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Dear Alumni and Friends, The historic one-room schoolhouse that sits at the heart of the Eastern Washington University campus remains a cherished centerpiece, a constant reminder of our heritage as a normal school for training teachers. More than 130 years later, Eastern is a thriving comprehensive university offering diverse, quality programs while serving as a driving force for the culture, economy and vitality of the Inland Northwest. Training students in the field of education is still a critical part of our mission, and as you will see in this issue of Eastern magazine, we still do it well! Over the past year, graduates of our Education Department have been recognized as the best in their fields – earning honors such as state teacher of the year and state superintendent of the year. There are also some inspirational stories and reminders about why some of our alumni enjoy making a difference in the lives of children. Credit goes to the outstanding staff and faculty who are among the most dedicated and nationally recognized professionals in the field of education. Today, EWU remains committed to preparing students to enter this noble profession just as we take pride in ensuring all of our 12,500 students find success in whatever path they follow. That is why, as president, one of my top priorities is to make sure Eastern students will continue to succeed by urging state lawmakers to restore funding to higher education so that we can avoid large tuition increases. This will allow more students to realize their dreams, just like the teachers profiled in this magazine. It is also why your continued support is appreciated, whether it is through scholarship donations, attending events or just spreading the word about what a special place we have here at Eastern Washington University. And, next time you meet with your child’s teacher or principal, say thank you – they very well may be an outstanding Eastern grad!

Sincerely, Dr. Rodolfo Arévalo President

Editor Kandi Carper ‘05 ART DIRECTOR Ryan Gaard ‘02 Contributing Writers Brian Lynn ’98, Kandi Carper ‘05, Dave Cook, Dave Meany, Courtney Dunham

Photography John Demke ’98, Pat Spanjer ’80, Larry Conboy ‘71 Editorial Board Gina Mauro Campbell ’90, Robin Pickering ’03, ’97, Jason Clerget ‘07, Nick Lawhead ’07, Lisa Leinberger ‘98 Vice President for University Advancement Michael Westfall

Graphic Design Ryan Gaard ‘02, SAM BUZBY ‘07, Steve BATEMAN, HeIDI JANTZ, CoURTNEY HAMMOND ‘13

Director of Alumni Advancement Lisa Poplawski ’01, ‘94

Copy Editors Brian Lynn ’98, Katie Simpson ’12

EWU Alumni ASSOCIATION President Gina Mauro Campbell ‘90


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Director OF marketing & Communications Teresa Conway Contact Us Email: Phone: 509.359.6422 Write: Eastern Magazine, 300 Showalter Hall, Cheney, WA 99004-2445 Eastern magazine is published fall, winter and spring by EWU Marketing & Communications and is mailed free to alumni of record in the United States. View this and previous issues, online at




Jason Myers ’11 and Nikki (Riedner) Myers ‘11

10 Love, Eastern Style

They met on campus, fell in love and are living happily-ever-after. Alumni share their stories.

18 Cheney’s Cheers

Since 1905, this establishment-first Kelly’s, then Showie’s and now Eagle’s Pub- has been a fixture in the Eastern community.

22 Katie Pemberton


EWU Alumna Named Idaho Teacher of the Year.

24 Paying It Forward Honoring a mentor

on the cover Eastern alumni couples on their wedding day

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letters to the editor We want to hear from you! Send us your letters. Letters may be edited for length or clarity and civility.

Mystery of Missing Photo Solved I was very pleased and grateful to see one of my photos in the fall issue of Eastern magazine (page 15). I took the photo for the admissions director at the time and he submitted it to The Spokesman-Review. The photo is of the Iñiguez family from 1987. I spent time working in the publications department, writing and taking a few photos, before taking classes myself to become a teacher. I earned my second degree in 1989, and have been teaching for more than 20 years. My first degree was in communications with an emphasis in broadcast journalism. While I did not pursue a career in TV, I married someone who did. That brought me to Spokane when my wife, Trudi, got a job as a reporter and weekend weather anchor at KREM-TV. I currently teach photography and publications at Henry M. Jackson High School in the Everett School District. I have taken numerous sports and political photos on the side.

Uriel, Erlinda, Martina and Pedro Iñiguez at EWU in 1987, Photo Archives/The Spokesman-Review

Time moves on, but every once in a while you get to take a trip back. Thank you for such a wonderful feature on a remarkable family. I am honored to have had a small part in such a extraordinary story. ’89 Bill Trueit, Everett, Wash. Editor’s note: The Spokesman-Review photo archivist spent a great deal of time trying to locate the original photo for us to use in Eastern magazine. The photo appeared in the newspaper in January 1987, but the original photo was nowhere to be found in the newspaper’s archives. Shortly after the article appeared in Eastern magazine, we received Bill’s letter and the mystery was solved.

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We Want to Hear from You! Send us Your Nominations 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.

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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: March 15, 2013 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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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.

’74 Paul Demianew and ’75 Suzann (Hensley) Demianew celebrated their birthdays at Gullfoss Falls in Iceland in November 2012. They met in a chemistry class and were married in 1974. They said Iceland was cold, “even colder than the wind blowing at Eastern!” The couple lives in Bainbridge Island, Wash. ’71 Larry Conboy, took Eastern magazine to the top of the Willis (Sears) Tower Skydeck in Chicago in October 2012. Conboy is a photographer in EWU’s Office of Information Technology.

Coworkers at Whitman County in Colfax, Wash., created some excitement for the football playoffs by organizing their own alumni rally. Left to right: ’73 Bob Reynolds, Fair & Facilities director; ’92 Janel Goebel, Parks & Recreation coordinator; ’67 Bob Lothspeich, county treasurer; ’85 Tim Myers, Parks & Recreation director; ’78 Michele Beckman, HR program coordinator; ’99 Kelli Campbell, HR director, ’11 David Ledbetter, finance administrator; ’04 Erin Young, office specialist and ’98 Todd Heitstuman, park ranger.

‘12 Tim Cheeney,his mom, ‘75 Lynn Rowland Cheeney, and their family visited Riviera Maya, Mexico, to celebrate Tim’s graduation and Lynn’s retirement. They live in Seattle, where Tim is a staff accountant for Ascentis Corporation.

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eastern etc. Scholar in Residence This fall, students in the university’s Department of Psychology spent Thursday afternoons learning principles of compassion and peace from a world-renowned scholar and teacher, Venerable Geshe Thupten Phelgye.

A Tibetan Monk, Geshe Phelgye is founder of the Universal Compassion Movement (UMC) and a member of the Dalai Lama’s Parliament-in-Exile. While serving as a Scholar in Residence at EWU, he offered a seminar on Buddhist psychology. Additionally, during winter quarter 2013, Geshe Phelgye will teach a two-credit course for the College of Arts, Letters & Education. And during spring quarter 2013, he will teach a two-credit seminar for international affairs within the Departments of Government and Honors.

New Trustees Appointed Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire has appointed two new members to the EWU board of trustees and both are alumni - Judge James Murphy of Spokane and Vicki Wilson of Richland, Wash. Their terms continue through Sept. 30, 2018.

Judge Murphy earned his BA from Eastern in 1965 before going on to law school. Murphy served on the bench for 26 years in Spokane County, retiring as a superior court judge in 2003. “As a graduate, I have watched an amazing transformation occur at the university since my days as a student,” said Murphy. “I know this growth was largely made possible by the leadership of an active board of trustees and dedicated leadership provided by staff and the office of the president. I can’t wait to be part of such a creative group of people and such a dynamic process.” Vicki Wilson, a native of Tri-Cities, earned her BA in business administration from Eastern in 1981. She currently is a manager in the service operations organization for Lockheed Martin Information Technology. “EWU was a very important part of my early adult years and has played a significant role in who am I today,” said Wilson. “I’m excited and look forward in helping to continue the great tradition of EWU.” Wilson and Murphy replace Kris Mikkelsen and Ines Zozaya-Geist, whose terms recently expired. Trustees on the board work with EWU President Rodolfo Arévalo to set the strategic direction of the university and help ensure that EWU is academically and financially accountable and successful.


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Man on a Mission David Reese, a pre-med student at EWU, completed a 24-hour treadmill run of 105 miles between 11 a.m., Dec. 14 and 11 a.m. Dec. 15, 2012

Reese’s goal was to break a world record by running 161 miles on a treadmill in 24-consecutive hours. Although he fell short of his world record attempt, his efforts still made his fans proud. His goal came from his desire to raise $500 for people living in rural areas who need access to medical care.

