CWUNewsNewshttps://www.cwu.edu/academic-achievement/newsen-usTRIO SSS Student: America's Best Emerging Poethttps://www.cwu.edu/academic-achievement/node/2663Tue, 12 Jun 2018 16:39:48<p><img alt="" src="/academic-achievement/sites/cts.cwu.edu.academic-achievement/files/ruby%20student%20spotlight.jpg" style="width: 650px; height: 532px; margin-left: 25px; margin-right: 25px;"></p><p>Article by: Ruby Nambo</p><hr><p>Recently, I was selected to be part of America’s Best Emerging Poets. It is a true honor that I was chosen to be one of the 150 poets in America’s Best Emerging Poets out of at least 3,000 poets.&nbsp; However, like most stories, there is a backstory to everything.</p><p>This started back when I was first published in Manastash, which is Central’s literary magazine, back in spring 2017. The poem that was published in the literary magazine was “The Love, Pain, and the Independence.”&nbsp; It was a fortunate start in my dream of being a published writer. After I was published from Manastash, I thought that it was time to take a break in writing. However, I decided to keep on writing, and to continue my dream of being published. It was not until late September that I received an email from a representative from Z Publishing House for that dream. They stated that they were impressed with “The Love, Pain, and the Independence,” and wanted to feature one or more of my poetry pieces in the book: Washington’s Best Emerging Poets. I submitted a few pieces of poetry that I wrote in the past. By early December, the publishing company announced that my poem “A Champion’s Direction’s,” was going to be featured in Washington’s Best Emerging Poets. On January 2018, the book was released to the public. The book featured more than 75 poets around Washington State, including a handful of student poets from Central Washington University.</p><p>Two months later, after Washington’s Best Emerging Poets was released, I received an email from Z Publishing House.&nbsp; I was surprised because I did not expect an email from them at all. Z Publishing House invited me to be part of America’s Best Emerging Poets. They selected 150 poets, out of 3,000 poets who were part of the Emerging Poets around the United States, to take part of it in a national level. This was something unexpected for me because I never expected myself to be an emerging poet of America! Like the past, I had a certain time frame to submit and wrote new poetry pieces.&nbsp; Nearly a month later, I heard back from the publishing company, and was told that the poem “What is a Friend?” will be in America’s Best Emerging Poets! For those who are interested, the book will be released in August 2018.</p><p><br>To this day, I could not believe how far I came in my dreams. It was such an honor to achieve of publishing at a young age. Personally, I expect that this dream was going to be achieved later in life, like in my 30’s and 40’s and in my profession. Instead, I am achieving my dreams to be professionally published in my early 20’s and working on my education. My goal is that one day, as a future English educator, that I can use my published work and encourage students to their dreams, just as I did.</p></hr></br>TRIO Graduation Event Successhttps://www.cwu.edu/academic-achievement/node/2657Wed, 30 May 2018 15:56:22<p><img alt="" src="/academic-achievement/sites/cts.cwu.edu.academic-achievement/files/images/InkedExcellence%20picture_no_name.jpg" style="width: 800px; height: 533px; border: solid; border-width: 1px;"></p><p>Last week we celebrated our graduating seniors and TRIO SSS scholars achieving high GPAs. It was a time of fun and joy. The turnout was fantastic we had nearly 100 guests, thank you to all who attended. Speakers such as: President Dr. Gaudino, Associate Dean of Student Success and Achievement Dr. Aaron Brown, and TRIO SSS Program Coordinator Lorinda Anderson; each spoke about our students accomplishements and success over the past year.&nbsp;</p><p>Many students were suprised to find a certificate awaiting them for their excellent GPA's. Students had a blast and the decorations were incredible, due to the hard work of our student workers! This event is one way of showing how proud we are of our students. GO TRIO WILDCATS!!</p>CSF Club is looking for officers.https://www.cwu.edu/academic-achievement/node/2656Fri, 25 May 2018 14:47:45<h2 style="text-align: center;">Interested in taking on a leadership role?</h2><hr><div class="paragragh-spacing" style="padding-bottom: 10px; padding-top: 5px;"><div>The CSF club is currently looking for new officers for the 2018-19 school year. Being an officer for the CSF club has many benefits including improving leadership skills and it would look great on your resume! Contact Ana for more information.</div></div><p><strong>Ana Montes-Martinez, CSF Club President<br><a href="mailto:Ana.MontesMartinez@cwu.edu">Ana.MontesMartinez@cwu.edu</a></strong></p><p>&nbsp;</p></h2 style="text-align: center;"></hr></div class="paragragh-spacing" style="padding-bottom: 10px; padding-top: 5px;"></br></a href="mailto:Ana.MontesMartinez@cwu.edu">Opinion Eventhttps://www.cwu.edu/academic-achievement/node/2649Wed, 18 Apr 2018 17:00:20<h2><strong>All TRiO Students invited!