Student Success Stories

See videos from WOU Alums and what they are doing now.

Paul Evans ’92

Public Policy and Administration, major

WOU public policy major and Oregon House of Representative Paul Evans explains why attending Western was a critical decision in his life and how it helped him to become the legislator he is today..

Jerielle Cartales ’13

Biology major

Biology major Jerielle Cartales discovered her love for bones as an undergrad at Western Oregon and is now a forensic anthropology instructor where it all began.

Allyson Drury ’21

Biology major

Biology major Allyson Drury attributes her success in applying to medical school to the faculty in WOU’s biology department, the Honors Program and her time as a student-athlete.

Nicole Niskanen ’21

Earth and Environmental Science major

Earth and Environmental Science major Nicole Niskanen explains how WOU’s program sets up students for career success.

Dan Rayfield ’03

Geography major

Oregon Speaker of the House of Representatives Dan Rayfield talks about how Western influenced and shaped his career.

Greg Garcia ’12 ’14

History major

2021 history teacher of the year Greg Garcia talks about making historical connections and recommends Western for its personal touch.

Shariah Green ’20

Computer Science

Shariah Green talks about her career success at PSU and an upcoming position as a software engineer at Google.

Chelsea Hunt ’15

English major

WOU alum Chelsea Hunt explains how majoring in English at Western advanced her career.

Jennifer Kercher ’01

Music major

WOU alum Jennifer Kercher explains why she followed her passion and majored in Contemporary Music at Western Oregon University.

Nikki Miller ’20

Communication Studies major

WOU alum and former student-athlete Nikki Miller explains how majoring in communication studies helped her become a coach.

Shelby Moody ’21 ’23

Criminal Justice Major

Shelby Moody become a reserve deputy at the Benton County Sheriff’s office. 

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