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October 15, 2013
MONMOUTH -- Western Oregon University's newly renovated computer science facilities will be named the Edward B. Wright Center for Computing Sciences after a $300,000 gift in Wright's honor.
Former Oregon State Sen. Frank Morse, along with his wife, Linda, used the gift to establish a scholarship endowment for current and future computer science, information systems or computer science/mathematics students.
Wright came to WOU in 1979, when it was still known as Oregon College of Education, to develop a computer science major.
In 1984, four years after the computer science major was developed, Wright became the computer science department chairman.
Wright retired in 1999 and passed away in 2012.
The two-year, $1.3 million renovation to the Instructional Technology Center's third floor allowed for the creation of the EBWCCS just before fall term.
Two computer labs, faculty offices and a smart classroom make up the center, with an adjoining student area.
"Not only will this be a huge scholarship for students, but it will be a focal point as a donation fund," David Olson, computer science division chairman, said.
Western is hosting a dedication ceremony for the center Thursday at 6 p.m.
WOU President Mark Weiss, Morse, Wright's wife Marge and their daughter, Mary Jo Brock, and Tommy Love, WOU Foundation executive director, will speak.