We encourage our Alumni to keep in touch and to continue to be a part of our family. Many of our Graduates share their success stories with us and help our current Students land internships and jobs. Many of our recent Graduates have secured great jobs and are on their way to successful careers in PR, Journalism and Advertsing. Here is an example of what they say about us.
CWU Alumna, Pasco Instructor named State Teacher of The Year
Laura Jones, a marketing educator and instructional coach at Pasco High School, has been named the 2008 Washington Teacher of the Year. Jones graduated from CWU in 1991 with a degree in public relations, and a minor in Japanese. Through credits earned at Central, Jones received her Career and Technical Education Certificate in 1999 and her Career and Technical Education Directors Certification in 2006. She has spent her entire eleven-year teaching career at Pasco High School.
As a mentor to new teachers, Jones provides guidance and support, while, as an instructional coach, she suggests practical solutions to teachers' 'problems; and, as a career and technical education teacher, she helps students connect to the world through business and marketing programs.
Jones is also involved in Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA), an association of marketing students that uses classroom and outside experiences to learn about marketing and business, as well as leadership and communication. Under her leadership, the DECA chapter in Pasco has consistently been one of the largest in the state.
School employees, parents, and students are eligible to participate in the state Teacher of the Year program by nomination made at local school district. Through the educational service districts (ESDs) selection process, nine regional finalists were selected for the 2008 award, including three other CWU alumni. They were: Warden High School teacher Ruth Lucero, a 1993 foreign languages graduate; Toppenish Middle School teacher, Brenda Marler, a 1999 elementary education graduate; and Stevens Elementary School (Aberdeen) teacher Dana Persson-Zora, who received her Master of Education in 1984.
Jones is now in the running to become national Teacher of the Year, which is awarded by the Council of Chief State School Officers. President George W. Bush will announce that winner during a special ceremony at the White House next spring.
In addition, as the Washington Teacher of the Year, Jones will serve as an ambassador for the teaching profession while continuing her teaching responsibilities.
Man - seems like 2003 was just yesterday. Graduating in 2004 with a double major, Steve Allwine and I started a little show that we called "Ellensburg Extreme," in which I truly believe a bare few thought we could make it happen - but that we did. Leaving the show with over 13 regional and national broadcasting awards, I wasn't quite sure what would happen to the show. Would it continue being produced five times a quarter and keep CWU's leadership as an amazing broadcasting school? I hoped for the best, and it sure has come through. Now in Season nine of Ellensburg Extreme (ya, that's around 45 or so 30-minute fully produced shows), the third set of Executive Producers are keeping it just the same. They've continued winning more and more awards, and bringing together a team of hard workers to put the show together.
You might not know it, but Extreme takes more than 30 people to produce just one show - people who are getting little or no credit to work on something they truly want to do and receiving the accomplishments of their work after hours, sometimes days of work on just a three-minute spot for the show.
Quoted by Dr. Michael Ogden, "I never really thought Extreme would really go anywhere," from an Extreme interview during season four; we sure proved that if there is enough enthusiasm and work put into it, we could accomplish anything. Good job guys - you've made Central the best broadcasting school in the state - that's absolutely amazing.
Sure, there are times when things don't go so well (i.e. the canceling of an episode because of content judged not suitable for Ellensburg television), and when they go great (one spot from the show, "Guys in Towels Remix," is up for the National Broadcasting Society's top honor as Best Comedy Segment for this year's competition. The crew won it for 2005; I know we’d all love to see a repeat performance.
For what it's worth, I look back at attending Central and see nothing negative. Everything is a learning experience; just some are tougher than others. So here's to the rest of this season of Ellensburg Extreme (and many more seasons) from one of the guys that made sure this show got on the road. Thanks.
Central Alumni 2004
Broadcasting Journalism Major
Film & Video Studies Major
Owner GC MultiMedia
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