Alumni Events

Below is a snapshot of upcoming alumni events and activities. To register for an event or learn more about a specific event, visit The Compass or email us at You can also visit the campus events calendar to see all events happening on campus.

April 24-26, 2014
MBA Brown Water Weekend
Salem, Oregon

The Atkinson Brownwater tradition includes three days of fun events and social activities that culminate the end of the semester at the Atkinson Graduate School of Management.

On Friday, there will be a golf tournament in the afternoon and a semi-formal dinner and Casino Night in the evening. The weekend concludes with the long-lasting Brownwater tradition - a soccer game in the morning, a barbecue for the entire Willamette MBA community and the famous float down the Mill Stream.

Here is a more detailed schedule of the weekend's events:

Thursday, April 24

TNO (Thursday Night Out)
9:00 p.m. (no RSVP Required)
Location TBD

Friday, April 25

Brownwater Golf Tournament
10:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Salem Golf Club
2025 Golf Course Rd S

Casino Night: Dinner, Music, and Casino Games
6:30 - 11:00 p.m.
Reed Opera House Trinity Ballroom
189 Liberty St NE
Semi-Formal Dress

Saturday, April 26

Soccer Game
10:30 a.m.
Sparks Field

Brownwater Potluck Barbecue and Mill Stream Float
12:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Atkinson School Patio

RSVP Online

May 3, 2014
Portland Timbers Game
Portland, Oregon

Timbers logo

Join WU alumni at Providence Park to see the Portland Timbers take on D.C. United! Along with the great seats to one of the biggest games of the year, guests will receive a barbecue dinner package that includes a choice of pulled pork, chicken breast or tofu, bakery-fresh Kaiser rolls, coleslaw, popcorn and fresh baked cookies for dessert. One non-alcoholic beverage is also included, along with access to a no-host bar.

Tickets sold out!

May 15, 2014
WUAA Lunch & Learn Series Part III: Managing Your Career
Portland, Oregon

Peter Wallamrk

When: 11:30 am-1:30 pm

Where: Willamette University Portland Center, 905 NW 12th Ave.

Looking to move your career forward? Then grab your lunch and join career coach Peter Wallmark ’68 for a three-part Lunch & Learn series this spring in Portland’s Pearl District. Be ready for a highly interactive experience with group discussions and exercises, all designed to provide you with the necessary tools to take your career to the next level! Here's more info about Mr. Wallmark:

Peter Wallmark is passionate about coaching and mentoring people as they progress in their careers. Peter retired from Nike in June 2007 as a senior Apparel Division leader with more than 38 years of experience in the apparel industry. He was certified as an Executive Coach from the Hudson Institute in Santa Barbara, California, in 2009, and has since created a coaching and consulting practice, Peter Wallmark and Associates. His focus is individual leadership development, career stewardship, team building and change management. Peter was an economics major at Willamette and received his MBA in Marketing from the University of Oregon.

Part three of this in-depth series, Managing Your Career, will focus on discovering ways to actively manage your career and create professional opportunities for yourself.

Space is limited and registration is required, so register today!

Also, remember to bring your lunch, your business cards and plenty of questions to share with Mr. Wallmark and the group!

June 14, 2014
GSE Commencement Celebration
Salem, Oregon

GSE alumni and community partners are invited to a celebration to commemorate the impact of the Willamette University Graduate School of Education’s faculty, staff and alumni, and to recognize the many positive contributions they have made – and will continue to make – to K-12 education in Oregon and beyond.

This special event is planned in connection with the Graduate School of Education's 2014 commencement ceremony, GSE’s final cohort of women and men whom we will welcome as life-long members of the 25,000-member Willamette University community of alumni.

•11:30 a.m. – Reception
•12:00 p.m. – Brunch
•1:00 p.m. – "Crafting a Brighter Future for Oregon's Kids" presented by Vice Chair of the State Board of Education, Serilda Summers-McGee MBA '11
•2:30 p.m. – GSE Commencement ceremony. All GSE alumni are invited to attend

RSVP's will be required. Details to be announced.