</strong></h2><p style="text-align: center;"><strong><img alt="TRiO Wants your Opinion. Thursday, May 10th 6-8PM, Surc 140." dir="ltr" src="/academic-achievement/sites/cts.cwu.edu.academic-achievement/files/images/Uncle%20Wellington%20TRiO%20Poster-1V3.png" style="width: 80%;"></strong></p><p>TRiO wants to get you your opinion. Come and voice your ideas, opinions, criticisms, and concerns about TRiO.</p><p>This will be an event led by student workers and no TRiO staff members will be present. All concerns and information will be kept anonymous.</p><p><strong>Thursday, May 10th<br>6PM-8PM<br>Surc 140</strong></p></p style="text-align: center;"></br></br>Graduation/Recognition Event 2018https://www.cwu.edu/academic-achievement/node/2601Wed, 11 Apr 2018 14:39:11<h2 style="text-align: center;">CWU TRiO Student Support Services Celebrating <u>YOU!</u></h2><p>&nbsp;</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="CWU TRiO. What? Graduation/Recogniation Event 2018. When? May 23rd, 3:00 - 5:00 PM. Where? Sue Lombard Dining." dir="ltr" src="/academic-achievement/sites/cts.cwu.edu.academic-achievement/files/What_-page-001.jpg" style="width: 80%;" lang="English"></p><p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Sue Lombard Dining - May 23rd - 3-5:00 PM</strong></p><p>Sign up early for this wonderful event, in TRiO Hertz 211 because we want to make certain that all <u>TRiO graduates and academic scholars are recognized and <strong>celebrated</strong></u>!</p><p>Current TRiO SSS students are encouraged to attend as well, to support fellow TRiO graduates.&nbsp;</p><p>You can invite family and friends to celebrate with you. We would like&nbsp; accurate numbers to insure appropriate amount of seating and appetizers.</p><p>&nbsp;</p></h2 style="text-align: center;"></p style="text-align: center;"></p style="text-align: center;">CWU's McNair Scholars Program Receives $1.1 Millionhttps://www.cwu.edu/academic-achievement/node/2588Wed, 11 Oct 2017 08:16:05<p><img alt="" src="/academic-achievement/sites/cts.cwu.edu.academic-achievement/files/images/mcnair%20scholars.png" style="width: 238px; height: 212px; float: left;">Increasing access and diversity in graduate degree programs is the legacy of Ronald McNair, one of the astronauts who perished in the Challenger explosion in 1986.</p><p>To that end, the McNair Scholars program was developed. Central Washington University, a&nbsp; recipient of McNair Scholar funding since 1991, received $1,161,325 from the US Department of Education for the CWU McNair Scholars Program. The five-year program will receive $232,265 each year. The program is administered by the School of Graduate Studies and Research and CWU's Lucinda Carnell, biological sciences, will continue as program director.</p><p>"We are grateful to the Department of Education for the opportunity to continue being a part of the McNair program, which has allowed our students to obtain doctoral degrees and faculty positions in academia," said Carnell.&nbsp;</p><p>CWU is one of the original McNair institutions in the country, and is among the first in Washington State. The university is funded to serve 27 new and continuing students for each project year.</p><p><strong>The McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program</strong><br>The McNair Scholars Program is a federal TRIO program funded at 185 institutions across the United States and Puerto Rico by the US Department of Education. It is designed to prepare undergraduate students for doctoral studies through involvement in research and other scholarly activities.</p><p>McNair participants are either first-generation college students with financial need, or members of a group that is traditionally underrepresented in graduate education and have demonstrated strong academic potential. The goal of the McNair Scholars Program is to increase graduate degree awards for students from underrepresented segments of society.</p><p><strong>About Ronald E. McNair</strong><br>Ronald Erwin McNair was born in Lake City, South Carolina, on October 21, 1950. In 1967, he graduated valedictorian from Carver High School and went on to North Carolina A&amp;T State University where he graduated magna cum laude in physics.</p><p>He earned his PhD from Massachusetts Institute of Technology at the age of 26.Dr. McNair was an expert in laser physics at the Hughes Research Laboratory and in 1978, was selected for participation in NASA's space shuttle program, becoming the second African American astronaut in US history. He served as a mission specialist aboard the space shuttle Challenger and died along with the rest of the Challenger crew when the space shuttle exploded nine miles above the Atlantic on January 28, 1986.</p><p>He was posthumously awarded the Congressional Space Medal of Honor. After his death, members of Congress provided funding for the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program. Their goal was to encourage low-income and first-generation college students, and students from historically underrepresented ethnic groups to expand their educational opportunities by enrolling in a PhD program and ultimately pursue an academic career. This program is dedicated to the high standards of achievement inspired by McNair’s life.