CWUAlumni NewsAlumni Newshttp://www.cwu.edu/alumni/newsen-usBuilding New Marketing Opportunities for Wildcat Businesseshttp://www.cwu.edu/alumni/node/3328Wed, 07 Jun 2017 10:32:35<p><img alt="" src="/alumni/sites/cts.cwu.edu.alumni/files/WBN-Web%20graphic%202.jpg" style="width: 550px; height: 229px; margin: 5px; border-width: 5px; border-style: solid;"></p><p>The CWU Alumni Association is excited to roll out the Wildcat Business Network. This program is a marketing membership for CWU alumni-owned and managed businesses that are looking to market their businesses to the Wildcat community.</p><p>With more than 100,000 CWU Alumni nationwide, the Wildcat Business Network will act as a liaison between fellow alumni who are looking to foster a lasting and positive relationship in the business world.</p><p>There are four engagement levels offered: bronze, silver, gold, and platinum.</p><p><img alt="" src="/alumni/sites/cts.cwu.edu.alumni/files/WBN_Logo.png" style="width: 50px; height: 50px; margin: 5px; float: left;">The bronze level provides the opportunity to offer company discounts through the Alumni Access App, as well as a Wildcat Always Welcome window decal to proudly display in your business window.</p><p><img alt="" src="/alumni/sites/cts.cwu.edu.alumni/files/WBN_Logo.png" style="width: 50px; height: 50px; margin: 5px; float: left;">The silver level includes everything previously mentioned in bronze, as well as logo placement on one alumni newsletter edition, a website link for 12 months on the Alumni Association website and a boosted social media post through an Alumni Association social media account. The boosted post will be able to reach 500 alumni in your area.</p><p><img alt="" src="/alumni/sites/cts.cwu.edu.alumni/files/WBN_Logo.png" style="width: 50px; height: 50px; margin: 5px; float: left;">The gold engagement level is for Wildcats who want to take their marketing plan to the next level. It includes everything in the previous packages, and additionally offers: a feature article in a monthly alumni e-newsletter reaching more than 40,000 Wildcats nationwide, quarterly social media posts, and the opportunity to host or sponsor an alumni program at your establishment or at a venue in the region. The program sponsorship includes social media advertising and logo placement as a title sponsor visible to alumni within a 30-mile radius of the program.</p><p><img alt="" src="/alumni/sites/cts.cwu.edu.alumni/files/WBN_Logo.png" style="width: 50px; height: 50px; margin: 5px; float: left;">The platinum level is for businesses that want to go even further and invest in a fully personalized marketing campaign that they craft with the Alumni Association staff.</p><p>Don’t miss out on this opportunity. Contact <a href="mailto:Ashley.Gillum@cwu.edu?subject=Questions%20About%20Wildcat%20Business%20Network">Ashley Gillum</a>, Director of Program Development to learn more about the <a href="http://www.cwu.edu/alumni/wbn" target="_blank">Wildcat Business Network</a> or <a href="https://www.mycentral.cwu.edu/membership/alumni-wbn" target="_blank">join today</a> and we will follow up with you directly.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/alumni/sites/cts.cwu.edu.alumni/files/AlumniAssociation.jpg" style="width: 150px; height: 126px; margin: 5px;"></p><p style="text-align: center;"><br>For more information, <a href="http://www.cwu.edu/alumni/membership" target="_blank">click to join</a> or <a href="http://www.cwu.edu/alumni/graduation-promotion" target="_blank">give the gift of membership to a recent graduate today.</a></p></a href="mailto:Ashley.Gillum@cwu.edu?subject=Questions%20About%20Wildcat%20Business%20Network"></p style="text-align: center;"></p style="text-align: center;"></br>One Big Cathttp://www.cwu.edu/alumni/node/3327Wed, 07 Jun 2017 10:09:22<p><img alt="" src="/alumni/sites/cts.cwu.edu.alumni/files/CWU_Commencement_3_060717.jpg" style="width: 549px; height: 366px; border-width: 5px; border-style: solid; margin: 5px;"></p><p>Obtaining a bachelor’s or graduate degree is an amazing accomplishment, and we want to celebrate new grads as they join the cohort of alumni from Central Washington University.