Family, Faith and Football

By Kandi Carper ’05 Rodrick Jackson’s life changed forever Dec. 21, 2016. It was his 18th birthday – the day he changed his name to Rodrick Fisher and was adopted by the family who saved him from an uncertain future 10 months earlier. During the emotional adoption court hearing, Jolene Fisher spoke on behalf of her husband, Adam, and daughters, Ally and Sydney, saying, “Rodrick, you swooped into our lives on March 2, 2016, so that we could rescue you from the conditions of your life. Little did we know that you would rescue us right back. ... MORE

Going Pro

June 15 was a big day in the life of Cooper Kupp. The four-year All-American former Eagles wide receiver celebrated his 24th birthday and signed a $3.8 million contract, including a $954,760 signing bonus, with the NFL’s L.A. Rams. Kupp, a third-round pick (69th overall) in the NFL draft held in April, has been the most consistent rookie performer during workouts and minicamps, according to most experts. Joining Kupp on the Rams team is former Eagle defensive end Samson Ebukam, who was selected in the fourth round of the draft. The Rams traded up with ... MORE

EWU Foundation Celebrates 40 Years of Giving

Success at Eastern Washington University is about giving our students chances to learn, grow, and dream big. Here, the playing field is leveled through scholarship opportunities and academic support, so that everyone gets the opportunity to succeed. Preparing our students for the world beyond the classroom involves much more than textbooks. At Eastern, we excel at giving our graduates the skills and practical training critical to succeeding in today’s changing work environment. Alumni and friends of the university are key to providing the ... MORE

In Memoriam Fall 2017

Kendall Feeney 1959-2017 In March, Eastern Washington University mourned the passing of longtime EWU Music Department faculty member Kendall Feeney. An accomplished pianist, Feeney came to Eastern in 1990 and most recently was director of the EWU Contemporary Music Ensemble. Feeney, the wife of EWU English professor Anthony Flinn, leaves a lasting impact on Eastern and the Spokane arts community. As a piano educator, she was nationally recognized for her work with injured musicians. She frequently performed piano recitals, appeared with the Spokane ... MORE

Class Notes – Fall 2017

Alumni Association Announces New Leadership Jeff Stannard ’91, BA communication studies, began his term as EWU Alumni Association president on July 1. He is married to Leslie (Dumont) ’91, BA business. They have three children and live in Kent, Washington. Jeff works for Mondelez International as a customer category manager and recently celebrated his 25th anniversary with the company. The EWU Alumni Association (EWUAA) is the official body representing EWU alumni. The organization is a volunteer-driven, non-dues-paying, nonprofit organization, ... MORE

University News – Fall 2017

Diversity Officer Named EWU President Mary Cullinan has named Shari Clarke, PhD, as the founding vice president for Diversity and Inclusion at Eastern. "Eastern Washington University is uniquely poised to lead in the areas of diversity and inclusion based on the institution's visible commitment to inclusive excellence," said Clarke. "I am excited to be a part of President Cullinan's leadership team and to work in collaboration with the faculty, students, staff and community in moving a diversity agenda forward." Clarke comes to EWU from Ohio ... MORE

Up Front with the President

Dear alumni and friends, Sometimes people ask me if I work in the summer. “Doesn’t Eastern pretty much shut down in July and August?” they’ll ask. I remind them that almost 6,000 students take summer classes. More than 5,000 kids and people of all ages come to campus for a variety of academic, athletic and cultural camps and other activities. And since our campuses operate year-round, the EWU staff – from business services to student support, from groundskeepers to IT professionals, from food service to electricians and plumbers – is working ... MORE