Register now to participate in EOU Homecoming Parade

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

EOU file photo / Parade takes place Friday, Oct. 12.

September 27, 2012
LA GRANDE, Ore. (EOU) – Area businesses, organizations and individuals are invited to participate in Eastern Oregon University’s 2012 Homecoming Parade on Friday, Oct. 12.

Entries will be accepted through Friday, Oct. 5 at 5 p.m. Registration forms are available online at and should be submitted to the University Advancement Office in Inlow Hall, Room 212 or faxed to 541-962-3680.

Lineup is at 4:15 p.m. on 4th St. and Jefferson Ave. The parade begins at 5 p.m. and will proceed east along Adams Ave. Mamacita’s International Grill is sponsoring the event.

For more information contact University Advancement at 541-962-3740 or e-mail

Professor’s solo exhibition part of Oregon Days of Culture

Source: Pendleton Center for the Arts

Plattner's "Idyll Year" (2012), 16 x 20" collage.

September 26, 2012
PENDLETON, Ore. – The Pendleton Center for the Arts presents a solo exhibition of new work by La Grande artist Jessica Plattner as part of the Oregon Days of Culture celebration.

An opening reception will be held from 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4 at the center located at 214 N. Main Street in Pendleton. The event is free and open to the public. Plattner’s exhibition continues through Oct. 27.

The work in this show was completed while Plattner, an associate professor of art at EOU, was on sabbatical in Canada and Italy in 2011-12. She spent the year creating a new body of work while serving as artist-in-residence at Medicine Hat College in Alberta and at Studio Art Centers International (SACI) in Florence.

During this time, Plattner traded in her familiar oil paints in exchange for paper, photos, scissors and glue to create a large group of collages depicting her infant daughter in a variety of surreal settings. In these images, the baby is undaunted by flying fish, winged people and floating eyeballs. She is not afraid of bears or alligators that display their teeth for her to examine freely.

Plattner’s imagery is sometimes playful and occasionally disturbing, serving as a meditation on the magic possibilities of childhood and a visual prayer for strength and safety for the artist’s baby girl.

For more information and to see additional images of Plattner’s work, visit or call the Pendleton Center for the Arts at 541-278-9201.


College rodeo benefits wounded servicemen & women

Photo by Bryan Brodin / EOU Rodeo Club member Annie MacKenzie competes in breakaway roping.

September 25, 2012
LA GRANDE, Ore. (EOU) – Eastern Oregon University will host the first National Intercollegiate Rodeo of the season Saturday, Oct. 6 in Union.

The rodeo begins at 4 p.m. (slack at 9 a.m.) at the Eastern Oregon Livestock Show grounds. Tickets are $5 and may be purchased in advance or at the gate. Proceeds will benefit wounded servicemen and women through the nonprofit Wounded Warrior ProjectTM.

EOU’s Rodeo Club will also hold a dinner and auction as part of the event to help raise funds for practice stock, facilities and travel for the team. Dinner tickets are available for $15 individually or $25 for two and may be purchased directly from club members, coaches or JoLyn Scott, club adviser, at 541-910-2323.

“We hope everyone will come out to support the student-athletes, honor our service members, meet the club members and coaches,” Scott said. “Thanks to our sponsors for making this all possible!”

EOU’s club is gaining momentum on the heels of a national appearance at the NIRA Finals in Casper, Wyo. last spring. Students Justin Jarvis competed in calf roping, Seth Shelton in bareback riding and Annie MacKenzie in breakaway roping.

“This year it looks like we will have another strong team,” Scott said. “Our program has grown as well as our support, making it possible to recruit more students to our university and team.”

The club is now offering fee remission scholarships to competing students in addition to the annual scholarship funded by Jim and Judy Lundy, of Cove. Jim is an avid supporter of college rodeo and a former dean of finance and administration at EOU.

Donors Jack and Patty Johnson, of Cove, have also established a one-time scholarship with the EOU Foundation and the recipient will be announced during the rodeo. The Foundation is sponsoring the event.

For more information contact Scott at 541-962-3810 or 541-910-2323.


Fall opening session welcomes back faculty, staff & students

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

Sept. 7, 2012
LA GRANDE, Ore. (EOU) – Eastern Oregon University marks the beginning of the 2012-13 academic year with opening session activities on Monday, Sept. 17. Fall classes start Sept. 24.

Breakfast will be provided for faculty and staff at 8 a.m. in the Loso Hall lobby, with opening remarks and the public “State of the University Address” given by EOU President Bob Davies at 9 a.m. in McKenzie Theatre in Loso. The day concludes at 4 p.m. with a reception for all university employees in the newly remodeled Pierce Library.

Later on Monday and for the remainder of the week, faculty and staff will be involved in preparing for the arrival of students and the academic year. A schedule for respective college meetings will be available at

EOU welcomes new international students to campus Sept. 18 and move-in day at the residence halls is Sept. 19. All new students are invited to participate in Mountie Week of Welcome Sept. 20-26. Special sessions for transfers, non-traditional and veteran students are also planned. For more information visit