EOU, Clatsop Community College collaborate to offer business degree
Contact: Donna Larson | Clatsop Community College
503-338-2425 | dlarson@clatsopcc.edu

May 27, 2014

CCC photo by David Homer / Larry Galizio, left, president of Clatsop Community College, and Donald Easton-Brooks, dean of Business and Education at EOU, at a signing ceremony May 21.

CCC photos by David Homer / Larry Galizio, left, president of Clatsop Community College, and Donald Easton-Brooks, dean of Business and Education at EOU, sign a new agreement between the two institutions May 21 in Astoria.

ASTORIA, Ore. – In a meeting last week, Lawrence Galizio, president of Clatsop Community College, and Donald Easton-Brooks, dean of Business and Education at EOU, signed an agreement that will increase educational opportunities for students in the Astoria area.

The new cooperative program enables undergraduates to earn an associate of science-Oregon transfer (ASOT) degree from Clatsop and a bachelor of business administration degree from EOU while remaining on the CCC campus.

Beginning fall 2014 and following completion of their ASOT degree, participating students will be able to transfer 120 credits from CCC into the EOU bachelor’s degree program. Students will continue in upper division classes offered by EOU on the CCC campus on Fridays and Saturdays.

“We look forward to building a strong relationship with Clatsop Community College and Astoria area businesses,” Easton-Brooks said. “We believe that this partnership will allow us to provide students an opportunity to gain practical knowledge, while continuing to service their hometown business community.”

Clatsop’s administration also views the program as an enormous benefit to students who are unable to leave the local area, and hopes it will serve as the catalyst for other partnerships and programs with baccalaureate degree-granting institutions to further expand local educational offerings.

The signing ceremony took place Wednesday, May 21 in Columbia Hall at CCC. About 40 people attended, including Rep. Deborah Boone and Skip Hauke, executive director of the Astoria Warrenton Chamber of Commerce, CCC faculty, staff and students, and members of the community.

Additional EOU representatives included Laurie Yates, business faculty member, and Tim Weatherly, program advisor who maintains an office on CCC’s main campus.

Representing CCC were Donna Larson, vice president of Academic and Student Affairs, Kristen Wilkin, dean of Workforce and Community Education, Tommie Redwine, business faculty and members of the CCC Business Advisory Committee.

Space in the program is limited. For additional information contact Weatherly at weathetj@eou.edu or 503-440-3052.

EOU production of “Les Miserables” a realization of director’s dream
News contact: Laura Hancock | University Advancement
541-962-3585 | lhancock@eou.edu
Source contact: Kenn Wheeler | Associate Professor of Theatre
541-962-3318 | kwheeler@eou.edu
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Photos by Kenn Wheeler / EOU senior Rick Mugrage, foreground, in character as Jean Valjean during a recent dress rehearsal.

May 19, 2014
LA GRANDE, Ore. (EOU) - When “Les Miserables” opens at Eastern Oregon University this Thursday, it will mark the realization of a vow made more than 25 years ago.

In 1986, Kenn Wheeler was completing his last year of studies for his bachelor’s degree in theatre. The associate professor and production director recalls his first introduction to the epic musical that will unfold soon in McKenzie Theatre in Loso Hall.

“I was working for the grounds crew at Southern Utah University during the summers while I was in school. During the summer of 1986, I started listening to a musical soundtrack of a new show scheduled to open on Broadway a few months later. The show was ‘Les Miserables,’ which had been a smash hit in its London production.”

“I remember I was weeding a flower garden while listening to the soundtrack on my Walkman,” Wheeler continued. “By the time the cassette tape ended, I was kind of a blubbering mess. The music of this show was so magnificent that I vowed one day to direct my own performance. Unfortunately for me, it was so popular that an amateur production did not become available until 2013. This show is the realization of my dream.”

“Les Miserables” tells the story of Jean Valjean, a man who has made mistakes in life and paid for them by spending 19 years in prison. He vows to find and care for Fantine, the child of one of his factory workers, after he realizes he has wronged her and caused her death. Through it all, Inspector Javert, a policeman who believes Valjean needs to be captured and imprisoned once again, pursues him.

