Where in the world will Eastern magazine be spotted next?
That’s up to you. Eastern alumni are invited to send in photographs of themselves holding up the current issue of the magazine. Please include some information about your travels and yourself with your submission. Email Eastern Magazine, or mail to 102 Hargreaves Hall, Cheney, WA 99004-2413.
Lew Wilson (Professor Emeritus Communications Studies Department, 1964-1990), ’76 Peggy Edwards Wilson, ’71 Lorri Remmers Williams and Paul Williams enjoyed sunny Algodones, Mexico. Lew and Peggy (retired) split their time in Yuma, Ariz., La Conner, Wash., and Spokane. Lorri, a retired teacher, and Paul are farming in the Reardan, Wash. area.
’04 Rick Scott traveled to MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., for Super Bowl XLVIII. He watched the Seattle Seahawks defeat the Denver Broncos 43-8 for the first Super Bowl championship in team history.
’11 Nick Groth and his son, Mason, visited the Animal Kingdom in Orlando, Fla., in April.
’02 Scott Hager is pictured with his wife, Nicole, in Las Vegas, during Super Bowl weekend. The couple lives in Huntington Beach, Calif., where he works as the director of contact center operations for a private junior college.
’58 Louise (Strosnider) McKay celebrated her 91st birthday with her family in Kauai. She completed her freshman year at Eastern in 1941, and returned to complete her degree in 1958, after raising her family. Her family moved to Omak, Wash., where she taught third grade. She currently lives in Spokane Valley.
’72 Larry Byrne celebrated his retirement with a trip to Waikiki Beach, Oahu, Hawaii. Larry lives in Monmouth, Ill.
’98 Karene Garlich-Loman enjoyed watching the 2014 NFL Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium on Oahu in January.
‘13 Joseph Stageberg is shooting a documentary in Kenya. He was hired by Spring of Hope International (SOHI) to tell the story of an HIV-stricken woman named Margaret Rachuonyo (pictured). Margaret, 62, has been HIV positive for 14 years. Her life was turned around thanks to the work of SOHI.
’93 John Propp and his wife, Cindy, recently celebrated their 27th wedding anniversary on the island of Kauai.The couple met while Cindy was attending EWU in 1986. They work for Spokane County.
’72 John Ellis at Badwater Basin in Death Valley, the lowest point in North America. John and his wife, Carol, enjoy exploring national parks and live in Mead, Wash. John is a retired Napa Auto Parts executive.
’85 Joel Brotten and his wife, Kacey, visited Belize in February. The couple lives in Snohomish, Wash.
’12 Adrienne Hanson and ’14 Levi Lane took Eastern magazine to Lincoln City, Ore., in February. They made sure to show their love for EWU by writing it in the Oregon Coast sand.
’60 Kenneth Coe recently took a two-week trip to Cuenca, Ecuador. The main cathedral of the city is in the background.
’94 Craig Sides and ’94 Kyle Sides attended the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York City in March. They are pictured in Times Square. Craig lives in Bothell, Wash., and works for Microsoft, and Kyle lives in Seattle and works for Sharpe Mixers.
’03 Sara Baydek-Hicks and her husband, Brandon, took Eastern magazine to Super Bowl XLVIII in New Jersey in February. The couple lives in Orting, Wash., with twin daughters Kylie and Kayla. Sara is a branch manager at Enterprise Rent-A-Car.
’93 Andrea Morris-Weymiller, is at the summit of Crystal Mountain with Mount Rainier in the background. She is married and has three children and is part owner in Benash Real Property Exchange, a 1031 tax-deferred company.
’77 Jim Ramsey recently visited Scotland, where he said he found bagpipers enjoying Eastern magazine.
’02 William and Nelsa Sumsion visited Bali, Indonesia during spring break with their children Evie, Marlee, Sydney and Grant Sumsion. Will is a Lieutenant Commander and U.S. Navy Diver stationed in Singapore. Nelsa stays home and oversees the busy household.
’73 Donna Berschauer Papera is a retired dental hygienist. This photo was taken in Paris at the Place de la Concorde, the site of many horrors during the French Revolution. More than 1,300 people were beheaded there, including Louis IVI and his queen Marie Antoinette. The Eiffel tower is in the background. Donna was on vacation in France and Belgium for three weeks with her husband.
’95 Nathan Czech traveled to Dromoland Castle in Ireland. He currently works in Spokane as an engineer.
Many EWU affiliates traveled to China on a Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce trip. Back: ’97 Kirt Runolfson; front: Blair Woodger, husband of professor Nancy Birch, professor Larry Davis, professor Eldonna Shaw, ’97 Shelley Runolfson and Dennis Runolfson.
