CWUBusiness NewsBusiness News Build a House in Mexico over Spring Break, 09 Apr 2014 10:43:22<p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/business/sites/" style="width: 500px; height: 291px; margin: 5px;"></p><p>Eleven Central Washington University students and recent grads spent some of their spring break in Mexico, but it wasn’t your typical co-ed party on a sun-soaked beach. The group, led by CWU professor James Avey, PhD, caught some rays and even surfed a little, but only after building a home for three orphaned siblings in Rosarito, Baja, Mexico.</p><p>Avey, an associate professor in the Department of Management in CWU’s College of Business, has helped build homes in Mexico in the past. He sees the trips, organized through Baja Christian Ministries, as opportunities for CWU students to learn outside the classroom.</p><p>“This provides young guys an opportunity to work and save their money and see what they can get with it instead of buying Irish Death,” Avey said, referring to the dark beer made by Ellensburg’s Iron Horse Brewery.</p><p>Avey said the trip teaches leadership skills, too.</p><p>“The primary principle of leadership is, ‘It’s not about you.’ To go and change someone’s life and come home $1,000 poorer, you can’t get that in a classroom,” Avey said, adding that the students also take away good values from the trip.</p><p>“Hopefully it will open their eyes and help shape them,” Avey said.</p><p>CWU senior Evan Tidball jumped at the opportunity.</p><p>“It’s my last spring break here at Central. What better way to go out?” said Tidball, who has a new perspective since returning from Baja that includes a better sense of the all-the-time need throughout the world.</p><p>“Here in America, we’re so overwhelmed with opportunity and money and you know, physical things that we can use to fulfill any need that we might have, and that’s not the case down there,” Tidball said after describing the absolute poverty he witnessed as the group crossed the border into Mexico.</p><p>Avey met the 11 young men on campus or around town. Some floated through one or more of his classes. Two Ellensburg businessmen, Steve Willard and Craig Ronning, also went on the trip.</p><p>“There are a lot of places where you can help. Maybe northern Mexico isn’t the best place. But it’s here, it’s close and the need is real,” Avey said.</p><p><strong>A pink house</strong></p><p>The group flew to San Diego on March 25. From there, they drove a van across the border. When they arrived at the build site March 26, they were met with a small crew of Mexican builders and a blank canvas: a cement slab with anchor bolts. The rest was up to them.</p><p>The guys not only provided the labor, they pitched in cash to pay for the house — about $7,000 — which covered the wood, nails, drywall, paint, electrical supplies and other materials.</p><p>The new two-bedroom house with a loft went to three siblings: Carlos, 19; Jessica, 17; and Victor, 16. Their father was killed in a house fire and their mother lost her battle with cancer last year.</p><p>CWU senior Joey Race hopes the new house does more than put a roof over their heads. He hopes it brings them together.</p><p>“As three orphans who have lost their parents, that’s something that I’ve never gone through. I can’t imagine it being easy. And so seeing them kind of depend on each other was super humbling and it made me think of my family,” Race said.</p><p>The siblings chose to paint the house pink.</p><p>“Pink. It was cool. It stood out,” Race said.</p><p><strong>An awkward adjustment</strong></p><p>Returning to ordinary life in Ellensburg was an awkward adjustment for Tidball.</p><p>Although grateful for his job, he noted, “Going back to work, it was unbelievable, just sitting down for the first time. I’m in my nice jeans, in my nice shoes, got my nice blue collared shirt on, in my nice comfy chair, got my computer screen, nice heater — it’s cold in the morning — got my cup of coffee. And it’s like, what am I doing here? This is ridiculous. I’m making $10.50 an hour to ... sit here and do a bunch of paperwork and these people are down here slaving away for $40 a day and that’s how they have to feed three or four mouths and hopefully get an apartment for the week.”</p><p>In addition to funding the new house, the group paid for their own travel, lodging, and food. Fun fact: They ate 212 tacos in three days.</p><p>“That’s another thing we learned from the trip. How good authentic Mexican food is,” said CWU junior Jesse Zalk, a starting football player for the Wildcats.</p><p>Another discovery: Intercultural communication is difficult, said Zalk, a communication major.</p><p>Ryan Wilkins, a recent CWU grad and now a flight instructor with Midstate Aviation, was the group’s most skilled Spanish speaker.</p><p>“Three years of (Spanish) in high school kind of paid off,” Wilkins said.