CWUNewsNews Education Sponsors "Immigrant Voices: A Musical Exploration of the Immigration Experience and Identity", 21 Feb 2017 11:12:24<p>As part of a campus-wide dialogue on migration, the Central Washington University Department of Music will present “Immigrant Voices: A Musical Exploration of the Immigration Experience and Identity.”</p><p>“This is the first time we’ve done something like this in the music department,” said Gayla Blaisdell, associate professor of voice and opera. “We’ve come up with a program that is really diverse and that’s something I was really hoping for. It’s not going to be your typical classical music concert.”</p><p>The free, public concert will be held at 7:00 p.m. on February 24 in McIntyre Concert Hall; a reception will follow. Parking is free in all university lots after 4:30 p.m. and on weekends, except in residential housing lots and in specially designated spaces.</p><p>Blaisdell said the concert will include music of many genres, including some pop music which is a departure from the classical and jazz concerts normally offered. The music for the concert was chosen to support the overall theme of migration first and foremost.</p><p>For example, students will read a scene that focuses on migrant workers from the 1970s musical, <em>Working</em>. They will then perform "Un Mejor Dia Vendra," written by folk legend James Taylor, along with Mary Rodgers and Stephen Schwarz.</p><p>Approximately 50 students and more than a half-dozen faculty will be involved with the performance; some students will be directing while some will perform. Blaisdell herself will sing "To this we've come," an aria from <em>The Consul,</em> an opera that focuses on the experience of an Eastern European immigrant during the Cold War.&nbsp;</p><p>Before each performance, the students or faculty will give a brief history of each piece so the audience has an idea of what the composition is expressing. For example, nine students will perform the compelling "Por Si Acaso No Regreso," [Just in Case I Don't Return] a Cuban song by Celia Cruz. Blaisdell and her graduate student, Tatiana Kruse, discovered the ballad while researching the music of immigration.</p><p>Blaisdell said along with her opera aria performance the concert will also include an opera chorus, chamber choir, and instrumental music.</p><p>“I like the fact the concert is diverse with musical styles and lots of different students performing in it,” she said.</p><p>This event is sponsored by the Department of Music, the Office of Continuing Education, and CWU Social Justice and Human Rights Dialogue. Persons of disability may make arrangements for reasonable accommodation by calling 509-963-1216 or by emailing</p><p>For more information, contact the Music Department a 509-963-1216.</p><p><br>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,<br>February 21, 2017</p></br></br>CWU Craft Brewing Program Lauded by USA Today, 29 Oct 2015 15:01:51<p><span style="line-height: 1.4;">Central Washington University’s craft brewing degree ranked among the top 5 craft beer college programs in the nation in a recent USA Today report.</span></p><p>CWU’s bachelor of science in craft brewing and craft brewing certificate program were third on a list of the five colleges where students can best turn an interest in finely crafted beers into a potential career.</p><p>“The program has only been in existence since 2009, but it is already garnering attention,” according to the newspaper. “It trains students to both ferment their own ales, as well as properly manage a business and test for quality assurance.”</p><p>In addition to CWU, other schools making the list included the University of California, Davis, Oregon State University, Appalachian State University, and San Diego State University.</p><p>“We’re extremely proud of our craft brewing program, so it’s gratifying whenever we’re in the conversation as one of the top schools in the field,” noted Steven Wagner, director of the craft brewing program. “Our location near the Yakima Valley, largest hop growing region in the country, puts us in a perfect position to experiment and develop a wide variety of styles and types of beers.”</p><p>CWU’s craft brewing major is an interdisciplinary degree program offered by the College of Sciences. It provides students with an in-depth understanding of brewing, including fermentation science and analytical laboratory techniques. The craft brewing certification is a one-year interdisciplinary program through Continuing Education.</p><p>Both prepare students for a career in brewing production, quality assurance, brewery management, beer merchandising, distribution, brewing technology, packaging, safety, sanitation, sensory evaluation, and entrepreneurship.</p><p>Media contact: Rich Moreno, CWU Public Affairs, 509-963-2714,</p></span style="line-height: 1.4;">Student Beer Wins Limited Production Run at Iron Horse Brewery, 12 Jun 2015 17:22:56<p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/ce/sites/" style="line-height: 1.4; width: 350px; height: 215px; margin: 5px;"></p><p>A dark-colored midnight ale produced by students at Central Washington University, named for the black horse ridden by one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, won a limited production run at Iron Horse Brewery.</p><p>Four groups of students in&nbsp;CWU’s&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">craft brewing certificate program</a> shared their beer, recipes and branding ideas Thursday night, and Iron Horse staff picked from the lot.</p><div><p>It was the third time the program has put on the competition, and the first time Iron Horse has been a partner.</p></div><p><em>Read the&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">rest of the story</a>&nbsp;by Andy&nbsp;Matarrese&nbsp;in the Daily Record</em></p><p>(Photo by Andy&nbsp;Matarrese&nbsp;/ Daily Record)&nbsp;</p><p>June 12, 2015</p></p style="text-align: center;">Explore Your Passions in Life and Leisure Classes, 24 Mar 2015 09:43:51<p>CWU’s<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> Office of </span><a href="" style="line-height: 1.4;" target="_blank">Continuing Education</a><span style="line-height: 1.4;"> is launching a variety of new public programs for adult learners to explore their interests and continue their education. The spring lineup of life and leisure courses includes fly-fishing trips, knitting, painting and digital photography classes, water aerobics, and winery tours.</span></p><p><a href=";pc=27&amp;mc=72&amp;sc=0" target="_blank">Digital Photography</a> I is designed to give a deeper understanding of the controls and functions of a digital SLR and full-feature point-and-shoot camera. It also teaches visual composition and strategies for taking better photos, and digital editing techniques. The class is made up of three two-hour sessions April 4, 11, and 18. Cost is $75 per person or $65 for groups of two or more.</p><p><a href=";pc=27&amp;mc=72&amp;sc=0" target="_blank">Digital Photography II</a> builds on the skills learned in the first series. Students will expand their understanding of their cameras while learning how to use the most fundamental, yet overlooked, element of photography: light. Digital printmaking will be explored, and students will learn how to take their images from the computer to fine art prints. By the end of the course, students will have created small portfolios of their best images. The class is made up of three two-hour sessions June 6, 13, and 20. Cost is $75 per person or $65 for groups of two or more.</p><p><a href=";pc=27&amp;mc=68&amp;sc=0" target="_blank">Fly Fishing 101</a> is a four-hour course that begins in the classroom at Troutwater Outfitters and ends on the banks of the Yakima River. Anglers will learn all the basics of fly-fishing, including different methods, equipment, casting techniques, and the aquatic insects that trout prey on. Sign up for April 4 or June 20. The cost is $85 per person.</p><p>The <a href=";pc=27&amp;mc=68&amp;sc=0" target="_blank">Fly Fishing Guided Trip</a> leaves the troubles of hauling a boat to an expert while you practice your newly acquired skills. Troutwater Outfitters will bring the flies, rods and reels, and lunch. Trips are scheduled April 11 and June 27. The cost is $325 per boat (two people per boat).</p><p>The <a href=";pc=27&amp;mc=68&amp;sc=0" target="_blank">Fly Tying and Microbrews</a> class teaches anglers how to tie flies while enjoying a handcrafted microbrew from the Iron Horse Brewery. All equipment, material, and microbrews are included. Participants must be 21 or older and show valid ID. Class is from 6-8 p.m. May 13. Cost is $49 per person, or $39 for groups of two or more.