Rolling the Dice to Success

By Brad Brown When Nate Chatellier ’05, BS computer science, arrived in Houston on the first day of the widely popular PAX South gaming festival in January, the Kickstarter project he and his business partner launched to crowdfund their game Dice Throne had already surpassed its humble goal of $15,000 – all in less than 48 hours. Today, Dice Throne, has amassed over $187,000 in pledges from more than 3,650 backers in 45 countries. “This was way, way more than we expected,” said Chatellier. “We were selected to be a part of the Indie Showcase, ... MORE

Alumnus Wins Prestigious National Teaching Award

Known for his dedication to his school and to the broader community, Paul Campbell ’10, BA elementary education, received payback in a big way when he was surprised with a $25,000 Milken Educator Award during an all-school assembly at Chester Valley Elementary in Anchorage, Alaska, Nov. 22. The 30-year-old Campbell teaches a first- and second-grade "looped" classroom, which means that first graders remain with him in the second grade. This season marks the 30th year of the Milken Educator Awards, hailed by Teacher magazine as the "Oscars of ... MORE

Randy Robbins ’05

Randy M. Robbins '05, BA communication studies, is sharing his new music video Listen.  Robbins says that Listen is a reminder to never give up when faced with the obstacles of getting caught up in the world's expectations. And of course, the importance of listening! The acoustic guitar and piano combined with a funk heavy baseline create a smooth head-nodding groove that blends well with the lyrics. Song performed by Randy Robbins (Kent, Washington); Video by Travels Through Images @travelsthroughimages Social Media ... MORE

Alumni Spotlights

The following alumni profiles first appeared in the College of Business and Public Administration’s 50 Year Celebration special publication. Eastern magazine appreciates the college sharing these stories with us. Stay tuned, more to come next issue. MEGAN ROPER ’09, Marketing Manager -- Amazon-- BA Business, Management By Jeff Bunch '88 Megan Roper is a marketing manager at Amazon.com, the world’s largest retailer, and has filled other roles at the innovative Seattle-based Internet leader. But Roper’s passion for marketing was sparked during her ... MORE

Alumni Spotlights

The following alumni profiles first appeared in the College of Business and Public Administration's 50 Year Celebration special publication. Eastern magazine appreciates the college sharing these stories with us. Stay tuned, more to come next issue. Richard and Tim Shields By Kandi Carper '05 It’s been 35 years since twin brothers and southern California natives Tim and Richard Shields made their way north to Eastern Washington University. This summer, the two returned to campus for a visit. If it weren’t for a road sign, Tim may have ... MORE

Manic or Not, Here I Come

By Abe Ferris '11 I would like to share some stories about my life and my twin brother Sam’s life with you on a subject I feel very passionate about – mental illness. In sharing my story, I hope to offer some personal insight on these complicated and misunderstood disorders. We are 68 years old now, but the battle to live and cope with an indescribable and, at times, formidable foe can be an impossible journey. My brother has Schizoaffective Disorder and I have Bipolar I Disorder. These are genetic in nature but have a strong link to ... MORE

A Tale of Teamwork: The ’74 National Wheelchair Games

By Isabelle Green '76 In June of 1974, the National Wheelchair Games were held at Eastern Washington State College in Cheney. The rapidly growing games had been held annually for 18 years, but this was the first time they had ever been held outside New York City. Co-directors Linda J. Bergesen '74, MA physical education, a graduate teaching assistant in therapeutic physical education, and Marion Soulek, EWSC assistant professor of recreation and park administration, were the driving force behind bringing the games to the campus. They campaigned ... MORE