</p><p>His takeaway from the trip is straightforward.</p><p>“Appreciate life and the simplicity of it,” Wilkins said. “Be grateful for what you have.”</p><p>CWU junior Paul Heberling was affected by the generosity he experienced. On their last day in Mexico, the guys had food leftover. They gave it to a man who appeared to need it, but the man wouldn’t take without giving something in return, and so Heberling picked out a bracelet.</p><p>“Here I’m giving them stuff that’s not even a big deal for me to sacrifice, and here they’re giving me ... what they have to make profit to survive,” Herberling said, twirling the handmade band around his wrist.</p><p>So, what did you do over spring break?</p><p><em><strong>PHOTO: </strong>A group of 14 men from Ellensburg traveled to Baja, Mexico to build a house for three orphaned siblings over spring break in March. Pictured back row, from left, are CWU alumnus Jason Barrom, CWU student Evan Tidball, Baja Christian Ministries foreman Hector Perez Barraza, Victor and Jessica (brother and sister), CWU student James Heberling, CWU alumnus Karl Miller, CWU students Nate Osborne (black hat) and Jesse Zalk (blue hat), CWU student Dalton Baunsgard, CWU student Paul Heberling (holding hammer), CWU alumnus Ryan Wilkins (with sunglasses), CWU senior Joey Race, and Ellensburg businessman Craig Ronning. Front row from left, Ellensburg businessman Steve Willard and CWU professor James Avey.</em></p><p>April 8, 2014</p>Fall 2013 Beacon Magazine Available, 10 Feb 2014 11:23:13<p>Read about Professors Norman Gierlasinski and Margaret Smith, Accounting; alumni Ralph Conner and Juan Huitron; students Brittany Waskom and Mark Walker; in addition to stories of internships, events, faculty scholarly activities, and more.</p><p>Find it online at: <a href=""></a></p>CWU Business Associate Dean Laura Milner is in Colombia on her Second Fulbright, 31 Jan 2014 10:29:58<p><img alt="Laura Milner leads a discussion at Universidad los Libertadores in Bogotá, Colombia." src="/business/sites/" style="width: 490px; height: 266px; margin: 5px;"></p><p><img alt="Laura Milner" src="/business/sites/" style="width: 160px; height: 224px; float: right; margin: 5px;">Fulbright scholar Laura Milner, PhD, is working with Colombians in Bogotá who value innovation and social responsibility and want their university to become internationally recognized. It turns out they think much like Milner and her colleagues at Central Washington University.</p><p>Milner, associate dean of the College of Business and marketing professor at CWU, is working with faculty, staff, and students at Universidad los Libertadores in Bogotá, Colombia on a Fulbright grant.</p><p>For six weeks she will help develop curriculum and research projects in tourism, entrepreneurship and globalization.</p><p>“So far I have seen that their thinking is&nbsp;very much like ours,” Milner said. “Their strategic thrusts are innovation, sustainability, and social responsibility in a&nbsp;global context. They are doing their very best to help lift Colombia to a world stage and they would like their school to become internationally recognized.”&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>In Colombia, Milner is also guest lecturing and covering a&nbsp;few short courses in sustainable entrepreneurship.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>This is Milner’s second Fulbright award. In 2002 she went to Cape Town University in South Africa where she worked on tourism research and taught courses in tourism and marketing. Colombia is the 13th country and sixth continent where she has worked.</p><p>Milner is professor emerita at University of Alaska Fairbanks where she worked for more than two decades. She’s been at CWU since 2007.</p><p>The Fulbright Program is an exchange program sponsored by the State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. It provides funding for students, scholars, teachers, and professionals to study, research, and teach in different countries.&nbsp;Universities work through&nbsp;the Fulbright office to request people with specific expertise.&nbsp;Milner is the first Fulbright scholar assigned to Universidad&nbsp;los Libertadores.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>While Fulbrights always are considered&nbsp;cultural exchanges, in recent years more&nbsp;business faculty have gotten involved, Milner said.</p><p>“So much diplomacy and inter-cultural harmony is also based on economic development and trade partnerships,” she said.</p><p>Milner’s research interests focus on international advertising and international tourism. She has worked with such tourism organizations as Princess Tours, Alaska Marine Highway, Fairbanks Convention and Visitors Bureau, as well as economic development organizations such as the Fairbanks Industrial Development Corporation, Small Business Development Center of Alaska, and Alaska InvestNet. Milner also is active on the Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce Tourism Board and is a member of the Rotary Club of Ellensburg.