</p><p>The <a href=";pc=27&amp;mc=68&amp;sc=0" target="_blank">Water Wellness Workout</a> course incorporates a variety of exercise routines designed to improve daily activity and muscle tone. Classes are 9-9:50 a.m. Monday-Thursday from March 31-June 11 at the CWU Aquatics Center. Cost is $75 per quarter.</p><p>A <a href="" target="_blank">Guided Wine Tasting Tour</a> of the Wahluke Slope is planned June 27. This warm south slope above the Columbia River is home to more than 20 vineyards and at least three wine production facilities. Tour participants will meet viticulturists, visit a crush facility, and taste the end product. Lunch is included. Pick up locations offered in Ellensburg and Yakima. Cost is $85 per person or $75 for groups of two or more.</p><p><a href=";pc=27&amp;mc=72&amp;sc=0" target="_blank">Brushes and Brews</a> combines painting and beer for a creative evening at the Goodey Gallery in Ellensburg. Participants will take home their instructor-directed painting at the end of the night. All materials and beverages are provided. Must be 21 and have valid ID. The class is 6-9 p.m. June 18. Cost is $49 per person or $39 for groups of two or more.</p><p><a href=";pc=27&amp;mc=72&amp;sc=0" target="_blank">Knitting Know-How</a> focuses on the fiber art of knitting. With step-by-step instruction, students will create hats and scarfs and gain skills to make other items. The class sets the foundation for more complex projects such as lacework and Afghans, and teaches students how to navigate pattern sites and how different fibers react to knitting. The class meets from 6:30-8 p.m. all five Thursdays in April. Cost is $55 per person or $45 for groups of two or more.</p><p><a href=";pc=27&amp;mc=72&amp;sc=0" target="_blank">Next Level Knitting</a> is an intermediate class that features step-by-step lessons on complex projects such as lacework, blankets, sweaters, and socks. Students will learn about swatches, gussets, and beadwork and will be given the foundation to make many small, detailed projects. The class meets 6:30-8 p.m. every Thursday from May 7-June 4. Cost is $55 per person or $45 for two or more.</p><p>In addition to its life and leisure classes, Continuing Education offers:</p><ul><li><strong>career and workforce courses</strong> designed to meet professional development, career-changing or advancement needs</li><li><strong>programs for educators</strong>, including K-12 workshops, seminars and online courses</li><li>and <strong>academic programs</strong> in various fields that can lead to certificates and bachelor and master degrees.</li></ul><p>Whether the goal is to gain knowledge for a career, discover a new field, maintain a licensure, or experience personal growth, Continuing Education offers something for every adult learner. There are three ways to register: online at <a href=""></a>; by phone at 509-963-1712; or in person in Barge Hall, room 204.</p><p><em>March 24, 2015</em></p></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;">Seahawk Jermaine Kearse joins CWU Students in Nicaragua through GIVE, 17 Mar 2015 15:31:02<p>Seahawks wide receiver Jermaine Kearse may have had tired hands days after making that unbelievable catch at Super Bowl XLIX.</p><p>But it wasn't from that catch.&nbsp;</p><table align="right" border="0" cellpadding="1" cellspacing="1" height="239" width="336"><tbody><tr><td><p><img alt="" src="/ce/sites/" height="238" width="410"></p></td></tr></tbody></table><p>Only days after the game, he boarded a plane to a small village in Nicaragua, where one of his tasks was to shovel cement to build a technical school.</p><p>Kearse was traveling with college students participating in CWU's International Sustainable Development Institute (ISDI), a program where students earn college credit while having life-changing experiences in international service learning.</p><p>"We helped build a school out of plastic bottles," Kearse said. "We got our hands dirty shoveling concrete—that’s no easy task. You go down there and you see the conditions--how people live--and you feel much more appreciative," he said. “It definitely had a huge impact on my perspective and what life really means,” said Kearse.</p><p>Sarah Collins, a CWU student who traveled in Kearse’s group, said, “He worked hard and the children loved him. His dedication to this mission was amazing and inspirational.”