May Events at Eastern Oregon University

EOU May Events 2022

It’s spring at Eastern Oregon University, and a range of arts, athletics and scholarly events are scheduled on campus throughout May! Mark your calendar for Spring Symposium, Blue and Gold Weekend, “RENT” the musical, and more! Check for game information.

May 5: Bean Gilsdorf Artist Talk

Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Huber Auditorium


Artist Bean Gilsdorf will serve as juror for the Nightingale Gallery’s All-Campus Juried Student Art Exhibition this year. Her talk is free and open to the public. 

May 10: Student Voices Task Force Open Forum

Time: 5:30-7 p.m.
Location: Ackerman 210


Nine Oregon lawmakers will visit EOU to hear directly from students, employees and community members about services for underrepresented students. The task force is visiting all public universities and colleges this spring to identify gaps in higher education. Following round table meetings with students in the afternoon, the legislators will hear testimony in a public open forum. Find details at

May 12: Colloquium – Daniel Costie

Time: 4 p.m.
Location: Ackerman 210


Dr. Daniel Costie teaches Public Administration at EOU, and will give a talk titled “Advocacy Coalitions in the Twittersphere” in-person for this edition of EOU Colloquium. This talk is free and open to the public. Visit for more information. 

Brief description: Social media is continuing to be a political force shaping how policy issues are discussed and thus influencing how the policy agenda is structured. With Twitter, the information from these actors, whether they be a small non-profit or business, can ‘compete’ with well-funded organizations and corporations. Policy actors no longer must rely on the few information gatekeepers such as the media to get their message out. The Advocacy Coalition Framework can be used to determine how coordinated policy actors engage in discursive strategies around similar policy core beliefs. Issue framing is one strategy and is likely to change over time, redistributing political power and incentivizing a shift in discourse that appeals to broader interests.

May 13: All-Campus Juried Student Art Exhibition Reception

Time: 5 p.m.
Location: Nightingale Gallery


Student artists from across disciplines submit artwork to be judged in this annual exhibition. Guest juror Bean Gilsdorf will present awards in Nightingale Gallery during the reception. This event is free and open to the public. Visit or follow the Nightingale Gallery on Facebook and Instagram for additional information. 

May 14: Blue & Gold Weekend Tailgate, Cornhole Tournament, Beer Garden, and more!

Time: 12 p.m.
Location: Near Quinn Coliseum


The 2nd annual Blue and Gold Weekend features a line-up of athletics activities for alumni, students and fans of all ages. On Friday, May 13, EOU Athletics will host a student-athlete challenge near Quinn Coliseum that fans are welcome to attend. There will be a live DJ, spike ball tournament, barbecue, and other events. On Saturday, May 14, events are big at 9 am and run through 7 pm! The wrestling team hosts a Cornhole Tournament all day, and the Mary Horn Centsable Wealth Management Tailgate Zone opens at noon with a beer garden, live DJ, family fun fest and silent auction! More information at

May 14: Blue & Gold Soccer Alumni Games

Time: 1 & 3 p.m.
Location: Community Stadium


Women’s soccer alumni play against current student-athletes at 1pm, and the men play at 3pm in Community Stadium. Contact EOU Athletics for ticket information. 

May 14: Blue & Gold Football Game

Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Community Stadium


The Mountie football team spars in this home turf scrimmage to close out Blue and Gold Weekend. Contact EOU Athletics for ticket information. 

May 14-22: STEM Week

Time: Weeklong
Location: EOU Campus


The GO-STEM Hub at EOU is celebrating STE(A)M Week alongside peers throughout Oregon. Downloadable workbooks are available in English and Spanish, as well as classroom and at-home activities for a range of ages. Learn more at and register a local event!

May 18: Spring Symposium

Time: 9 a.m.
Location: La Grande campus


Upperclassmen from nearly every discipline participate in this annual showcase of EOU scholarly achievement. Talks, posters, performances and demonstrations take place throughout the event. This event is free and open to the public. Visit for additional information. 

  • 8:15 Continental breakfast – Loso Lobby
  • 9:00 – 9:50 Keynote presentation – McKenzie Theater
  • 10:00 – 10:50 Poster Session 1 – Loso Lobby
  • 10:30 – 1:00 Talks – Huber Auditorium & Zoom (use link above)
  • 10:10 – 11:50 OTP Poster Sessions – Badgley Atrium
  • 11:30 – 1:00 Art Senior Students Open Studios – Ackerman Annex
  • 12:00 – 12:50 Choral Conducting Demonstration and Performance – Groth Recital Hall, Loso
  • 1:00 – 1:50 Poster Session 2 – Loso Lobby
  • 2:00 – 2:50 Panel History of Economic Thought and Contemporary Challenges: What do some old dead guys teach us about our economy today? – Loso 117
  • 2:00 Eastern Oregon Social Science Journal Volume IV reveal – Library Reading Room
  • 7:00 – 8:00 PM Honors Societies Induction Ceremony – Hoke Community Room

