is required ($20)

Alumni Awards Ceremony & Lunch

12:00 p.m.

Rogers Rehearsal Hall

Join the WUAA Board of Directors in honoring 2014 Alumni Award winners Teresa Hudkins '69, Dawn Albert '08, Curtis Acosta '94, Astrid Dabbeni '01, Jeff Heatherington '65 and Jennifer Sasser '89. Registration is required ($40).

(Re)Thinking Lunch

12:00-1:30 p.m.

Enjoy lunch with alumni, students and professors, and learn something on the side; about the "politics" of the table, where food comes from, how it gets from farm to fork, and the complicated decisions that surround the food industry and nutrition. Registration is required ($20).

inClass Session - Beer Brewing: A Chemical Experience

1:30-2:30 p.m.

Professor Sarah Kirk and husband, John Kirk, will explore the process of making beer while considering the chemistry behind the production and consumption of alcohol. Participants will enjoy a beer tasting. Registration is required ($10).

inClass Session - Demystifying the College Admission Process

1:30-3:00 p.m.

Get an insider's perspective on what the college application and admission process is like today with members of the College of Liberal Arts admission staff. All alumni and future Bearcats are invited to bring plenty of questions!

Campus Tour

1:30-2:30 p.m.

Meet at the Bearcat Lounge

View your old stomping grounds with new eyes while you tour campus with student tour guides.

Politics Symposium Session - Campaign Finance Reform

1:30-3:00 p.m.

Panel discussion moderated by Paul Diller, Associate Professor of Law.

Politics Symposium Session - Living the Motto

1:30-3:00 p.m.

Moderator: Eric Friedenwald-Fishman '88; Panelists: Curtis Acosta '94, Dawn Albert '08, Astrid Dabbeni '01

Politics is impacted both in the direct policy arena and in the impacting culture and lived experiences arena. And often the advocates and leaders with the greatest impact are drawn to their work by a sense of purpose. Willamette's motto (Not unto ourselves alone are we born) has great meaning to students and alumni of all eras. Our university strives to educate students to live lives of success, contribution and meaning. Come hear this year's alumni award winners discuss how they've made social impact the central focus on their careers. See where their unique perspectives and diverse paths have taken these agents of change and how they have each exemplified how living and working in service of others brings Willamette's motto to life.

Faculty/Alumni Mixer

2:30-4:00 p.m.

Bearcat Lounge

Visit with current and emeriti faculty and honor the latest faculty retirees for their dedication and service.

inClass Session - High Five Pie

3:00-4:30 p.m.

Dani Cone '98 has translated her education and student experience working at the Bistro into a thriving collection of specialty businesses in Seattle, including three Fuel coffeehouses, the Cone & Steiner in Capitol Hill and a bakery specializing in pies called High 5 Pie. Tap into Dani's entrepreneurial spirit, learn some of her pie making secrets, and of course, indulge your taste buds with a sample of some pie.

Politics Symposium Session - Why Do We Teach Politics?

3:15-4:30 p.m.

Panel discussion moderated by David Gutterman, Associate Professor of Politics and Department Chair.

Politics Symposium Session - Asia's Changing Political and Economic Landscape

3:15-4:30 p.m.

Panel discussion moderated by Greg Felker, Associate Professor of Politics.

Martha Springer Botanical Garden Tour

3:30-4:30 p.m.

Meet at the Bearcat Lounge

Tour WU's "secret" garden on campus with Dean Wentworth, Willamette's Botanical Garden & Greenhouse Curator. Dedicated in 1988 in honor of biology professor Martha Springer, the one acre site is divided into 12 smaller gardens, including a butterfly garden, herb garden, alpine rock garden, theme borders, and ethnobotany gardens.

Toast to Willamette

4:30-6:30 p.m.

The Quad

Savor samples from local vintners and brewers while mixing with fellow Bearcats from all schools and generations. Registration is required. Cost is $50 (includes Bearcat Bash dinner).

Symposium Social (at Toast to Willamette)

4:30-6:30 p.m.

The Quad

Politics Symposium attendees are invited to extend the conversations of the day in the special Symposium Lounge at Toast to Willamette. Registration is required. Cost is $50 (includes Bearcat Bash dinner)

Women's Soccer Match vs. Northwest Christian

5:00 p.m.

