Western Oregon selects Executive Director of Human Resources Desiree Noah

Image of Desiree Noah in a portrait with a greenery background.
MONMOUTH, Ore. – Dr. Jesse Peters, Western Oregon University President, names Desiree Noah as the university’s Executive Director of Human Resources. Please join us in congratulating Desiree Noah, who will begin her role on June 26th. “Desiree Noah is the right leader at the right time for the Human Resources Team at Western Oregon University. [more…]

Western Oregon’s Board of Trustees Approve Tuition & Fees for 23-24 Academic Year

MONMOUTH, Ore. – Western Oregon University’s Board of Trustees convened April 18th and 19th to consider and approve several items, including the Tuition & Fees for 2023-2024 Academic Year & Summer 2023. The Tuition Advisory Committee, which includes students, staff, and faculty submitted a suggested tuition increase of 3.09% which was accepted by the president [more…]

Western Oregon University’s 2023 Athletic Auction

MONMOUTH, Ore. – The Western Oregon University Wolves Athletic Auction is returning for its 37th year on Saturday, June 3, and again will feature an in-person and online silent auction with several great items up for bid. This is the most impactful fundraiser of the year benefiting our current and future Wolves student-athletes. Proceeds will impact all [more…]

Another successful Giving Day for Western Oregon University

Press Release
MONMOUTH, Ore. – The 2023 Western Oregon University Giving Day (Howl from the Heart) was a great success! More than 500 benefactors made gifts to support 74 different funds to benefit students and programs. As of Friday, March 17, $205,795 has been raised due to your generous support. Two scholarship endowments were fully endowed thanks [more…]

Ricardo Lujan Valerio named Director of Government Relations

MONMOUTH, Ore. – Western Oregon University President, Jesse Peters, recently named Ricardo Lujan Valerio as the university’s Director of Government Relations, effective January 16th. “I am pleased to welcome Rico to the leadership team at Western. Not only does he have key experience, he is also a first-generation college graduate of a regional university. He [more…]

Western Oregon presents Considering Matthew Shepard

MONMOUTH, Ore. – Western Oregon University’s Smith Fine Arts Series presents a striking lineup of shows this 2022-2023 season, including Considering Matthew Shepard on March 3rd and 11th, 2023. The March 3rd performance supports the WOU choral program. Considering Matthew Shepard, a Grammy-nominated, three-part fusion oratorio by Craig Hella Johnson, was written as a musical [more…]

Western once again receives Tree Campus Higher Education recognition

MONMOUTH, Ore. – Western Oregon University has met the Tree Campus Higher Education standards for 8 years now. WOU is one of just eight higher education campuses in Oregon that obtained this recognition. Acquiring and maintaining this status has created many opportunities and has helped improve, maintain and celebrate our campus trees.  To obtain this [more…]

Western remains the largest preparer of new teachers in Oregon

  MONMOUTH, Ore. – According to the U.S. Department of Education’s Title II report, Western Oregon University remains the largest preparer of newly licensed teachers in Oregon for the second year in a row. WOU graduated 14.56% of all licensed teachers in the state of Oregon in 2021-2022. “Preparing educators is one of the strengths [more…]

Western Oregon named NCAA Division II 2023 Award of Excellence finalist

Press Release
MONMOUTH, Ore. – Western Oregon University (WOU) is one of 22 universities named finalists for the 2023 NCAA Division II Award of Excellence, an award that recognizes events which promote student-athletes giving back and serving as leaders within their communities and on their campuses. WOU was nominated for the award in recognition of the partnership [more…]

Katie Wojke named Vice President of Advancement at WOU

Katie Wojke
MONMOUTH, Ore. – Western Oregon University President, Jesse Peters, recently named Katie Wojke as the university’s Vice President of Advancement, effective January 30. “She is a productive fundraiser, partnering with donors to support students, faculty, and programs. Katie is driven by the compelling mission of access to higher education and the development of outstanding future [more…]

