With Meet LGMSD, we take you behind the scenes to introduce you to the folks who make us who we are—the Board, the Committees, the volunteers, and the staff. Each week, we plan to introduce you to one of the many individuals who contribute so much to La Grande Main Street, ultimately making La Grande a vibrant, stable, and beautiful place to gather, shop, eat, work, live, and play
This week, we continue our introductions with EOU Student, Board Member and Promotion Committee member Calvin Bennett.
Calvin Bennett is our Board’s representative from Eastern Oregon University. He is a junior majoring in Business Leadership and Communications with a minor in Political Science. Calvin was born in Alaska and grew up in Mitchell, Oregon. He spent a good portion of his youth involved in student government and 4-H. He served as president of his local 4-H club and was selected to represent Oregon as a delegate to the National 4-H conference in 2019, also serving as an Oregon State Ambassador during his senior year.
Because of his desire for a small classroom size and wanting to continue a rural lifestyle, Calvin chose Eastern Oregon University to further his educational experience. Also, while still in high school, Calvin worked with several small businesses in Mitchell, which led him to pursue opportunities as a college student to help small businesses grow and become more successful.
When he is not in class, Calvin works as a resident assistant and is an active member of several student-led organizations. His interest in political science has also led him to work with multiple political campaigns in the region and throughout the state, where he manages campaign marketing and acts as a rural liaison.
Calvin participated in an internship with Timothy Bishop in La Grande’s Economic Development Department, which piqued his interest in becoming a part of LGMSD. His favorite part of being on the Board of LGMSD is organizing, planning, and running events.
When he is not busy with school, Calvin enjoys live music, politics, and outdoor recreation. He loves La Grande because of its small town feel and big city amenities in an absolutely beautiful area.
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