hs show 14_web“Willow Creek” (pictured above) garnered Eli Kerns, of Baker City High School, Best in Show for grade 12 in 2013.

Juried exhibition highlights range, diversity of region’s talent

Contact: Cory Peeke | Nightingale Gallery Director
541-962-3584 | cpeeke@eou.edu

February 27, 2014
– The “Eastern Oregon Regional High School Art Exhibition” is opening in EOU’s Nightingale Gallery in Loso Hall with a reception from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Mar. 7.

University art faculty will give out awards at 6:30 that evening. Best of Show winners will be presented with certificates and sketchbooks. Honorable mentions will also receive certificates, and the La Grande Arts Commission is sponsoring a cash award for an outstanding work by a La Grande student.

“We are pleased to once again showcase the creative talent of our region’s high school students,” said Cory Peeke, Nightingale Gallery director. “We hope to encourage continuation of their creative pursuits, as well as honor their teachers who have worked so hard to get them to where they are today.”

Artists in grades nine through 12 were invited to submit up to two works for the annual exhibition. Participants this year are from La Grande, Baker City, John Day, Joseph, Pendleton and Union.

The show continues through Mar. 18. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Friday.

For more information visit www.eou.edu/art/nightingale-gallery or “Like the gallery on Facebook.

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EOU file photo by Ari Jones / Student performances with an international flair take center stage Mar. 1.

International Dinner & Show pulling out all the stops with “The Oscars” this weekend

News contact: Laura Hancock | University Advancement
541-962-3585 | lhancock@eou.edu
Source contact: Janet Camp | International Admissions & Student Services Coordinator
541-962-3406 | jcamp@eou.edu
EOU senior and ISA member Truc Nguyen, of Vietnam.

Truc Nguyen, of Vietnam, values her experience as the current ISA treasurer.

February 25, 2014
LA GRANDE, Ore. (EOU) – This year’s International Dinner and Show calls for red carpet attire as EOU celebrates the 27th annual event with “The Oscars” as the theme.

The black-tie event begins Saturday with dinner at 5:30 p.m. in the Gilbert Center adjacent to Ackerman Hall. Guests have the opportunity to sample global cuisine from around the world, all prepared and served by members of EOU’s International Student Association (ISA).

After dinner the festivities move to McKenzie Theatre in Loso Hall with performances beginning at 7 p.m. Music and dance productions, an international fashion exposition and other entertainment is on the program this year.

Truc Nguyen, of Vietnam, is among those anticipating the big show. The current ISA treasurer and senior chemistry major believes there is a lot to gain from being involved with the association and its events.

“I want to have a leadership experience working with people from other cultures, and what better way than to work with international students who all come from different backgrounds,” she said. “It is very fulfilling for me and I have enjoyed it so much.”

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Countries represented in the gala are China, Mexico, Japan, Zimbabwe, Germany, Vietnam, Ghana, France, Republic of Palau, Malaysia, the Philippines, Kenya, Tajikistan, South Africa, Hawaii, South Korea, Federated States of Micronesia (Yap, Chuck and Pohnpei), American Samoa and the United States.

Admission is $10 to the dinner or show independently, or $12 for both. Tickets are available at the EOU Bookstore and Looking Glass Books at 1118 Adams Ave.

For more information contact Janet Camp, ISA advisor, at 541-962-3406 or jcamp@eou.edu.

History professor examines mid-century mobile home advertising images

News contact: Laura Hancock | University Advancement
541-962-3585 | lhancock@eou.edu
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February 21, 2014
– A mid-century advertising market is the focus of the next colloquium with Rebecca Hartman, Ph.D. at EOU Thursday, Feb. 27.

“Trailer Park Queens: Images of Gender, Class and Leisure in Mid-Century Mobile Home Advertising” begins at 4 p.m. in Ackerman Hall, Room 210. A reception with question and answer session will follow.

Hartman, an associate professor of history, examines mobile home advertising campaigns of the 1950s and 1960s that both featured women prominently and were often directed toward women consumers. Her research is part of a larger, book-length chronicle of the mobile home and the trailer park in the United States from the 1930s to the present.

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 541-962-3555.

2014 EOU Food Drive_webSubmitted photo / From left, Joyce Cavazos, Star Pratt and Davis Jacobs are among students in Professor Bill Grigsby’s sociology 420 class coordinating the food drive this year.

Donations sought for Governor’s State Employees Food Drive

News contact: Laura Hancock | University Advancement
541-962-3585 | lhancock@eou.edu
Source contact: Bill Grigsby | Associate Professor of Sociology
541-962-3591 |  bgrigsby@eou.edu
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February 19, 2014
LA GRANDE, Ore. (EOU) – The annual Governor’s State Employees Food Drive is in full swing and organizers at EOU are hoping to see donations increase during the final push of the campaign.

