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We are just one day away from the opening of our Homecoming activities and there is a lot of news to share!I am excited to see the Homecoming spirit shining brightly within our broader EOU community of alumni, students, faculty, staff and throughout Eastern Oregon. For Spirit Week and Homecoming, we have scheduled a number of fun programs that represent the hard work of so many individuals at our university, while also celebrating the Mountaineer spirit. I look forward to seeing you at the events.Leading up to Homecoming, we have hosted many events on the Quad, and I want to thank our partners in this work: the four Colleges, the Library, Advising, the Chemistry Club, DEIB, Finance and Administration, Student Affairs, and the General Counsel’s Office. University Advancement has done an excellent job keeping our campus calendar on the homepage up and information going out on these events. What a team! Of course, I am hopeful to keep the fun going and keep the campus energized well beyond Homecoming, so let me know what cold-weather-friendly ideas you have to keep the campus engaged. I look forward to an inbox full of energetic events you are scheduling to engage the entire university!The good news has been pouring in!
Since my last message, it has been a very busy two weeks of meetings on and off campus. Of recent note is a trip to Baker City to visit with Trustees Erin Lair and Maurizio Valerio, in addition to a visit to the local Head Start to connect with Robert Kleng and Tammie McEnroe. Closer to home, I was excited to speak at La Grande Noon Rotary Club about all of the awesome things I see happening at EOU. They are rooting for us! Pendleton was my next stop, visiting with BMCC President Mark Browning, and then with Mike Fisher of our Regional Center While in Pendleton, I gave a presentation at the Intermountain Education Services District Superintendents’ meeting. I spoke with them about our University’s hope of working with them on our shared goals of boosting college-going.
In addition, I had the privilege of visiting Trustee Gary George, who honored me by arranging a meeting with Kat Brigham, the Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Confederated Tribes of Umatilla Indian Reservation. I also had a great meeting with ROI’s Susie Calhoun who is an important EOU Resource at CTUIR. We had a lot of laughs on that wonderful day, and I am hopeful about our future work together.
Wishing all of you well during this beautiful time of seasonal change!
Kelly Ryan, Ph.D.
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