General

WOU nationally ranked in top 100 for employability of graduates

Western Oregon University was ranked highest in the Pacific Northwest and 85th in the nation for economic value and employability of its graduates, by Educate to Career, Inc. (ETC). The ETC College Rankings Index looked at 1,222 schools across the country and examined data such as starting salaries of graduates. This ranking demonstrates that WOU … Continue reading

WOU honored for success in academic advising
Student services & organizations

WOU honored for success in academic advising

Dr. Lauren Roscoe, an associate professor of psychology at Western Oregon University (WOU), was honored by NACADA The Global Community for Academic Advising (NACADA) with an Outstanding Advising Award for faculty advising. This marks the seventh consecutive year that NACADA has recognized WOU for the strength of its advising programs. “It is an honor to … Continue reading

Academic advisor accepted into prestigious leadership program
Staff / Student services & organizations

Academic advisor accepted into prestigious leadership program

NACADA The Global Community for Academic Advising (NACADA) has selected Alexander Kunkle, academic advisor in Western Oregon University’s Academic Advising and Learning Center (AALC), for its Emerging Leader Program (ELP). Only 10 people are selected annually for this prestigious opportunity and it is the first time a WOU advisor has been chosen. “I am honored … Continue reading

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