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Yakima Send-Off Success

The Central Washington University Alumni Association invited future students, parents, family, and friends to the first ever Yakima Send-Off party at the Yakima Valley Museum on Wednesday, September 7th. The program was meant to welcome the newest generation of Wildcats to the Central family from all over the Yakima area.

Once there, attendees were able to gather information and resources about Central’s campus and were able to network with alumni. Memories, traditions, and pieces of advice were shared to all of the incoming Yakima-area students, along with light appetizers and drinks provided by the CWU Alumni Association.

Scott Wade, Vice President of University Advancement, commented on how this event was the first of many. “We hope to continue this tradition in the Yakima Valley, eventually collaborating with the university to host these events all over the state and eventually, the U.S.” Wade said.

Many colleges, programs, and services from all over Central’s campus were in attendance, including those of the College Assistance Migrant Program.

“This kind of event is important for students, especially those whom are the first in their family to go to college,” said Juan Maravilla, an outreach specialist for the College Assistance Migrant Program at Central. “I was the first in my family to go to college, and choose Central because of it’s proximity to Yakima. Navigating a college campus was intimidating and scary, but Central alsways made it easy to get the question you had, answered.”

Other representatives from the university included the College of Business, College of Education, College of the Arts and Humanities. New students and their families were able to visit 18 tables, participating in contests, receiving hand-outs and various educational materials provided for a unique time of engagement for new Wildcats. This event also acted as a kind of stress relief for many, including parents of those who will be starting school in just a few short weeks.

“Coming here tonight was a great idea for both my daughter and myself, especially since we had so many questions, “ said a new Central students mother about the Yakima Send-Off Party. “I have been so nervous to have her start school, but because of the short distance between Mabton and Ellensburg, I feel much more comfortable. It’s great to be welcomed like this!”

With more than 100 in attendance last night, the first-annual Yakima Send-Off Party was a success. We want to extend a special ‘thank you’ to all those who volunteered their time and to all of those who joined us in this momentous occasion for the Yakima Valley. We also want to thank the Yakima Valley Museum for hosting this event, and all their staff whom made this possible.

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