Cheney Normal School opened its doors in 1882. We’ve been educating students and serving our region ever since. This month we celebrate Eastern’s 137th birthday.
Recent milestones have included the fifty-year anniversary of our American Indian Studies and Africana Studies programs as well as the tenth anniversary of our Engineering programs. This spring, we’re celebrating the fifth anniversary of our College of Health Science and Public Health (CHSPH).
In March, CHSPH brought students, faculty, and community members together for Research Day. Our health science students highlighted the impressive work they’re doing in areas such as physical therapy, dental hygiene, and communication sciences and disorders—from work on diabetes and periodontal disease to sleep apnea and teledentistry. Students demonstrated not only their own knowledge and expertise but also their significant impact on the communities we serve.
In a recent op ed in The Spokesman-Review that I co-authored with Dr. Sabah Randhawa, President of Western Washington University, we noted that, “every spring, our two universities graduate more than 7,000 students who enter the state’s professional work force as engineers, health and business professionals, computer scientists, teachers, and civic leaders. They pay taxes and contribute to the social and cultural life as well as the economic vitality of our communities.”
The beautiful EWU campuses look different than they did even twenty years ago. Curricula and technologies are not the same. Offices and job descriptions have changed. However, our mission endures: to ensure that all our students have opportunities to grow and learn, to become educated citizens. We value our history, but we also adapt to meet future needs.
With our diverse, talented students and our dedicated faculty and staff, EWU transforms lives and powers our region. Over many decades, our graduates have proven essential to the social, economic, and cultural life of our communities.
Please join EWU this month in celebrating our 137th birthday!
President, Eastern Washington University