WOU art student design logos for local organization (Photo)
Students working on their logo designs for Western Oregon University's A321 Graphic Design: Form & Communication course
Students in Western Oregon University's A321 Graphic Design: Form & Communication course, offered during the current winter term, have been getting real world experience in designing logos to establish an identity for the new Ash Creek Arts Center (ACAC) in Monmouth. On Thursday, Feb 27, from 5 to 7 p.m., members of ACAC, the WOU community, and the public will gather to view an exhibit of these logos and help select the new ACAC identity. ACAC is located at 212 N. Knox St. in Monmouth, at MaMere's Bed & Breakfast.
"The graphic design students involved in this project have conducted research on identity design, our region, arts organizations, explored a multitude of concepts, and ultimately executed a logo and business card to best represent the new Ash Creek Arts Center, serving Monmouth and Independence," said Jen Bracy, assistant professor of art at WOU. "The revelation of these designs to the artists involved in the ACAC will be a rewarding experience for the class, as I know the recipients will take joy in reviewing and selecting from the diverse approaches. Thursday's opening reception will invite artists, educators, students, and residents to cast a ballot for the design that they find most effective. This marks the beginning of a relationship between WOU and ACAC that will take many forms in coming years."
The ACAC believes that access to and engagement with the arts is a fundamental right and that the arts are an essential cornerstone to a healthy democracy. We will provide opportunities for all the people of the communities in our region to enjoy and participate in the arts, by offering stimulating and engaging classes and workshops, exhibitions and other projects in the visual, literary and performing arts.Graphic design class
WOU's Visual Communication Design program often looks for community-based projects for its students. Those experiences provide working knowledge of solving design problems for a client and remind students of the power of visual communications to shape and contribute to their communities. "Designers are integral to the continued functioning of any society. While it is idealistic to expect that all students will have a passion for community service," said Bracy. "To encourage them to think about their impact on society and their connection to their communities is a worthy and essential component of design education."
Western Oregon University to present the Tony Award-winning sensation "Spring Awakening" (Photo)
Poster for Western Oregon University's "Spring Awakening"
Western Oregon University's Department of Theater and Dance invites you to experience the rock musical, "Spring Awakening", with music by Duncan Sheik and a book and lyrics by Steven Sater. Performances will be held Friday, Feb. 28, Saturday, March 1, and Wednesday, March 5 through Saturday, March 8 at 7:30 p.m. in Rice Auditorium. A midnight performance will be held on Friday, March 7.
Winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, "Spring Awakening" is a rock musical adaptation of Frank Wedekind's 1891 expressionist play about the trials and tribulations, and the exhilaration of the teen years. It's Germany, 1891. The beautiful young Wendla explores her body and asks her mother where babies come from. Elsewhere, the brilliant and fearless young Melchior defends his buddy Moritz--a boy so traumatized by puberty he can't concentrate on anything. One afternoon in the woods, Wendla and Melchior discover a desire unlike anything they've ever felt. Spring Awakening explores the confusion and desperation that ensue when the onrushing tide of hormones meets the ignorance of children. Spring Awakening celebrates the unforgettable journey from youth to adulthood with a power, poignancy, and passion that you will never forget.
Directed by WOU professor Michael Phillips, with musical direction by emeritus faculty Solveig Holmquist and choreography by professor Darryl Thomas, the play will feature period costumes, modern dance and a driving rock score. The ensemble cast of thirteen will include Luke Armstong (Lebanon, Ore.) as Melchior and Amanda Norman (Tacoma, Wash.) as Wendla. Other cast members include Feliciano Tencos-Garcia (Cornelius, Ore.), Jeff Presser (Monmouth, Ore.), Laura Killip (Corvallis, Ore.), and Zach Warner (Gresham, Ore.), as well as many others.
