Academic Support

This is an archived copy of the 2015-2016 catalog. To access the most recent version of the catalog, please visit

Centers of Excellence

Diversity Programs


Student Life

Student Publications

Academic Resources

Academic Success Center


Staffed by professionals who are committed to student success, the Academic Success Center (ASC) emphasizes independent scholarship abilities, collaborative learning and developmental advising. The ASC is home base for the TRiO Student Support Services project, Eastern Advantage program and the Eastern Scholars Academy.

Types of Student Services Provided
  • Instruction in effective university success skills such as:
    • effective study strategies and test-taking techniques,
    • time management and establishing priorities, and
    • using and improving college level reading strategies.
  • personalized, one-on-one academic advising;
  • access to peer led collaborative learning groups, one-on-one tutoring, and eTutoring;
  • involvement in first-year experience programming; and;
  • access to workshops such as GRE prep and FAFSA prep.
Eastern Advantage

Eastern Advantage (EA) is a freshman first-year experience program designed to specifically meet the unique needs of first-generation college students enrolled at EWU. Participants must be Washington state residents, have a demonstrated financial need (FAFSA), apply during their senior year of high school in order to be eligible and be enrolled full time at EWU. Involvement in EA includes the following: intensive first-year academic advising; enrollment in a freshman fall seminar course; and a first-year scholarship toward EWU tuition.

Eastern Scholars Academy

The Eastern Scholars Academy (ESA) is a 10-day, pre-fall program that focuses on enhancing college readiness skills, especially in the areas of math, writing, social engagement, and leadership. Interested students who are selected to attend the Academy must also actively participate in the ASC first-year experience programs throughout the first three quarters of their freshman year.

Get Lit! Literary Programs

534 E. Spokane Falls Blvd. Suite 203
Spokane, WA 99202

Get Lit! programs include an annual literary festival and educational outreach programs that engage members of the Inland Northwest community in a celebration of reading, writing and storytelling for all ages. Each April, the week long literary festival hosts presentations by nationally known public intellectuals, writers and poets, as well as readings, writing workshops, panel discussions, contests and more. Out of 50 events, most are free and open to the public.

Throughout the year, the Get Lit! educational outreach program exposes K–12 students to professional writers. They reach an average of 5,000 students a year, helping young people discover the beauty of language and explore their own capacity for storytelling. Get Lit! programs seek to enhance the artistic, social and cultural life of people throughout the region.

Now a part of Eastern’s College of Arts and Letters, Get Lit! offers interactive internships in a variety of departments related to creative writing, communications, marketing and publicity, graphic design, website maintenance, grant writing, photography and arts education. Gather hands-on experience that will make your résumé shine. Contact the Get Lit! Programs .

Learning Commons

JFK Library

The Eastern Washington University Learning Commons is a comfortable, student-centered environment focused on academic exploration and collaboration. Located on the main floor of JFK Library, the Learning Commons fosters a community of inquiry where learning becomes creative and where intellectual growth is promoted through the social construction of knowledge. EWU Learning Commons’ Mission is to: provide a collaborative intellectual setting that inspires excellence in learning.

The primary academic support units housed in the Learning Commons are the Writers’ Center, PLUS (offering tutoring, study groups and eTutoring) and the Multimedia Commons. All services are free to EWU students. While their main locations are located elsewhere on campus, the Mathematics Department’s tutoring lab offers after-hours math tutoring in the Learning Commons and Career Services has a kiosk in the Learning Commons to extend services to students. As the Learning Commons grows, more programs will establish kiosks in the Learning Commons.

Professional Design and Photography Services

University Graphics
203 Huston Hall

Graphic design specialists can create a variety of high quality projects for faculty and staff. Let us bring clarity to your content through collaboration with our design staff. From posters to instructional documents for the classroom, we can assist you.

Photographic services include location and studio photography, preparation of digital images, scanning and enhancing slides, artwork, maps, prints and other instructional aids for your digital or poster presentations.

