Western Oregon University’s Newsletter: June 3, 2024

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The annual Wolf Awards recognizes student leaders. On May 21, Isabella Morrill (left) and Abigail Fisher (right) were both selected for the 2024 Outstanding Graduating Undergraduate Award. 

A Message from President Peters

Dear Community,

As we approach commencement on June 15, I am filled with immense pride and joy. Commencement marks a significant milestone in the lives of our graduates, celebrating their hard work, dedication, and remarkable accomplishments. It is a time of celebration for all, but especially for our first-generation college students who will be the first in their families to earn a four-year college degree.

These students have navigated their academic journeys with resilience and determination, breaking new ground and paving the way for future generations. Their achievements are not only a testament to their personal strength and perseverance but also a powerful reminder of the transformative power of education.

We are incredibly proud of our graduates and look forward to honoring their successes at this year’s commencement ceremony. Join us in celebrating this milestone and the bright futures that lie ahead for our new alumni.

We. Are. Wolves.

Pictured: Faith DeVyldere, President Peters, Sarah DeVyldere, Tina Fuchs, Ayla Adkins, and Megan S. (friend of Ayla’s) at the Wolf Awards.


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Western Oregon University announces Congresswoman Andrea Salinas as commencement speaker

Western’s 2024 commencement takes place on Saturday, June 15 at 10 a.m. on MacArthur Field. Over 1,237 students are eligible to walk across the stage and graduate, completing a significant milestone in their lives. 

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Western Oregon University celebrates faculty and staff excellence through annual awards ceremony

Recipients of the 2024 Mario & Alma Pastega Awards were celebrated at a reception on May 22. This is the highest recognition for faculty and staff excellence. 

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Western Oregon University showcases undergraduate research on May 30

The Western Oregon University Program for Undergraduate Research Experiences (PURE) annual Academic Excellence Showcase occurred in person on May 30. The public showcase highlights undergraduate student research in multiple disciplines.

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Western Oregon University’s Natural Science Club visits Death Valley National Park

Western’s Natural Science Club recently visited Death Valley National Park with Bryan Dutton, Ph.D., and Michael LeMaster, Ph.D., both biology professors who hosted the experience. 

Western Success Story:  Jenifer Pardy ’22

Jenifer Pardy ’22 shares how completing her master’s degree in organizational leadership has given her the tools and knowledge to advance in her career with the Oregon National Guard. 

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Upcoming Events & Notable Dates

June 3-7: Wolfstore Sidewalk Sale

June 8: Smith Fine Arts Series Presents Makaha Sons. Hawai’i’s premiere musical group. Rice Auditorium, 7:30 p.m. Get tickets.

June 11-12: WOU Board of Trustees Meeting 

June 14: Graduate Hooding Ceremony. 6 p.m. New PE Gym. More info.

June 14: Forever Wolves Grad Party. This is a celebration for all the 2024 graduates. 6:30 p.m. The Grove. RSVP.

June 15: Commencement. 10 a.m. More info.


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