Duck Week in Seattle
By UO student Lili Wagner
Ducks recently flocked to Seattle for the University of Oregon’s first-ever Duck Week. In the week preceding the gridiron clash with the University of Washington Huskies, Oregon alumni and fans were invited to participate in a number of spirited events including a Duck Biz Lunch, a reception for university President Michael Schill, a pep rally, and a culminating tailgate.
The week kicked off in Bellevue on Wednesday, October 14, with a Duck Biz Lunch. The event invited local and visiting Ducks to network over a lunch catered by the Tap House Grill. Attendees received special advice from leadership, innovation, and creative mindset coach, trainer, and facilitator Jen Berg, BA ’93. Berg’s presentation, “The Power of People, Curiosity, and Connecting like You Mean It”, explored the importance of connectivity in the professional sphere.
The festivities then moved to Morton's The Steakhouse for the UOAA Presidential Reception on Thursday, after a power outage at the original location led to the event being relocated. Alumni greeted and dined with newly appointed University of Oregon President Michael Schill. Schill joined the UO from his previous position as the dean and Harry N. Wyatt Professor of Law at the University of Chicago Law School, and began his tenure as the university’s 18th president July 1, 2015. At the reception, Schill shared his vision for the future of the university and spoke to the importance of alumni involvement and support.
Friday picked up with a lively pep rally at Kells Irish Pub in downtown Seattle. Kells was the place to be for Duck fans who wanted to meet up with old friends, make new friends, and get excited for Saturday’s game.
Finally, Saturday capitalized on the week’s building anticipation and the intrinsic excitement of game day with a spirited Duck Alumni Tailgate. To fuel fans up for one of the biggest rivalry games in the Pac-12, the tailgate featured a catered meal with menu options including burgers, wings, beans, clam chowder, chips, and cookies in addition to vegetarian entrees. The tailgate also featured entertainment by special UO guest performers.
From the twelfth straight victory over the Huskies on the turf to the success of Duck Week throughout the Seattle area, it was a week of wins for Ducks on the road.
If you live in the Bay Area, or love traveling with your Ducks, don’t miss the Bay Area Duck Week events, all leading up to the contest against the Stanford Cardinal Saturday, November 14. To learn more or register for any of these exciting events, visit uoalumni.com/duckweek.
See photos from the pep rally at Kells Irish Pub here