Sparks Field

See the Bearcat ladies storm the pitch to take on NW Chrisitan in a heated regular season match!

Bearcat Bash

6:30-8:00 p.m.

The Quad

Gather with alumni from all WU schools and decades, and celebrate an evening of Willamette unity, shared history and the "Big W" while enjoying a sumptuous Northwest feast. Registration is required. Cost is $50 (includes Toast to Willamette reception)

Men's Soccer Match vs. UC Santa Cruz

7:00 p.m.

Sparks Field

Cheer on the Bearcats during their 2014 regular season home opener against UC Santa Cruz!

Screening of "The Gentleman of the Senate: Oregon's Mark Hatfield"

8:00-9:30 p.m.

Film Studies Room, Ford Hall

Join us for a special screening of The Hatfield Project documentary that reviews this Bearcat's extraordinary 40-year career in public service.

Salem Pub Crawl

8:00 p.m.

Hit the town and visit some old haunts as well as a few of Salem's new nightspots! Bearcat specials will be available along with special entertainment and surprises (no host).

Saturday, Sept. 13 - The Apex

Town Hall Breakfast with President Thorsett

9:00-10:30 a.m.

Enjoy a delicious breakfast buffet followed by an address from President Thorsett on the "Big W," Willamette's Strategic Plan, and how Bearcats can live and exemplify the school's motto. Registration is required ($15).

Campus Tour

10:45-11:45 a.m.

Meet at the Bearcat Lounge

View your old stomping grounds with new eyes while you tour campus with student tour guides.

inClass Session - Breaking Chains: Slavery in Oregon

10:45-11:45 a.m.

R. Gregory Nokes '59 tells the story of slavery in Oregon, focusing on the case of a Missouri family, who, after being brought to Oregon in 1844, were unlawfully enslaved by an Oregon legislator instead of being freed as expected.

Hallie Ford Museum Tour

10:45-11:45 a.m.

Hallie Ford Museum of Art

Visit Willamette's acclaimed museum, which has been described as "a vibrant artistic hub offering access to historical, regional and contemporary art."

Politics Symposium Session - Oregon's Political Benchmarks

10:45 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Panel discussion moderated by Kerry Tymchuk '81, JD'84.

Politics Symposium Session - Oregon's First Nations

10:45 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Panel discussion moderated by Rebecca Dobkins, Professor of Anthropology.

Homecoming "Tailgate" BBQ

12:00 p.m.

McCulloch Stadium

Soak up the tailgate atmosphere and get pumped up for the big game with barbecue, beverages and the biggest Bearcat fans on the planet at a fun tailgate lunch. Registration is required. Cost is $15 for adults, $8 for children.

Lunch on the Quad

12:00 p.m.

The Quad

Not heading to the football game? Enjoy a lunch buffet on campus with students instead. Registration is required. Cost is $15 for adults, $8 for children.

Wine Tasting Tour

1:00-4:30 p.m.

Leave the car behind and enjoy a guided afternoon tour in the spectacular Eola-Amity Hills wine country! We will visit Bryn Mawr Vineyards, Redhawk Vineyard and Winery, and St. Innocent Winery and enjoy some of the region's finest wines. Registration is required (transportation is included, $65).

Homecoming Football Game

1:30 p.m.

McCulloch Stadium

Cheer on your Willamette Bearcats as they take on the Trinity University (Texas) Tigers at McCulloch Stadium.

Politics Symposium - Screening of "The Gentleman of the Senate: Oregon's Mark Hatfield" plus Q&A Session with Filmmakers

1:30 p.m.

Film Studies Room, Ford Hall

The Politics Symposium wouldn't be complete without homage to one of Oregon's greatest political leaders, Senator Mark O. Hatfield '43.Join us for a special screening of The Hatfield Project documentary that reviews this Bearcat's extraordinary 40-year career in public service. Then, stay after the screening for a special Q&A session with the creative team behind the project.

Frank Lloyd Wright House Tour

1:30-3:30 p.m.

Gordon House, Silverton

Take a guided tour of The Gordon House, the only building in Oregon designed by legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright ($20; transportation to Silverton included).

Campus Tour

2:00-3:00 p.m.

