WEBVTT 00:00:04.000 --> 00:00:11.000 For more than 100 years, Western Oregon has been inspiring men and women to become educators. 00:00:11.000 --> 00:00:15.000 To follow their dreams, to learn, to invest in the future. 00:00:16.000 --> 00:00:18.000 To dare to teach. 00:00:23.000 --> 00:00:31.000 Western Oregon University's College of Education Teacher Preparation Program is one of only seven nationally accredited programs in Oregon. 00:00:32.000 --> 00:00:38.000 Students enroll here to obtain an undergraduate or graduate degree in a full spectrum of studies. 00:00:38.000 --> 00:00:45.000 From teacher education to special education, health and physical education, and American Sign Language. 00:00:49.000 --> 00:00:52.000 And we should never cease to help. 00:00:52.000 --> 00:00:63.000 Hello, I'm Western Oregon University President Mark Weiss. I'm proud to be here today and tell you about an exciting opportunity to support our students. 00:01:03.000 --> 00:01:13.000 To meet the growing needs of our students and community, we have begun the Dare To campaign to advance our College of Education from two sides. 00:01:13.000 --> 00:01:16.000 Collaboration and affordability. 00:01:16.000 --> 00:01:29.000 Keeping with our mission to serve all students who desire to continue their education, the university in partnership with the WOU Foundation embarked on a daring initiative. 00:01:29.000 --> 00:01:35.000 To secure 3 million dollars in support of capital construction and scholarships. 00:01:35.000 --> 00:01:46.000 Thanks to the leadership gift of 1.4 million dollars from nationally renowned educator and former faculty member Dr. Richard Woodcock, 00:01:46.000 --> 00:01:57.000 the new Richard Woodcock education center will provide a learning environment where all three divisions of the college of education will work side by side. 00:01:57.000 --> 00:01:65.000 This collaboration will bring faculty together and enhance the overall learning experience for our students. 00:02:05.000 --> 00:02:17.000 With ground breaking for the new education center, we have achieved our first goal, producing a collaborative educational environment for both faculty and students. 00:02:17.000 --> 00:02:24.000 Now, we need your help to achieve our second goal: an affordable education. 00:02:24.000 --> 00:02:28.000 Making education affordable is one of our biggest concerns. 00:02:28.000 --> 00:02:38.000 Our students continue to struggle financially and the burden of student loan debt is the number one reason students leave the university. 00:02:38.000 --> 00:02:42.000 We know our graduates are highly sought after. 00:02:42.000 --> 00:02:46.000 But the path to graduation is filled with many challenges. 00:02:46.000 --> 00:02:52.000 That's why I'm asking you to join us in our Dare To campaign. 00:02:52.000 --> 00:02:57.000 To raise 1.6 million dollars for scholarships. 00:02:57.000 --> 00:02:64.000 Scholarships are vital to recognize, attract, and support outstanding students. 00:03:04.000 --> 00:03:13.000 WOU is committed to providing a high quality education and filling the halls of the Richard Woodcock Education Center. 00:03:13.000 --> 00:03:22.000 I urge you to join us in making college affordable as our students dare to teach and never cease to learn. 00:03:24.000 --> 00:03:26.000 There are two ways to get involved. 00:03:26.000 --> 00:03:33.000 Participate in the newly established College of Education Scholarship Program or create a new scholarship. 00:03:33.000 --> 00:03:42.000 Naming opportunities for classrooms, study areas and other physical spaces are available within the Richard Woodcock Education Center. 00:03:42.000 --> 00:03:48.000 All gifts to the campaign, will be recognized on a donor display, located within the new facility. 00:03:48.000 --> 00:03:55.000 New scholarships can be established by creating a permanent endowment fund or through a multi-year commitment. 00:03:56.000 --> 00:03:63.000 I think scholarships for future students are essential. It's not only about the money, it's about the investment in the student and the belief in the student. 00:04:04.000 --> 00:04:08.000 I think that is maybe more important than the money at times for kids. 00:04:08.000 --> 00:04:12.000 Just that confidence that somebody else besides their parents believes in them. 00:04:12.000 --> 00:04:15.000 Consider what your investment can do. 00:04:15.000 --> 00:04:21.000 This simple, caring, thoughtful act of giving, has a lasting impact on the lives of people around you. 00:04:21.000 --> 00:04:27.000 It can launch a career, spark a student to help other, and change your community. 00:04:34.000 --> 00:04:37.000 Both of which will help me become a better educator." 00:04:37.000 --> 00:04:45.000 You can support the Dare To campaign in a number of ways. From outright gifts, to deferred gifts, or a combination of both. 00:05:04.000 --> 00:05:15.000 To learn more about how a gift toward WOU can be part of a smart financial plan, contact the WOU Foundation at 503-838-8281