March 2020

Happy spring, alumni and friends. Not to be too cliché but spring has definitely sprung on campus. The cherry trees are dazzling pinks and whites, the daffodils are brilliant yellows and the aroma of all the flowers means spring is definitely in the air! I encourage everyone to visit campus and see how beautiful it is here.

We’ve been blessed with some amazing early spring weather and sunshine. It’s fun to see students, faculty, staff and visitors soaking up the rays on the patios, plazas and lawns. There’s definitely a spring in everyone’s step as winter term winds down. In March, student have final exams, spring break plans and the start of spring term.

Although February was a short month, (Happy Leap year!) there was a lot packed in it. We enjoyed meeting new alumni and seeing familiar faces at events and had some great evenings together. Read below for recaps of February events and happenings. Be sure to check out March and April events and register early to save your spot! 

Alumni & Friends After Hours 

On Feb. 11, a group of alumni and friends took over the Westside Taphouse in West Salem for our monthly gathering of networking with friends. More than 20 people enjoyed great conversation and pizza, courtesy of WOU Alumni Board members, and beverages. This was the largest group we’ve had at an After Hours event since its inception in 2019. Thank you for helping to make these monthly gatherings successful and fun! We look forward to seeing you at the next one Tuesday, March 10! 

**We are looking for alumni to host After Hours events! If you are interested in hosting, contact Emily at 503-838-8710 or send an email to

What’s new at WOU- Portland & Alumni Night at the Winterhawks

On Feb. 21, we enjoyed two great events in Portland! The first event was a “What’s new at WOU” reception at the Doubletree Hotel. At this reception, guests enjoyed an open bar and great food. There was a drawing for fun prizes, and WOU President Rex Fuller shared with guests “What’s new at WOU.” He answered questions and visited with alumni who had not been to other events. It was a fun event, and we enjoyed visiting with all the guests. The second event that evening was an alumni adventure to the Winterhawks game! A group of 35 alumni and friends sat center ice at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum and watched a super fun hockey game between the Portland Winterhawks and Seattle Thunderbirds. The Winterhawks won the game, but it was a hard fought battle until the end. There was plenty of checking and even a fist fight among two players! We were welcomed to the game with Winterhawks rally towels for each guest and an announcement on the big screen. We will definitely do this event again! 

Thank you for attending alumni events and supporting WOU!