“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...]

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...]

There’s An App For That: www.spokanehistorical.org!

[ 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...]

Can Your Annual Gifts Turn Science Majors into Rock Stars?

[ Aug. 2014 | Vol. 1 | Issue 1 ]  Two stories about how your unrestricted annual giving dollars add up to big impacts for EWU students When you donate money to annual funds like the Eastern Fund or to athletic scholarships you help fuel student experiences otherwise out of reach with basic public funding. Deans, directors, faculty and advisors can focus this money to send top undergraduate researchers to high impact academic conferences and attract promising students with scholarships.  In November, seven students from the EWU Exercise Science Club brought home six awards in three categories from the 2013 Western Society for Kinesiology and Wellness [WSKW] conference in Reno, Nevada. “EWU was one of only two schools with winners in every category…they were rock stars,” said Nate Lawton, the club’s advisor. “The awards were a recognition of the great work our students are doing … [Read more...]

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