Contributions from faculty, staff and others will be collected during February and given to Community Connection for distribution to food banks serving La Grande, Cove, Union, North Powder and Elgin.

“Community Connection has come to depend on every source of donations they can cobble together, as supplies from the state food bank have decreased over time, relative to demand,” said Bill Grigsby, associate professor of sociology at EOU.

Grigsby works with students to manage an emergency food pantry serving the community, as part of the anthropology and sociology department’s Haven from Hunger initiative.

Coordinating the drive this year are students in Grigsby’s class on social welfare practices. They’ve posted fliers, placed donation boxes in campus departments, and will make rounds to pick up contributions when the drive concludes Tuesday, Mar. 4.

“We are currently down 90 percent of the donations we normally have at this time of year,” said Theo Miller, a senior anthropology/sociology major whose concentration is social welfare.

“Every donation makes a difference, no matter how seemingly small to the donor,” Grigsby added.

There are several ways to contribute to the drive and all donations are tax-deductible.

Employees may bring non-perishable food, cash or checks made payable to Community Connection, or set up an automatic deduction by contacting EOU’s Payroll Office.

Asking for donations as admission to events on campus or in the community is also an option. Individuals interested in doing this should contact Grigsby to help arrange the details.

According to the Union County Friday Backpack Program website, approximately “50 percent of the children in Union County are eligible for free and reduced breakfast and lunch.”

This means 50 percent of children in Union County are living in food insecure households. The Backpack Program defines food insecurity as “a household that is uncertain of having or being able to acquire enough food to meet the basic needs of all household members because of insufficient money and other resources for food.”

At the statewide level, the Oregon Food Bank reports indicate that in an average month, an estimated 270,000 people in Oregon and Clark County, Wash., ate meals from emergency food boxes during the past year. Of those, 92,000 were children who weren’t always sure where their next meal was coming from.

For more information contact Grigsby at 541-962-3591 or bgrigsby@eou.edu. To setup a payroll deduction, contact Angie Scott at 541-962-3548.

> Source links: www.lfbp.org and www.oregonfoodbank.org.

Eastern Oregon Backcountry Festival’s on-snow events canceled, others continuing as planned

Contact: Jerry Isaak | EOU Outdoor Program Coordinator
541-962-3621 (office); 541-910-2021 (cell)
E-mail: gisaak@eou.edu

February 13, 2014
LA GRANDE, Ore. (EOU) – All of the on-snow events are canceled for this weekend’s Eastern Oregon Backcountry Festival.

The uphill/downhill race, backcountry clinics at Ferguson Ridge Ski Area and rescue clinics at Salt Creek Summit will not take place Saturday, Feb. 15.

Other events are continuing as scheduled at Eastern Oregon University Friday, Feb. 14.

“We are looking forward to another gathering of backcountry skiers and snowboarders, but our enthusiasm is dampened by the recent tragic avalanche accident in the southern Wallowa Mountains,” said Jerry Isaak, Outdoor Program coordinator at EOU and member of the Wallowa Avalanche Center’s board of directors.

Two skiers were killed and two others sustained broken limbs when their group was caught in the avalanche near Cornucopia Tuesday, Feb. 11. Updates from the Wallowa Avalanche Center investigation team are being posted at www.wallowaavalanchecenter.org/node/954.

Isaak is presenting a session on avalanche awareness at 5:30 p.m. Friday in the Gilbert Center on campus. Screening of the Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival will follow.

Admission is free with donations accepted to support the mission of the Wallowa Avalanche Center. For more information contact Isaak at gisaak@eou.edu.

Student reading helps fight hunger in northeast Oregon

Contacts: David Axelrod or Will Bowman | Ars Poetica Lecture Series at EOU
daxelrod@eou.edu | bowman.film@gmail.com

Bring a donation of non-perishable food to Roundhouse Reading, Feb. 19.

February 5, 2014
LA GRANDE, Ore. (EOU) - Hear Eastern Oregon University writing students read from original works of poetry beginning at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19 at Joe Beans downtown.

The event is part of the Roundhouse Reading Series collaboration between EOU’s Ars Poetica Literary Lecture Series and Community Connection of Northeast Oregon, Inc., an affiliate of the Oregon Food Bank.

Those attending are encouraged to make a donation of canned or dried food at the door.

“Students want to give back to the community that has welcomed us here,” said Will Bowman, Ars Poetica student director. “Over the years, Ars Poetica has sponsored such events, but we are trying to start a new tradition that allows students to regularly engage with the community as a means of service learning.”

Nancy Knowles, EOU professor of English and writing and one of the event organizers, agrees.

