Award-winning artist Malcolm Lynn Baker performs Nov. 18

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Malcolm Lynn Baker

Baker, who taught at EOU from 1982-84, returns to share the stage with students and faculty performing with the Jazz and African Drumming ensembles.

October 31, 2011
LA GRANDE, Ore. (EOU) – Eastern Oregon University welcomes award-winning composer and educator Malcolm Lynn Baker, performing with the EOU Jazz Ensemble Nov. 18.

EOU’s African Drumming Ensemble, directed by Luke McKern and Dr. John McKinnon, will also perform. Dr. Matt Cooper directs the Jazz Ensemble. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. in McKenzie Theatre in Loso Hall. Admission is free with donations accepted at the door.

Baker taught at EOU from 1982-84 and is currently the director of the Jazz Studies and Commercial Music Program at the Lamont School of Music, University of Denver, where he also directs the Lamont Jazz Orchestra. Before moving to Denver in 1993, he taught at Indiana University, Carleton College in Minnesota, and several other Oregon colleges

As part of his residency, Baker will work with EOU music students on composition, improvisation and arranging.

In addition to his educational activities, Baker is an active musician and clinician, performing with and directing the Rocky Mountain Jazz Repertoire Orchestras, as well as with his own quartet and with the free-improvisation trio “Rhythmic Void.” His clinician appearances at colleges, universities, high schools and festivals have taken him across the North American continent and to Asia.

Baker is an Origin Records recording artist and his new release “Azure Intention” was named a top 25 jazz CD of 2010 by He holds degrees from the University of Oregon and Western Oregon University, and has also studied at Indiana University with David Baker, Dominic Spera and Eugene Robinson.

Baker’s appearance is made possible by EOU Visiting Artist fees. For more information call Dr. Cooper at 541-962-3559.

Fierce, emotional back-and-forth unfolds in “‘night, Mother”

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"'night, Mother"

Ariana Miles, left, and Myranda Markey portray Jessie and Thelma (Mama) in "'night, Mother" playing Oct. 27-29 in Schwarz Theatre in Loso Hall.

October 26, 2011
LA GRANDE, Ore. (EOU) – The bond between parent and child is unbreakable, but the play “‘night, Mother” takes the relationship of one daughter and her mother to a different level.

The show opening Thursday in EOU’s Schwarz Theatre in Loso Hall is a tour de force conversation between Thelma and her daughter Jessie, who has just confessed her plan to commit suicide at the end of the night.

Krystal Borgwald-Diaz, a theatre/directing student at EOU, is presenting the play by Marsha Norman for her senior project. Fellow students Ariana Miles and Myranda Markey portray Jessie and Thelma (Mama) respectively.

Jessie, a woman in her late thirties, is struggling to find her place in society. Thelma, now in her late sixties, is also trying to find peace with the life she has paved for herself. Their dialogue is described as a fierce, emotional back-and-forth that keeps audiences on the edge of their seats.

“’night Mother” is about relationships and the way a person’s struggles can be overlooked when one is too concerned about their own existence,” Borgwald-Diaz said.

The director’s first introduction to the world of the dramatic arts came when she enrolled at EOU. A Grande Ronde Valley native from Elgin, Borgwald-Diaz started out with an English degree in mind, but switched her major after taking several theatre classes.

“I chose to direct “‘night, Mother” because I was intrigued by the mundane reaction to the circumstances at hand,” she said. “I feel that this play will leave its audience asking questions about life and the way we overlook the simplest things.”

The show continues through Saturday. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and curtain is at 7. Tickets are $5. Call the EOU Box Office at 541-962-3757 for reservations.

EOU’s online business program a top value among competitors

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Best Buy

An online bachelor's degree in business administration from EOU saves students an average of more than $18,000 compared to other institutions nationwide.

October 19, 2011
LA GRANDE, Ore. (EOU) – EOU’s undergraduate distance learning program in business administration has garnered the university a spot on the list of Top 10 Best Online Business Schools compiled by the consumer group

The affordability rankings are based on a comprehensive nationwide survey of online learning costs at 67 regionally accredited colleges that offer 136 online degrees in business administration at the bachelor program level.

Students in EOU’s program save an average of more than $18,000, paying approximately $26,640 for this distance degree. By comparison, GetEducated found the average distance education cost for a bachelor’s in business administration to be $44,944. Large for-profit online colleges earned the worst grades for consumer affordability, topping out at a cost of nearly $72,000. compiled data on costs in spring 2011.

“EOU has a long history of ensuring that high-quality, cost effective education is accessible to all our students, including those pursuing their degree from a distance,” said Bob Davies, EOU President. “This ranking confirms our unwavering position as a leader in providing very competitive and marketable programs.”

Other related programs available entirely online through EOU include business economics, fire services administration, certificate in office management and a business minor. Students can also complete their undergraduate business degree or master of business administration through EOU at Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham.

“Online learning allows non-traditional students to attend America’s best universities in terms of brand reputation and affordability,” said Vicky Phillips, founder of “Eastern Oregon University is an undisputed Best Buy for students nationwide looking for a quality online business school with a top consumer ranking.” is a consumer group founded in 1989 that publishes objective rankings and reviews of the best colleges online and top online universities along the dimensions of affordability, cost, reputation and employer acceptance.

For more about all of EOU’s online program offerings see the orientation for online degree-seeking students.

Visiting writer shares selections from “Preliminary Report”

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Visiting writer Jon Davis

Ars Poetica welcomes Jon Davis Nov. 1. His lecture, the first of the 2011-12 series, begins at 7:30 p.m. in Huber Auditorium in Badgley Hall.

October 17, 2011
LA GRANDE, Ore. (EOU) – Jon Davis, author of “Preliminary Report,” will be the first visiting writer in the 2011-12 Ars Poetica Lecture Series at Eastern Oregon University.

Davis will speak at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 1 in Huber Auditorium in Badgley Hall. The event is free and open to the public with donations accepted at the door. A book signing with follow.

“Preliminary Report,” published by the prestigious Copper Canyon Press of Port Townsend, is characterized by Davis’ subversive humor, verbal theatrics, “and moments of strange, luminous beauty.” His poems are both clear and unsentimental. He is as likely to meditate on as mediate contemporary existence and the unreliability of language, emotions and the memory.

Davis is the author of five previous collections of poetry including the award-winning “Scrimmage of Appetite” published by the University of Akron in 1995.

Critic Brian Johnson writes, “Davis’ fierce questioning gives ‘Scrimmage of Appetite’ an intellectual and moral urgency that is lacking in much recent American poetry. His poetic stance is closer to that of witness-poets such as Zbigniew Herbert and Czeslaw Milosz, whose work merges the lyric impulse into a disciplined examination of European history…Davis also bears a resemblance to Rilke…Although Davis is not a religious poet, he shares Rilke’s quest for union [and] seeks an awareness that only multiple points of view can provide.”

Davis is also the author of the screenplay for the short film “The Burden Carriers,” which was screened at ImagineNATIVE Film Festival in Toronto and at the Santa Fe Film Festival, and for “The Hand Drum,” a National Geographic All Roads Festival selection.

Davis earned his master of fine arts from the University of Montana, has received a Lannan Literary Award and currently teaches at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He is sometimes known to appear as his literary alter-ego, the street poet, Chuck Calabreze, whose hilarious performances can be viewed on YouTube.

More upcoming Ars Poetica lectures!


Alumnus shares his passion for raising social awareness through documentary filmmaking

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October 14, 2011

Skye Fitzgerald

Skye Fitzgerald, a 1993 EOU graduate, will give a presentation today at 1 p.m. in the Hoke Main Lounge.

LA GRANDE, Ore. (EOU) – Producer, director and documentary filmmaker Skye Fitzgerald will give a special presentation of his work during EOU’s 2011 Homecoming weekend.

Fitzgerald will speak at 1 p.m. today, Friday, Oct. 14 in the Hoke Main Lounge.

A 1993 EOU graduate, Fitzgerald is raising awareness of social issues throughout the world with his recent documentaries focusing on guerrilla warfare and human rights violations. The story of the “Bombhunters” was shot on location in Cambodia while Fitzgerald was on a Fulbright Scholarship. It chronicles the plight of local citizens living with and harvesting unexploded bombs as a source of income when sold as scrap metal. The film gained support from the Sundance Documentary Fund, the U.S. Institute of Peace, the U.S. Department of State and the Paul Robeson Fund.

Another of Fitzgerald’s films, “Finding Face,” investigates a crime of acid violence in Southeast Asia. It has been broadcast to an estimated 30 million American viewers and won human rights or special jury awards at multiple festivals in addition to winning a coveted national Clarion award. Fitzgerald’s most recent work, “Peace Commandos,” is about peace-building in the Congo and is being released to the educational market this year.

Fitzgerald’s emergence in the world of film began soon after completing his master of fine arts from the University of Oregon. He directed 2nd Unit on the feature “Ricochet River” starring Kate Hudson and quickly became drawn to non-fiction. He has produced or shot projects focused on developing nation and human rights issues in over 20 countries. In 2001 he co-produced the award-winning film “Monsoon Wife,” the first full-length feature to be shot completely on location in Cambodia since 1965.

Other unique projects which Fitzgerald has served as a producer or cameraman include the documentary “Return to Everest for Eddie Bauer,” “Dateline on Mt. Rainer” for Dateline NBC, “Frogpond” (pilot) in the Philippines, “Epilogue of War” documenting landmine and UXO victims in Vietnam, a segment for CNN’s show “Mainsail on the Antarctic island of South Georgia,” as well as segments for the History Channel’s “Gangland” series and the Weather Channel.

