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Spokane’s Catalyst Building at the south end of the University District received a visit Tuesday from an eager and interested state official, Washington Governor Jay Inslee.

The building is known for its main building material, cross-laminated timber, and its energy efficiency.

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Eastern Washington University’s interim president says the university should not change its athletics status as it addresses the university’s budget deficit.

David May considered whether Eastern should drop out of the Big Sky Conference and move to a lower level of the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

KPBX Program – EWU Music Majors

The Piano Bench

11:00am – May 18, 2021



Vocalise (Arr. Adrian Mann)                                                                         Rachmaninoff

EWU Cello Ensemble

Grace Ahola (Sophomore-Composition/Cello Performance)

Gloria Miller (Freshman-Music Ed)

Former EWU President Mary Cullinan Dies

May 3, 2021
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Eastern Washington University’s former president Mary Cullinan has died.

Interim President David May announced her death to the campus in a statement Monday.

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March Madness continues today [Sunday] for the Washington State women’s basketball teams, which open play in the NCAA Women’s Tournament in Texas. Meanwhile, the Gonzaga men and women have a preparation day before their respective games on Monday.

This week on Northwest Arts Review, poet and New Yorker poetry editor Kevin Young chats with Chris Maccini, the Spokane Symphony’s Mateusz Wolski shares insights on performing during a pandemic, Rich Wandschneider of the Wallowa Valley’s Josephy Center and the Art Spirit Gallery’s Blair Williams are on hand, too, plus there’s music from our studio courtesy of EWU students.

We again welcome Eastern Washington University student musicians for this week's Piano Bench program. Many thanks for the participation of these EWU students, and for the leadership and  inspiration of their teachers, especially Drs. Jody Graves and John Marshall.

With today's Piano Bench we begin a series of monthly showcases of Eastern Washington University music students, specifically piano majors in both solo and collaborative roles. With thanks to EWU's Dr. Jody Graves, this is the program:

Preludes, Op. 16-Alexander Scriabin

No 1 in B major: Andante

No 2 in G sharp minor: Allegro

No 3 in G flat major: Andante cantabile

No 4 in E flat minor: Lento

No 5 in F sharp major: Allegretto

Tonya Ballman, piano (Junior, EWU Piano Major)

Minstrels-Claude Debussy

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The health agencies in Washington and Idaho have made public their Covid-related statistics for several months. Now, some of the school districts and universities in the region are posting their own Covid dashboards.

Groundbreaking New Building Opens Near Downtown Spokane

Sep 17, 2020
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 The partners involved in creating the new Catalyst building just east of downtown Spokane celebrated a virtual grand opening ceremony today [Thursday].

The building will anchor what is now called the South Landing Eco-District neighborhood, near the southern terminus of the Gateway Bridge in the University District. It will soon house several Eastern Washington University programs.

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The grand experiment begins Monday for at least three Inland Northwest colleges and universities. Washington State, the University of Idaho and North Idaho College will begin their first academic year in the coronavirus age.

All of the institutions have plans on how to put in place various safety procedures, including distancing, temperature checks and mask requirements. And all plan a mix of online and in-class instruction.

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Eastern Washington University President Mary Cullinan has stepped down, effective immediately. She will be replaced on an interim basis by the university’s provost, David May.

The transition comes as Eastern prepares for an academic year that will be conducted mostly online.   

EWU Joins Other Universities In Going "Test Optional"

May 19, 2020
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Eastern Washington University has become the latest college to drop the entrance exam requirement for its applicants.

For years, if you wanted to go to college in the U.S., taking the SAT or the ACT was pretty much mandatory. Not any more.

Missy Nadvornick

Spokane County’s contact tracing program to track people with the coronavirus is set to begin June 15.

Training volunteers to help man the program will start June 1.

EWU Says It Will Focus On Online Learning This Fall

May 5, 2020
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Eastern Washington University says it will make online instruction the top priority for fall quarter, continuing on with its approach to teaching this spring.

Provost David May says administrators are following the advice of health experts on campus.

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Today on Inland Journal, we wade into the world of sports with two stories, one a visit to Cheney, where the U.S. Curling Association is holding its 2020 national championship. And correspondent Tom Banse tells us about the potential expansion of sports betting in Washington. We’ll also talk with Eastern Washington Democratic congressional candidate Chris Armitage.

But first, pregnant women and marijuana.

Curling Works To Elevate Its Profile In The U.S.

