LA GRANDE, Ore. (EOU) – The Center for Student Involvement is inviting students, families and alumni to be part of a new tradition at Eastern Oregon University: Family Weekend.
From first-year students looking for something fun to do, seniors preparing for life after graduation and families beginning the college search process, the aim is to get everyone involved.
“Reconnecting current students and families and enhancing the campus experience by fostering an interest in student development is the goal,” said Le Alexander, director of Student Involvement. “The activities we have planned are all about bringing in families and alumni to be part of that experience.”
Events are set for Friday and Saturday, April 17-18, and the annual Island Magic Lu’au and Show Saturday night is the main attraction. The event includes festive, traditional dishes and live entertainment – all prepared and performed by members of the Polynesian and Navigators clubs at EOU.
“The focus is on student life, recruitment and retention, but Family Weekend is also a great new activity for La Grande and our area as a whole to look forward to,” Alexander said.
With commencement just around the corner in June, EOU’s Career Services Center will hold an open house and workshop specifically for seniors. Alumni are encouraged to participate in this networking opportunity for soon-to-be-graduates.
Student Services will be promoting its Mountaineer Family Network as a resource for parents and other family members to stay connected with what’s happening at the university. They will also provide tips to help prepare for when students return home for the summer.
The senior art exhibition “Disclosure” will be on display in Nightingale Gallery over the weekend, and participants are invited to pick up a free pass to the Fitness Center and receive discounted tickets to the Mountaineer’s softball games versus the Oregon Institute of Technology.
The full schedule will be available soon and posted on the Center for Student Involvement’s website at www.eou.edu/center. Registration is needed by April 8 and the form is available online.
Accommodation options include the Best Western Plus Rama Inn & Suites, where a block of rooms has been reserved. Book by April 2 using the code “EOUFW” and receive a reduced rate.
For more information contact the Center for Student Involvement at 541-962-3704 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The EOU Student Leadership Confab, “A Leadership Odyssey: Today's Students, Tomorrow's Leaders," is on its way and we can’t wait for you to join us! We'd love to give you the low-down on what to expect when we meet at the Art Center on Sat., Apr. 25, 2015.
We’re very excited about it and hope you are too. The day will be filled with discussion on topics that will challenge us to consider how we can do our work better and how to innovate as students and professionals regardless of your field, expertise or interest. Not registered? Sign up today! New this year: local location off campus, music provided by EOU student Lyssa Putas during lunch and more!
During her junior year of college, Jess Ekstrom started her own company, Headbands of Hope, to help brighten the lives of children battling cancer. For every headband purchased, one is given to a girl with cancer and $1 is donated to the St. Baldrick’s Foundation to fund life-saving childhood cancer research. Jess works full-time as the CEO of the company, regularly visits hospitals around the country to deliver headbands to girls and visits campuses nationwide to share her story of how she turned a summer internship into an organization that changes the world. Jess decided to put all of her tips and tricks (and mistakes) into a guide to help others who are about to embark on their college journey. Her book, The Freshman Fabulous: The Girl’s Guide to College, is available on Amazon.
Jess is a 2013 graduate of North Carolina State University.
The Confab will be in the Art Center at the Old Library (1006 Penn Avenue, La Grande, OR). We'll have a sign to indicate the location as you drive up. Come on in, kick back in our coffeehouse-inspired atmosphere with chairs, beanbags and enjoy the music. Shuttle service will be provided from EOU to the Art Center.
What to Wear
Put on something comfortable. Pull out the t-shirts, jeans, shorts and your favorite pair of Converse All-Stars for example!
If you have a question about anything Confab-related, contact us at (541)962-3704.
The Hoke Union Building has limited space available for group to use for their office. Each year the Hoke Advisory Board meets to make allocations and recommends for groups to host their group in the student union building. Office space will help groups have a place to transact business and is conditional upon proper usage and care. Applications are due by 5 p.m. on April 10, 2015.
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LA GRANDE, Ore. (EOU) – The Counseling Center at Eastern Oregon University invites students to participate in two discussion groups during spring term: a Men’s Group and a Mindfulness Group.
The first group focuses on men’s experiences of and thoughts about masculinities, male relationships and generally what it means to be a man in today’s world. It is open to any student who identifies as a male.
A variety of mindfulness-based contemplative practices will be covered in the second group, with the aims of enhancing psychological awareness, reducing stress and anxiety, and developing emotional attunement and acceptance. This group is open to all students.
There is no cost associated with participation in either of these groups. Interested students should contact Tucker Brown, clinical counselor, at 541-962-3744 or email@example.com.
