CWUAlumni NewsAlumni News for Nominations!, 16 Sep 2014 11:43:09<p>Help us select new members of the CWU Alumni Association Board!</p><p><a href="/alumni/node/2697">Click here to nominate!</a></p>Teacher SWAG Bags, 20 Aug 2014 08:34:00<p>Fill out the form <a href="/alumni/node/2942">here</a> to receive CWU SWAG for your classroom. Alumni Relations will mail you a <a href="/alumni/node/2942">CWU Teacher SWAG Bag</a> at no charge. Don't forget to email us a picture of you and your SWAGed out classroom at <a href=""></a>.</p><h4>Thank you for teaching the next generation of Wildcats!</h4>Record number of golfers at the 12th annual Kitna Wildcat Classic, 14 Jul 2014 08:50:09<p><iframe class="youtube-player" frameborder="0" height="390" src="" title="YouTube video player" type="text/html" width="480"></iframe></p><p>SUNCADIA — Jon Kitna was all settled into his role as a math teacher and football coach at Lincoln High School of Tacoma last year when the Dallas Cowboys called.</p><p>After starting quarterback Tony Romo went down with an injury in Week 16 of last season, Kitna — 41 at the time — served as the Cowboys’ third-string quarterback in a playoff-or-bust game against the Philadelphia Eagles. He donated his week’s salary of about $55,000 to Lincoln.</p><p>Kitna had already retired from the NFL and the Cowboys in 2012 after playing 15 seasons, his first four with the Seahawks.</p><p>While he’s enjoying his summer off and preparing for the Abes’ fall football season, Kitna isn’t ruling out another NFL appearance.</p><p>“You never know,” he said, chuckling, on Thursday. “I’m not going to turn it down.”</p><p>Kitna graduated from Central Washington University with a degree in math education, and for the past 12 summers, has been a part of the Kitna Wildcat Classic, a golf tournament at Suncadia’s Prospector and Rope Rider courses. Thursday marked the 12th, and for the first time in the event’s history, it was sold out, with nearly 300 golfers.</p><p>“Obviously, we’re thrilled that we’ve been able to entirely fill this year’s field,” CWU Athletics Director Dennis Francois said. “Our tournament has been building each year, which is a testimony to our alumni, friends, sponsors and all those who assist us in enhancing the Central student-athlete experience.”</p><p><br>The event’s profits, including revenue from a post-golf auction, benefitted Central’s athletic department, and the future Student-Athlete Academic Success Center. The center will be located in the former CWU Chimposium building on Nicholson Boulevard, a block west of Nicholson Pavilion and Tomlinson Stadium.</p><p>Read more of this story on <a href="">The Daily Record</a>.</p><p>Photo by Brian Myrick.</p>CWU aviation professor survives fatal mid-air crash, 11 Jul 2014 11:31:46<p>Central Washington University aviation department chair Amy Hoover survived a mid-air collision near an airstrip Monday morning in Idaho that killed another pilot, according to the Valley County Sheriff’s office in Cascade, Idaho.<br>The crash occurred near the Landmark Airstrip about 40 miles east of Cascade, which is about 70 miles north of Boise.</p><p>KBOI TV in Boise reported a helicopter transported Hoover, 52, to a hospital in nearby McCall, where she was treated and released.</p><p>Hoover was able to make an emergency landing in a grassy area near the airstrip. The other aircraft crashed about a mile or so away from the airstrip, according to Boise Weekly, bursting into flames.</p><p>Read more about this story in <a href="">The Daily Record</a>.</p>CWU Alumnus earns tryout with San Jose SaberCats, 11 Jul 2014 11:14:07<p><br><img alt="" src="/alumni/sites/" style="width: 337px; height: 500px;"></p><p>Former Central Washington University safety Deionte Gordon will participate in a full-pad tryout with the San Jose SaberCats of the Arena Football League next Monday.</p><p>Gordon, who graduated from Central with a degree in social science last fall, learned about the tryout on Monday. He said the team told him they will sign him if he fits in with their scheme.</p><p>Gordon, along with offensive linemen Mike Nelson, Brooks Abel and Michael Dobbins, and defensive lineman Austin Schnizler, participated in Central's pro day four months ago.</p><p>Gordon transferred to Central in 2011 after playing for California State University, Sacramento.</p><p>Read more of this story in the <a href="">Daily Record</a>.</p><p>Photo by Brian Myrick&nbsp;</p>New science building will meet LEED standards, 11 Jul 2014 10:48:16<p>&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" src="/alumni/sites/" style="width: 300px; height: 174px;"></p><p>Central Washington University will be able to heat its 108,000 square-foot new science building at no additional cost when finished, said Pat Nahan, CWU manager of Engineering Services and Energy Conservation.