CWUAlumni NewsAlumni News Alumnus to Throw Out First Pitch at Seattle Mariners, 16 May 2017 15:17:12<p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/alumni/sites/" style="width: 351px; height: 263px; border-width: 5px; border-style: solid; margin: 5px;"></p><p>Brock Tidball, a Central Washington University Alumnus (’10) and past-chair of Graduates of the Last Decade (GOLD) Society, will throw out the first pitch at the CWU-Mariners Night at Safeco Field on May 19, in honor of re-launching the GOLD Society.</p><p>Tidball describes the GOLD Society as a program for recent graduates who have seen their careers develop and want to help support CWU students and help lead them on a path to success.</p><p>All GOLD Society members, CWU graduates of the last decade who have financially supported the university, will receive VIP access to the pre-game event, to be held from 5-7 pm in the Outside Corner.</p><p>Additionally, GOLD Society members will be able to skip the line to enter the pre-game event and pick up their complimentary CWU and Mariners co-branded hat, a GOLD society pin, and two complimentary drink tickets.</p><p>Tidball will be joined on the field by his wife Amy, a CWU alumna (’09) who studied elementary education. The two shared their first date nine years ago at CWU Mariners night (photo taken at their first date).</p><p>“I am excited to be able to come back, since we don’t get to as often, and to throw the first pitch,” he says. “Who could pass up that offer?</p><p>Tidball says he appreciates and recognizes the value in the CWU community, particularly when its members help graduating students who are entering the workforce. He wants to give back because it’s his way to thank CWU for the assistance and advice from faculty, staff, and alumni provided in helping him become successful.</p><p>“I learned a lot of life lessons while I was at Central and I didn’t realize I had until after I graduated. I see value in the CWU community and want to give back for all they did for me,” he says.</p><p>Tidball’s advice to CWU students or recent graduates is: “Take advantage of the mentor programs the school has to offer. Use the networks and programs they have that help correctly place students into their careers.”</p><p>While at CWU, Brock played football. He is now a financial advisor for Edward Jones Investments. The Tidballs now reside in Indiana with their young son.</p><p><strong><em>Written by: Gloria Rivera, May 16, 2017.</em></strong></p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/alumni/sites/" style="width: 351px; height: 234px; border-width: 5px; border-style: solid; margin: 5px;"></p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/alumni/sites/" style="width: 150px; height: 126px; margin: 5px;"></p><p style="text-align: center;"><strong>For more information, <a href="" target="_blank">click to join</a> or <a href="" target="_blank">give the gift of membership</a> today.</strong></p></p style="text-align: center;"></p style="text-align: center;"></p style="text-align: center;"></p style="text-align: center;">The Wildcat Investment, 10 May 2017 17:29:59<p><img alt="" src="/alumni/sites/" style="width: 190px; height: 254px; margin: 5px; border-width: 5px; border-style: solid; float: left;">Wow. Simply wow.</p><p>I want to start off by thanking each and every person who participated in our first-ever, 24 hour day of giving, <a href="" target="_blank">#GiveCentral</a>. The selflessness of our alumni was on full display as we had over 650 donors who helped raise $650,000 for the betterment of this great institution. With a focus on the future, it truly is what we do in the present that will be the indictor of our success going forward. #GiveCentral was hugely successful, and on behalf of the greater team, I want to thank everyone who took time out of their busy lives to give back to the university that gave them so much.</p><p>With the money given, Central will continue to work to provide the best undergraduate experience available, all while training the future leaders of tomorrow. The success of our recent graduates is a clear indicator that the Central Washington University possesses that special characteristic that stays with alumni for life.</p><p>To keep with the theme of giving back, the CWU Student Alumni Association hosted its annual <a href=";album_id=1024759350990791" target="_blank">YoPro event</a> where three CWU alumni, along with three other professionals, sat on a panel for students to ask advice about entering the professional world. Here at Central, these alumni were able to find an environment that challenged them academically yet helped foster a sense of belonging among their peers. While gaining real-world experience in college, upon graduation they were able to have an instant impact in their field of study and were able to come back and pass their knowledge on to those about to enter the business world. As we all know, connections make for the best resource. The team, students, and I cannot thank these alumni enough for coming back and investing their time in the next generation of young professionals.&nbsp;</p><p>While we are talking about the present and future, I would be remiss to not talk about the wonderful things our current alumni are achieving out in the world today. A special alumna who exemplifies what it means to be a Wildcat is <a href="" target="_blank">Chrissy Yamada.