Ronald E. McNair Scholar Program

107 Monroe Hall

The TRiO McNair Scholar Program is funded by Congress through the U.S. Department of Education to provide opportunities for undergraduates to define their goals, engage in research and develop the skills and student/faculty mentor relationships critical to success at the doctoral level. McNair Scholars participate in paid research internships with faculty mentors in their majors and attend seminars on GRE preparation and application to graduate programs.

Mission Statement

McNair prepares low-income, first-generation and minority undergraduates for doctoral success, providing scholarly activities and community engagement to empower emerging scholars as agents of positive change in a culturally diverse world.

Applicant Requirements

  • sophomore standing and above;
  • a cumulative GPA2.8 overall and 3.0 in the major;
  • U.S. citizen or permanent U.S. resident;
  • first generation in college and low-income or belong to a group under-represented in doctoral studies (African Americans, Hispanic/Latinos, Native Americans and Native Hawaiians or other Pacific Islanders).

Technology Services and Support

Division of Information Technology (IT)
JFK Library, Lower Floor

The Division of Information Technology (IT), in partnership with the Library, Student Technology Fee funding and departments, support a number of tech-related services for students, faculty and staff. Some of these services include:

Help Desk

Answers to frequently asked questions are available online, additional assistance with technology related questions and problems can be requested by entering a ticket , emailing , calling 509.359.2247 or in person at the Help Desk located on the lower level of the library.

Information Technology Training and Consultation

Free online training 24/7/365 of more than 1,100 training titles, provided by Lynda Campus , is available to all EWU students, faculty and staff. IT staff offer consultation on the most effective use of campus technology including email, calendar, Internet, hardware, software, network resources and more. Ten gigabyte NetStorage drive that can be accessed any time and from anywhere.

Computer Labs

Hardware includes access to more than 1,000 physical and virtual Windows and Macintosh workstations, scanners, video editing decks, recording studios, printing options of black/white, color, photo, and large format poster-size output, and more. Learn more about Virtual Labs which provides 24/7/365 access to virtual lab computers . Learn more about printing options .

Software applications include Microsoft Office, Adobe Suite Master Collection (Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Premiere Pro, Acrobat Pro), class software such as SPSS, SAS, 3dsMax, ArcGIS, Mathematica, MatLab and much more. Additional software can be requested by contacting the Help Desk. Labs open to students during all hours of operations are located in PUB 359 and Riverpoint 207, along with the JFK Library. For more information .

General access departmental computer labs (open during non-class times) are available in many locations around campus including the Academic Success Center, Art, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Engineering and Sciences, Education, GIS, Math, Modern Languages and Psychology. Visit the Computer Labs link for specific locations and hours of operation.

The JFK Library provides an equipment checkout service which includes laptops, projectors, point/shoot and digital SLR cameras, low- high end video cameras, audio recorders and more. This service is located on the JFK Library lower floor at the Help Desk.

Software discounts for Adobe and Microsoft applications, along with free antivirus, are available at the EWU Bookstore. Visit the EWU Bookstore for more details (click the Technology link).

Classroom Technology Services

Eastern has three types of high tech classrooms: Enhanced, Televideo and Computer. These are general university classrooms scheduled through the Records and Registration Office prior to the start of each quarter.

  • Enhanced Classrooms allow a wide variety of multimedia sources to be projected on large format screens. These rooms are primarily designed to facilitate multimedia presentations.
  • Televideo Classrooms provide two-way compressed video conferencing through the statewide K–20 Telecommunications network and are designed to facilitate distance learning.
  • Computer Classrooms provide a teaching environment where the instructor and each student have a computer station connected to the campus network and are designed for hands-on computer interaction.

