WOU Women’s Soccer Adds Assistant Coach

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By the Polk County Itemizer-Observer MONMOUTH — Western Oregon University’s women’s soccer team will import an assistant coach from the University of Oregon for the new season this fall. Maryn Beutler, most recently a University of Oregon graduate assistant coach, will join the Wolves. Head coach Kacey Bingham said she’s eager to have Beutler to [more…]

Hailey Verhaalen: Someday When This Is Over

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By Bren Swogger at Vortex Oregon native Hailey Verhaalen has seen a lot change in the past year. A singer-songwriter from Oregon City and graduate of Western Oregon University, Verhaalen made her way to Nashville in 2016 to pursue her dreams in country music. Since then, she’s spent the years avidly pursuing her passions, writing three songs [more…]

Isle Royale National Park Has New Superintendent

By the Keweenaw Report Isle Royale National Park has a new superintendent. This from a press release from Bert Frost, Regional Director of the National Park Service. Denice Swanke, will take over, effective August 16th. Frost said this about Swanke. “Her honesty and integrity will help continue and develop strong relationships that will position her [more…]

Mike Krantz is Next Bend Chief of Police

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By MyCentralOregon.com The City of Bend has selected Portland Police Bureau Assistant Chief Michael Krantz as Bend’s next Police Chief. Krantz will serve the 115-year-old Bend Police Department in the position previously held by Chief Jim Porter, who retires today. He will begin his service in Bend on August 10, 2020. “Mike has a reputation for being [more…]

Local Driver-Ed Teacher Honored

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By Kristen Wohlers at the Molalla Pioneer Molalla resident and driver-education teacher Timothy Beckham was selected by his peers as a national winner of the Teacher of Excellence award. Beckham, vice president of the Oregon Driver Education Center and a driving instructor at Western Oregon University, is one of five driver-education teachers from throughout the [more…]

Rick Bartow Artwork in Online Show

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By the Newport News Times The creative work of Rick Bartow (1946-2016) — one of Oregon’s most well-known artists — is now included in the Oregon Coast Online Art Show, presented by the Oregon Coast Council for the Arts and the Newport Visual Arts Center.  Bartow’s limited-edition lithograph, “Segyp, Kos Ket Saw Temp,” can be [more…]

WOU athletes still pursuing Olympic dreams

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By Jennifer Biberston at the Polk County Itemizer-Observer MONMOUTH — Derek Holdsworth looks at the postponement of the Olympic track and field trials as another chance to get better. Originally the trials, which Holdsworth hopes to qualify for in the 800-meters, were set for late June of this year, but have been delayed until June [more…]

Lefties’ Alum Mechals Drafted by White Sox in Fourth Round

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By Pierre LaBossiere at the Peninsula Daily News PORTLAND, Ore. — Kade Mechals, who pitched for the Port Angeles Lefties in 2018, was selected by the Chicago White Sox in the fourth round of the Major League Baseball draft. Mechals, a McMinnville, Ore., high school graduate, has pitched for Skagit Valley College and Western Oregon University [more…]

McIntyre learns life lessons through baseball

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By Jennifer Biberston at the Polk County Itemizer-Observer MONMOUTH — To Josh McIntyre, baseball is an indicator of life. “Baseball, it’s not always a fair game,” he said. “You could have one plan in place going into the game, but you might have to adapt to what the other team is doing or how the [more…]
By the Idaho Business Review Sally Guyer, MSW, is the newest member of A New Beginning Adoption Agency’s team as clinical social work director. She has a master’s degree in social work from Portland State University and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Western Oregon University. Guyer has spent her professional life dedicated to helping [more…]

State Loosens Cougar Hunting Restrictions

By Aaron Kunkler at the Issaquah Reporter Hunters in some areas of Washington state will be able to hunt more cougars after Washington Fish and Wildlife commissioners voted last month to increase limits in 19 areas. The new guidelines will allow more cougars to be hunted in several areas of the state. The goal of the changes was [more…]

From farmworker roots to national acclaim for former Nyssa man and WOU alum | Malheur Enterprise

Yadira Lopez, Tech Register February 19, 2020 Nyssa schools and farm fields helped form Gustavo Balderas. Now the superintendent of the Eugene School District, last week Balderas was named the national superintendent of the year. Balderas has led the Eugene School District since 2015. The award, given by the national School Supertintendents Association, honors school [more…]

Five Benicia High athletes sign letters of intent to play in college, 2 Signing with WOU

By THOMAS GASE | tgase@timesheraldonline.com | Vallejo Times Herald PUBLISHED: February 13, 2020 at 5:47 p.m. | UPDATED: February 14, 2020 at 3:19 p.m. Five Benicia High student-athletes recently found their true north and their decisions were celebrated at a Thursday ceremony where they signed their letters of intent for college. While golfer Angel Antonio [more…]

Dominique Loggins earns GNAC track and field honor

Pamplin Media Group The Times By Dan Brood Tuesday, February 11, 2020 The Tualatin grad, running for Western Oregon, sprints to victory at University of Portland indoor meet Dominique Loggins, a 2019 Tualatin High School graduate, and a freshman on the Western Oregon University track and field team, got his 2020 indoor season off to [more…]

Corvallis names new police chief

Corvallis Gazette Times Bennett Hall Feb 11, 2020   Nick Hurley has been tapped to succeed Jon Sassaman as chief of the Corvallis Police Department, the city announced on Tuesday. Hurley, who currently holds the rank of captain, will take over leadership of the department when Sassaman retires on June 30. Hurley heads the division [more…]

Western Oregon runner wins national player of the week honor

Luis Ramirez Salem Statesman Journal Published 6:00 a.m. PT Feb. 5, 2020   Derek Holdsworth named National Track Athlete of the Week Derek Holdsworth put forth a record-breaking performance over the weekend for Western Oregon as won the 800-meter race at the University of Washington Invitational with a time of 1:47.74. Holdsworth won the event [more…]

New exhibit features work of NWC and WOU alumna

Feb 5, 2020 Published by Cody Enterprise The SinClair Gallery at Northwest College will soon feature an exhibit titled “Moth to the Flame” that will showcase a small group of painting by alumna Kelly Hartman. The artist’s reception opened this week. Hartman is a painter and printmaker who draws on nature, a love of color, [more…]