</p><p>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518, valeriec@cwu.edu<br>&nbsp;</p></br></br></br>$100,000 Coca-Cola Grant Helps CWU’s First Generation Students Complete Collegehttps://www.cwu.edu/academic-achievement/node/2575Tue, 29 Sep 2015 12:46:48<p><img alt="" src="/academic-achievement/sites/cts.cwu.edu.academic-achievement/files/images/cocacolafndtn_logo_2012.jpeg" style="width: 388px; height: 200px;"></p><p>Students who are the first in their families to attend college will receive a generous financial boost from The Coca-Cola Foundation. The Coca-Cola First-Generation Last Mile Scholarship will provide 10 first-generation students at Central Washington University with significant financial support—$5,000 per year for two years—during their junior and senior years.</p><p>“We estimate that more than 15 to 20 percent of our first-year and transfer students are the first in their families to attend college,” said Scott Wade, vice president of CWU University Advancement and executive director of the CWU Foundation. “The Coca-Cola Company has an outstanding reputation for supporting educational opportunities for first-generation students in the United States.”</p><p>By providing more than half of average tuition and fees for the year, the Last Mile scholarships will allow students to focus on their studies instead of spending excessive time at a job to pay for their education. The purpose is for students to graduate on time with the academic standing necessary to successfully compete in graduate programs or pursue a career.</p><p>To apply for the scholarship, students need to contact the CWU Scholarship Office at www.cwu.edu/scholarships/Coca-ColaFirstGen. The deadline to apply for the 2015-2016 school year is October 15, 2015.</p><p>Qualified applicants are:<br>• First-generation students (students who are the first in their immediate families to attend college)<br>• Students who are either returning or transferring to CWU as juniors in fall quarter 2015<br>• Full-time students with a GPA of 3.0 or greater<br>• Students with demonstrated financial need</p><p>Students enrolled in Ellensburg or any of the seven CWU university centers are eligible to apply for the scholarship.</p><p>Students will receive $5,000 for the first year. If they maintain a 3.0 grade point average and make satisfactory progress towards their degree, they’ll receive the second $5,000 for their senior year.</p><p>The overall purpose of the scholarships is to increase the retention and graduation rates of the scholarship recipients. It is expected that the retention rate for scholarship holders will be 90 to 100 percent from junior to senior year and that at least 80 percent of the 2015 scholarship recipients will graduate in 2017.</p><p>“We’re excited that one of the most recognized companies in the world is partnering with us to help our students,” enthused Wade. “We hope we will be working with them for many years.”</p><p><br>Since 1993, The Coca-Cola First Generation Scholarship (CCFG) program has supported students who are the first in their immediate family to attend college or university.&nbsp; Since its inception, over $39 million in scholarships has been awarded to over 3,200 students on more than 450 campuses throughout the United States.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518, valeriec@cwu.edu<br>&nbsp;</p></br></br></br></br></br></br>TRIO SSS Grant Renewed for Another 5 Year Cyclehttps://www.cwu.edu/academic-achievement/node/2574Tue, 28 Jul 2015 17:14:00<p>CWU’s<span style="font-size: 12px; font-weight: normal; line-height: 1.4;">&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.cwu.edu/academic-achievement/" style="font-size: 12px; font-weight: normal; line-height: 1.4;" target="_blank">TRIO Student Support Services</a><span style="font-size: 12px; font-weight: normal; line-height: 1.4;">&nbsp;grant has been renewed for another five-year cycle. With the $1.4 million award ($281,219 per year),&nbsp;</span>CWU<span style="font-size: 12px; font-weight: normal; line-height: 1.4;">&nbsp;can continue to help low-income, first-generation, and students with disabilities succeed in college.</span></p><div><div property="content:encoded"><p>The U.S. Education Department&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/education-department-awards-270-million-968-student-support-services-program-projects-help-students-succeed-higher-education" target="_blank">awarded $270 million</a>&nbsp;to fund TRIO SSS Programs at 968 institutions. CWU’s program, operating since 1992, is funded to serve 225 students per year. Among the services offered are academic advising and tutoring, career guidance, leadership and service experience, financial literacy programs, and help applying for graduate school.</p><p>“This is such an important program to me,” said senior Ayla Medina, a TRIO student since her first year at CWU. It instantly became her strongest support system, helping both emotionally and academically.</p><p>“Having a place to go where I feel safe and I feel understood is incredible,” Medina said. “As a first-generation student, I needed information about how college is run and I found it there.”</p><p>From 2014-15, CWU’s TRIO SSS students had a 99.5 percent persistence rate and 85.9 percent of them were in good academic standing.</p><p>“The program is effective because the staff is very intentional about advancing students’ academic, personal and professional competencies,” said Lorinda Anderson, coordinator of CWU’s TRIO SSS Program.