Supreme Court Ruling on Roe v. Wade

Press Release
MONMOUTH, OREGON — Western Oregon acknowledges the momentous impact on many of our faculty, staff and students, with the US Supreme Court’s recent decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. Our university remains committed to the power of liberty in the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and observes that any threat to the liberty of our community and its members is a detriment [more…]

WOU’s Board of Trustees Slated to Appoint Dr. Jesse Peters as University President

 MONMOUTH, Ore.—The Western Oregon University Board of Trustees plans to appoint Dr. Jesse Peters as the university’s next president at its June 8, 2022 meeting. Dr. Peters will succeed retired president Dr. Rex Fuller and interim president Dr. Jay Kenton.  Dr. Jesse Peters is the current Dean of Arts & Sciences at Ft. Lewis College [more…]

Valley Shakespeare Company at Western Oregon University to receive National Endowment for the Arts grant

MONMOUTH, OREGON —Valley Shakespeare Company at Western Oregon University has been awarded a $10.000 Grant for Arts Projects from the National Endowment for the Arts to support El Bardo en el Valle: with Milagro at Valley Shakespeare Company. This project will bring a Spanish-language production to the stage of Valley Shakespeare Company in the summer of [more…]

Western Oregon University collaboration involves the public in conserving Oregon’s freshwater turtles

MONMOUTH, OREGON —Western Oregon University in collaboration with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) are proud to announce the launch of a bilingual website and ‘community science’ app to help monitor Oregon’s freshwater turtle populations. This collaborative project was developed over a period of years, with The Oregon Native Turtle Working Group, the [more…]

Academic publication shows new details of Hispanic origins of Oregon

MONMOUTH, OREGON —Western Oregon University and the Instituto de Cultura Oregoniana proudly announce the launching of “Hispanic Origins of Oregon,” a collaborative work that tells of the time of commerce between Native Americans, Hispanics, British and Russians along the Pacific coast of North America. The launch will take place at Western Oregon University’s Hamersly Library [more…]

Western Oregon University chosen as newest Amazon Career Choice Partner

MONMOUTH, OREGON —Western Oregon University is partnering with Amazon to offer Amazon employees in the Salem area a new option for pursuing a college degree. Eligible local employees will be able to enroll in one of Western Oregon’s over 200 unique majors, minors, certificates, and concentrations with annual tuition assistance covered by Amazon. Amazon’s Career [more…]

Western Oregon University receives $8.4 million to assist Oregon Early Learning

MONMOUTH, OREGON —Western Oregon University’s The Research Institute, led by Robyn Lopez Melton, has been awarded $8.4 million from the Oregon Early Learning Division to build capacity within Oregon’s early learning system. This funding will allow Western Oregon’s The Research Institute’s Center on Early Learning and Youth Development to design, implement, and manage Oregon’s first [more…]

Grad Profile: Caitlyn Nakatsukasa

Caitlyn Nakatsukasa is a graduating student from Honolulu, Hawaii and will obtain a degree in Business with a minor in Organizational Leadership. After her graduation, she is wasting no time and going straight to grad school! Why did you choose WOU? WOU made it very affordable for me to attend and receive a great education [more…]

Grad Profile: Matthew Ciraulo

Matthew Ciraulo is a graduating student from Murrieta, California and will earn a degree in Sociology with a minor in History. Why did you choose WOU? Originally I planned to teach high school history. WOU was brought to my attention as a progressive and reputable education program. Once I got the opportunity to tour the school, [more…]

Grad Profile: Martha Lucia

Martha Lucia is a student originally from Colombia, South America and she’s been living in the United States for the last 19 years. Married, her husband Greg has been her great support, along with her children, Avalon and Ethan, and her brother and family in Colombia. She will receive a B.S. in  Early Childhood Elementary [more…]

Grad Profile: Jocelyn Garcia

Jocelyn Garcia is a first-generation student graduating with a degree in Visual Communication Design and a minor in The Arts.  She has also been recognized on the Honor Roll and the President’s list multiple times. Why did you choose WOU? I chose WOU because of its great art program and community. Since it was very [more…]

Grad Profile: Mandy Abel

Mandy Abel from Sherwood, Oregon, will be graduating from WOU with a degree in Earth Science and a minor in Public Policy and Administration Why did you choose WOU? It was close to home, which was very important to me, had a small average class size, and is a public university so I knew it [more…]

Grad Profile: Jaide Wa’a

Jaide Wa’a, originally from Nanakuli, Hawaii is a first-year student who will be graduating from WOU with a degree in Biology with a concentration on Pre-Medicine and a minor in Chemistry. Why did you choose WOU? I chose WOU because I liked its location in Oregon, the size of the campus, the community, and its sizable [more…]

Grad Profile: Demeter Finch

Demeter is a first-generation honors student here at WOU who will be obtaining a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus in Special Education and Humanities with a minor in Spanish.  Why did you choose WOU? The American Sign Language/English Interpreting program. What do you love most about WOU? The professors and overall elevated level [more…]

Grad Profile: Tristan Aldous

Tristan Aldous, from Drain, Oregon, will earn a degree in Communication Studies with a minor in Organizational Leadership from WOU. Why did you choose WOU? The reason I chose WOU isn’t the reason I stayed. I originally came to WOU because I was a Theatre Arts major and the program here. I chose WOU because of [more…]

