Family Weekend

Family Weekend 2013 Schedule

Below is the Family Weekend Schedule for 2013.

The 2014 Schedule will be updated soon.

Contact the Family Weekend Coordinators with questions.

Thursday, October 10, 2013
7:30 p.m.Theatre Production: "Conference of the Birds"
M. Lee Pelton Theatre

A theatrical adventure soars in this poignant 12th-century Persian fable about the search for the divine. "The New York Times" says, "The play is a flying carpet gliding us aloft into a land of mystery, splendor, and ritual." "Newsweek" says the play is a "Brilliant work that challenges most of our ideas of what theatre is, ought to be, and can do. This exquisite piece represents the perfection of Brook's work."

Friday, October 11, 2013
8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.The Willamette Store Open
Putnam University Center, 1st Floor
10 a.m.-3 p.m.Class Rings in The Willamette Store
Putnam University Center, 1st Floor
Students have the opportunity to get sized for and order their Willamette University class ring. Check out the website at for more information.
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.

12 p.m. - 6 p.m. Family Weekend Check-In
Putnam University Center, 2nd Floor
Pick up a complete schedule of events, campus information and pre-purchased tickets. Tickets and t-shirts will be available for purchase at check-in.
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.Campus Tour
Meet at Hatfield Fountain
3:30-5 p.m.Willamette Finals Care Package Sales
Putnam University Center, 1st floor
Looking for an easy and affordable way to send love and encouragement to your student during final exams this December? The Take-a-Break (TaB) program at Willamette University invites you to purchase a Willamette Finals Package filled with items to show just how much you care! One hundred percent of Willamette Finals Care Package proceeds will go to the Take-a-Break (TaB) program. TaB is a student-run alternative break program that sends students, faculty, and staff to communities around the country to engage in service work during their winter and spring breaks.
4 p.m. - 5 p.m.Thinking About Becoming a Lawyer?
Autzen Conference Room, Putnam University Center, 3rd Floor
Are thinking about becoming a lawyer?  Come join attorney John McGown Jr. and learn about the Willamette College of Law, and other great opportunities about becoming a lawyer!
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 capital city has to offer.
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.A Taste of the Willamette Valley
Putnam University Center, Cat Cavern, 2nd Floor
Come join us to kick off the weekend! We will be featuring three local wines and many local appetizers, as well as a student music performances and student art.
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.
7:30 p.m.Theatre Production: "Conference of the Birds"
M. Lee Pelton Theatre
See Thursday, 7:30 p.m., for description.
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" at the Bistro
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 a.m.- 2 p.m.Bistro Open
Putnam University Center, Willamette Bistro, 1st Floor
7:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.Coffee of the Quad
Come enjoy your morning cup of coffee and some scruptious breakfast treats on the Quad!  Coffee will be available starting at 7:30 a.m.
8 a.m.- 12 p.m.Family Weekend Check-In Continues
Putnam University Center, 2nd Floor
8 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.Gourmet Brunch by Bon Appetit
Goudy Commons
Enjoy a delicious brunch served in Goudy Commons. There will be a variety of breakfast and lunch options available.  Tickets are required for everyone attending, including any Willamette student without a board meal plan.
8 a.m. - 1 p.m.Professional Photographer
Goudy Commons
Photographer John Dutton will be taking family photos for free while you wait in line for brunch! Photos will be available for purchase online after Family Weekend.
9 a.m. - 1 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., 11 a.m. and noon. More information coming soon!
9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.The Willamette Store Open
Putnam University Center, 1st Floor
10 a.m.-3 p.m.Class Rings in The Willamette Store
Putnam University Center, 1st Floor
10 a.m.-5 p.m.Hallie Ford Museum of Art open
Hallie Ford Museum of Art, 700 State Street
Admission is free for students and families this weekend to enjoy the remarkable exhibit "Breath of Heaven, Breath of Earth: Ancient Near Eastern Art from American Collections."  See Friday at 10 a.m. description above for more information.
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.A Capella Mini Concert
Mary Stuart Rogers Concert 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.Bearcats Women's Soccer v.s. Pacific University
Sparks Field
12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.Campus Open House Tour
Meet at Hatfield Fountain, Tours will begin every half hour

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 (Meet at 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.
1:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.Hike at Silver Falls State Park
The bus will depart from the Hatfield Fountain at 1 p.m., please arrive by 1:15 p.m. to check-in.

Hikers will embark on a guided hike of the Lower South Falls area. There are two options for participants, a 2.8 mile hike or a 0.7 mile hike. Both options offer great views and photo opportunities.

There will be a $10 non-refundable fee to cover transportation and entrance costs.

We suggest wearing warm clothes, as well as layers and a raincoat.  A water bottle is also recommended. 

2 p,m.Theatre Production: "Conference of the Birds"
M. Lee Pelton Theatre
See Thursday, 7:30 p.m., for description.
2:30 p.m.Bearcat Men’s Soccer v.s. Linfield University
Sparks Field
3 p.m. - 4 p.m.Multicultural Reception
Alumni Lounge, Putnam University Center, Third Floor
The Multicultural Affairs Committee 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.Bearcats Women's Volleyball v.s. George Fox University
Cone Field House, Sparks Center
7 p.m.Family Weekend Concert
Smith Auditorium (Doors open at 6:30 p.m.)
Enjoy outstanding musical performances by Willamette students. The concert will feature the Wind Ensemble, University Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Choir, Voce Femminile (Women’s Choir), and Male Ensemble Willamette.
7:30 p.m.Theatre Production: "Conference of the Birds"
M. Lee Pelton Theatre
See Thursday, 7:30 p.m., for description.
9:30 p.m.Featured Entertainment: Professional Comedian Derek Hughes
Smith Auditorium Auditorium (Tickets are available for purchase at check-in and at the door 30 minutes before the show, no reserved seats)
The New York Times called Derek Hughes "Thoroughly Entertaining!"  HBO invited Derek to share his unique brand of comedy and magic with audiences at the US Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen Colorado and his stand up comedy has been featured on the NBC series, Late Friday.  Derek has consulted for magician David Blaine, has been seen on CSI:NY, appeared in the smash hit feature film Mr. Deeds with Adam Sandler, and was also a writer and performer on the original MTV series - Room 401.  Most recently he's featured on VH1's reality series Celebracadabra, Masters of Illusion, and national advertisements for SONY, Subaru, and Taco Bell.  Derek amazed audiences in Nashville as on of the top booked acts at the 2013 NACA National Convention.
Sunday, October 13
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.National Archaeology Day with Hallie Ford Museum of Art
Hallie Ford Museum of Art, 700 State Street

Extend your archaeological discoveries by participating in National Archaeology Day!  Every October the Archaeological Institute of America and archaeological organizations across the United States, Canada and abroad present archaeological programs and activities for people of all ages and interests.  Interactive, hands-on National Archaeology Day programs provide the chance to indulge your inner Indiana Jones!  Click here to reserve your seat. 

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!
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.The Willamette Store
Putnam University Center, 1st Floor
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 school, 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 on 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  of a sorority at Willamette.  The tour will last about 45 minutes.
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
2 p.m. - 12 a.m.Bistro Open
Putnam University Center, Willamette Bistro, 1st Floor
3:00 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.Willamette Alumni Recital Featuring Hannah Leland '10
Rogers Music Center - Hudson Concert Hall
Come enjoy the musical stylings of Willamette alum Hannah Leland '10, an accomplished violinist.

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