Leaving a BIG Legacy


When EWU President Rodolfo Arévalo spoke of his first 100 days as leader of Eastern Washington University in the fall of 2006, he said, “I think, for the most part, people see a president as somebody that is very flamboyant or outspoken. I guess that’s not what I see as important. I see willingness to listen and doing thoughtful analysis as more important. By doing that, you can usually arrive at what is best for the university and primarily, what is best for the students – that’s what I am trying to mold into my vision for Eastern.” By all accounts, ... MORE

Worldly Ways


By Bailey Wolff '10 For this issue of the Eastern magazine, we caught up with four of our alumni who have followed their passion on different continents, connecting with deep meaning and working in capacities that they find truly rewarding. Through a mix of determination, good timing and a clear vision for themselves, each of these Eagles has carved out a life that not only fulfills them but that also enriches the lives of others. Paula Meehan '83 - Ireland, Europe Paula Meehan was born in 1955 and raised in the working-class district of ... MORE

Senior to Senior


We asked some of our Golden Grads to share their best advice with the Class of 2014 JOAN (REINBOLD) HISAW ’68 Life is an amazing and wonderful journey with incredible adventures along the way. Dr. Seuss says it best: “You have brains in your head; you have feet in your shoes; you can steer yourself any direction you choose.” So choose wisely. Face your fears, overcome the obstacles, work hard and be trustworthy, because what you do really does matter. Practice patience and treat others as you would like to be treated. Share your time and ... MORE

From Ethiopia to the U.S. – ASEWU President D.J. is Living the American Dream


By Brian Lynn '98 As president of the Associated Students of Eastern Washington University, Dahir Jigre (Da-here Gee-gray) exemplifies the opportunity and impact the university’s emphasis on first-generation students can have on a life, and ultimately society. His story, laced with hard work, confidence and opportunities seized, spans two continents and multiple moves within before ultimately finding focus and vision at EWU. Jigre, or “D.J.” as he’s known throughout campus, is a senior working toward a BA in communications, a minor in race and ... MORE

Tommy Williams Jr.’s Holistic Approach Changes Lives


By Kate Daniel '14 From the back row of English class at Mendel Catholic High School in Chicago, Tommy Williams Jr. peered to the front of the room and was startled by something peculiar. David, a scrawny, nonathletic, “nerdy” kid, was scratching at his head and a clump of hair fell to the desk. Williams had grown up being teased for being overweight, but later shot up to 6 foot 4 inches. He excelled at sports – he had already earned a spot on the junior varsity football team, and was at once accepted by popular upperclassmen. However, Williams ... MORE

It’s a Great Time to be an Eagle!


By Brian Lynn ’98 When high school seniors graduate, leave home and embark upon their Eastern Washington University experience, they begin a critical time of change, a period when they will mature both physically and mentally, and when their belief systems will begin to form the foundation of their identities for decades. And with them throughout those identity-creating years is the whole of Eastern Washington University – the classroom education, the personal relationships, the extracurricular events, the shared experiences. EWU serves as the ... MORE