CWUCampus Life NewsCampus Life News announces new Director of Student Involvement, 15 Dec 2016 15:21:27<p>Andre Dickerson never thought he would become a higher education administrator. But it is a role for which he is well suited. The Central Washington University alumnus will become his alma mater’s new director of Student Involvement.</p><p>“I’m very honored and excited about returning to Central to serve our students alongside the staff, faculty, and administrators who supported me in my personal, academic, and professional development,” Dickerson said.</p><p>Keith Champagne, CWU associate Dean for Student Development, added, “I am so honored that Andre has chosen to join the Student Development team. Central is getting a brilliant, special, talented, and gifted young professional who will have an immediate positive impact on all of our students.”</p><p>Dickerson navigated a rocky path to get to CWU. He was born and raised by a single mother, in admitted poverty, in south-central Los Angeles. By the time he turned 14 years old, he had already seen close friends die in gang-related violence, witnessed domestic abuse, and had a father who was incarcerated.</p><p>“I was definitely headed down the wrong path,” Dickerson acknowledged. “I dropped out of high school and found myself becoming influenced by the negative lifestyles of those around me.”</p><p>At the urging of his grandmother, he moved to Tacoma to live with her, taking the Greyhound bus, “with only the clothes on my back and a notebook full of rap lyrics,” he added, with smile. It proved to be a highway toward a better future.</p><p>At CWU, he was aided by the TRiO program, which offers low-income, first generation scholars help with academic development and student engagement. He became a research fellow, through the university’s McNair Scholars Program, and was the founding president of the campus organization Extraordinary Men Pursing Intellectual Readiness through Education (EMPIRE).</p><p>Dickerson has previously served CWU as an admissions counselor and student recruiter, coordinator for the College Assistance Migrant Program’s Dare to Dream Academy, co-founder of the Students for the Dream Living Learning Community, and advising student organizations, including the Black Student Union, Brother 2 Brother (B2B), and Male Success Initiative.&nbsp;</p><p>“He [Dickerson] will be an asset to CWU students, Student Success, and the university. More importantly, he will serve as an inspiration and role model for young men on our campus, especially young men of color,” Champagne noted.</p><p>Along with his 2012 CWU bachelor’s degree, Dickerson received a master’s degree from Heritage University, and is now completing his Master of Business Administration through Ohio University. Most recently, he was executive director of Hospice Friends, a Kittitas County, non-profit, volunteer agency, which helps families with relatives suffering from health issues.</p><p>Dickerson begins his new responsibilities on Wednesday, November 16. They include advising the Associated Students of CWU student government, and providing leadership and oversight for Campus Activities, student radio station KCWU, and student life activities and events at three Puget Sound-area University Centers: CWU-Des Moines, CWU-Lynnwood, and CWU-Pierce County.</p><p>“Central has truly been a special place for my family and I over the last 10 years and we look to forward creating more special memories for many years to come,” he said. “My life’s motto now is it doesn’t matter how your journey starts, what matters most is how it finishes.”</p>Organizational Changes a Win for Student Success, 27 May 2015 21:52:01<p>Dr. Keith Champagne, Associate Dean of Student Development, has recently announced organizational changes in Student Development, the umbrella for many of the Student Success departments operating out of the CWU Student Union and Recreation Center, effective this quarter.</p><p>“The changes are intended to facilitate students’ learning and development outside the classroom and to change the campus ecology in terms of student programs,” said Champagne. “They will also create efficiencies and promote collaborations that effectively adapt and respond to our students’ changing needs.”</p><p>Dr. Champagne has assumed the role of Campus Life director in addition to his associate dean responsibilities in Student Success, spending Wednesdays and Fridays in the Campus Life administrative office in SURC 263. He can be regularly found in the building throughout the week, as he is also the adviser to the ASCWU Student Government and supervises directors in Campus Life and the Center for Leadership and Community Engagement.