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Media alert: Opening ceremony for new Western Oregon University College of Education building - 09/21/16

WHAT: Dedication and ribbon cutting for the Richard Woodcock Education Center, new home of Western Oregon University's College of Education

WHO: Guest speakers include: Jim Baumgartner (chair of WOU's Board of Trustees and Portland resident), Alma Pacheco (WOU student body president), Dr. Mark Girod (dean, College of Education), Dr. Richard Woodcock (building benefactor), and Dr. Rex Fuller (WOU president).

WHEN: Friday, Sept. 23 at 4 p.m.

WHERE: WOU campus. 345 Monmouth Ave. N., Monmouth, OR 97361. Map: http://www.wou.edu/resources/campus-map/ (note, this aerial view shows the lot pre-construction; the building is in what shows as a vacant lot immediately north of Hamersly Library).

ADDITIONAL INFO:
This 58,000-square foot building is the first multi-story building in Oregon constructed with cross-laminated timber (part of the wood products initiative by former Gov. John Kitzhaber).

This is the first time the three divisions of the College of Education will be under one roof, including nearly 100 offices and 23 classrooms. Classrooms are equipped with two-way broadcasting equipment (a collaboration with the Salem-Keizer School District) so students at WOU can check and see what's happening in a K-12 class.

A story about the building (via Western Edge magazine): http://www.wou.edu/westernedge/2014/04/01/richard-woodcock-education-center-made-possible-by-generosity-of-renowned-educator/

A press release with details about the building and its benefactor: http://www.wou.edu/wounews/2014/03/17/wou-receives-1-4-million-gift-to-create-the-richard-woodcock-education-center-to-train-oregons-next-generation-of-teachers/

Western Oregon University ranked highest among Oregon public universities in 2017 U.S. News & World Report - 09/13/16

MONMOUTH, Ore. -- U.S. News & World Report ranked Western Oregon University highest of Oregon's regional public universities in the 2017 annual higher education rankings released today. WOU was named 19th among "top public schools" in the regional universities (west) category and 67th overall in regional universities (west) category (10 spots up from last year's 77th ranking).

These rankings reflect WOU's deep commitment to academic quality and student success. U.S. News collected data on up to 15 indicators of academic excellence, including graduation and first-year student retention rates, assessment by administrators at peer institutions, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, alumni giving, and graduation rate performance.

"Western's steady improvement in the rankings demonstrates the university's long-standing commitment to student success," WOU President Rex Fuller said. "Western continues to be a university where access, affordability and opportunity lead to degree attainment for all students. These rankings are a positive reflection of our leading role meeting Oregon's higher education goals."

For more information about WOU's rankings visit, http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-colleges/western-oregon-university-3209.

Full list of "top public schools" in regional universities (west) category: http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-colleges/rankings/regional-universities-west/top-public

Full list of schools ranked in the regional universities (west) category: http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-colleges/rankings/regional-universities-west

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 2015 WOU was recognized by the Education Trust as being a leader in graduating Pell Grant recipients and in 2010 as 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 waives application fees for members of the Armed Forces (Photo) - 09/08/16

MONMOUTH, Ore. -- Western Oregon University has continued its expansion of services for members of the military and their families. Effective August 1, 2016, WOU will waive the $60 undergraduate and graduate application fees for current members of the armed services and former members who were honorably discharged.

"Western Oregon University appreciates the service and sacrifices that members of the armed services have made for our country and the world. We are pleased to be able to waive the application fee for them," WOU President Rex Fuller said. "The university offers many services including a Veterans Success Center for veterans and their families and we look forward to supporting their college success."

WOU's focus on providing students with a personalized and highly supportive learning experience has resulted in the university receiving numerous national awards for student success. The university is a Yellow Ribbon Program participant and has been repeatedly recognized by GI Jobs Magazine as a GI Friendly campus.

"As a veteran, and the coordinator of the WOU Veterans Success Center, I am pleased that the university has continued to expand its services and support for America's veterans and current members of the armed services," said Andrew Holbert, coordinator of the WOU Veterans Success Center. "This is a great school that provides all students, including veterans, a high quality education with tremendous personalized support services."

More information on the Veterans Success Center can be found at wou.edu/veterans.

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 2015 WOU was recognized by the Education Trust as being a leader in graduating Pell Grant recipients and in 2010 as the top university in America at eliminating the Latino graduation gap. WOU is fully accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.