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CWU Discovery and Creativity Highlights for 2013

Central Washington University's reach stretched across the globe in 2013. CWU's commitment to hands-on learning, faculty-mentored research, and creativity earned accolades from the South Pole to the Kennedy Center. Here are just a few highlights of a memorable year.

1. State legislature provides $64 million to build Science Phase II, a state-of-the-art facility for physics and geology. (June)

2. Alumni Jeff Charbonneau and Trevor Greene are named the National Teacher of the Year and the National High School Principal of the Year, respectively. (April, March)

3. Daniel Herman, professor of history, wins two national awards for his book, Rim Country Exodus: A story of Conquest, Renewal, and Race in the Making, University of Arizona Press, 2012: the Labriola National Book Award for modern American Indian History/Studies and and the Charles Redd Center-Phi Alpha Theta Book Award in Western History. (March, December)

4. Physics professor Michael Jackson receives the David Halliday and Robert Resnick Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Physics Teaching Award of the American Association of Physics Teachers. (February)

5. Stuart Boersma, professor of mathematics, is named Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics by the Pacific Northwest section of the Mathematical Association of America. (April)

6. Two theatre arts students earn national honors at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival: Katelyn Schiller (BFA Performance), Distinguished Performance by an Actress; Caitlin Cardinale, (BFA Design and Production), first place in the Makeup and Hair Design. (February)

7. The CWU Wake Sports Club wins the Collegiate Wakeboarding National Championships in Shreveport, Louisiana. (June)

8. Scientist Paul Winberry and Professor Audrey Huerta, geological sciences, receive $2.5 million from the National Science Foundation to investigate volcanoes under Antarctica. (November)

9. CWU's Cascadia Hazards Institute receives a $620,500 grant from NSF/UNAVCO to participate in the world’s largest earthquake monitoring system. (December)

10. Biology professor Blaise Dondji and Margaret Reich, director of Corporate and Foundation Relations, win a $350,000 grant from the W.M. Keck  Foundation, the Seattle Foundation Give Big, and the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust for a flow cytometer and undergraduate biology education. (December)

11. The College of Education earns state approval, with special recognition for collaboration across colleges. (April)

12. Washington legislature expands CWU degree authority beyond master's degrees to include the Educational Specialist (EdS) degree within the Department of Psychology. (May)

13. A 30-day alumni outreach campaign more than doubles hoped-for outcomes. The "Impact Challenge" sought 300 donors in June, but 744 alumni actually responded to the challenge, donating nearly $400,000. (June)

14. The CWU Orchestra is selected to accompany internationally acclaimed child-prodigy soprano Jackie Evancho at the Paramount Theatre in Seattle. (December)

15. Jazz ensembles of music professors Vijay Singh and Chris Bruya land the only invitations on the West Coast to perform at the prestigious national Jazz Educators Network (JEN) conference. (January)

16. An alumni gift helps fund a $500,000 renovation of tennis courts and creation of the Fred and Valerie Lister Tennis Facilities. (September)

17. CWU earns an A-1 rating from Moody’s Investors Service, a rate that will save millions in bond payments over the next 20 years. (March)

18. Thousands of K-12 students come to CWU for FIRST Robotics Challenges (FRC). CWU is one of only a handful of universities in the United States selected to host the matches. (October - March)

19. The departments of Public Affairs and Music partner with KCTS-9/KYVE 47 to create CWU on Stage, a PBS broadcast that brings CWU student performance to 250,000 homes in central Washington and to even more people through the KCTS-9 web stream. (June)

20. Kenneth Cohen, professor of Recreation and Tourism, teams up with Growth International Volunteer Excursions (GIVE) to make CWU the only university in the nation to offer students anywhere in the world college credit for a two-week, Peace Corps-like adventure. (October)