Meet President Mary Cullinan

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By Kandi Carper ‘05 If you Google Mary Cullinan you’ll get 442,000 results in .30 seconds. You’ll find several entries regarding her selection as Eastern Washington University’s 26th president and even more outdated entries stating that she’s the president of Southern Oregon University.  Everything you find only begins to touch the surface of this remarkable woman. Bright, approachable and equipped with a great sense of humor, Cullinan brings 34 years of higher education experience to EWU. On Aug. 1, she became the only sitting female president ... MORE

Volesky’s Rendezvous with Destiny

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By Kandi Carper ‘05 Maj. Gen. Gary Volesky ’83 (BA military science) assumed command of one of the country’s most storied military divisions in U.S. history on June 20. He’s Eagle 6, the new Commanding General of the “Screaming Eagles,” the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. How fitting for an EWU Eagle! At age 52, Volesky, a Spokane native and 1979 Ferris High School graduate, embraces his new assignment with the same enthusiasm and dedication he has exhibited during his distinguished 31-year military ... MORE

College Football Started Here


By Jeff Bunch '88 It was Eastern Washington University’s day in the sun. The national spotlight shone brightly on EWU as ESPN's “College Football Starts Here” campaign came to Cheney on Aug. 23. While the showcase featured Eastern's top-ranked Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) team, the visibility for the university was the bigger win. The nationally televised game was a first for EWU, spotlighting the campus on a picture-perfect day. EWU alumnus Colin Cowherd, an ESPN broadcaster, was in attendance for weekend festivities that included ... MORE

Kelleher Goes the Write Way


By Brandon Hansen '08 Tim Kelleher came to Eastern in the mid-1980s with a love for writing – he left knowing exactly what he wanted to do. The result? You’ve probably already seen it on your television or movie screen as the native New Yorker has written, produced and directed several television shows and movies, including his current position as a writer and producer on the CBS show Two and a Half Men. “The toughest part of writing is writing,” Kelleher said. “It's what sets writers apart from non-writers. I think a lot of people would like to be ... MORE

Incredible Alumni Honored

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By Cameron Pilkinton It was an evening of inspiration and celebration as the 2014 EWU Alumni Awards winners were honored for their incredible contributions to their communities, the university and their professions. The awards, which have been presented annually since 1973, included six individual award winners and the Organization of the Year. At this year’s event, Dr. Rodolfo Arévalo and his wife, Nadine, were also honored for their many contributions to the university during his eight-year presidency at Eastern. A call for nominations went ... MORE

Keeping the Dream Alive


By Kate Daniel '14 Elena Maria Calderon’s father cradled her in his arms as he, her three siblings and mother ran through the desert toward the United States border. A helicopter loomed overhead, prompting the family to stop abruptly, crouching underneath a bush in hopes of avoiding the patrol’s keen eye. Her mother clutched her rosary beads, praying quietly to God to protect them from capture. This is Calderon’s earliest and clearest memory; she was 3 years old. Her bright brown eyes fill with tears, her voice quivering slightly as she recounts ... MORE