Benson is Back Wade Benson is returning to EWU as the university’s volleyball coach.

While coaching at EWU from 2000-06, he guided the Eagles to six consecutive 20-win seasons, three Big Sky regular-season titles and a second-round appearance in the 2001 NCAA tournament. He’ll replace interim coach Lisa Westlake, who stepped in when head coach Myles Kidd resigned four matches into the 2012 season. “He has been a tremendously successful head coach at every school,” Eagles athletic director Bill Chaves said. “What he was able to previously accomplish in the Big Sky speaks for itself. We look forward to our program again being very competitive year in and year out under his leadership.”

EWU’s Business School Nationally Recognized EWU’s College of Business and Public Administration (CBPA) has been named an outstanding business school by The Princeton Review, which features EWU in the 2013 edition of its annual guidebook, The Best 296 Business Schools.

Student input from surveys and data collected from each institution helped identify the top business schools named in the book. “EWU is honored to have our program recognized by The Princeton Review for having a balance of affordability, quality and convenience,” said Roberta Brooke, director of EWU’s MBA Program. “This is the result of a team effort by all those associated with Eastern, and we will continue to strive for excellence.” EASTERN: winter 2013


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Alumni’s Young Professionals Network Series a Success What began as a casual speaker series aimed at addressing the needs of Eastern’s young alumni, has become the go-to community for young professionals. The Young Professionals Network Series is a monthly get together that is part career booster, part happy hour mixer. On the first Thursday of each month, these events begin with a networking-focused happy hour. These take place in a unique setting in order to feature new hot spots throughout Spokane. Each location provides a fun place to gather, and the ability to easily talk and interact. These events provide young alumni the opportunity to engage with special guest executives and professionals in a relaxed setting. Upon arrival, attendees fill out information cards to be entered into a drawing. The most anticipated prize is a private, 30-minute lunch with the featured professional or top-level executive panelists. After the networking hour, special guest speakers discuss selected topics, followed by a Q & A session, prize drawing, opportunity for job announcements and additional networking. The target audience for the Young Professional Series is young alumni, specifically recent graduates looking for connections. The primary objective is to provide a professional outlet for them to network with each other and alumni who can share expertise and mentorship in their lives. In addition, the alumni office wants to understand the needs of this group. In doing so, they hope to begin a lifelong, mutual relationship. Their goal is to present topics that are unexpected enough to separate their event from other events and speakers and to feature guests who connect with the audience, entertain and provide relevant advice. To aid in this effort, attendance is limited, with a reasonable fee charged to attendees and rewards for returning attendees and their guests. The inaugural event was held in April 2012. Since then, alumni have responded greatly to the opportunity to engage. The launch event had 38 attendees, and by the third event, 68 people attended. A true sign of success is that, as a direct result of the series, three alumni attendees attained employment offers. For more information contact Leah Mow: or 509.359.4553.


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hey met in class, a dorm, on the bus or on a blind date. It was love at first sight for some; for others, a friendship gradually developed into a lifelong relationship. These love stories all have one thing in common - Eastern, which has proven to be a successful matchmaker for generations of alumni. Bill Stiffler ’70 and Joan (Hilliard) Stiffler ’70

By Bill Stiffler We met in May of 1967, at a street dance in front of the Student Union and have been dancing ever since. As juniors, in November ’68, we were married in Joan’s hometown, Okanogan, Wash. Our favorite activities at Eastern during our undergraduate years revolved around spending time together at Louise Anderson Hall, of course attending dances in LA Hall and the Student Union, studying at the library and Intercollegiate Knights and ROTC events. Since 1973, we have made Maryland our home. After Joan received her master’s in library science at the University of Maryland, she has been a branch manager of public libraries. I am a community college professor of English. We have one son and a daughter-in-law, and hope to be grandparents in the near future. We will always have fond memories of our years at Eastern, especially the dances.


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Chad Larsen ’96 and Erica (Miner) Larsen ’96

By Erica Larsen Chad and I met in Tawanka thanks to Geoffrey Coofoot. Chad just assumed that Geoffrey knew me. We started dating shortly after. But two and a half years later it ended. Chad graduated and moved back to Bellingham, Wash. I still had a year to go at EWU. I didn’t see him again for eight years. Five years after we broke up, I got a Christmas card from him. After bumping into Chad’s sister, she called him, telling him I was moving to California with another guy. She wanted to know what he was going to do about it! His card wished me well. I sent him a card back and for the next three years we exchanged cards at Christmas. After three years of holiday cards, I called Chad asking if he would be willing to get together.  He agreed and we began dating long distance until I could move to Washington. A year later we were married and now have three beautiful children, Nathan (6), Daniel (4) and Vivian (2).   During the years we were apart, I kept telling myself that if Chad was still out there and single, there must be other guys like him too. Nobody ever compared. He later shared that I would randomly show up in his dreams. Now I have a great husband and a great career (dental hygiene), all because of my time at EWU!

Cody Carlson ’05 and Casey (Evans) Carlson ’05

By Casey Carlson Cody Carlson literally “swept me off my feet” when we met at Eastern. I played volleyball at EWU and it all began when I broke my right foot in our home opener in the 2002 season. I was placed into a short leg cast and sentenced to crutch my way around campus. Cody’s sister, Molly (Carlson) Cook ’03, who played basketball at Eastern, wanted to introduce us but never got the chance. However, when I crutched in to world civilizations class in Cheney Hall and sat down next to Cody, we knew who each other were. After a few classes he worked up the nerve to ask me on our first date and we headed to Spokane for a movie. The only seats available were in the very top row. Before I began to crutch my way up the stairs, Cody stopped me, set my crutches to the side, scooped me up and carried me up the stairs. We were engaged four years later and after I finished physician assistant school, we married on Aug. 29, 2009. We are happily married, living in Medford, Ore. Our little Eagle, daughter Taylor, arrived on Dec. 14, 2012.

Scott Bayles ’97 and Tina (Dalton) Bayles ’96, ’98

By Scott Bayles I saw Tina walking up the sidewalk toward Dryden Hall. I was headed in too, so I held the door open for her. I recognized her from education class and I asked, “How did that test go for you today?” She looked at me with a quizzical look, not recognizing me. Disappointed, I reminded her of the class we had together. Not the most auspicious beginning but over the next couple of months we got to know each other and stayed in touch after the class ended. Within a year, we started dating and were spending many late nights at the Morris-Street Café, sharing a pint of Cherry Garcia. Within two years, we had graduated. Tina began her master’s, I finished my student teaching, and we both began our teaching careers. In spring of 1999, I brought Tina back to the spot where we first talked – right outside the doors of Dryden Hall – to ask her to marry me. Later that year, we moved to the Seattle area for full-time teaching jobs but we came back to Spokane to get married in July 2000. Almost 13 years later, we are happily married and have three beautiful kids, ages 11, 6 and 4. The oldest hopes to go to Eastern one day. We love Eastern for many reasons, but mainly because it is where our love began.

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Jason Hutchinson and Denyse (Foss) ’96 Hutchinson

By Denyse Hutchinson It was fall of my sophomore year (1992), and finding love was the last thing on my mind! I enrolled in a country swing dance class to meet some cute country boys who knew how to dance. There were plenty of cute boys in the class, but one in particular caught my eye. He was tall, dark, very handsome, and he could dance. We chatted a few times in class and I was pretty sure the interest was mutual. One day after class, he walked me to my car and I offered him a ride across campus. When I dropped him off he reached for his backpack and I started spewing my phone number! I thought he was reaching for his day-planner (you know we all had one in the ‘90s) and was going to get my number. I was nervous, OK? He said, “Well, I was just grabbing my bag, but I’d love to get your number.” He asked me out on our first date the next day, and the rest is history. We’ve been happily married for 16 years; we have two beautiful boys and an amazing life together. Every so often, we “get our country on” and try the dances we learned, but we’re not quite as graceful. Thank you EWU for giving me the love of my life!


