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Dear Alumni and Friends, The start of a new school year always brings something new, and there are many visible changes around the Eastern Washington University campus this fall as one major project takes shape and another just begins. It has now been two years since we broke ground on the renovation of Patterson Hall, the main academic building where you likely spent much of your time while on campus. After being completely gutted, the structure is starting to resemble the state-of-the-art academic building we envisioned. There is still work to do though, as construction should be completed by winter 2014. Just last spring, we also broke ground on the first new campus residence hall in nearly 40 years. The facility is being built on the northwest side of campus, across from the University Recreation Center at 10th and Cedar. The 109,000 square-foot building will house up to 354 students and will serve as the hub of the residential district. When it opens next fall, the hall will have top-notch amenities, including a great room with a gas fireplace, full kitchens on every floor, study areas with natural lighting, wireless access throughout and even hi-tech laundry machines that communicate with students’ cell phones. Throw in the new video scoreboard at Roos Field and some of the new directional signage around campus, and little old Eastern is looking pretty strong after 130 years – all while maintaining our historic, yet charming campus feel. These infrastructure upgrades are vital if EWU wants to maintain its standard of excellence in education. With a record freshman class on campus and our 12,000 students overall, updated facilities are critical to our success. If you get the chance, drop by campus for a visit and see some of these changes for yourself. I’m sure you’ll be pleased to see how far your alma mater has come. Sincerely, Dr. Rodolfo Arévalo President

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THE MAGAZINE for Eastern Washington University Alumni and Friends












10 Forget the Rose, Give Him a Dollar

Eastern alumnus makes a lasting impression

14 Family Ties

An education is forever

18 Shane Hamlin

Taking voters into cyberspace

20 A Century in the Making

Eastern football – now and then

on the cover “Mary Pat” is one of four bronze statues in the Reid Meditation Garden, located on campus. See page 4 for more details.

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Thanks for the Memories I would like to compliment you on the fine article you wrote about William “Bud” Kirkwood and his roommate in the “In Memoriam” section of the spring 2012 issue of the Eastern Magazine. When I submitted the picture of Bud I wasn’t expecting a full-page article. So, I was pleasantly surprised and very impressed by the in-depth coverage and research you did to provide such a delightful story. On behalf of the Kirkwood family, thank you very much! I know it will mean so much to my aunt and to three of his grandchildren, his brother and other extended family members (who are EWU alums) to open up their magazine and see this article. With appreciation, ’99, ’91 Diane Somerday, MSW, Coordinator, Graduate/Undergraduate Studies EWU College of Social & Behavioral Sciences and Social Work

Editorial Board Shares Alumni Views The Eastern magazine editorial board brings an outside voice to the magazine. The board consists of volunteers committed to helping Eastern magazine tell the stories of our amazing alumni, and in doing so, assists in advancing the mission of the university. The board provides valuable feedback related to their individual expertise and helps us produce a magazine that provides positive, informative and entertaining content, which engages readers and encourages them to connect with the university. Board members include returning member ’90 Gina Mauro Campbell, BA communications studies, director of Visitor Services for Visit Spokane, and new members ’07 Nick Lawhead, BS communication studies, director of client services at 14Four; ’03,’97 Robin Pickering, PhD, MS physical education, BA health and wellness, professor at EWU; ’07 Jason Clerget, BA marketing, business owner and charity director; ‘98 Lisa Leinberger, BA journalism, reporter for The Spokesman-Review.

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Reid Meditation Garden “Mary Pat” is one of four bronze statues in the Reid Meditation Garden, located on campus near the one-room schoolhouse. The garden’s theme is “roots from the past and wings to the future.” It recognizes more than 100 years of service by former Reid School faculty and staff, as well as the countless students and future teachers who chose to learn at the EWU Campus Lab School. The concept for the garden was developed and funded by the Reid Lab School Remembrance Committee. See more photos of the garden on Flickr: Reid Meditation Garden Fall Colors 4


on the road with eastern magazine Where will Eastern magazine next be spotted? You are invited to send photographs holding up the current issue. Include some information about yourself with your submission. We may not be able to publish every submission. Extras will be posted on the Eastern magazine Facebook page. Send to or Eastern Magazine, 300 Showalter Hall, Cheney, WA 99004-2445.

’85 Bob McCoy visited his wife’s hometown of Lublin, the largest city in eastern Poland, with his family in July. He is a senior member of the technical staff at Sandia National Laboratories in Livermore, Calif.

’90 Norm and ’92, ’87 Susan Gaston, pictured at Chamanze Hunting Safaris (about a six-and-a-half-hour car ride southeast of Johannesburg, South Africa) in the Zulu-Natal Province, in August. 

’81 Greg Fazzari, ’89 Steve Ruthven, ’92 Cathy Rich Hamada, ’80 Daniel Tompkins and ’97 Michael Scheel, chaperoned their children’s high school trip to Europe in July. They all live in Walla Walla, Wash., where Greg, Cathy and Michael are teachers, Steve is a vice president of a bank and Dan is an accountant. They are pictured at the Adriatic Sea outside Venice, Italy.

Kristin Vanos and her sister-in-law, ’05 Jamie Vanos, took Eastern magazine with them on a family trip to the British Virgin Islands in August. Jamie is a contract administrator for PE Systems in Spokane.



eastern etc. Hall of Fame Inductees Honored Four individuals and the 1997 football team were inducted into the 12th Class of Eastern Athletics Hall of Fame in ceremonies on campus, Oct. 6, 2012. ’74 Scott Garske, an unstoppable football player for Eastern in the early ‘70s, was inducted. A Spokane native who played for North Central High School, Garske parlayed his success at Eastern into becoming a seventh-round draft pick by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1974. An ankle injury cut his professional career short. Garske’s son Griffin, a backup quarterback, was also inducted this year with the 1997 EWU team. The 1997 football team was inducted to the Hall of Fame on the 15th anniversary of its playoff run. After winning the Big Sky Conference title outright by finishing the season with a 12-2 record, the team advanced to the semifinals of the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision Playoffs (then known as I-AA). ’87 Don Kallem, who spent 17 seasons as Eastern’s golf coach and 13 as an assistant football coach, was inducted posthumously. His golf teams won eight NAIA District titles and advanced to the NAIA Championships nine times. A three-time district coach of the year, he spent 31 years in the Eastern physical education department. Kallem died July 10, 1997. The EWU Athletics Hall of Fame Service and Contribution Award was presented to Eastern alumnus ’70 Jon Heimbigner for his contribution to the sports community in the Inland Northwest. Already a member of four halls of fame, he has served for more than 30 years with four different organizations, as well as serving on the EWU Athletics Hall of Fame committee since its inception in 1996. He stepped down recently as a board member for the Spokane Regional Sports Commission after 34 years of service. Record-breaking sprinter ’96 Joyce Rainwater Blount was inducted after a remarkable career in which she won eight Big Sky Conference titles and appeared in the NCAA Division I Championships twice. She still owns four school records and three conference marks after a career from 1990-95. This year’s inductees bring the total number of individuals in the Hall of Fame to 61. Nine teams have also been inducted. 6


eastern etc. Veterans Resource Center Opens EWU officially opened its new Veterans Resource Center in July as part of its goal to ensure that the university meets the needs of the thousands of service men and women returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan. There are currently more than 500 veterans enrolled at EWU, and the university expects to see a 10-percent increase annually in the number of veterans seeking college degrees and utilizing GI benefits as the draw-down of deployed troops continues over the next few years. Eastern President Rodolfo ArĂŠvalo welcomed university leaders and community supporters at the opening reception of the 2,000 square-foot center located on the first floor of Showalter Hall. The center includes a lounge, kitchen area, computer lab and conference space, as well as office space for support staff. Lt. Col. (Retired), David Millet is the director of the center. He has more than 25 years of success in leadership and management positions within the U.S. Army and at Eastern. In addition to Millet, staffing includes a recruiter/advisor, a GI-benefits coordinator, graduate assistants, a VetCorps representative and faculty liaisons. The center is also developing an online presence to reach individuals even while they are still on active duty. If you are interested in making a donation of any size to the Veterans Resource Center, please contact Dave Millet, 509.359.2461, or

