Alumnus Wins Prestigious National Teaching Award

Known for his dedication to his school and to the broader community, Paul Campbell ’10, BA elementary education, received payback in a big way when he was surprised with a $25,000 Milken Educator Award during an all-school assembly at Chester Valley Elementary in Anchorage, Alaska, Nov. 22. The 30-year-old Campbell teaches a first- and second-grade "looped" classroom, which means that first graders remain with him in the second grade. This season marks the 30th year of the Milken Educator Awards, hailed by Teacher magazine as the "Oscars of ... MORE

Randy Robbins ’05

Randy M. Robbins '05, BA communication studies, is sharing his new music video Listen.  Robbins says that Listen is a reminder to never give up when faced with the obstacles of getting caught up in the world's expectations. And of course, the importance of listening! The acoustic guitar and piano combined with a funk heavy baseline create a smooth head-nodding groove that blends well with the lyrics. Song performed by Randy Robbins (Kent, Washington); Video by Travels Through Images @travelsthroughimages Social Media ... MORE

Alumni Spotlights

The following alumni profiles first appeared in the College of Business and Public Administration’s 50 Year Celebration special publication. Eastern magazine appreciates the college sharing these stories with us. Stay tuned, more to come next issue. MEGAN ROPER ’09, Marketing Manager -- Amazon-- BA Business, Management By Jeff Bunch '88 Megan Roper is a marketing manager at Amazon.com, the world’s largest retailer, and has filled other roles at the innovative Seattle-based Internet leader. But Roper’s passion for marketing was sparked during her ... MORE

Alumni Spotlights

The following alumni profiles first appeared in the College of Business and Public Administration's 50 Year Celebration special publication. Eastern magazine appreciates the college sharing these stories with us. Stay tuned, more to come next issue. Richard and Tim Shields By Kandi Carper '05 It’s been 35 years since twin brothers and southern California natives Tim and Richard Shields made their way north to Eastern Washington University. This summer, the two returned to campus for a visit. If it weren’t for a road sign, Tim may have ... MORE

Manic or Not, Here I Come

By Abe Ferris '11 I would like to share some stories about my life and my twin brother Sam’s life with you on a subject I feel very passionate about – mental illness. In sharing my story, I hope to offer some personal insight on these complicated and misunderstood disorders. We are 68 years old now, but the battle to live and cope with an indescribable and, at times, formidable foe can be an impossible journey. My brother has Schizoaffective Disorder and I have Bipolar I Disorder. These are genetic in nature but have a strong link to ... MORE

A Tale of Teamwork: The ’74 National Wheelchair Games

By Isabelle Green '76 In June of 1974, the National Wheelchair Games were held at Eastern Washington State College in Cheney. The rapidly growing games had been held annually for 18 years, but this was the first time they had ever been held outside New York City. Co-directors Linda J. Bergesen '74, MA physical education, a graduate teaching assistant in therapeutic physical education, and Marion Soulek, EWSC assistant professor of recreation and park administration, were the driving force behind bringing the games to the campus. They campaigned ... MORE

Helen’s History

In the mid-1960s, Helen Odell Dewey typed 28 pages from diaries she kept throughout her life. Helen was a student at Cheney Normal School during, and after, World War I. As we approach the 100th anniversary of WWI, Helen gives us a glimpse into life on the Cheney campus and her early years as a teacher. Helen’s mention of “Dad” refers to Leslie Hamilton Dewey, who courted her in Cheney and she later married.   Excerpts from Helen Odell Dewey’s diary: I was born April 2, 1896, in the farm home of my grandparents, William and Harriet Graham, ... MORE