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Source contact: Michael Hatch | Outdoor Program Coordinator | 541-962-3621 or email@example.com
LA GRANDE, Ore. (EOU) – New and diverse courses focusing on outdoor activities are coming to Eastern Oregon University this spring term.
Classes include an introduction to backpacking, hiking/trekking, beginning indoor rock climbing, basic horsemanship and beginning archery and are open to students and community members.
“These courses are a great way to get outside and enjoy the tremendous outdoor opportunities available in eastern Oregon, learn new exciting skills, meet new friends and promote healthy lifestyles,” said Michael Hatch, coordinator of EOU’s Outdoor Program.
The one-credit physical education and sport (PES) 180 level classes are being offered through the Outdoor Program in conjunction with the Physical Activity and Health department.
“All of these activities require little or no experience and provide the fundamentals for additional skills progression and hopefully development of life-long outdoor pursuits,” Hatch added.
For more information visit www.eou.edu/outdoor/pes-courses or contact Hatch at firstname.lastname@example.org or 541-962-3621.
LA GRANDE, Ore. (EOU) — The Center for Student Involvement will host the 2014 Student Activities and InvolvementFair on Wednesday, Oct. 1, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the quad of Eastern Oregon University’s campus. The event allows student clubs and organizations, local businesses, and services the opportunity to showcase their group to incoming and returning students.
Groups often use this event to display previous events and to advertise their services. The Center for Student Involvement strives to offer students an environment in which they can enhance and cultivate skills that will help them in the future. Eastern Oregon University boasts more than 60 active student organizations, ranging from arts to cultural and religious organizations, to student media, and more.
The fair also provides all students with the opportunity to become more involved and aware with what is available on campus and within the La Grande community. Last year, the fair had over 65 clubs, organizations and businesses attend, giving students a glimpse into what the region has to offer.
For more information, please contact Le Alexander, director of Student Involvement, at (541)962-3714 or email@example.com.
LA GRANDE, Ore. (EOU) — Student leaders and organizations at Eastern Oregon University were recognized during the 2014 Student Leadership Awards June 5.
University students, faculty and staff nominated individuals and student-led organizations demonstrating a commitment to leadership and excellence during their time at EOU.
A selection committee consisting of staff and students chose the winners in 11 categories. EOU’s Center for Student Involvement sponsored the awards reception.
Among awards presented, seniors Brooke Stout and Kodi Riebling received the Student Leader of the Year Award for their work with clubs and organizations in efforts to increase the importance of co-curricular involvement at EOU.
Other awards and recipients are:
• New Student Club of the Year – EOU Garden Club
• Lending a Helping Hand – Pre-Professional Health Club
• Excellence in Promoting Diversity – Latino Impact
• Outstanding Club or Organization of the Year – Chemistry Club
• Outstanding Student Academic Support – Tracy Koenig and Sheryln Roberts
• Outstanding Student Administrative Support – Stephanie Maestretti and Cody Singer
• Rising Star of the Year – Cole Johnson
• Greatest Leap – Mary Asker
• Unsung Hero – Jacob Johansen
• Good Neighbor – Austin Saunders
The EOU chapter of the National Society of Leadership and Success also inducted the following 10 students into the organization: Jamie Brakora of Anchorage, Alaska; Colton Dunham of Roseburg; Micaela Epifanio of Milton-Freewater; Josephine Finch of Pendleton; Allegra Gust of Zillah, Wash.; Ron Hartley of Portland; Victoria Ingram of Wrangell, Alaska; Erica Snyder of Sandy; Kaydee Wheeling of Elgin; and Shannon White of North Powder.
In order to be considered for full induction, students must attend orientation, leadership training day, three success networking team meetings and three speaker broadcasts.
The National Society of Leadership and Success serves more than 325,000 students on over 400 university and college campuses nationwide. For more information call 201-222-6544 or visit www.societyleadership.org.
Summer students, who pay the incidental fee, have access to $5 off movie vouchers to attend movies at the Granada Theatre (including the Drive-In) from now until August 3. With the ticket cost of $7 at the Drive-In, that's like paying $2 for 2 movies with your voucher. Practically cheaper than renting a couple of Redbox movies!
1 voucher available per summer incidental paying student.Vouchers available in Hoke 216, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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Does your club or organization need volunteer hours? The Women's Resource Center is looking for volunteers to help with their annual Spring Book Sale. We are looking for clubs and organizations to help with set of the book sale on Thursday, May 29th starting at 8 am. We only have a day to get the book sale set up and get all books moved over from Hunt and Looking Glass Book Store into Hoke 339.Thursday is the day that we need to most help, but clubs and organizations can also volunteer during the book sale as well. Friday, May 30th and Saturday, May 31st from 9 am to 7 pm and then onSunday, June 1st from 9 am to 3 pm. There will be snacks and drinks provided for volunteers.
