Link Up! during EOU Leadership Week & Conference

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

Photo by Laura Hancock / Students, faculty and staff roll up their sleeves for Campus Beatification Day April 10.

March 23, 2012
LA GRANDE, Ore. (EOU) – Presenters and participants are sought for the fifth annual Student Leadership Conference, Saturday, April 14 at EOU.

Organizers are busy preparing a program of interactive and engaging topics revolving around this year’s theme of Mountie Olympics: Link Up!

Former NFL lineman Steve Wallace is the keynote speaker for the event. The three-time Super Bowl winner is featured in a chapter of Michael Lewis’ book, “The Blind Side,” the true story of pro football player Michael Oher.

Wallace’s lecture starts at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 13 in McKenzie Theatre in Loso Hall and is free and open to the public.

Other presenters include Bridget Burns, chief of staff for the Oregon University System.

Leadership Week is also gearing up prior to the conference beginning April 9. With a different event every day, students will hear from guest speakers, participate in a campus beautification day, field day, the Everyone Matters initiative and more.

Everyone Matters is a global social media campaign that challenges participants to “not judge and not discriminate in thought or action” for 24 hours. Students will have the opportunity to record video messages to be incorporated for the campaign.

Sarah Hannifan and Kodi Riebling are members of the Student Leadership Conference Committee and involved with planning the activities. In February they represented EOU at the National Collegiate Leadership Conference in Tucson, Ariz. Several ideas they gleaned are being integrated into the format for the event at EOU, but with an Olympic spin.

EOU photo by Andrew Murray / Team building is a focus of Leadership Week and the student conference.

For example, participants will be given punch cards to track their progress and at the end of the week will be awarded gold, silver or bronze certificates representing the level of their involvement.

An international flair will also be infused with music from the different countries participating in the 2012 Olympic games in London this summer.

“Teamwork, giving back to the community and inspiring people to become more involved are shared goals of Leadership Week and the conference,” Riebling said.

“It’s a great opportunity for students and others to network and build leadership skills – the place to start if you want to make a change,” Hannifan added.

Download the brochure!

Monday, April 2, is the deadline to submit proposals for conference presentations, workshops and panel sessions. Registration is free for EOU students and $5 for non-university participants and includes lunch. The first 100 EOU registrants will receive a free T-shirt.

Leadership Week and the conference are made possible through a partnership with the Student Leadership Committee and the National Society of Leadership and Success. Additional support comes from the Center for Student Involvement, Associated Students of EOU, Vending Committee and Multicultural Center.

For more information call 541-962-3704 or go online to or

Senior art exhibition “Anomalous” opens in Nightingale April 6

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

March 21, 2012
LA GRANDE, Ore. (EOU) – The Nightingale Gallery at Eastern Oregon University will present an exhibition of work created by senior art majors Damon Andrews, Ashley Grover, Lauren Hull and Haiden Kohl.

The exhibit titled “Anomalous” will open with a reception from 6-8 p.m. on April 6 in the gallery located in Loso Hall. Student work will be on display through April 20. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

"Caution Road" by Damon Andrews, mixed media, 2.5’x2’ (2012)

Damon Andrews’ work is inspired by his own experiences as a non-traditional student starting over in the middle of his life. His work is also influenced by his life-long struggle with depression and reflects his associations with self-judgment and societal expectations. He creates mixed-media pieces combining carefully chosen found objects with acrylic painting and collage.

Andrews uses his artwork as an outlet and voice for his struggles with self-image and depression.  He does this in hopes to connect with others facing similar hardships. 

"Untitled" by Ashley Grover, acrylic on paper, 48”x34” (2012)

Ashley Grover’s work examines the innermost relationships between dueling aspects of a singular person.  She depicts the contrast between the comfort and torture experienced during both addictive behavior and psychological struggles.  Using herself as the subject for large-scale charcoal drawings and acrylic paintings, the work draws heavily on her own feelings of duality. This is in response to her identity and her distorted view of her self-image.

To portray her mental reactions to her feelings of dichotomy, Grover uses self-portraiture. These self-portraits depict discomforting situations to make visual psychosomatic ideas. Expressive mark-making contrasted with figurative realism not only brings tension and unbalance, it also reflects on the conceptual inspiration behind her work.

"Untitled" by Lauren Hull, found object sculpture, 4”x5” (2012)

Lauren Hull’s art pieces exist in the zone between illusion and reality. She utilizes both sculpture and paint to highlight the curiosities of the natural world. In each work she uses a mixture of sound, movement, repetition, found objects and scientific reasoning to create a sense of believability in the absurd. Her natural subjects appear to belong to a bizarre history museum — one that opens the door to a new realm of the impossible.

Hull was born and raised on a farm and cattle ranch in the Grande Ronde Valley. Much of her childhood was spent caring for and befriending estranged animals such as calves, ducklings, raccoons, a hawk, and once, a hummingbird. Her close experiences with animals have influenced her decision to examine the peculiarities of nature.

"Surrender" by Haiden Kohl, ink on paper, 60”x50” (2012)

Haiden Kohl’s work explores the human relationship between the physical body and unseen forces such as auras and energy fields. His drawings and mixed media pieces depict the human form interacting and manipulating these forces.