First Class of Mechanical Engineering Students Graduate During the 2012 Commencement ceremonies held in June, Eastern awarded diplomas to eight students who have the distinction of being the first graduates to earn degrees in mechanical engineering. The mechanical engineering curriculum, first offered in the fall quarter of 2009, builds on concepts studied in physics, math and the sciences. The ME graduates reflect Eastern’s commitment to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education. Such STEMrelated fields are considered to be a driving force in economic recovery and global competitiveness, which is why the state has directed higher education institutions to expand enrollment in STEM programs. In addition to the mechanical engineering degree, Eastern also offers a degree in electrical engineering, making it unique among the regional universities in the state of Washington.  



eastern etc. Eastern Alumni - 100,000 Strong and Growing

Degrees awarded in 2012 – 2,555 bachelor’s degrees and 538 master’s and doctoral degrees

Record enrollment - more than 12,000 students

EWU Scores at Hoopfest EWU Athletics, Admissions and Marketing & Communications, sponsored a display in downtown Spokane during Hoopfest 2012 last June. Hundreds of thousands of people were able to pick up EWU giveaways and admissions information. EWU athletes were on hand to greet the crowd and provide autographs. Additionally, the FIRST Robotics group was there to promote their exhibition in Riverfront Park. The basketball playing robots, featured at the Regional FIRST Robotics event on the Cheney campus in April, were on display, and it was a great opportunity for local high school students to showcase their engineering skills while EWU demonstrated its commitment to STEM education. The robotics court drew lots of attention from the thousands gathered downtown for the largest 3-on-3 outdoor basketball tournament in the world. Save the date – the Regional FIRST Robotics Competition is April 3-6, 2013, at Reese Pavilion. 8


eastern etc. Never Miss a Play Following the momentum created with the installation of red synthetic turf at Roos Field and the 2010 National Championship, EWU has replaced its 23-year-old football field scoreboard with a new video scoreboard that will enhance the game-day experience for fans. In addition, Reese Court in the Pavilion will see a new video board added to the existing scoreboard. The project is financed by the EWU Foundation and will not include any taxpayer or non-designated donor dollars. The primary source of funding will come from advertising revenue generated by the scoreboards, which will also produce revenue for scholarships. “The EWU Foundation is excited to invest in an opportunity that fulfills a university need while creating a mechanism to generate scholarship support,” said Michael Westfall, executive director of the EWU Foundation, the non-profit corporation which will take the leading role in managing this project. Installed in 1989, when the majority of Eastern football games returned to campus, the old scoreboard tracked 112 EWU contests, as well as numerous high school football games and track meets. “The ability to move our game-day environment into the video age is tremendously important,” said EWU Athletic Director Bill Chaves. “There is no doubt that fans in the 21st century expect quality video capabilities at games, but almost, if not more important, is the ability for the university to have a platform to tell ‘Eastern’s story’ in a compelling way at home games.”

Eagle Sighting A 3-foot by 5-foot bronze eagle sculpture has a new home in the entrance of Hargreaves Hall on campus. The sculpture, designed by artist S. David, formerly graced the lobby of Tierpoint, a Liberty Lake, Wash.-based company. When co-owners Daniel Seliger and Octavio Morales sold the company in May they graciously donated the sculpture to the university’s College of Science Health and Engineering.






Bachelorette Emily Maynard gives Doug Clerget the first-impression rose

I couldn’t sleep the night before my interview with Doug Clerget, a finalist on ABC’s reality series The Bachelorette. Millions of questions were swirling through my head. Why would someone share their innermost thoughts on a reality TV show? Couldn’t a good-looking guy like Doug get a date without going on The Bachelorette? Is the show scripted? Did he get paid? I’ve interviewed well-known people before, but none of them made me feel like a 16-year-old groupie. Doug is a 33-year-old single dad who lives in Seattle with his 12-year-old son Austin. Rumors of his appearance on The Bachelorette began to surface in early spring. The fact that he’s an EWU alumnus (’00, BA finance) gave me a good reason to watch the show, and a great excuse to contact him for an interview. For those who don’t follow the show, here’s how it works. The bachelorette meets a pool of 25 eligible suitors from which she ultimately selects a potential fiancé. The contestants go on exotic dates with her, where they get to know each other. At the end of each episode, those still in the running receive a rose from her; those who don’t are eliminated and sent home. Doug was selected to appear on the show after one of his coworkers submitted his name.

photo courtesy ABC

photo courtesy ABC


Six finalists square off in Highland Games in Croatia. Clerget is far right.

When ABC called me I thought it was a joke,” said Doug. “But they called back and asked me to fly down to Los Angeles.

Within a few minutes young women were approaching us, asking to have photos taken with him. Someone named Shannon gave him her phone number. That answered one of my questions; he definitely doesn’t need any help getting dates.

After an interview and some photos he was chosen for this once-in-a-lifetime adventure. Although he’s well-traveled, the show took him to places he hadn’t visited before –Dubrovnik in Croatia, Prague in the Czech Republic and London.

During the first episode of The Bachelorette, which aired in May, Doug was given a rose for making the best first impression. He stayed on the show through episode seven, making it into the top six.

In early July, Doug and I met for coffee in downtown Spokane. I wasn’t sure how much he was allowed to say about the show since it hadn’t yet concluded. Was he contractually sworn to silence, locked up tighter than a Tom Cruise-Katie Holmes divorce settlement? Thankfully, no, he’d tell me anything I wanted to know. All eyes immediately focused on Doug when he walked into Starbucks that day.

Doug Clerget visits with fans in downtown Spokane

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Doug’s first kiss on national TV, photo courtesy ABC

He and bachelorette Emily Maynard were spending some oneon-one time in Prague when he was unceremoniously dismissed following what he describes as the “most awkward kiss – EVER” in front of eight million viewers. There was a bit of miscommunication during the couple’s first, and only, kiss on national TV. “I’m thinking she’s giving me that ‘hey, you’re going to have to show me you’re interested sign,’ and she was actually giving me the ‘you’ve got to go’ speech,” said Doug. “My girl-radar is completely off.” “I’ve never been the first one to make a move,” said Doug. “I had no idea what was going on with the other guys. I’m just not that aggressive.” He thinks maybe that’s because he doesn’t date a lot. Balancing his time as a single parent and working long hours as a commercial Realtor doesn’t leave much free time. Even though he didn’t get that final rose, he has no regrets. “I had a great time and I wouldn’t have done anything differently,” said Doug. “I think I stayed true to who I am. Emily was a sweetheart but I’m just old-fashioned in dating and I think that the right girl for me will appreciate my approach to things.”

MORE THAN A PRETTY FACE Doug will continue to sell real estate, but 99.9 percent of his time is currently devoted to Dollar Per Month (DPM) – a nonprofit organization he founded with his cousin, 37-year-old Jason Clerget, an ’07 graduate and former EWU student body president.

Cousins Jason and Doug Clerget



While Doug said that his reason for appearing on The Bachelorette was to “see about a girl,” Jason thought it would be a great experience for his cousin, as well as bringing increased attention to DPM. “I encouraged him to do the show,” said Jason, who joined us for coffee. “I told him: ‘When you’re 50 you’ll look back and be glad you had this opportunity.’”

