If you are hosting a campus event, be sure to add it to the calendar by visiting calendar.wou.edu and click “submit event.”
If you are an introvert, a homebody or simply need your space, we have some ideas for enjoying your week while still avoiding the crowds. Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), many events at Western Oregon University and throughout Oregon have been canceled. We encourage you to use this time to do things you have wanted to do such as get some rest, talk long walks and find ways to safely connect with your friends and family.
Due to the coronavirus (COVID19), Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has limited public gatherings of more than 250 people statewide for four weeks, as of March 12. Please check to see if the event is happening.
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.
Monday, March 16
HAPPY FIRST DAY OF FINALS WEEK: OK, WOU students, you got this. Stay healthy, be positive and just do your best on your exams this week. Here are two quotes from American inventor and businessman Thomas A. Edison to provide you with some inspiration this week:
“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.”
“Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.”
Tuesday, March 17
ST. PATRICK’S DAY: Here are a few ideas to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day:
· Learn more about St. Patrick.
· Wear green, eat green food and listen to Irish music.
· Watch movies with an Irish theme. A few suggestions are: The Commitments, My Left Foot, Waking Ned Devine, The Quiet Man, Circle of Friends, Angela’s Ashes, Sing Street and Leap Year.
· Read a book with the word ‘green’ in the title, including Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery, Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss, The Green Mile by Stephen King and Fried Green Tomatoes by Fannie Flagg.
Wednesday, March 18
COUCH TRAVEL: Pick a place, any place and then let your imagination go there by reading a book, watching a movie, researching its traditions and cultures, or creating an authentic meal. There are 12 famous museums you can virtually tour on your couch.
Thursday, March 19
NATIONAL CERTIFIED NURSES DAY: Let’s give a round of applause for all the pre-nursing program students at Western Oregon University, the WOU students who are attending nursing school and all the WOU alumni who are nurses. Learn more about WOU’s nursing program and its partnership with Oregon Health & Science University’s School of Nursing.
Friday, March 20
FIRST DAY OF SPRING: Take time to stop and smell the flowers and reflect on the beauty of WOU’s campus.Here are a few ideas to celebrate the new season:
WOODEN SHOE TULIP FARM: Discover the beauty of the tulip fields at Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm.
OREGON CAPITOL MALL CHERRY BLOSSOMS: Take a stroll to see the more than 150 cherry trees.
OREGON WHALE WATCHING: The gray whales are making their journey from Baja Mexico to Alaska. Bring your binoculars and see if you can spy any whales. The whales are visible from Oregon’s shores.
Saturday, March 21
NATIONAL COMMON COURTESY DAY: Observed annually on March 21, the day brings awareness to how important common courtesy is in our lives. With the daily changes due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), let’s all remember to extend kindness. The little things we do for one another can make a difference.
BE A HOMETOWN TOURIST: Explore the towns of Monmouth, Independence, Dallas and other nearby communities. Or go for a drive on the country roads and see what you discover.
Sunday, March 22
NATIONAL GOOF OFF DAY: Today’s the day to relax, enjoy and goof off. Do something fun and leave the work until tomorrow. Spend the day binge watching movies, reading a book, working on craft projects or playing board games. Everybody needs a break so use this day to take that break and do whatever is fun.