May 18-19: Board of Trustees meeting

Time: 1-5 p.m. on May 18 and 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on May 19
Location: Inlow 201


EOU’s Board of Trustees convenes for its final regular meeting of the academic year. The meeting will be spread across two days, running from 1 to 5pm on May 18 and from 9am to 12pm on May 19. This meeting is open to the public. The meeting can also be viewed remotely via livestream and a recording of the meeting will be available for viewing following the meeting. For a full agenda and information on providing public comment, visit

May 19-22: “RENT”

Time: 7 p.m. on May 19, 20, 21, and at 2 p.m. on May 22
Location: McKenzie Theater


The EOU Theatre Department presents Jonathan Larson’s iconic Pulitzer Prize-winning musical that shaped a generation of audiences and taught us all to measure our life in love. Set in the East Village of New York City, “Rent” is about falling in love, finding your voice and living for today. Winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, “Rent” has become a pop cultural phenomenon, with songs that rock and a story that resonates with audiences of all ages. Purchase tickets online or contact the EOU Box Office at 541-962-3757. Visit for additional information.

May 20-21: CAHSS Arts Festival

Time: Friday and Saturday
Location: Gilbert Center and the Gilbert Center Plaza


The College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences hosts the first-ever Arts Festival with a range of activities Friday and Saturday. Saturday activities begin at noon, when the Craft Fair opens in Gilbert Center with at least 10 vendors and an interactive table hosted by the EOU Art Club. Food and beer trucks will be open until 6pm in the Gilbert Plaza. 

Friday, 3:30-5 p.m.: Ashley O’Toole leads a tour of the Liberty Theater

Friday, 5 p.m.: Oregon East Reading in Loso Foyer

Friday, 5-7 p.m.: Nightingale Gallery extended hours for All-Campus Juried Student Art Exhibition 

Friday, 7 p.m.: “Rent” in McKenzie Theatre

Saturday, 12-6 p.m.: Crafts Fair in Gilbert Center with 10 vendors and Art Club table

Saturday, 12:15-2 p.m.: 45th Parallel Jazz Ensemble

Saturday, 1-3 p.m.: Open senior studios and studio tours

Saturday, 2 p.m.: Opening of wood kiln and ceramics raffle to support Arts Fest for future years

Saturday, 3 p.m.: EOU African Drumming Ensemble

Saturday, 3:20 p.m.: EOU Community Music

Saturday, 4 p.m.: EOU Singers

Saturday, 4:15 p.m.: “Life in the Arts after EOU” Alumni Panel with Dean Nate Lowe in the Gilbert Center

Saturday, 5 p.m.: Ars Poetica Reading with Tina Ontiveros in Gilbert Plaza

Saturday, 6 p.m.: Alumni Social in Ackerman Alumni Room

Saturday, 7 p.m.: “Rent” in McKenzie Theatre

May 20: Oregon East Reading

Time: 5 p.m.
Location: Loso Hall Foyer


Student writers and artists whose work is featured in the latest edition of “Oregon East” will read their work. This event is free and open to the public. The event will also be livestreamed on YouTube. Contact Nick Neely for additional information. 

May 21: Rita Monahan Wellness Event

Time: 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Location: Dorian Park


The Rita Monahan Memorial Foundation hosts this annual event featuring local vendors, health promotion booths, and a 5k Color Walk/Run. The color walk/run will begin on by Dorian Park at 10am, and will finish back on campus where health and lifestyle booths will be open for the community to enjoy. The cost for the run is $5 for minors/students and $10 for community members. Register for the Color Walk/Run and find more information at

May 21: Ars Poetica Reading with Ana Tina Ontiveros

Time: 5 p.m.
Location: Gilbert Plaza


The Carl and Sandra Ellston Ars Poetica Fund Reading and Conversation Series, alongside EOU’s MFA faculty, host this event with author Tina Ontiveros. MFA faculty Nick Neely will introduce Ontiveros and facilitate questions from attendees. This event is free and open to the public. Visit for more information.

May 26: Colloquium – Anna Cavinato

Time: 4 p.m.
Location: Ackerman 210


Dr. Anna Cavinato teaches Chemistry at EOU, and will give a talk titled “Development of microfluidic devices for bacterial detection and environmental monitoring” in-person for this edition of EOU Colloquium. This talk is free and open to the public. Visit for more information. 

May 26: EOU Choir Concert

Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: McKenzie Theater


EOU student singers in Chamber Choir and other ensembles perform their final concert of the academic year.