</a> Her tireless work ethic and devotion to going about things the right way is woven into the fibers of Central Washington University’s DNA. Yamada is living proof that investing for the future means making the right choices today.</p><p>As we get ready to welcome in a new class to the alumni family, it is the perfect time to <a href="" target="_blank">give the gift of membership</a> to your recent grad. The CWU Alumni Association has special promotion for the class of 2017, so please feel free to take advantage of it while it lasts. If you are not currently a member yourself, I encourage you to <a href="" target="_blank">sign up today.</a> I am certain you will enjoy the <a href="" target="_blank">benefits.</a></p><p>To the class of 2017: I would like to personally say congratulations on completing your degree. While this may be the end of your academic career, it is only the beginning of your professional life. To our established alumni I encourage you to think back to when you were first trying to land your job. I challenge you to reach out and be that person who helps a recent grad gain a foothold in the, sometimes daunting, business world.</p><p>Finally, don’t forget to join us at this year’s <a href="" target="_blank">grad celebration</a> to help welcome our recent graduates to the Wildcat family. From all of us here at Central Washington University, congratulations to the class of 2017!</p><p><img alt="" src="/alumni/sites/" style="width: 199px; height: 55px; margin: 5px;"></p>The Power of Investment, 10 May 2017 17:19:12<p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/alumni/sites/" style="width: 412px; height: 275px; margin: 5px; border-width: 5px; border-style: solid;"></p><p>Whether tangible or intangible, CWU alumni have been giving back to their alma mater in ways that go above and beyond.</p><p>Central recently completed its first, 24-hour day of giving event, and the results were simply remarkable. With over 650 donors investing in CWU, alumni and friends of the university helped raise $650,000 to better the Wildcat undergraduate experience.</p><p>Donations will be allocated to student scholarships, the student-athlete experience, and other departments of interest, selected by the donors themselves.</p><p>Several outstanding donors and alumni who wanted to give back to the institution that helped them grow, both inside and outside the classroom, were a huge driving force in the success of this campaign. Donors like these, including CWU alumni <a href="" target="_blank">Andrew Mork</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">Amy Hanson</a>, understand and value the importance of investing in the next generation of professionals, to help ensure a better future. You can read more in the press release <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>. Their contributions will go a long way at Central, allowing us to offer a top-tier education while maintaining an affordable education that keeps higher education accessible.</p><p>While donations always help in the pursuit of improving CWU’s overall experience, there are other ways that alumni have been investing in Central. <a href="" target="_blank">Distinguished alumni</a> have been giving an especially valuable asset back to Wildcat students: their experience in the professional world.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/alumni/sites/" style="width: 437px; height: 205px; border-width: 5px; border-style: solid; margin: 5px;"></p><p>Many successful graduates have been mentoring soon-to-be graduates, as well as speaking at events where their professional acumen can have an impact on the next generation of alumni.</p><p>Dr. David Altheide, a 1967 CWU grad, spoke at the 20th anniversary celebration for the Department of Law and Justice, while other recent graduates, such as Matt McCorkle, Jared Vallejo, and Robyn Stewart, came back to Ellensburg to be part of a panel during the <a href=";album_id=1024759350990791" target="_blank">CWU Student Alumni Association YoPro event</a>. Students were able to gain a better insight in order to be successful in the business world through a series of networking and Q &amp; A opportunities.</p><p>Finally, CWU alumni all across the nation have been investing the most important resource of all: their time. As life gets busy, time becomes increasingly valuable. Wildcats all over the country have been investing their time in order to make the world around them a better place. Here in Ellensburg, over 300 volunteers participated in the Yakima River Cleanup on April 15, 2017.</p><p>Our amazing alumni, donors, staff, faculty, and friends have truly invested in everything that is CWU. From their monetary investments, the passing down of their knowledge to future graduates, and making a conscience effort to make the world around them a better place; the Central Washington University alumni contingency exemplifies what it means to set the right example and act as a model citizen, all while staying true to the Wildcat way.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/alumni/sites/" style="width: 150px; height: 126px; margin: 5px;"></p><p style="text-align: center;"><strong>For more information, <a href="" target="_blank">click to join</a> or <a href="" target="_blank">give the gift of membership</a> today.