</p><p><em><strong>Top photo:</strong> Laura Milner, associate dean of the College of Business and marketing professor at CWU, leads a discussion on national and international accreditations at Universidad los Libertadores in Bogotá, Colombia, which just received a government sanctioned quality assurance accreditation. Milner is in Colombia on a Fulbright grant. Professor Julian Riano, standing right, is interpreting for her.</em></p><p><strong>Media contact:</strong> Barb Arnott, CWU Public Affairs, 509-963-2841,</p>CWU Leadership Team Reorganizes to Focus on Responsibility Centered Management, 16 Jan 2014 09:11:47<p><img alt="" src="/business/sites/" style="width: 466px; height: 228px;">Central Washington University President James L. Gaudino today announced a reorganization of the university’s leadership team that will bring new focus to implementing Responsibility Centered Management (RCM) planning for new demands upon university operations, and addressing the June retirement of Chief of Staff Sherer Holter.</p><p>Holter will immediately move to the position of vice president of operations, which she will hold through June. Stevan DeSoer, chief human resources officer, will assume the role of vice president of operations on July 1, following Holter’s retirement.&nbsp;</p><p>Linda Schactler, who has served as the executive director of public affairs since 2010, will add the chief of staff duties to her current assignment. George Clark, vice president of finance and business services/chief financial officer, will focus exclusively on university finance: budgeting, auxiliary services, finance, payroll, and enrollment management.</p><p>Gaudino said the adjustments position the cabinet to address new financial, social, and political realities that confront the university.</p><p>“Along with the provost, this experienced and talented team is prepared to address an entirely different world than the one in which we operated five years ago,” said Gaudino, noting that student enrollment has risen by 1,000 students while state funding has fallen by half. “Mr. Clark’s fiscal savvy has to focus on the culture change that Responsibility Centered Management will require.”</p><p>RCM is an approach to operations that drives decision making from the Office of the President to operational units—colleges, in the case of CWU.&nbsp; The college deans are responsible for setting priorities and generating their own revenue through student credit hours. Good decisions reward the colleges that make them and also benefit the university generally. In addition, RCM emphasizes the importance of faculty shared governance in shaping academic units.</p><p>Gaudino said Clark's new fiscal challenges also would include implementing a new budgeting system and transitioning from an accounting system dependent on thousands of&nbsp; “project identification” numbers (PIDs) to a modern and efficient “chart of accounts.”&nbsp; The new system will provide a better understanding of the university’s financial health by articulating the accounts that define each class of items for which money is spent or received.</p><p>The vice president of operations will lead the departments of Information Services, Information Security, Organizational Effectiveness, Facilities Management, Human Resources, Inclusivity and Diversity, and Police and Parking Services.&nbsp; President Gaudino said DeSoer is well prepared to assume the new operations position, which recognizes the extraordinary demands on and the great importance of the university's operational departments.</p><p>“It’s absolutely critical to have strong leadership in the daily operations of CWU along with someone who is a strong operational manager, like Sherer,” said Gaudino, adding that Holter has led the rapid and significant upgrade of university information systems in just a few months. “Steve brings operational understanding and knowledge of the university to this role and will ensure a smooth and transparent transition for our staff and the university. His expertise helps to ensure that we continue to attract a diverse and highly skilled workforce.”</p><p>DeSoer has more than 20 years of experience in higher education and shared governance, having worked at Washington State University and in the University of Alaska system prior to coming to CWU. He holds a master’s degree in education from Boston University.&nbsp; A national search for the new chief human resource officer will begin immediately.