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									         EASTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY                                                             2006                       Home of Walter Payton

                                                                                                  EAGLE                               Award Winner
                                                                                                FOOTBALL                                 ERIK MEYER

                                                                  n era in Eastern Washington University football           All-America receiver Eric Kimble and Big Sky Defensive
                                                                  has ended, but another era is soon to emerge.             MVP Joey Cwik. They helped lead the Eagles to Big Sky
                                                                  It just might take awhile to sort it all out – much       co-championships in 2004 and 2005.
                                                      like it did to sort out all the honors and accomplish-                                 The Eagles closed the 2005 season with
                                                      ments of the Eagles the past two                                                  a 7-5 record – its seventh-straight winning
                                                      seasons.                                                                           season – and advanced to the NCAA Divi-
                                                          “It’s a very important                                                          sion I-AA Playoffs for the second-straight
                                                      time for us because the                                                              year. Eastern, which has now made five to-
                                                      personality of our football                                                           tal appearances in the playoffs, had never
                                                      team is going to be differ-                                                            made back-to-back playoff appearances
                                                      ent,” said Eagles head coach                                                           nor won back-to-back titles in 22 seasons
                                                      Paul Wulff in the spring. “It                                                       as a member of I-AA (19 as a member of
                                                      will be exciting to see what                                          the Big Sky).
                                                          What Wulff will initially see is a slew of candidates to
                                                      fill major gaps at quarterback, wide receiver, cornerback
                                                      and middle linebacker – positions held by some of the
                                                      greatest players in school history. Included in those lost
                                                      seniors are Payton Award winner Erik Meyer, two-time

Quick Facts..........................1
                                             MEYER WINS PAYTON AWARD
Woodward Field...................2
Eagle Excellence .................3
Eagle Athletics ..................4-9
                                             T      o those who saw him play – and even those who didn’t
                                                    – it was an award he deserved to win.
                                                Eastern quarterback Erik Meyer was presented with the
Head Coach Paul Wulff 10-11
Assistant Coaches ........12-16              most prestigious award in NCAA Division I-AA Football
Season Outlook ............17-19             – the 2005 Walter Payton Award – given annually to the top
2005 Review/Statistics .20-25                player in I-AA by The Sports Network.
2006 Roster ..................26-27              “It’s just an honor – I feel blessed,” said Meyer. “I’m lucky
Player Profiles ..............28-45
                                             to win against these guys here and just to win this award
Opponents ....................46-48
Eagles in the Pros ........49-52             with the caliber of guys who have won it before. It’s an
Honors ..........................53-56       honor to have my name on that list.”
Year-by-Year/Coaches.......57                   Meyer led Eastern to back-to-back Big Sky Conference
Records ........................58-62        championships and appearances in the I-AA Playoffs. Meyer is a 2001 graduate of La Mirada, Calif., High
All-Time Scores ............63-66
All-Time Letter Winners 67-68
                                                “I want to thank my teammates,” he added. “I wouldn’t have won without them.”

                                                                                                      Location: Cheney, Wash.                      At This Number: (509) 359-6696
                                                                                                      Founded: 1882                                2005 Record: 7-5
               2005 Big Sky Conference Football Standings                                             Enrollment: 9,868                            Big Sky Record: 5-2 (t-1st)
                                               Big Sky Conference                  All Games          Switchboard: (509) 359-6200                  All-Time Homecoming Record: 46-30-3
Team                                         W L PCT PF PA             W    L    PCT PF PA            President: Dr. Rodolfo Arevalo               Letter Winners Returning: 41 (19 offense/20
Eastern Washington ................. 5 2 .714 251 151                  7    5    .583 423 278         Nickname: Eagles                                 defense/2 kickers-punters)
Montana State ............................ 5 2 .714 194 175            7    4    .636 276 251         Colors: Red and White                        Letter Winners Lost: 21 (12 off/9 def/0 k-p)
Montana...................................... 5 2 .714 173 109         8    4    .667 306 218         Affiliation: NCAA Division I-AA               Starters Returning: 14 (6 off/6 def/2 k-p)
Portland State ............................. 4 3 .571 230 182          6    5    .545 313 273         Conference: Big Sky Conference               Sports Information Director: Dave Cook
Weber State................................ 4 3 .571 172 171           6    5    .545 277 277         Cheney Stadium: Woodward Field               SID E-Mail: DCOOK@MAIL.EWU.EDU
Idaho State ................................. 3 4 .429 184 215         5    6    .455 298 304
                                                                                                      Capacity/Surface: 8,600/Grass                SID Work Phone: (509) 359-6334
Northern Arizona......................... 1 6 .143 125 236             3    8    .273 233 328
Sacramento State ....................... 1 6 .143 128 218              2    9    .182 192 352         Ath. Phone: (509) 359-2463/(800) 648-7697    SID FAX Phone: (509) 359-2828
Northern Colorado (Great West) 0 5 .000                                4    7    .364                 Athletic Director: Pamela Parks (interim)    SID Cell/Home: (509) 280-2502/235-4672
                                                                                                      Senior Woman Admin.: Pamela Parks            Internet: WWW.GOEAGS.COM
Other 2006 Opponents . . .                                                                            Faculty Representative: Frank Nelson         Woodward Field Phone: (509) 359-6351
West Virginia (Big East) .............. 7 0 1.000                      11 1 .917                      Head Athletic Trainer: Brian Norton
Oregon State (Pacific 10) ........... 3 5 .375                          5 6 .455                       Facilities Manager: Kerry Pease              CREDITS
Central Washington (Great NW) . 6 0 1.000                              8 2 .800                       Equipment Manager: Open                      This publication was produced by Dave Cook
                                                                                                      Marketing/Promo./Tickets: Rocky Kundert      in the EWU Sports Information Office with as-
2005 NCAA Division I-AA Playoffs                                                                      Ticket Off.: (866) 4GO-EAGS/(509) 359-4339   sistance from Judy Crabb, Sarah Grafstrom,
First Round: Northern Iowa 41, Eastern Wash. 38; Cal Poly 35, Montana 21; New Hampshire               Head Football Coach: Paul Wulff              Lili Hungerford and Megan Lobdell. Photo-
55, Colgate 21; Texas St. 50, Georgia Southern 35; Richmond 38, Hampton 10; Furman 14,                                                             graphs provided by Keith Currie/SportImages,
                                                                                                      Alma Mater: Washington State, 1990
Nicholls St. 12; Southern Illinois 21, Eastern Illinois 6; Appalachian St. 34, Lafayette 23. Quar-                                                 Ron Swords, Eric Galey, John & Betsy Knox,
                                                                                                      Record at Eastern: 41-28, Six Seasons
terfinals: Texas St. 14, Cal Poly 7; Northern Iowa 24, New Hampshire 21; Appalachian St. 38,                                                        Peck Ritter, the Spokane Shock and the
Southern Illinois 24; Furman 24, Richmond 20. Semifinals: Northern Iowa 40, Texas St. 37               Career Record: 41-28, Six Seasons            Tennessee Titans. Cover designed by Ryan
(ot); Appalachian St. 29, Furman 23. Championship: Appalachian St. 21, Northern Iowa 16.              Big Sky Record: 25-18, Six Seasons           Gaard, with printing by Eagle Printing and
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           EASTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY                                                 2006                           Home of Walter Payton

