CWUAlumni NewsAlumni Newshttp://www.cwu.edu/alumni/newsen-usLetter from the Director: The Wildcat Footprinthttp://www.cwu.edu/alumni/node/3053Thu, 06 Aug 2015 11:36:30<p>The past month has been filled welcoming new students to campus and celebrating with legacy families who are now bringing their sons and daughters back to CWU to share in the tradition and history of an institution that has made a tremendous impact in their lives. During our welcome-back receptions for alumni, we were not only blessed with the presence of our faculty and staff alums but we were also honored with a special guest, former President and CWU alumni, Dr. James Brooks, who not only graciously welcomed everyone back to campus but also shared personal stories that reflect the values and commitment of the institution and the positive impact Central has had on his life.</p><p>Listening to Dr. Brooks talk about the impact Central has had on his life is something that has stuck with me the past couple weeks and has caused me to evaluate the meaningful ways the Central impact shows up in the lives of our alums.</p><p>Whether it is the lifelong friendships that are forged during your time in the resident halls or through the intimate classes where everyone including the professor knows your name, it is clear that the Central impact is something real and meaningful. In the Alumni Office, we look forward to partnering with stakeholders across campus, in our community and with our alums to ensure this experience is never lost.</p><p>This month, we are excited to feature a story about a group of alumni who are demonstrating the pride and passion of the Central impact by recently returning to Ellensburg to compete in the famed Whiskey Dick Triathlon. We also had the pleasure of sitting down with CWU alum Doug Woollen 62’ who at age 75 is astonishing paramedics and still running half-marathons. Rounding out our features this month, we highlight the upcoming “Athletic Preview” day taking place on Thursday, August 27th at Surface Theory in downtown Seattle. Our coaches will be on hand to provide attendees with a glimpse of the fall season ahead. We hope you join us for this hosted reception where you will also have a chance to buy your new Wildcat apparel prior to the start of the fall season and enjoy some one-on-one time with the coaches. Don’t forget to RSVP by emailing alumni@cwu.edu so we can make sure to have enough food and drinks on hand for everyone.</p><p>Finally we have been hard at work in the Alumni Office preparing for some exciting events to help you reconnect with your fellow Wildcats this summer. So check out the events page, call up your fellow Wildcat alums and plan to join us for one of our exciting events near you. Whether you register to join us for some horse racing at Emerald Downs, come out to the Hops game in Portland, stop by Iron Horse for some great tacos and the best micro beer in Ellensburg or join us as we take over Cheney Stadium in Tacoma and catch a Rainiers game, I guarantee you’ll have some fun and enjoy reconnecting with the Central community that is eager to hear about the Central impact in your life.</p><p>Go Cats!</p><p>Regards,<br><img alt="" src="/alumni/sites/cts.cwu.edu.alumni/files/images/BobFordSigSm.jpg" style="width: 140px; height: 39px;"><br>Robert Ford, Executive Director of Alumni and Constituent Relations</p></br></br>CWU Alumni Tri To Keep in Touchhttp://www.cwu.edu/alumni/node/3052Thu, 06 Aug 2015 11:31:29<p>A hands-on education experience, individual attention, and a beyond-the-classroom mentality are just a few of the ways students at Central develop life skills that will help advance their lives. Along with an education, relationships - whether romantic, friendly or professional - are some of the most cherished souvenirs graduates take away with them. For one group of students, their friendship lasted long past graduation.</p><p><img alt="" src="/alumni/sites/cts.cwu.edu.alumni/files/images/1st%20Tri%20-%20Carew%2C%20Jenna%2C%20Kent.jpg" style="width: 250px; height: 187px; float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px;">Sherrie Crow, Carew Halleck, Bill Selset, Lisa Berthon, Jenna Hyatt and Kent Jackson all met while attending Central. Some met while competing on the swim team. Others met in the dorms as RAs or residents. Bonding over their shared interests, jobs and somewhat close living proximity to each other it was chance that this group would meet and form such a tight bond.&nbsp;</p><p>Now the members of this group are spread out all over the world! Jenna and Lisa are still in Ellensburg, working for Central. Carew owns a coffee company in Minnesota. Kent works as an architect in London. Sherrie and Bill stayed in the Seattle area. She practices veterinary medicine while he is a building contractor. Although the distance between them isn’t quite as convenient as living in the Basetties, email and Facebook have helped keep the group in touch.