Several local athletes commit to next level- Western Oregon University picked up a pair of local commitments in South Medford

by Mail Tribune staff Wednesday, February 5th 2020 Several local standouts secured their future plans Wednesday on national signing day, with players from Class 6A South Medford and North Medford to 3A St. Mary’s and Cascade Christian and all in between making their plans known among friends and family. Western Oregon University picked up a [more…]

El Dorado High School’s Danny Bell bound for Western Oregon

Published on February 7, 2020  By Kevin Christensen Mountain Democrat Danny Bell – a three-year-starting quarterback for El Dorado High School – signs a letter of intent Wednesday, Feb. 5, to attend and play football at Western Oregon University. On hand for the special day were classmates, staff, coaches, former teammates and family, including his [more…]

New Independence Hotel is the perfect place for a Valentine’s getaway

Posted Feb 08, 2020 By Gerry Frank | For The Oregonian/OregonLive   Spend this Valentine’s Day at the recently opened Independence Hotel (201 Osprey Ave., Independence; 503-837-0200; theindependencehotel.com). The small town of Independence often gets overlooked, but this new boutique hotel has every intention of changing that. The prime historic downtown location, near Willamette River [more…]

Four Oregon City student-athletes confirm college plans on Signing Day

Sunday, February 09, 2020 By Jim Beseda Clackamas Review Pamplin Media Group Oregon City High School senior Austin Canchola, Carissa Feliciano, Abi Willett, and Zach Zumwalt joined a select group student-athletes who have an opportunity to continue their athletic careers at the college level.The four were joined by family, friends, teammates, and coaches during a [more…]

Ex-Roseburg standout Warmouth in first season at Western Oregon

Published by TOM EGGERS News-Review Sports Editor The News-Review Jan 30, 2020   MONMOUTH — Former Roseburg High School standout Collin Warmouth is in his first season of college basketball, playing at Western Oregon University. The Wolves compete in the D-II Great Northwest Athletic Conference. Warmouth, a 6-foot-5 guard, has appeared in 14 games for [more…]

CWU hosting free West African dance and drumming workshop

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Published by The Daily Record Master teacher Darryl Thomas will teach West African dance and drumming at Central Washington University during a two-day workshop on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1, according to a news release. The free workshops will be held in Nicholson Pavilion Dance Studio 106 and are open to the public. According to [more…]

Bandon Runner Signs with Western Oregon

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By John Gunther, The World BANDON — Shannon Smith’s parents weren’t surprised she became successful at running even though she came to the sport relatively late — she didn’t start until the track season of her sophomore year. “Shannon has always been the person if she’s going to do something, she’s going to do it [more…]
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By Carol Rosen, Canby Herald Most of us love to travel, visiting states in our homeland and occasionally taking a look at the countries that make up the world. But few of us ever get a chance to work abroad, meet and live with the people in their culture and see what they think of [more…]

She and He Build ‘She-sheds’ in Sherwood

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By Ray Pitz, Portland Tribune When Anthony and Jamie Taylor-Weber were looking for a work space to run Anthony’s home inspection business, they initially thought that a small space on a kitchen table in the family’s Tualatin home would work just fine. It didn’t. “Even if we had a room in (our) home, it’s still [more…]

Coos Bay Police Department Welcomes New Officer

By Nicholas A. Johnson, The World Last week the Coos Bay Police Department held a swearing in ceremony where Coos Bay Police Chief Gary McCullough welcomed the department’s new officer Chris Rule. Rule comes to the Coos Bay Police Department with about 10 years of experience working law enforcement, having spent eight of those years [more…]

PHS Grad Lucas Sinclair Returns as Police Officer

By Brad Fuqua; published in the Philomath Express Patrolling Philomath’s streets and responding to calls overnight on graveyard shifts, 23-year-old rookie police officer Lucas Sinclair has a high degree of familiarity with the lay of the land. A little more than five years earlier, Sinclair had received his Philomath High School diploma to embark on [more…]

Interns aid Scappoose growth

By Anna Del Savio, published in the Columbia County Spotlight During a period of rapid growth, including residential and industrial, team of new city interns sets a productive pace. Now assistant to City Manager Michael Sykes, Alexandra Rains started working for the City of Scappoose as an intern in 2015. Rains was working toward her [more…]

Students Learn Computer Coding with Dance

REDMOND, OR — Crook County Middle School computer science students spent Thursday at COCC-Redmond, learning to make a stick figure dance to the song “Gangnam Style.” They worked with Western Oregon University’s iLumiDance team to code lights on a life-sized stick man, to flash with the beat of the song. The 34 kids were divided into six teams and [more…]

Oregon’s Public Universities Contemplate Tuition Increases

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Oregon’s public universities are looking at one major way to stay solvent next year – tuition increases. Some universities are contemplating double digit increases or waiting until May to make their decisions, hoping they may receive more state support. Portland State University is considering tuition increases of at least 14%. Eastern Oregon University in La Grande is among [more…]

WOU in the News: Stephenson Joins Volleyball Staff at WOU

MONMOUTH — Western Oregon head volleyball coach Stacy Metro announced the addition of Traci Stephenson to her staff on Monday. Stephenson will join the Wolves as an assistant coach for the 2019 season, the first under Metro’s leadership. Stephenson joins the Wolves’ staff after eight seasons as the head coach at Chemeketa Community College in [more…]

WOU in the News: Slippery Nature of ‘Sensual Fish’

“It’s kind of a slippery topic,” Henry Hughes told me Tuesday, in a conversation about his upcoming lecture “The Sensual Fish.” At its heart, the April 2 lecture is about fish. It’s part of the Montana State University Library Trout and Salmonid Lecture Series. But it’s also about sex. “The wet, dark, mysterious, fishy and primal [more…]

WOU in the News: Who Will Lead Our Schools?

