CWUDes Moines Campus NewsDes Moines Campus Newshttp://www.cwu.edu/des-moines/newsen-usCWU Celebrates 29th Commencement Ceremony at ShoWare Centerhttp://www.cwu.edu/des-moines/node/2601Thu, 31 May 2018 14:48:22<p><img alt="" src="/des-moines/sites/cts.cwu.edu.des-moines/files/images/CWU%20grad.jpg" style="width: 267px; height: 188px; margin-left: 4px; margin-right: 4px; float: left;">It’s time for the Clan Gordon Pipers to spiff up their sporrans and warm up their bagpipes. This June, more than 300 Wildcats from Central Washington University’s three Puget Sound-area University Centers will receive degrees at ShoWare Center in Kent. CWU President James L. Gaudino will preside over the ceremonies.&nbsp;</p><p>At 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 10, graduates from CWU-Lynnwood, at Edmonds Community College; CWU-Des Moines, at Highline Community College; and CWU-Pierce County, at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom, as well as graduates from online degree programs, will take part in the commencement ceremony.</p><p>Grammy Award-winner and CWU alumnus, Michael “The Wanz” Wansley, will sing the National Anthem.</p><p>J. Christopher Lytle, executive director of the Port of Oakland, California, and 1979 alumnus of CWU’s North Central Campus, will give the commencement address. With more than 40 years in the shipping industry, Lytle is internationally recognized as a leading authority on ports, marine terminals, and container shipping.</p><p>Tony Brito will be the student speaker. Brito will receive his bachelor’s degree in Information Technology and Administrative Management, an online degree program, from CWU-Pierce County.</p><p>As they have since 2013, the Clan Gordon Pipers will provide a rousing escort for graduates at the Kent commencement.</p><p>For more information about the 2018 Commencement, including parking, seating, and services, please go to cwu.edu/commencement.</p><p><strong>University Centers</strong><br>For more than 40 years, CWU has met the educational needs of time- and place-bound students with six University Centers statewide. Affiliated with community colleges, the University Centers offer upper division courses in selected degree areas. They are designed to serve the needs of students who desire a bachelor’s or master’s degrees, and may need accommodation for family and work obligations.</p><p>In addition to the centers named above, there are CWU-Yakima, at Yakima Valley College; CWU-Moses Lake, at Big Bend Community College; and CWU-Wenatchee, at Wenatchee Valley College. There are also two instructional centers, in Sammamish and on Joint Base Lewis-McChord.</p><p><br>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518, valeriec@cwu.edu<br>&nbsp;</p></br></br></br>CWU Professor Receives International Fellowship to Study Turtle Conservation Effortshttp://www.cwu.edu/des-moines/node/2597Tue, 27 Mar 2018 07:45:31<p><img alt="" src="/des-moines/sites/cts.cwu.edu.des-moines/files/images/Hunt%20measuring%20turtle%20Magadalena%20Bay.JPG" style="width: 450px; height: 338px;"></p><p>How do humans change from being turtle hunters to turtle conservationists? That’s what Vanessa Hunt, a Central Washington University professor, sought to discover when she participated recently in an eight-day teaching fellowship program in Baja Mexico.</p><p>Hunt was selected by Ecology Project International (EPI) to study changing behaviors in local residents. Hunt teaches science education at CWU-Des Moines, which is located on the Highline College campus.</p><p>EPI is a non-profit field science and conservation organization that partners scientists with local and international students and educators in ecologically critical environments in Costa Rica, Ecuador and the Galapagos, Belize, Baja Mexico, Yellowstone, and Hawaii.</p><p>“I’m going to research how a couple of graduate students in the 1970s inspired the fishermen in the area to participate in a turtle conservation effort,” Hunt said.</p><p>During the first week of March, Hunt and a small group of carefully selected teachers from across North America experienced the field course for themselves as well as gained skills and resources they can bring back to the classroom with them.<br><br>Hunt participated in a modified version of EPI’s Turtle Ecology Program. She was immersed in the diverse ecology of the area, home to migrating grey whales and a thriving fishery. Days spent at Magdalena Bay, a unique haven on the peninsula’s wild Pacific coast, included sea turtle catch-and-release for scientific study, as well as lessons in how to incorporate field studies into the classroom. The turtles being studied are black turtles (Chelonia mydas agassizii), the eastern Pacific sub-species of the green turtle For more information about black turtles and conservation efforts, go to https://seethewild.org/black-turtles.</p><p><img alt="" src="/des-moines/sites/cts.cwu.edu.des-moines/files/images/Hunt-EPI%20Instructor%20Releases%20a%20Newly%20Tagged%20Turtle.JPG" style="width: 450px; height: 338px;"></p><p>According to Hunt, the fishermen used to avidly hunt turtles for food. When the young scientists/conservationists —“you know, hippies really, at that time”—began interacting with the fishing community, they inspired the community to take part in a conservation program.