Students vote on Hoke Union Building renovation funding

Contact: Le Alexander | Assistant Director for Student Involvement at EOU
541-962-3714 |

An artist's rendering depicts a revamped exterior of the Hoke Union Building (HUB).

February 27, 2012
LA GRANDE, Ore. (EOU) – Eastern Oregon University is seeking feedback from students on a referendum for funding of the Hoke Union Building (HUB) renovation project.

Students are asked to vote on whether or not a new mandatory special renovation fee should be assessed to every incidental fee-paying student at EOU to help fund the repair and renovation of the building.

The proposed fee would range between $25 and $30 per student, charged each regular academic year quarter for a period not to exceed 20 years.

Last year the university community, Associated Students of EOU and SERA Architects developed a conceptual renovation design for the HUB. The renovation approach was based on the building attributes, user vision and goals with the implementation of a study. The approach involved an interactive process with students, faculty and staff sharing their visions and an evaluation of the existing structure and development of an initial design.

On-site engagement workshops and design charrettes were offered with involvement from the EOU community throughout the process, including ASEOU officers, student groups, faculty, staff and students living on campus. Students provided input on a range of topics from existing weaknesses and strengths, to their wishes for the HUB.

“Improvements made to the building would help establish a sense of structure and organization, improve wayfinding and circulation, create inviting and comfortable spaces and expose the energy of the student union,” said David Lageson, director of Facilities & Planning at EOU.

Lageson went on to say that the renovations would provide a variety of meeting spaces, from small informal study areas to large conference rooms, as well as visually and physically connect activities by removing architectural barriers.

“Improvements to the building’s systems will also bring significant energy efficiencies and reduced operational expenses,” Lageson added.

Voting begins Wednesday and continues through March 6. Students may login to their Webster accounts at to cast their votes.

Reports have been posted on the Center for Student Involvement’s website for more information and review. Questions about the referendum and/or the HUB project should be directed to the Associated Students of EOU at 541-962-3387.

High school artists exhibit work, garner awards at EOU

Contact: Cory Peeke | Nightingale Gallery Director
541-962-3584 |

Artwork by Tagg Wood, of Baker City, winner of a University Scholar Award at the 2011 exhibition. Tagg is currently a freshman majoring in art at EOU.

LA GRANDE, Ore. (EOU) – Each year, the Nightingale Gallery at Eastern Oregon University showcases the range and diversity of talent present in the high schools of eastern Oregon.

The juried ”Eastern Oregon Regional High School Art Exhibition” opens with a reception from 6-8 p.m. in the gallery in Loso Hall on Friday, March 9. Awards will be presented at 6:30 that evening. The exhibition continues through March 21.

Students in grades nine through 12 are able to submit up to two works each. High schools with students scheduled to exhibit work include: La Grande, Baker City, Burns, Crane, Grant Union, Hermiston, Joseph, Ontario, Union and Vale.

“Each of these young people bring their unique vision to our annual exhibit,” said Cory Peeke, Nightingale Gallery director. “We are excited to be able to present the work of such a large selection of student artists, and I hope the public will come out and support the next generation of regional talent.”

EOU art program faculty will jury the exhibit and present a number of honors for several gifted area high school seniors. Each of these awards includes an EOU art program scholarship.

Awards will be presented in “Best of Show” for grades nine, 10 and 11. Honorable mentions will also be presented, and the La Grande Arts Commission will sponsor a cash award for an outstanding work by a La Grande High School student artist.

Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information visit the Nightingale Gallery website or connect on Facebook.


Nominations sought for Women of Vision & Courage Awards

Source contact: Dawn Schiller | PSCW
541-962-3555 |

February 23, 2012
LA GRANDE, Ore. (EOU) – The President’s Commission on the Status of Women at Eastern Oregon University has extended the nomination deadline for the 2012 Women of Vision and Courage Awards to 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 1.

One recipient from each of the following three categories will be recognized: Northeastern Oregon residents; EOU faculty and staff; and EOU students.

The PCSW requests three letters of nomination to be submitted for each nominee. Letters should explain why the individual is deserving of an award, and at a minimum, also include the following information: nominator’s relationship with the nominee and how long they have known her; length of time the nominee has demonstrated vision and courage and acted as an agent of change; examples of how the nominee has shown leadership in creating a more inclusive, equitable community, especially in promoting the rights of women and girls.