This play contains adult language and brief nudity which are not appropriate for a younger audience. Tickets for "Spring Awakening" can be purchased at the Rice Auditorium box office by calling 503-838-8462. Box Office hours are Monday through Friday from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Mark Girod named new permanent dean for WOU's College of Education (Photo)
Dr. Mark Girod, dean of Western Oregon University's College of Education
Dr. Mark Girod has been named dean of Western Oregon University's College of Education, a spot he has held on an interim basis since fall 2012. As of 2011, 80 percent of the school districts in Oregon employed an educator from WOU, which demonstrates WOU's impact on educating Oregon youth. Girod also serves as a commissioner with the Teacher Standards and Practices Commission of Oregon. Through both roles he is critical to the reshaping of Oregon education.
"I'm looking forward to continuing and extending the long history of excellence we have in the College of Education at Western," said Girod. "We must work together to meet challenges and also the opportunities available to us to best serve Oregon students, children, communities, and adults."
Girod is intimately involved with Oregon education. He was born and raised in Monmouth, Ore., even attended grade school on campus while his father taught at WOU. He worked as a science teacher in eastern Oregon before joining WOU as an assistant professor in 2001. On campus he has held the positions as chair for the Division of Teacher Education, coordinator of the Master of Arts in Teaching Program and president of Faculty Senate. In 2010, he received the Mario and Alma Pastega Award for Excellence in Scholarship at WOU. Girod believes strongly in partnering with school districts, education and service agencies, and served as executive director of the Forgotten People Foundation supporting disabilities advocacy in rural, northern Vietnam. He earned his doctorate in educational psychology at Michigan State University.
"Mark is well respected in the Oregon education community and is engaged in numerous initiatives in collaboration with school districts throughout the Willamette Valley," said WOU President Mark Weiss. "Assuming the role as the new dean of the College of Education, following a nationwide search, will enable Mark to work intensively with the faculty in the Health & Physical Education, Special Education and Teacher Education Divisions on new initiatives in support of the university's continuous improvement programs. I look forward to Mark's contributions as he assumes membership in the academic affairs leadership team where he has already demonstrated a strong, collegial relationship that is moving the entire university forward."
New education building received Governor's Executive Order 12-16 designation - 02/12/14
MONMOUTH, Ore. - Oregon Governor John A. Kitzhaber announced the designation of Western Oregon University's new College of Education (CoE) as a demonstration project under Executive Order 12-16. This order promotes innovative use of wood products as a green building material, encourages innovative uses of wood products and increases markets for Oregon wood products. The new education building will feature creative usage of wood through wood moment frames and timber hybrid structures, as well as promote the use of cross-laminated timber.
WOU began the process of replacing the existing College of Education building in fall 2012 with legislative authorization for the project given during the 2013 session. The facility will be designed to support the needs of a growing student population with 21 technology-enhanced teaching and learning spaces and an overall size of 59,000 square feet. The new building will be constructed just north of Hamersly Library, on the east side of Monmouth Ave. It will be designed to achieve Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Gold standards and has an estimated budget of $18.6 million.
"I'm so excited about the possibilities this new building brings," said Dr. Mark Girod, interim dean. "It will facilitate internal collaboration and external partnerships in ways that will improve the preparation of future teachers, provide more seamless services to WOU students, and allow WOU to better serve Oregonians."
The new facility will feature a technology-enriched environment that will provide frequent hands-on experiences with 21st century teaching tools, which include hand-held devices, SMART Boards, avatar simulations, and live-streaming connections with real classrooms in partnership with Salem-Keizer School District and other surrounding partner districts. It will also allow the Divisions of Teacher Education, Special Education, and Health and Physical Education to be in one place, enabling more collaboration and coordination across programs. Currently, the three divisions are spread across campus.
About the College of Education
The CoE is known for its award-winning and nationally accredited programs in teacher preparation and received the 2010 Christa McAuliffe Award for Excellence in Teacher Education by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. In 2008, the National Center for Teacher Quality named WOU as one of only 10 programs in the country that "met the mark" for outstanding preparation for teaching elementary mathematics. In 2011-12, WOU was the second largest preparer of new teachers in Oregon.
Western Oregon University, founded in 1856, is the oldest public university in Oregon. The university has received national recognition for excellence 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.