’82 Linda (Harris) Garves and ’83 Donald Garves building homes in Sabalo, Costa Rica with Habitat for Humanity. The couple lives in Spokane Valley.
’95 Sandy Leinberger-Manson (retired from Spokane Regional Health District) and spouse Jim E Manson (retired) took a tour through 16 Mediterranean seaports in November 2013. They visited Turkey, Israel, Greece, Italy, Spain and Portugal. The 29-day cruise was a trip of a lifetime.
’71 Jim Fischer, with Eastern magazine during grape harvest on the family vineyard in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Jim retired from the U.S. Customs Service in 2003.
’82 Jurg Gerber, a professor at Sam Houston State University, took his magazine
and EWU letterman’s jacket (soccer) to the SHSU vs. EWU football game, Sept. 28.
“Men’s soccer was a varsity sport for at least two years (‘80 and ‘81), which meant riding the bus to places like Ellensburg and Missoula and eating in fast food establishments,” writes Gerber. “However, it provided me with the memorable experience of playing a soccer game in falling snow against Montana.”
’88 Krisann Hatch and husband James Sloan, in Galveston, Texas, with the Gulf of Mexico behind them. They were in Texas for the EWU vs. Sam Houston State football game in September. Krisann works for Red Lion Hotels and is a member of the EWU Foundation Board. They live in Cheney with their two children.
EWU alumni and fans, too numerous to mention, gathered at Stockman’s Bar in Missoula, Mont., Oct. 25, the night before the EWU-Montana game.
’71 Kathi and ’72 Mark Eckerich with their Model A Ford in front of JFK Library on the EWU campus in October. They are channeling the spirit of the Roaring ’20s at the library’s annual Oktoberfest fundraiser.
’00 Brendan Genther and wife Marla on top of Mt. Sentinel above the University of Montana in Missoula in October.
’99 Melanie Franks Salas and ’01 Chad Salas in Cancun in September. The couple lives in San Antonio, Texas, with daughters Sadie and Sydnie. Melanie is a real estate broker and Chad is in health care IT.
’81 Bob Shoemaker at the county parliament building in Worcester, England. He’s been working as a manufacturers’ representative for several companies during the past 30-plus years.
’69 Elizabeth Bock visited the Montreal Botanical Gardens in Montreal, Quebec, Canadain October. She is a retired elementary teacher, having taught in the Grand Coulee Dam School District for 34 years.
’03 Bobbie Hall is pictured in Runaway Bay, Jamaica. He lives in Seattle and is a field marketing manager for Experience Six/STI and runs events for the Chrysler Group and Mazda throughout the country.
’12 Alicia Dickson and ’12 Morgan Deardorff were in Cozumel, Mexico, in front of their cruise ship on Halloween. Alicia lives in Spokane and Morgan lives in Kennewick, Wash.
’96, ’93 Allyson Smith-Dennis is in front of Carpenter’s Hall, in Philadelphia, Pa. Allyson is retired from human resource management and was visiting friends in the “City of Brotherly Love” in October.
’10 Krista Aghabeigi and ’12 Rusty Haehl took a fall trip to San Francisco. The Golden Gate Bridge is in the background.
Retired EWU professors Haideh Lightfoot (medical microbiology) and husband Don Lightfoot (biotechnology and genetics) sailed from Malaga, Spain to Barbados in the Windward Islands of the Caribbean on the tall-mast ship the Star Flyer.
’70 Curt and ’68 Joan (Reinbold) Hisaw in front of the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. They are retired teachers/coaches and supporters of EWU Athletics. They live in Cheney.
Miles Vierck and Tayler Wendt got engaged in Mazatlan, Mexico in December. Miles graduated from EWU in 2011 with a BA in business and Tayler is a current student who will graduate this year. Congratulations!
Jill Martin (’89 BA education), her husband Steve, and daughter, Josie Graybeal, recently traveled to a small orphanage and school in Sierra Leone, Africa. They traveled with a team from Children of the Nations to spend Christmas with 100 orphans that are a result of the civil war that took place from 1991 to 2002. Jill writes, “We were blessed to spend this Christmas with our sponsor child, Momodu, and many other beautiful children. We plan to return in the near future. Love seeing where so many Eagles are traveling!”
’10 LaMeshia Reese-Taylor and ’10 Juliana Dewitt took Eastern Magazine on a relaxing gondola ride at the Venetian Resort Hotel during a winter vacation to Las Vegas in December. LaMeshia is an academic liaison with the Renton School District in Renton, Wash. Juliana is an adolescent behavioral health counselor with the Otoe-Missouria Tribe in Red Rock, Okla. They are proud EWU graduates and Ronald E. McNair Scholars!
