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Beyond the Classroom EPIC Experiences


THE MAGAZINE for Eastern Washington University Alumni and Friends

upfront Dear Alumni and Friends, A new calendar year is underway, the snow has finally arrived in Cheney and we are settled in for winter quarter here at Eastern Washington University. In some respects, this is business as usual. However, here on campus there is a great sense that we are heading into one of the most exciting and critical periods for Eastern. As you read this, EWU is eagerly waiting to


Editor – Kandi Carper ‘05 Graphic Design – Ryan Gaard ‘02 Copy Editors – Brian Lynn ’98, Teresa Conway, Judy Crabb Contributing Writers – Kandi Carper ’05, Brian Lynn ’98, Deborah DuPey ’85, Dave Meany, Dave Cook Photography –John Demke ’98, Pat Spanjer ’80 Editorial Board – Doug Kelley ’83, Jack Lucas ’77, Pia Hallenberg ’98, Kory Kelly ’98, Gina Mauro Campbell ‘90 Vice President for University Advancement – Michael Westfall Director of Alumni Advancement – Lisa Poplawski ’01, ‘94 EWU Alumni President – Gina Mauro Campbell ‘90 EWU Foundation Chair – Rob Neilson ‘81

see how state lawmakers address the latest budget deficit. Over the past three legislative

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sessions, Eastern has absorbed $58.3 million

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in reductions, which represents a nearly 47 percent decrease in state funding for the university. We simply cannot sustain this pace. This is why I have made many trips to Olympia to meet with our elected officials. Lawmakers have some very difficult decisions to make, but many of them realize a strong higher education system will play a key role in the state’s economic future. Please show your support for Eastern by contacting your representative. Eastern is taking its own steps to ensure a strong future, both financially and academically. As I mentioned in my fall letter, EWU is launching a new strategic plan, Inspiring the Future. Many months of planning and hard work have gone into this unique effort, which will give the university a clear roadmap as it navigates these difficult economic times. By the end of the quarter, EWU will officially rollout Inspiring the Future with a campuswide celebration. This will be the first step in developing an action plan to make meaningful changes to the way the university does business in 2012. We are looking for innovative ideas that will create an environment where students continue to thrive. Feel free to take a peek at what we’re up to at I share these important details with you because staying connected to you, our valuable alumni, is one of the most important things we can do right now. In fact, you will notice the articles in this issue share a common theme about how EWU continues to serve you long after you earn your degree.The university has many great resources, programs and community events you can utilize and enjoy long into your retirement years. And best of all, they all keep you connected to Eastern and your community! Your support and feedback are very meaningful during these challenging times. I look forward to hearing from you.

Rodolfo Arévalo, PhD President Eastern Washington University



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On the cover Tiffany Kerstetter ’05, on EPIC Adventures ice climbing excursion at Haffner Creek near Banff, Alberta, Canada


Beyond the Classroom EPIC Experiences


EPIC Adventures


Threads of Hope


State of the U


Career Services for Alumni


Big Careers Start at Eastern


Rifle Range Revival

Eastern’s Outdoor Program Ascends to New Heights

Alumna’s Fair-market Trade Business Changes Lives

The Economy’s Effect on Higher Ed

Help for Job Seekers

A Lifelong Advocate for Children

ROTC Alumni Give Back





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Up Front


A Note from the Editor


On the Road


EWU Beat


Sights and Sounds


Class Notes


In Memoriam


The Back Page


Alumni Events Calendar

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Eastern: Your University for Life While preparing this issue of Eastern magazine I noticed a common thread. Long after graduation, Eastern continues to offer an amazing number of services to its alumni. Whether you graduated five years ago or 50 years ago, Eastern offers the opportunity for continued personal growth through a variety of resources. Your bucket list might include whitewater rafting, ice climbing or the latest craze – standup paddle boarding. Through EWU’s outdoor program, EPIC Adventures, alumni can learn the skills necessary to safely embark on many quests. Or, maybe it’s something simple, like taking the family for a weekend camping trip. Instead of investing in expensive equipment, as alumni, you can rent everything you need, from kayaks to sleeping bags, for mere dollars a day through EPIC. (page 12). Likewise, alumni may still access Eastern’s Career Services department as if they were current students. Equipped with the latest resources and a staff of career counselors, the department can assist those whose career path has taken an unexpected detour during the recent economic downturn or those wishing to make vocational changes for their own personal fulfillment. It can connect you with regional and national employers, retool your resume, help you brush-up on interview skills and introduce you to community professionals via networking events held throughout the year. (page 22) If you enjoy the arts, your alma mater provides endless possibilities – art exhibits, concerts, theatre performances, a literary festival – many free or for a nominal cost. Last fall, Eastern hosted In a Nutshell: the Worlds of Maurice Sendak, a national traveling exhibition featuring works from the famous illustrator of Where the Wild Things Are. Currently, nationally-recognized Pacific Northwest artist Robert Tomlinson’s exhibition, Original Weather, runs through March 15 at the campus Art Gallery. On March 17, the Alumni Association is hosting Ales & Art – the annual beer tasting event with an added twist of art. For those who like a little history with their art, make plans now to attend EWU Night at the King Tut exhibit, Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs at the Pacific Science Center, Aug. 25, in Seattle. It includes dozens of artifacts detailing 2,000 years of Egyptian history. Eastern’s Music Department entertains with concerts throughout the year, offering something for everyone’s taste, from jazz to strings, percussion to orchestra. Where else can you get hours of enjoyment for $5 admission? One of the best theatrical productions I’ve ever seen was the Eastern Theatre Program’s original presentation of The Things They Carried, based on the book by Tim O’Brien. The play won the The Pacific Northwest Inlander’s Spokie award for “best drama” of the 2010-2011 Inland Northwest theatre season and continues to receive recognition at the national level. Now in its 14th year, Get Lit!, an annual literary festival, brings renowned authors to Spokane to share their work and passion for writing. One of this year’s headliners is Eastern alum and award-winning author Jess Walter (’87 BA journalism). The weeklong celebration, April 10-15, includes author readings, writers’ workshops, panel discussions and poetry slams. (page 9) If you are a sports fan, Eastern offers endless possibilities - football, basketball, volleyball, soccer, track and field, golf or tennis. Season after season, Eastern’s students are always competitive in NCAA Division I Big Sky Athletics. Eastern continues to strive to enrich your life with opportunities for intellectual development, cultural stimulation, personal growth and social interaction. Eastern isn’t just your alma mater, it’s your university for life. GO EAGLES!

Kandi Carper ‘05



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’74 Retired Brig. Gen. Neal Sealock, is pictured on a helipad in the South China Sea in November 2011. He’s working in China as a coach for Check 6 Inc., a company of veterans coaching leadership, performance and safety throughout the world. He lives in Spokane.

’11 Amanda M. Weiss took Eastern magazine to visit her hometown of Tucson, Ariz. Amanda now lives in Spokane, where she teaches at a Montessori school.

’05 Ron Motonaga, of Fountain Valley, Calif., is the project manager for Mangan Renewables and is pictured with a 3MW rooftop installation, the largest in the United States.

’89 Bill and ’89 Bonnie Szuch and their Eastern magazine are “worse for the wear,” (their words) after a four-day trek to Machu Picchu, a 15th-century Inca site in Peru. Bill and Bonnie live in Walla Walla, Wash.

’02 Bethany Ross and Mike Franklin show their Eagle pride on their wedding day, 11-11-11, in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. The bride’s father, ’76 Stuart Ross, took the photo. The couple lives in Issaquah, Wash., where they are both teachers. Where in the world will Eastern magazine next be spotted? Eastern alumni are invited to send photographs of themselves holding up the current issue. Please include some information about yourself with your submission. Due to space constraints, we may not be able to publish every submission, but the extras will be posted on the Eastern magazine Facebook fan page. Send to or Eastern Magazine, 300 Showalter Hall, Cheney, WA 99004-2445.



New categories have been added for the 2012 awards. Deadline is March 2, 2012. You can now nominate deserving alumni, faculty, organizations and students for the allnew Alumni Awards, which will be announced at a gala event May 12, in the Walter & Myrtle Powers Reading Room of Hargreaves Hall. The Alumni Awards Gala is a formal ceremony to celebrate the professional successes and community contributions of EWU alumni. It is an opportunity to enjoy an elegant evening that includes dinner, music and an awards program, while seeing the impact EWU graduates have on the world. The highlight of the evening will be the presentation of the Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award. As the highest honor bestowed by the Alumni Association, the recipient will be celebrated with a private reception following the awards ceremony. The evening will conclude with initiation of senior students, as new incoming alumni. The nomination process will take place online at Nominations opened on Jan. 20, and will be accepted until midnight, March 2. The criteria for each category is listed on the website. Award recipients will be selected through a fair and open process, by a committee comprised of past award winners, EWU Alumni Association board members, current EWU senior students, EWU faculty and various community members. Award semifinalists will be notified prior to the event and the final award winners will be announced at the event itself.

Lifetime Achievement Award This is the highest honor bestowed by the Alumni Association. It recognizes alumni who have achieved exceptional success in their professions; have been leaders in their community; have exemplified him or herself as a mentor and role model; demonstrated a lifetime of service to their community and to EWU during his/her lifetime.

Inspirational Young Alumni Award This award is designed to recognize up-and-coming leaders among EWU’s young alumni (graduates in the past 15 years or less). Recipients demonstrate a commitment to excellence in post-academic life and a significant or ongoing commitment to extraordinary work, research or volunteerism.

Alumni of Service Award This award recognizes an alumnus/a who contributes significantly in the area of community or educational service.

Exceptional Military Service Award This award recognizes an alumnus/a who contributes significantly through their military service.

Distinguished Faculty Award Selected by popular vote by the alumni body, this award recognizes a distinguished EWU faculty member (does not need to be EWU alum). This award is presented as the voice of our community to the faculty member (current or past) of their choosing. In the event of a tie vote, there will be an additional process to determine a clear winner.

Organizational Excellence Award This award recognizes a business or organization that has furthered the success of EWU and/or a division within the university.