For more on Fitzgerald visit his production company website at

Homecoming celebration kicks of Thursday

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October 12, 2011
LA GRANDE, Ore. (EOU) – The annual alumni awards and athletic hall of fame ceremony, a parade and a football game between Eastern Oregon University and Montana Tech will be among the activities that will make up EOU’s 2011 Homecoming celebration this week.

EOU Football faces Montana Tech Saturday, Oct. 15 at 1 p.m.

The university has scheduled a full slate of activities beginning Thursday evening and running through Saturday.

Homecoming activities will get under way at 5:30 p.m. Thursday with an opening reception for the Alumni Artists Exhibition in Loso Hall.

The annual Choirs of the Valley concert will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday in McKenzie Theatre. It will feature the Union County Children’s Choir, EOU Women’s Choir, Grande Ronde Community Chorus, La Grande High School Choir and EOU Chamber Choir. Special guest performer will be Todd Tschida, an EOU graduate who has been performing in numerous productions in the Portland area. The concert is sponsored by Red Cross United Drug of La Grande. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted at the door.

The annual Homecoming parade in downtown La Grande will form at 4 p.m. Friday at the intersection of Washington, Ninth and O streets. The parade will head down Adams Avenue at 5 p.m. Jim Lundy, retired business manager and dean of finance and administration, will be recognized as grand marshal.

The Alumni Honors and Athletic Hall of Fame Ceremony and dessert reception will be held at 7 p.m. Friday in the Hoke Main Lounge.

The university will present alumni awards to three individuals in recognition of their professional accomplishments and contributions to their communities and EOU. Fred Hill will receive the distinguished alumnus award; Nellie Bogue-Hibbert will receive the Dixie Lund Service Award; and Jim Lundy will be recognized as honorary alumnus as well as Homecoming parade grand marshal.

Athletic Hall of Fame inductees will be April Haney, throwing events specialist with the EOU track team from 1997 to 2001; Shea Little, an offensive lineman with the Mountaineers football team from 1992 to 1997; and the 1997 women’s cross country team that was made up of Jennifer Funk, Keri Fezzey, Mishe Simantel, Jami Tuchscherer, Abby Peters, Jenny Newell and April Richards.
The annual Mountaineer Golf Scramble will take place at 9:30 a.m. Friday at Buffalo Peak Golf Course in Union.

The Homecoming football game will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, featuring the Mountaineers versus Montana Tech. The Mountaineer Tailgate Zone begins at 9 a.m.

For more information about Homecoming events, go online to or call University Advancement at 541-962-3740.

Oregon Army National Guard Cavalry to demobilize in La Grande ceremony

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Salem, Ore. – The Oregon Army National Guard is scheduled to hold a demobilization ceremony for Soldiers with the 3 Battalion, 116 Cavalry.

The ceremony is scheduled to be held at the Community Stadium, Eastern Oregon University in La Grande, Ore., Oct. 8, at 2:00 p.m.

U.S. Congressman Greg Walden, Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber and Maj. Gen. Raymond F. Rees, Adjutant General, Oregon are scheduled to attend the ceremony.

The ceremony is also scheduled to include a change of command. Lt. Col. Phillip Appleton will relinquish command of the unit to Maj. Jason Lambert.

The Citizen-Soldiers of the 3/116 CAV conducted more than 1,800 patrols totaling more than three million miles traveled. During this time the unit’s maintenance group serviced more than 300 Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles.

Family, friends, military supporters and media are invited to attend the event.

The address is; One University Boulevard, La Grande, OR, 97850.

For more information contact Capt. Stephen Bomar, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs, 503-584-3885.

Choirs of the Valley kicks off homecoming

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Todd Tschida

Todd Tschida, an Eastern Oregon University graduate who has been performing in numerous productions in the Portland area, will be the featured performer at the Choirs of the Valley concert at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, at McKenzie Theatre.

Tschida graduated from EOU in 2004. He has gone on to perform on stage in the Portland area in such productions as “The Producers,’’ “Little Shop of Horrors,’’ “Les Miserables’’ and “Floyd Colins,’’ for which he won the Portland Area Musical Theater Award for Best Supporting Actor.

The concert also features the Union County Children’s Choir, EOU Women’s Choir, Grande Ronde Community Chorus, La Grande High School Choir and EOU Chamber Choir. The concert is sponsored by Red Cross United Drug of La Grande. Admission is free. Donations will be accepted at the door.

On Friday, Oct. 14, all EOU choir alumni are invited to a reception at 6 p.m. at the Golden Harvest restaurant, Greenwood and Jefferson streets. Food will be provided with a no-host bar. The featured entertainment will be a performance by Sam Vore and Tschida at 8 p.m.