’82 Mike McKinley (BA business administration) and ’82 Genny (Minnich) McKinley (BA education) took Eastern magazine with them on their trip to Hawaii in November 2013. Mike is a fourth-generation wheat and cattle rancher, and has been working on their family farm south of Cheney, all of his life. Genny works part time as an enrichment instructor in the Cheney School District Home Works program.
’73 Ron Glowen at the Musee Paul Valery in Sete, France, in October, on a vacation trip to the Mediterranean coast wandering through medieval towns, vineyards and fishing ports. Ron is in communications for Boeing Information Technology, and both he and wife Kathryn are visual artists.
’83 Doug Kelley, BA recreation administration, took Eastern magazine with him into bear country, McNeil River, Alaska in 2009.
’08 Joshua Porter recently traveled through Belize to visit his family in San Pedro Town. It’s located on a small island called Ambergris Caye just off the coast of Belize in Central America. “I’ve been able to go to the archaeological site of Lamanai (Mayan for ‘submerged crocodile’), twice now during trips different trips to Belize and put to use my degree in anthropology courtesy of EWU,” said Porter. “While along the way, I make notes of interesting people and places to hopefully one day include in future creative writing projects as well (other EWU degree). Thank you EWU, for giving me the knowledge to flame my fire for adventure.”
’78 Ray Johnson, ’10 Stephen Johnson, ’78 June Johnson, 03 Michael Johnson and Eastern Magazine while visiting the Estonian Parliament Building and Old Town of Tallinn, Estonia. The magazine accompanied us to 7 countries during this family vacation, in August, that also included time in Copenhagen and Aarhus, Denmark, Oslo, Norway, Berlin, Germany,
St. Petersburg, Russia, Helsinki, Finland and Stockholm, Sweden.
’64, ’63 Rich Bernave, ’92, ’88 Kate Venneri and ’76 Gordon Venneri are pictured at the vineyards of Girolamo Russo Winery at the base of Mt. Etna, Sicily, in June.
’10, ’07 Rae-Lynn and ’05 David Barden at the Kenai River in Alaska in August. They are EWU football seasons ticket holders and can’t wait to take their son (due in November) to next year’s games.
’90, ’87 Michael Cardwell, The Quinault Indian Nation member and Community Services director is pictured as he prepared for the 2013 Tribal Journeys Paddle to Quinault. More than 100 ocean-going canoes, such as the Mayee shown here, arrived at Point Grenville on the Washington coast in August.
‘09, ’95 Monte and ’95 Sherry Syrie took Eastern magazine with them to Law Vegas in July 2013. Monte is a 10th grade-teacher in Cheney, Wash., and adjunct professor at Eastern. Sherry teaches middle school visual arts classes in the Cheney School District.
’87 Mary Bouchonnet (Askenazi) was enjoying the beach at the Mayan Palace resort in Cancun this summer. She is the owner Extreme Promotions and is a real estate agent in Seattle.
‘68 Jerry and ‘68 Gail (Johnson) Jantz hang out with Mickey at Disney’s
Paradise Pier Hotel during a family vacation to
California in July. Jerry and Gail are retired educators. They live in Spokane
and enjoy traveling and EWU football.
’89, ’85 Killi White-Mellish brought Eastern magazine with her on a cruise to Alaska. She’s pictured at Mendenhall Glacier near Juneau in June 2013. Killi lives in Langley, Wash., where she is the educational planner, outreach liaison and an adjunct English instructor for Skagit Valley College’s South Whidbey Center in Clinton.
’67 Nancy Pohle and ’68 Ed Pohle hit the beach in Kauai, Hawaii. Before retiring, they taught in the East Valley School District in Spokane Valley. Ed played on Eastern’s Championship football team in 1967.
’05, ’98 Evi Hill and ’01, ’94, ’86 Jeri Schmit spent their 2013 spring break taking eighth graders on a trip to Washington D.C. Evi teaches second grade at Betz Elementary in Cheney and Jeri is a sixth grade teacher at Cheney Middle School.
Brendan Genther ’00, his wife Marla Nunberg Genther and daughter Alyssa enjoyed the sunshine of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, in April 2013.
’73 Jerry Barnard, Cheney, and daughter ’02 Jenny Barnard Schaefer are pictured together in Palm Springs, Calif. Jerry is a retired, full-time grandpa and Jenny, wife of ’03 Gabe Schaefer, is the mother of two and a health care manager in Palm Springs.
’08 Andrew Nye and Melissa Miller were married in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico in March 2013. This picture was taken at Lovers Beach.
’08, ’05 Grant Bishop and his wife traveled to Guatemala on a medical mission for Hearts in Motion in spring 2013. Grant is a developer for 14Four in Spokane.
Eastern magazine visited Disneyland’s Magic Kingdom in February 2013 with ’95 Joseph Mastel, ’04 Colleen Mastel, Steven Griffey and future EWU alumsJoseph Griffey, Samuel Griffey and ’02 Rachael Griffey.
