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From the President – April 10, 2024

Posted on April 10, 2024

Dear EOU Community: Some of the best things about being President are the opportunities it affords to proudly spread the word about our amazing work everywhere I go! We’ve developed a new way to keep each other informed about our great news, and I encourage you to recognize and celebrate both the big and small […]

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From the President – March 13, 2024

Posted on March 13, 2024

Dear EOU Community: I recently chatted with a student who will likely attend EOU. What she shared with me shows the myriad factors that go into such a decision: “This is a big decision. To me, EOU is the only college or university that has all that I am looking for, those attributes being: affordable, […]

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From the President – February 28, 2024

Posted on February 28, 2024

Dear EOU Community: I’m having a lot of thoughts about us and what our future could look like if we had some time and space to dream.  One positive sign I’m very proud of is our growth in retention of students. As I shared at the University Updates last week, retention is up. That is […]

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From the President – February 14, 2024

Posted on February 14, 2024

Dear EOU Community: The last few weeks have rushed by and were marked by some incredible accomplishments within our community:  It’s been a profoundly busy few weeks. Among the most memorable moments was working alongside Dean Nate Lowe and Interim Dean Scott McConnell in visits to four eastern Oregon correctional institutions. Over the course of […]

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From the President – January 31, 2024

Posted on January 31, 2024

Dear EOU Community: I recently had the opportunity to meet with University Council leadership to discuss the Great Colleges to Work For survey results. Our highest scores from the last survey were in the area of job satisfaction and support. The overwhelming majority of you (77%) felt that your jobs made good use of your […]

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From the President – January 17, 2024

Posted on January 17, 2024

From the President – January 17, 2024 Our winter term is off to a fine start, and I’m eager to see us glide through winter into the spring. Our strategy teams for the Ascent 2029 strategic plan began their work over the past two weeks. You can expect to hear about opportunities to share your […]

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From the President – January 3, 2024

Posted on January 3, 2024

From the President – December 20, 2023 Happy New Year Eastern Oregon University!  I write with enthusiasm about our coming year and our just-about-to-get-started winter term. A new year brings with it a sense of optimism. For me, that hope revolves around our shared commitment to bringing our strategies to life through conversation, investigation, collaboration, […]

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From the President – December 20, 2023

Posted on December 20, 2023

From the President – December 20, 2023 This note marks my last communication to you in 2023. We’ve had an incredible term, and I know many of you are exhausted and looking forward to some down time. Me too! Let’s all enjoy our well deserved rest before we leap into the winter and spring terms. […]

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From the President – December 7, 2023

Posted on December 7, 2023

From the President – December 7, 2023 One of the best gifts we can give each other is our time and energy. I hold a deep place in my heart for those who are willing to share their time for others, when you are able to do so. I see it everyday at EOU with […]

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Thanksgiving holiday message from President Ryan

Posted on November 20, 2023

Thanksgiving break is a precious time for us to reconnect with loved ones, carve out some space for ourselves, and get some rest. It’s my sincere hope that each of you takes this time to do just that: relax, unplug, and unwind. Finding that time to rest and recharge helps others do the same. Let’s […]

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From the President, November 8, 2023

Posted on November 9, 2023

From the President, November 8, 2023 As we approach Veterans Day, a time of reflection and gratitude, it is profoundly important to recognize those who honorably served our nation during war and peacetime.  In 1926, the United States Congress passed a resolution to observe Veterans Day annually, and in 1938, November 11 became a national […]

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From the President, October 25, 2023

Posted on October 25, 2023

From the President, October 25, 2023 We gathered together and celebrated another successful Homecoming, and now the much-anticipated chill of autumn is in the air. I continue to be appreciative of the engagement and open discussions being held to advance EOU through innovation and your dedication. Prior to the start of the school year, a […]

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From the President, October 11, 2023

Posted on October 11, 2023

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 […]

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From the President, September 27, 2023

Posted on September 27, 2023

As we start the new academic year, I am reminded of a famous saying from the Kentucky Derby as our fall term at Eastern Oregon University is beginning: “And they’re off!” We have held several traditional campus events like Convocation, Opening Session, move-in days, and now Week of Welcome. Being new to EOU myself, it […]

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From the President, September 13, 2023

Posted on September 13, 2023

There is so much good news to celebrate I hardly know where to start! Dr. Hope Schuermann, Director of the Clinical Mental Health program, was appointed standing member of the steering committee for Greater Oregon Behavioral Health, Inc. (GOBHI). GOBHI works with mental health providers in eastern Oregon to fill gaps in employment and mental […]

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From the President, August 30, 2023

Posted on August 30, 2023

Several busy and eventful summer weeks have passed as EOU moves closer to the start of a new academic year. I can feel the excitement building and am enjoying the flurry of activities in preparation for the fall term, from our new faculty orientation to the upcoming Summer Bridge program, and having Mountaineer athletic teams […]

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From the President, Aug. 17, 2023

Posted on August 17, 2023

Thank you to everyone who completed the campus portrait survey. We had 112 respondents and over half of you completed it the first day it was sent out – wow! You shared your hopes and frustrations, and I am hopeful that your honesty and humility are signs of our commitment to improvement. Of course, there […]

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From the President, August 2, 2023

Posted on August 2, 2023

Our new online master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling has enrolled its first full cohort, and 73% of the students are from Oregon! The launch of this program is the result of a lengthy process and substantial work, and it will be a benefit to our region and the entire state. I’m very grateful to […]

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From the President, July 19, 2023

Posted on July 19, 2023

Summer activities continue to keep EOU energized with tremendous programming for our community and region.  Mountaineer Athletics just finished up a month of camps and clinics for youth basketball, football, softball, volleyball, and wrestling athletes. What a wonderful opportunity for youth from throughout Oregon to grow, and become familiar with the university.  The College of […]