Spring choral & percussion concerts benefit music program

Contacts: Peter Wordelman | Professor of Music
541-962-3352 | pwordelm@eou.edu
Teun Fetz | Associate Professor of Music
541-962-3105 | tfetz@eou.edu 

May 30, 2012
LA GRANDE, Ore. (EOU) – Performances by EOU’s choral groups and Percussion Ensemble are planned for this Thursday and Friday, May 31 and June 1.

The concerts begin at 7:30 each evening in McKenzie Theatre in Loso Hall and are free and open to the public. Donations will be accepted at the door to benefit the music department.

Thursday’s end-of-year Spring Choral Concert will feature the 43-voice Chamber Choir under the direction of Peter Wordelman, professor of music, and the 26-voice Women’s Choir, directed by Michael Frasier and accompanied by Mio Aoike, both instructors of music.

Highlighting the Chamber Choir portion of the program will be small group performances of seven short popular a cappella pieces arranged by students Holly Sorensen, Mike Kellison, Jon Davidson, Erin Rufener, Luke Basile, Debbie Brown and Joshua Peters.

The Women’s Choir will present pieces from their recently completed eastern Oregon tour. The concert concludes with a stirring presentation of selections from the recent EOU musical production of “Titanic.”

On Friday, the Percussion Ensemble will be joined by the EOU Drum Line and Michael Kellison on bass guitar. Teun Fetz, associate professor of music, is the director.


Third annual Pride Week activities set for May 29-June 2

News contact: Laura Hancock | University Advancement
541-962-3585 | lhancock@eou.edu
Source contact: Megan Baker | President, EOU Gay-Straight Alliance

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May 23, 2012
LA GRANDE, Ore. (EOU) - Members of the Gay-Straight Alliance student organization at EOU are busy preparing for the third annual Pride Week May 29-June 2.

“Pride Week is meant to be a celebration of, and education about, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender-identified individuals, and both the history of discrimination and also positive identity formation that goes along with that,” said Christy Oliveri, adviser to the Gay-Straight Alliance. “We have a wide variety of activities planned and hope to see faculty, staff, students, and community members at the events!”

A SAFE ZONE training session will be part of the week, when university employees and students will have an opportunity to become certified allies to the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer) community on campus.

The training is scheduled for 2:30-5 p.m. Tuesday, May 29 in the Hoke Union Building, Room 201-202. Registration is limited to 30 participants. Register by e-mailing Oliveri at coliveri@eou.edu.

On Wednesday, May 30 the documentary film “Fagbug” will be shown at 7 p.m. in Huber Auditorium in Badgley Hall with refreshments provided at 6:30. Admission is free and the audience is invited to participate in a discussion afterwards with Thacher Carter, director of EOU’s Counseling Center.

A banner decorating party is planned for Thursday, May 31 in anticipation of the Pride March. Meet from 3-5 p.m. in the Hoke Main Lounge to decorate banners, signs and T-shirts. Materials for banners will be provided.

The hour-long Pride March itself takes place at 3 p.m. Friday, June 1 at Max Square in downtown La Grande. Participants will march from there to the EOU campus quad where Rebecca Hartman, associate professor of history, will speak.

Pride Week concludes with a Rainbow Revolution Prom night from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. Saturday, June 2 in the Hoke Main Lounge. Admission is $6 per person or $10 for couples. Tickets are available at the EOU Bookstore.

For more information about Pride Week, e-mail the GSA at eougsa@gmail.com, or contact Oliveri at 541-962-3090.

Steven Gammon named dean of Arts & Sciences at EOU

News contact: Tim Seydel, VP University Advancement & Admissions
Phone: 541-962-3740 | E-mail: ua@eou.edu

Steven D. Gammon, Ph.D.

May 22, 2012
LA GRANDE, Ore. (EOU) – The department chair from one of the country’s top undergraduate chemistry programs is joining Eastern Oregon University as its next dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Steven D. Gammon, Ph.D., professor of chemistry and science education and chair of the department of chemistry at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Wash., was selected following a national search that included on-campus interviews and meetings with students, faculty and staff. Gammon holds a doctorate in chemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Bowdoin College.

“We couldn’t be more pleased to have Steve on board,” said Steve Adkison, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs. “His leadership and focus on liberal arts education, teaching and collaboration are key ingredients to our success. I would also congratulate the search team on an outstanding process and their work to identify a great match for us.”

Gammon will begin his duties at EOU in August. He and his wife Jodi are planning to move to La Grande this summer, where they are in the process of buying a home.