Never Fear, Summer is Almost Here: June Events in Polk and Marion County

Sweet summer is right around the corner and while the thought of looming finals haunts everyone’s minds, there is still plenty happening in the local communities to help de-stress. Check out these awesome events happening in Marion and Polk counties this month.  Starting June 1 Polk County Bounty Market (Through September 28) 10 a.m. to [more…]

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…]

The Green Team and the Earth Bench

The Bench Story The Green Team built a double-sided 10 ft. long bench made entirely out of recycled material, called an Earth Bench. The Earth Bench project itself began in October 2016. The actual ground breaking and construction occurred on May 2, 2017.  But who is the Green Team anyway? The Green Team is a student organization [more…]

Gluten-Free Guide to Eating on Campus

Are you gluten free or thinking of going gluten free? Are you worried about your options on campus?  As of this year, dining on campus had dramatically changed for the better. In addition to the introduction of more options for vegans and vegetarians, there are also new options for those who are gluten-free (whether you have [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…]

Don’t Miss This! May Events In Marion and Polk County

It’s already May! Before things get too stressful with preparing for the end of spring term, here are some fun things happening in the local community. May 1 Salem River2Ridge Registration  Riverfront Park/ Silver Falls State Park 181 High St. NE http://www.travelsalem.com/events/salem-river2ridge-registration May 3 Kitsuke: The Art of Wearing Kimono Mon.- Fri. 10 a.m. to [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…]

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…]

How to write a killer scholarship essay

Who doesn’t want free money for college? Applying for scholarships can be a fantastic way to help pay for classes and textbooks. And with WOU’s general scholarship deadline of March 1, it’s time to get busy. The application process is competitive. Many scholarship programs require you to write an essay along with your application. Making [more…]

Ron Wyden visits WOU

As part of his commitment to the state of Oregon, U.S. Senator Ron Wyden visited Western Oregon University on Saturday January 14. Upon being elected Senator Wyden pledged to visit every county in Oregon, every year and as of 2017 has held well over 700 town hall meetings. The major issues presented at the town hall [more…]

De-stress during Dead Week

Fall term 2016 is coming to a close, but there are still plenty of events to attend before heading off for winter break. If you’re looking to take a break from the books, here’s what you can find around campus. Tuesday, November 29  Free Massages: 12-2pm in the Ochoco room, WUC. Sponsored by Student Engagement, sign [more…]

The Northwest Passage wants your opinion

The presidential election of 2016 split the country in half and no matter which way you voted, it’s important to have an outlet of thoughts and opinions. The next issue of the Northwest Passage, WOU’s literary and art magazine, will be completely online, and is accepting submissions until December 9. Submissions to this special issue [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…]

Get to know your admissions’ counselor: Micah Howe

Western Oregon University’s admissions counselors travel to different high schools to chat with prospective students about what it’s like to be a WOU student and answer any questions they may have. We have asked each of the counselor’s a set of questions to get to know a little more about them, and ask what information they’d like [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…]

What is SOAR?

Summer Orientation Advising and Registration (SOAR) is a way for incoming freshman students to get a head start on integrating into Western. SOAR helps students set up their classes with help from faculty advisers and get used to the new campus. SOAR also aligns students with PLUS Team team members which can help answer their [more…]

Art Club

For many who are creative it can sometimes be a challenge to find the right direction to go and find ways to consolidate all of that creativity into one project, this is where the art club comes in. WOUs Art Club is full of fun accepting environment. You by no means have to be an [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…]

Light up the Night recap

Brittany Johnson
Light Up the Night promised to be a night of music, dancing, and fun, and that’s exactly what it was for the students of WOU. The hall government of Barnum, Butler, Gentle, and Landers (BBGL) lit up the grove from 8 to 11 p.m. on Saturday, April 30 for their annual traditional. The night was [more…]

20th Annual WOU Drag Show

A mash of dancing, lip syncing, and looking fabulous, the WOU Drag Show put on by the Triangle Alliance is nothing less than dazzling. It was a well-choreographed show for men, women, and all those who find themselves in between. Though it is not for all audiences, the brash sex jokes and open displays of sexuality [more…]