</p><p>Late th<img alt="" src="/alumni/sites/cts.cwu.edu.alumni/files/images/triathalon.jpg" style="width: 275px; height: 314px; float: right; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px;">is past July, the group reunited to compete in the Whisky Dick Triathlon. They formed two teams and ended up taking home the second and third place prizes. It’s not really surprise considering the group gets its kicks from running, swimming, hiking and they still reminisce over mountain bike rides on Manastash.</p><p>Triathlons appear to be a tradition in the making. Some members of the group competed in their first triathlon together back in 1988 and now they are looking at traveling to Kent’s neck of the woods in London.</p><p>This is just one example of the friendships that form as a result of a shared college experience. Share your stories by emailing alumni@cwu.edu.</p>It Gets Better with Agehttp://www.cwu.edu/alumni/node/3051Thu, 06 Aug 2015 10:00:00<p><img alt="" src="/alumni/sites/cts.cwu.edu.alumni/files/images/Doug%20Woollen.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 230px; float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px;">There’s something the kids in college refer to as the “Freshman 15.” It refers to the 15+ pounds that many students put on during their first year at school. Adulthood can be rough on the body and sometimes college is the rude awakening. No matter your age, many of us know the struggle of balancing work, friends, family and staying physically fit. Central graduate Doug Woollen doesn’t let time get in his way. Whether it’s making time to work out or not accepting time as the great equalizer, at 75 years old, Doug Woollen is still in his prime.</p><p>A 1962 graduate of CWU majoring in social science, Doug didn’t get into competitive running until he was 40. The year was 1980 and road running was just about to take off in America. Before attending Central, Doug ran track at Skagit Community College but didn’t continue at Central because he needed to work to stay in school. He worked in the food commons and was a dormitory representative for Whitney. He graduated with the intention of becoming a teacher but his life ended up taking a couple of twists and turns.</p><p>Having taught and coached for four years already, Doug joined the Marines after one of his students was killed in Vietnam. He was 26 years old when he joined and served for three years with a combat tour of duty in Vietnam as a platoon commander. Doug earned various combat medals and attributes his experience as a Marine to helping him develop a passion for pushing his body to its limits. While rucking with a 45 to 75-pound pack up mountains and through jungles was a challenge for many Marines, Doug welcomed the challenge and thrived in that environment.</p><p>Though Doug was out of the Marines before he was 30 years old, it would be another 10 years until he started running competitively. Because he started at the time he was 40, he was already a “Master.” The Master class in competitive road racing includes those aged 40 to 49. The Senior Class is everyone over the age of 50. In his 35 years of racing, Doug has competed in triathlons, half-marathons, duathlons, biathlons, and middle distance track races. He has also dominated in individual and team basketball championships. Doug won the senior division of the Great 3-Point Shootout nine years in a row!</p><p>Doug is heavily involved with the Washington State Senior Games board. He has served on the board of directors for 15 years and will retire at the end of this year. It would be hard to find someone with a greater passion for distance racing. Doug is somewhat of a legend in Washington State and continues to dominate senior racing. He frequently wins his division whether it’s cycling or running or both! Doug set the Washington State Senior Games meet record in the 5K for this year in the 75-79 age group at 26:20, eclipsing the old record by 20 seconds. This mark isn’t even his best time in his seventies with his best being 22:12. Doug has competed in countless senior championships including world championships where over 40 countries are represented. One of Doug’s favorite memories is winning a gold medal in the 1500 at the World Senior Games after edging out an English gentleman. Doug admits that he has so many medals now that his wife, Emma Jean is on him to get rid of them.</p><p>In his older years, Doug hasn’t avoided injury, though his worst injuries were not brought on by himself. Last year, he was in two accidents. In March, while riding his bike, he was struck by a car. Having already signed up for a half-marathon across the country with the plane ticket paid for and ignoring his doctor’s wishes, Doug ran the half-marathon the following June. And of course, he won his age group, finishing in under 2 hours.