Writers' Center

JFK Library

The Writers’ Center offers thoughtful responses to writers at any stage in their writing processes. Students, faculty and staff are invited to participate in one-on-one sessions with professional responders. A variety of workshops are also conducted to enable students to become more adept at brainstorming, reading, creative writing, thesis preparation, use of style books and résumé preparation. A conversation group for ELL (English Language Learners) students is regularly scheduled each quarter. Appointments are available  Monday-Friday by making a reservation online at our website. Sessions are available at the Cheney or EWU Spokane campuses via in-person, SKYPE and online response. All Writers’ Center services are free.

Centers of Excellence


Dana Elder, Ph.D. Director
217 Hargreaves

The Honors Program at Eastern is an integrated four-year program of academically challenging courses for superior students. The Honors Program invites applications from high school seniors and from the diverse population of students interested in EWU, including transfers, commuters and nontraditional students. Freshman Honors courses satisfy four of the general education core requirements. Upper-division Honors courses include cross-listings such as, HONS 355/ANTH 355 and enriched courses in the major (Departmental Honors). Students who complete one or more of the Honors Program curricular requirements receive special recognition.

Enhanced course work, mentoring, smaller classes with outstanding faculty and emphases on great books, writing and critical-thinking significantly strengthen the undergraduate learning experience. Honors participation also enriches applications for graduate or professional programs, employment and/or
further study.

Inland Northwest Center for Writers

Riverpoint One–Suite 425

The Inland Northwest Center for Writers offers an undergraduate emphasis in creative writing within the English major, as well as a Master of Fine Arts degree that is recognized as one of the outstanding programs in the country. Many of the students admitted to the selective MFA program receive support to pursue their studies. The undergraduate and graduate creative writing courses in poetry, fiction and nonfiction are taught by resident faculty, all of whom are practicing writers with numerous and nationally recognized book publications.

In addition to its regular courses, the creative writing program offers internships with the Center’s literary journal, Willow Springs and also affords students the opportunity to edit and produce a publication of the undergraduate program, Northwest Boulevard. Committed junior and senior students may involve themselves with the Writers-In-The-Community Project, a program that takes student interns as creative writing instructors into area schools, prisons, community centers, half-way houses and other institutions.

The Center also features a regular schedule of visiting writers who make a public appearance in downtown Spokane and meet with students. Recent visitors include Jo Ann Beard, Patricia Hampl, Robert Hass, Yusef Komunyakaa, Thomas Lux, Richard Nelson, Tomaž Šalamun, James Welch, John Edgar Wideman, Phillip Loplate, Rick Bass, as well as the Nobel Prize winner, Ceszław Miłosz.


119 Music Bldg.

The Department of Music offers undergraduate and graduate programs in performance, composition and education. The goal of the department is to provide students with musical instruction and experiences of the highest possible quality. Students from a wide range of academic programs participate in seminars and ensembles led by outstanding faculty. Furthermore, the music program’s status as an EWU Center of Excellence enhances its ability to enhance the cultural life of the Inland Northwest and Cheney campus. Our outreach events and partnerships with the Spokane Symphony Orchestra, the Spokane Jazz Orchestra, the Spokane Youth Symphony and the Bob Curnow Band, comprised of many EWU music faculty and alumni make our music program a significant foundation for musical arts in our community.

Diversity Programs

Africana Education Program

204 Monroe Hall

The Africana Education Program is an academic and student service program. The Africana Education Program develops and teaches courses in Africana Studies, provides recruitment, support and retention services, and conducts research into the African Diaspora. All courses, services and events provided by the program are open to all EWU students.

Africana Studies courses are designed to promote understanding and appreciation of the African Diaspora as it unfolded over time and as it is currently manifested. The program uses the Afrocentric world view as the philosophical basis for the presentation of its courses.

The Africana Education Program provides academic and non-academic student support services including academic advising, scholarships, scholarship information and mentoring. The program assists students, faculty and staff in understanding the culture and issues of people of African descent. The program sponsors speakers and events and recognizes national African American holidays.