An opportunity to meet and greet the remaining candidates for Gervais School District superintendent drew dozens to the district’s elementary school Thursday, Feb. 28. Attendees with an appetite enjoyed a modest dinner, and seconds if they liked, prior to being entertained by successive performances from each of a trio of educators vying to lead the [more…]

WOU in the News: Heine Joins PIDB as VP

Hagatna, Guam- Pacific Islands Development Bank (PIDB) is proud to announce and welcome Dwight P. Heine as the Bank’s Vice President.  In that capacity, Mr. Heine will be assisting the President & CEO in leading the overall management and operation of the bank.  Specific duties and responsibilities include strategic planning and budgeting, lending, staff management [more…]

WOU in the News: Oakland Raiders Sign Wide Receiver Tyrell Williams

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed unrestricted free agent WR Tyrell Williams, the club announced Wednesday. Originally an undrafted free agent following the 2015 NFL Draft, Williams signed with the San Diego Chargers and spent the first four seasons (2015-18) of his career with the club. Over his four-year career, Williams has appeared [more…]

WOU in the News: Race to Redemption: Taft grad Arce-Torres Puts Future Ahead of Past

Few people understand the importance of getting from here to there the fastest than 2018 Taft High graduate Gabe Arce-Torres. Among the state’s speediest sprinters on last spring’s Tigers track and field team, Arce-Torres was virtually unstoppable in bursting from starting block to finishing tape in Oregon’s small-school ranks. Then, somebody threw a roadblock in [more…]

WOU in the News: Think Too Much: ‘Governing Oregon’ Offers Vital Political Insights

The book "Governing Oregon: Continuity and Change" features 19 insightful essays on the state's politics.
Earlier this year, the Oregon State University Press delivered a gift to every member of the state Legislature: A copy of a just-published book, “Governing Oregon: Continuity and Change,” featuring 19 insightful essays on the state’s politics. For anyone who’s interested in how Oregon got to this precise political point, a fifth of the way [more…]

WOU in the News: To Improve Teacher Diversity, Salem-Keizer Focusing on Training its Own Students, Classroom Aides

Jessica Zamarron helps students with a math assignment in a bilingual Swegle Elementary School classroom.
Jessica Zamarron was inspired by her first-grade teacher at Swegle Elementary. Seeing Karina Rodriguez, another bilingual Latina, in front of the classroom, Zamarron knew her teacher had similar life experiences. If she had a problem at home or needed advice, Rodriguez was the teacher she went to. “I related to her,” Zamarron said. She remembered [more…]

WOU in the News: Kaiser Permanente Names Patient Care Leader

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Tae Abate has been named care experience practice leader of the Kaiser Permanente San Rafael Medical Center, overseeing development, planning and oversight of patient care experience. Abate, who has made a career as a program coordinator and consultant for gender equality, violence against women issues and LGBTQ and human rights, is responsible for patient satisfaction. [more…]

WOU in the News: New Venture in Philomath Offers an Opportunity to Unleash Creativity

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During their formative years, Lori Paul and Chelsea Kirkaldie each had experiences that led to discovering their artistic selves. Family members and art teachers were among those early influences that instilled a love for creativity that continues to this day. With a nonprofit venture they’ve called MAXtivity now open in Philomath, they hope others will [more…]

WOU in the News: Sirens sound change for ‘widows’

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By Audrey Caro, Polk County Itemizer-Observer MONMOUTH — The Susan B. Anthony Society for the Sisters of Gertrude Stein is meeting for their annual quiche breakfast at Western Oregon University — for the next couple of weeks. Set in 1956, “5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche” captures a moment in time between five women, who refer [more…]

WOU in the News: Newland Retires from Smith Fine Arts Series

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By Audrey Caro Polk County Itemizer-Observer MONMOUTH — Sandy Newland is retiring from Western Oregon University at the end of August, again. The first time was about four years ago. “I was manager of donor relations when I retired,” Newland said. “They asked me whether I would just consider doing part time in the Smith [more…]

WOU in the news: For level, Western Oregon football outperforms Ducks, Beavers with 2018 in-state recruiting

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Who deserves the in-state recruiting championship belt? The Oregon Ducks? They signed just one of seven in-state four-star prospects in the class of 2018, missing out on elite athletes Talanoa Hufanga, Chase Cota, Braden Lenzy, Trey Lowe, Eli’Jah Winston and Draco Bynum. The Oregon State Beavers? They failed to sign a top-nine prospect in the state, according [more…]

WOU in the news: CEI names president

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IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) – The College of Eastern Idaho has named Rick Aman as president. More than 46 candidates were interviewed after a national search since the community college was changed from a technical college. Aman was one of four finalists named on November 27th. He was the Interim President of the College of Eastern Idaho. He [more…]

WOU in the news: Holidays with the Trail Band

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The NW Natural Holidays with the Trail Band concert series benefitting Friends of the Children returns to the Aladdin Theater!  This is a unique event that attracts music lovers throughout Oregon. The band’s selection of classical and modern holiday music will get you into the holiday spirit. See for yourself why so many people make [more…]

12 local events to honor Martin Luther King Jr.

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April 4 marks 50 years since the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. But, before that, the third Monday of January is dedicated to honoring the memory and contributions of the civil rights and religious leader. This year, Martin Luther King Jr. Day falls on his birthday, Jan. 15. It’s not just a day off. Local businesses, [more…]

WOU in the news: College hosts keynote scholar

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The community is invited to hear Portland scholar and activist Walidah Imarisha speak at Western Oregon University for their annual Martin Luther King Jr. commemorative dinner on the school’s campus in Monmouth on Wednesday, Jan. 17 at 6 p.m. “We chose Walidah Imarisha because of her scholarship and background,” said Emmanuel Macias, educational advisor for [more…]

WOU in the news: Local high schools students get jump start on college

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Some students worry they can’t afford college. Others think it will be too hard. Many aren’t sure if they’re really that interested in the classes. The partnership between local high schools and Western Oregon University is designed to quell those doubts by giving students an introduction to college in a low-cost, familiar atmosphere. Willamette Promise [more…]

WOU in the news: Local college students visit MHS classes

Eighteen Madras High School graduates, who are now attending college, visited MHS guide room classes to talk to juniors and seniors about their experiences and share advice on Dec. 20. That morning, the college kids gathered in the library, where they enjoyed catching up with each other and teachers before heading out to classrooms. One [more…]

