CWUNewsNews Clinical Physiology Grad from Kennewick Triumphs over Blindness, 06 Jun 2013 14:53:15<p><img alt="" src="/commencement/sites/" style="width: 466px; height: 228px; "></p><p>Madeline Rannow from Kennewick, accompanied by her guide dog Rudy, will walk onto the stage at the June 8 afternoon Central Washington University Commencement ceremony to receive her diploma for her clinical physiology degree. Despite the challenge of being almost totally blind, Maddy completed the rigorous degree program, which required courses in chemistry, biology, gross anatomy, physiology, clinical populations, and psychology, in just four years. Her proud parents from Kennewick will share her joy from the stands.</p><p>Maddy was not always blind—she had normal vision until the age of six when a rapidly growing tumor in her brain was detected. The tumor, located in that region of the brain right behind the bridge of the nose and between the eyes where the two optic nerves from each retina cross (optic chiasma), encased the optic fibers as they passed to deep brain regions associated with vision. Removal of the tumor resulted in destruction of practically all the optic fibers, leaving her with just a tiny percentage of vision.</p><p>This same region also contains the pituitary gland, which controls many hormone functions, including growth, stress,&nbsp; fluid regulation, and several other critical factors. The pituitary was also irreparably damaged in the tumor removal. Her development through maturation and physiological control was, and remains today, a function of a multitude of hormone replacements taken on a daily basis.</p><p>Despite the challenges, Maddy successfully completed high school, and pursued her physiology degree at CWU. When she started college, she didn’t have Rudy. She wanted to maximally utilize the little vision she had and not let the challenges disrupt her goal to become a rehabilitative therapist.&nbsp; She persevered without a guide dog until her junior year. When she collided heavily with a metal-framed glass hallway door, she realized a service dog could help her navigate campus more safely.</p><p>Maddy’s capstone component of clinical physiology was a 400-hour internship during which she obtained invaluable experiences in occupational therapy settings, cementing her thoughts about the rehabilitative profession as her career goal. Preceptors indicated they learned as much from her as she learned from them.</p><p>The Department of Nutrition, Exercise, and Health Sciences and the faculty of the Clinical Physiology program are most proud to recognize Madeline Rannow for her accomplishments and her dedication and perseverance to her education</p><p>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, CWU Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,;</p><p>June 6, 2013<br><em>Photo courtesy Guide Dogs for the Blind</em></p></br>CWU Veteran Graduates Earn Top Honors, 06 Jun 2013 08:31:59<p><img alt="" src="/commencement/sites/" style="width: 225px; height: 225px; "></p><p>Donny Galatis isn't your average 23-year-old; he's currently a student at Central Washington University, and a veteran of the Iraq War.</p><p>After returning from overseas in August of 2009, he decided to enroll in the university.</p><p>"I always knew I wanted to come to school, I always knew I wanted to get my commission as an officer in the United States Army," said Galatis, "And ROTC seemed like the best way for it."</p><p>Over the last four years, Galatis earned a 3.95 grade point average, ranking him in the top 1% of cadets nationwide.</p><p>This weekend he will be graduating Summa Cum Laude with a degree in Psychology.</p><p>In addition, Galatis, along with four other CWU military veterans were recently inducted into the SALUTE program, which stands for Service, Academics, Leadership, Unity, Tribute and Excellence.</p><p>Read more from KVEW-TV <a href="">here.</a></p>Gonzalez Credits CWU Programs for College Success, 06 Jun 2013 08:29:46<p><img alt="" src="/commencement/sites/" style="width: 466px; height: 228px; "></p><p>Central Washington University has experienced a 169-percent increase in its Hispanic enrollment over the past five years, an upward trend that will continue next year. A number of those students will receive their degrees during the university’s Ellensburg commencement exercises on Saturday, June 8. Pablo Gonzalez, from Zillah, is among them.</p><p>“What attracted me to Central was the great location, beautiful campus, it was close to home, and affordable,” he said. “It was a simple decision.”