American Indian Studies Program

706 5th Street

The American Indian Studies Program at Eastern serves about 200 students, the largest enrollment of American Indians at the three regional state universities in Washington. Its purpose is to make university life a positive growth experience that expands students’ perspectives and vocational horizons. Student services offered through the program include:

  • academic planning;
  • tutoring;
  • career counseling;
  • housing and job referral;
  • financial aid and scholarship workshops;
  • university orientation;
  • personal and academic counseling;
  • cultural awareness workshops;
  • assistance with admissions.
  • research and reference materials on American Indians

American Indian Studies offers twenty courses and a minor. The American Indian Education Center is home of the American Indian Studies Program and the Native American Student Association.

Chicano Education Program (CEP)

203 Monroe Hall

The Chicano Education Program (CEP) is both an academic and a student recruitment and retention program. CEP’s academic focus is on providing all students, regardless of ethnicity, an opportunity to become familiar with the Chicano/Latino community and issues. This is accomplished through CEP’s Chicano Studies 25-credit undergraduate minor. Several Chicano Studies courses fulfill EWU’s cultural diversity requirement. CEP actively participates with the National Association for Chicana/Chicano Studies, stages numerous cultural and art exhibitions and operates a speakers’ forum all of which augment the opportunity to learn about the Chicano/Latino community beyond the classroom setting.

CEP’s student recruitment focuses on increasing the participation of Chicanos/Latinos in higher education. CEP actively recruits Chicano/Latino students from high schools and community colleges and helps prospective students complete their admissions process at EWU.

Retention Efforts Include
  • scholarships and scholarship information;
  • mentoring opportunities;
  • college orientation class;
  • tutoring;
  • academic advising;
  • student advocacy;
  • efforts focusing on creating a sense of community for Chicano/Latino students at EWU;
  • social/cultural programs.

CEP publishes an electronic quarterly newsletter, Q-VO, which informs students, parents and the community about program activities. The CEP houses the College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP), which is designed to recruit and retain migrant students during their first year of college at EWU. CAMP provides an array of academic support services and financial assistance to program participants.

Women's and Gender Studies Programs

207 Monroe Hall

The Women’s and Gender Studies Program at Eastern encompasses an academic program and a resource center component. The BA degree in Women’s and Gender Studies, the Women's and Gender Studies minor and the Gender Studies Certificate are comprised of courses that offer an interdisciplinary examination of women’s roles, contributions, history and experiences, as well as a critical study of gender structures in societies and cultures in the U.S. and the world.

The Women’s Studies Center under the Women’s and Gender Studies program provides:

  • a varied series of lunch hour presentations with topics related to women, gender, diversity and children;
  • scholarship information for women;
  • HOME (Helping Ourselves Means Education), a networking program for low income, nontraditional student parents;
  • a comfortable place to meet;
  • a library of books focusing on women and gender issues.


John F. Kennedy Library

816 F St., 100 LIB

Eastern Washington University's libraries consist of the John F. Kennedy Library, which is the main library on the Cheney campus, and the Riverpoint Campus Library in Spokane.

The library provides global information resources with over 140 full-text article databases and other online resources; maintains a book collection of over 860,000 volumes and 59,000 online and print periodicals; and serves as a selective depository for state and federal government documents.

The EWU Libraries’ WorldCat online catalog provides access to our resources, the combined holdings of 37 college and university libraries in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho for expedited delivery, as well as the holdings from libraries around the world. Students may obtain materials not owned by EWU Libraries by submitting interlibrary loan requests online.

Library faculty at both JFK Library and Spokane Academic Library provide assistance with library resources. They are also available for class instruction to help students learn the research process.

Spokane Academic Library

600 N. Riverpoint Blvd.
Spokane, WA 99210-1495

The Spokane Academic Library, located in the Academic Center at EWU Spokane, supports the Spokane-based programs of Eastern Washington University and Washington State University. It offers a full range of library services including reference and instruction, interlibrary loan and document delivery, and access to full-text article databases and other online resources.

