July 2019

Hello alumni and friends! How is your summer going so far? This week is one of our favorites in town- it’s Independence Day week and if you’ve ever been in town during this week you know how infectious the vibe is. Main Street is lined with chairs of anxious parade watchers anticipating the annual Fourth of July parade. Businesses are decorated in their Americana decor and homes are flying their flags proudly. We look forward this weeks activities all year long when people set aside differences and come out to celebrate America with friends, family members and community members. What are your plans for the Fourth? Do  you have an annual tradition? We’d love to hear about it! Send an email to alumni@wou.edu with your story. 

June was a crazy month! We had a little of everything in terms of weather. We even saw triple digits earlier in the month and everyone was pleased when it dropped to a more reasonable 80 degrees for Commencement. Campus was busting with activity. Students completed their finals and moved out of their residence halls to head home for summer, other’s stayed in Monmouth for summer school and/or jobs. July will be a little slower but there is still plenty going on, including a FREE event in Portland at the Columbia Sportswear Employee Store on July 9! There were three big events in June for Alumni Relations. Check out what happened below. 

What’s new at WOU- featuring WOU:Salem

The first “What’s new at WOU” events took place in Salem on Tuesday, June 4 at the WOU:Salem campus. Guests heard from university leaders on new programs such as the masters in Organizational Leadership, General Education reform making it easier for students to graduate in four years without extra debt and unnecessary classes, an applied baccalaureate degree which will make the road to graduating with a bachelors degree much easier for folks who have some college but need a few more classes to finish their degree and of course, WOU:Salem! More of these great information sessions are happening throughout the summer so watch for one in your area! There is a lot happening on campus, tons of changes and plans in place to meet goals, be sure to come get the scoop. 

*The next What’s new at WOU” will be held in Central Oregon on the weekend of August 23-24. More details to come!*  

Senior Sendoff

For years it’s been a tradition for WOU Alumni Relations to throw the graduating seniors a celebration party the night before Commencement. We invite all of the graduates and their family members to Gentle House where we enjoy a catered meal, great DJ’d music, conversations, remarks from the President and others, and door prizes. This year’s event was held on Friday, June 14 and we had one of the largest crowds we’ve ever seen. More than 300 graduates, their guests, university faculty and staff, volunteers and alumni gathered at Gentle House for a night of fun. Campus Catering served up BBQ’d chicken and pulled pork sliders, coleslaw, baked beans and more. Alumni owned business Arena Sports Bar and Grill provided kegs and keg setup for our thirsty guests and other great sponsors were also on hand to congratulate our newest wolf alumni. Thank you all of our volunteers and sponsors, we couldn’t have done it without you! We look forward to celebrating our graduates of 2020 next June!


On June 15 at 10 a.m. a processional of red gowns and regalia lasting 27 minutes marched from New PE onto McArthur field to celebrate the 162nd Western Oregon University Commencement Ceremony. Approximately 1,100 students walked across the stage that day. The Commencement speaker was alum Rosa Lee Timm ’03, a deaf performing artist and other speakers included Tony Crawford ’80 to introduce the 2019 Alumni Award of Excellence winner Jer Pratton ’68, President Fuller, and several outstanding student speakers as well. It was truly an incredible day and we welcome the class of 2019 to our Alumni community! 

*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