Emphasis is made through Kohl’s use of color and material treatment, where color begins to speak as a metaphor. He uses himself as the model for many of his pieces, as a method of self-investigation. Depicting what is generally not seen and addressing negative space becomes important in his exploration. His motive is to create an awareness of non-physical essences in a society that is often only conscious of the physical.

For more information visit or connect with the gallery on Facebook.

Outdoor Program hosts wilderness first-aid training in April

Contact: Jerry Isaak | EOU Outdoor Program Coordinator
541-962-3621 |

March 16, 2012
LA GRANDE, Ore. (EOU) – A training program in wilderness first-aid is coming to EOU April 14-15. Hosted by the university’s Outdoor Program, the Wilderness Medical Associates Wilderness First Aid Course will offer an introduction to general medical concepts and basic life support skills.

Professional instructors with significant patient care and backcountry experience will lead the training, targeted for the outdoor enthusiast embarking on day trips or short adventures. Participants will receive certification in Wilderness First Aid and Adult CPR upon successful completion.

Registration is $200 for EOU students or $225 for community members and includes course materials. Participants must be at least 16 years old. Written consent of a parent or guardian is required for anyone under the age of 18. The course is limited to 28 participants.

Contact the Outdoor Program at 541-962-3621 for further information, or visit

Awards announced for “Regional High School Art Exhibition” 

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

March 13, 2012
LA GRANDE, Ore. (EOU) – Eastern Oregon University’s Nightingale Gallery announces the award winners for the 2012 “Eastern Oregon Regional High School Art Exhibition.”

University Scholar Awards were presented to two area high school seniors whose work demonstrates great potential for continued success at the college level. These awards come with $1,500 renewable scholarships to study art at EOU.

All Best of Show winners received an award certificate and a sketchbook to continue to hone their skills. Honorable Mention recipients received a certificate of award.


University Scholar Awards in Art/ Best of Show 12th Grade:

A tie between:
Luke Leidy (La Grande High School), for his graphite drawing “Kate Beckinsale,” and Lindsey Peterson (Vale High School), for her oil and pastel work “Reduced to Mere Filth.”

Leidy and Peterson will each receive a $1,500 renewable scholarship to study art at EOU.

Best of Show 11th Grade:

Holly Rysenga (Ontario High School), for her soft sculpture “Rumaki.”

Best of Show 10th Grade:

A tie between:

Jordn Dobney (Vale High School), for the mixed media sculpture “Touch Me,” and Kenn Sipp (Union High School), for his acrylic painting “Late Night Visitor.”

Best of Show 9th Grade:

Emily Bradley (Pendleton High School) for her acrylic painting “Koi Pond.”

Honorable Mentions:

Baker City High School –Ila Farber for an untitled ceramic vase, and Hazel Hansen for her watercolor “Black Bird.”

Crane Union High School – Shasta Kling for her collage “Juxtaposed Face.”

Grant Union High School – Melanie Delgado for her oil painting “Feeling Blue.”

La Grande High School – Amity Jackman for the oil painting “Despair,” and Jordyn Roberts for the oil painting “Jack Passion.”

Union High School – Jessica Duffy for her mixed media work “Give Peace a Chance,” and Ricky Whitis for his block carving self-portrait.

The La Grande Arts Commission presented a special Promising Young Artist Award to Kortny Carman, a sophomore from La Grande High School, for her painting “Shoot Out the Lights.” The award comes with a certificate and check for $50.

“The Nightingale Gallery and EOU congratulates the winners and all the outstanding participants,” said Cory Peeke, Nightingale Gallery director. “We would also like to express our appreciation to the region’s art teachers who went out of their way to make sure their students’ work was included in the exhibit, and who do an outstanding job with extremely limited resources.”

The following is a list of participating area teachers.

Baker City High School – Kristen Bell
Burns High School – Ben Holtby
Crane Union High School – Connie Robbins
Enterprise High School – Laurie Hueckman
Grant Union High School – J.J. Collier
Joseph High School – Olivia Hinojos
La Grande High School – Mike Schireman
Ontario High School – Pam Helfrich
Pendleton High School – Gayle Vaughn
Union High School – Jaime Gustavson
Vale High School – Kacie Shaffer

The 2012 “Eastern Oregon Regional High School Exhibition” continues through March 21 in Nightingale Gallery in Loso Hall. For more information visit


2012 Women of Vision & Courage Awards announced

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

March 16, 2012
LA GRANDE, Ore. (EOU) – The President’s Commission on the Status of Women at EOU has announced the recipients of the 2012 Women of Vision and Courage Awards.

Mary Koza

Mary Koza, Anji Weissenfluh, and Lisa Moody were honored and presented with their awards during a ceremony Wednesday, Mar. 14 in the Hoke Main Lounge.

All three recipients share strong ties to EOU.  Koza is the director of the Liberal Studies program and a longtime resident of Union County. She is the recipient of the Community Award.

Anji Weissenfluh

Weissenfluh, recipient of the Faculty/Staff Award, is the head coach for the Mountaineer women’s basketball team.