Feb 12, 2020
Doug Nadvornick/SPR

On Saturday USA Curling will crown its men’s and women’s champions after a week of competition at Eastern Washington University.

The game is in growth mode. It’s flying high after an American team won Olympic gold in 2018. Its governing body hopes this newfound popularity will allow curling to become more established, long term, in the U.S.

Spokane's Catalyst Building Reaches New Milestone

Oct 21, 2019
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The partners involved in creating a new "zero carbon" building just east of downtown Spokane celebrated a milestone today [Monday].

The “topping out” ceremony at the Catalyst Building marked the laying of its last structural piece.

Today on the Inland Journal podcast, I talk with my colleague Steve Jackson about tonight’s [Wednesday’s] SPR public forum on homelessness at Spokane City Hall. Steve is the host. There are lots of people involved in the discussion so he has put together two panels. They’ll talk about providing services to homeless people, but they’ll also talk about affordable housing for low-income people and efforts to create more of it. Also, we’ll hear about how food pantries are used to feed hungry students at Eastern Washington University.

Food Insecurity At Eastern Washington University

Mar 19, 2019
Jeremy Burnham

Many students attending American colleges and universities are chronically hungry. NPR reported on that in January, citing a government report that looked at 31 studies. It estimated that a third of college students regularly don't get enough to eat.

Those numbers are similar to the situation at Eastern Washington University, where students are taking finals.

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"A Baroque Celebration" featuring works by Vivaldi, Handel, Bach and Viadana will be performed at 7:30 tonight, November 20, in the Eastern Washington University Music Building Recital Hall on the Cheney campus. Students from the EWU String Orchestra gave Vern preview in the studio this morning. The program also will be offered at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, November 27, in Our Lady of Lourdes Cathedral in downtown Spokane.  

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During the last 150 years, the majority of the Palouse prairie region has been converted to farmland. According to researchers, less than one percent of the natural habitat remains in small, scattered patches.

The Palouse comes as far north as Spokane’s West Plains.

A project through Eastern Washington University aims to restore and preserve a portion of it for educational and recreational uses.

Avista Announces New Catalyst Building In U-District

Feb 6, 2018
Doug Nadvornick/SPR/Michael Green Architects

This week Avista announced it plans to create what it calls its Catalyst building along East Sprague in Spokane’s University District.

The building’s name is apt because Avista hopes it will become a catalyst on several levels.

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Ivana Cojbasic plays solo in the studio in anticipation of her Sunday, Oct. 29th, 3:00 PM recital at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. See a link to that and another event below.

Later in the recording Cojbasic is joined by pianists Cai Feng and Karlyn Brett for a performance of Piano Six Hands. In addition, Jody Graves and Greg Presley play a piano duo.  These performances anticipate the Saturday, Oct. 28th, 7:00 PM, Steinway Stars concert at Eastern Washington University. See a link to this event below.   


Cellist John Marshall joined Verne in the studio this morning to talk about CELLObration Spokane 2017.  On January 7, more than 40 cellos will perform the music of Bach and the Beatles at the EWU Music Building Recital Hall.  The free concert begins at 7:30. Information available from Eastern Washington University.

Riley Gray is an instructor at Eastern Washington University of Jazz Piano and a coach of several EWU student jazz combos.  Joined by a flute/soprano saxophone player and pandeiro player, he visited the studio to talk to Verne about some pieces they've put together recently, including a trio by composer Hermeto Pascoal.

  Eastern Washington University's Theatre Department is presenting Shakespeare in a new way in their upcoming production of the classic play, Love's Labours Lost. Using the original text of the play, Tony Award nominee Michael Friedman and Obie Award winner Alex Timbers have turned it into a modern musical. Cast members Ethan Lewan, Whitney Robinson and Chris Mudd, along with Director Jeff Sanders spoke with Verne this morning about the production, and performed a couple of the songs.

Dahveed Bullis portrays Feste, the Fool in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, this summer's co-production between the Theater Department at EWU and The Modern Theater - Spokane. He stopped by the studio this morning to talk with Verne about the role, and the music which was composed for this production.


    The Modern Theater - Spokane, in collaboration with EWU is presenting Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night," as a summer musical production, directed by Jeff Sanders, opening this Thursday, and for a two weekend run, featuring a cast including students as well as local professional actors. This will be the first time in thirteen years that William and Sara Marlowe have shared the same stage, and will be the final time that Nich Witham appears in a production before moving to Los Angeles.

Rachel Dolezal, the controversial head of the Spokane chapter of the NAACP, announced Monday she’s stepping down from her post.