</strong></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Written by: Joey Castonguay&nbsp; |&nbsp; May 2017</p></p style="text-align: center;"></p style="text-align: center;"></p style="text-align: center;"></p style="text-align: center;">Give The Gift Of Membership, 10 May 2017 16:49:15<p><img alt="" src="/alumni/sites/" style="width: 225px; height: 338px; border-width: 5px; border-style: solid; margin: 8px; float: left;">With commencement fast approaching, recent and upcoming CWU graduates will now have the chance to see what being a Wildcat alum is all about. Between the fantastic benefits available to all members, as well as having the chance to join the CWU Alumni Association for a <a href="">discounted price</a>, you really can’t beat giving the gift of membership this spring.</p><p>CWU Alumni Association members have access to <a href="">benefits</a> and discounts across the country though our Alumni Access Discount App, and you don’t just have to be an alum of Central to join. We have many CWU super-fans, donors, friends, and family that have joined the Alumni Association because of the unbeatable benefits.&nbsp; With the purchase of your membership, you will get to enjoy; a monthly e-newsletter from the association’s Executive Director, Bob Ford, entrance to the Cat’s Den tents at select athletic events, access to job searches on the Wildcat Career Network, a Central Connections magazine sent to your mailbox, CWU Brooks Library privileges, access to the Recreation Center and outdoor equipment rental through (OPR), and much, much more.</p><p>Giving the gift of membership has never been so easy, as well.&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" src="/alumni/sites/" style="width: 225px; height: 225px; border-width: 5px; border-style: solid; margin: 8px; float: right;">An annual membership for a recent graduate is only $20 during this promotion, and includes a bonus CWU alumni license plate frame. Lifetime memberships are also available for recent graduates for $375, which come with a CWU diploma frame, saving you the trouble of purchasing one later. Make sure to act fast as these promotional offers are only good through July 31, 2017.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Becoming a member is simply one <a href="">click</a> away, and the process doesn’t take more than five minutes.</p><p style="text-align: center;">The CWU Alumni Association would like to take the time to congratulate each and every member of the 2017 graduating class. CWU takes pride in every graduate and knows that he or she will go out and have an amazing impact on the professional world, all while exemplifying what makes CWU the best undergraduate experience in the West.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/alumni/sites/" style="width: 247px; height: 108px; margin: 5px; border-width: 5px; border-style: solid;"></p><p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/alumni/sites/" style="width: 150px; height: 138px; margin: 5px;"></p><p style="text-align: center;"><strong>For more information, click to <a href="">join</a> or <a href="">give the gift of membership</a> today.</strong></p><p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</p><p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</p><p>Written by: Joey Castonguay&nbsp; |&nbsp; May 2017</p></p style="text-align: center;"></p style="text-align: center;"></p style="text-align: center;"></p style="text-align: center;"></p style="text-align: center;"></p style="text-align: center;"></p style="text-align: center;">The Value of a Good Mindset, 10 May 2017 15:52:54<p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/alumni/sites/" style="width: 225px; height: 360px; margin: 5px; border-width: 5px; border-style: solid;"></p><p>Chrissy Yamada, a 1983 graduate of the Central Washington University Edmonds campus, said that CWU provided her with the foundation she needed to go on and have an outstanding professional career. This background would also later help her in becoming the Chief Financial Officer of the year in 2015, by the Puget Sound Business Journal.</p><p>Yamada, a self-admitted numbers person, found her place in accounting due to the sheer nature of the practice. “Working with numbers seemed so natural for me and getting financial statements to balance is like putting a puzzle together. Somehow everything has to fit,” Yamada said.</p><p><img alt="" src="/alumni/sites/" style="width: 162px; height: 225px; border-width: 5px; border-style: solid; margin: 8px; float: right;"></p><p>During her time as an undergraduate student, Yamada interned at the UW Medical Center. Even as an accounting student she knew that this was the field for her. “I didn’t know if it wanted to stay in healthcare as an accountant but I thought I would give it a try. I continued to have a healthcare focus when I was an auditor and when I left public accounting, I knew that I wanted to stay in healthcare,” Yamada said.</p><p>Yamada went on to hold numerous positions, but the one she gained the most from was her role in turning around Evergreen Health. When asked what turning around Evergreen Health’s financial state meant to her, Yamada said, “It made me very proud of my team. Bringing an organization out from a significant operating loss to an operating profit takes a team of people. It is hard work and it takes some perseverance and persistence.”</p><p>Outside of the office, Yamada still takes the same mindset and determination in everything she does. Next to numbers, Yamada admits that she is extremely passionate about running which had led her to complete three marathons from 1984 to 1986. It wasn’t until her fourth marathon in 2008, that she realized she still had a lot more tread left on her “tires.”