CWUAlumni NewsAlumni Newshttp://www.cwu.edu/alumni/newsen-usConnecting with New Wildcatshttp://www.cwu.edu/alumni/node/3209Thu, 11 Aug 2016 10:34:38<p><img alt="" src="/alumni/sites/cts.cwu.edu.alumni/files/images/Yakima_Valley_Museum.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 185px; margin: 5px;"></p><p>Central Washington University has been recording consistent increases in freshmen enrollment in the past year. With the announcement from <a href="http://www.cwu.edu/cwu-ranks-first-state-washington-economist-magazine-college-ratings">The Economist</a> stating that CWU is the top-rated university in the state of Washington, ranked by its economic impact on graduates, it is safe to say that Central is truly a thriving community to be a part of.</p><p>Each fall, the Ellensburg community produces a new level of energy and excitement as we welcome our returning students, and our newest additions to the Wildcat family. New this year, we invite all members of our Wildcat family to join us at the <a href="http://yakimavalleymuseum.org/">Yakima Valley Museum</a> on September 7th for our first annual send-off party welcoming the incoming freshmen from the Yakima area.</p><p>Join the CWU Alumni Association for a fun-filled evening of networking, engaging, and connecting with the newest generation of Wildcats at the <a href="http://www.cwu.edu/alumni/2016-yakima-send-party">2016 Yakima Send-Off Party</a>. This gathering is meant to welcome incoming freshmen and their families to our great network of alumni from their hometown, and introduce them to resources that are available on Central’s campus.</p><p>We invite you to join us and share advice, best memories, and traditions with the incoming class!</p><p>This inagural event welcomes incoming freshmen and their families to learn more about CWU’s student employment opportunities, financial aid, career services, housing, involvement opportunities with the Student Alumni Association, and much more. The send-off party will be held at the Yakima Valley Museum from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 7th. Light appetizers and drinks will be provided by the CWU Alumni Association.</p><p>Also, don’t miss your chance to purchase some official CWU gear from the <a href="http://wildcatshop.net/">Wildcat Shop’s</a> newest symbol of true Wildcat pride, their mobile “Rawr-Vee” shop. It’s a perfect time for you to meet the newest Wildcats, reconnect with alumni in your area, enjoy time reminiscing over your years at CWU, and purchase your latest Wildcat gear.</p><p>To register for this event click <a href="https://www.mycentral.cwu.edu/yakima-send-off">here</a> or call us at 509-963-2160.&nbsp;</p>Wildcat Alum Uses the Miss Downtown Seattle USA Platform to Bring Awareness to Ending Brain Cancerhttp://www.cwu.edu/alumni/node/3208Thu, 11 Aug 2016 10:23:10<p><img alt="" src="/alumni/sites/cts.cwu.edu.alumni/files/images/VP%20.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 300px; margin: 5px;"><img alt="" src="/alumni/sites/cts.cwu.edu.alumni/files/images/graduation%20.jpg" style="width: 150px; height: 226px; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; float: left;">Second-generation Wildcat and recent Central graduate Riley Elliot grew up in Sammamish, WA. During her upbringing, she was always very fond of Ellensburg, WA. Ever since she could remember, she has visited the small town and campus- due to her annual family trip to the Ellensburg Rodeo. As early as 13, she made up her mind that she would be a Wildcat after high school.</p><p>By the end of her freshman year at Central, she made the decision to work towards receiving her Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations with a double minor in Business Management and Non-Profit Administration. Within four years, she received her degree in Spring 2016.</p><p><img alt="" src="/alumni/sites/cts.cwu.edu.alumni/files/images/IMG_4440.jpg" style="width: 150px; height: 225px; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; float: right;">Riley’s education from Central gave her more than she could have imagined. Her Non-Profit Administration minor taught her the skills necessary to take on the VP role of her family’s non-profit, “End Brain Cancer Initiative,” formally known as “The Chris Elliott Fund”. The fund was initially started in honor of her father, Chris Elliott, who struggled with and ultimately passed away from brain cancer and is dedicated to closing the gap to advanced brain cancer treatment and clinical trial participation, and to providing HOPE to brain tumor patients and their&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.4;">families&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.4;">nationally.</span></p><p>Today, her passion for brain cancer advocacy is greater than ever. She feels her father would be<em> v</em>ery proud of the&nbsp;work the&nbsp;<em><a href="http://www.endbraincancer.org/">End Brain Cancer Initiative</a></em><em> </em>has done and it is aspiring goals to EFFECT LASTING CHANGE and standardized of care for brain cancer patients.&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" src="/alumni/sites/cts.cwu.edu.alumni/files/images/IMG_2904.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 280px; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; float: left;">This year, Riley will have the honor of serving the <em>End Brain Cancer&nbsp;Initiative</em> through brain cancer education, awareness, and research through her platform as Miss Downtown Seattle USA. Riley’s plan is to broaden brain cancer outreach on a state level through competing for <a href="http://www.misswashingtonusa.com/">Miss WA USA</a> this November.