Holiday Music Festival to feature more than 200 performers

News contact: Laura Hancock | University Advancement
541-962-3585 | lhancock@eou.edu
Source contact: Peter Wordelman | Professor of Music
541-962-3352 | pwordelm@eou.edu
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November 26, 2013
– Nine different university and community groups will take the stage for The Observer’s 22nd annual Holiday Music Festival the first weekend in December.

Performances in the gala-style event take place at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7, and 3 p.m. Dec. 8 in McKenzie Theatre in Loso Hall at EOU.

The university’s African drumming, fiddle and jazz ensembles, drumline, women’s and chamber choirs, will join the Grande Ronde Symphony Orchestra, community chorus and symphonic band in sharing holiday music from around the world. Santa Claus is also scheduled to make an appearance.

Koza Family Dental Care, P.C., is sponsoring the festival. Net proceeds benefit music funds in the EOU Foundation.

Admission is $8 for adults, and $6 for senior citizens and EOU students. Tickets are available at the campus bookstore, the Mountaineer Market at 1008 Adams. Ave. and Looking Glass Books at 1118 Adams Ave.

Advance ticket purchase is recommended.

In addition the Community School of the Arts, a partnership between ArtsEast and EOU, will hold a silent auction in the Loso Hall lobby to benefit community arts programs for children and adults.

For more information contact Peter Wordelman at 541-962-3352.


Occupational therapist shares career experience for next Health Speaker Series

News contact: Laura Hancock | University Advancement
541-962-3585 | lhancock@eou.edu
Source contact: Kimberly Mueller | Pre-Professional Health Liaison
541-962-3070 | kmueller@eou.edu

November 15, 2013

June Wilson, O.T.L.

June Wilson, O.T.L.

LA GRANDE, Ore. (EOU) - June Wilson, O.T.L., will be the next presenter for the EOU Health Speaker Series Thursday, Nov. 21. Students and community members are invited to attend the free presentation at 6 p.m. in Badgley Hall, Room 102.

Wilson has been the manager of Grande Ronde Hospital’s Rehabilitation Therapy Department since 2004, where she is also a clinician. She has interned and worked in various settings including inpatient care for the Veterans Administration, forensic mental health and skilled nursing facilities.

Wilson’s recent experience has been in acute inpatient hospital, outpatient and home healthcare. She was attracted to occupational therapy for its ability to help others function at their full potential, in addition to career and client versatility. She also enjoys the opportunity to look at each individual as a whole person, rather than a compartmentalized diagnosis.

Wilson earned her bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy from the University of Puget Sound.

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.

Student Jazz Ensemble gives free concert, Nov. 22

Jazz Ensemble

Photo by Matt Cooper

Contact: Matt Cooper | Professor of Music
Phone: 541-962-3559

November 15, 2013
LA GRANDE, Ore. (EOU) - The Eastern Oregon University Jazz Ensemble’s annual fall concert is set for 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22 in McKenzie Theatre in Loso Hall.

Matt Cooper, professor of music, directs the 11-member group open to EOU students playing any instrument, including voice.

On the program are works by Thelonious Monk, Eddie Harris, Oliver Nelson, Tom Harrell and Thad Jones.

Admission is free with donations accepted to support jazz studies activities at the university.

> Find out more about the Jazz Ensemble!

Raising awareness of cultural diversity during International Education Week, Nov. 18-22

News contact: Laura Hancock | University Advancement
541-962-3585 | lhancock@eou.edu
Source contact: Janet Camp | International Programs/Study Abroad Coordinator
541-962-3406 | jcamp@eou.edu

November 13, 2013
LA GRANDE, Ore. (EOU) – International Education Week at EOU begins Monday, Nov. 18 with a photo contest, panel discussion of the film “Writing Across Borders,” free Zumba class and more.

From exploring opportunities for teaching abroad to learning traditional African dance, activities continue through Nov. 22.

“International Education Week is my favorite diversity celebration of the term,” said Leona Ndabvonga, International Student Association member. “The various events that are offered help increase the awareness of cultural diversity for the students here at EOU.”

Ndabvonga is a senior at EOU from Zimbabwe.

“This year I am excited to demonstrate an African dance routine that incorporates Zimbabwean dance moves with West African drumming,” Ndabvonga added.

A complete schedule of activities follows below. For more information contact Janet Camp, international programs and study abroad coordinator, at 541-962-3406.


student_thumbs up_webEducation Abroad Photo Contest
Many EOU students have studied abroad! Now you can share their incredible international experiences by viewing and voting on photos taken around the world. The photos are located in the EOU Bookstore display case. Vote for your favorites before Friday at 4 p.m.

1-3 p.m., Inlow Hall 109 | Inlow Hall Computer Lab Open House
Come, hang out and check out the new computer lab shared by the Native and Rural American and International Student Programs offices.

4 p.m., Hoke Main Lounge | “Writing Across Borders” facilitated by Professor Susan Whitelock
Faculty and staff may join Professor Whitelock to view the video “Writing Across Borders” and listen to a panel of international students discuss their struggles learning to write academic writing in this strange new culture—American University.

