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Media alert: Performance Artist, Actress Rosa Lee Timm to Perform at WOU, Speak at Commencement - 06/12/19

Media invitation to event happening tomorrow, Thursday (June 13)

MONMOUTH, Ore. – Rosa Lee Timm, a Western Oregon University alumna and actress, will perform her one-woman presentation The Rosa Lee Show on campus June 13, two days before she will give the Commencement address at the university’s graduation ceremony.

The Rosa Lee Show is an original American Sign Language performance featuring video, music, poetry and comedy that has been delighting and entertaining audiences across the nation for nearly 15 years. Timm, who is deaf and was born into a deaf family, is also well-known for her mesmerizing ASL music videos, which have hundreds of thousands of views on YouTube, as well as her role in ASL Film’s 2011 feature Versa Effect.

“Through art, you can create something and leave it for people to ponder and think about,” Timm has said about her career. 

Timm graduated from WOU in 2003 with a master’s in Rehabilitation Counseling. The alumna will deliver the Commencement Address on June 15 during the university’s graduation ceremony. Her speech will be translated from ASL to spoken English for the audience.

“Rosa Lee's show will continue to solidify WOU as a place with a strong ASL presence and one of the leading schools in ASL programs,” said organizer Rian Gayle of Disability Services. “It also shows WOU's commitment to providing diverse events and cherishing every community on campus. It’s just a bonus that she is an alumna and her mom also taught at WOU, so it feels like a homecoming to have her come back to campus.”

The Rosa Lee Show will be at 4 p.m. June 13 in Rice Auditorium. It is open to the public and free to attend.

About Western Oregon University

Western Oregon University, founded in 1856 and located in Monmouth, is the state’s oldest public university. Serving approximately 5,000 students, WOU is a mid-sized, NCAA Division II institution with nearly 80 percent 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.

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