Family, Faith and Football

By Kandi Carper ’05 Rodrick Jackson’s life changed forever Dec. 21, 2016. It was his 18th birthday – the day he changed his name to Rodrick Fisher and was adopted by the family who saved him from an uncertain future 10 months earlier. During the emotional adoption court hearing, Jolene Fisher spoke on behalf of her husband, Adam, and daughters, Ally and Sydney, saying, “Rodrick, you swooped into our lives on March 2, 2016, so that we could rescue you from the conditions of your life. Little did we know that you would rescue us right back. ... MORE

Against All Odds

By Christine Tully Cristina Santana’s small stature and quiet, comforting manner are nearly lost in her sizable bulletproof vest. She roams the streets of Sunnyside, Washington, with her husband, Arturo, whose medium-sized build fits his T-shirt labeled U.S. Probation in large, yellow letters on his back. They walk with confidence among the streets of their hometown, often stopped by passersby for a quick hello. The Santanas' confidence and determination to beat their obstacles led them to where they are today – Cristina, a community corrections ... MORE

Ahead of the Curve

Jon Hammermeister – An expert in sports and performance psychology By Brad Brown At the highest level of professional competition, all athletes relentlessly search for ways to gain an edge over their opposition. Their ambition for success is equally preternatural as they train to the outer edges of physical capability. So what sets apart the perennial MLB All-Star from the struggling minor league prospect, both drafted in the same round in the same year? Is it simply talent? Luck? Sure, every circumstance is significantly affected by an ... MORE

2017 Alumni Awards

By Brad Brown Crowds of old friends, dressed in their evening finery with Champagne glasses in hand, gathered for the 2017 Alumni Awards Gala held on May 19 at the Spokane Convention Center to honor Eastern’s inspiring alumni. Alumni were nominated for the awards in December, and a committee selected winners in March. The committee is composed of past winners, EWU Alumni Association board members and campus community partners. JACK LUCAS ’77, Lifetime Achievement Award Since graduating in 1977, Jack Lucas has had a hard time turning down ... MORE

Going Pro

June 15 was a big day in the life of Cooper Kupp. The four-year All-American former Eagles wide receiver celebrated his 24th birthday and signed a $3.8 million contract, including a $954,760 signing bonus, with the NFL’s L.A. Rams. Kupp, a third-round pick (69th overall) in the NFL draft held in April, has been the most consistent rookie performer during workouts and minicamps, according to most experts. Joining Kupp on the Rams team is former Eagle defensive end Samson Ebukam, who was selected in the fourth round of the draft. The Rams traded up with ... MORE

EWU Foundation Celebrates 40 Years of Giving

Success at Eastern Washington University is about giving our students chances to learn, grow, and dream big. Here, the playing field is leveled through scholarship opportunities and academic support, so that everyone gets the opportunity to succeed. Preparing our students for the world beyond the classroom involves much more than textbooks. At Eastern, we excel at giving our graduates the skills and practical training critical to succeeding in today’s changing work environment. Alumni and friends of the university are key to providing the ... MORE

Nate Jackson Earns his Spot in the Limelight

By Christine Roach Nate Jackson is a comedian on the rise. His comedy, talent and determination have landed him more than 10 TV credits, a national Jeep commercial and more than 60,000 followers on his social media channels. Jackson’s loud, energetic and goofy personality on stage even led him to be a competitor on a season of Nick Cannon’s Wild ’n Out on MTV. But breaking through to Hollywood wasn’t easy. Jackson has been performing as a comedian on stage for more than 12 years since his time at Eastern Washington University, with a hefty set ... MORE