5:30 p.m., Maridell Center | Zumba with Jessica Glover


7 a.m., Zabel Hall 245 | “Teach Abroad, NO Sabbatical Necessary”
If you have ever thought about teaching abroad, this is the session for you. Join ISA’s Nikki Hemingway for information on how to lead a group of students on what could be the best international experience of their lives!

11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Loso Lobby | Fry-bread Taco Sale, Native Heritage Month

3 p.m., Hoke Main Lounge | Diverse Experiences from the International Perspective, facilitated by Professor Tawnya Lubbes
A panel of international students will answer questions based on their cultural backgrounds and English as a second language experiences.

drumming_web5 p.m., Loso Hall 123 | African Dance with Kuzi, Leona and the African Drumming Ensemble
Kuzi and Leona will teach an African dance, which will be performed with the African Drumming Ensemble at the Fashion Show.


11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Hoke Main Lounge | Study Abroad Fair
Interested in studying abroad? Stop by, pick up materials and learn about the many opportunities available to EOU students.

5 p.m., Hoke Community Room | African Dance with Kuzi, Leona and the African Drumming Ensemble
Kuzi and Leona will teach an African dance, which will be performed with the African Drumming Ensemble at the Fashion Show.

5:30 p.m., Maridell Center | Zumba with Jessica Glover

6 p.m., Hoke Main Lounge | Holidays Around the World
Join EOU’s international and multicultural students as they provide many unique crafts and supplies for you to create something special. This is a family event.


Sushi_crop_web4 p.m., Hoke Community Room | Taste of the World and Fashion Show, Sponsored by ISA
A trip around the world without the jet lag! This is social event in which cultural food will be served and recipe books will be sold. Students will display cultural attire in a fashion show.


4 p.m., Hoke Main Lounge | “Chinese and American Cultural Differences” – International Coffee Hour with Liang Ho
Come and explore the differences of traditional Chinese and contemporary American cultural values and practices as they influence education, research and economic competitiveness.

7 p.m. – Hunt Hall | Ping Pong Tournament, Sponsored by EOU’s Chinese Association
End the week with this fun and relaxing tournament!

Concert celebrates professor’s performance & directing career

Contact: Laura Hancock | University Advancement
541-962-3585 | lhancock@eou.edu
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Kenn Wheeler

November 12, 2013
LA GRANDE, Ore. (EOU) – Kenn Wheeler, associate professor of theatre at EOU, is presenting an evening of music looking back on his nearly 40-year career in performance and directing.

The concert featuring Wheeler and his friends and family begins at 7 p.m. Nov. 16  in McKenzie Theatre in Loso Hall.

Joining Wheeler on stage are Todd Tschida, Jennifer Romriell, Tristan Stufflebeam, Denise Wheeler, Fune Tautala, Jessica Waite, Rick Mugrage and Jillian Wheeler.

Tickets are $15 and all proceeds will go to a scholarship fund for returning EOU theatre students. For reservations call the EOU Box Office at 541-962-3757.

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Campus dining program empowers healthy lifestyle choices 

Contact: Kelsey Skeen
541-962-3566 | skeen-kelsey@aramark.com

November 12, 2013
LA GRANDE, Ore. – EOU Dining/ARAMARK is launching Healthy for Life™, a comprehensive and integrated approach to health and wellness that features healthy food choices, nutrition education and wellness programs that work together to support healthier lifestyles.

“Students are thinking differently about their menu choices and are actively seeking information about how nutrition impacts their health,” said Monir Desouky, Food Service director for EOU Dining/ARAMARK. “Healthy for Life™ helps students gain a better understanding of food, and empowers them to make the choices that will ultimately help them live healthier lives.”

Healthy for Life™ includes menus featuring lower calorie, lower fat, whole grain and vegetarian or vegan choices, as well as a variety of tools, programs and events designed to make it easy for students to select balanced food choices and learn how they can establish and maintain life-long healthy eating habits.

From a smartphone app and menu labeling to a dining hall Wellness Center, some of the program elements include:

  • CampusDish™ Nutrition Smartphone App: This free tool can be downloaded by smartphone users to quickly search and view menus by location, item and nutritional content.
  • Healthy for Life™ Wellness Center:  Located in the Mountie Café in the Hoke Union Building, this digital wellness center serves as a central location for nutrition and wellness information on campus.
  • Just4U Nutrition Messaging: This menu labeling system features colorful, easy to identify leaf shaped icons to alert students to foods that are low in fat; 500 calories or less; organic; locally grown; low sodium; steamed and more.
  • Special Events and Promotions: Throughout the school year, onsite health fairs and healthy food sampling events will take place to continuously encourage students to eat well.

On more than 30 college and university campuses where the program was piloted, ARAMARK found that Healthy for Life™ helped students gain a better understanding of food and empowered them to make balanced food choices. Feedback from participants at pilot locations indicated that it works because it is a lifestyle – not a diet – program.