</p><p><img alt="" src="/alumni/sites/cts.cwu.edu.alumni/files/images/Bloomsday.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 313px; float: right; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px;">Approaching the finish line, Doug could feel the car crash taking its toll on his body. His hand had been mangled and was throbbing; His knees were sore. As he finished, Doug was cramping and leaning to the side pressing his throbbing hand against his side. Paramedics assumed Doug was having a stroke and threw him on a gurney. Doug insisted that he was perfectly fine and needed to keep moving. It wasn’t until after the paramedics administered oxygen and checked his pulse and blood pressure that they discovered Doug was right! Even the paramedics found it hard to believe that a 75-year-old man could accomplish so much without any side effects. But Doug is living proof that it only gets better with age.</p><p>Following his first accident, in October the same year, Doug and his daughter were crushed by an 18-wheeler in a car accident. Fortunately his daughter wasn’t seriously injured but Doug needed rehab for his neck and shoulder. Despite the accident, he is still competing today, less than a year later.</p><p>Doug’s time at Central gave him a love for education. He retired from Walla Walla Community College as an academic counselor and psychology instructor and after graduating from Central, went on to get his Masters in Educational Psychology from New Mexico State University. Doug has enjoyed coaching, counseling and teaching. He contributes a monthly column to the Thurston-Mason County Senior Newspaper. Doug has two daughters and lives with his wife in Olympia. When he’s not racing, Doug enjoys fly fishing, hunting and volunteering with veterans in need.</p><p>“A person should keep his body in physical motion as much as possible as he gets older,” Doug said. “A physical fitness regimen gives you more energy for living.”</p><p>Staying active isn’t always easy, but it’s always worth it. We host a 50th reunion celebration for our alumni every fall, but if more alumni are living their lives like Doug, we may just have to add a 60th and 70th reunion too. Keep an eye on our website cwu.edu/alumni for details on this year’s Homecoming celebration for the class of 1965.</p>Sneak Peak at Fall Athleticshttp://www.cwu.edu/alumni/node/3049Thu, 06 Aug 2015 09:36:52<p>Fall is fast approaching and that means the start of a new school year and a new season of Wildcat athletics. The Central Washington University Athletics Department, in conjunction with the CWU Alumni Office, will host a fall sports preview on Thursday, August 27 at Surface Theory in downtown Seattle. This event is a chance for guests to talk with coaches and staff and get a small taste of what is to come this fall. The event will be held from 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.</p><p>Most of the fall season head coaches will be in attendance. Ian Shoemaker (football), Mario Andaya (volleyball), Michael Farrand (soccer), Kevin Adkisson (cross country), and Athletics Director Dennis Francois will be present.&nbsp; The coaches will discuss their respective programs and what fans can expect to see on the field and in competition. In addition to the head coaches, many other members of Central’s coaching staff will be on hand to chat with attendees and enjoy the event. This is a time for Wildcat fans to ask questions and to pick the coaching staff’s brains on the upcoming season.</p><p>Food will be provided by Ellensburg’s Roadhouse Grill and Iron Horse Brewery of Ellensburg will provide beverages. In addition, the Wildcat Shop will be on hand selling new Wildcat apparel. This is your chance to swag out and get pumped for Wildcat athletics. Exciting things are in store for our athletes and Athletic Department staff and we want to take our alumni along for the ride.</p><p>Surface Theory is located at 536 1st Avenue South in Seattle near Pioneer Square and Century Link Field.</p><p>For more information or questions, email the alumni office at alumni@cwu.edu.</p><p><a href="https://www.mycentral.cwu.edu/fall-sports-preview">To REGISTER click here. </a></p>Letter from the Director: Membership Mattershttp://www.cwu.edu/alumni/node/3048Thu, 09 Jul 2015 09:56:29<p>The recent World Cup victory by the U.S. Women’s National soccer team over Japan was nothing short of brilliant. Although the blowout victory may have left many spectators frustrated, it certainly made a statement leaving no doubt that this team peaked at the right time laying down a marker in history as the best in the world, an accomplishment that took a team effort.