Western Oregon University’s Newsletter: January 4, 2024


Happy New Year! We look forward to welcoming our students back to campus on January 8 and also look forward to seeing alumni and community members on campus. We hope your new year is filled with joy, growth, and success.

A Message from President Peters

Dear Community:

As we kick off 2024 with the start of our Winter term at Western, I am filled with pride in our institution. The campus is more and more active and vibrant; the construction of the new student success center is progressing; and employees are actively participating in the planning for a sustainable future. 

In the months ahead, we will launch our new strategic plan, one that articulates our core values. This has been a campus-wide process, and the resulting plan will be representative of diverse voices and perspectives. And most importantly, the plan will boldly articulate the principles that make Western a unique and special institution, one that places students at the center of everything we do. So much great work is happening on our campus, but we are just getting started. I very much look forward to the exciting months to come!

Image: This is a photo of me in front of the site of my first job at a building supply store. 

We. Are. Wolves!


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Western and Unitus Credit Union celebrate Bilingual Teacher Scholarship recipients

In partnership with Unitus Credit Union, we recently hosted a reception to celebrate eight Unitus Bilingual Teachers Scholarship recipients. This scholarship aims to foster diversity and inclusivity within the teaching profession.

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Western announces Fall 2023 Honor Roll

In recognition of this academic achievement, Western makes public at the close of each term an honor roll of undergraduate students who earn 12 or more credits that are not of a pass/no pass nature and who earn a grade point average of 3.50 or higher.


Western celebrates first open house for Occupational Therapy Doctorate program

Applications for the 2024-25 inaugural cohort are open and aspiring occupational therapy professionals are encouraged to apply. The event took place on November 4 and attracted many attendees, with a significant number expressing interest in joining the first cohort.

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Western’s Rugby: A flourishing hub of excellence, growth, and inclusivity

Rugby at Western isn’t just a sport; it’s a vibrant community, an avenue for growth, and a catalyst for inclusivity. Over the years, Western has evolved into a central hub for rugby in Oregon, embracing the sport across various levels and fostering an environment that champions diversity and achievement.

Western Success Story: Emily Swart ’20

Emily Swart ‘20 found a fulfilling career as the donor relations manager at Marion Polk Food Share. Through her dedication and passion, Swart has made a significant impact on the lives of countless individuals facing food insecurity. Check out her story.

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Upcoming Events & Notable Dates

January 8: Winter term begins

January 15: Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Campus closed. Join the City of Monmouth for an MLK Jr Day of Service. Sign up today.

January 19: Smith Fine Arts Series Performance: Rainbow Dance Theatre

January 31: Oregon Humanities Consider This on Connection and Presence

February: Black History Month

March 5: Save the Date: Giving Day. More info coming soon.

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