Up Front with the President

Dear alumni and friends, Sometimes people ask me if I work in the summer. “Doesn’t Eastern pretty much shut down in July and August?” they’ll ask. I remind them that almost 6,000 students take summer classes. More than 5,000 kids and people of all ages come to campus for a variety of academic, athletic and cultural camps and other activities. And since our campuses operate year-round, the EWU staff – from business services to student support, from groundskeepers to IT professionals, from food service to electricians and plumbers – is working ... MORE

A Message from the President

Dear Alumni and Friends: By the time you read this, I hope that our winter temperatures and white landscape have shifted to more benign, spring-like weather. However, the extreme weather we experienced this winter should help us appreciate deeply the many EWU staff who keep our campuses operating year-round. Even on those extreme-weather days when we cancel classes, staff are working 24/7 to plow and shovel, check heating systems, ensure roofs aren’t leaking, confirm high-tech systems are functional and keep hallways and classroom floors dry and ... MORE

A Message from the President

Dear Alumni and Friends: This past spring, we graduated 3,000 students. While many of them walked the stage at the Spokane Arena on June 11, our students on the semester calendar celebrated their academic achievements in Spokane’s Convention Center in May. We also recognized EWU’s west-side students at June graduation events in Bellevue and Longview. One of the joys of university life is experiencing the academic year: welcoming students each fall and applauding students’ success each spring. A key part of the academic experience, also, is ... MORE

A Message from the President

Dear Alumni and Friends: In Eastern magazine, you meet students, faculty, staff and alumni who are working creatively, using imagination and innovation to make this university and our communities more functional and more interesting. This spring, I am pleased to announce the launch of a creative initiative focused on strengthening and refining our commitment to students’ success. The EWU Graduation Project is a comprehensive approach that aligns our efforts and our focus. EWU is committed to access, to reaching out to qualified, high-achieving ... MORE

A Message from the President

Dear Alumni and Friends: A new academic year! This is always an exciting and inspirational time. Students and faculty return to campus, fall weather nips at our noses, and the calendar fills up with a host of events and activities. This fall is particularly thrilling for me as I start my second year as EWU’s 26th president. People sometimes ask whether those of us who work at EWU “get the summer off.” Yes, we all try to take some vacation time, but the summer months nonetheless remain busy: we plan extensively and creatively for the new academic ... MORE

A Message from the President

Dear Alumni and Friends: What an exciting year! Our athletic seasons were amazing. We hosted four thousand people on campus for the National Council on Undergraduate Research. We continue to see strong enrollment. Campuses in Cheney and Spokane are thriving. On May 1, the campus and community came together for my investiture. The beautifully organized event underscored the serious role of a university president but also highlighted our diverse campus and the talents of our students and faculty. At that event, I outlined a vision for EWU. I ... MORE

A Message from the President

Dear Alumni and Friends: With record enrollments and an array of exciting activities, fall term went by in a whirlwind! The academic year is off to a rousing start. Impressive teaching and learning continue in our classrooms and labs. Powerful planning moves forward for Critical Foundations and First Year Experience, advising, scholarship fundraising and other crucial initiatives. As I visited academic partners throughout the state – including Big Bend Community College, Columbia Basin Community College, Walla Walla Community College, Bellevue ... MORE