</p><p>Schactler assumes chief of staff responsibilities in addition to those of her current position as executive director of Public Affairs, which includes state and federal government relations, marketing, media relations, issue management, and university communications. The chief of staff develops and manages special projects for the president, provides coordination, and acts as liaison with campus officials, and external constituents on all matters of interest to the president, along with serving as secretary to the Board of Trustees.</p><p>“Linda has the common sense, discretion, and organizational skills that this fast-paced position requires,” said Gaudino, noting that Schactler served in a similar capacity as deputy director of the state’s Higher Education Coordinating Board from 1996 to 2000.&nbsp;</p><p>Schactler holds a master of arts in English Literature from Washington University (St. Louis). She previously operated an Olympia-based public affairs business and provided issue management and government relations services for CWU for 10 years. She also served as the communications director for the Washington State Senate.</p><p><br>Media contact: Linda Schactler, executive director of CWU Public Affairs, 509-607-4103,<br>&nbsp;</p>Former Department of Accounting professor, Patrick R. O'Shaughnessy, died peacefully, 05 Dec 2013 10:02:35<p><em>Posted: Tuesday, December 3, 2013, The Lewiston Tribune</em></p><p><a href="/business/node/282">Patrick Reed O'Shaughnessy</a>, 78, died peacefully Friday, Nov. 29, 2013, in Pomeroy. He was born June 19, 1935, in Winchester, the fifth child of William Albert O'Shaughnessy and Julia Dorothy Reed.</p><p>He graduated from Moses Lake High School in 1952 and served two years in the U.S. Army. In 1959, he received his bachelor of arts in business administration from Washington State College and passed the certified public accountant exam. In 1960, he received his master of arts from WSU. He worked as a CPA in San Francisco, Wallace, Idaho, and Ellensburg, Wash. In 1964, he became the first professor of business administration at what is now Central Washington University. He felt privileged to be able to build an accounting program and thoroughly enjoyed his students. When he retired after 35 years, an <a href="">endowed professorship</a> was created in his honor and funded by his former students and academic peers.</p><p>He had a CPA practice until 2013. He was a member of the Elks, Moose and Knights of Columbus, Rotary, Chamber of Commerce and Holy Rosary Parish. He loved sports, coached Little League baseball and chaired and ran in the Whiskey Dick Triathlon. As a scoutmaster he helped seven Scouts become Eagles. His hobbies included Cougar football, dancing, gardening, reading and his dogs.</p><p>He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Marilyn of Pomeroy; sons James, Kevin and Rory; daughters Maureen and Colleen; a host of grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; two brothers and a large extended family.</p><p>The Rosary will be at 7 p.m. Friday, Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday, both at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Pomeroy</p>Cave B Owner Presents at CWU Innovation and Entrepreneurship Speaker Series, 08 Oct 2013 11:38:18<p><strong><img alt="" src="" style="width: 466px; height: 228px;"></strong></p><p><strong>ELLENSBURG, Wash. — </strong>Vince Bryan, owner of Cave B Estate Winery in George, will make the next featured presentation in Central Washington University’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship (I4IE) Speaker Series. His presentation, titled “Is There a Better Way? INNOVATION,” is scheduled for Thursday, October 17, at 2:00 the Student Union and Recreation Center Theatre on CWU’s Ellensburg campus.</p><p>Bryan says that his presentation will impress upon students that “You’re not just here [at Central] to practice your craft but to advance it, because if you don’t do it, who’s going to do it?"</p><p>Roy Savoian, I4IE executive director, points out that “The speaker series is designed to bring successful business professionals to CWU to share their experiences and perspectives about the varied dimensions of innovation and entrepreneurship, and how they go together. The theme for the October program is Entrepreneurship Development and Finding a Better Way Through Innovation.”</p><p>Bryan is a retired neurosurgeon. His long, distinguished career in medicine included developing the BRYAN Artificial Spinal Disc and more than 75 surgical instruments. As an entrepreneur, Bryan founded the Gorge Amphitheatre, and recently developed an apple-harvesting machine. He is now in the process of creating fish passage and transport systems. His CWU presentation is subtitled, “From the Artificial Spinal Disc to the Apple Harvesting Machine and Flying Fish.”&nbsp;</p><p>Bryan’s presentation will follow a panel discussion about “Entrepreneurship Development.” Panel members will include Maury Forman, senior manager for the state’s Commerce Department discussing ways to create an entrepreneurial community; entrepreneur Chris Martin will outline his efforts to start and grow his company, CleanScapes; and CWU student, and founder of the Clockum Craft Brewery in Kittitas, William Reichlin, will share his experience on the front-line as an entrepreneur.