WOU in the news: Concert band sets Christmas concert for Dec. 16

The Willamette Valley Concert Band is gearing up for its annual free Christmas concert. The 60-minute performance will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, at Linn-Benton Community College’s Russell Tripp Performance Center, 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW, just south of Albany. Featuring a variety of old and newer Christmas music, the concert will open with [more…]

WOU in the news: CHS seniors snag acceptance letters during College Application Week

Photo of Dawson Hall, Brooklyn Olsen, Maria Winczewski, Katie Wills, Austin Carlisle, Rayne Burke, and Elaine Zinsli.
Last month Colton High School participated in Oregon’s statewide College Application Week. The program assists students in preparing for and applying to colleges. The goal of the week-long event was to help all CHS seniors apply for some type of post high school education including certificate programs, two-year degree programs and four-year programs. “Oregon College [more…]

WOU in the news: Former outlaw keeps rolling

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Enterprise alum and current Western Oregon University cross country and track and field standout David Ribich continues to gather accolades. Last winter, Ribich was part of a record-setting national championship run in the distance medley relay in the National Collegiate AthleticAssociation Division II indoor track and field championships. In the spring, he claimed the outdoor [more…]

WOU in the news: Finalists announced for President of College of Eastern Idaho

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IDAHO FALLS, ID — The College of Eastern Idaho (CEI) Board of Trustees is pleased to announce that we have selected four finalists for the presidency of CEI. We recruited a highly competitive and strong pool of candidates from throughout the state, region and nation. Your contribution to CEI’s many accomplishments was instrumental in attracting [more…]

WOU in the news: Organ donation ‘is about life, not death’

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Kelli Little graduated from high school at 16 and attended Western Oregon University. She bounced from pre-dental to business to pre-nursing, until she took a contemporary health issues class that changed her life. “I immediately changed my major to community health education,” Little said. “I knew this was my calling, and I’ve never looked back.” [more…]

WOU in the news: Clatskanie native, Yamhill sheriff honored for mental health service

A Clatskanie local who became the sheriff in Yahmhill County was recently honored for his commitment to mental health training. The 7th Annual Northwest Regional Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) Conference was recently held with the goal of drawing awareness to techniques for dealing with people in a vulnerable state of mental health. As part of [more…]

WOU in the news: New director of developments joins Youth Villages Oregon

Portland, Ore. (Oct. 5, 2017) – Shauna Lugar was recently named director of development for Youth Villages Oregon.  In her new role, Lugar will be tasked with leading the development and implementation of an integrated development strategy to increase engagement from individuals, corporations, and foundations. Prior to joining Youth Villages, Lugar served as development director [more…]

WOU in the news: New Principals at Elementary Schools

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Two Keizer elementary schools will have new principals when the 2017-18 year begins on Wednesday, Sept. 6—Christine Bowlby at Keizer Elementary and Stacey Lund at Weddle Elementary. Bowlby is transferring from Washington Elementary, where she was principal for the last five years, but she already calls Keizer home. Her oldest son will be a seventh [more…]

WOU in the news: New Glenwood Resource Center Superintendent Appointed

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DES MOINES, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) — Iowa Department of Human Services Director Jerry R. Foxhoven announced on September 1 that he has appointed Jerry A. Rea as superintendent of the Glenwood Resource Center. Iowa has two resource centers that provide a full range of active treatment and habilitation services to individuals with severe intellectual disabilities. The resource [more…]

WOU in the news: Pack on the Hunt

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MONMOUTH — Western Oregon University’s football team is coming off an uneven 2016 season. But with a solid core of returning players, the Wolves may be ready to challenge the Great Northwest Athletic Conference’s top teams — if questions at key positions are answered quickly. On offense, WOU returns eight starters. The Wolves will look [more…]

WOU in the News: Oregon Promise Students Offered Incentives to Attend Western Oregon

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Oregon Promise students now have more choices when it comes to attending a four-year college. Western Oregon University has created two scholarships available to students who meet the qualifications for Oregon Promise, a state grant program that covers most tuition for recipients at Oregon community colleges. Western’s incentive scholarships are the first of their kind in the state. [more…]

WOU in the News: Outdoor Showings of ‘Much Ado’ Cost Nothing

Much Ado About Nothing
At its core, “Much Ado About Nothing” is a story about how one person disrupts the lives of all around him. The troublemaker, Don John — better recognized as the villain in William Shakespeare’s oft-produced play — is the one who has to instigate the action. In the Valley Shakespeare Company’s upcoming production, Western Oregon student [more…]

WOU in the News: More than Xs and Os: Sports Camp Teaches Youth How to Improve Off-Field Training

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Five girls hoisted Olympic barbells to the instruction of coach Cori Metzger in the Thunder Mountain High School weight room on Tuesday. The school was empty save for Metzger and her group, each learning the basics of powerlifting. “One more time: down to your knees, up and shrug,” Metzger said. Each girl extended at the [more…]

WOU in the News: New AD Learns on the Fly

Curtis Campbell
Curtis Campbell didn’t know much about Oregon. Born on the East Coast, Campbell had only been as far west as Illinois. Yet, when Western Oregon University began its search for a new director of athletics, Campbell was interested. “My wife and I have always wanted to live on the West Coast because we haven’t before,” [more…]

WOU in the News: Tyrell WIlliams Shares NFL Knowledge During Camp at Western Oregon

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Tyrell Williams’ journey to the NFL is a feel-good story from the Mid-Valley. The former standout at Cascade High School and Western Oregon University went undrafted in 2015, but the San Diego Chargers signed him and gave him a shot, and he made the most of it. Williams led the Chargers with 1,059 receiving yards [more…]

WOU in the news: Adam Watkins is new CHS principal

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Adam Watkins has been selected as the next principal at Creswell High School, Superintendent Todd Hamilton announced Thursday. Watkins comes to Creswell from the Salem-Keizer School District, where he currently serves as a district-level administrator supporting instructional services and career technical education programs, Hamilton said. Before joining the Instructional Services Department, Watkins spent 11 years [more…]

