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Student Finds Formula to Succeed

Shirquita Craft is a true inspiration! 👏 This #EWU senior is overcoming challenges to pursue her dream of becoming a psychologist. 💪 With the support of the Writers’ Center at Eastern, Shirquita is honing her writing skills and excelling in her health psychology major. Her passion and determination are a testament to what’s possible with hard work and a supportive community. We can’t wait to see where her journey takes her! To read more about Shirquita’s journey follow the link in our bio.

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Ways to Beat the Summer Heat

With temperatures reaching 102 degrees don’t let the heat get you down! 🥵 Stay safe and comfortable with these essential tips from @spokaneregionalhealthdistrict:

💧 Hydrate: Water is your BFF! 🚰
🏡 Stay Cool Indoors: AC is your haven.
🚶‍♀️ Limit Outdoor Activities: Early mornings & evenings are your go-to.
🏠 Cool Your Home: Shut those blinds!
🤝 Check on Others: Look out for the vulnerable.

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Katie Taylor Named Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine

We are incredibly proud to announce that our very own Dr. Katie Taylor, Associate Professor of Exercise Science at EWU, has been named a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)!

This prestigious recognition is a testament to Dr. Taylor’s dedication to research and education in the field of exercise science. Her groundbreaking work on the effects of physical activity on gut health has the potential to transform how we understand the relationship between exercise and overall well-being.

As a leader in the field, Dr. Taylor is not only an inspiration to our students but also a valuable asset to the EWU community. We are so fortunate to have her expertise and passion on our team.

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Alumni Spotlight - George Gessler

George Gessler and his wife, both proud Eastern Washington University (EWU) alumni, graduated in 1988 with degrees in education, embarking on a journey that would shape the lives of countless students.

After graduating, Gessler dedicated 32 years to the East Valley School District, educating and coaching students from 3rd through 6th grade. His passion for innovation led him to spearhead the creation of East Farms STEAM School, the first of its kind in the Spokane area, where he nurtured young minds and sparked their curiosity for science, technology, engineering, art, and math.

Driven by a desire to further his impact on education, Gessler returned to EWU four years ago to pursue an administrative degree. Upon completion, he joined the team at Grant Elementary in the Spokane Public Schools, where he currently serves as the Principal Assistant. In this role, he played a pivotal part in establishing a unique business/school partnership with the Perry Street Business District, fostering a mutually beneficial relationship between the school and the local community.

As Gessler looks to the future, he is eager to take on new challenges and aspires to secure a Principal position, where he can continue to empower students and make a lasting difference in their educational journeys.

Gessler’s unwavering dedication to education and his innovative spirit exemplify the values instilled by EWU. We are proud to call him one of our own and eagerly anticipate his continued success in shaping the next generation of learners.

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Campus Orientations Welcome Students

Calling all Eagles! Our first New Student Orientation was a blast! Over 300 future Eagles soared in to explore campus, meet our amazing faculty, and staff and connect with student clubs. We’re so excited to welcome our new students. Stay tuned for more orientation adventures this summer!

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June 26 - NSO

Student Artist Leaves His Mark In Ashes

EWU student Travis Truly transformed his devastating loss in the Gray Fire into a powerful art exhibit, “Things are Lovely.” He sketched 150+ lost belongings using ash from his destroyed home, creating an interactive experience for viewers to connect with his loss. Truly’s story is one of resilience, hope and the healing power of art.

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EWU 2024 Commencement Celebrates Success

Congrats to the 2,100+ grads who walked the stage at our Spring 2024 Commencement, but even more of you earned degrees this semester. Click the link in our bio for the full story, packed with grad testimonials, and don’t miss the 100+ photos on Flickr capturing the excitement of June 16th.

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Hilary Baird Opens Doors for Students with Developmental Disabilities

Meet Hilary Baird: a pianist, music teacher and autism advocate. Her journey from struggling student to Berklee College of Music proves that with passion and the right support, anything is possible. Baird’s research shows music education can improve cognitive skills and academic performance for those with developmental disabilities.

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Alumni Spotlight - Nate Jackson

From daring comedy contest entry to Hollywood celebrity, Nate Jackson has carved his path as a renowned comedian, actor and entrepreneur. As the owner of Nate Jackson’s Super Funny Comedy Club, one of only six Black-owned comedy clubs in the U.S., Nate continues to break barriers in entertainment.

A proud graduate of EWU, Nate’s journey into comedy began with a friendly dare during his college days. Fueled by determination, he honed his craft and eventually made his mark in Hollywood, starring in the movie “Spirited” alongside Ryan Reynolds and Will Ferrell.

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EWU Graduate - Credits Support Programs

From first-gen student to proud mom graduating with her daughter by her side – Emily Garcia’s journey at Eastern Washington University is nothing short of inspiring. Facing challenges of parenthood while pursuing her passion in child life, she found support through scholarships like HOME, allowing her to focus on classes while caring for her little one. Emily’s motivation stems from personal loss, honoring her late sister by dedicating herself to helping others.

