EOU hosts Indian Arts Festival & Pow Wow May 11-12

News contact: Laura Hancock | University Advancement
541-962-3585 | lhancock@eou.edu
Source contact: Jackie Leno Grant | Adviser, Speel-Ya Native American Student Council
541-962-31541 | jgrant@eou.edu

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April 30, 2012
LA GRANDE, Ore. (EOU) – Dancers and drummers, artisans and vendors, families and spectators will all converge for the 2012 Indian Arts Festival and Spring Pow Wow at Eastern Oregon University, May 11-12.

Three Grand Entries, a traditional Friendship Feast, arts and crafts vendors, Speel-Ya Run, awards ceremony, barbecue, Health Fair and donation raffle are part of the celebration this year. The main activities will take place in Quinn Coliseum, with the barbecue, awards ceremony and Health Fair located in the campus quad.

Honored guests include Host Drum, Northwest Medicine Horse Singers, from Granger, Wash., and Masters of Ceremonies, Jess Noland, of Mission, and Jason Prettyboy, of Kuna.

Admission to the Pow Wow is free both days. The first Grand Entry is at 5 p.m. Friday, with two others at 1 and 7 p.m. Saturday.  The Friendship Feast begins at 5 p.m. Saturday in the Hoke Main Lounge and features salmon donated by the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation.

Registration for the Speel-Ya 5K or 10K Run is at 9 a.m. Saturday and is $10 for EOU students and $15 for the general public. Registration includes an event T-shirt.

The Speel-Ya Native American Student Council at EOU organizes the annual event with support from the Wildhorse Foundation and EOU Student Fee Committee.

For more information visit www.eou.edu/powwow or call Jackie Leno Grant, Speel-Ya adviser, at 541-962-3141.

Small-town setting inspires collection of short stories

Contact: David Axelrod | Ars Poetica Lecture Series at EOU
541-962-3633| daxelrod@eou.edu

Barry Kitterman reads at EOU May 9.

April 30, 2012
LA GRANDE, Ore. (EOU) – Barry Kitterman will read from his newest collection of short stories, “From the San Joaquin,” at 7:30 p.m. May 9 in Huber Auditorium in Badgley Hall, Room 102 at EOU.

Copies of the author’s work will be available for purchase and signing following the reading presented by EOU’s Ars Poetica Lecture Series. The event is free and open to the public.

Kitterman grew up in the San Joaquin Valley in California and received his undergraduate degree in English at the University of California at Berkeley. After spending two years in the Peace Corps in Belize, he completed the master of fine arts program at the University of Montana.

Kitterman grew up in the small town of Ivanhoe in the San Joaquin Valley.

Author Robert Garner McBrearty writes, “Kitterman’s stories are humorous and poignant, tender and touching in their memorable depiction of life in small-town California. He renders his characters so authentically and compassionately we feel we know their hopes and fears and dreams, and yet the stories surprise us in the finest ways, taking us beyond where we thought we were first going.”

“From the San Joaquin” follows Kitterman’s novel “The Baker’s Boys,” winner of the 2009 Marla Thomas Peace Corps Writers Award for Fiction.

He has published short and nonfiction in “The Carolina Quarterly,” “Chariton Review,” “Turnstile” and “Flyway,” among others. He is also the fiction editor for “Zone 3 Magazine” and the associate editor of “The Green Hills Literary Lantern” (Truman State University).

Kitterman teaches creative writing at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tenn. He has also taught at Indiana University East, Miami University of Ohio, and at two Universities in the People’s Republic of China.

For more information contact David Axelrod at daxelrod@eou.edu or 541-962-3633.

Women’s Center holds annual benefit book sale this week

Contact: Nancy Knowles, Adviser | Women’s Research & Resource Center
541-962-3795 | nknowles@eou.edu

EOU file photo / Browse hundreds of volumes for sale Thursday-Sunday.

April 25, 2012
LA GRANDE, Ore. (EOU) – The annual book sale to benefit the EOU Women’s Research and Resource Center takes place this Thursday through Sunday in the Hoke Union Building, Room 309.

Collections of books donated by retiring EOU faculty will be among the volumes available to purchase.