For each letter, nominators should include their name and address (city/state/zip) and a phone number and/or e-mail address where they may be contacted. Nominations packets need not be overly elaborate or lengthy. Three letters of recommendation are sufficient, along with any supporting materials that demonstrate why the nominator believes the nominee is worthy of an award.

Letters should be addressed to:
Dawn Schiller
Eastern Oregon University - PCSW
Loso Hall, Room 154
1 University Blvd.
La Grande, OR 97850

Chemistry professor examines humic acids and the environment for colloquium on Feb. 23

News contact: Laura Hancock | University Advancement
541-962-3585 |

February 22, 2012
LA GRANDE, Ore. (EOU) – Jeremy Riggle, Ph.D., assistant professor of chemistry, examines the role of humic acids in environmental processes for the next colloquium at EOU Thursday, Feb. 23.

Riggle’s presentation, “Environmental Chemistry: From Humic Acids to Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons,” begins at 4 p.m. in Ackerman Hall, Room 210. A reception with question and answer session will follow.

Humic acids are the byproducts from the degradation of the total biota in the environment and are ubiquitous in all natural systems. In order to elucidate their chemical characteristics and further understand the role of these large, complex molecules in the environment, Riggle will present a number of novel characterization methods.

The extraction and quantification of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), combustion byproducts that have been characterized by the EPA as “priority pollutants” from environmental and food matrices will also be explored, as well as the environmental chemistry of atmospheric particulate matter, specifically humic-like substances (HULIS).

A list of related resources provided by EOU’s Pierce Library is available for more in-depth information on this topic. Visit To be added to the colloquium mailing list call 541-962-3508.


New teaching endorsement opens doors for Ag students

News contact: Laura Hancock | University Advancement
541-962-3585 |
Source contact: Kristin Johnson | MAT Adviser, College of Education
541-962-3529 |

February 16, 2012
LA GRANDE, Ore. (EOU) – Agriculture science and technology are coming together at Eastern Oregon University in the form of a new endorsement offered through the Master of Arts in teaching program (MAT).

For students enrolled in Oregon State University’s agriculture program at EOU, the endorsement eliminates the need to relocate to Corvallis if their intent is to go into teaching.

Program coordinators believe many students will take advantage of the new option and complete their teacher preparation closer to home.

“This will serve many of our current Ag students who plan to become teachers, as well as others who have wanted to pursue a career in teaching agriculture, but have been unable to relocate across the state to pursue their education,” said Kristin Johnson, MAT adviser. “We are thrilled that students in eastern and central Oregon now have the option to pursue their teaching license and agriculture endorsement at EOU!”

With the endorsement, MAT graduates will be qualified to teach dozens of courses, including but not limited to animal production/science, agribusiness management, agricultural leadership, botany and food science. Many teachers also become involved with their local FFA chapters.

Prerequisites for completing the endorsement include a bachelor’s degree with a major or equivalent in agriculture. OSU currently offers four agriculture-related degrees on the EOU campus.

Students in the MAT program earn an Oregon teaching license and master’s degree in 13 months. It is an extended campus curriculum, enabling students to live and complete their student-teaching in school districts throughout the eastern and central parts of the state. On-campus classes are held periodically and small cohorts of 18-25 students are offered in elementary and secondary education.

EOU’s education endorsement opportunities also include math, biology, chemistry, integrated sciences, physics, language arts, social studies, art, music, physical education, business, foreign languages, and elementary education in multiple subjects.

Applications for the upcoming 2012-13 MAT program are available online at The deadline to apply is March 1 and classes begin in July.

For more information contact Kristin Johnson, MAT adviser, at 541-962-3529 or e-mail

Students share “Treasures of the Nations” at 25th annual International Dinner & Show

Contact: Janet Camp | International Student Adviser
541-962-3406 |

View event poster

February 15, 2012
LA GRANDE, Ore. (EOU) – The annually anticipated International Dinner and Show is set for Saturday, March 3 at Eastern Oregon University.

For 25 years, EOU’s International Student Association has celebrated and showcased diversity on campus with this event.

“Treasures of the Nations” is the theme this year. The evening begins with a buffet-style dinner where guests have the opportunity to sample an array of cuisines from around the world. Following is the talent show, featuring performances from EOU’s international students.

Countries represented are China, Bhutan, Mexico, Japan, Nepal, Zimbabwe, Germany, Vietnam, Ghana, France, Republic of Palau, Malaysia, Morocco, Philippines, Kenya, Tajikistan, South Africa, North Korea, Hawaii,  South Korea, Federal States of Micronesia (Yap, Chuck and Pohnpei ), American Samoa and the United States.

