Computer science program continues at EOU
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File photo / Software development, programming and systems analysis are among high-demand careers EOU graduates are prepared to pursue.

July 15, 2014
LA GRANDE, Ore. (EOU) – Eastern Oregon University will continue to offer a degree in computer science to support the region’s economic development and STEM education priorities.

Interim EOU President Jay Kenton reinstated the program after it was identified for possible elimination in the university’s Financial Sustainability Plan released June 9.

“Computer science is a critical program for our region and state and we need it at EOU,” Kenton said. “With a growing technology industry and increasing demand in this field, it’s more important now than ever that we develop professionals with backgrounds in science, technology, engineering and math. EOU can deliver on that priority with incredible educational quality and grow the regional economy with programs like this and others.”

Students may complete either a bachelor of science or bachelor of arts in computer science, preparing them for work in software development, programming and systems analysis. A computer science minor is also available and two certificates in computer programming are offered.

Program faculty are Richard Croft, associate professor of computer science, and Aaron Boudreaux, assistant professor of computer science.

“There’s a demand for computer science majors right here, right now in eastern Oregon,” Croft said. “We have an outstanding program at EOU and want to grow. Many of our graduates work in the surrounding local areas, but others have gone on to graduate school or employment all over the world.”

Students from as far away as Japan, Tajikistan, Bulgaria, Mariana Islands and Micronesia have completed the program. Croft said a graduate from the Oregon coast is now pursuing two master’s degrees simultaneously after moving to New Zealand.

“The background our students receive makes them ready for the demands of today’s advanced technology, from agriculture to space exploration,” Croft added.

For more information about EOU’s computer science program visit or e-mail Croft at

Knowles awarded Phi Kappa Phi Literacy Grant
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Professor Nancy Knowles

Professor Nancy Knowles

BATON ROUGE, La. – The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi has named Nancy Knowles recipient of a 2014 Literacy Grant.

Knowles, a professor of English and writing at EOU, is one of 14 recipients nationwide to receive the award.

The $2,500 grant will be used to support “Write Now” youth programs provided by the Oregon Writing Project at EOU. The programs, hosted throughout rural central and eastern Oregon, encourage children’s self-esteem, provide incentives to stay connected with academics, and build healthy relationships between youth and adults.

Activities that comprise the program include the Student Writers’ Workshop, a Saturday youth writing conference in La Grande serving 150 youth, a partnership with the visually-stunning online teen literary magazine Torches n’ Pitchforks in Crook County, and a partnership with Wallowa County’s Building Healthy Families, which aims to infuse writing activities into after-school programs that reach more than 70 children across three school districts.

The Phi Kappa Phi Literacy Grant program was initiated in 2003 to provide funding to chapters and active members for ongoing projects or new initiatives that reinforce part of the society’s mission “to engage the community of scholars in service to others.” Drawing from a multi-disciplinary society of students and scholars from large and small institutions, applicants are encouraged to consider literacy projects that have creative relevance to their disciplines and to the needs of their communities.

Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. For more see

2014 Commencement coverage

Approximately 458 students participated in Eastern Oregon University’s Commencement Ceremony June 14, representing 59 percent of the total number of graduates anticipated this year.

View memorable photos and watch footage of the entire event at the links below.

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