&nbsp;</p><p>It could be argued that the journey of this team started sixteen years ago when the U.S. won the ‘99 world cup. "They were the pioneers," Carli Lloyd, said about the 1999 side. "Now it's up to us to keep the tradition going, and in four years' time we want to be world champions again." Whether you’re a fan of history or a fan of the present one thing is clear; it takes an entire team to achieve success. Mia Hamm, the most recognizable player in U.S Women’s soccer history, said “I am a member of a team, and I rely on the team, I defer to it and sacrifice for it, because the team, not the individual, is the ultimate champion.”</p><p>In the Alumni office we believe Mia Hamm got it right sixteen years ago. In order for us to achieve our goals and to reach new milestones it is going to take sacrifice and it will require a team effort. The reality is the team will only be as good as the members and collectively the members will determine the success of the team. This summer, we are putting out the call for you to join the team, to make a difference in the lives of our students and your institution. Your involvement helps nurture the curiosity and drive of each student so they learn to handle just about anything.</p><p>To join today please visit: <a href="http://www.cwu.edu/alumni/membership">www.cwu.edu/alumni/membership</a> or watch your mailbox for additional opportunities coming soon. We want our alumni to be connected and stay connected and to engage in the events and programs that are made possible by the support of our membership. Take a few minutes to check out some of the great programs highlighted in this month’s newsletter and pick a date to reconnect with your fellow Wildcats!</p><p>In preparation for Homecoming, one of our largest community wide events taking place October 18-25, 2015, we are taking nominations until the 1st of September to honor Distinguished Alumni. If you know a fellow alum that is doing incredible things, we encourage you to <a href="/alumni/node/2575">nominate them today</a>. Honorees for the Alumnus of the year, Distinguished Alumni and Recent Graduate Awards will be recognized Friday, October 23, 2015 at the Distinguished Alumni &amp; 50-year reunion dinner. Mark your calendars and plan to come back to Ellensburg.&nbsp;</p><p>In closing, I want to take a moment to recognize your Alumni Board members. Tomorrow and Saturday, board members will be making the sacrifice of their personal and professional time to spend two days in a strategic planning retreat where we will set in place our strategic plan and solidify our vision statement for the Alumni Association. This important planning and development process will guide our work for the next 5 and 10 years. These volunteers exemplify team before self and are each motivated to see the Alumni Association succeed. Next time you bump into one of these amazing individuals, please take the time, to thank them for serving your team and making the sacrifices needed to ensure your teams success.</p><p>Go Cats!</p><p><img alt="" src="/alumni/sites/cts.cwu.edu.alumni/files/images/BobFordSigSm.jpg" style="width: 100px; height: 28px;"></p><p>Bob Ford, Executive Director<br>CWU Alumni Association</p></br>The Proof is in the Producthttp://www.cwu.edu/alumni/node/3047Thu, 09 Jul 2015 09:14:56<p>How do you measure the effectiveness of a university? Its alumni. We celebrate an alumni and alumna every week on our social media sites. These CWU alumni are sought out by us or nominated by someone like you. Check out some of the highlights below from our Spring features.</p><h4><strong><img alt="" src="/alumni/sites/cts.cwu.edu.alumni/files/images/cassandra.jpg" style="width: 275px; height: 183px; float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px;">Cassandra Crifasi PhD, MPH, 32</strong><br><em>John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Assistant Scientist</em></h4><p><strong>Hometown</strong><br>Renton, WA<br><strong>Residence</strong><br>Annapolis, MD<br><strong>CWU Education</strong><br>Class of ’06, Bachelor of Science in Biology with Chemistry minor<br><strong>You remember her…</strong><br>as the ASCWU-BOD VP for Equity and Community Service<br><strong>Favorite CWU memory…</strong><br>when Drew Carey came to CWU and did a show for Homecoming</p><p><em>“The critical thinking and analytic skills I developed during my time at CWU were immensely helpful during my education and continue to be so during my career as a researcher.”</em></p><h4><strong><img alt="" src="/alumni/sites/cts.cwu.edu.alumni/files/images/scott.jpg" style="width: 275px; float: right; height: 183px; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px;">Scott Iwata, 37</strong><br><em>Amazon, Campaign Manager</em></h4><p><strong>Hometown</strong><br>Bellevue, WA<br><strong>Residence</strong><br>Seattle, WA<br><strong>CWU Education</strong><br>Class of ’05, Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations<br><strong>Since graduating he…</strong><br>completed five full marathons<br><strong>You remember him…</strong><br>as the Public Relations Student Society of America National President</p><p><em>“I learned that it would be okay to be myself, and that while you need to be professional you should also really enjoy what you do and who you work with, and if you don't it may not be the right fit for you.”