Hello alumni and friends! Happy summer! I hope you have great plans this summer to spend time with family, friends, on your own, on vacation, whatever makes you happy. Here in Oregon we love our summers (most of us anyways) and when that sun comes out it’s like everyone wakes up from hibernation and the state comes alive! Are you a spring/summer person or a fall/winter person? This month is packed full of events and happenings such as the Wolves Athletic Auction, Commencement, Senior Sendoff, and many, many campus celebrations and events. Be sure to check out the events section to find out what’s coming up for alumni & friends and check the campus calendar for information on campus happenings and beyond.
May was a good month, we were busy Read below for recaps on some of the months events and activities.
An Evening at St. Josef’s
It was a gorgeous spring evening at St. Josef’s Winery in Canby, OR. On May 11, a group of more than 60 folks comprised of alumni, friends, staff, faculty and guests gathered for dinner and wine tasting hosted by the WOU Foundation for it’s spring fundraising campaign, 100 Opportunities. Premiere Catering out of Portland served a delightful five course meal and winery owners and staff poured samples of five of their favorite house-made wines. Over the course of the evening guests heard from President Fuller, an alumni on her story of how scholarships changed her life and trajectory, a current student on overcoming the odds of going to college and graduating debt free, a friend of the university on the importance of supporting scholarships and some board members. In total, more than $12,000 was raised in one evening- all funds go to student scholarships for WOU students. It was a fantastic evening and we look forward to hosting this great event again next year! Want to be part of it? Contact Emily at 503-838-8710 to find out how you can score an invite.
Alumni & Friends After Hours
The second Tuesday of the month was the monthly “Alumni & Friends After Hours” event. May’s event was held at one of Salem’s newest breweries, Xicha Brewing. We had giveaways, we had great conversation, we met some new friends and enjoyed delicious Latinx food and drinks. The pouring rain didn’t stop anyone from having a great time on May 14. The June After Hours is scheduled for June 11 at Vagabond Brewing. It will start at 5:30 and we hope to see you there!
Howl About it Days
For the first time ever, WOU hosted “Howl About it Days” on May 23 and 24. The day was spent listening to colleagues brag about the neat, unique and exciting things they have going on in their departments and hearing from many various areas of campus. It was super neat to find out what’s happening in the worlds of chemistry, gerontology, education, ASL and so much more! WOU really has a lot going on and we’re on the horizon for so many more great achievements. To hear about some of these achievements and plans, be sure to attend “What’s New at WOU” events in your region!
Academic Excellence Showcase
On May 30 Western students were able to showcase their amazing academic works at the annual Academic Excellence Showcase. Students from every major were spotlighted and the whole day was spent bragging about their projects and research. It was an incredible day and another reason to be super proud of our students.