</p><p>Riley is also a youth leader for sophomore girls in high school. One of her biggest joys is watching kids become stronger in their faith and find their purpose and passion. She volunteers her time on a weekly basis at Timberlake Church’s high school ministry and served as a leader at high school summer camp this last July in Canada.</p><p><img alt="" src="/alumni/sites/cts.cwu.edu.alumni/files/images/IMG_2470.jpg" style="width: 200px; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; float: right; height: 267px;">Riley is currently an Advertising Executive for <a href="http://bonneville.com/?nid=17">Bonneville Seattle Media</a>, she represents KIRO FM 97.3, The Seattle Seahawks Radio Network, KTTH AM 770, and Radio/News Website MyNorthwest.com – in the Seattle market.</p><p>In Riley’s life, her mother and father, both Wildcat alumni, have taught her that just one person can make a very&nbsp;real and lasting difference in this world.&nbsp;<br>“I thank them every day for teaching me this life-long lesson.&nbsp;Every time I think something can’t be done, I just think of what my father has inspired through the <em>End Brain Cancer Initiative</em>.”</p></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></br>Wildcat Traditions Carry Onhttp://www.cwu.edu/alumni/node/3207Thu, 11 Aug 2016 10:04:35<p><img alt="" src="/alumni/sites/cts.cwu.edu.alumni/files/images/Grad_Marissa_2.jpg" style="width: 450px; margin: 5px; height: 360px;"></p><p>At CWU we see a lot of students who are eager to chase their dreams and enter the real world prepared and well educated. The decision to enroll and choose a college is a difficult one, especially when you are in your youth and there are so many options to choose from. However, can you imagine making this already very tough decision when your whole family has graduated from the same institution? It seems as if this decision was a no-brainer for several Central students, whose families have a long legacy at CWU.</p><p><img alt="" src="/alumni/sites/cts.cwu.edu.alumni/files/images/IMG_3262.JPG" style="width: 300px; height: 225px; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; float: left;">“I was able to visit the campus and&nbsp;watch the choirs perform, and I was blown away by the incredible music program at Central, which was what really drew me toward the school,” said Natalie Riggs, a third-generation Central student.</p><p>Krissy (Schupp) and Kenneth Riggs, Natalie’s parents, attended CWU in the early 90’s, studying Elementary Education and Music Education, respectively. Both received their undergraduate degrees in ’92-‘93 and both were awarded graduate degrees 1996.</p><p>Krissy’s path changed from a music career to a teaching career when she entered Central in the Fall of 1989, and sent her career into overdrive from there. “I was a singer and planned to study music. Central had a wonderful vocal music department and amazing choir. It was clear when I researched programs, Central had an education focus as well. As a junior, I came for the Student Sampler program, spent the night in a dorm, toured campus and fell in love. After I taught a couple of years, Central was the only choice to get my masters. It simply is the best place for training teachers.”</p><p><img alt="" src="/alumni/sites/cts.cwu.edu.alumni/files/images/IMG_3277.JPG" style="width: 300px; height: 225px; float: right; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px;">Krissy now teaches in the Tahoma School District in Maple Valley, Washington. Kenneth also teaches music in the Tahoma School District, attributing his time at Central, to his success. Both Krissy and Kenneth feel as if ‘legacy’ is an important topic in the lives of children and young adults, alike. With their experience at Central, and now their daughter Natalie, they can firmly say that it was the best choice they ever made.</p><p>A generation before Krissy and Kenneth, the Wildcat tradition started for Bill and Lynda Schupp. Bill and Lynda Schupp, Krissy’s parents, first attended Central Washington University between the years of 1965 and 1976.</p><p>Both Bill and Lynda enjoyed their time at Central, attributing their success in the real world, to their successes of getting hired right out of college (Bill to Standard Oil and Lynda starting her own preschool).</p><p><img alt="" src="/alumni/sites/cts.cwu.edu.alumni/files/images/Krissy%20Riggs%20%281%29.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 400px; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; float: left;">“I remember the friendships. I met some wonderful people, including my husband, Bill. We have been married for 51 years,” Lynda said.</p><p>“I loved living in Ellensburg. It was the perfect climate and afforded many outdoor opportunities that I took advantage of - I loved fishing, football, camping, friendships, the weather, the small-town atmosphere, and the school. It was at CWU where I met my wife, Lynda,” Bill said.</p><p>Krissy says of the multiple generations of Central students in their family: “To me, a legacy is what outlives you when you are gone. My fervent prayer is that my kindergarten students and my own personal children are my legacy. I hope to add something small, but significant to every person I teach, love and know. That's my lofty legacy goal.”</p><p>Natalie holds a similar thought when it comes to her rapidly-approaching time here at Central.</p><p>“Legacy is something that you leave behind that makes a difference in the lives of others and I hope to leave my own legacy at Central, while still being able to carry on the legacy of my family before me.”