Voice specialist Sarah Maines shares her expertise, May 4-5

Contact: Jamie Jacobson | EOU Vocal Instructor
541-910-1102 | jjacobso@eou.edu
Sarah Maines, DMA

Sarah Maines, DMA

April 28, 2014
LA GRANDE, Ore. (EOU) – Eastern Oregon University’s music department is hosting Sarah Maines, DMA, for lectures, workshops and lessons May 4-5.

A practicing singing voice specialist, Maines administers voice rehabilitation to injured singers.  She is also a Lessac-Madsen clinical provider certified in the LoVetri Method of contemporary commercial music.

Maines is presenting on the following vocal topics and welcomes members of the medical, musical, speech and general community to attend. All sessions will be held in Loso Hall, Room 130 at EOU and there is no cost to attend.


Sunday, May 4

  • 4:30-6 p.m. / Session #1
    “The Miraculous Voice: An overview of anatomy and function for singers and speakers”
  • 6:15-7:45 p.m. / Session #2
    “Vocal Health: How to avoid voice problems and what to do when they occur”

Monday, May 5

  • 2-3 p.m. / Session #3
    “The Vocal Function Exercises: Build vocal endurance and efficiency”

Maines is mezzo-soprano hailed as a “natural, most charming” performer, equally at home on the operatic stage as she is behind a microphone. Favorite performances include Maurya in Vaughan Williams’ “Riders to the Sea,” Gershwin’s “Summertime” with trumpet star Jens Lindemann and the premier of the cabaret song “Call Anita” by Richard Pearson Thomas.

She completed her bachelor’s in music from Berea College and masters and doctorate degrees in voice pedagogy from Shenandoah Conservatory. She is also a published researcher and has presented at the Voice Foundation Annual Symposium and Pan-European Voice Conference, among other venues.

Maines is currently involved with the Portland First United Methodist Church music staff, Resonance Ensemble, Jumptown Big Band, The Young People’s Theatre Project, Jester Educational Theatre and maintains a busy voice studio. She previously served on the voice faculty at the Shenandoah Conservatory Arts Academy, Patrick Henry College and Trinity Washington University.

For more about Maines’ practice and audio clips of her performances, visit themainestudio.musicteachershelper.com.



Northeast Oregon Public Transit

EOU students enjoy free access to Northeast Oregon Public Transit services in Union County. The Trolley’s fixed route includes stops at EOU, downtown La Grande and Island City.

Service runs from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday and from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday.

An EOU ID card displaying a current term sticker is all that’s needed to access unlimited rides on the fixed route. Paid your student fees? Pick up a sticker at the Student Accounts Office in Inlow Hall, Room 101.

Public transit resources


Union County Fair Rider Guide

Special route runs July 30-August 2.

Fixed Route Schedule

Runs until 10 p.m. during Shrine Week, July 26-August 2.

Maps & posters
English | Spanish

Northeast Oregon Public Transit website

Original posters, including those pictured above, are part of a unique collection being unveiled at EOU April 30.

Archive of Ars Poetica readings donated to Pierce Library

News contact: Laura Hancock | University Advancement
541-962-3585 | lhancock@eou.edu
Photo by Marie Balaban / George Venn

George Venn / Photo by Marie Balaban

April 25, 2014
LA GRANDE, Ore. (EOU) – Four volumes of original hand and typewritten poems, signed cards, photographs, press clippings, posters and other items comprise a significant new addition to EOU’s Pierce Library.

The materials span 27 years of literary history at the university, beginning in 1961 with the first reel-to-reel recording of the ongoing Ars Poetica reading series.

George Venn, director of the series from 1970 to 1989, is the curator of this distinct collection and has donated it to Pierce Library through the EOU Foundation.

A reception with refreshments is planned from 4-6 p.m. Wednesday, April 30 at the library to unveil the Ars Poetica Archive.

