CWUArts NewsArts News's Central Theatre Ensemble Receives 2015 Best of Ellensburg Award, 07 Aug 2015 08:04:38<p><img alt="" src="/arts/sites/" style="width: 174px; height: 130px; margin-left: 7px; margin-right: 7px; float: right;">The Central Theatre Ensemble has been selected for the 2015 Best of Ellensburg Award in the Theater category by the Ellensburg Award Program.</p><p>Long recognized as a theatre powerhouse in the region, Central Washington University's CTE recently hosted the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, where Scott Robinson, theatre arts professor and chair, received a second Gold Medallion of Excellence. It is the most prestigious regional award given by KCACTF and is one of the great honors in theatre education. CWU is the only public institution to offer the only Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Musical Theatre in the Northwest.</p><p>This year, the CTE will begin its season with the ever popular Red Curtain Broadway Revue on November 19.</p><p>Each year, the Ellensburg Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Ellensburg area a great place to live, work and play.</p><p>Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2015 Ellensburg Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Ellensburg Award Program and data provided by third parties.</p><p><strong>About Ellensburg Award Program</strong></p><p>The Ellensburg Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Ellensburg area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.</p><p>The Ellensburg Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community's contributions to the U.S. economy.</p><p><br>CONTACT: Ellensburg Award Program, E-mail:, URL:</p></br>Phil Backlund retires from CWU, 05 Aug 2015 13:44:43<p><img alt="" src="/arts/sites/" style="width: 462px; height: 300px;"></p><p>Staci Jacobson says a day doesn’t go by in her work at the Ellensburg Enterprise Rent-A-Car office that she doesn’t use the communication skills she learned from Central Washington University professor Phil Backlund.</p><p>“Everything I learned in his classes and from his teaching I put to use every day,” said Jacobson, a 2014 Central graduate and management trainee with Enterprise. “Add to that what I’m learning through Enterprise and, it’s all a great foundation that can overcome any barriers to good communication and better understanding with anyone and in any relationship.”</p><p>Backlund formally ended his Central teaching career as a professor of communication studies June 30 and retired after more than 43 years as a professional educator, with 36 of those years at CWU.</p><p>Read more of this story in the <a href="">Daily Record</a>.</p>Great Succcess at Training!, 22 Jul 2015 15:24:02CWU Musicians Shine at 2015 Jazz in the Valley, 22 Jul 2015 07:43:33<p><img alt="" src="/arts/sites/" style="width: 242px; height: 300px; margin-left: 7px; margin-right: 7px; float: left;">With a powerhouse like CWU’s department of music in your backyard, you’re bound to see more than a few Wildcats at Jazz in the Valley, Ellensburg’s signature summer festival. This year is especially rich in homegrown talent, with a great mix of old and new groups lighting up the stage.</p><p>First there is the ten-year reunion of the CWU 2005 Jazz Band, which made an international splash with performances at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland and the North Sea Jazz Festival in the Netherlands. These players have returned to Ellensburg to explore musical directions they have developed in the past decade.</p><p>“When we were playing in Switzerland, one of the musicians said we should get together in 10 years,” recounted Chris Bruya, director of jazz studies. “So, this year, I called up my former student and said ‘Let’s do it!’”</p><p>According to Bruya, all but five of the original band members will make the festival—“Four couldn’t make their schedules work, and one member has passed away.”<br><br>Since all of the band members have continued to pursue musical careers, either in performance or education, Bruya expects that the band will be even better this time around. The players have had the music for several weeks, and the group will get together for a full rehearsal on Friday. On Saturday, the CWU 2005—European Reunion Jazz Band will get the show going at 10:30 a.m., on the Main Stage, Rotary Pavilion.</p><p>On the other end of the spectrum are up-and-coming student musicians in Hot Minute, a jazz quintet formed in fall 2013 through the jazz combo program at Central. The group plays a variety of styles from traditional to modern jazz, to funk, and everything in between. Recently, Hot Minute has played venues such as Boxley’s, a jazz club in North Bend, the Cantando Band Festival in Whistler, as well as other clubs in the greater Seattle area. Hot Minute will play from 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. on July 25 at Fitterer’s Furniture.</p><p>Pulling out all stops at the festival’s finale is CWU’s <a href="">2015 Jazz Band One</a>, also led by Bruya. The group tore apart the competition at the Next Generation Jazz Festival, and won the opportunity of appearing at the Monterey Jazz Festival in September. Chosen as one of six finalists in the College Big Band Division, they were clear winners in their category over schools such as University of Nevada-Las Vegas, the University of North Florida, and the University of South California.