</p><p>“I ran my fourth marathon in 2008 and was surprised I could still run 26.2 miles. I was energized by that and since then I have run 36 more marathons,” Yamada said. In 2013, after having ran countless miles and spent hours training, Yamada raised money for Boston’s Children’s Hospital to gain entry to the Boston Marathon. Due to the highly competitive time required to qualify, raising money for the Children’s Hospital was her passion and ticket to the ra<img alt="" src="/alumni/sites/" style="width: 225px; height: 225px; border-width: 5px; border-style: solid; margin: 8px; float: left;">ce.</p><p>Yamada was one of the thousands of runners who were present the day in which tragedy struck. The Boston Marathon bombings will be remembered as one of the most evil attacks of terrorism on American soil since 9/11, and Yamada remembers that day with great clarity and detail.</p><p>“I was at mile 22 when the bombs went off and was oblivious to it all, really. But when I got to mile 25 and saw thousands of runners stranded, I knew something was terribly wrong. About 6,000 of us could not finish the race and we were held back behind yellow tape. My phone battery ran out at that point and I couldn’t find my husband or my daughter. I would eventually find my husband a couple hours later and was able to reach my daughter. She was on lockdown in her dorm and we were on lockdown in our hotel in Copley square. We had to leave Boston the next day without seeing her,” Yamada said.</p><p>When she was back in Seattle, Yamada admits that she was terribly upset. As a runner, she was mad that someone would go out and hurt people that went to cheer on runners like herself. She was also disappointed that after all that time training and running, she was not able to finish the race.</p><p>This lack of closure would go on to propel her to return to Boston the next year and finish the race. However, she knew that it wouldn’t be just another race for her.</p><p>“When I was invited back the next year to re-run the Boston Marathon in 2014, I knew it would not be a normal race for me. I had to do something in order to make it feel like this was not just your normal race. After much thought, I created a ‘Dear Boston Marathon Spectator’ note and over the next several months I wanted to write something that would mean something to 260 spectators and volunteers, and a number of the people who were hurt in 2013. I decided to hand out my signed notes along the entire route and thank people for cheering us runners on so we could enjoy our race. I received so many thanks and hugs and it brought much needed closure for me,” Yamada said.</p><p>After a short stint of retirement and travel, Yamada accepted a position as Regional CFO for USAP-Washington (US Anesthesia Partners). Her overall responsibilities include fiscal management and reporting for a long-standing Seattle anesthesiology practice that is now part of a greater, national practice.</p><p>When closing, Yamada offered some advice to not only recent grads but to anyone out there who this may benefit.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/alumni/sites/" style="width: 225px; height: 169px; border-width: 5px; border-style: solid; margin: 8px;"></p><p>“If you think it’s hard, it will be hard. You can achieve anything with the right mindset and believing that you can do it. Always do your best, never give up and always look ahead.” Yamada continued, “Sometimes progress comes in small steps and if you keep making these small steps forward, you will eventually get [to] your goal.”</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Written by: Joey Castonguay&nbsp; |&nbsp; May 2017</p></p style="text-align: center;"></p style="text-align: center;">Just Show Up, 05 Apr 2017 14:09:37<p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/alumni/sites/" style="width: 549px; height: 366px; margin: 5px;"></p><p>Rod Lalley always payed attention and kept his ears open, learning as much as he could from every situation he found himself in. When reflecting, he said one piece of advice always stuck with him throughout the years.</p><p>“I have had many mentors in my life–most of whom never knew that they were a mentor,” Lalley said. “It was not just who they were, but how they conducted themselves that conveyed something meaningful or relevant.&nbsp; I suspect the best lesson I learned was, why it is important to always ‘show up,’ and not just in one’s professional life but also in one’s personal life– to show up and do what you committed to do.”<br><br><img alt="" src="/alumni/sites/" style="width: 300px; height: 200px; margin: 5px; float: left;">Lalley graduated from Central in 1966 after completing four years of United States Air Force ROTC, and upon graduation was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the US Air Force.<br><br>He served two combat tours in Vietnam with fellow pilots, USAF Majors Larry Hanley and San D. Francisco, who were all commissioned on the same afternoon. The two later lost their lives in a tour flying over North Vietnam. Lalley also served in the first Gulf War, while also attending the USAF Command &amp; Staff College in Montgomery, AL, in addition to completing an MBA at Auburn University in 1978.