Karen Clay, library director, will introduce Venn, an emeritus professor of English and writer-in-residence. He will comment on the origin and contents of the archive, answer questions and make acknowledgments.

“These materials could have so easily ended up lost and forgotten,” Clay said. “I’m very grateful to George for keeping them and putting in the time and effort to archive them. The library is getting a truly unique collection as a result.”

Alumni, faculty and students are invited to examine the archive and share memories of EOU’s literary heritage during the reception. In particular, attendees will be encouraged to contribute memorabilia they may have saved from Ars Poetica’s early years. Commemorative posters will also be available to take home.

The reading series has brought many prize-winning authors and poets to campus through the years. Venn’s collection contains items of interest related to Ursula K. Le Guin, William Stafford, Ken Kesey, Czeslaw Milosz, among others.

As a whole, the archive has been independently valued at $24,300.

“This gift documents Ars Poetica as a quality, 50-year literary program that distinguishes EOU from the majority of comparable schools anywhere in the northwest,” Venn said. “Overall, it shows that sophisticated and timely literary events have been sustained by dedicated faculty, students and administrators. Best of all, Ars Poetica continues to flourish and enjoys the support of the community.”

Ron Bayes was the original director of the series from 1961 to 1968. Herb Gottfried replaced Bayes in 1968 and Venn took over responsibility for the program in the fall of 1970. David Axelrod and Jodi Varon were appointed in 1989 and have guided the series for the past 26 years. English major Will Bowman works closely with them as the current student director.

All Ars Poetica directors have administered the creative writing program, advised the student literary magazine, and taught writing and literature courses for the English department.


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“While great care has been taken to assure the accuracy of these first historical records of the literary community associated with Eastern Oregon University, I hope that they will be expanded, corrected, verified and shared,” Venn said.

“I encourage the creation of additional volumes and I encourage researchers to discover corroborative records – in the local and campus press, in the memories of individuals and in other archives. There is a story worth telling here: how does a sophisticated literary community endure for over half a century in the smallest and most remote university in Oregon?”

For information on accessing the Ars Poetica Archive, visit library.eou.edu/collections or call 541-962-3579. Find out about upcoming readings at www.facebook.com/EouArsPoetica.

Health Speaker Series welcomes GRH physical therapists

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

April 21, 2014

Elizabeth Zastrow, DPT, OCS

Elizabeth Zastrow, DPT, OCS

LA GRANDE, Ore. (EOU) – Elizabeth Zastrow, DPT, OCS, and Vanessa Braden, PT, are guests of the next EOU Health Speaker Series. Students and community members are invited to attend their free presentation at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 24 in Badgley Hall 102.

Zastrow specializes in orthopedic physical therapy with additional interest in women’s health, vestibular rehabilitation and pediatrics. She holds a doctorate in physical therapy from Duke University and a master’s in physiology from the University of Arizona.

Vanessa Braden, PT

Vanessa Braden, PT

Braden has experience with acute and sub-acute care, aquatic therapy and orthopedics. Her interests include pediatrics, women’s health and orthopedics with an emphasis in manual therapy techniques, in combination with neuromuscular re-education and therapeutic exercise. She holds a master’s degree in physical therapy from California State University and her bachelor’s is from Linfield College.

Zastrow and Braden both work in Grande Ronde Hospital’s Rehabilitation Therapy unit.

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 continues 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.

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Contact: Bennie Moses-Mesubed | Multicultural Center Director, EOU
541-962-3741 | bmoses@eou.edu

Island Magic returns with 27th annual Lu’au and Show

April 21,  2014
LA GRANDE, Ore. (EOU) - Members of the Polynesian and Navigators clubs at Eastern Oregon University will present the 27th annual Island Magic Lu’au and Show Saturday, April 26.

The feast begins at 5:30 p.m. in the Gilbert Center adjacent to Ackerman Hall, followed by entertainment at 7 in McKenzie Theatre in Loso Hall.