</p><p><br>The school received a $1.2 million grant from the Washington State Department of Commerce in 2013 to retrofit a 1974 boiler that heats campus with piped steam. Natural gas burners heat the water. Because of the Science Phase II project, new facilities needed to be installed at the boiler plant.</p><p><br>To meet energy efficiency requirements, Facilities Management designed and created a system that will use the existing boiler plant and make it approximately 8 percent more efficient.</p><p>Read the full article on The Daily Record website by clicking <a href="">here</a>.</p>250 Guests Enjoyed Hall of Fame Ceremony and Kitna Jersey Retirement, 11 Jul 2014 09:00:51<p><iframe class="youtube-player" frameborder="0" height="390" src="" title="YouTube video player" type="text/html" width="480"></iframe></p><p>ELLENSBURG, Wash. (May 19) -- The Central Washington University Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony was a night of celebration Saturday evening in Nicholson Pavilion. Over 250 were in attendance as the inductees shared their acceptance speeches among family, friends, former teammates, and other guests.<br><br>Inducted into the CWU Hall of Fame was the 1984 Men's National Championship Swim Team;&nbsp; track and field national champion Keith Baker; Judy Koenigs Earle, all-time goal leader for Wildcat Soccer; two-time national wrestling champion Kit Shaw; former basketball great Rose Shaw; Tyson Raley, all-purpose running back; and former Wildcat baseball player and WIAA HOF member Jim Clem.<br><br>After an introduction from 2003 Hall of Fame member and Master of Ceremonies Robert Lowery, and opening remarks from CWU President James Gaudino, CWU Athletics retired the jersey and number of the legendary quarterback Jon Kitna.<br><br>Kitna's #3 jersey hasn't been worn since he graduated from CWU, but it was time to make the retirement official and Kitna was honored with a framed white and crimson jersey to take home.<br><br>Included in the ceremony was the announcement of the inaugural Wildcat Alumni Challenge winner.&nbsp; Wildcat Club President and President of Central Banc Mortgage, John Delany presented the women's soccer team with a $5,000 check.<br><br>Current student-athletes were also honored during the ceremony as men's basketball standout Mark McLaughlin and women's cross country all-American Connie Morgan were announced as Male and Female Athletes of the Year.&nbsp; Volleyball defensive specialist Kaley Kight was also honored by 2001 Hall of Fame inductee John Kirry, and Athletics Development Director Jason Roundy with the Hall of Fame Scholarship.<br><br>To top the night off, long time Wildcat coach, and Hall of Famer, Gary Frederick was honored as he officially retired from coaching after the softball team finished their season a week earlier.&nbsp; Frederick -- who spent time at Central Washington as a player, a coach of multiple sports and even had a stint as athletic director -- was sent off with a standing ovation from everyone in attendance, many of which he had coached in one form or another.<br><br>Thanks to the generosity of those in attendance the CWU Athletics Department raised over $16,000 that will be added to the Hall of Fame Scholarship Fund.<br><br>CWU Athletics would like to personally thank US Bank for their presenting sponsorship of the event and the Ellensburg Pasta Co. for their catering.</p>CWU Alumnus Honored with Rookie of the Year Award, 24 Apr 2014 08:12:09<p><img alt="" src="/alumni/sites/" style="width: 423px; height: 320px;"></p><p>Myron Hamilton of Ellensburg, a graduate of Central Washington University, recently received the Washington Industrial Technology Education Association's (WITEA) Rookie of the Year Award.</p><p>Hamilton, 34, is a second-year teacher at Wahluke Junior High School teaching and promoting skills in science, technology, engineering and math education.</p><p>He worked to develop the Gateway to Technology courses at the junior high that's part of the Wahluke School District in Grant County.</p><p>Read more of this story in the <a href=""><em>Daily Record</em></a>.</p>CWU Art Professor, Alumna Opens Two Exhibits in April, 02 Apr 2014 10:18:03<p><img alt="" src="/alumni/sites/" style="width: 390px; height: 320px;"></p><p>Art Professor <a href="">Maya Chachava</a> is undertaking the unusual and arduous endeavor of presenting two exhibitions this month, <em>True Blue</em>, opening Thursday, April 3 in the <a href="">Sarah Spurgeon Gallery</a>, and <em>Travel Diaries</em> opening Friday, April 4 at <a href="">Gallery One Visual Arts Center</a>.