CWUArts NewsArts News jazz complements great wine at J. Bell Cellars, 20 Jul 2017 15:24:34<p><img alt="" src="/arts/sites/" style="width: 500px; height: 232px;"></p><p>Jazz at a winery? I know what you’re thinking: probably just pleasant background music for people to sip chardonnay to.</p><p>And, yeah, it can be that if you want it to. But in this particular instance, when the band in question is the Joe Brooks Quartet, it can also be a lot more.</p><p>Brooks, who plays saxophone and clarinet, is a professor of (you guessed it) saxophone and clarinet at Central Washington University. He has performed jazz and classical music all over the country. Bart Roderick, who plays piano and sometimes sings, is THE go-to session pianist in the Yakima Valley as well as an accomplished teacher. Bassist Bob Waldbauer has played with numerous jazz bands and is a regular at the Port Townsend Jazz Festival. And drummer Don Kinney is the former principal percussionist for the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra.</p><p>Read more of this story in the <a href="" target="_blank">Yakima Herald Republic</a>.</p>CWU senior joins Yakima Herald-Republic staff as summer intern, 22 Jun 2017 07:10:17<p><img alt="" src="/arts/sites/" style="width: 250px; height: 375px; margin-left: 4px; margin-right: 4px; float: left;">April Porter, a senior at Central Washington University, has joined the Yakima Herald-Republic for a 10-week internship.</p><p>Porter, a 22-year-old Yakima native, said she has liked writing since she was a child. During this internship, she hopes to improve her writing and research skills and learn more about the Yakima Herald-Republic.<br>&nbsp;</p><p>Read more of this story in the <a href="" target="_blank">Yakima Herald-Republic</a>.</p></br> Central’s PULSE Wins National Award from Society of Professional Journalists, 06 Jun 2017 10:33:00<p><img style="margin: 3px; width: 450px; height: 333px; float: right;" alt="PULSE Magazine" src="">Central Washington University’s student-run magazine <em>PULSE</em>, has landed another national award. “Sexual Assault: What’s Behind the Rise in Reports on Campus?,” was designated as a 2016 Mark of Excellence award winner in the Non-Fiction Magazine Article category by the Society of Professional Journalists.</p><p>Article contributors Simone Corbett, Nicole Trejo-Valli, Bailee Wicks, and Bailey Williams will be honored during the Excellence in Journalism 2017 conference on September 8 in Anaheim, California.</p><p>Corbett, features editor and co-writer with Trejo-Valli and Wicks first won at regionals and now have earned the coveted national Best Non-Fiction Magazine Article award.</p><p>"It is such an honor to be recognized at a professional level, especially for a story that we worked so hard on,” Corbett said.</p><p>“We were still interviewing, fact-checking and re-writing up until moments before our issue went live because we were committed to making sure we were doing this right.</p><p>The sexual assault article was photographed by student Jack Lambert and designed by student Taylor Morrell.</p><p>Trejo-Valli,<em> PULSE</em> editor-in-chief and creator of the revamped website, which was a regional finalist for Best Affiliated Website had this to say:</p><p>"It's a really exciting time to be a part of <em>PULSE </em>right now. Seeing the growth of our multimedia content, and now the recognition for our website, is incredible. As a team, we always put everything into what we're producing."</p><p>Visit the <a href=""><em>PULSE </em>website </a>to access PulseTV, PulseLens, and PulseRadio.</p><p>The co-authors of the sexual assault story also wrote about the experience of reporting the story (and reactions to it from people on campus) in the <a href="">Winter 2017 issue</a>.</p><p>For more information about <em>PULSE</em>, contact faculty adviser Jennifer Green at, 509-963-3216.</p><p>Media contact: Dawn Alford, public affairs coordinator, 509-963-1484,</p>Renowned Trumpeter Terell Stafford Guest Artist at CWU's Jazz Fest, 18 May 2017 07:41:36<p><img alt="" src="/arts/sites/" style="width: 250px; height: 375px; margin-left: 4px; margin-right: 4px; float: left;">Hundreds of students from 30 schools all over Washington State will swarm CWU's music building for the 2017 John Moawad Invitational Jazz Festival. <a href="" target="_blank">Terell Stafford </a>will perform with Central Washington University's renowned Vocal Jazz 1 and Jazz Band 1 on Friday and Saturday. In addition, the Shenandoah Conservatory Jazz Ensemble will perform as part of their West Coast tour.</p><p>CWU Vocal Jazz 1 will perform at 3:00 p.m., and Jazz Band 1 will perform at 5:25 p.m. on May 19. CWU Jazz Band 1 will also perform at 5:25 p.m. on May 20. All concerts will be held in the McIntyre Music Building Concert Hall. All concerts are free and open to the public.</p><p>All of the CWU jazz groups will be performing at various times during the Jazz Festival.</p><p>The festival is a by-invitation-only event for high school and middle school jazz bands, combos and choirs. Students participate in clinics with music professionals, and will learn from jazz professionals in master classes and workshops. Stafford will hold jazz clinics in the music building concert hall on both Friday and Saturday. Some of this year’s local clinicians include Jim Sisko from Bellevue College, Jeff Sizer from the Pasco School District, and Kirk Marcy from Edmonds Community College.