September 2018

Hello alumni and friends! Welcome to September, one of my favorite months of the year. Our temperatures are about perfect, kids are back in school, students return to college and fall sports begin! It’s still warm enough during the day to get away with shorts and a light jacket and the evenings bring that cool, crisp fall air. What’s not to love about this month? There sure is a lot happening on and around campus. Students will move into the resident halls on Sept. 16, others will move in soon or have already moved into their apartments or houses off campus and the football, volleyball and soccer teams have been practicing for weeks. We’re set for a new school year to start and welcome our class of 2022!

Although September is busy August was also a busy month with several events and travel. Check out recaps of August happenings.

Ashland adventure

On a smoky Saturday in August, a group of Emeritus Society members, alumni and spouses gathered into a van and traveled down to Ashland for a weekend adventure. We made sack lunches and stopped at the Mennonite Village off of Peoria Rd. to enjoy a picnic lunch and delicious cookies. After lunch, we drove south and made a stop at Rice Hill for the “most famous ice cream in Oregon,” and they did not disappoint. With our bellies full and the great conversation flowing we continued down interstate 5 to Ashland where we checked into our hotel, cleaned up and then attended a reception hosted by Rex and Susan Fuller. During the reception we met up with a dozen other alumni and friends who were from the Ashland area and made connections with one another. Following the reception ten guests attended various performances at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Due to the smoke in the area, the plays were moved from outdoors to indoor areas and even to the local high school. The performances were phenomenal and even though we weren’t able to see the play in the originally scheduled outdoor Elizabethan theater, the performances did not disappoint and all guests had an amazing time. The following morning we loaded back onto the van to head for home. We made one last stop at Rice Hill for ice cream and a picnic lunch then arrived back on campus around 3:30 with smiles, stories and new friendships. 

Eugene after hours 

On Wednesday, August 22 a group of more than 20 alumni, guests and friends gathered in Eugene at Hop Valley Brewing, co. to enjoy drinks, food, conversation and networking. This event was part of the After Hours series and was the fifth event of its kind. We enjoyed conversation and learning more about our alumni friends in the Eugene area and exchanged contact information. All guests received a WOU alumni pint glass and everyone was entered into a drawing. The grand prize was a hooded sweatshirt provided by Playground Sports, an alum-owned business. Thank you for coming out, Eugene alumni and friends! Great seeing you and getting to know you. 

The next After Hours events are planned for Portland on October 23rd and 24th. More details to come!

Upcoming events

Be sure to check out the full campus calendar for a full list of upcoming events! Other events to add to your calendar are:

Other updates

The alumni webpage has a new look! be sure to check out and see whats changed! 

Did you know we’re on LinkedIn and you can join the WOU Alumni group to receive job postings, event announcements and more? Find us on LinkedIn!

Have you even considered becoming an Emeritus Society member? The Emeritus Society meets on the first Monday of the month from 1:30 – 3 p.m. at Gentle House. Every month is different and features a guest speaker, coffee and cookies. Speakers have included local authors, a tour of the Salem underground tunnels, a presentation from a Cuba vacation, special presentation by president Rex Fuller and more. The lectures are robust and always entertaining. Aside from monthly meetings, the group also goes on field trips monthly and have visited places like the Capitol Library, Mission Mill, the new carousel in downtown Albany and more! Membership is open to the public and costs just $30 annually for a single and $60 annually for a joint membership. All membership dues and any donations to Emeritus go to support student scholarships at WOU. The next meeting will be held on October 2nd, at 1:30 p.m. at Gentle House. Come by and check it out!


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Emily Lafon Alumni Relations Coordinator

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