</p><p>“It involved citizen and community science, and I’d like to understand the factors that contributed to that,” Hunt continued. “I’d like to talk to the fishermen about what caused their change of heart, and possibly develop that relationship further.”</p><p><strong>EPI Guest Fellow</strong><br>In addition to her position at CWU-Des Moines, Hunt is a lecturer in environmental science at the University of Washington Tacoma. A 2016 EPI Fellow to Espiritu Santo, Hunt is returning to the field to conduct research in Magdalena Bay on the local community partnerships that support and sustain conservation efforts in the bay’s remote, traditional fishing communities.</p><p><strong>About EPI</strong><br>EPI’s mission is to improve and inspire science education and conservation efforts worldwide through field-based student-scientist partnerships.</p><p>Since 2005, EPI has worked with more than 10,000 students in their Baja Mexico program, the majority of them local to the project site.</p><p>EPI is a conservation education non-profit like no other. EPI involves young people from the U.S., Belize, Costa Rica and other Latin American countries in hands-on science and conservation projects that protect species and habitat in five countries. More than 30,000 students have participated in their field programs since 2000, with more than 70 percent of those participants being under-served local youth living in communities adjacent to the project site. The impact of these courses is profound on both local and visiting students, establishing a lifelong commitment to conservation and empowering the next generation of conservation leaders.</p><p>For more information on EPI’s programs or how teachers can apply for next year’s Fellowship, visit their website at www.ecologyproject.org/fellowship.</p><p><em>Photo:</em> Professor Vanessa Hunt (r) measures a turtle at Magdalena Bay.<br><em>Photo:</em> An EPI Instructor releases a newly tagged turtle.</p><p>Media Contact: Rachael Caldwell, EPI Communications Manager, Rachael@ecologyproject.org, 406-721-8784<br>&nbsp;</p></br></br></br></br></br></br>2016-2017 Registration Handbookhttp://www.cwu.edu/des-moines/node/2549Fri, 08 Jul 2016 10:31:50<p>The 2016-2017 new student registration handbook is now available.&nbsp; <a href="http://catalog.acalog.cwu.edu/index.php?catoid=48">Click here</a> for access to important information regarding registration, academic calendars etc.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://catalog.acalog.cwu.edu/index.php?catoid=48"><img alt="Student Registration Handbook" src="/des-moines/sites/cts.cwu.edu.des-moines/files/2016-17%20Student%20Registration%20Handbook.png" style="width: 100px; height: 129px;"></a></p></p style="text-align: center;">Boeing CEO Gives CWU $300,000 for Scholarships for Highline Studentshttp://www.cwu.edu/des-moines/node/2544Wed, 12 Aug 2015 07:57:38<p><img alt="Boeing CEO Ray Conner and CWU President James Gaudino" src="/des-moines/sites/cts.cwu.edu.des-moines/files/images/ConnerRaymond-distalum.jpg" style="width: 450px; height: 300px;"></p><p>Highline District students studying the sciences just got a financial boost from legendary <a href="http://www.boeing.com/company/bios/raymond-l-conner.page">Boeing CEO Ray Conner</a>. Conner and his wife Katie recently established the Ray and Katie Conner Endowed Scholarship Fund with a gift of $305,769 at Central Washington University.</p><p>A 1979 CWU alumnus, Conner started at Boeing on the manufacturing floor, swinging a wrench. Through his own perseverance, talent, and exceptional ability, he climbed the corporate ladder, eventually becoming vice chairman of The Boeing Company and president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes.</p><p>“I attribute much of my success to hard work, preparation and leadership—all characteristics that I honed during my time at CWU,” said Conner, a 2010 Distinguished Alumnus. “One of the best ways I can give back is to provide students with the same opportunity as me.”</p><p>“Ray and Katie’s generosity will have an impact on students for years to come,” said Scott Wade, vice president of University Advancement and executive director for the CWU Foundation. “We are honored by their exceptional gift.”</p><p>The gift will fund two $10,000 scholarships annually, for students who are pursing a degree in science, technology, engineering, or math disciplines, or an education degree in one of the STEM fields. At CWU, Conner studied to become a high school teacher and earned his degree through the College of Education and Professional Studies.</p><p>Since Connor grew up in Burien, the scholarship stipulates that preference is given to applicants from the Highline School District. The award is also need-based, and students can be first-year or transfer students.</p><p>“I’m fortunate that the experience of learning, listening, and building relationships at CWU has lingered with me throughout my entire career,” Conner added. “This scholarship fund is planned for someone who is greatly respected by those around them, people-centered and possesses a strong desire to lead.”</p><p>Students may apply for the scholarship later this fall. For more information about scholarships at CWU, or to apply, go to www.cwu.edu/scholarships/.</p><p><br>Photo: Ray Conner receives the Distinguished Alumni Award from CWU President James Gaudino.</p><p><br>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518, valeriec@cwu.edu<br>&nbsp;</p></br></br></br>