Dear Eagle Family and Friends:

At 8 a.m. on September 25, we rang the bell of the EWU one-room schoolhouse: a wonderful tradition that officially welcomes in the new academic year.

Our opening week is always filled with traditions. We welcome new students in a beautiful, formal Convocation ceremony. Then we shift to a noisier, more casual event, as students Pass Through the Pillars in front of Showalter Hall and are warmly welcomed as Eagles by crowds of enthusiastic faculty and staff.

We follow up that event with the Red Rumble on the turf of Roos Field. Here students learn our cheers, practice racing across the field the way they will at the football game the following Saturday—and create a massive EWU formation (and photo opportunity) in the center of the field.

These traditions are always accompanied by a myriad of annual gatherings: welcoming events for new faculty, my State of the University address, and a barbecue lunch for faculty and staff in my backyard (which occurred this year on one of the most beautiful fall days imaginable).

Then the weather changed. Opening week was capped by a big game against the University of North Dakota: an excellent win in a driving wind and snow storm!

We’re off to a busy and wonderful new academic year—working hard to ignite change and transform lives. I look forward to sharing our Eastern news as the year progresses.

Best Wishes—and Go Eags!

Mary Cullinan
President, Eastern Washington University