2015 Alumni Awards

The annual EWU Alumni Awards Gala took place on May 30 at the Spokane Convention Center – highlighted by themes of service and community. The individual award nominees all reflected those values; through and through, the group members represent what it means to be an Eagle4Life. “Like the awards themselves tonight is about inspiration, hard work, sacrifice, service and commitment,” said Lisa Poplawski, Director of Alumni at Eastern. “Tonight we celebrate the individuals and organizations who reflect these values. We are so proud to call them ... MORE

A Budding Business

Alumni at the forefront of Washington's newly legalized cannabis industry  By Kandi Carper '05 When Washington voters passed initiative I-502, legalizing the sale of recreational marijuana, an entire new industry sprung to life in the Evergreen State. Several Eastern alumni are venturing into this gold-rush-type endeavor that promises big returns on early investments. Legal marijuana is the fastest growing industry in the United States, according to The ArcView Group, a cannabis-industry research firm that puts the size of the marijuana ... MORE

Full Circle

Jim Murphy returns to his alma mater to chair the Board of Trustees By Jeff Bunch '88 The way Jim Murphy tells it, he was never a candidate to be voted “Most Likely to Succeed” when he started college. Yet he’s seen nothing but success since that time. Murphy ’65, BA government, is the incoming chair of the EWU board of trustees, and he has had an impressive legal career as a public servant. He stepped down from the bench in 2003, after more than two decades as a judge in Spokane County. He then opened and ran a mediation and arbitration firm ... MORE

Women in the Arts

By Jeff Bunch '88 Ellen Picken Ellen Picken has always loved open spaces. So, it’s not surprising that for a decade of her adult life she thrived in a remote portion of northeastern Washington. Now, the emerging artist and EWU alumna (’03 BFA Art) is using the skills and life lessons gained from her rural apprenticeship to master her work in urban environments. “Space is very important to me. I think that’s why I like architecture. I respond very strongly to space,” Picken said, who works in a variety of mediums. “I think my psychological ... MORE

Man on a Mission

Paul Green Shared the Great Outdoors with Students, Community By Rich Landers Paul Green ’74, isn’t bragging when he recalls his early 1970s stint as a student in Sutton Hall and says, “I was a standout.” Among the other students bunking in the dorm filled with Vietnam War-era veterans, the Air Force survival instructor had a rare advantage: “I knew exactly what I was there for. I knew what I wanted to do. That blew everybody away.” Green, 66, retired this summer after 40 years as a professor of Outdoor Recreation at Eastern ... MORE

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