If your club or organization would like to volunteer or have any questions, please contact Alyssa Gurney, the Women's Resource Director by May 23rd.
Eastern Student Entertainment is hosting their annual Spring Fling event on May 30th and 31st. They will kick off the event with a barbecue in the Amphitheater at 12pm on the 30th. On May 31st, they will start the day with a 5k Color Run at 10am, followed by live music and many other activities throughout the remainder of the day. On both days, they are offering clubs and organizations an opportunity to promote and fund raise at their tabling fair event. If interested in the tabling during these opportunities, sign-up forms are on the door of Hoke 207 or contact ESE at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We're always thinking ahead here at CSI, and as we prep for the fall already, we wondered what individuals might find of interest in implementing new clubs for fall 2014. Incoming students are already asking if we had a culinary club or auto-mechanics club. Two great ideas!
Are there clubs that you would be interested in creating or seeing on campus? Respond below and let your voice be heard!
The Student Leadership Award Committee is seeking nominations from students and staff for our Student Leadership Awards Ceremony on Thurs., June 5 in Hoke 339.
These nominations need to clearly state how the nominee (club or individual) has performed in an outstanding manner. The committee also asks that some type of supporting information, such as personal observations, job description or goals/objectives, be attached (cut/pasted into the text block for each category), so the outstanding achievements can be clearly seen and compared to the nominees. Please help the committee by providing this supporting information.
Office space for recognized student organizations is being provided so that the officers and members of an organization will have a place to transact business. Office and storage space allocation is conditional upon proper usage and care of the assigned office and/or storage space.
Applications are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, April 11 for the following year’s allocation. The applications are reviewed by the Hoke Advisory Board. Upon request by either the student organization or the Hoke Advisory Board an organization may be asked to make a presentation to the Hoke Advisory Board about their request.
Allocation of space will be based upon, but not limited to:
• History of the organization and its relationship with the University
• Involvement of the organization in campus life
• The number of students the organization serves
• Past office history
• Whether other office space/storage space is available to the organization elsewhere
• The fiscal responsibility of the organization
• Whether office space is essential to carrying out the mission or purpose of the organization
The Hoke Advisory Board will recommend office allocation to the Director of Student Involvement. Written notification of allocation will be made within one month of the deadline for applications and mailed to the contact person. Appeals may be made to the Hoke Advisory Board within one week of notification.
All recognized and registered student organizations eligible for office space. Current office space holders must reapply each year.
The Center for Student Involvement would like to invite you to attend our Spring Student Activities and InvolvementFair (Club Fair) between 11 AM and 1 PM on April 9, 2014 in the Quad outside of Hoke. This Fair is open to all EOU clubs/organizations that would like to reach out to new and returning students on campus in order to promote events, recruit members, and start gearing up for spring elections of club and organization leaders!
We are also offering fun opportunity for clubs/organizations to promote themselves this Spring. Starting on Mon., Apr. 7 we will be challenging clubs and organizations to "Chalk the Walk." This event will allow you to create a sidewalk chalk design promoting your club/org and any upcoming events in an eye catching and novel way. We'd love to have you a part of this experience as we try to chalk the walk between Ackerman to Loso and Hoke to Badgley! You can sign up to register for the "Chalk the Walk" event when you register for the Fair.
If you have any questions, contact Devon Hill at email@example.com.
As spring term starts and flowers begin to bloom, there are many opportunities available for our campus community to give back. As part of the 7th Annual Leadership Confab, the Leadership Committee is partnering with EOU Grounds & Facilities to host the 3rd Annual Beautification Day on Wed., Apr. 9 from 2 to 5 p.m. The committee extends an invite to all faculty, staff and students to participate and assist with this event!
There will be multiple projects on campus ranging from planting trees or flowers, to helping with various landscaping projects to beautify our campus grounds. Our goal is to reach out to the campus community by giving back to Eastern Oregon University and to be a driving force in creating a culture of volunteerism. We encourage you to share this e-mail with others in hopes that individuals will consider signing up. If interested, individuals can sign up via OrgSync.
If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact the Center for Student Involvement at 541-962-3704 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Source contact: Le Alexander | Interim Director, Student Involvement
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March 31, 2014
LA GRANDE, Ore. (EOU) - Self-discovery and learning to take initiative are integral to the college experience. So is having fun, and EOU’s Student Leadership Confab is promoting an amalgam of all three this year.
Set for Saturday, April 12 at the Gilbert Center, the confab encourages participants to be themselves with workshops and sessions all focused on the theme “Break Out of Your Shell.”
