Eastern Oregon University https://www. Oregon's Rural University Sat, 25 Jan 2020 00:15:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3.2 National Stalking Awareness Month features info sessions https://www./news-press/national-stalking-awareness-month-features-info-sessions/ Sat, 25 Jan 2020 00:14:31 +0000 https://www./?p=31350 Information sessions during National Stalking Awareness MonthStalking Awareness Month 2020

Jan. 24, 2020 LA GRANDE, Ore. – January marks , and the Title IX Office at Eastern Oregon University is partnering with the Union County District Attorney’s Office and law enforcement to provide two sessions on stalking. 

Two information sessions will be open to the campus community on Jan. 30 in Hoke Union Building. The first session runs from 12:05 to 12:50 p.m., and the second session runs that evening from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. Email  titleix@ for details.

At the midday session, an attorney will join EOU’s Privileged Campus Advocate to share what stalking looks like and where people experiencing stalking can get help. They’ll cover local resources, issues regarding digital stalking, questions specific to college campuses, and related topics. The evening session covers similar information but features a detective alongside the Privileged Campus Advocate.

Partnerships with Shelter from the Storm, the Union County District Attorney’s Office and La Grande Police Department make this program possible. Visit /TitleIX/events for additional information.

Award-winning poet visits campus https://www./news-press/award-winning-poet-visits-campus/ Fri, 24 Jan 2020 19:28:19 +0000 https://www./?p=31346 Ars Poetica features award-winning poet Poet Chad Sweeney

Jan. 24, 2020 LA GRANDE, Ore. –  Eastern Oregon University’s Carl and Sandra Ellston Ars Poetica Literary Reading Series returns Feb. 4, featuring award-winning poet Chad Sweeney. Sweeney will read selections from his work at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 4 in Pierce Library.

Sweeney is an Associate Professor of English and Creative Writing at California State University-San Bernardino and holds a Master of Fine Arts from San Francisco State University and a doctorate from Western Michigan University. 

Sweeney’s “Little Million Doors: An Elegy” won the 2019 Nightboat Poetry Prize, and has been reviewed by Kazim Ali as “perhaps ghostly but never disembodied, these lyrics feel immediate, necessary and absolutely brand new. Though elegiac, they are ever hopeful and affirming and alive.”

Sweeney writes of his new collection, “I merely write perceptions, compositions in motion, textures, contrasts, distances, sounds, frames, traceries, and scatterings as if the world were a cubist painting or sculpture garden. From these prima causa observations — and in a state of gratitude and excited receptivity — the words begin to rise or fracture into liminal spaces quivering with mystery and potential.”

His published work also includes “Parable of Hide and Seek,” “Arranging the Blaze,” “White Martini of the Apocalypse,” “Wolf’s Milk: the Lost Notebooks of Juan Sweeney,” and “An Architecture.” Additionally, he has translated H.E. Sayeh’s “The Art of Stepping through Time.”

Sweeney’s reading is free and open to the public. Copies of his books will be available for purchase and signing after the reading. 

For more information about this and other visiting writer events, contact David Axelrod at daxelrod@.

Written by PR Intern Briana Rosenkranz.

Popular music concert declares that ‘Opposites Attract’ https://www./news-press/popular-music-concert-declares-that-opposites-attract/ Wed, 22 Jan 2020 00:09:25 +0000 https://www./?p=31338 Song-and-dance show features pop musicEOU music student sings on stage as other students dance

Jan. 21, 2020 LA GRANDE, Ore. –  After just 85 hours of rehearsal time, EOU’s Chamber Choir will have perfected its song-and-dance performance, “Opposites Attract” for the show’s opening on Jan. 31. 

Students are set to perform at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 31, and at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 1 in McKenzie Theater.

“Opposites Attract,” a fast-paced and up-tempo concert, features songs in juxtaposition. Listen to “Highway to Hell” followed immediately by “Stairway to Heaven.” Other duos pair up the young and old, country and city, or fast and slow. 

Student singers also perform a range of dance styles throughout the show, including break dancing, swing dancing, tap dancing, and more. 

“This is an amazing opportunity for everyone in the choir to show off their unique talents that  people normally do not get to see,” choir student Jeryn Walgamott said. 

Choreographers to big-time choirs, Billy Rugh and Michelle Benton spend one month in La Grande synthesizing dance steps and quick-change costuming. In 20 years of working together, Rugh and Benton have choreographed for an array of stars, including two seasons of CW’s television series, “Legacies.” They were also resident choreographers for “America’s Got Talent,” the “Pixar Play Parade” at the Disneyland resort, “The Lion King: A Summer Safari” for Disney special events, and VH1’s Trailblazer Honors awards show hosted by Rita Ora. 

With the help of Rugh and Benton, students have developed new dance skills in just a few weeks. 

“Some students have never danced before, but they came ready to learn and ended up absolutely killing it,” Walgamott said.

Admission is $8 for adults and $7 for seniors and students. Group tickets are $6 each with the purchase of 10 or more. Tickets are available online and for purchase at Red Cross Drug and the EOU Bookstore.

For more information, contact Peter Wordelman at 541-962-3352 or pwordelm@.

Written by PR Intern Briana Rosenkranz. 

Roaring ’20s dance offers multicultural experience https://www./news-press/roaring-20s-dance-offers-multicultural-experience/ Tue, 21 Jan 2020 23:54:52 +0000 https://www./?p=31334 Roaring ’20s dance offers multicultural experienceEOU students in Chamber Choir perform in red flapper dresses.