Jason and Doug founded DPM in January 2012. Since then, they’ve gained more than 1,000 members and have donated thousands of dollars to more than a dozen charitable organizations. There’s no question that Doug’s time on The Bachelorette has been good for DPM. It’s definitely a conversation starter and it’s created interest. “I’ve been working my Twitter account for years and I’ve got about 100 followers,” said Jason. “Doug just started his Twitter account and he’s got 5,000 followers. Every third time he’s Tweeting about something like ‘going to the grocery store,’ he’ll talk about Dollar Per Month, so it’s great for us.” The concept of DPM is simple. People donate a small amount – the average is about $8 per month, but can be anywhere from $1 to $1 million – to DPM, which researches and selects three reputable and responsible charitable organizations that members vote on each month. The top vote getter receives 50 percent of the raised funds; second place gets 30 percent and third, 20 percent. Everyone wins.

THE INSPIRATION FOR DPM During our interview Doug pulled a black-andwhite photo from his wallet. It’s of his grandpa, also named Doug Clerget. “Look at him,” said Doug, who was raised by his grandparents. “He’s a larger-than-life kind of guy, like Paul Bunyan.” His grandfather passed away earlier this year, but he made quite an impression on both Doug and Jason. “Grandpa’s motto was, ‘just take what you need and give the rest away,’” said Doug. “We wanted to do something that was bigger than ourselves. Most charities are top-down, looking for that million-dollar donor. We thought ‘why don’t we do charity differently?’ What if everyone just gave a couple dollars a month, but you took that money and you focused it on organizations that were actually making a difference.” Jason explains, “People think, ‘how am I going to stop people from starving with the little money and time that I have?’ It’s easier to tune it out. We show people how it can work by tying it to social

What if everyone just gave a couple dollars a month, but you took that money and you focused it on organizations that were actually making a difference. media and crowdsourcing. When you get 3,000 people donating a buck it doesn’t create an impact in anyone’s life other than the charity. Dig your change out of the couch, truck, find a buck. We started pushing it through Facebook and Twitter and making those comparisons of minimum sacrifice, maximum benefit. For the price of a movie ticket each year, you can help end starvation. It’s started to click for people.” Administrative costs for non-profits typically run 25-29 percent. DPM’s goal is to operate at 5-10 percent of every dollar collected – right now they operate at a negative 20 percent. “We fund it out of pocket,” said Jason. “You can see from the support we’ve gotten that it’s worth doing.” Doug and Jason complement each other in their work for Dollar Per Month. Eastern did a great job preparing us for this,” said Jason. “Doug was an econ/finance guy who studied under Tom Trulove and I was in marketing/design. What we do is directly correlated to our degrees at Eastern.” In addition to his work on DPM, Jason runs two other businesses. He recently re-acquired The Basement, a popular nightclub in Cheney, and he is a principal owner of Propaganda Creative, a fullservice social media marketing company. Jason and Doug have done the math and have huge aspirations for DPM. Their goal is to raise $10 million a month for charity, which seems like a large number for a small philanthropic organization. But, when you consider that there are more than 900 million Facebook users, the number becomes obtainable. “We’re looking for just over 1 percent of Facebook users to join up,” Jason said. “I see an online community that is educated and empowered to make the world a better place for as little as a dollar per month.” And after his successful run on The Bachelorette, Doug already has a relationship with 8 million viewers.

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Iñiguez family at Finch Arboretum in June, photo courtesy of the Iñiguez family •

By Kandi Carper ‘05

Moises Iñiguez’s 30-plus family members cheered as he crossed the stage to receive his diploma at Eastern’s commencement on June 16, 2012. He is the youngest of Santiago Iñiguez and Guadalupe Rodriguez’s 11 children, and the 11th to earn a fouryear college degree. He’s the sixth in his family to graduate from Eastern. Moises Iñig


EWU alumni top: Alexia, Uriel, Martina, bottom: Pedro, Moises and Erlinda


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Sending 11 children to college is an amazing accomplishment for any family – but a dream come true for a family whose parents came to this country from Mexico as impoverished farm-workers with no formal education. The family was easy to spot in their matching T-shirts with the Iñiguez family crest and the words “Juntos abrimos la puerta” (together we open the door). The door to a better life that was opened by personal sacrifice, hard work, high expectations and love for one another. When Moises talked about his large family in a recent interview he took a piece of paper and drew a diagram. There are the five eldest siblings, all Eastern graduates: Uriel, Pedro, Martina, Erlinda and Alexia; the middle group: Ricardo, José, Emilio and Simon, followed by the two youngest, Jesus and Moises. “We all have very different experiences,” said Moises. The older siblings, now in their forties, had a typical first-generation immigrant life, and worked Washington’s potato and fruit farms. During the school year, their education took precedence over work. “It would have been easy to have the children work more to get ahead, especially when you’re lower on the economic ladder,” said Moises. The family was taught that they could achieve anything if they worked hard and studied.

Our father had a vision and understood the importance of education. He always said ‘people can take away your possessions, but they will never be able to take your education, that will be yours forever.

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The EWU alumni include: ’88 Uriel, (BA business) executive director of the Washington State Commission on Hispanic Affairs; ’89 Pedro, (BS biology) owner of several physical therapy businesses; ’90, ’89 Martina, (BA international affairs and BA business administration) high school counselor; ’91 Erlinda, (BA business) elementary school teacher; ’94 Alexia, (BA urban and regional planning) project planner for an engineering firm and ’12 Moises, (BA education) who started student teaching at a high school this fall.

Moises, Martina,

The five brothers who chose Central Washington University include: Emilio, supervisor in the Juvenile Rehabilitation Administration; Ricardo, vice principal at a high school; José, who finished his degree at University of Phoenix and works as a local marketer in a travel company, Simon, a social worker, and Jesus, who has started medical school at Dartmouth this fall. In addition to their undergraduate degrees, five of the Iñiguez siblings have master’s degrees, and that number continues to grow. This fall, the torch of educational achievement has been passed to the second generation of the Iñiguez family. Uriel’s eldest son Gabe will study business at Eastern. He’s even moving into Moises’ old apartment. The Speech During the week leading up to graduation, Moises studied for his final exams and worked on the speech he prepared for the graduation party he hosted for his family. He seemed more nervous about the speech than his finals. The party took place in Monroe Hall on campus. The music was provided by brothers Jesus and José, with a special performance by the family patriarch Santiago. The family shared a meal, laughed, cried and documented the day with photos. The 22-year-old “baby” of the family, Moises finally took the floor and began

Alexia and Jesus


his speech, “My story is not one of individual achievement and neither is this day,” he said. “However, now that I have your attention, which I have been trying to do since I was in sixth grade, I might as well take this time to talk about myself, so get comfortable.” Moises recalled the dark place he was in before he entered junior high. At the time, he and his brother Jesus lived with their parents in Las Vegas, where his mother worked long hours as a hotel maid. They’d been there for three years and things weren’t going well. When his mother was seriously injured in a mugging the family knew they needed to make some changes. “I had fallen behind in all areas of my academic studies, reading two years below my grade level and having no sense of discipline,” said Moises. “That all changed when my sister Martina brought us back to Washington. She decided that Vegas was not a good place to raise children without family support.” The decision to move them back was made and supported by everyone in the family. Sister Alexia provided the financial help for Martina, her two youngest brothers and her mother to move into a new house in Puyallup, Wash. Raising two teen-aged boys wouldn’t be easy for Martina, even with her experience as a school counselor. Moises explained the family dynamics, “Martina was not alone in this task for when I made a mistake, I was lectured by the entire family, at every family function. Sometimes, if we were acting out, we would have ‘surprise visits.’ Some days it would be Alexia or Erlinda, and if we were really lucky, it would be Uriel coming to



straighten us out. Upon reflection, I realized that my family had laid the expectations of each other a long time before my arrival in Puyallup.

