A sneak peek at autumn events

Football, fall foliage and a new flock of freshmen: Autumn has arrived at last at the University of Oregon.

Campus has awoken from its summer slumber and is bustling with events — speakers, groundbreakings, celebrations, and arts and cultural happenings. Campus is full of new faces, new places to eat and drink, and new exhibits in our museums.

Here’s a look at some — but not all — of what’s new on campus this fall and what’s coming up. As always, you can consult the events calendar for the latest on campus happenings.



  • The inaugural Black Alumni Reunion takes place Oct. 11-14. Events include workshops, a catered tailgate at the Washington game. Also, Black Student Convocation is Oct. 13.

  • New to the Erb Memorial Union: Jamba Juice, set to open the first week of October. Also, the EMU Ticket Office is now an authorized passport acceptance center for students looking to study abroad and for the general public as well.

  • The School of Journalism and Communication will mark the first anniversary of its Media Center for Science and Technology in October, a program funded by the Presidential Fund for Excellence.

  • The Warsaw Sports Marketing Center is celebrating its 25th year with a gala event at the Ford Alumni Center on Nov. 2.

  • The second annual UO PopVoice competition takes place at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 10 Aasen-Hull Hall in the Frohnmayer Music Building. Students may enter the prescreening round by submitting a vocal performance video through the online application.

  • Shake Smart has opened in the Rec Center Duck Store.

  • PeaceHealth Rides bike-share arrived on campus last spring, providing an easy way for students to get around campus and around town. Not sure where to start? Stop by one of their how-to clinics the first Friday of every month.

  • Want to explore Oregon? Check out the Outdoor Program, which organizes trips near and far, and rents all kinds of outdoor gear for cheap.

  • The always popular ASUO Street Faire returns to East 13th Avenue Oct. 10-12.





  • Quack Chats pub talks, the bimonthly series of talks by faculty members, starts its fall schedule Wednesday, Sept. 26, with history professor Mark Carey discussing the economics and politics of icebergs. The talks start at 6 p.m. at the Ax Billy Grill at the Downtown Athletic Club.

  • Angel Gambino, a Wired Top 100 executive who has built companies on three continents, kicks off the Graduate Student Lecture Series at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 1 at Room 175, Knight Law School.

  • David Conover, vice president for research and innovation, will discuss the state of UO research at 3 p.m. Oct. 15 in the Crater Lake Rooms, EMU.

  • Artist and activist Dianna Cohen will discuss the pervasive problem of plastic pollution at the O’Fallon Lecture in Art and American Culture, presented by the Oregon Humanities Center, at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 17 in Room 156, Straub Hall.

  • Mireille Miller-Young, a professor of feminist studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, kicks off the New Directions in Feminist Studies Speaker Series with her talk, “Black Feminism, Labor, Sex Work,” at noon Oct. 19 in Gerlinger Alumni Lounge.

  • The next installment of the Wings: UO Presidential Speakers Series, takes place Nov. 1 at UO Portland. Topics including the Cascadia subduction zone, courts and constitutional rights, and the history of the Black Power movement.





  • The School of Journalism and Communication has added a new master’s program in advertising and brand responsibility, the first of its kind in the world.

  • Over at Lundquist College of Business, new minors in sports business and entrepreneurship are being offered. And the college is launching a new Professional Edge program for business students.



  • The athletics department has introduced new rules for attending football games at Autzen Stadium.

  • The Ducks play UCLA in the homecoming game Nov. 1, which will mark a homecoming of sorts for the Bruin’s new coach, who Duck fans may have heard of.

  • Volleyball, ranked 12th in the country, just beat top-ranked Minnesota and has begun its rugged Pac-12 campaign, including a looming showdown with No. 2 Stanford Oct. 21. 

  • Men’s basketball open the season at home with an exhibition game vs. Western Oregon Nov. 1 and host Portland State Nov. 6. They head east to play in the 2K Classic, benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project, Nov. 15-16 at Madison Square Garden in New York with Iowa, Syracuse and Connecticut.

  • Women’s basketball, led by the dynamic duo of Sabrina Ionescu and Ruthy Hebard and coming off a run to the Elite Eight, begin play Nov. 6 against Alaska Fairbanks in Fairbanks. The home opener is Nov. 10 vs. Syracuse, and the Ducks host NCAA runner-up Mississippi State Dec. 18.





  • Incoming students and family members flocked to campus over the summer for the latest iteration of IntroDUCKtion, the university’s long-running orientation program.

  • “Animal House,” the raunchy college comedy shot on and around our campus, turned 40 over the summer, sparking memories of those who there for the shoot and spurring questions about whether the movie’s brand of off-color humor holds up in today’s world.

  • The university is celebrating 10 years of Pathway Oregon, a scholarship program for low-income Oregonians.