&nbsp;“We are thrilled to be funded for the next five academic years and have already been developing new ways to advance the important mission of this program.”&nbsp; &nbsp;</p><p>Raymond Navarro, director of Academic Achievement Programs at CWU, is elated to receive the highly competitive grant. He said the award is a testament to the leadership of Provost Marilyn Levine, the vision of Dean of Student Success, and the work of Academic Achievement staff.</p><p>“It also speaks to the perseverance of our students,” Navarro said. “We look forward to continuing the long history the TRIO SSS Program has in empowering students to achieve success, realize their potential, and accomplish their personal and professional goals.”</p><p>Medina, who was born in Guadalajara, Mexico, moved to the United States when she was 8. She is the first in her family to graduate high school and attend college. After earning degrees in psychology and interdisciplinary studies, she wants a career that involves outreach to minority youth and underrepresented populations.</p><p>“I hope to get the message across to youth how important it is to get an education and how empowering it feels to have knowledge and be able to speak up for yourself,” Medina said. “I want to show my nieces and nephews that we can be so much more than minimum wage workers and that we are the ones who set our own barriers.”</p><p>CWU worked with&nbsp;<a href="http://www.hanoverresearch.com/" target="_blank">Hanover Research</a>&nbsp;to prepare the TRIO SSS grant proposal for submission. Hanover provides grant development support to hospitals, higher education institutions, and other non-profit organizations.</p><p><strong><em>Media contact</em></strong><em>: Barb Arnott, CWU Public Affairs, 509-963-2841,&nbsp;<a href="mailto:barnott@cwu.edu">barnott@cwu.edu</a></em></p><p>July 28, 2015</p></div></div><p>&nbsp;</p></span style="font-size: 12px; font-weight: normal; line-height: 1.4;"></span style="font-size: 12px; font-weight: normal; line-height: 1.4;"></span style="font-size: 12px; font-weight: normal; line-height: 1.4;"></div property="content:encoded"></a href="mailto:barnott@cwu.edu">SSS Spring 2014 Newsletterhttps://www.cwu.edu/academic-achievement/node/2558Wed, 03 Dec 2014 09:24:55<p><a href="/academic-achievement/sites/cts.cwu.edu.academic-achievement/files/documents/Spring%20Newsletter%20Final.pdf" target="_self"><img alt="" src="/academic-achievement/sites/cts.cwu.edu.academic-achievement/files/images/Spring%20Newsletter%20Final_Page_1.jpg" style="width: 350px; height: 231px;"></a></p>CWU Receives Prestigious HEED Award for Excellence in Diversityhttps://www.cwu.edu/academic-achievement/node/2557Wed, 17 Sep 2014 10:47:12<p><img alt="" src="/academic-achievement/sites/cts.cwu.edu.academic-achievement/files/images/HEED_logo14.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 306px;"></p><p>Central Washington University is a 2014 recipient of the prestigious INSIGHT Into Diversity Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award. CWU is one of only 83 institutions nationwide, and the only four-year institution in Washington State, to receive the award.</p><p>The HEED Award recognizes colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion. INSIGHT Into Diversity is the oldest and largest diversity magazine and website in higher education today.</p><p>“This award highlights our efforts in enhancing diversity at CWU,” said Delores (Kandee) Cleary, chief diversity officer and chair of the Sociology Department. “We are proud and honored to be selected.&nbsp; While we continue to work to ensure CWU is welcoming to everyone, this award gives us a chance to take a breath and recognize all that we have accomplished.”</p><p>Currently, minority students make up roughly 25 percent of CWU’s enrollment and the university was recently named one of the top 50 LGBT-friendly universities in the nation.</p><p>The award, open to all colleges and universities throughout the United States, measures an institution’s level of achievement and intensity of commitment in regard to broadening diversity and inclusion on campus through initiatives, programs and outreach; student recruitment, retention, and completion; and hiring practices for faculty and staff.</p><p>CWU communication alumna Veronica Gomez-Vilchis of the Office of Equal Opportunity and Professional Development, took the lead in submitting the application for the award.</p><p>“Veronica worked tirelessly to bring people together to talk about their diversity work,” said Staci Sleigh-Layman, Human Resources director-at-large,. “She collected and compiled the information into a readable format, and did much of this independently, without a lot of guidance. She produced an excellent submission.”&nbsp;</p><p>Gomez-Vilchis, who also has been a faculty member in Communication and program coordinator of Bridges, has worked in HR for the past two years. She focuses on recruitment, hiring and professional development.</p><p>The HEED Award is the only national recognition honoring colleges and universities that exhibit outstanding efforts and success in the area of diversity and inclusion throughout their campuses.</p><p>For more information about the 2014 HEED award, visit www.insightintodiversity.com.</p><p>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518, valeriec@cwu.edu</p>