Hello alumni and friends! Happy officially fall! How beautiful is it outside right now? Walking through campus is like a dream. The bountiful colors from the leaves, the majestic skies and sunsets, the silver lining behind the clouds, it’s all glorious. We even experienced a small heatwave at the end of September, the same week school started giving us a taste of an Indian summer. Check out the pictures below of images from around campus.
The biggest event happening in October is Homecoming and Wolves Reunion Weekend! So much food, plenty of drinks, connection with friends and former classmates, a wine tour, dinner with live music and a chance to stay on campus in Butler or Gentle Hall! Everyone is welcome, there’s plenty for all. read more about this great weekend and get your reservations in here. For information and to sign up to stay in Gentle or Butler Hall, fill out this form.
September was a month full of excitement. Not only did we welcome returning students back to campus, but also transfer students and freshmen to WOU. We hosted four home football games including one free admission game for the home opener on Sept. 1, a booth at Move in Day to welcome students and raise funds for the alumni scholarship, held a board meeting and hosted a celebration event for a group of amazing donors. It was quite a month! Check out recaps below.
WOU Home Opener
On September 1 over Labor Day weekend, WOU hosted its first ever FREE admission football game welcoming visitors from the community and surrounding cities. The attendance was great, the weather was perfect and we heard nothing but positive comments from folks who came for the free game. Many game-goers had never been to campus before, making their trip to McArthur Stadium a first. The Wolves lost their home opener but the fans had fun and offering a free football game created opportunities for many.
Western Oregon State College, or WOSC had a brief 16 year run prior to becoming WOU. WOU was WOSC throughout the 80’s and half of the 90’s so picture big hair, flannel, acid wash jeans, all of that good stuff! We celebrated our WOSC graduates during a September 15 WOSC Reunion Tailgate prior to the WOU game vs. Azusa Pacific game. We had food, yearbooks from those decades, music and giveaways. Graduates from the WOSC era enjoyed taking their photos with their yearbook photo and comparing the then and now’s, seeing former classmates and tailgating. If you were a WOSC era graduate and missed this event, send us a message at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will send you a license plate holder!
Move in Day
It was one of the first really rainy days of summer, as the last few years have seemed to be on Move in Day. Move in Day was on Sunday, September 16 and WOU Alumni Relations was onsite greeting parents, families, students and even some pets as students moved into their residence hall. We found refuge from the rain under the red tents and rented out hand trucks, dollies and wagons to help move students into their room. Money raised went into the Alumni Association scholarship. The volunteers from the WOU Alumni Board were the real stars of the show though. They greeted families, collected funds, helped with rental items and gave up their Sunday to help at the event. To all alumni board members who helped at this event: thank you so much! We could not have done it without you.
WOU Alumni Board Meeting
On Saturday, September 22 the WOU Alumni Board of Directors met for our first full meeting in FY19. The table was completely full and we welcomed one new board member! Help us welcome Jose Garcia ’14 to the WOU Alumni Board! Conversation topics at the meeting included event planning for the year, goals and community service projects to partake in, forming committees to achieve goals and more! It was a very productive meeting. We’re excited for the year ahead and ready to achieve goals.
Jack Morton Celebration
Over the past year a group of dedicated alums and friends came together to form a fundraising committee. They had a goal, to raise $150,000 to honor a WOU legend, Jack Morton. They spent the year fundraising and it was evident within the first few months of the campaign that this group would not have any problems raising the funds needed to name the soon to be Welcome Center lobby after their dear friend, mentor, and father, Jack Morton. On Saturday, September 29 a group of more than 50 people came together in the Willamette Room to celebrate success! Attendees of this event were all folks who donated to the campaign and every person was able to recall a special Jack story and indicate how he made an impact on their lives. This was truly a special campaign and an amazing group of people. As Greg Morton said, son of Jack Morton, “We had an easy product to sell.” Congratulations, Morton Committee, you should be proud of yourselves. The lobby will be inside the former OMA building which is being transitioned into the campus Welcome Center. Construction is not underway yet but should start in the near future.