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On the menu for the lu’au are traditional dishes including kalua pork, chicken chop suey, potato salad, steamed rice, crab salad, coconut bread and li hing mui fruit salad.

The performances will showcase music and dance from the islands of Hawaii, Tahiti, Federated States of Micronesia, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Republic of Palau, Samoa and New Zealand.

A special performance will also be dedicated to the 60th anniversary of the nuclear testing on Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands.

Tickets are $8 for students and seniors, $12 for general admission and are available at the EOU Bookstore and Looking Glass Books.

For more information call 541-962-3741.

Author & DIY publishing guru Justin Hocking reads May 1

Contact: David Axelrod | Ars Poetica Lecture Series at EOU
541-962-3633 | daxelrod@eou.edu

April 18, 2014

Justin Hocking

Justin Hocking

LA GRANDE, Ore. (EOU) - The Ars Poetica Lecture Series is hosting author Justin Hocking for the final reading of the academic year, May 1. The reading will take place in Pierce Library’s reference room on the Eastern Oregon University campus at 7:30 p.m.

Hocking will read from his widely acclaimed new book “The Great Floodgates of the Wonderworld” (Graywolf). The event is free and open to the public. A question and answer session and book signing will immediately follow.

A native westerner, Hocking earned a master of fine arts in creative writing from Colorado State and worked in the New York publishing industry before moving to Portland.

He has written numerous zines and 13 books including “Beach 90th.” He has also been the editor of “Life and Limb: Skateboarders Write from the Deep End.”

His work has appeared in “The Rumpus,” “Thrasher,” “Open City,” “The Portland Noir,” “Concrete Wave,” “The Normal School” and other publications.

Hocking is now the executive director of the Independent Publishing Resource Center (IPRC), a do-it-yourself publishing community in Portland, the “epicenter of the DIY publishing industry.”

He is also a member of EOU’s low residency master of fine arts in creative writing program, teaching non-fiction and directing the new Wilderness Writing Institute.

“The Great Floodgates of the Underworld” chronicles Hocking’s time living and working in New York City. It focuses on the intersection of his two Brooklyn obsessions: surfing at Rockaway Beach and Herman Melville’s novel “Moby Dick.”

“There’s something that happens between people who surf together,” Hocking writes, “This alchemical bonding process that comes from partaking in intense physical activity, from looking after one another out on the sea, and watching [each other] float by on a plunging wave.”

The New York Times wrote of his most recent work, “The truth is that while the surf may often be mediocre or worse in New York, the essential pagan joy of surfing can be had in the bare minimum, hence the sport’s booming popularity. Knowing how to skateboard helped Hocking, as did a tendency to focus intensely on whatever captured his interest; in surfing, even mere competence requires full, sustained immersion.”

A recent review in the New Yorker calls the book, “An appealing memoir…the passages about surfing and the relationships it fosters are filled with excitement and tenderness. It’s hard not to cheer for [Justin Hocking].”

For more information about Ars Poetica or the possibility of studying with Hocking for EOU’s low residency MFA, contact David Axelrod at 541-962-3633.

University System Vice Chancellor Jay Kenton appointed interim EOU president

Contact: Di Saunders: 971-219-6869; diane_saunders@ous.edu
Office of the Chancellor: www.ous.edu

Dr. Jay Kenton

April 18, 2014
PORTLAND, Ore. – Dr. Melody Rose, chancellor of the Oregon University System, today announced the appointment of Dr. Jay Kenton as interim president of Eastern Oregon University, after the State Board of Higher Education voted unanimously to appoint him to the position.

Kenton has been the OUS vice chancellor of finance and administration for almost 10 years, and has spent more than 30 years in the Oregon higher education system, including positions at three of the OUS campuses.

Well known in Oregon and nationally for his innovation and pragmatic problem-solving approach to higher education finance, Kenton will formally begin as interim president at EOU in La Grande on June 16.

Kenton will succeed Dr. Bob Davies who has been president at Eastern for five years, and was recently named president of Murray State University in Kentucky.

