WEBVTT 00:00:10.000 --> 00:00:13.000 Hello, my name is Brent Redpath. 00:00:13.000 --> 00:00:17.000 I am the Program Coordinator for the ASL Studies Department here at Western Oregon University. 00:00:17.000 --> 00:00:23.000 I am originally from Puyallup, Washington but have been living here for quite a while. 00:00:23.000 --> 00:00:27.000 I was a student here at Western and loved it so much I never left. 00:00:27.000 --> 00:00:30.000 Western has such a friendly atmosphere and overall is such a wonderful place. 00:00:30.000 --> 00:00:35.000 Additionally, the state of Oregon is unique in that it has all four seasons throughout the year. 00:00:35.000 --> 00:00:40.000 Here you'll find mountains, lakes, and the beach. Really, Oregon has it all. 00:00:40.000 --> 00:00:43.000 I hope you will come join our team! 00:00:52.000 --> 00:00:56.000 Hello, I'm Kara Gournaris. 00:00:56.000 --> 00:00:58.000 I've been teaching at Western for last seven years. 00:00:58.000 --> 00:00:62.000 I can easily say this has been one of the best jobs I've ever had. 00:01:02.000 --> 00:01:06.000 One of the reasons I say that is because of the many different departments located here. 00:01:06.000 --> 00:01:09.000 There is the ASL Studies Department, Interpreting Department, both graduate and undergraduate programs, 00:01:09.000 --> 00:01:14.000 the Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling Department. 00:01:14.000 --> 00:01:17.000 Also, the DHHE, Deaf and Hard of Hearing Education Department. All of these close to one another. 00:01:17.000 --> 00:01:21.000 It's extremely nice that anytime a student needs assistance we can refer them out to the other departments. 00:01:21.000 --> 00:01:23.000 It's great for students to have a resource such as this always ready for them. 00:01:23.000 --> 00:01:25.000 We feel like family here. 00:01:25.000 --> 00:01:28.000 I also have the opportunity to work with students when they enter as freshman, continuing with 00:01:28.000 --> 00:01:31.000 them until their senior year when I get to witness their final day here at their graduation. 00:01:31.000 --> 00:01:34.000 I feel honored knowing that our time and investment in them has been worth so much. 00:01:44.000 --> 00:01:49.000 Hello, I am Dr. Patrick Graham. 00:01:51.000 --> 00:01:56.000 Here at Western Oregon University, I am the coordinator for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Education program, 00:01:56.000 --> 00:01:60.000 which is a teacher preparation program, here at Western Oregon University. 00:02:00.000 --> 00:02:07.000 One reason you should come to Western Oregon is its location. We are centrally located within the Willamette Valley. 00:02:07.000 --> 00:02:10.000 We are close to the beach as well as close to places where you can ski. 00:02:10.000 --> 00:02:17.000 Not only that, we have an amazing group of Deaf faculty, staff, as well as students. 00:02:17.000 --> 00:02:22.000 It would be great if you can come for a visit, but better yet, I'd rather you move here! 00:02:31.000 --> 00:02:37.000 Hello! I'm Rian, the Accommodations Coordinator for the Office of Disability Services, here at Western Oregon University. 00:02:37.000 --> 00:02:41.000 I moved to Oregon last year due to the opportunities for growth 00:02:41.000 --> 00:02:44.000 in working with Deaf individuals as well as persons with disabilities. 00:02:44.000 --> 00:02:47.000 Not only that, but Oregon is such a beautiful place. 00:02:47.000 --> 00:02:51.000 There are a large number of resources readily available as well as being added to our campus, 00:02:51.000 --> 00:02:54.000 and what is really great, Western is a very Deaf friendly campus. 00:02:54.000 --> 00:02:57.000 I have the opportunity to work with non-signing individuals who already know how to work with interpreters. 00:02:57.000 --> 00:02:59.000 I also work with many hearing individuals who know American Sign Language. 00:02:59.000 --> 00:02:63.000 We do have many resources in place but of course we are always looking to expand and add more support staff. 00:03:03.000 --> 00:03:08.000 So come to Oregon and Western Oregon University! I really appreciate being here and you will too!