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Homecoming Schedule

Homecoming Schedule

Weekend Registration/Ticket Pick-up:
Thursday, April 26 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. 4th floor Administration Building
5:30 - 6 p.m. WEC Alumni Gymnasium; ticket pick-up only
Friday, April 27 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. 4th floor Administration Building
Sabbath, April 28 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. University Church

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Homecoming Banquet – TICKETED EVENT - $25
Winter Educational Complex, Alumni Gymnasium | 6:00 p.m.
Enjoy an evening celebrating our core theme "Generosity in Service" with special presentations, Alumni of the Year recognition, exotic food, and inspirational music. DOORS OPEN AT 5:30 P.M.


Eugene Winter Alumni Golf Classic & Dinner – TICKETED EVENT - $150
Walla Walla Country Club, 1390 Country Club Rd | Shotgun start 12:00 p.m. Registration begins at 11:15 a.m. Enjoy playing at Walla Walla’s own Country Club. Entry fee inccludes green fee, golf cart rental, dinner, and a gift. All proceeds benefit the Walla Walla University men's and women's golf teams.  ENTRY DEADLINE:  April 20 or until full. Register before March 23 to receive a WWU polo shirt. 

50-Year Reunion Breakfast – TICKETED EVENT - $12
Kellogg Hall, Alaska Room | 8:30 a.m.
Enjoy a delicious breakfast and a WWU update with your fellow '68 class members.

Student Development Center
Village Hall Lower Level | 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. and 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Visit the Student Development Center to discover how you can support current students in their career path development.

Awards Celebration
University Church, Sanctuary | 11:00 a.m.
Join our WWU family as we honor student scholarship recipients and pay tribute to the alumni and friends who make these scholarships possible.

Alumni Luncheon & Business Meeting – TICKETED EVENT - $12
Kellogg Hall, Alaska Room | 12:30 p.m.
Enjoy a delicious meal, learn about alumni programs, and hear a report of the alumni activities this past year. You may attend this event without purchasing lunch.  LIMITED TICKETS FOR THIS EVENT.

Family Swim
Winter Educational Complex, Pool | 2:30 – 4:00 p.m.
Specifically planned for families and children – free swim at the WEC Pool. Life guard on duty; parent must accompany children.

Seminar:  "Nutrition and Exercise for Your Golden Years"
Bowers Hall, Room 201 | Merlene Olmsted '69 and Mary Schwantes, faculty alumna | 2:00 p.m.

This session will be a two-part presentation. Part I will present current information on healthful diets for middle-age adults and seniors. Part II covers how to keep active and independent for life, and it includes tips on exercises after age 50.



Seminar: "The Life of a Pot"
Peterson Memorial Library | Jody Washburn '05 and Monique Vincent '07 | 2:00 p.m.

In this lecture, Jody Washburn and Monique Vincent use the visual of an ancient pot to illustrate the myriad avenues of inquiry that come together in archaeological research. Digging into the making, use, and reuse or discarding of a pot brings to life numerous aspects of the socio-cultural framework of ancient societies, and reminds us that the people who handled this pot thousands of years ago shared many of the same concerns regarding life and death that we have today.

Seminar: "Adventist Archaeological Work in Jordan: MPP@50"
Administration Building, Room 117 | Douglas Clark '70 and Kent Bramlett '94 | 3:00 p.m.

The Madaba Plains Project (MPP) is one of the most long-lived, continuously running archaeological projects in the Middle East.  Siegfried Horn (WWU ’47) set this project in motion. In this lecture, Doug Clark and Kent Bramlett focus on findings from the MPP-ʿUmayri excavations, with which WWU has been involved for the past 30 years.  Reception following.

Seminar: "Preventing Suicide and Improving Mental Health" CEU available
Winter Educational Complex, Room 209 | Susan Smith | 3:00 p.m.
This seminar/workshop will provide an update on the suicide prevention landscape and an overview of the community education program, Mental Health First Aid, as a resource for preventing suicide, improving consumer literacy, and reducing the sigma historically associated with mental health problems. This presentation will emphasize the role of consumer-informed treatment and recovery.