On-campus Housing Renewal

Cody Welty
Thinking of living on campus next year? Housing renewal has already begun for the 2016-17 school year. Don’t miss your chance to stay in the residence halls next year. Registering for housing is not a commitment– just be sure to submit any cancel requests before July 1 to avoid paying a fee! Important dates to [more…]

All you need to know about ASWOU elections

Monday, April 11, was the kick-off for the Associated Students of Western Oregon University (ASWOU) campaign week on campus. It is the week that students running for ASWOU office positions get to actively campaign for students’ votes. So I sat down with ASWOU Judicial Administrator Janesa Ross for more information regarding the elections and voting [more…]

Have You Hit the Wall?

Dead week is fast approaching, students! Winter term can be especially stressful, and SAB has put together a week full of activities to help you destress starting this Saturday by hosting a screening of the USC fight sponsored by the Veteran Success Center on campus. This will start at 7pm in the Willamette Room. On [more…]

Preview: SLDC Workshops

Are you interested in applying for a new job? Can’t remember the last time you updated your resume? Stop by the Service Learning and Career Development Center to take advantage of several upcoming events. The SLDC will be hosting resume workshops on Monday and Tuesday, as well as an interview workshop on Tuesday. If you’re [more…]

Apply for WOU Scholarships now!

It’s that time of year again when students need to fill out countless applications for scholarships. Or is it? Not so with WOU’s new scholarship application system. Now it is easier than ever for WOU students to apply to over 150 scholarships by filling out a single application. The new system centralizes the process for [more…]

Stalking in the Media

In the age of lightening speed multimedia platforms, stalking, especially cyberstalking is becoming more present and relevant than ever before and it expands every year. An advancement of technology and mobile applications has a risk of increasing stalking, and we have to realize that stalking, in any way, shape, or form is not okay. In [more…]

Preview: Dead Week

It’s the dreaded week before finals when students rush to beat the deadlines – dead week! To help students get through the busy week, the Student Leadership and Activities has sponsored several events to help students relax, get a break from studying, and enjoy free snacks and hot chocolate. Monday, Nov. 30 10am-2pm Hot cocoa [more…]

You auto know

As the weather grows colder car problems are bound to happen, from dead batteries, to flat tires some things are just unexpected and happen at the worst of times. The first instinct most people have is to panic, but have no fear WOU Public Safety is here to help. The vehicle assist program provided by campus [more…]

Preview: Career Fitness Week

This week the Service Learning and Career Development Center (SLDC) will be hosting several events to jumpstart your career fitness level! The first two events of the week cover resumes and interviews, providing tips and advice. The last event of the week is a photo booth for students to take professional photos for LinkedIn. Each event [more…]

Getting involved with ASWOU

The ASWOU representative assembly is taking place this Friday October 23 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.  and if you are looking for a way to be a part of the whole process there are currently three major sources. The senate If you are interested in getting involved with representing the voice of the students [more…]

Another Year at WOU

There are so many things that excite me about a new year here at WOU. I’m an upperclassman now, so it’s almost like I’m a real adult. I have more responsibilities, but most importantly more opportunities. Here’s just a little bit about what I am looking forward to in this coming year: (besides watching the [more…]

Want to work with us?

The WOU Newsflash Street Team is looking for new members. If you’re passionate about WOU, social media and writing – this position may be for you. Newsflash is a group of paid students who work with the Media Relations and Social Media Office on campus to help tell the university’s story via social media and [more…]

WOU martial arts

Western Oregon University’s new up and coming club is the martial arts club! Originally the marshal arts club was run by professor Flatt. The new president of themartial arts club is named Carter and he agreed to tell me a few things about the up and comingmartial arts club. He told me that he is not [more…]

Presidential Candidates for Western Oregon University

WOU is seeking a new president after Mark Weiss retires on June 30, 2015. Only the best four candidates as finalists were brought to the WOU campus to speak in front of many from the Western Oregon and Monmouth community, including faculty, students and alumni. Finalists spoke in Rice Auditorium and the Warner University Center. [more…]