Seattle Mariners Game
Seattle, Washington

Mariners logo

Join fellow Bearcats at Safeco Field and cheer on the hometown Mariners as they take one if their heated AL West rivals, the Texas Rangers.

Tickets: $19 each

Register Online

July 12, 2014
Colorado Rockies Game
Denver, Colorado

Rockies logo

Join fellow WU alumni at Coors Field in Denver for an interleague showdown between the Colorado Rockies and the visiting Minnesota Twins!

Tickets: $16 each

Register Online

July 13, 2014
Seattle Sounders Game
Seattle, Washington

Sounders logo

Join WU alumni for a MLS match in Seattle between the hometown Sounders and their I-5 rival, the Portland Timbers.

Tickets: $18 each

Register Online

July 19-20, 2014
White Water Rafting & Camping
White Salmon, Washington

Join the WU Outdoors Program and current students for a half-day adrenaline rush through a picturesque canyon. The trip down the White Salmon River is an exhilarating progression through class 2, 3 and 4 rapids interspersed with quiet pools and waterfalls. This “Wild and Scenic River” is just 90 minutes from Portland.

Come just for the float or tent camp with the group at Panther Creek Campground in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. Bring your own gear or rent some from WU. This is a great opportunity to experience an outdoor adventure coordinated by student leaders and to make memories with current students. Families are welcome!

Feel free to participate in all of the activities listed below, or just your favorites!

Sat. July 19 
1 – 3 p.m.  Arrive and set up camp
3 – 6 p.m.  Hike led by WU Outdoors Program
6 – 7 p.m.  Dinner – Bring your own with some to share
7 p.m.   Campfire. Bring wood, treats and stories to share

Sun. July 20
 7:00 – 8:30 a.m.  Breakfast on your own. Break down camp.
9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Rafting with Wet Planet
 1 – 2 p.m.  Picnic at Bonneville Dan – Bring your own picnic

Space is limited to 12 students and 12 alumni. $50 per person for 1/2 day of rafting and $10 per person for camping. Register beginning May 1.
For additional Information, check out Panther Creek Campground and Wet Planet.

September 12-14, 2014
Alumni Weekend
Salem, Oregon

Hundreds of Willamette alumni will return to campus to remember and celebrate their undergraduate experience at this incredible annual event. Ten classes (1964, '69, '74, '79, '84, '89, '94, '99, '04, '09) will be celebrating their reunion this year, but all Willamette alumni are welcome to revisit their old stomping grounds and fond memories this fall.

Alumni WeekendBeyond giving alumni an opportunity to reconnect with old friends, Alumni Weekend will boast a plethora of fun activities - including the Bearcats' homecoming football game, class dinners and much more! This is the premier event of the year, so don't miss it!

October 18, 2014
Shakespeare on a Budget
Ashland, Oregon

Join alumni, current students and theater professors Susan Coromel, Rachel Kinsman and Bobby Brewer-Wallin at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland for two extraordinary plays at an unbeatable price. Susan, Rachel and Bobby will brief us on themes and costumes, and tell us how all the elements come together to create magic on the stage.

11:30 – 1:00 p.m. Lunch together and pre-play presentation
1:30 – 3:30 p.m. “A Wrinkle in Time”
3:30 - 6 p.m.  Free time in Ashland
6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Dinner together and pre-play presentation
8:00 – 9:30 p.m. “A Comedy of Errors”

Space is limited to 12 students and 12 alumni. $75 for two plays. Register beginning August 1.

“A Wrinkle in Time”
Two teenagers get catapulted across time and space to a world where being different can cost you your life. A favorite story for the young at heart.

“A Comedy of Errors”
Shakespeare’s farce about the craziest family reunion ever. Set in the heart of the Harlem Renaissance.

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