April 2020

Hello readers and happy spring! How is everyone fairing in the new normal? Have you found unique and fun ways to stay connected with others and continue to be occupied while staying home amid the pandemic?

Personally, I am enjoying learning new technology skills on various virtual platforms to connect with colleagues, friends, board members and others. Let us know what creative ways you are connecting with people or using your time. We love knowing what our alums are doing.

March events update- 

Thank you to everyone who attended the alumni choral reception and the Art and Wine Walk in March. Both events allowed us to show our support for our amazing students.

Alumni and choir fans gathered on March 10 at Crush Wine Bar for food, drinks and conversation with Dr. James Reddan, as an assistant music professor and director of choral activities, prior to attending the spring concert, “We Shall Overcome.”

WOU’s choral ensembles–Concert Choir and Chamber Singers– were nothing short of fantastic. WOU’s music program is truly incredible and not to be missed. Reddan is looking forward to his three choral ensembles attending the World Choir Games in Europe this summer – pending quarantines have been lifted due to COVID-19.

More than 300 people attended the Art and Wine Walk, hosted and sponsored by the WOU Foundation on March 11. The weather was amazingly perfect for March – sunny with blue skies. Guests enjoyed walking to the six venues to view the artwork by the late Alfred Maurice, a WOU benefactor and honorary faculty member. The proceeds from the event go to the J. Dolores and Alfred P. Maurice Endowed Challenge Prize, a contest for undergraduates who complete a year-long project in quest for a $5,000 prize. For more information on the event and Maurice Challenge, click here

Supporting our students and friends- 

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the university has kept students, faculty, staff members, visitors and alumni informed with what’s happening, including the plans for spring term and Commencement, Learn more by visiting this website. 

This is a challenging time for everyone as we learn together how to navigate the normalcy of our lives. What truly helps is when we provide one another encouragement. At a time when everyone is searching for ways to make a difference, we have a suggestion. Send us your bits of wisdom or positive stories that we can share on WOU’s social media platforms. If you have something small or big that will bring smiles to people’s faces, send us an email at alumni@wou.edu. Follow WOU’s social media accounts including Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram.