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Spring 2015

Dean’s Corner

CALE faculty, staff, students and alumni:

I am pleased to present the CALE Newsletter. Here we plan to provide interesting and noteworthy information about the various people and programs that make up CALE and current events in the college. I am especially hopeful we can use this newsletter to underscore the many successes and achievements of our students, staff and faculty. The CALE dean’s office staff needs your help for this newsletter to be successful. We depend upon individuals to send us items to consider, so please send us a note when you hear of something that may be newsworthy.

I hope you enjoy the newsletter and learn more about the College of Arts, Letters and Education.

Roy B. Sonnema, Dean
College of Arts, Letters and Education

CALE Spotlight: Ed Yarwood Professor Emeritus and Dean Emeritus

Ed YarwoodAfter 46 years of continuous service, Professor Edmund Yarwood has stepped down from his duties at EWU. Yarwood began his teaching career in September 1968 as assistant professor of Russian in the Department of Foreign Languages. Over the years, he was instrumental in founding three still-thriving self-support programs on campus.

He formed the English Language Institute (ELI) in 1979, which has helped thousands of students from abroad come to EWU, learn English and transition into regular courses taught on campus. His recruitment trips to places such as Japan, Korea, Taiwan and Thailand resulted in cooperative relations with other universities and opened the doors for many international students to study at Eastern.

Yarwood also brought the Asia University America Program (AUAP) to EWU in 1988 and for many years served as its executive director. The program brings students from Asia University in Tokyo, Japan, to our campus, allowing these students to hone their English language skills and meet American students at EWU.

He was instrumental in establishing high school programs that bring foreign language instruction to regional schools. French, German, Japanese and Spanish are taught through Running Start and other programs allowing high school students to earn college credit in languages. His work establishing these programs has had a large impact on the quality of foreign language instruction available to high schools in our region.

Yarwood was an active leader at Eastern Washington University, significantly enhancing the quality of his academic department and the university. As he departs, we recognize his legacy and his many contributions. He will be greatly missed. —RS

CALE Concentrates on Mission and Strategic Planning

With a new dean and a fresh focus on strategic planning, CALE has set out in 2014-15 to clarify the college’s identity, purpose and direction. Starting at the faculty retreat in September and continuing in a college-wide workshop on January 9, CALE faculty and staff have participated in productive conversations to draft and revise statements defining our mission, vision and values. At the January meeting, even though faculty had set aside their teaching hats, some students were still learning. Several undergraduates with campus jobs in Dining Services attended the meeting for work but found themselves absorbing lessons about the process of discussion and debate in a complex and diverse organization like CALE. "It’s good to see faculty engaged in the kinds of small-group activities that they ask us to do in class. I’m seeing a new side to the work they do here," said sophomore Dezarae West, one of the student workers.

During winter quarter, Michelle Hege of Desautel-Hege Communications acted as facilitator for the retreat session and led the discussion and activities that resulted in draft statements of what we value, what we believe and how we define ourselves as a college.

The college recently voted to approve the mission, vision and values statements crafted through this process. Guided by these statements, CALE will now begin to develop specific strategic initiatives for next year. —BD

CALE Faculty Lend Their Expertise

From here at Eastern to across the United States and overseas, CALE faculty set out to share their expertise and passions. Just a few highlights…


Dean Sonnema
Roy Sonnema, Dean

Celebrating Service Milestones

45 Years
Philip Weller

35 Years
Colleen Hegney

25 Years
Maureen Henderson
Debbie Moradi
LaVona Reeves
Robin Showalter
William Stimson

20 Years
Lynn Briggs
Garrett Kenney
Paul Lindholdt
John Marshall

15 Years
Jon Hammermeister
Margaret Heady
Elisa Nappa
Chris Stewart
Randel Wagner

10 Years
Logan Greene
Samuel Ligon
Peter Porter

5 Years
Reagan Henderson
Natalia Ruiz-Rubio

Thank you for your dedication and years of service.

Grants Awarded

Start Something Big Grants

Fall quarter: $12,235 awarded for projects proposed by Chadron Hazelbaker, Melissa Huggins, Natalie Kusz, Elisha Miranda and Julia Salerno

Winter quarter: $3,500 awarded for projects proposed by Melissa Huggins, Sheila Woodward and Julian Gomez-Giraldo

Diversity Initiative Grant

Fall quarter: $4,749 awarded for projects proposed by Jeremy Schultz and Callie Spencer

Technology and Innovation Grant

$33,000 awarded for projects proposed by Jonathan Middleton

College Spark Grant

$30,000 annually, or $90,000 in total, awarded for projects proposed by Sean Agriss

Faculty Grants for Research and Creative Works

$41,252 awarded for projects proposed by Elisa Nappa, Gina Petrie, Natalia Ruiz-Rubio, Garth Babcock, Wendy Repovich and Elisha Miranda

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Assistant Professor Justin Young presented his work at the Pacific Northwest Writing Centers Association Conference in Vancouver, Washington.

