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Spring 2011 Newsletter

Published: April 04, 2011

It truly is spring in the Inland Northwest - spring flowers are starting to bloom and there's still snow to be seen in some areas.  As we wind down the last quarter of 2010-2011, we look forward to the warm, dry weather that is sure to come our way.


Nancy Wainwright retired at the end of Winter quarter after 24 years of service to EWU.  Rachel Maldonado has indicated her plans for retiring at the end of the school year.  She has been with the College since 1999.  We wish only the best wishes for Nancy and Rachel as they enter this next phase of their careers. 


The following people have signed contracts with the College and will begin teaching at Eastern this fall.

  • Abrahim Soleimani, assistant professor of Management
  • Veronica Elias, assistant professor of Public Administration
  • Germán Muchnik-Izón, and Justin Bucciferro, assistant professor of Economics

Interviews are still underway for an assistant professor of Accounting.  We are also conducting searches for lecturers in Accounting, Decision Science, Public Administration, and Planning. 

Dean's Search

The search committee has been working hard in reviewing applications for the CBPA Dean's position.  They have identified the first round of candidates and will be conducting phone interviews in the next two weeks.  Finalists should be identified for bringing to the area for on-campus interviews in May. 


Don't forget the Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) workshops to be held this quarter.  Be sure to check your e-mail for announcements, topics, and presenters.  For further information, contact Bruce Teague at or 828-1258.

Friday, April 8

Friday, May 13

As part of the Contemporary Issues in Feminist Research, the Women's and Gender Studies Program will be featuring Dr. Kelley Cullen, Assistant Professor of Economics on Tuesday, April 19, 12 to 12:50 in Monroe Hall, room 207.  Kelley's topic is "Shattering the Glass Backboard?  Changes in Gender Equity in Pro & College Sports."  Although Title IX has greatly advanced opportunities for females participating in athletics, this study uses evidence from the "Racial & Gender Report Cards" for professional sports and the NCAA to show that there has been less advancement in the coaching ranks, administration and team ownership.

Beta Alpha Psi Banquet, Friday, May 20, Red Lion Hotel at the Park.  Contact if you would like to attend.

Drive For Scholarships Golf Classic, Friday, June 3, The Creek at Qualchan.  Contact Sharlene Bozanich for entry forms.  Registration begins at 11 am with Shotgun Start at 12:30 pm.  Dinner and awards at the conclusion of the tournament.  Last year over $14,000 was raised to go towards college scholarships.  Plan to attend this year to either help as a volunteer or participate in the golf.  Either way, this is a lot of fun for all participants.

CBPA Awards Reception, Thursday, June 9, 4:00 - 5:30 pm, Riverpoint Campus, Phase 1 Auditorium.  Awards and induction ceremonies followed by a dessert reception.

Commencement, Saturday, June 11, Roos Field.  Undergraduate ceremony at 9 am; Graduate ceremony at 2 pm.  For more information on graduation visit:

Faculty, if you need to rent your cap and gown, you may do so by ordering on-line through Jostens at  The deadline for ordering for guaranteed delivery is Tuesday, April 26.  The dean's office is no longer able to subsidize the cost of rentals due to budgetary constraints.

Book Drive

Thanks to all who donated books for the EWU H.O.M.E. program Book Drive.  These books will be used in their distribution efforts.

Riverpoint Road Construction

If you've been to the Riverpoint campus this spring, you've already noticed the road construction.  The work is scheduled through the summer with plans for completion around the end of September - just in time for "back to school."  For more details and updates on this and other road projects in the area, visit:

All College Barbecue

The tradition will continue with a barbecue for all faculty and staff to be held mid-summer.  Look for more details later this quarter on date, time, and location.  We had an enjoyable time last summer and look forward to everyone getting together again.

Terry Novak Public Service Scholarship

The university faculty and staff, the Spokane community and most notably Barbara Novak and the extended Novak family, have joined together to create a $25,000 endowment to provide an annual scholarship to an Eastern student who is pursuing a Master of Public Administration degree.  Eligible students must intend to have a career in the public service sector.  To read the full press release regarding this endowment, go to


Merit Awards

Four faculty in the college received University Merit awards this year.  They will be recognized at a university reception this fall.  The faculty and their awards are:

Harm-Jan Steenhuis - Teaching, Service, Scholarship/Creative Works and Teacher of the Year

Damon Aiken - Teaching

Larry Luton - Scholarship/Creative Works

Dick Winchell - Service

Congratulations to all of you for your outstanding achievements. 


Faculty News

Beth Murff and Sarah Jackson had their article, "Effectively Teaching Self-Assessment:  Preparing the Dental Hygiene Student to Provide Quality Care," was published in the February 2011 Journal of Dental Education.

As a result of the ISAGA conference held on the Riverpoint campus in 2010, Beth Murff had her paper, "Changing the World through Meaningful Play:  Report on the 2010 ISAGA Conference," published in Simulation & Gaming, 42(1) 127-130, 2011.

"An Involvement Explanation for Nostalgia Advertising Effects," authored by Vince Pascal and Darrel Muehling has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Promotion Management, Vol. 18.

Harm-Jan Steenhuis, Kodo Yokozawa and Erik de Bruijn, had their article, "Process of International Kaizen Transfer in the Netherlands," published in the Journal of Japanese Operations Management and Strategy, Vol. 2, No. 1, 2011.

Harm-Jan and his co-authors also had an article, "Recent Experience with Transferring Japanese Management Systems Abroad," published in the International Academy of Strategic Management, Vol. 2, #1 (October, 2010).

Goitom Tesfom Tsegay was notified recently that he has been selected to participate in the First Annual Faculty Development in International Business Conference to be held later this spring at the Penn Lauder CIBER - Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania.

Pam Weigand received the 2011 Western Business Education Association (WBEA) Outstanding Newsletter Recognition Award for excellence in publications at their conference held in February.  She will also become the Washington State Business Education Association President effective July 1, 2011.

"Understanding the Moral Decision-making Processes of Working Professionals," authored by Bruce Teague and George Watson, has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Business Industry and Economics.

Bruce and George have also been notified that their article, "Comparing the Relative Frequency of Decision Mode Selected when Individuals Make Self/other Allocation Decisions," has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Organizational Moral Psychology.

Patricia Nemetz-Mills, Damon Aiken, Vance Cooney, and Vince Pascal, have been notified that their article, "Student Separateness-Connectedness as a Determinant of Acceptable Faculty Involvement in Students' Social Networks," has been accepted for publication in the Internet and Higher Education.


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