“Expectations - I was expected to be respectful to everyone, not just our family, to get good grades and stay out of trouble. Martina took the grades part seriously. By high school, she had broken me down and I was on the path toward college.” Moises had a decision to make. Would he follow his five eldest siblings and choose Eastern or attend Central Washington University like his last five brothers? Before making his decision he visited the Eastern campus, where he met Carlos Maldonado, PhD, the director of the Chicano Education Program at the time, who passed away in 2008. “Meeting Dr. Maldonado helped seal my decision to attend Eastern that fall,” said Moises. “He greeted me with a big hug and assured me that I’d be taken care of at Eastern.” But when the time came to choose a college, Moises began to doubt himself. He told his sister Martina that he was scared to go to a four-year college and asked her to let him go to community college instead. Martina wouldn’t hear of it. “She looked at me and told me that I was going to have

to move out,” Moises said later. “She told me that a four-year college experience is something that you can’t get anywhere else. It’s where you find yourself and find out what you want to do with your life and she was right.” Martina spoke from personal experience. As the eldest daughter growing up in a very traditional Mexican-American family, going to college wasn’t the cultural norm, even in the 1980s. Her experience in life would be very different from her mother’s. “When I graduated from high school, I had this idea in my head that my goal as a female was to have kids and a husband,” said Martina. “I learned that’s not everything. That’s a choice but it didn’t define me as a person. Going to college I learned more about myself and what I wanted in life. I learned how others lived and interacted.” Because Martina and Alexia don’t have children, they have been able to provide financial help for their youngest brothers. It was a collaborative effort that included Alexia’s partner Jay Grubb. “We were in the position to do that,” said Martina. “We didn’t want them to go through what we had to go through being poor. We wanted them to feel like equals to everyone else.” When Moises was having trouble with his studies, Alexia paid for tutoring. She had also heard that piano lessons helped improve reading skills, so she paid those as well. The end result was that Moises graduated from EWU cum laude – with honors.

E ASTERN: FALL 2012 16 Iñiguez family and EWU Commencement Keynote Speaker Justice Steven González

But the Iñiguez family provides educational assistance to more than just their family members. In 2007, the siblings established the Iñiguez Family Scholarship at Eastern. The scholarship is awarded in appreciation and gratitude to their parents and to the EWU Chicano Education Program. The scholarship is bestowed upon students who are of Mexican heritage, who have good grades and are involved in extra-curricular activities at school and in their community. Moises speech to his family ended as it began, with

“My story embodies what this family is about. We have stuck with each other through the good, but especially the bad. With my graduation we have put another brick in our wall of success. This is our legacy. And this is only the beginning. There is no statistic that can measure us. Where can you find 11 children and 11 graduates from parents who had never gone to school? I thank all of you for the sacrifices you have made for me to be here. Thank you for setting an example for me to follow. I’m proud to join my 10 siblings as a college graduate.” gratitude,

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NE HAMLIN For Shane Hamlin ‘97, an interest in government and public service provided an introduction to Eastern. His education and involvement in civil service during his undergrad years have delivered a career packed with capitol-mall experience in Olympia. His latest endeavors have made Washington a national leader in voter registration and education. During his junior year at Capital High School in Olympia, Hamlin was involved in Boys State, a summer leadership and citizenship program, which Eastern hosted that year. “I really liked my visit, and knew I wanted to attend a small state school that offered a different experience than the west side,” said Hamlin. I knew Eastern had good programs and I liked the professors and students I met.” Hamlin majored in government, joined the Sigma Nu fraternity his freshman year – heading up the chapter’s philanthropy efforts – and plunged headfirst into EWU student-body government. “Spring quarter of my freshman year I filled the student services vacancy on ASEWU. After that I stayed involved, which led to me being chosen for an internship as a liaison for students in Olympia,” said Hamlin, who actually served two terms in the position that requires students to forego studies for a quarter and to work at the capitol. “I lobbied for legislative change for higher ed, and for EWU in particular. I was representing and testifying in committees and to politicians on behalf of students.” Upon graduating, Hamlin helped direct a non-profit student lobbying organization, served as an executive assistant to Senator Jim West of Spokane and became a policy analyst on higher education for state and local governments. More recently, he has held multiple positions within the office of the Secretary of State, mostly within the elections department. During his tenure in Olympia, Hamlin has witnessed two defining events in Washington politics: the 2000 Supreme Court ruling that blanket primaries are unconstitutional and the historically close governor’s race of 2004. “I was in the middle of it all. Election policy and reform became key issues for many sessions,” said Hamlin. In 2010, he became co-director of elections after being appointed by the Secretary of State Sam Reed. Hamlin has quickly thrust Washington into

the 21st century, making the Evergreen State a leader in voter outreach, registration and education. Using technology and social media, Hamlin has taken voter registration into cyberspace. Washington became the second state to implement online voter registration in 2008 (something Hamlin had a hand in as Assistant Director of Elections), and in July, the first to offer it through a Facebook application.

“Once we learned how the technology worked, we had two goals: to increase voter registration and to help the 3.7 million currently registered voters use the “MyVote” website to be more informed,”

Hamlin said. Users can find candidate contact information, ballot drop boxes and they can print a replacement ballot, among other things, on the site.

While the thought of leveraging social media to recruit and engage voters might alarm some people, Hamlin said the process is secure and that Facebook has no part in the procedure other than providing a person’s name and date of birth. In fact, the entire registration and authentication process takes place on Washington state servers; Facebook simply acts as frame around the interface and a portal to the state’s “MyVote” site. While nearly 600 voters had registered through the Facebook page by late September, and nearly 1,000 had accessed the site for information, Hamlin is already looking forward to more fully developing voter registration. His most recent project is in conjunction with seven other states and the Pew Center that will improve the accuracy and efficiency of voter registration, as well as tracking and updating voters who relocate within and across state lines.


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By Brian Lynn

On Sept. 8, 2012, the Eastern Washington University Eagles football team traveled to Pullman, Wash., to battle the Washington State University Cougars. It was the first gridiron matchup of the two Inland Empire teams in more than 100 years. Much has changed in the past century. In 1907, Washington State College beat Cheney State Normal School 46-0, and in 1908, they bested the EWU predecessors 73-0. At the turn of the century, the university catered mostly to women seeking certification in education. The football team topped out at 16 players, many of which were high-school-aged boys from the surrounding rural area; leather helmets and lightly padded pants were the extent of protection and games were played on a grass field. Fast-forward 104 years, and EWU football features a 94-man roster, state-of-the-art equipment, training facilities and the nation’s only red Sprinturf. The athletes, equipment and field aren’t the only things to change – the pace of the game and scores have too. 1908 football player (EWU archives)



Photo courtesy: Ron Swords

The first two contests between the state schools took place just as the forward pass became officially permitted. The modern-day matchup featured two teams known throughout the country to incorporate passing-prolific offenses. Gone are the days of blowouts; EWU gave the much larger WSU all it could handle in a 24-20 loss. The Eagles bested the Cougars in first downs, passing yards and total offense, while playing them almost even in rushing yards and time of possession and holding WSU scoreless in the second half. If not for a near-record-setting 60-yard field goal by WSU and blocked extra point, EWU might very well have claimed bragging rights for the 21st century. Brandon Kaufman 2012 wide receiver



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Barbara Richardson ’85, MFA creative writing Torrey House Press A fearless portrait of Mormon Utah in the 1870s, this novel tracks the extraordinary life of one woman who dares resist communal salvation in order to find her own. Inspired by the author’s own family history, Tributary is the story of Clair Martin and her feisty and occasionally heartrending struggle with her role in the early Mormon Church. Her stubborn search for identity takes Clair from the confines of the Utah Territory, with its polygamy and rigorous conformity, to the chaos of Reconstruction Dixie and back again. Joined by a ragtag bunch of frontier survivors – an exiled Mormon prophet who lives in a cave, a truth-telling black man and a renegade Shoshone medicine woman – Clair fights to put down roots in the borderlands of Zion. Tributary goes above and beyond the historical accuracy demanded of its genre by making itself and its characters relevant and relatable to present-day readers. Richardson writes and designs landscapes in the foothills of the Colorado Rockies. Visit the author’s website: 22



Martín Meráz García, ’99, BA government Garcia uses a theoretical and interdisciplinary approach to explain the contemporary war on drugs, addressing what few studies have, which is a bottom-up approach to drug trafficking. He examines the findings from interviews conducted with drug traffickers, law enforcement officials, attorneys, judges and other figures connected to drug trafficking. He also relies on court transcripts, court observations, personal letters of drug traffickers and informal observations of drug traffickers in various social settings. The author also uses theories in international relations, political psychology and criminal justice to explain the reasoning for the allure of new recruits into drug trafficking organizations. This book focuses on the socioeconomic, psychological, cognitive and political characteristics of individuals who engage in the drug trade, as well as those whose job is to apprehend and prosecute them. Finally, this work looks at the images drug traffickers have of U.S. and Mexican law enforcement, as well as the images government officials have of drug traffickers. Martín Meráz García, PhD, is an assistant professor in EWU’s Chicano Education Department.

