Local students win Dutch Bros. Coffee scholarship raffle

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

Raffle winners Corey Bennett, left, and Marissa Brown, right, with Dutch Bros. franchise owner Marc Lee and barista Adri Tyler.

December 29, 2011
LA GRANDE, Ore. – Marissa Brown and Corey Bennett are the recipients of the fall scholarship raffle sponsored by Dutch Bros. Coffee.

Brown and Bennett are both Union County natives attending EOU – Brown is a freshman from La Grande completing prerequisites for the ODS dental hygiene program and Bennett is a senior from Union majoring in biochemistry. Each received a check for $300.

Marc Lee is the owner of the local Dutch Bros. franchise and holds the scholarship raffle each term of the academic year. No purchase is required and all EOU students are eligible to win. Simply stop by Dutch Bros. Coffee on Island Ave. and fill out an entry form.

Enjoy evening of solo classical piano at faculty recital, Jan. 13

News contact: Laura Hancock | University Advancement
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Matt Cooper, professor of music

December 27, 2011
LA GRANDE, Ore. (EOU) – The keys of a new grand piano in Loso Hall will come alive at the hands of Matt Cooper performing solo classical compositions Friday, Jan. 13 at Eastern Oregon University.

The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. in Groth Recital Hall in Loso Hall, Room 126.  It will be the first full-length faculty recital played on the seven-foot-long Mason and Hamlin Model BB piano.

Cooper, a professor of music at EOU, will perform pieces associated with the art of improvisation such as variation, fantasia and impromptu. He has been invited to present similar recitals next spring at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa and Gustavus Adolphus College in Minnesota.

“This is the third in a series of recitals which highlights my ongoing research into classical music that was, in some cases, originally improvised,” Cooper said. “It will begin and end with extraordinary virtuoso fantasies by J.S. Bach and Claude Debussy. It will also feature rarely-heard gems by Francis Poulenc, the most widely known of the group known in France as ‘Les Six,’ and one of the most accessible composers of the 20th century; the lush lyricism of 19th-century composers Franz Schubert and Gabriel Faure; and Beethoven’s variations on a Turkish march from the Ruins of Athens, which finds him at his most genial and humorous.”

Cooper will perform two pieces by Debussy in recognition of the 150th anniversary of the birth of the French composer who was linked to the Impressionist painters.

Admission to the recital is free with donations to the EOU Foundation accepted at the door to benefit music scholarships and the purchase and restoration of music department pianos.

Winter closure equals energy conservation for EOU campus

News contact: Laura Hancock | University Advancement
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EOU will be closed for the holidays Dec. 19-26 and Jan. 2.

December 16, 2011
LA GRANDE, Ore. (EOU) – While students are enjoying time away from classes over the winter break, EOU will follow suit and close Dec. 19-26.

Closing the week before Christmas will save the university $450,000 in utility costs and is part of the broader sustainability plan Bob Davies, EOU president, announced in June and updated this fall. Essential services such as campus security will continue to operate during the break. The university will reopen for business on Tuesday, Dec. 27. Monday, Dec. 26 is a recognized state holiday.

EOU will also close Monday, Jan. 2 for the New Year’s holiday.  Winter term classes begin the following week, Jan. 9.


Exhibition explores contemporary themes through century-old art form of collage

Contact: Cory Peeke | Nightingale Gallery Director
541-962-3584  | cpeeke@eou.edu

"The Message of the Dream," collage, 11" x 7.5," by Hope Kroll (2011).

December 8, 2011
LA GRANDE, Ore. (EOU) – Nightingale Gallery ushers in 2012 with an exhibition of contemporary collage.

“Meaning to Glue” is curator Cory Peeke’s examination of 11 contemporary artists who use materials, images and forms which speak to collection, recollection and reinterpretation.

An opening reception is planned for Friday, Jan. 13 from 6-8 p.m. in the gallery located in Loso Hall at EOU.

“Meaning to Glue” presents a selection of works by respected Oregon collagists Ian Clark and Tsilli Pines, internationally recognized artists Andy DuCett, Fred Free, James Gallagher, John Hundt, David King, Hope Kroll and Michael Pfleghaar, as well as relative newcomers Robert McKeown and Joshua Stringer.

King, a collage artist from San Francisco, will give a slide presentation about his work on Thursday, Jan. 12 at 6 p.m. in Ackerman Hall, Room 210. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Collage is about recycling and reinterpretation. The exhibiting artists share an affinity for vintage material, images and elements and utilize those components formally and conceptually not only for their beauty, but to comment on and explore contemporary themes.  A common theme explored by the artists is the place of the handmade image in the digital era and the duality of the transient, disposable nature of culture versus the need to make meaning and solidify a cultural continuity.

“All of the works selected for this exhibit take the traditional, even old-fashioned, and reconfigure it to create something relevant to us today,” Peeke said. “Viewers will be treated to an engaging collection of works that, while made up of vintage materials, speak to a variety of contemporary concerns.”

Modern collage will mark its 100th anniversary in 2012. The art form is typically considered to have begun in 1912 when Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque began combining bits of found printed material into their cubist paintings. The term comes from the French word “coller,” meaning to glue, and it is this translation that gives the exhibit its name.

To commemorate and document the show the gallery has produced a full-color catalog to accompany the exhibit, a first for Nightingale. The catalog includes an essay by the curator and a selection of images, statements and brief biographies for each artist.

Catalogs will be available at the gallery for the duration of the exhibit which closes on Friday, Feb. 3. Hours are Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information visit www.eou.edu/art/nightingale or connect with the gallery on Facebook.

Mountaineer Market brings EOU merchandise to downtown 

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Need to finish some holiday shopping? Find all EOU insignia items at the new Mountaineer Market at 1008 Adams Ave.

December 5, 2011
LA GRANDE, Ore. (EOU) – Eastern Oregon University’s Bookstore has expanded to include a new location in the heart of downtown La Grande. The Mountaineer Market opened in November on the first floor of the historic Liberty Theater building at 1008 Adams Ave.

Merchandise includes all EOU insignia items and clothing — a little bit of everything the main Bookstore on campus has to offer.

The store is located on the first floor of the historic Liberty Theater building.

“Opening a location downtown shows the partnership between EOU and the community,” said Lynn Paulson, EOU Bookstore manager. “There are so many folks who have come in to the new store and expressed their appreciation for having an outlet downtown.”

The Mountaineer Market is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. During the holidays and spring and summer seasons, the store will also keep hours from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. The store phone number is 541-605-0444.

EOU trio named Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes

News contact: Barrett Henderson | Assistant Athletic Director
541-962-3946 | bhenderson@eou.edu

December 2, 2011
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (EOU Athletics) – Three members of the Eastern Oregon University volleyball team have earned distinction as Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes.

Lindsey Bohard, Kaitlyn Duncan and Leigh Anne MacCarthy were named to the annual Academic All-American team.

A total of 392 volleyball student-athletes have been named 2011 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes. The announcement was made Friday by the NAIA at the National Championships.

Student-athletes are nominated by their institution’s head coach and must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved a junior academic status in order qualify for the honor.

For more Mountaineer athletic news, visit www.eousports.com.