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Presidential search committee membership announced for Western Oregon University - 10/15/14
The State Board of Higher Education (OSBHE) and Western Oregon University (WOU) have announced membership of the search committee to assist in the search for WOU's next president. The next president, who will replace retiring WOU president Mark Weiss, is slated to start July 1, 2015 at the same time the inaugural WOU Board of Trustees will assume authority over the university.

Witt/Kieffer has been selected as the search firm to support WOU and the Oregon State Board of Higher Education (OSBHE) throughout this process. Information about the search process can be found at wou.edu/presidentialsearch.

"My appreciation goes out to the members of this committee, who represent the varied perspectives and strengths found within the WOU community as well as Oregon," said Jim Francesconi, chair of the search committee and representative from the Oregon State Board of Higher Education. "WOU brings great value to our state and the committee recognizes that the next president must be a strong, visionary leader who will lead the university in its continued growth and continue the excellent work achieved during Weiss' tenure."

The search committee includes members from the current OSBHE and WOU's inaugural board of trustees to ensure involvement of current and future governance groups on the committee. Committee members also represent constituencies across campus, the community and WOU alumni.

Presidential search committee membership:
* Jim Francesconi (committee chair), OSBHE member and vice president of MODAHealth
* Dr. Ed Ray, Oregon State University president
* Dr. Emily Plec, head, Communications Studies Department
* Eric Bruce, instructor, Division of Health and Physical Education
* Robert Monge, instruction and outreach librarian
* Dr. Cornelia Paraskevas, professor of linguistics*
* Tina Fuchs, dean of students
* Kimber Townsend, research analyst, College of Education
* Corbin Garner, Associated Students of Western Oregon University president
* Dr. Susanne Monahan, dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
* Darin Silbernagel, director, business affairs
* Paul Kyllo, president, WOU Alumni Association
* Dr. John Minahan, former president of WOU*
* Jim Baumgartner, president, WOU Foundation Board*
* Jaime Arredando, secretary-treasurer, Oregon's Farmworker Union (Pineros Campesinos Unidoes del Noroeste)*
* Dr. Salam Noor, director of academic planning and policy for the Higher Education Coordinating Commission, effective November 2014
* Cec Koontz, business manager, Central School District*

*members of WOU's board of trustees

About WOU
Western Oregon University (WOU), founded in 1856 and located in Monmouth, is Oregon's oldest public university. 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.

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Western Oregon University 2014-15 theatre season poster
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WOU's 2014-15 theatre and dance season announced (Photo) - 10/08/14
This year Western Oregon University's Department of Theatre and Dance faculty have planned a season of stage entertainment featuring comedy, romance, dance, and even an original play. All productions will be in Rice Auditorium and tickets are $12 for general admission, $10 for seniors and $7 for students (season ticket options available until November 13). Tickets for each event go on sale at the Box Office two weeks prior to opening night and can be purchased by calling 503-838-8462.

"Death by Design," directed by Ted de Chatelet, is the first performance of the season. This is a comedy with songs and murder. Written by Rob Urbinati, the play is a mystery "mash up" of Noel Coward and Agatha Christie complete with a collection of unusual characters brought together by chance and all falling under suspicion when one is murdered. "Death by Design" performs November 13, 14, 15, 19, 20, 21 and 22 at 7:30 p.m. A 2 p.m. matinee performance will be held November 16.

Jane Austen's beloved romance "Pride and Prejudice" will be directed by David Janoviak. Austen's book has been adapted by Joseph Hanreddy and J. R. Sullivan and tells the story of the five eligible Bennet sisters wooing (and being wooed), and how the socially awkward Mr. Darcy proves to be a more interesting match for Elizabeth Bennet than first presumed. "Pride and Prejudice" will be presented February 26 through 28 and March 4 through 7 at 7:30 p.m. A 2 p.m. matinee performance will be held on March 1.

The much anticipated annual Spring Dance Concert features choreography by students in WOU's dance program as well as by faculty members Deborah Jones, Sharon Oberst and Darryl Thomas. Each year the concert also features piece by a guest choreographer. The Dance Concert will be given nightly at 7:30 p.m. May 7 through 9.

The 2014-15 season will close with a new Devised Theatre production created under the direction of Michael Phillips, who led the creation of the devised production "Half a Block from Home" in spring 2013. The production, created and performed by students, will be presented May 27 through 30 at 7:30 p.m., with a 2 p.m. matinee performance on May 30.

About WOU
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.
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Child Development Center earns highest quality rating available (Photo) - 10/01/14
MONMOUTH, Ore. - The Teaching Research Institute's (TRI) Child Development Center (CDC) at Western Oregon University has been awarded the highest quality rating in Oregon's Quality Rating & Improvement System (QRIS). The QRIS is a program to raise the quality and consistency of childcare and early learning programs throughout the state. The TRI-CDC is the first 5-star quality rated program in Polk County and one of only 26 in Oregon.

"The Child Development Center is committed to quality care and learning for all children," said Ingrid Amerson, CDC Director. "We know that the first years of life build the foundation for lifelong learning and success. That's why we are among the first early learning programs in Oregon to participate and receive a QRIS rating."

"A 5-star program excels in all the standards that support quality early learning for all children," said Dr. Ella Taylor, director of the Teaching Research Institute. "Programs must provide evidence that they provide exceptional environments for young children's learning and development, work with families to encourage ongoing development, and that staff possess significant early learning credentials."

The TRI-CDC was evaluated through both a portfolio and observation process. Experts in the field of early childhood care and education evaluated materials and observed classrooms using research-based standards that address children's learning and development, health and safety, personnel qualifications, family partnerships and administration and business practices. Oregon's QRIS is part of the state's 40-40-20 educational goals.

TRI-CDC provides quality care and education for children 30 months to 10 years of age for WOU students, staff and faculty as well as the surrounding community. Running both a pre-school program and a school-age after school enrichment program, the Child Development Center has been in operation on the WOU campus for over 25 years.

"Our early learning programs integrate learning activities in to each child's daily routine to meet his or her individual developmental stage. We are an inclusive program serving children of all ability levels," Amerson said. "Our curriculum for school-age children brings together creative play and project-based programing along with homework assistance and a healthy snack!"

About TRI
TRI's mission is to inform and facilitate change in educational and human service systems that improve the quality of life for individuals. Originally established in 1961, the work at TRI has followed a course congruent with state and national issues in education and human services. TRI houses seven Centers focused on informing and facilitating change in educational and human service systems to improve the quality of life for all individuals. Funded through external grants, the centers conduct programs of research, develop evidence-based interventions that are provided through technical assistance and professional development, and increase system capacity to effect change. TRI manages a yearly grants' expenditures budget of approximately $7 million.

About WOU
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.

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