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Today we remember the attacks of Pearl Harbor! As you walk through campus you'll notice the American flags lining the road and the posters acknowledging the attacks that December morning. Please take a moment to remember the lives lost 76 years ago including the 2,008 U.S. Sailors, 218 U.S. Army, 109 U.S. Marines, and 69 civilians.
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  • Great photo from Friday night! Thanks for sharing @elissaeren #wouhtl 
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first night of the tree being lit! 
I actually went to the parade for the first and only time! ⛄️
#howlaboutit #vsco #bestofvsco #vscocam #pnw #pacificnorthwest #oregonnw #upperleftusa #exploreoregon #northwestisbest #pnwwonderland #instagood #huffpostgram #thatsdarling #finditliveit
  • What a wonderful night! We'd love to see your pictures and videos with #wouhtl
  • Coming to see the tree lighting tonight? 🌲Then check out the old star that used to top the tree on the second floor of the @woulibrary #howlaboutit #wouhtl
  • Our 50th Holiday Tree Lighting is TONIGHT! The first 1,000 people will get this commemorative cup and a battery-operated tealight. See you there at 6pm for the parade. Full schedule at wou.edu/HTL #wouhtl #howlaboutit
  • We would love your support today. It's easy to give at wou.edu/give - and you can designated where you want your gift to go. Our students and programs appreciate your support! #givingtuesday #howlaboutit
  • Are you going to join us for the 50th annual Holiday Tree Lighting on Friday? It's going to be an amazing night with lots of fun activities! This picture was taken at the inaugural tree lighting in 1967. #wouhtl #howlaboutit
  • President Fuller and Susan Fuller are thankful for you all and hope to see you at the 50th Holiday Tree Lighting on Dec. 1. #howlaboutit
  • Today was prep for our annual holiday food baskets. Thank you to the donors for donating hams and turkeys, the @wousoftball team for delivery and volunteers for preparing the baskets. #howlaboutit
  • Thanks to representatives from @oregonstatecreditunion for dropping by with their annual contribution to the Oregon State Credit Union Scholarship, which supports WOU students. #howlaboutit
  • Thank you to all who are serving and have served our country. We appreciate you. #veteransday #howlaboutit
  • The annual Holiday Bazaar is happening at Historic Gentle House right now! Open until 6pm today and 10-5 tomorrow. Lots of wonderful and affordable decorations and gifts. And #treatyoself while you're at it. #howlaboutit

Tonight's the night! Our 50th annual Holiday Tree Lighting. The first 1,000 people will receive this commemorative cup and a battery-operated tealight.

If you have any memories to share from your Holiday Tree Lighting experiences, we would love to hear them. We'll be recording people sharing their memories from 5 to 5:45 near the ITC front steps.

Parade starts at 6 p.m. Full schedule at wou.edu/htl.
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A message from Campus Public Safety Director Rebecca Chiles:

Dear Campus Community,

Monmouth Police Department has alerted the university about suspicious activity near campus on Nov. 29.

An incident occurred near the intersection of Clay and Knox Street in Monmouth. A woman reported that while she was sitting in her car, a man opened her rear passenger door. He said hello and then started to tell her he was looking for something when she screamed at him and drove off. She was unable to see him to give a physical description but did report to the police that he spoke with an accent.

The police indicate she did all the right things. In addition, they recommend having car doors locked even when sitting in your vehicle.

Monmouth Police Department requests if you know anything about this incident or have information to contact them at 503-838-1109.

Although this incident did not involve a Western Oregon University student, it is an opportunity to remind our campus community about personal safety.

Western Oregon University is committed to the safety of our entire campus community. While on campus, please remember to follow the sidewalks with paw prints which indicate well-lighted corridors through campus. A map of that corridor can be found at this link: safety corridors. In addition, emergency phones are placed around campus, and when activated, connect directly to Campus Public Safety. If at any point you would like a safety escort or have a safety concern, please feel free to contact Campus Public Safety at 503-838-8481.

For your safety, whether on or off campus, please use an abundance of caution; stay diligent about your surroundings and lock the doors of your home and your vehicle. Always report any suspicious activity or persons immediately to Campus Public Safety or the Monmouth Police Department.
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Are you a Snapchat user? Keep an eye out for our special 50th Holiday Tree Lighting geofilter during the event Friday evening. Snap us @ westernoregon! ... See MoreSee Less

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Ever wanted to know how the lights are put on our Giant Sequoia for the Holiday Tree Lighting? Watch this interview with Kevin Hughes, a face many will recognize. ... See MoreSee Less

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  • Happy Holidays from WOU to you. Campus will be closed Dec. 22 - Jan.1. Classes begin Jan. 8


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