Washington’s Channeled Scablands Guide

John Soennichsen ’97, MFA creative writing The Mountaineer Books No other region in the world contains features like those found in the Channeled Scablands of eastern Washington. In this stunning landscape, deep lakes fill the depths of dramatic gorges flanked by steep walls of towering rock columns, labyrinthine channels and wide tracts of scabby rock that give the region its name. Whether you’re a boater looking for new waterways to explore, a naturalist interested in unique ecosystems, or just a curious traveler – if you’re seeking adventure and intrigue just a little off the beaten path, you’ll find the keys to a whole new world of exploration with Washington’s Channeled Scablands Guide. The guide book features seven regional maps and more than 75 photos. Soennichsen is the author of several books, including the acclaimed Bretz’s Flood, the biography of Harlen Bretz, the first geologist to research the scablands and propose its creation by massive flooding. Soennichsen is a member of the Ice Age Floods Institute and lives in Cheney, Wash.

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Eastern magazine’s “20 Under 40” class will demonstrate that there’s more than one formula for success. The EWU alumni we’ll profile in an upcoming issue are all up-and-coming movers and shakers. To qualify, the nominee must be under the age of 40 by Dec. 31, 2012, an Eastern graduate and doing something amazing. We’re looking for nominations across all areas and disciplines: arts, science, tech, food, politics, design, sports, name it.

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Submit the following: Nominee’s résumé. (We want people to know they are being nominated.) One-page description of why you think nominee should be selected. Be as specific as you can. Your contact information and that of the nominee. Nominations may be submitted: Electronically: By mail: 20 under 40 Awards, 300 Showalter Hall, Cheney, WA 99004-2445 DEADLINE: Dec. 2, 2012



Deadline Nov. 15, 2012

Eastern magazine wants to hear from couples who met Eastern, married and are living happily ever after. at Eastern Was it love at first sight? Did you meet in class … on a blind date or at the salad bar in Tawanka?

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We’ll share selected stories in the winter 2013 issue of Eastern magazine – out just in time for Valentine’s Day. Send us your story – 250 words or less, along with a wedding photo to Love Stories, or Eastern Magazine 300 Showalter Hall Cheney, WA 99004.

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class notes The Fruits of Their Labor The Horsley twins, Josh (’10 BA marketing) and Matt (’09 BA interdisciplinary studies) are continuing what their grandfather and father began more than 60 years ago, only with a 21st -century spin. The Horsley twin’s grandfather, Garretson Horsley, began farming in 1951, in the Lower Yakima Valley. Their father, Loren Horsley, started helping out in the orchard when he was a young boy and, in 1976, he began running the family orchard. Josh and Matt’s father believed they were capable of lending a helping hand on the orchard and they began learning the family business at age 10. What started as just digging dirt turned into driving tractors and forklifts, pruning and picking, checking irrigation and doing numerous odd jobs around the farm. Josh and Matt Horsley

After earning their degrees from Eastern, Josh and Matt returned home and created a new family business called “Follow the Harvest.” They act as a direct link between the farmer and the consumer, cutting out the middle man and the lag time of getting the harvested fruit from the farm to the consumer’s fruit bowl. The business delivers boxes of fresh fruit to customers’ homes or offices weekly, with a different fruit each week. Their service area includes Yakima and extends to Cheney, Spokane and the Spokane Valley. For more information, visit 2012 ’12 Chris Hammer, MS physical education, headed to London in August to run in the 1,500-meter competition at the 2012 Paralympic Games. Hammer, born without a left hand, recently completed his second season working with EWU cross country and distance runners as an assistant coach. He won the 1,500 at the U.S. Track and Field Paralympic Trials.

2011 ’11 Danielle M. Comstock, BA communication studies, married ’05 Matthew W. Griffith, BS exercise science, Sept. 3, 2011, in Post Falls, Idaho. Matthew is a personal trainer and studio manager at Fitness Together in Spokane. Danielle is an administrative specialist with Premera Blue Cross. They live in Spokane. ’11 Kira F. Burt, BS physics, is in the PhD program at University of California, Riverside. ’11 Laure Sandretto, BS nursing, married ’10 Brian Caudle, BS technology, Aug. 10, 2012. The couple lives in Mount Vernon, Wash. ’11 Patrick John White, BA psychology, released Jargon, an album he recorded under the moniker Legato Bebop.

2010 ’10 Steven Wyble, BA journalism, has been hired as a reporter for the Nisqually Valley News, which covers the communities of Yelm, Rainier, Roy, McKenna and Tenino, Wash. He began his career at the Columbia Basin Herald in Moses Lake, Wash.

2009 ’09 Tyler M. Baxter, doctor of physical therapy, married Justine Matthew, May 7, 2012, at Lake Pend Oreille Idaho. He is practicing at North Idaho Physical Therapy in Post Falls, Idaho. The couple resides in Liberty Lake, Wash. ’09 Kameron T. Parks, BA interdisciplinary studies, has been promoted to project manager for Critical Power Exchange in Spokane Valley.

2008 ’08, ’05 Justin Meier, DPT, BS biology, was one of three physical therapists working with athletes at the Olympic trials in Eugene, Ore. ’08 Andrew Northrop, BA management, has been promoted to operations manager by Spokane Hardware Supply Inc. He has been with the company for eight years.

2007 ’07 Teresa Brum, MS interdisciplinary studies, is the business and development director for the city of Spokane. ’07 Deborah A. Caldwell, BA interdisciplinary studies, completed her degree in K-8 education through the Elementary Education Program at the University of Washington (Bothell, Wash.) in June 2012. ’07 Alyssa (Chambers) Olveda, BA communication studies, is the Sports Information Department’s contact for gymnastics, men’s and women’s soccer and softball at the University of Washington’s Athletic Communications office. She married Steve Olveda in December 2011. They live in Kent, Wash. ’07 Patricia J. Owens, BS biology, married ’05 David C. Konzek, BA English, Nov. 5, 2011, in Wenatchee. She is a nursing student and he is a market analyst for Consolidated Electrical Distributors. The couple lives in Vancouver, Wash.



class notes NFL Players Support Roos Foundation Matt and Zach Johnson join former Eagle running back Taiwan Jones at the third annual Michael Roos Foundation Fish and Chip Tournament, held June 10, 2012, at the Circling Raven Golf Course at the Coeur d’ Alene Casino.

son with Taiwan Jones

The three-day event raised funds for the Michael Roos Foundation with proceeds from the event benefiting children’s organizations. The Foundation was established by former Eastern All-American offensive lineman and current Tennessee Titans tackle ’05 Michael Roos and his wife, ’04 Katherine Roos in 2005. The event pairs participants with NFL celebrities in a fun-filled bass fishing tournament and golf tournament. Matt Johnson was selected earlier this year as a fourth-round NFL draft pick for the Dallas Cowboys, while his twin brother Zach returns as outside linebacker for the Eagle’s 2012 season. Taiwan Jones begins his second year with the Oakland Raiders.