This classic story set in 19th century France examines the idea of mercy versus justice, and the ability to put evil behind and live a meaningful life. Helping to deliver the narrative are the compositions of Claude-Michel Schönberg and lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer, considered to be among some of the most beautiful songs ever written for the stage.

While the musical has been produced all over the world, the decision to present it at EOU was not an easy one for the production crew comprising both theatre and music departments.

“This is a huge show,” Wheeler explained. “It has a cast of 50 people and demands an elaborate amount of scenery and nearly a hundred costumes. We really had to think about how much work it would take to make it a reality.”

The difficulty of the music motivated the director to open auditions to community members as well as students.

“I wanted to be able to access a large amount of community talent to enhance the show,” he said. “In fact, several of our major roles are filled by local talent.”

Audiences may recognize attorney Brent Smith as Inspector Javert and Dr. Wes Rampton, a La Grande dentist, as the Bishop. Six-year-old Elizabeth Carpenter plays young Cosette, the daughter of Fantine, and 12-year-old Luke Bloodgood portrays Gavroche, the street urchin.

EOU students, including several theatre and music majors, landed most of the leads with seniors Rick Mugrage and Emily Smith cast as Jean Valjean and Fantine.

Israel Bloodgood and Madison Ribich play the young lovers and Shahayla Ononaiye is Eponine. Dylon Wagoner takes on the role of student leader Enjolras, and Daniel Wagner and Ellie Aiton portray the Thénardiers.

Students and community members alike round out the remaining members of the extensive cast.

Michael Heather, associate professor of theatre, is designing scenery and lights, and Heather Tomlinson, assistant professor of theatre, is creating the costumes.

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Click thumbnail to view poster.

Peter Wordelman, professor of music, is the show’s music director. Jamie Jacobson, music instructor, is the vocal coach and Teun Fetz, associate professor of music, will conduct the orchestra.

“Les Miserables” opens Thursday, May 22 and continues May 23-24. It reopens Thursday, May 29 and continues May 30-31. All performances start at 7 p.m. in McKenzie Theatre in Loso Hall.

Tickets are $15 for general admission and $10 for students, seniors, and active and retired military. Call 541-962-3757 to make reservations or purchase tickets online at www.ticketpeak.com/eou.

Interactive campus program focuses on hope transcending oppression
News contact: Laura Hancock | University Advancement
Phone: 541-962-3585 | E-mail: lhancock@eou.edu
Source contact: Bennie Moses | Multicultural Center Director
Phone: 541-962-3741 | E-mail: bmoses@eou.edu
Tunnel of Oppression

Walk in someone else’s shoes, May 27-28 at EOU.

May 16, 2014
LA GRANDE, Ore. (EOU) – Eastern Oregon University students and community members are invited to experience the “Tunnel of Oppression” May 27-28.

Participants in this interactive program are guided through a series of rooms where they encounter oppressive actions and reactions including racism, homophobia, poverty and oppression against women.

Some of the rooms are theatrical, with student actors portraying the oppressed. Others place participants directly in the shoes of individuals facing bigotry, hate and degradation.

A contrasting “Tunnel of Hope” waits at the conclusion, offering inspirational quotes and phrases, and a facilitated discussion with counselors encouraging participants to talk about the experience.

EOU senior Eric Martin learned about the “Tunnel of Oppression” concept last fall when he attended the Association of College Unions International Regional Conference in Boise. The program is inspired by the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles and similar programs at other universities throughout the U.S.

“I thought it was a great opportunity to bring something new to EOU and help showcase our Multicultural Center, as well as promote Eastern’s mission on diversity,” Martin said.

Martin is from Nampa, Idaho and transferred to EOU two years ago. He will complete his major in anthropology/sociology with a concentration in anthropology this spring.

“I hope that everyone takes away a better sense of self, given the opportunity to ‘see through the eyes’ of an oppressed group,” he added. “Some of us go through each day not really knowing how easy we have it sometimes, and this is a way to step into the world of someone who has to endure these hardships every day.”

