Friday, April 29, 2005


McReynolds gets kudos

EWU trustee Neil McReynolds was the subject of an excellent opinion piece in a recent Puget Sound Business Journal issue. He is lauded for his vision in helping establish Bellevue Community College and the new partnership between BCC and EWU.

Puget Sound Business Journal

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Thursday, April 28, 2005


Entrepreneurial Eagle brings valet parking to downtown Spokane

Recognizing an emerging niche going unfilled, EWU grad James Yost has started a valet service for downtown upscale businesses. It seems to be off to a smashing start...

Spokesman Review


Surprise ouster of winningest H.S. coach in south Illinois

Eastern grad Wendell Wheeler built one of the most successful high school basketbal programs in southern Illinois at DuQuoin H.S., but he was surprisingly let go despite his success at that high school. He has logged over 300 wins in his high school basketball coaching career -- a formidible total.

Southern Illinoisan

Tuesday, April 26, 2005


Crime lab expected to be big boost for case backlogs

A WSU study showed a huge backlog in the number of criminal cases where on-hand DNA evidence hadn't been tested yet. Locally, the Washington State Patrol's crime lab on the EWU campus has already helped cut the backlog by 70 cases.

Spokesman Review


Mixed results for EWU in new state budget

The final budget passed by both branches of the Legislature yesterday had a mix of good and bad for Eastern, as legislators decided to add slots for new enrollments but also left the University's top capital priority out of the final budget.

Seattle Times, Spokesman Review

Monday, April 25, 2005


NFL Draft redux

A few days late posting, but Michael Roos became the highest drafted player in EWU history on Saturday, as the Tennessee Titans made him the third offensive tackle chosen in the draft.

Spokesman Review


Former EWU public admin grad continues rapid career ascent

Mike Patterson, who I became friends with when he was the city manager of Airway Heights and I was a reporter, makes the move to the city manager slot in Redmond, Oregon's fastest growing city. He mentions EWU professor Terry Novak as one of his heroes.

Bend Bulletin

Thursday, April 21, 2005


Brock's TV study gets more notice

EWU professor Barb Brock's study on television eschewing found its way into an Oregonian story today. Been a while since that study, so I was surprised to see it pop up again in the media...

Oregon Live

Wednesday, April 20, 2005


Pugh auditions for Texas-Arlington gig

EWU Dean of Students Danny Pugh is one of five finalists for a VP slot at the University of Texas at Arlington. He interviewed with the campus community yesterday.

The Shorthorn

Monday, April 18, 2005


Some alum news from around the country

The city of Decatur's (Tex.) loss is Ft. Worth's gain, as EWU urban and regional planning alum Trina Finney is moving on from her planning director job in Decatur to a new gig in Ft. Worth.

EWU alum Bruce Reim retires after successful career as supervisor of Sunrise Group Home in Ephrata.

Pastor Judith Ann Richards (Eastern MSW program alum) leads Gresham, Ore. congregation through transitionary time.


I caught you a delicious bass

Eastern alumnus Todd Mcfarlane is making all our wildest dreams come true with his new line of Napoleon Dynamite action figures. Soon, you will be able to procure Napoleon, Pedro or Kip -- I'm hoping an Uncle Rico figure is also in the works -- they could even give him a springy arm and a little football he could toss...


Roos in the spotlight

EWU Eagle left tackle Michael Roos made the front page of the Spokesman Review and also the Seattle P-I. He is expected to be drafted higher in the NFL draft than any previous Eagle player.

Spokesman Review, Seattle P-I

More media tag-alongs later in the day throughout the country, from California to Tennessee, as the national press picked up the story via Scripps-Howard that Dave Boling did for the Tacoma News Tribune...

Tacoma News Tribune, Scripps-Howard, CBS Sportsline


Review opines on Free Speech

The Spokesman Review editorial board put in their two cents on the Bake Sale and free speech on the EWU campus.

Spokesman Review

Friday, April 15, 2005


Universities crossing fingers on budget

Here's a good story in the Seattle Times about the lobbying efforts in Olympia to get solid higher education funding built into the state budget.

Seattle Times


No. Colorado getting close to Big Sky invite

Looks like the University of Northern Colorado may become the next member of the Big Sky athletic conference. They've been jumping through hoops to get there for a while now...

Spokesman Review, Rocky Mtn. News, Arizona Republic, Greeley Tribune, Denver Post,


Get Lit! gets some Westside press

Showing growing regional interest and reach, the EWU Press' annual Get Lit! literary festival recieved some space in the Seattle P-I and also was picked up by a couple Oregon media outlets.

Seattle P-I, Oregon Live


Bake sale redux...

Looks like there was plenty of viewpoints expressed at yesterday's GOP students bake sale at the student union building...

Spokesman Review, KXLY-TV (w/ video)

Thursday, April 14, 2005


Get Lit! heating up

Eastern Washington University Press' annual Get Lit! literary festival is kicking off this week. Lots of coverage in the media, with more likely to come.

Spokesman Review, S-R (schedule), The Inlander (another schedule), Inlander (Robert Bly article), Inlander (even more...), Inlander (Jess Walter on Salman Rushdie), Inlander (on the mysterious David Sedaris), Inlander (on Bob Edwards), Inlander (History of Get Lit!)


Walter has a hit on his hands

Rave reviews so far for Eastern alumnus Jess Walter's new book, "Citizen Vince." Here's the media lowdown thus far:

Columbus This Week, Spokesman Review, The Inlander


Bake Sale with a twist

The EWU campus Republicans are putting on their controversial "Anti-affirmative Action Bake Sale" today. Just got a call from KREM-TV's Shannon Sims, so it looks like we'll have coverage on tonight's TV news. I expect the other two stations and a couple newspapers to make their way to Cheney today, as well...

Here's some media run-up to the event: US News and World Report, Spokesman Review, Easterner Online


Dr. Jordan's Departure

Here's a round-up of some of the media on Dr. Jordan's recent hiring as president of Metropolitan State College in Denver, Colo.

Westword, Spokesman Review, Rocky Mtn. News, Denver Post, Rocky Mtn. News (opinion piece), Met Online, MSNBC/KHQ

Dr. Jordan will continue as president at EWU until the June 11 commencement. He starts his Metro State job on July 1.


Churchill roundup

I've gone back and grabbed a good representation of the mass coverage of the saga of the Ward Churchill disinvitation/free speech lamentings/visit...

Churchill visit: Easterner Online, Rocky Mtn. News, Seattle Times, Spokesman Review, Wired News, UK Guardian, Seattle P-I, Cheney Free Press, The Inlander

Churchill pre-visit: Rocky Mtn. News, Spokesman Review, Denver Post, KXLY (w/ video), Chronicle of Higher Ed, Easterner Online, Bill O'Reilly, ACLU letter, EWU Young Demos, University Diaries Blog, I Speak of Dreams Blog, The Inlander (funny), Sound Politics Blog, Right Mind Blog, Ward Churchill is a Fraud Blog (all Ward, all the time)

While there is more out there, I'll leave some Googling fun for y'all...

Wednesday, April 13, 2005


Eagle Wire -- beta

Dragging Eastern Washington University kicking and screaming into the blogosphere is the intent of this news blog, which will be a clearinghouse for links and comments on EWU appearances in the news media.

Right now, this effort is in beta -- making this sort of an unofficial site being run by a fairly official person, David Rey, EWU's media relations specialist. We'll see how this experiment goes before launching an official news blog from the EWU homepage.

The Eagle Wire will also contain posted entries on higher education and political issues germane to Eastern.

As we go along, please give feedback -- positive or negative...

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