Matt and Zach Johnson with Taiwan Jones



’06 Bobbie Domonouski, BA interdisciplinary studies, has been awarded the first DaZelda Scholarship to be used for a portion of her tuition in the Leadership Spokane Program. Domonouski is the fund development director for Girl Scouts Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho and will be a member of the Leadership Spokane class of 2013. ’06 Sarah (Bruno) Hawkes, BA education, and husband ’05 Gary Hawkes, BA marketing, welcomed a son, Brandon Blaine Hawkes, into their family on Nov. 17, 2011.

’04 Heather Hitchcock-Prenatt, BA communication studies, is the owner and trainer at CrossFit in Friendswood, Texas. Previously she spent five years as a radio host and disc jockey for jazz and hip-hop stations. She and her family live in League City, Texas. ’04 Charity Richmond, BS dental hygiene, married Dale Whaley, Nov. 12, 2011, in Wenatchee, Wash. She is a student in the nursing program at Wenatchee Valley College.


’05, ’03 Justin Mager, MS and BS computer science, has been hired as a front-end developer by 14Four. He previously worked as a developer for Digideal.

’03 David Chavez, MBA, has been hired by HomeStreet Bank’s lending center as a mortgage loan officer for the company’s Spokane River lending office. Previously he worked for Sterling Bank and has 10 years of financial service industry experience.

’05 Ian B. Rothbauer, BA government, married ’05 Krystal H. Quast, BA education, June 30, 2012. He has been accepted to LECOM School of Dental Medicine in Bradenton, Fla.

’03 Bill Kinzel, BA finance, has been hired as controller for GreenCupboards, a Spokanebased, online retailer of eco-friendly products. He previously worked for JetTech Aerospace as an accountant.




’03 Bruce Neil, MEd, has been named superintendant of the Cove School District in northeast Oregon. Previously he was with the MiltonFreewater (Oregon) School District since 2005. ’03, ’01 Brianne (Votava) Ortega, MS, BA communications disorders, is a speechlanguage pathologist for the Gresham Barlow School District in Gresham, Ore. She married Sergio Ortega Valencia, July 24, 2009, in Troutdale, Ore., and their son Oliver Phoenix was born Sept. 14, 2011. ’03 Rebecca Rudd, BS applied developmental psychology, earned a Registered Play TherapistSupervisor credential by the Association for Play Therapy. Rudd is a licensed marriage and family therapist in Spokane.

2002 ’02 Kimmith Kelley, BA interdisciplinary studies, has been hired as a vice president of corporate culture for Numerica Credit Union. Kelley previously worked as an organization development consultant for Ecova.

class notes Gjesdal Selected for Exclusive Training Opportunity Washington’s Douglas County Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal (’82 BA social science) recently attended the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Va. An invitation-only training event limited to approximately one percent of law enforcement officers, each of whom are vetted during a nomination process, the academy is recognized as a major academic achievement. The 10-week-long academy hones the skills of the law-enforcement leadership community, with courses focusing on fitness and health, leadership, behavioral science, forensic science and communications. Graduates of the National Academy receive a certificate from the FBI and the U.S. Department of Justice, as well as college credit from the University of Virginia.  A 27-year veteran of law e nforcement, Gjesdal has served as Douglas County Sheriff for the past six years. He has worked patrol, traffic, as a detective and on the SWAT team. A resident of East Wenatchee, he’s a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and currently serves on the local Salvation Army board.

2001 ’01, ’95 Sean Dotson, MEd, BA education, has been named as the Cheney Schools associate superintendent. Previously he served as the principal at Sunset Elementary in Cheney. He has also been a high school teacher, an assistant principal and acting principal.

2000 ’00, ’98 Aaron Cummins, MBA, BS developmental psychology, has been appointed division manager for North America, by Steiner, a world-leader in the manufacturing of hunting optics. He brings more than a decade of experience in the shooting and hunting industry, most recently with Kimber Manufacturing in Kalispell, Mont. ’00 Ann M. Golden, BA anthropology, recently celebrated her 12th anniversary as curator of the collection at the Adam East Museum and Art Center in Moses Lake, Wash.

1999 ’99 Gerry Gemmill, MA public administration, is the director of local government and labor relations for the city of Spokane. He will lead consolidation projects with Spokane County and other local jurisdictions and assist with labor relations and negotiations. ’99 Joel M. Krebs, BA interdisciplinary studies, has joined Expand YOUR Brand Marketing as vice president of business development in Portland, Ore. ’99, ’92 Barb Richey, MS communication studies, BA applied psychology, was named Spokane Teachers Credit Union’s vice president of marketing. From 19992007, Richey served first as director of development, and later as associate vice president for advancement at EWU. She was the associate vice president for Marketing & Communications at Pacific University from 2007-2010.

1998 ’98, ’96 Sean Sipe, MPT, BS biology, is the new owner of Yelm Physical Therapy. He started his physical therapy practice in 2002 in Olympia, Wash. Sean met his wife ’98, ’96 Christina, MPT, BS biology, while they were students at EWU.

1997 ’97 Robert W. Davis, BA accounting, has retired. He worked at The Spokesman-Review.

1996 ’96 Kevin R. Wiley, BA recreational management, is now working for Morgan Stanley Smith Barney in Silverdale, Wash.

1995 ’95 Amy (Hughes) Heim, BS physical education, and husband Bryan welcomed their second child in April 2012, daughter Brynley Michelle. They live in Bartlesville, Okla.



class notes Are You In Here?

Tell us what’s new with you. Did you get a promotion, start a new career, get married, retire, move or have a baby? We can update your records and share your good news in an upcoming issue of Eastern magazine. It’s simple. Visit EWU’s Alumni Association website, or call 888.EWU Alum or 509.359.4550.

1992 ’95 Linda J. Thompson, BA liberal studies, is the executive director for the Great Spokane Substance Abuse Council. The organization was awarded a 2012 AGORA Award, which honors business excellence in the greater Spokane region.

1994 ’94 Calvin Ketchum, education, has been named superintendent of West Valley School District in Kalispell, Mont. ’94 Dawn Mackesy, BA education, will be the new principal at New Vision High School in the Post Falls, Idaho. She taught a variety of classes at Mountain View Alternative High School in Rathdrum, Idaho, since 2004, and at Lakeland Junior High in Rathdrum prior to that.

1993 ’93 Joseph J. Pfeuffer, MBA, graduated from law school in 2006, and is a full-time attorney. ’93, ‘78 Rick Romero, MBA, BA marketing, is currently Spokane’s internal auditor and will lead the Utility Division. Previously he worked for EWU for 28 years, the last 10 as vice president for Business Services.



’92, ’79, ’76 Randy P. Allen, MEd school administration, BA business education and BA education, has retired as the vice principal of River City Middle School in Post Falls, Idaho. Allen has been with the district since 1985, and has served in an administrative capacity since 1999. ’92 David McRae, BA child development, was presented with an achievement award during North Idaho College’s annual Employee Awards Breakfast, held May 11, 2012.

1990 ’90 Tamsen Leachman, BA liberal studies, a partner in the Portland, Ore., law firm Fisher & Phillips LLP, has been featured in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2012. The firm is ranked as one of the top labor and employment law firms in the U.S. ’90 Tony Rugel, BA government, has been appointed by the Spokane County Superior Court to serve as a court commissioner. Rugel obtained his law degree from the University of Puget Sound in Seattle. After serving in private practice and as a deputy

prosecutor in Okanogan County, Rugel spent the past eight years as an assistant attorney general representing the state Department of Social and Health Services. ‘90 Vickie Sheehan, BA business administration, has been appointed executive director of College Relations for Green River Community College in Auburn, Wash. She has previously held marketing and communications positions in various industries, including consumer products, entertainment, sports marketing, transportation and health care.