Kenton has served as Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration for the Oregon University System since 2005. He has overseen the development and administration of the state university system’s budget, including funding needs for operations and capital, and developed policy recommendations to the State Board of Higher Education. He has advocated for and helped achieve the System’s short and long term objectives, and worked closely with the Chancellor and leaders of the seven campuses to help achieve the vision and initiatives of the State Board.

Chancellor Rose said, “Dr. Kenton’s vast knowledge and experience in finance and administrative areas within OUS is well known and unmatched. He understands the academic enterprise as well as the necessity for student support systems that increase retention and degrees, and is the first to ask, ‘How will that impact students?’ Jay is the right person to lead EOU right now as it moves through a right-sizing process that is necessary to set the campus up for success in serving the region’s students, education partners, and the many counties which EOU touches. I can think of no finer person to deliver on the promise of Eastern than Dr. Jay Kenton.”

Prior to Kenton’s current position at OUS, he was vice president of Finance and Administration at University of Idaho from 2004-2005, and held the same position at Portland State University, as well as other positions in finance, from 1988 to 2004. Kenton began his higher education career in 1983 as assistant director of business affairs at EOU from 1983-1986, and held a similar position at Oregon Institute of Technology from 1986-1988. In addition to serving as a full-time administrator at OUS, Dr. Kenton holds the rank of professor of Public Administration in the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government in the College of Urban and Public Affairs at PSU, where he is a volunteer professor of public finance.

Dr. Kenton said, “I want to thank the Board and especially Chancellor Rose for having the confidence and trust in me to do this job –I will not let you down. I also want the EOU community to know that I look forward to working with them in a transparent and thoughtful manner. We have some hard work to do and I will do my best to collaborate with everyone to create a more sustainable and positive future for EOU and Eastern Oregon.”

Dr. Kenton will be joined by Dr. Rose at EOU on May 6 when they will meet with the campus community.

“I think Jay is the perfect person to serve as the interim president for Eastern,” President Davies said. “He brings solid administrative and financial expertise along with an understanding and strong commitment to the academic enterprise. Most importantly is his appreciation of Eastern and his commitment to its long term success and connection to the region and the communities we serve. He will do very well and Eastern will be well served.”

Kenton received a BS in Business Administration and a Masters of Education from Oregon State University; and a Ph.D. in Public Administration and Policy from Portland State University. Kenton currently lives in Corvallis with his wife of 36 years, Susan Kenton, a retired educator, and will be moving to La Grande in the coming months.

Senior artists mingle fantastical elements in “Visceral Reflections” opening April 25

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

April 18, 2014

Tina Miller, "Untitled," mixed media, 24x7x7.

Tina Miller, “Untitled,” mixed media, 24x7x7.

LA GRANDE, Ore. (EOU) – Three of Eastern Oregon University’s graduating art majors are exhibiting their capstone work in Nightingale Gallery beginning Friday, April 25.

A reception for “Visceral Reflections” is from 6 to 8 opening night at the gallery in Loso Hall.

As a group, senior artists Tina Miller, Carrie Nelson and Danielle Stansberry explore the natural versus unnatural and the collaboration of the two with their works in ceramic, mixed media sculptures and digital prints.

Their pieces are personal and exploratory, diving into childhood memories, activities and inspirations. Fantastical elements can be seen in each piece, and through similar color palettes they defy and distort reality to their own visceral environment, reflecting on how the viewer interprets the surrounding world.

Miller’s sculptures are made from materials found through exploration. The idea brought her back to her roots on the farm where she has drawn inspiration for this body of work. What appears to most to be discarded junk is material Miller uses as the building blocks for her structural, organic, metal and wood sculpture. Displays of color may leave one wondering what was part of the pre-existing object and what aspects the artist has introduced.

Carrie Nelson, "Impediment," digital print, 13x8.

Carrie Nelson, “Impediment,” digital print, 13×8.

