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…]


Western Oregon University has been located in Monmouth since 1856, but in 2019, the university also planted its flag in the nearby capital of Salem. WOU’s second location is in the south part of the city, conveniently located and designed for students seeking to start or finish their degrees. WOU classes started in Salem in [more…]

Athletic training team builds on foundation

From left: Bo Johnson, Chris Thew, Alyssa Asay and Brandon Walcott-Ayers   Long-time Head Athletic Trainer Kurtis Kidd retired in 2018 after 30 years at WOU; that kind of longevity could be intimidating for athletic trainers who follow in his footsteps. The current team doesn’t look worried. They appreciate the processes Kidd created and plan [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…]

Dyed in the wool Wolves: The Hamors

Donna and Clark Hamor recently became Sustainers with the WOU Foundation, but their support for the university goes back for decades, a fact borne out by Clark’s collection of time-hopping WOU clothing. Donna, a WOU grad from the OCE era who earned a bachelor’s in 1970 and a master’s in 1976, and Clark, who graduated [more…]

Dance program takes leap into future

Group of dancers rehearsing in casual clothes
The Western Oregon University Dance program has graduated hundreds of students into careers such as studio owner, dance instructor, professional dancer and choreographer. Starting with the 2019-20 academic year, however, students in the program will have two new emphases to consider, each with its own important path to a job in dance. “We always had [more…]