“I am tremendously excited and honored to serve as the new dean of Arts and Sciences,” Gammon said. “My wife and I are looking forward to being a part of the vibrant La Grande community. During my recent interview and campus visit I was impressed by the commitment to students by all who work at EOU. This commitment combined with the outstanding qualities of the students themselves makes this job very appealing.”

Upon arrival at EOU, Gammon anticipates spending time meeting with local and regional faculty, staff and students to learn about their work. He also intends to build strong relationships with the university’s provost and president.

Bob Davies, EOU president, couldn’t agree more.

“I am excited about working with Dr. Gammon as we build on our strong academic programs,” Davies said. “Our College of Arts and Sciences is a critically important part of our current and future development. I was immediately impressed with Steve’s efforts to build a collaborative environment between his department and university leadership.”

“EOU truly is a gem of a university,” Gammon said. “As such, it is already doing great things for the students of the region. I cannot think of a better place to be as we all grow together while providing exceptional liberal arts educational experience to students on campus or wherever they may live.”


Learn about Eastern Promise at meeting in Baker City, May 22

Contact: Dan Mielke | Executive Director, Eastern Promise
541-962-3399 | dmielke@eou.edu or ep@eou.edu

May 16, 2012
BAKER CITY, Ore. – Students, parents and teachers are invited to learn more about college credit opportunities during an Eastern Promise information session May 22.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the Baker High School library.

Eastern Promise is a program with the intent of providing greater opportunities for high school students to earn college credits, even an associate’s degree, while still in high school.

Beginning this fall, college-level math, writing, biology, speech and health will be available in approximately 25 eastern Oregon high schools. High school teachers will deliver the courses under the mentorship of college instructors.

Easter Promise supports Governor Kulongoski’s overarching 40/40/20 goal, with 40 percent of adult Oregonians obtaining a bachelor’s degree or higher, 40 percent earning an associate’s degree or postsecondary credential, and 20 percent earning at least a high school diploma.

The program is a collaborative effort between Eastern Oregon University, the InterMountain Education Service District, and Blue Mountain and Treasure Valley community colleges.

For more information call 541-962-3399, e-mail ep@eou.edu or visit www.eou.edu/eastern-promise.


EOU business professor lauded for excellence in teaching

News contact: Laura Hancock | University Advancement
541-962-3585 | lhancock@eou.edu
Source contact: International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE)
913-631-3009 | iacbe@iacbe.orgwww.iacbe.org

Ted Takamura, EOU associate professor of business and onsite adviser.

May 14, 2012
GRESHAM, Ore. (EOU) – The International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education has recognized one of EOU’s faculty members for his contributions to student learning.

Ted Takamura, associate professor of business and onsite adviser for EOU’s program at Mt. Hood Community College, is the recipient of the 2012 Excellence in Teaching Award. The recognition came last month during the IACBE annual conference in Kansas City, Mo.

Individuals are selected based on their record of accomplished teaching and expertise to make meaningful and significant contributions to student learning in a way that advances academic quality in business education.

The distinction came as a complete surprise to Takamura.

“I am humbled to think that other faculty who are well deserving of the award were not selected for this great honor,” he said. “It is nice to be recognized for the 23 years that I have dedicated to students in the classroom.”

Takamura incorporates his own exploration of the accounting field into his classes, which are tailored for both adult learners seeking career changes and those exploring new entrepreneurial opportunities. His efforts to combine the community college curricula with EOU’s have increased the number of accounting students at both institutions by 80 percent.

“IACBE’s recognition of Dr. Takamura’s excellence in teaching underscores his deep commitment to our students and effective learning,” said Stephen Adkison, EOU provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs. “His work stands as a fine testament to the high quality of EOU’s faculty and the quality of our students’ experience.”

Takamura’s leadership also extends beyond the College of Business. He initiated and implemented a university-wide curricular overhaul and assessment for all disciplines, including the development of an accounting certificate program that qualifies candidates to sit for the standard exams of CPA, CMA, CFE and CIA within an 18-month period.

Takamura holds a Ph.D. in human and organizational systems and a master of arts in human development from Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara, Calif. He completed his master’s of business administration from City University in Seattle. His certifications include public accounting in Washington State and fraud examination and financial forensics in Oregon.

Noted Northwest author Brian Doyle reads for final Ars Poetica

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

Brian Doyle

May 14, 2012
LA GRANDE, Ore. (EOU) - Popular essayist and award-winning author Brian Doyle will read from his book “Mink River” at 7:30 p.m. May 22 in Huber Auditorium in Badgley Hall.

