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Letter from the Director: Preserving the Fire

19th century composer Gustave Mahler once said that “tradition is not the worship of ashes, but the preservation of fire.” As we step into fall I invite you to engage in the life of the university by joining us for homecoming next week. As you drive through downtown or step foot on campus to celebrate with us I am certain you will be reminded of the some of the greatest moments in your life which have been spent celebrating with your wildcat friends and family. While 2016 marks the 125th anniversary of Central Washington University, it is also a rich history of Wildcats getting together to celebrate and encourage the next generation of alumni as they develop into the future thinkers and leaders of tomorrow.

This fall, we welcomed the largest freshman class ever with more than 1900 new students joining the Wildcat family, making Central the fastest growing university in the state. As you interact with these amazing students I know you will be impressed by their enthusiasm and excitement. They provide us with inspiration and hope as they fully engage in the life of the university making CWU the best undergraduate experience in the West.

While you are looking for opportunities to celebrate and engage with our newest Wildcats we encourage you to check out the homecoming page where you can find out about Wellington’s Wildfire, Sip and Paint at Gallery One, The Haunted Corn Maze at Huffman Farms, sporting events happening on campus throughout the week including the homecoming game vs Western Oregon, and the homecoming show featuring Brian Regan. We also welcome you to celebrate the success of those who are coming back to campus to enjoy their 50-year reunion or, in some cases, their 50th wedding anniversary as a central couple.

This year we are also celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Quigley Hall, the 120th anniversary of both CWU Women’s Basketball and CWU Football, our Distinguished Alumni representing the best and brightest of each college including a new category of recipients we are calling the 4 Under 40 that honors alums that are rising stars in their career field, and our Legacy Alumni that have provided a lifetime of services.

In addition to all these exciting activities we have added an fully hosted After Hours & Welcome Back at the newly renovated Elks Building in downtown Ellensburg on Friday, October 14th, from 9 p.m.-11 p.m. CWU Alum, Rory Turner, has helped restore the historic Elks Building and is pleased to open the doors, for the first time since their grand opening, to provide an inviting venue for Wildcats to gather and celebrate. I hope you can join us and enjoy a pint of AlumnIPA as we partner with Iron Horse Brewery to host this special evening. We will also provide everyone in attendance a sneak peak of the new Wildcat Reserve wine and provide attendees an opportunity to place orders for pick up during the 4th quarter of the homecoming football game. This is sure to be an evening you won’t want to miss.

We welcome you to celebrate with us. Celebrate the past, present, and future of our Central Washington University; celebrate one another’s accomplishments and accolades; and, most importantly, celebrate true Wildcat Pride.

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