Reading with “Rain Dragon” author Jon Raymond, Nov. 14

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Jon Raymond

October 31, 2013
LA GRANDE, Ore. (EOU) – Eastern Oregon University’s Ars Poetica Lecture Series is hosting Jon Raymond reading from his recent novel, “Rain Dragon,” Nov. 14.

The event will be held on campus in the Pierce Library reference room at 7:30 p.m. with music from Driftglass also featured. It is free and open to all students, staff and the public.

A question and answer session with Raymond will follow, and his books will be available to purchase.

In “Rain Dragon,” disillusioned couple Damon and Amy leave the big city to work on a small Oregon community farm. However, they are soon confronted with seemingly insurmountable conflict exploring “the tension between optimism and delusion.”

Raymond describes his latest novel as “a history of place that all characters participate in. [It is] the intersection of personal vision and personal blindness with the physical and emotional contingencies of place.”

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“Rain Dragon”

His other works include “The Half-Life: A Novel” and “Livability,” a collection of short stories which garnered him the Ken Keasey Award in fiction.

Raymond has also written several screenplays including an adaptation of the James M. Cain novel “Mildred Pierce,” a mini-series for which he won a Primetime Emmy Award, and the film “Meeks Cutoff.” In addition, he has collaborated on two adaptations of his stories from “Livability:” “Wendy and Lucy” and “Old Joy.”

He is currently an editor at Plazm magazine and lives with his family in Portland. His work has appeared in Bookforum, Artforum, Tin House, The Village Voice and other publications.

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History scavenger hunt, College Day, film showing & more mark Native American Heritage Month at EOU

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Source contacts: Shoshoni Walker | Rural & Native American Programs Intern
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Jackie Grant | Rural & Native American Programs Coordinator

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October 25, 2013
LA GRANDE, Ore. (EOU) – Eastern Oregon University is celebrating Native American Heritage month with a campus scavenger hunt related to American Indian history.

Modeled after “The Amazing Race,” the hunt will keep students busy all month long in addition to several other activities being planned.

Start by packing a lunch and going on a free field trip to the Tamàstslikt Cultural Institute in Pendleton Friday, Nov. 1. The group leaves at 10 a.m. from the parking lot next to the tennis courts on campus and will return at 3 p.m. Sign-up at the Multicultural Center in the Hoke Union Building, Room 209.

The following Saturday, Nov. 9, American Indian students from Nixyaawii Community School, Pilot Rock and Pendleton high schools have been invited to EOU for a College Day and Native Basketball Night.

Students will spend the day hearing from Admissions, touring campus and meeting the coaches before watching the Mountaineer basketball game versus Multnomah University at 4 p.m. in Quinn Coliseum. EOU athletics and Rural and Native American Programs are providing complimentary tickets and post-game refreshments.

Be inspired to learn more about the Wounded Knee siege after watching the film “Thunderheart” Wednesday, Nov. 13. Val Kilmer stars in this “R” rated murder mystery based loosely on events that transpired in South Dakota in 1973. The free showing is from 6-8 p.m. in Huber Auditorium in Badgley Hall.

Friday, Nov. 15 is the day to “Rock Ur Mocs.” If you own a pair of traditional soft-soled moccasins, wear them to the Multicultural Center in Hoke or Rural and Native Programs in Inlow Hall, Room 112 J and have your photo taken.

Members of the Speel-Ya Native American Student Council will also sell Indian tacos from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Loso Hall lobby Tuesday, Nov. 19.

For more information about Native American Heritage Month events, contact Shoshoni Walker at 541-962-3588 or Jackie Grant at 541-962-3141.



Hear from Red Cross Drug pharmacists for first Health Speaker Series of fall term, Oct. 24

News contact: Laura Hancock | University Advancement
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Source Kimberly Mueller | EOU Pre-Professional Health Liaison
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October 22, 2013
LA GRANDE, Ore. (EOU) – Bob Coulter, owner of Red Cross Drug Store, and Sarah Williams are the guest presenters for the first EOU Health Speaker Series of fall term.

