Next Week At WOU (March 2 to 9)

Leaves of a plant in a garden.

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

If you are hosting a campus event, be sure to add it to the calendar by visiting and click “submit event.”

Important Notices

AN ARTFUL LIFE: CELEBRATING THE LIFE OF CREATOR, TEACHER AND COLLECTOR ALFRED MAURICE: Visit the Cannon Gallery of Art in historic Campbell Hall to view the late Alfred Maurice’s work. The exhibit is open now until March 20. Artwork in all exhibits will be for sale with price points for everyone ($10 – $1,000). All proceeds benefit the Maurice Undergraduate Initiative. The gallery is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Mark your calendar for March 11 when WOU will host a wine and art fundraiser in celebration of Maurice’s birthday.


Monday, March 2

Poster for a play
Western Oregon University invites people to attend Mother Jones in Heaven.

MOTHER JONES IN HEAVEN: Through story and song, actress Vivian Nesbitt (Breaking Bad, The Night Shift and Law and Order SVU) portrays Mary Harris “Mother” Jones with musical accompaniment by John Dillon in Si Kahn‘s one-woman musical about the infamous labor organizer famed for her tireless efforts on behalf of the rights of the working class. Tickets are free, but there is limited seating. Please arrive early to ensure a seat. The doors open at 6:45 p.m., and the play begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Rice Auditorium.


    DR. SEUSS OR NATIONAL READ ACROSS AMERICA DAY: Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday with National Read Across America Day. Be sure to thank everyone who taught you how to read and gave you the gift of loving to read. Today’s the day to declare reading books is more than OK. Adventures, knowledge and tons of fun, reading books lets your imagination play, while giving you access to all the information under the sun.

    Tuesday, March 3

    Giving Day poster
    Every dollar donated on Giving Day supports students at Western Oregon University.

    WOU’s GIVING DAY: Let’s show the power of the pack of students, alumni, community members and employees as we work together to raise $100,000 in 24 hours to Grow WOU. Make a donation at WOU’s Giving page or learn more by contacting Emily Swart, or call 503-838-8814

    Some of the Giving Day challenges and matches:

    • WOU Instagram Challenge: WOU Foundation Executive Director Erin McDonough and Wolves Softball Coach Lonny Sargent together will give $1 for every new @wounews Instagram follower on Giving Day up to $1,000.
    • Alumni Happy Hour Challenge: Between 4 and 7 p.m., members of the Alumni Board will personally increase the first 24 gifts of any size to the Fund for WOU by their own graduation year amount.
    • Every State Challenge: The WOU Foundation needs your help as they attempt to get a gift from every US state! Look for updates throughout the day on WOU’s Facebook and Instagram!
    • Parent Match: WOU Parent Michele Haberlach will match any gift from a parent of a WOU student or alum to the Fund for WOU up to $2,000.
    • Finance and Planned Giving Challenge: From 8 a.m. to noon on March 3, members of the committee will personally increase the first 60 gifts designated to the Fund for WOU of at least $34.50 by an additional $34.50.
    • 100 Payroll Deduction Challenge: We currently have 70 employees who donate to WOU through payroll deduction. Three generous WOU Foundation Board members will provide lunch for all employees who contribute through payroll deduction if we can increase that number to 100 on March 3!

    Wednesday, March 4

    Poster of Criminal Justice Fair at WOU
    Western Oregon University invites students to explore career possibilities at the Criminal Justice Fair.

    CRIMINAL JUSTICE CAREER FAIR: WOU students are invited to meet 30 professionals working in all areas of law enforcement to discuss both career and internship opportunities. The free event is 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Pacific Room at the WUC. The career fair is for all grade levels and majors.

    WOMEN OF CULTURE DINNER: WOU’s Multicultural Student Union presents guest speaker Esperanza Tervalon-Garret, who is the founder and CEO of Dancing Hearts Consulting, LLC, a progressive consulting firm that curates innovative ideas, programs and campaigns to challenge the status quo and test emerging strategies that change the political game to win long-term change for the people most impacted by systemic oppression. The dinner begins at 6 p.m. in the Columbia Room of the WUC. The event is free, but you need to register by visiting the MSSP office in the WUC, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday.

    Poster of the musical Urinetown
    Western Oregon University invites you to flush out what happens in Urinetown: The Musical.


    URINETOWN: THE MUSICAL: A tale of corruption, greed, shenanigans, love and revolution, Urinetown is a musical satire bound to having audiences blushing and bursting with laughter. Performances will be 7:30 p.m. March 4-7. The Friday, March 6 performance features American Sign Language interpretation. Tickets are $14 for general admission, $10 for senior citizens and WOU employees, $8 for students with ID and free for WOU students with ID. Tickets are available in person, by phone at 503-838-8462 or by email at You can also buy tickets online here.

      Thursday, March 5

      HOW TO HELP YOUR AGING PARENTS: Adult children are often needed to help their aging parents navigate the aging process. Guest speaker Michelle Wheelock, case manager at Oregon Cascades West Council of Governments and a WOU graduate, will offer her expertise in assisting families as they seek to understand the available resources and programs available to them in their communities. The brown bag event begins at noon in the Columbia Room at the WUC.

      Saturday, March 7

      SPRING FORWARD: Before you go to bed, remember to set your clock ahead one hour. Daylight Savings Time begins officially at 2 a.m. Sunday, March 8.

      A faded yellow alarm clock
      Setting clocks ahead in March means spring is on its way.



      Sunday, March 8

      INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY: The first International Women’s Day happened in 1911. Gloria Steinem, world-renowned feminist, journalist and activist once explained, “The story of women’s struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights.” Visit International Women’s Day to learn about the women who have and who are making a difference.


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