Where in the world will Eastern magazine be spotted next?
That’s up to you. Eastern alumni are invited to send in photographs of themselves holding up the current issue of the magazine. Please include some information about your travels and yourself with your submission. Email to Eastern Magazine, or mail to 300 Showalter Hall, Cheney, WA 99004-2445.
’08 Joshua Porter recently traveled through Belize to visit his family in San Pedro Town. It’s located on a small island called Ambergris Caye just off the coast of Belize in Central America. “I’ve been able to go to the archaeological site of Lamanai (Mayan for ‘submerged crocodile’), twice now during trips different trips to Belize and put to use my degree in anthropology courtesy of EWU,” said Porter. “While along the way, I make notes of interesting people and places to hopefully one day include in future creative writing projects as well (other EWU degree). Thank you EWU, for giving me the knowledge to flame my fire for adventure.”
’78 Ray Johnson, ’10 Stephen Johnson, ’78 June Johnson, 03 Michael Johnson and Eastern Magazine while visiting the Estonian Parliament Building and Old Town of Tallinn, Estonia. The magazine accompanied us to 7 countries during this family vacation, in August, that also included time in Copenhagen and Aarhus, Denmark, Oslo, Norway, Berlin, Germany, St. Petersburg, Russia, Helsinki, Finland and Stockholm, Sweden.
’10, ’07 Rae-Lynn and ’05 David Barden at the Kenai River in Alaska in August. They are EWU football seasons ticket holders and can’t wait to take their son (due in November) to next year’s games.
’90, ’87 Michael Cardwell, The Quinault Indian Nation member and Community Services director is pictured as he prepared for the 2013 Tribal Journeys Paddle to Quinault. More than 100 ocean-going canoes, such as the Mayee shown here, arrived at Point Grenville on the Washington coast in August.
‘09, ’95 Monte and ’95 Sherry Syrie took Eastern magazine with them to Law Vegas in July 2013. Monte is a 10th grade-teacher in Cheney, Wash., and adjunct professor at Eastern. Sherry teaches middle school visual arts classes in the Cheney School District.
‘68 Jerry and ‘68 Gail (Johnson) Jantz hang out with Mickey at Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel during a family vacation to California in July. Jerry and Gail are retired educators. They live in Spokane and enjoy traveling and EWU football.
’89, ’85 Killi White-Mellish brought Eastern magazine with her on a cruise to Alaska. She’s pictured at Mendenhall Glacier near Juneau in June 2013. Killi lives in Langley, Wash., where she is the educational planner, outreach liaison and an adjunct English instructor for Skagit Valley College’s South Whidbey Center in Clinton.
’67 Nancy Pohle and ’68 Ed Pohle hit the beach in Kauai, Hawaii. Before retiring, they taught in the East Valley School District in Spokane Valley. Ed played on Eastern’s Championship football team in 1967.
’05, ’98 Evi Hill and ’01, ’94, ’86 Jeri Schmit spent their 2013 spring break taking eighth graders on a trip to Washington D.C. Evi teaches second grade at Betz Elementary in Cheney and Jeri is a sixth grade teacher at Cheney Middle School.
Brendan Genther ’00, his wife Marla Nunberg Genther and daughter Alyssa enjoyed the sunshine of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, in April 2013.
’73 Jerry Barnard, Cheney, and daughter ’02 Jenny Barnard Schaefer are pictured together in Palm Springs, Calif. Jerry is a retired, full-time grandpa and Jenny, wife of ’03 Gabe Schaefer, is the mother of two and a health care manager in Palm Springs.
’08 Andrew Nye and Melissa Miller were married in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico in March 2013. This picture was taken at Lovers Beach.
’08, ’05 Grant Bishop and his wife traveled to Guatemala on a medical mission for Hearts in Motion in spring 2013. Grant is a developer for 14Four in Spokane.
Eastern magazine visited Disneyland’s Magic Kingdom in February 2013 with ’95 Joseph Mastel, ’04 Colleen Mastel, Steven Griffey and future EWU alums Joseph Griffey, Samuel Griffey and ’02 Rachael Griffey.
Bart Mihailovich ’06 and wife Sara (Horn) ’07, visited Italy in April2013. This photo was taken on top of Castel Sant’Angelo with Rome in the background.