The event is free and all are invited to attend. Copies of Doyle’s book will be available for purchase and signing following the reading, the final of the academic year presented by the Ars Poetica Lecture Series.

“Mink River” is Doyle’s debut novel, published in 2010 by Oregon State University Press. Molly Gloss, author of “The Hearts of Horses,” praises the book as being “absolutely in the tradition of Northwest literature, richly imagined, distinctive, beautiful.”

Library Journal magazine also gave “Mink River” a starred review, stating that those who are lovers of “classics like Sherwood Anderson’s ‘Winesburg, Ohio,’ or William Faulkner’s ‘As I Lay Dying,’ will find much to savor here.”

"Mink River" is Doyle's first novel, published in 2010.

Doyle’s other works include “Grace Notes,” “Spirited Men,” “Credo,” “Epiphanies and Elegies” and “The Grail: A year ambling & shambling through an Oregon vineyard in pursuit of the best pinot noir wine in the whole wild world.”

The author’s essays have appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, Harper’s, Orion and The American Scholar and have also been selected for inclusion in “The Best American Essays.” He is currently the editor of Portland Magazine, a quarterly publication of the University of Portland ranked among the top 10 best university magazines in America annually and named number one in 2002.

Doyle also reviews books for The San Francisco Chronicle, The Oregonian and Preservation Magazine. He was the recipient of The American Scholar’s Best Essay Award in 2000 for his piece on Plutarch, two Pushcart Prizes, and an Award in Literature form the Academic Academy of Arts and Letters in 2008. He has been a finalist for the Oregon Book Award four times.


“All-Campus Juried Student Exhibition” opens May 18

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

"Home Fill," a mixed media sculpture by Morgan McAuslan, took home the Best of Show award in the 2011 juried exhibition. McAuslan is currently an active artist and exhibit designer for the High Desert Museum in Bend.

May 11, 2012
LA GRANDE, Ore. (EOU) – The work of  students from a variety of disciplines will be on display for EOU’s annual “All-Campus Juried Student Exhibition” opening Friday, May 18.

A reception is set for 6-8 p.m. in Nightingale Gallery located in Loso Hall.

The exhibition continues through June 15. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Multi-media artist Kelly Rauer, of Portland, is the juror this year and will select several works to be recognized with cash awards at 6:30 p.m. May 18 during the opening event.

Rauer will also give a free public presentation on her work which focuses on video, installation, the body, movement and dance, at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 15 in Huber Auditorium in Badgely Hall.

Within the last year Rauer has turned her focus toward non-art administrative roles to allow for a greater focus on her own studio practice. Previously she served as director of programs for the Portland Art Center, managing director for New American Art Union and thesis exhibitions coordinator for Pacific Northwest College of Art from 2008-2010.

In addition to the juror’s awards will be the selection of the second annual Kathelene Galloway Memorial Scholarship and third annual presentation of the Joseph Dickerson Memorial Award.

The Kathelene Galloway Memorial Scholarship is a $500 award presented to a sophomore or junior level art major who exhibits exemplary technical and conceptual skill. The award is given in memory of Galloway, who was a professor of printmaking and drawing at EOU for over a decade and passed away suddenly in December of 2009.

“Galloway was a highly dedicated and much loved artist, teacher and colleague who was a passionate advocate for her students, art, artists and EOU,” said Cory Peeke, associate professor of art and director of Nightingale Gallery. “She lived to share knowledge and the wonder that comes with discovery and exemplified the excellence to which we encourage our students to strive.”

The Joseph Dickerson Memorial Award honors Dickerson, an EOU freshman killed in a tragic auto accident in 2009. Following the tremendous loss of their son, Joe’s parents, Doug and Kyla Dickerson, made a generous gift to the university art program.

“Joe was a model student whose creative energy and enthusiasm for learning was infectious,” Peeke said. “The EOU art program chose to use the funds from the Dickerson’s to endow an award in their son’s name to be presented annually to a student who the faculty feels best exemplifies his dedication, curiosity and creative spirit.”

For more information visit www.eou.edu/art/ or like the gallery on Facebook.

Anthropologist shares documentary on Tibetan shamans 

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

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May 9, 2012
LA GRANDE, Ore. (EOU) – Ancient healing arts and divination practices come to life May 23 at Eastern Oregon University when guest presenter Leslie Conton shares her documentary “Tibetan Shamans: Protectors of All Living Beings.”

The presentation is from 7-9 p.m. in Huber Auditorium in Badgley Hall. Admission is free with donations accepted at the door to benefit the shamans featured in the film and their families. Refreshments will be provided and all are welcome to engage in a discussion with the filmmaker following the showing.