Students and community members are invited to their presentation at 6 p.m. Oct. 24 in Badgley Hall, Room 102. There is no cost to attend.

Coulter and his wife Sue have operated Red Cross Drug Store since 1983. They currently run three pharmacies in La Grande and Enterprise, including a compounding lab where custom formulations are made when a doctor orders them.

Williams joined Red Cross earlier this year after completing her doctorate from Pacific University College of Pharmacy. She strives to make a difference in patients’ lives by improving their well-being, and has extensive training in compounding.

The speaker series is made possible by EOU and the Northeast Oregon Area Health Education Center 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 or contact Kimberly Mueller, EOU’s pre-professional health liaison, at 541-962-3070.

Faculty share examples of modifying their pedagogy to serve online students

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October 21, 2013
LA GRANDE, Ore. (EOU) – The colloquium at EOU this week features a panel of university faculty in education, English, writing, business and religious studies all sharing examples of how they have modified their pedagogy to serve online learners.

“Translation and Transformation of Writing Pedagogy: Moving From Face-to-Face to Online” begins at 4 p.m. Oct. 24 in Ackerman Hall, Room 201. It is free, open to the public and includes a reception with question and answer session.

Tawnya Lubbes, assistant professor of education and ESOL program team leader, Nancy Knowles, professor of English and writing and director of the Oregon Writing Project at EOU, and Stephen Clements, associate dean of EOU’s College of Business, will lead the discussion.

Joining them are guests Heidi Harris, associate professor at the University of Arkansas, and Jacob Harris, an instructor at Pulaski Academy in Little Rock.

Participants will have the opportunity to glean from their experiences and explore a variety of technological methods that can be easily integrated for online classes and face-to-face teaching.

A list of related resources provided by Pierce Library is available for more in-depth information on this topic. Visit To be added to the colloquium mailing list call 541-962-3508.

eTutoring meeting needs of EOU’s online students

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Source contact: Kathleen Brown | Learning Center Tutor Coordinator
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Shelby Tucker is one of EOU’s staff of trained students providing assistance through eTutoring.

October 18, 2013
LA GRANDE, Ore. (EOU) – College students enrolled exclusively in online programs may wonder what to do if they need to schedule face time with a tutor.

For those taking their classes through Eastern Oregon University, a new service is available. It’s called eTutoring and students are using it to connect with tutors at EOU’s Learning Center and other universities across the western U.S.

The complete eTutoring interface includes eChat, eQuestions and an eWriting Lab. A computer with an Internet connect, microphone and headset are the only requirements for communicating face-to-face with tutors. Students can also submit questions offline and request feedback on their papers.

“Our students are being served well and in a timely manner,” said Donna Evans, director of EOU’s Writing Center. “The longest turnaround time we’ve seen on a paper so far is 24 hours, and 10 hours was the average wait during spring term.”

The service is powered by the Western eTutoring Consortium, which EOU joined last year. Around 250,000 students at member institutions are getting help with accounting, anatomy and physiology, biology, calculus, chemistry, economics, engineering focused on circuits and digital systems, math, physics, Spanish, statistics, web development, writing, even Microsoft Office.

Kathleen Brown is EOU’s tutor coordinator. She works in concert with Evans and the consortium directors to train math and writing tutors. Tutors at other member institutions currently cover the additional subjects mentioned.

Brown has seen eTutoring open a lot of doors in the short time since its implementation at EOU. Having completed her own degree online through another institution, she understands how important it is to provide equal support to students who never set foot on their university campus.

“We want our online students to know we are continually looking for ways to meet their needs,” Brown said. “It’s also a great opportunity for our tutors to learn how to interact, listen and teach with a high level of quality control.”

That quality is achieved in part by using a rating system built-in to the platform. Each session is also recorded so tutors and supervisors can review and adjust their approach based on whether or not it was successful.

Behind the scenes, a robust reporting structure specific to EOU enables Brown and others to view data on which subjects are requested the most, overall frequency of use and other indicators to help track outcomes.