</p><p>Collins has earned college credit participating in ISDI. The project is a partnership between CWU&nbsp; and <a href="" target="_blank">Growth International Volunteer Excursions (GIVE) </a>working to improve the lives of local community residents across the globe, while giving students transformative experiences that last a lifetime.</p><p>“The technical school Jermaine helped us build is an excellent example of our asset-based approach, said ISDI Director Kenneth Cohen. “This project is only one of several where we work with communities as partners. There are more locations in Thailand, Laos, and Tanzania. And we want to be accessible to all students, regardless of background or income.”</p><p>Students receive the cultural context and knowledge about how their work can change a community through an online platform. Then, they immerse themselves in hands-on field service learning projects that inspire them to create innovative solutions to problems locally and globally. The experience gives them a competitive edge academically and professionally. Scholarships are available. For more information about the program, <a href="">CLICK HERE.</a></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>TOP PHOTO: Seahawks player Jermaine Kearse with 'Eddie' in Nicaragua</p></table align="right" border="0" cellpadding="1" cellspacing="1" height="239" width="336">Diamond Knot Brewery to Produce Beer Created by CWU Students, 29 May 2014 14:03:56<p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/ce/sites/" style="width: 480px; height: 279px; margin: 5px;"></p><p>Four Central Washington University students who call themselves the Central Brewers Collective will have their beer, Jackrabbit Pale Ale, commercially produced and distributed by <a href="" target="_blank">Diamond Knot Craft Brewing</a> of Mukilteo.</p><p>Pat Ringe, vice president of brewing operations at Diamond Knot, is a 1993 CWU alumnus. Diamond Knot sponsored the second annual CWU Craft Brewing Program Competition last week and Ringe was one of five judges who evaluated the marketing plans and tasted the four beers entered in the contest.</p><p>CWU students Peter Newstead, Ryan Brookhart, Donovan Stewart, and Jeff Beckman took first place, winning the opportunity to have their beer produced by Diamond Knot and distributed in Central Washington.</p><p>“The students were tasked with coming up with a beer that is drinkable and appropriate for Central Washington,” said Steve Wagner, director of the <a href="" target="_blank">CWU Brewing Program</a>. “This brewing competition really is a celebration of the students’ work. They’ve worked really hard. It’s not easy making beer.”</p><p><img alt="" src="/ce/sites/" style="width: 240px; height: 296px; margin: 5px; float: right;">The winning beer will make a good addition to Diamond Knot’s lineup, said Ringe, who hopes to have Jackrabbit Pale Ale on tap by this fall.</p><p>“It was a really well done beer,” he said. “The style of it I thought was one that would probably appeal to folks in Central Washington. We’ve never done a beer of that style, so I thought it fit nicely into our wheelhouse.”</p><p>Ringe was joined by fellow judges Kevin Smith of <a href="" target="_blank">Bale Breaker Brewing Co.</a>; Jeff Winn of <a href="" target="_blank">Yakima Craft Brewing Co.</a>; Bill Reichlin of <a href="" target="_blank">Colockum Craft Brewing</a>; and Roger Beardsley, a CWU Brewing Program professor. Several local beer buffs also got to sample the competing brews, rating the aroma, balance, complexity, and drinkability.</p><p>The four winning students said they wanted to make a beer that’s approachable and easy to drink. They describe their Jackrabbit American Oat Pale Ale as a hop-forward, sessionable Northwest ale with massive fruity aromatics and oats.</p><p>“We’re going for the Coors Light crowd,” Ryan Brookhart said during his team’s presentation. “We’ll convert them.”</p><p>The light-bodied beer has 4.8 percent alcohol by volume and is smooth when chilled and complex when served at warmer cellar temperatures.</p><p>Coming in second place was an American Amber called Redrum Rye presented by CWU students Kat Goodsell, Chela Viramontes, and Casey Stephenson. A Cascadian dark ale called Mel’s Hole — named after a Kittitas Valley urban legend — took third place. It was presented by CWU students Austin Smith and Alex Dahlin. A German wheat beer called Hopfen-Bluteweizen, presented by CWU students Kyle Charvet, Brian Reilly, and Anthony Huber, took fourth place.