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Welcome to the Mountaineer Family Network! We are dedicated to connecting our Mountaineer Families through features and news celebrating the great work of our students as they launch into their lives and careers after EOU. EOU faculty, students, alumni and partners work together to bring you a topical quarterly newsletter. Please send us your comments, ideas and reactions to mountaineerfamilynetwork@eou.
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Supporting All Students
To the EOU Community,
In our own community and on campus we are involved in continuing discussions around diversity, respect and inclusivity. We have heard reports of people who are worried about their futures and the wellbeing of their friends and families, and who have concerns about potential changes in federal immigration policy.
For many years, EOU has had in place policies that protect student personal information and protect student civil rights. The basis for these policies is found in the U.S. Constitution and in the requirements of federal and state law. This means that EOU does not have the authority to enforce federal immigration laws, and that in most cases EOU is not required to cooperate with immigration enforcement efforts. EOU supports these laws and the fundamental legal principles they derive from. Therefore, we will continue – to the full extent of the university’s authority – to protect student information and to not participate in immigration enforcement actions.
For many reasons, these issues are of particular importance to us as we work to ensure access for students of all backgrounds. EOU has actively encouraged academically qualified students who lack citizenship or immigration documentation to enroll in this university—it is beneficial to the students, their families and the communities in our service region. EOU is actively engaged in partnerships with TheDream.us, Euvalcree, the state and other public and private organizations to improve access; we have faculty in leadership roles teaching cultural competency; we have intentionally hired individuals who represent these communities and have invested in award-winning programs like “Bienvenidos a EOU” to recruit students and retain them through diversity programming. To further these discussions, we look forward to working with the university’s Diversity Committee and shared governance.
We wish to be clear on this point: people are our most valuable asset and each student and employee at this institution is part of the Mountaineer family. We will continue to hold each other up through support and encouragement.
Students can turn for help to any member of the faculty, staff, deans, Student Affairs, the Counseling Center, Multicultural Center, the TRiO program, Title IX Coordinator and others. In particular, specific advocates across campus have volunteered to assist students. They can be identified by the purple sign and safety pin in their office window.
Additional information on resources, conduct and other policies can be found at the following links:
Student Affairs: https://www.eou.edu/student-
Student Conduct (section 579-040-0005): https://www.eou.edu/student-
You can speak with any of us and we will help. The most important thing is that you know we are here to support you.
Tom Insko, President
Sarah Witte, Provost and Sr. Vice President for Academic Affairs
Lara Moore, Vice President for Finance & Administration
Tim Seydel, Vice President for University Advancement
Colleen Cascio, Title IX Coordinator and Director of Student Relations
Chris Burford, General Counsel and Board Secretary
Anji Weissenfluh, Director of Intercollegiate Athletics
Luke Aldrich, Organization Transformation/CPM
Mountaineer Family Network Newsletter
From the Fall 2016 Edition of the Mountaineer Family Newsletter…
From “The Lights in the Basement are On!”
This year I was going to repeat the process. After all, the process seems to have worked with the first child. When the semi-transition of my first child went smoothly, I thought the next one would be just as easy. My son was going to stay close to home for his gen-eds and then go somewhere else in Oregon to college. He felt like he was really not a small town kind of guy. We started all the normal preparations with FAFSA, scholarships, and college courses in high school so he would look good to schools.
It worked partly: he got into the school he wanted to go to. The problem was that the hard work that we figured would almost pay for his education through scholarships, like it did for his sister, fell flat. He decided to go to an honor college that had higher expectations than most schools. So now, as a family, we needed to cosign with him on a loan and really see where we needed to help. Second reality: he chose a school 2,500 miles away from home on the east coast, where the cities are. I’m still okay right? This is just a little glitch. Okay. How do we support him now? My brother lives over there, so he has been gracious enough to invite my son to live with him. That will help with the cost. He will be fine now. I don’t have to worry about him when he leaves. Now I can relax, get him through the last things, and let him start his new adventure.Kathleen Brown–Student Success Coordinator
From “The Long Trip Home”
“Three years, three countries, four cities, two degrees—Studying abroad provided me a great opportunity to experience different cultures and develop a global view; this experience will help me understand and excel in a global market. I have to admit I had to overcome difficulties such as language, culture, academic performance and loneliness. But even in the most difficult times, I never regretted the decision to study abroad. I tell myself that life is a miracle. I am glad that I went into the Career Center for help; I wanted a little information on resumes and ended up finding a world that I never knew could be mine.” Na’s work with Career Services allowed her to focus her skills, experiences and goals and to connect her with career development opportunities within La Grande, eastern Oregon and China. During Summer Term, Na was selected by Jack Howard, Union County Commission to serve as a summer intern for the Poverty in Eastern Oregon Summit. “One of the things we’ve learned to overcome has been the tendency to think that our problems don’t have connections to other people or other places or even other times. Working with Na Meng on a local poverty project for Eastern Oregon has demonstrated that the world really works best when we work together.
Na not only grasped the importance of addressing poverty in the broadest possible cultural view, but also recognized the need to bring new sets of skills to longer term and permanent solutions. With her background in finance, she did a great deal of good to add to the usual perspective of poverty as a purely social condition. That she was so successful in such a short period of time also says a lot about the ability to look outside our area to get expertise that 20 years ago would not have been available to us. For this, I especially thank not only Na, but also EOU and Justin Chin, who is leading a dynamic effort to make borders important only when they show us where the solutions are located, “ said County Commissioner Howard.
New Student Handbook Published
EOU Student Affairs has recently released its updated Student Handbook for the 2016-2017 academic year.
Special Offer for Families and Students: Microsoft Office 2016
The IT Department would like to announce a program through Microsoft which allows EOU Students, Staff & Faculty to purchase a single Microsoft Office 2016 license for either a PC or a Mac to use on your home computer. Total cost for the installation digital download is $9.95 or installation CD is $15.95.
To participate in this offer, please visit this page: www.eou.edu/it/office-2016/ and complete the short form at the bottom of the page. You’ll then receive an email for instructions to visit a Microsoft site where you’ll have to enter a redemption code (included in the instructions) when ordering the software.
If you have any questions about this offer, please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org