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CENTRALIGHTS 2018: Points of Pride, an online university ranking site, recently rated CWU’s online master’s in higher education as one of the top 10 best online master’s degree programs in the country (

Forbes Magazine reports that the most lucrative college major for earning potential is Actuarial Science. Students with a degree in Actuarial Science have an average income of $108,658. To read the story go to: For information on CWU’s Acturial Science program:

• Central Washington University is ranked as one of the top 20 universities for online master's programs in information technology by the website, Central is ranked 15th in the nation, according to the annual survey of colleges and universities.

Central Washington University is one of the top ten public regional universities in the west in a new ranking by U.S. News and World Reports. The annual survey of all U.S. colleges and universities also ranked CWU as a top “best value school” among regional universities in the west.

• Central Washington University offers one of the nation’s top five best online bachelor’s degree programs in writing, according to, an online college evaluation service. noted that unlike many online writing programs, CWU combines a literature-liberal arts foundation with specialized coursework in professional and business writing, editing, publishing, and creative writing, which provides students the freedom to shape their major to their personal and professional needs.

• Forbes Magazine has ranked Central Washington University as one of the top colleges in the nation in 2018. Forbes' list, which includes 650 colleges and universities, looks at factors such as future earnings, future success in a field, and school support post-graduation.



Central Washington University was ranked the #2 Best Online Colleges in the state of Washington for 2018-19 by According to the site, “Central Washington University is host to a slew of uncommon and intriguing degree programs.”

  • Money Magazine recently ranked Central Washington University as one of the best colleges or universities in the state of Washington. Money Magazine's rankings were based on quality of education, affordability, and outcomes.

• Central Washington University boasts one of the top 25 online undergraduate degree programs in sociology in the nation, according to, an online college ranking site. CWU was one of only two Washington state universities to be listed in the program rankings.

• CWU’s online Bachelor of Science in Aviation Management was ranked one of the top 15 Best Online Aerospace Degrees by Best Value Schools. CWU was the only school in the Pacific Northwest to make the list. It was commended for its affordable tuition, partnerships with commercial airlines—including direct-hire agreements with Alaska/Horizon, Mesa, and Sky West—and abundance of employment opportunities open to graduates. The online aviation management degree was described as “ideal for aeronautics professionals who want to strengthen their leadership skills,” adding that graduates “can feel confident that you’ll have the skills you need to impress your employer.”

• Tricia RABEL had dreamed about bringing together both the Central Washington University housing and residence life departments. She will now have the chance to make that a reality. Following a national search, the university hired Rabel as its new executive director for housing and residence life. She is tasked with setting the vision and developing team leadership for both CWU housing and residence life. She assumed her new position on June 18. More...

• Kathy JOHNSON, a Human Resources Consultant in Central Washington University’s Department of Human Resources since 2010, recently earned the Society for Human Resource Management’s Certified Professional certification. The certification recognizes that Johnson, who joined Central’s Human Resources staff in 2010, has worked in a human resources-related program for a minimum of four years and successfully completed an examination that measured knowledge of key human resource concepts as well as the candidate’s judgment and decision-making skills.

• Lisa STOWE, Department of Chemistry fiscal specialist/secretary, received the Pacific Afflilate of College and University Residence Halls Institution Faculty/Staff of the Month Award for the month of April. Nominated by two chemistry students, she advanced to win at the regional level. She will now be considered for an award at the national level.

• Xavier CAVAZOS, a lecturer in the English department was recently elected to the Humanities Washington board of trustees. The state's nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities announced election of four new members, including Cavazos. Trustees are chosen for their community leadership, expertise in the humanities, and dedication to building bridges across political and cultural divides. Cavazos is the author of Diamond Grove Slave Tree, which received the inaugural Prairie Seed Poetry Prize from Ice Cube Press, and Barbarian at the Gate, which was published in the Poetry Society of America's New American Poets chapbook series. Cavazos was included in the Best American Experimental Writing, and earned an MFA in creative writing and the environment from Iowa State University. 