Student Life

Associated Students of Eastern Washington University (ASEWU)

303 PUB

The Associated Students of Eastern Washington University (ASEWU) are a body of elected student representatives who work to promote and encourage the pursuit of higher education and student life on the main campus and branch campuses of EWU. In addition, the ASEWU promotes the expression of student opinion through formal and informal means in accordance with the EWU Student Conduct Code.

The ASEWU Council is a liaison between state, local and university officials, which includes faculty, staff, administration and the students of EWU. The ASEWU commits itself to the students of Eastern Washington University to act as a resource for student activism, to provide students with leadership opportunities and to send a legislative liaison to lobby the Washington State Legislature and the Washington Student Association (WSA).

Twelve students are elected to their respective positions: president, executive vice president, finance vice president and nine Council representatives that address specific departmental areas.

These elected officials are charged with

  • representing the issues and concerns of EWU students throughout the campus community, the city of Cheney and at the state level including such venues as WSA and in the state legislature;
  • receiving and identifying issues, concerns and questions from the general student body. When a problem has been identified, seeking a solution and/or a resolution in a proactive manner with the appropriate university personnel and/or community personnel;
  • funding of various programs on campus. In addition, providing funding for many ASEWU recognized student clubs and organizations and providing funding for a variety of student services;
  • maintaining interaction and communication with SAIL–Student Activities Involvement and Leadership– to ensure that the activities, programs and events provided for students meet the needs of Eastern’s diverse student population.

The ASEWU office is located in 303 PUB, or by calling 509.359.2514. Elected members hold regular office hours during the quarter and encourage students to get involved. Students are invited to visit the ASEWU website at  for current information and activities.

ASEWU Elections

Election of student body officers takes place during spring quarter. Candidates begin filing for their position on the first Friday of the quarter. The primary election is held the fourth Tuesday of the quarter. The general election takes place on Tuesday of the sixth week. A complete description of ASEWU election governance is found in the ASEWU constitution and bylaws, which can be reviewed in the ASEWU office, at the library or online at .

Elected ASEWU officers and Council representatives earn professional experience and are paid during their tenure in office.

ASEWU Superior Court

The ASEWU Superior Court is a judicial body of five appointed student justices (a chief justice and four associate justices) who work to ensure that all policies adopted by the student government adhere to the ASEWU constitution, bylaws, the EWU Student Conduct Code and all university policies, and county, state and federal laws. The Court conducts weekly meetings. These meetings are open to all students and they encourage the general student population to be aware of the Court’s activities. Justices maintain weekly office hours to allow students, faculty, student government officers and staff access to them to address concerns or problems. Vacancies on the Superior Court are filled as they occur by the ASEWU president with the advice and consent of the current ASEWU Council. Once appointed, justices serve in office for the duration of their tenure at EWU or until they resign or no longer meet the eligibility requirements for the position. Members of the Court receive monetary compensation for their services.

Athletics at Eastern

207 PEHR Classroom Bldg.
509.359.2463 or toll free 800.648.7697

You have now become a member of a National Championship Program.

You may not have known, but EWU Football won the 2010 NCAA FCS National Championship the last three Big Sky Championships and participated in the National Playoffs! Men’s Basketball is current Big Sky Champions led by the nation’s leading scorer, Tyler Harvey, recently drafted to the Orlando Magic. EWU’s Athletic Department is a vital part of campus life, with six intercollegiate sports for men and eight for women. EWU is an NCAA Division I athletic program providing training and competition for athletically talented student-athletes and provides a source of pride and entertainment for the campus community, students, alumni and the local area. An athletic contest, whether on the red turf (Inferno) or not, gives students at Eastern an opportunity to celebrate on ESPN, Big Sky TV, SWX or other media outlets while supporting the Eagles! Students cheering and having a good time in the stands is vital to the success of Eagle sports! Join the nation’s best mascot, Swoop, on game days to cheer on the Eagles.

