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News Release
Western Oregon University welcomes students back to campus - 09/19/23

MONMOUTH, Ore. – Western Oregon University welcomes the 23-24 incoming students with PACK Welcome Week (Prepare, Advise, Connect, Know), a jam-packed week of exciting activities to help them become acclimated to campus life, one week before classes begin. From speakers, to socials, to signing their name on the sidewalk, the new wolves will begin to make their mark at Western.

"College is one of life's ultimate new beginnings, and here at Western we believe that it's important for all new students to feel comfortable and confident from the very start. Whether you'll be living in our residence halls or commuting to campus, we want Western to feel like home," said Megan Habermann-Guthrie, director of New Student & Family Programs. Haberman-Guthrie shares that PACK Welcome Week is the final step in the new student orientation program, and is the place for new students to get to know everything they need to start the term off right. 

Key activities:

  • Educational  sessions will cover essential information about student leadership opportunities, campus resources, and student support services. 
  • Fun and interactive events, including a magic show, drive-in movie, and a welcome dance.
  • Events to help students find their classes to participate in a professional panel.
  • Student Job Fair, where students can  meet with on campus and local employers seeking: part-time workers, volunteer help, and work study students.
  • Speaker Monti Washington will be the convocation and Speaker Victoria Alexander will host a conversation on diversity, equity, inclusion, and implicit biases. 

“I’m so excited to meet all the incoming students and participate in fun events all week.” says Student Orientation Leader, Daryn Heim. “I'm looking forward to getting the students involved with campus and making it feel like home.” 

The Welcome Week festivities will kick off on Monday, September 25 and runs through Friday, September 29. Western encourages all new students to participate in these enriching experiences to build relationships, gain valuable insights, and embark on a successful academic journey.

Get more information about Western’s PACK Welcome Week



About Western Oregon University

Western Oregon University, founded in 1856 in Monmouth, is the state’s oldest public university. Serving about 4,000 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.


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