“The more we can have groups like Roundhouse, EOU and Community Connection working together to serve local needs, the stronger and more cohesive our community becomes. This is a great opportunity.”

All readers at the benefit are undergraduates in the introduction to poetry course taught annually on campus to a cross-section of writing majors and general education students.

Rabbit-Hole-web1Kenn Wheeler photo / Nicole Terril, left, and Kelsy Carson play sisters Becca and Izzy in “Rabbit Hole.”

EOU theatre presents poignant drama about grief & loss

Contact: Kenn Wheeler | Associate Professor of Theatre
541-962-3318 | kwheeler@eou.edu

See “Rabbit Hole” Feb. 6-8 and 13-15 in Schwarz Theatre. Box office: 541-962-3757

February 5, 2014
– How does one overcome the grief of losing a child? David Lindsay-Abaire tackles this tough question in his Pulitzer Prize-winning play, “Rabbit Hole,” opening at EOU Feb. 6-8 and 13-15.

Performances are at 7 each night in Schwarz Theatre in Loso Hall.

“Rabbit Hole” centers on Becca and Howie Corbett who have everything a family could want until a life-shattering accident turns their world upside down.

As the couple begins drifting perilously apart, the play charts their bittersweet search for comfort in the darkest of places, and for a path that will lead them back into the light of day.

Lindsay-Abaire penned the drama after Marsha Norman, his teacher at Julliard, urged him to write a play about something that frightened him. Drawing on his experience as a father, Lindsay-Abaire began shaping a story about a husband and wife who lose their only child in a freak car accident.

Heather Tomlinson, assistant professor of theatre and costume designer, is making her directorial debut with this emotional piece. Her reasons for choosing the play are personal.

“Having gone through the loss of a child myself, I thought the playwright painted an accurate picture of the grieving process and how it can alter your life,” Tomlinson explained. “I feel as though death and grief is glazed over in our society. It is brushed aside and not freely talked about, especially the death of an infant or child. I wanted to be able to share this story with others and perhaps open up those channels of communication.”

Senior theatre major Nicole Terrill is taking on the role of Becca, with recent theatre graduate Jonathan Phipps portraying her husband Howie.

Junior Caitlin Burke is playing Becca’s mother, Nat, and senior Kelsy Carson is Izzy, Becca’s irresponsible but well-wishing sister.

Rounding out the cast is sophomore Josh Byers playing Jason Willette, the 17-year-old who accidentally hit the Corbett’s son, Danny, with his car.

Designers include Michael Heather, scenery and lights, Tomlinson, doing triple duty with costumes and sound, and senior Daniel Wagner with properties. Jessica Desclos, also a senior, is the production stage manager.

This contemporary drama contains mature language and subject matter. Audience discretion is advised.

Tickets are $10 general admission and $5 for seniors, students and active or retired military. Call 541-962-3757 for reservations or purchase tickets online at ticketpeak.com/eou.

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Portland Opera To Go bringing “La Bohème” to EOU stage

News contact: Laura Hancock | University Advancement
541-962-3585 | lhancock@eou.edu
Source contact: Jamie Jacobson | EOU Vocal Instructor
541-962-3464 | jjacobso@eou.edu
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February 4, 2014
LA GRANDE, Ore. (EOU) – Portland Opera To Go is returning to Union County for the 13th year, bringing with it an English language adaptation of Puccini’s “La Bohème.”

Curtain for this classic love story is at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18 in McKenzie Theatre in Loso Hall. Admission is by donation.

Portland Opera To Go is the touring division of the Portland Opera focusing on educational outreach. The troupe of professional singers will conduct two days of workshops and individual lessons with EOU music students while they are here.

View clips of recent performances at www.portlandopera.org/pogo.

Speaker and educator Matt Vogel returns to EOU, Feb. 6

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

February 3, 2014
– Two opportunities to hear from Matt Vogel, health promotion specialist and adjunct instructor at Southern Oregon University, are coming up this Thursday.

First, Vogel takes on topics connected to the college experience in “Substance Use, Health Relationships and Media” from 4-5 p.m. in Zabel Hall, Room 101.

Later that evening, Vogel returns as a guest of EOU’s Health Speaker Series to address “Media, Relationships, Online Pornography and Your Health” from 6-7 p.m. in Huber Auditorium in Badgley Hall, Room 102.

Both presentations are free and open to the public.

The EOU Student Health Center Wellness Program, in partnership with the Center for Human Development, Inc. and the Union County Safe Communities Coalition are sponsoring the presentations.

For more information contact the Student Health Center at 541-962-3524 or visit www.eou.edu/health. Vogel’s website is www.matt-vogel.com.