To EWU Faculty and Staff,
Eastern Eagle Football is right around the corner and I am excited for my first full academic year as Athletic Director. As we prepare to open with our first home game of the season, I am so appreciative of the support given from Eagles all over campus. On behalf of EWU Athletics, I would like to thank you all for everything you do to make Eastern Washington University the amazing place it is to call home.
On Saturday, Sept. 1, at 1:05 p.m., our football team will host Central Washington University on Roos Field; we would like to invite ALL Eastern Washington University staff and faculty to join us as our guests. Each EWU employee is eligible to receive one (1) complimentary ticket to the game, with the ability to purchase additional tickets at $10 each.
You may claim/purchase your ticket(s) Aug. 29-31 by contacting our Director of Ticketing, Nicole Guerra, at 509.359.4008 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This deal expires on Friday, Aug. 31, at 3 p.m.
Thank you for all that you do for our University and Go EAGS!
Director of Athletics
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On Thursday, Sept. 13, EWU IT will host its second-annual WordPress Meetup. Users and developers of WordPress on campus will come together to share their experiences, discuss best practices and offer support.
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To better ensure the receipt of important emergency information through the EWU Alerts system, all official EWU student and employee email addresses will automatically receive active alert messages beginning this fall. This includes all email addresses for students and employees ending in @eagles.ewu.edu and @ewu.edu.
This shift to an automatic opt-in for university email addresses does not change the need to manually add your work or personal cell phone, or alternative email addresses, should you choose to do so. EWU Police still highly recommend providing your most immediately-seen modes of communication to the EWU Alerts system to ensure you always receive prompt updates wherever you are.
All students and employees are encouraged to visit the EWU Alerts log-in page, now accessible through the university’s single sign-on (SSO) system, to keep your account up-to-date and ensure you’ve provided modes of communication in addition to your university email address.
Learn more at ewu.edu/alerts
Please note that EWU Alerts/Omnilert systems will be performing maintenance on Friday, Aug. 31, 2018 from 11 p.m.-midnight PST. Services and portals will be unavailable during this maintenance window.
“Shots fired on the third floor.”
Fortunately, this frightening emergency call was part of a drill. The annual Eastern Washington University Police training exercise is designed to simulate a situation that could very well play out on campus, and those involved know they must be prepared.
“We practice this because it continues to occur in K-12, in higher education,” says EWU Police Chief Tim Walters. “It’s just part of what we have to deal with on a yearly basis.”
This year’s training took part in JFK Library on Aug. 22. The scenario involved a shooter barricaded on the third floor, while emergency teams tried to rescue two victims in the basement.
“In this scenario we have the active shooter cornered and secured, and the other teams are coming in to extract the survivors.”
This rescue and recovery exercise included local fire departments who had to coordinate resources to act quickly, efficiently and safely.
Chief Walters points out every detail of the training session is scrutinized because there is no room for error if the real thing happens.
“We want to make sure that our timing windows are good because there’s a certain amount of time that we want to get to our victims, the survivability rate decreases as time marches on so we’re timing our units off of how quickly they respond and get to their victims.”
And while no one wants to think about what might happen in an actual active shooter situation, Walters reminds everyone on campus to think about situational awareness at all times.
“If you see something, say something. We want to get in front of these things in the prevention piece of it before we get to this place.”
(Be prepared, learn more about EWU Alerts).
Construction on Spokane’s first net zero energy building, featuring Eastern Washington University as the primary tenant, is underway after those involved in the historic project gathered for the ceremonial groundbreaking on Wednesday, Aug. 8, in Spokane.
EWU President Mary Cullinan called the development “an incredible opportunity for our students,” as she thanked all the partners who are coming together to make the Catalyst a reality.
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A fire broke out Monday morning on the West Plains, leading to activation of the EWU Alerts system with the following message:
Monday, Aug. 6, at 3:06 p.m. — There is a fire near Interstate 90 between Four Lakes and Salnave Rd. Eastbound I-90 is closed at Salnave. Please plan alternate routes. We recommend using Cheney-Spokane Rd due to the possibility that WSP may close SR904.
Now in its third day, the # burning three miles northwest of # is estimated at 334 acres. Crews are working around the clock to secure the fire trail and mop up burning material. The fire is currently 20% contained.
Greater Spokane Emergency Management would like to take this opportunity to inform residents and working professionals in the Cheney area of emergency evacuation procedures. Resource such as a Evacuation Guidelines and a Grab and Go Checklist are available at spokanecounty.org/1460/Emergency-Management
From EWU Student Affairs – Campus Recreation
Eastern Washington University Eagles Hockey Club is proud to announce a new generation of hockey in Cheney.
After a successful 2017-2018 campaign, culminating with a Northern Pacific Hockey Conference Championship, the EWU Hockey Club gained recognition from the PAC-8 conference and has been accepted into their league for the 2018-2019 season. The Eagles’ regular season schedule will include games against University of Oregon, Western Washington University, University of California Los Angeles, University of Washington, Washington State University, and Boise State University.
At the end of the regular season, the Eagles will then have an opportunity to compete in Lake Tahoe against the top teams in the PAC-8 conference including teams from the PAC-8 South; Arizona State University, University of Southern California, University of California Berkley, San Jose State University, and San Diego State University.
With the opportunity to become a nationally recognized competitor, the Eagles have decided to combine the current two club sports federation hockey teams into a single competitive and winning program, with the hopes of soon returning to the ACHA National Tournament.
“I am very proud of what we achieved this year in the Northern Pacific Hockey Conference, this opportunity to join the PAC-8 was earned by our players and the teams from the past who set the stage for progress,” remarked second-year head coach Pat Hanlon on the move to the PAC-8.
Eastern Washington University Club Sports coordinator, Travis Allen added, “This move positions EWU Hockey to return to the program of old. Administratively we are excited at the chance for our student body to no longer be confused about which team is playing and hopefully this translates to a larger crowd present at games. Our students are excited to see schools they’ve heard about for years in their very own building.”
From Provost Scott Gordon:
Dr. Pui-Yan Lam, Professor of Sociology and Justice Studies and Associate Dean in the College of Social Sciences, has accepted the position of Faculty Commons Director. Dr. Lam has served as Associate Dean since 2012 and has been a member of the faculty since 2001. Her research often focuses on race and culture. She is well-versed in assessment of student learning as well as study-abroad experiences of students. Dr. Lam is a co-champion on the Ignite Change Strategic Planning team, and has served as a new faculty mentor.
As director she will enable the Faculty Commons to support all teaching faculty, including teaching assistants, adjuncts, lecturers, on all campuses, at every stage of their careers; establish and enhance programs that support the scholarship of teaching and learning in a holistic approach; bring together faculty, administrative/professional staff, and students to foster a sense of shared responsibility in learning, and much more.
Please join me in welcoming Dr. Lam to the position.