Dolores Huerta visits WOU

On March 6th, over 2000 high school students from across the State of Oregon visited the Western Oregon University campus for the 25th annual Cesar Chavez Leadership Conference. The CECLC is the largest high school student event for Latino students in the Pacific Northwest. The events invites presenters, exhibitors, school staff, state officials, non-profit organizations [more…]

Gerontology Presentation: Aging in Place

During winter term, Angela Lavery gave a gerontology presentation about older adults aging in place, which means people can live independently and safely in their own homes and communities, despite their income, age, and level of ability. Some of Lavery’s experience included hospice work, family assistance for those who had lost a loved one, and [more…]

Pathways and Opportunities

Marget Gentle Hall
Tuesday February 17 was a day of opportunity for Western Oregon University as it held an internship and volunteer fair and later that day the student chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) had a presentation by a guest speaker. The internship and volunteer fair started at 1 and went until 4 p.m. [more…]

Winter term blood drive

This Tuesday, Feb. 3 and Wednesday, Feb. 4, Western will be hosting its annual Winter Term blood drive. Many people in the past have generously given blood to the Red Cross, but some people probably wonder where the blood goes? What are requirements of a person giving blood? And how much really is needed? All [more…]

Thanksgiving food drive

By Katrina Penaflor The holidays are quickly approaching and the usual thoughts on everyone’s minds are turkey dinners and winter break. But it is important to keep in mind that not everyone has a hot Thanksgiving dinner to sit down to. Tis the season to not only be jolly, but to give as well. RHA, [more…]

Food Day 2014

Curtis Campbell
By Katrina Penaflor On Thursday, October 23rd Western Oregon University celebrated its third annual food day. The event brought everything form free pumpkins, to fresh food, and donations for WOU’s food bank. Starting at 10 am was the pumpkin giveaways in the Plaza of the Werner Center. A small donation of cash or food was [more…]

Preview: WOU Homecoming 2014

Homecoming – the time for football games, tiaras, and face painting is about to begin. WOU’s 2014 Homecoming, “Howl with the Pack,” will last from Monday October 20th to Saturday October 25th. Each day will feature several different activities, offering something for everyone to enjoy! The best part? Almost all activities are free to students! [more…]

Summer Travel

You’ve had a stressful spring term, and you’re ecstatic for the summer: you’ve decided to plan a vacation to _____________. A. Visit family and friends. B. Unwind and relax. C. Get out of Monmouth. D. All of the above. If you answered “D”, I am right there with you. With the end of the term [more…]

Moving Out!

If you live on campus, you may be asking the same question as hundreds of other students: how do I get all this crap out? Good question. I have a few suggestions but first things first. Don’t stress too much over moving out, it’s a lot simpler and less scary than moving in was – [more…]

Wind-Down Wednesday

2016 WOU toy drive
We all have our own ways of winding down after big tests, all-nighters, long classes/meetings. Maybe you need some sleep, a trip to the Health and Wellness Center, or maybe a nice cold alcoholic beverage. If you chose the last one to wind down, then the perfect place for you to go to is Wind-Down [more…]

Dance Showcase

Western Oregon University President Rex Fuller (left) and Clackamas Community College President Joanne Truesdell signing a dual enrollment agreement
This past Saturday the Wolfpack dancers had their annual fundraiser/showcase. You will know the Wolfpack dancers from halftime performances at both football and basketball games. This showcase also brought in elementary and middle school dancers here to WOU  to dance and show everyone what kinds of dances they are all about. I’m pretty sure it was [more…]

St. Baldrick’s Fundraiser

Yellow flags representing the millions of Jewish lives lost.
St. Baldrick’s! Not everyone has heard of it but if you go to WOU then you definitely should familiarize yourself with it! Every year St. Baldrick’s is the event that is hosted by the Residence Hall Association Executive Board! This year the event is taking place on March 14th in the Willamette Room in the [more…]