College of Education / Special education

Master’s in interpreting studies earns award for outstanding program

Western Oregon University’s Master of Arts in Interpreting Studies (MAIS) has won the 2013 University Professional & Continuing Education Association (UPCEA) West Region Outstanding Credit Program Award, which recognizes outstanding professional and continuing education programs allowing students to earn academic credit. The award will be presented at the UPCEA West Region Conference in Tucson, Ariz. … Continue reading

WOU celebrates largest group of graduates to participate in Commencement ceremony
Events

WOU celebrates largest group of graduates to participate in Commencement ceremony

On Saturday, June 15, Western Oregon University will celebrate the graduation of 1,370 students (141 more than last year). The expected number of participating graduates in Commencement is the highest in WOU’s history. For the first time, graduates of the Oregon Health & Science University nursing program at WOU will participate in the ceremony, which … Continue reading

WOU recognized for outstanding academic advising  for sixth consecutive year
Student services & organizations

WOU recognized for outstanding academic advising for sixth consecutive year

Western Oregon University is honored to have four NACADA The Global Community for Academic Advising awards, which marks six consecutive years of WOU’s faculty and staff receiving such honors. Dr. Karie Mize (associate professor of teacher education) has been awarded the Outstanding Certificate of Merit in the faculty advising category, Tamie Saffell (associate director of … Continue reading

Social Science / Students

History Department receives Heritage Center Service Award

Western Oregon University’s History Department has been selected for the 2013 Heritage Center Service Award from the Willamette Heritage Center in Salem, Ore. This award is in recognition of the department’s meritorious efforts in support of the Willamette Heritage Center’s mission and vision. The award will be presented during the 21st annual Heritage Awards dinner … Continue reading

Admissions

Kirk awarded statewide financial aid recognition

Donna Kirk, director of financial aid at Western Oregon University, was awarded the 2013 Oregon Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (OASFAA) Unsung Hero Award. This award is given to OASFAA voting and affiliate members who demonstrate extraordinary commitment to Oregon students and OASFAA by working without reward or recognition. The nominations are reviewed by … Continue reading

Walczyk awarded music composition competition prize
Creative Arts

Walczyk awarded music composition competition prize

Dr. Kevin Walczyk, professor of music at Western Oregon University, has been awarded the Big East Conference Band Directors Association 2012 composition competition prize. Walczyk’s work for band, entitled Songs of Paradise, was selected from a field of 55 entries from 12 countries. The work, co-commissioned by Dr. Paul Popiel, director of bands at the … Continue reading

Humanities

Gonzalez-Viaña awarded distinction of honorary professor

Dr. Eduardo Gonzalez-Viaña, professor of Spanish and critically acclaimed author, was given the title of honorary professor from the International University of Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain. Last month, Gonzalez-Viana was invited to visit Spain by the University of Oviedo and the International University of Catalunya. Both institutions were interested in his novels, which have been … Continue reading

Western Oregon University receives excellence in diversity award
General

Western Oregon University receives excellence in diversity award

Western Oregon University received the first annual Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education. The award recognizes WOU’s strong commitment, engagement, and success in creating a university teaching and learning environment that embraces and celebrates the many benefits of a 21st … Continue reading

Walczyk won prestigious music composition prize
College of Liberal Arts & Sciences / Creative Arts

Walczyk won prestigious music composition prize

Dr. Kevin Walczyk, professor of music at Western Oregon University, has been named the recipient of the ninth Raymond and Beverly Sackler Music Composition Prize. The competition, organized by the School of Fine Arts, supports and promotes composers and the performance of their new musical works. An international award, the prize offers a substantial recognition … Continue reading

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences / Natural Science & Math

WOU recognized for outstanding academic advising for fifth consecutive year

Dr. Steve Taylor, chair of Western Oregon University’s (WOU) Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics and a professor of geology, has been selected as an Outstanding Advising Certificate of Merit recipient in the Faculty Academic Advising category from the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA). Taylor will be honored and presented with this award in Nashville, … Continue reading