1989 ’89 Hal Hart, MA urban and regional planning, is the new community development director for the city and borough of Juneau, Alaska. ’89, ’80 Susan Meyer, MBA, BA psychology, CEO of Spokane Transit, was elected to the board of American Public Transportation Association’s Transit Development Corporation.

class notes Fish Tales

Ladin Langeman (’86 BA physical education) and Steve Ronholt (’94, ’86 MS interdisciplinary studies, BA education-biology) have been fishing some of the most beautiful places throughout Washington, Alaska, Montana, Oregon, Canada, Utah and Idaho for more than 40 years. The two teachers, who live in Medical Lake, Wash., love the outdoors so much that they started their own TV show, Fishing with Ladin, which has aired around the nation for the past five years and is now featured on Me TV KVOS Seattle, Bellingham, Vancouver, as well as KLEW 3 in eastern Washington. Focused primarily on catch-and-release flyfishing, the show revels in the splendor of nature and explains basic fishing techniques through a fast-paced, humorfilled and entertaining format. Highlights from the show include drift-boating Alaska’s majestic Kenai River for large, wild, rainbow trout, steelheading the legendary waters of the Grande Ronde River and hiking into the backcountry of Idaho and Canada to access remote mountain lakes. Ladin Langeman and Steve Ronholt

1986 ’89, 84 Tracy E. Money, MEd, BA education, former director/lead teacher of Phoenix High School, Kennewick, Wash., and a current student in the first cohort of the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Doctor of Education Leadership Program, has begun a yearlong residency working in Providence, R.I. with Big Picture Learning, a nonprofit that generates innovative, personalized schools. ’89 Dan Peterson, BA economics, has been hired as an outside sales representative by Miller Paint as part of its Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, management team. Peterson has more than 22 years of paint-industry experience and previously worked as a project manager for River City Painting in Spokane.

1987 ’87 Dean Athos, BA chemistry, has retired after 25 years of teaching at King City High School in the South Monterey County Joint Union High School District in California. After working as a counselor at a group home in Washington state, he decided late in his career that he would become a teacher.

’86 Michael D. Wade, BA mathematics and computer science, a financial advisor for Edward Jones, received the Ed Armstrong Achievement Award and an invitation to the Advanced Practice Management Forum.

1985 ’85 Bob Harris, BA finance, has been hired as a senior lender and commercial-bank team leader for U.S. Bank in downtown Spokane. He has 25 years of financial services industry experience.

1983 ’83 Joan Milton, BA food and nutrition, has been presented with the 2012 Washington State Clinical Practice and Research Award for Excellence by the Washington State Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Milton works as a research dietitian and research coordinator for Providence Medical Research Center, Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane.

1981 ’81, ’74 Charles Collins, MEd, BA education, recently married Dr. Su, Fang, from Chongqing, China. The couple plans to reside in both China and the Seattle area. Charles worked for the Boeing Company for 23 years, retiring in January 2012. He served two terms on Eastern’s Foundation Board. ’81 Kris M. Mikkelsen, BA business administration, has been appointed to serve on the Spokane Airport Board by Spokane Mayor David Condon. She’s the retired CEO of Inland Power & Light and serves on the EWU Board of Trustees. ’81 Larry Soehren, BA marketing, has been named a 2012 Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International Fellow. He is vice president and COO of Kiemle and Hagood Company in Spokane.

1980 ’80 Jim Hutchens, CPA, BA accounting, has purchased the accounting firm of Brian C. Jensen, in Sandpoint, Idaho. Hutchens has more than 30 years of experience in public accounting.



class notes Alumni Association Board Named Did you know the Alumni Association has a board? They are the ones at alumni-sponsored events making sure you have a great time. They work with the Office of Alumni Relations to support and promote the mission and vision of the university. Eastern is grateful for the time and service these alumni give to our Eagle community. New EWU Alumni Association Board members include, ’04 Marc Antonietti, ’96 Derek Brownson, ‘01 Gregory Cunningham, ‘00 Patrick Harris, ‘98 Libby Hein, ‘95 Kelleye Heydon, ‘98 Anne Johnston, ‘90 Ed Niblock, ‘03 John Panamaroff, ‘04 Joel Peterson, ‘06 Carrie Riechmann, ‘03 Jennifer Spane, ‘05 Jennie Willardson and ’99 Cindy Wyborney. They join current board members, ’09 Mandy Daniels, ’00 Danielle Kilian, ’07 Alicia Kinne, ’08 Drew Peneton, ’87 Rick Redden, ’70 Nancy Tsutakawa and ’92 Jackie Wright. The executive committee includes, ‘90 Gina Mauro Campbell, president, ‘94 Tom Capaul, vice president, ‘97 AnaMaria Diaz Martinez, secretary and ’93 Deb Long, treasurer.

1974 ’80 Jeff Potter, has been named president and CEO of Boyd Group International, a leading aviation consulting and research firm. He has more than 30 years in the travel and transportation industry. In 2003, he was named Entrepreneur of the Year by EWU; CEO of the Year by Colorado BIZ Magazine; Business Person of the Year by the Public Relations Society of America and in 2007, he received the Governor’s Tourism Award for his efforts on behalf of tourism in Colorado. ’80 Mike T. Wells, BA recreation administration, recently retired from Toyota Motor Sales after 25 years of service. He joined Toyota in 1986; most recently he provided oversight for Toyota Financial Services’ three million retail and lease accounts through three customer service centers. At EWU, he played quarterback and was chosen as team co-captain. Mike now lives in Bellevue, Wash.

1979 ’79 Milace Jones-Ejiogu, BA liberal studies, received the Supporting Manager of the Year Award, Tarrant County, for Workforce Network, Inc. in February 2012, and was promoted to director of programs in April 2012. She and her husband Peter live in Arlington, Texas.



’74, ’73 David Kiehn, MBA, BA business, has joined the Healthcare CFO Network as a veteran health care finance expert. He previously served as vice president of operations at Stanford Hospital and Clinics and as CFO for West Penn Allegheny Health System. He began his career at Arthur Andersen, LLP, in the health care practice. ’74 Mary Anne Lindeblad, BS nursing, has been named the director of the state Health Care Authority by Washington state Gov. Chris Gregoire. Lindeblad recently served as the assistant secretary of the Aging and Disability Service Administration for the state’s Department of Social and Health Services.

1973 ’73 Gerald T. Kuwada, DPM, NMD, BA earth science, was named one of 171 of “America’s Most Influential Podiatrists” by Podiatry Management Magazine in 2012. This is the third time he has received this honor. His practice is Valley Podiatric Physicians and Surgeons, P.S., in Renton, Wash.

1972 ’72 Denice Lee, BA English, has retired as the director of Lebanon Library in Lebanon, Ore. She spent 23 years at the library, the past 10 as

director. In her retirement, she plans to spend more time with her four grandchildren.

1971 ’71 Tom Harvill, BA industrial technology, has retired from banking, finishing his career at AmericanWest in Sandpoint, Idaho. He has been active in Habitat for Humanity in Sandpoint, helping build 14 homes over the years. Harvill and Gerri, his wife of 42 years, plan to enjoy sailing and other activities during retirement.

1969 ‘69 Bill Diedrick, BA physical education, has “officially” retired and started a new career training quarterbacks at all levels through Quarterback Intensity Camp. He was a four-year letterman at Eastern on both the baseball and football teams and earned NAIA All-America honors in football in 1967 while leading Eastern to the national finals. He was also an honorable mention All-America in baseball. Diedrick coached at Ferris and Rogers high schools in Spokane in the ‘70s; at Whitworth, Montana State, Idaho and Washington State universities in the ‘80s, and for the Canadian Football League, University of Washington and Stanford in the ‘90s.

class notes Savage Named ADHA President Susan E. Savage, (’05 BS dental hygiene) of Ellensburg, Wash., was installed as the 2012-13 president of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA) at the association’s 89th Annual Session held in Phoenix in June. “Since we’ll be celebrating the 100th anniversary of dental hygiene this year, I feel privileged to represent ADHA as president and be able to communicate to the public how our profession can help solve the access-to-care problem,” said Savage. Savage has served in various positions within ADHA, including presidentelect and vice president and chair of the Washington State Dental Hygienists’ Association. She has practiced dental hygiene for 24 years, and is employed at the Mountain View Dental Center, P.S., where she is a clinical dental hygienist and the office manager. Previously she spent five years working in rural Alaska with the Alaska Native Health Services as a dental disease prevention specialist.



in memoriam 70s ’76 John S. Jeanneret, age 62, died May 3, 2012, Chewelah, Wash.