Conton, a cultural and transpersonal anthropologist, chronicles in the documentary the lives of nine of the last Tibetan shamans living in exile in Nepal and northern India.

“The audience will be introduced to a deeper understanding of shamanic cultures and concepts through the colorful portrayal of this ancient and endangered Tibetan healing tradition, as well as to the value of ethnographic film as a means to help preserve these traditions for future generations,” Conton said.

Conton produced the documentary primarily in service to the shamans and their descendants and to honor their contributions to the health and well-being of their communities. The film is also considered a testament to the richness and power of the ancient Tibetan practices.

“This will be such a rich experience and unique opportunity for the community to learn about shamanism,” said Ruth Davenport, professor of education at EOU.

Leslie Conton

Davenport knew she wanted to invite Conton to visit EOU after attending a workshop on shamanic practices and learning of her extensive travels while making the documentary in West Bengal, Sikkim and Dharamsala in northern India, and Pokhara and Kathmandu in Nepal.

Students in Linda Jerofke’s introduction to cultural anthropology class will also meet Conton while she is on campus. Jerofke, a professor of anthropology, said her students will benefit hearing from an expert with nearly 40 years of fieldwork experience.

Conton has studied with traditional healers and shamans from not only Nepal and India, but also Papua New Guinea, China, Mongolia and several West Coast American Indian tribes. She is a founding faculty member and field associate for the Foundation for Shamanic Studies, a non-profit, charitable and educational organization, and a professor at Western Washington University’s Fairhaven College.


Health Speaker series welcomes oncologist May 10

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

Maynard Bronstein, M.D., Ph.D.

May 7, 2012
LA GRANDE, Ore. (EOU) – Maynard Bronstein, M.D., Ph.D., will be the next presenter for the EOU Health Speaker Series Thursday, May 10. Students and community members are invited to attend the free presentation at 6 p.m. in Badgley Hall, Room 102.

Dr. Bronstein is a Board Certified physician specializing in hematology and oncology.  He received a bachelor’s of science from Duke University and completed his M.D. and Ph.D. training, in addition to residency and fellowship programs, at Duke University Medical Center.

Before moving to La Grande, Dr. Bronstein worked at St. Mary Medical Center in Walla Walla as an oncologist in the Regional Cancer Center, while also consulting at St. Anthony Hospital in Pendleton and at the Oncology Clinic at Grande Ronde Hospital.

Dr. Bronstein is a member of the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society and has been included on the Best Doctors® list.  He currently practices at Grande Ronde Hospital’s new Regional Hematology and Oncology Clinic.

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.

Students attend Northwest Poets’ Concord, weekend college

Contact: Sandra Ellston | Professor of English/writing
541-962-3841 | sellston@eou.edu

May 1, 2012
NEWPORT, Ore. – For the fourth year in a row, EOU students will have the opportunity this week to study with some of the region’s most prominent poets.

The Northwest Poets’ Concord meets May 4 -6 in Newport.  More than 100 writers from Whidbey Island to Sacramento and Boise to Grants Pass will converge for three days of readings, workshops and presentations at the Hallmark Inn.

David Biespiel, 2011 winner of the Oregon Book Award in Poetry, will give the keynote address on “The Three R’s of Poetry.” Attendees also include talented Newport High School students who will end Saturday’s sessions with their own reading.

In conjunction with the Concord, Sandra Ellston, professor of English and writing at EOU, will conduct a weekend college course on northwest poetry. Students are given full reign to work with various poets throughout the conference and their study concludes with focus on the writings of a single poet.

For many it has been a life-changing experience.

“Kudos to Dr. E [Ellston] and all the poets for an event I will remember as a highlight of my EOU days,” said Marilyn Mathews, two-time participant and EOU alumna who is now a graduate student at Portland State University.

After becoming hooked on poetry at her first Concord, Crystal Taylor, a senior in EOU’s English and writing program, is now applying for graduate programs in creative writing and is a regular reader at local open mike events.

EOU alumnus Adam Swenson will attend for the second time this year, as well as several other graduates.

Poets from across the state, including Toni Hanner of Eugene, are also taking note.

Hanner said the Concord is “the best large-scale poetry event going in Oregon.”

EOU and other partners are sponsoring the event, including Writers on the Edge, Lincoln County Cultural Coalition, Lane Literary Guild, City of Newport and private donors.

For more information visit poetsconcord.org. “Concord,” an anthology of work from the 2011 conference edited by Ellston, is also available.