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We can’t wait to welcome you to campus for our PACK Connect Days this summer! One of the activities you’ll engage in is PACK Professor. This is a new opportunity to take a mock class with a WOU professor to get a better feel for what college courses are like before the fall term begins. We have some awesome classes planned and our faculty is excited to meet you!

Get to know the PACK Professors and their classes!

Got questions? You’ve also got answers – using scientific perspectives!

Dr. Erin Baumgartner

Are you excited about taking a college science class? Are you nervous? Maybe both? Many students aren’t sure what to expect and may feel intimidated, but you have the skills to use scientific knowledge to solve problems and make sense of the world and your WOU professors are ready to help you put those skills to good use! Join us to conduct your own small-scale biology investigation and learn more about the kinds of skills you will be using in introductory and general education biology classes. We’ll share our tips for a successful experience and invite you to ask all of your questions about what you can expect from the WOU biology experience.

Your Personal Blue Zone

Melissa Cannon, PhD

This learning experience will introduce the audience to the Blue Zones, which are areas of the world where higher than usual numbers of people live much longer than average. Within these Blue Zones are common elements of lifestyle, diet, and outlook that have allowed residents to achieve longer, better lives. During this learning experience, participants will learn about and engage with the nine powerful but simple lessons that can put us on a path to better health, well-being, and longevity.

Cross-disciplinary Research and App Development

Lucas Cordova, PhD

This session will highlight work that is being done between Computer Science and Biology to build mobile apps and websites for the purpose of Turtle Conservation in Oregon.

La Sociedad Latino-Americana: Identidad, Geografia, Historia

Dr. Maureen Dolan

Esta presentacion representa un ejemplo de la primera charla de este curso que forma la fundacion del programa Minor en Estudios Latinamericanos. Se incluye un resumen de identidades y el fondo historico de la emigracion Latinx a los EEUU.

Why Not German? 40 Minutes of German Immersion!

Kristen Klay

University foreign language courses are not your average high school language class! Come join Frau Klay for a fun, interactive German immersion experience. You will be amazed to see how much German you’ll understand in just one short session even without any prior experience. You will learn greetings, colors, numbers, clothing vocabulary, and more. Frau Klay will also provide information about study abroad opportunities and how students can strengthen their degrees in any major by earning a Language Certificate or minoring in a language at Western. Sprechen Sie Deutsch! Why not try it?

Traducir y editar materiales educativos (Translating and Editing Educational Materials)

Jaime Marroquín

En esta sesión aprenderemos sobre el Certificado de traducción (español-inglés) de WOU y cómo es que se está utilizando para la traducción, edición y publicación de materiales profesionales en formato bilingüe para la educación en el estado. (In this session we will learn about WOU’s English-Spanish translation certificate and how it is being used for translating, editing and publishing professional bilingual materials for the classroom.)

The Magic Number 9

Dr. Leanne Merrill

What is so magical about the number 9? Join us for this mathematical magic session, where we will explore the number 9 through card tricks, brain teasers, and more. We’ll see how the number 9 plays an important role in history, music, art, and current mathematics. No mathematical knowledge besides basic counting is required to enjoy this interactive session.

Musical Mathematics

Dr. Leanne Merrill

In this interactive session, discover the relationship between music and math while playing an instrument anyone can play! You’ll learn how pitch, frequency, and wavelength are connected using visual and tactile tools. No mathematics beyond basic algebra is required to participate in this session.

The United States after World War II until the 1970s

Dr. Richardio Pelegrin Taboada

In this interactive session, we’ll focus on the following topics: (1) Analyze the political movements in the United States between 1945 and the 1970s, (2) Explain the social transformations in the United States through the study of the Civil Rights Movement, and the Women’s movement, (3) Analyze the growth of Latinx communities in the United States with focus on the Braceros and later the Chicano Movement, and (4) After a short introduction, we will split into groups and will discuss a primary source and a video together as a class.

