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The 2011 fall semester began with many new faces around campus, including our new president, Steve Thorsett!

Steve welcomed over 600 first year and transfer students as they began their Willamette experience with Opening Days on August 25. Now that classes are underway, here’s some useful information for planning during the fall semester.

Family Weekend 2011 will be October 14-16. The weekend includes something for everyone: sample classes, a delicious brunch, sporting events, outdoor activities, a hilarious comedian, music and theater performances, and much more. Online registration runs through October 1, so register soon and purchase your tickets for this fun-filled weekend.  For more information, or to register, visit the Family Weekend website. For new parents, Family Weekend is a great time to check in with your student to find out how he or she has adjusted to college.

Many parents communicate with one another to ask questions and share information. We make it easy to connect with other parents through our Parent Listserv and our Facebook page. Exclusively for Willamette parents, the Listserv allows you to interact with parents via email.  You can subscribe now at the parents website by clicking on “Parents Listserv.” And, if you’re on Facebook, simply “like” Willamette University Parents the next time you log on to your account.

You can find the university event schedule in the upper right-hand corner of the main Willamette web page. Two special events this fall are speakers Dale Mortensen and Jane Goodall.  Dale Mortensen is a 1961 graduate of Willamette who won the Nobel Prize for economics in 2010; he will speak on campus Sept. 15. Jane Goodall, internationally recognized for her fieldwork with chimpanzees, will speak on campus Friday, Oct. 7.

I hope you have chance to participate in a Willamette event this year. Check the main website regularly to find out what’s happening on campus or in your area; you never know when a music group or a sporting event might be close to where you live.