Moody, who was unable to attend the ceremony, is currently enrolled at EOU and is the recipient of the Student Award.

The PCSW solicited nominations from the university and Union County community. Award winners are selected based on demonstration of vision, courage and leadership in creating a more inclusive, equitable community, especially in promoting the rights of women and girls.

Related story: Nominations sought for Women of Vision & Courage Awards


Photos by Bill Grigsby / Award recipients pictured from left, Anji Weissenfluh, Linda Densmore, Dawn Schiller, Anna Maria Dill, Nancy Knowles, Susan Whitelock, Gerta Brownton, Linda Jerofke, Lorna Spain, Mary Koza and April Curtis. Not pictured: Lisa Moody.


Students vote in favor of Hoke building renovation funding

News contact: Laura Hancock | University Advancement
541-962-3740 |

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

March 7, 2012
LA GRANDE, Ore. (EOU) – On-campus students at EOU have shown their support for a new mandatory special renovation fee to raise $1.4 million for deferred maintenance and renovation work on the Hoke Union Building. EOU will receive approximately $4 million from the Oregon University System in additional support of the project.

Students were 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 referendum passed 259 to 198.

The fee will begin being assessed to every incidental fee-paying student at the completion of building renovations, estimated to be fall 2013. Cost will range between $25 and $30 per student, charged each regular academic year quarter for a period not to exceed 20 years. Online students will not be affected by the fee.

Construction on Hoke will begin this summer.

“Changes will provide a sustainable place of energy for students to get involved and gather, ensuring we have a student union in the future,” said Camille Consolvo, vice president for Student Affairs at EOU. “Other benefits will include improved wayfinding and accessibility to meet the needs of our students.”

Renovation reports and a list of frequently asked questions are accessible on the Center for Student Involvement website at For more information contact ASEOU at541-962-3387 or the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs at 541-962-3635.

> See related story: Students vote on Hoke Union Building renovation funding


Health Speaker Series features orthopedic surgeon, March 8

Contact: Kimberly Mueller | EOU Pre-Professional Health Liaison
541-962-3070 |

Chad Burgoyne, M.D.

March 6, 2012
LA GRANDE, Ore. (EOU) – Chad Burgoyne, M.D., is the next presenter for the EOU Health Speaker series Thursday, March 8. Students and community members are invited to attend the free presentation at 6 p.m. in Badgley Hall, Room 102.

Dr. Burgoyne is a practicing orthopedic surgeon at Grande Ronde Hospital’s new Regional Orthopedic Clinic. Prior to moving to La Grande, Dr. Burgoyne worked for Lowcountry Orthopedics & Sports Medicine in Charleston, SC. He is also a consulting events and course physician for national and international extreme sport tri-athletes.

Dr. Burgoyne completed his surgical internship and residency in orthopedic surgery at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. He holds degrees from the University of South Carolina in Charleston and the Medical University of South Carolina.

EOU and the Northeast Oregon Area Health Education Center are presenting the speaker series with the goal of providing students interested in pursuing healthcare careers the opportunity to hear first-hand experiences from members of the area medical community.

The series continues through spring term with one presentation each month. Information on upcoming speakers is available at or by contacting Kimberly Mueller, EOU’s pre-professional health liaison at 541-962-3070.

Health Speaker Series flier (pdf)


Poet Maxine Scates shares her latest work, “Undone,” March 14

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

Maxine Scates

March 1, 2012
LA GRANDE, Ore. (EOU) – The Ars Poetica Lecture Series at EOU will host visiting writer Maxine Scates, of Eugene, as part of International Women’s Week.

Scates will read from her new book, “Undone,” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 14 in Huber Auditorium in Badgley Hall. The reading is free and open to the public. A book signing will follow.

Born in Los Angeles in 1949 to a working-class family, Scates put herself through college and graduated from California State University, Northridge. While at SCU, she took classes from and was encouraged by the late poet Ann Stanford.

Scates continued her education at the University of Oregon, earning a master of fine arts. She has taught at Lane Community College, Lewis and Clark College and most recently Reed College.

Author Vern Rutsala, commenting on “Undone,” writes, “While the language is rich and various the poems are also admirable in the way they confront everyday life with a clear and steady eye, weaving the past and present together seamlessly and giving us views of American society usually ignored in contemporary poetry.”

"Undone" by Maxine Scates, (2011)

Additional praise comes from poet Dorianne Laux who writes, “By brave and honest recognition, coupled with a deft ability to glide between realms of perception tripped open by memory and emotion, Maxine Scates reconstructs a life undone by the brokenness of family, friends, and self. Nuanced, mysterious, intimate.”

“Undone” was published in 2011. Scates is also the author of “Toluca Street” (1989) and “Black Loam” (2005).  She is co-editor of “Holding Our Own: The Selected Poems of Ann Stanford” (2001), which she collaborated on with another of Stanford’s former students, David Trinidad.

Scates’ poems have been widely published in journals throughout the country and her work has received the Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize, the Oregon Book Award for Poetry, the Lyre Prize and a Pushcart Prize.