The free activity is being held in the Student Leadership Zone in the Hoke Union Building, Room 204. Groups of eight to 10 people will walk through the rooms beginning at 1 p.m. and then every half-hour until 5:30 p.m. both days of the program.

Register online at OrgSync. Participants must be 18 or older due to mature content.

For more information call 541-962-3741 or e-mail Bennie Moses, Multicultural Center director, at bmoses@eou.edu.

Professor catalogs recreation trails in northeast Oregon

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

May 15, 2014

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Click image to view flier.

LA GRANDE, Ore. (EOU) - Brian Sather, Ph.D., shares details of his decade-long project to catalog recreation trails in northeast Oregon for the next colloquium at EOU Thursday, May 22.

“Follow My Tracks: The Recreation Trail of Northeast Oregon” begins at 4 p.m. in Ackerman Hall, Room 210. A reception with time for questions and answers will follow.

Sather has focused on developing the most comprehensive and accurate listing of trails. He will provide an overview of the current collection and a vision for the future of the project. Attendees will learn about methods of data collection and media used to present the information.

Sather, a professor of physical activity and health at EOU, will also share his personal experience and the value of outdoor activity.

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 541-962-3316.

2013 Spring Symposium_file photo_webEOU photo by Tessa Ortmann / Poster presentations fill Simmons Gallery in Badgley Hall for the event last year.
Spring Symposium showcases students’ scholarly activity
News contact: Laura Hancock | University Advancement
541-962-3585 | hancock@eou.edu
Source contact: Colby Heideman | Spring Symposium Chair
541-962-3321 | cheideman@eou.edu

May 15, 2014
LA GRANDE, Ore. (EOU) - Students are preparing to share what they’ve been up to throughout the academic year during the Spring Symposium at EOU Wednesday, May 21.

The annual event is an opportunity for undergraduates and graduates alike to share their original research and creative projects with peers, faculty, staff and the public.

Walk through Pierce Library, Badgley, Loso and Zabel halls to experience performances, participate in panel discussions, and listen to poster presentations and talks.

“Spring Symposium exhibits the most vital aspects of higher education,” said Colby Heideman, assistant professor of chemistry and symposium chair. “Students explore new problems, examine modern issues, create original works and then communicate their experiences with their community.”

Activities begin at 9 a.m. and wrap up by 2:30 p.m. For more information and access to a complete schedule visit www.eou.edu/sprsymp.


Student exhibition juried by EOU alumnus opening May 16

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

Stills from the video “Body Tracks” by Laura Hansen, 2013 Best of Show.

May 13, 2014
LA GRANDE, Ore. (EOU) – The Nightingale Gallery at Eastern Oregon University presents the annual “All-Campus Juried Student Exhibition,” May 16 through June 13.

An opening reception is from 6-8 p.m. Friday in the gallery in Loso Hall with presentation of awards at 6:30.

The exhibit features work by EOU students from a variety of disciplines. This year’s juror is Ed Marquand, founder, president and creative director of Marquand Books and an alumnus of EOU, class of 1973.

Marquand will present a public talk on the blurring distinctions for creative professionals between fine art, design, industrial design, architecture, crafts and other professions. It begins at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 13 in Badgley Hall, Room 148. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Marquand and his staff of 15 employees produce distinctive, award-winning books for museums and art book publishers in the United States and abroad. His museum clients include the American Folk Art Museum, the Art Institute of Chicago, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Seattle Art Museum, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Denver Art Museum, Crystal Bridges Museum of Art, Portland Art Museum, Smithsonian Institution Air and Space Museum, Denver Art Museum, National Portrait Gallery, National Museum of the American Indian, Dallas Art Museum, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, High Art Museum and the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco.

Publishing clients include Abrams, Chronicle Books, Princeton University Press, University of Washington Press, University of California Press, Rizzoli and Yale University Press.

Marquand is also the founder of Mighty Tieton, an incubator for artisan businesses in Tieton, Wash. There, he founded Paper Hammer Studios where he has a bindery, letterpress studio, screen-printing studio and production facility for handmade art books and merchandise.