ARAMARK Healthy for Life™ builds on proprietary research as well as global health trends that focus on wellness, good nutrition and healthy lifestyles. More than 75 percent of students surveyed by ARAMARK Higher Education* in the past year indicated they are striving to be careful about what they eat and want to know how to make better nutrition and lifestyle choices.

*ARAMARK Fall 2012 DiningStyles™, Survey Size: 148,000 college students

Depictions of survival cannibalism in literature and film topic of Nov. 14 colloquium

News contact: Laura Hancock | University Advancement
541-962-3585 | lhancock@eou.edu
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November 12, 2013
LA GRANDE, Ore. (EOU) – Jennifer Dawes Adkison, Ph.D., will discuss the unspeakable when she shares her research into depictions of survival cannibalism in narrative and film for the colloquium this Thursday, Nov. 14.

Adkison, associate professor of English and writing at EOU, maintains these portrayals – from Western narratives of the Donner Party survivors to 21st century post-apocalyptic films – reveal a great deal about gnawing fears and provoke deeper thought of key survival choices and ramifications involved.

“Writing (and Filming) the Unspeakable: Depictions of Survival Cannibalism in Literature and Film” begins at 4 p.m. in Ackerman Hall, Room 210. It is free and open to the public and a reception with question and answer session with Adkison will follow.

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

Groups converge for “Choirs of the Valley” concert, Nov. 14

News contact: Laura Hancock | University Advancement
541-962-3585 | lhancock@eou.edu
Source contact: Peter Wordelman | Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences
541-962-3352 | pwordelm@eou.edu

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November 8, 2013
LA GRANDE, Ore. (EOU) – A chance to hear all the “Choirs of the Valley” performing in one venue is coming up at EOU Nov. 14.

Admission is by donation to the 7 p.m. concert in McKenzie Theatre in Loso Hall.

“This concert brings singers of all ages together in a life-long activity that is good for the soul,” said Peter Wordelman, professor of music and associate dean of EOU’s College of Arts and Sciences.

Performers range in age from eight to nearly 80 in the collaborative event featuring the Union County Children’s Choir, EOU Women’s Choir, Grande Ronde Community Chorus and EOU Chamber Choir.

The McLoughlin High School choir “Crimson & Black” will also make a guest appearance.

Program highlights include the children’s choir performing the debut of “Liberty” composed by John McKinnon, professor of music at EOU. Caite Debevec will conduct the piece.

The work of another eastern Oregon composer, Joshua Rist, will also be featured. His song “Invictus” was originally composed for piano, cello and choir, but for this concert it will be heard with trombone instead of cello. Rist is the choir director at Hermiston High School.

A new piece by Eric Whitacre, “Fly to Paradise,” features eight soprano soloists and a recorded background track produced in EOU’s sound studio with the assistance of Luke McKern.

Audience members will also get a preview of the full production of “Les Misérables” opening at EOU in May with the song “One Day More.”

Wordelman conducts the Union County Children’s Choir and EOU Chamber Choir, Michael Frasier conducts the EOU Women’s Choir and Grande Ronde Community Chorus and Melissa Cunnington directs the “Crimson & Black” choir. Mio Aoike and Lanetta Paul are the accompanists.

The concert is sponsored by Red Cross Drug Store in La Grande.


Community invited to weigh-in on EOU governance options

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

EOU photo by Kaitlin Cassidy

November 5, 2013
LA GRANDE, Ore. (EOU) – Institutional oversight of Eastern Oregon University will change in coming months, and local community members have an opportunity to help shape the proposal for a new governance structure at their university.

A public forum is set for 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12 at the Stage Door Theater at 1010 Adams Ave. Refreshments will be provided.

EOU has entered the discussion driven by the passage of Senate Bill 270, which creates governing boards for the University of Oregon, Oregon State University and Portland State University.

Options on the table for EOU include establishing a consortium board, an independent institutional board or becoming a branch or affiliate campus overseen by one of the state’s larger universities.

Input will help EOU’s President Bob Davies weigh the advantages and disadvantages of the different models, and ultimately recommend an appropriate governing structure to the State Board of Higher Education.

For more background on the discussion and to participate in an online survey, go to www.eou.edu/governance.


EOU file photo / Members of the Army ROTC Mountaineer Company join other students, faculty and staff for the Remembrance Ceremony last year.

Celebrate Veterans Day with ceremony, open house for new resource center

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

November 4, 2013
– Veterans Day at EOU will be commemorated with two events this year, one honoring those who have served and another highlighting a new resource for veteran students.

Members of the university and area community are invited to A Remembrance Ceremony at 10 a.m., Nov. 11 at the flagpole on University Blvd. between Pierce Library and Badgley Hall.

EOU President Bob Davies and Lt. Col. Richard McKim will make remarks and Jim Lundy will give the invocation. J. Michaels will sing the National Anthem, followed by raising the flag.

An open house at EOU’s recently established Veterans Resource Center also begins at 10 a.m. Situated in the daylight basement in Inlow Hall, Room 007, the center provides students with a quiet place to study, access to computers and other materials.

The open house continues until 2 p.m. All are invited to tour the new center, visit with veteran students and enjoy refreshments including donuts, coffee, pizza and soda.