• Eric GALBRAITH, a human resource partner in Central Washington University’s Department of Human Resources since 2012, recently earned the Society for Human Resource Management’s Senior Certified Professional certification. The certification recognizes that Galbraith, who joined Central’s Human Resources staff in 2001, has worked in a human resources-related program for a minimum of four years and successfully completed an examination that measured knowledge of key human resource concepts as well as the candidate’s judgment and decision-making skills. “The SHRM certification is the standard of excellence for those working in the field of human resources,” noted Staci Sleigh-Layman, executive director of CWU’s Department of Human Resources. “By earning his certification, Eric has shown an understanding and a mastery of best practices in human resources.”

• Carol CARROTHERS, state deaf and hard of hearing services coordinator in Education and Professional Studies, received $2,800 from Washington State Department of Social & Health Services, Seattle Children's Hospital, and Washington Sensory Disabilities Services for Deaf Fiesta Support. The grant will provide support to school districts and families with deaf and hard of hearing children. (2018)

• Jenna HYATT, CWU associate dean of students, has been named by the Northwest Association of College and University Housing Officers (NWACUHO) as the recipient of its 2018 Roger Frichette Excellence in Service Award. The honor, named for the first NWACUHO president, is presented annually to an individual who or organization that has been involved within the regional organization and whose service has, and continues to, better the region on a national or international level. The award was announced Wednesday (February 14) in Victoria, British Columbia during the organization's 2018 annual meeting.

• Julia STRINGFELLOW, professor of library sciences and Maurice BLACKSON, lecturer in library sciences, received a $12,000 Common Heritage: Community History of Central Washington grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. (2017)

• Anne EGGER, assistant professor of geological sciences and science education and director of undergraduate research, was selected by the National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT) as the next editor in chief of the Journal of Geoscience Education. Egger has previously served as the president of NAGT and chair of the NAGT Professional Development Planning Committee. Egger will begin her responsibilities as editor in chief in January 2018.

• Chemistry alumnus David A. BRYCE, 2012, received the Society for Applied Spectroscopy  Barbara Stull Graduate Student Award at SciX 2017. The award recognizes a graduate student for outstanding research in spectroscopy. He also is the recipient of the 2017 Coblentz Society’s William G. Fately Student Award, which recognizes outstanding contributions to vibrational spectroscopy during a current PhD program.


• Central Washington University is ranked the #1 online college for writing, according to the website, The site listed the nation’s top five online writing programs and lauded CWU’s online professional and creative writing program for its strong graduation, admissions, and writing degrees awarded rates.


• The college rating website., has ranked CWU as one of the top affordable online master’s in higher education degree program in the nation. The website rated CWU as #11 of the country’s top 30 programs—and the only university from the state of Washington.  For more information, go to:

• MONEY magazine’s latest rankings of best colleges for your money once again lists Central Washington University was one of the top in the nation. “A mid-sized public university, Central Washington has a varied collection of highly regarded programs. Strong academic areas include geological sciences, education, and accounting,” according to the magazine. “But in MONEY’s rankings, Central Washington stands out for its fast time-to-degree, meaning that students who earn a degree do so in close to four years. " For more information go to:

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics logo• Ethan BERGMAN, Central Washington University professor in the Health Sciences department, has been selected as a 2017 Medallion Award recipient by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Bergman, who is the former president of the Academy, will be recognized for his lifetime contributions to the nutrition and dietetics profession and the Academy during the 2017 Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo held October 21-24 in Chicago, Illinois. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is the world's largest organization of food and nutrition professionals.