</p><p>Recent graduate, Marissa Anthony, is a multi-generational legacy student who came to Central after having visited the campus numerous times as young child. Marissa comes from a long line of Wildcats, starting with her great grandmother, whom attended the university when it was still the Washington State Normal School in the early 1900s. Since then, both her parents and uncle also attended Central.</p><p><img alt="" src="/alumni/sites/cts.cwu.edu.alumni/files/images/019.JPG" style="width: 300px; height: 209px; float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px;">As a legacy student, Marissa holds several memories and experiences close to her. Her grandmother, mother, father, and uncle’s names are engraved into a brick in the courtyard between Barge and Shaw Smyser, serving as a reminder of her lineage at Central.</p><p>“To me, legacy means continuing the story,” Marissa said. “My family started a story at Central more than 100 years ago, and I was happy to tell people about their story, while continuing the story myself. My Central story does not stop now, as I am looking into attending graduate school in the near future. I am excited to make more memories and continue the family legacy at Central Washington University for years to come.”</p><p><img alt="" src="/alumni/sites/cts.cwu.edu.alumni/files/images/grad%20day%20mom%20and%20dad.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 201px; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; float: right;">In the coming years, Marissa does plan to come back and visit her “second home”. The Ellensburg community is something she values deeply and believes it contributed to her positive experience here at CWU. When asked what Central means to her, Marissa remarked,</p><p>“To me, Central means home. The friendships I’ve made, the experiences I have had, and the feelings I get when I come to Ellensburg are things that I will never forget. Central has become a second home to me and I will never get tired of it. I will always feel welcome when I pass through, and I will always be excited to come back to my second home and reminisce on the memories I’ve been fortunate enough to make here.”<br><br>We love sharing stories of our current and future students and alumni. If you have a story to share, please email <a href="mailto:uacommunications@cwu.edu?subject=Newsletter%20Questions">uacommunications@cwu.edu</a> or connect with us on <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/cwualumni?trk=nav_responsive_tab_profile_pic">LinkedIn</a> or <a href="https://www.facebook.com/CWUalumni/">Facebook</a>.</p></br></br></a href="mailto:uacommunications@cwu.edu?subject=Newsletter%20Questions">Letter from the Director: 125 Years of Central Pridehttp://www.cwu.edu/alumni/node/3206Thu, 11 Aug 2016 08:58:40<p><span style="line-height: 1.4;"><img alt="" src="/alumni/sites/cts.cwu.edu.alumni/files/images/Bob_Ford_0.jpg" style="height: 200px; width: 150px; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; float: left;">Every day I am humbled by the fact that our alumni and students continue to challenge themselves not only in the classroom and in the job market, but also in life. Our Wildcats come from all over the world but the shared experience they have at Central provides a foundation for success as they navigate the ever-changing landscape of a global economy, seeking to make an impact that contributes to the greater good.</span></p><p>Cesar Chavez said “True wealth is not measured in money or status or power. It is measured in the legacy we leave behind for those we love and those we inspire.” As our alumni transition from students to professionals they often reflect on the legacy they have left behind. This legacy is handed down from one generation to the next through the shared experience of becoming a Wildcat. Informed by the values of inclusivity, curiosity, and the pursuit of lifelong learning, this experience has forged a rich tapestry of caring individuals that are working to give back in their communities. In our Alumni feature you can read about one example of how a second generation Wildcat, Riley Elliot is using her role as Miss Downtown Seattle USA to broaden brain cancer awareness.</p><p>In an effort to help capture the many shared experiences that contribute to the spirit and tradition of what it means to be a Wildcat, Student Government with the support of alumni and staff from across the university have worked to identify 91 traditions. In recognition of the institutions 125th anniversary, these traditions have been assembled into a new 1891 Traditions Keeper book that will be available to all students as we celebrate125 years of Central pride.</p><p>New this year we will be hosting a send-off party on September 7, to help incoming Yakima area students get excited to blaze their own trails during their time at Central. This will also provide a chance for the incoming freshmen and transfer students to speak with you, our alumni, and ask questions, hear stories, and learn from your experiences. If you’re in the Ellensburg or Yakima area and want to join us, please <a href="http://www.cwu.edu/alumni/2016-yakima-send-party">rsvp today.&nbsp;</a></p><p>For those alumni that want to help welcome new students when they arrive on campus, consider volunteering to help move-in the largest freshman class in Central’s history by participating as a member of the <a href="http://www.cwu.edu/alumni/movers-and-shakers-volunteer-opportunity">“Movers and Shakers”</a> on Thursday, September 16. You will get an opportunity to welcome students, parents and family members to the Central family as you help this new generation of Wildcats settle into their new home away from home.