Hello alumni and friends. I hope May finds you well and dried out from the very wet April we had! Did anyone else see the statistic that came out claiming Oregon had 147 days of rain since October? That’s too much! Let’s welcome the sunshine and drier days! Also coming in May are some great events. On Tuesday, May 2, the Alumni association is hosting the LGBTQA+ Reception prior to the “Coming out Monologues”. On May 7 and May 8, we will be co-sponsoring a luncheon in Honolulu and Reception in Maui with the Career Mentoring Program, which will combine alumni, incoming freshmen, and families for food and refreshments prior to SOAR programs. Throughout the month we should connect with more than 50 alumni through these various events. To check out these events and register, go to the main alumni page. The rest of the month will be spent focusing on Commencement and Senior Sendoff.
April was a whirlwind month, full of activity, travel, food and fun with friends! The flowers are in full bloom and campus is gorgeous. Check out the recaps from April and pictures from campus below.
Education Career Fair
On Monday, April 3 the SLCD department hosted the annual Education Career Fair. The Pacific Room was filled with vendor tables from schools throughout the country, many schools had WOU Alumni representatives at them. The Alumni Association once again partnered with the CMP to host a table for alumni to hand out swag and connect with alumni returning to campus to promote their organization. Throughout the three hour fair, we talked with more than 30 WOU/WOSC/OCE alumni! It was great to connect with alums and share what we have going on here at WOU, including the mentoring program and multiple alumni events.
**If you are a teacher and in need of an Alma Mater pennant for your classroom, contact Emily at 503-838-8710 and one can be mailed to you.
Spring Wine Mixer
A group of about 50 alumni and guests enjoyed a decadent and educational five course meal complete with wine tasting on the evening of April 13 at the Spring Wine Mixer. This years event was held at the Dye House on the campus of the Willamette Heritage Center in Salem. Food was provided by Elegant Catering out of Salem and wine and wine education was provided by Illahe Vineyards in Dallas. During the dinner, guests were served a five course meal where each plate paired with a specific Illahe wine. Bethany Ford, a co-owner of Illahe Vineyards, discussed each wine including the harvest process, the name behind each, personal feelings on each and more! Guests left the event smiling and laughing. It was an honor to have four Alumni Award of Excellence winners among the crowd as well as President Fuller and his wife, Susan.
WOU Night at the Timbers
For the first time, the WOU Alumni Association hosted WOU Night at the Timbers on the evening of April 15 at Providence Park in Portland. Our group of about 45 joined the hoards of Timbers fans as they took on the Sporting Kansas City in a home field battle. Although the Timbers lost the match, only their second of the season, we had a great evening! President Fuller, his wife Susan, their daughter and grandson joined the action and met several Portland alumni and guests. Our seats were top notch, located just above the Timbers goal, only a few yards off the field. We enjoyed a never ending buffet and had access to a bar just outside of our seating area. The energy of the stadium and the of the Timbers fans is infectious and we all left chanting, cheering and smiling. Check out the photos below to see event pictures!