Nelson’s digitally altered photographs of her landscape paintings examine terrain enveloped in the push-and-pull relationship between fantasy and reality. The landscape has been idealized through photography and painting, however in reality, it is wild and unconquerable.

Nelson amplifies the romantic ideal of the landscape using inspiration from the concept art of Disney animation and the stark, silhouetted foreground layer of shadow puppet animation. The work is self-referential, bringing in the viewer to the painted landscape, but the digitally added silhouette reminds them how reality doesn’t belong in this fantasized landscape. The silhouettes feature strange foliage and bizarre creatures that appear otherworldly and yet they shadow earth life. The result creates a dissonance between the viewer and their desire to be a part of what is behind the silhouette.

Danielle Stansberry, "Untitled," ceramic sculpture, 9x10x7.

Danielle Stansberry, “Untitled,” ceramic sculpture, 9x10x7.

Stansberry’s ceramic sculptures are inspired by the inner workings of biological life forms and how they have evolved and developed to survive and thrive. She is interested in organisms’ ability to adapt to inhospitable environments, their reliance on community and the mechanisms they use for protection. To her, the symbiotic and parasitic relationships they have with each other, as well as their adaptations for survival, parallel between the psychological make-up and behavior in humans.

Stansberry’s sculptures are a mixture of these biological forms with fantasy referencing creatures at the microscopic level, as well as creatures that are larger – both aquatic and terrestrial. Using texture and color to convey the life and decay of these creatures, she creates forms that reflect individual interactions with and curiosities about the world.

See “Visceral Reflections” through May 9. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information visit www.eou.edu/art/nightingale-gallery or connect on Facebook.

Benefits of viewing management through a liberal arts lens

News contact: Laura Hancock | University Advancement
541-962-3585 | lhancock@eou.edu
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April 17, 2014
LA GRANDE, Ore. (EOU) – Laurie Yates, DMgt, discusses the value of integrating liberal arts education with business and other professions Thursday, Apr. 24.

Yates’ colloquium presentation “Management Through a Liberal Arts Lens” begins at 4 p.m. in Ackerman Hall, Room 210 at EOU. A reception with time for questions and answers will follow.

Corporate responsibility, global sustainability and ethical practices are concerns organizations are facing today, and to which the public, employees and customers are demanding solutions.

Yates will share results of a recent forum in which education and business leaders tackled the issue of preparing tomorrow’s business executives. Referring to a world driven by innovation, they found that the capabilities of a liberal arts education may have become America’s most valuable economic asset.

Yates is an assistant professor of business and teaches for EOU’s programs at Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham.

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.

Dutch Bros scholarship winner_Shawn Brooks_web   Dutch Bros scholarship winner_Scott McFarlane_webLeft image, from left, Dutch Bros. barista Thayer Marvin, franchise owner Marc Lee and winner Shawn Brooks.
Right image, from left, franchise owner Angela Lee, barista Camila Claycomb and winner Scott McFarlane.

Seniors win Dutch Bros. scholarship raffle

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

April 16, 2014
LA GRANDE, Ore. (EOU) ⎯ Eastern Oregon University students Shawn Brooks, of Richland, Wash., and Scott McFarlane, of Roseburg, are the winners of a recurring scholarship raffle sponsored by Dutch Bros. Coffee.

Both received a $500 check from area franchise owners Marc and Angela Lee. The fellow seniors plan to use their winnings to offset the cost of textbooks.

“This will also help me purchase any materials needed for projects and help put a dent in my student loans,” added Brooks, who is pursuing a dual major in elementary education and multidisciplinary studies with an ESOL endorsement.

McFarlane, an anthropology and sociology major, submitted his name multiple times hoping to increase his odds for the drawing.

“I biked down to Dutch Bros. pretty much every day to enter the scholarship raffle,” he explained.

No purchase is required to enter the drawing and all current EOU students are eligible to win. Simply stop by Dutch Bros. Coffee on Island Ave. and fill out an entry form.