</em></p><h4><strong><img alt="" src="/alumni/sites/cts.cwu.edu.alumni/files/images/kara.jpg" style="width: 275px; height: 184px; float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px;">Kara O’Connor, 30</strong><br><em>Pointmarc, Senior Analyst</em></h4><p><strong>Hometown</strong><br>Yakima, WA<br><strong>Residence</strong><br>Portland, OR<br><strong>CWU Education</strong><br>Class of ’07, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration&nbsp;<br><strong>In her spare time she…</strong><br>runs around with her labradoodle Hazel<br><strong>Favorite CWU memory…</strong><br>walking through 50 mph dust storms to get to Shaw Hall from north campus</p><p><em>“CWU has opened doors for me both professionally and personally, that would not have been available otherwise. Very happy to be a CWU grad!”</em></p><h4><strong><img alt="" src="/alumni/sites/cts.cwu.edu.alumni/files/images/adam.jpg" style="width: 200px; height: 267px; float: right; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px;">Adam Johnsen, 28</strong><br><em>Kiewit Construction, Safety Manager</em></h4><p><strong>Hometown</strong><br>Gig Harbor, WA<br><strong>Residence</strong><br>Honolulu, HI<br><strong>CWU Education</strong><br>Class of ’10, Bachelor of Science in Safety and Health Management<br><strong>You remember him…</strong><br>from ASSE, he was Vice President<br><strong>Since graduating he…</strong><br>received his Construction Health and Safety Technician certification and was awarded the Safety Award by the Associated General Contractors</p><p><em>“The job fairs that Central put on is how I got my position. These job fairs are very valuable. I can’t even count how many interviews I went to but in the long run they are part of your education as well.”</em></p><h4><strong><img alt="" src="/alumni/sites/cts.cwu.edu.alumni/files/images/sarah.jpg" style="width: 175px; height: 263px; float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px;">Sarah Lutz, 35</strong><br><em>Nestle Health Science, Account Executive</em></h4><p><strong>Hometown</strong><br>Forks, WA<br><strong>Residence</strong><br>Vancouver, WA<br><strong>CWU Education</strong><br>Class of ’02, Bachelor of Science in Food Science and Nutrition<br><strong>Since graduating she…</strong><br>ran in numerous marathons<br><strong>Favorite CWU memory…</strong><br>its small town appeal and the access to many seasons</p><p><em>“My experience at CWU was wonderful and I was mentored by many passionate professors that helped motivate me to succeed in life.”</em></p><h4><strong><img alt="" src="/alumni/sites/cts.cwu.edu.alumni/files/images/douglas.jpg" style="width: 275px; height: 207px; float: right; margin-left: 6px; margin-right: 6px;">Douglas Coleman, 38</strong><br><em>Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, Production Test Pilot</em></h4><p><strong>Hometown</strong><br>Seattle, WA<br><strong>Residence</strong><br>Downington, PA<br><strong>CWU Education</strong><br>Class of ’01, Bachelor of Arts in Law and Justice<br><strong>You remember him…</strong><br>from Phi Kappa Phi<br><strong>Since graduating he…</strong><br>flew more than 15 helicopter types, in 10 countries, on 5 continents</p><p><em>“The faculty that I had during my degree program seemed genuinely invested in my success and understanding of the course material. A truly great bunch of people.”</em></p><p>Is there a CWU alum we should know about? Email us at alumni@cwu.edu with your nominations. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for updates on what your fellow alumni are accomplishing!</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></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></br></br></br></br></br>Save the Date for CWU Homecoming 2015!http://www.cwu.edu/alumni/node/3046Wed, 08 Jul 2015 16:39:11<p><img alt="" src="/alumni/sites/cts.cwu.edu.alumni/files/images/homecoming%203.jpg" style="width: 275px; height: 178px; float: right; margin-right: 5px; margin-left: 5px;">Graduating from Central can be a wonderful yet nerve racking time. The start of a career, truly stepping out on your own and embarking on the next stage of your life is the result of all your hard work. But it’s a bittersweet time for us because we miss you the moment you step off campus. The good news is there is one time of the year that it all comes back - CWU Homecoming weekend!