Textures of Campus
September - December 2005

Every campus has a number of architectural features, memorials, or class gifts which often go unnoticed though they may be seen regularly.

Within this exhibit we invite you to take a look at a few of the WOU campus details which are mostly overlooked or hidden in parts of the campus you may not often visit. The textures of a campus, much like the textures of our clothing bring richness to our world we experience on an unconscious

Mermaid by Zach Murphy Vase 1990 Parents Tree Plaque

level. As you walk through campus this year, we challenge you to take notice of a few extra textures.

View the actual image sources by clicking on the images below.
Then, to view the location of each image, on campus, click on the image titles.

Volunteer plaque

Volunteer Plaque

This plaque is dedicated to individuals who volunteer to defend our nation. It is located in the front entrance of the Oregon Military Academy.

Police Memorial

One of several memorials on campus, this memorial is located in front of the police academy.

It is dedicated to Police Officers around the state of Oregon who have fallen in the line of duty.

Each May near Memorial Day, there is a service when names are added to the memorial of those Officers who gave their lives for service to the citizens of Oregon.

Police memorial

USGS Marker

USGS Marker

It was part of a 1940 geodetic survey conducted by the US government measuring
the West coast line of the United States.

This geodetic
survey reference marker is located along the walkway beside McArthur playing fields.

State Seal

The state seal can be found in most buildings owned or operated by the state of Oregon. There are two state seals located in front of the Police Academy.

Oregon state seal


time capsule on the ITC building

Time Capsule on
the ITC Building

The cornerstone on the Information Technology Center is located on the Southwest corner of the building. It is scheduled to be opened in 2015 when the building celebrates itís centennial.

The Sundial

The sundial is located in from of the Werner University Center on the corner of Monmouth Ave. and Church Streets.

The Orginal sundial on campus was the 1928 class gift that stood in front of the Old Physical Education Building until the construction of the Natural Science Building building in 1969.



dr. montana walking bull memorial plaque

Dr. Montana H.R. Walking Bull Memorial Tree Plaque

One of several memorials on campus, this tree honors Dr. Montana Walking Bull.

The tree is planted on the East side of the New PE building.

Dr. Walking Bull was a health and physical education instructor in the early 1960s.

Sequoia Tree Plaque

The giant sequoia, planted by the class of 1916 in front of Campbell Hall, holds the distinction of being the tallest tree on a State University Campus.

The plaque was added in 1967 by the sons of one of the original planting class.

Additional Facts:

Each year the giant sequoia is decked with lights during the winter holidays. It has been called the beakon of Western Oregon University.



sequoia tree plaque

These textures reveal the historical quest for academic excellence at Western Oregon University. For more information on the many historical elements at Western, contact Camila Gabaldon of university archives.

LOCATION: 3rd floor gallery
Curator: Jerrie Lee Parpart

A special acknowledgement goes to Michele Burke, Library Staff Member for the initial idea for the exhibit and for providing the rubbings.

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