The Office of Alumni Advancement and the Alumni Association are excited about this new addition to our events and the opportunity it presents to recognize and celebrate our alumni. For more information contact the Associate Director of Alumni Relations, Leah Mow,, 509.359.4553.



ewubeat National Championship Season Wins “Sports Story of the Year” Our NCAA Division l Football Championship team received one more accolade on Jan. 25, 2012, for its sensational 2010 season, winning “Sports Story of the Year” at the 77th Annual Sports Star of the Year awards show in Seattle. The event was hosted by the Seattle Sports Commission and presented by Root Sports. Eastern won the championship on Jan. 7, 2011, with a come-from-behind 20-19 win over Delaware. Eastern beat out four other finalists in fan voting for the award. Head football coach Beau Baldwin and Athletic Director Bill Chaves accepted the honor on behalf of EWU. The ceremony has gone on for 77 years and for an entity not in Seattle proper to win a major award like this was an upset to say the least. Other nominees for the Sports Story of the Year: Seahawks stun the Saints in NFC Playoffs, Sounders FC wins third straight U.S. Open Cup, Hope Solo and Stephanie Cox lead the U.S. Women’s Soccer team to the World Cup Final and University of Washington Crew wins third National Title in past five years. Nominees were selected by the Sports Star of the Year Committee, which is comprised of local sports historians, media and representatives of all major programs and franchises.

Eastern named Military Friendly School for 2012 EWU has been named as a Military Friendly School for 2012 by G.I. Jobs magazine, an honor that ranks Eastern in the top 15 percent of all colleges, universities and trade schools nationwide. This is the seconed time the university has recieved this recognition.

ewubeat Board of Trustees Members Announced Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire has appointed the Honorable Robert H. Whaley to serve on the board of trustees at Eastern. Paul Tanaka was reappointed to a second term on the board. Whaley is a U.S. District Court Judge for the Eastern District of Washington who assumed senior status in 2009. He began his term on the board of trustees in October, and will continue through Sept. 30, 2017. He is a graduate of Princeton University and Emory University School of Law. Before his appointment to the federal bench, he was a Spokane County Superior Court judge and had his own private practice in Spokane for 20 years. Whaley replaces Neil McReynolds, who completed his two terms on the board Sept. 30, 2011. “I am honored to serve as a trustee for Eastern Washington University,” said Judge Whaley. “As a Judge Robert H. Whaley longtime resident of Spokane, I am aware of and appreciate the valuable contributions the university and its students have made in our state and throughout the world. In these times of economic strain on personal, state and federal resources, it is important to preserve the opportunities for students to receive a quality higher education.” Tanaka is the former county administrative officer for King County and is a graduate of Yale University. His original appointment came in 2002, when he completed the remaining term of a former trustee. During his tenure on the Eastern board, Tanaka has served as chair, and currently presides over the Advancement Committee. “I am very grateful to Gov. Gregoire for my reappointment and I look forward to continuing to work with the board of trustees on the critical issues facing Eastern Washington University,” said Tanaka. “Eastern is blessed with an outstanding president, faculty and staff, all working together to ensure that our students receive the best possible educational experience. I feel fortunate to be part of this team.” 

Airport Displays Expose EWU to Millions With as many as 300,000 passengers a month from around the country passing through Spokane International Airport, Eastern Washington University will give millions of people the chance to experience Eagles Athletics up close and personal, as well as the university as a whole. Two displays exist in the airport. The first is located near the main food court adjoining concourse A and B, while the second, smaller display can be found in the C concourse baggage claim area. “This presents a great opportunity for people to see and touch Eastern’s famous red turf, get pictures with a life-size cutout of Swoop and access information about Eastern’s academic offerings,” said Teresa Conway, director of EWU Marketing & Communications. Interactive and informational, the displays connect Eastern with the surrounding community while touting its academic offerings and athletic accomplishments to travelers nationwide. The displays will remain in place through fall 2012.



Mitchell Wins Payton Award His debut year – a national championship. The next year – the Walter Payton Award. Those are the crowning glories for Eastern’s senior quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell, who capped a sensational two-year career for the Eagles by being selected as the winner of the Walter Payton Award, which is given to the top offensive player in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision. Mitchell, a junior transfer from Southern Methodist University in 2010, was one of three finalists including Lehigh quarterback Chris Lum and Indiana State running back Shakir Bell. The award was announced at the annual FCS Awards Banquet, Jan. 6, in Frisco, Texas. Mickey Charles, CEO of the Sports Network, with Bo Levi Mitchell

A year ago, Mitchell, a native of Katy, Texas, was selected as the Most Outstanding Player in the 2010 FCS championship game, where Eastern stunned Delaware with a 20-19 come-from-behind victory.

A total of seven players from the Big Sky Conference have now won the Payton Award, including Eastern’s Erik Meyer (2005). Greg Peach (2008) and J.C. Sherritt (2010) previously won the Buck Buchanan Award, which is presented to the top defensive player in FCS. In 2011, Mitchell led the FCS in four categories, including passing yards (4,009) and touchdown passes (33), on his way to breaking four school records – one of which was EWU’s record for single-season passing yards. All this was accomplished with an offense that suffered seven key injuries, including five that were season-ending. “He really had an amazing career here,” said Eastern head coach Beau Baldwin. “He had the talent and basically just evolved within our system and kept getting better. Even though our record wasn’t what we wanted (6-5), he kept finding a way to improve and get better every week all the way until the end of the season. That says a lot about his mentality, his competitiveness and his overall drive.”

Get Ready for Get Lit! Some big literary names are booked for Eastern’s 14th annual Get Lit! Festival, coming April 11-15. This year’s headliners include: Susan Orlean: author of The Orchid Thief and the just-released Rin Tin Tin: Life and Legend, which chronicles the tale of a puppy found on a WWI battlefield and how he inspired the Hollywood legacy. Steve Almond: author of God Bless America, a recently released humorous collection of short stories investigating what it means to be American in current times. Colson Whitehead: author of Sag Harbor, The Intuitionist and the new Zone One, an ironic take on the post-apocalyptic horror novel. Ted Kooser: Poet Laureate (2004-2006), winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for his collection, Delights and Shadows. Rick Bass: author of more than 20 books of fiction and nonfiction, including his recent novel, Nashville Chrome. He’ll be accompanied by Stellarondo, an all-strings band from Montana, named for a character in Eudora Welty’s short story, Why I Live at the P.O. Eastern alum Jess Walter: His latest book, The Beautiful Ruins, is due out in June 2012. Walter is known for The Financial Lives of the Poets, which TIME Magazine called “the funniest way-we-live-now book of the year,” and The Zero, a 2006 National Book Award finalist. Lois Lowry: author of the Newbery Award-winning young adult novels The Giver and Number the Star. Her work is on many middle school reading lists and has won several awards over the past 20 years. This impressive lineup makes the Festival Pass an excellent option at $45, available through TicketsWest outlets (800.325.SEAT, The festival features more than 50 events, including author presentations and readings, writing workshops, panel discussions, poetry slams and more. Most of the events are free to the public. Information about festival authors and events are posted on the Get Lit! Programs website at



ewubeat EWU to Host “Sport of the Mind” FIRST Robotics Competition As part of its continuing commitment to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs, Eastern will, for the first time, host one of 55 national FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competitions (FRC), April 4-7, 2012, at Reese Court. Eastern has conducted several annual FIRST LEGO League (FLL) competitions over the past three years with its focus on fourth- through eighth-grade participants. The regional robotics event provides a bigger stage, a bigger challenge and focuses on high school participants with more than 1,500 people visiting the Eastern campus each day of the event. EWU is partnering with the continuing efforts of Greater Spokane Incorporated (GSI) to advocate STEM awareness, community investment and active participation in STEM initiatives. “Investing in STEM educational initiatives for our youth is crucial for our workforce development and future economy,” said GSI President and CEO Rich Hadley. “Programs and events like this will pay off long-term with new employees eager to enter the science and technical fields.” EWU expects more than 40 high school teams to participate in the 16-week season that culminates in the regional competition on the Cheney campus. “EWU is thrilled to host this challenging program and welcome these bright students,” said EWU President Rodolfo Arévalo. “Encouraging them to take an interest in science and technology is part of the university’s mission, as our faculty is committed to preparing our youth to be leaders in growing fields such as engineering and health care.” Under strict rules and time limits, more than 30 teams of up to 24 students are challenged to build and program a robot to perform prescribed tasks against a field of competitors on a playing surface the approximate size of a basketball court. Winning teams from the EWU regional will advance to the FRC Championship in St. Louis, Mo., April 25-28, to compete against teams from the United States and around the world. To support STEM education and specifically FIRST programs, EWU annually offers 15 academic scholarship awards to its freshman and sophomore students who have previously participated in FIRST competitions. Each award is $2,000. For more information about the FRC at Eastern, or to volunteer for the event, please contact EWU Vice President for University Advancement Mike Westfall at or 509.359.7430. For more details about FIRST, visit

EWU Wins Catalyst Award The School of Computing and Engineering Sciences (SCES) received the 2011 Catalyst Award for “Organization of the Year” in October. The Catalyst Awards recognize contributions by individuals, organizations and businesses that demonstrate the utilization of technology and innovation to bring economic development to the region. The Catalyst Awards were presented by Greater Spokane Incorporated, Technet and the Christian Hansen, Judd Case and Steve Simmons

Spokane University District. Launched in 2005, and building on three decades of prior activity in

computer science and engineering, the SCES is a major pipeline of technology advancement and innovation for the region. EWU and SCES have produced more than 4,000 graduates in computer and engineering-related areas and helped more than 20 spin-off companies emerge, some now with several hundred employees. Project partners for SCES include Avista, Itron, Triumph, Goodyear, SIRTI, NextIT, Spokane Public Schools, Intrinium, TriGeo and many others.



Eastern’s Alumni are Everywhere In every county in the state of Washington, in every state in the U.S. and in more than 60 countries worldwide. Washington 67,269 Oregon 3,448

Montana 1,095 Idaho 3,491

Nevada 702 California 3,518

Wyoming 144

Utah 393

Arizona 1,303

Colorado 803

New Mexico 215

Alaska 914

New North Hampshire Dakota 34 Maine Minnesota 71 Vermont 56 265 29 Massachusetts 137 Wisconsin South 195 New York Rhode Island 16 Dakota Michigan 301 Connecticut 69 65 186 PennsylvaniaNew Jersey 103 Iowa Ohio Nebraska 228 108 Illinois Delaware 18 107 344 Indiana 214 District of Columbia 54 West Virginia 163 31 Virginia Maryland 198 Kansas Missouri Kentucky 423 123 182 75 North Tennessee Carolina Arkansas South 274 186 Oklahoma 67 Carolina 135 117 Mississippi Georgia 51 Alabama 256 Texas 91 Louisiana 1,062 96 Data compiled by the Office

Hawaii 396

Florida 607

of Institutional Research, Demography and Assessment and University Marketing & Communications. All statistics based on latest available data as of December 2011.

Professor and Alum Win NEA Fellowships Those associated with the Eastern Washington University Creative Writing program continue to rack up awards. In October, EWU Professor Gregory Spatz was selected for the Individual Artist Award by the Spokane Arts Commission, and in November, he and former student Shann Ferch ’05, were both awarded $25,000 Literature Fellowships by the National Endowment for the Arts. The grant monies are designed to give writers the time and freedom to pursue their work, and for 2012, only 40 Gregory Spatz

writers throughout the country were awarded the grants. Spatz, an author and musician, has written and published novels for the past 30 years and his short stories have been published in elite literary publications such as the New Yorker and the New England Review. Throughout the past 14 years on the EWU campus, Spatz has acted as a mentor, role model, instructor and inspiration for hundreds of students. One of those students, Shann Ferch, who writes fiction under the name Shann Ray, stands alongside Spatz as a NEA grant recipient. As an EWU MFA alum, Ferch’s fiction and poetry have been published in literary magazines such as McSweeney’s, Poetry International, Northwest Review, the William and Mary Review and the South Dakota Review. His latest book, American Masculine, was awarded the Bakeless Prize. Other honors include a Fellowship of

Shann Ferch

the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Subterrain Poetry Prize, the Crab Creek Review Fiction Prize, The Pacific Northwest Inlander Short Fiction Award and the Ruminate Short Story Prize. Ferch currently teaches leadership and forgiveness studies at Gonzaga University.



From humble beginnings in a back room of the EWU Associated Students office during the 1970s, has grown a program recognized nationally for its excellence. In fact, one might say it’s taken on “epic” proportions over the


By Brian Lynn ‘98

past three decades. What is known today as EPIC Adventures, and which provides students, faculty, staff and alumni with amazing local and international outdoor recreation opportunities, originally began as a gear-rental kiosk managed by the campus postman.

Russell Aldrich ‘11 and Joshua Rhoads ’11, Chimney Rock, Idaho



While you can still rent commonplace

a hippie holdout. It had a real laid back,

Climbing Wall Instructor Training, Wilderness

items like backpacks, sleeping bags and

hippie vibe, and people wanted to get

First Responder, Burton Snowboarding

tents, as well as more extreme gear such

out and experience nature – more so than

Academy and various levels of rock climbing.

as complete whitewater rafting packages,

now,” said Green. “But today the program

Whether it’s a short certification, more

the modern iteration of the backroom

is literally almost a world-class affair. A

intensive quarter-long training program or

rental shop has shifted its focus to teaching

student can pay $100 and go whitewater

an instructional session, students – as well

students the skills they need to successfully

rafting on the Deschutes River – and that

as alumni, faculty, staff and those from the

participate in outdoor recreation and then

includes transportation, food, camping and

community – can put those skills to use in

providing them the opportunity to do so.

all the needed equipment. In fact, they can

the field on EPIC Adventures trips.

EPIC Origins

even travel internationally.” That mindset of fiscal responsibility to

“A majority of our visitations are to what we consider local areas – within three

When Paul Green ’74, now program

the students has continued through the

hours of campus – anything outside of

director for Outdoor Recreation, came

decades and is of prominent importance

that area is pretty specialized,” said Fair,

on the scene in 1975 as new faculty, the

during today’s economically challenging

noting that international trips to places

postman was relieved of his part-time

landscape. “Most of our trips cost about

like Costa Rica and Guatemala make up a

duties by students required to work six

one-tenth of what a commercial trip would

small percentage of trips but generate large

hours a week in the rental shop. With a

cost. The low prices help cash-strapped

amounts of interest from students and

dedicated staff and money from rentals

college students afford our programs,” said

exposure for the university as a whole. “But

accumulating in a non-university bank

John Fair ’05, the current EPIC Adventures

even those trips we can program pretty

account, the EWU Outdoor Program had

Program director.

cheaply for students.”

Clark Fork in Montana, photo: Montana River Photography

Ashley McSpadden at Banks Lake, photo: Courtney Howard

and their move laid the foundation and

Today’s Adventure Programming

opportunities and include everything from

ideology of today’s program.

Part classroom, part life lesson and all hands-

Montana backpacking to rock climbing

the cash flow to get something started –

With the money from equipment rentals, and eventually sales of gear bought at wholesale prices, the program was able to purchase a bus and start leveraging group buys and cheap gas prices to offer students trips at deep discounts. The same principles apply today, but the program and campus facilities have undergone an immense evolution. “Back in the ‘70s Eastern was a bit of

on, the aim of today’s EPIC Adventures programming, while more high-tech and further reaching, remains true to its origins: to equip students with the physical and mental tools, as well as successful experiences, necessary to instill a lifelong passion for outdoor adventure. Both credit and non-credit classes exist

Adventures coincide with seasonal

in central Washington to kayaking and surfing on the coast during the fall. Winter trips include ice climbing in Banff, Alberta, and skiing and snowboarding throughout Washington, Montana and Canada. Spring quarter sees adventures take advantage of warming temperatures and the melting snowpack; whitewater rafting on multiple

within the program and include such fare

rivers and mountaineering in the Cascades

as Trip Leader Training, Kayak Roll Clinic,

top the list.

Winter Fall2012 2010


When you do an adventure with an element of risk, which all of them have, you can see a change in the person that takes it on. I think it helps with self esteem, grades, everything – it’s an asset and it is educational. Students are exposed to experiences that change lives.

The program also plans day trips

But the goal of EPIC Adventures remains

that include activities like biking,

true to its hippie beginnings; a love of

paddleboarding, kayaking and rock

the outdoors and a spirit of youthful

climbing for those unable to take

enthusiasm and desire for adventure.

advantage of multi-day excursions.

A Heritage of Self-Sufficiency

“The original impetus was to get people out into nature,” said Green of the 1970s efforts. “When you do an adventure with

EPIC Adventures not only inspires students’

an element of risk, which all of them have,

confidence, teamwork and independence

you can see a change in the person that

while enjoying outdoor recreation, the

takes it on. I think it helps with self esteem,

program itself continues to follow the

grades, everything – it’s an asset and it

legacy started by Green and others during

is educational. Students are exposed to

the ‘70s.

experiences that change lives.” E

As part of Student Life and sponsored by

Shredding Homecoming:

Associated Students of Eastern Washington

Another grassroots event that’s gaining

University, the program is still largely

traction on the EWU campus is Rail Jam,

self sufficient. “We are almost completely

a ski and snowboard event held during

funded by student fees, and that we have

Homecoming Week for the past five

adequate funding to operate an outdoor


program that is recognized nationally for its

EPIC Adventures trucks in snow from a

excellence is something we can be proud

local ice company and sets up ramps and

of,” said Fair.

features behind JFK Library so that more

Beyond merely maintaining a presence

than 70 competitors can get their grind

on campus, EPIC Adventures gives back to

and jib on in a laid back atmosphere.

the community in more ways than simply

Between 400 and 500 spectators partake

providing an avenue to enjoy the outdoors.

in the fun, and Program Director John

The program requires approximately 50

Fair said it’s the largest rail jam held on a

people to plan excursions, train students,

college campus in the country.

guide trips and staff the front desk, rental-gear shop and climbing wall – of Kevin Klim ’07 and John Fair ‘05, Chimney Rock, Idaho



which only four positions are full-time professional employees, the remainder of positions are held by students.

“The Grind” Rail Jam photos: T.J. Mustard Photography

More Than Football: Eagles Gaining National Reputation EWU is becoming known for more than a national football championship and red turf. The University Recreation Center’s climbing wall, which opened in May 2008 and falls under EPIC Adventure control, has logged more than 15,000 participations and has raised the national awareness of Eastern. For several years, an unofficial climbing competition has taken place between area universities. Two years ago however, directors from 14 universities – including University of Washington, Oregon State, University of Oregon, Whitman College, Central Washington and the University of Idaho – created Northwest Collegiate Climbing Circuit (better known as NC3). Climbing competitions take place on competing university campuses from January through April, with individual climbers and schools accruing points. EWU won the first two years’ events and increased exposure at national conferences and within the climbing community as a whole. Shane Prostor on URC Climbing Wall photo: T.J. Mustard Photography

Back to School: EPIC Adventures for Alumni While you can’t move into the third floor of Morrison Hall, the EPIC Adventure Living Learning Community, where like-minded adventure seekers share a dorm floor and also a passion for outdoor recreation, you can take advantage of the rental prices and trips as if you were still an undergrad. “We cater to students, and while there are some exceptions here and there, alumni can pretty much do whatever students can,” said Fair. “We’ve even had alumni come on trips.” Rental prices for camping, kayaking, rafting and other outdoor sports are the same for alumni as they are for students. Rental prices rarely exceed $15 to $20, with the most expensive rental, a 16-foot Corcovado Beach, Costa Rico

whitewater raft package, costing $60 for the first day and even less for each additional day. Everything from sleeping bags, tents, lanterns and kayaks to wet suits, skis, snowboard packages and ice tools can be rented. Multi-day EPIC Adventure trips cost as little as $50 for a backpacking excursion to an alpine lake in Montana to $100 for whitewater rafting the Methow River or mountaineering Silver Star Peak in the Cascade Mountains. More extravagant destinations, such as ice-climbing in Banff or backcountry skiing (complete with an avalanche-training course) in Montana, are also ridiculously affordable and run less than $250. Transportation, lodging, food and equipment are usually included.

