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Campus Rec Events


UPCOMING - free unless stated otherwise ($)

April 9 | Campus for a Cause

Thursdays, April 9 - May 28 | Art & Sports Lecture Series

April 11 | Rose City Rock Rodeo Bouldering Competition

April 25 | Outdoor Program's Used-Gear Sale

May 02 | Amazing Race: Family Edition - youth event

May 05 | Sound Waves: Pool Party

May 07 Pride Trans Affirming Fitness Group

May 13 | Nourish Wellness Fair

May 15 Splash Mob! Pride Edition

May 26 | Pride Kickball Party

May 29 | Softball Tournament




Campus for a Cause


Join our crusade for a better community. Campus for a Cause invites you to volunteer and engage in health-promoting behaviors alongside fellow PSU students, faculty and staff. Taking place on campus and at local organizations, Campus for a Cause events are designed to be active and improve wellness. All events are free and open to the entire PSU community.


Garden to Give
Thursday, April 9, Noon - 2 pm
Urban Center 4th Floor High Patio (Rain or Shine)
PSU is planting produce and flowers for a good cause. Join us to plant and decorate small pots with inspirational quotes. Help brighten someone's day and learn about organizations that fulfill our community’s needs. Supplies and free light snacks will be provided.


Art & Sports Lecture Series

Explore the intersections of art and sports in this new lecture series by Campus Rec's Artist-in-Residence Program. A different artist will speak every Thursday during Spring Term, each sharing a dedication to interdisciplinary work that crosses lines and disorients stereotypical understandings of artist and athlete identity. The lectures take place in the Campus Rec Lobby from 1 pm to 1:50 pm.


April 9 - Alicia McDaid

Alicia will give a presentation about using dance and movement in her work and a performance from the piece she is workshopping right now called "The Workout for the Recently Divorced."


Alicia is a Portland-based visual, performance and video artist celebrating the emotional ecstasy and anguish of chronic existential crises with a comedically macabre flourish. Utilizing elements of stand up comedy, character acting, musical theater, dance and self-help style over sharing, McDaid shares intimate stories from her life via live, video, social media and interactive performances. She has been a featured performer in the 2013 Movement Research Festival in New York, Portland Institute of Contemporary Art's Time Based Art Festival in 2008, 2009 and 2012 and in the On the Boards' Northwest New Works Festival in Seattle in 2009. Solo visual and video work shows include Portland State University and the Wieden + Kennedy Gallery and video installation in fall 2014 at Marylhurst University.


April 16 - Physical Education

The members of Physical Education each have a long standing relationship with performances involving endurance, grandeur, scale, and audience engagement/entanglement/investment/participation. As such, they attempt to create environments and programs (including an all-levels movement class titled Transcendentaerobicourage) that support discovery or revivification of an individual's potential for embodiment, and conversation around how a sense of self-embodiment can transform modes of viewing performance/performing bodies.


Portland based Physical Education (PE) is comprised of dance/performance artists keyon gaskin, Allie Hankins, Lucy Lee Yim and Takahiro Yamamoto. PE works to inspire a critical dialogue that acknowledges and scrutinizes the perceived illegibility and messiness of the performing body. PE offers immersive modes of engagement with dance and performance, which include reading groups, lectures/artist talks, performances, movement classes and dance parties.


April 23 - Ryan Woodring & Peter Vickery

Ryan Woodring will speak about the artists in Over and Back, an exhibition about sports and memory that he curated at Surplus Space, along with a current project with collaborator Peter Vickery in which the two artists mechanically recreate a famous 3-point shot made by Portland Trailblazer guard Damian Lillard.


Ryan Woodring is a Portland-based artist and curator, and founder of Prequel Artist Incubator for Emerging Artists. Originally from Doylestown, Pennsylvania, he graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a second degree in French Studies in 2010. Woodring moved to Portland in 2013 to work as a visual effects artist at Laika on the Oscar-nominated film The Boxtrolls. He has taught painting at Carnegie Mellon’s Precollege Art Department, was a mentor for Brewhouse Distillery Artist Residency Program in Pittsburgh and currently teaches animation at Hollywood Theatre in Portland.