<br><br>In 1993, he retired as a Lt. Colonel of the US Air Force, having spent the previous decades gaining valuable business experience in quality assurance, inspection, cost-benefit analysis, acquisitions, safety inspection, pilot training program development, and customer relations.<br><br>Lalley would later go on to become CEO of E.B Lawson-Tate AvSolutions Inc. during his 10 years with the company (2004-2014).<br><br><img alt="" src="/alumni/sites/" style="width: 300px; height: 450px; margin: 5px; float: right;">In his role as CEO, he acted as a consultant to Airbus providing technical support in areas related to both engineering and flight tests, and operational certification and approvals. He served as the first Seattle based support for Airbus, communicating with the Office of Product Integrity in Toulouse, France in addition to the Office of Safety &amp; Technical Affairs in Washington D.C.<br><br>Central has always stayed near and dear to Lalley’s heart. He not only learned the mindset that would later propel him to the very top of the corporate world, but Central is also where he’d meet his wife, of now over 50 years, Madalon.<br><br>“My experience at Central taught me a great deal about discipline and the importance of ‘showing up’ each day prepared to do whatever was required of me,” Lalley said. “Attending Central shaped both my personal and professional life in ways that would not have been possible to foresee when I entered the university as a freshman. Those who had the greatest impact on me were a few key professors and the unexpected opportunity to meet my wife, who was a very disciplined undergraduate student.”<br><br>During his years as a captain in the Air Force Reserves, Lalley actually came back to Central, taking on the Alumni Director role in 1973. He worked tirelessly to strengthen and re-establish connections between the university and its alumni.<br><br>In an interview with the school newspaper the newly appointed Lalley said, “I believe it should be the function of Central’s Alumni Association to support and encourage continued communication and an expanding concern and recognition of the mutual dependency of both the college and the community.”<br><br><img alt="" src="/alumni/sites/" style="width: 300px; height: 449px; margin: 5px; float: left;">Now retired, Lalley still holds the same beliefs as he did then, when in the role of Alumni Director, calling on the need for people to take a vested interest in supporting higher education.<br><br>“As a graduate of Central and having received an excellent education there, I feel there is value in and a need for supporting our public universities,” Lalley said.<br><br>His work ethic has not waivered, even slightly, in the time he has been away from the business world.&nbsp; He continues to actively look for mentoring and volunteer opportunities available to him in his current home of Issaquah, WA.<br><br>An interesting aspect of his life, that not too many people know about, is the fact that he was born in Australia during a time when his father was stationed in Perth. He immigrated to the US before his first birthday with his mother aboard a US Navy vessel, traveling across the Pacific Ocean with other war brides.<br><br>When talking about lessons he learned throughout his career, Lalley provided us with some valuable advice that is relevant to anyone who is navigating their way through the professional world.<br><br>Lalley said, “Having a plan A is great, but it is important to have a plan B and plan C as well. You never know what is going to happen, and sometimes the things that you least expect end up turning in to the best opportunities. All you can do is show up every day, and work as hard as you can to produce your best work at all times. From then on, everything else will just take care of itself.”</p><p><img alt="" src="/alumni/sites/" style="width: 549px; height: 366px; margin: 5px;"></p></p style="text-align: center;"></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br>Wildcats Give Back: Invest Time, Network, and Volunteerism, 05 Apr 2017 13:51:25<p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/alumni/sites/" style="width: 549px; height: 366px; margin: 5px;"></p><p>Spring is in the air, and with sunshine and new blooms, there is a need for continued support within our surrounding communities through philanthropic ventures and community volunteerism. Each year, we at Central recognize the donation of time, energy, and engagement efforts offered by you, our Wildcat alumni.</p><p>If you’re not already actively involved, we encourage you to volunteer to help your surrounding community. Whether you desire to give a gift to benefit the lives of students through donations to CWU for scholarships, invest your time and expertise through mentoring, or wish to volunteer locally, spring truly boasts endless possibilities for giving back.</p><p><img alt="" src="/alumni/sites/" style="width: 300px; height: 158px; margin: 5px; float: left;">This year, we will hold our first-ever, 24-hour giving day for CWU. Our goal on this #GiveCentral day of giving is to engage with over 250 participants to raise awareness and provide information about Central Washington University, while focusing on the need for giving back to both students and our thriving Ellensburg community. Funds raised will go directly towards bettering the Central experience.