Opening Days

Schedule of Events

Below is a draft schedule of events for Opening Days 2014; it is subject to change. Be sure to check the final schedule at orientation check-in on August 21.

Use the key to the right to navigate between specific schedules.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

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7–9 a.m.

Breakfast

Goudy Commons

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8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Opening Days Headquarters Open

Office of Student Activities, Putnam University Center, 2nd floor

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8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Parent Lounge Open

Mark O. Hatfield Library, 24 Hour Study Room, 1st floor

Stop by the Parent Lounge to check email, peruse university resources or enjoy refreshments. Willamette staff will be available to assist you and answer questions.

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8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

New Student and Parent Check-In

Cat Cavern, Putnam University Center, 2nd floor

Students and parents should pick up their Opening Days packet. Students will also pick up their residence hall and mailbox keys and have their student ID card picture taken.

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9 a..m to 2 p.m.

Rummage Sale

Jackson Plaza

Hosted by the Willamette sorority community, you’ll find items commonly needed for college life, including mini fridges, hangers, alarm clocks, lamps and much more! All of the items have been donated by students who have lived in the residence halls.

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10 a.m.

Parent and Family Campus Tour

Hatfield Library

Meet an admission tour guide at the Clock Tower.

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11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

New Student-Athlete & Parent Orientation

Smith Auditorium

Students interested in participating in varsity athletics should plan to attend this event with their parents. Information will be provided on the athletics department, health insurance and the academic program designed especially for first-year student-athletes.

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11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Goudy Commons Open for Lunch

Goudy Commons

(lunch on your own)

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1 p.m.

Parent & Family Campus Tour

Clock Tower (outside Hatfield Library)

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2 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.

Opening Days Kick-off Program for New Students and Families

Quad

Join us for the official kick-off event of the Opening Days program with special performances by Male Ensemble Willamette and the Opening Days leaders.

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3 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Parent & Family Program Session: Campus Life at Willamette

Smith Auditorium & Hudson Hall, Mary Stuart Rogers Music Center

Each of the two sessions listed below will be offered twice. Please attend at your designated time based on the first letter of your last name. A short break will be offered between sessions.

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3–3:45 p.m.

Parents & family members with last names beginning with A–L

Mary Stuart Rogers Music Center, Hudson Hall

Health and Safety: Join Bishop Wellness Center Director Margaret Trout and staff members from Counseling, Residence Life, Academic Support and Campus Safety as they share information about their respective departments and answer your questions.

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3–3:45 p.m.

Parents & family members with last names beginning with M–Z

Smith Auditorium

Co-curricular Opportunities: Join Dean of Campus Life David Douglass and staff members from the offices of Student Involvement, Career Services, and the Chaplains as they share information about their respective departments and answer your questions.

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4–4:45 p.m.

Parents & family members with last names beginning with A–L

Mary Stuart Rogers Music Center, Hudson Hall

Co-curricular Opportunities: Join Dean of Campus Life David Douglass and staff members from the offices of Student Involvement, Career Services, and the Chaplains as they share information about their respective departments and answer your questions.

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4–4:45 p.m.

Parents & family members with last names beginning with M–Z

Smith Auditorium

Health and Safety: Join director of the Bishop Wellness Center Margaret Trout and staff members from Counseling, Residence Life, Academic Support and Campus Safety as they share information about their respective departments and answer your questions.

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5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Picnic Dinner and Entertainment

Brown Field (south of Goudy Commons; if rain, seating available under Quad tent and in Putnam University Center)

A picnic dinner for new students and their families,Parents and family members will need a ticket, students will use their board plans. Tickets will be available on site for purchase.

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7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Residence Life at Willamette

Kaneko Commons: Mary Stuart Rogers Music Center, Hudson Hall | Doney, Lausanne, Lee, Shepard, WISH, York: Putnam University Center, Cat Cavern, 2nd floor | Baxter, Belknap, Cascadia, Matthews, Northwood, Southwood Terra: Smith Auditorium

Members of the Residence Life staff will answer questions regarding campus living organizations. Parents and family Students only members (including students) should attend the session corresponding to the residence hall in which their student resides. After the initial session, students and parents will have separate agendas for the rest of the evening.

Friday, August 22, 2014

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7 a.m. to 9 a.m.

Breakfast on your own

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7:45 a.m. to 8:15 a.m.

Parent and Family Program Session: Introduction to the Compass Card System

Montag Den

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8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Bishop Wellness Center Open House

Bishop Wellness Center

An Aetna Student Insurance representative will be available to answer your questions.

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8:15 a.m. to 9 a.m.

Parent and Family Program Session: Financial Aid & Student Accounts Information

Montag Den

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9 a.m.

Parent and Family Campus Tour

Clock Tower (outside Hatfield Library)

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9:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.

Parent and Family Program Session

Choose from Intellectual Life at Willamette, Technology and Information Resources or a Salem Downtown Tour

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10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

World Languages Studio Open House

Ford Hall, 1st Floor

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10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Career Center Open House

3rd Floor University Center

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10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Parent and Family Session: Letting Go

Hudson Hall

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12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Lunch

Brown Field

Ticket required for family members

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1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Opening Convocation

Quad

All first-year students are required to attend.

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3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Free Time and Goodbyes

Monday, August 25, 2014

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11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Lunch

Goudy Commons

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11:00 a.m.

"Speed" Parent and Family Campus Tour

Meet at the Clock Tower (outside Hatfield Library)

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11:30 a.m.

"Speed" Family Information Session

Ford Hall, Room 222

How to Best Support Your Bearcat

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12 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

"Speed" Parent and Family Lunch

Goudy Commons (on your own)