Jan. 21, 2020 LA GRANDE, Ore. – In light of the new year and new decade, Residence Life at Eastern Oregon University will host a student-led Roaring ’20s Dance and Casino Night. Students, staff and faculty are invited to attend on Saturday, Jan. 25 from 9 to 11:30 p.m. 

“It is important to have opportunities for EOU to come together as a community and celebrate our differences,” said Edna Murrieta, Area Coordinator for North Residence Hall. “This event allows us to reflect on the past and look toward the future.”

The event is free, but attendees can donate to on-campus multicultural organizations, including Black Student Union, Latino Impact and the Navigator’s Club. The proceeds will support events that promote cultural and ethnic diversity at EOU. 

“No matter someone’s gender, race or religion, we want our community to know that anyone can get involved with these organizations,” Murrieta said.

The cultural significance of the 1920s and the Harlem Renaissance will play a lead role in the evening. The theme coincides with Residence Life’s commitment to promoting diversity and social justice during the month of January. 

“There will be a focus on significant figures from the time who are not well-known due to their race,” Murrieta said. “College is a place where many students are exposed to people different from them for the first time. Part of our job is to provide those opportunities and experiences.”

The dance takes place in the Hoke Community Room (Hoke Union Building, Room 239). Attendees are encouraged to dress in black tie or 1920s attire, but any dress is welcome.

For more information, contact Residence Life or reslife@

Written by PR Intern Briana Rosenkranz.

MLK Day honored with multiple events https://www./news-press/mlk-day-honored-with-multiple-events/ Fri, 17 Jan 2020 19:00:18 +0000 https://www./?p=31328 Coat drive, live performance, film showing celebrate MLK Day Coat & Boot Drive poster MLK Day 2020

Jan. 17, 2020 LA GRANDE, Ore. – Eastern Oregon University’s Office of Student Diversity and Inclusion has partnered with groups across campus and across the region to launch a three-day celebration from Jan. 22 to 24 in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s ideals and legacy.

The events begin with the Coat & Boot Drive organized by the Office of Student Diversity & Inclusion and TRIO Student Support 福彩app下载官网下载. The offices are accepting donations of coats, boots and winter accessories to be distributed to students on Jan. 22 from 1 to 5 p.m. in Hoke Union Building, Room 339. Donations of new or gently used items can be dropped off at the Multicultural Center on the second Floor of Hoke or at the TRIO Student Support 福彩app下载官网下载 office at Loso Hall, Room 154, through Jan. 18.

Starting at 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 23 in Groth Recital Hall (Loso Hall, Room 126), actor, executive director of Dialogues on Diversity, and trainer for more than 20 years, Ron Jones, will present “MLK and the Strength of Shared Dreams.” Through live character portrayal and video, “Shared Dreams” depicts how Dr. King’s “Poor People’s Campaign” was a turning point in intersectional advocacy: a broad cross-section of cultural groups coming together to fight against poverty. 

“Had Dr. King lived to be the face of this young movement, it would have changed the way we look at race and social issues,” Ron Jones said. “We believe it would have been a great leap forward in our American Civil Rights story.” 

Dialogues on Diversity is the country’s premier social justice and diversity theater company, having produced more than 700 performances in 44 states. The campus is invited to a “Meet & Greet the Artist” reception with refreshments before the presentation, from 5 to 6 p.m. at the Multicultural Center.

The week will end with a free screening of “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” at 6 p.m. on Jan. 24 at the Cook Memorial Library Community Room (2006 Fourth Street). The movie is based on the book of the same name by author Rebecca Skloot. The non-fiction story documents the life of Henrietta Lacks, who was diagnosed with cervical cancer in the 1950s. Unbeknownst to her and her family, Henrietta Lacks’ cancer cells would lead to breakthroughs that changed the face of medicine forever.  

The story deals with ethical issues of race and class in medical research. Lacks’ cells were taken, cultured, used in medical experiments, and even sold commercially all without her or her family’s consent. The movie is sponsored in part by the Racial Justice in Eastern Oregon (RJEO). 

All events are free and open to all. They’re made possible by support from the Student Council for Multicultural Affairs, TRIO/Student Support 福彩app下载官网下载, Office of the University Counsel, Diversity Committee, Racial Justice in Eastern Oregon (RJEO), and the Office of Student Diversity and Inclusion. 

For more information, please contact the Multicultural Center at 541-962-3741. 

Faculty research highlights intercultural competency https://www./news-press/faculty-research-highlights-intercultural-competency/ Tue, 14 Jan 2020 20:53:45 +0000 https://www./?p=31321 Improving intercultural competence in the global worldMichael Fields business class

LA GRANDE, Ore. –  “Being different is not bad. We should strive to understand each other, whether that be understanding different cultures, ethnicities, sexual orientations, socioeconomic statuses and so on,” said Michael Fields, a business professor at Eastern Oregon University. “When we understand each other better, we work together better, learn together better and create a better society for people to work and succeed in.” 

On Jan. 16, Fields will share his findings at the Eastern Oregon University Colloquium. His research explores, “the impact of pre-college characteristics, the college experience and study abroad on students’ intercultural competence.’”

Intercultural competence is “a set of skills, knowledge and abilities to communicate and interact with people who are different from one another in a positive and productive manner,” Fields said. He found that the value of intercultural competence and its impact aren’t widely known. 