</p><p>Our #GiveCentral day of giving is coming up–starting on Thursday, April 27, at noon, through Friday, April 28, at noon. <a href="" target="_blank">Sign up here today.</a></p><p><img alt="" src="/alumni/sites/" style="width: 299px; height: 119px; float: right; margin: 5px;">In addition to our #GiveCentral campaign, alumni can support and engage with Central students through mentorship. The CWU Alumni Association has launched our <a href=" Career Mentoring - Mentee%5B6%5D.pdf" target="_blank">Student Alumni Association Career Mentoring program</a>. Through this mentoring program, our working alumni can dedicate time and career resources to a student eager to follow in their footsteps. For more details on how to become a mentor, contact Laura Sanchez at 509-963-1976 or email her at</p><p>The CWU Alumni Association, in partnership with the Center for Leadership and Community Engagement, is proud to invite you to volunteer for the <a href="" target="_blank">44th Annual Yakima River Clean-Up</a>. We are asking Wildcat alumni to sign up today and volunteer.</p><p><img alt="" src="/alumni/sites/" style="width: 300px; height: 85px; margin: 5px; float: left;">With over 250 volunteers expected to help with activities, ranging from trail restoration to campsite renovations, this action of volunteerism will pave the way for future volunteer opportunities in the surrounding communities. We are hopeful that these 250 anticipated volunteers will help inspire others to join for future opportunities to give back.</p><p>This event will take place on Saturday, April 15, from 9:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. <a href="" target="_blank">Click here for details and to sign up today.</a></p><p>If you have any questions regarding additional volunteer opportunities, or ways to engage with Central, please <a href="" target="_blank">contact the CWU Alumni Association</a> at 509-963-2160, or visit us at <a href="" target="_blank"></a> for all of our <a href="" target="_blank">upcoming events and programs.</a></p></p style="text-align: center;">Law and Justice Program Celebrates 20 Years, 05 Apr 2017 13:49:49<p><img alt="" src="/alumni/sites/" style="width: 500px; height: 141px; margin: 5px;"></p><p>This year, the CWU law and justice department will be celebrating its 20th anniversary.&nbsp;<br><br>The department’s first law and justice students began taking classes in 1974, with required courses in political science, sociology, and psychology. Central’s pre-law program, which has been in existence since 1944, served as the foundation for what the program offers today.<br><br>In 1977, Central Washington State College became Central Washington University, which brought changes that took place throughout the newly-formed university. The study of law and justice was subject to this change as well. Curriculum was expanded to include courses in administration of criminal justice as well as nuclear security, which became a national issue after Three Mile Island, and remained a focal point throughout the 1980s.<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;<br>In 1996, the Department of Law and Justice was established, and Michael Olivero served as the first department chair. During the next decade, the department expanded across the state through Central Washington University centers in Seatac, Steilacoom, Yakima, and Lynnwood.&nbsp;<br><br>By 2013, Central began offering an online Bachelor of Arts in Law and Justice. Additionally, the department introduced the Master of Science in Law and Justice in 2012, with the first Ellensburg cohort graduating this past year. Recently, the department entered into the cyber sector with a website to supplement material in the printed catalog.<br><br>Between 2008 and 2015, 3,146 students have graduated with a Law and Justice degree from Central Washington University.&nbsp;<br><br>Featured guest speaker for the anniversary celebration is Dr. David Altheide of Arizona State University. Dr. Altheide graduated with a BA from Central in 1967, and is now Emeritus Regents' Professor in the School of Justice and Social Inquiry at Arizona State University. His work has focused on the role of mass media and information technology in social control. He is the author of three books: Terrorism and the Politics of Fear (2006), Creating Fear: News and the Construction of Crisis (2002), and Media Power (1985).<br><br><a href="" target="_blank">The Department of Law and Justice Program’s 20th Anniversary Celebration</a> will be held on Friday, May 5, from 6-8 p.m. in the Sue Lombard Dining Hall. Reception starts at 5 p.m. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. and Dr. Altheide’s address will begin at 7 p.m., with the awards and scholarships presentation at 7:30 p.m.<br><br>The cost of dinner is $30, and $10 for current CWU students. Dining options include beef, chicken or vegetarian. The cost also includes wine and beer at the reception.&nbsp;<br><br>Everyone is invited to attend, including current staff and students, adjunct faculty, graduates and friends from across the university and community. We hope to see you there to help celebrate.</p></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br>Giving Back To Pay It Forward, 05 Apr 2017 13:44:07<p><img alt="" src="/alumni/sites/" style="width: 150px; height: 200px; margin: 5px; float: left;">As we begin to transition from winter to spring, we are reminded about the beauty that surrounds us here in Ellensburg. The flowers are beginning to bloom, the sun stays out longer with every passing day, and students are gearing up for their final push of their academic careers. Soon a new generation of Wildcat alumni will be entering the business world, ready to make an impact like so many of their fellow alumni before them.