Eastern Oregon University
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|Eastern Oregon University|
|Location||La Grande, Oregon, USA
|Former names||Eastern Oregon Normal School
Eastern Oregon College of Education
Eastern Oregon College
Eastern Oregon State College
Cascade Collegiate Conference
|Sports||10 Varsity Teams|
|Mascot||Monty the Mountaineer|
|Affiliations||Oregon University System|
EOU opened its doors in 1929 as Eastern Oregon Normal School, a Teachers College. In 1939, the Oregon Legislature changed the name to Eastern Oregon College of Education. The words "of Education" were dropped from the college's name in 1956. The 1973 Legislature changed EOC's name to Eastern Oregon State College. In 1997, Eastern Oregon State College became Eastern Oregon University. In 2013 the Oregon University System began the process of creating independent boards for certain schools, including Oregon State and the University of Oregon. EOU soon faces the prospect of joining a consortium board with other regional universities, creating an independent board, of becoming a branch campus of a larger Oregon university.
EOU's location in La Grande is in the heart of the Blue Mountain range between Portland, Oregon and Boise, Idaho just off Interstate 84. Driving to La Grande takes approximately four hours from Portland, three from Boise, five from Seattle, and four from Spokane. The school has about 1,650 students on the La Grande campus, and has almost 2,100 students in their distance education programs.
The campus contains 26 buildings, including four living facilities – Alikut Hall, Hunt Hall, North Hall, and Daugherty Hall – all of which are co-ed. Inlow Hall, Eastern's administration building, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
EOU offers bachelor's degrees and the degrees of MBA, Master of Education and Master of Arts in Teaching. Most degrees conferred, however, are B.S. degrees (Bachelor of Science). The university offers innovative business and elementary education programs at a satellite campus in Gresham, Oregon. As of 2012, EOU had a student population of 4,418. Of those, 1,275 are enrolled on campus, and 2,093 are online students.
The school is composed of the following colleges in order of size:
In addition, EOU has dental hygiene, military science, agricultural science, nursing, and distance education programs (eight degrees are 100% online) that may be used to obtain a degree from the University.
EOU is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, The International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education IACBE and National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.
Since 2011 EOU has faced a series of financial challenges that have left it in a precarious position. A Sustainability Plan implemented in 2013 attempted to address some of the financial difficulties, but the results have been mixed.
Among the programs that have been eliminated are the following: Modern Languages (major), Film Studies (concentration), Religious Studies (minor), Environmental Studies (minor), Journalism (major), Geology (minor), and Philosophy (minor).
Eastern Oregon's mascot is the Mountaineer. The Mountaineers are a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), primarily competing in the Cascade Collegiate Conference on the following sports: women's soccer, men's and women's cross country, women's volleyball, men's and women's basketball, women's softball, and men's and women's track & field.
Eastern Oregon's football team plays at Community Stadium located on campus. The La Grande High School football team also plays their home games there.
Athletic Director: Anji Weissenfluh
Sports Information Director: Travis Rae
Defunct Sports: Women's Golf, Skiing, Wrestling, and Baseball. Some sports have been relegated to club sports such as rodeo and polo.
- Fouad Ajami, Middle East expert and political advisor
- Rod Chandler, U.S. Representative from the state of Washington
- Tyrone Gross, NFL football player, San Diego Chargers
- William De Los Santos, Author, Poet, Screenwriter and Motion-Picture Director
The oldest graduate
Leo Plass, 99 years old has received his diploma in June 2011. He dropped out less than one semester away from graduation in 1932 when the Great Depression occurred and started a career as a teacher.
- Cockle, Richard (May 16, 2010). "Eastern Oregon University makes comeback with healthy enrollment, return to roots". The Oregonian. Retrieved 20 May 2010.
- Visitor Information | Visitor Information – Eastern Oregon University
- Mason, Dick (10/25/13). "Davies mulling potential changes". The Observer. Retrieved 12/7/13.
- Mason, Dick (5/17/13). "Eastern lays out road map for cuts". The Observer. Retrieved 12/6/13.
- Leo Plass, who quit college in 1932, graduates at 99 - CSMonitor.com
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