Wrestling: More Than A Sport

Wrestling: More Than A Sport

Posted on May 28, 2021

A student-athlete utilizes the sense of community that team sports allows as he continues his passion for wrestling, all while completing his MAT.

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Willard Carey: Founder, Mentor, Leader

Willard Carey: Founder, Mentor, Leader

Posted on May 27, 2021

The first EOU Foundation president went business to business building the foundation we know today. His legacy now lives on through the military scholarship dedicated to him that creates college opportunity for military men and women.

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Mentorship on a molecular level

Mentorship on a molecular level

Posted on May 26, 2021

EOU graduate conducts doctorate research in Chemistry at the University of Oregon.

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A living legacy

A living legacy

Posted on May 26, 2021

Alumna Kelly Chadwick talks plants when her horticultural story at UM is shared.

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Fire District One

Fire District One

Posted on May 25, 2021

EOU alumni creates new fire services in Umatilla County.

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Feeding the world

Feeding the world

Posted on May 25, 2021

Republic of Palau native named “Food Hero” by Oregon Food Bank as she continues to make a difference in her communities.

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Psychedelic potential

Psychedelic potential

Posted on May 25, 2021

EOU alumni at the forefront of psychedelic research at Johns Hopkins University.

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Betting on success

Betting on success

Posted on May 25, 2021

Coquille Indian tribal member earned multiple degrees simultaneously through EOU while working full time, now helping to lead the way for employment and leadership opportunities among fellow tribe members.

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The first, not the last

The first, not the last

Posted on November 19, 2020

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

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The trust in care

The trust in care

Posted on November 18, 2020

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

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Speaking her language

Speaking her language

Posted on November 18, 2020

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

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Angelic Rehabilitation

Angelic Rehabilitation

Posted on November 6, 2020

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

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Pod and basketball

Pod and basketball

Posted on November 6, 2020

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.

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The story you don’t know

The story you don’t know

Posted on November 6, 2020

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

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Coyotes, badgers and bears, oh my!

Coyotes, badgers and bears, oh my!

Posted on May 20, 2020

Lauren Hull, ’11, uses her degree to turn animal remains into stunning art and wall mounts. Her business has found a thriving clientele in rural Oregon.

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Creating community

Creating community

Posted on May 20, 2020

EOU’s Native American Program, led by alumna Katie Harris-Murphy, ’16, connects Native students with one another while providing cultural opportunities for all members of the campus community.

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Your friendly, local CEO

Your friendly, local CEO

Posted on May 20, 2020

Alumnus Rob Stuart, ’96, brought his small-town values to big-city banking, and now heads Oregon’s largest credit union.

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Building character

Building character

Posted on May 20, 2020

Theatre alumni are on a quest to write, produce and direct a fantasy adventure film to showcase Eastern Oregon’s local talent and natural scenery.

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Baseball: Back at EOU

Baseball: Back at EOU

Posted on May 19, 2020

Nearly 50 years after he set a record for home runs, Steve Carter, ’60 is leading his teammates once again. This time, he’s scoring scholarships for a new generation of Mountaineers student-athletes.

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Binding Time

Binding Time

Posted on May 19, 2020

One-of-a-kind art books get printed and bound in an old fruit warehouse in central Washington. An EOU alumnus found opportunity in this small community’s vacant downtown.

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Where the arts speak

Where the arts speak

Posted on May 19, 2020

From bedtime reading out of textbooks, to steering Baker County’s art center, Ginger Savage has built a life and career out of creating welcoming spaces.

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Around the world hospitality

Around the world hospitality

Posted on May 19, 2020

The Allison Inn and Spa in Newberg now benefits from EOU alumnus Lonny Watne’s globe-trotting career in hotel finance.

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Not your average table wine

Not your average table wine

Posted on May 18, 2020

Keith Kenison, ’90, got his first job at a winery shoveling grape skins out of the bottom of steel tanks. Now he oversees all of the reds as a winemaker for 14 Hands.

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One man’s trash

One man’s trash

Posted on November 19, 2019

By Katy Nesbitt Luke Dynes, ’02, is the poster child for the self-made business executive — but his work goes beyond his success in agriculture. Dynes moved to Eastern Oregon as a teenager from Danville, Illinois. He attended Hermiston High School and spent summers in Elgin. Motivated to get an education and gifted with a […]

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Finding strength through teaching

Finding strength through teaching

Posted on November 19, 2019

Pauci-immune necrotizing glomerulonephritis: 15 syllables that changed Tara Fox’s, ’18, life when she was diagnosed with the kidney disease as a sophomore in high school. The chronic disease means she’ll need an organ donor eventually, and bi-annual chemotherapy treatments to keep it at bay in the meantime. She said her kidneys have been functioning at […]

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From boardroom to classroom

From boardroom to classroom

Posted on November 19, 2019

By Katy Nesbitt When TJ Presley, ’17, left a full-time management position to earn a Master of Arts in Teaching from Eastern Oregon University, he brought corporate experiences and values with him. Presley started teaching algebra and junior high math in Pilot Rock, and toward the end of his first year he also became athletic […]

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Building community through business

Building community through business

Posted on November 19, 2019

Public relations was a developing industry in the Middle East and Northern Africa when Mohamed Al Ayed, ’91, returned home to Saudi Arabia in the early 1990s. His modern languages degree from Eastern Oregon University (then Eastern Oregon State College) soon translated into an expertise in communications of all kinds, and Al Ayed founded Trans-Arabian […]

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“Yes, and…

“Yes, and…

Posted on November 19, 2019

Improv comedy relies on a central principle called “yes, and” that dictates participants respond to new ideas or actions from their peers with the phrase, “yes, and.” Two actors are pantomiming a dinner scene when another walks on stage and asks whether his pet skunk is welcome in the restaurant. One of the diners reaches […]

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On the air

On the air

Posted on November 19, 2019

Local news anchor Mark Hanrahan, ’04, finds himself on the frontline of community issues nearly every day. From behind the evening news desk at KREM in Spokane, he tells viewers the latest happenings at 5, 6, 10 and 11 p.m. each night. “Journalism offers something new and interesting every day,” Hanrahan said. “It’s a very […]

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Donor Spotlight: James Gorham

Donor Spotlight: James Gorham

Posted on November 19, 2019

Part of something bigger A new business in his old hometown inspired James Gorham, ’95, to get involved in the EOU Foundation. Now, more than 10 years later, the business is thriving and Gorham is a member of the EOU Foundation Board of Directors. After graduation, he earned his master’s in physical therapy and opened […]

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