Former EOU director receives big surprise

By Dick Mason, The Observer January 08, 2014 10:27 am

Muriel Shaw, the retired director of the OHSU School of Nursing at EOU, is surprised Monday by the news that a Badgley Hall room will be named in her honor. (PHIL BULLOCK/The Observer)
Muriel Shaw, the retired director of the OHSU School of Nursing at EOU, is surprised Monday by the news that a Badgley Hall room will be named in her honor. (PHIL BULLOCK/The Observer)

Muriel Shaul to be honored with Badgley Hall dedication

Muriel Shaul retired as the director of the Oregon Health & Science University School of Nursing at Eastern Oregon University in June. 

The popular educator still stays in close contact with her colleagues, but her visits to Eastern’s campus since June have been infrequent. Shaul soon, however, will have an everlasting presence at EOU.

Nursing school officials announced on Monday that Room 304 in EOU’s Badgley Hall will be named in honor of Shaul. The announcement was made at the end of a reception welcoming Shaul’s successor, Carla Hagen, who took her new position in September. 

Shaul had a momentary look of disbelief when she heard the news about the honor. She had no idea that such a plan was in the works. 

“I was clueless (about the naming of the Badgley Hall room),” said Shaul minutes after the ceremony. 

Shaul’s husband, Ed, was told in December about the plan but he never told her in fact he never dropped a hint, even accidentally.

‘’I think my husband could work for the CIA,” Shaul said.

Shaul worked for the OHSU School of Nursing at EOU, based in Badgley Hall, for 13 years. She served as a teacher the first nine years and then as the program’s associate dean the next four years. The individual designated as the associate dean serves as the on-campus leader of the OHSU School of Nursing at EOU.

Shaul, on Monday, was presented with a bouquet of flowers and a framed photo that will be displayed in the room.

“I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to work with such marvelous people,” she said.

EOU President Bob Davies said that the salute Shaul received is richly deserved. 

“She is a consummate advocate of health-related education. She is committed to working with students,” Davies said. “She is just an amazing professional at advancing our partnership with OHSU.”

Hagen is new to her position but not the OHSU School of Nursing at EOU. Hagen attended the school two decades ago, graduating in 1993 with dual bachelor’s degrees — one in nursing from the OHSU School of Nursing and one in liberal studies and communication from EOU.

Hagen said as a student she never dreamed she’d someday be in the position she now occupies.

“I never in a million years thought I would come back here in a leadership role. (The appointment to her position) is kind of like a gift,” Hagen said. 

After receiving her dual degrees at Eastern, Hagen earned graduate degrees from OHSU in Portland, including a master’s in public health and a doctorate in nursing with a focus on gerontology. Hagen worked for several years as a nurse in the Portland area and then spent a year at the University of Rochester School of Nursing in New York before coming back to Oregon. 

After her return, she served as the director of the nursing department at George Fox University in Newberg for eight years before taking her new position on the EOU campus in September. 

Those who spoke about Hagen at Monday’s reception included Susan Bakewell-Sachs, the dean and vice president for nursing affairs at the OHSU School of Nursing in Portland. 

Sachs said she is impressed with the job Hagen is doing.

“Carla is terrific. I am so pleased that she agreed to come here. I am very optimistic about the leadership she will bring to the campus,” Sachs said. 


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