Students recognized for clean up efforts during flooding aftermath in January
Several WOU students have been honored with Heritage Stewardship Recognition certificates from the Heritage Programs of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department for their efforts in saving collections at the Independence Heritage Museum. When flooding on Jan. 19 began filling the museum’s basement, director Peggy Smith began re-organizing the collections. She reached out to Roben Jack Larrison, curator of the Jensen Arctic Museum at WOU. From there it didn't take long for a team of students and staff from WOU to hear the call and run to the museum to help. Most students were football players and members of the Wolves Helping Others club.
The Western Oregon University students who received certificates are Rebecca Eldred, Marcus Cuellar, Trent Gallegas, Summer Swonski, Stacy Potter, Daniel Aumua, Sean Fujinaga, Brad Hall, Emily Bridges, Pristene Delegato, Spencer Bell, Hannah Seely, Justin Cassens, Chris Ekstedt, Jessica Sandalo, Robert Elmer, Chelsea Beecroft, Katie Williams, and Brian Plasker.
Director of Annual Giving Melissa Carlin ’10 and students help out at the Independence Heritage Museum.