Good day readers! What an exciting month we have ahead of us in June and what a month May was. May was bustling with activity, both on campus and off campus and we finally had some sunshine for longer than a day or so. Campus is beautiful with the blooming rhododendrons, and other flora in full bloom. Students are emerging from their residence halls and apartments to study outside in the sun and enjoy the beautiful spring weather. To any parents who have students graduating from high school, congratulations! ‘Tis the season of change and growth and celebrations. What a wonderful time of the year!
Check out some of the gorgeous flowers on campus:
Alumni & Friends After Hours: Bend
Monday, May 21- It was a beautiful Central Oregon evening. About a dozen Central Oregon alumni and guests gathered at Cabin 22 for drinks, food, fun and friends. Alumni ranged in graduation years from 1964 to 2015, and alums from OCE, WOSC and WOU were all present! Attendees enjoyed talking with one another, sharing stories, laughing about college shenanigans and getting together in their town. Each attendee received a WOU Alumni pint glass plus other WOU Alumni swag and several attendees won great raffle prizes such as t-shirts, sunglasses and mugs. It was great to see some our Central Oregon alumni, thank you for coming out! We will see you at future alumni events.
On Thursday, May 24 a group of about 20 alumni and friends gathered in South Corvallis at the alumni-owned 4 Spirits Distillery for the Alumni & Friends After Hours: Corvallis event. Guests enjoyed delicious cocktails, tasty food and hearing the 4 Spirits story. Dawson Officer ’06 is a veteran and the owner of 4 Spirits Distillery. He started his small show in Adair Village several years ago at first just making vodka. Soon after the vodka was perfected he and his crew came out rum, bourbon, single malt whiskey, whiskey and other delicious infused spirits such as cucumber gin. Be sure to check out this growing business and support a fellow alum! Our evening together was super fun and alums from OCE, WOSC and WOU laughed, shared stories, and caught up on where life has taken them since graduation.
More than 150 alumni, faculty, staff, veterans and friends gathered in the Pacific Room on May 29 to attend the Memorial Day Banquet. The banquet was put on by the Veterans Resource Center and Student Veterans of America and was an emotional, amazing evening. The color guard kicked the evening off and the live band played through the evening as well concluding with Taps. The keynote speaker brought the crowd to tears with a moving speech talking about remembering the fallen, being present at the Memorial Day traditions in Washington D.C. the day before and supporting our troops. The meal we shared was provided by campus catering and was phenomenal. Thank you to Vagabond Brewing for providing beer and President Fuller for providing wine! Congratulations to Andrew Holbert ’14, Director of Veterans Resource Center for an incredible event.