EWU’s Capitol Investment

By Jeff Bunch ’88 Their paths cross daily as they buzz about the Washington State Capitol Campus in Olympia; sometimes they stop to chat about work and, frequently, their alma mater. Eastern Washington University alumni from a wide range of backgrounds serve roles in the state’s legislative process. Some of them lobby for new laws, one passes bills and countless others interpret and enforce the law for elected officials. Each has in common a background on the Cheney campus where they learned about the ideals of democracy. They are now integral ... MORE

Eagles Reach Rarified Air

By Jeff Bunch '88 It was certainly a season to remember. The EWU men’s basketball team endeared itself to Eagle Nation, as well as much of the country, in a record-setting campaign that resulted in an NCAA Tournament berth. The Eagles soared to new heights in setting a school record for wins (26-9) and capturing the imagination and the hearts of Eastern fans and college basketball aficionados. A road win over Indiana was the first chapter in a storybook season bookmarked by going toe-to-toe with Georgetown in the NCAA Tournament. “As I ... MORE

Flight Club Takes Off

By Kandi Carper ‘05   For the past several years, Brian Patterson ’89, sat in the stands of Reese Court and complained to those around him about the lack of an enthusiastic student section at EWU men’s basketball games. As the success of the program continued to grow under head coach Jim Hayford, Patterson finally had enough. Eastern had a great team, a great coach, a great facility but not much of a student section. It was time to take action. “The idea for Flight Club (an organized student cheering section) has been there for a couple ... MORE


By Jeff Bunch ’88  They didn’t realize at the time, but a generation of EWU computer science students have long been preparing for roles in today’s complex world of cybersecurity. Eastern alumni are on the forefront of the worldwide fight to help maintain a secure Internet – a task that is becoming ever harder to accomplish. A host of EWU alums are developing strategies, implementing them and creating software to help Fortune 500 companies keep their systems secure. Intrinium and RiskLens (formerly CXOWare) are two local companies with ... MORE

Publicist to the Stars

By Kandi Carper '05 Jessica Boyer’s summer job on a commercial fishing boat, miles out to sea from her hometown of Wasilla, Alaska, taught her how to be resilient, fearless and self-confident. This character-building experience guided her as she made the 3,300-mile trek south to the bright lights of Hollywood and a career as a public relations executive in the entertainment business. Boyer made this journey with an important stop along the way – at Eastern, where she earned her BA in communication studies in 2003. Her parents, both educators, ... MORE

The Promise of Our Future: The Investiture of President Mary Cullinan

Mary Cullinan was formally installed as the 26th president of Eastern Washington University during an investiture ceremony in historic Showalter Hall May 1. “The idea of having an investiture, or an inauguration, is for me, one of the wonderful connections that a university has with its roots in the Middle Ages,” said Cullinan. “It’s a celebration most of all. It brings people together.” People like June '78 and Ray Johnson '77, alumni who came from Renton, Washington, to attend the celebration. June is very fond of President Cullinan. She and Ray ... MORE

Social Work Alumni Give Back

Social Work Alumni Give Back By Lisa Leinberger ’98 A group of alumni from EWU’s School of Social Work wanted to find a way to stay connected to the program that opened so many doors for them. They wanted to give back to the program with their time. They wanted to reconnect with faculty and friends they met along the way, and they wanted a way to meet new graduates to discuss updates in their field. From those “wants,” the Social Work Alumni Network (SWAN) was born in 2013. It is the only formal alumni group working with the department or ... MORE