Family Weekend

Free Events at Family Weekend 2013

Family Weekend is filled with exciting events, many of which are free and do not require a ticket! Check out all the free events at Family Weekend 2013 here!

Check back for the 2014 schedule. Contact Emily Morris for additional information.

Friday, October 11
10 a.m.-5 p.m.Hallie Ford Museum of Art open
Hallie Ford Museum of Art, 700 State Street

During Family Weekend will be we have a remarkable exhibition called "Breath of Heaven, Breath of Earth: Ancient Near Eastern Art from American Collections." This exhibition draws from some of the most distinguished collections in the United States, and brings together 64 objects from notable institutions such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, and the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago, among many others. The objects date from approximately 6000 BCE to 500 BCE and encompass the geographic region commonly referred to as the Fertile Crescent (Mesopotamia, Syria and the Levant, Anatolia and Iran). The exhibition introduces visitors to the art and history of cultures that gave Western civilization such concepts as cities, writing, literature, schools, laws, poetry, philosophy, medicine, and the Judeo-Christian  tradition.

Free for Willamette parents and students with a student ID card.

3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.Campus Tour
Meet at Hatfield Fountain
4:30-5:30 p.m.Historic Downtown Salem Walking Tour
Downtown - leave from Hatfield Fountain
This is an opportunity to become better acquainted with downtown historic Salem. Join us on this walking tour and learn what Oregon's capitol city has to offer.
7:00 p.m.Bearcat Football vs. Whitworth University
McCulloch Stadium
7:30 p.m.Jazz Night
Smith Auditorium (Doors open at 7 p.m.)
Don’t miss this opportunity to be amazed by the musical talents of Willamette’s student jazz musicians and vocalists, including the Willamette Singers and the Willamette Jazz Collective.
8 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.Open Mic Night at The Bistro
Putnam University Center, Willamette Bistro, 1st Floor
Stop by and enjoy a delicious dessert or specialty coffee along with some laid-back entertainment in the Bistro, Willamette’s student-run coffeehouse.
9:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m."Guess the Straight Person" by Angles
Putnam University Center, Willamette Bistro, 1st Floor
Sponsored by Angles, Willamette’s original gay-straight alliance, Guess the Straight Person has been a popular Family Weekend event for years. Guaranteed to elicit hysterical laughter and raise LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer) awareness Guess the Straight Person is presented at Family Weekend in honor of National Coming Out Day (October 11, 2012). At the event, a panel of ten to fifteen students volunteers, only two of whom identify as “straight,” will be asked a series of questions.  Panelists will answer the questions one by one and at the end of the evening, the audience will hold a vote to see if they have what it takes to weave through the stereotypes and identify the only two students who identify as straight. PFLAG (Parents, Family, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) and councilors will be available to support students and families.
Saturday, October 12
7:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.Coffee on the Quad
Come enjoy your morning cup of coffee and some yummy breakfast treats out on the Quad!  Coffee will be available starting at 7:30 a.m.
9 a.m.- 12 p.m.Mini University Sessions
Get a taste of the academic life at Willamette by attending your choice of sessions presented by professors from a variety of departments. Sessions begin at 9 a.m., 10 a.m., and 11 a.m. Click here to see the specific sessions being offered this year.
10 a.m.-5 p.m.Hallie Ford Museum of Art open
Hallie Ford Museum of Art, 700 State Street
See Friday at 10 a.m. description for more information.
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.A Cappella Mini Concert
Mary Studart Rogers Music Center - Hudson Hall
Do you enjoy music? Want to hear the three amazing a Capella groups on campus? Well luckily, they will be performing a few songs each during this mini concert! Come have a relaxing time during a beautiful part of the day and listen to some great music.
12 p.m.Bearcat Women's Soccer v.s. Pacific University
Sparks Field
12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.Campus Open House Tour
Meet at Hatfield Fountain

This tour will provide the opportunity to get better acquainted with the Willamette campus, as well as the opportunity to learn about the great resources that are available for students including the career center, the learning commons, and the graduate programs.

This tour will also be given in Spanish.

12 p.m. - 4 p.m.Family Activity Day
Hallie Ford Museum of Art (Maribeth Collins Lobby)
Join education curator Elizabeth Garrison, Salem artists Sonia Allen and Helen Nute Wiens, and CASA coordinator April Miller as they guide parents and children through a variety of art-making and archaeological activities related to the exhibition.  Children will learn about cylinder seals, repoussé and chasing, and a number of different archaeological practices and techniques.
2:30 p.m.Bearcat Men’s Soccer vs. Linfield University
Sparks Field
3 p.m. - 4 p.m.Multicultural Reception
Alumni Lounge, Putnam University Center, Third Floor
The Family Weekend Team invites students, and their families to join University faculty and staff of color to enjoy light refreshments.  Come learn about multicultural campus life and explore opportunities to become more involved. All family members are welcome!
7 p.m.Bearcat Volleyball v.s. Georgefox University
Cone Field House, Sparks Center
7 p.m.Family Weekend Concert
Smith Auditorium (Doors open 30 minutes before music performances)
Enjoy outstanding musical performances by Willamette’s talented students. The concert will feature the Wind Ensemble, Chamber Choir, Voce Feminile (Women’s Choir), Male Ensemble Willamette, and University Chamber Orchestra.
Sunday, October 13
9:30-10:30 a.m.Interdenominational Worship Service
Cone Chapel, Waller Hall, 2nd Floor
This service will be led by University Chaplain Karen Wood, with assistance from students.  While open to all, the approach is "progressive Christian" -- in line with Willamette's heritage and in tune with current spiritual and political perspectives.  We invite you to join us!
11 a.m. - 1 p.m.Willamette Academy Open House and Student Art Show
Willamette Academy, 195 Cottage Street
Twelve years ago Willamette University established Willamette Academy in order to help local high school students achieve their dream of becoming the first person in their families to graduate from high school and attend college by providing an after schol, weekend and summer program.  Willamette University students have provided thousands of volunteer hours each year through our Pathway's Program learning valuable career and interpersonal skills.  Stop by to learn more about our program and the opportunities that we have available and enter to win a great gift basket too!
12 p.m.Guided Tour of Sorority Houses
Meet at Putnam University Center, 1st Floor
A member of Panhellenic Council will lead a tour through all three sorority chapter houses and answer questions about sorority life at Willamette. This is an opportunity to talk first hand with sorority women about living in a chapter house and what it is like to be a member of a sorority at Willamette. 
12 p.m.Bearcat Women's Soccer v.s. Pacific Lutheran University
Sparks Field
1 p.m. - 5 p.m.Hallie Ford Museum of Art Open
Hallie Ford Museum of Art, 700 State Street
3 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.Willamette Alumni Recital Featuring Hannah Leland '10
Rogers Music Center, Hudson Hall
Come enjoy the musical stylings of Willamette alum Hannah Leland '10, an accomplished violinist.

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