<br><br>Jazz Band One will be the closing act of the 2015 JIV at 2:30 p.m. on July 26, on the Rotary Pavilion Main Stage.</p><p>Jazz in the Valley is a three-day celebration of music and the arts in historic downtown Ellensburg that occurs on the last weekend in July. This year the festival runs from July 24-25. For more information, go to</p><p><em>CWU’s Department of Music is one of the largest and best university music departments in the Northwest. It is housed in the McIntyre Music Building, which offers concert-grade rehearsal and performance facilities. The music faculty are actively involved in their profession and are recognized as the region’s top music educators and conductors. The department offers a variety of degrees in music, including performance, music education, and composition. The department also has an acclaimed graduate program. For more information, go to;</em></p><p>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,</p><p>2015 Poster Art by Cheryl Waale</p></br></br></br></br>CWU director of bands retires, 15 Jul 2015 07:43:07<p><img alt="" src="/arts/sites/" style="width: 448px; height: 250px;"></p><p>After 34 years with the Central Washington University Music Department, Larry Gookin is leaving a program at the top of its game.</p><p>CWU holds the pre-eminent role in preparing music teachers in this state and region. Its student musicians have received national recognition. One could assume that Gookin, who ended his 34-year tenure as the CWU’s director of bands in June, had been consumed with a drive to teach at the university level.</p><p>“Not really,” Gookin said. “I was perfectly content to teach high school band in Oregon.”</p><p>Read more of this story in the <a href="">Daily Record</a>.</p>Dale and Mary Jo Comstock Distinguished Thesis Award recipient, 18 Jun 2015 14:41:37<p>The School of Graduate Studies is proud to announce the Dale and Mary Jo Comstock Distinguished Thesis Award recipient:</p><p>Ms. Courtney Lear a MA, English (Literature) graduate. Her committee chair is Dr. Toni Culjak</p><p>Title: Dystopian Cinderellas: I Follow Him Into the Dark</p><p>Ms. Lear’s theses will be submitted as CWU's nomination to the regional competition (WAGS) later this Summer.</p>CWU Business Major Extolls Value of Liberal Arts Education in Prize-Winning Essay, 11 Jun 2015 08:14:54<p><img alt="" src="/arts/sites/" style="width: 200px; height: 200px; float: left;">Payroll analyst, college student, and self-proclaimed coffee addict Andrea Aswin received second place for the <a href="">Washington Consortium&nbsp;for the Liberal Arts</a> (WaCLA) <a href="">Essay contest.</a></p><p>A business major at Central Washington University’s Lynnwood Center, Aswin understands the value of a well-rounded education.<a href=""> In her essay</a>, she describes how her liberal arts education allowed her to comprehensively initiate a major software upgrade, explore the many financial ramifications, and ultimately save her company money by thoroughly analyzing the outcomes.</p><p>“Liberal arts courses trained me to think critically, so I realized the need to audit the past information,” wrote Aswin. “This closed our vulnerability to penalties and fines. Also, without my experience writing and delivering persuasive speeches, my company would have paid the full amount ourselves. It is clear that a liberal arts education can have a direct effect on a business’s bottom line.”</p><p>After Aswin received her associate’s degree at Edmonds Community College, she pursued her bachelor’s at CWU’s Lynwood center. After graduation, she’s hoping to move into a broader role at work where she can apply the things she's learned. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, knitting, and spoiling her cat.</p><p>The essay contest was open to all undergraduate students currently enrolled in WaCLA member institutions. Entrants were divided into two categories: students who have freshman or sophomore standing at their institution and those who have junior or senior standing. Awards were made in two categories: freshmen/sophomores and juniors/seniors. Two awards were made in each category: $1,000 for first place and $750 for second place.</p><p>Each campus created its own process for nominating essays to be judged at the state level.&nbsp; A WaCLA committee consisting of Tom Fitzsimmons, Independent College of Washington, Lisa Ferrari, University of Puget Sound, Larry Galizio, Clatsop Community College, Nancy Koppelman, The Evergreen State College, Eugene McAvoy, Everett Community College, David Schulz, Trinity Lutheran College, Noelle Wiersma, Whitworth University, and Michael Zimmerman, The Evergreen State College, read all submissions and selected the finalists.</p><p>The winning essays were selected by State Senator Karen Fraser (D, 22nd district) and State Representative Hans Zeiger (R, 25th district).