WU Alumni Weekend


Thursday, Sept. 11 - The Warm-Up

Weekend Warm-Up Mixer

7:00-9:00 p.m.

Gilgamesh Brewing, 2065 Madrona Ave SE Salem

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


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

Friday, Sept. 12 - The Kickoff

Kickoff Breakfast

9:00-10:30 a.m.

The Quad

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

Half Century Plus Luncheon

11:00 a.m.

Putnam University Center, Alumni Lounge (3rd floor)

A special luncheon for those alumni who graduated more than 50 years ago. 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).

Student/Faculty/Alumni Mixer

2:30-4:00 p.m.

Bearcat Lounge

Enjoy refreshing Italian sodas and visit with current and emeriti faculty.

Toast to Willamette

4:30-6:30 p.m.

The Quad

Savor samples from local vintners and brewers and enjoy the harmonies of folk duo Tall Heights while mixing with fellow Bearcats from all schools and generations. Registration is required. Cost is $50 with Bearcat Bash dinner, or $20 for just the reception

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 with Bearcat Bash dinner, or $20 for just the reception

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)

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 (no host).

Saturday, Sept. 13 - The Apex

Breakfast with the President

9:00-10:30 a.m.

Alumni Lounge, Putnam University Center 3rd Floor

Enjoy a delicious town hall style 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).

Alpha Phi Breakfast

9:00 a.m.

McGrath's, 350 Chemeketa Street NE Salem

Join Marty Messner Cloran '71 for a special breakfast with fellow Alpha Phi alumni. Please RSVP with Marty (martycl@aol.com) by Sept. 10.

Bearcat Lounge

9:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.

The Quad

Registration and information desk is open, as is the lounge... kick back, relax, and enjoy the campus atmosphere and rotating entertainment of the day!

Lunch on Campus

12:00 p.m.

Goudy Commons

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.

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

3:00-3:45 p.m.

The Quad

Join us in looking back at WU's long and celebrated history in the Peace Corps. Sarah Kassel '04, a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer and Regional Representative, will lead the conversation and also explain how you can become a volunteer, whatever your age.

Peace Corps Salute: Stories from 50 Years of Service

4:00-5:00 p.m.

The Quad

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

Peace Corps Salute: Reception

5:00-6:00 p.m.

The Quad

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.

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

Farewell Brunch

10:00-11:30 a.m.

The Quad

Join fellow alumni and friends for the final group meal of the weekend. Alpha Phi will have some tables reserved for their alumni. Registration is required ($15).

Class of '59 Women's Brunch

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

Goudy Commons, 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.

Reunion 101! Get a Jump on Plans for 2015

12:00-1:00 p.m.

Ford Hall, Kremer Board Room

If your reunion is coming up next year (or the year after) it’s not too early to start planning! This panel discussion will feature alumni celebrating reunions this year; they will share their stories and ideas, and answer your questions. Panelists: Diane Babbitt '84, Linda Kelly '69, Linda Lewis '79 J. Mike Smith '74.


Friday, Sept. 12

Faculty/Alumni/Student Mixer

2:30-4:00 p.m.

Bearcat Lounge

Enjoy refreshing Italian sodas and visit with current and emeriti faculty.

Tall Heights & Toast to Willamette

4:30-6:30 p.m.

The Quad

We've partnered with WEB to provide a fun late afternoon on the Quad! Enjoy the harmonies of folk duo Tall Heights, some tasty snacks and Italian Sodas, all while mixing with alumni from all schools and generations. Students over 21 may access the Bearcat Lounge.