</p><p>Commencement is a time to celebrate success and to celebrate the future of fellow Wildcats. It’s a time where we welcome new alumni and celebrate them for their accomplishments and wish them well in 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><img alt="" src="/alumni/sites/cts.cwu.edu.alumni/files/CWU_Commencement_7_060717.jpg" style="width: 251px; height: 167px; border-width: 5px; border-style: solid; margin: 5px; float: left;">This year, the Ellensburg commencement speaker is John Haroldson. Haroldson, a CWU alumnus, is the first Latino elected to serve as District Attorney in the State of Oregon and has served as a criminal prosecutor since 1988.&nbsp;Haroldson earned a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from Central Washington University, and a Doctorate of Jurisprudence from the University of Oregon.&nbsp; He is a member of both the Oregon State Bar and the Washington State Bar.</p><p>Tod Nielsen will serve as the commencement speaker for the Kent ceremony. Nielsen is a graduate of CWU Lynwood and has excelled in the tech industry. Nielsen also began his own software company as soon as he graduated from Bothell high school in 1983. He earned his bachelor’s of science degree in Business Administration and Information Systems, and soon after went to work for Microsoft in 1988, where he stayed until June 2000.</p><p><img alt="" src="/alumni/sites/cts.cwu.edu.alumni/files/CWU_Commencement_8_060717.jpg" style="width: 251px; height: 167px; border-width: 5px; border-style: solid; margin: 5px; float: right;">Nielsen is now the President and CEO of Financial Force, a cloud-based applications company headquartered out of San Francisco, CA. Formerly the Executive Vice President of Platform at Salesforce, Nielsen joined Financial Force in January 2017, bringing with him his deep understanding of cloud platforms and extensive experience taking technology companies beyond the billion-dollar revenue mark.</p><p>Nielsen has held many other high-profile positions throughout his career, serving as an executive at four of the five, top largest enterprise software companies including Microsoft, Oracle, VMware, and Salesforce.</p><p>We are excited to host these two outstanding alumni as they share their knowledge, experience, and the values that have helped shaped them into successful graduates and outstanding alumni.&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" src="/alumni/sites/cts.cwu.edu.alumni/files/CWU_Commencement_2_060717.jpg" style="width: 250px; height: 167px; border-width: 5px; border-style: solid; margin: 5px; float: left;">Following commencement, the Alumni Association will welcome our 2017 graduates and commemorate this milestone by hosting a Grad Celebration in Ellensburg and a special reception for graduates following the Kent ceremony.</p><p>While we prepare to welcome this new class of alumni following commencement we hope you <a href="http://www.cwu.edu/alumni/membership" target="_blank">consider giving the gift of membership</a> to the CWU Alumni Association. Recent graduates are eligible for a discounted membership for their first year. Membership to the Alumni Association comes with <a href="http://www.cwu.edu/alumni/benefits" target="_blank">outstanding benefits</a>, including invitations to events, discounts, and special access to exclusive areas at athletic events.</p><p>Past graduates who are not yet members, are encouraged to join and receive these same benefits. For those with expired memberships,<a href="http://www.cwu.edu/alumni/renewal" target="_blank"> renewing is just a click away.</a></p><p><img alt="" src="/alumni/sites/cts.cwu.edu.alumni/files/CWU_Commencement_060717.jpg" style="width: 251px; height: 167px; border-width: 5px; border-style: solid; margin: 5px; float: right;">The Central Washington University Alumni Association would like to take the time to congratulate each and every member of the graduating class of 2017. We look forward to seeing all of the amazing things that our recent graduates will go on to accomplish. We hope that the network of more than 100,000 alumni worldwide will help to provide the support these young alumni will need as they transition to life after university. Go Wildcats!</p><p><a href="http://www.cwu.edu/commencement/" target="_blank"><u><strong>CWU Commencement Ceremonies</strong></u></a><br>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. Ellensburg campus ceremonies will be held on Saturday, June 10, followed by a ceremony in Kent on Sunday, June 11. <a href="http://www.cwu.edu/commencement/" target="_blank">For additional details, visit the commencement page on our website.