EOU names McLean Morehead interim volleyball coach

News contact: Barrett Henderson | Assistant Athletic Director
July 21, 2011
McLean Morehead

Kaki McLean Morehead

LA GRANDE, Ore. – Former head volleyball coach Kaki McLean Morehead has been named Eastern Oregon University’s interim head volleyball coach.

Morehead steps into the role following the passing of Hailey Pearce, former head volleyball coach, who died July 18 as the result of an automobile accident.

Morehead resigned in 2009 in order to move to Idaho with her husband Shawn Morehead. Pearce was hired in the spring of 2010 as Morehead’s replacement.

“Kaki’s desire and willingness to help our university and volleyball program in a time of need is a true statement about how impactful her time at EOU was as an All-Conference player and coach,” said Rob Cashell, EOU athletic director. “I am very grateful to Kaki and Shawn for their selflessness during this difficult situation.”

McLean Morehead began her duties July 27. A national search for a permanent replacement will commence later this summer or early fall.

“While it is enjoyable for Shawn and I to return to EOU, it is with a heavy heart that we do,” McLean Morehead said. “Hailey did a wonderful job and will be incredibly missed. I only hope that the girls and I can make her proud this season.”

A scholarship fund has been established in Pearce’s memory. Individuals wishing to support the fund should direct their contributions to the EOU Foundation and indicate the Hailey Pearce Memorial Scholarship.

For more information about the scholarship, contact Jon Larkin in University Advancement at 541-962-3740.

Summer production of “Plaza Suite” promises plentiful laughs

News contact: Laura Hancock | University Advancement
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July 21, 2011
Plaza Suite

Photo by Jeff S. Press / Chuck Peters and Caite Debevec play one of three couples to successively occupy room 719 in New York's Plaza Hotel. In this scene, Peters prepares to climb out of the window and make his way to the bathroom where their soon-to-wed daughter has locked herself in. The show runs July 29-30 in Schwarz Theatre.

LA GRANDE, Ore. (EOU) – For its summer theatre production Eastern Oregon University opens the door into Neil Simon’s “Plaza Suite” with hilarious results.

The family-friendly comedy runs Friday and Saturday, July 29-30 in Schwarz Theatre in Loso Hall. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with curtain call at 7. Tickets are $5 at the door for all admissions.

In “Plaza Suite” the audience experience is that of a fly on the wall of room 719 in the Plaza Hotel in New York City, where they view the private lives of three different couples successively occupying the suite.

A suburban couple needing a place to stay while their house is being painted is the first to check in. As it turns out the room is the same one in which they honeymooned 23 (or was it 24?) years prior and was yesterday their anniversary or today?

This wry tale of marriage in tatters is followed by the exploits of a Hollywood producer who, after three marriages, is looking for fresh fields. He decides to phone a childhood sweetheart, hoping for a little diversion. Over the years she has idolized him from afar, but is now a suburban housewife and more than the match he bargains for.

The final couple is a mother and father fighting about the best way to motivate their soon-to-wed daughter to go downstairs to the ballroom where guests are waiting. “I want you to come out of that bathroom and get married!” the mother yells.

Two recent EOU graduates are teaming up to present “Plaza Suite.” Jeff S. Press is directing and Jay Laurance is the assistant director. The production is also the final light design for fellow class member Allan Sanada.

Audra Hughes and Alex Mitzimberg, Maegan Cargill and Michael Cooper, and Caite Debevec and Chuck Peters portray the three couples.

Car accident claims life of EOU’s head volleyball coach

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Source contact: Rob Cashell | EOU Athletic Director
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July 19, 2011 
Hailey Pearce

Hailey Pearce

LA GRANDE, Ore. (EOU) – Hailey Pearce, head volleyball coach at Eastern Oregon University, died Monday as the result of a motor vehicle accident.

The accident occurred on Highway 395 south of Ritzville, Wash. Pearce was 25.

“Hailey made an immediate impact at our university and in the Cascade Collegiate Conference,” said Rob Cashell, EOU athletic director. “She was a fantastic coach and more importantly a wonderful person. Our players, staff and everyone who knew her all feel a great loss.”

Pearce joined EOU’s coaching staff in 2010. Prior to that she was an assistant coach at Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Mont., her alma mater. Coming to EOU was a return “home” for Pearce, who grew up in Walla Walla and has family throughout the area.

A funeral service for Pearce will be held Monday, July 25 at 2 p.m. at the Blue Mountain Community Church, 928 Sturm Ave. in Walla Walla. All friends and family are welcome to attend.

Additionally, a scholarship fund has been established in her memory. Individuals wishing to support the fund should direct their contributions to the EOU Foundation and indicate the Hailey Pearce Memorial Scholarship.

For more information about the scholarship, contact Jon Larkin in University Advancement at 541-962-3740.

EOU faculty and staff recognized for outstanding service

News contact: Laura Hancock | University Advancement
541-962-3585 | lhancock@eou.edu
June 30, 2011

LA GRANDE, Ore. (EOU) – Eastern Oregon University recently honored members of its faculty and classified staff for outstanding service during the 2010-11 academic year.

Awards for Distinguished Teaching and Administrative Faculty were presented to Nancy Knowles, professor of English and writing, and Elizabeth Burton, director of Academic and Career Advising.

Knowles has been teaching at EOU since 2000 and Burton has worked with distance education services since 1997. Both were recognized for their dedication to students and the communities served by the university during the annual Faculty Recognition Dinner in June.

Also acknowledged were retiring faculty Ruth Davenport, Vickie Lee and Frederick Pratter.

Members of EOU’s classified staff were commended collectively during an event in May. Awards were also presented to the following individuals: Jeff Davis, Distinguished Classified Staff Award; Jerry Brown, Customer Service Award; and Jerry Hurd, Student Service Award. Additionally, Helen Moore was recognized for 30 years of service, Sue Rayburn for 20 years and Janet Frye, Tim Wilson, Kandi Savage, Debbie Rogers and Kathryn Shorts for 10 years.

Classified retirees are Ron Cleary, Jerry Brown and Max Moffit.