    woodward field
                                                                                        EAGLE                                   Award Winner
                                                                                      FOOTBALL                                   ERIK MEYER

         Cheney, Washington • 1967 • 8,600 • Grass
    40th Year • 147 Eastern Home Games • 100-47 (.680)

                amed in honor of former Eagle head football and basketball
                coach Arthur C. Woodward, the “New” Woodward Field in
                Cheney, Wash., has been used by the Eagles since 1967.
Prior to that, Woodward Field was located near where Eastern’s JFK
Library now sits.
   This is the 40th year the current stadium has been in use, and Eastern’s
38-7 win over Southwest Texas State on Sept. 21, 1996, was the 100th
Eastern game at the facility. The team’s 24-7 victory over UC-Davis on
Nov. 19, 2005, at the fog-shrouded stadium was EWU’s 100th win.
   Eastern has a 100-47 record (68.0 percent) in 147 games at Woodward Field since 1967, with the Eagles utilizing Joe Albi Stadium in Spokane as the
school’s main home field from 1983-89. In 1990 and again from 1997-2002, Eastern played at least one game each year on the artificial turf surface at Albi,
which enters its 57th year of existence this fall. Eastern is 43-24-2 in 69 games there dating back to 1950 when it was built.
   Woodward Field has 8,600 permanent seats after an expansion in 2004 that included the addition of 1,600 seats in the north end zone. Renovations to the
facilities in the 1990s included resurfacing the running track, additional bleacher seating on the east side, addition of lights and two new restroom facilities.
Eastern beat Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo 61-7 on Sept. 10, 1994, in the first-ever night game at Woodward Field, which was also the debut of Mike Kramer’s
                                           head coaching career. Eastern played its first-ever NCAA Division I-AA Playoff game at Woodward on Dec, 5, 2004,
                                           in a 35-34 loss to Sam Houston State.
  Woodward Field Top Crowds                   With more than 2,000 temporary bleachers added, a record crowd of 10,754 attended the Eastern versus Montana
  10,754 10/16/04      Montana             showdown on Oct. 16, 2004, that was won 31-28 by the Grizzlies. The previous record was 6,879 for the Eastern-
  8,696 10/22/05       Weber State
  8,399 11/12/05       Montana State       Idaho game on Oct. 17, 1992, when Eastern also added temporary bleachers to the 5,000 permanent seats the
  7,633 12/5/04        Sam Houston St.     stadium had at that time. Eastern’s top 25 all-time attendance figures at Woodward Field have come in the past 16
  7,110 9/17/05        Western Oregon      seasons, including five in the 2005 season and seven in 2004.
  6,879 10/17/92       Idaho
  6,605 10/19/96       Montana
                                              Eastern is 34-9 in the past six seasons at Woodward Field, with a nine-game winning streak at that venue snapped
  6,425 9/18/04        Central Wash.       against Sacramento State on Oct. 21, 2000, when the Hornets made a 23-yard field goal with no time remaining.
  6,384 10/11/03       Portland State      The Eagles were 4-0 in 1999 and 6-0 in 1997. In 1998, the Eagles were 3-1 at Woodward with the lone loss a 30-27
  6,257 10/21/00       Sacramento St.
  6,201 9/21/03        Southern Utah
                                           overtime setback to Portland State when the Eagles missed a 25-yard field goal that could have won it with one
  6,043 10/16/99       Idaho State         second left. Since returning to Woodward Field in 1989 to play the majority of its home games, Eastern is 54-26 for
  5,970 9/25/93        Montana             a .675 winning percentage.
    5,902 10/1/05           Portland State
    5,873 10/8/94           Idaho
    5,581 9/25/04           Idaho State          Eagles Break Season Attendance Record in 2005 . . .
    5,561 11/6/04           Cal Poly
    5,416 10/5/91           Montana                 Eastern broke the school’s single-season attendance record in 2005, with an average of 7,090 attending five games
    5,400 10/6/90           Weber State          (35,451 total). The previous record was 6,792 fans set in five home games in 2000 (33,963 total). In 2005, Eastern averaged
    5,344 11/19/05          UC Davis             6,633 fans to rank third in school history, 6,204 in 2002 to rank third and 6,182 in 2003 to rank fourth. Eastern has had its
    5,305 10/30/04          Sacramento St.       top nine all-time attendance averages in the past 10 years.
    5,253 9/28/03           Weber State
    5,215 10/19/02          Northern Ariz.
    5,180 9/14/03           Central Wash.
    5,171 10/9/04           Northern Ariz.       New Donor Suites and Media Center Opened at EWU in 2004
    On Oct. 14, 1989, a crowd of 5,009 watched
                                                           t a cost of nearly $2 million, the new Donor Suites and
    the first Eagles game played at Woodward
    Field since Oct. 15, 1983, when Eastern                Media Center debuted in the 2004 football season. In
    hosted Montana Tech in the Eagles’ last      addition, 1,600 additional seats were added in summer 2004 at
    game before moving to Joe Albi Stadium       the north end of Woodward Field.
    in Spokane.                                     A contribution of $1 million enabled EWU to replace the previ-
                                                 ous press box, which was built in 1967 when Woodward Field
    Joe Albi Stadium Top Crowds                  moved to its current location. The elevated structure includes
    (Since 1984)
    17,142 11/16/02        Montana               nine donor suites on the first level and a new facility for media
    15,678 9/30/00         Montana               and game management functions on the second level.
    10,213 10/20/84        Idaho                    The donor boxes include 12 seats in each, with room for up
    9,694 9/2/99           Idaho                 to 16 people. The many amenities include food and beverage
    8.721 10/24/98         Montana               service, cable TV and radio and public address feeds. Increased
    8,529 12/13/97         Youngstown St.
                                                 seating, improved viewing and advanced electronic services are
    7,891 11/8/03          Montana State
    7,835 9/27/86          Idaho                 among the upgrades for media and game management.
    7,756 11/1/97          Idaho                    Improvements were made in summer 2002 to the main Woodward Field entrance, including new ticket booths. The previous
    7,500 10/20/90         Idaho                 year, a new football locker room and office complex was completed, as well as improved and increased locker room space for
    Games played against Whitworth have had      other Eastern sports teams. New restroom facilities at Woodward Field were added in 1999 and 2000.
    crowds estimated at 16,000 (1976), 14,000       The other phases of the project include additional improvements to the entry plazas, landscaping and seating expansion. Cur-
    (1975), 8,500 (1974) and 7,740 (1977).
                                                 rently, the stadium can hold about 8,600 fans, but additional seating is planned to increase the capacity to more than 11,000.

        EASTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY                                            2006                         Home of Walter Payton

eagle excellence
                                                                                EAGLE                                 Award Winner
                                                                              FOOTBALL                                  ERIK MEYER

                                                        Eagle Excellence . . .
                                                        • Five NCAA Division I-AA Playoff Berths (1985, 1992, 1997, 2004, 2005)
                                                        • Four Big Sky Championships (1992, 1997, 2004, 2005)
                                                        • Two I-AA Total Offense Championships (1997, 2001)
                                                        • The Eagles have won 40 first team All-America honors in the past nine seasons (1997-2005)

                                                        Eagle Pride . . .
                                                        • Quarterback Erik Meyer won the 2005 Walter Payton Award presented by The Sports Network to the top
                                                        player in NCAA I-AA. He and wide receiver Eric Kimble were Eastern’s first-ever back-to-back All-America
                                                        selections at their respective positions.
                                                        • 48 Eagles have been drafted or signed free agent contracts with NFL or CFL teams since 1989 (includes
                                                           Erik Meyer/Bengals and Eric Kimble/Dolphins).
                                                             • Eagle All-America offensive tackle Michael Roos became the highest draft choice in school history
                                                               when Tennessee selected him in the second round of the 2005 NFL draft. He was the 41st selection
                                                               overall, the third offensive tackle selected and the first NCAA Division I-AA player taken. In addition,
                                                                he was the first Big Sky Conference player selected and the highest since 1989.
                                                                 • Six Eagles have been selected to participate in the NFL Scouting Combine in the past four
                                                                 years (2003-2006), and three were selected to play in seven different college all-star games.
• Eagles have earned eight CoSIDA Verizon Academic All-America honors since 1989, including four first
team selections.
• Eastern players have been honored 40 times since 1989 on the Academic All-District VIII
football team. The squad includes NCAA Division I-AA and I-A football players from schools in
Washington, Oregon, California, Idaho, Utah, Arizona, Nevada, Alaska, Hawaii and British Colum-
bia. Six players have gone on to win eight Academic All-America honors.
• Six Eagles have been selected to the I-AA Athletic Directors Association Academic All-Star team
since the award began in 1998.
• 148 Eagles have been selected to the Big Sky All-Academic team in the past nine years (1997-
                   2005) – more than 16 per year.

                     Eagle Tradition . . .
                     • In Paul Wulff’s 13 seasons as an Eastern coach (through 2005), the Eagles have had 15 offensive linemen earn All-America accolades while
                     winning 17 first team All-Big Sky Conference honors.
                                             • 51 players have earned first team All-Big Sky Conference honors since 1997 (through 2005).
                                              • Eastern has returned 10 kickoffs for touchdowns in the past nine seasons and nine punts for scores in the past
                                                eight years (through 2005).
                                                 • The Eagles have won 52 Big Sky Player of the Week honors in the past eight seasons (1997-2005).
                                                  • In nine of the last 11 seasons (1995-2005), Eastern has had a 1,000-yard rusher, including six different play-

                                                     Eagle Consistency . . .
                                                     • Seven straight winning seasons (1999-2005), a feat that hasn’t been accomplished since the Red Reese
                                                     era when Eastern had a string of 11-straight winning seasons from 1931-1941. Since 1999, six of those win-
                                                     ning seasons have concluded with a victory in the team’s final game of the regular season.
                                                     • In the past nine years (1997-2005) the Eagles have won 62 percent (65-40) of their games overall and 63
                                                     percent (42-25) in Big Sky Conference play. Included are three Big Sky titles and a pair of runner-up finishes,
                                                     as well as eight winning seasons and three NCAA Division I-AA Playoff berths.
                                                    • Eastern has averaged 33.2 points on offense and allowed 25.4 points on defense in the past nine seasons
          EASTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY                                     2006                       Home of Walter Payton

    eagle athletics
                                                                           EAGLE                               Award Winner
                                                                         FOOTBALL                            ERIK MEYER

    Intercollegiate Athletics will be a consistently competitive presence                                                                women finished
                                                                                                                                         a best-ever third
    within NCAA Division I and be a catalyst for the intellectual,                                                                       in the women’s
    social and civic development of our student athletes.                                                                                All-Sports Trophy
                                                                                                                                             In 2002-03,
                                                                                                                                         Eastern finished
    Eagle Athletics Mission Statement . . .                                                                                           fourth in the inau-
                                                                                                                                   gural Sterling Savings
        EDUCATION                           WISDOM                       VICTORY                                                Big Sky Presidents Cup
                                                                                                                             Award and third the follow-
    Eastern Athletics recognizes the importance of offering competitive intercollegiate                                   ing year as well as 2005-06.
    athletic programs that will excite the interest of our students, faculty, administration                          The award is based on five
                                                                                                                      criteria involving both academic
    and stakeholders. The success of our athletic programs is important because it
                                                                                                                      and athletic accomplishments.
    creates a bonding within our University and community while giving our graduates                                       In the 2001-2002 school
    a sense of pride which serves as the rallying point for people who share our same                                   year, the Eagles equaled their
    interests.                                                                                                          best-ever finish of third in the
                                                                                                                        Combined Big Sky All-Sports