&nbsp;</p><p>If you are not able to attend either of these exciting welcome opportunities then consider applying to <a href="http://www.cwu.edu/alumni/sites/cts.cwu.edu.alumni/files/SAA%20Career%20Mentoring%20-%20Mentee%5B6%5D.pdf">become a mentor </a>for the Central Student Alumni Association Career Mentoring Program. For questions about how to become a mentor, please contact Laura Sanchez at 509-963-1976 or email her at <a href="mailto:laura.sanchez@cwu.edu?subject=Mentorship%20Questions">laura.sanchez@cwu.edu</a>.</p><p><br>This summer we partnered with CWU Athletics to provide an enhanced membership option in honor of the 125th anniversary. We are so excited to welcome you and can’t wait for you to take advantage of all the benefits that come with being a member. If you missed this exciting opportunity don’t worry just click <a href="http://www.cwu.edu/alumni/alumni-wildcatclub">here</a> to learn about how you can join by August 31, to take advantage of this amazing offer.</p><p>Thank you to those who have participated in our communications survey. We appreciate the feedback so we can make sure to communicate in a way that meets your needs. Click <a href="https://cwu.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6Qfqag4iUxfblQh">here</a> to take the survey by August 15, and look for some changes to our communications in the coming months.</p><p>Now check out some of the exciting programs happening near you:</p><p><a href="http://www.cwu.edu/alumni/cwu-day-seattle-sounders-fc">CWU Day with Seattle Sounders FC</a>: Purchase your discounted match tickets as we cheer on Sounders FC as they host the Portland Timbers on Sunday August 21. Prior to kickoff we will be hosting a traditional pre-game in the parking lot across from the CenturyLink Pro Shop. Don’t miss this opportunity to get your limited edition co-branded Sounders scarf.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://www.cwu.edu/alumni/2016-cwu-fall-sports-preview">2016 CWU Fall Sports Preview</a>: We are excited to announce that the 2016 Wildcat Sports Fall Preview, hosted by CWU alumni and Tommy Bahama CEO, Doug Wood, will take place at Tommy Bahama Corporate Office in Seattle on August 24. Come out and meet the coaches and hear about the exciting new recruits that will be representing the crimson and the black.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://www.cwu.edu/alumni/cwu-alumni-wine-tasting-rusty-grape">CWU Alumni Wine Tasting at Rusty Grape</a>: Join us at Clark county's best winery. We are in the early stages of building regional chapters and this program is all about connecting Wildcats in the Vancouver, WA area. We hope you are able to come out August 25, at 5:30 p.m. to enjoy some great wine tasting while meeting fellow alumni in your community.</p><p><a href="http://www.cwu.edu/alumni/brews-and-bikes-pdx">Brews and Bikes PDX</a>: Could there be a better way to experience all that Portland has to offer? Bring a friend and come check out the latest craze in group cycling as we hit the road to explore the Portland Micro Brew scene. Registration includes a free Alumni T-shirt. Come out and raise a glass August 27, starting at 12:00 noon and surround yourself with great friends and reminisce about your time at Central.</p><p><a href="http://ellensburgrodeo.com/">Ellensburg Rodeo</a> &amp; <a href="http://kittitascountyfair.com/">Kittitas Valley Fair</a>: Don’t miss the best rodeo and fair in the country. Come back to the burg and enjoy all that Ellensburg has to offer as we celebrate the 94 years of Rodeo over Labor Day weekend.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://www.cwu.edu/alumni/homecoming">Homecoming 2016 save the date</a>: Homecoming activities begin October 10, and run through October 15 this year. Join us for an exciting line up of activities and programs that commemorate the 125th anniversary of the institution. <a href="http://www.cwu.edu/alumni/homecoming-game-cwu-football-vs-western-oregon-university">Get your tickets</a> and root for the home team as we take on Western Oregon and plan to stay Saturday night to enjoy the comedic talent of <a href="http://www.cwu.edu/campus-notices/homecoming-comedian-brian-regan-tickets-sale">Brian Regan</a>.</p><p>As you can see, we certainly have a lot to look forward to as we celebrate 125 years as a community. It is truly an amazing time to be a Wildcat and I look forward to the many great opportunities that will come this year.</p><p>Always a Wildcat,</p><p><br><img alt="" src="/alumni/sites/cts.cwu.edu.alumni/files/images/BobFordSigSm.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 83px; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px;"></p></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></a href="mailto:laura.sanchez@cwu.edu?subject=Mentorship%20Questions"></br></br>CWU Alumna Selected for Women and Democracy's Leadership Institute http://www.cwu.edu/alumni/node/3178Thu, 30 Jun 2016 14:01:59<p><br><img alt="" src="/alumni/sites/cts.cwu.edu.alumni/files/images/Maju%20Qureshi.jpg" style="width: 200px; height: 259px; float: left; margin-left: 6px; margin-right: 6px;"></p><p>Maju Qureshi<br><span style="line-height: 1.4;">Class of 2013</span><br><span style="line-height: 1.4;">B.A Psychology, Minor in Business Administration</span></p><p>Maju Qureshi has been selected as a member of the 2016 class of Center for Women and Democracy’s Leadership Institute.