Honoring our alumni

EOU presents awards during Homecoming 


Josie Ward Heath

The Alumni Honors and Athletic Hall of Fame Ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12 at the David E. Gilbert Center at EOU.

This year’s recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award is Josie Ward Heath, of Boulder, Colo., a 1959 Eastern Oregon State College graduate in education. As an educator and activist, Heath began organizing for civil rights in the 1960s. Her outreach work continued in the Colorado political arena and as an advocate for women’s education. She has worked in academia, on several gubernatorial and senatorial campaigns, and also ran for Colorado state senator in 1990. In 1979, Heath was appointed by President Jimmy Carter as the Denver regional director for ACTION, a federal agency for volunteer service. In 2002, she helped her husband, Rollie, campaign for governor of Colorado and in 2004 they served as delegates to the Democratic National Convention. Heath remains involved in community activism for the advancement of women and children, as noted in the “Josie Heath Collection” housed at the University of Colorado-Boulder library. The collection contains publications, newspaper articles, notes and papers related to her political and social activism work.

Rob Cashell

Rob Cashell, of La Grande, will receive the Dixie Lund Service Award recognizing his many accomplishments as EOU’s former athletic director. Under his guidance, the institution maintained aggressive adherence to Title IX requirements in helping to maintain athletic programs at EOU for women. Cashell also emphasized the importance of the academic performance of student-athletes, which resulted in an increase in the number of athletes qualifying for the dean’s list.

Chet Prior

The Honorary Alumni Award goes to Chet Prior, of Hermiston. Prior garnered a mechanical engineering degree in the late 1950s, but began his working life early on a small family farm. For the past 36 years he has been involved in all things agricultural, including his role as a founding member of the Potato Growers Bargaining Committee and the Oregon Water Coalition. He has been a strong voice of support for EOU and Blue Mountain Community College programs in Umatilla County, and was instrumental in the creation of the new Eastern Oregon Higher Education Center in Hermiston.

Eric Valentine

Also being recognized is Eric Valentine, a retired Union County Circuit Court judge, who will serve as the Homecoming Parade Grand Marshal. Valentine is an avid EOU supporter and an accomplished photographer who has altruistically used his artistic skill to help market the university and the eastern Oregon region.





Hall of Fame induction

The Athletic Hall of Fame will induct football great Jeremy Fullenwider, who played from 1996-99, and baseball marvel Malcolm Cameron who played from 1969-70.

The 1990 men’s cross country team will also be added to the athletic annals of history. Team members are Don Cathy, Tony DeAugustine, Marty Doyle, Shawn Folkert, John Garlitz, Mike Murphy, Ben Sauvage, Steve Sheehy, Dustin Smith, Jeff Thomson, Tim Vandervlugt, Rich Wiebe and Wayne Wilson.

The men’s cross country team continued to excel in 1991. The individuals to be inducted include Mario Beaudion, Tony DeAugustine, Marty Doyle, Bruce Gray, Mike Murphy, Steve Padilla, Ben Sauvage, Dermot Shortall, Tim Vandervlugt and Rich Wiebe.

For information on prior Alumni Award recipients and Hall of Fame inductees, visit www.eou.edu/alumni/recipients or http://eousports.com/hof.aspx.



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