Next Week at WOU (Feb. 17 to 23)

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Looking for things to do at WOU this next week? We’ve got you covered with a selection of upcoming events. See the full calendar here or on your MyWOU app.

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Monday, Feb. 17

PRESIDENTS DAY: On the third Monday in February, the United States celebrates the federal holiday known as Presidents Day. The day takes place during the birth month of the country’s two most prominent presidents, George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.

Challenge yourself to some presidential trivia:

  1. Who are the three presidents who served in 1841?
  2. Forty years later, this same phenomenon occurred again in 1881. Name the three presidents who served that year.
  3. Name the three presidents who died on July 4th.
  4. Who were the four presidents who were assassinated while in office?

(See answers below)


Tuesday, Feb. 18

SUSTAINABILITY SPEAKER SERIES: CREATING A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE: It is easy to feel dark and hopeless about climate these days. We are surrounded by conflicting juxtaposition of those blaming “polluters” for our crisis and those openly disregarding extreme scientific consensus. Dr. Phil Harding is the guest speaker. He will give an interactive presentation and discussion on the climate crisis and its developing solution. Free. Noon in Room 101 in the Richard Woodcock Education Center.


Wednesday, Feb. 19

SUICIDE PREVENTION & MENTAL HEALTH – QUESTION, PERSUADE, REFER (QPR): Learn how to identify, talk with, and refer someone who is emotionally distressed.  Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) is an evidence-based hour and a half intervention created to inform you to do just that.  Described as CPR for suicide prevention, QPR will leave you with the skills and confidence to manage a crisis situation. You never know when you will use this skill-set on campus or in your personal life. 10 a.m. to noon in WUC. If you have a cell phone, please bring it with you to the session! Register here.

JOHN RAYMOND and the WOU JAZZ COMBO: The WOU Jazz Orchestra and Latin Jazz Ensembles are directed by Dr. Keith Karns and will feature renowned

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Enjoy an evening of jazz at Western Oregon University’s Smith Music Hall.

jazz guest artist John Raymond. $8 general, $5 students & senior citizens, WOU students free with ID. 7:30 p.m. Smith Music Hall.


Thursday, Feb. 20

AGING IN THE RIGHT PLACE: With increasing age, our housing and living environments become more critical to our health, well-being and independence. Assistant Professor Melissa Cannon will provide an overview of housing options for people as they grow older, important considerations when evaluating these options, and some of the basics of transitioning to long-term care. This free event begins at noon in the Columbia Room at the WUC. Free 

NATIONAL LOVE YOUR PET DAY: Pet lovers everywhere can celebrate their awesome pets.


Friday, Feb. 21

WHAT’S NEW AT WOU PORTLAND: WOU alumni are invited to enjoy an open bar and appetizers at the Double Tree Hotel in Portland. WOU President Rex Fuller will present “What’s new at WOU” and answer your questions. This is free to attend and those attending, can receive parking at the Double Tree for $5. 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

WOU NIGHT AT THE WINTERHAWKS: WOU invites you to go to the Winterhawks game! Your ticket includes a seat at center ice in section 13, a rally towel courtesy of the Winterhawks, admission to the “What’s new at WOU-Portland” event prior to the game and free beer, wine, cider and spirit tasting for Beer Tasting night at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum prior to the game and during intermission! You will sit with other WOU alumni and be in the center of the action. All ages are welcome and this is a family friendly event.


Saturday, Feb. 22

snowshoes in snow bank
Western Oregon University’s Outdoor Program invites you to go snowshoeing at Opal Creek.

SNOWSHOE HIKE SANTIAM PASS: Everyone is invited to a snowshoe adventure at Opal Creek. Participants leave WOU at 9 a.m. and return by 5 p.m. Transportation and the necessary gear, such as snowshoes and poles for the snow hikes, are provided by the program. The cost is $15 per person. Depending on the weather, participants will either hike or snowshoe to travel the easy 7-mile loop to see waterfalls, an old mining town, a former sawmill site and diverse plant life in the largest primeval forest in Oregon’s Cascade Range. Visit here for more information.


Sunday, Feb. 23

EXPLORE POLK COUNTY: Discover hiking trails, restaurants, shopping and more opportunities on what to do nearby Monmouth.

Answers to trivia questions:

  1. Martin Van Buren, William Henry Harrison, John Tyler
  2. Rutherford B. Hayes, James A. Garfield and Chester A. Arthur.
  3. John Adams, James Monroe, Thomas Jefferson.
  4. Abraham Lincoln, James A. Garfield, William McKinley and John F. Kennedy

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