</p><p>Developed in 2002 by the Center for Women and Democracy, the Leadership Institute identifies emerging women community leaders and provides comprehensive leadership development training.</p><p>Maju Qureshi successfully completed a competitive application process to gain one of 22 spots in this year’s class.</p><p>“I feel like Mojo jojo from the Powerpuff girls,” said Maju as she addressed her classmates as their chosen graduation speaker. “...with my brain exploding outside my skull with all the information I learned from CWD’s Leadership Institute.”</p><p>During her time at Central, Maju was a research assistant for Professor Danielle Polage, assisting in her research pertaining to cognition, lying and memory.</p><p>In addition, she was a student liaison for Central providing faculty and office staff with help in the promotion and marketing of on and off- campus events, as well as collaborating with fellow CWU campuses to promote and provide events catering to student needs.</p><p>The CWD program was designed to be an impactful experience attracting emerging community leaders. The intensive, residential program was held June 21-25 on the campus of Seattle University. The trainers were women leaders from a variety of disciplines and the curriculum explored topics such as community involvement, leadership development, and self-improvement. They met with local and state elected officials and business leaders.</p><h2>&nbsp;</h2></br></br></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></br></span style="line-height: 1.4;">International Students Bring Rich Diversity to Central’s Campushttp://www.cwu.edu/alumni/node/3175Thu, 09 Jun 2016 11:27:22<p><img alt="" src="/alumni/sites/cts.cwu.edu.alumni/files/images/INTL.jpeg" style="width: 350px; height: 229px; float: left; margin-left: 6px; margin-right: 6px;">Being a student at Central Washington University means getting the best education coupled with real-world experience in an environment that is exciting and relevant. Central is committed to teaching students from around the world. The Office of International Studies and Programs (OISP) offers a wide variety of programs and support services for international students, education abroad participants, exchange scholars and academic departments at CWU.</p><p>The OISP provides international students with advising, education abroad program management and advising through Study Abroad and Exchange Programs&nbsp;(SAEP), English language training through the University English as a Second Language (UESL) program, and a unique cultural and language learning experience for Japanese students through the Asia University America Prog<span style="line-height: 1.4;">ram (</span>AUAP<span style="line-height: 1.4;">).</span></p><p>The OISP is working hard to&nbsp;<img alt="" src="/alumni/sites/cts.cwu.edu.alumni/files/images/International%20Alumni%202.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 169px; margin-left: 6px; margin-right: 6px; float: right;"><span style="line-height: 1.4;">bring more diversity to the&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.4;">CWU</span><span style="line-height: 1.4;"> campuses and has set an attendance record by being the home to more than 550 international students. This includes students from Saudi Arabia, China, Japan, and over 40 other countries. International students bring such a rich experience to all of the campuses and many are very involved in the Student Alumni Association activities.</span></p><p>This year the Alumni Association, in partnership with our development office and several engaged alumni, is very excited to host one of our first international alumni gatherings in Tokyo, Japan, on June 11th. We have more than 50 participants signed up and we are excited for the networking possibilities that will come out of this opportunity.</p><p>We want to encourage all of our international alumni to stay connected with CWU in any way possible. Whether you’re looking to come back to the states from a foreign country or want to help host a program in your home country, the Alumni Association can help you engage with other alumni for potential career opportunities or programs.<br><br>We look forward to partnering with our international alumni and hope to host more programs and engagement opportunities beyond our borders. We encourage you to update your information at <a href="mailto:alumni@cwu.edu?subject=CWU%20Alumni%20Association%20Information%20Update%20Request">www.cwu.edu/alumni</a> so we can keep you updated on future program dates and times.</p></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></br></br></a href="mailto:alumni@cwu.edu?subject=CWU%20Alumni%20Association%20Information%20Update%20Request">From One Wildcat to Another: Advice from Current CWU Alumnihttp://www.cwu.edu/alumni/node/3174Thu, 09 Jun 2016 11:21:44<p><img alt="" src="/alumni/sites/cts.cwu.edu.alumni/files/images/alumni%20advice_6816.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 333px;">With the academic year coming to a close, we are preparing to welcome our newly minted graduates to the alumni family and looking for a creative way to help them navigate their transition to life after college. We thought the best way to support these recent graduates would be to provide them with words of advice from each of you. After all we sometimes the best resource is right in front of you. We hope you agree:</p><p>Katharine Lotze class of ’12 graduated with a BA in Journalism and a minor in Spanish. As a photographer for the Santa Clarita Valley Signal, she wants to remind recent grads to live their lives to the fullest. “Don't be afraid to take (informed) risks! It may seem hard as a new graduate, looking for work when everyone else you know is looking too, and possibly with a load of student loan debt. But there really isn't a better time to take a risk–whether it be traveling post graduation, moving to a new city alone, or taking a job with a start up.”