Happy fall, readers! Thank you for tuning in each month to hear about past events, see photos, find out what’s coming up and discover what our alums are doing. If you know an alum or a community member who might be interested in attending events, volunteering at the university and/or receiving the e-news, encourage them to reach out to me and get on the distribution list. Our community is growing, thanks to all of you, and I am really excited for this academic year!
September seemed to fly by but there sure was a lot packed into the month! We had several great events and welcomed students to or back to campus as they moved into their dorms and housing. Check out the event recaps below and be sure to get registered for Homecoming activities!
Capital Manor visit
Back on September 14, President Fuller and Curtis Campbell were invited to Capital Manor in Salem by emeritus faculty member, Don Duncan. Don and his wife Verna invited residents at Capital Manor to a lunch where they would hear from Dr. Fuller and Curtis. Dr. Fuller shared the strategic plan, new construction projects on campus, visions for the year and goals with the group. Curtis talked about equipping our student-athletes with the tools for success, creating professionals in the work force and graduation rates for WOU student-athletes. Both men talked about the roles alumni, retirees, community members and donors play in student and university success and addressed questions from the group. A special thank you to Don and Verna Duncan for hosting us and putting a group together, we had a wonderful time and look forward to another visit in the near future.
Move in Day
It was a rainy, cold and fairly gloomy day here on campus, the first in a very long time, but the day was made bright and cheery by the hoards of returning and new students moving into their dorms and housing! September 18 was Move in Day, the day students return to campus the week before classes start to get to know their roommates, discover everything campus has to offer and get moved into and settled into their new digs. As a fundraiser for scholarships, the Alumni Association Board of Directors were onsite renting hand-trucks and wagons to help families move their student in. We were able to raise about $600 for the Alumni Association scholarship, which will go to help a WOU student. Welcome, WOU students, we are glad you’re here and look forward to spending the year with you!
Presidents Club dinner
On the evening of September 22, we were able to showcase our beautiful university and show some very special donors and supporters some ‘behind the scene’s’ action at the annual Presidents’s Club Dinner. More than 120 guests enjoyed an evening of wine, food, music, student performances and toasts as we honored some of our most generous donors and supporters. The welcome reception was held in the Willamette room overlooking The Grove and the main event was held in “the black box,” a theater practice room inside the Math and Nursing building. For the majority of guests, this was their first time inside this space and it was a special behind the scenes look into WOU theater productions. Guests were treated to re-enactments from this summer’s student production of Shakespeare’s “Much ado About Nothing” and heard from the student performers. Toasts were made by President Fuller, Jim Baumgartner, Chair of the Board of Trustees and scholarship recipient, Evelyn Guzman. All food and food service was provided by WOU catering and they did a great job! Overall it was a splendid evening thanking our donors and supporters, we look forward to next year!
First home game/alumni of the game
Western Oregon University football had their home opener on Saturday, September 23. It was a gorgeous sunny day, the stadium was full of Wolves fans and the team looked great! The opponent was Humboldt State and in a hard faught game, the Wolves unfortunately lost in OT by one point. It was a fun game to watch, the Wolves scored 48 points. read the game recap here.
Also on Sept. 23 we were able to honor our first Alumni of the Game, Steve Giese class of 1979. Steve was nominated by his wife Diane for his accomplishments as a coach and teacher throughout the Valley. Here is what Diane had to say about her husband, “Steve played football for the Wolves, graduated, and then we married and he has been coaching ever since. He has a long coaching career which includes coaching football, wrestling and track. He taught most of his years at Stayton where he was instrumental in starting the Sports Medicine curriculum used at the high school. He has coached 36 years and impacted an average of 8,448 students and 4,250 athletes throughout his career stretching from Sweet Home to Lebanon and Stayton. He is currently coaching in Stayton, but has retired from teaching. Steve is that hardworking, dedicated, caring coach that everyone depends on. He is very worthy of this honor!” We agree Diane, Steve is very worthy and we are thrilled to have him as an Alumni of the Game!
For the fifth football game of the season, the Wolves traveled to Azusa, Cal. to take on the Azusa Pacific Cougars. It was a close game with a score of just 10 – 14 going into halftime. The Cougars pulled away in end to defeat the Wolves 48 – 17. Read the recap and get highlights here.
Prior to the game, a group of about 15 alumni, parents and prospective students met President Fuller and athletic director, Curtis Campbell at Congregation Ale House in Azusa for a pre-game reception to enjoy food, drinks and conversation. Southern California resident and alumni, Tom Marick helped plan and coordinate the event and welcomed guests to the venue. It was great meeting Southern California alums and supporters and spending an evening together! Thank you Tom for helping plan the event and for everything you do for WOU!