Eastern isn't just about out top-notch teachers. Our alumni association includes a Grammy-nominated opera singer, an Olympic gold medalist and a starting NFL offensive tackle, not to mention six brigadier generals among its accomplished alumni.

Here are just a few Eagles who've made their mark.

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Jess Walter ('87 BA journalism) achieved new literary heights in 2006 when his newest book, The Zero, was named a finalist for the prestigious National Book Award.

Kris Monaghan ('03 BA recreation management) a 15-year LPGA Tour player, went to Beijing, China, in 2006 to become the first LPGA golf professional at Central Golf Beijing.

Luke Clausen ('01 BA business) can lay permanent claim to being the greatest bass fisherman in EWU history. He caught an all-time record three-day bag limit of 56 pounds, two ounces, to capture the Super Bowl of professional fishing - the 2006 CITGO Bassmaster Classic and the $501,000 that went with it.

Angela Pixton ('83 BS nursing) is the first female commissioner of The Washington State Potato Commission.

Mohammed Al Falasi ('98 BA business) heads up operations in Pakistan for Emaar Properties, the world's largest property development company.

Lee "The Flea" Watkinson ('89 BA economics) is making his mark as a professional poker player competing in the World Series of Poker and racking up nearly $3 million in winnings in his career so far. 

Linda Boggs ('84 BA reading, '88 MA school administration) was named a National Distinguished Elementary School Principal of the Year in 2003 for her work at Blue Ridge Elementary in Walla Walla. 

Colin Cowherd ('85 BA radio-television) can be heard every weekday on FOX Sports radio interviewing the biggest newsmakers in sports as host of "The Herd."

Jim McElwain ('85 BA physical education) is the head coach of the Florida Gators football program. 

Todd McFarlane ('84 BA general studies) is creator of the Spawn comic book series and current co-owner of the NHL's Edmonton Oilers. 

Thomas Hampson ('92 BA government) is a Grammy-nominated opera singer. 

Launi Meili ('90 BA liberal studies) took home the gold medal in women's three-position small-bore rifle shooting at the 1992 Olympic Games. 

Michael Roos ('05 BA business) retired in 2015 after a 10 seasons as a starting offensive tackle for the NFL's Tennessee Titans. 

Tom Thompson ('72 BA general business) was named the Nation's Restaurant News Chain Leader Operator of the year in 1998 for his work as chief operating officer of CKE Restaurants Inc., parent company of the Carl's Jr. restaurant chain. 

Larry Rencken ('84 BA marketing) is CIO for Welch's. The Concord, Mass., company is the world's leading producer of juices, jams and jellies. 

Mary McCormick Busse ('74 BA radio-television) is CEO of MBI Media in Los Angeles. She's listed in the Who's Who in Entertainment, 1st Edition, and Who's Who of American Women, 15th Edition

Scott Schaefer ('85 BA radio-television) was nominated for a Directors Guild of America Award as part of the directorial team for Showtime's Penn & Teller: Bullsh*t. Schaefer previously won three National Emmy Awards for writing for Bill Nye the Science Guy.

John R. Johnson ('75 BA communication disorders) is president and creative director of J2 Golf Design Marketing. Johnson leads a team that creates the collateral and digital marketing materials for a broad cross section of the industry. He's well known for his work on the USGA calendars, US Open Tournament Screensavers and Coffee Table Books such as Golfwatching and Golf Courses of the PGA Tour

Deborah Backman ('95 BA liberal studies) took over as the children's librarian at the Hudson Public Library (Hudson, Mass.) in 2006. 

Dottie Mathers ('79 BA nursing) is an associate professor of medical/surgical nursing at Pennsylvania College of Technology, where she has written three award-winning workbooks for nursing curriculum. 

Timothy Lindsey ('73 BS geology) is on the board of directors of Challenger Energy Corporation in Calgary, Alberta. He has more than 30 years of technical and executive leadership in exploration, production, technology and business development in countries around the world. 

Frank Armijo ('86 BA management information systems) is the general manager and program director at Lockheed Martin Information Technology in Richland. He was named the Tri-Citian of the year for 2006 for his efforts in economic and community development in his hometown. 

Brian Perry ('82 BS chemistry) is a senior software engineer at Telect. He previously worked at Itron and Itronix. 

Chris White ('01 BA communication studies) has joined The Phoenix Flame for the team's inaugural season in the International Basketball League in 2007. White, 6'8", starred at Brophy College Prep before playing at Eastern Washington University, where he was a first team All-Big Sky performer for the Eagles in 2001. 

Pia Hansen ('98 BA journalism) is a columnist for the Northwest page of Spokane's The Spokesman-Review newspaper. In 2006, she traveled to Lesotho, South Africa, to mentor journalists. 

Laurie Ferris ('86 BA English) is senior vice president of West Coast Bank. She has been with the company for 15 years and in the financial services arena for 31 years. 

Michelle Hege ('95 MS communication studies) and Cher ('94 BA liberal studies, '98 MS communication studies) and Jim Desautel ('94 BA liberal studies, '96 MS communications studies) are the driving force behind Spokane advertising agency Desautel Hege Communications. 

Terry Langston ('78 BA professional accounting) is a co-creator of the blockbuster board game Pictionary. 

Jay Manning ('80 BA government) is the director of the Washington State Department of Ecology. 

Jessie Nicassio (attended until '04) played for the St. Louis Rams and the Indianapolis Colts. Since then, he has developed the "EZ Kicker," a punting and kicking device. While attending Eastern, Nicassio set school records for career average per punt and season average per punt.