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 alumni@willamette.edu. You can also visit the campus events calendar to see all events happening on campus.

October 9, 2014
12:00-1:00 p.m.Lunch & Learn Workshop: Pinpointing Your Highest Point of Contribution - Where Your Talents, Interests and Passions Collide
Portland, Oregon

Whether your career needs a kick-start or a jump-start, join us for the first workshop in the WUAA Fall Lunch & Learn Professional Development Series.

Lynn Brown

Presenter: Lynn Brown '77, M.S., Director of Career Services, Marylhurst University

Program: According to Lynn, people who engage in work that combines their talents, interests and passions are way more likely to be both successful and happy. Having been an entrepreneur who used this philosophy to turn an idea into her own successful business, Lynn is currently at Marylhurst University, helping students and alumni actively incorporate this philosophy into their own lives. Lynn believes that pinpointing this collision is on ongoing process that should start at the beginning of one's career. 

Details: 

  • 12-1 p.m. Come early and stay late to network
  • Willamette Portland Center in the Pearl District, 905 NW 12th Ave.
  • Bring your lunch
  • Metered, street parking available
  • Free to attend!
  • Register online!
October 16, 2014
12:00–1:00 p.m.Virtual Speed Networking Hour
Build professional relationships in an exciting new way! Join us for this virtual speed networking event and connect with fellow alumni from near and far. Whether you’re in the office, at the coffee shop, or already home from work, don’t miss this great opportunity to share career experience and industry knowledge, exchange career tips, build your network, and enjoy Bearcat camaraderie.

For this month’s event, choose to connect with alumni in one or more industry clusters, including the nonprofit sector, the business world, or “wildcard.”

It’s Easy & Fun!
  • Interact one-on-one with other alumni via real-time, eight-minute, instant-message chats.
  • No need to travel! No parking fees! No need to decide what to wear!
  • Just like a face-to-face networking setting, you’ll be at an event where people want to meet one another.
Register Online!
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.

October 23, 2014
12:00-1:00 p.m.Lunch & Learn Workshop: Crafting Resumes, Working with Recruiters, and Interviewing Like a Pro
Portland, Oregon

Whether your career needs a kick-start or a jump-start, join us for the second workshop in the WUAA Fall Lunch & Learn Professional Development Series.

Roy Notowitz

Presenter: Roy Notowitz, Managing Director of Notogroup, an executive search and recruitment consulting firm in Portland and Boulder, Colo. 

Program: The landscape of job searches and hiring practices has changed dramatically in recent years. Hear Roy's informed perspective from working with some of the world's most notable brands, then ask your pressing questions about resumes, online portfolios, working with recruitments, interviewing and professional relationship building. In addition to having built two successful executive search firms, Roy gained experience as a recruiter and staffing manager at both Nike and Intel. His session promises to be lively, honest and highly interactive.

Details: 

  • 12-1 p.m. Come early and stay late to network
  • Willamette Portland Center in the Pearl District, 905 NW 12th Ave.
  • Bring your lunch
  • Metered, street parking available
  • Free to attend!
  • Register online!
October 25, 2014
9:00 a.m.Alumni Swim Meet
Salem, Oregon
See fellow alumni jump in the pool and compete in a swim meet this fall! For more information, contact Coach Leslie Shevlin at lshevlin@willamette.edu or (503) 370-6601.
November 12, 2014
12:00-1:00 p.m.Lunch & Learn Workshop: LinkedIn: Writing a Compelling Profile & Building Connections That Count
Portland, Oregon

Whether your career needs a kick-start or a jump-start, join us for the third workshop in the WUAA Fall Lunch & Learn Professional Development Series. 

Vicki Lind

Presenter: Vicki Lind, Career Counselor & Marketing Coach. Vicki helps people find career direction or carry out a robust job search that includes a strong resume, an impressive LinkedIn presence, and potent interview skills. 

Program: Learn how to maximize each section of your LinkedIn profile to build relationships and stand out to potential employers. Join us for a workshop if you want to know:

  • What you should use for your photo, headline and summary sections
  • How to use LinkedIn to research possible job titles and needed skills
  • How to select and use keywords to help be discovered
  • Who to invite as a contact and what groups to join
  • How to use the "Search for Jobs" feature to find position announcements 
  • How to generate informational interviews

You'll leave with a concrete plan to represent yourself well and expand your network.

Details: 

  • 12-1 p.m. Come early and stay late to network.
  • Willamette Portland Center in the Pearl District, 905 NW 12th Ave.
  • Bring your lunch
  • Metered, street parking available
  • Free to attend!
  • Register online!
December 3, 2014
12:00-1:00 p.m.Lunch & Learn Workshop: Building and Leveraging Relationships to Craft the Career You Want
Portland, Oregon

Whether your career needs a kick-start or a jump-start, join us for the fourth workshop in the WUAA Fall Lunch & Learn Professional Development Series.

Julie

Presenter: Julie Williams '04, M.S., Owner of Versatile Creative Consulting. Julie is an energetic, award-winning strategic communications professional whose passion is to help people create careers with purpose. 

Program: Join super-connector Julie Williams for an interactive workshop, which includes activities to refine your communication skills, make more connections and truly build a network. Julie says:

"Building relationships is like breathing; we do it without even realizing it. So, once we're aware of how many people's lives we touch, it only takes a few tricks to network like a pro and enjoy a purpose driven career. With a strong network, the jobs and opportunities start knocking at the door!"

You'll learn how to tell a story, be memorable, make more heart-felt connections, and maybe even land a job. 

Details: 

  • 12-1 p.m. Come early and stay late to network. 
  • Willamette Portland Center in the Pearl District, 905 NW 12th Ave.
  • Bring your lunch
  • Metered, street parking available 
  • Free to attend!
  • Register online!
December 18, 2014
12:00-1:00 p.m.Lunch & Learn Workshop: Making Your Best First Impression: Dressing for Interview Success
Portland, Oregon

Whether your career needs a kick-start or a jump-start, join us for the last workshop in the WUAA Fall Lunch & Learn Professional Development Series.

Bethany

Presenter: Bethany Huntley '11, Personal Image Advisor. Bethany noticed early on that the way she dressed affected both her outlook, and the way she was seen by others. Because she moved across diverse regions of the U.S. throughout her childhood, she learned the value of adapting her wardrobe to make the right impression from a young age. Spending the last two years working with a personal styling company gave her the technical knowledge to share what she already knew: The way you dress affects how you are perceived, both by others and by yourself. 

Program: As a professional, learning how to dress in a way that is flattering, appropriate, and reflects who you are is a skill worth mastering. Whether you're interviewing for a new job, hoping to advance in the position you are already in, or meet with clients on a regular basis, this workshop will give you the tools to look your best and make positive first impressions. 

Details: 

  • 12-1 p.m. Come early and stay late to network.
  • Willamette Portland Center in the Pearl District, 905 NW 12th Ave.
  • Bring your lunch
  • Metered, street parking available 
  • Free to attend!
  • Register online!
September 17-20, 2015
Alumni Weekend 2015
Salem, Oregon

The date is set for 2015! ALL alumni, from ALL Willamette schools and generations are invited.  

Lots of great programing and special events will be announced; watch for details. Already on the slate is Homecoming 2015 featuring a football game vs. Cal Lutheran and reunions for College of Law classes (TBA), and College of Liberal Arts classes ('65, '70, '75, '80, '85, '90, '95, '00, '05). Want to see your group on the list? Contact the Alumni Office at alumni@willamette.edu.

 Save the date, and watch for more info in the months ahead. 

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