Western Oregon University’s Newsletter: March 4, 2024

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Giving Day 2024

Western’s Giving Day, Howl from the Heart is tomorrow, March 5, 2024! Learn more about what happens when you Howl from the Heart by watching our Giving Day video. We have a record 59 funds, which means there are 59 different ways to Howl from the Heart on Giving Day. Help us spread the word about Giving Day in your networks and tag us on social media as you share which funds you are supporting this year!

A Message from President Peters

Dear Community:

I am happy to announce that we have launched our new strategic plan, Education. Innovation. Community., which marks a new phase for WOU. This institution has always sought academic excellence, been committed to community engagement, and worked for the success of students and employees. But now we are leaning into new strategies and directions, articulating with greater clarity just what type of institution we plan to be. A strategic plan is both aspirational and inspirational. It sets a tone and provides a clear framework that the university can use to set objectives and make decisions. In tandem with this, we have also updated our mission and vision statement and core values (pending HECC approval) to align with our new plan. As we begin this journey, we eagerly anticipate the remarkable progress that lies ahead, propelling our university into a future marked by innovation and unwavering commitment to our community.

Don’t forget, that Giving Day is tomorrow, March 5. I wholeheartedly encourage you to explore the fantastic projects awaiting your support. Whether it’s student clubs, campus activities, athletics, or scholarships, you will discover a fund that fuels your passion.

We. Are. Wolves!

Pictured from back left: Max Smoot-Brown, Layla William, Nancy Montecinos, Wolfie, President Peters, David Echevarria, Hunter Hall, Brenda Rocio Martinez, and Aneli Godinez-Martinez at The College Tour VIP launch event.


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Western Oregon University to be featured in award-winning Amazon Prime show

Western Oregon University is featured in The College Tour, an award-winning Amazon Prime TV series. The series focuses on different colleges or universities in the United States in each episode and includes stories of multiple college students’ experiences. Filming for Western’s episode took place last September and students were encouraged to audition for the episode. Ten were selected to be featured, each with unique backgrounds and stories. The episode is compiled into one 30-minute video and is also divided into ten segments, one per student. Each student collaborated on their segment’s script. Watch it here.

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Western Oregon University joins Oregon public higher education institutions for Advocacy Day

Western Oregon University along with the six other Oregon public higher education institutions, lobbied together at the Oregon State Capitol building during Advocacy Day which took place on February 8 during the 2024 legislative session. 

Western Success Story:  Teresa Alonso Leon ‘02

Western Oregon University is proud to highlight the accomplishments of former Oregon State Representative and alum Teresa Alonso Leon ‘02. Alonso Leon’s educational journey started when she was young, as she was the oldest of five and had to quickly learn how to delegate responsibilities. As a first-generation student, Western provided the support she needed to develop critical skills to achieve her career goals. 

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Upcoming Events & Notable Dates

March 4: Gerontology Alumni Panel & Social Hour: Learn from alumni about their career pathways in long-term care administration, life enrichment, memory care, and aging services. 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monmouth Senior Community Center.

March 5: Howl from the Heart Giving Day. Give here.

March 5: Occupational Therapy Panel: Serving Older Adults & Families: Learn from the OTD faculty how their program and professional pathways in occupational therapy serve older adults and their families. 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Welcome Center, Room 130.

March 6-9: Winter Musical: Spring Awakening by the Theatre Department. 7:30 p.m. Rice Auditorium. Get tickets.

March 13: Occupational Therapy Program Virtual Open House. 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. RSVP.

All March long: Theatre Department presents Spring Awakening: Tickets here


Save the Dates

April 4: Jensen Lecture Series: Isaac Ford Jr., MSW: “Up From the Bottom: Reflections of Forgiveness and Perseverance. Pacific Room, Werner University Center, 5 p.m.

April 26: WOU’s 3rd Annual Hispanic Serving Institution Summit

May 28: 8th Annual Memorial Day Banquet

May 30: Academic Excellence Showcase


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