             he Eastern Washington Uni-              competition that fall.                                           Trophy competition (men and
             versity athletic program is start-         All Eagle teams and individual members                        women).
             ing its third decade as a member        can participate in NCAA national champion-                          Under the control of the Univer-
of the highest classification of collegiate           ships by qualifying in conference competi-                     sity’s Board of Trustees as well
athletic competition.                                tions. The football team is the latest partici-                as the school president, intercolle-
    Eastern has been a member of NCAA                pant, having advanced to the quarterfinals                     giate athletics are governed by an
(National Collegiate Athletic Association)           of the I-AA Playoffs in 2004 and the first                     Athletic Policy Board comprised of
Division I since the 1983-84 school year.            round in 2005. The men’s basketball team                     faculty, students and staff members.
For most of its history, Eastern was a               won the Big Sky Tournament championship                      This board makes recommendations
member of the NAIA (National Association             in 2004 to advance to its first-ever NCAA                    in all matters relating to athletics.
of Intercollegiate Athletics) before upgrading       Tournament. In 2003, Eastern made its                            Pamela Parks, a former head
its programs and becoming affiliated with             first appearance in the National Invitation                      volleyball coach and student-ath-
the NCAA.                                            Tournament.                                                       lete at Eastern, serves as the
    Eastern sponsors 14 intercollegiate                 Stephanie Ulmer and Alex Moon are                                school’s senior woman admin-
sports – six for men and eight for women.            Eastern’s most recent individual                                      istrator. She was interim
     Men’s teams at Eastern include:                 participants, having qualified for                                       athletic director during the
                   Football (fall)                   the 2006 NCAA Outdoor Track and                                           2005-06 school year.
               Cross Country (fall)                  Field Championships. In fall 2001,                                              For general informa-
             Tennis (fall/winter/spring)             Eastern’s volleyball team qualified                                            tion regarding the
                Basketball (winter)                  for the NCAA Championships for the                                              athletic program
          Indoor Track and Field (winter)
                                                     fourth time, and its win in the opening                                           and/or NCAA rules
         Outdoor Track and Field (spring)
                                                     round equaled the highest advance-                                                 and regulations,
     Women compete in:                               ment in Big Sky history. In the 2000-2001                                             please contact
                 Volleyball (fall)                   school year, Kurt Kraemer (triple jump) and                                            the Athletics
              Cross Country (fall)                                                                         Department at (800) 648-7697. Specific
                                                     Ryan Cole (javelin) earned All-America
                  Soccer (fall)
                Golf (fall/spring)                   recognition for finishing among the top eight          information can be obtained by contacting
            Tennis (fall/winter/spring)              Americans in the NCAA Track and Field                 the head coaches listed below.
               Basketball (winter)                   Championships.
         Indoor Track and Field (winter)                Eastern’s football team has been select-           Men’s Sports (area code 509)
                                                                                                           Football       Paul Wulff            359-6696
        Outdoor Track and Field (spring)             ed for the NCAA Division I-AA Playoffs five            CC/Track       Stan Kerr             359-2376
   Eastern is in its 20th year as a member           times, and in 1987, the women’s basketball            Basketball     Mike Burns            359-2497
of the 44-year-old Big Sky Conference, an            team advanced to the NCAA Tournament.                 Tennis         Patrick Dreves        359-2515
association of regional universities with com-          En route to winning its first-ever Big Sky
                                                     Men’s All-Sports Trophy in the 2005-06                Women’s Sports (area code 509)
parable enrollments and academic goals.                                                                    Volleyball     Wade Benson           359-7020
Other Big Sky members include Montana,               school year, Eastern won the Big Sky                  Basketball     Wendy Schuller        359-2318
Montana State, Idaho State, Weber State,             regular season title in football and was              Soccer         George Hageage        359-7949
Northern Arizona, Portland State and                 third in men’s basketball and outdoor                 Golf           Marc Hughes           359-2462
Sacramento State. Eastern was admitted to            track and field. In 2004-05, with league               CC/Track       Marcia Mecklenburg    359-2426
                                                     champinships in volleyball and soccer, the            Tennis         Patrick Dreves        359-2515
the conference on July 1, 1987, and began
        EASTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY                                            2006                         Home of Walter Payton

                                                                                EAGLE                                 Award Winner
                                                                              FOOTBALL                                 ERIK MEYER

Eagle Athletics Facilities . . .

M       ost of the EWU Sports and Recreation Center was built in the mid-70s
        and is considered one the finest multipurpose facilities on the west
Coast. In fact, the Seattle Seahawks have utilized the facility as its pre-season
training camp home for most of the team’s existence. The project consisted
of five phases – physical education classroom/offices, activities building,
fieldhouse, special events pavilion and swimming pool. The complex includes
acres of practice fields, including EWU’s soccer facility. And a new tennis facil-
                                                     ity was completed in time
  Football Locker Room                               for the 2005-06 season.
                                                         • Woodward Field was
                                                         named in honor of former
                                                         Eastern football and
                                                         basketball coach in the
                                                         late 1920s, Arthur C. Woodward. The stadium has been used by the Eagle football and track
                                                         teams since 1967. The field is natural grass and includes a 400-meter all-weather track with
                                                         pole vault, long/triple jump, javelin, discus and shot put areas. The WIAA State 2A/1A/B Track
                                                         and Field Championships have taken place at Woodward Field since 1996.
                                                         • The gem of the Sports and Recreation Center, the Special Events Pavilion was named for
  The Eagles moved into their new, spacious              legendary coach William B. “Red” Reese and is now referred to as Reese Court. With a flex-
  locker room for the 2001 season, just two              ible capacity of between 5,000 and 6,000 fans, Reese Court has been home to Eagle basket-
  years after the school’s weight room was               ball and volleyball teams since the 1975-76 season and is considered one of the best facilities
  completely renovated. Besides the locker               in the conference. Located just off
  room, new offices were built for coaches.               the main court is a conference room
  New locker room space and offices for                   named in Reese’s honor that has
  other sports were created as a result of this          momentos of his era as head coach.
  project.                                               Located on the mezzanine level is
  Among the donors to the new locker room                the EWU Athletics Hall of Fame,
  were former Eagles Kurt Schulz and Tom                 which was started in 1996.
  who both                                                       • The Jim Thorpe Fieldhouse is named in honor of the great American Olympian
  enjoyed                                                        and professional athlete in baseball and football, Jim Thorpe. Eagle tennis and track
  successful                                                     teams train and compete regularly in the Fieldhouse during the winter months. It was
  careers                                                        completely resurfaced in summer 2002 and further enhanced in December 2005.
  in the
  National                                                     • The Aquatic Center was completed in October 1980 and renovated in summer 2006.
  Football                                                     When it was built, it was the fifth and final phase of the EWU Sports and Recreation
  League.                                                      Center. The Olympic-size pool is open to EWU students, faculty and staff, as well
                                                               as the general community for open lap swim. The 20’x100’ scenic mural on the wall
                                                         enhances the beauty of the pool.