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Jarret Clarke ’08 and Sherry (Donaldson) Clarke ’06

By Sherry Clarke Jarret and I met in the fall of senior year in Jane Baker’s communications class. The beginning of our relationship was very seventh-grade, with the nervous giggles and shaking hands. To me, it definitely felt like “cool guy” meets “clumsy, nervous girl.” It didn’t take long before we were waiting for each other after class so we could talk. We liked the same activities, music, movies and had the same sense of humor. It was like we’d been best friends for years. We worked together on a class project, which included planning a class breakfast. Following the breakfast, Jarret helped me clean up, but I was so nervous that I knocked over a big cup of plastic coffee straws, sending them flying across the table and floor (clumsy girl). I was so embarrassed as we were on our hands and knees picking up the straws. I’m amazed Jarret (cool guy) still wanted to ask me out after all of this. About two weeks later, he invited me out to Eagle’ s Pub with some friends. I anxiously agreed and from that night forward we were inseparable. We got engaged in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, in December 2008, were married in Tacoma in February 2010, and live in Lake Tapps, Wash. I’m still pretty clumsy and he’s still pretty cool.

Bill Fortune ’56 and Adele “Bunny” (Johnson) Fortune

By the Fortunes Bunny Johnson was a transfer student from Eastern Montana College of Education, Billings, Mont., and Bill Fortune, student body president, was from Missoula, Mont. Bill was speaking to the students at a meeting when he noticed Bunny in the audience and planned to meet her. This took place as Bunny was walking to her Louise Anderson dormitory. Bill said, “Well, hi.” They were married Dec. 14, 1955, in Spokane, and lived in “Trailerville” on the Eastern campus. After graduation, they moved to Edmonds, Wash., where Bill was a teacher, coach and later a school district administrator. He also served in state and national administrative positions. They became the parents of four sons who are all doing very well. The oldest son, Bill Jr., also graduated from Eastern. Bill and Bunny still live in Edmonds and often return to Eastern for Homecoming.

Bill Linton ’80 and Sharon (Kester) Linton ’80

By Bill Linton I grew up in a little town in eastern Washington where cowboy boots and western hats were the uniform of the day. One evening during my sophomore year (November 1977), I was headed from Streeter Hall to the library to find a quiet place to study. Contrary to the thoughts of some (my wife in particular), I was not “cruising.” Rather, it was chilly so I had on my boots and hat as well as a WWII trench coat I had inherited from my dad.   I happened upon a table where this attractive tall blonde girl was sitting. I had seen her at a few parties and at a Ski Club meeting. I started talking to her about skiing and mentioned I had just learned to ski the year before and was looking for some equipment. I asked if she knew anything about buying ski equipment and she volunteered to go to a ski swap later that week to help me find some gear. That ski swap was our first date.   A few years later we were married, a year to the day from the day we graduated from EWU, June 13, 1981. We love telling our kids about how we met in the library and have continued to enjoy shopping for skis and hitting the slopes together for almost 32 years.

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Rod Snyder ’93 and Heather Snyder ’91

By Heather Snyder After I graduated from EWU, I went to work as marketing director for a Spokane credit union. A few months later, I started a marketing intern program with the help of my alma mater. Eastern student Rod Snyder applied. When we saw each other across the credit union lobby on Sept. 30, 1992, sparks flew. Of course I hired him, and we made it through his internship in a very professional manner. He likes to point out that I gave him an A. Then we fell in love. On April 15, 1995, we were married in Spokane. We now have three children and live in Longview, Wash., where we both work for credit unions. I am so grateful to EWU for not only providing me with an education that lead to a long and rewarding career, but for sending me the man of my dreams for an intern interview!

Mike Maguire ’89 and Kathy (Ide) Maguire ‘88

By Kathy Maguire My roommate was dating his roommate. That’s how we met. They didn’t last, but we did! We started dating seriously the summer we both turned 21. During the school year, we spent nearly every Thursday night dancing down at “Showie’s,” often side by side with EWU alums Benji and Marcy Estrellado. I graduated a year before Mike, as he had taken some time off from school to work. I moved to Spokane to start my career but continued to commute to Cheney on Thursday nights for dancing. On Feb. 14, 1989, Mike asked me to drive to Cheney to type a paper that was due for class the next day. I resisted; it was a work night for me, plus I was getting sick. He cajoled me into coming out, saying I could type that paper three times faster than he could (true). After I did his homework for him, he convinced me to go to Showie’s for a beer, even though I didn’t feel well. It was, after all, Valentine’s Day! We had a beer, then another, and then he somehow managed to blurt out something that I later deduced was an offer of marriage. It wasn’t particularly eloquent, but it was memorable, and oh, so sweet! We were married April 7, 1990, and currently our two children attend EWU.


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Jim Perez ’75 and Paula (Saucier) Perez ’75

By Jim Perez In 1973, my Pontiac packed with all my worldly possessions, I headed out, intent on enrolling at Eastern Washington State College. I had an AA degree, the G.I. Bill and little else so I was fortunate to find housing in Sutton Hall, which served as the veteran’s dormitory during that time. Unbeknown to me, my future wife brought her AA degree to EWSC at the same time, albeit along a different path. As fate would have it, we became members of a study group. My primary intent was to stay focused, but this cute coed (I was focused, not blind) being the spark of the group, became the center of my attention. One particularly cold morning, she and I happened upon one another on campus. She invited me to the PUB cafeteria and treated me to a cinnamon roll and coffee. That was the start of an almost daily ritual, along with late-night walks under snow-laden pine trees, walking around campus and Cheney, mostly between Dressler Hall (where she lived) and the Savage House, one of our favorite hangouts. She would come to watch the spectacle of my intramural games and I would support her work at the campus crisis line. Oh, and, there were those group study sessions. Thirty seven years of marriage, two daughters, grandkids and two baccalaureate degrees later, we remain connected with Eastern in many ways, perhaps none more memorable than those two years we shared as students.

Doug Bell ’86 and Amy Bell ‘86 By Amy Bell

We met the fall of our freshman year. Doug lived on the fifth floor of Streeter Hall, I was on the seventh. A group of us went to dinner one night and we hit it off right away. Our dates usually consisted of meeting up for dinner at Tawanka or $2 movie night in Spokane. We were inseparable almost from the start, soul mates. We married during Christmas break of our junior year. Our parents felt that we were too young, but gave us their full support emotionally and financially. We were off on our journey together. Doug was commissioned as a 2nd Lt. in the U.S. Army the winter of ‘86. Together we have journeyed through the U.S. and Europe and raised two amazing kids. Currently, Doug, a Lt. Col., is serving a one-year tour in Afghanistan and I am a military liaison for Cedar Crest Hospital in Texas. We continue to discover new things about life together and are each other’s best friend, wanting the best for each other. While it hasn’t been easy, it has been wonderful. Our grand adventure continues with the best years still to come.

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Bill Miller ’94 and Dionne Miller ’95

By Dionne Miller On Nov. 5, 1992, I met my husband Bill Miller on the STA bus commuting out to Eastern. We hit it off instantaneously, especially as we were a captive audience for each other during the beautiful drive out to Cheney. The next day we sat together again on the bus and Bill asked me out on a date. Well, you can say the rest is history. We tied the knot on June 25, 1994, and it has been a wonderful journey ever since. We have been blessed with two kids Emily (15) and Zach (12). That is the story of our beginning. Hard to believe it’s been 20 years.  

Rod Tucker ’90 and Nichole (Fagen) Tucker ’92

By Rod Tucker Our paths crossed several times while we were both at EWU, but it wasn’t until after we both graduated that our hearts connected. In May 1993, we both (separately) came back to campus for the Orland Killin Dinner. I found her alone later that night at Showies. I summoned the courage to sit down and talk with her and the next thing I knew we were smooching on the dance floor. I was completely smitten and she laughed when I told her she should come to visit me in Los Angeles, where I lived at the time. After sending a few postcards along with some gentle coercion, she flew down in July and we spent the next five days falling head-over-heels in love. She moved to L.A. in August. We moved back to Seattle in 1996, got married and now have three beautiful boys.  We recently celebrated our 16th anniversary and can’t wait for 16 more.  Happy Valentine’s Day Schmoopie. Thanks for dancing with me.


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A century’s worth of stories, memories and traditions

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tom showalter - 1983

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Every university has one. It’s the place where students gather after class (sometimes, instead of class) to relax, have fun, tell stories and make memories. It’s a place where soul mates are found and love begins to blossom (and sometimes goes to die). It’s a place where theoretical university curriculum meets real-world education (sometimes, meted out in hard-learned lessons). It is … the college bar. Since 1905, 414 First St. has served as that communal watering hole in Cheney. The site has supplied university staff, faculty, students and local residents with billiards, bands, beer and booze, while simultaneously birthing several rituals that have become EWU and Spokane-area traditions. The 108-year reign as a recreational stop and watering trough can be broken into three periods, and while other bars in town have taken some of the spotlight from time to time, the site has been a constant in Cheney life.