Sandra Ewert ’09 swinging picks in Alberta, Canada



By Deborah R. DuPey ‘85

I wear my scarf in solidarity to the women of Guatemala and all the women of the world who are suffering oppression, gender discrimination and violence. The Guatemalan woman was named Anna. She sat across from me, holding her hands nervously in her lap. Occasionally she bowed her chin down a bit and looked shyly toward me, but mostly she looked straight in front of her, at the pale blue wall of her house. She is talking about the “time of violence”- the 36-year long civil war that tore her country in two. As a child, she and the other residents of this peaceful community lived in ravines for months, enduring rainstorms and living only on dried tortillas. Like most indigenous Guatemalans, Anna has dressed today in her traditional outfit. Her colorful Guipil (blouse) is embroidered in an array of bright flowers; her waist is narrowed and accented with a woven belt. Her eyes are a soft chocolate and her black hair is tied back in a neat ponytail. With her hands resting on her lap, she recounts a grim, sad story about how one of her neighbors had to smoother a newborn baby whose cries would surely bring the soldiers to their hiding place. Better one be taken, than all. I silently sob as I write her words in my tablet, my tears falling on the white paper. I am sobbing for the strong but wounded woman before me,



sobbing for the 8-year-old girl who, 20-plus years ago, had her childhood torn from her so brutally. I am sobbing for all of us – the women in the world who sometimes seem to be only pawns in larger games of power struggles and war. Listening to Anna, and other Guatemalan women, I learned many of them were not only survivors of the war, but also domestic violence, and gender and ethnic discrimination. Their stories, and a desire to return to my creativewriting roots, drove me to interview them and, hopefully, to help in some way. The highlands of Guatemala are a long way from Spokane, and not where I imagined myself when I was studying creative writing at EWU in the mid-80s. For nearly 15 years I had worked in the field of violence against women and children in Washington state.

Deborah DuPey

This work took me to Central America, where I participated in the program Women Walking Together, founded by my friend, Sandi Thompson-Royer, a program that offered domestic violence training to more than 500 Central American women to help them address violence in their communities.

the women’s daily lives in very concrete ways – steady meals, children’s education, adequate housing and medicine. I remember Anna’s words, her expression changed as she spoke and became more hopeful, a hope set in steel determination, “I will fight for my children’s education. I always told

Photo: Omar Soto

It was during one of these trips that I met Anna and the other women of Corazon de Mujer (Heart of Woman), a group of weavers who had formed a cooperative to support each other as women survivors of the civil war. When I returned to interview the women, my intention was to use the symbolism of the scarf as an artistic vehicle to capture the concept of women’s global solidarity- the fibers of our collective stories, woven to make us stronger and more beautiful – how the common themes of oppression and violence wrap like a net about us. Scarves have been used all over the world for centuries – to adorn, provide warmth and comfort, carry a baby or food, for expressions of religious faith and culture. While the symbolism was powerful and their stories were moving, alone they did little to help other than to foster my creative-writing juices. Hence the creation of Corazon Scarves which evolved slowly and began to transfrom

my children to study because you don’t want to have a life like I had,“ said Anna. “For my daughter, studying is more important,” Anna continued. “It raises your opportunity for employment if you have a diploma. I attended one year. I can read a little and write a little, but not very much. I had a dream when I was a little girl. I wanted to be a teacher. I kept this in my head, but never had the opportunity.” It is no easy task for a woman like Anna to achieve this simple dream of sending her children to school and assuring them a life without poverty when 63 percent of the country lives on less than $3 a day. In Guatemala, 80 percent of indigenous women are illiterate. In cases of domestic violence, a woman can only press charges against her abuser if the marks from the assault remain for 10 days. It is my belief that when women have sufficient financial resources and educational

opportunities, they can create solutions for their lives, their community and nurture the dreams of their children. Whenever I return to Guatemala from the United States, the tradition of the weavers is to form a greeting circle. Each one takes a turn expressing to me the gratitude they have for the

Photo: Marixa Sanchez

scarf orders and the money they have received. Because they are a cooperative, the work is distributed between them equally, as is the pay. The women take turns speaking. One woman explains that she was finally able to finish her home. Another woman was able to build a bano (room with a toilet). Another was able to purchase medicine for a sick relative. I express to them the changes that have also come into my life, the gratitude I feel because I have this opportunity to partner with them. “The people in the United States love your beautiful scarves,” I say. “Thank you for your hard work.” In reaching out globally, the threads of our lives weave with the lives of others. In this way we create a beautiful scarf – a scarf to embrace the world with its soft touch, to give comfort and solace when needed – a scarf that can serve as wings to help us soar over our challenges. E

Deborah R. DuPey, 48, is the CEO of Corazon Scarves, an enterprise that sells scarves and accessories made by women overcoming oppression and violence. The products are sold on the Web and at home parties throughout the Inland Northwest. She divides her time between Spokane and Guatemala. DuPey earned BA degrees in creative writing (’85) and education (’90) from EWU. In 1998, she went to Nepal, where she researched women’s economic empowerment and developed an education sponsorship program for street children. She previously served as the director of Lutheran Community Services’ ACT for Kids and as the education director of Spokane County Domestic Violence Consortium. She has also expanded fair-market trade enterprises for women in Haiti and Nepal. For more information, go to



If you are an Eastern alum or faculty member and have written a general interest book or have a music CD on the market (self-published works will be included if space allows) and would like to have it considered for inclusion in Eastern magazine’s Sights and Sounds section, please send it (along with your contact information) to: Eastern Magazine, 300 Showalter Hall, Cheney, WA 99004-2445.


Back on the Court

Colors of My Within

Tomás and the Magic Race Cars

a Young Woman’s Triumphant Return to Life, Love & Basketball

65 poems from the Age of Innocence

By Ramón Mesa Ledesma ‘75, Two Harbors Press

By Sonya (Gaubinger) Elliot ’88, Tigress Publishing Elliot’s memoir is a story of recovery and hope. Just days before her wedding, the car she and her fiancé were driving was hit by a train. He didn’t survive and she was critically injured. Back on the Court combines the emotional struggle of loss with the physical battle of healing and returning to play and coach basketball. Working through painful grief and debilitating injuries, Elliot returned to the court—her passion for the game, and more importantly for life itself, reignited. Elliot played basketball for Eastern from

By Edmond Bruneau ’75, Boston Books Bruneau’s collection of poetry features the poems that he wrote during the ages of 15-21. Many of them were written when he was a young student at Eastern. He reflects on life, love, war and growing up. Bruneau was the editor of the Pearce Hall Bullsheet (under the pseudonym Perry White) from 1971-72, and editor of the Easterner (student newspaper) 1972-73. Currently, he is the president of Creative Consultants, a marketing, advertising and business consulting firm in Spokane Valley.

Tomás is a young Mexican-American boy who lives an idyllic life with friends, pets, parents and wonderful grandparents who love him – until his parents’ divorce. The divorce throws his young life into a tailspin. He goes looking for answers and finally finds someone who can help him. Author Ramón Mesa Ledesma has a gift for understanding children’s feelings and the way they see the world. His heartwarming portrayal of Tomás will speak to children and adults alike. Tomás and the Magic Race Car is beautifully illustrated by Jess Arashi Hara.

1984-88, and was part of the 1987 Mountain West Conference championship team. Basketball continues to be a big part of her life. She coaches girls’ basketball at West Seattle High School. She is married to Jason Elliot ‘90, who played on Eastern’s 1985 Hall of Fame football team.


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As the economy trickles along, EWU and the government step up to help more first-time and returning students afford college - while working within evershrinking budgets. o matter how you define it – economic downturn, financial crisis or Great Recession – the economy has affected everyone. From hardworking families to the state and federal government, tightened purse strings and tough budgetary decisions have to be made to staunch the flow of red ink. Eastern’s administration, as well as the state, are taking every step possible to minimize the financial burden and impact to students and their families while addressing the economic realities of the times and responsibly managing their budgets. This means cuts have to be made, but the university’s goals to help students succeed, support diversity, engage alumni and interact with the community remain strong. In fact, in response to fallout from the tough job market, more resources are available to first-time students, as well as those returning to school to further their education. “Eastern and the federal and state governments have actually stepped up their contributions significantly in the face of the economic downturn to help students get into and stay in college,” said Bruce DeFrates, director of Financial Aid and Scholarships, noting that fairly dramatic funding increases have taken place when it comes to grants, waivers and loans, as well as smaller increases in the form of scholarships and work study in the last couple of years. “It is typical of people to turn to college when jobs are not available in an effort to upgrade their skills and make



themselves more marketable, and that has also been a driver in the dollar increase.” Shaping EWU’s and the state’s approach to maximizing shrinking budgets while still meeting students’ needs are three trends: 1) stepped up aid, particularly from the federal and state governments and the institution, 2) large numbers of students entering, or returning to, college, and 3) a higher percentage of needy students among those who are attending. While Gov. Chris Gregoire’s budget recognizes the importance of student aid as an economic driver and long-term investment in the state’s economy, fiscal realities abound, however. As a result, in a supplemental budget proposal, Gregoire recommended no reduction to the State Need Grant program but did call for a suspension of the State Work Study program for 2012-13. “Eastern’s current State Work Study allocation is $360,000, which equates to approximately 130 student jobs,” said DeFrates. “The impact of a suspension is not inconsequential, but work study tends not to be a deal-breaker for most students.” Whether or not the state legislature would

approve or edit the proposed budget remained to be seen as of this writing, but if left as Gregoire proposed, the suspension of the Work Study program would save the state approximately $7.8 million across all institutions while costing 3,500 low- and middle-income students an estimated $3,000 a year. On the national scene, Congress recently passed a budget bill for fiscal year 2013 that made cuts to federal aid but stabilized the Pell Grant program, which carries a large, multibillion dollar deficit, according to DeFrates. “There are many tiers to the Pell Grant program and Congress cut around the edges, but the maximum Pell Grant for the mostneedy students will at least remain flat at $5,550 for 2012-13. The larger impact is on loans,” he said. “To pay for the Pell Grant deficit, Congress discontinued the interest subsidy for all graduate students and for undergraduates during their six-month grace period. Those changes are effective for loans borrowed after July 1, 2012.” While state, federal and institutional aid has generally increased for students, the overall state-funding per student for the university is projected to drop more than 62 percent, from a high of $6,447 in 2008 to $3,965 in 2013. In response to the fiscal adversity, a trend seen among more and more of the student body is to complete general requirements at lower-priced institutions before attending EWU. “Eastern is a very affordable university

