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There wasn’t a lot happening in alumni world in the month of July but there sure was a lot going on in the community and around campus! We love seeing alums and meeting new people but we also like having time to spend in our community with business owners, local community members and supporting what’s going on around us. As the year goes on, and more alumni events are announced, I encourage you to invite your non-alumni friends and community members to attend events and get involved. There’s a lot going on here on campus and some great things are coming up!
For upcoming events and activities, university news and more, read August’s e-newsletter and register for upcoming events today! For a quick review of July, check out the recaps below.
Independence Day Celebrations
With a town called Independence, it is only appropriate to celebrate Independence Day in a BIG way! There is a parade, a 5k run, fireworks and of course, festivals complete with rides, vendors and fair food. The annual tradition brings the community together for a few days of family-friendly fun. WOU participates in the parade through decorating and driving a float through the streets during the parade and hands out event invites, candy, photos with Wolfie and more. It’s a fun tradition and great seeing everyone come together.
New Athletics Director
Western Oregon University’s new Athletics Director, Curtis Campbell started his position with WOU in July. Curtis came to WOU from Tuskegee University in Tuskegee, AL where he was the Director of Athletics for Division II Tuskegee University. We are excited to have Curtis on board and see what plans he has for WOU! You will have opportunities to meet Curtis and hear about his vision and plans for WOU at upcoming Wolves Receptions in various regions. Up next, Curtis will travel to Bend, Oregon to speak and attend the Central Oregon Wolves Reception. Read more about Curtis here.
On July 30, more than 100 people came out to campus to attend the Smith Fine Arts Auction. The auction was held in the Pacific Room and items such as wine tours, paintings, gift certificates, vacations, beer and wine were auctioned off. Director of SFA, Sandy Newland, said she was taken aback with the amount of “new faces” in the crowd this year and attendees claimed this was one of the best auctions they’d been to in years for Smith Fine Arts. The auction was able to raise more than $30,000 which will go to support the beloved concert series of Smith Fine Arts. Well done Sandy and auction committee!