</p><p>This year’s guest artist, Terell Stafford, is an internationally acclaimed trumpet player, hailed as “one of the great players of our time,” by piano legend McCoy Tyner. Stafford is the director of Jazz Studies and chair of Instrumental Studies at Temple University, founder and band leader of the Terell Stafford Quintet, and managing and artistic director of the Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia (JOP). Stafford is renowned in the jazz world as an educator, performer, and leader along with countless award nominations, accolades and associated acts.</p><p>Parking in CWU lots is free after 4:30 p.m., and on weekends, except in specially designated spaces and in residence hall lots.</p><p><br>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,<br>May 18, 2017</p></br></br>Not Your Mother's Shakespeare: CTE Presents a Risqué Midsummer Night's Dream, 11 May 2017 10:02:36<p>Central Theatre Ensemble's take on Shakespeare's <em>Midsummer Night's Dream</em> is at times more bawd than bard. Based on the traditional play that follows the light-hearted antics of four young Athenian lovers, and the good-natured pranks played by the fairies on a group of amateur actors, this is a mature interpretation of the classic.*</p><p>The play, directed by Matthieu Chapman, Central Washington University professor of Theatre Studies, will be held 7:30 p.m., May 12, 13, 18, 19, and 20 at the Clymer Grand Ballroom, on the second floor of the Clymer Museum in historic downtown Ellensburg. There will also be two matinee performances at 2:00 p.m. on May 14 and 21, also at the Clymer.</p><p>Tickets are $15 for general admission, $12 for seniors, $10 for those under 18, and $8 for CWU students with ID. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling 509-963-1429. Tickets may also be purchased in person at the Wildcat Shop Customer Service at the Student Union and Recreation Building. Advanced purchase is recommended.</p><p>*Some material is unsuitable for children under 17, and the production includes language and situations some patrons may consider offensive.</p><p>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,<br>May 11, 2017</p></br>CWU Art and Chemistry Student Presents Solo Art Exhibit: Showing through Friday, 10 May 2017 15:52:03<p><img style="margin: 3px; width: 600px; height: 387px;" alt="Tarr Hall-Ward" src="">Graduating senior Tarra Hall-Ward is showing her artwork in the solo exhibition Entwined: Art and Chemistry, on display now through Friday, May 12, in Gallery 231 located in Randall Hall at Central Washington University.</p><p>Hall-Ward is a double major in fine art and chemistry, and uses oil paint and mixed media drawing to explore visual interpretations of chemical concepts and theories.</p><p>The left-- and right-brained artist uses her passion for art and curiosity for chemistry to create vibrant works of art.</p><p>“Most of the concepts for these pieces I would not have had the ideas for had I not taken these (chemistry) classes,” Hall-Ward said. “To capture the beauty in the fundamental, to take formalized concepts and abstract them with the artistic lens, to connect two fields I find absolutely captivating, is what drives my passion.”</p><p>Her abstract series Entwined is a body of paintings and drawings responding to theories studied in chemistry. This exhibition focuses primarily on pigments and general chemical theories through the abstraction of molecular structures, nature, textures, and colors.</p><p>Hall-Ward attended Big Bend Community College, where she obtained her Associate’s in Art and Science. She will graduate this spring with both a Bachelor of <a href="">Fine Art </a>in drawing and painting and a Bachelor of Science in <a href="">chemistry</a>.</p><p>Entwined is her second solo exhibition.</p><p>Hall-Ward was selected by faculty nomination for the <a href="">Ronald E. McNair Scholars program </a>and received funding from McNair for the research and development of her first solo exhibit Convergence.&nbsp; This provided the foundation for her artwork today.</p><p>She is also a part of the <a href="http://CWU Art and Chemistry Student Presents Solo Art Exhibit: Showing through Friday">TRiO Student Support Service</a> program and an alumna of the Phi Theta Kappa two-year honor society.</p><p>Hall-Ward is currently applying to graduate schools, searching for programs that will allow her to continue her education in art and chemistry. While she hopes to become a professor she is also exploring a future in art conservation.</p><p>“The real middle ground in art and chemistry is maintaining paintings and drawings,” Hall-Ward said.</p><p>And just like a scientist, Hall-Ward said that she still has a lot more research to do before she determines her next steps.</p><p>Admittance to Gallery 231 is free and open to the public daily from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.</p><p>Media contact: Dawn Alford, public affairs coordinator, 509-963-1484,</p><p>--May 10, 2017</p>CWU Art Students Showcase Talents at the Seattle Art Museum on May 9, 05 May 2017 09:25:09<p><img style="margin: 3px; width: 600px; height: 246px;" alt="College of Arts &amp; Humanities Showcase Image" src="/arts/sites/"></p><p>A cavalcade of more than 100 Central Washington University students will perform in the College of Arts and Humanities (CAH) Showcase:&nbsp; A Spotlight on the Arts! at the Seattle Art Museum (SAM) on Tuesday, May 9, from 6 to 8 p.m.