</p><p>CWU’s Craft Brewing Program is an interdisciplinary program that provides an overview of the art, science, technology, and business of the craft beer industry. The 30-week program includes lab work, hands on experience, lectures, field trips and exposure to industry professionals. For more information, go to <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p><p><em><strong><strong>TOP PHOTO: </strong></strong>Pat Ringe, of Diamond Knot Brewing (left) and Kevin Smith, of Bale Breaker Brewing, are served samples of Redrum Rye during the CWU Craft Brewing Program Competition on May 22. The competition was sponsored by Diamond Knot, which will produce and distribute the winning beer — Jackrabbit Pale Ale. (Barb Arnott / CWU)</em></p><p><strong>Media contact: </strong>Barb Arnott, CWU Public Affairs, 509-963-2841,</p><p>May 29, 2014</p></p style="text-align: center;">SOURCE Showcases CWU Scholarship and Creative Expression, 14 May 2014 07:49:21<p><img alt="" src="/ce/sites/" style="width: 251px; height: 320px; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px; float: left;"></p><p>The Symposium On University Research and Creative Expression (SOURCE) celebrates its 19th year dedicated to student scholarship at Central Washington University. On the Ellensburg campus, SOURCE will be held from 8:10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on May 15 in the Student Union Recreation Center. The event is free and open to the public.</p><p>The symposium provides students, faculty and staff from all departments and units with a platform to present their individual or collaborative scholarly work, while providing a forum for sharing and celebrating that scholarship with the university and broader community.</p><p>“SOURCE just gets better every year,” said organizer Kara Gabriel, CWU professor, psychology. “The students keep raising the bar on the quality of their presentations.”</p><p>SOURCE 2014 celebrates 361 presentations with 604 listed authors and co-authors. All presentations are mentored by faculty or staff at CWU. This year, mentors are also from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Yakima Valley Community College, and Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences as well as Ellensburg High School, Selah Junior High School, Walter Strom Middle School, Chief Joseph Middle School in Richland, and Chief Kanim Middle School in Fall City."</p><p>This year’s symposium features many distinct types of presentations, including 138 oral presentations, 3 panel presentations, 22 creative expression performances or presentations, 143 poster presentations with 9 more at satellite campuses, 27 constructed objects, and 13 creative works, including a fashion show with eight designs. Information about the presentations may be found in the SOURCE handbook, online at</p><p>Students from CWU’s Puget Sound area centers are also participating. SOURCE-Des Moines will be held on Tuesday, May 13, from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. in the Higher Education Center, Bldg 29. SOURCE-Lynnwood will be held on Wednesday, May 14, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. in Snoqualmie Hall.</p><p>For more information about SOURCE, go to</p><p>Student Travis Rossignol designed the cover art for SOURCE 2014.</p><p>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,</p>CWU Craft Beer Certificate Students Get a Taste of Commercial Brewing, 04 Nov 2013 16:19:24<p><img alt="" src="/ce/sites/" style="width: 468px; height: 228px;"></p><p><strong>ELLENSBURG, Wash.</strong> — Beer aficionados across Washington are now getting their first sips of Hops in the Wind, a brew developed by former Central Washington University students Cameron Frigon, Noah Palmer, and Ronald Kaufmann.</p><p>Last spring, the three, who were then enrolled in the university’s Craft Beer Trade Certificate program, were among the CWU craft-brewing students competing to see who could make the best craft beer, with an accompanying marketing plan.</p><p>As the victor, the Hops in the Wind recipe is now being commercially produced and sold by the CWU competition’s sponsor, Odin Brewing Company of Seattle.