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President’s Letter – Fall 2019

Tom portrait crop copyAlumni and Friends,

Altruism, giving selflessly to empower one another through inclusiveness, appreciation, and stewardship, is a core value of our EOU community. We are all beneficiaries of this value and it makes for an especially distinctive student experience — an Eastern Edge.

Frequently, I see altruistic service amongst EOU Mountaineers. Meaningful mentorship, creative curricular and extracurricular endeavors, celebrations of individual and community success, and encouragement in the face of challenges bring out the best in us. The meaningful relationships between faculty and students continue to impact our graduates as they experience successful careers and fulfilling lives.

Altruism runs deep at Oregon’s Rural University and makes EOU a great place to work and learn. This fall, we welcome two new deans to the faculty: Matt Seimears in the College of Education and Ed Henninger in the College of Business. They join ranks of accomplished faculty and dedicated alumni in each field. As we mark the university’s 90th academic year, I look forward to the first stages of construction on the Fieldhouse and reaching our goals to grow the number of lives impacted. New relationships will support a growing number of online and on-campus learners from the region and around the world.

We are committed to cultivating success for our students. We are blessed with a wonderful community of Mountaineers — employees, alumni and friends — and we celebrate this by sharing some of our stories. I look back on my years as an EOU student with gratitude and fondness. Altruistic people elevated my experience as a student and now encourage me as the university’s president. I appreciate each of you for helping continue our legacy of altruism into the future.

In gratitude,

Tom Insko, ’94



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