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

Honor Flight

In October 2016, Rear Admiral (Ret.) George Lotzenhiser ’47 and Lt. Col. (Ret.) Jerry Mellick ’67, Eastern alumni from different generations, traveled together on the Inland Northwest Honor Flight to be recognized for their service to our country. Mellick served as the guardian for "The Admiral,” as he affectionately calls Lotzenhiser. The following are excerpts from Mellick’s AAR (after action review) about this trip to Washington, D.C.:   We are home now after another great honor flight trip. This was my fifth trip. I was selected as an ... MORE

Skyler Oberst celebrates the interfaith community

By Scott Eubanks '10, '08 Skyler Oberst is easy to pick out of a crowd of young professionals. It isn’t his fashionable eyeglasses, his watch and matching leather shoes, or the geometry of creases on his shirt and slacks that could only come from an ironing board. It’s something else – an unmistakable sense of purpose multiplied by passion. Trim and bright-eyed, he looks young for a late 20-something. When asked to define his work, Oberst grinned and said, “I remind people to love their neighbor.” This, of course, is the simple version. “If ... MORE

Independent spirit powers entrepreneurial journey

By Christine Roach With Crystal (Balcom) Ju’s fear came a sense of longing. She longed for adventure, for travel, for fulfilling work. Her ambition and bravery led her down a path she never imagined – owning a successful international business in South Korea with her husband. Fresh from EWU graduation in 2010 with a car packed full of clothes, college furniture and mementos, Ju drove home to Seattle. On the way, she talked to her father on the phone. Through tears, she explained her nervousness: how was she going to find a job? What was she doing ... MORE

An EWU Spin on Giving Tuesday

Giving Joy Day is EWU's version of the international Giving Tuesday, a day dedicated to encouraging generosity and goodwill at the beginning of the holiday season. The event, which will happen again next year on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, has two purposes - to help raise funds for EWU scholarships and to spread joy and perform acts of kindness throughout the community. Eagle Nation, Thanks to the generosity of many, EWU exceeded its goal of $100,000 in scholarship support during Giving Joy Day on Nov. 29, 2016. Alumni, friends, faculty and staff ... MORE

50-Year Reunion Highlights

Reunion a Spectacular Success On Oct. 7-8, alumni from the classes of 1966 and 1967 returned to campus for their 50th reunion. The event was planned by the EWU’s Office of Alumni. Notes to the Office of Alumni: Thank you for the fabulous 50th reunion. We had such a great time and it was wonderful to see the many positive changes happening on the Eastern campus. Your staff was gracious, warm and fun. Go Eagles! ~Steve ’66 and Sandy ’66 Hecker I want to thank you all for the wonderful weekend that you had a part in arranging for and executing for ... MORE

Community Indicators Initiative Turns 10

By Dave Meany You might say Eastern Washington University’s Community Indicators Initiative is always trending. Co-developed with several community organizations and now managed by the university’s Institute for Public Policy and Economic Analysis, the initiative serves a variety of public and private interests that rely on the data from specific trends websites to make key planning decisions. This month, the community indicators initiative turns 10 years old. For Patrick Jones, the executive director of the Institute who also helps create each ... MORE