WU Alumni Weekend
September 17-20, 2015

Weekend Highlights

As the most anticipated alumni event of the year, Alumni Weekend is sure to be the crown jewel of Willamette gatherings again in 2014, but the WUAA has pulled out all the stops to make this year's extravaganza extra special for not just reunion classes, but for all WU alumni.


inClass Sessions

Friday, Sept. 12 - Saturday, Sept. 13

Return to the classroom and enjoy special sessions designed just for alumni and presented by WU faculty and alumni on a host of topics from the intellectual to the offbeat.

  • Get scientific about the chemistry of beer with Professor Sarah Kirk
  • Dig into the Willamette archives to discover some of the more quirky elements of our history
  • Taste some pie and discover the baking secrets of entrepreneur Dani Cone '98, owner of Seattle-based businesses including High 5 Pie and Fuel Coffee
  • Join Christopher Harris, professor of theatre, for a session on "autotopography" as we explore and play with identity, testimony, place, and ethics.
  • Learn about the surprising history of slavery in Oregon with R. Gregory Nokes '59

See full descriptions and times in the schedule of events.

Bearcat Lounge

Friday, Sept. 12 - Sunday, Sept. 14

Check-in, connect, chill out. For all our VIP alumni guests (that's you!), the Bearcat Lounge is your central hub for the weekend. Here you will find the Information and Registration Desk, comfortable seating, refreshments and re-energizing snacks, as well as a rotating roster of dynamic programming and special guests.


Politics Symposium

Friday, Sept. 12 - Saturday, Sept. 13

Politics and government are embedded deep in Willamette’s roots; from Oregon’s first legislative session and path to statehood, to the enduring legacy of Mark Hatfield ’43, and beyond. Bearcats have been, and continue to be, leaders engaged within the farthest reaches of the political sphere.

The Politics Symposium is comprised of the (Re)Thinking Lunch which will add food for thought on the politics of food to our meal, two screenings of the documentary film, Gentleman of the Senate: Oregon's Mark Hatfield, a Q&A session with the filmmakers, and eight topical sessions featuring:

  • State Representatives
  • Tribal Leaders
  • A former Oregon Chief Justice
  • Oregon Professors of the Year
  • Executive Director of the Oregon Historical Society
  • Alumni Award Recipients
  • Oregon's Legislative Director
  • Willamette Faculty

Come engage in the discussion, make connections with fellow politicos, and enlighten the next generation of Bearcats in politics. See full descriptions and times in the schedule of events.

Peace Corps Salute

Saturday, Sept. 13

Join alumni, students, faculty, and staff as we look back at WU's long and celebrated history of volunteerism as exemplified by more than 50 years of  returned Peace Corps volunteers. Sarah Kassel '04, Peace Corps Regional Representative and returned volunteer, will talk about volunteering today, and Professor John Uggen will lead a discussion with alumni sharing stories of their experiences and travels around the globe. And continue the discussion over a reception and dinner! More details listed in the schedule of events.



Saturday, Sept. 13

Enjoy a community celebration with alumni, current students, faculty, and staff! The festival “tailgate” lunch will be followed by a Willamette's homecoming football game versus Trinity University at McCulloch Stadium.