Willamette University, Students at the Mill Stream

Director's Corner


Not-so fuzzy math

Over 1,000 people in less than a month. Wow. 

As the opportunities to reconnect with Willamette grow, so does the number of alumni taking advantage of them.

Many thanks to all of you who took part in our most recent outreach: 7 Cities, 1 Night. Across the U.S., our amazing alumni volunteers tracked down excellent locations for gathering and networking and encouraged their respective alumni networks to get involved. The results were amazing, with over 300 alumni spanning the classes of 1958-2010.

I attended the event in New York, where we had nearly 50 alumni across three generations. The crowd was animated as alumni swapped stories about their favorite professors, campus icons, co-curricular activities and timeless campus haunts. It's amazing when someone’s fond memory from 18 years ago pretty much matches the next person’s from 18 months ago. And they say that everything is changing...

Alumni shared stories about their paths since Willamette – personally, professionally and spiritually – not so they could out-do anyone else, but to delight in the similarities of their Willamette education and experience. There was talk of scholarships, study abroad, collaborative projects with faculty and getting tossed in the Mill Stream.

What struck me at the end of the evening was the ease with which everyone connected and the vibrancy of their memories. As students, they took advantage of every opportunity Willamette had to offer, even creating many of their own which are still available for others today. And they didn’t leave this enterprising spirit behind when they left. They carry it on throughout their lives and impact the world around them in big ways and small ones.

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Denise Callahan '95, MBA'00
Senior Director of Alumni Relations