April 30 - Katie Holden & Chris Freeman

Chris Freeman and Katie Holden’s lecture for the Art and Sports program at PSU will address issues of competition, gender roles, and failure. Both have explored the overlap between a creative practice and physical training by referencing boxing, body building, and rock climbing in their work. While the triumph of success is thrilling, Freeman and Holden see the connection that athletes and artists both eventually embrace failure and its opportunities for improvement.


Chris Freeman addresses issues of masculinity and identity as a normal white straight American male through photography, performance, and video. He holds a BFA from Pacific Northwest College of Art and is a current MFA Candidate at Portland State University.


Katie Holden works with a wide range of materials to investigate the overlap of digital space and natural place as it relates to painting. She is a recipient of the Arlene Schnitzer Visual Arts Prize, has participated in the Signal Fire Artist Residency, and works as an advisory board member for Surplus Space (an alternative arts space in Portland, Oregon.) She holds a BFA from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and is a current MFA Candidate at Portland State University for Contemporary Art Practice.

May 7 - Arianna Warner
May 14 - Nathan McKee
May 21 - Adam Moser
May 28 - Lee Walton


Over and Back
April 24 - Over and Back Artist Panel with Carolyn Castano, Terry M. Boyd, Greg Hayes and Hand2 Mouth Theater. Likewise, 3564 SE Hawthorne Blvd., 6 pm to 8 pm. 


April 25 - Over and Back Exhibition at Suplus Space Curated by Ryan Woodring with Guest Curator Roz Crews. Suplus Space, 3726 NE 7th Ave., 8 pm to 10 pm.



Amazing Race: Family Edition

This is a fun family Amazing Race and is geared towards families with children 5 and older; there will be some limited activities for younger children.  This is a chance for the family to do a variety of challenges around the rec center and this event is a partnership between Campus Rec and the Resource Center for Students with Children. This is open to the entire PSU community. 


Date: May 2, 2015

Time: 10 a.m.


Sound Waves Pool Party 

Experience Campus Rec's first ever Sound Waves Pool Party. This dance party in the water features talented KPSU DJ 1985 playing music to a laser light show, free food and lots of fun!


Date: May 5, 2015

Time: 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.


Pride in May Trans Affirming Fitness Group

Campus Rec celebrates PSU Pride in May! Trans, genderqueer and all body-positive people are invited to exercise in an environment that honors and supports individual identity. New to Campus Rec? A facility tour will be offered after class.


Date: Thursday, May 7, 2015
Time: 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.


Nourish Wellness Fair

Campus Rec's annual Nourish Wellness Fair is the place to learn about resources available to the PSU community. $5 helmets, free massage, acupuncture, healthy food samples, gait analysis, body composition testing, fitness screens, farmers market produce, dental exams, interactive demos, raffle prizes and more! FREE to all PSU students, faculty, staff and Campus Rec members.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Time: 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Splash Mob! Pride Edition

Dive into PSU Pride in May! Make a splash on the log roll, swim laps, unwind on inner tubes, float on fun noodles and relax in our spa.

Date: Friday, May 15, 2015
Time: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Pride Kickball Party

Campus Rec celebrates PSU Pride in May! Wear your pride and relive recess with a spirited game of kickball. Join a team or root for your favorite, soak up some sunshine and enjoy free food.

Date: Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Time: Noon

Location: Urban Plaza 

Softball Tournament 

Hit for the Stott Field fences at our 10v10 softball tournament on May 29 at 5 p.m. Cost is $15/team and this event is open to Campus Rec members and non-members. Email for details and to register.


Date: Friday, May 29, 2015

Time: 5:00 pm