</p><p>Vincent Langsy class of ’15 graduated with a BS in Business Administration. As an assistant buyer for Zulily, Vincent reminds us that we need to get a little uncomfortable in order to grow. “I highly suggest that you push yourself outside your comfort zone because that will allow you the greatest opportunity to grow your skills. With every experience, whether, it be an educational or personal experience, it will open many doors in your career. Never be afraid to make mistakes or say what's on your mind. There is so much knowledge in the world and you're not going to know everything, never stop asking questions.”</p><p>Though recent graduates are the ones currently seeking employment in their fields of study, undergraduates can also gain valuable insights as to how to be successful in their futures by listening to this advice from CWU alumnus, Joey Brabo. “Network with as many people as possible. The more quality/successful individuals you surround yourself with the better. This will increase your chances of being successful yourself. Utilize resources like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn to create an extensive network that provides you real life value.” Brabo said.</p><p>Michael Weber ’95 may have synthesized it best by simply encouraging us to “Be curious, everyday.” After all it sounds simple but keeping a inquisitive approach to your daily life can be an important way to avoid getting into a rut and will help you ask the right questions to help serve as a resource not only to your new employer but also those interact with throughout your day.</p><p><img alt="" src="/alumni/sites/cts.cwu.edu.alumni/files/images/Advice%20from%20Past%20Alum.jpg" style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" height="238" width="159">Thank you to our alumni who took the chance to share their insights on success for CWU graduates. We know, these new alums will see the value in your wisdom and having a network as strong as our Wildcat network. We love seeing the success of former Central students–proving that CWU is providing students with the tools to succeed. It’s advice like this from proud Wildcats that makes an education at Central Washington University so special.</p><p>While we were unable to share all of the great advice given to us from our great network of alumni, we really appreciate your time and willingness to pass your wisdom onto future alums of Central Washington University.</p><p>If you would like to remain current on our requests for advice, story shares, and/or social media features, please “Like” us on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/CWUalumni/">Facebook</a> or connect with us on <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/cwualumni">LinkedIn</a>.</p>Celebrating Commencement as One Big [Wild]Cat http://www.cwu.edu/alumni/node/3173Thu, 09 Jun 2016 11:10:06<p>Commencement is a time to celebrate success and to celebrate the future of fellow Wildcats. It’s a time where we welcome in the new cohort of alumni and we celebrate them for their accomplishments and their future endeavors. Commencement is a time in which we can all look back fondly and remember the anxiety filled walk to Tomlinson Stadium, the bagpipes ringing through Ellensburg, the influx of family, friends, and alumni.</p><p>There is no greater accomplishment than completing such a feat as obtaining your degree and we are constantly searching for new ways to celebrate as one cohort of alums from Central Washington University.</p><p>We are inviting all of our current alumni to join our 2016 graduates to commemorate this milestone together with fellow Wildcats at the Graduation Celebration at the Seattle Center Armory on Thursday, June 16, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Come enjoy street tacos along with fresh chips and salsa by Blue Water Taco, as well as fudge and saltwater taffy provided by Seattle Fudge.<br><br>This celebration is free for all 2016 graduates and one guest as well as all CWU Alumni Association members. Non-members are welcome to come join us and celebrate with the recent graduates for $10 per person. This gathering will be a perfect opportunity to share your stories and advice with the newest class of Wildcats or maybe even connect with your next employee. <a href="https://www.mycentral.cwu.edu/grad-celebration">Register today</a> to celebrate with the 2016 graduating class.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/alumni/sites/cts.cwu.edu.alumni/files/images/Celebrating%20New%20Grads%202.jpg" style="width: 230px; height: 153px; float: left;"><img alt="" src="/alumni/sites/cts.cwu.edu.alumni/files/images/Celebrating%20New%20grads.jpg" style="width: 229px; height: 153px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px;"></p><p><br><a href="http://www.cwu.edu/commencement/">CWU Commencement Ceremonies Schedule</a></p><p>Whether you have a student graduating or you’re planning to show your support for a mentee we want to make sure you have all the details you might need to show your Wildcat Pride during graduation. The first ceremony will be this Saturday, June 11, at 9:30 a.m. This ceremony will be located at Tomlinson Stadium for graduates in the College of Business and the College of Education and Professional Studies from the Ellensburg campus.