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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."
  • Community Health student Sarah Meyer shares why it was important to get the COVID-19 vaccine: ⁠
"I got vaccinated to protect myself but also to protect my loved ones who aren't eligible for the vaccine due to health conditions. I also wanted to feel safe visiting with my friends and family."⁠
"Me vacuné para protegerme a mí misma, y a mis seres queridos que no son elegibles para la vacuna debido a problemas de salud. También quería sentirme segura al visitar a mis amigos y familiares."
  • Valley Shakespeare Company is presenting Twelfth Night on the Leinwand outdoor stage outside of Rice Auditorium on our campus.

Shows at 7:30 tonight, tomorrow and Thursday-Saturday, July 29, 30 & 31, First-come-first-served seating. Just show up and bring low lawn chairs and blankets, food and drink. The show is free to the public (with a suggested donation of $10 per person). The running time of the show is approximately 2 hours and twenty minutes with one intermission.

Both Friday night performances will be interpreted in American Sign Language.

📷: Valley Shakespeare Company (Ted deChatelet as Andrew Aguecheek and Jeff Baer as Toby Belch)
  • It's time for our live Q&A. From 10-11, we have a group of people available to help answer your questions. If you have a question, please leave it in the comments or send it through our stories.
  • Community health student Fabi Palma shares why it was important to get the COVID-19 vaccine: ⁠
"I got my vaccine to help protect my family, most importantly those who are vulnerable. ⁠
I also did this for my community so we can return back to normal."⁠
"Recibí mi vacuna para ayudar a proteger a mi familia, y más importante a aquellos que son vulnerables. También hice esto por mi comunidad para que podamos volver a la normalidad."
  • Another gorgeous summer day. The Grove is one of our favorite spots on campus.🌲
  • De' Jana Muña, office assistant in the Vice President for Student Affairs office, shares why it was important to get vaccinated: ⁠
"After my grandfather got the COVID-19 virus and eventually passed, I chose to get vaccinated to protect myself from getting sick and potentially passing it to someone who cannot recover from it, like my grandmother. I do not regret my choice and urge others to get vaccinated, too, not only to protect themselves but their family, friends, and community as well."⁠
"Después de que mi abuelo contrajo el virus COVID-19 y finalmente falleció, decidí vacunarme para protegerme de enfermarme y potencialmente transmitirlo a alguien que no se puede recuperar de él, como mi abuela. No me arrepiento de mi elección e instó a los demás a vacunarse también, no solo para protegerse a sí mismos, sino también a su familia, amigos y comunidad."
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