In addition to selecting pieces to include in the exhibit, Marquand will select several works to be recognized with cash awards.

The fourth annual Kathelene Galloway Memorial Scholarship will also be presented, as well as the fifth annual Joseph Dickerson Memorial Award.

The Kathelene Galloway Memorial Scholarship is a $500 award presented to a sophomore or junior level art major exhibiting exemplary technical and conceptual skill. The award is made in memory of Galloway who was a professor of printmaking and drawing at EOU for over a decade.

Galloway, who passed away in December of 2009, was a dedicated and much-loved artist, teacher, colleague and passionate advocate for her students, art, artists and EOU. She lived to share knowledge and the wonder that comes with discovery, exemplifying the excellence to which faculty encourage their students to endeavor.

The Joseph Dickerson Memorial Award is in memory of Joe Dickerson, an EOU freshman killed in a 2009 auto accident. Following the tremendous loss of their son, Joe’s parents Doug and Kyla Dickerson made a gift of funds to EOU’s art program.

Dickerson was a model student whose creative energy and enthusiasm for learning was infectious. In light of this, the art program chose to use the generous donation to endow an award to be presented annually to a student who the faculty feels best exemplifies Joe’s dedication, curiosity and creative spirit.

All award winners will be announced at the reception at 6:30 p.m. May 16.

Nightingale Gallery’s hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information visit www.eou.edu/art/nightingale-gallery or connect at www.facebook.com/NightingaleGallery.

Annual spring book sale supports EOU women’s center

News contact: Laura Hancock | University Advancement
541-962-3585 | lhancock@eou.edu
Source contact: Alyssa Gurney, Director | Women’s Research and Resource Center
541-962-3021 | womenscenter@eou.edu

May 8, 2014
Pile of BooksLA GRANDE, Ore. (EOU)
- Book enthusiasts have the opportunity later this month to shop for their next great read while supporting the Women’s Resource Center (WRC) at EOU.

A wide range of volumes for all ages, in addition to audio and visual selections, will be included in the WRC’s annual spring book sale happening Friday through Sunday, May 30-June 1.

The sale begins with an early bird special. For a $5 admission fee, shoppers can browse tables from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Friday in the Hoke Union Building, Room 339. Admission is free from 1 to 7 p.m. The sale continues Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Books will be sold for $1 per inch. Audio and visual items will be $0.50 to $1 each. Proceeds benefit the WRC, dedicated to providing a safe place for women to access services and education. The center also promotes awareness and understanding of women’s and gender issues at EOU and in the community.

For more information contact Alyssa Gurney, WRC director, at womenscenter@eou.edu or 541-962-3021

SMILE-10-crop-webEOU photos by Kaitlin Cassidy / Elementary students learn about the principles of force and motion while launching parachutes from the stairwell in Badgley Hall.

College of Education hosts students for SMILE Workshop

News contact: Laura Hancock | University Advancement
541-962-3585 | lhancock@eou.edu
Source contact: Tawnya Lubbes | Assistant Professor of Education
541-962-3329 | tlubbes@eou.edu

EOU education major Shawn Brooks, center, works with a group of middle schoolers building Lego helicopters.

May 8, 2014
LA GRANDE, Ore. (EOU) – Eastern Oregon University’s College of Education hosted dozens of elementary and middle school students for an engaging day of hands-on learning last month.

The students came to campus to participate in a Science and Math Investigative Learning Experience, or SMILE for short.

EOU partners with Oregon State University to present the workshop annually. This year 58 students from Nyssa and Ontario attended the event on April 26.

Engineering lessons were presented in the form of challenges for the different grade levels. Middle school students completed a Lego building challenge that included construction of helicopters and required them to consider cost and efficiency.

Elementary students participated in three challenges focusing on engineering, force and motion in the building of catapults, parachutes and airplanes.

The sessions were facilitated by 14 students in EOU’s education program with guidance from professors Tawnya Lubbes and Donna Rainboth from EOU and Jay Well from OSU.