WOU in the news: Discover MiTown on Saturday

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MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE — A few changes are in store for the third annual Discover MI Town Saturday from 3 to 7 p.m., sponsored by the Monmouth-Independence Chamber of Commerce. “Discover MI Town is an opportunity to stop in and check out many local businesses,” said Ryan Kingsella, chamber executive director. “Each location will be giving away [more…]

WOU in the news: WOU opens campus for eclipse rentals

MONMOUTH — Western Oregon University is open for eclipse viewers. The college is renting dorms, apartments and camping spots — both for tents and recreational vehicles — for the weekend of the Great American Eclipse, Aug. 19 and 20. Costs vary, depending on accommodations, and apartments are selling fast, said Erin McDonough, executive director of [more…]

WOU in the news: Western Oregon runner David Ribich is having quite a year – Oregon track & field rundown

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Thumbs up for Western Oregon junior David Ribich, who ran last weekend’s fastest 1,500-meter time by any college runner regardless of classification. Ribich clocked a time of 3 minutes, 41.45 seconds while winning at the Oregon State High Performance Meet on Friday. It’s a WOU and Great Northwest Athletic Conference record, and would tie him for [more…]

WOU in the news: The Corvallis Half

If you milled around the starting line of the Corvallis Half Marathon before the race got underway, you would have seen a microcosm of Corvallis: People of all ages talking, knots of people in matching group shirts taking photos together, people with signs to support family members and friends, a toddler throwing a tantrum in [more…]

WOU in the news: ‘The Great War’: PBS documentary finds haunting parallels between World War I and U.S today (review)

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Debates about whether the United States should intervene in wars fought in other countries; African Americans, women and other minority groups demanding equal rights; citizens resenting the federal government’s encroachment into their daily lives; and the government cracking down on those who dare question the rightness of the U.S. approach to national emergencies. That list [more…]

WOU in the news: Avgi Chases Football Dream

MONMOUTH — There have been few names that have stood as tall in Western Oregon University athletics as Andy Avgi. On the hardwood, he helped lead the men’s basketball team to the NCAA Division II Final Four during the 2015-16 season. On the gridiron, he played football for the last two years, and had 16 [more…]

WOU in the news: The man behind ‘Oregon, My Oregon’

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John Andrew Buchanan was a teacher, attorney, poet, state representative and municipal judge, but he’s best known as the lyricist behind the state song, “Oregon, My Oregon.” His granddaughter, Carol Lambert, 85, is the proud keeper of his legacy. She’s raising money to erect a two-sided, granite memorial at his grave in Warrenton’s Ocean View [more…]

WOU in the news: Les Watanabe on Alvin Ailey, Lar Lubovitch, Donald McKayle and his life in dance

Picture of Les Watanabe preforming "Reflection in D" choreographed by Alvin Ailey.
At 2 and 7:30 pm on Saturday, January 21, Laura Stilwell, Felice Moskowitz, Terry Brock and Emma Mochnick will dance Les Watanabe’s Love Songs, part of Fertile Ground’s Groovin’ Greenhouse, hosted by Polaris Dance Theatre. I was initially interested in learning more about Watanabe when I heard that Love Songs was being performed by a [more…]

WOU in the news: Chamber director ready to jump in

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MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE — Ryan Kingsella has a passion for helping his community in positive ways. “There’s no cooler feeling than knowing that I’ve really helped a business succeed,” he said. Kingsella, 28, started his job as director of the Monmouth Independence Chamber of Commerce and Visitor’s Center on Sunday, though the work didn’t really start until [more…]

WOU in the news: University students face food insecurity

Rebecca Hardgrave
Imagine having to decide between paying for a course textbook or your next meal. Situations like that are becoming more common for students in higher education. “I had a student come in … who hadn’t seen vegetables for three years,” said Grecia Garcia, who helps oversee the Chemeketa Community College pantry. “We want students to focus on their studies, [more…]

WOU in the news: An Anchorage police officer tries a new approach to tackle neighborhood crime concerns

Picture of Robin Nave standing against a fence in the city of Anchorage.
As a crime prevention student at an Oregon college, Robin Nave researched local crime concerns with a door-to-door survey. Nearly two decades later, Nave, now a 12-year veteran of the Anchorage Police Department, is bringing back her college research technique to help Anchorage residents feel safer. Earlier this year, Nave created a crime survey for [more…]

WOU in the news: Clackamas Community College, Western Oregon University partner in dual enrollment agreement

Western Oregon University President Rex Fuller (left) and Clackamas Community College President Joanne Truesdell signing a dual enrollment agreement
Clackamas Community College and Western Oregon University signed a dual enrollment agreement Nov. 14 that creates a supportive pathway for students between the two schools. “We are excited to work with Western Oregon University in creating another opportunity for Clackamas Community College students who want to complete their bachelor’s degree,” CCC President Joanne Truesdell said. [more…]

WOU in the news: Science teachers net prestigious awards

Terry Evers and Toni Hanson both demonstrating a science experiment with a foam airplane and measuring tape.
Science teachers Terry Evers and Toni Hanson have quite a bit in common. Both have spent their entire careers in the Newberg School District, at Ewing Young elementary and Mountain View middle school, respectively, and split their time between the classroom and serving as instructional facilitators. Each is also known for designing hands-on learning activities [more…]

WOU in the news: Smart comes to Western Oregon

Western Oregon University's Sign
MONMOUTH — Oregon’s largest volunteer-based literacy program, SMART (Start Making A Reader Today) announced it will open a program at The Child Development Center at TRI on the campus of Western Oregon University. SMART delivers one-on-one reading support for TRI’s preschool students, who also will receive up to 14 new books to take home and [more…]

WOU in the news: Visiting professor helps music teachers combat student anxiety

A picture of Dr. Diane Baxter
Musicians and music teachers learned about combating performance anxiety on Saturday during a workshop with Dr. Diane Baxter. Baxter is a Professor of Music at Western Oregon University and has performed all over the world. The free public workshop in Hermiston was made possible by the Oregon Music Teachers Associations and Oregon Community Foundation. Baxter [more…]