</a> Tickets are not required for entry at any of the graduation ceremonies.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/alumni/sites/cts.cwu.edu.alumni/files/AlumniAssociation.jpg" style="width: 175px; height: 147px; margin: 5px;"></p><p style="text-align: center;"><br>For more information, <a href="http://www.cwu.edu/alumni/membership" target="_blank">click to join</a> or<a href="http://www.cwu.edu/alumni/graduation-promotion" target="_blank"> give the gift of membership to a recent graduate today.</a></p></br></p style="text-align: center;"></p style="text-align: center;"></br>Richard Wang: Creating Opportunities for Future Wildcatshttp://www.cwu.edu/alumni/node/3326Wed, 07 Jun 2017 09:51:01<p><img alt="" src="/alumni/sites/cts.cwu.edu.alumni/files/Richard_Wang_2_060717.jpg" style="width: 549px; height: 366px; margin: 5px; border-width: 5px; border-style: solid;"></p><p>“Talent is evenly distributed, opportunities are not,” said Richard Wang, Central Washington University’s class of 2008 graduate.</p><p>Serving as the Chief Executive Officer for Coding Dojo, Wang has embraced his role in not only developing a new workforce, but changing peoples’ lives in the process.</p><p><img alt="" src="/alumni/sites/cts.cwu.edu.alumni/files/Richard_Wang_060717.jpg" style="width: 175px; height: 175px; border-width: 5px; border-style: solid; margin: 5px; float: left;">Coding Dojo is a school designed as a 14-week crash course for learning three different languages of coding. They are the only program in the country to offer this curriculum, and currently Coding Dojo has locations in Bellevue, Los Angeles, Silicon Valley, Washington DC, Dallas and Chicago. The school is planning to open more campuses in Berkeley and Orange County, as well.</p><p>“It’s about creating economic ability to get into the middle class,” Wang said.</p><p>As CEO there is a lot of attention on the decisions he makes. When asked what his position has taught him, Wang said: “We are all human and people are going to make mistakes. As a leader, the most important thing is how you react when mistakes happen. To me, that speaks the most about who you are and your maturity as a leader.”</p><p>Originally born in China, Wang was the first member in his immediate family to attend college and to immigrate to the United States. Only 13 years old at the time, Wang admits that he immigrated not knowing a single word of English. He moved in with his aunt and uncle before attending a Christian boarding school in Oregon.</p><p><img alt="" src="/alumni/sites/cts.cwu.edu.alumni/files/Richard_Wang_4_060717.jpg" style="width: 250px; height: 325px; border-width: 5px; border-style: solid; margin: 5px; float: right;">Growing up in China, Wang was actually preparing to go into a different field than the one he has entered into now.</p><p>“When I was in China, I was put on the track to play professional basketball, and when I was in high school, that was all I focused on,” Wang said.</p><p>The academic world was never something that was on Wang’s mind, and his schoolwork would usually play second fiddle to his athletics. When it came time to graduate, Wang found that college acceptance was hard to come by. Wang applied to every college in Washington State and after getting rejected by every school, Central admitted him on a conditional acceptance. Wang found that there was a steep learning curve in college and did not take his academic studies seriously.</p><p>“When I came to Central, I realized that grades are a very important thing, and I found that it wasn’t the basketball court I needed to perform on, but in the classroom,” Wang said.</p><p>Earning a 1.8 GPA his first quarter at CWU, this served as the wake-up call he needed to begin what would end up being a very successful career.</p><p>“From then on, I really focused and dedicated my time on school. When I graduated, my GPA was around a 3.8,” Wang said.</p><p><img alt="" src="/alumni/sites/cts.cwu.edu.alumni/files/Richard_Wang_5_060717.jpg" style="width: 250px; height: 167px; border-width: 5px; border-style: solid; margin: 5px; float: left;">During his time at Central, Wang studied Business Administration with specializations in marketing and supply chain management. He also founded the Entrepreneurs Club, held the position of President of the Supply Chain Club, and was on the dean’s council for the College of Business.