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Per Full-Time Enrolled Student but given the large tuition increases of the last few years, some students are opting to attend community college first and then transfer in,” said DeFrates, noting the university’s commitment to making the transfer a smooth and successful endeavor for all involved. With the economic downturn projected to continue into the foreseeable future, financial challenges for both students and the institution will continue. However, university administrators have expressed concerns about large tuition hikes as an answer to fiscal hardships, instead opting to look at more creative responses to the situation, including more efficient and streamlined internal operations. E

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A Look Back at 2011, A Look Forward to 2012


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year, EWU’s Grant Forsyth, an economics professor in the College of Business and Public Administration, was the featured speaker at the Annual Economic Forecast presented by Greater Spokane Incorporated in partnership with the Journal of Business. The event, titled Is There Light at the End of This Economic Tunnel?, focused on the economic road ahead for Spokane and Kootenai

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counties. Forsyth presented an in-depth analysis of various community indicators to give his insights on employment and income growth, home prices and taxable sales growth. He also focused on the regional labor market and what the new academic literature is saying about the national labor market following the “Great Recession” – namely that workers laid off during the recession face a permanent decline in income and that average-

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paying jobs are losing ground to high- and low-paying jobs. Regionally, Forsyth said that the area didn’t perform very well and prospects don’t look much better for 2012. Even the consistent bright spot, agriculture, is weakening due to falling wheat prices. Until Spokane and Kootenai counties see an increase in real per capita personal income growth, non-farm employment growth and a decrease in housing inventory, we can expect more of the same belt-tightening economics in the Inland Northwest. Of great concern to Forsyth is the zero-percent growth forecasted for Spokane’s Taxable Sales.




Career Services Events – free to alumni Feb. 10 Work it! Career Conference – Cheney campus

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Feb. 29: Partnership in Employment Career Fair, in Spokan e, hosted jointly with Gonzaga University, Whitworth University and WSU-Spokane. March 1: Weaving the Threads, Cheney campus April 11: Computing Science and Engineering Fair, Cheney campus

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By Kandi Carper ‘05

A Voice for the Voiceless



Big Careers Start at Eastern Mary Ann Murphy sits in the cozy library of her home on the banks of the Spokane River and reads from the storybook she’s written for her granddaughter. In it, she tells of a great adventure in Ajijio, Mexico that features Nuestra Señora de Zapopan (Our Lady of Zapopan), protector of children. In many ways, Murphy herself could be considered a patron saint of children. For more than three decades she has worked tirelessly as an advocate for the most vulnerable victims of abuse and neglect. Murphy earned a master’s degree in developmental psychology from Eastern in 1975. Newly divorced, with a 10-month-old baby, she had moved back to Spokane in 1973 to be closer to her mom. She worked with EWU Professor Donald R. Bell in the Child Development Center for about 10 years. That’s where she learned to write grants from the Federal Department of Education. Her first grant-writing project was to secure funding for follow-up visits of premature infants released from neonatal intensive care units in Grant and Asotin counties. The process took nine months. “It was like we delivered a perfect baby,” said Murphy. “I didn’t know what I was doing, but Don Bell did.” Those grants became the national models for financing early intervention services for high-risk infants and families. Working with children wasn’t Murphy’s first career choice. She earned a BA in political science from the University of Washington. “I graduated and immediately went to Hawaii and sat on the beach, willing to be anybody’s political scientist, but nobody had any work for me,” said Murphy. So she fell into the career that was second nature to her – as the oldest girl in a large Irish-Catholic family, she knew a lot about caring for kids. Murphy gained experience by working as a preschool teacher in Seattle and Washington D.C., as a HeadStart teacher in the Watts area of Los Angeles and with children who had behavioral problems at UW. Later, she worked with runaway teenagers in drug treatment and with families in crisis. While raising her young children, Murphy made the decision to switch to administration. “I was frightened of child abuse and I thought that would be too hard when my children were the same age as the children in treatment,” she said. In 1988, with the help of pediatrician Alan Hendrickson, she founded “Partners with Families and Children,” an accredited Children’s Advocacy Center in Spokane. She believes there is no rescuing children without addressing the needs of families. The program uses a holistic approach to help children who are abused, neglected, endangered by drugs or exposed to violence. It provides evaluation and treatment services and works with Child Protective Services, law enforcement and the legal system to bring perpetrators to justice. The program is sponsored by Deaconess and Sacred Heart Medical

Centers, through Inland Northwest Health Services, and is funded through community programs and individual donors, with some additional state and federal funding. In 2004, Gov. Chris Gregoire appointed Murphy to chair Washington’s cabinet-level child abuse prevention agency, Council for Children & Families. Murphy has chaired the Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee, the Children’s Alliance and Spokane Prevention of Child Abuse (SPO-CAN) Council, which is the fiscal agent for the Eastern Washington and North Idaho annual prevention campaign, ”Our kids: Our business.” She has also served on Prevent Child Abuse America’s Chapter Network Executive Council and the boards of Volunteers of America and the Children’s Ark. In October 2010, Murphy’s husband, Bob Glatzer, died. That December, after 23 years, she gave her board notice that she’d be retiring from Partners with Families and Children in June 2011. She worked hard to make sure that the program was left in perfect financial shape. “I wanted to leave it with a big red bow,” said Murphy. “It meant so much to me, but in this depression you can’t leave anything in perfect shape.” At 68, Murphy is hardly ready to retire. In August 2011, she was named executive director of Children’s Advocacy Centers of Washington, the state chapter of the National Children’s Alliance. There are 18 centers in the state and 750 in the country. In her new role, she’ll help communities throughout the state of Washington organize their centers. Children’s Advocacy Centers in Washington are on target to treat more than 5,000 child victims of crime in 2012. From July-September 2011, more than 1,300 children were treated. Of those, 77 percent are alleged victims of sexual abuse; 72 percent are under the age of 12 (38 percent of which are under age 6). During that period, 342 cases were accepted for prosecution, 119 persons were convicted and 116 pled guilty. Murphy also tells victims’ stories to the state legislature in order to lobby for financial support – which amounts to about 30 to 40 percent of the operating budget for the centers. “I’ve always enjoyed bipartisan support, because once you have a victim of crime, it becomes the state’s responsibility to do the right thing.” Murphy would like to hold this job for three years. She has a vision of what she’d like to accomplish during that time and thinks it’s very attainable. “My goal is to get sufficient funds so every child in the state will get the same access to services at every level.” But as the state legislature talks about cutting funds in the DSHS Children’s Administration budget, the attainment of that goal becomes uncertain. Murphy isn’t one to give up quietly, however. This mother of three and grandmother of four will continue to split her time between Spokane and Olympia, championing the cause that has been her life’s work – protecting children. E



Ken Privratsky ‘69, remembers firing his .22-caliber rifle in the basement of Eastern’s ROTC building as a young cadet. “It was a smoky, smelly, dirty place,” said Privratsky, whose memories of the room are more vivid than the classrooms where he studied English literature during the height of the Vietnam War in the late ‘60s. By Kandi Carper ‘05 The rifle range was also home of Eastern Washington State College’s marksmanship teams who reigned as champions throughout the 1960s and ‘70s, before the program ended in the 1980s. Thanks to Maj. Gen. Privratsky and other generous ROTC alumni, the rifle range is no longer smoky or dirty, but freshly painted and equipped with high-powered air rifles that give current EWU cadets the opportunity to practice marksmanship – something the general considers a basic skill for all soldiers. The “MG Privratsky Rifle Range” was dedicated Sept. 23, 2011, during the ROTC reunion held on campus. “If you don’t have the opportunity to train young cadets in the basics of marksmanship and safety, you have to do it in the classroom, which isn’t the same,” said Privratsky. Lt. Col. Michael Kirkland, chair of EWU’s Department of Military Science agrees. “Marksmanship is still a very valuable and mandatory skill set for all soldiers, and more importantly, the ability to know and teach marksmanship skills will be invaluable to the cadets commissioning as lieutenants.” After more than three decades, the first marksmanship classes were

offered on campus in January. The range is also used for other purposes during weekly ROTC labs. “It is a very valuable training space, especially when inclement weather will prevent training outdoors,” said Kirkland. The initial marksmanship classes are only available to ROTC cadets. It will be a few years before Eastern will be able to field a marksmanship team such as they did during the championship years. The ability to compete against local schools is almost non-existent, as no other local (Washington or Idaho) universities currently teach or compete in marksmanship programs. When the call went out to ROTC alumni asking for support of a marksmanship program, Privratsky didn’t hesitate. “My wife Kathy (’73, ’69 MA and BA communications disorders) and I remain strong supporters of Eastern. I had the wherewithal to help jump start the program for them. I hope that the program can sustain itself, that it takes on a bigger significance beyond the ROTC Program and I think that it will be good for the university.” “We have several alumni in the local area who regularly donate to the ROTC Foundation Fund,” said Kirkland. “We want all who have donated to

From the 1968 Kinnikinick: The Eastern Rifle team, under the direction of Sgt. Kyle Payne, captured the conference title with a clean sweep. The undefeated marksmen scored their second flawless season in three years.