The brick buildings lining downtown Cheney were erected after a series of fires destroyed the upstart town, and in 1905, Ruby Kelly opened the doors to his 30-by-90-foot Kelly’s Parlor. Cheney life has always revolved around the university, and early life in the frontier town was no exception. While a thriving brewery produced grog for thirsty pioneers for nearly 25 years, a city mandate forced it to close and created alcohol-free zoning.

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“In 1910, the city decided that they had to protect the morality of the college students and so they declared that any establishment selling alcohol had to be located south of the railroad tracks,” said Joan Mamanakis of Cheney Historical Museum. That meant that even before prohibition was in effect, the frontstreet saloon was dry. “Noah Showalter used to go down to Kelly’s and play pool during his lunch hour,” said Tom Showalter, a distant cousin of the president of Cheney Normal School from 1911-1926, who ironically bought the bar from Ruby Kelly in 1972. Often a place for university staff and faculty to gather, the watering hole has risen and fallen with the fickle fads of youth. “When I bought the bar it was a locals-only bar,” said Showalter, an ‘82 alumnus. “I lost all, and I do mean all, my customers when I changed things. They all went across the street to Bill’s.” The then-24-year-old Showalter shook up the diminutive Cheney bar scene by ditching country and western music in favor of ‘70s rock, while experimenting with other ways to attract those on campus. “I was trying to cater to the younger staff at the university and the older students. We had a lot of students who were just getting back from Vietnam then,” he said. That drive to attract and keep a different clientele has led to several traditions, many of which have been adopted throughout the area and live to this day.

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For anyone attending EWU in the past 30 years, Thursday nights at Showie’s were arguably the most consistent ritual of their college years. “That was something I started on purpose and worked hard on,” said Showalter. “Back then there weren’t any classes on Fridays and I noticed guys were going out to find dates for the weekend.” Those class-free Fridays spawned what Showalter dubbed The Friday Afternoon Club: live music starting at 4 p.m. and specials on beer and food, the latter which Showalter offered since he bought the bar and installed a kitchen. The club and music were successful, albeit for one issue: when the band finished up their set, the customers had a nasty habit of leaving. To combat the exodus, Showalter started what has become a 30-year mainstay in Cheney life: Friday Night Trivia. The combination of music, food and trivia kept people coming in and staying, at least for awhile. “Fridays started dying out, so I moved it to Thursdays and it didn’t take long to catch on,” said Showalter. Indeed, Thursday nights at Showie’s, particularly the first and last of each quarter, have become traditional nights out, and not just in Cheney. “It became a tradition all over. We had students coming up from WSU, and then it spread to Spokane,” said Showalter. And 20

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while the class-free Fridays have gone the way of peace protests, Thursday-bar nights continue throughout the Inland Northwest. But ask any business owner in Cheney, and they will tell you that you can’t survive on college students alone. The locals eventually forgave Showalter for turning their country-and-western dive into a rock-and-roll hotspot and returned, which created a unique melting pot in downtown. “We really had a diverse bar. From faculty, staff and students to those locals - you knew what time they were going to come in, knew what they wanted and knew when they’d leave,” said Showalter. Having birthed traditions and built the business into a success, Showalter and his wife, Robin, a ‘73 alumna, decided to sell the bar – which they did in 1978. And then again in 1984, after they reacquired it by default and rebuilt the clientele. “Every time I got it back, it had reached rock bottom. And each time I built it back up, but that’s just something I enjoy doing,” he said. His final stint as the bar’s owner came from 1988-2001, and marks the most enjoyable years for Showalter. But 30 years in the bar business will tax anyone’s nerves and patience, and in ’01 he sold the business for the third time to Mike Hartman, who owns Willow Springs Restaurant and Motel in Cheney. Hartman and his wife, Kim, run the bar now, which is called Eagle’s Pub, and have continued the traditions started by Showalter decades ago, while expanding some and starting new ones. Thursday-night bar nights still happen, although the crushing crowd that once only gathered at Showie’s is now dispersed among the other establishments in town, including Goofy’s, the rebuilt Bill’s Long Bar, and The Basement. Friday Night Trivia is still popular and has even spawned a Tuesday-night edition. Hartman has successfully implemented a late-Friday- night and Saturday karaoke party. The 30-by-90-foot original building was expanded when Showalter bought the buildings on each side of it in the ‘90s. Hartman has continued that expansion by opening it up further and adding more pool tables, air hockey, ping pong, shuffleboard and 13 televisions, including an 8-foot projection TV. “Game days on the big screens have become popular, and the shot ski is something that everyone comes in to do,” said Hartman, referring to an old pair of skis that hang in the bar and are adorned with four shot-glass holders that requires a simultaneous and cooperative drinking experience. Just as the success of Eagles football over recent years has assuredly helped create a game-day rush at Eagle’s Pub, you can bet that old standbys like Thursday night carousing and Friday Night Trivia, as well as new traditions like karaoke, will continue at 414 First St. It’s a 108-year constant in Cheney; forever a place of recreation and leisure, where the university and community come together, share and evolve as the years, decades and centuries roll by.

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So it’s importa asse k an committed to high-ris Pemberton said during r colleagues, students and family at Canfield. Pemberton is especially rwise slip through the cracks if not given the t he othe with the award amongs eighth grade, who would toring. of tu extra hour or two a day EASTERN: winter 2013 23

Paying   IT By Brian Lynn ‘98

A good teacher supports, challenges, inspires

and pushes students to be the best version of themselves. Since 1980, Leonard Stern has been that mentor for Eastern Washington University students. A professor in the Psychology Department for the past 32 years, Stern passed away on Oct. 19, 2012. Now, one of those former students has created an endowment in his name to honor the long-standing contributions and mentoring Stern provided, while also supporting and promoting high-quality undergraduate research. Jeff Joireman was a student of Stern’s who later became a research assistant during the 1987-88 school year. Working with Stern impacted Joireman to such an extent that it inspired him to attend graduate school. “He gave me a really good balance between guidance and independence; we would have an idea, but he let me analyze and shape it,” said Joireman, now an associate professor and PhD coordinator for the marketing department at Washington State University. “Without his guidance and support, it is unlikely that I would have pursued a PhD and enjoyed the opportunity of an academic career. It was a great experience, and I have always wanted to honor that mentoring he gave me.” The Leonard D. Stern Research Award was started with a $25,000 gift from Joireman, and is open for additional contributions. Dividends from the endowment will be disbursed annually in Stern’s name starting in 2014, or sooner, depending on contributions. The annual $1,000 award will be granted to undergraduate psychology students who submit a formal research proposal. The winning proposal will be selected by Psychology Department faculty in conjunction with Joireman. “I’m hoping the award can help make it possible for undergrads at Eastern to participate in research and experience some of the options I had available because of Len,” he said. While Stern, who was teaching an online class right up until his death, will no longer walk the halls or teach in the classrooms of Eastern Washington University, his impact will remain a part of the university in perpetuity thanks to Joireman’s generous gift. If students, colleagues or alumni would like to contribute to this endowment, they may contact Foundation Development Officer Mary Ann Murphy at, 509.359.6703. 24

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Breaking the Code

Karen Fisher-Alaniz’96 MEd, ’88 BA education Sourcebooks Our parents are our most unexplored mystery. Whether close or distant to us, we see them as “parent,” rarely knowing or thinking about the person that they are outside that role. So few of us get to discover that person inside, even if it may be just a question away. Like many, Karen grew up with a father who was always there and yet always absent. As a little girl and then an adult, she talked to him, but they never really had a conversation. He’d told her stories of his childhood and of his time in the Navy, but she’d barely listened. But on his 81st birthday, without explanation, her father placed two weathered notebooks on her lap, with more than 400 pages of letters he’d written to his parents during World War II. The more she read, the more she discovered about the man she never knew and the secret role he played in the war. Thus began an unintended journey – one taken by a father and daughter who thought they knew each other, a journey of healing and discovery that started with a leap of faith. Karen Alaniz is an author and writer, living in Walla Walla, Wash.