Grad Profile: Susana Venegas

Susana Vergas will be leaving WOU with a degree in Social Science with a focus in Criminal Justice and two minors in Forensic Psychology and Spanish. Originally from Salem, Oregon, Susana is a proud first-generation student who attended all her four years at WOU. Why did you choose WOU? Western was my first college choice [more…]

Grad Profile: Ethan Novak

Ethan Novak is a student from Imperial, California who will be graduating with an Elementary Master of Arts in Teaching.  Why did you choose WOU? I chose WOU after listening to a presentation they gave to the Corvallis School District on their brand new eMAT program. It was truly everything I was looking for in a [more…]

Grad Profile: Tiffany Lewis

Tiffany Lewis is a graduating student from Tacoma, Washington. She will be obtaining a degree in Early Childhood/Elementary Education with an ESOL endorsement and a minor in French. Why did you choose WOU? I chose WOU because I knew that I wanted to be a teacher and their education program is nationally recognized! I also [more…]

Grad Profile: Alexis Klatt

Alexis Klatt is a first generation student from Philomath, Oregon who will be graduating with a degree in Early Childhood Studies; Therapeutic care and trauma-informed practices. Why did you choose WOU? I chose WOU because of its small class sizes, student-teacher relationships, beautiful campus, and opportunities within the Education Program. What do you love most [more…]

Grad Profile: Daniel Sampson

Daniel Sampson, after maintaining academic honor roll from spring 2016 to spring 2018, will be graduating with a degree in Contemporary Music with a Jazz and Popular Music Emphasis. He is originally from Newport, Oregon and transferred to Western Oregon University from the Oregon Coast Community College located there. Why did you choose WOU? I [more…]

Grad Profile: Sarah Hughes

Sarah Hughes is a graduating honors student from Salem Oregon who will earn a degree in psychology with a minor in writing. Why did you choose WOU? For the small and welcoming campus. What do you love most about WOU? The small classes sizes are great for learning, but they’re even better for building connections [more…]

Grad Profile: Rachelle Austin

Rachelle Austin, from Keizer, is graduating this June after four years studying Chemistry with a minor in physics. She transferred from University of Oregon. Why did you choose WOU? I chose WOU because I was looking for a smaller town and smaller, more close-knit university.  I didn’t really enjoy having classes of 500+ students and [more…]

Grad Profile: Tyler Jones

Tyler Jones, from Bend, is finishing degrees in Mathematics and Business with a concentration in accounting. Why did you choose WOU? I chose WOU to fulfill my dream of collegiate running as part of the cross country and track team. What do you love most about WOU? I think the campus and class size is [more…]

Grad Profile: Ailyn Angel

Ailyn Angel is a graduating student from Hillsboro and will be obtaining a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus in Humanities and Social Science. She is a first-generation student who transferred from Portland Community College in fall 2017. Why did you choose WOU? I chose WOU because I was initially interested in the Education [more…]

Grad Profile: Jacoby “Coby” Cid

Jacoby “Coby” Cid is a transfer student from Leeward Community College graduating this year with a degree in Visual Communication Design and a full-time position as a digital communication specialist at Maps Credit Union.  Why did you choose WOU? I chose WOU because I came to play football and heard great things about the VCD [more…]

Grad Profile: Libbie Hoene

Libbie Hoene is a graduating student from Lebanon, Oregon and is completing a bachelor’s in Communications with a minor in Organizational Leadership. Why did you choose WOU? I originally picked to come to WOU because I was playing volleyball at here at the D2 level. What do you love most about WOU? I love the [more…]

Grad Profile: Alison Nelke

Alison Nelke is from Albany, Oregon and will be graduating with a bachelor’s in Business with an Accounting concentration, as well as a minor in History. Why did you choose WOU? I was recruited to play basketball for the women’s basketball team, and then I fell in love with the campus. WOU’s Business major with [more…]

CLASS NOTES

Wolfie holding stuffed aninals
1960s Cori Frauendiener ’67 retired in March from Maps Credit Union, where she’d worked for 35 years, most recently as director of education partnerships. The credit union has established a $5,000 scholarship in her honor for education students attending WOU.   1970s Steve Lamb ’75 has published the book Engaging Collective Will for Student Success.Steve has retired [more…]

In memoriam

1940s Lenora J. Bond   1950s Irene (Gerold) Hake Lafona Jensen Mardene G. Keveren Eugene O. Owens Betty A. Reeves Helen Richard Arlene Jensen Ross Raymond A. Scofield LaVerne A. Streight Harry F. Sievers Ella M. Swanson   1960s Elizabeth Bachman Jack L. Gorman Ronald G. Miller Rudy H. Sonnen   1970s James R. Ammon [more…]

Honoring Tina Fuchs

Tina Fuchs
In February, Tina Fuchs, associate vice president for student affairs and dean of students, received the Kay Rich Lifetime Achievement award from the Northwest Association of College and University Housing Officers (NWACUHO). The award recognizes the contributions that individual housing professionals make as leaders and mentors throughout the course of their careers. Fuchs has served [more…]