The student-athletes at Eastern consistently lead the Big Sky Conference in academic performance and combined with athletic performance won the President’s Trophy in 2011. The Sky provides exciting intercollegiate competition pitting Eastern teams against institutions such as Montana, Montana State, Sacramento State, Northern Colorado, Northern Arizona, Idaho State, North Dakota, Southern Utah, Cal Poly, U.C. Davis, University of Idaho and Weber State. There are also exciting non-conference opponents with the likes of Gonzaga, Washington, Oregon, Oregon State and Washington State.

Division I sports include:


FSC Football
Men's Basketball
Men's Cross Country
Men's Tennis
Men's Track and Field—Indoor/Outdoor


Women's Basketball
Women's Cross Country
Women's Golf
Women's Soccer
Women's Tennis
Women's Track and Field—Indoor/Outdoor
Women’s Softball (Fall 2017)
Women's Volleyball

Home football games are played on the Inferno at Roos Field on the Cheney campus, while basketball and volleyball games are held in Reese Court, the five thousand seat centerpiece of Eastern’s Sports and Recreation Center. Indoor track meets are staged in the Thorpe Field House and outdoor track meets are held at the Roos Field track. Tennis competes indoors in the Thorpe Field House and outdoors on their eight court complex. Soccer competes on the Sports and Recreation Soccer Complex. No admission is charged to Eastern Washington University students to attend all pre-season and regular season competitions. We look forward to seeing you and SWOOP at the games this year!

Career Services

114 Showalter Hall

Career Services provides resources for every stage of your career development including how to:

  • explore career options
  • arrange an internship
  • search for employment
  • polish a résumé
  • interview with prospective employers

Career Planning

Career Planning offers a variety of services and resources to help you make well informed academic and career related decisions. Career Planning services include:

  • individual career advising
  • resources to help you decide on a major
  • information on researching career options
  • résumé assistance
  • job-search preparation
  • Career Planning Resource Library with drop in hours each week
  • 2 credit Career Development courses–CRSV 210 and CRSV 298

Internship Programs

Receive academic credit by working in positions related to your major field of study and career interest. Internships help you transition from graduation into a career. An internship provides the opportunity to:

  • explore specific career interests, evaluate, confirm or reshape career goals
  • apply classroom learning to real-life projects and assignments
  • establish professional networks
  • develop marketable skills

Community Engagement

Career Services can help you find meaningful volunteer positions where you can serve your community and expand your network. Through volunteering, you can:

  • increase your awareness of important social issues
  • gain exposure to diverse perspectives
  • build a valuable network of community contacts
  • explore career options
  • give back!

All our job, internship and volunteer opportunities can be found through EagleAXIS .

Clubs and Organizations

320 Pub

Today’s job market demands more than just good grades. Employers want students who have been engaged in extracurricular activities. These experiences provide the ability for students to gain new skills like communication, problem solving, critical thinking skills, networking, responsibility and working within a team.

With an average of more than 100 student organizations on campus each school year, our student organizations offer leadership opportunities that will enrich your campus experience while providing a venue to learn exceptional job skills. Choose from cultural/ethnic groups, academic major-related clubs, academic fraternities, social fraternities and sororities, political/social action organizations, recreation groups, religious/spiritual organizations, service/philanthropic clubs and sports teams.

Dean of Students–Associate Vice President for Student Life

320 Pub

Besides the many clubs and organizations already in existence, students are welcome to form a new organization. Stop by the Student Activities, Involvement and Leadership Office in PUB 320 for additional information. The Dean of Students is responsible for fostering a healthy, secure and supportive environment for students that integrates intellectual, social, cultural and emotional development of students. The dean and staff serve as advocates for students. The dean oversees Student Activities Involvement and Leadership (SAIL—Campus Programs, Clubs and Organizations, Greek Life, Student Government, and Eagle Entertainment), Campus Recreation (Outdoor Programs, Intramurals and Club Sports), the Student Rights and Responsibilities (Judicial Programs, Student Support and Advocacy Manager, Counseling and Psychological Services and Disability Support Services.)