’71 Elva Willingham, age 73, died March 24, 2012, Spokane, Wash.

’04 Kristin Kay Dralle, age 42, died March 12, 2012, Bellingham, Wash.

’76 Richard “Dick” Shaw, age 62, died April 22, 2012, Spokane, Wash.

’70 Robert E. Alderson, age 65, died April 10, 2012, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

’00 Bryan W. Hagan, age 39, died May 21, 2012, Shoreline, Wash.

’75 Norma June Smith, age 84, died April 24, 2012, Spokane, Wash.

’70 Judith Mary (Mace) Brawner, age 71, died April 29, 2012, Dalton Gardens, Idaho

’00 Shawn M. Maurer, age 36, died April 15, 2012, Davenport, Wash.

’75 Fredric Charles Wallick, age 72, died June 13, 2012, Cashmere, Wash.



’73 John A. Alice, age 61, died March 29, 2012, Spokane, Wash.

’99 Paule Michelle Kroeze, age 35, died April 22, 2012, Medical Lake, Wash.

’73 Shirley Joan Ellis, age 80, died March 21, 2012, Nine Mile Falls, Wash.

’96 Tri Bao Tran, age 39, died May 6, 2012, Seattle, Wash.

’73 Robert “Bob” France, age 67, died June 13, 2012, Kirkland, Wash.

80s ’87 Bob Gurtisen, age 52, died March 5, 2012, Portland, Ore.

’73 Jerome Skinner, age 66, died May 31, 2012, Kennewick, Wash. ’71 Jeff E. Scott, age 62, died April 21, 2012, Spokane, Wash.

60s ’69 Betty Hannah Minnich, age 93, died May 27, 2012, Cheney, Wash. ’67 William W. Artman, age 68, died March 29, 2012, Colville, Wash. ’66 James L. Morasch, age 68, died Feb. 3, 2011, Pasco, Wash. ’65 Kenneth C. Lemke, age 78, died July 11, 2012, Richland, Wash. ’65 Jack L. Smiley, Jr., age 69, died May 1, 2012, College Place, Wash.

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’64 Charles Lewis Wetzel, age 71, died May 9, 2012, El Mirage, Ariz.

’52 Robert Laverne Howard, age 84, died April 8, 2012, Spokane, Wash.

61 Ronald L. Robinson, age 75, died June 11, 2012, Edmonds, Wash.

’51 Norman L. Stewart, age 84, died June 2, 2012, Trinity, Ala.

’60 Dorothy (Pelley) Finch, age 92, died May 25, 2012, Satus, Wash.

’50 Rudolph Booth Holt, age 86, died May 18, 2012, Lakewood, Wash.

’60 Isaac Eugene Metz, age 76, died March 7, 2012, Mesa, Ariz.

50s ’59 Dewey Van Dinter, age 74, died March 19, 2012, Hoquiam, Wash.

40s ’42 Albert “Albie” Mattus, age 92, died March 20, 2012, Colfax, Wash.


’59 Neil A. Rector, age 75, died June 14, 2012, Sacramento, Calif.

’36 Billie A. Stanton, age 93, died March 31, 2012, Sublimity, Ore.

’57 Jack Collins, age 77, died Aug. 12, 2012, Chelan, Wash.

’34 Ethel Gordon Metzger, age 98, died March 22, 2012, Spokane, Wash.

’57 Daniel L. Tollefson, age 79, died March 15, 2012, Lacey, Wash. ’55 Gust John Kallas, age 80, died May 22, 2012, Veradale, Wash. ’54 Carl E. Ruud, age 80, died April 3, 2012, Cheney, Wash. ’54 Lorraine Solberg, age 79, died April 23, 2012, Warden, Wash.

Staff and Faculty Alan B. Hale, 76, a professor in the Computer Science Department, passed away on July 2, 2012. Hale came to Eastern in 1981. His expertise in electrical and mechanical engineering was the foundation for the computer and engineering programs we now have at EWU.

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Securing numerous grants, Hale and several EWU graduate students developed technology for NASA that measured highaltitude winds prior to space shuttle launches. This resulted in Hale creating a startup technology business in Cheney. Hale retired from Eastern in 1996, after 15 years of service, and remained committed to the university through his involvement with the EWU Foundation right up until his passing. Janet Ann Hancock, 70, passed away on June 18, 2012. She retired from the university Aug. 1, 2005, after more than 20 years of service. Hancock worked in several different areas on campus, the last with the Foundation.   James “Jim” Lott, 79, passed away Aug. 1, 2012, in Casper, Wyo. He retired from EWU’s Physical Plant in December 1996, with 25 years of service. William “Bill” Wynd, 79, died Aug. 5, 2012. He retired from EWU in 1998, after serving 27 years as professor of marketing in the Department of Business Management.



final thoughts From Lisa Poplawski, director Alumni Advancement A great road trip is never complete without pictures to prove you were there. A new interactive photo booth, complete with game-day props and an LCD screen, will add to your tailgating fun and prove “you were there.” Please join me, fellow alumni and friends this year at the Alumni Association tailgate to record your memories at our photo booth, which is way fancier than the one I made crazy faces in at Woolworth’s in the ‘70s. Far from the Woolworth’s photo booth of the past, I recently had my photo taken with this famous Seattle icon, which is visited by 1.2 million people a year and stands proudly in the background of family photos across the globe. On a warm August weekend, the Space Needle soared above 180 alumni and friends as we concluded our summer events in Seattle at the King Tut Exhibit inside the Pacific Science Center. From the west side’s famous icon to the most famous icon on the east side of the mountains – the Inferno at Roos Field – it’s time to get excited about EWU Eagles football! Fall football is a great excuse to visit Eastern, and run into friends you thought you may never see again. It’s time to dig out the hand warmers, hats, jackets, wool socks and fuzzy boots and I love it!

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Like stadiums across the country, the fun doesn’t start during the first quarter; it starts in the parking lot. While you’re visiting your Alumni Association tailgate, get your “Eag” on with tattoos, pom-poms, a coloring station and spirited beverages for us BIG kids.



Remember to visit the EWU Alumni Association Facebook site and for ongoing updates on tailgate locations, crazy photos and additional upcoming events. See you soon! Don’t forget to bring your warm clothes, camera and Eagle pride. Prove you were there! Stop by the Alumni Association tailgate tent at all home football games (lot P-12) to enjoy a complimentary photo booth, prize drawings and beverages. This is a family-friendly location.

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Join your fellow alumni and friends at these exciting upcoming events. For more information and to register, visit or call 888.EWU.ALUM.





Homecoming week

Homecoming parade, bonfire and bed races

Homecoming Football Game EWU vs. Sacramento State

EWU Library Oktoberfest






Young Professionals Network

Family Weekend

EWU vs. Cal Poly, (Roos Field)

EWU vs. UC Davis, (Roos Field)

EWU vs. Portland State (Portland Ore.)


Official EWU Tailgate at Portland State






Young Professionals Network

Men’s Basketball vs. Idaho, (Reese Court)

Men’s Basketball vs. Seattle, (Reese Court)

Men’s Basketball vs. Weber St., (Reese Court)

Men’s Basketball vs. Idaho St., (Reese Court)



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