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Eastern Oregon University officials seem to be living a charmed life and the Aug. 5 announcement of a $2 million gift from the federal government did nothing to dispel that idea. Since the beginning of the school's quest to raise over $35 million to build and equip a new science center, the university staff, community and regional leaders and politicians have worked hard to get the project completed. Constructing a new building and remodeling the old science center weren't the only things that had to get completed. Equipping the various rooms is also a critical element.

AFTER A morning fundraiser, Congressman Greg Walden, R-Hood River, and U.S. Department of Commerce Deputy Assistant Secretary Sandy Baruah and EDA Regional Director Ann Berblinger were on hand to make the announcement before a crowd of university supporters.

Walden pointed out that the project would not have been as successful if it hadn't been for the teamwork of the university and community pulling together. The fact is that the congressman also had a hand in making sure that dollars continue to flow as a member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce and the Committee on Resources. Baruah and Berblinger both helped shepherd the $2 million in funding through the various funding initiatives and made sure that the $2 million stayed intact. This kind of teamwork has made the campaign successful, a combination of university, community and political leaders.

MORE MONEY IS needed to complete this wonderful project. Even though the new building will open for fall term, the university will still be needing funds to finish equipping both buildings. So if you feel like contributing, contact the university's foundation.

When both buildings are completed and all the rooms equipped, the university will be ready to become the region's premier site for numerous science-related projects including a larger relationship with Oregon Health & Science University. This relationship will mean the potential for biotech research and eventually spinoff companies and jobs for La Grande. All this because of some forward-thinking university officials and their community counterparts.

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