</p><p>Reichlin took second place in 2013 at the university’s annual Student Business Plan Competition, which is designed to motivate students to pursue their entrepreneurial interests by creating their own business plan and then starting a business venture.</p><p>The 2014 Business Plan Competition, sponsored by the Herbert B. Jones Foundation, will officially begin at the I4IE event, which is free and open to the public. Presented by I4IE and the CWU Entrepreneur Club, the event will also be telecast by video streaming at</p><p>For more information, call 509-963-1954 or e-mail Savoian at</p><p>I4IE was established in September 2011 to encourage, develop and facilitate innovative and entrepreneurial ventures through academic programs, research and community outreach. The I4IE serves university faculty, students, and staff as well as others in the Kittitas Valley and throughout central Washington, including those associated with Central’s campuses.&nbsp;</p><p>“I4IE is becoming a key leader and catalyst in central Washington for regional economic development,” Savoian added.</p><p><strong>Media contact: </strong>Robert Lowery, CWU Public Affairs, 509-963-1487,</p><p>October 7, 2013</p>CWU Preparation, Federal Plan Reduce Government Shutdown Effects on Students, 01 Oct 2013 10:59:43<p>Rapid processing of federal financial aid and federal contingency plans will protect students at Central Washington University from the most extreme effects of the shutdown of the federal government. The failure of Congress to approve a continuing budget resolution by midnight last night will disrupt the operation of federal programs, including agencies and programs that fund higher education research and many student assistance programs.</p><p>"In preparation for the imminent shutdown, CWU requested reimbursement for all federal awards that had incurred costs. However, we can only be reimbursed for funds we've spent," explained Connie Williams, associate vice president for Business and Financial Affairs. "We've received payment for about 83 percent of what has and will be spent in the next few weeks. We'll cover the remaining 17 percent until Congress agrees on a budget."</p><p>Last week CWU received a memo from US Office of Management and Budget (OMB) outlining the contingency plan for the US Department of Education (DOE) in the event of a government shutdown. The memo said work required to process Pell Grants and subsidized and unsubsidized student loans will continue as normal. Federal employees necessary to support those functions are among the agency's top priorities.</p><p>Federal reimbursements to CWU received so far total about $13.7 million in federal loans and $70,000 for the Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG), a federal assistance grant reserved for college students with the greatest financial need. As of close of business yesterday, the last day of the federal fiscal year, Williams said about $5 million in loan packages had been offered to, but not officially accepted by, students. If the aid is accepted within the next week, CWU may have to cover those payments until Congress approves a budget.</p><p>Of the total Pell grant funding of $5.5 million, CWU has allocated and received federal payment for about $4 million. Williams said CWU also will hold Pell recipients harmless from the effects of the government shutdown.</p><p>"The bottom line is that students, who were awarded and have accepted federal financial grants and loans by September 30, should not be affected by the federal government shut down," said Williams.&nbsp;</p><p>CWU federal research and non-research funding also may be affected, because reimbursement requests for other grants and contracts are typically processed after September 30, the last day of the federal fiscal year. Funding processing may be suspended until a continuing resolution is approved. The university will be able to submit requests for new awards, but they will not be processed until a new continuing resolution is adopted.</p><p>CWU already has received federal funding for the 2013-2014 school year for the McNair Scholars program, the College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP), Higher Education Program (HEP), Student Support Services (SSS), and for Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) grant, which prepares more than 2,000 middle school students in central Washington for success in college.</p><p>However, CWU’s Army ROTC program received a direct hit. Government Services employees had to be furloughed, which will delay books, tuition, room and board and monthly stipends for cadets, since appropriate paperwork cannot be processed. The program is working with the university to avoid any adverse affects on students.