May 2019

Hello alumni and friends! For any of our Star Wars fans, I hope May the Fourth was a good day for you and happy belated Cinco de Mayo to all of our Latinx alums! There is a lot happening on campus and even more to look forward to. On May 3rd, hundreds of high school students from around Oregon gathered on campus to attend the annual Caesar Chavez Leadership Conference. Check out the robust list of schools who were represented! WOU Softball played in the GNAC Championships in Portland at Concordia’s Porter Park and ended the season in ____ place. Other happenings included midterms during weeks four and five, the sun came out and the temperatures are warming leading to masses of people outside in hammocks, on skateboards, long boards, bikes, or just lounging in the grass and an overall excited and positive vibe on campus as the year end approaches.  

May is booked with events like a dinner fundraiser for 100 Opportunities on May 11, the Alumni & Friends After Hours on May 14 at Xicha Brewing, and the Academic Excellence Showcase on May 30. Hopefully you can make it to campus for the showcase and support our students as they show off their hard work and proudly discuss projects. It’s a busy and exciting time for sure! For recaps on April events keep on reading below. 

Alumni Board meeting

The WOU Alumni Board of Directors met for it’s spring meeting on April 6, 2019. Conversation topics included upcoming events, Commencement and Senior Sendoff, committee reports, goals and community partnerships. The next board meeting is set for Saturday, June 22 and will be held on campus. If you are interested in becoming an Alumni board member, contact Emily at 503-838-8710. 

After Hours and Ayad Akhtar

On Tuesday, April 9 despite the flooding and rain a small group gathered at Arena Sports Bar in Independence for the Independence Alumni & Friends After Hours. The wonderful owners, who are also alums, hosted us and provided appetizers and drink specials. Thank you Miranda and Julia, you two rock! 

Following the After Hours a very special event was held on campus; An Evening With Ayad Akhtar. This was presented by the Jensen Lecture and the first special event to take place in a few years. Ayad is a Pulitzer Prize winning playwright and author. Read his bio here. There was an ice reception held in Rice Auditorium prior to the show then the audience gathered inside to listen to a moderated conversation between Ayad and WOU faculty member Kent Neely. There was also a time for questions and answers. It was a pleasant and educational evening. We look forward to the next special guest.  

LGBTQ & Allies Reception & Coming out Monologues

What a spectacular evening Monday, April 29 was! A group of more than 40 people gathered in the Willamette Room for drinks, snacks, conversation and celebration at the LGBTQ & Allies Alumni reception. Two coming out stories- one from an alumni and one from a current student- were shared at the event as well as a welcome by Vice President & General Counsel Ryan Hagemann, and remarks from CM Hall. Money raised at this event went to support the Stonewall Center on campus. The next LGBTQ Alumni event will be held next year prior to the drag show, and we may have more throughout the year as well! 

Following the reception, guests went downstairs to the Pacific Room for the 3rd Coming out Monologues production. The show featured students, faculty, staff, friends and alumni sharing their personal coming out stories and journies. Each person who shared their story had a very different path and experiences. The stories made people laugh, cry, smile, and basically experience every emotion possible. This powerful production is held only every two years and gets more popular every time. Watch for it to happen in April of 2021! 



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Emily Lafon Alumni Relations Coordinator

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