The sale opens Thursday from 12-1 p.m. with “early bird” entry of $5, then continues until 7 p.m. On Friday and Saturday, the sale will run 2-9 p.m. Final hours are 10 a.m.  to 1 p.m. on Sunday and volunteers are needed to assist with closing in the afternoon.

Proceeds benefit the EOU Women’s Center, a safe intellectual space for those experiencing the challenges of discrimination, and an outreach center working to promote tolerance, respect and feminist activism.

For more information, contact Nora Kegg, Women’s Center director, at womenctr@eou.edu or 541-962-3021, or Nancy Knowles, Women’s Center adviser, at nknowles@eou.edu or 541-962-3795.


Naturopath speaks for EOU health series, April 26

Contact: Kimberly Mueller | EOU Pre-Professional Health Liaison
541-962-3070 | kmueller@eou.edu

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April 24, 2012
LA GRANDE, Ore. (EOU) – John Winters, N.D. will be the guest presenter for the EOU Health Speaker Series Thursday, April 26. Students and community members are invited to attend the free presentation at 6 p.m. in Badgley Hall, Room 102.

Winters worked as an EMT and paramedic for 10 years and received a bachelor’s of science from Lewis and Clark College. He went on to earn a medical degree from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine and after completing his residency in Winnipeg, Manitoba, started his practice in La Grande in 1992. He specializes in natural family healthcare.

EOU and the Northeast Oregon Area Health Education Center launched 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 will continue through spring term with one presentation each month.

For more information visit www.eou.edu/prepro or contact Kimberly Mueller, EOU’s pre-professional health liaison, at 541-962-3070.

Harmony of artistic elements come together for senior show “Concinnity” opening April 27

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

April 20, 2012
LA GRANDE, Ore. (EOU) – The showcase of work by senior art students at Eastern Oregon University continues with the exhibition “Concinnity” opening Friday, April 27 in Nightingale Gallery in Loso Hall.

Meagan Byerly, "Untitled" (Three Vases), Stoneware 16”x 2”, 14” 2.5”, 12”x2” (2012)

A reception for Meagan Byerly, Auburn Isaak, Danielle Iveson and Madison Stapleton will be held from 6-8 p.m. Friday. The display of their capstone work in mixed media, drawings, ceramics and photography continues through May 11.

“Concinnity means a harmonious adaption of elements,” said Cory Peeke, Nightingale Gallery director. “In each of these artists’ work, they create a sense of harmony using a variety of materials. Whether through the use of charcoal on paper, or creating imagery with a camera made of LEGOs, agreeable composition is evident in all their work.”

Byerly, originally from Idaho but currently living in La Grande, creates traditional ceramic pottery working both on and off the wheel. Her work is comprised mainly of coil built vases and large serving bowls. Her coil built forms are heavy on surface texture and have a sense of visual lift, making them appear lighter than they actually are. Her serving bowls are wide and shallow with rims that have fluid, continuous lines.

Auburn Isaak, "Cone 3," Stoneware, 23”x7”x7” (2012)

Byerly uses black slip in two different ways in her work; first as an addition to the textural pots to highlight the low relief areas; and second, to create graphic marks that contrast with the organic nature of the forms in order to attain a sense of lift. She will graduate from EOU next fall with a bachelor’s of science degree in art.

Isaak, also currently living in La Grande, uses her passion for music as inspiration to explore the visual relationship between the intentions of sound and an individual’s interpretation of sound.

As a songwriter and active local musician, Isaak is interested in how sound interacts with the individual beyond the act of listening. Through mixed media sculptures, she attempts to create a connection between the bond of objects and their rhythmical silent interaction. She is pursuing her bachelor’s of science degree in art at EOU.

Danielle Iveson, "Deprived," Charcoal on paper, 4’x3’ (2012)

Iveson has focused on painting and drawing for the past three years at EOU. Her current work consists of charcoal drawings of nude female figures. Iveson uses the nude female form to represent herself as a woman, vulnerable due to societal priorities and expectations. She captures the raw emotion of the human figure while using deep abstract blacks to contrast stark whites in order to heighten the drama of the already contorted figures.

Iveson grew up in Union and graduated from Union High School in 2007. She is currently living in La Grande and completing her bachelor’s of science degree in art with a minor in business administration.