</p><p>In his senior year, Wang developed an app called “THINKBURG” that helped local businesses advertise their products to the college community. Wang acknowledges that he really benefited from having professors who were passionate about the subjects they were teaching.</p><p>“It wasn’t really about the class, but more about the professors that really made a difference,” Wang commented. “I can go anywhere and take the same class, with the same content, from the same text book, but the thing that made it different was the professors.”</p><p><img alt="" src="/alumni/sites/cts.cwu.edu.alumni/files/Richard_Wang_6_060717.jpg" style="width: 250px; height: 167px; border-width: 5px; border-style: solid; margin: 5px; float: right;">After graduation, Wang went on to have a very successful career at Boeing. He spent six years as the Supply Chain Contracts Program Manager to China, India, Korea, Japan, and Australia. He also served in various other roles, including: Chief of Staff in the Office of the Executive Managing Director of Asia; Business Strategy and Supply Chain Optimization Leader to China; Major Partner Liaison to Korean Airlines, MHI, KHI, FHI; and as SAAB Product Manager for Supply Chain Insight and Control Systems.</p><p>In addition to his role of CEO at Coding Dojo, Wang currently serves on the CWU Foundation board, as well as the Board of Director for Technology Alliance, a statewide, not-for-profit organization of leaders from Washington’s technology-based businesses and research institutions. &nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" src="/alumni/sites/cts.cwu.edu.alumni/files/Richard_Wang_3_060717.png" style="width: 250px; height: 74px; margin: 5px; float: left;">To learn more about Wang's accomplishments or to discover the information technology world of Coding Dojo, <a href="http://www.codingdojo.com/" target="_blank">please click here.</a></p><p><img alt="" src="/alumni/sites/cts.cwu.edu.alumni/files/AlumniAssociation.jpg" style="width: 175px; height: 147px; margin: 5px;"></p><p style="text-align: center;">For more information, <a href="http://www.cwu.edu/alumni/membership" target="_blank">click to join</a> or <a href="http://www.cwu.edu/alumni/graduation-promotion" target="_blank">give the gift of membership to a recent graduate today.</a></p></p style="text-align: center;">Welcoming the Class of 2017 and Let the Summer Festivities Beginhttp://www.cwu.edu/alumni/node/3325Wed, 07 Jun 2017 09:30:27<p><img alt="" src="/alumni/sites/cts.cwu.edu.alumni/files/Bob_Ford_0.jpg" style="width: 150px; height: 200px; margin: 5px; border-width: 5px; border-style: solid; float: left;">As we wrap up this academic year, I want to first congratulate the graduating class of 2017 for all the hard work they have put in to get where they are today.</p><p>We hope that you take your experience here at Central, and go on to make the world a better place for everyone around you. I know I speak for all our alumni when I say, “Welcome to the Wildcat family.”</p><p>In preparation for graduation one thing is certain, our newly-minted Wildcats will not have to look far for an example of what it means to be successful after graduation or even more importantly what it means to apply the lessons learned during their time at CWU to become successful in life after Central.</p><p>This year we are excited to welcome back two accomplished alumni to share the commencement speaking role between our Ellensburg ceremonies and our ceremony held in Kent, WA, at the Showare Center.</p><p>Our 2017 Ellensburg commencement speaker, John Haroldson, is the first Latino elected to serve as District Attorney in the State of Oregon. Additionally, Tod Nielsen, our Kent speaker who is a graduate of our Lynwood center, has been on the forefront of the tech industry. Read more about these amazing alumni in our commencement feature, One Big Cat. We can’t wait to officially welcome these two amazing speakers back to CWU.