</p><p>The second ceremony will directly follow the morning celebration at 2:00 p.m. for graduates in the College of Arts and Humanities, College of the Sciences, and Interdisciplinary and Individual Study majors.</p><p>On Sunday, June 12, CWU will host the 3rd and final ceremony for our 2016 graduates at the ShoWare Center in Kent, WA. This ceremony will start at 1:00 p.m. as we recognize graduates from our centers in Western Washington including: Des Moines, Pierce, Lynwood, and Everett. Tickets are not required for entry at any of the graduation ceremonies.</p></br></br></p style="text-align: center;"></br>From The Director: Celebrating Wildcatshttp://www.cwu.edu/alumni/node/3172Thu, 09 Jun 2016 09:36:44<p><img alt="" src="/alumni/sites/cts.cwu.edu.alumni/files/images/Bob_Ford_0.jpg" style="width: 150px; height: 200px; float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px;">Central Washington University has equipped our graduates with the tools they need to succeed in a highly competitive and ever changing job market for 125 years. Whether you are preparing for graduation, seeking a second career or simply looking to advance in your current industry rest assured you have the skills and ability to be successful.&nbsp;</p><p>This also means that you have access to one of the richest and most valuable networks available, the Wildcat Network. With events like the <a href="http://www.cwu.edu/alumni/2016-grad-celebration">2016 Grad Celebration</a>, <a href="http://www.cwu.edu/alumni/men-and-women-50s-and-60s">Men &amp; Women of the 50s and 60s Reunion</a>, <a href="http://www.cwu.edu/alumni/cwu-alumni-day-silverwood-theme-park">Wildcat Day at Silverwood</a>, and <a href="http://www.cwu.edu/alumni/cwu-day-seattle-sounders-fc">CWU Day at Seattle Sounders FC</a>, we encourage you to take advantage of these opportunities to come out and connect with your classmates and to demonstrate what it means to be a Wildcat to our newest group of alumni.&nbsp;Mother Teresa once said “You can do what I cannot do. I can do what you cannot do. Together we can do great things.” There is no greater feeling then a sense of belonging and when we back this up with unwavering support as a member of the wildcat family we can rest assured that our newest alumni will have the advantage they need to be successful as they transition to life after university.&nbsp;</p><p>With the academic year coming to a close and graduation coming up, we thought it would be helpful to give the class of 2016 some insight into how to be successful in their futures. We reached out to you, our CWU alumni, for advice to the graduating class and got back an abundance of responses that were nothing short of insightful for the upcoming graduating class. Thank you to all alumni who took the time to contribute great advice to future alumni.</p><p>Just as we support students and alumni across the Northwest, and around the country, we also aspire to stay connected to our international alumni. Being a Central Wildcat means being part of a diverse community of people that all share one thing, their love for Central Washington University. Central Washington University has set an International attendance record by being the home to almost 550 international students. This includes students from Saudi Arabia with large numbers from China, Japan, and over 40 other countries. This is Central’s 28th year being a part of the Asia University America Program offering an exclusive cultural and language education experience for Japanese students. CWU hosts up to 150 AUAP students a year and plans on continuing to do so for years to come. This makes it possible for CWU alumni to stay connected globally for jobs, events, or even just a friendly face all made possible by the alumni association.</p><p>Because we know the importance of providing opportunities for alumni to reconnect with the university we want to hear from you. We ask you to take a <a href="https://cwu.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6Qfqag4iUxfblQh">Communication Survey</a> to let us know how we should be communicating with you about the amazing opportunities to connect with current students, network with fellow alumni or even learn about ways Wildcats can support each other by shopping at alumni owned or operated businesses. Because we value your time and input everyone who takes the <a href="https://cwu.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6Qfqag4iUxfblQh">survey</a> will have an opportunity to be entered into a drawing to win two free Sounders Tickets and a $50 gift card to the Wildcat shop so you can swag out and show your Wildcat Pride. We value your input on our quest to continue to improve, please click <a href="https://cwu.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6Qfqag4iUxfblQh">here</a> to take the survey now.</p><p>It has been another great academic year at Central and, as your Alumni Director, I am looking forward to all that we have planned this summer. I look forward to working with the Alumni Board as we continue to work towards more enhanced communication and engagement opportunities. We will be taking the month of July off from our usual newsletter to process the feedback we receive from the previously mentioned survey. I look forward to seeing you at one of our upcoming programs. Don’t forget to save the date for Homecoming that is scheduled for October 10-15, as we take on Western Oregon in our celebration of 125 years of teaching excellence and don’t forget, once a wildcat, #AlwaysAWildcat.