Stapleton’s work addresses the dichotomy between the controlled and the untamed aspects of life. This is represented by her creation of a LEGO pinhole camera, a strict building medium used to create a device that produces unpredictable results in the images.

Maddison Stapleton, "Austin, Texas I," Photography, 22”x44” (2011)

Stapleton currently lives in La Grande and is completing her bachelor’s of science degree in art with a minor in communications from EOU.

Nightingale Gallery is open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information visit www.eou.edu/art/nightingale/index.html or connect with the gallery on Facebook.

Learning Center celebrates 25 years serving EOU students

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

Anna Maria Dill, center back row, has been the sole director of the EOU Learning Center since its establishment in 1987. Completing the Center team from left, back row, are Donna Evans, Writing Center director, Lynne Tilley, accommodations specialist, and front row from left, Kathryn Shorts, administrative program assistant, Pat Arnson, Disability Services coordinator, and Liz Becker, CORE 101 facilitator.

April 20, 2012
LA GRANDE, Ore. (EOU) - On the second floor of EOU’s Loso Hall is a long, open room with large windows that look out onto the main hallway. On any given day, around 120 students pass through its doors and access one or more of the many services available inside at the Learning Center.

For the past 25 years this busy hub has been a beacon of academic and professional support for EOU students. In recognition of reaching the quarter-century mark, the Center is planning an anniversary open house Wednesday, April 25.

To help celebrate the event, retired faculty, alumni and other individuals who played key roles in the evolution of the Center have been invited back to campus. All members of the university and local community are also encouraged to drop by for refreshments from 1-4 p.m. in Loso Hall, Room 234.

For Anna Maria Dill, director of the Learning Center, planning the celebration has been a trip down memory lane, with some bittersweet stops along the way.

“There are several longtime supporters of the Center who are no longer with us, including Dave Gilbert and Dick Stenard,” Dill said. “I have many deep and poignant memories.”

Gilbert, EOU president emeritus and retired faculty member, passed away in February. Stenard was the vice president for Student Affairs at the time of his death in 1999. Both were champions of the Learning Center from its beginning, when funding from a Title III grant in 1987 made it possible to establish.

From that point forward, Dill began working with faculty and staff to continually identify new and improved methods of serving students’ needs.

In addition to providing computer labs, group study and individual tutoring sessions, the modern Learning Center is also home to Disability Services and the Writing Center. Expansions have also included physical space. Originally housed in the basement of Pierce Library, the Center now occupies a significant portion of the second floor of Loso Hall’s north side.

“This is a very exciting time and I’m looking forward to the future,” Dill said. “The Center will be integral to whatever direction the university takes in the next 25 years and beyond.”

The recent implementation of online scheduling software is one example of how the Learning Center is adapting to higher demand. It’s called WCONLINE and students register for an account using their EOU e-mail and identification number. Once logged in, they can access and view the availability, even profiles, of all the tutors in the Learning Center and schedule an appointment.

Donna Evans, director of the Writing Center, advocated for the purchase of the software and is thrilled to see so many students benefiting from it so far. WCONLINE was launched in January and is funded by student technology fee dollars.

“Our ability to be innovative and keep up with advances in technology is critical,” Evans said. “We are also exploring options for integrating synchronous online tutoring services, as the population of our distance students continues to grow.”

EOU file photo/Student tutors working in the Learning Center benefit from professional development and often leave better prepared to enter their chosen field.

While Evans is new to her role with the Writing Center as of last September, she is not at all unfamiliar with EOU. She completed her degree at a distance in 2004 and also worked as a writing tutor while an undergraduate.

Students who work in the Learning Center, like Evans did, can benefit from the professional development and often leave better prepared to enter their chosen field. Dill has witnessed many tutors discover they have a passion for teaching based on their experiences working with other students.

“Students helping other students succeed is the overarching theme of the Learning Center,” Dill said. “They are the real heart of it.”

There are more than 150 students currently employed in the Center and six university faculty and staff members, including Dill and Evans. Pat Arnson is the Disability Services coordinator, Kathryn Shorts is the administrative program assistant, Lynne Tilley is the accommodations specialist, and Liz Becker is the CORE 101 facilitator.