know that their donations are efficiently and effectively used to improve the quality of training that the cadets at EWU receive, and those donations are even more important with the budget reductions both from the campus and military budgets.” Privratsky’s campus visit in September made a lasting impression on the cadets. He spoke to them about the changes he has seen in the military since he graduated from Eastern in 1969. After graduation, his Army career spanned 33 years, taking him to high positions of responsibility for transportation, logistics and supply-chain management. He served in Vietnam in 1971-72, when the draft was in effect and the overall view of the military was much different. “In my formative years in the military it was a pretty hostile environment because of the reactions to Vietnam at the time,” said Privratsky. “It’s quite different today. I’m not only proud of the young people in the military but also of how our country reacts to them.” The cadet chain of command has requested that Gen. Privratsky return as speaker at their Military Ball in March, and he has graciously accepted. Kirkland said that it’s important for the cadets to be able to meet and speak with someone who began their military career at Eastern as a cadet. “They can appreciate the generous contributions, both intellectual and monetary, of the alumni and how they have positively impacted their experience here as a cadet. Hopefully they will contribute in turn to the generation of officers who will follow them.” E Thank you to all the alumni donors who made the project successful, including: Lt. Sonny J. Cain ‘08, Kelly S. Hudson ‘89, Lt. Col. Jerry P. Mellick (Ret.) ’67, Col. Marilynn K. Lietz (Ret.) ’78 , Lt. Col. Richard R. Nelson (Ret.) ’67, Maj. Gen. Scott G. West (Ret.) ‘76, Robert L. Wilkinson Jr. ‘65, Capt. Daniel P. Beyer (Ret.) ’74 and Capt. William R. Cross (Ret.) ’66, Reed Reavis ‘65. For information about how you can help make an impact on the lives of students, contact Tim Szymanowski, director of Development,, 509.359.6132.

Left to right: Lt. Col. Michael Kirkland, Maj. Gen. Kenneth Privratsky ‘69 (Ret.) and Brig. Gen. Neal Sealock ’74 (Ret.) Maj. Gen. Kenneth Privratsky (’69 BA English) retired from the U.S. Army in 2002. He is one of the Fighting Eagle Battalion’s most highly decorated alumni, which include ’83 Brig. Gen. Gary Volesky, and retired generals: ’63 Brig. Gen. Frederick G. Wong, ‘74 Brig. Gen. Gratton O. “Neal” Sealock II, ’76 Maj. Gen. Scott G. West and ’62 Maj. Gen. Roger K. Bean (deceased). He was an assistant professor of English at the United States Military Academy at West Point, a senior Service College Fellow at the Hoover Institute at Stanford University and he holds graduate degrees in English, business and military art and science.  His award and decorations include the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, two Legions of Merit, two Bronze Stars, four Meritorious Service Medals, two Air Medals and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Bronze Star. He and his wife Kathy, who now make their home in Anchorage, Alaska, were raised in Spokane. They’ve been married for more than 43 years. On Christmas Day 2006, he surprised her with a very special gift, a $100,000 endowed scholarship in her honor and to inspire EWU students to seek careers resolving communication disorders.

ROTC Reunion and Rifle Range Dedication, Sept. 23, 201. Standing (L-R) Bob Wilkinson ‘65, Jerry Mellick ‘67, Gen. Neal Sealock ‘74, Col. Darrell Irvin ’72, ‘74 ROTC Chair, Jim Hamilton ‘67, Kirk Suess ‘69, Reed Reavis ‘65, Bob Short ‘61, Maj. Gen. Ken Privratsky ‘69, Mick Heacox ‘65, Bill Pearson ‘68. Kneeling (L-R) Warren Walker ‘76, Mark Lisi ‘80, Rick Moore ‘69, Lt. Col. Mike Kirkland (current ROTC Chair), Chazz Kawabori ’61 and Al Watson ‘68



classnotes Alumni Photo Album

Sacramento State game, Oct. 22, 2011

Portland State game, Oct. 29, 2011

Alumni Appreciation Night, Jan. 28 - EWU basketball game

Alumni Appreciation Night, Jan. 28 - EWU basketball game

Weber State game, Oct. 1, 2011



Montana State game, Sept. 24, 2011

Santa Swoop posed for photos at the Dec. 8, 2011 Men’s Basketball game

Reunion for Golden Grads, Class of 1961 and ROTC, Sept. 23-24, 2011

’10 s

’00 s

’11 Jenny M. Glendenning, BA communications studies, has been hired by Market Vision in Spokane as a social media and public relations coordinator. She previously worked for Epic PR Group in Washington D.C.

’09 Terry Anne Gordon, BS biology, married Steven Noyes, Sept. 24, 2011, in Spokane. The couple lives in Colorado, where she is a graduate student in the School of Medicine’s Physician Assistant program at the University of Colorado.

’11 Aaron Hesse, BS electrical engineering, has been hired by Trindera Engineering in Coeur d’ Alene as an electrical project engineer. He previously worked for the city of Cheney light department.

’09 Papi Hall, BA communication studies, married ’08 Dan Dodge, BS chemistry, June 18, 2011, in Kettle Falls, Wash. The couple lives in Iowa, where Dan studies osteopathic medicine at Des Moines University.

’11 Jenelle J. Peck, BA psychology, married ’05 Erik T. Chaffins, BA management information systems, July 23, 2011. Jenelle is a graduate student at Whitworth University and Erik is the database administrator for Davidson Companies. The couple lives in Spokane.

’09 James Mannenbach, doctorate of physical therapy, has been named clinic manager for Progressive Rehabilitation and Work Injury Center in White City, Ore. He was previously with the Biomechanics Laboratory at EWU.

’11, ’07 Sheena Prante, MS physical education, BA recreational management, married ’08, ’06 Jake Rehm, MS physical education, BA recreational management, July 2, 2011. He works at the Coyote Ridge Corrections Center in Connell, Wash. The couple lives in Ritzville, Wash. ’11 Sarina Marie Walla, nursing, married ’09 Joel Antonio Sanchez, BS mechanical engineering, July 30, 2011, in Sequim, Wash. ’11 Tiffany Yoder, BS applied developmental psychology, married ’08 Kyle Woelber, BA education, July 31, 2011, in Cheney, Wash., where the couple lives. She is a photographer and is pursuing a master’s degree at EWU. Kyle is a teacher. ’10 Andrew Hively, BA education, married ’06 Kimberly Neal, MS psychology, July 30, 2011, in Walla Walla, Wash. He is an elementary teacher and she is a school psychologist for the Thurston County School District. They live in Olympia, Wash. ’10 Lydel Marie Montenegro, BA marketing, married ’10 Daniel St. George, BS computer science, July 30, 2011, in Lincoln City, Ore. Dan works for ITTech and Lydel works for Group Health. They live in Cheney.

’09 Amanda Runkle, BA marketing, has joined 14Four as a producer. She previously worked as an account coordinator for Quisenberry Marketing and Design. ’09 Joel Antonio Sanchez, BS mechanical engineering, married ’04 Torry BrouillardBruce, BA education. She is the executive director for Housing, Residential and Greek Life at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, Calif. ’08 Jamie Bassett, BA social work, married Jordan Wirth, March 27, 2011, in Cashmere, Wash. The couple lives in Wenatchee, Wash. She works at Aging & Adult Care of Central Washington in East Wenatchee. ’08 Katie Irene Druzianich, BA psychology, married Christopher R. Eagon, July 9, 2011, in Walla Walla, Wash. She is attending Walla Walla University and is a winery tasting room associate. ’08 Tara Lynn Hamilton, BA history, married Jason Stallings on Oct. 30, 2011, in Austin, Texas. She is an executive assistant to the director of the student activity center at the University of Texas at Austin. ’08 Ronald M. Homsher, BA education, married Nicole Jeanne Sakraida, May 14, 2011. He received his master’s degree in special education from Grand Canyon University in August 2011.

’08 Matt Onderdonk, doctorate degree in physical therapy, married Hayley Tanler, July 29, 2011, in Bend, Ore. He works as a physical therapist. The couple lives in Portland, Ore. ’07 Ty Hentschel, BS technology, has joined Henry Carlson Company in Sioux Falls, S.D., as a project manager. He has more than 20 years experience and previously worked for Garco Construction in Spokane. ’06 Danielle Simmons Knapp, BA art history, served as the McCosh Fellow Curator for a special show, “The Making of David McCosh- Early Paintings, Drawings and Prints,” at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, University of Oregon. ’05, ’03 Daniel T. Anderson, MSW, BS applied psychology, married Barbara Reitler, July 30, 2011. The couple lives in Spokane, where he is the clinical supervisor of Colonial Clinic, an addiction treatment facility. ’05 Dirk W. Graham, BA interdisciplinary studies, married Jessica L. Wilson, Feb. 28, 2011, in Oahu, Hawaii. The couple lives in Maple Valley, Wash. He is a police officer with the Bellevue Police Department. ’05 Nicole Leggett, BA criminal justice, married Joseph Davis, Aug. 6, 2011, in Enumclaw, Wash. The couple lives in San Diego, Calif., where she works as a legal assistant. ’05 Craig N. Fischer, MA teaching English as a second language, has been hired as a College Advancement Director for EWU’s College of Arts, Letters and Education. He previously served as the assistant director of Recruitment and Outreach for EWU Admissions. ’05 Kristin L. State, BS communications studies, married Christopher Hutchinson, Aug. 27, 2011, at the Portland Art Museum. The couple lives in Portland, Ore. ’03 Kevin Brandt Daling, MS physical education, married Michelle D. Howe, June 18, 2011, at the Okanogan County Fairgrounds Agriplex. He is a teacher in the Okanogan School District. ’03 Vanessa Lyman, BA economics, has been hired as a commercial insurance rating technician for Moloney & O’Neill, in Spokane.



classnotes ’03 Marcus Stennes, BA human resource management, married ’93 Amy Jones, BA business, July 9, 2011, in Pateros, Wash. They are both employees in the Pateros School District.

