Grande Ronde Community Choir’s performance season to include Mozart’s “Requiem”

Contact: Michael Frasier | Director, Grande Ronde Community Chorus
541-962-3463 |

EOU photo by Andrew Murray / J. Michael Frasier leads the Grande Ronde Community Choir.

August 31, 2012
LA GRANDE, Ore. –  The Grande Ronde Community Choir will hold its first rehearsal for the coming season from 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13 in Loso Hall, Room 123 on the EOU campus.

Singers of all ages and abilities are welcome to join. Cost is $20 per term and covers general operational expenses of the ensemble.

J. Michael Frasier, longtime choral director and educator, is beginning his fourth year as musical director. The accompanist is Lanetta Paul, adjunct music instructor,  and Peter Wordelman, professor of music, is the assistant conductor.

Frasier said he strives to make the rehearsals and performances a balance of “fun, social interaction and quality music making.”

“Our fall concert series promises to be an exciting and diverse musical experience, so plan on joining us and becoming part of a great community music ensemble!” Frasier said.

The major undertaking for the choir will be when the group combines forces with the Grande Ronde Symphony Orchestra and its conductor, Leandro Espinosa for two performances of movements from “Requiem” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

Wordelman will also assist in this endeavor, along with DeeAnn Sands and the Baker High School Bel Canto Choir, and Emily Callender and the Pendleton High School Choir.

The Community Choir will also be featured in the Choirs of the Valley Concert on Thursday, Oct. 11 as part of EOU’s Homecoming celebration, and the annual Holiday Music Festival concerts on Dec. 1-2.

For more information contact Frasier at 541-910-1149; 541-962-3463; or

The Grande Ronde Community Choir is also on Facebook.

Pictured from left are Tim Seydel, vice president for Advancement and Admissions, Bob Davies, EOU president, Monty Mountaineer, Anji Weissenfluh, interim athletic director and head women's basketball coach, John Howard, of John J. Howard and Associates, and Tim Camp, head football coach.

Tailgate zone adds to excitement of EOU home football games

Contact: EOU Alumni Programs | University Advancement
541-962-3740 |

August 27, 2012
LA GRANDE, Ore. (EOU) – It’s almost time for football fans to grab their stadium seats and head to campus for Eastern Oregon University’s first home game of the season Saturday, Sept. 8.

But before the Mountaineers face the Montana State University-Northern Lights, the celebration will have already started in a nearby parking lot.

Festivities in the John J. Howard & Associates Tailgate Zone will accompany every home football game this season, and Howard’s naming sponsorship continues through the next five years. Located in the 6th St. and H Ave. parking lot by the tennis courts, the tailgating area opens at 10:30 a.m. and closes at 1 p.m. in time for kick-off at Community Stadium.

Reserved spaces provide ample room for private vehicles and for staging barbecues or picnics. Advance reservations are being accepted now, or spaces may be requested the day of the game.

Other upcoming home games will be Sept. 29, Oct. 13 during Homecoming, Oct. 20 and Nov. 3. See the EOU athletics website for a detailed schedule.

The cost to reserve a space for all five home games is $100; $60 for three games; or $25 per game, payable at the gate. Visit or call 541-962-3740.

Grant supports education focusing on real-world applications and career paths in STEM

News contact: Laura Hancock | University Advancement
541-962-3585 |
Source contact: Donna Rainboth | Assistant Professor of Education
541-962-3720 |

August 6, 2012
LA GRANDE, Ore. (EOU) – Students in some Eastern Oregon schools will soon be thinking outside of the box when it comes to science, technology, engineering and math.

Beginning this academic year in the Wallowa and Ontario school districts, students in grades three through eight will experience a new kind of curriculum that connects each of these subjects to the natural world and its resources.

Making it all possible is the Eastern Oregon STEM Learning Environments partnership – a grant co-written by Karen Patton, superintendent of the Wallowa County ESD, and Donna Rainboth, assistant professor of education at EOU.

The grant supports the goal of increasing knowledge of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) among teachers and students, and is one of just four Math/Science Partnership grants to be funded by the Oregon Department of Education this year.

Working together, the Wallowa ESD and EOU will develop and facilitate STEM professional development over the life of the two-year grant. Up to 30 teachers in the Wallowa and Ontario districts have an opportunity to be involved in a series of workshops showing them how to implement hands-on study units in their classrooms. The first workshop will be held at EOU this fall.

The belief that a better grasp of the concepts of STEM can be achieved when observing practical applications led to additional collaborations with Anderson Perry and Associates, Oregon Forest Resources Institute, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, Regional Solutions Center, and the International Society for Technology in Education.

“Not only will students understand STEM, they will also learn about career paths in all of these areas,” Rainboth said.

As an example, Rainboth explained how students would see engineering in action with a unit focused on wastewater that also integrates science, math and technology.

“Teachers could invite an engineer to talk with their students about building a water treatment plant, followed by a field trip to a local facility and culminating in the class actually designing their own water filtration system,” Rainboth said.

Other sections may include weather, irrigation and soil, pollination and farming, timber and fisheries or other economic drivers.

“We want teachers and kids to understand the natural resources that are available to them in their own communities,” Rainboth said. “We’ll help develop interdisciplinary units that are relevant to local needs and ultimately have more meaning for students.”

Assisting with developing different areas of the curriculum are EOU faculty Miriam Munck, professor of education, Anna Cavinato, professor of chemistry, Amy Yielding, assistant professor of mathematics, and Michael Jaeger, professor of education and coordinator of the Teacher Standards and Practices Commission certification.

“STEM education is one of the our state’s highest priorities in terms of shaping university graduates to meet the current and emerging needs of Oregon’s employers across the state,” said Stephen Adkison, EOU provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs. “This grant underscores the leadership role that our College of Education occupies in educating teachers and providing students rich opportunities for STEM education in K-20 across the rural regions of Oregon. The work that Donna and Karen are doing is a model of collaboration between school districts and universities.”

This isn’t the first time EOU has partnered with the Wallowa ESD on a successful Math/Science Partnership Grant. Two previous projects, GO Math and Science Discoveries, provided similar professional development opportunities for teachers in several rural Oregon school districts.

Another award Rainboth helped secure this year is a University/School Partnership grant that will fund Embedding Engineering Design in Standards and involve teachers from La Grande, Hermiston, Milton-Freewater and Umatilla. It is also one of four such grants funded in 2012.

Teachers participating in both the Eastern Oregon STEM Learning Environments partnership and Embedding Engineering Design in Standards are invited to attend Inquiry Outside the Cube, a mini-conference at the La Grande Middle School this fall. For more information contact Patton at 541-426-4997 or Rainboth at 541-962-3720.