&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>It’s been a whirlwind four years for Gonzalez who said, about his impending graduation, “This is just the beginning. It feels great to be able to apply what I’ve learned at Central, go forward, become established in my community, and be a contributing member of society.”</p><p>Gonzalez credits the university’s College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) for helping him to get off to a good start in his college studies.</p><p>“CAMP helped me transition from never thinking about going to college to getting into college my first year,” he said. “It was a great resource to ask questions and feel comfortable about being on campus. The staff helped me plan my classes and to graduate on time.”</p><p>CAMP predominantly serves freshman students from migrant and seasonal farm working backgrounds. The federally funded program is designed to help students succeed at the outset of their college careers. CAMP students are eligible for a variety of services, such as academic assistance, career planning, cultural enrichment opportunities, financial support, mentoring, and is a connection to additional campus resources.</p><p>Sixty-three students enrolled at CWU last fall with the help of with CAMP. Potentially, even more students could comprise next fall’s class.</p><p>“These [incoming students] are probably the most interested we’ve worked with,” said CAMP Director Miriam Bocchetti. “It’s also the largest number of eligible students to date.”</p><p>Bocchetti added, “While we work primarily with first-year freshman, about 10 percent of our time and effort goes to assist non-first-year students.” That includes some additional academic advising and the annual recognition banquet for graduating seniors.</p><p>Gonzalez is just one of 22 CAMP students that will receive their diplomas next week.&nbsp;</p><p>Admittedly always interested in politics, Gonzalez will graduate with a bachelor of arts in political science, with a minor in communication.</p><p>“I just thought it was the right path,” he said. “I really feel that I can help people learn how the government works and become more knowledgeable.”</p><p>Gonzalez put his studies to use last year, in his bid to become the state representative from the 15th Legislative District. Although unsuccessful, he said it was a fun learning experience.&nbsp; Though it’s not in his near-term plans, Gonzalez is not ruling out another bid for elective office “some day.” In the meantime, he will remain involved in the political process.</p><p>“Since I was one of the first [Latinos] that ran there, I feel I have a responsibility to be a resource for people that do want to [run for office],” he added.&nbsp;</p><p>While at CWU, he also traveled to Central America with the university’s Cross Cultural Leadership Program.</p><p>“We decided to go to El Salvador to deliver stoves to a poverty-stricken community that was suffering breathing problems because they would have to cook inside their houses,” he said. “The stoves reduced emissions and really helped their community.”</p><p>In addition, Gonzalez twice presented his political research, on the North American Free Trade Agreement and on income inequality, at the National Technology and Social Science Conference in Las Vegas.</p><p>Media contact: Robert Lowery, CWU Public Affairs, 509-963-1487,</p>Governor Inslee’s Chief of Staff to Address CWU Kent Commencement, 06 Jun 2013 08:19:28<p><img alt="" src="/commencement/sites/" style="width: 466px; height: 228px; "></p><p>Mary Alice Heuschel, the Chief of Staff for Washington Governor Jay Inslee, will keynote commencement exercises for Central Washington University on Sunday, June 9 in Kent.</p><p>A combined crowd of more than 3,500 family members and other well wishers will hear the address by Heuschel, who earned her own academic credentials at CWU, during the 1:00 p.m. ceremony in the ShoWare Center.</p><p>“Every graduate should be proud of what they’ve accomplished and, from this point forward, options are limitless for them,” Heuschel said. “These folks have demonstrated the tenacity to set their goal and to reach it; it’s the beginning of endless possibilities.”</p><p>In 2012, Heuschel was named Washington State Superintendent of the Year when she led the Renton School District. As superintendent, she annually presented the commencement address to the graduating classes at Renton, Hazen, and Lindbergh high schools.