Your Philanthropy Launches EWU Engineering Students’ Careers

[ June 2015 | Vol. 1 | Issue 3 ]  Are you an annual or EWU employee payroll donor? If you answered yes, then a portion of your unrestricted giving supports the EWU Foundation’s Start Something Big Grants Program that helps professors innovate and engage students in the real-world application of classroom learning and undergraduate research. Your dollars help fund career-building experiences outside the classroom that propel Eastern graduates into good jobs after graduation. This year, a Start Something Big Grant is helping Martin (Marty) Weiser, PhD, and 20 students capitalize on four years of undergraduate research to compete at the June Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competition [IREC] near Green River, Utah. Student projects have encompassed the development and testing of solid rocket propellants, parachute opening dynamics and flexural properties of composite … [Read more...]

Helping Current Students Computes for Computer Science Alumni

[ June 2015 | Vol. 1 | Issue 3 ] “Our job placement rate is 88 percent in major! But many of our most promising students can’t afford to finish,” says Stu Steiner, computer science senior lecturer. Beloved for his teaching style and mentoring talent, Steiner is also famous for engaging computer science alumni in philanthropy. With my family, I am building an endowment to help computer science students get to college. I know how patient, regular giving in modest amounts adds up.” The idea of modest, regular giving is how the EWU Computer Science Alumni Scholarship has taken shape. Steiner remembers, “We knew of one student who was working for Microsoft and one for Nintendo. I asked them, ‘Would you think about helping us start a scholarship by giving $1,000 each and, help write a memorandum of understanding about how students would qualify for a scholarship? We got an unequivocal … [Read more...]

Eastern’s New College of Health Science and Public Health Poised to Improve Regional Health Care

[ June 2015 | Vol. 1 | Issue 3 ]  Retired professor and EWU Foundation endowment donor Dorv Breitenfeldt recently stopped by EWU Foundation offices and shared his excitement about the new College of Health Science and Public Health. “The new college can create a more cohesive learning environment for health sciences students,” observed Breitenfeldt, “building the cross-disciplinary fluency that today’s health care practices need. Professors will find many more ways to collaborate and evolve the value of EWU health sciences degrees.” Retired for 20 years, he is delighted to witness this kind of progress and change. Eastern is on the move, running with exciting new opportunities like the new college of Health Science and Public Health located at EWU’s Riverpoint Campus. Such opportunities are made possible by a strong foundation built on decades of visionary educators like … [Read more...]

Thank You For Your Generous Support that Benefits Grateful Students like Freshman Leah Howard!

[ June 2015 | Vol. 1 | Issue 3 ]  The scholarship endowment is growing in leaps and bounds with new investments by donors like you aided by an improving economy that helps to improve the return on the EWU Foundation investment portfolio. Annual direct scholarship support is expected to reach $1M very soon! Leah Howard graduated from high school last spring, confident in her future, because Eastern was able to provide important financial support that helped her begin her college career. Your gifts help Eastern’s diverse and talented students soar. Thank you!   … [Read more...]

College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Will Launch Robotics Engineering Track This Fall

[ June 2015 | Vol. 1 | Issue 3 ] A group of undergraduate students is getting real-world robotics experience thanks to EWU’s mechanical engineering program which launches a formal robotics track next year. With the passion and commitment of Professor Don Richter and internship partners like Pearson Packaging Systems, EWU is uniquely preparing engineering students for jobs that can take them anywhere! Engineering student Jacob Shearer (right) operates a donated industrial robot and conveyor at Eastern’s robotics lab. Pearson Packaging CEO and President, Michael Senske says EWU students are doing “what we do, in terms of getting a robot to pick and place a product …or detect whether or not that product is where it needs to be when it needs to be there.” He adds, “You just don’t get students—especially mechanical engineering students—with that skill set.” Professor Richter says … [Read more...]

Endowment Performance and Value

[ Dec. 2014 | Vol. 1 | Issue 2 ]  For the period July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014 … [Read more...]

There’s An App For That:!

[ Dec. 2014 | Vol. 1 | Issue 2 ]  Harry Houdini really did dive off Spokane’s Washington Street Bridge. Wearing handcuffs and chains wrapped around his legs, the great magician leapt into the wintery waters of the Spokane River for a 1910 Spokane business marketing stunt.  He resurfaced seconds later handcuff and chain-free! Thanks to Annual Fund donors like you, anyone with a smartphone can open the free Spokane Historical app to find more than 350 historic sites and 10 tours around Spokane, with written stories, images, podcasts and videos created by EWU history students. Eagle 4 Life Fund dollars were used to purchase voice recorders, cameras and portable scanners to bring stories to life. “My students use state digital archives, local libraries, museums and digitized newspapers for research and new kinds of storytelling,” says history professor Larry Cebula. “What I love about … [Read more...]

$4,081,000! Mike Ekins, vice chair, EWU Foundation presents President Mary Cullinan with the largest annual contribution to the university—ever!

[ Dec. 2014 | Vol. 1 | Issue 2 ]  In her October State of the University Address, President Mary Cullinan pinpointed decisive next steps for EWU: increase private funding of scholarships, cultivate tangible support for non-traditional students and power profound contributions to the vitality of our region by taking on global challenges like sustainably living on planet earth. Such initiatives continue to propel EWU onto the national stage as a leader for successfully graduating a diverse student body prepared to power our regional economy and contribute to a sustainable future for all. Helping donors create the kind of world you want to live in is why I come to work every day!  The stories in this issue of bigImpacts demonstrate how your gifts shape individual futures and make better communities, and why EWU needs you more than ever! With gratitude for your support I send my … [Read more...]

EWU Is Ready To Tackle The Sustainability Challenge: Are You?

[ Dec. 2014 | Vol. 1 | Issue 2 ]    Climate change is accelerating. Resources like aquifers and fisheries that kept up with demand for most of human history are disappearing.   Humans must quickly learn how to balance current and future needs for shelter, food and transportation with what earth can sustain.  But, most Americans don’t have the knowledge and skills to live and work in a future that requires sustainable practices. So, Washington State has developed a comprehensive plan that leads the nation in the promotion of sustainable living practices.  Known as E3 Washington, the plan integrates education, environment and the economy, and calls upon Washington’s universities to model sustainability and provide expertise. EWU’s mission as a regional university plus existing programs and expertise uniquely position Eastern to serve this plan as a leader in … [Read more...]

Generous Band of Brothers Scores Scholarship Touchdown and Runs It In for Student Success!

[Dec. 2014 | Vol. 1 | Issue 2]  Reading the thank you letter from Jamaal Jones, the first Randy Van Turner Memorial Scholarship recipient, Tom Stephens he knew he had to find a way to boost support for Jamaal’s education.  Twenty-six years ago Tom’s daughter received a $1,000 college scholarship from Adolph Coors that rewarded good grades and offered assistance to children of military veterans. He remembers thinking, “Finally, something good for being a vet!” Tom is a member of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity, which started raising money in February 2014 for an endowment to honor PKA brother, 1st Lt. Randy Van Turner, who died in Vietnam. The scholarship is aimed at military veterans and fraternity member descendants. The brothers gave so generously they were able to make a $1,000 scholarship right away.  When the fund is the fully endowed, annual awards will be larger. “My biggest … [Read more...]

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