EOU Athletic Director named Cascade Conference Commissioner

News contact: Barrett Henderson | EOU Athletics
541-962-3946 | bhenderson@eou.edu

Rob Cashell

April 19, 2012
LA GRANDE, Ore. (EOU Athletics) – Eastern Oregon University Athletic Director Rob Cashell has been named Commissioner of the NAIA’s Cascade Collegiate Conference.

Cashell, who is in his eleventh year at EOU, will begin full-time as the conference commissioner on July 1. He has served as interim commissioner since January 2012, when Dave Haglund left the CCC to become commissioner of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference. Cashell’s last official day at the university is May 11.

“First, let me say that Rob has done a tremendous job for EOU,” said EOU President and CCC Council of Presidents Chair Bob Davies. “He has dedicated himself to our student-athletes for the last 11 years, and he will be missed. At the same time, the Cascade Collegiate Conference is extremely lucky to have the caliber of someone like Rob taking the helm. He was unanimously supported by the presidents of each of the member institutions and is recognized throughout the nation for his leadership, vision and commitment.”

The search process yielded 54 applicants from around the country and boasted candidates from both the NAIA and NCAA levels — including current conference commissioners and associate commissioners, athletic directors and individuals from other national athletic associations and professional teams.

“It was a very deep pool that was rich with talent,” Davies said. “In the end, Rob was the clear choice. He epitomizes the true spirit of the student-athlete that is the hallmark of the Cascade Conference and the NAIA. He is a true ‘Champion of Character’ and is a working symbol of what the NAIA and its member colleges and universities stand for.”

EOU Women’s Basketball Head Coach Anji Weissenfluh will serve as acting athletic director until a successful search for a new director is completed.

“I am excited and honored,” Weissenfluh said. “Rob has done an outstanding job and I hope that I can fill his shoes. The Cascade Conference is getting an outstanding commissioner. If his accomplishments at Eastern are any indication of the success he will have as commissioner, the conference is in wonderful hands.”

“I have always been impressed by Anji’s commitment to the balance of the student-athlete: perform well in the classroom, be role models in the community and be competitive on the court,” Davies said. “I know that she will bring this same level of passion and commitment to her role as our athletic director.”

While at EOU, Cashell served on the President’s Executive Cabinet and oversaw the Division of Athletics which is home to 12 intercollegiate programs. Since 2006, Mountaineer teams have placed first, second and third in the then formed Cascade Collegiate Conference All Sports Award balloting, never finishing lower than fourth in the 10-member conference.

“I am honored to have been chosen as the Commissioner of the Cascade Collegiate Conference,” Cashell said. “I believe we have the finest conference in the NAIA and I am eager to support the nearly 2,000 student-athletes and athletic staffs who represent our 10 campuses.”

In 2007-08, Cashell was named the Cascade Conference and NAIA Region 1 Athletic Director of the Year. He was nominated for the prestigious award again the following year and in 2009-10, was once again was named Athletic Director of the Year. In addition, he was honored by NACDA as the Under Armour West Coast Athletic Director of the Year.

Prior to joining the Mountaineers, Cashell served as Athletic Director at the University of Montana Western from 1996-2001 and was the first full-time athletic director in the school’s history. A native of Montana, he earned his bachelor’s degree from Montana Western in 1990 with a Health and Physical Education major, and a minor in History. He received a Master’s Degree in Counseling and Career Services from Montana State University-Northern in 1994.

During his tenure at EOU, the Athletic Department saw significant change. Starting in 2001, Cashell oversaw over $3 million worth of renovation projects which included an expanded fitness center and private team locker rooms, a new competition soccer field and football practice field, newly constructed press boxes, a booster suite, restrooms and concessions at Community Stadium, a resurfaced track, reconstructed softball field, and Quinn Coliseum upgrades to the main gymnasium. In addition, private support for athletics has increased over 300 percent.

In 2003, Cashell guided the department in its efforts to seek sole membership in the NAIA and joined the highly respected Frontier Conference for the Mountaineer football program. Athletic scholarships were also started in 2003 and current Mountaineer student-athletes benefit from over $600,000 in available aid from the university and EOU Foundation.

Rob and his wife Heather, who is an executive assistant in the Office of Student Affairs, are the parents of two daughters, Hanna and Elizabeth.