Butterfly Moon: Short Stories

Anita Endrezze ’75 MA English, ’73 BA education Butterfly Moon is a collection of short stories based on folk tales from around the world. But the stories freely mingle fantasy and reality, witches and tricksters and everyday folks. Compellingly and poetically recounted, these enjoyably disturbing tales lead us to question what is real – and why reality matters. Endrezze has deep memories. Her father was a Yaqui Indian. Her mother traced her heritage to Slovenia, Germany, Romania and Italy. And her stories seem to bubble up from this ancestral cauldron. Endrezze is a poet, an artist and a writer. Her recent books include Breaking Edges (Red Bird Press, 2012), Throwing First at the Sun, Water at the Moon (University of Arizona Press, 2000) and At the Helm of Twilight (Broken Moon Press, 1992), which won the Bumbershoot/Weyerhaueser Award. She is the recipient of the Washington State Writers Award and a GAP award. Her work is in many anthologies and literary magazines around the world. She lives in Everett, Wash., and is married with two children and works as a storyteller, artist and teacher. Her work has been translated into seven languages, published in 10 countries. She has taken part in the Washington State Council for the Humanities Speakers’ Series.

Abiqua Live at Eastern

Edmond A. Bruneau ’75 BA journalism/RTV Boston Books This CD was recorded live in April 1974 by Ed Bruneau, who had been the editor for the Easterner, the student newspaper during the 1972-1973 school year. He decided to run for ASB president in 1974. His campaign platform included creating a non-profit student bookstore co-op to compete with the existing bookstore, reducing the cost of books and merchandise for the students. He came up with a creative way to get his name and ideas noticed by providing a free concert at the Pence Union Building, featuring the band Abiqua. The concert consisted of cover interpretations from the Beatles, Carly Simon, Jethro Tull, Moody Blues and others, as well as some of Abiqua’s original material. 1974 was a pivotal year for Spokane and the rest of the country. The World’s Fair, Expo ’74 opened in May that year, OPEC Oil Embargo ended and President Nixon resigned in disgrace. Abiqua’s concert was one of those moments in time that represent an era of change, hope and excitement. The 13-track, 75-minute album is available on CD and .mp3 download on Amazon. com and at Bruneau is the owner of Creative Consultants in Spokane.

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class notes Swoop Goes Cruising Thanks to Ron Howe ’70, and nine of his friends, Swoop got to see the world last summer. The group packed up the 6-foot Swoop cut-out and took him on a cruise on the Danube River.

son with Taiwan Jones

Back: Warren Wilson ‘59, Dell Secrest ‘63, Swoop, Bill Dick ’67, ’62; Ron Howe ’70 and Paul Rayburn Middle: Karen Wilson ‘69; Dwyllis Secrest and Nadine Rayburn Front: Merry (Mills) Dick ’67, ’62 and Susan (Shackette/Kuhn) Howe ‘68



’12 Demontrice Bigham, BA psychology, has been accepted into the Master of Divinity degree program at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School in Rochester, N.Y. ’12 Jessica Fasoli, BA education, and ’11 Beau Bailey, BA recreation management, were married July 21, 2012, in Spokane Valley. Beau is a 2nd Lt. in the Army Reserves. ’12 Jeffrey J. Hershey, BS biology, married Erika Salgado on Aug. 12, 2012, in Sequim, Wash. He is attending medical school at the University of New England in Maine. The couple lives in South Portland, Maine. ’12 Chelsea Lawhead, BS exercise science, has joined the cross country/track and field coaching staff at Bryant University in Smithfield, R.I., where she’ll pursue her MBA. While at EWU, she helped set two school records as a sprinter and served as a track and field intern. ’12 Jeremy Marinos, BA economics, has been hired by Greater Spokane Incorporated as an economic development coordinator. He previously worked for the Institute for Public Policy at Eastern Washington University.


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’11 Lauren Dotter, BA accounting, and Chaz Goble were married Aug. 18, 2012, in East Wenatchee, Wash. She is an accountant at a construction company in Spokane, where the couple resides. ’11 Levi Estes, MOT, and ’10, ’07 Meg Smith, DPT, BS biology, were married on Aug. 15, 2012, in Coeur d’Alene. She is a physical therapist and he’s an occupational therapist in Spokane.

2010 ’10 Keenan Bowen, BA communication studies, has been hired as an advertising specialist for Tribute Media, a Web development and marketing company in Boise, Idaho. He previously worked at Kelly/Brady Advertising in Spokane. ’10 Stefanie Hill, BS community health, and ’10 Nicolaus Hoerkorn, BS community health, were married Aug. 25, 2012, in Bellevue, Wash. They are both health coaches and live in Bellevue. ’10, ’04 Lance D. Kissler, MS communications, BA graphic communications, has been promoted to senior community development officer in Spokane Teachers Credit Union

(STCU)’s marketing department. He started working there in 2010, as new media and marketing officer. Lance was named EWU’s 2012 Inspirational Young Alumnus. ’10 Lauren Nissen, BA communication studies, has been hired as the fund development specialist for Girl Scouts of Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho. She previously worked as a marketing associate for the Inland Northwest Community Foundation.

2008 ’08 Kasey Knox, BS biology, and Matt Wilberding, were married Aug. 25, 2012, in West Richland, Wash. She is a tissue culture technical specialist at Signature Genomic Laboratory. They live in Spokane.

2007 ’07 Candice Nell, BA education, married ’06 Chris Cwik, BA communication studies, on Oct. 13, 2012, in East Wenatchee, Wash. Candice is a kindergarten teacher in the Cheney School District and he is a paramedic in Spokane.

class notes Comedy to Benefit EWU Scholarships Get in the spirit of spring this winter with a performance of McManus in Love, a one-man comedy written by nationally renowned humor writer and Eastern Washington University Professor Emeritus Patrick F. McManus and starring Tim Behrens. Feb. 23, doors open at 7 p.m., show starts at 7:30 p.m. in Showalter Auditorium, EWU campus. Admission is $20 with all proceeds benefiting EWU Scholarships. Register at Information: Call Jane Noonan at 509.359.2227

’07, ’00 Stephen A. Taylor, MA public administration, BA finance, was named city manager of Kelso, Wash. He previously served as the city administrator of Connell, Wash., and spent seven years on the Spokane Valley City Council.

2006 ’06 Raenell Rafferty, BS applied developmental psychology, graduated with a master’s degree in education, school counseling, from Loyola University Maryland, in Baltimore, Md., and has been hired as a high school counselor for the Montgomery County Public Schools.

2005 ’05 Shann Ray Ferch, MFA creative writing, is one of 12 authors nationwide who will receive an American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation for American Masculine, (2011; Graywolf Press) his collection of short stories. ’05 Katie (Moffit) Mauseth, BA education, and her husband Scott welcomed a baby girl Shannon Nichole, in February 2012. Katie

completed her master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from Concordia University in Nebraska, in July 2012.

2002 ’02 Holly Doering, MFA, has been hired as a technical writer for Imprezzio Inc. She previously taught composition at Spokane Falls Community College and served as an editor for the Better Business Bureau.

2001 ’01 Tasha Hansen, BA finance, and Drew Rodman were married on Aug. 18, 2012, in Spokane. She is an employee of Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. They live in Auburn, Wash. ’01 Max Held, BA music, has been hired as an associate by the law offices of Dunn and Black P.S., Spokane.

2000 ’00, ’96 Farran W. Bognar, MSW, BA social work, is enjoying retirement in Florida and the recent birth of his new granddaughter, Vivienne Alise. He has a new service dog named Tyrone. Farran says, “It’s hard deciding

whether to swim with Tyrone or go to bed. This is the life. Work on.”

1999 ’99, ’82 Terrie Ashby-Scott, MSW, BA communication disorders, has been appointed to the Inland Northwest Community Foundation’s Grants Committee. ’99 Ginni Blackhart, BA psychology, recently received tenure and a promotion to associate professor of psychology at East Tennessee State University. ’99 Amy S. Meyers, BA recreation management, is an Air National Guard Airman 1st Class. She graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.

1998 ’98 Geoff Stone, BS chemistry/biology, married Denise Haworth, June 24, 2012, in Las Vegas. He is a rural carrier for the U.S. Postal Service of Kennewick.

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class notes Smith Named Maryland Superintendent of the Year The Public School Superintendents’ Association of Maryland announced in November 2012, that Calvert County Public Schools’ superintendent, Jack R. Smith, PhD, will represent Maryland as Public School Superintendent of the Year for 2013. In 1985, Smith earned his MEd from Eastern, and in 1980, his BA in education. His wife of almost 33 years, ’91 Gayle M. Smith, is also an Eastern graduate. The couple met in Dressler Hall in 1978. Smith is currently serving in his seventh year as leader of the 16,352 student public school system. Eight years previous to this current assignment he served as a principal, director and deputy superintendent in Calvert County after serving as a principal for six years in Tokyo, Japan.