Eagle Athletic Support Staff . . .

 Michael Allen    Dave Cook           Judy Crabb     Rocky Kundert       Frank Nelson       Kris Okimoto      Pamela Parks         Kerry Pease   Kent Stanley
  Assoc. A.D./ Sports Information    Administrative Coord. of Marketing/ Faculty Athletic   Athletic Fiscal Associate Ath. Dir./    Facilities   Assoc. A.D./
 Business Oper.     Director           Manager      Promo/Ticket Oper. Representative        Technician     Sr. Woman Admin.        Manager      Dev

         EASTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY                                         2006                     Home of Walter Payton

                                                                              EAGLE                             Award Winner
                                                                            FOOTBALL                           ERIK MEYER

    Eagle Weight Room
                     T    he Eastern Strength and Conditioning Center received a re-
                          cent equipment upgrade, thanks to $43,000 in donations.
                     Additions included eight half-rack/platform workstations where
                     Eastern student athletes work to develop the explosive power and
                     functional strength needed for their sports. Each workstation
                     consists of 900 pounds of free weights, two Olympic bars, one
                     training bar, an adjustable bench and a 6’x8’ Olympic platform.
     Darin Lovat
      Strength &     Eastern athletes are taught free weight Olympic-style
     Conditioning    weightlifting movements and basic strength exercises, which
                     are incorporated into a year-round training plan.

         EWU Athletic Training

                    Brian Norton
                    Head Athletic Trainer
                    Fourth Season
                    Kansas ‘93
                                                                                                       T       he Athletic Training Room (ATR) is
                                                                                                               located on the Reese Court level
                                                                                                         of the Pavilion and occupies approxi-
                                                                                                         mately 2,700 square feet. The ATR is
Team Physicians                                                                                      accessible for all intercollegiate student
Rockwood Clinic Sports Medicine                      Mission Statement                               athletes and contains state-of-the-art
                                                     The athletic training program at Eastern        equipment and therapeutic modalities. Be-
Thomas Halvorson, MD, Orthopedic Physician           Washington University functions to provide
Mike Schucker, PA, Orthopedic Phys. Asst.            optimal health care to the University’s         sides the basic hydrotherapy equipment,
Chris Smalley, PA, Orthopedic Phys. Asst.            intercollegiate student athletes. The           the ATR contains ultrasound, electronic
                                                     program is responsible for injury educa-
Daniel Dami, PA, Sports Medicine Phys. Asst.         tion, prevention, recognition, evaluation,      muscle stimulation, interfential stimula-
                                                     management and rehabilitation, as well as       tion, TENS, intermittent compression, and
                                                     facility management and program admin-          hydrocollator units. It also contains reha-
Other Certified Staff                                 istration. Additional responsibilities of the
                                                     program will include serving as approved        bilitation equipment such as rebounder,
Eric Gunning, MSEd, ATC                              clinical instructors and field experience        slideboard, exercise bikes, versaclimber
                                                     supervisors in the athletic training educa-
Angie Taylor, MS, ATC                                                                                and many other specialty items. The hours
                                                     tion program at Eastern. Lastly, the program
Donald Sims, MS, ATC                                 will also function to promote the profession    of operation are posted on the ATR door
Jeff Kawaguchi, PhD, PT, ATC                         of athletic training as well as the education   and vary from quarter to quarter as well as
                                                     program to the Cheney community and
Michelle Floch, ATC                                  surrounding area.                               the summer months.

          EASTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY                                                     2006                        Home of Walter Payton

                                                                                           EAGLE                                Award Winner
                                                                                         FOOTBALL                              ERIK MEYER

EWU Athletics Academic Honors in 2005-06
• Eastern’s soccer, volleyball, women’s cross country, men’s cross country and women’s basketball have all been
  recently honored by their respective national coaches associations for some of the highest team grade point
  averages in the nation. The women’s basketball team ranked third in NCAA Division I on the Women’s Basketball
                                                                                                                          Champs Life
  Coaches Association (WBCA) Academic Top 25 Honor Roll – the third consecutive year that Eastern ranked at               Skills Program
  least third or better. Also in 2005-06, the women’s soccer team was honored for having the 14th-highest GPA
  among Division I schools (34th among the 318 intercollegiate teams honored on the National Soccer Coaches As-               Eastern Washington University is one
  sociation of America Team Academic Award). A year earlier, women’s basketball had the highest GPA in the nation         of 545 NCAA universities that participate
  among NCAA Division I schools (3.626) and two years earlier the soccer team ranked second nationally.                   in the Champs Life Skills
• Six student-athletes received ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VIII honors during the 2005-06 school             Program. This program
  year. Volleyball players recognized were seniors Lizzy Mellor and Andrea Verdoljak. Soccer players honored              promotes development
  were seniors Beth Russell and Jennie Summers. Junior Joanna Chadd earned first team honors from the wom-                 of the student-athlete
  en’s basketball squad. The lone male student athlete to earn that honor was basketball player Rodney Stuckey.           in five key commit-
• Senior linebacker Joey Cwik joined a growing list of Eastern football players honored for their academic and            ment areas that include
  athletic achievements as he was named to the eighth-annual Division I-AA Athletic Directors Association Academic        academic success,
  All-Star team following the 2005 season. The squad of 44 winners was chosen from 102 nominees. Eastern has              athletic success, per-          Larry Beelaert
  now had six players selected to the team since its inception, including Kyler Randall (2003), Kurt Sigler (2003),       sonal growth, community             Life Skills
  Josh Blankenship (2002), Aaron Best (1999) and Mike MacKenzie (1998).                                                   involvement and career               Coach
                                                                                                                              On the Eastern campus, Larry Beelaert
Russell and Cwik Honored as Scholar-Athletes
                                                                                                                          coordinates the program. Beelaert is
Award honors the “best of the best” of the Big Sky                                                                        a professionally trained and certified
Conference’s nearly 3,000 student-athletes                                                                                therapist with an extensive background