</p><p>“This was our first such effort with CWU,” said Dan Lee, Odin Brewing managing member. “We’re hopeful that it becomes the centerpiece of a much larger program in the future with more participants and sponsors.”</p><p>Hops in the Wind is a Northwest Imperial Pale Ale, which feature two-row barley and hop varieties grown in Washington, including one of Yakima’s newest hop varieties, Mosaic.</p><p>“This beer was brewed with a local focus,” said Kaufmann. “It was made with CWU students, alumni, and residents in mind—those who share a connection with the heart of Washington and enjoy good craft beer.”</p><p>Hops in the Wind debuted earlier this month at Yakima’s 2013 Fresh Hop Ale Festival. Odin Brewing is now distributing it statewide, with a limited supply to be made available in Ellensburg, Yakima, and select Seattle locations.</p><p>On the Hops in the Wind commercial debut, Palmer says it “has made me very proud, and gives me confidence to keep crafting new recipes.”</p><p>CWU’s Craft Beer Trade Certificate program provides students with an overview of the art, science, technology, and business aspects of the craft beer industry. The four, 10-week courses involve laboratory work, hands-on experience, lectures, field trips, and industry speakers.</p><p>Media contact: Frank Pangrazi, CWU Continuing Education, 509-963-1563, <a href=""></a></p><p>October 28, 2013</p></a href="">CWU Students to Participate in Campus Craft Brewing Competition, 08 May 2013 11:47:07<p><span style="line-height: 1.4;">Central Washington University will host its first beer brewing competition on Tuesday, May 14. Four teams of </span>CWU<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> craft brewing students will present their beers and marketing plans, which will be evaluated by panel of judges. The winning team will have their beer commercially produced and sold by the competition’s sponsor, Seattle’s Odin Brewing Company.</span></p><div>&nbsp;</div><div>“Students gain the real world experience of producing a commercially viable beer, how to scale up from a pilot beer, and develop a marketing plan,” said Steve Wagner, CWU Craft Beer Trade Certificate advisor. “All the teams will gain feedback on beers and marketing ideas.”</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>CWU’s Craft Beer Trade Certificate program provides students with an overview of the art, science, technology, and business aspects of the craft beer industry. The four, ten-week courses involve laboratory work, hands-on experience, lectures, field trips, and industry speakers.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>Media contact:</strong> Robert Lowery, CWU Public Affairs, 509-963-1487,</div><div>&nbsp;</div></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;">Cornerstone Teacher Named National Teacher of the Year, 22 Apr 2013 08:49:11<p><img alt="" src="/ce/sites/" style="width: 480px; height: 320px; "></p><p>Jeff Charbonneau, a 2000 CWU alumnus and an Eastern Washington science teacher today was named national Teacher of the Year.</p><p>Charbonneau, from Zillah High in the Yakima Valley, is the first winner from Washington state since 2007, and he will spend a year traveling as an ambassador for the teaching profession.</p><p>The Council of Chief State School Officers announced the award today. Charbonneau, the 63rd National Teacher of the Year, will be recognized along with all 2013 State Teachers of the Year by President Obama in a ceremony at the White House on Tuesday.</p><p>Charbonneau was one of four finalists for the teaching honor. The other three finalists were an English teacher from Maryland, a special education teacher from Florida and a music teacher from New Hampshire.</p><p>Read more about Charbonneau <a href="">here</a>.</p><p><br>Charbonneau is a 2000 CWU graduate in biology education, who also received his biology teaching certificate, in 2000; and his broad area science teaching certificate, in 2004, from CWU. In 2005, he earned his Master Teacher degree from Central.</p><p>In addition, Charbonneau teaches online professional teacher certification courses and facilities the online National Board Teacher Certification candidate program through the CWU Office of Continuing Education. He also is a teacher in CWU's Cornerstone program, which allow his high school physics students to earn college credit.</p><p><br>Photo courtesy of David Goehner, ESD 105</p></br></br>