October blog post

October, 2019

Happy fall alumni and friends! How beautiful is it it outside right now with those vibrant colors? These crisp mornings and evenings with warm days makes for a nice, gradual transition into fall. Here on campus we’ve been enjoying student activities for New Student Week, welcoming our faculty, students and friends back to campus for the new academic year and prepping for the start of the year. As always, our Facilities Services team have been working hard to keep campus looking pristine and welcoming. We welcome all of the new and returning students to campus and wish you a fantastic year! 

September was a very busy month. There were multiple events, the start of home football games, the President’s address, and much more. For a full recap of September’s happening, keep reading. 

Alumni & Friends After Hours- 

On Tuesday, September 10 a small group of alumni and volunteers gathered at Heroes Taphouse in Salem to enjoy beverages, food and conversation at the September After Hours event. These events are great for networking and inviting friends to, to help them learn more about alumni programs and offerings. The new After Hours events will be held on October 8. Locations are TBA! Mark your calendars for the second Tuesday of each month. 

Forward Together Celebration –

Independence has a new boutique hotel called The Independence. This project has been a long time in the making and we were thrilled to be the first group to host a party on the rooftop. The venue offers beautiful views of the Willamette River and surrounding area. On Friday, September 13 the WOU Foundation hosted a cocktail party to celebrate the first phase of the “Forward Together” campaign by inviting all of the folks who participated in the research phase to the party. The hotel staff did a phenomenal job with their service and all attendees enjoyed a wonderful evening. We look forward to celebrating more events at The Independence in the near future. 

What’s new at WOU Brunch- 

A great group of alumni, students, friends and Wolf fans enjoyed a delightful brunch buffet, mimosas, coffee and presentation by Dr. Rob Winningham, Provost on September 14. Dr. Winningham presented on “What’s at WOU” and gave a very comprehensive review on what is happening on and around WOU. Topics included WOU becoming an HSI (Hispanic serving institution), General Education reform, new buildings and more. Thank you to Dr. Winningham for his wonderful presentation and thank you to our wonderful alums and friends for coming to this great event. 

First home game, Community Appreciation Day- 

WOU Played their first home game on September 14 against Texas A &M M- Commerce. For the first home game of the season and for the second year in a row, WOU Athletics opened this game up to the public and community members to attend for free for “Community Appreciate Day.” The parking lot was full of eager tailgaters, laughs, sounds from the drum line and cheers. The team played well and lost in the end by just one touchdown. The next home game is Saturday, October 5 and kickoff is at 1:05 p.m. If you come to game be sure to stop by the alumni tents to say hello and great a snack and some swag. 




September 2019

Hello alumni and friends! I hope your back to school transition has been smooth and easy and people are in their routines now. WOU students start classes on September 30 and then just a few short weeks after that is Homecoming! September marks the start of all the fun fall activities such as New Student Week, football (both college and professional), ceremonies such as the President’s Club Concert and Homecoming. Fall is a really wonderful time around here and it’s beautiful watching the leaves turn vibrant colors as fall approaches. If you haven’t been back to campus in awhile, fall is the perfect time to come back. There’s a lot happening and campus is gorgeous. 

August was another slower month for alumni events. We hosted two Alumni & Friends After Hours events, including our first one at the coast (read about them below)! Coming up, we’ve got a lot on the calendar and we hope you will join us for events in your region. Make your plans now to come back for Homecoming & Wolves Reunion Weekend. Check out what else is coming up in the e-news and read more about August’s After Hours events below. 

Alumni & Friends After Hours- Astoria

WOU Alumni Board President Victoria Scholerman ’04 hosted an Alumni & Friends After Hours event in Astoria, OR on the evening of August 13. A group of six local alums gathered at Fort George Brewing and enjoyed beverages, food, conversation and fun giveaways. Attendees enjoyed seeing one another and discovering what other WOU alums lived near them. We plan on coming back to Astoria in the near future, thank you for being a great host!

Alumni & Friends After Hours- Salem

The second After Hours event that was held on August 13 was held in Salem at Vagabond Brewing. The Salem events are becoming more popular and on average there are 10 – 12 attendees at each. This one was hosted by WOU Board Vice President Evan Sorce ’10. It was a hot day but the beverages were cold, the food was tasty and the conversations were great. The next Salem After Hours will be held on September 10 at Heroes Tap House from 5:30 – 7:30. Come check it out!

Other events for your calendar-

**The next What’s new at WOU events will be in Monmouth on September 14, Hood River on October 1 and Hermiston on October 3. Hope to see you at one of them!

*Are you part of the class of 2019 and want to make sure you stay connected? Fill out this contact form so we have your updated email address and home address. Also let us know what you’d like to see offered for alumni!*



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Emily Lafon Alumni Relations Coordinator

(503) 838-8710 | or e-mail: lafone@wou.edu  | Location: The Cottage