for a Student Center-Commons for Oregon
College of Education students begins.
On October 24, the more than
46,000 square-foot Center was completed
at a cost of $830,000. It included
a snack bar, leisure-time area,
student post office, lounge, dorm
office, and student government office,
on the main floor; a bookstore,
alumni office, student publication
offices, recreation area, and duplicating
and information office on the lower
floor. The area that is currently
known as the Pacific Room doubled
as the dining hall for dorm students
and ballroom for special activities.
It was known as the Commons.
The College Center underwent
its first major renovation. The
name was changed from the “Student
Center” to the “College
Center” to identify the increase
in building usage; the then Commons-area
was turned into the Pacific Room
and Coffee Shop: The following rooms
were renamed-the Mural Room to the
Willamette Room, Conference Room
to the Wallowa Room and the upper
Fire Place Room to the Oregon Room.
The building was carpeted.
The Centennial Union Building
“CUB,” proposed as the
name for the College Center, was
vetoed by the Chancellor’s
Office. Instead, The Sweet Shoppe,
the Umatilla Room, and the music
listening room were converted into
the Cubby Hole, a derivative of
CUB. During the conversion, the
Sweet Shoppe operated out of the
Umatilla Room. The bookstore was
expanded downstairs and renamed
the Western Store.
The Student Placement Center
(Career Services) moved from the
Education Building to the College
Center. The Deschutes Room moved
to its present location, across
from the Cubby Hole.
A second major remodeling
of the Center, which cost $620,000
began. A concrete bashing was held
June 11 to break ground for a new
social center and bookstore approved
for an expanded College Center.
A brand new Western Store
moved to the main floor of the College
Center, while Levi’s “Not
Necessarily Normal,” the new
student social center, was dedicated
and opened for business.
On May 31, the College Center
was dedicated in memory of its former
director, Neal W. Werner, and called
the Werner College Center.
The Cubby Hole was remodeled;
the small deli became a “grab
and go” store. The previous
brown and beige color scheme of
the Werner College Center was changed
to blue and white. By 1991, the
carpet in the Werner College Center
was so old that the custodian had
to patch large tears with duct tape.
Regardless of the attempts to hold
the carpet together, it tore further
every time it was vacuumed; so,
the old carpet was replaced in 1992.
The new blue carpet was funded by
Student Incidental fees and other
moneys, not by state taxes.
The Wolves’ Den study
area was remodeled to build the
espresso deli and desert area known
as Caffe’ Allegro.
Obtained $2.25 million from
OSSHE for Phase I of a 3 Phase project.
Planning with user groups begins.
Broke ground in September
for Phase I which will include a
service area, building storage,
relocation of the loading dock and
a new handicapped assessable North
The Institution name was changed
to Western Oregon University, therefore
changing the Werner College Center
to the Werner University Center.
Obtained $3.485 million from OSSHE
for Phase II of the Master Plan.
User group meetings begin with the
Bookstore, student media, conference
rooms and plaza/circulation areas.
The Werner University Center
received $2.8 million from the Oregon
University System (OSSHE) for the
final phase of the remodel.
The Werner University Center
Phase III was completed. Old and
New HVAC system redone throughout
the building and tied together into
The late night social center
“The Den” was created
in place of the Games room. The
lower area of the WUC opened new
hours of operation and some evenings
the late night area was open until
2:00 am. The WUC operation along
with Student Activities Board and
the University Residences programmed
activities in The Den every night.
The ASWOU Stonewall Center for GLBTQ Students and Allies was created in the lower level of the WUC.
The Book Exchange was walled in a a Student Leadership & Activities Programming Office was created.
Meditation room created within the Student organization Lounge space.
Construction completed on a $2 million addition and remodel project approved out of student building fee monies. Changes include:
- New 3000 sq. foot addition for a lounge and conference room on the 2nd floor.
- ASWOU space moved to former Student Media and Willamette Room footprints.
- Multicultural Student Services and Programs (MSSP) moving in the former Oregon Room location.
- Student Media moving to the former Den footprint.
- Vice President for Student Affairs office taking space in the former ASWOU office areas.
- Some lounge work adjacent to Caffe Allegro.
Work completed in summer 2012 on Deschutes Lounge - pool table, TV, video gaming and lounge with light on upper level of the WUC where half of former ASWOU location sat.
Work on remodel of Non-Traditional Student Lounge expected, including new carpet, surfaces, furniture and lighting to bring up to current standards of design and comfort in the WUC.