• William THELEN, CWU’s director of Testing Services, has joined the governing board of the National College Testing Association (NCTA), which promotes professionalism and quality in the administration of testing services and programs. NCTA keeps abreast of issues relating to test administration, test development, test scoring, and assessment. It currently has more than 2,000 members, representing more than 600 post-secondary institutions as well as more than 40 corporations and certification agencies in the United States and Canada. The CWU Testing Center serves more than 500 people per month. It is a resource for national and international testing companies that provide exams for agencies such as the FBI, the US Border Patrol, and the US Postal Service. For more information, go to

The Freshens Corporation, which manufactures the popular Freshens’ Smoothies, recently honored Central Washington University’s Dining Services for being a valuable partner for more than 15 years. The company, which has been in operation for more than 30 years, made a donation to the Fisher House, a fund for injured and disabled veterans, on behalf of CWU. Additionally, the company presented Dining Services with a plaque and a video thanking it for its long-time patronage. Freshens only recognized three schools on the West Coast, including the University of California, Berkeley, the University of Washington, and CWU., a national college rating website, ranks Central Washington University as among the top public universities in the state of Washington for return on investment (ROI). According to Payscale, CWU ranks just below Washington State University and three University of Washington campuses in the state. CWU’s return on investment is in the top 10 percent nationally, with the university tied for 180th best out of a total of 1,818 schools in the survey. The ranking only considered graduates in eight disciplines and among those CWU’s business majors ROI ranks in the top 10 percent nationally. CWU’s humanities, sciences, and psychology alumni are all in the top quarter of the national rankings. Payscale estimates the ROI based on the total cost of college, including tuition, room, board, books, etc. which is multiplied times the average time to graduate. To view the entire report go to:

• Chemistry undergraduates Katie HOVENKOTTER and Hannah BRAUNSTEIN, graduate student Spencer LANGEVIN, and professor Timothy K. BENG recently published "Expedient and modular access to 2-azabicyclic architectures by iron-catalyzed dehydrative coupling of alcohol-bearing allylic lactams," in Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry, 2017. Central Washington University provided financial support through the donation of startup funds to Beng. Braunstein is a recipient of the CWU COTS-SURE Fellowship and is a Keck Scholar. Hovenkotter is a Scottish Rite Scholar. Langevin is a Nelson Scholar and a Chemistry Department graduate assistant. Professor Blaise DONDJI, Biological Sciences, initiated the biological testing studies.

• YingbinGE, professor, Chemistry, has had his paper, "Let Students Derive by Themselves, Two-Dimensional Atomic And Molecular Quantum Chemistry from Scratch," accepted for publication in the Journal of Chemical Education.

• Central Washington University is listed in The College Finder’s 2017 Colleges That Are Great Values. The list compiles all U.S. colleges that provide the best value for the money based on overall cost and quality of the institution. For more information, go to


Centralights 2016

Geraldine O'MAHONY, director of the Douglas Honors College, has been invited to speak at the international symposium on “Development, Extremism, Security and the State in Africa,” at Cornell University, October 28-29. She will present "Forum Shopping in the Post-Conflict Liberia Court System."

Stephen ROBISON, professor, Art, had his work accepted in the Craft Forms 2016 exhibition at the Wayne Art Center in Pennsylvania. Stefano Catalanii, executive director of the Gage Academy of Art in Seattle, juried the exhibition. Catalani reviewed 723 pieces by 392 artists, ultimately choosing 93 pieces representing a diverse range of craft media from emerging and established artists.

Jacqueline TRUJILLO, graduate teaching assistant, Art,  received the Peggy L. Shaake Award at the Kittitas County Juried Art Exhibit at Gallery One this past August. The exhibit was curated by Kathleen Moles from the Museum of Northwest Art.

• Central Washington University’s master of science in Information Technology and Administrative Management is ranked one of the top ten one-year online master’s degree programs in the U.S., according to Schools were ranked based on value, affordability, and the ability of the student to complete the degree in one-year.

Value Colleges (, a website devoted to compiling information on the best values in higher education, has named Central Washington University as a Top 50 Best Value Online College for 2017. “With eight fully-online program (and one hybrid) in areas such as Aviation Management, Law & Justice, Social Services, and more, CWU is providing education in fields that are both necessary and in-demand,” according to Value Colleges. “Not only is Central Washington’s tuition low—it’s only slightly higher for out-of-state residents, making it a singular value just about everywhere.”