</p><p>During this time of year, I invite you to take a quick moment to think back to when you were a soon-to-be graduate about to enter the professional world. While the idea could have been daunting at first, we all can say there were one or two people who really helped us find our footing. With our annual National Giving Day fast approaching I want to extend the chance to you to help make a difference for not only our current students, but future students as well. Your generosity gives us the opportunity to provide an Ivy League education at a public school price, all while producing strong graduates ready to thrive in the working world.&nbsp; During our first-ever, 24-hour day of giving event, #GiveCentral, your participation will help advance Central’s amazing students, faculty, facilities and programs. To take more of an active role during #GiveCentral I invite each and every one of you to become Wildcat social media ambassadors. The more people you bring in, the further we can spread the word–and the better your chances are of winning some great CWU prizes. Let’s all do our best to make this year’s #GiveCentral the best day possible. <a href="" target="_blank">Sign up today!</a></p><p>While the gift of a better future for a student is something to be cherished, we here at Central believe in going above and beyond what is asked of us. We are all about giving back, which is why we are partnering with the Center for Leadership and Community Engagement to help put on the <a href="" target="_blank">44th Annual Yakima River Clean-up</a>. We are asking you, our Wildcat alumni, to sign up and volunteer, and if not in the Ellensburg community, then your local community. Giving back and making the world a better place is a big part of our university. I invite you all to help in the effort of giving back in the world we all live in.</p><p>In addition to the river clean up, the Law and Justice Department will be celebrating its <a href="" target="_blank">20th anniversary</a>. All are welcome to attend the ceremony on May 5. The guest speaker will be David Altheide, a 1967 Central graduate. Since the department’s inception, the program has gone on to produce some of the institution’s strongest alums in recent years.</p><p>To keep with our theme of giving back we took the chance to meet with two of our most outstanding alumni, Rod and Madalon Lalley. You may remember Rod as the university’s second-ever Alumni Director, and Madalon as a professor here at CWU during her professional academic career. Both Rod and Madalon show the passion for Central that is exemplary in outstanding alumni such as them. They are leaving a lasting mark on the university by giving back in every way they possibly can. It is alumni such as Rod and Madalon that truly make this institution great.&nbsp;</p><p>If you or someone close to you is not a member of our association, signing up is just <a href="" target="_blank">one click away</a>. Becoming a member isn’t just about <a href="" target="_blank">giving back</a> to you or your child’s alma mater, you will receive <a href="" target="_blank">numerous benefits</a> that apply statewide and beyond. If your membership has expired, we also offer an <a href="" target="_blank">avenue for renewal</a> and we encourage you to take a look.</p><p>Finally, it is with a heavy heart that we say goodbye to our very own <a href="" target="_blank">Dr. James Brooks</a>. Dr. Brooks has embodied the spirit of what it means to be a Wildcat. His dedication and service to the institution is unmatched while his foresight as a leader has helped to position the institution as a university and contributed to the success of thousands of students for generations. Please join us in sharing your appreciation for Dr. Brooks as our hearts go out to the entire Brooks family.</p><p><img alt="" src="/alumni/sites/" style="width: 150px; height: 41px; margin: 5px;"></p>Chance of a Lifetime, 09 Mar 2017 09:29:25<p><img alt="" src="/alumni/sites/" style="width: 550px; height: 370px; margin: 5px;"></p><p>Kevin Hardin, a 1983 Central aviation graduate, has credited his storied career by a phenomenon that many can attest to. He said that it was not a matter of outperforming thousands of other pilots, it was merely a bit of luck that landed him the chance of a lifetime.</p><p><br>Hardin came to Central at a time when first-rate aviation programs were virtually non-existent. Born into humble means, he and his family did not have the resources necessary to send him to an Embry-Riddle-like institution, yet Hardin attributed his success as a pilot to a program where he learned much of his skills in an unconventional way.</p><p><br>“The aviation program back then was basically in its infancy. It didn’t have any structured flight courses that Embry-Riddle had,” Hardin said. “It was really a self-directed program as far as the flying portion.”</p><p><br><img alt="" src="/alumni/sites/" style="width: 250px; height: 335px; margin: 5px; float: left;">Hardin, with a few other people, invested $5,000 in a plane that was owned by a flight instructor. This served as the solitary machine in which the program taught students how to fly. When learning at Central, he received extensive practice performing cross wind landings, taking off in icy conditions and mastering temperature inversions.