January 2019

Hello alumni and friends! Happy New year! I hope that 2019 has started well for you and you’re healthy, happy and enjoyed family, friends and laughs during the holidays. Western was closed for our annual holiday break from December 24th to December 28th, open on the 31st and then closed again on the 1st for New Years Day. Students returned on the 7th and classes kicked off for winter term. The whole month of December was spent planning, prepping for 2019 and closing out 2018. We truly had a great 2018 and can’t wait to see what 2019 holds. 

We have some events planned right out the gate like an alumni night at WOU basketball when both the men’s and women’s teams are home on January 19 and a Legacy Reception for current students and their family members who are alumni on February 9! At the Alumni Night event we will be handing out FREE WOU t-shirts to the first 50 alumni through the door and will have other great giveaways. Also, if you show your alumni card at  the door you can receive $2 off admission! The Legacy Reception is free to attend and will include beverages, giveaways, some fun trivia and more! Read more about these events and get details though the e-news or visit the main web page here

There’s a lot to share from November and December since the December e-news was our special holiday edition. Read below to get recaps and more from November and December!

Senior Kickoff

On Tuesday, November 13 an anxious and excited group of soon to be graduates gathered in the Pacific Room to prepare for their upcoming Commencement and graduation. They enjoyed snacks, beverages and hearing from folks from departments like the Registrar’s Office, Financial Aid, SLCD and more. Department speakers shared the steps that need to be taken in their area for students to graduate and brought forms and paperwork with them. By the end of the evening the seniors had the information they needed to know for a successful transition from WOU. All senior attendees received a special gift from WOU Alumni at the end as a token of appreciate for attending. We can’t wait to welcome our newest Wolves to our family in June! 

Tree Lighting and Alumni Day

It was November 30th and it was a blustery and wet day in Monmouth, common for this time of year. Crews had been working continuously to make the grounds look pristine and welcome the hoards of guests who would be showing up for the tree lighting and Alumni Day. People started showing up in the morning to come for the festivities offered during Alumni such as campus tours, lunch at Valsetz, shopping at the Wolfstore and more. The Foundation staff worked all day to turn the Cottage into a welcoming holiday abode and entertained guests from 4 – 6 p.m. with food, beverages, coffee, cider and more. The WOU Alumni tents were setup and lit with Christmas lights to illuminate the hot beverages that were given out later that evening. Monmouth Ave. looked a little bare until about 5:55 p.m. when slowly the crowds filled in to watch the annual parade and Tree Lighting. Children were bundled up in their winter coats and rain jackets, folks were wearing rain boots, scarves, gloves and hats but people were smiling and cheering as the parade came through campus. The tree was lit without any problems and for just a few moments, everything was silent and magical. It was another year for the books. The Giant Sequoia tree stands tall in the lawn of Campbell hall. If you drive through Monmouth you can catch a glimpse of the magical tree from your car window. Thank you to everyone who made the trek to Monmouth for our special day! We so appreciate all of you and can’t wait to see you again next year! 


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Emily Lafon Alumni Relations Coordinator

(503) 838-8710 | or e-mail: lafone@wou.edu  | Location: The Cottage