New card locks boost after hours security at Pierce Library

News contact: Laura Hancock | University Advancement
541-962-3585 |
Source contact: Karen Clay | Pierce Library Director
541-962-3792 |

EOU photo by Laura Hancock / Effective Mar. 4, students and employees will be able to access Pierce Library during extended hours using their EOU-issued ID cards.

February 27, 2013
LA GRANDE, Ore. (EOU) - With the safety of students, faculty and staff ever at the forefront, Eastern Oregon University is proactively managing access and increasing security at one of the most highly used facilities on campus: Pierce Library.

With its extended late night schedules – particularly during finals week – the library’s new electronic card lock system will help ensure patrons can continue to conduct their research and study at ease after hours.

Beginning Monday, March 4, automatic locks will limit public access to Pierce Library at 7 each night. University students and employees must carry current EOU-issued identification cards to enter through any of the main doors during late evening hours.

“This card access system will free us up to focus on our primary user community – EOU students,” said Karen Clay, Pierce Library director. “We’re very pleased that we can minimize our security concerns and continue to keep the library open late at night for students to study.”

Current EOU-issued ID cards have a magnetic strip on the back that, when swiped, will activate the system in the familiar manner of a modern hotel room key. Card locks are already being used at the Quinn Fitness Center and EOU plans long-term to implement the system across campus. Access to all four of the residence halls is also controlled using a similar key-code entry.

The library’s normal business hours are from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, and ID cards will not be necessary to enter during this time. Online access to resources will not be affected.

Requests from non-EOU students or employees to enter the library after hours will be granted on a case-by-case basis and will require the advance purchase of a key card.

Anyone in need of a new ID card should contact the Registrar’s Office at 541-962-3607 or stop by Inlow Hall, Room 105 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Other questions about Pierce Library access can be directed to Clay at 541-962-3792.


Catch performances, lecture with pianist Raul Capistrán

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

February 25, 2013

Raul Capistrán

LA GRANDE, Ore. (EOU) ⎯ Pianist Raul Capistrán will share his knowledge of Mexican musicology and give three performances during an upcoming visit March 4-6.

The Grande Ronde Symphony Orchestra chamber concert series will be the first chance to hear Capistrán perform. Following will be a combined recital and lecture, and the GRSO’s March concert featuring the American premiere of a piano concerto by the late Mexican composer Paulino Paredes Perez.

The chamber concert starts at 7 p.m. March 4 at the home of William and Julie Pettit at 705 South 18th St. in La Grande. A shuttle will be available, departing from the Faith Lutheran Church on 12th and Gekeler starting at 6:15 p.m. Admission is free and donations will be accepted. Proceeds are for EOU students participating in the GRSO.

Capistrán’s lecture on “Three Hundred Years of Keyboard Music in Mexico and its Similarities with the Development of Music in the Unites States,” is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 5 in Loso Hall, Room 126. It is free and open to the public.

The GRSO main concert is at 7:30 p.m. March 6 in McKenzie Theatre in Loso Hall. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for senior citizens, $2 for EOU students, $1 for high school students and free for students in grades eight and below.

Purchase tickets at the door, or in advance at Direct Music Source, the EOU Bookstore and Betty’s Books in Baker City.


Celebrated as a musician and educator in his home state of Tamaulipas and the U.S., Capistrán currently teaches at Colegio de San Juan Siglo XXI, Superior School of Music, and as an adjunct professor for the University of Texas at Brownsville.

Capistrán began studying piano at age 17 at the Regional Institute of Fine Arts of Matamoros, Mexico and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in piano performance at the Superior School of Music and Dance of Monterrey.

While a student, Capistrán had the honor of being one of the winners in an intercollegiate CD-recording contest. He went on to record the most representative music for piano and voice from the repertoire of Mexican composers with the tenor Carlos Paredes.