</p><p>Homecoming is a chance for you to relive your college days and to celebrate the accomplishments you made in college and after graduation. The event comes every fall and is a time when alumni gather to support current students and enjoy the company of colleagues they haven’t seen in a while.</p><p><img alt="" src="/alumni/sites/cts.cwu.edu.alumni/files/images/Homecoming_ticket%20icon.jpg" style="width: 340px; height: 227px; float: left; margin-right: 5px; margin-left: 5px;">The 2015 CWU Homecoming Week is Monday, October 19th through Saturday the 24th.</p><p>We would like to invite you to not only attend the CWU Homecoming Football Game, but other great events going on that week. Check out the list below for the tentative Homecoming schedule.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><ul><li>Tuesday, October 20- Mr. and Ms. Central</li><li>Friday, October 23- Distinguished Alumni Awards &amp; 50 year class reunion (Class of 1965-1966)</li><li>Saturday, October 24- CWU Street Fair/ Tailgate</li><li>Saturday, October 24- CWU Football Game (with a special hospitality tent for alumni)</li><li>Saturday, October 24- Homecoming Show starring comedian Iliza Shlesinger</li></ul><p>Please save the date for CWU Homecoming 2015. Support current students and reconnect with formers, all the while reminding yourself why you are proud to be a Wildcat!</p>Alumnus Makes a Difference Around the Worldhttp://www.cwu.edu/alumni/node/3045Wed, 08 Jul 2015 14:14:54<p><img alt="" src="/alumni/sites/cts.cwu.edu.alumni/files/images/hartness%20david.jpg" style="width: 240px; height: 360px; float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px;">A trip to Kenya turned into an obsession with the continent after 2008 CWU graduate David Hartness visited in 2006. This obsession led to multiple trips to the continent where Hartness currently resides.</p><p>Originally from Vashon Island, David joined the Peace Corps immediately following his graduation and completed a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in education. David was stationed in Namaacha, Mozambique where he worked as an education volunteer. He taught young adults teaching methodologies that allowed them to branch out to around the country. A community library project, theatre programs, youth groups and health education programs were all started with David’s help.</p><p>“What I am most proud of is the fact that each project was sustainable and has grown since my departure,” reflects David.</p><p>His time in Mozambique inspired his book “Amani’s River” and tells the story of a child solider who must survive an awful childhood that will define him as a man. Although David heard horrifying stores of the civil war he felt it with his own senses too.&nbsp; The buildings, the bullet holes, the torn down structures were all finger prints the war had left behind.</p><p>“I decided it was a story that needed to be told,” explained David. “Because very few people knew it had even happened.”</p><p>The book is meant to be a teaching tool but also uses subjec<img alt="" src="/alumni/sites/cts.cwu.edu.alumni/files/images/DH.jpg" style="width: 240px; height: 342px; float: right; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px;">t matter relevant today. “Amani’s River” aims to leave readers talking about child soldiers and inspire them to make a difference. Learn how you can make a difference at www.child-soldiers.org.&nbsp; For David, the toughest part of writing the book was portraying the brutalities of the war in a realistic way. By listening to people tell of their own experiences David almost felt as if he experienced them himself. “Amani’s River” is a means for others to hear these stories and spark social change.</p><p>David still lives in Africa and is a teacher at an international school in Zambia where he is the Head of Modern Languages. With a focus on promoting literacy across Africa David also enjoys teaching children about sports and promotes a healthy lifestyle. Education is power and as David himself will tell you education opens doors.</p><p>“Without the education from CWU, I don’t think I would have been able to find a comfortable life abroad and do the work I truly enjoy,” David says.</p><p>M<img alt="" src="/alumni/sites/cts.cwu.edu.alumni/files/images/Amani%20River%20cover%20with%20award%20seal.jpg" style="width: 150px; height: 227px; float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px;">any lessons David learned while attending Central are applied in his everyday life. In particular, David sites Dr. Candy, his former reading methodology professor as having great influence on the way he teaches.</p><p>“When I teach reading lessons, I use her ideas all the time, because they are the most effective,” David explains.</p><p>David was recently selected as a National Indie Excellence Award Finalist for the best Historical Fiction Novel. You can follow his work at <a href="http://www.davidhartness.com/">www.davidhartness.com.