CWUAlumni NewsAlumni News Alumna Selected for Women and Democracy's Leadership Institute, 30 Jun 2016 14:01:59<p><br><img alt="" src="/alumni/sites/" 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 Campus, 09 Jun 2016 11:27:22<p><img alt="" src="/alumni/sites/" 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/" 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=""></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="">From One Wildcat to Another: Advice from Current CWU Alumni, 09 Jun 2016 11:21:44<p><img alt="" src="/alumni/sites/" 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/" 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="">Facebook</a> or connect with us on <a href="">LinkedIn</a>.</p>Celebrating Commencement as One Big [Wild]Cat, 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="">Register today</a> to celebrate with the 2016 graduating class.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/alumni/sites/" style="width: 230px; height: 153px; float: left;"><img alt="" src="/alumni/sites/" style="width: 229px; height: 153px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px;"></p><p><br><a href="">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 Wildcats, 09 Jun 2016 09:36:44<p><img alt="" src="/alumni/sites/" 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="">2016 Grad Celebration</a>, <a href="">Men &amp; Women of the 50s and 60s Reunion</a>, <a href="">Wildcat Day at Silverwood</a>, and <a href="">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="">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="">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="">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/" 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:</p></br></br></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></br></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></br></br>From the Director: CWU’s Got Talent, 05 May 2016 11:45:10<p><img alt="" src="/alumni/sites/" 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="">YoPro</a>&nbsp; and the <a href="">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="">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="">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="">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="">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/" 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:</p></br></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></br></br></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></br></br>CWU Mariners Night at Safeco Field, 05 May 2016 08:46:04<p><br><img alt="" src="/alumni/sites/" style="width: 500px; height: 118px;"></p><p>The Seattle Mariners have a long-standing relationship with Central Washington University though their continuous hosting of the annual CWU Mariners Night, and their support of our College of Business’ Sports Business program. However, it wasn’t until recently that CWU was able to see a new relationship with the Mariners when they hired on former CWU student and softball captain, <a href="">Amanda Hopkins.</a></p><p><img alt="" src="/alumni/sites/" style="line-height: 16.8px; width: 300px; height: 200px; float: left; margin-left: 3px; margin-right: 3px;"></p><p>Hopkins was recently hired on by the Mariners as an area scout. She is the first full-time female area scout since the 1950s, according to Baseball America. Hopkins has worked as a scouting intern for the Mariners for the past three summers while she attended CWU.</p><p>Tom McNamara, Mariners scouting director said, "I look at [Amanda] as a scout. Everybody here is excited. We're excited because we feel we've hired a good scout.”</p><p>The 2016 season will be Amanda’s first season as a fulltime employee with the Mariners. We are so proud that one of our own CWU Alum has this great opportunity to follow her dreams and have an impact in a sport that she loves. This is a great opportunity to not only showcase our amazing Wildcat alumni, but it also opens doors for future alums through networking and continuous partnerships with Major League Baseball.&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" src="/alumni/sites/" style="width: 300px; height: 168px; float: right; margin-left: 3px; margin-right: 3px;">Speaking of the Mariners' 2016 season, if you would like to see the M’s first hand, CWU is having a <a href="">CWU night at Safeco Field </a>on Friday, May 13, 2016. This event is open to all CWU alumni, students, staff, faculty, and friends. Proceeds from each ticket will go back to <a href="">CWU's Northwest Center for Sports Business</a>.</p><p>The first pitch is 7:10 p.m. and you can receive a free co-branded Mariners &amp; CWU hat when you purchase your tickets through this special site created for our Wildcat family. <a href="">Click here</a> to purchase tickets now. To pick up your free gift make sure to join the CWU Alumni Association from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. for a pregame celebration in the "Outside Corner" of Safeco field where you can connect with your fellow Wildcat Fans and show your ticket to receive your hat.</p><p>DEADLINE TO <a href="">PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS</a>: Thursday, May 12, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.</p></br>CWU Students Hear from Top CEOs, 05 May 2016 08:37:43<p>A selected group of CWU student leaders recently had a chance to interact with two of the world’s foremost chief executive officers during the CEO series sponsored by University Advancement.