’01 Kory G. Woods, BA computer science, has been hired as a Web services programmer by BIAS Software in Spokane. He previously served as the webmaster for Uncle’s Games.

’02 Ian Horlacher, BA urban and regional planning, has been hired as a development review planner, reviewing project development in Jackson and Josephine counties, in Oregon.

’00 Lily Friend-Grover, BA education-special education, earned a master’s degree in strategic business management from Colorado State University in 2011, and married Keith Fouts, Aug. 12, 2011.

’02 Jessica Louise Pease, BA communication studies, married Jamie Long, Aug. 20, 2011, at Reflection Lake, in Elk, Wash. She is an insurance agent for MetLife Auto & Home. The couple lives in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. ’01 Dana Fry, MSW, married Grant Smith, May 20, 2011. She is employed at Lutheran Community Services in Kennewick, Wash. ’01 Leah J. Mow, BA art history, has been hired as EWU’s associate director of Alumni Advancement. She has previous experience in event planning, marketing, social networking, sponsorship attainment and design.

’00 Michael S. Leader, BA government, has been promoted to sergeant with the Hillsboro (Ore.) Police Department.

’90 s ’99 Ashley Ulmer, DDS, BA German, was named to Spokane’s Rogers High School Walk of Fame, Oct. 28, 2011, for her continued work in dentistry and volunteer work. She was awarded the Dr. William Kramer Award of Excellence from Omicron Kappa Upsilon Dental Honor Society at the UW School of Dentistry.

’99 Bruce Wood, BS biology, is a filmmaker. His first feature film, Cassadaga, premiered at the Screamfest Horror Film Festival, Oct. 22, 2011. His short film, Interconnected, swept the University of Miami’s Canes Film Festival (best picture, best director, best editing) before becoming a semifinalist in the American Gem Screenwriting Competition and touring Europe as part of the Marbella International Film Festival. ’98 Brian H. Lynn, BA English, has joined EWU’s Marketing & Communications Department as a writer/editor. He has more than a decade of editorial and writing experience with online and print media platforms such as and Outdoor Life magazine.  ’98, ’92, ‘90 Vance J. Youmans, BA education, MA and BA history, is the new department chair of the social sciences at Spokane Falls Community College, where he has taught history since 1993.

Calling all Tawankas Eastern Washington University invites all Tawanka alumnae to visit campus on Saturday, April 21, for a special reunion to share the past, celebrate the present and look for ways to continue to inspire the future. Save the date and come join us for this special day on campus. For details about this event and to RSVP – please contact Dave LejaMeyer at Eastern Washington University,, 509.359.6901. More details to come! The Tawanka Service Organization was created in 1926. The name is derived from an Indian phrase meaning “to help.” Pictured left to right, at the Westside luncheon: Eileen Reider Schermer ’59, Dr. Pat On Oct. 19, 2011, the first Westside Tawanka Sterling Chandler ’57, Marguerite Koziuk Borgert ’59, Phyllis Schatzel Elslip ’57, Dee Alumnae luncheon was held. Anne Loyal (Lucille Moreland’s daughter), Lucille Porta Moreland ’40, Janie Haney “It was wonderful to gather with our Tawanka Matheson and Beverly Haney Lanthom ’60. Not pictured, Violet Medak ’54. sisters from the ‘30s, ‘40s and ‘50s, to share special memories of our time at Eastern,” said Pat Chandler. “We all wished that we had organized years ago as a branch of the Spokane Tawanka group. Hopefully, more Tawanka alumnae residing west of the Cascades will join us for our spring luncheon.” If interested, please contact Pat Chandler at 425.582.9068.



Former Eagle Named Head Coach at Colorado State ’97 Atom K. Duszynski, BA recreation management, and wife Teresa, welcomed son Greyson Rodrick, born Sept. 26, 2011, in Vancouver, Wash. Atom is the KeyBank National Sales and service manager for the Portland, Ore. area. ’95 Ken Decker, MA public administration, is the new administrator for Caroline County, Maryland. He previously served as town manager and zoning administrator for Hampstead in Carroll County. ’94, ’88 Theresa Montenegro, BS biology, BA psychology, worked for Pathology Associates Medical Laboratories (PAML) in 2001, as a chemist lab technician for Johnson Mattheys Honeywell Electronics in 1997, and as a scientific technician for Fish & Wildlife at North Bonneville Dam Field Office station in 1995. ’93 Jeni McNeal, BS physical education, successfully completed a 500-plus mile, sevenday expedition adventure race in North Idaho in August 2011. She is a professor of physical education, health and recreation at EWU.

Gear Up Getting decked out in

Eagle gear

has never been easier. Stop by Just Sports (Spokane Valley Mall or NorthTown Mall); Sport Town (downtown Spokane in the Parkade Plaza) or Northern Quest Resort & Casino, 100 N. Hayford Rd., Airway Heights. EWU logo merchandise is also available online at or at either the EWU Bookstore in the PUB on the Cheney campus, or EWU Bookstore Spokane, 528 E. Spokane Falls Blvd. (Schade Towers, lower level)

’92 Christopher Burcker, BA criminal justice, has been a Kennewick, Wash. police officer since 1996. He spent five years on the SWAT team, five years with the traffic unit and was a field training officer for seven years. He is currently the resource officer at Kamiakin High School, where he graduated in 1987. ’92 Mohammad Anwarul Karim, BS management information systems, is a program manager and data architect working for General Electric Company Treasury for the past five years. He has been involved in a wide range of large-scale assignments with Fortune 100 companies. He lives in New Rochelle, N.Y., and is married to Tania Chowdhury. ’91 David T. “Chip” Kimball, PhD, MS interdisciplinary studies, has been appointed as the 12th superintendent of Singapore American School by the school’s board of governors. SAS is an independent, college preparatory school offering American curriculum with an international perspective.

’80 s ’88, ’76 Dorothy L. Sawyer, MA, BA nursing, has joined Carondelet Health Network as senior vice president and CEO for Carondelet St. Mary’s Hospital in Tucson, Ariz. ’87 Maria E. Dezenberg, BA international affairs, has been appointed as the Seattle Metro president of DeVry University. She previously served as the campus dean for DeVry University in Las Vegas. ’87 Stacey (Marsh) Lockhart, BA radio/TV, has been hired as the executive director of the Wenatchee Valley College Foundation. She previously worked at the director of development for U.S. Figure Skating in Colorado Springs, Colo. ’86 Mark S. Thompson, BA general management, has been hired as vice president and relationship manager for Banner Bank. He has 32 years of banking industry experience. ’84 Barry Aden, BA physical education, has been inducted in the National Baseball Congress Hall of Fame. He was the starting pitcher for Eastern in 1982 and 1983 in the Pac 10 North Division, under Coach Jim Wasem.

Jim McElwain ’85, BA physical education, was named the new head football coach for Colorado State on Dec. 13, 2011. He was previously the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for Alabama’s Crimson Tide, which defeated Louisiana State University in the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) championship game in January. The Missoula, Mont., native played quarterback at EWU from 1980-1983. After graduating, he stayed at Eastern from 1985-1994, first as a graduate assistant and later as the quarterbacks and receivers coach. During that time, the Eagles made two NCAA Division I-AA playoff appearances (1992 and 1995) and earned a share of the Big Sky Championship in 1992. After leaving Eastern, McElwain had several assistant coaching jobs including Montana State, Louisville, Michigan State, in the NFL for the Oakland Raiders in 2006, at Fresno State and Alabama.



classnotes ’84 Claudette Kenmir, BA finance, has been hired by Physicians Insurance, A Mutual Company, as vice president of the Eastern Regional Office. She has worked in the insurance industry since 1986. ’83 Mike Navarre, BA government, has been elected as the mayor of Kenai Peninsula Borough, Kenai, Alaska. ’82 Theresa Sanders, BA government, interim athletic director at the Spokane Club and former economic development director for the city of Spokane, has been named director of Spokane Mayor David Condon’s transition team.

’70 s ’79 Deborah Sitek-Solatka, MEd counseling and development, is the program director for School Guidance and Counseling with City University of Seattle. ’76 Dan Vache, BA physical education, was selected as one of the outstanding contributors to the national produce industry for 2010-11. He serves as vice president of technology for the national trade association, United Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Association of Washington, D.C. ’73 Keith Mathews, BA education, was selected as an outstanding contributor to the national produce industry for 2011-12. He was selected into a class of 25, which includes

First Lady Michelle Obama for her “Let’s Move” nutritional campaign. He serves as CEO of FirstFruits Marketing. He lives in Selah, Wash. ’70 Judith A. Seely, MS communication disorders, married her high school boyfriend on her 73rd birthday, Oct. 11, 2011. She was a speech language pathologist in Mead, Wash. for 30 years. They live in Green Valley, Ariz.

’60 s ’62 Lillis King, BA English, and her husband David, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary, September 2011, in Spokane. She retired from teaching, most recently at Central Kitsap High School. The couple lives in Silverdale, Wash.

District, and has been honored for his work in the Walla Walla Little League, is a recipient of the Spokane Parks and Recreation Department’s Leadership Award, and has been inducted into the Inland Empire Hall of Fame for softball.

’40 s ’41 StellaMae (Leuer) O’Connell, BA home economics, is 93 years old. She and her husband Skeet, age 95, live in Vancouver, Wash. She moved there in 1941, to teach second grade. She loved her four years in Cheney, where she lived in Senior Hall.

Olympic Moments

’50 s ’58 Tom McKay, BA education, and his wife ’57 Louise McKay, MA history, celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary, Aug. 20, 2011, in Otis Orchards, Wash. The couple met while carpooling to Eastern. They live in Curlew, Wash. ’51 Margie Simanton, BA education, and ’54 James Simanton, BA education, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in June 2011. ’51 Wayne Wright, BA early childhood education, was inducted into Spokane’s Rogers High School’s Walk of Fame in October 2011. He was an elementary and junior high school teacher in the Spokane Public Schools

The 2012 Summer Olympic Games are just around the corner. Eastern magazine would love to share alumni stories of past or present involvement in the Olympics. Send us a note and any photos you might have to: Eastern magazine, 300 Showalter Hall, Cheney, WA 99004-2445.