</p><p>Cherie Wilson, now the Director of the Student Union, is responsible for overseeing the facility’s security, maintenance and custodial, operations, scheduling and publicity union building programs. Cherie welcomes Robbi Goninan into an expanded role as Assistant Director, Programs and Services. In addition to University Scheduling and the Information Center, Robbi will be supervising the Building and Event Services staff and Student Union programming, and will continue to oversee Wildcat Tickets. The Publicity Center operation and staff, under Lola Gallagher, Associate Director of Marketing and Communications, which has joined the Student Union team to create a fully integrated department that supports the many aspects of student programs, services, facilities and student development. Lola will lead efforts to develop and implement a cohesive plan to promote the Student Union and Recreation Center brand and experience.</p><p>Rusty Vineyard, Director of University Recreation, has spent the past several months evaluating staffing, program and service needs in the department and Recreation Center. Michael Montgomery is now the Assistant Director of Operations, and will oversee the day-to-day facility operations. Shayne Wittkopp is now in charge of Health Programming and Membership Services. Dania Cochran is the Assistant Director of Programs, providing supervision and support to staff and programming areas including Intramural Sports and Special Events, Collegiate Sport Clubs and Camps, Outdoor Pursuits and Rentals, Climbing Wall and Challenge Course, and Sports Medicine. These changes will better align staffing and programs with student and facility needs.</p>CWU Student Union And Recreation Center Remodel This Summer, 25 Jul 2014 09:21:29<p>The CWU Student Union and Recreation Center (SURC) will soon begin remodeling various sections of the building during a two-phase process. Updates include changes to the Information Center and Recreation front desk to allow for better traffic flow and improved access, in addition to new carpeting and flooring throughout the building. During the project, staff will work to minimize the impact to the daily building operations by posting directional signage for construction detour routes.</p><p><strong>Student Union:</strong><br>Phase 1 will take place from July 30 through Aug. 22; areas affected include the Market Place Dining area, Cat Trax East Coffee Shop, the second floor mezzanine and back hallway (behind the Ballroom and Theatre). During this phase, new carpet will be installed under the dining tables and VCT, a vinyl composition flooring tile, will go in the walkways and coffee shop, and a luxury vinyl wood-looking flooring will go on the mezzanine. The back hallway will receive Mondo flooring to help reduce noise levels.</p><p>Phase 2 will begin Aug. 25 and run through Sept. 12. VCT flooring will be placed on the first floor corridor and new carpet will go in the second floor administration offices hallway.</p><p>For the duration of the project, operation of the Information Center and laptop checkout services will be temporarily relocated and available through the Student Union Operations office in SURC 146. The newly renovated Information Center will feature a walk through computer station with three walk-up computers, one that is ADA compatible. Two existing printers will be moved to the new location for students to conveniently print and pick up documents. The area will feature all new cabinets and counter tops, as well as wall-mounted SURC mailboxes for easy pick-up access.</p><p><strong>Recreation Center:</strong><br>Phase 1 will be from July 30 through Aug. 21 and Phase 2 will go from Aug. 22 through Sept. 16. Over the course of both phases, the front desk will be redesigned with new turnstiles at the entrance. A new Climbing Wall/Weight Room desk and flooring will be installed, and the Weight Room will gain 85 square feet and a relocated entrance.</p><p>The Weight Room, Climbing Wall and the front entrance of Recreation Center will be closed for the entire project; however, alternate routes to enter the facility will be posted. The entrance and the membership desk will be temporarily located on the east side of the Recreation Center, across from Barto Hall, for Phase 1 and on the SURC second floor mezzanine for parts of Phase 2. Select weight room equipment will be relocated upstairs and group training equipment will be removed from room 284 and reset in the cardio area. Cardio equipment will be placed in both group fitness rooms.</p><p>In addition, the hallway along the basketball courts will receive new flooring from the gates to the elevator during Phase 1, and from the elevator to the end of the hallway during Phase 2. The basketball courts will be closed for repair, paint and refinish during Phase 2. The locker rooms will also be closed for a short time during this period.