Alyssa Sutton

At the regular Board of Trustees meeting on Thursday, members were updated on the Rural Engagement and Vitality Center.

The Center was described as a “talent pipeline for future vitality” by Tim Seydel, vice president for university advancement.

The REV Center will work as a hub that coordinates existing and new programs to link Eastern students and resources to regional partners.

“(The Center) is how we engage at multiple levels throughout the region,” Seydel said.

Among the current partnerships are Oregon Solutions, City of La Grande, Wallowa Resources, Portland State University and Cultural Heritage and Archaeological Research Technologies labs.

When Gov. Kate Brown visited the university April 28 to sign the bill allocating $9 million toward building a field house on campus, she introduced the Oregon Solutions project with Eastern and Portland State University. Oregon Solutions brings businesses, government and nonprofits to the table to agree on what role each can play to address a community need, and academic deans Peter Geissinger and Nathan Lowe have been at the forefront of communicating with Portland where students can switch places for a short time and study opposite community situations.

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