Meet at the Bearcat Lounge

View your old stomping grounds with new eyes while you tour campus with student tour guides.

Zena Forest & Farm Tour

2:00-5:00 p.m.

Meet at the Bearcat Lounge

Visit 305 acres of ecologically diverse and historically significant land, which is overseen by Willamette University's Sustainability Institute (transportation provided).

Peace Corps Salute: Recognizing 50-Plus Years of Willamette Volunteerism

3:00-3:45 p.m.

Join us in looking back at WU's long and celebrated history in the Peace Corps, and learn how you can be a volunteer, whatever your age.

inClass Session - Willamette Academy

3:00-4:00 p.m.

Founded in 2001, Willamette Academy has become a model program for reaching into historically underrepresented communities and empowering youth who have the desire and potential to reach higher. Learn more about this unique program with Executive Director Michele Gray.

Politics Symposium Session - The Legacy of "Moderatism"

3:45-5:00 p.m.

Panel discussion moderated by Kerry Tymchuk '81, JD'84.

Peace Corps Salute: Stories from 50 Years of Service

4:00-5:00 p.m.

The celebration of WU's Peace Corps volunteers continues as alumni share stories of their experiences and travels around the globe.

Peace Corps Salute: Reception

5:00-6:00 p.m.

Meet and mingle with alumni, students and faculty in honoring WU's Peace Corps volunteers.

Peace Corps Salute: Dinner

6:00-7:00 p.m.

Celebrate WU's rich history of service in the Peace Corps at dinner. Special dinners will take place for class reunions. Registration is required. Cost is $24.

Class Reunions

6:00 p.m.

Reunions don't come often, so make the most of yours by celebrating with your old friends and classmates! Prices and locations will vary. Visit your class reunion page for more information.

Men's Soccer Match vs. Multnomah

7:00 p.m.

Sparks Field

Join the Bearcat faithful at Sparks Field for an intense regular season match against Multnomah!

The Roof Party

8:00 p.m.

Ford Hall Roof Deck

Rumor has it, illicit parties have occurred on campus rooftops. You certainly never put your student status at risk with such reckless behavior...but now you have your diploma. Enjoy an evening with friends, music, libations and an elevated atmosphere. Cost is $10.

Sunday, Sept. 14 - The Wind Down

Time of Remembrance

9:45-:10:15 a.m.

Star Trees (Cone Chapel in case of rain)

Gather under the Star Trees will Willamette's Chaplain, Karen Wood, for an informal time of remembrance as we pay respect to members of the Willamette community who have passed on.

Farewell Brunch

10:00-11:30 a.m.

Join fellow alumni and friends for the final group meal of the weekend. Registration is required ($15).

Class of '59 Women's Brunch

11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Wilson-Hines Room

The women from the class of 1959 will gather for brunch and celebrate their 55 years of friendship and ties to WU. Cost is $17.

Willamette Valley Vineyards Tour

12:00-3:00 p.m.

Visit one of the region's leading wineries, Willamette Valley Vineyards, for a special tasting tour, and meet owner Jim Bernau '75. Registration is required (transportation included, $45).

Silver Falls Hike

12:00-3:00 p.m.

Enjoy a beautiful scenic hike at Oregon's Silver Falls State Park with student leaders from Willamette's Outdoor Program. Registration is required (transportation included, $10).

Salem Chamber Orchestra Concert

3:00 p.m.

The concert will feature Mozart's "Overture to Don Giovanni, Sejourne," "Concerto for Marimba and Strings," and Beethoven's "Symphony No. 2." Alumni Weekend participants receive a 50% discount.

Monday, Sept. 14 - The Encore

Audit Classes

All Day

Observe current professors and students in their natural habitat without the risk of being assigned a 20-page paper or pop quiz. Per faculty request, space is limited. Stop by the Bearcat Lounge to register.

FORE Willamette Golf Tournament

11:00 a.m.

The Reserve Vineyards and Golf Club in Aloha, OR

For nearly 40 years, FORE Willamette has been an important University tradition that brings together alumni, parents, coaches, and corporate and community partners to celebrate and support Bearcat Athletics. All proceeds from FORE Willamette go to support more than 450 student-athletes participating in 20 NCAA Division III programs. Registration is required ($225).