Fields sits on EOU’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee. His research has allowed him to train faculty, staff and students on how to improve intercultural competency skills on campus and in the real world. 

As a business faculty member, Fields incorporates intercultural competence into his classes. He said these skills are a key tool for future managers, leaders, employees, neighbors and participants in the global world. One of his classes participates in an end-of-term international expansion project that asks students to research cultural and economic differences in a foreign country. 

He furthered the project by inviting five graduate students to attend his undergraduate classes for a Q&A session. The mentors shared their cultural experiences and had discussions with students about their differences. 

Fields found that high-contact, positive experiences like this with people who are different from one another influence intercultural competence. 

In March, Fields will attend the Western Business and Management International research Conference to discuss his findings. He said intercultural competence is a powerful skill for people in every field. 

“I use this research everywhere,” he said. “One of the aspects of intercultural competence is communication, which is something we do daily as humans, as faculty members, as parents, as community members, as coaches and more. We are often speaking to people who have different views than us, which is what intercultural competence helps prepare people for.”

The Colloquium presentation begins at 4 p.m., Thursday in Ackerman Hall, Room 210.

All EOU Colloquium presentations are . The event is free and open to the public.

Written by PR Intern Briana Rosenkranz.

The business of stardom https://www./news-press/the-business-of-stardom/ Fri, 03 Jan 2020 17:46:26 +0000 https://www./?p=31300 The business of stardom: Pub Talk features country singerNicole Lewis headshot

Jan. 3, 2020 LA GRANDE, Ore. –  Rising country music singer returns to her hometown for a Pub Talk at Side A Brewing on Jan. 9. 

Lewis started her music career in La Grande before taking on the Spokane music scene, and now she’s pursuing her dreams in the country music capital of the world. 

Members of the Eastern Oregon University Entrepreneurship Club invited her to speak at this term’s Pub Talk event. Club advisor and business professor Wilson Zehr said Lewis’ journey represents a specific type of business success. 

“What many people do not realize is that musicians, artists and athletes are all entrepreneurs,” Zehr said. “They have a product (their gifts), a brand, and a business (career) to manage. The ultimate success of their venture depends on their ability to effectively manage these elements.”

He said Lewis has done just that in a competitive and rapidly changing industry. Zehr said the rise of streaming services has meant that artists  like Lewis have had to change their business models and focus on other forms of revenue in order to thrive.

Pub Talks are hosted by the EOU Entrepreneurship Club and sponsored by Side A Brewing, Eastern Oregon Ventures, and Union County Chamber. Each talk offers entrepreneurs a chance to share their stories while inspiring the next generation of businesspeople. 

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 9, and the talk begins at 6 p.m. Informal networking will follow.

2019 rankings round-up https://www./news-press/2019-rankings-round-up/ Fri, 20 Dec 2019 23:05:01 +0000 https://www./?p=31275 EOU ranks top in business and education degrees2019 badge round-up

Dec. 20, 2019 LA GRANDE, Ore. –  Eastern Oregon University saw a slew of national and regional recognitions this year, including for its online Fire 福彩app下载官网下载 Administration program.

The College of Business also earned distinctions for its online economics degree (), online business administration degree (), and its no-application-fee online). Now under new leadership from Dean Edward Henninger, the entire college was named a .

“Our online College of Business programs continue to receive very favorable evaluations and national rankings by independent online publication sites dedicated to helping students and their families find the right higher education option,” Henninger said. “The rankings confirm our commitment to providing affordable, high-quality and responsive degree programs to serve the diverse academic and career needs of students. We are proud of such recognitions and each serves to heighten our dedication to academic quality, student access and career readiness.”

Overall, EOU was ranked for online bachelor’s degrees in Oregon, and for accredited online colleges. The university jumped to No. 77 in of universities in the West and came in at No. 37 among public schools in the region.

“Rankings like this let prospective students know that EOU is providing high-quality, transformational education in the West,” said Matt Seimears, Dean of the College of Education.

Prioritizing access to education, Oregon’s Rural University was also ranked and . Plus, EOU earned a Bronze recognition for being .

Specific programs also stood out in the rankings. The newly revived among online master’s degrees in creative writing. ) and online public health program ().

The ), online early childhood education program (). It’s also under new leadership from Dean Matt Seimears and was named a College of Distinction.

“When students come into a program and begin to see what their future can look like, that is priceless,” Seimears said. “It’s an important choice, and this ranking shows that EOU is a very good choice. We’re offering high-quality academics, dynamic faculty-student relationships, and our students are learning from experts in the field.”

Collaboration boosts rural economy https://www./news-press/collaboration-boosts-rural-economy/ Thu, 19 Dec 2019 20:27:23 +0000 https://www./?p=31271 Small Business Development Center collaborates to open Boardman hotelCollege of Business dean

Dec. 19, 2018 LA GRANDE, Ore. –  A new 64-room hotel will soon take shape in Boardman, thanks to collaborative work by the Eastern Oregon University Small Business Development Center (EOU-SBDC), Community Bank, the Small Business Administration, the City of Boardman, and the Port of Morrow. The Boardman Sleep Inn Hotel required $4 million in construction financing and is expected to create approximately 30 new jobs.

Dean of the College of Business Edward Henninger is the university’s new liaison to the EOU-SBDC, and he aims to develop additional partnerships with regional business owners. He said these relationships are mutually beneficial for the university and rural economies.