Baylor University awarded Capistrán a full assistantship to obtain his master’s degree in piano performance. He graduated with distinction in 1999 and was invited to become a member of Pi Kappa Lambda (The American Honor Music Society). The same year, the city of Matamoros in Tamaulipas awarded him a diploma in recognition for his musical career.

In 2001 following his studies at the Vienna Music Academy, Capistrán accepted another full assistantship from the University of Texas Tech and began working on a doctorate in piano pedagogy, which he completed in 2005.

Recitals have taken Capistrán to cities across Mexico and Texas. As a lecturer, he has given presentations for the Texas Music Teachers Association, the National Center for Musical Research in México City, as well as the at Cima y Sima National Symposium of Musicology. He also received two grants from the Council for the Culture and the Arts of the State of Tamaulipas to publish the results of his research in Mexican musicology.

Capistrán has performed as a soloist with the Symphony Orchestra of Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon, the Symphony Orchestra of Universidad Autonoma de Tamaulipas, the Youth Symphony Orchestra of Nuevo Leon and the Camerata Ars.

For more information call Margaret Corig at 541-663-6400.

International Dinner & Show opens “A Whole New World”

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

Story by Yurika Masuda | EOU Journalism Student 

February 22, 2013

Photo by Yurika Masuda / ISA members rehearse a Japanese dance called “Soran Bushi.”

LA GRANDE, Ore. - The International Student Association at Eastern Oregon University has jumped into its busiest time of year with preparations underway for the 26th annual International Dinner and Show on March 2.

The event is designed to share the beauty and power of diversity with EOU students, faculty, staff and the community. Based on the theme “A Whole New World,” over 10 different countries will be represented with traditional cuisine and performances.

“International students appreciate the opportunity to experience American culture here at EOU, where more personal and intimate relationships occur,” said Leona Ndabvonga, a senior from Zimbabwe. “The ISA members also make me feel at home and I like sharing ‘first time in America’ adventures together!”

Dinner starts at 5 p.m. in the Gilbert Center adjacent to Ackerman Hall. On the menu will be popular foods from North and South America, Asia, the Pacific Islands, Africa and Europe.

Sample lumpia pastry rolls from the Philippines, grilled dishes from South Korea called galbi, coconut plantains from Micronesia, Jakarasi from Zimbabwe, Swiss-style fondue – all prepared by students following tradition methods while also catering to the American palate. A world map on display will also explain the historical and geographical background of each traditional dish.

ISA members will also be selling brown bag lunches following the dinner and donating the proceeds to help assist people in need.

After the dinner at 7 p.m., the show leads attendees to McKenzie Theater in Loso Hall, where the ISA will introduce multiple cultures through performances and a new approach: audience interaction and exchange intended to build a sense of togetherness beyond borders.

In addition to the traditional warrior dance from New Zealand, Haka, flag entrance and international fashion show representing students’ traditional clothing, the lineup of performances also includes the “Gangnam style” dance made well known by South Korean pop artist Psy.

Approximately 80 international students representing over 20 nations are currently ISA members.

“ISA welcomes the membership of not only international students, but also local students,” said Chun Teo, an EOU senior from Malaysia. “We hope to let more people know about our cultures and histories through ISA.”

General admission tickets may be purchased individually for the dinner or show for $8 each, or $10 to attend both events. Students with ID pay $5 for the dinner or show, or $8 for both. Tickets are available at the EOU Bookstore and Looking Glass Books.

For more information contact Janet Camp, ISA advisor, at 541-962-3406 or e-mail

Award-winning essayist & poet reads for Ars Poetica Mar. 5

Contact: David Axelrod | Ars Poetica Lecture Series at EOU
541-963-9178 |

Danielle Cadena Deulen

February 20, 2013
LA GRANDE, Ore. (EOU) - 
EOU’s Ars Poetica Lecture Series welcomes Danielle Cadena Deulen, reading from her recently published and award-winning works Mar. 5.

The free reading starts at 7:30 p.m. in the reference room at Pierce Library on the EOU campus. A book signing will follow.

In her first book, “The Riots,” Deulen explores her past, seeking to understand memories from her experiences as a young woman.