EPIC Adventures

URC 150

EPIC Adventures is the EWU outdoor program offering outdoor and adventure trips, instruction, special events, equipment rentals, and an indoor climbing wall for students. Our programs are designed for all ability levels, and we specialize in introducing people to new activities. From backpacking to ice climbing, canoeing to whitewater kayaking, we provide activities that range from relaxing jaunts to full-on adventures. EPIC is open to all students, so stop by and sign up.

EPIC Adventures is based out of the first floor of the University Recreation Center. Check us out at , email us at  or call us at 509.359.4014.

Intramural and Club Sports

Intramural Sports (I.M.)
Director: Mike Campitelli
(URC) 201

Club Sport Federation (CSF)

Intramural Sports (I.M.)

One of the largest student activity programs on campus, the Intramural Sports program has nearly 2,500 active participants annually. The program provides EWU students with a diverse schedule of team and individual sports each quarter with many leagues offered at advanced, moderate and recreational levels of play. New activities recently started are laser tag and paintball as the I.M. program is constantly searching for new and exciting activities to offer EWU students. What’s in it for you? Improved physical fitness, social and group interaction, leadership/individual/team skills development and most importantly, the chance to have fun and relieve stress from the rigors of college life are all benefits to playing in I.M. Sports. There is no cost to students and faculty/staff are welcome to participate with all activities held right on campus for player convenience. I.M. leagues play one night per week for 6 weeks so the time commitment is minimal but the upside is huge. Intramural Sports is funded by the Service and Activities Fee Committee and is a program in the Department of Student Life, Division of Student Affairs. For information on the Intramural Sports program, you can go to or All team and player registration is handled on our web site.

Club Sport Federation (CSF)

Continuing to be one of the fastest growing programs on campus is the Club Sport Federation (CSF). Sport clubs are offered based on student interest and campus trends with each club determining whether they want to be competitive or practice/workout based. The CSF is committed to providing EWU students with the opportunity to participate in the sport of their choice while representing EWU in club competitions or for the pure pleasure of connecting with others interested in their sport. One of the biggest strengths of this program is the wide variety of sport options to choose from and the opportunity for students to try a sport they never thought they would have the chance to participate in. Some of the EWU clubs are among the regions elite with many attending regional and national championship tournaments. Get outside your comfort zone and learn a new sport, that’s what the CSF is about as well as the chance to represent EWU in competitions throughout the region. Currently, there are over 35 active clubs in a variety of team and individual sports with new clubs coming online as student interest dictates. With room for all skill levels and gender groups, this great program has an incredible future.

Student Rights and Responsibilities (SRR)

320 PUB

The Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities serves as the conduct affairs office at Eastern Washington University. SRR is primarily responsible for enforcement of the EWU Student Conduct Code. SRR also provides student advocacy and mediation/conflict resolution services for EWU students who are seeking to resolve conflicts with other students.

Sorority and Fraternity Life

320/322 PUB

Eastern is the only regional university in the state of Washington to host a sorority and fraternity community. There are thirteen fraternities and eight sororities registered on campus, providing students with excellent opportunities to develop leadership skills, school pride and social and community involvement.

Four councils govern the Greek community. The Diversified Greek Council (DGC), Interfraternity Council (IFC), National Pan-Hellenic Council, and the Panhellenic Council (PHC) serve as communication centers for the exchange of ideas and information and are responsible for keeping fraternity and sorority chapters in compliance with university and national standards. Sorority and Fraternity Life also has an honor society, Order of Omega, that is dedicated to high standards of academics, leadership, and community service.

The most common way to get involved with sorority and fraternity life is through recruitment. For more information about how to join a fraternity or sorority please contact the Office of Student Activities in 320/322 Pence Union Bldg.

Listed below are established, and in the process of being established, social fraternities and sororities.