“This announcement represents yet another proud moment for EOU and the SBDC in our shared quest to serve as an economic engine for our region while providing opportunities for our students to gain hands-on learning experiences through internships, professional development and real-world projects,” Henninger said.

EOU President Tom Insko joined Port Commissioner Jerry Healy in praising the project and its expected effect on the growing area.

“This is a fine example of the impact our Small Business Development Center has throughout the region,” Insko said. “Eastern Oregon University is proud to support and be involved with this project, which will make a substantial difference in the local economy.”

Native American Heritage Month brings art, awareness https://www./news-press/native-american-heritage-month-brings-art-awareness/ Fri, 06 Dec 2019 17:02:16 +0000 https://www./?p=31259 Art, awareness during Native American Heritage MonthMMIW poster

Dec. 6, 2019 LA GRANDE, Ore. – Throughout November, students at Eastern Oregon University organized and attended events in recognition of .

Historically, the month of November is when tribes celebrate the new hunting season.

“Although every month is Native American Heritage month to me, the month of November gives Native Americans a chance to celebrate their heritage,” said Katie Harris, Native American Program Coordinator.

With 54 Native American students on campus, the program works within the Office of Student Diversity and Inclusion to create a sense of belonging on campus.

“It is important they feel welcomed here, especially when they are far from home,” Harris said.

She explained that dedicated activities and gathering spaces help Native people build support groups, learn traditional skills and share information about where they came from.

At the start of the month, students visited the , the only museum on the Oregon Trail that tells the story of western expansionism from a tribal point of view. Exhibits bring to life the traditions of the Cayuse, Umatilla and Walla Walla Tribes, who have called the region home for 10,000 years, and connects their rich history to modern times.

Later in the month, students embraced their artistic sides by making beaded necklaces with local artist Sequoia Conner, attending a cultural painting night and decorating their own moccasins.

“College is a time when students find independence,” Harris said. “It is important for students on campus to learn how to make their own regalia as many do not know how because they did not get stuff handed down to them.”

The month also recognizes issues affecting students from reservations. ASEOU, Title IX, Shelter from the Storm, the Nightingale Gallery and Student Diversity and Inclusion have collaborated to raise awareness about . The groups collected and hung around campus to represent Native women who have gone missing or been murdered.

“Students claim the dresses creep them out or make them uncomfortable, which is the point,” Harris said. “We want to show them this is a real issue and show how strong of an impact it has.”

In conjunction with MMIW, the Nightingale Gallery hosted an exhibition of textiles by artist Lily Lee entitled, “The Great Basin Murders.” Lee’s collection of 3D artwork commemorates unidentified female murder victims found along roadsides from 1983 to 1997 in the American West.

“The exhibit represents where the bodies of unidentified women have been found in local places. The artist uses data regarding age, race, height and weight and transfers it into hand woven textiles. The photos show the textiles placed in the exact locations where women’s bodies have been found,” said Jan Ng, an EOU student and member of the Native American Program.

The exhibit will be up through Dec. 7 in Loso Hall.

“My purpose here is to be an advisor and advocate for my native students,” Harris said. “There have been a lot of Native women who go missing, and students are affected because it could be a family member or someone they know.”

For more information, contact Katie Harris at harri20@.

Written by PR Intern Briana Rosenkranz.

Holiday Music Festival 2019 https://www./news-press/holiday-music-festival-2019/ Mon, 25 Nov 2019 21:20:36 +0000 https://www./?p=31252 Calypso band joins Holiday Music Festival line-up2010 Holiday Music Festival

Nov. 25, 2019 LA GRANDE, Ore. – The Observer’s 28th Annual Holiday Music Festival features over 200 local performers at Eastern Oregon University.

Sponsored by Koza Family Dental Care, the concert takes place at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 7 and 3 p.m., Dec. 8 in McKenzie Theater, with performances by the Grande Ronde Symphony Orchestra, Community Band Northeast, the EOU Chamber Choir, the Grande Ronde Community Chorus, EOU’s 45th Parallel Ensemble, EOU African Drumming Group, and the EOU Fiddle Ensemble. Plus, this year’s special guest the Elgin High School Calypso Band, directed by Tucker Murphey.

Comprised of 12 students from seventh to twelfth grade and one P.E. teacher, the band plays traditional calypso and soca music from Trinidad and Tobago.

“Calypso music is very high energy and creates a dance/party atmosphere,” Murphey said. “This style is perfect for celebrating the holidays.”

Elgin is the only public school in the state that offers a Calypso band as a regular music class.

“What we have with the steel instruments is special,” said Murphey. “It is our responsibility to share that with the community.”

The Calypso Band will perform three numbers independently, and collaborate with the Chamber and Community choirs for another number. The band looks forward to “performing in front of a large crowd, collaborating with other groups and bonding over an after-show meal,” Murphey said.

The selection of songs were chosen by Murphey with the intent to “represent the holidays and still stay true to the feel of the Caribbean.”

This community-wide festival features traditional holiday music from around the world and “is a wonderful beginning to the Holiday season,” Peter Wordelman said.

Tickets are available now, and space is limited. Admission is $10 for adults and $8 for students and seniors. Tickets are available online and for purchase at Red Cross Drug and the EOU Bookstore.

All proceeds from the event go to the music funds held in the EOU Foundation.