Ultimately, Brown said the year-round accessibility of eTutoring is what stands out on the long list of benefits. During finals week and other times when demand is high, extra tutors are even on call. Winter break is the only instance when services are unavailable.

Students new to eTutoring should go to and click the Online eTutoring link under Online Education at EOU. On campus students also have access to a dynamic resource library.

For more information or help with registration, contact Brown or Evans at 541-962-3663 or e-mail

Ars Poetica Lecture Series opens with “Dora: A Headcase”

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Lidia Yuknavitch

October 9, 2013
LA GRANDE, Ore. (EOU) – Ars Poetica inaugurates its new Lecture Series with Lidia Yuknavitch reading from her novel “Dora: A Headcase” Oct. 22.

The free reading starts at 7:30 p.m. at EOU’s Pierce Library with local band Sum People also performing. A question and answer session follows and copies of the author’s books will be available to purchase.

In “Dora: A Headcase,” Yuknavitch focuses on a relationship between a contemporary Sigmund Freud and Dora, one of his patients. Yuknavitch describes Dora as a character who “loses her voice and identity and then fights to get it back” against the expectations of the world’s authorities.

“Yuknavitch nails the whip-smart angst of a teenage girl trapped in a world both familiar and unique,” reads a Publisher’s Weekly review. “Her ease with language makes her a prose stylist to envy.”


“Dora: A Headcase”

Her novel also explores modern relationships between humans and their technology in an increasingly global society and, according to Yuknavitch, how “the corporeal self has… begun to…disperse or cross breed with information systems and technology.”

In 2012 Yuknavitch won the Reader’s Choice and Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association awards for her memoir “Chronology of Water.” She has also written three collections of short fiction, one of which, “Real to Reel” was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award. “Allegories of Violence” is her book of literary criticism.

The Iowa Review, Ms. Magazine, Exquisite Corpse, Another Chicago Magazine, Fiction International, Zyzzyva and other periodicals have published her work.

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Professor shares latest nano-biosensor research, Oct. 10

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October 8, 2013

Cavinato works with Jessica Nava, an intern from Irrigon High School, to measure the emission by fluorescent labeled DNA.

EOU photo by Laura Hancock / Cavinato, left, works with Jessica Nava, an intern from Irrigon High School.

LA GRANDE, Ore. (EOU) – Anna Cavinato, Ph.D., is developing a promising response to the continuous demand for fast, sensitive, low-cost and easy to use sensors for diagnostics and detection of infectious agents.

The chemistry professor at EOU shares her latest research for the first colloquium of the academic year at 4 p.m. Oct. 10 in Ackerman Hall, Room 210.

“Not your everyday DNA: using DNA aptamers for nano-biosensor development” is free and open to the public. A reception with question and answer session will follow.

Cavinato’s approach combines the specific molecular recognition capability of aptamers, small sequences of artificial DNA, with the unique optical properties of gold nanoparticles to develop a highly sensitive and specific colorimetric biosensor.

While the first of these sensors is currently aimed at detecting Renibacterium salmoninarum, the bacterium responsible for causing bacterial kidney disease in salmonids, Cavinato’s goal is that it will provide a model system for eventual fabrication of low cost biosensors to be utilized in the field for rapid and accurate detection of pathogens.

A list of related resources provided by Pierce Library is available for more in-depth information on this topic. Visit To be added to the colloquium mailing list call 541-962-3508.

Oregon gubernatorial candidate Dennis Richardson visits EOU

Contact: Evan Bryan | ASEOU President
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October 1, 2013
LA GRANDE, Ore. (EOU) – State Representative Dennis Richardson, a candidate in Oregon’s 2014 gubernatorial race, will speak at an event hosted by the Associated Students of Eastern Oregon University Oct. 11.

The public forum starts at 2 p.m. in the Hoke Union Building, Room 309 on campus.

Richardson represents District 4, which spans northwestern Jackson County and eastern Josephine County. From 2011-2013, he served as co-chair of the Ways and Means Committee.

ASEOU will host public forums with candidates throughout the year and advocates for students by representing their interests and welfare, seeking solutions to their issues and working to create a student-centered university.

For more information call 541-962-3387.