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EWU@Spokane Pride

So proud to march alongside our LGBTQ+ Eagles at the Spokane Pride Parade! EWU is committed to creating a welcoming and inclusive campus for everyone. Dig deeper into EWU’s commitment to DEI!

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Google Grant for Cybersecurity Clinic

EWU has been awarded $1 million from Google’s Cybersecurity Clinics Fund. The grant will establish the EWU Cybersecurity Clinic, which will offer free digital security services to vulnerable organizations in the community, such as local schools and hospitals.

The clinic will also provide a valuable hands-on learning experience for EWU students, preparing them for future careers in cybersecurity. The program is open to all enrolled students who apply, regardless of their academic major.

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Future Educators Inspire a Love of Learning

Eastern Washington University (EWU) seniors pursuing education degrees are fostering a love of learning in local elementary school children through an innovative capstone program. The program pairs seniors with children for one-on-one tutoring, focusing on improving reading and comprehension skills. This experimental initiative has empowered more than 400 students, including those with learning difficulties, to become stronger readers.

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Annual The Spirit of the Eagle Powwow

EWU’s Native American Student Association and American Indian Studies Program will host the annual Spirit of the Eagle Powwow on Saturday, June 1, at the Jim Thorpe Fieldhouse.

The event kicks off with a Grand Entry at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m., featuring traditional dance, music and a community feed from 5-7 p.m.

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The Spirit of the Eagle Powwow

Get Lit Festival!

The 26th annual Get Lit! festival, hosted by EWU’s Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program, will be held April 11-14.

Get Lit! is the state of Washington’s longest-running literary festival and the university’s premier literary event. It features four days filled with readings, workshops and open mic events featuring both highly sought-after authors and local literary talent.

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Giving Joy Day

EWU celebrates our 142nd birthday on April 3, 2024 – the day we have designated as Giving Joy Day, Eastern’s single largest fundraising effort each year.

Last year, we raised more than $456,000 for student scholarships and program support. This year, the goal is $500,000.

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Winter 2024 Production: The Prom

Four eccentric Broadway stars are in desperate need of a new stage. So, when they hear that trouble is brewing around a small-town prom, they know that it’s time to put a spotlight on the issue…and themselves.

The town’s parents want to keep the high school dance on the straight and narrow—but when one student just wants to bring her girlfriend to prom, the entire town has a date with destiny.

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Scholarship Supports Future Speech Therapist

At a time when small towns are struggling to find trained therapists and health care providers, an EWU graduate student is poised to make a difference.

Hailey Arland ‘23, is earning a master’s degree in communications sciences and disorders (CMSD) with the goal of providing vital speech therapy services to students in underserved rural communities.

Arland received a $5,450 Kathy (Iverson) Privratsky Honorary Endowed Scholarship to help make her goal of becoming a speech language pathologist [SLP] a reality.

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Inaugural Nursing Cohort is Ready to Learn

An enthusiastic crowd of students, faculty and staff gathered at Spokane’s newly restored, turn-of-the century SIERR building to celebrate the new home of EWU’s Nursing and Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSMD) programs.

The SIERR Sneak Peak event, held on Aug. 22, gave visitors a chance to enjoy complementary ice cream while touring EWU’s main-level Nursing Program suite, which includes simulation labs, offices and classrooms, and the upper-level classrooms for the long-running CMSD program.

Located on the eastern end of the University District, the building is part of a health sciences hub developed by McKinstry Co.

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SIERR building tour

Commuting to EWU

Did you know Eastern students, faculty and staff with a valid EagleCard can ride any Spokane Transit Authority bus route for free? 

Commuters in Spokane can leave their cars at either the South Hill or Jefferson “park and rides” and hop on a bus to Cheney. Hundreds of our community members utilize this service every day. 

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Spokane Transit Routes

Route 6 Schedule & Map

Route 67 & 68 Schedule & Map

*NEW* City Line Spokane Transit

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Apply to EWU!

EWU is accepting applications for Fall 2024! If you’re ready to be challenged, earn your degree and make lifelong friends in the process: apply now.

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Prairie Restoration

EWU’s Prairie Restoration Project will restore a 120-acre parcel of university-owned land to its native habitat, thus creating a “living laboratory” of restored Palouse prairie proximate to the Cheney campus. Together with the Spokane and other local tribes — Native peoples who for millennia called these bounteous hills home — we will connect with the land and learn from it.

Prairie Restoration Project

Complete Your Financial Aid Form

Have you completed your FAFSA or WASFA form for next year? It’s free and helps ensure you receive all of the financial aid resources you’re eligible for. Incoming students, submit your form by Feb. 1 for priority consideration!

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