Professor Patrick Winters, Assistant Professors Jenny Kellogg and Kristina Ploeger and Lecturers Don Goodwin, Andrew Plamondon and Steve Friel of the Music Department set out to Kennewick and Pasco, where they performed, visited and provided critical advice and information on pursuing a degree in music.


Professor Elisa Nappa visited Georgia State College as a guest artist, demonstrating ceramic techniques and working with art students.

Associate Professor Peter Porter presented a film studies paper at UC Davis in California, "Scenes of Capture: The Dark Beginning of the Animal Rescue Narrative."

Professors Ron Martella and Nancy Marchand-Martella and Assistant Professor Tara Haskins presented their work on small group instruction at the Clute Institute International Conference in Hawaii.

Professor Hank Steiner presented his research on the poetry of Robinson Jeffers at the Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities.


Associate Professor Sheila Woodward served as a keynote speaker at the International Forum on Music Education in Beijing, China. She also presented her work on musicotherapy, perinatal care and early childhood in Dijon, France, and at the global summit of the World Alliance for Arts Education in Brisbane, Australia.

Professor Grant Smith presented his linguistic and literary research at Bar-Iian University and Tel Aviv University in Israel, as well as in Glasgow, Scotland, and at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

Professor LaVona Reeves presented a paper on multilingual writing at the National Women’s Studies Association in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Associate Professor Matthew Binney presented a paper on the emerging consciousness of empire evident in British travellers’ accounts of 18th-century St. Petersburg at the Institute of General History of the Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow.

Associate Professor Gina Petrie will present her research at the 2015 Sociolinguistics of Globalization Conference in Hong Kong.

Carri Kreider Receives Second Award

The Society of Health and Physical Educators Northwest District has named Assistant Assistant Professor Carri Kreider SHAPE’s NWD 2015 Professor of the Year. This award covers Washington, Oregon, Montana, Alaska and Idaho; it arrives six months after Kreider received the 2014 Washington Professor of the Year award.

Having nominated Kreider for her "strong work ethic, passion for helping students like myself succeed and her consistently high standards," health and fitness student Megann Erni said, "She is a role model for myself and many of the EWU health and fitness majors."

For this year’s Northwest District conference in Seattle, Kreider organized 75 university student volunteers to help host the convention. Out of those 75 students, 40 were from EWU. Kreider expressed pride in the efforts of her students, stating, "Normally we don’t have any students attend the national conference. So to send 40 this year, and in leadership roles, is amazing. We are very excited to positively represent our university!"

Windsor Elementary Physical Education Instructor Dustin Lungo, who presented Kreider with the award, noted her rapport with students. "Dr. Kreider has built a fantastic relationship with her students," he said, "and they respond so well to her teaching and direction. Through her leadership, EWU students have become much more involved, reliable, and proactive in seeking out educational experiences that will lead them to become effective teachers in our physical education profession."

Paws, the Windsor school mascot; two health and fitness students, Emily and Ashley, who created and taught a "Thriller" dance to over 200 elementary kids as their reward for a fitness fundraiser for the school; Dr. Kreider and EWU mascot Swoop.As a direct result of Kreider’s efforts, Lungo stated, "the Cheney community has a multitude of healthy outlets and the Health and Fitness majors have extensive leadership experiences in those events." —AHL

Pictured: Paws, the Windsor school mascot; two health and fitness students, Emily and Ashley, who created and taught a "Thriller" dance to over 200 elementary kids as their reward for a fitness fundraiser for the school; Dr. Kreider and EWU mascot Swoop.

Michael Waldrop Releases CD

Associate Professor Michael Waldrop’s CD Time Within Itself has recently been released, featuring Waldrop on percussion with special guests Jimi Tunnell, Jose Rossy and Sandra Dudley, and with composer and arranger Jack Cooper. The recording features soloists Larry Panella, Mike Steinel, Will Campbell, Tony Baker, Steve Snyder and many others.

Critics have responded positively. Jen Tamarkin, associate editor of JazzTimes magazine praised the record for its "smart, carefully plotted arrangements, crisp, thoughtful solos, surprises at every turn and a consistently solid groove," writing that these factors "result in a big band set for people who never thought they’d like big band music."

