By Joce DeWitt
October 14th, 2013
A building that houses the computer science program at Western Oregon University has completed renovations and is now operating under a new name.
WOU received a commitment of $300,000 from former state senator Frank Morse and his wife Linda in honor of Edward B. Wright. The center is now called the Edward B. Wright Center for Computer Sciences, according to a release from WOU.
A dedication ceremony for the building will be held on Thursday at 6 p.m. at the facility’s location on the third floor of the Instructional Technology Center. WOU president Mark Weis and some of Wright’s family members will speak at the ceremony, as well as other university faculty members.
The donation was used to establish a scholarship endowment in Wright’s honor for current and future students of computer science, information systems, or computer science/mathematics.
The two-year renovations cost a total of $1.3 million. The center includes two computer labs, a smart classroom and faculty offices. There are also student community areas and informal seating areas with mounted monitors.
Wright came to the College of Education in 1979 as the academic computing coordinator and eventually became responsible for developing a computer science major. He established the first computer lab on campus in the basement of the library. Throughout his career he assisted faculty in integrating computers into their curriculum and courses. Wright later went on to serve as the department chair for Computer Science.
Write retired in 1999 and passed away in 2012.