University News Spring 2013

EWU Expands Reach on West Side 

LLC: President Chris Bailey, Director of eLearning Renee Carney; EWU Senior Director of Off Campus Programs John Neace and President Rodolfo Arévalo

Eastern Washington University and Lower Columbia College are partnering to offer bachelor degrees to students on LCC’s Longview, Wash., campus beginning in the fall.

Offering more four-year study opportunities will increase the number of residents with advanced degrees and provide a larger professional workforce to benefit the Longview-Kelso economy. Eastern will have offices in a planned university center on the LCC campus and offer Bachelor of Arts programs in interdisciplinary studies in the fall of 2013 and in business in the fall of 2014.

Eastern currently offers programs in Vancouver, Wash., as well as Bellevue, Seattle, Tacoma, Everett and Yakima.


Legendary Football Coaches Get Roasted

Former football coaches Larry Hattemer (left) and Dick Zornes (right) got “roasted” by alum Ken Wilson and others at the Zornes/Hattemer Era Reunion and Roast, on April 26, 2013. Former players took turns sharing their stories, including former cornerback Bentley Williams ’88 (pictured right).

Hattemer served as offensive coordinator and offensive line coach from 1979-90 and as assistant athletic director during the end of his tenure.

Hall of Famer Zornes served as head coach from 1979-93, retiring in 1999 as Eastern’s athletic director after spending 26 years as an Eastern player, coach and administrator.

Robots Return

Frisbee throwing robots, and the teams of high school students who programed, built and controlled them, took over Reece Court April 4-6, as the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) returned to EWU’s campus for its regional round.

Hosting the annual event is part of the university’s ongoing effort to promote programs in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Thirty-eight high school teams competed in this year’s competition, where robots shot Frisbee’s into goals at the far end of the court to score and climbed “jungle-gym” pyramids for bonus points.

“EWU is once again honored to welcome these outstanding students to campus,” said President Rodolfo Arévalo. “The energy, enthusiasm and innovation surrounding this competition will only encourage more students to take an interest in studying science and technology at Eastern and in our region’s public schools.”

EWU, partnering with Greater Spokane Incorporated, brought more than 1,500 people to campus each day of the event. It was one of three regional robotics competitions statewide, and one of 57 in the U.S., with all participants hoping to make it to the national stage.  More photos from the event

EWU Wins Communication Awards

EWU’s marketing efforts have been recognized recently by both the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and the Spokane Regional MarCom Association.

The CASE communication awards were announced at the District VIII’s annual conference held in Portland, Ore., Feb. 14, 2013. EWU’s awards were selected from 550 entries from 130 colleges and universities in Alaska, Washington, Montana, Oregon, Idaho and western Canada.

Eastern was also recognized with seven SPARK awards, presented by the Spokane Regional MacCom Association on April 24, to honor the process and results of a well-designed communication effort. Award winners meet the highest standards of performance in the profession and are critiqued and judged by professional communications practitioners in various markets throughout the country.


What EWU Alumni Earn

In 2012, EWU had an independent third party perform extensive research on EWU alumni’s salaries and job satisfaction.

The company looked at alumni who had graduated in 2009 – the findings:

  • Alumni had salaries that matched the national average for college graduates.
  • Only 1 percent of alumni reported that they were unemployed, which was better than the average at other colleges nationally.
  • Alumni were happier than other college graduates in nearly every category of job satisfaction.

You can find all the details and graphs at

EWU Campus Safest in Washington

Eastern has the highest campus safety rating among state colleges and universities in the state of Washington, according to a website that compiles college information. EWU moves up to the top spot after being ranked second last year by The rankings are based on incidents of campus crime as reported by campus safety officials.

The website analyzed crime statistics for 450 colleges and universities nationwide, and assigned a safety rating to each school.


Milestone for Endowment

The Computer Science Alumni Endowment has reached the $25,000 mark, thanks to a 20-month fundraising effort that reflects the growing interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) programs.

In the spring of 2011, computer science graduates were asked to give $1,000 back to the department to create an endowment to “pay it forward” for the next computer science student at Eastern. This effort resulted in 20 gifts or pledges with many current faculty members contributing to the endowment. In addition to the $25,000 raised so far, there is an additional $81,000 in pledges to be collected.

The endowment will create scholarships to partially fund tuition for students pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science each year, starting in the fall of 2013. The eventual goal is to fully fund tuition for one year for as many computer science students as possible.

For information on how to contribute to the Computer Science Alumni Endowment, contact Stu Steiner, or 509.359.4296.

Community Service Honor Roll

EWU has been named to the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).

A total of 690 higher education institutions were named to this year’s Honor Roll, which recognizes higher education institutions that reflect the values of exemplary community service and achieve meaningful outcomes in their communities.

EWU’s Office of Community Engagement connects the campus to the wider community through partnerships that enrich student learning, address critical community needs and foster a culture of civic responsibility and community engagement.

Kang Named Innovator of the Year

Susanna Kang has been recognized as Alpha Kappa Psi’s Innovator of the Year. AKP is a professional co-ed business fraternity dedicated to developing future business leaders.

Kang, who will earn her BA in business operations management in June, received the award at the AKP national conference in Reno, Nev. The award goes to the organization’s upcoming “mover and shaker.” The Seattle native plans to pursue her MBA at EWU after graduation. Her long-term goals include being part of a top-management team of a large company and opening a non-profit organization.


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