25th Annual Randy Yaw Pi Contest
Kretschmar Hall, Physics Lecture Hall, Room 107 | 3:14 p.m.
Enjoy a slice of pie and watch students recite digits of Pi. The record for this contest is 1,769 digits! First place winner receives a $314.15 scholarship.


Gadfly Reading
Administration Building, Room 117 | 3:30 p.m.
Alumni who have published art or literature in the Gadfly (WWU's arts journal for the past 90 years) are invited, along with all others, to attend the annual Gadfly reading. Old issues are available for you to read from.   

Committee of 500 Appreciation Dinner

Kellogg Hall, Alaska Room| 5:30 p.m.
Executive officers of the Committee of 500 invite members and prospective members to the annual business meeting and dinner. Meal compliments of Alumni and Advancement Services.


Piano Vespers
Melvin K. West Fine Arts Center, Auditorium | 6:30 p.m.
A concert of solo piano music performed by students of Professor Jinhyang Park.

PRISM Vespers
University Church, Sanctuary | 8:00 p.m.
Welcome the Sabbath with a program of sacred music, designed as a PRISM concert by the Walla Walla University Department of Music. Doors close promptly at 8 p.m. No late entry.


Bird Walk
Rigby Hall Parking Lot | 6:30 a.m.
One of homecomings most iconic and cherished events (first introduced in 1976). Early risers are invited to join biology faculty Joe Galusha '68 for a morning nature walk. 



Sabbath Schools and Worship Services
Various Locations | Various Times (see WWU Church Bulletin at
First Serve Speaker, 9:30 a.m. – Paul Dybdahl '92, WWU Professor of Mission and New Testament. Title TBA
Second Service Speaker, 11:45 a.m. – John Cress '78, Executive Secretary Southern California Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. Title TBA

50-Year Reunion Sabbath School
Heubach Chapel | 10:30 a.m.
Members of the Class of '68 present a special reunion Sabbath School for classmates and friends.

School of Theology Sabbath School
Village Hall | 10:30 a.m.
Current and former deans of the School of Theology
Enjoy a general lesson study led by current and former deans of the School of Theology.
Dave Thomas ( 2001 - Present)
Ernie Bursey (1998 - 2001)
Doug Clark (1990 - 1998)
John Brunt (1983 - 1990)

Sabbath Dinner – TICKETED EVENT - $12
Winter Educational Complex, Alumni Gymnasium | 1:00 p.m.
Come fellowship with friends and classmates and enjoy a delicious catered Sabbath dinner.

Honor Class Reunions & Photos
Various locations | Various times (see schedule below)
Reconnect with your classmates from 1958, 1963, 1968, 1973, 1978, 1983, 1988, 1993, 1998, 2008.

Honor Class Reunions and Hosts – (hosts to be announced)                

Vanguards | 2:45 p.m.
WEC Room 226, TBD                               

Class of 1958 | 2:30 p.m.
WEC Room 225, TBD

Class of 1963 | 3:45 p.m.
WEC Room 217, TBD

Class of 1968 | 3:30 p.m.
WEC Room 209, TBD

Class of 1973 | 4:00 p.m.
WEC Room 215, TBD

Class of 1978 | 2:15 p.m.
CTC Room 128, TBD

Class of 1983 | 3:45 p.m.
Havstad Alumni Center, 1st Floor Reception, TBD

Class of 1988 | 3:30 p.m.
Havstad Alumni Center, 2nd Floor Board Room, TBD

Class of 1993 | 3:00 p.m.
CTC Room 105, TBD

Class of 1998 | 2:45 p.m.
CTC Room 305, TBD

Class of 2008 | 2:30 p.m.
The Atlas, TBD

Winter Educational Complex, Alumni Gymnasium

Class of 1958                       2 pm
Vanguards                            2:20 pm
Class of 1968                       2:50 pm
Class of 1963                       3:20 pm
Class of 1973                       3:40 pm
Class of 2008                       4 pm
Class of 1978                       4:20 pm
Class of 1998                       4:50 pm
Class of 1993                       5:10 pm
Class of 1988                       5:30 pm
Class of 1983                       5:50 pm

School of Theology Deans' Hour
Village Hall | 4:45 p.m.
Visit with the current and former deans of the School of Theology as they share their most treasured memories from leading the department.