WOU in the news: Former JDHS QB racks up 445 yards, 4 TDs for Western Oregon

Western Oregon University's quarterback Phillip Fenumiai and kickoff runner Torreahno Sweet are both shown running the ball
No matter the situation, Western Oregon University quarterback Phillip Fenumiai of Juneau goes all out on the football field. His effort isn’t dictated by the scoreboard. So when the Wolves trailed Humboldt State by three touchdowns in the second half he just kept playing. In the end, Fenumiai didn’t get the win. But he gained [more…]

WOU in the news: Indy Latino liaison reaches out

A photo of Erubiel Valladares.
INDEPENDENCE — For three years, the city of Independence has had a community liaison focused on improving connections between government and Latino residents. Community liaisons were filled by interns, until now. The outreach was so successful, the city hired a full-time community liaison, Erubiel Valladares. “My job is to figure out how the community interacts with [more…]

WOU in the news: Western Oregon opens new education building

Richard Woodcock Education Center
The Richard Woodcock Education Center, new home of Western Oregon University’s College of Education, opened this week. The 58,000-square-foot building is the first multi-story building in Oregon constructed with cross-laminated timber. This is the first time the three divisions of the College of Education will be under one roof, including nearly 100 offices and 23 classrooms. [more…]

WOU in the news: Gut wrenching images: Rick Bartow’s ‘Things You Know But Cannot Explain’ exhibition

Rick Bartow
Rick Bartow walked onto his spirit journey on April 2, 2016 due to congestive heart disease. He had suffered two strokes, the last in August 2013. According to the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, this life-changing event affected his work and we see it in the collection as “exciting examples of Bartow’s production since [more…]

WOU in the news: Multi-Story Buildings Going Up Using cross-laminated timber

CLT Promises New Construction Boom in the Future, Pilot Programs Under Development in Oregon Multi-Story Buildings Going Up in Oregon Using cross-laminated timber (CLT). The use of cross-laminated timber (CLT) in multi-story buildings is no longer just something people are talking about. In Oregon, two new buildings that feature CLT are almost complete, and construction [more…]

WOU in the news: Education Center Ready For Debut

Photo of Mark Girod in new building
The Richard Woodcock Education Center is bustling with activity, but not from students — not yet. It’s faculty and staff who are moving into the new building for Western Oregon University’s Department of Education. Dean of Education Mark Girod is excited to have a base of operations for the 800 education majors on campus, as [more…]

WOU in the news: New teachers get hands-on geography lesson

Heidi Wilson and Amanda Mattei
Two teaching graduates from OSU-Cascades returned from their trip to Spain and Portugal last week where they studied physical and human geography with the Center for Geography Education in Oregon at Portland State University. Heidi Wilson and Amanda Mattei received their Oregon preliminary teaching licenses from Oregon State University this summer and participated in the [more…]

WOU in the news: WOU Breaks Ground On Health Center

Tribal elder Bob Tom blesses the ground during Western Oregon University’s groundbreaking ceremony on Friday.
MONMOUTH — Western Oregon University will soon have a new facility for the Student Health and Counseling Center, scheduled for opening in spring 2017. Campus officials held a groundbreaking ceremony Friday, which included a blessing from tribal elder Bob Tom. The center will be built with increased student tuition fees, but associated student body president [more…]

WOU in the news: Globe Trotter

Published by: Polk County Itemizer-Observer  Written by: Lukas Eggen MONMOUTH — Las Vegas has long been a city where people go to bet big with the hope of hitting the jackpot. It seems fitting that the city would serve as the setting where former Western Oregon men’s basketball player Devon Alexander will go all-in as he [more…]

WOU in the news: Western students step into shoes of the homeless

Western students step into shoes of the homeless
Application. Waitlist. Overqualified. Underqualified. Wait in line. These words and phrases were repeated over and over again as students at Western Oregon University took on the personas of the homeless Thursday evening. The university’s Education Club organized the homeless simulation, modeled after a Habitat for Humanity program. The group said they wanted to spread awareness and help those [more…]

WOU in the news: Native American artist Rick Bartow turns pain into art

Rick Bartow art
Despite battling post-traumatic stress disorder and alcoholism spawned by serving as a soldier during the Vietnam War, Rick Bartow was not afraid to use his artistic talents to address painful aspects of life. It’s a sentiment art enthusiasts may see as they view the Native American man’s art, which is on display through July 13 [more…]

WOU in the news: Shakespeare’s ‘Cymbeline’ in 1980s

Student actors
Story published by Statesman Journal Written by Tom Mayhall Rastrelli Innocence. Sword fights. Cross-dressing girls and boys. Jealousy. Poison. Villains. Western Oregon University’s upcoming production of Shakespeare’s “Cymbeline” has them all. Director Ted deChatelet has applied a comedic tone to “Cymbeline,” which historians have ambivalently classified as both comedy and tragedy. Western’s production will be a contemporary retelling [more…]

WOU in the news: Students Spread Joy To Local Youths

Students of event planning course
Story published by Polk County Itemizer-Observer Written by Emily Mentzer MONMOUTH — Homelessness is difficult to define or quantify, but in the latest report by the Oregon Department of Education, Marion and Polk counties had 1,449 students in the K-12 system who were considered homeless. Of those, 24 in Polk County were listed as “unsheltered.” [more…]

WOU in the news: Hungry Like The Wolf

Person making a cardboard box.
Published in: Polk County Itemizer-Observer by: Emily Mentzer MONMOUTH — More than half of the students at Western Oregon University don’t know where their next meal is coming from. One in four classified staff members need help getting food. “We’re not talking about students who are eating ramen,” said Jackson Stalley, chairman of Friends of the [more…]

WOU in the news: Realism Brings Intimacy

Published by: Polk County Itemizer-Observer by: Emily Mentzer MONMOUTH — Even small-town America is subject to greed, political and religious corruption. The residents of Dublin, Mo., are finding that out as a suspicious death clashes with a cheese factory and community theater production. Thinking about that circumstance may induce a smile, but director of Western [more…]

Eriqa Hermen Profile : Advice for WOU students

WOU Alum Eriqa Hermen always dreamed of backpacking across Europe. As she and her friend prepared to take their one-month journey, they were not quite prepared for what they would encounter. Along the way they were exposed to much of the repercussions of the Syrian refugee crisis. To give you a little bit more information [more…]