“We’re helping students develop as leaders and transition their skills to both academic and co-curricular activities,” said Le Alexander, interim director of Student Involvement at EOU. “College is fun and so is leadership!”
Alexander said discussions are intended to challenge participants to consider how they can improve their work, and be innovative as students and professionals regardless of their field, expertise or interest.
A highlight will be keynote speaker Kristen Hadeed, a young entrepreneur and business owner from Florida. Hadeed speaks to colleges around the nation about factors that help determine a young person’s success in life: leadership, self-confidence and overcoming fear of failure.
Spurred on by a desire to purchase an expensive pair of jeans, Hadeed started a cleaning business to earn the money. That was in 2009 when she was a junior at the University of Florida. Today, her company Student Maid™ employs more than 400 college students during peak seasons.
“I’m really excited to hear Kristen speak,” said Devon Hill, a graduate student at EOU. “She’s so full of energy and her story fits perfectly with the theme of the confab.”
Hadeed emphasizes the importance of creating an organizational culture that motivates members and she’ll be sharing her enthusiasm with students all day.
Hill chairs the seven-member Student Leadership Committee responsible for organizing and facilitating the confab and approached Hadeed about speaking.
“We conducted a survey to help figure out what we want to hear and do, as students, for this event,” Hill said. “Every year I’ve been here [at EOU] I’ve gone and now I’m seeing a different side and it’s really fun to be involved with the planning.”
Hill also works alongside Alexander as the Student Involvement graduate coordinator. After she completes her master of science in teaching she plans to pursue a leadership career in higher education.
“These opportunities all help students develop and decide what they want to do in life,” Alexander said. “Giving them an idea they can run with and seeing it blossom…it’s moments like this that pinpoint what they’ve done and where they’re going next.”
The Alternative Spring Break Program, in conjunction with the National Society for Leadership & Success, the Center for Student Involvement and Eastern Oregon University, strives to provide the opportunities and resources necessary for students to gain a greater perspective on life outside the walls of the classroom. The Alternative Spring Break Program offers students a chance to give back to society in an active manner while allowing students a chance to self-reflect and mold one’s views of the world. By doing so, students will be able to bring back their experiences and further enrich the Eastern Oregon University campus and La Grande community through various manners.
Participants will be involved in an immersion program from March 23, 2012 through March 24, 2012. The program is associated with JOIN in Portland, which exists to support the efforts of homeless people to transition off streets and into permanent housing.
As a result of participating in the EOU Alternative Spring Break Program, students will learn to be active citizens as evidenced by their engagement in the program and their reflections. Students will also develop an appreciation for one’s own culture and an understanding of others through interactions with individuals with different economic statuses, background, etc. In addition, students will be present for a roundtable (as a group) at the 2012 Student Leadership Conference to express their knowledge and experiences gained during the Alternative Spring Break Program. The roundtable will highlight the experiences students had during the trip and illustrate the importance why others need to become involved with service learning projects.
An informational meeting will be held on Monday, January 30 at 5 p.m. in Hoke 201. Applications will be made available at the meeting or can be found at: orgsync.com/28428/files/191466/download
For more information, contact Le Alexander, assistant director for student involvement, at email@example.com or 541-962-3714.
The Oregon Student Association (OSA) will hold the 2012 Northwest Student Leadership Conference (NWSLC) Friday-Sunday, March 2-4, 2012 in Portland, OR. The NWSLC is dedicated to providing leadership training and programming opportunities to over 600 students from colleges and universities around the Northwest region. With nearly 100 workshops in areas including group dynamics, communication skills, decision making and ethical leadership, participants will be gaining knowledge that is applicable to their college careers, as well as information they can utilize within each of their designated communities after graduation.
EOU will be selecting individuals to attend this conference and encourages participation. Students interested in being selected should provide all requested information within the application available on OrgSync at: orgsync.com/21911/forms/show/43969.
For more information contact Le Alexander, Assistant Director for Student Involvement, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 541-962-3714.
In an effort to continue promoting OrgSync and its benefits to our students, OrgSync has created a short interactive video to help us show students the importance of this social networking tool. Students are the catalyst that makes OrgSync a success on every campus and it's up to us to continue to promote networking and making connections with all students in any capacity.
As students find themselves busy in everyday activities, OrgSync is a great tool for them to engage and become more active in student involvement via the internet. While schedules conflict, students have the opportunity to check in, see what's happening and communicate with others at the touch of a button as well as many other great benefits!
In an effort to increase student involvement and engagement, the Center for Student Involvement encourages you to share this video (vimeo.com/34485479) with your students and peers to help spread the word about OrgSync across the campus of Eastern Oregon University.
For more information about OrgSync, please contact Le Alexander, assistant director for student involvement, at email@example.com or 541-962-3714.