</p><p>For more information about the Student Union update contact Cherie Wilson, Student Union Operations director at 509-963-1350 or For more information about the Recreation Center updated contact Andy Fields, University Recreation director, at 509-963-3514 or</p><p>Persons of disability may make arrangements for reasonable accommodation by calling 509-963-1350 or by e-mailing</p></br></br>CWU Dance Team Featured in National Staples TV Commercial, 25 Jul 2014 09:16:34<p>Eight members of the Central Washington University <a href="" target="_blank">Dance Team</a> are featured in a Staples back-to-school TV commercial airing nationwide starting today. The group earned its four seconds of fame and $1,000 after winning a video contest. The dance team, a <a href="" target="_blank">CWU Collegiate Sport Club</a>, was one of three groups chosen out of 118 applicants.</p><p><a href="CWU Dance Team Featured in National Staples TV Commercial" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="/campus-life/sites/" style="float: right; width: 275px; height: 159px;"></a>The team’s portion of the commercial was shot at the Wildcat Shop in the Student Union and Recreation Center on campus and the dancers are wearing CWU gear.</p><p>“We were asked to put our own spin on the original dance move called the shopping cart and we choreographed our own routine to their song selection,” said Michaela Boere, captain of the CWU Dance Team.</p><p>Boere, Karlee Olive, Haley Alderson, Elizabeth Thompson, Haley Miller, Megan Hoy, Nichole Fazzino and Hanah Rasmussen are featured in the commercial. The entire dance team was not able to participate.</p><p>The <a href="" target="_blank">15-second spot</a> is available to watch online, as well the <a href="" target="_blank">full one-minute routine</a> submitted by the team.</p><p>The CWU Dance Team performs at CWU athletic events and homecoming activities and at events in the Ellensburg community. The dancers focus on jazz and hip-hop styles, while also incorporating pom and kick.</p><p>For more information contact Corey Sinclair, CWU University Recreation Collegiate Sport Clubs Coordinator, at or 509-963-3516.</p></a href="CWU Dance Team Featured in National Staples TV Commercial" target="_blank">Campus Radio Upgrades Equipment to Meet Industry Standards, 25 Jun 2014 11:22:18<p><img alt="Jacob Hendrix" src="/campus-life/sites/" style="width: 480px; height: 319px; margin: 5px;">The management team at Central Washington University’s on-campus radio station, <a href="" target="_blank">88.1 The ‘Burg</a>, is working through summer quarter to give a more complete radio experience to students.</p><p>General Manager Travis Box believes these changes will give students a competitive edge in the industry today. “The purpose was to give students more options and give them the ability to be creative and make being a part of the station fun and rewarding,” Box said.</p><p>Box gives much of the credit for this progress to previous management. “They secured the funding to make this happen.” The project, in total, will cost The ‘Burg approximately $30,000 and was funded by CWU’s Services and Activities Fee Committee in the 2012-13 academic year.</p><p>“One big question was, how do we make their lives easier?” says Broadcast IT Specialist Don Davis.</p><p>The station acquired two <a href="" target="_blank">VoxPro</a> all-in-one on-air broadcast production units. These units allow volunteers to record phone calls, edit and play audio clips to enhance their show. “It used to take 26 steps to record a phone call,” Box said. “With the new system, it takes three.”</p><p>New music trafficking software will allow volunteers to create better reports of what the station plays to record companies. “We used to report what the station played by hand,” Box says. “Now we insert a start and end date and hit print.”</p><p>“Everything is going to be automatic, less buggy and is just going to be so much better,” says Volunteer DJ Jacob Hendrix.</p><p>New music scheduling software will make it easier for students to plan their shows. “Volunteers can just come in, make their show and not have to worry about it until it starts,” said Chief Engineer Nick Elliott. “They also don’t have to find a [substitute] if they can’t make their show. They come in, record their bits (stories and breaks), schedule their music and save the show. The show is then loaded into the system and played during their show time. It sounds just like they’re in the studio operating the board.”</p><p>Box expects the project to be completed by the end of October. “It’s the students’ station,” Box said. “We get them what they need to succeed.”</p><p>“Everyone at the station gives 150 percent,” says Hendrix. “The culture is easy to fit into and everyone cares about each other.”