Endowment Performance and Value


[ Dec. 2014 | Vol. 1 | Issue 2 ]  For the period July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014 … [Read more...]

There’s An App For That: www.spokanehistorical.org!

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[ Dec. 2014 | Vol. 1 | Issue 2 ]  Harry Houdini really did dive off Spokane’s Washington Street Bridge. Wearing handcuffs and chains wrapped around his legs, the great magician leapt into the wintery waters of the Spokane River for a 1910 Spokane business marketing stunt.  He resurfaced seconds later handcuff and chain-free! Thanks to Annual Fund donors like you, anyone with a smartphone can open the free Spokane Historical app to find more than 350 historic sites and 10 tours around Spokane, with written stories, images, podcasts and videos created by EWU history students. Eagle 4 Life Fund dollars were used to purchase voice recorders, cameras and portable scanners to bring stories to life. “My students use state digital archives, local libraries, museums and digitized newspapers for research and new kinds of storytelling,” says history professor Larry Cebula. “What I love about … [Read more...]

$4,081,000! Mike Ekins, vice chair, EWU Foundation presents President Mary Cullinan with the largest annual contribution to the university—ever!


[ Dec. 2014 | Vol. 1 | Issue 2 ]  In her October State of the University Address, President Mary Cullinan pinpointed decisive next steps for EWU: increase private funding of scholarships, cultivate tangible support for non-traditional students and power profound contributions to the vitality of our region by taking on global challenges like sustainably living on planet earth. Such initiatives continue to propel EWU onto the national stage as a leader for successfully graduating a diverse student body prepared to power our regional economy and contribute to a sustainable future for all. Helping donors create the kind of world you want to live in is why I come to work every day!  The stories in this issue of bigImpacts demonstrate how your gifts shape individual futures and make better communities, and why EWU needs you more than ever! With gratitude for your support I send my … [Read more...]

EWU Is Ready To Tackle The Sustainability Challenge: Are You?

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[ Dec. 2014 | Vol. 1 | Issue 2 ]    Climate change is accelerating. Resources like aquifers and fisheries that kept up with demand for most of human history are disappearing.   Humans must quickly learn how to balance current and future needs for shelter, food and transportation with what earth can sustain.  But, most Americans don’t have the knowledge and skills to live and work in a future that requires sustainable practices. So, Washington State has developed a comprehensive plan that leads the nation in the promotion of sustainable living practices.  Known as E3 Washington, the plan integrates education, environment and the economy, and calls upon Washington’s universities to model sustainability and provide expertise. EWU’s mission as a regional university plus existing programs and expertise uniquely position Eastern to serve this plan as a leader in … [Read more...]

Generous Band of Brothers Scores Scholarship Touchdown and Runs It In for Student Success!

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[Dec. 2014 | Vol. 1 | Issue 2]  Reading the thank you letter from Jamaal Jones, the first Randy Van Turner Memorial Scholarship recipient, Tom Stephens he knew he had to find a way to boost support for Jamaal’s education.  Twenty-six years ago Tom’s daughter received a $1,000 college scholarship from Adolph Coors that rewarded good grades and offered assistance to children of military veterans. He remembers thinking, “Finally, something good for being a vet!” Tom is a member of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity, which started raising money in February 2014 for an endowment to honor PKA brother, 1st Lt. Randy Van Turner, who died in Vietnam. The scholarship is aimed at military veterans and fraternity member descendants. The brothers gave so generously they were able to make a $1,000 scholarship right away.  When the fund is the fully endowed, annual awards will be larger. “My biggest … [Read more...]

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!

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[ 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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