</p><p>The museum which is normally closed on Tuesdays, will open its doors for an engaging and inspiring evening of theatre, music, dance, and art—all emerging out of a talented CWU student body.</p><p>“The showcase will introduce the larger Seattle community to our amazing talented student artists, musicians, actors, and performers,” Stacey Robertson, CAH dean said.</p><p>An exclusive preview of the SAM galleries will begin at 5 p.m. At 6 p.m. student performances commence with a flash mob ascending into the crowd. Other acts include a string quartet, opera scenes, jazz combos, chamber choir, and artists.</p><p>The interactive showcase offers attendees a dynamic evening of entertainment, and the opportunity to engage with student artists and CWU faculty.</p><p>Central provides its students occasions beyond the classroom to practice and perform their art. The showcase serves as a venue for CAH students to have a spotlight shown on their talents while expanding their stage into Seattle.</p><p>A Spotlight on the Arts is also a fundraising opportunity for donors to support CWU students and their futures. Donations will go to student scholarships in the arts.</p><p>Robertson said CWU provides its students with a transformative education that equips them not only for their first job, but, more important, for their first promotion.</p><p>Inside the classroom, students are provided a student-centered approach including hands-on instruction with small class sizes. Coupled with outside performances, CWU is devoted to producing life-long opportunities for student success.</p><p>“We take a lot of pride in the unique education we offer our students,” Robertson said. “We are life-long partners in their success—and donors will be too.”</p><p>The CAH Showcase is an invitation-only event in support of the arts.</p><p>All are welcome to support student scholarships in the arts or contribute in other areas, by visiting <a href=""></a>.</p><p>For more information about the College of Arts and Humanities Showcase: A Spotlight on the Arts!, contact Molly Allen at 509-963-1853 or</p><p>Media contact: Dawn Alford, Public Affairs Coordinator, 509-963-1484,</p><p>--May 4, 2017</p><p>&nbsp;</p>New CAH Associate Dean: Katharine Whitcomb, 02 May 2017 13:27:42<p><img alt="" src="/arts/sites/" style="width: 300px; height: 441px;"></p><p>CAH is proud to announce Katharine Whitcomb as the new Associate Dean. Whitcomb is a renowned professor-poet. She has previously been serving as the CAH Interim Associate Dean. Her work The Daughter’s&nbsp;Almanac&nbsp;(Backwater Press, 2014) won the 2014 Backwaters Prize, chosen by Patricia Smith; and Saints of South Dakota &amp; Other Poems (Bluestem Press, 2000) won the 2000 Bluestem Award, chosen by Lucia Perillo. She was a Stegner Fellow in Poetry&nbsp;at Stanford University from 1996-1998. CWU honored her as a Distinguished Professor of 2016.</p><p>Whitcomb says she became interested in administration and leadership while being a program director in the English Department, and while serving as chair of the Faculty Senate. “I found that I enjoyed having a broader view of the university and getting to know lots of people across campus.” She looks at the Associate Dean position as a way for her to serve and advocate for the creative, dynamic fields of study that bring important value to a university education. To her, the transition from professor to dean, in many ways, seemed natural.</p><p>Whitcomb is proud to work for the College of Arts and Humanities. She says, “Our departments and programs empower students to think critically, be creative, engage with complexity, and make their mark.” She feels fortunate to have built her life as an artist within academia. “It has brought so many wonderful students, writers, colleagues and friends into my life—those connections sustain me. That and making my father proud.”</p><p>Whitcomb earned her undergraduate degree from Macalester College, in Wisconsin, and an MFA in Poetry Writing from Vermont College of Norwich University. Whitcomb says there was never any question in her mind about what her major in college would be: “I always wanted to study creative writing, especially poetry, though I would have double majored in Creative Writing and Studio Art if I could fit in the credits.” She says being a poet is an inextricable part of her identity, stressing her love for its creative engagement with the world. “This way of being nourishes me every day.”</p><p>She began teaching at CWU in the English Department in the Fall of 2004, happy to be returning to the Northwest. Whitcomb grew up in Cheney, WA while her father was a professor at Eastern Washington University. She is the third generation of professors on her dad's side to live east of the mountains in Washington. Over the years, she has taught all levels of creative writing, poetry writing, poetics, mixed-genre writing, contemporary poetry, hybrids and collaborations, etc.