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October

Edward B. Wright Center for Computing Sciences Dedicated on October 17th

The newly renovated computing facility will be dedicated in honor of former faculty member Dr. Edward B. Wright, thanks largely to a generous donation from former State Senator Frank Morse and wife Linda Morse to support student scholarships in computer science. The Edward B. Wright Center for Computing Sciences (EBWCCS) is located on the top floor of the Instructional Technology Center (ITC).  Renovations in excess of $1.2M were completed over the past two summers to reconfigure and modernize lab spaces and to provide break-out areas for students to assemble to work on team projects.

Read more about the new center and the dedication here.

September

The New DeVolder Family Science Center Opened on September 24

The DeVolder Family Science Center is now open! The building will provide WOU with new opportunities for science education, more diverse teaching methods, more hands-on science experience, and modern laboratories. You can read more about this modern science teaching facility and its construction at the Science Center's website.

See a quick video showing off some of the new lab facilities

The College of LAS Announces its New Tenure-Track Appointments

We wish to congratulate our faculty who have been appointed to tenure-track positions, and welcome those new tenure-track faculty who are now joining us.

Paula Bauldwin, Jamie Cloud, Kathleen Connolly, Stephanie Hoover, Bojan Ilievaski, Justin Lewis, Margaret Manoogian, Matthew Nabity, Elizabeth Swedo, and Robert Troyer.

Click here to read the full list of faculty and their brief biographies.

August

Appointment of Sue Monahan as Dean of LAS

Susanne Monahan appointed as dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences beginning August 16, 2013.

Sue Monahan
An organizational sociologist by training, Sue’s research focuses on complex organizations, including churches, hospitals, professional associations, policing organizations, the military and for-profit organizations.  Her work has appeared in journals including Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, Review of Religious Research, Justice Quarterly, Theoretical Criminology, Addiction, Addictive Behavior and Journal of Studies on Alcohol.  She has also published more generally on sociology of religion, and is co-author of Religion Matters: What Sociology Teaches Us About Religion In Our World and co-editor of Sociology of Religion: A Reader.  Sue came to Western Oregon University from Montana State University, where she served as Chair of the Department of Sociology & Anthropology, Acting Director of Liberal Studies and Associate Dean for Program and Curricular Development.  While at Montana State, she was involved in institution-wide initiatives to reshape general education, advance gender equity, enhance research in the social and behavioral sciences, and strengthen the relationship between academics and athletics.  An enthusiastic teacher, Sue regularly taught sociology courses at both the introductory and advanced levels, and co-taught a seminar on Religion and Science with a colleague in the biological sciences.  She received her BA from Swarthmore College and PhD from Stanford University.  

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