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Western Oregon University Board of Trustees Approves New Minor, Welcomes New Member (Photo) - 01/19/18

MONMOUTH, Ore. -- The Western Oregon University Board of Trustees convened Wednesday, Jan. 17, for its quarterly meeting. The board welcomed new trustee Gayle Evans, chief human resources officer at Unitus Community Credit Union, to her inaugural meeting and approved a new minor in public history.

The new minor is in the History department of the Social Sciences Division. The Public History minor will be directed by Associate Professor Patricia Goldsworthy-Bishop and would prepare students for future employment in archives, museums or any institution requiring establishment of historical record or interpretation and display for the public. Participating students will be required to engage in experiential learning opportunities such as an internship with a historical society. The program is expected to begin fall 2018.

"We are pleased to offer this new, career-focused minor for students interested in history," said Provost Stephen Scheck. "Not only will it provide students with the opportunity to explore a different facet of history education, but it also will teach them how to use their passion for the subject to educate and delight audiences who might otherwise overlook the importance of our past."

WOU has been working on a general education curricular update that would focus on a 180-credit-to-degree for all students. The plan, which combines well-rounded academic requirements with a definitive timeline to mitigate student debt and increase degree accessibility, has been progressing for about a year. At the meeting, it was announced that the plan had officially moved from the General Education Task Force to the Faculty Senate's General Education Committee; the proposal faces several steps before it is voted on. If approved, the new requirements would take effect in the fall of 2019.

In other action, the board:
* Recognized the WOU chapter of Student Veterans of America for its recent Chapter of the Year award, which was revealed earlier this month at the SVA national conference.
* Approved the 2017 Annual Financial Report and the Q2 Management Report
* Heard an update on the Campus Master Plan, the renovations of the Natural Science building and the repurposing of the former Oregon Military Academy building
The next Board of Trustees meeting is set for April 18.

About Western Oregon University
Western Oregon University, founded in 1856 and located in Monmouth, is the state's oldest public university. Serving approximately 5,500 students, WOU is a mid-sized, NCAA Division II institution with nearly 80 percent of the student population being from Oregon. A significant portion of attendees are members of under-represented groups, veterans or non-traditional students. WOU is Oregon's campus of choice for those seeking a transformative education in a supportive, student-centered learning community where classes are taught by faculty. Together we succeed.
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Selena Moreno (left) and Stephen Nielson rehearse a scene from "The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence," in which they both play several roles. The Western Oregon University Theatre department will perform Madeleine George's award-winning play Feb.
Western Oregon University Theatre Presents The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence (Photo) - 01/18/18

MONMOUTH, Ore. -- The Western Oregon University theatre department will present The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence by Madeleine George on February 8-10, 2018.

The play, which was a finalist for the 2014 Pulitzer Prize in Drama, will be directed by student Matthew Miller '18. It takes a closer look at several Watsons through history, including Sherlock Holmes' trusty associate, the Jeopardy-crushing super-computer, the engineer behind Alexander Graham Bell's telephone and a modern-day techie searching for love.

"This show is about the people behind the people who change the world: the assistants, transcriptionists and secretaries," said Miller. "The thing I hope people take away from the show is that for every important figure in history, there is someone behind the scenes whose contribution is just as important as the major figures we hear about."

The cast of the time-jumping play includes just three cast members, as they all play several parts in different vignettes: Selena Moreno (Milwaukie), William Evans (Corvallis) and Stephen Nielson (Salem).

The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence will be staged in the intimate Black Box Studio. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Feb. 8-10 and 2 p.m. Feb. 10. Tickets are $14, $8 for students with ID and $10 for seniors. They may be purchased at the Box Office on campus, by email at boxoffice@wou.edu or by telephone at 503-838-8462.

About Western Oregon University
Western Oregon University, founded in 1856 and located in Monmouth, is the state's oldest public university. Serving approximately 5,500 students, WOU is a mid-sized, NCAA Division II institution with nearly 80 percent of the student population being from Oregon. A significant portion of attendees are members of under-represented groups, veterans or non-traditional students. WOU is Oregon's campus of choice for those seeking a transformative education in a supportive, student-centered learning community where classes are taught by faculty. Together we succeed.
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Shane Follett (from Springfield, WOU SVA president), Jeremy Bulluss (from Bath, New Hampshire, WOU SVA vice president), Laura Pettyjohn (from Burns, Ore., WOU SVA communication officer, Andrew Holbert (SVA chapter adviser and director of the Veterans Reso
Shane Follett (from Springfield, WOU SVA president), Jeremy Bulluss (from Bath, New Hampshire, WOU SVA vice president), Laura Pettyjohn (from Burns, Ore., WOU SVA communication officer, Andrew Holbert (SVA chapter adviser and director of the Veterans Reso
Western Oregon University Chapter Named National Student Veteran Chapter of the Year (Photo) - 01/09/18

MONMOUTH, Ore. -- Western Oregon University's Student Veterans of America (SVA) chapter won the Chapter of the Year award Jan. 6, 2018, at the organization's national conference in San Antonio.

