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2023 Spring Events happening at EOU, Spring Symposium, Blue and Gold, and more

2023 Spring Events happening at EOU, Spring Symposium, Blue and Gold, and more

LA GRANDE, Ore. – It’s spring at Eastern Oregon University, and a range of arts, athletics, and scholarly events are scheduled on campus. Mark your calendar for Spring Symposium, Blue and Gold Weekend, “The Tempest”, and more. A full list is also available at eou.edu/spring-events/.

(EOU photograph / Michael K. Dakota)

May 12-13: Cascade Collegiate Track & Field Championships (All Day, EOU La Grande campus)
The Cascade Collegiate Conference Track & Field Championships will be held at Eastern Oregon University on May 12 and 13. The EOU men’s and women’s Track & Field teams will compete in the CCC Outdoor Championships.
View the schedule here.

May 15: All-Campus Juried Art Exhibition and Talk (TBA, Nightingale Gallery)
Visiting artist Mark Smith will be present to the jury at the All Campus Art show and give an artist talk.

May 17: Spring Symposium (9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Loso Hall)
The Spring Symposium is an opportunity for all undergraduate students at Eastern Oregon University to showcase and present their creative activities and accomplished studies to fellow students, faculty, and the community. This event is free and open to the public.
Students present on various topics spanning the breadth of scholarly work undertaken on our campus. Presentations include panels, poster sessions, talks, performances, and open studios.
Visit the Spring Symposium webpage

May 17-18: EOU Board of Trustees Meeting (Wednesday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Dixie Lund Board Room, Inlow Hall)
EOU’s Board of Trustees convenes for its final regular meeting of the academic year. 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 eou.edu/governance/board-meeting-schedule.

May 18: Ars Poetica in conversation with Taylor Brorby (6 p.m. to 7 p.m., This event is online, Zoom link to be announced)
An online conversation with author Taylor Brorby, the author of Boys and Oil: Growing up Gay in a fractured land, Crude: Poems, Coming Alive: Action and Civil Disobedience, and co-editor of Fracture: Essays, Poems, and Stories on Fracking in America. His work has been supported by grants and fellowships from the National Book Critics Circle, the MacDowell Colony, the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, Mesa Refuge, Blue Mountain Center, and the North Dakota Humanities Council.
Taylor’s work has appeared in The Huffington Post, Orion Magazine, The Arkansas International, Southern Humanities Review, and North Dakota Quarterly, and has appeared in numerous anthologies. He is a contributing editor at North American Review and serves on the editorial boards of Terrain.org and Hub City Press.
Taylor regularly speaks nationwide on issues related to extractive economies, queerness, disability, and climate change. He is the Annie Tanner Clark Fellow in Environmental Humanities and Environmental Justice at the Tanner Humanities Center at the University of Utah.

(EOU photograph / Michael K. Dakota)

May 19-20: Blue and Gold Weekend (All Day, EOU Campus)
The annual Blue and Gold Weekend features a line-up of athletics activities for alumni, students, and fans of all ages. On Friday, May 19 at 1 p.m. the EOU Coaches Golf Scramble will take place. At 7 p.m. the EOU Texas Hold’em Tournament will take place.
The tailgate opens at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 20 with a live DJ, food, and a beer garden.
On Saturday, May 20 the Volleyball Alumni game is scheduled to take place at 10:30 a.m. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. there will be a family fun fest.
The annual Blue & Gold football Spring game is scheduled for 1 p.m., and the Men’s soccer alumni game will happen at 4 p.m.

May 24: Grande Ronde Symphony Orchestra Concert (7 p.m., McKenzie Theater)
Catch the Grande Ronde Symphony Orchestra in concert at EOU! Ticket information TBA.

May 25: EOU Chamber Choir Concert (7:30 p.m., McKenzie Theater)
Catch the EOU Chamber Choir in concert at McKenzie Theater! Ticket information TBA.

May 31- June 2: CAHSS Arts Festival (times vary, EOU Campus)
The College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences (CAHSS) is hosting its second annual EOU Arts Fest. This is an all-ages event where everyone is welcome – community members, prospective students, alumni, the EOU community (administrators, faculty, staff, students) or those just passing through. ArtsFest is an annual showcase of the creative talent at EOU and within the La Grande community. With performances by bands and EOU student organizations, theater performances, art exhibitions, studio tours, and artisan vendors. Learn more at eou.edu/cahss/artsfest.
May 31st

  • College Symposium – Utopia/Dystopia
    June 2nd
  • 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Arts Preview Day and Recruitment
  • See the schedule
  • 3:30-5:00 p.m. Liberty Theater Tour
  • 5:00-6:00 p.m. Oregon East Reading
  • 5:00-7:00 p.m. Nightingale Gallery will be open
  • 7:00 p.m. The Tempest in McKenzie Theater (purchase tickets)
    June 3rd
  • 12-5 p.m.: Main event with food, beer, music/performances, Craft Fest
  • 5 p.m.: Literary Arts Reading with Allison Cobbs in Loso Lobby
  • 5:00 p.m.: – 7:00 p.m. Nightingale Gallery will be open.
  • 7 p.m.: The Tempest in McKenzie Theater (purchase tickets)

June 1- 4: The Tempest (June 1 -3, 7 p.m., June 4, 2 p.m., McKenzie Theater)
Prospera uses magic to conjure a storm and torment the survivors of a shipwreck, including the King of Naples and Prospera’s treacherous brother, Antonio. Prospera’s slave, Caliban, plots to rid himself of his master, but is thwarted by Prospera’s spirit-servant Ariel. The King’s young son Ferdinand thought to be dead, falls in love with Prospera’s daughter Miranda. Their celebrations are cut short when Prospera confronts her brother and reveals her identity as the usurped Duchess of Milan. The families are reunited, and all conflict is resolved. Prospera grants Ariel his freedom and prepares to leave the island.

June 5: Grande Ronde Community Band Concert (7:30 p.m., McKenzie Theater)
Catch the Grande Ronde Community Band in concert at McKenzie Theater! Ticket information TBA.

June 9: 45th Parallel Concert (7:30 p.m., McKenzie Theater)
Catch 45th Parallel in concert at EOU! Ticket information TBA.