</p><p>“We’re delighted to have two distinguished members of our President’s Advisory Board here on campus to engage with our students and faculty,” said Scott Wade, vice president, University Advancement and CWU Foundation executive director. “These are world class leaders who are pushing the envelope in their respective industries, and we are honored by their investment in the lives of our students.”</p><p><img alt="" src="/alumni/sites/" style="width: 300px; height: 200px; float: left; margin-left: 3px; margin-right: 3px;">Christine Day, former CEO of Lululemon Athletica and current CEO of the food company Luvo, which offers chef-created, nutritionist-approved meals, was the first to meet with the group of students. She believes the key to developing a high functioning and successful company is their focus on the five greats: great purpose, great differentiation, great discipline, great team, and great leadership.</p><p>In her leadership role, Christine has followed the principle that purpose creates loyalty. If you can focus your employees work on the mission, you can create a higher rate of job satisfaction leading to greater productivity causing people to love working for the company. “Leadership starts with you, but isn’t really about you. You need to create a space for others to perform” Day said.</p><p>The students then met with Hoby Darling, Cashmere native and president and CEO of audio and gaming brand Skullcandy. Darling started building this company being gritty with humble roots and hard work. Every time he got knocked down, he got back up and tried harder to succeed because every team needs a strong leader.</p><p><img alt="" src="/alumni/sites/" style="line-height: 16.8px; width: 300px; height: 200px; float: right; margin-left: 3px; margin-right: 3px;"></p><p>Darling is an inspiration to many and left CWU students with this message, “Do it because it’s fun and because you wear your heart on your sleeve. You are future leaders, stay loud!”</p><p>The motivation derived from these two CEOs speaking to our Wildcats will last in their memories and drive them to succeed for years to come. Seeing top industry leaders, such as Day and Darling, use their leadership skills and their determination to become top leaders in their industries, gives our students the aspiration to always push through any obstacles they may face and climb to the top.</p><p>We believe that Central Washington University gives students the tools needed to succeed; providing networking and professional development opportunities, such as the CEO series, is proof of our investment in the future of our Wildcats.</p>Student Alumni Association Hosts YoPro: A Young Professional Networking Event, 05 May 2016 08:26:51<p><img alt="" src="/alumni/sites/" style="width: 300px; height: 329px; float: left; margin-left: 3px; margin-right: 3px;">The Student Alumni Association (SAA), in partnership with CWU Career Services and the College of Business, hosted the Young Professional Networking Event (YoPro) on April 25th on Central’s campus. Students were encouraged to speak with the panel of professionals to make connections and create a vision for their own future career endeavors. The panel was comprised of six young professionals representing industries in physical therapy, insurance, law and justice, and supply chain management.</p><p>“YoPro was implemented by the Student Alumni Association to afford Central students the opportunity to connect with alumni and professionals from an array of companies.” said Clint Lemkus, Assistant Director of Program Development for the CWU Alumni Association and Student Alumni Association President. “Ultimately, our intention was to give students a glimpse of where their education at Central can take them, as well as bridge the gap between current students and established alumni.”</p><p>Panelists were asked to share their career path and to identify key learning opportunities that could benefit our ambitious students. A few of the panelists found their callings early. Brittany Buna of FAST Enterprises, said she decided to pursue IT during her Freshman year and stuck with it.&nbsp; Others, like Wilson Hiner, a SRS Branch Manager, decided two months before graduation that he needed a job and worked hard to get the one he has.</p><p>The panelists addressed how to write resumes and the importance of proper etiquette during interviews. Jonathan Neill, District Marketing Manager for Federated Insurance Company, advised students to be personal during interviews. He said that his best interviews were those that he asked just as many questions as his potential employer. Neill said that interviewing the interviewer shows your potential employer your interest and focus on the job.</p><p>Before one last round of networking that evening, each panelist was asked to give the best advice they have received or wished they had received when starting out their careers. Physical Therapist, Greg Gillum, told students to be able to explain how they work, and how specifically their skills would benefit a company.</p><p>YoPro was an excellent way to encourage and lead students in their careers and professional pursuits. University Advancement thanks all the young professionals who came to share their wisdom. Some takeaways from the event: interview your interviewer, and remember to never get discouraged.</p><p>Nick Birkenfeld, a Student Alumni Association member, walked away from YoPro feeling confident. “YoPro was an amazing opportunity from the prospective of a current student here at Central.” Birkenfeld said. “This event allowed me the opportunity to connect with professionals within my field of study and to learn about what qualities and skills employers are most looking for today. It was also beneficial to learn about the various hiring processes that companies employ.”