WOU in the news: Students empowered at conference

Published by: Statesman Journal by: Natalie Pate The Contributing Voices conference held at Western Oregon University on Friday had one message for the students in attendance: Your voice counts. More than 600 ninth graders from the Salem-Keizer School District attended the second annual Contributing Voices conference in Monmouth,where they listened to guest speakers, participated in activities and workshops, [more…]

WOU in the news: WOU wants to grow bilingual teachers

WOU logo
Published by: My Columba Basin MONMOUTH, Ore. – For a decade, Oregon has suffered a shortage of bilingual teachers according to federal statistics. Western Oregon University has decided it wants to help grow its own next generation of bilingual educators. WOU has joined forces with a few public school districts in the state to initiate [more…]

WOU in the news: Graduate exposed to Syrian refugee crisis

Published by: Statesman Journal by: Natalie Pate It was always a dream of Eriqa Hermen’s to backpack across eastern Europe. When her friend wanted to go, too, they planned for the month-long adventure. Hermen was ready and raring to go. But instead of simply crossing an item off her bucket list, the recent college graduate and former Western [more…]

WOU in the news: Drive By Press Visits WOU

Published by: Polk County I-O by: Emily Mentzer MONMOUTH — Taylor McClure carefully guides the teal T-shirt and wooden block under the massive roller on a press at Western Oregon University. The roller has to be completely level or the print won’t turn out right. He pauses, picking up a massive wrench fabricated specially for [more…]

WOU in the news: Forum stimulates dialog on tackling youth suicide

Published by: Sandy Post  by: Kylie Wray Following a nearly two-hour long discussion about youth suicide prevention, 52 volunteers wearing dark sweatshirts with the hoods up filed down silently to the front of the auditorium. This moment was Clackamas County Youth Suicide Prevention Coordinator Galli Murray’s favorite part of the Youth Suicide Prevention Forum held on [more…]

WOU in the news: Oregon Poets: Henry Hughes packs poems with sound, story

Published by: Statesman Journal  by: Eleanor Berry, Special to the Statesman Journal   On an August evening this past summer, poet Henry Hughes captivated an audience at the Stayton Public Library as he performed poems with accompanying photographs projected beside him and, in the second half of the program, as he read poems on fishing. Hughes [more…]

WOU in the news: First class of WOU bilingual teachers start

Published by: Statesman Journal by: Natalie Pate Nearly four dozen students at Western Oregon University started classes this week with the dream of becoming specialty teachers. Working with Central School District in Independence, Hillsboro School District and Salem-Keizer School District, Western Oregon University has created a program to increase the number of new bilingual teachers in the state. [more…]

WOU in the news: Report Praises WOU Grad Rate For Low-Income Students

Published by: Oregon Public Broadcasting by Rob Manning A national nonprofit is highlighting Western Oregon University for its success with students from low-income backgrounds, in a report released Thursday. Western Oregon University has about 6,200 students. The population of Monmouth, OR is about 9,500. Nationally, students who qualify for government Pell Grants are 14 percent less likely [more…]

“I Go To W-O-U” Music Video

Western Oregon University’s Digital Production Services (DPS) has released the university’s first official music video.  The video features original lyrics composed and performed by 15 Miles West, a campus student organization and men’s acapella group.  Titled “I Go To W-O-U” the song is based on the 1982 hit “Hungry Like The Wolf” recorded by Duran [more…]

Wolfie’s got a new look

Western Oregon University is thrilled to welcome its incoming student class. This year is particularly special as the class includes a “new face” for Waldo “Wolfie” Wolfe, the beloved WOU mascot. The old costume officially graduated with the class of 2015. You have five opportunities this fall to check-out Wolfie’s new look. First is at [more…]

WOU in the news: Seidel Excited To Make Her Return To Monmouth

Published by: Polk County Itemizer-Observer By: Emily Mentzer Kim Seidel is thrilled to return to Monmouth to work as the principal at Monmouth Elementary School. “I went to Western Oregon University,” she said. “My husband and I met here. We both said if we ever have the opportunity to live back in Monmouth, we’d do [more…]

WOU in the news: From students to teachers

Published by: Albany Democrat-Herald By: Jennifer Moody SWEET HOME — The toughest part about being new teachers won’t be managing classrooms of teens only a few years younger than themselves — some of whom they used to know as fellow students. The real challenge, say Drew Emmert and Ryan Graville, will be learning to call their colleagues [more…]

WOU in the news: Western Oregon football hopes to build momentum

Posted by: Statesmanjournal.com By: Luis Ramirez   MONMOUTH – When the season begins Saturday at Humboldt State, the Western Oregon football team will be looking to keep its positive momentum going after finishing 6-5 last season and posting the 10th consecutive winning season. The Woloves will have to win without some key contributors from last [more…]

WOU in the news: WOU’s Revis Named Preseason All-American

Story published on OregonLive.com By: Great Northwest Athletic Conference   PORTLAND, Ore. – Central Washington defensive back Cedrique Chaney and Western Oregon wide receiver/return specialist Paul Revis have been selected to the D2Football.com Preseason All-America First Team. Chaney, of Kelso, Wash., is a three-time All-GNAC selection. He earned first team honors for the Wildcats in [more…]

WOU in the news: A Fantastical Exhibition of Extraordinary Art and Ingenious Contraptions

Story published on WillametteLive.com What if the industrial revolution never really caught on?  Imagine a world where devices and technology were powered mainly by steam.  Imagine fashions based on Victorian clothing, but without the weight of strict Victorian social and gender roles.  Imagine a world which might include a bit of magic, where there are [more…]

WOU in the news: A Pod Of Their Own: Washington State Prison Keeps Veterans Together

Color Guard
Story published by KUOW By Patricia Murphy Every morning the flags at Stafford Creek Corrections Center in Aberdeen, Washington, are raised in a color guard ceremony. The 10 men who do the job are inmates and veterans. The ceremony ends with a salute, although the solemnity and reverence can seem strange in this setting. The [more…]

WOU in the news: Polk County pioneer has notorious reputation

Nathaniel and Lucinda Ford
Story published in the Statesman Journal By Capi Lynn From our archives. This story originally was published as part of our Headstones of History series from mid-2002 to early 2007. Nathaniel Ford was a surveyor, schoolteacher, flatboatman and sheriff before emigrating to Oregon. The resourceful pioneer then added postmaster and state legislator to his résumé [more…]

WOU in the news: Q & A with Hillsboro athletic director Steve Drake: ‘Our kids now believe we’re going to win.’

