Congratulations, Lt. Gen. Volesky

On Monday, April 3, one of our own, Lt. Gen. Gary Volesky ’83, BA military science, returned home to the Pacific Northwest to be installed as commander of I Corps at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM), southwest of Tacoma. A Spokane native and Ferris High School graduate, Volesky took charge of one of the nation’s go-to military commands. Volesky’s last command was the historic 101st Airborne Division based at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Last year, he served as the operational commander of U.S. ground forces in Iraq and helped train and advise the Iraqi ... MORE

It’s in the mail!

Finally, after weeks of anticipation, the fall issue of Eastern magazine is on its way. It’s been printed, addressed, drop shipped… and it’s officially in the mail! We received the 50-issue preview box Monday, meaning that Eastern alums will be receiving their magazine any day now. Every issue has its own distinct personality. This issue feels joyful, bright and lively. The photography is amazing – I love the cover! Our design team outdid themselves. The writing is sharp and there are a variety of stories offering something for everyone. We have ... MORE

McElwains are Eagles 4 Life

Eagle4Life - It’s more than simply a slogan. Once you’re part of our Eagle family, you’re always part of the family. Jim ’85 and Karen ’87 McElwain met at EWU in the mid-’80s and married in 1988. Over the years, Jim’s football coaching career has taken his family from EWU, across the country with stops at Montana State, Louisville, Michigan State, Oakland Raiders, Fresno State, Alabama, Colorado State and finally to Gainesville, Florida, where Jim is the head coach of the Florida Gators. He’s continued to climb the ladder of success at each stop ... MORE

Polished, perfected and (soon-to-be) printed

The fall issue of Eastern magazine has been sent to the printers – it’s polished, perfected and will be printed within the next few weeks. It’ll land in your mailbox in September. Putting together this issue has been taking place since I started here nearly four months ago. I remember in my interview for this position, I asked the panel what their favorite part of EWU was – Kandi, the magazine’s editor, said she loved fall football games and opening the box of freshly printed magazines after months of work. After helping with the magazine, I can ... MORE

Undercover Cover Shoot

It looked like a small carnival had arrived at the east end of Kendall Yards Wednesday evening. A small travel trailer was strewn with twinkling lights, bistro lights were strung and old-fashioned, colored Christmas lights added a festive feeling to the scene. Renee Cebula, dressed in a chartreuse tulle dress with a black leather jacket, was the center of attention. It was the photo shoot for the fall issue of Eastern magazine. This was one of the best experiences I’ve had in the nine years I've worked on the magazine. It was the first time I've ... MORE

Photoshoots and Editing

Photoshoots and editing – these are my two favorite parts in the process of creating a publication. Why? Because I start to see our hard work come together. Last night our photographer, David Lane, and I went to Gina Mikel Petrie and Greg Cunningham’s house to take portraits of them for their upcoming story in the fall issue. Gina is an associate professor at EWU who has been a force behind teaching English at Escuela San Miguel in Cárdenas, Nicaragua. Greg is writing the story about his wife, Gina, while I’m writing a small feature about Greg – ... MORE

History Never Tasted So Good!

To better prepare for writing my Eastern magazine story about alumna Renee Cebula—educator, cocktail historian, entrepreneur and extremely nice person—I decided to do a little research. On Sunday, I took one of her “Spokane Imbibes!” cocktail classes, Rum! Colonial Tavern to Tiki Bar. I brought my daughter, Kristin Vanos, with me as a belated Mother’s Day gift for both of us. LEARN: Of all the classes Renee is teaching, this would be my first choice. The timing was perfect and rum will be my drink of choice as summer approaches. In the upcoming ... MORE