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My Dear Fellow Alumni and Friends,
It is my honor to write this issue’s opening letter. I am a 2011 and 2013 graduate of Eastern Oregon University, and the current President of the EOU Alumni Association Board of Directors. It has been my pleasure to work with the Alumni Association for the last six years, and stay involved with the university that gave me so much.
It was because of EOU that I moved to La Grande in 2009. It was because of EOU that I stayed to complete my MBA. It was because of EOU that I met my husband and found my place as a Financial Advisor with Edward Jones. So much of my life was impacted when I moved to the beautiful Grande Ronde Valley, all thanks to EOU.
This edition of The Mountaineer is all about “Women On The Rise,” and as a woman still rising, I know I am in good company with those featured. We come from all different backgrounds, but our desire is all the same — to be the best versions of ourselves for our families, friends, community members, associates, and society.
Each of the stories features the work, creativity, leadership and abilities of women from EOU — alumnae, faculty and students. These profiles illustrate the incredible value and skills they bring to our world and how they have made a difference. I am so proud of these friends and colleagues, and I know that there are many, many more just like them in our lives and communities.
EOU has played a part in all of our lives, in many different ways, and I hope you enjoy reading about these incredible women as much as I have.
All my best,
Mary Horn, ’11, ’12
President, EOU Alumni Association
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