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…]

Q&A with Early Childhood Education Student Miaja Lopez

Miaja Lopez
Miaja Lopez ’18, from Lakeport, Calif., just finished her Early Childhood Education degree this past winter term and is already teaching in Willamina. We had the chance to chat with her recently about her time at WOU. Why did you choose WOU? I chose WOU after looking at many different schools. I loved how close [more…]

Q&A with Early Childhood Education Student Yadira Diaz-Rodriguez

Yadira Diaz-Rodriguez
Senior Yadira Diaz-Rodriguez, from Independence, is a mere two months from completing her Early Childhood Education degree. She took some time to tell us about her experience in the program. Why did you choose WOU? I chose to attend Western Oregon University after finishing a transfer degree from Chemeketa Community College and deciding I wanted [more…]

Q&A with History Student Andrew Dobrowolski

Andrew Dobrowolski
Where are you from? I am originally from Layton, Utah but I currently live in Hillsboro, Oregon. Why did you choose WOU? I chose Western because it was recommend to me bey several of my dad’s employees who graduated from Western as well. I also took a tour before I decided to come to Western [more…]

Q&A with History Student Brant Cheeley

Brant Cheeley
Student Brant Cheeley talks about his experience in our History program for this week in We are WOU: Academics. This Donald (now Salem) resident hopes to graduate in spring 2019. Why did you choose WOU? WOU felt like home when I visited for the first time during the SOAR program for new students. I liked [more…]

Q&A with Criminal Justice Student Ryan Painter

Criminal Justice graduate student Ryan Painter ’17, from Roseburg, Ore., talked to us about his experience at WOU and in our Criminal Justice graduate program. Painter is focused on law enforcement and is particularly interested in working at the federal level. Why did you choose WOU? I chose WOU because of its incredible reputation for [more…]

Q&A with information technology student Benjamin Kahn

Ben Kahn
This week, we’re featuring the Information Technology (“info tech”) master’s program for We are WOU: Academics. We’d had a chat with a current student in the program about his experience. Meet Benjamin Kahn ’19 from Seattle who’s currently living and working in Portland as an instructional technologist at the University of Portland. Kahn Why did [more…]