&nbsp;</p><p>Over the last decade, Whitcomb has also helped shape much of the curriculum in CWU’s English Department. Most-recently, she helped design the Professional and Creative Writing B.A., and the new online Professional and Creative Writing M.A. “We've tried to bring an exciting mix of craft practice, important texts, and solid critical foundations to the students. We've been able to distinguish our program by offering the students a range of technical and creative writing classes, as well as exposure to a great series of visiting working writers, the Lion Rock Visiting Writers Series. The focus of that series,” she says “is to bring diverse voices to campus for CWU students and community.”</p><p>Though her faculty role has changed, Whitcomb stresses her intellectual and emotional engagement with poetry has not. Although, she says, “the amount of free time I have in my life has! Poetry makes me happy, so I make sure that I keep that engagement alive with a poetry writing group in Seattle and setting goals for my writing.” To students interested in becoming poets and/or creative writers, she urges them to embrace the writing process and not resist revision. “That was the most important lesson I ever learned--to let go of my ego and to revise through many drafts.”</p><p>Whitcomb describes a new project she is working on, called Hotel Poem, as a collection of poems that are formally inventive. “Some of them are linked by a ‘map’ theme, many of them play around with the use of space and break unexpectedly.” Whitcomb will be reading next at the Pie &amp; Whiskey reading at Get Lit! in Spokane on April 20th.</p><p><strong>Media Contact: </strong>Zarchary Eddy, CAH Office</p>CWU's Theatre Arts Department to Welcome China Cohort Fall 2017, 19 Apr 2017 15:55:36<p><img alt="" src="" style="width: 450px; height: 127px;"></p><p>Central Washington University's Department of Theatre Arts and Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics (NUAA) have signed an agreement for an exchange program.</p><p>"This is such an exciting opportunity for both of our institutions," enthused Scott Robinson, CWU chair of Theatre Arts. "We already have faculty applying for teaching exchanges with NUAA for this summer."</p><p>The idea for the exchange program started when Robinson was invited to teach at NUAA for two weeks in fall 2015. His successful workshops paved the way for the partnership between the two schools.&nbsp;</p><p>"This is truly a win-win for both of our schools," he continued. "Our students from China will receive the advantage of a degree granted from an institution in the United States. We'll benefit from having greater diversity in the department, as well as offering study and teaching abroad opportunities to our faculty and students."</p><p>NUAA is one of China’s premier learning and research institutions, located in Nanjing, Jiangsu province, China. Under the current 3+2 arrangement, NUAA students will earn a bachelor of arts degree from NUAA, and a bachelor of fine arts degree from CWU over a two-year period. Students will also have the opportunity to pursue the bachelor's degree in Theatre Studies as a secondary option. Since CWU's BFA program in Theatre Design and Production is currently capped at 12 students per academic year, this second bachelor's option allows the department to offer more degree opportunities. It is expected that NUAA will send up to 10 students in the first cohort.</p><p>"We look forward to welcoming them this fall," Robinson said, "And we will be working closely our partners in the Office of International Studies and Programs to assure a smooth transition for our newest students."</p><p><em>CWU is the only state institution in the Pacific Northwest&nbsp; that offers a bachelor of fine arts degree with highly competitive programs in musical theatre, performance, and design and production. More than 90 percent of its alumni gain fulltime employment in theatre positions or enroll in nationally recognized graduate programs within six months of graduating. CWU graduates are routinely featured in performing and production roles on cruise ships, regional theatres, and in national entertainment parks such as Disney World.</em></p><p><br>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,<br>April 19, 2017</p></br></br>CWU Music Students to Serenade Ellensburg April 13, 10 Apr 2017 13:23:30<p><img alt="" src="/arts/sites/" style="width: 225px; height: 225px; float: left;">The first ever Day of Music promises to fill Ellensburg with the sounds of Beethoven, Debussy, Scott Joplin, The Beatles —even a cello choir playing a medley of ABBA songs. On Thursday, April 13, Central Washington University music students will perform from 11:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m., at a number of indoor and outdoor venues.</p><p>"Our students and faculty cultivate such a rich musical experience here on campus," enthused Sara Carroll, the music department advising and recruitment specialist. "This is why we want to share that with our downtown businesses and build relationships with the community members in our beautiful and historical town."</p><p>The event was created by College of Arts and Humanities Dean Stacey Robertson, who was inspired by a similar event at the University of Northern Colorado. Todd Shiver, chair of CWU's Department of Music, is in charge of the event. The department and Molly Allen, CAH events coordinator, worked with the Ellensburg Downtown Association to organize venues and performers.</p><p>A schedule of performances can be found at&nbsp;</p><p>For more information about the 2017 Day of Music, go to, or Sara Carroll, 509-963-1265, or</p>