</a> “Amani’s River” is available on Amazon or through his website.</p>Letter from the Director: On The Risehttp://www.cwu.edu/alumni/node/3036Thu, 11 Jun 2015 14:56:17<p>I doubt that John F. Kennedy ever thought his use of the aphorism "A rising tide lifts all boats" would be applied to the exciting transition taking place in the CWU Alumni Association when he used it in his 1963 speech. However, it seems very appropriate as we embark on several new projects over the summer that will truly make an impact on our entire alumni community.</p><p>Before I highlight many of the exciting developments in the pipeline, I want to take a moment to appreciate some special individuals in our lives. On June 21st we will celebrate Father’s Day. For many, that will mean an opportunity to bring together family and friends to acknowledge the hard work, personal investment and sacrifice of those individuals who have helped shape our lives and encouraged us to reach just beyond our comfort zone.</p><p>For many, this individual may not be your paternal father but a significant person in your life. In my case, I feel truly blessed that my father has been a positive role model in my life and has always made himself available to provide support when I needed it the most. Now that I am a father of two amazing little girls, I am always wishing for just a few more hours of daylight to spend playing outside with them. It seems fitting that this special day also happens to co-inside with summer solstice, the longest day of the year. My hope for all the fathers out there is that you are able to spend some quality time with your family and that whether you’re a son, or a daughter you take the time to appreciate the father figures in your life.</p><p>Now looking ahead, it is hard to believe that commencement is here already and that we are full swing into our first alumni directory update since 2008. Yes, that post card you received is the real deal. We have partnered with Harris Directories to help us reach out and update our constituent and alumni contacts. After all, without good contact information, it is going to be really hard to tell everyone about the amazing events coming up!</p><p>This summer we are also working to launch a new App. We have partnered with Alumni Access and they are in the middle of developing a new discount App for all our current alumni members that will provide our members with exclusive access to discounts nationwide. The App is in production and should be available for release in early August.</p><p>Now you are probably asking yourself how do I sign up to become a member? Well, that is easy. Simply go to <a href="http://www.cwu.edu/alumni">www.cwu.edu/alumni </a>and click on the <a href="http://www.cwu.edu/alumni/membership">Join</a> button at the top of the page. If you don’t join immediately, that’s okay because we are also launching a membership campaign this summer so you will have multiple opportunities to sign up and save big!</p><p>Speaking of saving big… this summer we are hosting multiple events including some amazing nights at your favorite ballparks throughout Washington and Oregon. Check out our feature story at the bottom of the newsletter to learn more about the benefits you and your guests will receive by becoming a member.</p><p>Finally, we know the teacher swag bag was a massive hit last fall. So much so that we thought it would be a good idea to make sure our members are getting first crack at securing one of these sought-after goodie bags. So if you are a teacher and would like to guarantee your teacher swag bag, this is your chance. Simply <a href="http://www.cwu.edu/alumni/alumni-association-ed">click here</a> to sign up for your annual membership. After you sign up for a membership you will receive an email with an exclusive link to sign up to lock in your swag bag for the 2015-2016 school year.</p><p>Perhaps what is most exciting about all these great new opportunities for engagement is the chance for our Alumni to connect in meaningful ways. We know that an engaged alumni will only lead to a bigger, stronger Wildcat Nation presence throughout our communities. The tide is rising and we hope you are getting ready for an amazing ride. – Go Cats!</p>Summer of Baseballhttp://www.cwu.edu/alumni/node/3035Thu, 11 Jun 2015 14:52:36<p>What comes to your mind when you think of summer…BBQ? Sunshine? Baseball? Hopefully you think of all three because this summer the CWU Alumni Association is planning a summer of baseball fun! Opportunities to purchase tickets to various minor league baseball games around the Pacific Northwest region will be made available to alumni.