Hello readers, happy spring! How is everyone doing? Have you come up with some unique and fun ways to stay connected with others and stay occupied while staying home amid the pandemic? Personally, I have enjoyed learning new technology skills through using various virtual platforms to connect with colleagues, friends, board members and others. If you have come up with some creative ways to connect with people and/or use your time, let us know, we’d love to know what our alums are doing!
March events update-
Earlier in the month, we were able to host two great events: the alumni choral reception and the Art and Wine Walk. The choral reception was held on Tuesday, March 10 and a small group of alums and choir fans gathered at Crush Wine Bar for food, drinks and conversation with choral director Dr. James Reddan prior to attending the spring concert titled “We Shall Overcome.” The concert featured the concert choir and the Chamber Singers and was nothing short of fantastic. The music program at WOU is strong and the choirs look forward to attending the World Choir Games in Europe this summer.
The Art and Wine walk was hosted and sponsored by the WOU Foundation and was held on Wednesday, March 11. The weather was amazing, sunny and warm for March, and more than 300 people attended the event. The art was all art created or collected by the late art enthusiast and WOU professor, Alfred Maurice and proceeds went to support the Maurice Challenge. There were six stops on the wine walk- three on campus and three off campus in the community. Guests enjoyed wine and snacks at all of the stops and everything was complementary, courtesy of the WOU Foundation. For more information on the event and Maurice Challenge, click here.
Supporting our students and friends-
Throughout this COVID-19 pandemic, the university has been great with communication on plans for students, faculty, staff members and visitors. To get all of the updates, including the spring term and Commencement plans, check out this website.
This is a trying time for everyone and we are all in this together. We would love to share your encouraging stories to alumni, students, employees, etc. on our social media platforms. Words of encouragement can go a long ways right now, and nothing is too short or long to put smiles on people’s faces. If you have something you’d like to share, send us an email at email@example.com. And be sure to follow our social media accounts as well.