Steve Drake
Story published in the Oregonian By Jeff Smith Hillsboro High School athletic director Steve Drake arrived at the school as a coach in 1984 and was promoted to his current position in 1997. Drake, 57, said the success of his athletic programs over the past couple of years has rejuvenated him and he can’t wait [more…]

WOU in the news: National statistics on homicide arrests

Story published in the Corvallis Gazette-Times By Anthony Rimel According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, in 2013, the most recent year with complete statistics available there were 13,075 murders in the United States. Of those, just over 64 percent of murder cases were “cleared,” meaning that they ended with an arrest, or through “exceptional [more…]

WOU in the news: WOU good; Medicare and Social Security finances bad

Rex Fuller
Story published in the Statesman Journal By the Statesman Journal Editorial Board WINNER: Western Oregon University. Oregon’s oldest public university began a new era this month, with new autonomy and a new president. WOU’s own governing board took over as the state disbanded its centralized administration of public universities. The Oregon University System had operated [more…]

WOU in the news: Emoji aren’t silly – they could actually help the Deaf

love emoji
Published in Wired By Tim Moynihan EMOJI MIGHT BE one of the fastest-growing communication methods of the digital age, but a lot of people probably think the whole thing is silly. Yes, there are very creative rebus-like forms of emoji storytelling out there. No doubt, little pictures of hot dogs and airplanes can really spice [more…]

WOU in the news: Why theater groups love the Shakespeare shakeup

As You Like It
Published in the Statesman Journal By Tom Mayhall Rastrelli How do you like your Shakespeare? Are you a purist, who prefers a traditional Elizabethan presentation of the Bard’s masterpieces, or do you like productions that mix things up by setting them in different time periods or outrageous settings? If you prefer your Shakespeare shaken not [more…]

WOU in the news: Concert band welcomes Pink Martini founder, Latin music

Kurleen Nowickas
Published in the Statesman Journal By Tom Mayhall Rastrelli Tickets go on sale Monday, July 20, for Salem Concert Band’s upcoming special-event concerts “Thomas Lauderdale Plays Gershwin” and “Pinots of the Caribbean.” ‘Thomas Lauderdale Plays Gershwin’ Lauderdale is the founder of the internationally renown band Pink Martini. He’ll join conductor John Skelton and the Salem Concert [more…]

WOU in the news: Hess takes over a program that is in great shape

Greg Hess
Story published in the Clackamas Review By John Denny Hess, 45, had assisted Thomas in coaching Gladstone’s girls soccer team since 2003, and he’s been the head boys track coach at Gladstone High School since 2010. “This program is in good shape,” Hess said. “Steve did a tremendous job of building the program up over [more…]

WOU in the news: Cycle Oregon To Visit Polk County During Ride

Story published in the Polk County Itemizer-Observer By Lukas Eggen POLK COUNTY — Thousands of cyclists are about to hit the road in and around Polk County. Cycle Oregon will hold its weekend ride, dubbed Camp Cycle Oregonnadogood, this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The group will set up camp at Western Oregon University, where cyclists will [more…]

WOU in the news: All But A Dream? ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’ to play on WOU’s outdoor stage

Applebox Theatre
Story published in the Polk County Itemizer-Observer By Emily Mentzer MONMOUTH — As the sun dips below the tree line at Western Oregon University, shade creeps across the lawn at the outdoor amphitheater. It’s still warm, but cooler there near the stage. Are you dreaming, or are fairies playing pranks on Athenians on stage? No, [more…]

WOU in the news: Coquille woman among 10 to participate in geography education conference

Taylor Ryan
Story published in the Coquille Valley Courant By Shelby Case COQUILLE — A student at Western Oregon University is one of only 10 Oregon college youth chosen to attend the 100th anniversary meeting of the National Council for Geographic Education. “I feel really blessed to have this opportunity,” said Taylor Ryan, 21. “I just feel [more…]

WOU in the news: Salem business news: Redhawk winery, ‘Art in the Garden’

Salem Chamber of Commerce
Story published in the Statesman Journal Redhawk Vineyard & Winery celebrating 10 years with Pataccolis Redhawk Vineyard & Winery will celebrate its 10th anniversary with owners John and Betty Pataccoli. The celebration, which is open to the public, will be 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, July 24, and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 25. [more…]

WOU in the news: ’80s rockers Quarterflash back in Bend, Oregonian band kicks off Alive After 5 series

Quarterflash
Story published in The Bulletin Most of the world remembers Quarterflash for their ’80s-era hit “Harden My Heart,” with its aching saxophone leads, and their ’80s style (particularly hairstyles — check out some recent TV interviews with the group). In this part of the country, the group — centered around husband-and-wife songwriter and singer team [more…]

WOU in the news: College expands welding, computer science programs

Story published in the Chinook Observer Clatsop Community College is adding associate degrees in welding and computer science. Clatsop Community College will add new programs beginning fall 2015. Program details will be available with release of the 2015-16 academic catalog. The college’s existing one-year certificate program in welding is expanding to include a stepladder of [more…]

WOU in the news: Western Oregon University names rec center after Senate President Peter Courtney

Western Oregon University announced Saturday that the Health and Wellness Center would be renamed after state Senate President Peter Courtney, who worked at the university for 30 years. The naming ceremony took place just before the university’s commencement ceremony, at which Courtney was the keynote speaker. Other speakers included Gov. Kate Brown, former Gov. Ted Kulongoski, [more…]

WOU in the news: Explore The Fantasy

MONMOUTH — Journey back to a time when the whole world was an oyster — and found deep within a toy box — at Western Oregon University’s spring play, “Frankie’s Flights of Fancy.” “Kids come up with the craziest, fun things,” said Belladina Starr, who plays Frankie in the devised play. “Putting myself in the [more…]