Many of the students served through SMILE are Latino and Native American. The 14 EOU education majors are completing teaching licensure with an endorsement in English for Speakers of Other Languages, and the opportunity to mentor younger students from a diverse population is integral to their experience.

“Overall, the workshop was a success and we hope to continue this excellent partnership for many years to come,” said Lubbes, who has been involved with the project in 2012. “Not only is the experience beneficial to our EOU students, but also to our future students who are participating in this program.”

Attendees also heard from Xavier Romano, dean of Student Success and Engagement, and Donald Easton-Brooks, dean of the College of Business and Education. The day concluded with an ever-popular “magic” show presented by members of EOU’s Chemistry Club.

Explore culture at Indian Arts Festival & Spring Powwow

News contact: Laura Hancock | University Advancement
541-962-3585 | lhancock@eou.edu
Source contact: Shoshoni Walker | Rural & Native American Program
541-962-3588 | walkerss@eou.edu
Photo by Trent Manns

Photos by Trent Manns

May 8, 2014
LA GRANDE, Ore. (EOU) – The annual Indian Arts Festival Spring Powwow will be held Friday and Saturday, May 16-17 at Eastern Oregon University.

Grand Entries are at 6 p.m. Friday, and 1 and 7 p.m. Saturday in the newly remodeled Quinn Coliseum. Admission is free.

A Friendship Feast, Speel-Ya Run and donation raffle are also part of the gathering. All activities are family-friendly and open to the public.

“The Indian Arts Festival Spring Powwow and Friendship Feast is a time for celebration with singing, dancing, eating, and arts and crafts,” said Shoshoni Walker with Rural and Native American Programs at EOU.

“It’s also a time for people of other ethnicities to explore Native American culture,” she added. “Learning and understanding other traditions allows for growth and deters prejudice. The dancing and drumming are so captivating…this is an event everyone should experience once in their lives.”

Events on Saturday kick-off with the half-marathon at 8 a.m. and 5K/10K run at 9 a.m. Registration is at 7:30 for the half-marathon and from 8-9 for the 5K/10K.

Runners should meet at the west end of Dorion Park on 6th Street near the EOU tennis courts. The cost is $5 for students and $10 for adults. Winners receive a 2014 powwow T-shirt.

The Friendship Feast precedes the Grand Entry on Saturday evening, with food served in the Gilbert Center beginning at 5 p.m.

Arts and crafts vendors will be set up both days with a variety of wares including American Indian style flutes, and beaded and wire-wrapped jewelry.

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Click thumbnail to view poster.

In addition to the regular lineup of social and competitive dancing will be a Men’s Slick Style and Women’s Traditional along with a hand drum contest, offering opportunities for participants to earn extra cash prizes.

Serving as Host Drum this year is Red Hawk Canyon from Pendleton. Thomas Morning Owl is the Master of Ceremonies, representing the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation.

Speel-Ya Native American Student Council, Associated Students of EOU, Eastern Promise, Wildhorse Foundation, Student Fee and Vending committees and many in-kind donations support the event.

For more information visit www.eou.edu/powwow or reach Walker at 541-962-3588 or walkerss@eou.edu.

Helping students with Autism Spectrum Disorder succeed

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

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May 5, 2014
LA GRANDE, Ore. (EOU) – Susan Whitelock, assistant professor of English and writing, discusses how colleges can be prepared to help students with Autism Spectrum Disorder succeed Thursday, May 8 at EOU.

Whitelock’s colloquium presentation “Looking at Collaboration through the Eyes of College Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder” begins at 4 p.m. in Ackerman Hall, Room 210. A reception with time for questions and answers will follow.

The number of students entering college with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), which now includes Asperger Syndrome, is growing. Whitelock stresses the importance for college students, staff and faculty to better understand the challenges these students face as they enter college classrooms and other college spaces, especially as demands include social interaction.

Whitelock references the concept of universal design for learning, based on the theory of universal design in architecture, as a helpful tool for faculty to think of curriculum as a building that needs new access ramps to help students with ASD succeed.

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 541-962-3316