Alpha Phi Alpha (NPHC)
Beta Theta Pi (NIC)
Delta Chi (NIC)
Iotal Phi Theta (NPHC)
Kappa Alpha Psi (NPHC)
Omega Delta Phi (DGC)
Omega Psi Phi (NPHC)
Phi Beta Sigma (NPHC)
Phi Delta Theta (NIC)
Pi Lambda Phi (NIC)
Sigma Lambda Beta (NALFO)
Sigma Nu (NIC)
Sigma Phi Epsilon (NIC)


Alpha Phi (NPC)
Alpha Omicron Pi (NPC)
Alpha Xi Delta (NPC)
Gamma Phi Beta (NPC)
Kappa Delta Chi (NALFO)
Lambda Theta Alpha (DGC)
Sigma Lambda Gamma (NALFO)
Zeta Phi Beta (NPHC)

Washington Student Association (WSA)

320 PUB

Washington Student Association (WSA) is a professional statewide non-profit student organization that lobbies for, represents, serves and protects the collective interests of students in post-secondary education in Washington state. As a united body, the WSA will:

  • preserve and enhance the quality of education in the state of Washington;
  • represent the collective interests of students through communication with state and federal governments and other interested groups;
  • serve as a conduit for communication between universities regarding statewide issues and policies;
  • develop positive relationships with other student advocacy groups in the state as well as statewide and national student associations;
  • aid in the appointment of students to statewide committees and task forces.

Additionally, the organization introduces students to the legislative process and offers students the opportunity to gain valuable organizational experience and create a valuable network with higher education leaders and state legislators. Currently, the WSA is composed of nine member institutions that include baccalaureate institutions, branch campuses, graduate and professional associations and community colleges. The ASEWU works in partnership with the Board of Directors and General Assembly of the WSA to advocate for:

  • affordable and predictable tuition;
  • increased financial aid;
  • increased access and completion for all to higher education;
  • equal student representation on all policies impacting students in higher education.

Students who donate two dollars ($2) each quarter they register are supporting WSA's lobbying efforts in Olympia.

Student Publications

The Easterner

102 Isle Hall

EWU’s student newspaper, The Easterner , serves the university community by providing news and information about campus life. It provides a public forum for discussion and debate of significant ideas and issues. It examines topics that have the potential to highlight solutions to campus problems, to influence the campus community and to promote the common good. The newspaper’s online site, also provides news, features and sports stories, commentary, photo slide shows and videos.

All content in The Easterner is either produced or chosen by EWU students. The Easterner’s goal is to provide relevant information to the students, faculty, staff and residents of the communities surrounding EWU.

The paper is distributed weekly during fall, winter and spring quarters throughout the Cheney campus and business district as well as the EWU Spokane campus. If you would like The Easterner to be distributed at your business, call the Advertising Department at 509.359.7010.

The first copy of The Easterner is free. Additional copies may be purchased at Isle Hall 102.

The Easterner also provides a learning laboratory for students who are interested in the field of journalism. The Easterner is open to any EWU student or faculty member who wishes to write or copy edit news stories. If you would like to contribute a story or find out more about joining The Easterner staff, call 509.359.4318.

If you have a news tip, press release, or story idea, call The Easterner’s tip line at 509.359.6270. Advertising may be placed by calling 509.359.7010, sending a FAX to 509.359.4319 or email .

The Focus

303 PUB

The Focus  is a daily newsletter published by the Associated Students of Eastern Washington University during the academic year. It is distributed in many campus buildings and EWU Spokane, Riverpoint. This widely read publication contains information of campus events and activities, job opportunities, housing, meetings, general announcements and the popular swap shop section.

Individuals wishing to submit an announcement or advertisement will find submission forms on the first floor of the PUB next to the Eagle Shop, outside the ASEWU  office (303 PUB) or online The Focus . Return signed forms to either the box outside of the Eagle Shop or the ASEWU office, 303 PUB. Forms may also be returned via fax to 509.359.4737 or mailed to the ASEWU office, 303 Pence Union Bldg., Cheney, WA 99004-2463