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  • Jenny Rooper of Silverton, Ore. studied pre-med and is one of our 2021 graduates. 

When asked about her favorite annual event at WOU, she said, "I have two favorite events: Chinese New Year and the MUN/International Club karaoke night. For starters, Chinese New Year is such a great event full of great food, amazing entertainment, and lots of laughs with friends. It’s a wonderful night full of fun and amazement—honestly, the dragon dancers are insane. 

My other favorite event, the MUN/International Club collab karaoke night, is just insanely joyous. I’m a little biased here as I’m in both clubs, but the atmosphere that it creates is top notch. There’s free food, typically pizza and cookies, and people rocking out with each other. I think one of the best things about it is how nonjudgemental the atmosphere is, and how there isn’t any pressure."

Congratulations, Jenny! Read more about her at today.wou.edu.

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  • Emily Creasy, of Gladstone, Ore., earned a bachelor's in Social Science this year. 

Now that she's graduated, she plans to catch up on sleep, "Then I hope to start a career in government to help increase accessibility and inclusion for people with disabilities through research, public policy, and community engagement."

Congratulations, Emily! Read more about her at today.wou.edu.

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  • Carlos Fonseca Jr. is one of our 2021 graduates. He's a double major in Exercise Science and Physical Education from Klamath Falls, Ore.

Carlos was involved in several extracurriculars on campus and particularly passionate about working in University Housing. "Everybody who knows me knows that I’m an RA and that I love the work I do. Living in the halls and building community is what college is all about. Along with this job, I’ve been involved with a few clubs—namely the Multicultural Student Union (MSU). MSU provided so many opportunities to make connections with other students, primarily students of color," he said.

Congratulations, Carlos! Read more about him at today.wou.edu.

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  • Lily Gallagher is a 2021 graduate from Independence, Ore. She finished a bachelor's in Psychology. 

Lily transferred to WOU her junior year. "After spending most of my life in Independence/Monmouth, I longed to get away and move to a bigger city. I had never imagined myself going to Western, actually. Although I loved Portland, my time at PSU made me realize how much I missed the comfort and coziness of 'small town living.'"

She's returning to PSU for a master's in Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling. Congratulations, Lily! Read more about her at today.wou.edu.

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  • Hey incoming freshmen! Have you registered for SOAR (summer orientation, advising and registration) yet? We have four in-person events coming up on Aug. 4, 5, 13, and 14 and they're the last SOAR dates so be sure to sign up for one if you can. At SOAR, you'll be able to register for classes, learn about campus resources, meet other incoming students, and much more.

Register now at wou.edu/soar

Transfer students who couldn't attend TSOAR and haven't yet registered for classes are also welcome!
  • Erin Worley, of Dallas, Ore., graduated with an Integrated English Studies degree. 

"Since graduating in March, I have been working as a substitute in a local school district. I am currently working on my application for WOU’s Master of Arts in Teaching program, which I hope to begin in winter 2022. Ideally, in the next couple of years, I will be working as a high school English teacher."

Congratulations, Erin! Read more about her at today.wou.edu.

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  • Channing Bushman, of Morgan Hill, Calif., graduated with an Interdisciplinary Studies degree.

She says her biggest achievement in college is, "I am so proud of the fact that I am graduating. In only three years, and half of that time being entirely online due to a global pandemic, I consider it a great achievement to graduate."

Congratulations, Channing! Read more about her at today.wou.edu.

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  • Cole Hendren, from Banks, Ore., graduated this year with a Psychology degree.

When asked about the biggest lesson he learned during his time at WOU, Cole said, "Don’t be so hard on yourself. Life can be stressful, especially when you add in work, school, a social life, and relationships; don’t let your own thoughts add to this stress. All you can do is put your best foot forward in everything you do; there is nothing to gain from being hard on yourself."

Congratulations, Cole! Read more about him at today.wou.edu.

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  • Trani Rae Morton, of Chino Hills, Calif., is one of our 2021 graduates. She's a double major in American Sign Language (ASL)/English Interpreting and ASL Studies. 

Her biggest accomplishment in college was graduating with honors. "I still can’t believe it. I took 18+ units almost every term in order to complete my double major, and I can’t believe I did it with honors. I felt very supported my entire time at WOU," she said. 

Now that she's finished her undergraduate degree, she plans to pursue a master's degree at WOU. 

Congratulations, Trani! Read more about her at today.wou.edu.

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  • Are you an incoming WOU student wanting to strengthen your college-level writing and math skills? Registration is open for Destination Western: a two-week residential program (September 6-17) to help admitted incoming students grow skills in these two areas.⁠
Participants will take two non-credit courses in small groups while also enjoying activities, workshops and social events on campus.⁠
Why apply for Destination Western?⁠
-You can live in the residence halls⁠
-Free campus housing and meals during the experience⁠
-$1,000 wage replacement stipend or one free first-year seminar class ⁠
-Learn to navigate WOU and make new friends before fall term begins⁠
-Meet WOU faculty and staff who can support you⁠
Who is eligible?⁠
Admitted WOU students enrolled for fall 2021 courses who are also one of the following:⁠
-2020 graduate from an Oregon high school who didn't attend college in 2020-21⁠
-2020 graduate from an Oregon high school enrolled in an Oregon community college or university in 2020-21 and were adversely impacted by COVID-19⁠
-2021 graduate from an Oregon high school⁠
Apply now at wou.edu/destinationwestern. The website also gives you a sample schedule of a day at Destination Western and more details about the program and eligibility. ⁠
Applications are due August 1. ⁠
  • WOU alumna Jenny Leon shares why it was important to get the COVID-19 vaccine: ⁠
"I got my vaccine for two main reasons. To protect my daughter, who suffers from Asthma, and to have the opportunity to continue working in person with my community."⁠
"Recibí mi vacuna por dos razones principales. Para proteger a mi hija, que sufre de asma, y para tener la oportunidad de seguir trabajando en persona con mi comunidad."
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