*</p><p>Check out the family-fun baseball opportunities we have coming up:</p><p>&nbsp;</p><h2><img alt="" src="/alumni/sites/cts.cwu.edu.alumni/files/images/BaseballPIC1.jpg" style="width: 115px; height: 92px; float: left; margin-left: 3px; margin-right: 3px;"><a href="https://www.mycentral.cwu.edu/yakima-pippins">Yakima Pippins vs Corvallis Knights</a></h2><div><em>Friday, July 17th, 7:05 p.m. (Yakima, WA)</em><br><strong>$10 for Alumni Association Members and guests<br>$15 for Non-members of the Alumni Association and guests</strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>This game includes seating on the picnic deck! Join us for the all-you-can-eat buffet from the time gates open through the end of the 3rd inning. The buffet-style menu includes: hot dogs, hamburgers, cheeseburgers, complete with all the fixings! Also enjoy salads, chips, cookies, and fountain soda. You’ll also be privy to waiter service available for items not on the Deck menu.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The Yakima Valley Pippins are a collegiate wood bat baseball team and are part of the West Coast League and began play in 2014 at the 3,000-seat Yakima County Stadium. They replaced the Yakima Bears of the Northwest League, who relocated to Hillsboro, Oregon, and were renamed the Hillsboro Hops. They were named for the pippin apple.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><h2><img alt="" src="/alumni/sites/cts.cwu.edu.alumni/files/images/BaseballAppleSox-no%20background.png" style="width: 115px; height: 96px; float: left; margin-left: 3px; margin-right: 3px;"><a href="https://www.mycentral.cwu.edu/wenatchee-applesox">Wenatchee Applesox vs Yakima Pippins</a></h2><p><em>Wednesday, July 24th, 7:05 p.m. (Wenatchee, WA)</em><br><strong>FREE + Water Bottle for Alumni Association Members and guests<br>$5 for Non-members of the Alumni Association and guests</strong></p><p>The Wenatchee AppleSox Baseball Club is part of the West Coast League, the premier wood-bat summer collegiate league in the country. The AppleSox provide affordable family entertainment and an excellent environment for college players from around the country to develop their skills. Contests for fans, a complete selection of your favorite ballpark food and beverages, and special promotions throughout the season make a day at the ballpark something to remember.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><h2><img alt="" src="/alumni/sites/cts.cwu.edu.alumni/files/images/BaseballPIC3.jpg" style="width: 115px; height: 64px; float: left; margin: 10px 5px;">Hillsboro Hops vs Vancouver Canadians</h2><p><em>Thursday, August 13th, 7:05 p.m. (Hillsboro, OR)</em><br><strong>$5 + Water Bottle for Alumni Association Members and guests<br>$10 for Non-members of the Alumni Association and guests</strong></p><p>The Hillsboro Hops are a minor league affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Through their affiliation agreement, the Diamondbacks provide players and coaches to the team. The team maintains membership in the Northwest League and Minor League Baseball and provides a stadium for the Diamondbacks prospects to play their games. Hillsboro Hops Professional Baseball is an independent local business.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><h2><img alt="" src="/alumni/sites/cts.cwu.edu.alumni/files/images/BaseballPIC4.jpg" style="width: 115px; height: 88px; margin-left: 3px; margin-right: 3px; float: left;">Tacoma Rainiers vs Memphis Redbirds</h2><p><em>Sunday, August 23rd, 5:05 p.m. (Tacoma, WA)</em><br><strong>$15 for Alumni Association members and guests<br>$20 for Non-members of the Alumni Association and guests</strong></p><p>Everyone who purchases tickets through the Alumni Office for the Rainiers game will receive a voucher for a hot dog, a bottle of water and a bag of chips. Alumni will have the opportunity to purchase additional ticket &amp; food packages at the combined price of $15 per ticket, based on availability.</p><p>The Tacoma Rainiers are a minor league baseball team that plays in the Pacific Coast League (PCL) and are the Triple-A affiliate of the Seattle Mariners. A team located in Tacoma, Washington has been in the PCL every year since 1960, for the longest current active streak of membership in the league. The Rainiers are based only 36 miles south of Seattle, the shortest distance between a Triple-A team and its major-league parent.</p><p>The CWU summer of baseball started with the Mariners game May 30th and will continue through August. Keep an eye out for emails and social media updates on when you can reserve your tickets. Play ball!</p><p>*As a graduate of CWU you are a member of the Wildcat Alumni family but may not be a member of the Alumni Association. The Alumni Association is an organization that includes a membership fee and additional benefits such as the extra discounts listed above. Join the CWU Alumni Association and start receiving benefits <a href="http://www.cwu.edu/alumni/membership">today</a>!</p></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br>