From Lisa Poplawski, director Alumni Advancement

Lisa Poplawski and Jen Kerns

This past October, I had the privilege of spending an afternoon in Issaquah, Wash., with 10 lovely women bound together in friendship as Tawanka alumni. If you’re not familiar with this group, in 1926, the Tawanka women’s club was formed by Dora Lewis, home economics teacher and one-time dean of women. The members, who were dedicated in helping at campus events and engaging in special … [Read more...]

From Lisa Poplawski, director Alumni Advancement

Lisa Poplawski and Gina Campbell

General George S. Patton once said: “Accept the challenges so that you may feel the exhilaration of victory.” He didn’t actually say it to me, but he really did say it. I took the advice of George this summer and competed (and completed) the Seattle to Portland Bike Classic. It was 202 miles of bike riding over two days. It was a challenge!  And, yes, it was also a very exhilarating … [Read more...]

From Lisa Poplawski, director Alumni Advancement


Have you ever wondered why people go out of their way for a cup of coffee at their favorite café when there is perfectly good coffee around the corner? What about those who invest significant money to see a live concert when they can listen to the same music in the comfort of their living room? And what about camping? Why do people spend a week preparing to sleep on the ground, not shower and … [Read more...]

From Lisa Poplawski, Director of Alumni Advancement

Erick Keating, Lisa Poplawski, and friend.

Superstitions come in many forms. One of my favorite beliefs is in my magical black and white checkered hat that I purchased at Disneyland a couple of years ago. I know it is lucky because I wore it during the entire 2010 Eagle football season and subsequent championship run. This year, I resurrected my hat for good luck. My colleagues and I insisted that someone in my family had to wear the … [Read more...]