2018 will go own as a memorable year at Eastern Washington University, highlighted by many amazing achievements and, sadly, the loss of some beloved colleagues.
We compiled a countdown featuring the most read stories of the year, which together accumulated over 11,000 views. Take a few minutes to reflect on some of the moments that brought the EWU community together over the last 12 months.
#10 | EWU engineering team prints 3-D prosthetic limb for elementary student
From Jan. 23, 2018: Last week, a team from EWU’s Engineering Department presented a 3-D-printed prosthetic arm to a fifth grader at Spokane Public Schools.
Rob Gerlick, PhD and assistant professor of mechanical engineering, engineering tech Frank De Abreu and engineering student Shannon Kellam visited Isaiah Strom’s classroom last Wednesday to custom fit his device and teach him how to use it. [Read more]
#9 | Faculty research seeks to make EWU a honey bee-friendly campus
From Feb. 26, 2018: Jenifer Walke, assistant professor of biology, has been researching the microbes (the bacteria and fungi) associated with honey bees and the impact they have on their health.
Walke, a new faculty member to Eastern Washington University, has been working with the local beekeeping community, who provided samples for her research. Together, they have been working with the urban gardening community to discuss what kind of plants should be planted in the area to support the health of the bees. [Read more]
#8 | Vanessa Delgado named inaugural director of EWU Multicultural Center
From Jan. 9, 2018: Eastern Washington University is pleased to introduce Vanessa Delgado as the new director of the EWU Multicultural Center.
She will begin her duties March 1. [Read more]
#7 | EWU Bookstore now the Eagle Store!
From Oct. 1, 2018: The name has been chosen; shopping bags ordered; name tags changed; social media sites updated; pop-up shops scheduled – everything is underway for the transformation of the EWU Bookstore into the new EWU EAGLE STORE! [Read more]
#6 | Meet the Class of 2022
From Sept. 18, 2018: Campus came to life on Sept. 14 as first-year students arrived on site, eager to unpack their belongings and settle into life at Eastern Washington University. Excitement was apparent among students, many of whom already have degree options in mind and plans to get involved in student life. [Read more]
#5 | EWU Earns College of Distinction Recognition Once Again
From July 11, 2018: Eastern Washington University has been recognized as a 2018-19 College of Distinction, the second consecutive year EWU has earned this national honor.
This recognition shows Eastern has created a truly unique learning environment where students not only earn their college degree and valuable life experience, but they also participate in innovative learning opportunities. [Read more]
#4 | April Fools! EWU builds observatory on top of Dressler
From Apr. 1, 2018: In conjunction with the $67 million grant to build the Interdisciplinary Science Center (ISC) announced earlier this year, Eastern Washington University has received an additional $4.118 million for related campus projects. These extra funds have been used to build an observatory on campus at the top of Dressler Hall, which opens today at 9 a.m. [Read more]
#3 | New building, partnership a catalyst for EWU growth in Spokane
From Feb. 6, 2018: Avista Development’s planned Catalyst Building in Spokane’s University District will feature Eastern Washington University as the primary tenant, opening the doors for EWU to be an innovation hub connecting students to the regional business community. [Read more]
#2 | Z Nation Brings Zombies to EWU Campus
From Jun. 11, 2018: Eastern Washington University will be home to zombies for the next few weeks as Z Nation films its fifth season on campus. Airing in late September, viewers can tune in and see many Eastern Eagles, faculty and staff transform into a new breed of zombies in a society trying to survive apocalypse and put itself back together. [Read more]
#1 | Farewell My Friend
From Sept. 25, 2018: I fondly recall the last time I saw Gary Gasseling. It was just two months ago. Like every other time I saw him, he was happy. He was smiling. I’m pretty sure he greeted everyone with that smile (maybe even the bad guys). On this day, he had that “Gary grin” as people from all over campus and beyond filed onto the grass in front of the EWU Red Barn to wish him well in retirement. [Read more]