55 by 55

55 by 55

Posted on December 22, 2021

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.


Stepping up

Stepping up

Posted on December 22, 2021

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.


Never give up

Never give up

Posted on December 22, 2021

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.


Just Like Dad

Just Like Dad

Posted on December 22, 2021

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.


Making women veterans visible

Making women veterans visible

Posted on December 22, 2021

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.


Got Beef?

Got Beef?

Posted on December 22, 2021

New technology ‘beefs up’ cattle care


Finding their park

Finding their park

Posted on December 22, 2021

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.


From generation, to generation

From generation, to generation

Posted on December 22, 2021

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.


Baseballer to bestseller

Baseballer to bestseller

Posted on December 22, 2021

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.


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.


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.


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.


A living legacy

A living legacy

Posted on May 26, 2021

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


Fire District One

Fire District One

Posted on May 25, 2021

EOU alumni creates new fire services in Umatilla County.


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.


Psychedelic potential

Psychedelic potential

Posted on May 25, 2021

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


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.


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.


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.


Speaking her language

Speaking her language

Posted on November 18, 2020

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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.