’97 John Soennichsen, MFA creative writing, has received the John McClelland Award, presented by the Washington State Historical Society for his Columbia magazine article, “A Toe in the Water: J. Harlen Bretz’s First Field Exploration of Eastern Washington’s Channeled Scablands.” John lives in Cheney.

1995 ’95 Stacy Davis, BS physical therapy, has earned ASTYM certification. She is a physical therapist at Kootenai Health Outpatient Rehabilitation Services in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. ’95, ’84 Sara Sexton-Johnson, MS communications, BA business management, has been hired as district director of workforce, continuing education and corporate training for Community Colleges of Spokane. She previously served as interim executive director of e-learning and off-campus programs at EWU. ’95 Melanie Tucker Thompson, BA applied psychology, has been appointed as acting assistant vice president for Student Services at Northern Illinois University.


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’92 Christina K. Campbell, BS nursing, BA English, is working as a nurse at a pediatric clinic and at an outpatient surgery center in Beaverton, Ore. She says she enjoys the variety.

1991 ’91 Randy Casto, BA business, has been hired by Columbia Bank as senior vice president and team leader of the company’s Spokane Private Banking department. He has 23 years of banking experience. ’91 Laura Lesser, BA business administration, has been promoted to Spokane Teachers Credit Union’s Main Branch manager. She previously served as manager of STCU’s Indian Trail Branch.

1990 ’90 Tony Rugel, BA government, has been appointed Superior Court Commissioner for Spokane County Superior Court. For the past eight years he served as assistant attorney general for the Department of Social and Health Services. ’90 Jamie Skogstad, BA business, has been hired by Imprezzio Inc. in Spokane as a client solution director. She previously worked for Esterline as business development director.

1989 ’89 Greg Bever, BA general studies, has been appointed by Gov. Chris Gregoire to serve on Community Colleges of Spokane’s board of trustees for a second five-year term. He previously served as publisher of the Spokane Journal of Business for 15 years, retiring in January 2012.

1987 ’87 Robin G. Milne, BA professional accounting, has been hired as the director of finance for Jefferson City, Mo. She has more than 20 years of government consulting experience in financial administrative operations. She previously served as director of consulting for CGI Technologies of Fairfax, Va., where she worked as a sale executive and accounting manager since 1991. ’87 Jess Walter, BA journalism, has had his book, Beautiful Ruins, named book of the year by Esquire magazine. The book was also been named “best audio book narration of 2012” by and is one of The New York Times “100 Notable Books of 2012.”

1986 ’86 Mark A Purvine, BA sociology/social science, has been hired as the principal of

class notes Two EWU football players, with eligibility remaining, have decided to forgo their senior seasons in 2013. Two-time All-America wide receiver Brandon Kaufman will pursue opportunities to play professional football. Quarterback Kyle Padron, who transferred to EWU last fall from Southern Methodist University, hasn’t enrolled for winter quarter and presumably will pursue his own opportunities at the professional level. “We respect their decisions and wish them nothing but the best in the future,” said Baldwin, whose 2012 team finished 11-3 overall and advanced to the semifinals of the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision Playoffs. “They both have the talent it takes to succeed at the next level, and we will be excited to see their progress.” Kaufman will train for the NFL Draft in Orlando, Fla., along with fellow Eagle wide receiver Greg Herd, who was a senior in 2012. Kaufman is just 20 credits shy of graduating and said he will continue to take classes this winter online. Several other Eagles, who were seniors in 2012, are also pursuing professional opportunities. They include wide receiver Nicholas Edwards, linebacker Zach Johnson, whose twin brother Matt Johnson was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys a year ago, and 2012 FCS AllAmericans, offensive tackle Will Post, defensive end Jerry Ceja and kicker Jimmy Pavel.

Brandon Kaufman

Kyle Padron

Eastern – Pipeline to the NFL

1982 Castle Rock High School in Castle Rock, Wash. Originally from Eugene, Ore., he began his teaching career in the Beaverton School District near Portland. He has taught in the Spokane area and most recently, at a Department of Defense middle school in Fort Campbell, Ky.

1985 ’85 Jim Campasino, BA personnel management, has been hired by Greenstone Homes as sales manager at Kendall Yards in Spokane. Previously he served as founder and president of Innovative Capital Partners Inc. ’85 Terry Neal, BA accounting, was awarded U.S. Bank’s Pinnacle Award for employee achievement. He is vice president of commercial real estate for the company in Spokane.

1983 ’83 Karen Burkhardt, BA accounting, has been hired as a manager at McDirmid, Mikkelsen and Secrest P.S. in Spokane. She previously served as a partner with Burkhardt, Dierdorff, Shriver and Walther PLLC.

’82 Patrick Garrity, BA finance, has been promoted to director of lending strategy by Spokane Teachers Credit Union. He has been with STCU for 19 years.

1980 ’80 Jeff Verble, BA industrial technology, has been hired by Spokane Teachers Credit Union as commercial lending manager. He has 29 years experience.

1977 ’77 John Goheen, BA radio/TV, a three-time winner of National Press Photographers Association Television News’ “photographer of the year” award, is an independent filmmaker and instructor at Loyola University in Chicago. His documentary, V-Day 11.11.11., examines what it means to be a veteran in America.

1975 ’75 Jay P. Parikh, BA theatre, has joined Maryland Public Television as managing director of the station’s Content Enterprises unit, bringing more than 30 years experience in the entertainment industry, broadcasting

and program development/distribution. Previously, he held a number of executive positions at KCTS-TV, the PBS station in Seattle.

1974 ’74 Karl Wilkinson, BA education, has joined Soleil Real Estate in Spokane. He previously worked as an agent for ReMax Real Estate.

1973 ’73 David G. Brown, BA biology, and wife Karen celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary recently at their home in Tracyton, Wash. Dave is now retired from Radiological Engineering.

1972 ’72 Bob Bodnar, BA physical education, served as the head coach of Pasco High School’s wrestling program for 18 seasons. Three Big Nine Conference “Coach of the Year” awards, four Big Nine Conference championships and 65 state placers later, the retired physical education, science and Spanish teacher was inducted into the Washington State Wrestling Coaches Association’s Hall of Fame in October 2012.

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class notes ’71, ’64 Keith Vradenburg, MEd and BA physical education, taught and coached for more than 40 years before becoming mayor of Entiat, Wash., in 2008. He grew up in Entiat, a town of 1,200, located in Chelan County.

1969 ’69 Gary Hammond, BS geology, retired from Franklin County, after 35 years as a real estate appraiser in the assessor’s office.

’68 Daniel L. Lambert, BA social work and sociology, completed 40 years of work with WorkSource Spokane, the Washington State Employment Security Department in September. He is the supervisor of the Business, Veteran and AmeriCorp staff at WorkSource Spokane. He plans to retire in February 2013.

’65, ’57 Albert J. Semprimoznik, MA school administration, BA physical education, and wife Gayle, recently celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary. Al retired as a school principal from Wilbur Elementary in 1982. He has enjoyed fishing trips to Alaska for 14 consecutive years. The couple has two sons Greg and Jeff, who carry on the family wheat and barley farm in Wilbur, Wash.

Alumni Named Washington’s Teacher of the Year Regional Finalists The Washington Teacher of the Year program recognizes 10 regional finalists and selects one state Teacher of the Year annually. Congratulations for carrying on Eastern’s tradition of educational excellence!

Monte Syrie ’09 MEd, ’95 BA secondary education Cheney High School, Cheney School District Syrie has taught English at Cheney High School for the past nine years. He was first inspired to become a teacher in 1985, when a very cool English teacher in black Levi’s® helped him realize he could stay in the place (school) that had become his refuge and offer the same sanctuary to future generations. He believes passionately in teacher accountability and that when teachers fall short, it is not necessarily due to lack of ability, but because the system for holding them accountable has failed to guide teachers along the path of continued growth. He believes teachers can do this for each other, in concert with their administrators. Indeed, his own colleagues testify that he does this for them – offering constant inspiration and challenging them to step out of their own comfort zones for the sake of students.