For more information, contact Peter Wordelman, 541-962-3352 or pwordelm@.

Written by PR Intern Briana Rosenkranz.

Fall concert features new ensemble https://www./news-press/fall-concert-features-new-ensemble/ Thu, 21 Nov 2019 18:53:15 +0000 https://www./?p=31247 Music ensembles perform fall concertIMG_0138 (1)

Nov. 21, 2019 LA GRANDE, Ore. –  The Eastern Oregon University African Drumming Ensemble, the Creative Ensemble, and 45th Parallel present their fall concert at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 22 in McKenzie Theatre.

Directors Luke McKern and Greg Johnson lead their groups in performing traditional and contemporary works from around the world, featuring composers such as Horace Silver, Woody Shaw, Albert Ayler, Julius Eastman, Jerome Kern, Louis Pain, and EOU’s own John McKinnon.

The African Drumming Ensemble, led by Luke McKern, performs traditional rhythms representing drumming cultures from around the world, and will join 45th Parallel for a modern setting of a Haitian folk tune.

The 9-piece small group, featuring horns and a rhythm section, plays tunes from the blues and jazz tradition, arranged by director Greg Johnson specifically for the band. 45th Parallel’s set this fall includes a setting of “Basin Street Blues,” featuring a transcription of an improvisation by Sidney Bechet; Horace Silver’s hard bop classic “Nica’s Dream;” an adaptation of “Sherpa,” a loose reggae tune written by Jeff Coffin for Bela Fleck and the Flecktones; and the world premiere of a new composition by John McKinnon entitled,”I Never Met a Cliche I Didn’t Like!”

The newly-formed EOU Creative Ensemble focuses on improvisational techniques, and this fall the group includes seven musicians employing voice, saxophone, trumpet, piano, guitar, bass, drums, and a guitar amplifier in various settings of Julius Eastman’s iconic early work of minimalism,”Stay On It;” the jazz standard “All the Things You Are;” a 1966 version of “Spirits Rejoice” by Albert Ayler; and a directed improvisation structured by Greg Johnson and entitled, “Cages.”

Admission to the concert is free, but donations toward music scholarships are always accepted. For more information, call Greg Johnson at 541-962-3559.


International Education Week https://www./news-press/eou-celebrates-international-education-week/ Mon, 18 Nov 2019 22:59:18 +0000 https://www./?p=31240 EOU celebrates International Education WeekIEW 2019 Global Conversation_MED

Nov. 18, 2019 LA GRANDE, Ore. – Eastern Oregon University joins other institutions nationwide to celebrate from Nov. 18 to 22.

The International Student 福彩app下载官网下载 Office sponsors cultural and study abroad events during the week as a way to promote exchanges of global ideas, advance diversity, and celebrate international experiences with the campus community.

“International Education Week (IEW) is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide,” said Mika Morton, Assistant Director of International Student Service at EOU.

The annual recognition is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education. It’s part of a national effort to prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders to study abroad while welcoming those from abroad to study in the U.S.

All week long, the Multicultural Center will host, “Make your Mark on the World.” Students are invited to mark their or their family’s home country, locate three countries they wish to visit, and the countries they’ve visited on a world map. Plus, the Mountie Café plans to feature international dishes during International Education week in addition to its usual menu of global fare.

EOU begins the week with Global Conversations from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Nov. 18 in the Multicultural Center on the second floor of Hoke Union Building. Attendees learn phrases in a new language from students who speak a non-English language. The informal “world cafe style” event also features refreshments.

On Tuesday, students interested in studying abroad can stop by the Multicultural Center from 2 to 3 p.m. to learn more about the logistics of student travel. The information sharing session focuses on details such as passport applications and when to apply, discount student travel, visa requirements, and more.

The conversation continues at the same time Wednesday when financial aid counsellors will be in the Multicultural Center to share information about how students can use financial aid for study abroad programs, as well as how scholarships can help cover expenses. International Student 福彩app下载官网下载 will provide scholarship information from EOU’s study abroad affiliates and other third-party organizations.

All day on Thursday, the entire campus community is invited to wear traditional dress from their home country. From the Indian sari to the Scottish kilt, the world is full of different varieties of traditional dress. Participants will gather for a group photo at the Multicultural Center at 4:30 p.m.

That evening, from 5 to 5:30 p.m., EOU faculty members will share information about faculty-led programs in Ireland next summer. Students can earn EOU credits in anthropology (ANTH 310 Anthropology of Ireland), English (ENG 448 James Joyce, “Ulysses”), and theatre (THEA 310 Irish Theater) at Maynooth University in Dublin during summer 2020.

The week wraps up with a Global Bites event from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday in the Multicultural Center. Attendees can sample small servings of international food made by various student groups, free of charge.

View the full list of events at /intprog/international-education-week. For additional information, contact Mika Morton at the International Student 福彩app下载官网下载 Office in Hoke 209 or at 541-962-3406 or by email at mnmorton@.

Board reviews enrollment reports, new degree program https://www./news-press/board-reviews-enrollment-reports-new-degree-program/ Fri, 15 Nov 2019 01:03:25 +0000 https://www./?p=31233 Board reviews enrollment reports, new degree programDSC_7241 copy

Nov. 14, 2019 LA GRANDE, Ore. – At its first regular meeting of the academic year, the Eastern Oregon University Board of Trustees discussed the institution’s fall enrollment report, approved an innovative degree program, reviewed the upcoming budget, and met with new deans.