Bart Mihailovich ’06 and wife Sara (Horn) ’07, visited Italy in April2013. This photo was taken on top of Castel Sant’Angelo with Rome in the background.
’11 Dino Valdez, BA visual communication design, and his girlfriend Alyssa Santana,
visit one of the new Seven Wonders of the World, the Kukulcán Pyramid or
El Castillo (The Castle) – in the pre-Columbian city of Chichen Itza,
on the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico.
’80 Steve Coomes took his keepsake issue of Eastern magazine all the way to the Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza in Mexico in February 2013. Coomes teaches social studies at Southridge High School in Kennewick, Wash.
‘12 Tim Cheeney, his mom, ‘75 Lynn Rowland Cheeney, and their family visited Riviera Maya, Mexico, to celebrate Tim’s graduation and Lynn’s retirement. They live in Seattle, where Tim is a staff accountant for Ascentis Corporation.
Eastern magazine goes to Cuba! Members of the EWU community recently voyaged to Cuba as part of the newly launched study and travel program. The EWU students, Amy Nuñez, Lucy Vásquez, Katie Higgins, Brandy Bippes, Thomas Shalloe, Mayra Villalobos, Samantha de Abreu and Jennyfer Mesa were accompanied by faculty members Joseph Lenti, Robert Dean, Martín Meráz García and Christina Torres García. The focus of the trip was to look at pressing issues, including agricultural sustainability, the effects of the U.S. embargo, gender equality, socialized medicine and senior citizen services, recent economic reform and the viability of socialism in modern Cuba.
Joshua Porter ’08, is an instructor at the Spokane College of English Language. He was recently asked to fly to Hollywood, where he filmed a commercial. “I have next to zero experience acting, but having never been to Hollywood, I wanted desperately to be in warmer weather, so I thought I would accept the adventure. I answered an email, which led to a Skype interview that prompted a phone call, which elicited my exploratory adventure that led me to California, where I was treated like royalty – all within a matter of a few days. While I was traveling, I caught up on EWU news with the Eastern Magazine.”
’71 Larry Conboy, takes Eastern magazine to the top of the Willis (Sears) Tower Skydeck in Chicago in October 2012. Conboy is a photographer in EWU’s Office of Information Technology.
’74 Paul Demianew and ’75 Suzann (Hensley) Demianew celebrated their birthdays at Gullfoss Falls in Iceland in November 2012. They met in a chemistry class and were married in 1974. They said Iceland was cold, “even colder than the wind blowing at Eastern!” The couple lives in Bainbridge Island, Wash.
Mike Genova ‘83 and Leslea Warnick ’84, visited Paris, France on their way to the International Pool and Spa Trade Show in Lyon, France, at the beginning of November. Mike is the owner and president of Leisure Concepts in Spokane, the leading producer of after-market products in the spa industry. Leslea is the Insides Sales and Marketing manager for Leisure Concepts and has been with the company for four and a half years.
’76 Neil Anderson and ’77 Glenda (Kuther) Anderson visited Florence, Italy in November 2012. They live in Everett, Wash. Glenda is the financial manager for the Schack Art Center in Everett. Neil retired from the Snohomish County Department of Planning and Development Services after 32 years of service and now works for a Seattle area golf course.
Richard Huss ‘70 and his wife Molly Huss ’08, ’00, recently traveled to Costa Rica to celebrate Richard’s retirement as a purchasing manager for Haskin’s Steel. Molly continues to work as a mental health counselor for Catholic Charities Spokane. (in Montezuma, Puntarenas)
Coworkers at Whitman County in Colfax, Wash., created some excitement for the football playoffs by organizing their own alumni rally. Pictured: ’73 Bob Reynolds, Fair & Facilities director; ’92 Janel Goebel, Parks & Recreation coordinator; ’67 Bob Lothspeich, County Treasurer; ’85 Tim Myers, Parks & Recreation director; ’78 Michele Beckman, HR program coordinator; ’99 Kelli Campbell, HR director, ’11 David Ledbetter,
finance administrator; ’04 Erin Young, office specialist
and ’98 Todd Heitstuman, park ranger.
Greg Cossette ’70, on recent trip to Panama. Now retired from 40 years in the classroom and looking for real biology/geology experiences. Photo taken at Uverito Beach near Las Tablas. “I ran into a couple of girls wearing EWU T-shirts in Pedasi. No camera handy; would have made for a great shot. Thanks for doing this for all Easterners, Savages and Eagles alike.”
Clifton “Jack” Barrette ’65, standing by one of the animals that he carved for the Adirondack Carousel in Saranac Lake, New York. The loon and toad were his addition. He retired after 32 years as an art teacher.