</p><p>This summer, the Alumni Association is pleased to announce that we are gearing up for several events that everyone is sure to enjoy. This truly will be a summer of fun for members of the CWU Alumni Association, so make sure to keep a look out for our <a href="http://www.cwu.edu/alumni/upcoming-events" target="_blank">upcoming events</a> emails which will take the place of our traditional e-newsletter until we return to full operations in September.</p><p>The <a href="http://kitnawildcatclassic.com/register/" target="_blank">16th annual Kitna Wildcat Classic Golf Tournament </a>will be held July 13, 2017 at Suncadia Resort in Roslyn, Washington. The tournament raises funds in support of CWU Athletics scholarships and the Wildcat student-athlete experience.</p><p>Also on the schedule is a trip to Moses Lake for a happy hour at <a href="http://www.cwu.edu/alumni/Michaels-On-The-Lake" target="_blank">Michael’s On The Lake</a>. This event is free to Alumni Association members, and we encourage you to come and reconnect with fellow Wildcats.</p><p>We have two events planned in August that are fun for the whole family. First, we have a fun-filled day in the sun at <a href="http://www.cwu.edu/alumni/2017-alumni-day-silverwood-theme-park" target="_blank">Silverwood Theme Park</a>. Then at the end of the month, we have a day with the <a href="http://www.cwu.edu/alumni/2017-Seattle-Sounders-Day" target="_blank">Seattle Sounders FC</a>, as they take on their rivals, the Portland Timbers, in a match that is sure to deliver end-to-end action.</p><p>Exciting events aside, recent graduates have the opportunity to receive an Alumni Association membership at a discounted price this summer. With this membership, they will have access to these fun events, all while being able to stay connected with other Wildcats and recent grads. It is a perfect gift to honor all their hard work, so <a href="http://www.cwu.edu/alumni/membership" target="_blank">give the gift of membership</a>, today.</p><p>In closing, I would just like to reiterate how proud and excited all of us in the Alumni Association are to welcome in the class of 2017. As we close the chapter on the past 125 years as an institution, we look forward to starting a new chapter while support our recent graduates as they set out to realize their potential and inspire others on their journey to become better versions of themselves. We can’t wait to look back on the next 125 years of this great institution knowing the impact each and every future Wildcat will have in shaping the institution and continuing to make an impact in our communities.</p><p>From all of us here at the CWU Alumni Association, congratulations to the class of 2017.</p><p>In Wildcat Pride,</p><p><img alt="" src="/alumni/sites/cts.cwu.edu.alumni/files/BobFordSigSm%5B1%5DA.png" style="width: 200px; height: 55px; margin: 5px;"></p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/alumni/sites/cts.cwu.edu.alumni/files/AlumniAssociation.jpg" style="width: 150px; height: 126px; margin: 5px;"></p><p style="text-align: center;">For more information, click to <a href="http://www.cwu.edu/alumni/membership" target="_blank">join</a> or <a href="http://www.cwu.edu/alumni/graduation-promotion" target="_blank">give the gift of membership to a recent graduate today</a>.</p></p style="text-align: center;"></p style="text-align: center;">CWU Alumnus to Throw Out First Pitch at Seattle Marinershttp://www.cwu.edu/alumni/node/3323Tue, 16 May 2017 15:17:12<p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/alumni/sites/cts.cwu.edu.alumni/files/BrockTidball_051617.jpg" 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/cts.cwu.edu.alumni/files/BrockTidball_2_051617.jpg" style="width: 351px; height: 234px; border-width: 5px; border-style: solid; margin: 5px;"></p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/alumni/sites/cts.cwu.edu.alumni/files/AlumniAssociation.jpg" style="width: 150px; height: 126px; margin: 5px;"></p><p style="text-align: center;"><strong>For more information, <a href="http://www.cwu.edu/alumni/membership" target="_blank">click to join</a> or <a href="http://www.cwu.edu/alumni/membership" 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 Investmenthttp://www.cwu.edu/alumni/node/3320Wed, 10 May 2017 17:29:59<p><img alt="" src="/alumni/sites/cts.cwu.edu.alumni/files/Bob_Ford_0.jpg" 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="http://www.cwu.edu/central-washington-university-comes-together-make-giving-central" 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="https://www.facebook.com/pg/centralsaa/photos/?tab=album&amp;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="http://www.cwu.edu/alumni/the-value-of-a-good-mindset" 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="http://www.cwu.edu/alumni/membership" 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="http://www.cwu.edu/alumni/membership" target="_blank">sign up today.