</p><p>Previously, Heuschel held administrative positions as deputy state superintendent in the Office of Superintendent of Public Institution, assistant state superintendent, and principal in the Yelm School District.</p><p>At CWU, Heuschel earned her principal’s certificate in 1992 and her special education administration credentials the following year. She says she chose CWU’s program for its reputation, and because Central offered unique learning opportunities for developing technical and leadership skills, and established long-lasting relationships among students and staff.</p><p>Now, as the chief of staff, Heuschel manages the governor’s office, and oversees all executive departments and statewide agencies. Calling the new position a “challenging journey,” she says she was prepared for those challenges because of her “training, passion, and commitment to contribute to making a difference.”</p><p>“Leadership skills develop over time and become part of who you are, and those skills are transferrable to any situation,” she added.</p><p>Heuschel says she will reference her most recent job change in her graduation remarks, and will challenge the class of 2013 to “keeping options and opportunities open—make sure the door is always open, [and] be willing to risk and contemplate sacrifice today for a better tomorrow.”</p><p>A total of 374 bachelor’s- and 30 master’s-degree candidates are expected to participate in CWU's Kent commencement.</p><p>Media contact: Robert Lowery, CWU Public Affairs, 509-963-1487,</p>Ron Dotzauer to Keynote CWU Commencement, 23 May 2013 20:45:17<p>One of the nation's top political strategists, Ron Dotzauer, will keynote commencement exercises at Central Washington University. The CWU alumnus and former chair of the Board of Trustees will address a crowd of more than 8,000 graduates, friends, and family in Ellensburg on June 8.</p><p>“I feel very honored to be asked to do this,” said Dotzauer, chief executive officer and founder of the Seattle-based strategic positioning firm, Strategies 360.&nbsp; “I’m treating it with the earnestness it deserves.”</p><p>Dotzauer said his commencement addresses will challenge the Class of 2013 to be willing to travel the “path less certain.”</p><p>“It will involve a variety of stories from different points in my life, the risks I’ve taken, and how they’ve helped move me along,” Dotzauer added. Those stories will include what he terms an epiphany that occurred a month into his military service in Vietnam.</p><p>After returning from Vietnam, Dotzauer came to CWU, which he says gave him a chance to grow educationally and mature.&nbsp; At Central, he was named “Outstanding Student in Political&nbsp; Science,” served as president of the Young Democrats, and produced the TV series “Politics and Personalities.”An Everett native, and the first member of his family to graduate from college, Dotzauer earned his bachelor of arts degree in political science 1972.</p><p>In its November 2012 edition, Campaigns &amp; Elections magazine named Dotzauer to its list of the country’s top 500 political influencers, noting “His firm is a force and he may be the one person in his generation of consultants who’s built a legacy.”</p><p>Dotzauer’s nearly 40-year career in politics started in 1974, when he became the youngest elected county official in the State of Washington by winning the election for Clark County Auditor. He defeated five people in a primary for the open seat.</p><p>Dotzauer later successfully directed the electoral campaigns of U.S. Senators Henry “Scoop” Jackson and Maria Cantwell, and Governor Booth Gardner. The firm he founded, Strategies 360, is one of the country’s leading strategic positioning firms, with 14 offices in 10 western states. Dotzauer also served on the CWU Board of Trustees from 1989 to 1996. Appointed by Gardner and reappointed by Governor Mike Lowry, Dotzauer was chairman of the board from 1994 to 1996.</p><p>CWU will confer a total of 3,023 bachelor’s and 292 master’s degrees during the 2012-13 academic year. A total of 1,534 candidates will participate in two separate Ellensburg commencement ceremonies.</p><p>A ceremony at 9:30 a.m. will award bachelor’s and master’s degrees in the College of Arts and Humanities, the College of the Sciences, and interdisciplinary study and individual study majors.</p><p>At 2:00 p.m. a ceremony begins for bachelor’s and master’s degree candidates in the College of Business and the College of Education and Professional Studies.</p><p>Media contact: Robert Lowery, CWU Public Affairs, 509-963-1487,</p>