Faculty members presented a new degree program that could bolster enrollment. With final approval expected this spring, the Sustainable Rural Systems students will learn about issues ranging from public health to public works, and from arts and culture to agriculture.

“They’ll get to know rural systems very intimately,” Dean Peter Geissinger said. “That means everything that makes our communities livable.”

Students will work on multi-year, interdisciplinary projects that affect local communities and model real-world problem-solving. Cohort groups will progressively take on more responsibility as they move up the ranks, and mentor one another.

Two concentrations, environmental resources and economics of rural systems, will set students on a path to obtain a Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Art, or Bachelor of Applied Science degree through the program. Collaborating across all of EOU’s academic colleges, the program plans to hire two new faculty members before taking on a brownfields restoration project in partnership with Baker Technical Institute.

Trustees praised the program’s focus on experiential learning and its cross-disciplinary approach.

“This is how our graduates work in the real world,” Trustee Jer Pratton said. “I couldn’t be more excited about this program, and its potential to make an immediate impact for students and communities.”

The Sustainable Rural Systems degree was approved by trustees, and will go on to the Higher Education Coordinating Committee and accrediting bodies this spring, with the aim of enrolling students in fall 2020.

Enrollment numbers have been finalized for fall 2019, and EOU saw its overall headcount increase. Trustees heard the full report from Holly Chason, who oversees enrollment management at EOU. She explained that even while the number of students went up, the number of credit hours had decreased. She said the data suggests that students are taking fewer classes this term than last fall. She also said the 7 percent increase in online students and growth in high school students doing accelerated learning have contributed to the decrease in student credit hours.

This fall, EOU enrolled 11.5 percent more new online transfer undergraduates than last fall. Trustees discussed additional opportunities to partner with community colleges and engage students at regional centers across the state.

Trustees explored retention and completion rates because of their link to the cost of higher education and state funding support. Vice Chair Bobbie Conner highlighted the importance of collecting exit data, so board members understand why students leave EOU.

“I’m concerned about students stopping out or dropping out because of rising tuition costs,” she said. “We need data so we can make informed decisions about that kind of thing.”

Also looking ahead, trustees approved an updated operating budget for the current fiscal year. The preliminary budget they signed off on last spring was adjusted after the state legislature finalized its allocations for the biennium.

“I’m really impressed with the overall financial health of the institution,” Trustee Pratton said. “The stability and accountability this administration has built are what make this budget work.”

Trustees also re-elected Chair David Nelson to another two-year term, and elected Trustee Abel Mendoza to serve a one-year term as vice chair. Art faculty facilitated a mid-day tour of the Nightingale Gallery and ceramics studios. Trustees also heard from new deans of the College of Business and the College of Education.

Shared governance reports from the student body, Faculty Senate and University Council, plus a legislative update, rounded out the meeting. Meeting materials and complete minutes are available at /governance.

Entertainment, encouragement at campus concert https://www./news-press/entertainment-encouragement-at-campus-concert/ Thu, 14 Nov 2019 23:56:50 +0000 https://www./?p=31229 Entertainment, encouragement come to EOU at live concertOferle tour

Nov. 14, 2019 LA GRANDE, Ore. – Country pop band Oferle brought entertainment and encouragement to Eastern Oregon University students during their on-campus performance in Hoke Union Building on Nov. 6.

Eastern Student Entertainment coordinated to get La Grande on the band’s national tour. Comprised of two siblings and their cousin, Oferle has been together for five and a half years.

The band has opened for the Jonas Brothers, Jesse McCartney, Edwin McCain, Judah and the Lion, and Before you exit.

They covered hits from Maroon 5, Alicia Keys, Jackson 5, Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake, in addition to originals written by band members.

Students grabbed something to eat as they tapped their feet and sang along. Some even took the moment to do homework. The cashier at Mac’s Grill greeted customers with dance moves to the music.

EOU’s thriving university community fosters “intimate relationships with the talent,” sophomore Michael Palmer said. The band interacted with students in the audience by making jokes, asking questions and holding conversations.

Lead singer Annette Offerle noted how much she appreciated the crowd.

“It’s cool how everyone is hanging out and paying attention. You could have been anywhere on campus and you chose to be here,” she said.

Not only did the band play music, they also provided encouragement.

“If Britney Spears can get through 2007, you can get through this term,” Luke Offerle said.

After the show KEOL Radio DJ Joel Chin expressed his enthusiasm for the band.

“It’s great to have a Nashville sound here in Oregon,” Chin said. “Their vocal harmony fits together really well. Their covers were good, but I liked to hear their originals much better.”

For more information on events like these, contact Le Bailey or lbailey@.

Written by PR Intern Briana Rosenkranz.

Interdisciplinary study featured in Colloquium https://www./news-press/interdisciplinary-study-featured-in-colloquium/ Thu, 14 Nov 2019 16:36:56 +0000 https://www./?p=31221 Anthropology meets sociology in interdisciplinary tribal food systems study
Jerofke and Puentes conducted research about food systems for the Kalispel Tribe in northeastern Washington.

Jerofke and Puentes conducted research about food systems for the Kalispel Tribe in northeastern Washington.

LA GRANDE, Ore. – Basic groceries are at least an hour away from home for Kalispel Tribe members in northeastern Washington.