</a> I am certain you will enjoy the <a href="http://www.cwu.edu/alumni/benefits" 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="http://www.cwu.edu/alumni/2017-grad-celebration-0" 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/cts.cwu.edu.alumni/files/BobFordSigSm%5B1%5DA.png" style="width: 199px; height: 55px; margin: 5px;"></p>The Power of Investmenthttp://www.cwu.edu/alumni/node/3319Wed, 10 May 2017 17:19:12<p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/alumni/sites/cts.cwu.edu.alumni/files/The%20Power%20Of%20Investment%20%231.jpg" 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="http://www.cwu.edu/foundation/cwu-class-2011-grad-gives-25000-his-alma-mater-during-givecentral" target="_blank">Andrew Mork</a> and <a href="http://www.cwu.edu/foundation/cwu-grad-and-hanson-consulting-group-ceo-amy-hanson-gives-back-during-2017-givecentral-campaign" 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="http://www.cwu.edu/central-washington-university-comes-together-make-giving-central" 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="http://www.cwu.edu/foundation/news" 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/cts.cwu.edu.alumni/files/The%20Power%20Of%20Investment%20%232.jpg" 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="https://www.facebook.com/pg/centralsaa/photos/?tab=album&amp;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/cts.cwu.edu.alumni/files/AlumniAssociation.jpg" style="width: 150px; height: 126px; margin: 5px;"></p><p style="text-align: center;"><strong>For more information, <a href="http://www.cwu.edu/alumni/membership" target="_blank">click to join</a> or <a href="http://www.cwu.edu/alumni/membership" 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 Membershiphttp://www.cwu.edu/alumni/node/3318Wed, 10 May 2017 16:49:15<p><img alt="" src="/alumni/sites/cts.cwu.edu.alumni/files/images/Gift1.jpg" 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="http://www.cwu.edu/alumni/membership">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="http://www.cwu.edu/alumni/benefits">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/cts.cwu.edu.alumni/files/images/Gift3.jpg" 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="http://www.cwu.edu/alumni/graduation-promotion">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/cts.cwu.edu.alumni/files/GiftofMembershipGraphic.jpg" 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/cts.cwu.edu.alumni/files/images/Gift2.jpg" style="width: 150px; height: 138px; margin: 5px;"></p><p style="text-align: center;"><strong>For more information, click to <a href="http://www.cwu.edu/alumni/membership">join</a> or <a href="http://www.cwu.edu/alumni/membership">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 Mindsethttp://www.cwu.edu/alumni/node/3317Wed, 10 May 2017 15:52:54<p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/alumni/sites/cts.cwu.edu.alumni/files/images/Yamada3.jpg" 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/cts.cwu.edu.alumni/files/Yamada4.jpg" 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/cts.cwu.edu.alumni/files/Yamada1.jpg" 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/cts.cwu.edu.alumni/files/Yamada2.jpg" 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 Uphttp://www.cwu.edu/alumni/node/3303Wed, 05 Apr 2017 14:09:37<p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/alumni/sites/cts.cwu.edu.alumni/files/Just%20Show%20Up.jpg" 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/cts.cwu.edu.alumni/files/DSC01195.jpg" 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/cts.cwu.edu.alumni/files/DSC01273.jpg" 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/cts.cwu.edu.alumni/files/13620328_10207171105504226_6408017377249679344_n.jpg" 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/cts.cwu.edu.alumni/files/DSC01310.jpg" 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>