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Barbara Fry Quintasket ’92 MEd Paschal Sherman Indian School, Omak School District Quintasket, a 26-year veteran teacher, currently teaches sixth- to ninth-grade science. It was a criminology practicum in college that convinced her that she’d rather be a teacher and use education to keep kids out of jail. Her curriculum is a unique blend of Native American language and culture and science menus. There are no traditional textbooks in her classroom. Instead, students are using the technologies and research materials of today. The result is a classroom full of confident scientists with the ability to collaborate or work independently to solve problems. Quintasket is also committed to building cultural understanding and community between students of varied backgrounds. For the past four years, she has been a leader in the Connections Through Science and Adventure program, which uses hands-on experience and field study to build camaraderie between students from Paschal Sherman and Omak High.

Brian Sites ’03 BA education (social studies) River’s Edge High School, Richland School District Sites is a National Board Certified Teacher of math and social studies at River’s Edge High School, an alternative school in Richland. His focus is building relationships and resiliency at River’s Edge, which he believes creates lasting results for his students. Many of his students have had little academic success, so building their confidence is a key component of his instruction. He reminds them to dream big and plan for college or a trade after high school. Not only do 70 percent of Sites’ students have a post-graduate plan, but he is often singled out by graduates as the reason for their success. Sites recently spearheaded a $100,000 fundraising effort to provide a free daycare center for teen parents. He advocates for National Board Certification and alternative education. His elected officials know and respect Brian, and look to him as an expert resource. Photos courtesy of OSPI and Bobbi Stockwell.

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’88 Marian Rose Norberg, age 62, died Oct. 24, 2012, in Spokane, Wash.

’75 William G. “Bill” Muncey, age 68, died Sept. 20, 2012, in Kennewick, Wash.

’86 Denise Lafreniere Lupien, age 54, died Sept. 20, 2012, in Tacoma, Wash.

’75 Fredric C. “Fred” Wallick, age 72, died June 13, 2012, in Cashmere, Wash.

’85 Mary Margaret Hoffman, age 72, died Oct. 13, 2012, in Ellensburg, Wash.

’74 William Randall “Randy” Burns, age 62, died Sept. 16, 2012, in Renton, Wash.

’96 Rosemary (Fishburn) Earp, age 52, died Sept. 23, 2012, in Spokane, Wash.

’84 Betty J. Fowler, age 87, died Nov. 14, 2012, in Spokane, Wash.

’74 Michael Glen Holl, age 63, died June 29, 2012, in Bellingham, Wash.

’96 Ariet Oman, age 45, died Oct. 15, 2012, in Spokane, Wash.

’83 John David “Dave” Stenhouse, age 63, died Aug. 15, 2012, in Spokane, Wash.

’74 Mary Lou Loftus, age 68, died June 14, 2012, in Everett, Wash.

’95 Tanya R. Davis, age 41, died May 25, 2012, in Issaquah, Wash.

’82 Tressie Spracher Sluder Cartner, age 87, died in October 2012, in Olympia, Wash.

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

’94 Delmar J. Stevens, age 72, died Aug. 16, 2012, in Spokane, Wash.

’82 Rodney Roy Spurlock, age 58, died May 27, 2012, in Spokane, Wash.

’73 John R. Sims, age 74, died April 3, 2012, in Humptulips, Wash.

’94 Sally Storms, age 56, died Sept. 4, 2012, in Newport, Wash.

’80 Joy Wedeman, age 56, died Nov. 8, 2012, in Centralia, Wash.

’73 Jerome Skinner, age 66, died May 31, 2012, in Richland, Wash.

’04 Kristin K. Dralle, age 42, died March 12, 2012, in Bellingham, Wash. ’02 Eric Robert Forsberg, age 32, died Sept. 27, 2012, in Tacoma, Wash.


’93 Vernon “Darrin” Mason, age 44, died July 3, 2012, in Cheney, Wash. ’93 Cynthia “Cyndee” Northrop, age 59, died Oct. 11, 2012, in Spokane, Wash. ’92 Mary (Logan) Edgens, age 77, died Aug. 2, 2012, in Chattaroy, Wash. ’91 Judy A. Crowell, age 65, died Oct. 3, 2012, in Davenport, Wash. ’91 Linda G. Cunningham, age 63, died June 4, 2012, in Spokane, Wash. ’90 Beverley Ann Cochrane, age 77, died Oct. 3, 2012, in Pasco, Wash. ’90 Janet A. (Seslar) Hancock, age 70, died June 18, 2012, in Cheney, Wash.


70s ’79 Curtis Allan Johnson, age 55, died June 23, 2012, in Cheney, Wash. ’77 Kenneth T. Fornof, age 63, died Dec. 17, 2011, in Cheney, Wash. ’77 Frank William Cardwell Sr., age 80, died Nov. 4, 2012, in Wenatchee, Wash. ’77 Donna (Wickline) Marvin, age 64, died July 24, 2012, in Spokane Valley, Wash. ’77 Lydia Teresa Sims, age 91, died June 23, 2012, in Seattle, Wash. ’76 Dayna R. “Butch” Brown, age 63, died July 8, 2012, in Everett, Wash. ’76 James A. Burgen, age 65, died Oct. 18, 2012, in Spokane, Wash.

’72 Gerald Stein, age 66, died Sept. 8, 2012, in Yakima, Wash. ’71 David A. Nees, age 69, died Oct. 2, 2012, in Priest River, Idaho ’71 Ernie Packebush, age 67, died Oct. 15, 2012, in Spokane, Wash. ’70 Sally Jo Fowler, age 82, died May 22, 2012, in Friday Harbor, Wash. ’70 Gary N. Billesbach, age 66, died June 14, 2012, in Spokane, Wash. ’70 Randall J. Brock, age 68, died Oct. 22, 2012, in Spokane, Wash. ’70 Barry Phillip Delong, age 66, died June 27, 2012, in Spokane, Wash. ‘70 Donald Rennewanz Jr., age 69, died Nov. 10, 2012, in Las Vegas, Nev.

’89 Robert Absten, age 56, died Aug. 4, 2012, in Fircrest, Wash.

’76 Dwight Scott Hamilton, age 72, died Aug. 7, 2012, in Rosburg, Wash.

’89 Nicholas Allan Clemenson, age 63, died Sept. 23, 2012, in Spokane, Wash.

’76 Janice Christelle Newell, age 58, died June 25, 2012, in Spokane, Wash.

’69 Don Dawson, age 72, died Aug. 10, 2012, in Goodyear, Ariz.

’89 Janet L. Reardon, age 50, died Aug. 21, 2012, in Burbank, Wash.

’76 Kimberly Kay Vaughn, age 58, died Nov. 15, 2012, in Spokane, Wash.

’69 Wilmer G. “Wil” Ditton, age 71, died Aug. 23, 2012, in West Virginia


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The Chandler’s Love Story In this issue of the magazine we’ve shared the stories of couples who met, fell in love and married because of relationships that developed during their time at Eastern. In their wedding photos we see the joy and anticipation of their journey together. Their stories are romantic, humorous and touching. The newlyweds are writing the first chapters of their love story; the plot deepens for those in the middle and some couples have written their final chapters together. Leo Chandler and Patricia Sterling met and fell in love in Dr. Celia Allen’s Psychology 101 class in the fall of 1955. “Leo told a joke and I was the only one who laughed, so Leo turned around to see who got it,” writes Pat. “According to Leo, I psyched him out ever since. After class we walked down the hall at Showalter together and that was the beginning.” Leo was a junior and Pat was a freshman. They both became very involved in campus life and activities. Leo served as Student Body President in 1956-57 and was editor of the student newspaper. He was also involved in Ski Club, Scarlett Arrow and the Bachelors Club. He lettered in swimming and football. Pat was president of the Eastern Chapter of Future Teachers. They dated and became engaged a year later. Their wedding took place in May 1957, in Spokane. “We wanted our many EWC friends to be able to attend before they left for summer


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vacation,” writes Pat. “After a whirlwind honeymoon to Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia, we came back to take finals. After Leo’s graduation, we lived in Spokane and began raising our five children (Shannon, Kelly, Bridgett, Michael and Kevin). In 1965 we moved to the Seattle area and settled in Mountlake Terrace, Wash. On May 26, 2012, we celebrated our 55th wedding anniversary.” Leo suffered declining health over the past few years and had been undergoing chemotherapy for lymphoma since September 2012. He passed away in his sleep on Nov. 29, 2012. For more than 30 years Leo designed retail stores, and in 1995 two of those stores were named retail stores of the year. An avid sports fan, Leo refereed football and basketball for 25 years in Spokane, Whitman and King counties. He was a founding member of the Mountlake Terrace Rotary and a 37-year member of St. Pius X Catholic Church. In his retirement, Leo was able to use his degree in English to tutor student athletes at the University of Washington. Over the years, Leo and Pat have remained dedicated supporters of Eastern. Leo served as a former director of the EWU Alumni Association. Donations in Leo’s honor may be made to the scholarship funds of Eastern Washington University or Gonzaga Prep in Spokane, or to St. Pius X Catholic Church in Mountlake Terrace, Wash.

in memoriam ’69 Everett C. “Butch” Ginther, age 66, died Aug. 22, 2012, in Wenatchee, Wash.

