Raising the Bar

By Kandi Carper '05 When Renee Cebula was a little girl she would often sneak out of bed to get a glimpse of The Dean Martin Show. “My mother was funny about that,” laughs Cebula. “She didn’t think it was appropriate for me to watch the show.” The Dean Martin Show was the epitome of the '60s era – suave men in tuxedos and beautiful, sophisticated women in little black dresses. They held a cigarette in one hand and a cocktail in the other. In today’s terms it was midcentury chic – the Mad Men era. “Think about the movies and variety shows – ... MORE

Meet the McElwains

UPDATE: It was announced Sept. 7, 2016, that EWU will play the Florida Gators in 2020. EWU alumnus, Coach Jim McElwain was instrumental in scheduling this game between the two schools. The teams will play each other Sept. 5, 2020, at 88,548 seat Steve Spurrier-Florida Field at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Florida. The first-ever game for the Eagles versus the Southeastern Conference will be against a Gators team currently coached by McElwain, a former Eagle. "This is pretty cool to be able to add Eastern Washington to the schedule," said ... MORE

Scoop on Swoop

Swoop, the mascot for Eastern Washington University, is an ambassador and spirit leader for the university. His charming, high-spirited personality, entertaining dance moves and crazy antics have made him America’s Favorite Mascot. He’s immensely popular among children, EWU fans, alumni and students.   Swoop’s identity is a carefully guarded secret but here’s some info Swoop fans will love to know. SWOOP STATS Name: Swoop Position: Mascot, No. 0 Height: 6’ Weight: 200 lbs. Birthday: Sept. 29, 1973 Hometown: Cheney, ... MORE

Couple Connects with Global Community

Story by Greg Cunningham '01 Nicaragua is a tropical paradise – unspoiled, safe and inexpensive – that is becoming a travel destination for savvy, sun-seeking North Americans. Being the second poorest country in Latin America, the leaders of Nicaragua think teaching English to its residents will help lift the country out of poverty. With her expanding influence in the English as a second language (ESL) community, Gina Mikel Petrie, an associate professor at Eastern Washington University, is becoming a highly-recognized force behind teaching ... MORE

2016 Alumni Awards

The sound of old friends reuniting, champagne glasses clinking and beautiful piano music filled the air at the 2016 Alumni Awards Gala May 20 at the Spokane Convention Center. More than 175 people attended the event to honor Eastern’s inspiring alumni. “Tonight, we are thrilled to be here recognizing some incredible individuals and one great organization,” Kelleye Heydon ’95, president elect of the EWU Alumni Association, said. “You will quickly learn that they are completely deserving of these awards.” Alumni were nominated for the awards in ... MORE

Not Your Father’s Philosophy

By Kevin Decker, PhD Action figures? Check. Lightsaber? Check. Blu-ray copy of the latest J.J. Abrams film? Check. These are not the normal tools of the college instructor, much less what the average philosophy professor brings to class. But because I teach philosophy and popular culture at Eastern Washington University, I also have to carry things like graphic novels, DVDs, posters and cuddly toys to class with my course rosters and whiteboard markers. The academic study of popular media is new, but philosophy is old. In fact, philosophy is ... MORE

In the Winners’ Circle

By Kandi Carper '05 Sitting on a horse is as natural as breathing to Nikeela Black. She is equally comfortable in a courtroom arguing before the Idaho Supreme Court. Black is a jockey. She rides thoroughbreds and quarter horses at the Les Bois Park racetrack, near her home in Greenleaf, Idaho. The 30-year-old is also a partner in Arkoosh Law Offices in Boise, where she uses mediation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution to reach solutions for her family law clients. In 2014, of jockeys who rode more than 100 mounts, Black had ... MORE