Student Veterans of America is a national organization based in Washington, D.C., that is committed to veteran welfare and ensuring that today's and tomorrow's veterans are supported in their transition to education and employment. The organization comprises more than 1,300 chapters across the country, making the WOU chapter's honor all the more significant.

In addition, WOU Veterans Services Coordinator Andrew Holbert was among five finalists for the SVA's Advisor of the Year award. Student Shane Follett is the president of the campus SVA chapter.

"It is an honor for Western Oregon University Student Veterans of America to be chosen as the chapter of the year," said Holbert. "The WOU chapter made it the goal to better the community both on and off campus since the chapter's inception about two years ago. The administration has been an important part of this mission and success in leaving the community 'better than they found it'."

WOU's Veterans Services also was awarded an $86,700 grant in December from the Oregon Department of Veterans Affairs to enhance its Veterans Resource Center (VRC). The Campus Veteran Resource Center Grant Program was created in 2017 by SB 143 and aims to expand existing resources by funding innovative and impactful programs. Holbert expects the funds to be used for staging events, training students and staff and VRC renovations.

"WOU Veterans Services is an integral part of our campus, serving and supporting student veterans to ensure their success and graduation," said President Rex Fuller. "The fact that our students and leaders have won these honors serves to underscore their importance to our WOU community. Veterans succeed at Western Oregon University because of the outstanding efforts of this department."

Eight members of the WOU SVA chapter attended the national conference Jan. 4-6, meeting key leaders in the organization and bringing home a plaque that highlights their recognition. For more information about WOU Veterans Services, visit wou.edu/veterans.

About Western Oregon University
Western Oregon University, founded in 1856 and located in Monmouth, is the state's oldest public university. Serving approximately 5,500 students, WOU is a mid-sized, NCAA Division II institution with nearly 80 percent of the student population being from Oregon. A significant portion of attendees are members of under-represented groups, veterans or non-traditional students. WOU is Oregon's campus of choice for those seeking a transformative education in a supportive, student-centered learning community where classes are taught by faculty. Together we succeed.
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Walidah Imarisha
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Western Oregon University Invites Community to Participate in 10th Annual MLK Jr. Celebration (Photo) - 01/08/18

MONMOUTH, Ore. -- Oregon public scholar and activist Walidah Imarisha will speak at Western Oregon University's annual MLK Commemorative Dinner. Several of WOU's diversity-related groups will present additional events surrounding the celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day from Jan. 15 to Jan. 18.

"We chose Walidah Imarisha because of her scholarship and background," said Emmanuel Macias, educational advisor in the Student Enrichment Program. "Walidah brings insights and perspectives to issues facing communities most marginalized by systems of oppression. We look forward to learning and growing from her address at this year's MLK Commemorative Dinner."

Imarisha is an educator, writer, public scholar and spoken-word artist. Imarisha has presented statewide as a public scholar with Oregon Humanities' Conversation Project on topics such as Oregon Black history, alternatives to incarceration and the history of hip hop. Her nonfiction book Angels with Dirty Faces: Three Stories of Crime, Prison, and Redemption won a 2017 Oregon Book Award.

* On the observed holiday, Jan. 15, WOU students and local community members are invited to make a difference by volunteering to pack care packages for the Western Oregon University community. The event will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Historic Gentle House, 855 Monmouth Ave. N. Helpers must submit a volunteer form before the event.

* On Tuesday, Jan. 16, WOU will host a "poverty simulation," during which students, employees and community members will gain a broader understanding of poverty and its impact on individuals through an experiential learning and critical analysis activity. The session will be from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Pacific Room at the Werner University Center. It is free to attend.

* The MLK Jr. Celebration dinner will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 17. Held in the Werner University Center and featuring a keynote by Imarisha. Tickets are $3 for students and $5 for general admission (including dinner) and can be purchased at the Werner University Center front desk or in Disability Services.

* The final event of the MLK Jr. commemoration week will be a Thursday, Jan. 18 student-led forum on the topic of "Media's Representation of Marginalized Communities." Members of the WOU Black Student Union will facilitate a critical analysis of media representations including the different perspectives of attendees. The conversation will be 4 to 6 p.m. in the Willamette Room in the WUC.

For more information about MLK Jr. Celebration week, visit the event website.

About Western Oregon University
Western Oregon University, founded in 1856 and located in Monmouth, is Oregon's oldest public university. The university has received national recognition for its focus on student learning and success by the Education Trust, US. News and World Report, American Association of State Colleges and Universities, National Association of Academic Advisors, and Parade Magazine. In 2010 WOU was recognized by the Education Trust as being the top university in America at eliminating the Latino graduation gap. WOU is fully accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

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