   W       omen’s soccer player Beth Russell and football player                                                          working with young people and athletes at
           Joey Cwik were selected as Eastern’s recipients of the                                                         all levels. This provides the athletes with a
Big Sky Conference Scholar-Athlete Award for the 2005-06 school                                                           skilled, confidential and approachable re-
year.                                                                                                                     source to assist in the every-day transition
    That duo was recognized and honored at the 14th Annual                                                                to college life. The program also provides
Academic Recognition Luncheon featuring new EWU President                                                                 opportunities to develop a well-rounded
Dr. Rodolfo Arevalo. The Scholar-Athlete Award recognizes and
                                                                                                                          college experience.
honors the “best of the best” of the conference’s nearly 3,000 student athletes. One senior male and one senior
female from each school in the conference are honored for their athletic and academic achievements. The award                 The services of the life skills coach are
goes to seniors who have achieved outstanding success in the classroom as well as on the playing field.                    free of cost to student-athletes. Beelaert
    Russell is Eastern’s first-ever soccer player to receive the honor. She is a nursing major with a 3.79 grade point     can be reached anytime at (509) 280-2511
average and is a 2002 graduate of Capital High School in Olympia, Wash. Besides being selected to the Big Sky             or via e-mail at
Conference All-Academic team four straight years, Russell was a third team selection on the ESPN The Magazine
Academic All-District VIII squad. Russell was also the program’s first-ever first team All-Big Sky Conference selec-
tion when she was honored in 2004 when Eastern won its first-ever Big Sky Championship.
    Cwik is a biology major at Eastern with a 3.73 grade point average. He is from Spokane, Wash., and is a 2002          Academic Support Center and
graduate of Mead High School. Cwik was selected to the Big Sky Conference All-Academic team four straight                 EWU Career Services . . .
years, and as a senior was chosen to the eighth annual Division I-AA Athletic Directors Association Academic All-
                                                                                                                          The EWU Academic Support Center offers
Star team. Cwik was the Defensive co-MVP in the Big Sky Conference in 2005.
                                                                                                                          a unique learning experience for all EWU
                                                                                                                          students, including student-athletes. Stu-
                                                                                                                          dents study in groups
Year             Female Athlete, Sport                           Male Athlete, Sport
                                                                                                                          or independently using
2005-06          Beth Russell, Soccer                            Joey Cwik, Football
2004-05          Keva Sonderen, Volleyball                       Ty Weingard, Track and Field                             their own books and
2003-04          Kathleen Nygaard, Basketball                    Kyler Randall, Football                                  center resources. Sub-
2002-03          Christie Kight, Track & Field                   Kurt Kraemer, Track & Field                              jects include basic study
2001-02          Robyn Felder, Volleyball                        Mike Oien, Track & Field
2000-01          Angie Hall, Volleyball                          Lance Ballew, Football
                                                                                                                          techniques, reading,
1999-2000        Kim Maxwell, Volleyball                         Ryan Hansen, Basketball                                  writing, math and career
1998-99          Kim Exner, Volleyball                           Mike MacKenzie, Football                                 development. Private       Tamara Hageage
1997-98          Lora Botha, Volleyball                          Jeff Ogden, Football
                                                                                                                          tutors are also available      Academic
1996-97          Jaime Dotson, Volleyball                        Jason Baerlocher, Track & Field
1995-96          Resa Watterson, Basketball                      Jesse Hardt, Football                                    by request.                   Coordinator
1994-95          Lori Napier, Basketball                         Noah Chambreau, Track & Field
                                                                                                                          Eastern’s Career Services department
1993-94          Andrea Pochman, Volleyball                      Tony Brooks, Football
1992-93          Angela Grant, Volleyball                        Trevor Westlund, Football                                is also available to student-athletes for
1991-92          *Kari McKay, Track & Field/Cross Country        Kurt Schulz, Football                                    career planning, student employment, in-
1990-91          Nancy Kuiper, Track & Field                     John Garrison, Basketball                                ternship programs and community service
1989-90          Suzanne Vick, Volleyball                        Jack Folger, Track & Field/Cross Country
1988-89          Lorna Barr, Volleyball                          Jeff Mickel, Football
1987-88          Sonya Gaubinger, Basketball                     Hogan Wrixon, Track & Field
*Was also state of Washington recipient of the NCAA Woman of the Year Award
          EASTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY                                                         2006                          Home of Walter Payton

    eagle history
                                                                                               EAGLE                                  Award Winner
                                                                                             FOOTBALL                                   ERIK MEYER

                                                                                                     Recent Eagle Athletics Accomplishments
                                                                                                    (The 2006-07 school year is Eastern’s 23rd as a member of NCAA
                                                                                                       Division I, and 20th as a member of the Big Sky Conference)

                                                                                                       T     he 2005-06 year of competi-
                                                                                                             tion for the EWU Athletic
                                                                                                    Department was highlighted by the
                                                                                                    Eagles capturing their first-ever Big
                                                                                                    Sky Conference Men’s All-Sports
                                                                                                        The award is given to the school
                                                                                                    with the most points based on how
                                                                                                    teams perform during the course of
                                                                                                    the Big Sky’s regular season or tour-
           Pair of Eagles Wins Prestigious Honors in                                                nament competition. Eastern’s season
                      2005-06 School Year                                                           was highlighted by a co-football cham-
                                                                                                    pionship, a third-place finish in men’s
                 2006 – Rodney Stuckey – Men’s Basketball –                                         basketball, and a third-place finish
                                                                                                    at the outdoor track and field championships. Individually, Eastern teams
     2005 –           – Football – Walter Payton Award presented                                    featured the Walter Payton Award winner in football (Erik Meyer) and the
                                                                                           Freshman of the Year in basketball (Rodney Stuckey).
       by The Sports Network (top player in NCAA Division I-AA)                                     Eastern finished sixth in the Women’s All-Sports trophy competition.
                                                                                                        In addition, Eastern is in contention to win the Big Sky Conference Ster-
                                                                                                    ling Savings Presidents Cup which will be announced in July. Men’s and
EASTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME                                                 women’s All-Sports points are just two of the five criteria in determining the
                                                                                                    winner of the Sterling Savings Presidents Cup. Other established criteria

