bigFutures: The Campaign for Eastern


[ Aug. 2014 | Vol. 1 | Issue 1 ]  EWU’s first major private fundraising campaign wrapped up in June.  Thank you EWU friends, alumni and employees for your participation. 450 students attend EWU because of you and donors like you! Annual gifts and endowed scholarships helped fund more than $800,000 in scholarships last year.  At $7,961 per year, Eastern’s tuition is the lowest among Washington’s four-year universities. But—add living expenses—and the annual cost of a EWU education creeps up to around $18,000!  Your gifts keep college within reach for hundreds of students every year. … [Read more...]

EWU Leads Region in Health Care and Sustainability Education Initiatives


[ Aug. 2014 | Vol. 1 | Issue 1 ]  Eastern Washington University is a proven driving force for the culture, economy, workforce and vitality of Washington state.  Careful work by the Arévalo Administration allowed EWU to emerge from the recession with strong financial footing and forward projects that will benefit students and the state economy for decades into the future. New College of Health Science and Public Health will expand programs and degree offerings Headquartered at the Riverpoint Campus, a new college will forefront Eastern’s long tradition of excellence in health science; and build on its well-known strength as a leader in training public health professionals in eastern Washington to help meet the growing demand regionally and nationally for health care workers qualified in contemporary health care practices. EWU is well positioned to establish a College of Health … [Read more...]

Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity Leads $250,000 Fundraising Effort


[ Aug. 2014 | Vol. 1 | Issue 1 ]    A little more than 45 years ago Randy Van Turner helped found the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity while studying for his EWU bachelor’s degree. Later, he lost his life in Vietnam. This winter fraternity brothers and their spouses gathered to remember their brother Randy Van Turner and establish a $250,000 endowment for a two-part student success initiative in partnership with EWU libraries. The endowed Randy Turner Library Scholarship will fund scholarships as early as 2015 and the Pi Kappa Alpha Library Fund will finance digitizing more than a quarter million items from EWU Library collections. These substantial resources—although intellectually valuable and culturally significant—are currently not accessible to EWU students or the general public. The Archives and Special Collections room at the JFK Library will be renamed to recognize … [Read more...]

Can Your Annual Gifts Turn Science Majors into Rock Stars?


[ Aug. 2014 | Vol. 1 | Issue 1 ]  Two stories about how your unrestricted annual giving dollars add up to big impacts for EWU students When you donate money to annual funds like the Eastern Fund or to athletic scholarships you help fuel student experiences otherwise out of reach with basic public funding. Deans, directors, faculty and advisors can focus this money to send top undergraduate researchers to high impact academic conferences and attract promising students with scholarships.  In November, seven students from the EWU Exercise Science Club brought home six awards in three categories from the 2013 Western Society for Kinesiology and Wellness [WSKW] conference in Reno, Nevada. “EWU was one of only two schools with winners in every category…they were rock stars,” said Nate Lawton, the club’s advisor. “The awards were a recognition of the great work our students are doing … [Read more...]

EWU counts on the financial support of donors like you. Thank you!

Michael Westfall

[ Aug. 2014 | Vol. 1 | Issue 1 ]  Big Impacts is your new EWU Foundation quarterly newsletter that charts how the Foundation tracks and distributes your gifts, shares stories of how your generosity impacts student success, and links you to university news and event calendars. Dr. Rodolfo Arévalo, Eastern Washington University’s 25th president retired July 31. During his eight-year term Dr. Arévalo successfully championed Eastern and higher education needs in Olympia, fought to keep Washington college education affordable and led development of innovative programs that ensure EWU students successfully graduate. His efforts have made important strides for student success: • Eastern’s tuition is the lowest among Washington four-year universities • EWU graduation rates are up • September 2013 marked record 12,791 EWU enrollment Thank you for your leadership Dr. Arévalo! … [Read more...]

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