</p><p>At this time there is no information on any impact to veteran’s programs through CWU’s Veterans Center.</p><p>Under the contingency plan of the DOE, 90 percent of employees would be immediately furloughed. During the first week of a shutdown the agency would maintain only functions related to the discharge of the duties of presidentially-appointed, senate-confirmed individuals; the protection of life and property; and, as appropriate, the obligation, payment, and support of student financial aid as well as other pre-authorized payments and obligations.</p><p>A shutdown lasting longer than a week, could affect the processing of student loans/grants and payments. Programs using mandatory or multi-year funding from a prior year would continue to operate through a government shutdown, though likely at a slower rate with far fewer employees. The text of the full OMB Contingency Plan may be accessed at:</p><br><p>Media Contact: Linda Schactler, Executive Director of Public Affairs, 509-963-1384</p><p>October 1, 2013</p>2013 New Faculty, 24 Sep 2013 08:22:57<p>The College of Business is pleased to welcome three new tenure-track faculty members:&nbsp;<a href="/business/node/2531"> Dr. Sayantani Mukherjee</a>, Department of Management, CWU-Lynnwood; <a href="/business/node/2532">Dr. Clemense Ehoff</a>, Department of Accounting, CWU-Ellensburg; and <a href="/business/node/2530">Dr. Bryan Deptula</a>, Department of Management, CWU-Des Moines.</p>Proposed State Budget Avoids Cuts, Tuition Increases Next Year, 28 Jun 2013 13:58:51<div style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 191); border: 0px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); margin: 0px; padding: 0px; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; height: auto; line-height: normal; text-align: left; width: auto; direction: ltr; z-index: 99995; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; ">&nbsp;</div><p><strong>ELLENSBURG, Wash.</strong> — Central Washington University could move forward on long-term operations plans next year without a tuition increase, under terms of a proposed two-year state operating budget. The proposal, agreed to by House and Senate conferees, was released late Thursday evening and is expected to move through the legislature and to the desk of Governor Jay Inslee by Saturday.</p><p>"This is a good proposal; for the next year it will allow us to move forward on the long-term strategic plan we've set for the university," said CWU president James L. Gaudino. "We are very appreciative of the work our local legislators have done on behalf of CWU and hope sustained improvement in the economy will allow continued state support for public higher education."</p><p>The budget, agreed to by House and Senate budget leaders, restores about $7.8 million in CWU's budget and freezes tuition for the 2013-2014 school year. In the second year of the biennium, 2014-2015, universities could increase tuition, but would have to mitigate the effects of increases on low-income students.</p><p>The draft budget includes two special directives for CWU. The first charges CWU with developing a plan to create an "online degree-granting entity that awards degrees based on an alternative credit model." The model, which could include granting academic credit for work experience, must be submitted to the higher education committees of the legislature by December 1, 2013.</p><p>The proposed budget also provides $25,000 for the College of Education to conduct a study "identifying the percent of a teacher's typical day that is spent on teaching related duties and the percentage of the teacher's day that is spent on duties that are not directly related to teaching."&nbsp; The university shall submit a report to the appropriate committees of the legislature by December 1, 2013.</p><p>The legislature has not yet presented a draft agreement on a two-year construction budget.</p><p><strong>Media contact:</strong> Linda Schactler, Executive Director of Public Affairs, 509-963-1384,</p><div>&nbsp;</div><div style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 191); border: 0px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); margin: 0px; padding: 0px; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; height: auto; line-height: normal; text-align: left; width: auto; direction: ltr; z-index: 99995; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial; ">&nbsp;</div>Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Lynn Richmond, 14 Jun 2013 15:02:36<p>Hello everyone. My name is Lynn Richmond, and I prefer to be called “Lynn” or “Prof. Lynn.” I have had the pleasure of teaching management and organization courses for CWU-Lynnwood for more than two decades (<a href="/business/node/261">read more...</a>)</p>