</p><p>If you would like to participate in future Young Professional panel programs, please contact Laura Sanchez at or at 509-963-1976 . You can also contact our Student Alumni Association at</p>Letter from the Director: Wildcats Make a Difference, 07 Apr 2016 13:12:10<p><img alt="" src="/alumni/sites/" style="width: 200px; height: 267px; float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px;">Central Washington University’s educational experience is a gateway to professional excellence.&nbsp;Each year we see more and more Central Alumni making an impact in the business world and beyond.&nbsp; With more than 2,100 alumni owned businesses, it is clear that Central provides unique opportunities to develop the skills and interests of entrepreneurs that make a difference in our local and global communities.</p><p>Lisa Conquergood, this month’s featured alum, has rocked both business and technology circles. She has been as a game-changer in <em>100 Top Women in Seattle Tech</em> and <a href=""><em>30 Women Who Have Revolutionized a Male-Dominated Industry</em></a>.&nbsp; Picmonkey, a business that Lisa co-founded, has proven itself as an innovative way to provide a useful product while meeting the demand of not only her local community, but globally equipping people with tools that help capture the human experience and preserve our lasting memories.</p><p>In order to prepare the next generation of Wildcat business leaders the Alumni Association is developing a new mentorship model in conjunction with Career Services and various colleges we hope to launch fall of 2016 to connect Alumni and experts in their respective fields with students. This will allow students to get a jumpstart on their careers and start applying what they’ve learned to the real world.</p><p>On Monday, April 25th The Student Alumni Association will be putting on a <a href="">Young Professionals Networking Conference (YOPRO).</a> The YOPRO conference will provide an opportunity for students to hear from and connect with professionals from 9 different industry sectors. Students will have a chance to interact one on one in addition to hearing from the panel of experts about their journey.</p><p>For those CWU alumni blazing trails and making a difference, we want to recognize them. Whether a distinguished alumni like <a href="">Mimi Healey or Jeff Hensler,</a> or a young alumni in their first job. In order to honor the amazing work of our young alumni we are adding a new category to this years Distinguished Alumni Awards that will be announced during a special banquet Friday October 14th as we celebrate 125 years of history as an institution during homecoming. The new category titled the <em>4 Under 40 Award</em> is open for at large nominations and will include alumni that excel in their industries or communities through their leadership roles, share a commitment to personal growth and community involvement, and exemplify true Wildcat spirit.</p><p>We invite you to nominate a deserving alumni in your industry or community now. To nominate a deserving alumni simply <a href="">click here</a> or visit <a href=""></a>. Nomination will be open until Sunday May 15, 2106.</p><p>The Library named after former CWU President and Distinguished Alumni Dr. James E. Brooks will host the 3rd annual gala and silent auction on April 9th from 7:00-10:30 p.m. We encourage you to join Dr. Brooks as we raise a glass to our national award winning library that plays an important role in our community. Come out and spend <em>An Evening At The Brooks</em> and dance in the stacks to the music of the Ellensburg Big Band accompanied by swing dancing lessons from the CWU Swing Cats. Local saxophonist Lenny Price and CWU’s music students also will perform. Tickets are available at <a href="http://www.cwu/">www.cwu/</a> or by calling 509-963-1429.</p><p>Making a difference in your community doesn’t mean you have to run out and start your own company or be an industry titan although we tip our hat to these trailblazers. Making a difference in your community also means caring for our shared environment.&nbsp; "Lady Bird" Johnson once said “The environment is where we all meet; where all have a mutual interest; it is the one thing all of us share.” With earth day coming up the Alumni Association is excited to partner with the Center for Leadership and Community Engagement to provide our Alumni with opportunities to make a difference.</p><p>On Saturday, April 16th you can volunteer to help with the <a href="">43rd annual Yakima River Clean-up</a> and two weeks later on Saturday April 30th you can take part in the <a href="">Downtown Clean-up</a>. You can see the full list of volunteer opportunities in the <em>Ellensburg Celebrates Earth Day</em> feature in this newsletter. If you are not able to make the trek back to Ellensburg don’t worry you can still join us! Check out your local chamber of commerce, downtown association, or visit <a href=""></a> and find out ways you can make a difference in your community. Post your photos on our <a href="">Facebook page </a>and will select some deserving alumni to honor with the some swag bags full of branded Wildcat items!</p><p>Wildcats make a difference every day. We look forward to celebrating the difference you will make.</p><p>Regards,<br><img alt="" src="/alumni/sites/" style="width: 152px; height: 42px;"><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:</p></br></br></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></br></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></br></br>