</p><p>Due to the improvements and a focus on student achievement, 88.1 The ‘Burg was featured on College Broadcasters Inc.’s (CBI) website on June 19 as a spotlighted program. To view the spotlight, go to <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p><p>88.1 The ‘Burg is a nonprofit program administrated by the Department of Campus Life at</p><p>Central Washington University. Last year, The ‘Burg had about 60 volunteers who clocked approximately 4,500 hours of shows, events and promotions. For more information about the program, its staff, how to get involved or gain online access to broadcasts, go to <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p><p><em><strong>PHOTO: </strong>CWU student Jacob Hendrix, left, performs his first live radio show at 88.1 The 'Burg, on June 23, 2014 as CWU student and head trainer Tyler LaMont looks on. (Scott Kazmi/CWU)</em></p><p><strong>Media Contact: </strong>Scott Kazmi, Public Affairs, 509-963-1295, <a href=""></a></p><p>June 25, 2014</p></a href="">CWU Family Weekend: May 9, 10 & 11, 06 May 2014 12:02:02<p>Central invites everyone to come to campus and enjoy CWU Family Weekend Friday, May 9 through Sunday, May 11. With entertainment, including outdoor excursions, live performance and fine dining, the weekend is full of activities for students, their families and the community. For a full list of events, registration information and tickets, please visit</p><p>The weekend is filled with events that display Central’s creative and artistic side, from an art exhibition to the musical theatre production of Les Miserables, friends and families will have a variety of options to experience the wealth of talent at Central. Those looking for a laugh can attend Comedy Night Friday, featuring comedienne Susan Rice with a special appearance by Geof Lott. Attendees wanting to be active can visit the Recreation Center throughout the weekend or attend Outdoor Zumba Saturday morning.</p><p>“It’s really cool for families to see what students have access to on a daily basis and throughout the year and to have it all in one weekend for their families to enjoy,” said Alyssa Herandy, Family Weekend student coordinator.</p><p>Family Weekend concludes on Mother's Day with a special brunch filled with a delicious selection of eats and a special musical performance by Eric E, who is known for performing originals as well as hits from the past 100 years.</p><p>With a lineup of events that are sure to entertain the whole family, CWU Family Weekend is a can't-miss-opportunity. For more information visit</p><p>Persons of disability may make arrangements for reasonable accommodation by calling 509-963-1450 or by e-mailing</p>MEET WITH BORA, 28 Feb 2014 09:35:25<p>Friday, February 28th&nbsp;From 12-2pm&nbsp;in the&nbsp;SURC PIT,&nbsp;BORA Architecture will present materials and design concepts for updates to the Student Union and Recreation Center. Students and Staff will have an opportunity to provide input on the materials being proposed and to see proposed design updates to the Information Desk in the Student Union and the Access Desk in the Recreation Center.</p>Comedian Wayne Brady headlines CWU Homecoming, 01 Jul 2013 08:10:58<p>Stand-up comedian and Emmy Award winner Wayne Brady will take the stage Friday, Oct. 11 at 9 p.m. as the entertainment headliner for CWU Homecoming 2013. Tickets are $20 for CWU students, $32 for general, $42 for reserved seating and available at <a href=""></a>.<br><br>Brady is perhaps best known for his work on the popular improvisation television show “Whose Line is it Anyway?,“ which will be returning this summer. His quick wit and impeccable timing instantly made him a fan-favorite and led to the creation of his own daytime talk show, “The Wayne Brady Show.” Brady has guest starred on various television comedy shows including ”Reno 911!,“ ”How I Met Your Mother“ and ”Chappell's Show.“ Currently, Brady can be seen hosting his improv variety show in Las Vegas as well as the hit television game show ”Let's Make a Deal.“<br><br>For more information visit <a href=""></a>.</p></br></br></br></br>SURC Governance Annual Review, 05 Jun 2013 22:07:57<p><br>June 6, 2013 -<br>3:00 pm to 4:00 pm - SURC 236<br>Agenda</p><p>Call to order</p><p>Introductions</p><p>Agenda Updates</p><p>Approval of Agenda</p><p>• Review of SURC Governance Model<br>• Partners Financial Review<br>• Facility Assessment<br>• Current Partner Projects<br>• Future Projects &amp; Challenges<br>• Review SURC Governance Guidelines Changes / Updates</p><p>New Business</p><p>Public Comment</p><p>Adjournment</p></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br>SURC Governance Meeting April 25th 3:00pm SURC 273, 24 Apr 2013 19:18:58<p>SURC Governance Meeting Agenda<br>April 25, 2013</p><p><br>1. Meeting Starts at 3:00 pm / SURC 273&nbsp;</p><p>2. Introductions</p><p>3. Agenda Updates</p><p>4. Approval of Agenda</p><p>5. Election of Chair</p><p>6. Discussion / Information Items:<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; a. SURC Flooring and Improvement Project<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; b. Annual Business Meeting<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; c. Governance Guidelines &amp; Updates</p><p>7. New Business</p><p>8. Public Comment</p><p>9. Next meeting: Last week in May</p><p>&nbsp;</p></br></br></br></br></br>