Faculty Create Fund to Remember Colleague, Support Students

Anna Dvorak (red sweater) at Turnbull Wildlife Refuge with her geographic information systems students. Anna Dvorak had a zest for travel, outdoor activities, meeting people, teaching, and living life to the fullest. While she worked at EWU for just two years as an assistant professor of geography/geographic information systems, Anna left a lasting impression with her colleagues and students. On July 7, 2015, at the age of 28, Anna died in a climbing accident on Idaho’s Sawtooth Mountains. “We don’t want to let her go,” said Associate Professor of Anthropology Rob Sauders. “We want to keep her around here.” Rob and several colleagues created the Anna K. Dvorak Memorial Fund to honor Anna’s life and her impact on the EWU community and world around her. “When the fund is endowed at $25,000, scholarships will be awarded to help Eastern students travel,” Rob said. “We … [Read more...]

Giving is at an all-time high

[ February 2016 | Vol. 2 | Issue 2 ]  You and your fellow donors stepped up in remarkable ways during 2015. Giving to the EWU Foundation is at an all-time high! This year, EWU Foundation wrote its annual check to the university for $1.5 million more than last year’s record! This remarkable support of students and our university all comes from you, and donors like you. Thank you! Our offices are abuzz with the momentum behind Inspire Awesome: The Scholarship Campaign for Eastern Students. In a few short months, EWU employees matched President Cullinan’s $50,000 challenge plus an additional challenge from EWU Foundation board members for $25,000, generating $150,000 in new scholarship funds for our students! In December, Numerica Credit Union gave the largest single gift of this campaign to establish the Numerica Scholars Endowed Scholarship. Flanked by EWU Foundation and … [Read more...]

EWU Bestows Doctor of Humane Letters to Colville Tribal Leader

[ February 2016 | Vol. 2 | Issue 2 ]  On Nov. 24, 2015, marking Lucy Covington’s 105th birthday, Eastern Washington University conferred upon her the posthumous degree of Doctor of Humane Letters and announced its intention to create the Lucy Covington Center at EWU.     Lucy Covington came to life on Nov. 25, 2015, at a ceremony in Spokane posthumously granting the late Colville Tribal leader an honorary degree from EWU. Covington’s family, area tribal leaders, and EWU community members gathered at the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture (MAC) on Covington’s 105th birthday. In a moving ceremony, Covington was fondly remembered and a new chapter was started in her long legacy. The day for Covington was significant in many aspects. EWU Board of Trustees Chair Jim Murphy conferred the honorary degree, then President Mary Cullinan and Eastern leaders officially announced the … [Read more...]

EWU Foundation’s annual gift to the university reaches all-time high of more than $5.5 million.

[ February 2016 | Vol. 2 | Issue 2 ]  Mike Ekins (left), Vice Chair of EWU Foundation and Jim Murphy (right), Chair, EWU Board of Trustees, celebrate EWU Foundation’s record-breaking gift to the university. The ceremonial check was presented at EWU’s annual Thanksgiving luncheon for faculty and staff, which was generously sponsored by Spokane Teachers Credit Union. EWU Foundation Endowment Outperforms National Average A new national study reveals the Eastern Washington University Foundation Endowment continues to perform above national averages. The data was collected from 812 U.S. colleges and universities for the 2015 NACUBO-Commonfund Study of Endowments (NCSE). According to the survey, here is how the Foundation’s investment portfolio fared compared to the national average:   National Avg. EWUF 1-Year Return 2.40% 3.50% 3-Year … [Read more...]

EWU Historians Shape the Future with Student-Centered Philanthropy

[ February 2016 | Vol. 2 | Issue 2 ]  Before he became chair of the History Department, Li Ping Zhu was an infrequent EWU donor. “Once in a while I wrote a check,” he says. But, when Zhu became chair, he began to consider ways to increase the History Department scholarship fund. If their students can accrue less debt during school, they have more time to seek out and land jobs in their field of study after graduation. Zhu knew that history department faculty and staff were already watching out for their students financially. The department maintains a small textbook fund and professors are known to give students a little cash when they observe their protégés struggling with finances. But, the department’s scholarship endowment, which has potential to offer predictable and substantial help to students was stagnant. So, Zhu set out to recruit his colleagues into the EWU donor pool by … [Read more...]

