WEBVTT 00:00:20.000 --> 00:00:24.000 LOVE: Hello my Name is Tommy Love and I'm director of development here at Western Oregon University. 00:00:24.000 --> 00:00:29.000 First of all, I'd like to thank you for taking the time to watch our video, and secondly I want you to know: 00:00:29.000 --> 00:00:33.000 Just as over the last one hundred and fifty years this has been a strong university, 00:00:33.000 --> 00:00:36.000 we are planning right now for the next one hundred and fifty years. 00:00:36.000 --> 00:00:40.000 In order to do so we need the involvement and participation of our alumni, parents and friends. 00:00:40.000 --> 00:00:44.000 And as we move forward we hope you will be able to help us. 00:00:46.000 --> 00:00:52.000 LISAC: I'm an economics major; I started as a business major at Portland State, then I transferred to Western 00:00:52.000 --> 00:00:58.000 and I found it as a much friendlier and more of a sort of warm and embracing atmosphere. 00:00:58.000 --> 00:00:63.000 As a student worker for the alumni office, I think scholarship support is important 00:01:03.000 --> 00:01:09.000 because if I couldn't pay for school I would have to take out even more loans 00:01:09.000 --> 00:01:12.000 than I do now which are going to be almost insurmountable leaving college. 00:01:12.000 --> 00:01:18.000 I would love, honestly for somebody to not have to work as much as me to do what I do. 00:01:18.000 --> 00:01:24.000 For me to give back in the future to help the people who were in my situation, 00:01:24.000 --> 00:01:32.000 I'll have that empathy and know the kind of trials things they're going through and the things and the time. 00:01:39.000 --> 00:01:46.000 JOHNSON: I was here for thirty years, I enjoyed the institution, I had great colleagues. 00:01:46.000 --> 00:01:54.000 I think, anyone who's been associated with the university 00:01:54.000 --> 00:01:57.000 has an obligation to give back. 00:01:57.000 --> 00:01:64.000 Things have changed a lot at western, all the new buildings. 00:02:04.000 --> 00:02:07.000 They increased the student body. 00:02:07.000 --> 00:02:12.000 It really is becoming a university. 00:02:18.000 --> 00:02:25.000 MCDONALD: I arrived at Western in fall of 2005, at that time we had enrollment of about 4,600 students. 00:02:25.000 --> 00:02:30.000 The enrollment for fall 2010 was at 6,300 students. 00:02:30.000 --> 00:02:35.000 A big difference in today's students versus students even 20 years ago is the ability of students 00:02:35.000 --> 00:02:38.000 to generate their own money outside of school. 00:02:38.000 --> 00:02:42.000 for instance, about twenty years ago, the average undergraduate student at a public university like Western, 00:02:42.000 --> 00:02:46.000 could have a full time job in the summer working about forty hours a week, 00:02:46.000 --> 00:02:49.000 a part-time job during the school year of about ten to fifteen hours a week, 00:02:49.000 --> 00:02:55.000 and generate enough money then to pay for all of their bills, their housing, their books, their tuition. 00:02:55.000 --> 00:02:59.000 Today's student has to average a full time job during the summer of sixty hours a week 00:02:59.000 --> 00:02:64.000 and during the school year over twenty hours a week in order to have enough money to pay for school. 00:03:04.000 --> 00:03:08.000 There's just not enough money and time for a student to be a full time student 00:03:08.000 --> 00:03:12.000 and have a job or jobs that generate enough money to go to school 00:03:12.000 --> 00:03:17.000 It is a real issue; over three quarters of American students have some sort of need based financial aid. 00:03:17.000 --> 00:03:21.000 Scholarship support can make a difference for a student to be able to come to Western 00:03:21.000 --> 00:03:25.000 and also make a huge difference for a student being able to complete what they started at Western 00:03:25.000 --> 00:03:28.000 and graduate with their western degree. 00:03:35.000 --> 00:03:40.000 LAYTON: I'm currently getting several different scholarships including the General Scholarship, 00:03:40.000 --> 00:03:43.000 the Presidential Scholarship and also the Leadership Scholarship. 00:03:43.000 --> 00:03:50.000 Receiving scholarships has enriched my experience by allowing me to get this major that I'm really passionate about 00:03:50.000 --> 00:03:55.000 and not have to worry so much about the financial issues of the future. 00:04:04.000 --> 00:04:14.000 GEORGE: Without scholarship support I would probably be taking out a lot more loans than I actually do right now. 00:04:14.000 --> 00:04:21.000 There's a chance that I wouldn't be able to take part in my extracurricular activities like playing softball here at Western. 00:04:21.000 --> 00:04:26.000 I chose western because I love the atmosphere, I love the campus, 00:04:26.000 --> 00:04:30.000 I love the small town feel and the small campus, everything's relatively close 00:04:30.000 --> 00:04:36.000 it's got great location it's very close to Salem, to Portland, to Corvallis, to Lincoln City, 00:04:36.000 --> 00:04:43.000 but also I love the campus, it's beautiful, they have great academic programs 00:04:43.000 --> 00:04:48.000 and also I wanted to play softball here and it was a great match for me. 00:04:55.000 --> 00:04:60.000 IBARRA: I'm currently involved with student government. I am this year's student body president. 00:05:00.000 --> 00:05:06.000 I've been involved recently with student government holding the position of multicultural student advocate 00:05:06.000 --> 00:05:11.000 and then also volunteering before that, slowly getting involved with other clubs. 00:05:12.000 --> 00:05:16.000 I most definitely want to give back to the university, just the same way that I received, 00:05:16.000 --> 00:05:19.000 I would want to reach out to as many different students on campus 00:05:19.000 --> 00:05:25.000 and make their dreams of attending a university and receiving a bachelor's degree a reality. 00:05:25.000 --> 00:05:31.000 I would like to tell donors thank you for your support. It has really helped me reach my goals of attaining 00:05:31.000 --> 00:05:36.000 a higher education and doing things that I never thought were possible. 00:05:36.000 --> 00:05:41.000 LOVE: I hope you've enjoyed the video so far, and as you can tell success comes in many forms 00:05:41.000 --> 00:05:46.000 both inside the classroom and out. As we move forward I hope you think of three things 00:05:46.000 --> 00:05:48.000 and I would encourage you to do so 00:05:48.000 --> 00:05:51.000 First, imagine a greater Western Oregon University, 00:05:51.000 --> 00:05:54.000 Secondly, inspire a new generation of students, 00:05:54.000 --> 00:05:57.000 and third, to invest in that future. 00:05:57.000 --> 00:05:64.000 Remember, all gifts, regardless of size are critical to our future and all gifts are greatly appreciated. 00:06:04.000 --> 00:06:08.000 Thank you.