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The mission of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is to provide the central learning experience for all undergraduate students at Western Oregon University. The faculty are committed to engaging students in academic discovery and intellectual growth via the core curriculum, undergraduate major and minor curricula, and mastery in select graduate programs. The College is a participant in the Association of American Colleges and Universities' Liberal Education & America's Promise (LEAP) initiative on general education for students.
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History Student Recognition and Presentations April 2013
The History Department at Western Oregon University receives 2013 Heritage Center Service Award
Executive Director John Hawkins, of the Willamette Heritage Center in Salem, Oregon, has announced that The History Department at Western Oregon University has been selected for the 2013 Heritage Center Service Award in recognition of the department's meritorious efforts in support of the Willamette Heritage Center’s mission and vision. The award will be presented during the 21st annual Heritage Awards dinner, scheduled for April 19 at the Willamette Heritage Center in Salem.
This award recognizes the WOU History Department for the contributions of the following Graduate Student and Undergraduate Student roles in service to Public History initiatives at the Willamette Heritage Center:
Service on the Editorial Board for Willamette Valley Voices: Connecting Generations
Research Internships to support Permanent Exhibit redesign for the Lee House, Boone House, and the Parsonage buildings at the Willamette Heritage Center:
Research Internship to Support Development of Third Grade Curriculum
Presentation of Research in Fall Speaker Series at the WHC:
Contributions of articles for publication in WHC publication, Willamette Valley Voices
Presentations of Student Research at the 2012 Winter Forum on Women's Voting Rights
Presentation of Student Research at the WHC 2012 Summer History Pub
The Willamette Heritage Center, which was formerly the Marion County Historical Society and the Mission Mill Museum (before those two, separate organizations merged to form the WHC a few years ago), has been a long-term partner in offering internship, employment, research, and other professional opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in History programs at Western Oregon University for most of the past two decades. This formal recognition by the Board of Directors for the WHC is a credit to the recent and current students listed above, and to their predecessors, who were strong ambassadors for our university in collaboration with this nearby partner in the mid-valley heritage community.
WOU history students presented papers at the Pacific Northwest Phi Alpha Theta Conference.
The papers that they presented were the following:
Travis Cook, graduate, "Stalin Party of One?: A Look at Domestic Political Resistance to Stalin's Collectivization Policies"
Brittney Teal-Cribbs, undergraduate, "Edgar Wallace: Dealing with the German Past."
Sarah Murphy, undergraduate, "Drug Pushers & Disregarded Side Effects: Gilded Age Education & Childhood Reform"
Kati Greer, graduate, "'Don't Shop Where Yo Can't Work:' An Examination of the Employment Equality Activism of the Seattle Congress of Racial Equality"
Jennifer Ross, graduate, "Projections of Complicity: Narratives of Rape Survivors in Wartime Bosnia, 1992-1995"
Gregory Garcia, graduate, "The War That Wasn't! The Tokyo War Plot of 1907"
Erin Deatherage, undergraduate, "Victimization of American Indians in the Civil War."
Zachary W. Jones, undergraduate, "Metropolitan Desires and the Election of 1912: An Examination of Coos Bay, Oregon During the Progressive Era"
Argentine criminal justice leaders visit campus
Dr. Juan Lewis, Minister of Justice and Human Rights for the state of Santa Fe, Argentina, and Dr. Gustavo Franceschetti, Chief Public Defender for the city of Rosario, Argentina and head of the Criminal Law Program and Director of Graduate Studies at the National University of Rosario, were invited guests of Dr. Maureen Dolan and Dr. Stephen Gibbons. Dr. Dolan, professor of sociology, and Dr. Gibbons, professor and chair of criminal justice, had met with Drs. Lewis and Franceschetti during field research in Argentine prisons during summer 2012. While on campus, the Argentine guests gave presentations and met with students, faculty and administrators; they also met with Oregon criminal courts and penal systems officials. WOU and the National University of Rosario are developing curricular programs for criminal justice exchange opportunities. WOU maintains a study abroad program for WOU students at the National University of Rosario.
Surprise holiday gift for stargazing
Dale Green and Wanita Miller had heard good things about WOU and wished to donate a Dobsonian telescope to the college of liberal arts and sciences. Mr. Green, a professor of mathematics at Lane Community College, had constructed the telescope under the tutelage of famed amateur astronomer, John Dobson.
Photo: Winita Miller and Dale Green with dean Scheck
Activity showcases also can be found at divisional and departmental web sites.
The Dean's faculty highlight
Professor evaluates risk assessment tool for predicting criminal recidivism
January 18 , 2013
Dr. Stephen Gibbons, professor and chair of criminal justice has published a report on the effectiveness of the Public Safety Checklist risk assessment tool designed by the Oregon Criminal Justice Commission and the Oregon Department of Corrections. The Public Safety Checklist is employed to predict the likelihood that an offender may become a repeat offender. The report is posted at the Criminal Justice Commission’s web site: http://www.oregon.gov/cjc/Pages/index.aspx
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