</p><p>Regards,<br><img alt="" src="/alumni/sites/cts.cwu.edu.alumni/files/images/BobFordSigSm.jpg" style="width: 101px; height: 28px;"><br><span style="line-height: 1.4;">Robert Ford</span><br><span style="line-height: 1.4;">Executive Director of Alumni &amp; Constituent Relations</span></p><p>O: 509.963.2752<br>C: 509.899.0046<br>E: fordro@cwu.edu</p></br></br></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></br></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></br></br>From the Director: CWU’s Got Talenthttp://www.cwu.edu/alumni/node/3165Thu, 05 May 2016 11:45:10<p><img alt="" src="/alumni/sites/cts.cwu.edu.alumni/files/images/Bob_Ford_0.jpg" style="width: 200px; height: 267px; float: left; margin-left: 3px; margin-right: 3px;">Central Washington University has many accomplished and talented alumni that continue to give back to campus and provide meaningful direction and support to the next generation of Wildcats. With recent events like <a href="http://www.cwu.edu/alumni/student-alumni-association-hosts-yopro-young-professional-networking-event">YoPro</a>&nbsp; and the <a href="http://www.cwu.edu/alumni/cwu-students-hear-top-ceos">CEO speaker series</a>&nbsp; it is clear that the professional innovation of our Central alum is a powerful resource for our current students. From recent graduates, to young professional, to our highly experienced alumni each person in the alumni network plays a significant role in the Wildcat family even though they are at different places in their own development.</p><p>Recognizing that most of us began the pursuit of our professional careers when we walked across the graduation stage we want to invite you to join us as we celebrate our recent graduates by surrounding them with the rich alumni network that you are each a part of today. Please make plans to join us on June 16th at the Seattle Center Armory to help us welcome these newly minted Wildcats at the <a href="http://www.cwu.edu/alumni/2016-grad-celebration">2016 Grad Celebration</a>. This is a great time to welcome these greenhorn innovators and help encourage them to do what they love and do it well. As Henry Longfellow said, “The talent of success is nothing more than doing what you can do well, and doing well whatever you do without thought of fame. If it comes at all it will come because it is deserved, not because it is sought after.” I hope you take this opportunity to invest in our young alumni and to be a part of their success story.</p><p>Speaking of success stories, one alumna that has blazed a trail of her own is <a href="http://www.cwu.edu/alumni/cwu-mariners-night-safeco-field">Amanda Hopkins</a>. Amanda was recently hired by the Seattle Mariners to be an area scout. Amanda has worked hard for this opportunity and by all accounts it is well deserved. In preparation for her new role, Amanda served as an intern for the Mariners for the last three summers. She also performed well in class and was a leader on CWU’s softball team. Her dedication, leadership and talent attracted the eye of the major leagues while making history as one of the first female scouts in professional baseball. Make sure to read more about Amanda in our feature stories as she demonstrates the amazing qualities of what it means to be a Wildcat.</p><p>In continuing our commitment to engage our alumni not only regionally, but also nationally and internationally, I would be remised if I didn’t close this letter by highlighting two new opportunities for alumni to connect. The first will be in Washington D.C. as we partner with other Washington state colleges to bring together our Wildcats in the greater D.C. metro area when the <a href="http://www.cwu.edu/alumni/battle-two-washingtons-sounders-vs-dc-united">Seattle Sounders take on D.C. United</a>&nbsp;on June 1st. Wildcat Alumni will not only be able to purchase discounted tickets, but they will also have an opportunity to purchase limited edition co-branded CWU/Sounders scarves at our pregame celebration before kickoff.</p><p>Finally, if you live in or are traveling to Japan don’t miss your chance to be a part of CWU alumni history.&nbsp; That’s right, Japan. Over the last several months we have been working with several committed individuals to help promote and organize the very first Japanese Alumni Social in Tokyo, Japan. We are very excited to take the first steps in crossing the Pacific as we look to bring together Central Alumni around the world. Our very own Michoan Spoelstra will be heading to Tokyo herself to congratulate Kazuko Nakamura and Kazuhiko Kikukawa on this exciting endeavor. If you are interested and want to join us in Tokyo,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.cwu.edu/alumni/cwu-alumni-party-tokyo">please register today.</a></p><p>Having served as your Alumni Director for the last year and half it is energizing to see the level of enthusiasm and support our alumni have for this great institution. As we approach the 125th birthday of the Washington State Normal School that we all know today as Central Washington University I am reminded of the talented alumni, faculty and staff that have called CWU home. You don’t have to look very hard to see that CWU’s got talent.</p><p>Regards,<br><span style="line-height: 1.4;"><img alt="" src="/alumni/sites/cts.cwu.edu.alumni/files/images/BobFordSigSm.jpg" style="width: 152px; height: 42px;"><br>Robert Ford</span><br><span style="line-height: 1.4;">Executive Director of Alumni &amp; Constituent Relations</span></p><p>O: 509.963.2752<br>C: 509.899.0046<br>E: fordro@cwu.edu</p></br></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></br></br></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></br></br>