Embracing Change at EWU
Change and optimism are two powerful forces that move us forward. As I write this letter, the winds of change are picking up and I’m feeling excited about where we’re headed.
Some of that change starts with Krisann Hatch ’88, the EWU Foundation chair, and Stacey Rasmussen ’03, our EWU Alumni Association president, celebrating their many years of service and fulfilling their volunteer terms. They’ve been an invaluable asset, will be sorely missed, and we owe them a tremendous debt of gratitude. Building upon their successes, Alexis Alexander ’08, ’14 and Nate Peters ’16 have already begun their roles as leaders, respectively, of the EWU Foundation and the Alumni Association. Both are committed to maintaining our spirit of collaboration, innovation and excellence.
Change can be daunting. When I speak with our students today, many of them face regular barriers and obstacles, from financial to cultural. It is during these times that we must hold onto optimism and the unwavering belief in our ability to overcome.
Change has impacted our institution throughout its long history—from academy to normal school, from state college to university. We began by focusing mostly on training teachers. We now help to drive the entirety of the region’s professional workforce, with an impressive variety of programs tailored to meet today’s workplace needs. As alumni, you’ve seen it all throughout the generations. And I hope you’ll come relive some of those memories this fall when we celebrate our 100th year of Homecoming.
Still, change can be daunting. When I speak with our students today, many of them face regular barriers and obstacles, from financial to cultural. It is during these times that we must hold onto optimism and the unwavering belief in our ability to overcome.
That is where your stories of success and triumph over challenges as alumni serve as a beacon of hope and inspiration for today’s Eagle students. By sharing with us your achievements, experiences and life lessons, we’re able to light a path for our students, and provide them with the tools to navigate the challenges that lie ahead.
Over the past few years, we have invested in a significant opportunity for sharing your insights: the Eagle Career Network. This is one of your best opportunities to participate in the lives of our students, by mentoring, coaching and advising them. Not only can you provide them with the tools they need, but you can also form long-lasting relationships, share your stories of inspiration and empower the next generation of Eagles.
Thank you for your ongoing support and dedication to Eastern. We are immensely proud of your accomplishments and look forward to the great things we can achieve together.
Kelsey Hatch-Brecek ’21