“Fierce, tender, explosively honest, Danielle Cadena Deulen’s radiant debut sings like a prose poem and lingers like a fever dream,” writes Melanie Rae Thon, author of “In This Light.”

ForeWord Reviews comments Deulen’s book is ”…transformative for writer and reader alike.”

Duelen will read from her memoir “The Riots” and her poetry collection.

The memoir garnered Deulen the 2012 New Writers Award in creative non-fiction from the Great Lakes Colleges Association. The Association of Writers & Writing Programs also recognized her with their award for creative non-fiction and “The Riots” was a finalist for the Grub Street National Book Prize in 2011.

Deulen’s collection of poetry, “Lovely Asunder,” has also attracted attention as winner of the 2011 Miller Williams Poetry Prize.

Deulen is an assistant professor of poetry in the graduate creative writing program at the University of Cincinnati. She received her Ph.D. in English from the University of Utah and a master of fine arts in creative writing from George Mason University in Fairfax, Va.

Formerly, she was a Jay C. and Ruth Halls Poetry Fellow at the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Tickets on sale now for annual International Dinner & Show

Contact: Janet Camp | Advisor, International Student Association
541-962-3406 |

February 18, 2013

EOU photo by Ari Jones / Traditional dishes and performances from more than 10 different countries will be represented for the event this year.

LA GRANDE, Ore. (EOU) – The 26th annual International Dinner and Show unfolds at EOU Saturday, March 2. 

Traditional dishes and performances based on the theme “A Whole New World” will broaden understanding and pique interest for more than 10 different countries represented.

Dinner starts at 5 p.m. in the Gilbert Center adjacent to Ackerman Hall, followed by the show at 7 in McKenzie Theatre in Loso Hall.

General admission tickets may be purchased individually for the dinner or show for $8 each, or $10 for both events. Students with ID pay just $5 for the dinner or show, or $8 for both. Tickets are available at the EOU Bookstore and Looking Glass Books.

For more information call 541-962-3406 or e-mail

Collages of Cory Peeke go on exhibit at Whitman College and grace cover of new Gambling the Aisle

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

February 15, 2013

“Screw Descriptor” by Cory Peeke, mixed media collage on paper (2012).

LA GRANDE, Ore. (EOU)  – “I’m a collage-maker for much the same reason I’m a curator – I love images,” says Cory Peeke, associate professor of art and director of Nightingale Gallery at Eastern Oregon University.

Peeke’s collages go on display at the Sheehan Gallery at Whitman College, Feb. 22-Apr. 12. He’ll also give an artist talk at 5:30 p.m. Mar. 29 in Olin Hall, Room 130 at Whitman.

This upcoming show follows Peeke’s recent guest appearance at the Saranac Art Projects‘ exhibition in Spokane and the debut of the winter issue of Gambling the Aisle, featuring his artwork on the cover and an in-depth interview on page 16.

Peeke often creates his collages utilizing discarded black and white images as a focal point.

“The largely ignored and seemingly inconsequential bits of ephemera that once had a purpose, still have a presence, but now idle in disuse. I combine, layer, juxtapose, glue, tape and re-contextualize these bits and pieces of detritus in order to reincarnate and recharge them,” the artist says.

“Through the process of collage, these snippets of the past combine to become at once something fresh and familiar. They both exemplify and explore the duality that is the transient, disposable nature of our culture, as well as the necessity to create tradition and solidify a cultural continuity.”

In addition to his studio practice and duties as gallery director, Peeke teaches art and art history at EOU and is a contributing writer for Kolaj Magazine. He is represented by Gallery IMA in Seattle.

Peeke received his bachelor of fine arts from Kendall College of Art and Design and a master of fine arts from the University of Idaho. He has exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibits throughout the U.S. and abroad, and his collages have appeared in multiple publications. His works are included in the permanent collections of EOU, Lockhaven University, the Solara-Simpson Housing Group and the International Museum of Collage, Assemblage and Construction.