</p><p><br>“I can remember it was 15 degrees below zero there for a week, and then we actually got the airplane airborne in that cold weather, and it was 35 degrees at 8,000 feet,” Hardin said.<br>Upon graduation, Hardin moved back home to Hawaii in a time of airline deregulation which made work hard to come by.</p><p>“Very few people were learning how to fly because the industry was bleak,” Hardin said.</p><p>After trying to land a job, he began earning his hours as a flight instructor. However, he was having a rather tough time making ends meet so he started selling cars for a guy he met while body surfing in Hawaii one day.</p><p><br>Hardin admits that he was rather proficient in the art of selling automobiles, but he always knew he aspired to become something greater.</p><p><br><img alt="" src="/alumni/sites/" style="width: 250px; height: 372px; margin: 5px; float: right;">He began to volunteer as an air ambulance copilot to gain more experience, flying to islands all across the Hawaiian belt and getting people the medical attention they so desperately needed on Honolulu.</p><p><br>He did this all while still holding down his job at the car lot. To Hardin’s surprise, this job selling cars would get him the first real pilot job of his career.</p><p><br>“I sold a car to a guy from Pago Pago in American Samoa who owned an airline called South Pacific Island Airways, it was one of the airlines that started up after deregulation and was struggling but I just hounded him until he got sick of me,” Hardin said.</p><p><br>Hardin, 24, was making around $700 a month flying as first officer while living in Samoa for 18 months. It wasn’t until a friend he met during his days flying the air ambulance had submitted a resume to Hawaiian Airlines, on his behalf, that he finally received the chance of a lifetime.</p><p><br>Hardin started at Hawaiian Airlines just before they hired 150 more pilots, giving him the seniority he would later benefit from.</p><p><br>“I just walked into it at the absolute perfect time. Hawaiian had some very lucrative investors that wanted to expand it,” Hardin said. “Within my first year there I was moving up to be a DC8 captain, and I was 24 years old! I had never even flown a big jet before.”</p><p><br><img alt="" src="/alumni/sites/" style="width: 275px; height: 206px; margin: 5px; float: left;">A year passed, and Hardin was gaining valuable experience as well as confidence. He decided it was time to try his hand at becoming a first officer, and sure enough he was awarded the position shortly after applying.&nbsp;</p><p><br>Then 25, Hardin was learning from some of the airline’s best pilots.<br>“I learned under the wings from experienced senior guys who were, believe it or not, junior to me,” Hardin said.</p><p><br>With every passing flight, Hardin grew as a pilot. He flew people from Hawaii to American Samoa and Guam, and everywhere in between. He still held his ambition closely, and a month before his 26th birthday he took a chance and applied to be a captain.</p><p><br>He hasn’t moved from the left seat since he was 26. Now 57, Hardin has some amazing stories to tell.</p><p><br>“It was one of those careers that I just stepped in to at the right place at the right time, and had enough of the right stuff to get checked out.” Hardin said.</p><p><br><img alt="" src="/alumni/sites/" style="width: 275px; height: 183px; margin: 5px; float: right;">He credits a lot of his success to what he learned from more experienced pilots, such as to not bounce around to different jobs when things go bad.</p><p><br>“A lot of guys jumped ship and went to other airlines [when Hawaiian Airlines filed for bankruptcy], but I said I’m not going to jump ship until the ship sinks,” Hardin said.<br>One of his most notable feats was piloting the second longest single engine flight in a transport category aircraft, totaling 3 hour 12 minutes when flying from Maui to Portland.</p><p><br>“We were 80 miles from the equal time point and one engine just ate itself. It sounded like someone threw a lawn chair through the front of the engine,” Hardin said. “Everyone had 3 hours to prepare for us to land so we had virtually every ambulance and firetruck on Maui waiting for us at the airport.”</p><p><br><img alt="" src="/alumni/sites/" style="width: 274px; height: 183px; margin: 5px; float: left;">While the flight was one of the longest ever recorded, Hardin said that it didn’t gain much notoriety outside of a few news sources in Maui and Portland.</p><p><br>Looking back on his time at Central, Hardin considers his frequent flights to the Stehekin airstrip (roughly 140 miles north of the Ellensburg campus) to fly-fish among his fondest memories during his undergraduate years. To this day, he still visits the same strip from time to time.</p><p><br>When asked about his thoughts on Central today, Hardin said that he was very impressed with how the campus has developed and how the aviation program has grown. He is excited about the opportunities for future pilots in a growing industry, and still enjoys keeping in contact with his old flying buddies he met during his time at Central.</p><p><img alt="" src="/alumni/sites/" style="width: 500px; height: 375px; margin: 5px;"></p></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br>