<br><br>All of the winning essays can be viewed by going to</p><p>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,<br>&nbsp;</p></br></br></br>Art Faculty Receive International Awards, 03 Jun 2015 14:29:00<p>Professors Glen Bach and David Bieloh of the CWU Art Department were selected for Gold Awards in the 2015 Summit SCA (Summit Creative Awards) International Competition. Since 1994, this international advertising competition has offered participants, especially from small and medium-sized agencies, a unique opportunity to showcase their talents alongside similarly positioned agencies, and to have their work judged by experts in the advertising field. It is not tied to any advertiser, magazine, trade association, ad club or other outside influence, and selection is done through a blind peer-review process.</p><p>This year, the competition received over 5,000 entries from over 24 countries, in a variety of categories covering print, online, media, marketing, and promotion design materials.&nbsp; There are four levels of award (Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Best of Show), and the Gold Awards received by Bieloh and Bach are awarded only one per category.&nbsp; Bieloh won this year for his book cover design for <em>Quench Your Thirst With Salt</em> by Nicole Walker (Zone 3 Press) and Bach won for his poster design Plant Sale for The Roy and Marjorie Bach Kittitas County Memorial Plant Sale.&nbsp; For more information on the Summit Creative Awards, see <a href=""></a><br>&nbsp;</p></br>Altman One Of Two To Receive Inaugural AS-L/FF Academic Service-Learning Award, 03 Jun 2015 14:27:28<p>&nbsp;<br>The CWU Academic Service-Learning Faculty Fellows has announced two winners of its inaugural award to recognize the integration of service-learning in classes taught over the past academic year. One of the winners was our own Dr. Matthew Altman, Professor of Philosophy.<br><br>Dr. Altman offered students in his Medical Ethics course the opportunity to develop individualized service-learning projects related to course content as well as their career goals or an issue of personal interest. Included among the final project were a pamphlet for college students on depression, aYoutube video encouraging parents to vaccinate their children by debunking myths about potential harms, an English-Spanish lexicon to facilitate communication between doctors and patients when a translator is not available, and a public presentation by an ROTC/pre-med student on the competing duties of the soldier-physician.&nbsp;<br><br>Student responses to the projects praised the connections and value of these projects to their careers, including several who commented on these being “the most memorable project I’ve done as an undergrad,” and appreciated the opportunity to “engage the ‘gray’ areas of ethics in real life.”<br><br>More information on Academic Service-Learning at CWY and the AS-L Faculty Fellows can be found at: <a href=""></a></p></br></br></br></br></br></br></br>CAH At SOURCE 2015, 02 Jun 2015 14:45:34<p>This year’s SOURCE (Symposium Of University Research and Creative Expression) took place Thursday, May 21, 2015, at the Student Union and Recreation Center on the Ellensburg campus.&nbsp; In all, CWU students gave 135 session presentations and 204 poster presentations were given, with 47 session presentations and 5 poster presentations mentored by CAH faculty.&nbsp; Several CAH students were honored with symposium awards.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><h3>Creative Expression Best Presentation Awards</h3><h4><em>Wes Anderson and Mise-­en-­scene</em></h4><p>Presenter: Evan Catlin</p><p>Mentor: &nbsp;Melissa Johnson, Film and Video Studies</p><p>&nbsp;</p><h4><em>Feast Your Eyes: &nbsp;Performances in American Sign&nbsp;Language</em></h4><p>Presenters: American Sign Language students (ASL 253 and 301 students)</p><p>Mentor: Jer Loudenback, World Languages</p><p>&nbsp;</p><h4>Concert Performance of <em>Variations on a Five-­Note Theme </em>by Russell Garcia</h4><p>Presenters: CWU Horn Ensemble</p><p>Mentor: Jeffrey Snedeker, Music</p><p>&nbsp;</p><h4><em>Dualities</em></h4><p>Presenter: Marie Turner</p><p>Mentor: &nbsp;Therese Young, Physical&nbsp;Education, School and Public Health, Dance Program</p><p>&nbsp;</p><h3>Creative Works Best Presentation Awards</h3><h4><em>The Subtleties of Soda</em></h4><p>Presenters: Amanda Bury and Noah Charles</p><p>Mentor:&nbsp; Stephen Robison, Art</p><p>&nbsp;</p><h3>College of Arts &amp; Humanities Best Oral Presentation&nbsp;Awards&nbsp;</h3><h4><em>Your Home Matters</em></h4><p>Presenters: Madalyn Freeman, Masey Peone, Robyn Stewart, Aubree Downing, Silver Caoili,</p><p>Mentor: Elizabeth Kerns, Communication/Public Relations</p><p>&nbsp;</p><h4><em>Like Something Out of Stephen King</em></h4><p>Presenter: T. J. Tranchell</p><p>Mentor: Liahna Armstrong, English</p><p>&nbsp;</p><h4><em>The Intermingling of Art and Science</em></h4><p>Alyssa Willard</p><p>Mentor: Stephen Robison, Art; Anne Cubilié, Douglas Honors College</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Congratulations to all of these students and their mentors, as well as all CWU students who participated in the symposium.&nbsp; For more information about these presentations, the 2015 SOURCE program, and SOURCE in general, see <a href=""></a></p>