Burgeoning film festival features emerging independent movies, music & more

Contact: Christopher Jennings | Festival Director
E-mail: | Phone: 541.962.5799 | Web:

February 13, 2013
LA GRANDE, Ore. – The fourth annual Eastern Oregon Film Festival (EOFF2013) is set to bring an impressive lineup of emerging independent feature and short films to town, Feb. 28-Mar. 2.

Eastern Oregon University is a sponsor, and students and alumni from the media arts and theatre departments are among a group of active volunteers helping to make it all happen.

The festival opens Thursday with “Only The Young,” an intimate portrait of three enigmatic teenagers searching for love, friendship and skate parks. Friday night ends with “War Witch (Rebelle),” a unique and powerful 2013 Academy Award nominated Best Foreign Language Film.

Terence Nance’s ground-breaking “An Oversimplification of Her Beauty” is the final film Saturday night. EOFF Co-Program Director Benjamin Morgan describes it as “one of the most original works we have ever seen.” 

Special events include a presentation by Portland’s Academy Award nominated animation studio LAIKA and the NW Film Center’s touring Best of the 39th Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival. There will also be a secret screening from San Francisco-based film collective ORNANA. 

EOFF2013 also offers music programming and after parties with some of the Northwest’s best emerging musicians including Boise’s Hillfolk Noir, Finn Riggins and Grandma Kelsey, regional favorite James Dean Kindle & The Eastern Oregon Playboys, La Grande’s Catskills and a special Treefort Music Fest showcase featuring Portland’s AND AND AND, with Boise’s Lionsweb and The Dirty Moogs.

La Grande’s historic downtown is where all festival activities are taking place. Film screenings will be held at the Granada Theatre and the intimate Stage Door Theater at the Liberty Theatre. The Art Center at the old Carnegie library will host the festival’s hub, beer garden and a special photographic exhibition, while Ten Depot Street Restaurant and Mt. Emily Ale House will host after parties on Thursday and Friday. Fest-goers will reconvene at the Art Center for the Treefort Music Fest closing night celebration.

All-access passes provide entry to all films, special events and after parties, as well as  discounts at participating downtown restaurants and businesses. Tickets to individual screenings and events are also available.

For full information about the festival program, film trailers and to purchase passes, visit or find EOFF on Facebook and Twitter. 


Visiting vocalist, pianist share “Songs of Love & Longing”

Source contact: Jamie Jacobson | EOU Vocal Instructor
541-962-3464 |

Anne Gross

February 11, 2013
LA GRANDE, Ore. (EOU) - The soprano voice of Anne Gross has been heard throughout the U.S. and abroad, and Union County will become her latest venue for a Valentine’s Day weekend concert.

Gross will perform “Songs of Loving and Longing” accompanied by Melissa Loehnig, beginning at 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17 at the United Methodist Church in La Grande. Admission is free with donations accepted at the door.

During their visit, Gross and Loehnig will also be spending time with EOU music students in a master class on Feb. 18.

In addition to her many U.S. solo recitals, Gross has performed in Ireland, the Czech Republic, Germany, Spain and Cuba. She has served on the voice faculties of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, the College of Visual and Performing Arts at West Chester University and Eastern Mennonite University. For the past six years she has chaired the voice department at a performing arts camp for girls. She is currently a visiting senior lecturer in voice at Whitman College.

Melissa Loehnig

Loehnig is also from Whitman, where she is a visiting faculty member and active solo pianist, chamber musician and collaborative performer. She maintains a piano studio, teaches music history and theory, coaches singers and pianists, and accompanies throughout the music department.

Recently Loehnig toured across the U.S. with Choral Arts, a semi-professional chorus based in Seattle, performing the world premiere of William Averitt’s “The Dream Keeper.” She spends her summers as a staff pianist at the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria.

Loehnig has been a guest artist for the El Paso Summer Music Festival and has also performed with the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory Singers.