Home Economics Majors Reunion | Breads and salads potluck
Havstad Alumni Center, 2nd Floor Alumni Board Room | 5:00 p.m.
Join the School of Social Work and Sociology faculty in recognizing its honor students.

Phi Alpha Social Work Honor Society Induction 
Heubach Chapel | 5:00 p.m.
Join the School of Social Work and Sociology faculty in recognizing its honor students.

School of Education and Psychology Seminar
Smith Hall Room 100| 5:00 p.m.
"Servant Leader": Oxymoron or Solution. One professor's approach to student burnout. Presented by Dr. Elmar Sakala, '65 and '68. 

Department Suppers – (Locations to be confirmed)
Various locations | 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Visit with your favorite teachers and fellow alumni. Suppers begin at 6 p.m.

Art, Communications/Modern Languages, English, History/Philosophy | 
Breads and Salads
Administration Building, Room 205

Biology and Chemistry | Breads and Salads
Rigby Hall, Courtyard

School of Business | Dessert Reception
Bowers Hall Lobby

Education/Psychology | Soups and sandwiches
Smith Hall, Lobby and Room 202

Edward F. Cross School of Engineering | Bread and Salad Potluck
Walla Walla Valley Academy, Multipurpose Room

Health/Physical Education | Salad Supper
Winter Educational Complex, Room 142

Math/Computer Science/Physics | Sandwiches and Salads
University Church, Youth Room

The music department invites its alumni to the 7 p.m. Alleluias and Meditations concert in the WWU Church.

School of Nursing | Light Supper
Fellowship Hall, University Church

Wilma Hepker School of Social Work and Sociology | Supper
Winter Educational Complex, Atrium – Davis Street Entrance

Technology | Breads and Salads
Canaday Technology Center, Room 129

School of Theology | Supper
Kellogg Hall, Student Association Center (SAC)

Alleluias and Meditations
University Church | 7:00 p.m.
This year’s concert is inspired by Psalm 150 "Praise ye the Lord. Praise God in his Sanctuary...Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet...Praise Him upon the loud cymbals… Praise Him upon the high sounding cymbals...Let everything that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord."

Bowers Hall Reception & Open House
Bowers Hall | 8:00 p.m.
Close Saturday evening with a visit to the newly renovated and completely updated Bowers Hall! Tour the buliding, visit with Business faculty, and enjoy evening dessert.

Thailand Cultural Mission Trip 15th Anniversary Reunion
Havstad Alumni Center, 2nd Floor Alumni Board Room | 8:00 p.m.
A reunion for all those who participated in a cultural mission trip to Thailand over the last 15 years. Enjoy a Thai dinner and a Skype conversation with uncle Prasam and untie Nang.

Young Alumni (last decade) Event
Blue Palm Frozen Yogurt | 8:00 p.m.
If you graduated since 2008 you are invited to visit with other young alumni and enjoy up to $5 of frozen yogurt on us! 


Winter Education Complex, North Entrance | 7:30 a.m.
Join Dallas Weis '74 for a 5K run/walk. Early registration at 6:45 a.m. Current WWU students receive free entrance. All proceeds go to worthy student scholarships.


20th Annual Alumni Car Show – TICKETED EVENT - $5
Havstad Alumni Center Parking Lot | 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. 
Enter a unique vehicle or vote for your favorite car from over 100 entries.
To register:, or call Alumni and Advancement Services at 1-(800) 377-2586.



Thursday, April 26                              9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Friday, April 27                                    9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Sabbath, April 28                                5 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Sunday, April 29                                  10 a.m. – 1 p.m.


Archaeology Exhibit

Peterson Memorial Library lobby

  • Thursday afternoon 4–5 p.m.
  • Sabbath afternoon 2–4 p.m.
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