Students present 25th annual Island Magic event April 21

Contact: Bennie Moses | Multicultural Center Coordinator
541-962-3741 | bmoses@eou.edu

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April 18, 2012
LA GRANDE, Ore. (EOU) – The 25th Annual Island Magic Lu’au & Show takes place Saturday, April 21 at Eastern Oregon University.

The Lu’au begins at 5 p.m. in the Hoke Union Building, Main Lounge, and features a sampling of traditional island dishes. Chamorro beefsteak, kahlua pig, sweet potatoes, chicken kelaquen, steamed white rice, fried rice, potato salad, Pani Popo (a Samoan dessert) and Haupia (coconut dessert), are all on the menu.

Doors open at 6:30 for the performance portion of the evening in McKenzie Theatre in Loso Hall. On the program will be a lineup of dances from Hawaii, Philippines Palau, Micronesia, New Zealand and Samoa.

Two EOU student clubs, Island Magic and the Navigators, are sponsoring the event.

Tickets are $8 for EOU students, $10 for general admission and are available to purchase at the EOU Bookstore and Sunflower Books. For more information call 541-962-3704 or 541-962-3741.


Students prepare for annual Spring Research Symposium

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

EOU file photo / Activities take place from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. May 24.

May 17, 2012
LA GRANDE, Ore. (EOU) - Students from across disciplines will display their original research and creations for the 2012 Spring Symposium at EOU Thursday, May 24.

The annual event begins at 9 a.m. and concludes with keynote speaker presentations from 2-3 p.m. Activities are open to the public and will take place in Loso and Badgley halls on the EOU campus.

Exhibitions are discipline-specific and will range from artistic displays, panel presentations, poster sessions, talks and performance art.

“The Spring Symposium is many students’ only opportunity to show off the amazing projects and performances they have been working on throughout their time at EOU,” said Amy Yielding, assistant professor of mathematics and co-chair of the event.

“The students presenting are among our best and brightest and many present original undergraduate research, which contributes to the richness of their discipline as well as to our community here in eastern Oregon. I hope everyone will join us in acknowledging the great talent and scholarship of these students,” Yielding added.

Topics this year cover the gamut and include a study of services for veterans in rural communities, a black hole simulation program, test screening of an original film and more.

For more information visit www.eou.edu/sprsymp.

Percussion duo brings “American Dreamland” tour to EOU

Contact: Teun Fetz | EOU Associate Professor of Music & Director of Percussion Studies
541-962-3105 | tfetz@eou.edu

Image courtesy of Junebug Photography / Loop 2.4.3 performs at 4 p.m. April 19 at EOU.

April 13, 2012
LA GRANDE, Ore. (EOU) – The Eastern Oregon University music department presents Loop 2.4.3 as part of the group’s “American Dreamland” album release tour.

The New York based percussion duo will perform new music at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 19 in Groth Recital Hall in Loso Hall. Admission is free.

Founded by Clogs’ percussionist Thomas Kozumplik and featuring multi-instrumentalist Lorne Watson, Loop 2.4.3 is releasing their third full-length album this spring on 180 gram audiophile vinyl, CD and digital download.

The duo stops in La Grande as part of a national tour to showcase the new music, scored for a wide array of percussion instruments including steel drum, marimba and drums, electro acoustic inventions, Native American flute and voice.

A portrait of the cultural hodgepodge of American heritage, this third album draws inspiration from the dark, surreal world of Edgar Allan Poe, to the rebellious freedom of Easy Rider; from the ancient, desolate plains of Minnesota, to the post-industrial streets of Brooklyn, Baltimore and Detroit.

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Praised for their “taut compositions with a stunning improvisational sense” (Time Out Chicago) and their “intricate, energetic performances” (New York Times), Loop 2.4.3’s original compositions resonate with the American musical traditions of jazz, rock and roll and contemporary classical chamber music. Incorporating the span of traditional percussion to innovative electro-acoustic instruments, voices and strings, their music is most often compared to the voices of Harry Partch, Steve Reich and Terry Riley, but “warmer, more linear” (NPR) and “much freer and less constrained in their movements” (Alarm Magazine). Loop 2.4.3 is an original voice that “sounds like part of a well-thought-out tradition. Only the tradition has never existed until now” (NPR-Fresh Air).

For more information visit www.loop243.com.