EOU file photo by Andrew Murray / Students dish up dessert at the 24th annual International Dinner & Show.

The dinner begins at 5 p.m. in the Hoke Union Building and the show starts at 7 in McKenzie Theatre in Loso Hall.

Admission is $8 for dinner or the show only, or $10 for both. EOU students with identification pay just $5 for dinner or the show alone, or $8 for both.

Tickets are available now at the EOU Bookstore and Sunflower Books.

For more information contact Janet Camp, International Student Association adviser, at 541-962-3406 or



Ars Poetica welcomes two award-winning authors, Feb. 21

Contact: David Axelrod | Ars Poetica Lecture Series at EOU
541-962-3633 |

February 13, 2012
LA GRANDE, Ore. (EOU) – Visiting writers Travis Mossotti and James Crews will read from their award-winning first books for the Ars Poetica Lecture Series at EOU Tuesday, Feb. 21.

The reading begins at 7:30 p.m. in Huber Auditorium in Badgley Hall and is free and open to the public.

"About the Dead" by Travis Mossotti

Mossotti is the recipient of the 2011 May Swenson Award from Utah State University for his first full-length collection, “About the Dead,” with Garrison Keillor serving as judge.

“Reading (‘About the Dead’) was like following the poet up a steep climb on a rocky slope as he improvised his route, and at every step I was struck by the rightness of his choices, surprised by so many odd words that seemed so exactly right,” Keillor wrote of the collection.

Mossotti’s poetry appears widely in literary journals, including “American Literary Review,” “Another Chicago Magazine,” “Cream City Review,” “New York Quarterly,” “Passages North,” “RHINO,” “Southern Humanities Review,” among many others.

In addition, the author was awarded the James Hearst Poetry Prize from the North American Review in 2009, and “Decampment,” the opening poem to “About the Dead,” was adapted to screen in 2010 as an animated short film (

Mossotti received a bachelor of arts in English and French from Webster University and a master of fine arts in poetry from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. He currently resides in St. Louis with his wife, Regina.

"The Book of What Stays" by James Crews

Crews, formerly of La Grande and EOU, is the recipient of the 2011 Prairie Schooner Prize in Poetry for his first collection, “The Book of What Stays.”

David Clewell, in his praises for “The Book of What Stays” writes, “Crews’s aptly titled debut collection has staying power galore. In his lyrical, pitch-perfect renditions of regret and loss, this poet bears exacting witness to the parallel world of acceptance and renewal animated everywhere by the dizzying physics of human grace under pressure.”

Crews’ chapbook, “What Has Not Yet Left,” won the 2009 Copperdome Prize from Southeast Missouri State University. He is the author of two other chapbooks as well: “Bending the Knot” (Gertrude Press Chapbook Prize), and “One Hundred Small Yellow Envelopes: A Poem After the Life and Work of Felix Gonzalez-Torres” (Parallel Press).

His poems have appeared in “Best New Poets” 2006 and 2009, “basalt,” “Columbia,” “Prairie Schooner,” “Court Green,” “Crab Orchard Review” and other journals. In 2009, Crews was the recipient of the Bernice Slote Emerging Writers Award from “Prairie Schooner,” and in 2010 he was a writer-in-residence at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts in Nebraska City, Nebraska, working on a second book, “The Thousandfold Consent of Things and Animals.”

Crews and Mossotti were classmates at Webster University. He went on to earn a master of fine arts from the University of Wisconsin, and is currently working toward a Ph.D. at the University of Nebraska.

A book signing will follow the lecture.


Celebrate Black History Month with African American Read-In

Contact: Nancy Knowles | Director of The Oregon Writing Project at EOU
541-962-3795 |

February 13, 2012
LA GRANDE, Ore. (EOU) – In honor of Black History Month, EOU is participating in the National African American Read-In on Tuesday, Feb. 21.

From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., individuals will read aloud from African American texts in the Simmons Gallery in the Badgley Hall foyer. Those interested in reading may sign up for a 15-minute slot to read from favorite African American texts or from works available at the event. Everyone is invited to join the audience.

The read-in is free and open to the public. Free two-hour parking is available near 6th Street and “K” Ave. adjacent to campus.

To sign up to read, send contact information and potential reading times to Nancy Knowles in Loso Hall, Room 146, call 541-962-3795, e-mail, or send to Bennie Moses in the Multicultural Center on the second floor of the Hoke Union Building, call 541-962-3741, or e-mail

The National Council of Teachers of English and the International Reading Association are sponsoring the event. Support on-campus comes from the Black Student Union, English Department, Mountain Valleys Reading Council, Multicultural Center and The Oregon Writing Project.