’62 Lucille (Quast) Copeland, age 92, died June 6, 2012, in Spokane, Wash.

’51 Lane Leo Carlton, age 89, died Aug. 5, 2012, in Omak, Wash.

’69 Cornelia B. “Connie” Heston, age 76, died July 5, 2012, in Spokane, Wash.

’62 Daryl Walter Noyd, age 74, died May 14, 2012, in Wenatchee, Wash.

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

’69 Betty H. Minnich, age 93, died May 27, 2012, in Cheney, Wash.

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

’51 Janice Wright, age 82, died Aug. 11, 2012, in Coulee Dam, Wash.

’69 Charles Edward Rice, age 94, died Sept. 3, 2012, in Spokane, Wash.

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

’50 Howard M. Gamble, age 85, died Sept. 22, 2012, in Brewster, Wash.

’68 Charles L. Decker Jr., age 68, died June 26, 2012, in Spokane, Wash.

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

’68 Keith Earl Shoemaker, age 70, died Aug. 19, 2012, in Benton City, Wash. ’67 Rick N. Baer, age 67, died July 14, 2012, in Seven Bays, Wash. ’67 Roger “Buck” Hylton, age 69, died July 1, 2012, in Ammon, Idaho ’66 James L. Morasch, age 68, died Feb. 3, 2011, in Pasco, Wash. ’65 Gary M. Honda, age 71, died May 22, 2012, in Orange, Calif. ’65 Laurence John Nelson, age 83, died Oct. 2, 2012, in Spokane, Wash. ’65 Jack L. Smiley Jr., age 69, died May 1, 2012, in Walla Walla, Wash. ’64 Rod Ostboe, age 70, died Oct. 15 2012, in Richland, Wash. ’64 Gary Enium Rasmussen, age 75, died July 9, 2012, in Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho ’64 Edith E. Smith, age 89, died June 8, 2012, in Spokane Valley, Wash. ’64 Wilmer Robert “Bob” Spanjer Jr., age 76, died Dec. 4, 2011, in Cheney, Wash. ’63 Beverly Jean Miner, age 78, died Aug. 26, 2012, in Spokane, Wash. ’63 Charles Herrin, age 75, died July 23, 2012, in Kennewick, Wash. ’63 Neil T. Williams, age 72, died July 13, 2012, in Spokane, Wash.


40s ’49 Anna Laird, age 94, died Aug. 6, 2012, in Richmond, Va.

’59 Margaret (Beckman) Fettig, age 75, died June 15, 2012, in Kent, Wash.

’47 Bernadine Bayley “Bernie” Hanson, age 89, died Oct. 2, 2012, in Spokane, Wash.

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

’45 Amy Bell, age 88, died Nov. 9, 2012, in Stehekin, Wash.

’59 Conrad A. Wicht, age 81, died Oct. 22, 2012, in Spokane, Wash.

’42 Robert Burgess, age 95, died Sept. 14, 2012, in Bellevue, Wash.

’58 Ethel L. Barstow, age 82, died Aug. 12, 2012, in Spokane, Wash. ’58 John P. Tracy Jr., age 92, died July 10, 2012, in Spokane, Wash. ’57 James Douglas “Doug” Casey, age 85, died Oct. 17, 2012, in Longview, Wash. ‘’54 Leslie Edwin Lillquist, age 80, died July 15, 2012, in Bellingham, Wash. ’54 Ada Lorraine Solberg, age 79, died April 23, 2012, in Warden, Wash. ’53 Lucienne C. Harris, age 95, died Sept. 4, 2012, in Winnemucca, Nev. ’53 Lloyd N. Rainwater, age 92, died Aug. 19, 2012, in Palm Springs, Calif. ’52 Harold F. Kafer, age 89, died July 26, 2012, in Bothell, Wash. ’52 Frances Stark, age 93, died May 10, 2012, in Spokane, Wash. ’51 Norma Lee Main, age 82, died Oct. 16, 2012, in Spokane, Wash.

30s ’38 Anna L. Pellett, age 94, died Dec. 21, 2011, in Sitka, Alaska ’37 Evelyn M. Surprise, age 96, died Aug. 8, 2012, in Spokane, Wash. ’34 Ethel Gordon Metzger, age 98, died March 22, 2012, in Spokane, Wash.

Faculty and Staff Retha L. Lucas, died on Oct. 26, 2012, in Four Lakes, Wash. She retired in April 1983, from Custodial Services after 13 years of service. She was 91 years old. Thomas McArthur, age 65, passed away Oct. 30, 2012. He retired Sept. 1, 2012, with 20 years of service to EWU, last serving in building maintenance. Lenard D. Stern, PhD, age 66, died Oct. 16, 2012, in Spokane, Wash. He came to Eastern’s Psychology Department in September 1980. Susan E. Wallace, age 80, died Oct. 28, 2012, in Louisville, Colo. She retired in May 1995 from the library, after 25 years of service.

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final thoughts

From Lisa Poplawski, director Alumni Advancement Superstitions come in many forms. One of my favorite beliefs is in my magical black and white checkered hat that I purchased at Disneyland a couple of years ago. I know it is lucky because I wore it during the entire 2010 Eagle football season and subsequent championship run. This year, I resurrected my hat for good luck. My colleagues and I insisted that someone in my family had to wear the hat in my absence at the Portland State game. My daughter refused to wear it, and my husband only gave in and put it on after a bumpy first half. The result was a check mark in the “win” column. In December, Eastern’s football season came to an end in one of the craziest games I have ever seen. Although my lucky hat did not take us all the way to the championship game in Frisco, Texas, our team continues to climb in the ranks of the elite FCS programs and the entire 2012 journey (from the tailgating to the last second of each game) was impressive, memorable and fun! Thank you to the team, and the team behind the team, who made this season incredible, including the more than 100 alumni band members who dusted off their instruments and filled the seats vacated by our band students who were away for winter break. And thank you to YOU the alumni who faithfully stand tall and proud of your Eastern Eagles.


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But the fun doesn’t stop with the end of football season. We’re excited for 2013 and the many planned alumni activities, including one of the most meaningful events, the Alumni Awards Gala on May 18. Although it is several months away, we have already begun the process of accepting nominations. The success of the event, and the honor bestowed on our awarded alumni, are the result of the time you take to nominate noteworthy EWU graduates.  I hope you will take a moment after reading this and go to http://alumni.ewu. edu/alumniawards to reflect on your friends or family who are deserving of these awards.   This celebration allows us, in a sense, to scream from the rooftops, throw confetti and say, “thank you.”  From teachers, mentors, volunteers, military and businessmen, Eastern alumni are making a difference across the globe in surprising and moving ways. The gala event acknowledges their commitment with specific awards, including Lifetime Achievement, Exceptional Military Service, Inspirational Young Alumnus, Distinguished Faculty, Alumnus of Services and Organization of Excellence. If you want to wear my lucky hat while filling out your nomination form, just let me know.

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Young Professionals Network

Men’s Basketball vs. Portland State (Portland)

Patrick McManus One Man Show by actor Tim Behrens (Cheney)


7:35 p.m.






Arizona Alumni Event Weekend

Alumni Award Nomination Deadline

Young Professionals Network (Spokane)

EWU Theater Presentation-Ode

Vinofest* Marketplace and Tasting (Spokane)


* Due to scheduling conflicts, this event will replace the annual Reds on Red event




Young Professionals Network

15th Annual Get Lit! Festival


(Various locations)

Orland Killin Weekend Golf Tournament, Friday Dinner, Dance and Auction, Saturday




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





Young Professionals Network (Spokane)

2013 Alumni Awards Gala (Cheney)

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