Hello, alumni and guests! Welcome to the Alumni Blog! Here we are at the start of a new year with new adventures and so much in store for our alums. I hope you enjoyed reading about our accomplishments in 2016 in the special holiday edition of PawPrints. It really was a great year and we have plenty to be thankful for. December also held events like the annual Holiday Tree Lighting, and the hot beverage tents sponsored by WOU Alumni. Read about each of these events below and tune in again next month for highlights from WOU Night at the Blazers and the first Alumni Board meeting of 2017!
Holiday Tree Lighting- As per tradition, the 49th annual Holiday Tree Lighting did not disappoint! The crowd grew as the clock ticked closer to 6 p.m. and soon there were thousands of people gathered around Monmouth Ave. to watch magic happen. We heard speeches from the mayors of both Monmouth and Independence, readings from essay winners at the local elementary schools and President Fuller. The Giant Sequoia tree on the lawn at Campbell Hall was lit in a glorious splendor and no one was disappointed. If you missed the festivities you can watch it on YouTube.
Alumni Tent- For the past several years the Alumni Office and the Alumni Board of Directors host beverage tents where we hand out hot cocoa and hot cider to cold and shivering people during the Tree Lighting. Each year, more than 1,000 gallons of cocoa and cider are consumed and this year was no different. We have so much fun handing out hot beverages to alumni, community members, guests and children. It gives us a chance to connect with our alums and supporters while providing relief to cold hands and tummies. One new addition this year was our fundraising efforts for the WOU Food Pantry. During the Tree Lighting we set out donation boxes for cash and food donations for people to give if they felt inclined. We were able to raise some money for the Food Bank through people’s generous donations, so thank you if you donated money!