Police Use of Technology: What is Acceptable and What is Not?

Mari Sakiyama

This session discusses the brief historical development of police technology in the U.S. It then further investigates the contemporary issues surrounding police technology use in the context of public safety, individual rights, and police-community relations. For example, how would you feel if your local police department uses a drone to obtain a better visual in a hostage situation? On the other hand, how would you feel if they used the same technology to monitor highways to catch speeders? In this short session, we explore people’s general perceptions of police technology use from multiple lenses such as sociology, psychology, and philosophy.

woman smiling in the outdoors

Dr. Erin Baumgartner

Course Title: Got questions? You’ve also got answers – using scientific perspectives!

Being a WOU professor and getting to work and learn with students is just a lot of fun. Our students really value their education and bring a lot of diverse and valuable experiences with them. They are willing to ask interesting questions that I enjoy being able to explore with them. And Biology is, more than anything, an exploration of the natural world! I love that an unanswered question or an unexpected result is a door opening into a whole new opportunity to explore.

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Melissa Cannon, PhD

Course Title: Your Personal Blue Zone

I began teaching at WOU in 2016. My research primarily focuses on how our social and built environments affect us as we age, age-friendly communities and universities, and the importance of community and “third places” for older adults. I love being at WOU because we have amazing students, a beautiful campus, and a positive, supportive community!

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Lucas Cordova, PhD

Course Title: Cross-disciplinary Research and App Development

I enjoy teaching at WOU because our smaller class sizes allow me to make strong connections with my students. Our motto in the Computer Science Division at WOU is that you can “Change the World, No Experience Required”. Computer Science is a very exciting field with incredible opportunities, like a career in software development.

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Dr. Maureen Dolan

Course Title: La Sociedad Latino-Americana: Identidad, Geografia, Historia

I chose Sociology as a field of study because it provides tools for analyzing society, both in the US and internationally, in a context that highlights the need to challenge inequality and seek solutions in social justice practice. I enjoy being a WOU professor because I am able to connect my research and lived experience in Latin America with my teaching of related topics for students at our university.

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Kristen Klay

Course Title: Why Not German? 40 Minutes of German Immersion!

I love working with WOU students! It is incredible to see students start with no prior knowledge and watch them transform into bilingual, fluent speakers of German. I have lived, studied, or worked in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland for over 10 years of my life. I have also worked at a university in post-communist East Germany.

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Jaime Marroquín

Course Title: Traducir y editar materiales educativos (Translating and Editing Educational Materials)

To me, WOU is like a door that, if you work hard and learn how to open it, can take you to the exact place you want to be. I am interested in the history of Mexico, including the Mexican communities that have lived for centuries within the US.

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Dr. Leanne Merrill

Course Titles: The Magic Number 9
& Musical Mathematics

I love teaching at WOU because our students are the best people I have ever met. I believe anyone can do mathematics and enjoy inviting the WOU community to participate in mathematics in fun, interactive, and impactful ways. I study squishy geometry, recreational mathematics, and the intersection of mathematics with music, art, and history.

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Dr. Ricardo Pelegrin Taboada

Course Title: The United States after World War II until the 1970s

I completed my PhD in History at Florida International University in 2018. I also hold a law degree (Licenciado) from the University of Havana, and a master’s degree in International Law (LLM) from the University of Miami. I am currently a Visiting Assistant Professor in the History Department at WOU. My research focuses on nineteenth-century liberalism and the leading role Cuban and Mexican lawyers played in implementing liberal reforms.

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Mari Sakiyama

Course Title: Police Use of Technology: What is Acceptable and What is Not?

I like being a WOU professor because faculty and students work together closely and respect one another. Smaller classroom settings make student-teacher relationships closer than at larger institutions. I am the second Japanese criminologist in the Criminal Justice department at WOU. We are the only criminal justice department in the United States with more than one faculty who were born in Japan!

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