The tribe invited researchers to submit applications about how they would identify policy solutions. Eastern Oregon University anthropology professor Linda Jerofke had been in touch with tribal members, and reached out to sociology professor Jennifer Puentes about tackling the problem with an interdisciplinary study.

“Linda approached me about a collaboration on this project given our mutual interests and research on food systems,” Puentes said.

Out of all of the submissions, the Kalispel Tribe selected Jerofke and Puentes’ proposal. In February 2019, three students joined the two faculty members and drove about seven hours from La Grande to Usk, Washington.

“One of the biggest problems for the tribe are food deserts,” Jerofke said. “There are not a lot of food options. There is a small convenience store and members have to drive at least an hour to get food and other resources that they can not get off of the land.”

Together, students and faculty worked to identify regional and community needs regarding access to healthful and first foods, Puentes said. The data they collected led to a proposal for grant funding to preserve tribal traditions.

“For the Kalispel Tribe of Indians, effective food system planning incorporates heritage, culture, territory, and community needs,” Jerofke said.

IMG_9572The three undergraduates managed focus groups and general discussions, collecting 800 minutes of qualitative research from 25 interviewees.

“This was a great opportunity to collaborate with a colleague and find ways to incorporate students,” Puentes said.

Puentes and Jerofke got involved because share a background in food systems, but approach the topic from different academic points of view.

“It turned out to be a good pairing because we look at society and cultures in slightly different ways,” Jerofke said.

Jerofke, an ethnographer who has studied indigenous culture for 35 years, has conducted nutritional Puentesanthropological research with tribes in Alaska and Oregon. Meanwhile, Puentes focused her dissertation on how gender, class, student peer culture, and the organization of culinary arts programs shape students’ educational experiences and understandings of the culinary field. Her previous research examining cultural capital in culinary classrooms led her to her current interest in food justice, sustainability, and food deserts.

“We both brought in food knowledge from slightly different perspectives, which helped us offer them good policy recommendations,” Puentes said.

Puentes and Jerofke will present their findings at this month’s EOU Colloquium at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 14. in Ackerman Hall, Room 210.

All EOU Colloquium presentations are . The event is free and open to the public.

Reported by PR Intern Briana Rosenkranz.

‘We Will Rock You’ opens Nov. 14 https://www./news-press/we-will-rock-you-opens-nov-14/ Fri, 08 Nov 2019 20:11:46 +0000 https://www./?p=31212 A rock concert with a storyline: ‘We Will Rock You’ opens Nov. 14WeWillRockYou poster

Nov. 8, 2019 LA GRANDE, Ore. –  Since classes began, theatre students at Eastern Oregon University have been preparing for their fall production of “We Will Rock You.”

Curtains rise at 7 p.m., Nov. 14 to 16, plus a matinee show at 2 p.m., Nov. 17.

Strategically chosen by theatre professor Mike Heather and music professor Peter Wordelman, “We Will Rock You” has something for everyone. Heather, who directs the show, called it, “a rock concert with a plot and a love story.”

The rock music of Queen is strung into a story. Since forming in 1970 in London, the band spread its reach world-wide. With the release of “Bohemian Rhapsody,” a movie depicting the life of the lead singer Freddie Mercury, “the production is topical and relevant,” Heather said.

The theatre department has been known to connect EOU and the greater community through musicals and plays, fulfilling its role as “the cultural hub of the region,” Heather said.

Between 20 cast members, the EOU Chamber Choir and a five-piece rock band, “We Will Rock You” promises high-quality vocals, spectacular dance numbers, and exceptional production quality.

“We have a lot of students that are going the extra mile to ensure this is a great show,” Heather said.

Productions like these are performed by a variety of students. With open-auditions to students on campus, a wider range of characters are selected for the show. Heather said he strives to “stay away from molding students into something they are not,” rather “bring out the talents they already have.”

Some theatre students perform as part of their senior capstone project. Heather noted how much he has seen his seniors grow. He said demanding performances like this one allow upperclassmen to be leaders, show what they have learned, and enrich the academic experience.

Heather said he’s excited to see months of work come to fruition. All of the entities that make a production happen stay separate until a few weeks prior to the show.

“When everything comes together, that’s when the magic happens,” Heather said.

EOU students have free admission with their ID, and general admission is $15. Tickets can be bought online through the or purchased at the box office located in Loso Hall.

For more information, contact Mike Heather or mheather@.

Written by PR Intern Briana Rosenkranz.

Trustees meet on campus https://www./news-press/trustees-meet-on-campus/ Fri, 08 Nov 2019 19:19:47 +0000 https://www./?p=31209 First regular Board meeting of 2019-20 2019 Board Of Trustees meeting

Nov. 7, 2019 LA GRANDE, Ore. –  Eastern Oregon University’s Board of Trustees convenes for its first meeting of the academic year starting at 9 a.m., on Nov. 14 in the Dixie Lund Board Room (Inlow Hall 201).

The first action item on the agenda is the election of the Board Chair and Vice Chair. Retired senator David Nelson has served as Board Chair since 2015.

The Board will also review financial reports for the last two quarters, and vote on an operating budget for the new fiscal year.

Members of the Academic and Student Affairs Committee will present a self-study draft report regarding accreditation for EOU’s College of Business. Then Provost Sarah Witte will brief trustees on the university’s new Sustainable Rural Systems degree program. Witte will also introduce the new Dean of the College of Education Matt Seimears and Dean of the College of Business Ed Henninger.