<br><br>“The process of developing and mounting one exhibit is extremely hard work,” said Gregg Schlanger, CWU art chair and professor. “Presenting two in the same month is a remarkable achievement.”</p><p>In <em>True Blue</em>, Chachava’s mixed-media prints trace back real or imagined childhood memories through the manipulation of family photographs. She uses a multilayered process of digital imagery, printmaking, and drawing to create a dense, mark-making surface.<em> True Blue</em>, which will also feature painter Natalya Burd, will open with the artists’ lectures at 4:00 p.m. in Randall Hall, room 117. The lecture will be followed by a reception in the gallery from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The Sarah Spurgeon Gallery is located in Randall Hall on the CWU campus.</p><p>In <em>Travel Diaries</em>, a new body of work, her objective was to create mixed-media images using bits and pieces from various paintings and found materials and to challenge more familiar ways of compositional choices. She wanted to convey the feeling of discovering the exotic and mysterious world of Istanbul where East and West are so beautifully intertwined. <em>Travel Diaries</em> will be displayed from April 4 through April 26, and there will be an opening reception on April 4 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Gallery One is located at 408 Pearl Street in Ellensburg.</p><p>“My work is deeply rooted in the myths and legends of my native culture, childhood memories, lost and found connections in my new life,” writes Chachava. “I try to fully rely on the process and inherent properties of the chosen media. My major objective is to infuse the work with expressive quality and meaning, but still retain a sense of mystery.”</p><p>Born in Tbilisi, Georgia, (Soviet Union), Chachava completed her BFA in English Language and Literature at Tbilisi Pedagogical Institute of Foreign Languages. She earned a BFA in Fine Arts and Spanish at CWU in 1997 and received her MFA in painting from the University of Washington in 2000. She returned to CWU as a professor in 2005.</p><p>In addition to solo exhibitions at Linda Hodges Gallery In Seattle, Square Inch Gallery In New York, Utah Museum Of Fine Arts in SLC and Chardin Gallery in Tbilisi, her work has been featured in over 40 group shows including those at Woman Made Gallery in Chicago, Brad Cooper Gallery in Tampa, Liz Afif Gallery In Philadelphia, Steward Gallery in Boise and Springville Museum of Art in SLC.</p><p><strong>Graphic:</strong> Maya Chachava, “Childhood,” 30 in. x 40 in., mixed media print, 2014</p><p><br><strong>Media Contact:</strong> Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,</p>Book Signing Planned for CWU-Pierce Alumnus, 03 Mar 2014 11:50:16<p><img alt="Shadow Guardians" src="/alumni/sites/" style="width: 100px; height: 152px; margin: 5px; float: right;"><img alt="Brett Lawrence" src="/alumni/sites/" style="width: 100px; height: 123px; float: right; margin: 5px;">Brett Lawrence, a graduate of Central Washington University, published the novel <em>Shadow Guardians</em> and will hold a book signing at the <a href="" target="_blank">University Place Library in Pierce County</a> at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 6.</p><p>Lawrence earned his bachelor’s degree in law and justice in 1979 at <a href="" target="_blank">CWU-Pierce College</a> (then it was called Fort Steilacoom Community College). He lives in Lakewood and works for the state Department of Social and Health Services in the Center for Forensic Services at Western State Hospital. Lawrence hopes <em>Shadow Guardians</em> is the start of a long, productive writing career he plans to pursue after he retires from the state.</p><p>The book, by Martin Sisters Publishing, is a present-day science fiction story. The setting begins in the Tacoma and Puget Sound area before taking readers into the depths of space with an alien race. While Lawrence wrote the story more than 20 years ago, it wasn’t published and released until August 2013.</p><p><em>Shadow Guardians</em> will be available for purchase and signing at Thursday’s free library event. The book, in hardcopy and electronic versions, also is available from <a href=";ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1393875997&amp;sr=1-1&amp;keywords=Shadow+Guardians" target="_blank">Amazon</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Barnes and Noble,</a> and other stores.</p><p>March 3, 2014</p>