Social science journal earns top award

Student-produced social science journal earns top awardEastern Oregon Social Science Journal Cover 2016

Nov. 14, 2017 La Grande, Ore. — The debut edition of the Eastern Oregon Social Science Journal earned the top spot as Best Social Science Journal in its category, as well as First Place with Special Merit, from the American Scholastic Press Association.

Student editorial staff at Eastern Oregon University produced the award-winning journal, which includes contributions from students in EOU’s anthropology/sociology, business and economics programs.

“The science journal has been at Eastern Oregon University since 1983, and a large number of students have had the beneficial experience of publishing their research in it,” said Aaron Thornburg, assistant professor of anthropology and faculty advisor for the social science journal. “With this premier social science issue, the journal has extended its reach to even more students. It’s really gratifying that this first social science issue has been recognized with these awards.”

Alannah Jones, a recent graduate of EOU’s Master of Arts in Teaching program, and Zoe Mathias, an alumna of the biology program, took the lead in composing the inaugural issue of the social science journal. The experience offered insights into the publishing process for academic articles and hands-on practice communicating with professionals in the field.

The next issue’s contributions have already been accepted. To be published in the 2018-2019 academic year, the second edition is set to include articles by EOU anthropology/sociology, English/writing and history students.

“As much as I appreciate being part of an award-winning journal issue, I’m even more appreciative to know that social sciences is gaining a strong footing and recognition in the eastern region of the state,” said contributor and EOU alumnus Calvin Edward, who is now a graduate student at Sophia University in Japan. “I am confident that the EOSSJ will continue producing strong entries in the future and is able to make an impact in not only Eastern Oregon, but social sciences as a whole.”

As for the Eastern Oregon Science Journal, staff await printed copies of the latest edition, which are due to arrive on campus this month.

Amy Yielding, associate professor of mathematics and faculty advisor for the science journal, said readers should, “be prepared to be impressed with research completed at EOU.” Topics include: a novel approach in testing cannabis to ensure the safety of consumers by students and professors in our mathematics department, solutions to two different CoMap competitions completed by students in chemistry and mathematics, and the development of diagnostic sensors for bacteria detection developed by students and professors in our biochemistry department.

Donations to support both publications are accepted online at For more information visit

26th annual Holiday Music Festival

26th annual Holiday Music Festival announced2015 Holiday Music Festival

Nov. 16, 2017 La Grande, Ore. — More than 200 local musicians will perform in the 26th annual Holiday Music Festival at Eastern Oregon University the first weekend of December.

Traditional holiday music from around the world takes center stage at this celebration of the season. Sponsored by The Observer and Koza Family Dental, the spirited concert features the Grande Ronde Symphony Orchestra, The Community Symphonic Band, EOU Chamber Choir, Grande Ronde Community Chorus, EOU’s 45th Parallel Ensemble, EOU African Drumming Group and the EOU Fiddle Ensemble.

Both shows — 7:30 p.m., Dec. 2 and 3 p.m., Dec. 3 — will be held in McKenzie Theatre and often sell out. Tickets are available now at Red Cross Drug, the EOU Bookstore and online at General admission costs $8 for adults, $6 for students and seniors, and $10 for all online purchases.

All proceeds from the event benefit music funds held in the EOU Foundation. Arts Center East, an EOU community partner, will provide refreshments during intermission to support its art programs for all ages.

McKenzie Theatre is located in Loso Hall on EOU’s campus in La Grande. For more information contact Peter Wordelman at 541-962-3352 or


Stoke meets safe at EOU

Get stoked and stay safe this ski seasonavalanche safety

Nov. 13, 2017 La Grande, Ore. — Eastern Oregon University’s Outdoor Adventure program invites winter sport enthusiasts from throughout the community to learn more about avalanche safety and watch ski and snowboard action this month.

The Wallowa Avalanche Center partnered with EOU to bring a one-and-a-half-hour avalanche safety clinic to campus Nov. 15. Attendees will learn how to identify avalanche terrain, plan for travel in winter environments, detect unstable snow and use information from an avalanche center. The class is free and begins at 6:30 p.m., Nov. 15 in Zabel Hall Auditorium.

Two weeks later, Zabel Hall will fill with skiers, snowboarders and other outdoor enthusiasts for a showing of Warren Miller’s “Line of Descent.” The film documents ties that bind ski culture and mountain lifestyle around the globe. EOU Ski and Snowboard Club sponsored the event, which opens at 5:30 with the film starting at 6 p.m. Tickets are available at the EOU Outdoor Adventure Program office and Blue Mountain Outfitters.