Campbell Takes the Helm of Alumni Board Gina Mauro Campbell ‘90, has begun her tenure as the new president of the Alumni Association Board. “Eastern holds a really special place in my heart, so it’s a huge privilege to serve the Alumni Association as president,” said Mauro Campbell. “The Alumni Board members are really ‘Eagles of Service,’ informing and engaging alumni in our region as well as supporting EWU’s students and the mission of our great university. It’s a great time to be an Eagle!” She is the director of Visitor Services for Visit Spokane (formerly the Spokane Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau). In addition to managing Visit Spokane’s Visitor Information Centers downtown and at the airport, she also manages the Spokane Regional Tourism Ambassadors Program, training almost 1,000 tourism ambassadors since 2008. She has a BA in communications studies from EWU and an MA in organizational leadership from Gonzaga University. She also volunteers with Safety Net, an organization that raises funds for youth who are aging out of the foster care system.



To be included in “In Memoriam,” we require a newspaper obituary or a letter of notification from the immediate family. We extend our sympathy to the families of the following alumni and faculty.

inmemoriam ’00 s ’06 Matthew Charles Manville, age 27, died Nov. 5, 2011, Spokane ’05 Ronald Solly Aerne, age 46, died Aug. 6, 2011, Spokane Valley

’90 s ’98 Deborah L. Sanders, age 57, died Nov. 10, 2011, Spokane ’91 Marsha Larsen Moore, age 64, died Sept. 8, 2011, Spokane ’91 Henry Joseph “Joe” Seipp, age 68, died Oct. 17, 2011, Liberty Lake, Wash. ’90 Tyra L. Francis, age 43, died Nov. 3, 2011, Boise, Idaho ’90 William Jennings Barker, age 51, died Aug. 29, 2011, Spokane

’80 s

’71 Karen Brown, age 62, died Aug. 3, 2011, Spokane

’58 Kenton Boyd Kaewold, age 82, died Sept. 30, 2011, Spokane

’60 s

’53 James Edwin Sturm, age 83, died July 29, 2011, Spokane

’69 Barbara Jean Box-Holbert, age 79, died Oct. 23, 2011, Spokane ’69 David J. Brown, age 69, died Sept. 30, 2011, Spokane ’69 Donald Vincent Goligoski, age 69, died Oct. 7, 2011, Spokane

’65 John C. Thompson, age 70, died Oct. 13, 2011, Colfax, Wash.

’47 Margaret Cosgrove, age 85, died Nov. 23, 2011, Spokane

’64 Charles “Steve” Pope, age 69, died Sept. 7, 2011, Chewelah, Wash.

’30 s

’64 Phillip W. Stohs, age 69, died Oct. 27, 2011, Spokane

’85 Marc R. Roecks, age 58, died Nov. 14, 2011, Spokane Valley

’62 Lloyd Haglund, age 82, died Nov. 6, 2011, Phoenix, Ariz.

’85 Patricia “Buttons” Wilson, age 64, died Sept. 13, 2011, Pasco, Wash.

’62 Marjorie E. (Sitton) Hancock, age 77, died Sept. 10, 2011, Kennewick, Wash.

’83 Robert S. Blilie Sr., age 75, died Oct. 22, 2011, Spokane

’50 s

’70 s ’77 Colleen M. (Brown) Busby, age 56, died Nov. 21, 2011, Spokane ’77 James I. Moss, age 62, died Sept. 10, 2011, Spokane ’75 Kenneth Alvin Burnnett Sr., age 62, died Sept. 27, 2011, Spokane ’75 Douglas Lee Orcutt, age 59, died Oct. 15, 2011, Bainbridge Island, Wash. ’74 Paul D. Ohler, age 64, died Sept. 1, 2011, Spokane ’73 Dell Douglass Ely, age 86, died Aug. 14, 2011, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho ’73 Diane E. Radkey, age 62, died Aug. 31, 2011, Spokane ’72 Bob Risinger, age 63, died Sept. 22, 2011, Wenatchee, Wash.

’40 s ’48 Wilbert Charles Mills, age 89, died in July 2011, Federal Way, Wash.

’63 Lenore L. Haight, age 100, died Sept. 6, 2011, Spokane

’81 Patricia K. (Hartnett) Kuhn, age 89, died Nov. 5, 2011

’50 Russell Foch Inman Sr., age 92, died Nov. 15, 2011, Spokane

’68 Joyce D. (Hergert) Lally, age 81, died Nov. 12, 2011, Endicott, Wash.

’89 Col. John Lockwood Finnegan, USAF Ret., age 77, died Oct. 16, 2011, Spokane

’83 Sari Lynne Reichelt, age 59, died Aug. 26, 2011, Spokane

’51 Floyd Corderman Moritz, age 88, died Oct. 12, 2011, Centralia, Wash.

’39 Irene Rufer, age 92, died Aug. 8, 2011, Spokane ’33 Evelyn Ada McMillan, age 103, died Sept. 1, 2011, Colville, Wash.

Faculty/Staff Professor Emeritus Jere Donegan, died Sept. 27, 2011, at his home in Bellingham, Wash., at age 81. He was a history professor from September 1967 until his retirement in 1993.

Sally Jean Eaton, 63, an administrative assistant to the dean in the College of Arts, ’59 Howard Moos, age 77, died Nov. 6, 2011, Letters and Education passed away on Nov. Mesa, Ariz. 15, 2011, in Spokane. She had worked at EWU for seven years.

Wanted: Eastern Alumni Photos and Publications EWU University Libraries Archives and Special Collections would like to obtain your old photo albums and prints (or reprints of them) from your college/ university days at Eastern. There is a special need to fill in the blanks since the demise of the Kinnikinick yearbook in 1971. “In some cases, we only have a single copy; in others we actually do not hold even a single copy of the publication,” said University Archivist Charles Mutschler. When the Cheney State Normal School burned in 1912, copies of institutional publications were lost. Mutschler is especially interested in any publications from the Benjamin P. Cheney Academy or the Cheney State Normal School for 1913 and earlier to fill in the missing material. Please send your photo albums, photos, reprints and/ or publications to Charles Mutschler, Eastern Washington University, 100 LIB, Cheney, WA 99004. Contact him at 509.359.2254 or





Save the Date: 2012 Homecoming - Oct. 20



EWU Homecoming 2011


A great time was had by all! Check out more photos on our Flickr site


Start something big at EWU events. For more information and to register, visit or call 888.EWU.ALUM.


eventscalendar February 25


Portland Pregame EWU Men’s Basketball vs. Portland State Join your friends and fellow alums for pregame activities from 5-6:30 p.m. at McMenamin’s Market Street Pub, 1526 SW 10th in Portland. (no-host gathering). The Eagles takes on the Vikings at 7:05 p.m., at the Stott Center on the PSU campus, SW 10th and Hall Streets. Game tickets are $10 each. For more information, visit Call 888.EWU.ALUM or 509.359.4550.

Auction, 28 Orland Killin Dinner, Dance and Auction celebrate the legacy of Orland Killin while enjoying an amazing meal and supporting Eastern Athletics. Get your tickets early. Visit

March 2


Alumni Award Nomination Deadline

3-4 Arizona Alumni Event Weekend 3

EWU Alumni Wine Tasting, Scottsdale, 7 p.m., details TBD


EWU Day at the Mariners, Peoria, 1 p.m., details TBD


Ales & Art, Northern Quest Casino. What goes better with beer and corn beef… art of course? Enjoy the annual alumni beer tasting and incredible art created by EWU students and alumni! Can ales inspire an artist? Come and see for yourself.

25th Annual Coaches Golf Tournament, For more information, visit


Young Alumni Networking Event, Location TBD


2012 Alumni Awards Gala, This formal ceremony highlights the professional successes and community contributions of EWU Alumni. Enjoy an evening of elegance while seeing the impact EWU graduates are having on the world. Walter and Myrtle Powers Reading Room, Hargreaves Hall. For more information, visit or call Leah Mow at 509.359.4553.

June 7-10 Michael Roos’ Fish & Chip Tournament, Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort. For more information, visit

April 6

Young Alumni Networking Event, location TBD. Are you a soon-to-be or recent EWU graduate making the leap from student to working professional? Do you have questions about office romance, friending your boss, and how to make it big without losing your soul? These casual, happy-hour mixers will connect you with the right people while helping you get hired, get ahead and stay sane in the process.       


Drive for Excellence Golf Tournament, College of Business and Public Administration Donations raised during the event are used to underwrite scholarships. For more information, call 509.358.2242


Annual Alumni Wine Experience, TBA


EWU Commencement Ceremony, Cheney

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Give Us Your Best Shot! Calling alumni photographers! Eastern magazine invites all amateur photographers to enter its 2012 photo contest. Categories include: landscapes, people and general interest

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Top prize: $100 gift card for the EWU Bookstore Winners in each category will receive a $50 gift card.

Deadline to submit your image is 5 p.m., April 30, 2012.

Contest rules: Entries must be original work of the individual submitting the entry (one per person). All photos must be taken within the past two years. Images may not be digitally altered beyond standard optimization, such as cropping, color/contrast adjustments. Submissions MUST be at least 5x7 inches at 300 dpi or larger. Digital files are acceptable in .JPG, .TIFF and RAW formats. Both color and black and white photos are acceptable. Judging will be based on technical quality, clarity and composition, but also on a flair for the unexpected and the ability to capture a picture-perfect moment. Email entries to Include your name and details about the photo (date, place taken, camera used). Photos not featured in the magazine will appear on the Eastern magazine Facebook page. Eastern Washington University retains the right to use any submission for print, online or other promotional endeavors. Eastern magazine reserves the right to refuse any entry. Questions? Contact Kandi Carper,, 509.359.6422.

Winning photos will be featured in the 2012 spring/summer issue of Eastern magazine.

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