Fall 2020

Fall 2020 Cover

In this issue:

  • A sports podcast that became a venue for honest conversations about racial inequity
  • EOU Foundation’s Student Crisis Fund supports students during the pandemic
  • Alumna transforms a GED program with curriculum tailored to Native students
  • …and more!

This issue is available for download, Flipbook viewing, and references to published articles.


President’s Letter – Fall 2020

Letter from alumnus and EOU President Tom Insko for fall 2020

This land…

EOU Trustee Bobbie Conner has ancestral ties to the Grande Ronde Valley that long pre-date the university.

Student-athletes speak out

Four EOU student-athletes share their ideas about how the university can contribute to conversations about race and equity.

Teaching amid trauma

EOU’s new trauma-invested teaching courses opened just in time for educators facing a slew of students in need.

The first, not the last

Ed Smith, ’83, was the first student body president of color, and many have followed in the path he paved.

Developing responsible global citizens

Diversity, equity and inclusion language is new to many EOU students. Learn more about how this important aspect of higher education is integrated on campus.

Stepping up in time of need

The EOU Foundation supported struggling students during the pandemic through the Student Crisis Fund.

Voices of the pandemic

Students, employees and alumni responded to the COVID-19 pandemic, alongside communities around the world.

Pierce Library: A pillar for change

A committee of students, faculty and staff spent two years researching the legacy of the Pierce name, and found it doesn’t align with EOU’s values.

The trust in care

Building relationships with people in need is the first step toward holistic healthcare, alumnus Mitchel Ornelas found.

Speaking her language

Alumna teaching in dual-language classroom taps into the power of communication.

Angelic Rehabilitation

Artistic greeting cards help fund a transitional housing and life skills program from women leaving rehabilitation programs or prison in Baker County.

Pod and basketball

A sports podcast re-emerged this summer with a focus on how EOU alumni have experienced racism. The conversations strengthened friendships and spread awareness during the peak of the Black Lives Matter movement.

The story you don’t know

An educator in the CTUIR reached GED students with customized curriculum.

Miss Spontaneity

Transfer student Sophia Yervasi will join her best friend as contestants on the Miss Oregon USA stage Nov. 21.

Mountaineer Tracks

Keep up with births, marriages and passings of fellow alumni.

Donor Spotlight: The Haddocks

Becoming like sisters–and teammates–who give together, stay together.