• Central Washington University ranked third in the state of Washington in 2016 for offering the best quality for the price, according to Washington Monthly magazine. Among the top 40 schools in the west, five Washington schools were in the top 60 schools listed in the magazine's annual "Best Bang for the Buck" survey, including:

• Central Washington University  40th
• Washington State University  28th
• University of Washington  36th
• Western Washington University  44th
• Eastern Washington University  54th

• Rachel Wescott, double-majoring in apparel, textiles and merchandising and business administration, and Andrea Eklund, associate professor of apparel, textiles, and merchandising, won Best of Show at the 2016 American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences conference in Seattle. Wescott and Eklund teamed to create “Dahlia,” an elegant lace gown that was honored in the undergraduate category during the Apparel, Textiles, and Design Juried showcase. A total of five designs from CWU’s Family & Consumer Sciences department were accepted into the design competition including VIVIDO DÉESSE by Eklund, She’s Awakened: Solomon by Alissa Leach and Eklund, She’s Awakened: Hagia Sophia by Leach and Eklund, and Burning Star by Emma Mahr and Eklund.

• Professor Lixing Sun, biology, recently published "How America Hates Socialism without Knowing Why," in Evonomics: The Next Evolution of Economics.

• Professor Rachel KIRK’s two drawings, “Spider Leg Stalk” and “Red Tipped Prickles,” will be on exhibit in Texas at the Texarkana Regional Arts and Humanities Council Arts Center from July 8 through August 16. The 28th Annual TRAHC Juried Exhibition was jurored by Ann Prentice Wagner, Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Arkansas Arts Center in Little Rock, Arkansas.

• Professor David Bieloh, Art,  was invited to serve as a 2016 Summit Creative Award judge. He will serve on the Interactive Jury (judging websites, social media, and other interactive). This advertising award is widely recognized for its prestige worldwide, and is a coveted honor to its award recipients. It serves as the industry benchmark of excellence.

• Richard MORENO, Public Affairs Director of Content Development, published A Short History of Reno, Nevada, the 13th book of his career. On April, 23, Barnes and Noble will host a book-signing for him in South Reno, and later he will give a presentation at the Galena Visitor Center. Moreno’s nonfiction travel books focus on the history of towns and regions, primarily in the West.

• Seven ITAM students competed in the Pacific Rim Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition  at Highline College. The team was made up of Kristi GLASGALL (captain), Nick SMITH, Brendon MAITLAND, German GODINEZ, Brian MCDOUGALL, David RICE, and Kolbe STEVENSON. The Pacific Rim Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition was created to address the need for information assurance training.

• Lily VUONG, philosophy and religious studies, has published "The Secret Gospel of John" and "The Apostle Thomas"  in Routledge's Encyclopedia of Ancient Mediterranean Religions (edited by Eric Orlin, Lisbeth Fried, Nicola Denzy Lewis, Michael Satlow, and Michael Pregill), 2016.

• Emeritus Professor of English, DW CUMMINGS, (1996), has written “The Evolution of British and American Spelling,” a chapter in the Routledge Handbook of the English Writing System, which will be published in July. Additionally, the open-source website, which provides teachers and schools with gratis teaching materials, currently offers the student’s and the teacher’s versions of his inductive eight-book Basic Speller for elementary and secondary students and his 1-2-3: A Formula for English Compositions. In the near future, they plan to offer his Spelling for Learning, a description of English spelling for teachers; and CommonWords, a database of 8,591 high frequency words described and analyzed in various ways, intended primarily to help teachers compile specialized word lists for their classes. All of these items can currently be found at his website,

• Keith MONOSKY, paramedicine, was appointed by the Secretary of the Department of Transportation to the National EMS Advisory Council, representing EMS educators nationwide.

Wendy BOHRSON, geological sciences, was elected as a Mineralogical Society of America (MSA) Fellow in recognition of her significant contribution to geochemistry and petrology.  She was one of 13 elected this year.

Jason DORMADY, history, coedited Just South of Zion: The Mormons in Mexico and its Borderlands. This collection of essays was released through the University of New Mexico Press. Domady wrote the introduction, and fellow history professor Dan HERMAN contributed a chapter on the Mormons in Arizona in the 1880s.

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