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Historic day as WOU transitions to independent board of trustees, new president - 07/23/15
MONMOUTH, Ore. - The inaugural Western Oregon University (WOU) Board of Trustees held its first meeting since taking on governance responsibility for the university on Wednesday, July 22. The board began by welcoming new President Rex Fuller. Both Fuller and the board began their roles on July 1. This historic event is the culmination of a year-long planning process that established the board.

The board approved repairing major electrical wiring at a cost from the general fund of approximately $500,000, and adopted the university's mission statement (see below). Fuller commented of the former that it's an "opportunity to invest in a one-time cost while maintaining a healthy reserve." The board also heard presentations from its committee chairs as well as several campus administrators, faculty and staff on topics such as student success, finance and administration, and governance.

Fuller was among those presenters. He discussed his first three weeks in office, and set forth his vision for WOU's future, detailing the important role it will play for students and the state of Oregon. "It's the personal touch that sets Western apart from other schools in the country," he said, adding that it's imperative that the campus moves forward thinking about how to build legacies and fulfill dreams. He said a critical piece of that is keeping WOU affordable for students.

"The inaugural meeting of the board in its official capacity was exciting and meaningful. I am pleased with the board's leadership and the interaction committee chairs have had with university leadership," Fuller said. "Todays' meeting established a very positive working relationship that will help the university move forward."

"The board is committed to Western's students and to the long term success of the university," said Jim Baumgartner, chair of the board. "We have organized a system of shared governance that will serve the university well. I am pleased with the dedication demonstrated by the board's trustees and by their commitment to make timely important decisions in support of Western."

WOU's mission statement
Western Oregon University is a comprehensive public university, operating for the public good, which:
?,? Provides effective learning opportunities that prepare students for a fulfilling life in a global society;
?,? Supports an accessible and diverse campus community; and,
?,? Improves continuously our educational, financial, and environmental sustainability. 

The statement includes three core themes, which can be found at wou.edu/provost/MissionStatement.php.

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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World-renowned pianist to lead workshop at Western Oregon University (Photo) - 07/07/15
MONMOUTH, Ore. - Western Oregon University's Music Department will host residential masterclasses and lectures for pianists on campus, led by Paul Roberts from July 14 through 17. The program opens with a performance and a lecture on Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel by Roberts at 7:30 p.m. on July 14 in Smith Hall, room 121. A reception will follow the event.

Dr. Diane Baxter, professor of music at WOU, has organized the event. "Paul Roberts is brilliant and entertaining. When he talks about music and plays the piano, it is as if the composers are present in the room. He reaches audiences of all ages and all musical persuasions," she said. "Mr. Roberts possesses a degree of skill and recognition substantially above that ordinarily encountered in the field. To hear him perform live is to be transported through sound."

Roberts is a British pianist, scholar and author. He's published three books on Debussy and Ravel, and is currently working on a book about literary influences on Franz Liszt. He is a Fellow at the Guildhall School of Music and Dance in London and is the artistic director of the international summer school for pianists Music at Albignac in France. In addition to Roberts' masterclasses held around the world, he has been a guest of esteemed United States institutions such as the Juilliard School in New York, the Peabody Institute and the Golandsky Institute.

Baxter has been a student of Roberts' workshops and knows first-hand how skilled he is. "In terms of teaching, Paul Roberts is the most brilliant teacher I know. He has an uncanny ability to assess a student's capabilities in a blazing streak of insight, then knows exactly how to proceed to help the student unlock the access to the music," she said.

This program includes masterclasses led by Roberts and lectures by he and Baxter. Both performing participants (by audition) and auditors are welcome. Attendees also have the option to receive college credit through WOU. For registration and tuition information, visit bit.ly/1J2sc8J. To learn more about Roberts, visit paulrobertspiano.com. This workshop has received support from the Oregon Community Foundation and the City of Monmouth.
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