Hello alumni and friends. March just flew by! Our Willamette Valley weather was a little crazy throughout the month but mellowed out towards the end. In the beginning of the month we had snow, ice, rain and sunshine in the same day! I’m ready to welcome the sunshine and say goodbye to the rain, but as we all know, the coming months don’t promise anything in terms of weather. What April does promise however, are opportunities to get involved and ways to connect with the university and fellow alumni. There are many upcoming events and activities such as the Spring Mixer where guests will be served a five course meal and pair each plate with wine from Illahe Vineyards, and the Timbers event when we will be in Portland cheering on the Timbers as they take on the Sporting Kansas City in live MLS action. To check out these events and register, go to the main alumni page.
Aside from some crazy weather and spring break, we were busy throughout the month of March hosting events, making contacts and supporting programs here on campus. Check out the recaps and photos from the month.
Alumni & Student Mentoring Roundtable
On Thursday, March 2 the Alumni Office and the Career Mentoring Program partnered up to bring alumni mentors together with their student mentees at this casual networking reception. We had a great group of students and alumni. Alumni mentors shared their experiences with having or not having a mentor and encouraged the students to seek out mentor relationships. The students shared what they were looking for in a mentor and what they find useful in connections. Students and alumni mentors made great connections and stayed until the room had to be cleaned. We had a ton of fun and enjoyed meeting students and alumni mentors. If you are a mentor and couldn’t make this event, you will get another chance this spring! Stay tuned for details.
Alumni Night out at the Theatre
What’s better than a night out of the house that includes dinner, drinks and a show? Not too much! That is exactly what a small group of alumni and community members did on Saturday, March 4 when they came to campus for a pre-show dinner and attended the student production of “Shakespeare in Hollywood” at Rice Auditorium. The show received fabulous reviews and the campus catered meal was delicious. The next installment of Alumni Night out at the Theater will be held this summer when “Much Ado About Nothing” will be performed at the outdoor theater at Rice. Watch for details to come!
Criminal Justice Career Fair
Each year, the Service Learning and Career Development office hosts a slew of career fairs for students to attend to talk with professionals in their area of interest. The most recent career fair was the Criminal Justice career fair, held in the WUC on March 1. Professionals from all over the U.S. were in attendance to recruit students to their field of choice. WOU Alumni and the CMP were also in attendance and shared a table to speak with alumni, hand out alumni swag, collect contact information and recruit both student mentees and alumni mentors. We were thrilled to speak with many CJ alumni and hear their stories about how they landed in their profession and hear about what they have been doing since graduating. Many of the CJ professionals work in professions like law enforcement, emergency management and other careers where they put their lives in danger every day to protect ours. If you are one of those professionals, we thank you for your service and for everything you do!
Tuesday, March 7 was a big day for WOU and the Annual Fund. March 7 marked “Giving Day” which was dedicated to fundraising for the university. The goal was to get 161 gifts given, no matter the size of the gift, every gift mattered. By 10 a.m. on March 7, the goal had not only been met but had been exceeded and the gifts kept coming in! By the end of the week there had been more than 220 gifts made and more than $20,000 earned. This year’s Giving Day was the most successful to date. Thank you to our wonderful donors and everyone who made the day happen! Without you, everything we do would not be possible.