University News Fall 2013

2013 Commencement

The stands of Roos Field were filled to capacity on June 15, as family and friends of the class of 2013 proudly watched the graduates cross the stage. This year, 2,651 bachelor degree and 729 master’s and doctoral degree students were eligible to attend commencement.

The College of Social & Behavioral Sciences and Social Work, and the College of Business and Public Administration conferred degrees at the 9 a.m. ceremony. The commencement address was given by Hattie Kauffman, the first Native American national news correspondent.

At the 2 p.m. ceremony, degrees were conferred by the College of Science, Health and Engineering, and the College of Arts, Letters and Education. Todd McFarlane ’84, who created the famous Spawn comic book series, was the keynote speaker.

Kauffman and McFarlane were each presented with an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters during their respective ceremonies.

At EWU at Bellevue, Commencement was held June 18, 2013, with more than 200 degrees conferred.

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Chaves Named AD of the Year

Athletic Director Bill Chaves was honored by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) as one of 28 winners of the Under Armour AD of the Year Award. Chaves, 47, is concluding his sixth year of the helm of the EWU athletic department.

The award was presented June 15, 2013, at NACDA’s 48th Annual Convention in Orlando, Fla. The award spans seven divisions (NCAA FBS, FCS; Division I-AAA, II, III, NAIA/Other Four-Year Institutions and Junior College/Community Colleges).

As athletic director, Chaves has brought stability, leadership and innovation to EWU since his arrival in 2007. During his tenure, the first synthetic, red football surface was installed in 2010. After garnering tremendous attention for Eastern with this installation, the football team went undefeated (8-0) on the turf en route to the program’s first-ever FCS national title.

Chaves has also overseen several recently completed projects, including new seating at Reese Court, a $1.5 million locker room update project, and video scoreboard installation at both Roos Field and Reese Court.

Eastern’s football program is just one of five schools nationally who has made the FCS Playoffs six of the past nine years (four of six since 2007). The school’s women’s basketball program has made two national post-season appearances in the past four years.

In 2009-10, EWU won its first-ever Big Sky Presidents’ Cup, which is determined by overall athletic and academic performance.

Did You Know?

$28 of every $30 EWU special license plate renewal fee goes to fund scholarships! Thirty 30 scholarships of $1,000 will be awarded this year!

The one-time cost of the special plates is $67.75. (Tab renewal fees vary by location and type of vehicle.) To apply for an EWU license plate complete the application form available at or visit your local vehicle licensing office.

EWU: Where Athletics Meets Academics

For the eighth year in a row, the EWU men’s cross country team was honored with a Public Recognition Award, making them one of five Eastern teams with a perfect Academic Progress Rate of 1,000.

Joining the men’s cross country team on the prestigious list was the EWU women’s golf team, which garnered a Public Recognition Award for the second-consecutive year with a perfect multi-year rate of 1,000. Also having a perfect APR of 1,000 this year for the Eagles were women’s basketball, women’s cross country and women’s tennis.

EWU is one of the 61 schools recognized by the NCAA for winning public recognition awards for the past eight years in a row. The honor is given to teams with APRs in the top 10 percent in each sport.

Eastern’s remaining nine varsity sports also fared well in the latest APR report, which was released in June by the NCAA. Ten of the EWU teams improved their APR from the 2012 report.

APR is an annual scorecard used by the NCAA to track the classroom performance of student-athletes on every Division I team. The score measures eligibility and retention each semester or quarter and provides a clear picture of the academic culture in each sport. The most recent APRs are multi-year rates based on scores from the 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12 academic years. Teams scoring below certain thresholds can face sanctions, such as scholarship losses and restrictions on practice.

Roos Returns

Current Tennessee Titan and former EWU football player Michael Roos joined forces with the Eagle football team on June 21, 2013, to host members of the Spokane County Boys and Girls Club for an afternoon of football at Roos Field.

The clinic was part of the fourth annual Michael Roos Foundation Fish & Chip weekend in the Spokane area. Eastern head football coach Beau Baldwin, assistant coach Aaron Best and EWU football players Allen Brown, T.J. Lee, Steven Forgette, John Goldwire and Ashton Clark helped provide instruction to the youth who took part.

Roos has supported the Boys and Girls Club since the inception of the Michael Roos Foundation. The Fish & Chip event includes NFL players, EWU supporters and several corporate sponsors for two days of competition featuring golf and bass fishing, an autograph session and dinner.

Since 2007, the Michael Roos Foundation has also provided funds and support for Special Olympics and Eastern Athletics.

Eastern honored Roos by retiring his jersey in 2009. Woodward Field was renamed “Roos Field” in 2010 upon completion of the Red Turf Project that he and his wife Katherine pledged $500,000 toward supporting.

Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

Tom Ackerman, Larry Hattemer and Mick Landmark will join the 1986-87 EWU Women’s Basketball Team when they are inducted into the 13th class of the Eastern Athletics Hall of Fame on Oct. 5, 2013. Harold “Hal” L. Warner will be inducted posthumously, as the former student-athlete, assistant coach and head coach passed away on Aug. 4, at the age of 82. Vic Wallace will be given the Eastern Athletics Hall of Fame Service and Contribution Award.

Tom Ackerman

This year’s class is a celebration of the legacy of outstanding offensive linemen Eastern has produced. The group includes Ackerman, who was an All-America offensive lineman in 1995 and went on to play eight seasons in the National Football League for New Orleans and Tennessee. He started 32 of 43 games he played as an Eagle, then played 105 games in the NFL.

Larry Hattemer

Hattemer was Eastern’s offensive line coach from 1979-91 under head coach Dick Zornes. Also Eastern’s offensive coordinator, Hattemer helped Zornes win 70 games during the school’s rise from NAIA to NCAA Division I. He coached nine All-Big Sky performers (EWU joined the league in 1987), four All-Americans and helped develop future NFL standouts Ed Simmons and Kevin Sargent.

Mick Landmark

Landmark earned honorable mention All-America honors in 1966 and helped Eastern win 20 of 26 games in three seasons in Cheney. He went on to play briefly in the Canadian Football League, but spent most of his post-collegiate career playing in the Continental Football League. Zornes, his former Eastern teammate, says Landmark is “the best football player in our era (early 1960s) and first of the many great offensive linemen Eastern has produced.”

Hal Werner

Werner was an Eastern javelin thrower in 1950-51, and returned for four seasons as Eastern’s head coach (1966-70) and seven more as an assistant. He won the Evergreen Conference title in 1951 with a throw of 213-5 ½ that stood as a school and conference record for 15 years. He coached five NAIA All-Americans at Eastern, including four in 1969 when EWU finished fourth at the NAIA Championships.

Coached by Bill Smithpeters and led by Brenda Souther – both already members of the Eastern Athletics Hall of Fame – the 1986-87 Eagles Women’s Basketball team became the first Eastern team to earn a berth to the NCAA Division I Championships. The squad knocked off second-seeded Weber State in the Mountain West Conference (now Big Sky) Tournament semifinals, then upset host Montana in the title game. Eastern went on to lose in the NCAA Tournament to Oregon in the to finish 18-12.

Vic Wallace

Vic Wallace, Eastern’s former police chief, will be honored with the Eastern Athletics Hall of  Fame Service and Contribution Award. In retirement, Wallace has become an Eagle Athletic Association member and one of Eastern’s biggest supporters. He and his daughter, Chrissy, rarely miss an EWU game or event, and attend practices for most sports regularly. This award, created in 2007, is selected by the Eastern Athletics Hall of Fame Executive Committee and honors individuals who have contributed not only to EWU, but to other outside endeavors such as education, community service and coaching.

The induction breakfast/ceremony is at 9:30 a.m., Oct. 5, 2013, at the Pence Union Building. The public is invited to attend and the cost is $15 per person. Guests must RSVP to 509.359.2463 or 800.648.7697. Inductees will also be honored at halftime of EWU’s football game against Weber State later that day.


Football Unveils New Uniforms

Wide receiver Ashton Clark

The EWU football team will be sporting new Adidas TECHFIT uniforms at home this season, blending into the red turf of the Inferno like never before.

The new uniforms are 30 percent lighter, meaning increased mobility and comfort, allowing players to move faster and more freely.

Along with the new duds, the Eagles will wear gloves featuring EWU’s logo surrounded by the state of Washington’s outline. To complete the look, Eastern will sport new red and black Adidas CrazyQuick and 5-Star cleats that provide superior traction on the red turf.

In preseason polls, Eastern was picked second in the Big Sky Preseason Coaches Poll and fourth in the The Sports Network Preseason FCS Poll.

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Big Sky Celebrates Anniversary

The Big Sky Conference will commemorate a pair of anniversaries during the 2013-14 athletic season. The conference will pay tribute to 50 years of men’s athletics and 25 years of women’s athletics.

EWU will join in the celebration as a longtime member of the conference. The 2013-14 season is the 27th season for the Eagle men and the 26th for the women.

The 50th anniversary will celebrate the all-time individuals, teams and moments in the Big Sky’s history, including the selection of the league top 50 male student-athletes and the top 25 female student-athletes. Along with the lists, the league will unveil the most memorable moments for both men’s and women’s competition.

“Remembering and honoring our past student-athletes, teams, record-breaking performances and the coaches and administrators who guided them all along the way will be a lot of fun,” said Commissioner Doug Fullerton. “We’ve put together a top-notch group of current and former administrators, coaches and media to provide input to the ballots, and help us select the honorees. We also anticipate tremendous interaction from fans and alumni during the interactive phase. “

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