For more information on the recital contact Jamie Jacobson, EOU vocal instructor, at 541-962-3464.

Conference aims to celebrate, educate & appreciate diversity

Contact: Bennie Moses | EOU Multicultural Center Coordinator
541-962-3741 |

February 7, 2013

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LA GRANDE, Ore. (EOU) ⎯ Registrations are being accepted for the second annual Celebrate, Educate and Appreciate Diversity (CEAD) conference at EOU Feb. 16.

This year’s event features a dozen different workshops, presentations and round-table discussions of topical issues like disparities in health care, queer justice, challenges women face in attaining leadership roles, and much more.

Attendees will also hear from plenary speaker Tamara Henderson, an activist and advocate for college access and former executive director of the Oregon Student Association. OSA is a student run organization, focusing on increasing access and affordability to an equitable post-secondary education for all Oregonians. 

Henderson chaired the OSA Board of Directors as president of the Associated Students of Southern Oregon University from 2001-2002, and held the vice chair position for the United States Student Association’s People of Native American Descent Caucus that same year. 

Tamara Henderson

An enrolled member of the Laguna Pueblo tribe, Henderson is currently the college and career coordinator for the Native American Youth and Family Center in Portland. She stays active with college access advocacy through her participation in the Oregon Student Foundation board and her roles as vice president of the Oregon College Access Network and co-convener for the Portland State University Native American Student and Community Center Advisory Board. 

The CEAD conference is free to all EOU students, faculty and staff. Community members pay $15 each, which includes lunch.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. the day of the event, or participants may register ahead of time at

The opening session begins at 9 a.m. with a welcome from Bob Davies, EOU president. Camille Consolvo, vice president for Student Affairs, is the closing speaker. All activities will take place in Badgley Hall. 

The conference is sponsored and supported by EOU’s Center for Teaching & Learning, Center for Student Involvement, Vending Committee, Admissions Office, Student Fee Committee, Student Council for Multicultural Affairs, Multicultural Center, University Advancement and El Erradero Restaurant.

For a complete schedule visit or call Bennie Moses, Multicultural Center coordinator, at 541-962-3741. 

Percussionist & educator Daniel Tones visits EOU

Contact: Teun Fetz | EOU Associate Professor of Music
541-962-3105 |

Daniel Tones

February 6, 2013
LA GRANDE, Ore. (EOU) - Award-winning percussionist and educator Daniel Tones, of Vancouver, B.C., is slated to give a public performance and conduct a master class with EOU students Monday, Feb. 11.

The free performance is at 1 p.m. in Groth Recital Hall in Loso Hall, Room 126. The master class is from 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Best known for his work as a contemporary percussionist, Tones is committed to fostering creative development in aspiring musicians. A love of global percussion led him to study frame drumming, West African drumming and dance, Balinese gamelan and Cuban percussion. He has performed with internationally recognized percussionists including Bob Becker, Aiyun Huang, Morris Palter and Steve Schick, has appeared at music festivals on three continents, and has been broadcast nationally on radio and television.

In addition to performing as a soloist, Tones works regularly with Vancouver New Music, Fringe Percussion and provides workshops to students throughout the metro Vancouver area. He has also coached the Canadian Wind Orchestra and National Youth Band of Canada.

Equally at home with orchestral music, Tones is the principal percussionist of the Kamloops Symphony and has performed with the Toronto, Vancouver and Victoria symphonies, the CBC Vancouver Radio Orchestra and the Vancouver Opera.

Tones earned his doctorate in performance and ethnomusicology from the University of British Columbia and studied with Salvador Ferreras, Russell Hartenberger and John Rudolph. He is on the faculties of Simon Fraser University, Vancouver Community College and Kwantlen Polytechnic University.

Tones received fellowships from the University of Toronto, the Government of Ontario and the University of British Columbia in addition to individual awards from the British Columbia Arts Council, the Canada Council for the Arts and the Vancouver Foundation.

For more information contact Teun Fetz, EOU associate professor of music, at 541-962-3105 or