Time Within Itself albumTim Davies, Grammy-nominated composer, orchestrator, drummer and leader of the Tim Davies Big Band, also admired the new CD, stating, "Michael Waldrop and Jack Cooper have struck a great balance on their new album. Nothing drives a band better than a drummer playing his own music; there is a special groove that comes out that feels just right."

Chris Walden, six-time Grammy-nominated composer/arranger for film, TV and numerous recording artists, wrote in appreciation of the "Impeccable performance, great charts, a fresh new sound. Bravo!"

Finally, Bill Milkowski, author of Jaco: The Extraordinary and Tragic Life of Jaco Pastorius, added to the other glowing reviews, commenting that "this auspicious debut bristles with a visceral post-Weather Report energy that brings big bands into new light. Listeners are… bound to be energized by every track of this triumphant big band project."

Time Within Itself can be purchased through, or your local record store.

Jane Ellsworth’s Recent Book Covers Clarinet from A to Z

A Dictionary for the Modern Clarinetist bookIn A Dictionary for the Modern Clarinetist, scholar and musician Jane Ellsworth, associate professor of music, offers lovers of the clarinet the premiere reference book for information about this remarkable instrument. Containing more than 400 terms, the book covers the clarinet’s history, including both modern and historical instruments (common and rare), acoustics, construction, fingering systems and mechanisms, and techniques, as well as its more important performers, makers and scholars. Ellsworth’s book will inform clarinet aficionados at all levels. For knowledgeable professionals, it will serve as a quick and handy reference guide, useful in the high school or college library and the home teaching studio alike; students and amateurs will find it accessible and full of fascinating information about the world of the clarinet.

The Writers’ Center Finds Innovative Ways to Increase Student Success

Writers CenterSince its fall 2012 move to the Learning Commons, the Writers’ Center—a division of the English Department and Composition Program—has played an instrumental role in EWU’s effort to promote student success across the university. This transformation and expansion has dramatically increased student access to and utilization of the center, which is up 58% from 2012-13 to 2013-2014.

The Writers’ Center staff has developed nearly two dozen new services and events to improve students’ skills in print and digital communications. Through the creative use of technology and the cultivation of unique academic partnerships, the center has recently implemented several exciting outreach programs. The Writers’ Center now offers online and Skype response sessions, increasing student access to services. Additionally, over 500 students have joined the Writers’ Center Canvas site, which was developed in-house to connect students with interactive, writing-related resources. Finally, the center has piloted linked services with the English Department and Spokane Community College, resulting in enhanced performance in developmental English composition courses.

By implementing cutting-edge educational practices and collaborating with departments and faculty to design student-centered learning experiences, the Writers’ Center will continue to play a key role in the improvement of EWU students’ ability to communicate effectively and succeed academically. —JY, GF, EH

Spokane International Film Festival is Bigger Than Ever

Pete Porter (right) with EWU alum and author Jess WalterSpIFF 2015 unspooled in February to packed houses and broad acclaim. During its 10-day run, SpIFF screened features, documentaries and shorts representing 27 countries: 22 features and 26 shorts from as far away as Spain, Australia and Japan. But a lasting memory of the 17th edition of SpIFF will likely be a gala evening double-feature of acclaimed Northwest films: Queens of the Rodeo and Dryland. EWU alum and author Jess Walter hosted, with filmmakers in attendance. A close second has to go to a Saturday night that featured filmmaker visits for Where God Likes to Be and Wildlike, in partnership with the Leonard Oakland Film Festival and sponsored by STCU.

Other highlights included a full house for The Tale of Princess Kaguya, a gorgeous Japanese animation that was Oscar-nominated for Best Animated Feature, and the opening film, Living is Easy with Eyes Closed, which was inspired by the lyrics of the song "Strawberry Fields Forever," telling the true story of a teacher who did more than dream of meeting John Lennon. And few will soon forget the first 3-D movie at SpIFF, Goodbye to Language, the latest provocation from French master Jean-Luc Godard. Throughout, EWU was out in full force as CALE, Summer Session and Extended Campus contributed resources as presenting sponsors of SpIFF 2015. By the time it wrapped, SpIFF had again served as an annual reminder that cinema in all its forms remains alive and well.

To learn more about SpIFF, visit —PP

Contributors: Brian Donahue, Gail Forsgreen, Erin Hawkinson, Amanda Heye-Landaker, Peter Porter, Roy Sonnema, Justin Young

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