Guide to Donating Blood

Today marks the beginning of the spring American Red Cross blood drive here at WOU. It’ll be taking place today and tomorrow in the Pacific Room from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Experiences of donating blood is very different from person to person, but knowing that it all goes to saving lives is worth every second. Before [more…]

Peter Sears Poetry Prize Winners

This was the first year of the Peter Sears Poetry Prize, planned to be an annual event. Dr. Henry Hughes, a literature and writing professor at WOU, founded the prize in honor of Peter Sears, a poetry mentor and friend to him for many years. Over 100 poems were submitted by students. Professors Marjory Lange, [more…]

End of the Year Campus Events

It’s that time of the year where all the clubs and organizations are squeezing out their last events for end of the year fun. Here’s a list of events on campus that you don’t want to miss! May 2 “Coming Out Monologues” Reception Come watch people share stories that are near and dear to them [more…]

My WOU Drag Show Experience

The WOU Drag Show has been my best and most favorite experience at WOU by far. Two years ago around this time, I was but a wee freshman trying to figure out who I was. My identity as a friend, daughter, partner, student, and overall person was all up in the air at that point. [more…]

Places on campus for academic success support

With finals just around the corner and spring term fast approaching, now’s a great time to take advantage of various academic centers and resources around campus. Science Center The Science Center is open this term until week 10, providing assistance for students in science related classes. It is located in the Hamersly Library in room 124. [more…]

What you may not know about WOU Portal

We all know how important the WOU Portal is to stay updated on all things school-related. But how much do you know about the different features on Portal? Starting with the basics, you can access your email, ASTRA Schedule, WolfWeb, Moodle, OrgSync, Library, Wolf Connection System, My Financial Aid, Writing Center Appointments, Wolf Link, and [more…]

Meet new faculty member Dr. Melissa Cannon

Dr. Melissa Cannon
Dr. Melissa Cannon joined Western Oregon University fall 2016 as an assistant professor in Gerontology. She joined WOU after earning completing her Ph.D. in urban studies at Portland State University. Her dissertation was titled Challenges, Experiences, and Future Directions of Senior Centers Serving the Portland Metropolitan Area. We asked her some questions to get to know one [more…]

Thanksgiving in the community

It’s that time of year again! On the way to December and January holidays and celebrations, first stop is Thanksgiving. If you have yet to make any plans, here are some Thanksgiving activities and meals in the community! Click on the event links for locations and prices and as they will vary. Worried about having to [more…]

Fun community events in October

It’s October, which means it’s finally the holiday season. These next three months make it impossible to be bored as week after week is full of events. There’s upcoming festivals, pumpkin patches, shows, and other events to celebrate the fall season and holidays. To help you keep track of some of the events coming up this [more…]

Grad profile: Ashley Baxter

Ashley Baxter
Ashley Baxter Hillsboro, Ore. Community health education major Undergraduate Ashley Baxter is a graduating community health major. Baxter chose WOU because she heard it was affordable and when she toured the campus, she fell in love with the beauty.  “I just knew I’d be happier here at this type of university.” Baxter enjoyed the amount of [more…]

Grad profile: Matt Turner

Matt Turner
Matt Turner Prince George, British Columbia Applied exercise science major Undergraduate Matt Turner is a graduating applied exercise science major. He chose WOU because his academic advisor from Chemeketa Community College suggested it for what he was doing, which at the time was pre-physical therapy. His advisor said that WOU was a great school with smaller [more…]

Grad profile: Mashael Alansari

Mashael Alansari
Mashael Alansari Saudi Arabia Master’s in Education Graduate Mashael Alansari is a graduating masters student getting her master’s in education. She chose WOU because her close friend studied here before her and talked about classes that were interesting. Her friend then encouraged Alansari to apply. She looked at the program and liked the description of [more…]

Grad profile: Sabrina Riggs

Sabrina Riggs
Sabrina Riggs Salem, Ore. Political science major Undergraduate Sabrina Riggs is a graduating political science major. She was born in New York, but with her father being in the Navy, they moved all around the states until he retired. In 2006, she moved to Oregon and has been here ever since. She has been very [more…]

Grad profile: Becca Hazel

Becca Hazel standing near a body of water wearing a denim vest.
Becca Hazel Hillsboro, Ore. Community health major Undergraduate Becca Hazel is a graduating community health major. She has been very involved and interested in the community health projects here at Western. She chose to come to WOU because it has the OHSU nursing campus and the really small class sizes. Another reason for choosing Western [more…]

Academic Excellence Showcase

Blond student presenting work to another woman
This year on Thursday, May 26 is the 11th annual Academic Excellence Showcase. This event makes it possible for students of any disciplinary focus to share what they have been working on over the year. The day is dedicated to the presentation of student scholarly activities, including original research papers, projects, artwork, performances, and upper-division course projects, [more…]

Why you should care about OrgSync

Javier Garcia
Whenever you want to find an event, join a club, or vote for student positions, you might wonder why you’re always directed to OrgSync. That’s because OrgSync is one of the most useful online resources for student life on campus. Here are some reasons why you should use OrgSync: Clubs/organizations Whether you want to join [more…]

Holocaust Remembrance Day

Yellow flags representing the millions of Jewish lives lost.
Holocaust Remembrance Day begins Wednesday, May 4 and ends the evening of Thursday, May 5. Each year, Western Oregon University puts on an event to remember the tragedy that was the Holocaust. As in previous years, volunteers will help set up flags on campus on May 3 and help take down the flags on May [more…]

Preview: Leadership Recognition Night 2016

Barbara Ettenauer
The 24th annual Leadership Recognition Night this year is on May 4 and the theme will be “Leadership Awakens” to celebrate winners in a Star Wars-like fashion. This is a night where students can be recognized for their outstanding leadership demonstrated throughout their time here at WOU. Megan Habermann puts on this event with her [more…]

Spring intramurals approaching soon

Do you love playing sports in your free time? Do you wish you could do more to compete with your athletic skills? Have you ever considered joining a sports team but didn’t know how to or where to start? Well now’s your chance to sign up for spring intramurals! You can get involved in sports [more…]