Gifts like yours are helping Anna prepare for her dream career with the State Department

[ February 2016 | Vol. 2 | Issue 2 ]  Scholarships are helping Anna take every opportunity to build a path to her dream career. This quarter, she is in Olympia working with EWU’s Government Relations staff as ASEWU Legislative Liaison for the 2016 supplemental session. “It has been great being able to work with Alicia Kinne-Clawson `07 and David Buri Anna writes. “ I am learning new things and meeting new people every day. It has been quite an experience so far…I’ve been briefly sharing the idea of Eastern’s progress toward becoming a more sustainable campus and …the NESTT Center project! Such a great idea, and it has been welcomed by legislators as a very positive step for us.” As a double major in international affairs and Spanish set to graduate in 2017, Anna strategically applies to every scholarship that she qualifies for. It’s a lot of work, but she knows that the … [Read more...]

EWU poised for national leadership

[ October 2015 | Vol. 2 | Issue 1 ]  President Mary Cullinan presented her State of the University Address Sept. 22, sharing her belief that EWU is poised to be a national leader among regional comprehensive universities.  I believe from first-hand experience working with donors like you, that so much of that potential is due to your loyal and generous support. Thank you for including Eastern in your philanthropic vision! We are thrilled that in its 2015 session, the Washington state legislature reduced tuition for Washington college students, but the cost of a higher education today still puts a university degree out of reach for so many. We need your help as a member of the loyal community of EWU donors, to ensure that your university can continue to make a college degree achievable for every student that wants to transform their life through higher education. Indeed, many … [Read more...]

“A Miracle and a Blessing”

[ October 2015 | Vol. 2 | Issue 1 ]  EWU student Michael Sinitsa, (center) pictured with his mother Tanya and family at EWU’s Red Tie Gala in July, considers his path to Eastern “a miracle and a blessing.” His Russian immigrant parents worked hard and lived frugally in order to provide every opportunity for their children. He remembers savoring the rare delicacy of fresh fruit and the daily music lessons taught by his mom. Those lessons helped cultivate, in him the innate desire to seize every chance to learn and grow. Sinitsa brings that passion to his vocal and business studies at EWU thanks to the persistence of EWU’s Randy Wagner, PhD, professor of voice. Sinitsa remembers, “During my high school years, Dr. Wagner served as an adjudicator and heard me sing. His wise remarks and encouragement helped me see a potential future in music and energized me to do my best.” Listen to … [Read more...]

Globalization and Technology Make the World a Market for Eastern Degrees

[ October 2015 | Vol. 2 | Issue 1 ] A recent interview with the new CBPA Associate Dean Morris Kalliny, PhD, reveals his passion for student success and his belief that as an American university, Eastern has an obligation to prepare American and international students to make positive change in the world. What is your impression of your new home? That people who live here are convinced that Spokane is a great city! And I believe we do live in a region with very high quality of life! Coming back to the Northwest from St. Louis was very appealing for me having completed my MBA in Idaho. When we first visited, my family felt very welcome here and noticed how people really take time to enjoy their families. My kids who are 13, 10 and 7 picked up on that right away. They asked me after visiting several restaurants, ‘Dad have you noticed?’ ‘Noticed what?’ I asked. ‘There are more people … [Read more...]

West Side Alumni Sweeten the Deal!

[ October 2015 | Vol. 2 | Issue 1 ] Dean Martine Duchatelet recruited her Puget Sound Advisory Board, a complement to CBPA’s Spokane-area version, to help the college engage with Puget Sound area alumni and make business and internship connections for EWU students there. That’s a pretty full agenda, but the West Side board added to their list establishing a scholarship endowment and a full range of activities for “West Side” alumni and new students! Led by the chair of CBPA Dean’s Puget Sound Advisory Board, Matt Minton, ’93 (senior content publishing manager, Microsoft), Randy Wells, ’86 ( CPA and partner, CliftonLarsonAllen, Seattle) and Nick Peyton, ’04 (fundraiser, University of Washington, Arts and Sciences), the board committed to funding a $25,000 scholarship endowment 14 months ago. They believe that working toward a scholarship endowment is a great way for alumni living … [Read more...]

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