Trustees will tour student art studios in Loso Hall before lunch, then return to the agenda for a fall enrollment update in the afternoon. Holly Chason, Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management and Institutional Efficiencies, will share the latest reports on student enrollment.

A legislative update and brief executive session are also on the agenda. Representatives of shared governance bodies, including students, faculty and staff, will give quarterly reports.

Written comments to the board will be accepted within 48 hours of the meeting. Meeting materials and public comment sign-up are available online at /governance/board-meeting-schedule.

The location is accessible to people with disabilities, and the meeting will be streamed live at . If special accommodations are required, call 541-962-4101 or email emaloy@ at least 72 hours in advance.

Online enrollment rises significantly https://www./news-press/online-enrollment-rises-significantly/ Wed, 06 Nov 2019 19:32:32 +0000 https://www./?p=31205 EOU sees significant rise in online enrollmentfall drone shot

Nov. 6, 2019 LA GRANDE, Ore. – Eastern Oregon University reported significant increases in online student headcount and credit hours this fall.

Of the university’s 3,067 students, 1,246 are undergraduates studying off-campus. Online undergraduate student headcount rose 7 percent over fall 2018, and online student credit hours are up by 4.5 percent.

Executive Director of Regional Outreach and Innovation David Vande Pol credited strategic partnerships, data-driven decision-making, and EOU’s first online recruiter with the bump in enrollment. He said this year’s recruitment efforts will move the university closer to its goal of enrolling 5,000 full-time equivalent students online and 2,500 on campus by 2029.

“We’re focused on increasing online enrollment, and reaching the strategic goals laid out in EOU’s strategic plan, ‘The Ascent,’” he said. “Having a dedicated online recruiter responding to inquiries and guiding them through the enrollment process has been a game-changer.”

Headcount is up at EOU overall, rising 3 percent over last year’s fall total. The on-campus population of undergraduates has remained steady, but a slight drop in both student credit hours and full-time equivalency suggests students are taking fewer credits at a time.

Retention rates, which measure the percentage of students who enroll for a second year at the institution, hit their highest point since 2016 at 72 percent. On-campus students persisted at an even higher rate, with 77 percent returning this fall.

Vice President for Student Affairs Lacy Karpilo has overseen a range of retention and recruitment activities over the last couple of years.

“We are dedicated to expanding student access, opportunity and completion at EOU,” Karpilo said. “Our team has been working across disciplines to grow the number of lives impacted by higher education in this region.”

This year’s freshman cohort is slightly larger than last year’s. Of those who are Oregon residents, 87 percent graduated from the state’s rural high schools. As Oregon’s Rural University, EOU provides cultural, educational and economic opportunities for many students in northeast Oregon, southwest Washington and eastern Idaho.

“Serving rural students is part of our institutional mission,” Karpilo said. “Our commitment to these students and their communities relates back to EOU’s designation as Oregon’s Rural University.”

Girls avert ‘Zombie Apocalypse’ with science https://www./news-press/girls-avert-zombie-apocalypse-with-science/ Tue, 05 Nov 2019 23:53:40 +0000 https://www./?p=31202 Girls explore science and zombies at EOUGirls in Science 2019

Nov. 5, 2019 LA GRANDE, Ore. –  On Oct. 26, Isabella Evans, a computer science major at Eastern Oregon University, traveled down memory lane.

EOU and the Northeast Oregon Area Health Education Center (NEOAHEC) hosted the 19th annual Girls in Science event. Evans participated in the event in 2013 as an eighth grader and returned to volunteer this year as a university student.

Evans said the experience took her back to her first time attending Girls in Science.

“I remember being exposed to how many things in the science field I could do to help make the world a better place,” she said.

Girls in Science began in 2001 with the intention to give young girls exposure to STEM in a non-competitive environment.

“The idea is to give young women a vision of themselves as a scientist,” Chemistry professor Anna Cavinato said. “We want to show them that STEM is a feasible career for them to pursue.”

About 100 sixth to eighth grade students from Eastern Oregon spent the day solving a mystery. Through scientific observation, attendees made logical findings that supported their analysis.

Rotating annual themes between crime scene investigations, environmental and health-related mysteries, this year’s theme landed on the Zombie Apocalypse. The girls used science experiments, math and computers to find out how the zombies came to be. Attendees conducted chemical reactions, wrote computer code, used math to decode encryptions, and learned more about the human body.

Throughout the day, Cavinato noted that the girls’ confidence increased as they became more engaged. By the end of the event, students presented their findings in front of more than 200 people.

The event inspires future scientists, as well as future EOU students.

Evans said she remembers looking up to the 50 volunteers helping run activities.

“[I thought to myself], I want to help out with this when I am older,” she said.

The EOU Chemistry, Biology, and Math Clubs assist in coordinating the event, alongside NEOAHEC staff and EOU faculty members Laura Mahrt, Karen Antell, Amy Yielding, DeAnna Timmermann, Richard Croft,  Patty Sandoz and Anna Cavinato. Special zombie appearance this year by Steve Tanner, Colin Andrew and MJ Heather!

Skills from biology, chemistry, math and computer science helped attendees uncover a solution to their zombie problem.

“The entire day was a reflection of how all of these different investigations in different disciplines can come together to provide an answer to solve the mystery,” Cavinato said.

Written by PR Intern Briana Rosenkranz.