Fall 2021

In this issue:

  • A new EOU degree equips students to “farm forward” as agripreneurs.
  • An alumnus who never intended to become an author now has multiple titles in amazon’s bestseller list.
  • Alumni who never crossed paths on-campus found each other in the Petrified Forest National Park

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


President’s Letter – Fall 2021

A message from EOU President Tom Insko

A day to remember

The class of 2021 celebrated their Commencement like none before.

Creating a buzz:

EOU economics professor Jeff Dense’s research focuses on the political economy of vice.

Growing greatness

In the fall of 2022, the first cohort of Agriculture Entrepreneurship students will begin their studies at Eastern Oregon University.

Baseballer to bestseller

Paul Phillips, ’82, didn’t plan to go to college. Nobody else in his family had done it, but a clandestine visit to campus led him to baseball coach Howard Fetz’s office and the rest was history.

From generation, to generation

When you have a great-grandma and a great-great grandma who were both among the first students at your alma mater, you know the blue and gold roots run deep.

Finding their park

After 12 years of working in traditional Hopi homelands at the Petrified Forest National Park, Sarah Herve, ’03, got to introduce a group of young people from the Indigenous tribe to her own origins in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Got Beef?

New technology ‘beefs up’ cattle care

Making women veterans visible

It was 1977 in La Grande, and Elizabeth Estabrooks, ’01, hadn’t really planned on joining the U.S. Army. She had just accepted a higher paying job and bought a new Nova SS, but the job fell through and a friend talked her into going down to the recruiters’ office together.

Just Like Dad

After five years working as a mentor and supervisor, his bachelor’s degree gave Damien Tracy the boost he needed to obtain a management position.

Never give up

Never losing sight of the meaning of college education, Robert ‘Bob’ Stubbs was recognized for his lifelong pursuit of a degree with the title of 2021 Honorary Alumnus.

Stepping up

When Wandering Dragon Productions set out to make a horror movie in 2019, founder Amanda Rae Jones, ’01, knew the horror genre and community was ready for something different.

55 by 55

EOU Alum Joan Gilbert, a graphic artist who lives in Enterprise, is seeking to expand her artistic ability while completing a major project that will be three years in the making.

Mountaineer Tracks

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

Donor Spotlight: Linda George Jones

When she started teaching in 1971 the 2nd graders in her class called her Miss Linda, but after she married Ray Jones, Linda (ne’e George) Jones, ’71, became Mrs. Linda.