Alumni Head Back to School for Homecoming Weekend

Banquet, Open Houses, and More Will Highlight April 25-28 Weekend

Former students and graduates of Walla Walla University will return to their alma mater to celebrate memories, friendship, and scholarship during Alumni Homecoming Weekend April 25-28.  To register and see the full event schedule, go to

Highlights for the weekend include the Homecoming Banquet, the KGTS 50-Year Open House, the Undergraduate Academic Symposium, the William Landeen Library Lecture, PRISM Vespers, the Refresh and Renew Project Peterson Memorial Library Open House, the KGTS/Positive Life Radio Network Alumni Reunion, a concert by the WWU Steel Band, and the Annual Alumni Car Show.

Homecoming Awards Banquet
Winter Educational Complex, Alumni Gymnasium | 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 25
An old-time radio theme will bridge the evening’s program, featuring campus news, current students, and the Alumni of the Year nominees.  Four alumni will be honored at the banquet.  World War II veteran Myron Tupper ’53 was the first WWU student to be accepted into General Electric’s engineering management program.  Tupper holds more than 20 patents and continues to consult in the field.  Dennis Woodland ’63 is a professor emeritus at Andrews University.  Woodland spent 40 years as a professor and curator of botany, in addition to authoring a text which has become the standard for studies in systemic botany.  Tamara Thomas ’83 is a professor of emergency medicine at Loma Linda University.  She was instrumental in developing one of the first fellowships in international emergency medicine and has traveled across the globe in her work with the university and various non-governmental organizations.  Doug Thomsen ’93 is a principal engineer at General Electric, where he has spent 14 years developing cutting-edge combustion technology for the company’s aviation arm--a project that earned him the company’s highest engineering award in 2009.  He continues to fine-tune and adapt this technology for the next generation of General Electric’s high-efficiency commercial aircraft engines.

KGTS 50-Year Open House
KGTS/Positive Life Radio Network studios | 12:00-5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 25
Come for a behind-the-scenes tour of the facility and meet the on-air team.

Undergraduate Academic Symposium
Winter Educational Complex, Second Floor | 2:00-5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 26
Undergraduate students from a variety of disciplines present and display selected scholarship, highlighting excellence in thought.

Landeen Library Lecture: "First Find, Then Search: Questions about Pictures"
Peterson Memorial Library, Reference Room | 2:00 p.m. on Friday, April 26
Dan Lamberton, professor of English, will discuss the curious photographs of the Japanese photographer Frank Matsura, who worked near the Colville Indian Reservation from 1903 until 1913, and will consider Matsura's work alongside the far more well-known pictures taken by Edward Curtis, who photographed during the same era. A number of the Edward Curtis plates are in the WWU Library collection.

Homecoming Vespers
University Church, Sanctuary | 8:00 p.m. on Friday, April 26
Welcome the Sabbath with a program of sacred music, designed as a PRISM concert by the Walla Walla University Department of Music. Arrive early as doors close promptly at 8:00 p.m.

Peterson Memorial Library Refresh & Renew Project Open House
Peterson Memorial Library | 2:00-4:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 27
Tour the library and see some of the recent renovations to the historic building.

KGTS/Positive Life Radio Network Alumni Reunion
KGTS/Positive Life Radio Network studios | 4:00-6:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 27

Visit with current and past general managers at this alumni employee/family reception, program, and dedication. 

Steel Band Concert
Gesa Power House Theatre, 111 N 6th Avenue, Walla Walla | 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 27
An exciting concert featuring Gary Gibson, an award-winning composer and performer from Seattle, along with local legend Mike Agidius. Tickets available at WWU Book Store, Whitman College Book Store, and Book and Game, and by phone through the WWU Music Department (509-527-2561). Tickets also available at the door. $10, $15, $20.

15th Annual Alumni Car Show
Havstad Alumni Center Parking Lot | 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 28
Enter a unique vehicle ($5 entrance fee) or come vote for your favorite car from over 100 entries.

Published April 11, 2013

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