’11 Dino Valdez, BA visual communication design, and his girlfriend Alyssa Santana, visit one of the new Seven Wonders of the World, the Kukulcán Pyramid or El Castillo (The Castle) – in the pre-Columbian city of Chichen Itza, on the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico.
’80 Steve Coomes took his keepsake issue of Eastern magazine all the way to the Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza in Mexico in February 2013. Coomes teaches social studies at Southridge High School in Kennewick, Wash.
‘12 Tim Cheeney, his mom, ‘75 Lynn Rowland Cheeney, and their family visited Riviera Maya, Mexico, to celebrate Tim’s graduation and Lynn’s retirement. They live in Seattle, where Tim is a staff accountant for Ascentis Corporation.
Eastern magazine goes to Cuba! Members of the EWU community recently voyaged to Cuba as part of the newly launched study and travel program. The EWU students, Amy Nuñez, Lucy Vásquez, Katie Higgins, Brandy Bippes, Thomas Shalloe, Mayra Villalobos, Samantha de Abreu and Jennyfer Mesa were accompanied by faculty members Joseph Lenti, Robert Dean, Martín Meráz García and Christina Torres García. The focus of the trip was to look at pressing issues, including agricultural sustainability, the effects of the U.S. embargo, gender equality, socialized medicine and senior citizen services, recent economic reform and the viability of socialism in modern Cuba.
Joshua Porter ’08, is an instructor at the Spokane College of English Language. He was recently asked to fly to Hollywood, where he filmed a commercial. “I have next to zero experience acting, but having never been to Hollywood, I wanted desperately to be in warmer weather, so I thought I would accept the adventure. I answered an email, which led to a Skype interview that prompted a phone call, which elicited my exploratory adventure that led me to California, where I was treated like royalty – all within a matter of a few days. While I was traveling, I caught up on EWU news with the Eastern Magazine.”
’74 Paul Demianew and ’75 Suzann (Hensley) Demianew celebrated their birthdays at Gullfoss Falls in Iceland in November 2012. They met in a chemistry class and were married in 1974. They said Iceland was cold, “even colder than the wind blowing at Eastern!” The couple lives in Bainbridge Island, Wash.
Mike Genova ‘83 and Leslea Warnick ’84, visited Paris, France on their way to the International Pool and Spa Trade Show in Lyon, France, at the beginning of November. Mike is the owner and president of Leisure Concepts in Spokane, the leading producer of after-market products in the spa industry. Leslea is the Insides Sales and Marketing manager for Leisure Concepts and has been with the company for four and a half years.
’76 Neil Anderson and ’77 Glenda (Kuther) Anderson visited Florence, Italy in November 2012. They live in Everett, Wash. Glenda is the financial manager for the Schack Art Center in Everett. Neil retired from the Snohomish County Department of Planning and Development Services after 32 years of service and now works for a Seattle area golf course.
Richard Huss ‘70 and his wife Molly Huss ’08, ’00, recently traveled to Costa Rica to celebrate Richard’s retirement as a purchasing manager for Haskin’s Steel. Molly continues to work as a mental health counselor for Catholic Charities Spokane. (in Montezuma, Puntarenas)
Coworkers at Whitman County in Colfax, Wash., created some excitement for the football playoffs by organizing their own alumni rally. Pictured: ’73 Bob Reynolds, Fair & Facilities director; ’92 Janel Goebel, Parks & Recreation coordinator; ’67 Bob Lothspeich, County Treasurer; ’85 Tim Myers, Parks & Recreation director; ’78 Michele Beckman, HR program coordinator; ’99 Kelli Campbell, HR director, ’11 David Ledbetter, finance administrator; ’04 Erin Young, office specialist and ’98 Todd Heitstuman, park ranger.
Greg Cossette ’70, on recent trip to Panama. Now retired from 40 years in the classroom and looking for real biology/geology experiences. Photo taken at Uverito Beach near Las Tablas. “I ran into a couple of girls wearing EWU T-shirts in Pedasi. No camera handy; would have made for a great shot. Thanks for doing this for all Easterners, Savages and Eagles alike.”
Clifton “Jack” Barrette ’65, standing by one of the animals that he carved for the Adirondack Carousel in Saranac Lake, New York. The loon and toad were his addition. He retired after 32 years as an art teacher.