A      s a way of honoring former athletes, coaches, contributors and teams,
       the Eastern Washington University Athletic Hall of Fame was established
in 1996. The Hall of Fame is located on the east end of the Special Events Pa-
                                                                                                    are individual team grade point averages, graduation rates and number of
                                                                                                    all-conference performers with a grade point average above 3.0. The Presi-
                                                                                                    dents Cup is unique in collegiate athletics in that it reinforces the Big Sky
vilion. A plaque permanently honoring each inductee is displayed. A 15-mem-                         Conference’s dedication to the academic side of being a student-athlete.
ber Hall of Fame Selection Committee votes on a list of nominated candidates                        Eastern’s best-ever finish was third in the second year the award was given
presented by the Hall of Fame Executive Committee.                                                  out in the 2003-04 athletic season.
                                                                                                        EWU’s three Big Sky Conference championships in fall 2004 (football,
Jo Anderson McDonald (Athlete & Contributor/Gymnastics . . . Inducted Oct. 1, 2005)                 volleyball and soccer) is the first time a school has won all three titles since
Juli Argotow (Athlete/Volleyball . . . Inducted Sept. 22, 2001)                                     the league added women’s soccer in 1998. Eastern is the only conference
Carpine Family . . . Vic Carpine (Athlete/Track - 1938-40), Tony Carpine (Athlete/Track - 1947-50   school to ever win volleyball and football championships in the same year
      & Contributor), Fred Carpine (Athlete/Track - 1948-51) . . . Inducted Oct. 1, 2005
Ron Chadwick (Athlete/Track-Football . . . Inducted Sept. 25, 1999)
                                                                                                    -– in both 1997 and 2004 – since the Mountain West Conference was
Ed Chissus (Coach/Baseball-Football, Athlete/Football-Track . . . Inducted Sept. 25, 1999)          formed for women in 1982 (it became the Big Sky in 1988).
Lisa Comstock-Schultz (Athlete/Basketball & Contributor . . . Inducted Sept. 27, 2003)
Ron Cox (Athlete/Basketball . . . Inducted Feb. 21, 1998)
Lanny Davidson (Athlete/Wrestling . . . Inducted in inaugural class on Oct. 5, 1996)                Recent Team Championships/Accomplishments
Dick Edwards (Athlete/Basketball . . . Inducted Oct. 1, 2005)                                       2005 - Football - Big Sky Conference Co-Champion - NCAA I-AA Playoffs First Round
Dick Eicher (Athlete/Basketball . . . Inducted Feb. 21, 1998)                                       2004 - Football - Big Sky Conference Co-Champion - NCAA I-AA Playoffs Second Round
C. Peggy Gazette (Contributor . . . Inducted Feb. 21, 1998)                                         2004 - Volleyball - Big Sky Conference Regular Season Champion for Third-Straight Year
Wayne Gilman (Athlete/Basketball & Contributor . . . Inducted Sept. 27, 2003)                       2004 - Women’s Soccer - First Ever Big Sky Conference Regular Season Title (shared with
Dave Holmes (Coach/Football . . . Inducted in inaugural class on Oct. 5, 1996)                             Portland State)
Wanda Jewell (Athlete/Shooting & Contributor . . . Inducted Sept. 27, 2003)                         2004 - Men’s Basketball - First Ever NCAA Basketball Tournament Appearance and Big Sky
Jerry Krause (Coach/Basketball & Contributor . . . Inducted Oct. 1, 2005                                   Conference Tournament Title
Irv Leifer (Athlete/Basketball . . . Inducted in inaugural class on Oct. 5, 1996)
                                                                                                    2003 - Volleyball - Big Sky Conference Regular Season Champion
Maria Loos Lefler (Athlete/Basketball . . . Inducted Sept. 25, 1999)
Bob Maplestone (Athlete/Track-Cross Country . . . Inducted in inaugural class on Oct. 5, 1996)      2003 - Men’s Basketball - First-Ever National Invitation Tournament Appearance
Jerry Martin (Coach/Track-Cross Country & Contributor . . . Inducted Sept. 22, 2001)                2002 - Volleyball - Big Sky Conference Regular Season Champion
Launi Meili (Athlete/Shooting . . . Inducted in inaugural class on Oct. 5, 1996)                    2001 - Volleyball - Big Sky Conference Tournament Champion - NCAA Tournament Second
Herm Pein (Athlete/Boxing-Football . . . Inducted Feb. 21, 1998)                                           Round (equals highest advancement in league history)
Bob Picard (Athlete/Football-Basketball . . . Inducted Sept. 27, 2003)                              2000 - Men’s Basketball - Big Sky Conference Regular Season Co-Champion
Ron Raver (Contributor & Coach/Tennis-Basketball . . . Inducted Sept. 22, 2001)                     1999 - Volleyball - NCAA Tournament First Round
Red Reese (Coach/Basketball-Football-Track . . . Inducted in inaugural class on Oct. 5, 1996)       1998 - Volleyball - NCAA Tournament First Round
Kurt Schulz (Athlete/Football . . . Inducted Feb. 21, 1998)                                         1997 - Football - Big Sky Conference Champion - NCAA I-AA Playoff Semifinals
Ed Simmons (Athlete/Football . . . Inducted in inaugural class on Oct. 5, 1996)                     1997 - Volleyball - Big Sky Conference Regular Season Co-Champion
Brenda Souther (Athlete/Basketball . . . Inducted Feb. 21, 1998)                                    1992 - Football - Big Sky Conference Co-Champion - NCAA I-AA Playoffs First Round
Mel Stanton (Athlete/Football . . . Inducted Sept. 25, 1999)                                        1989 - Volleyball - Big Sky Conference Regular Season/Tournament Champions - NCAA
Dave Svendsen (Athlete/Football . . . Inducted Sept. 22, 2001)                                             Tournament First Round
Patsy Utter (Contributor . . . Inducted Sept. 25, 1999)
                                                                                                    1987 - Women’s Basketball - Mountain West Conference Tournament Champions - NCAA
Pat Whitehill (Athlete/Basketball-Track & Contributor . . . Inducted Sept. 22, 2001)
Dick Zornes (Coach/Football, Athlete/Football & Contributor . . . Inducted Sept. 25, 1999)                 Tournament First Round
1967 Football (11-1; Coach Dave Holmes . . . Inducted Sept. 22, 2001)                               1985 - Football - NCAA I-AA Playoffs Quarterfinals
1945-46 Men’s Basketball (31-4; Coach Red Reese . . . Inducted Sept. 27, 2003)                      1982 - NCAA Division II Men’s Cross Country Champion
1985 Football (9-3; Coach Dick Zornes . . . Inducted Oct. 1, 2005)                                  1977 - NAIA Wrestling Champion

      EASTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY                                               2006                    Home of Walter Payton

big sky conference
                                                                                 EAGLE                            Award Winner
                                                                               FOOTBALL                            ERIK MEYER

                                                                                            Conference Now in its 44th Year of
                                                                                            Collegiate Athletic Competiton

                                                                                               T      he Big Sky Conference enters its 44th year of athletic
                                                                                                      competition in 2006-07 by welcoming a ninth member. The
                                                                                            University of Northern Colorado officially became a member of the Big
                                                                                            Sky Conference on July 1, 2006.
                                                                                                The Big Sky is an NCAA Division I member in all sports, with
                                                                                            member institutions classified as I-AA in football. The Big Sky returns
                                                                                            to a nine-team format after spending five years as an eight-member
                                                                                                The current lineup includes Eastern Washington, Idaho State,
                                                                                            Montana, Montana State, Northern Arizona, Northern Colorado,
                                                                                            Portland State, Sacramento State and Weber State. The league has
                                                                                            become one of the strongest Division I conferences in the West and is
                                                                                            a national leader in I-AA football.
                                                                                                The Big Sky Conference was established in 1963 by six charter
                                                                                            members – Idaho, Idaho State, Gonzaga, Montana, Montana State
                                                                                            and Weber State. Those six schools formed the foundation of the Big
                                                                                            Sky before the league expanded in 1970 by adding Boise State and
                                                                                            Northern Arizona. Gonzaga left the Sky in 1979 and was replaced by
                                                                                            Nevada, which gave the league eight members. The conference grew
                                                                                            to nine schools in 1987 with the addition of Eastern Washington.
                                                                                                The 1990s saw change in the makeup of the league, beginning
                                                                                            in 1992 when Nevada departed and put the Big Sky back at eight
                                                                                            teams. In 1996 Boise State and Idaho left and at the same time the
                                                                                            conference added Portland State, Sacramento State and Cal State
                                                                                            Northridge. The Big Sky maintained nine teams for five years before
                                                                                            Cal State Northridge departed in the spring of 2001, giving the Big Sky
                                                                                            eight schools.
                                                                                                With the addition of Northern Colorado, the Big Sky spreads across
                                                                                            eight states spanning from the Pacific Ocean to the Rocky Mountains.
                                                                                            The Big Sky is represented along the entire west coast with schools
                                                                                            in Washington, Oregon and California. League schools also range up
                                                                                            and down the Rocky Mountains with institutions in Montana, Idaho,
                                                                                            Utah, Arizona and now Colorado.
                                                                                                Of the eight western-most states in the contiguous United States
                                                                                            only one, Nevada, is not represented in the Big Sky.
Progress at Eastern Washington University . . .                                                 On Feb 25, 1963, the name Big Sky was adopted by the six presi-
                                                                                            dents of the charter members as the name of the new conference.
• Spring quarter 2006 marked the 18th consecutive quarter of enrollment increases           The name Big Sky originated in a novel written by the late A.B. (Bud)
  from the previous year at Eastern. Enrollment reached an all-time high in fall quarter    Guthrie of Great Falls, Mont., in 1947 entitled “The Big Sky.” Jack
  2005 with 9,868 students registered.                                                      Hollowell, a former Montana advertising director, promoted the Big Sky
• For three consecutive years, Eastern Washington University has appeared in 201            theme for the Treasure State, and Harry Missildine of the Spokane
  Best Colleges For the Real World. Eastern was the only public university in the state     Spokesman-Review called for the newly formed league to be named
  of Washington to be named to the publication’s 2003-2004 edition.                         the Big Sky Conference in his column dated Feb. 20, 1963.
                                                                                                The Big Sky sponsors championships in 14 sports, including
• U.S. News & World Report has ranked EWU among the top 10 master’s degree-                 men’s and women’s cross country, indoor and outdoor track and field,
  granting universities in the West.                                                        basketball and tennis. In addition, there are also championships in
• In the Kaplan/Newsweek College Catalog, Eastern was named to the list of “Schools         football, and women’s volleyball, golf and soccer.
  That Offer The Best Value (Quality of Education vs. Cost) For Your Tuition Dollar.”           The 2006-07 season will mark the 19th year that the Big Sky
                                                                                            Conference will sponsor championships in women’s sports. The
  Previously, Newsweek named EWU to its list of “hidden treasures.”
                                                                                            former Mountain West Conference existed from 1982-88, sponsoring
• Besides the new Donor Suites and Media Center at Woodward Field, other recently           championships for women’s sports at the same institutions the Big Sky
  completed building projects on campus include the EWU Visitors Center, Computing          had men’s programs. The Big Sky merged with the Mountain West in
  and Engineering Building, Washington State Patrol Regional Crime Lab and Wash-            1988, forming one league for both men and women.
  ington State Digital Archives Building. The State Archives Building is the first digital       Doug Fullerton, the fifth commissioner of the Big Sky Conference,
  archives located on a college campus in the country.                                      will enter his 12th year at the helm. Fullerton took over the Big Sky
                                                                                            on July 1, 1995, replacing longtime commissioner Ron Stephenson.
• Historic buildings Monroe Hall and Senior Hall were recently renovated. Originally        Stephenson served the league for 14 years. Steve Belko was the
  built in 1915, Monroe Hall was reopened in 2001 after a $6.4 million renovation           commissioner from 1977-81, while John Roning held the post from
  project. Senior Hall, originally built in 1920, reopened in spring 2006 at a renovation   1971-77. The first league commissioner was Jack Friel, who served
  cost of $9.9 million and with a furnishings and equipment cost of $1.7 million.           from 1963-71.


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