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Western Oregon University's Salem campus opens in Vick Building - 09/16/21

MONMOUTH, Ore. – Western Oregon University (WOU) officially opens its doors to the new WOU:Salem campus in the downtown Vick building (525 Trade St.) with a grand opening ceremony on Monday, Sept. 20 at 10 a.m.


“We are delighted to be Oregon’s first public university to have a permanent presence in Salem,” said WOU Interim President Jay Kenton. “We look forward to partnering with state agencies and others to help working adults make career changes and career advancements a reality with hybrid courses and evening classes in a convenient location.”


The ceremony at WOU:Salem’s grand opening includes a building tour and remarks from Chuck Bennett (mayor of Salem), Jay Kenton (WOU’s interim president), Rex Fuller (former WOU president), Logan Jackson (Associated Students of Western Oregon University president), Emily Knaus (WOU:Salem student), and Cori Frauendiener (WOU alum).


WOU began its expansion to Salem in early 2019 with classes and programs for working adults in the Willamette Education Service District building in south Salem. WOU:Salem now features two programs only offered on the Salem campus: a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership and an Bachelor of Applied Science in Liberal Studies. Both of these programs offer hybrid courses to support working adults in completing degrees. WOU:Salem also offers courses for a master’s in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling and undergraduate courses in psychology, criminal justice, and business. As programming is established, the Vick Building’s six technology-enhanced classrooms and two seminar rooms will be positioned to serve upwards of 500 Salem-based students. 


Downtown Salem will serve as a great location for WOU:Salem with its convenient public transportation. As the central and historical sector of Oregon’s second-largest city, WOU will be well-suited to deliver transformative education and personalized service to the area. Currently, WOU is the only Oregon public university offering a significant face-to-face component in Salem. 


“Salem and Keizer are home to over 225,000 residents, many of whom aspire to complete a four-year degree but have not had robust face-to-face options,” said Sue Monahan, WOU’s associate provost for program development. “I am excited that WOU is bringing its outstanding faculty and programs, and its personal touch, Oregon’s capital city. We look forward to serving Salem and being active participants in downtown life.”


The grand opening ceremony is not open to the public in order to keep attendance small for safety of the attendees. 


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About Western Oregon University

Western Oregon University, founded in 1856 in Monmouth, is the state’s oldest public university. Serving about 4,500 students, WOU is a mid-sized, NCAA Division II institution with about 70% 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.

Stanley Rodrigues, Western Oregon University's first Men's Soccer coach for its new NCAA Division II team
Stanley Rodrigues, Western Oregon University's first Men's Soccer coach for its new NCAA Division II team
Rodrigues named first Men's Soccer coach in program history (Photo) - 09/02/21

MONMOUTH, Ore. – Stanley Rodrigues, having spent multiple years coaching throughout the Western Region, returns back to the Pacific Northwest to become the first-ever head Men's Soccer coach at Western Oregon University as announced by director of athletics Randi Lydum on Wednesday.

"We are excited to have Stan Rodrigues join our staff and begin building our men's soccer program," Lydum said. "We had tremendous interest in this position and strongly believe that Stan is a perfect fit for our University."

Rodrigues arrives from Cal State Dominguez Hills where he has been the assistant men's soccer coach since 2019. Prior to that, he was the head coach for both the men's soccer programs at Adams State and Northwest College. He began his first collegiate head coaching position in a familiar state and situation, as he was charged with building a brand-new Eastern Oregon men's soccer program in 2015.

"I would like to express my gratitude to Director of Athletics Randi Lydum, WOU President Jay Kenton and to the hiring committee for granting me the honor of becoming the first-ever men's head soccer coach at Western Oregon University," Rodrigues said. "I am extremely humbled and grateful for the outpouring of support from my peers. I would like to thank my wife and family for their continued support and sacrifices made throughout this journey."

Early on in his career, Rodrigues spent several years in the Pacific Northwest serving time as the head coach/general manager for WPSL Portland Rain/Westside Timbers Semi-Pro teams, along with being the director of coaching for the Westside Timbers/Sherwood Timbers and Thorns Alliance Club.

Throughout his stops, Rodrigues has shown the ability to recruit both locally, regionally and nationally to build successful programs, while producing quality teams both on the field and in the classroom. He was named the Coach of the Year in Region IX during his time at Northwest College. He brought in one of the largest classes to date at Adams State, where he also helped earn the highest team GPA since the program was instilled. Most recently at Cal State Dominguez Hills, Rodrigues was part of the first recruiting class that included student-athletes from Southern California, Western Region States and International.

Rodrigues has earned his United States Soccer Federations (USSF) 'B' License, United Soccer Coaches (USC) Goal Keepers License I/II, USSF Adult Coaching License, USC Director of Coaching Diploma and the Dutch Coever Coaching Diploma. He received his bachelor's degree in human development from Warner Pacific and his master's degree in kinesiology from Fresno Pacific.

WOU will begin competing in men's soccer in the fall of 2022 and will become the sixth school to sponsor the sport in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference.

"I am eager to get to work and begin building a program to compete in the GNAC, regionally and nationally. Go Wolves!" Rodrigues said.