Health Speaker Series welcomes physical & occupational therapists, Feb. 9

News contact: Laura Hancock | University Advancement
541-962-3585 |
Source contact: Kimberly Mueller | EOU Pre-Professional Health Liaison
541-962-3070 |

February 8, 2012
LA GRANDE, Ore. (EOU) – David Ebel, P.T. and Nicki Ebel, O.T., will give a presentation for EOU’s Health Speaker series Thursday, Feb. 9. Students and community members are invited to attend the free event at 6 p.m. in Badgley Hall, Room 102.

Students with an interest in healthcare have the opportunity to hear first-hand experiences from members of the area medical community, like the Ebels, at the speaker series.

David Ebel, P.T.

David Ebel specializes in manual therapy and has trained with physicians from the U.S., France, England and Australia. His focus is on adult and pediatric care for acute and chronic dysfunction.

He has been practicing physical therapy in La Grande since 1993 and is a teaching assistant for the Upledger Institute in a variety of techniques.

Nicki Ebel, O.T.

Nicki Ebel first worked as an occupational therapist in South Africa and England before coming to the U.S. Her expertise includes treating neurologically impaired children and adults and she is a certified WorkSteps provider, conducting pre-employment screening and functional capacity evaluations for local companies. She also performs home safety evaluations.

The Ebels both practice at Mountain Valley Therapy in La Grande.

EOU and the Northeast Oregon Area Health Education Center launched the Health Speaker Series in January 2011. One presentation is held each month through spring term. For more information visit or contact Kimberly Mueller, EOU’s pre-professional health liaison, at 541-962-3070.

Artist engages topic of overconsumption, encourages public dialogue with “It’s Getting Hot Out Here”

Contact: Cory Peeke | Director of the Nightingale Gallery
541-962-3584 | 

“Oil Field" by Roscoe L. Wilson, graphite and oil on panel, 24in x 24in, (2011).

February 6, 2012
LA GRANDE, Ore. (EOU) – The Nightingale Gallery at Eastern Oregon University presents the solo exhibition, “It’s Getting Hot Out Here,” by Ohio artist and environmentalist Roscoe L. Wilson.

A reception for the artist marks the opening of the exhibition Friday, Feb. 10 from 6-8 p.m. in the gallery located in Loso Hall.  The show will run through Friday, Mar. 2. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Wilson’s installation work engages with the dilemma of consumerism and waste in contemporary society.  Consumerism is a natural attribute of the human condition. Societies buy and sell, save, collect and ultimately discard practically everything in temporary possession — a throwaway culture that values the quick and easy over the re-useable. Desirous of the next great invention, planned obsolescence is propagated instead of sustainable products.

It is this paradoxical dilemma of consuming and wasting that provides the impetus for Wilson’s work. He sees it as his responsibility as an artist to engage with the topic of overconsumption and to encourage public dialogue on the issues surrounding it.

“It’s Getting Hot Out Here” consists of several sculptural installations, and several drawings and prints that explore the concept of overconsumption, especially as related to the fossil fuels coal and oil. The installation revolves around society’s addictive use of these fuels and their significant affect on climate change. As the artist himself states, “The abuse of these technologically outdated fuels, the structure of our current society and political system, and the unwillingness to change are all factors that can and will be devastating to our environment and our lives.”

“It’s Getting Hot Out Here” investigates these ideas and challenges viewers to reflect on their own relationship to, and place in, contemporary society’s ongoing cycle of consumerism and waste.

Wilson was born and raised in northern Indiana and southern Michigan, and his environmental values were shaped in this mostly rural Midwestern setting. Growing up in this region enabled him to experience nature and discover an awareness that only a forest, lake and field can offer.

He went on to receive a bachelor of arts from Wabash College in Indiana, a master of arts in painting/printmaking from Purdue University in West Lafayette Indiana, and a master of fine arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. While at UW, Wilson studied the history of environmentalism and drew inspiration for his artwork from former Wisconsin residents and environmental pioneers like John Muir and Aldo Leopold. He now resides in Ohio and is currently an associate professor of art at Miami University Hamilton.

In conjunction with the exhibition, Wilson will present a public lecture on his work Wednesday, Feb. 8 at 6 p.m. in Huber Auditorium in Badgley Hall. The lecture is free and open to the public.

For more information visit or find Nightingale Gallery on Facebook.