CWUNewsNews DHC Grads, 13 Jun 2018 15:08:00<h3>Congratulations to all of our 2018 DHC graduates!</h3><p>DHC Convocation was held on Friday, June 8 to recognize this year's DHC graduates. Provost Katherine Frank opened the ceremony, recalling the history of the DHC and the growth of its programming and faculty over the past 40 years. Provost Frank's opening remarks were followed by a keynote speech by Dr. Warren Street, the founding Director of the DHC, who recalled the early days of the College and expressed his admiration for the accomplishments of the many alums who have since graduated. He regaled his audience with some anecdotes from early DHC days, and left everybody in the audience deeply appreciative for his dedication to the Honors model and his foresight in building the foundations for the strong DHC we have today.</p><p><img alt="" src="/douglas-honors/sites/" style="width: 800px; height: 553px;"></p><p> <style type="text/css"> </style> Dr. Warren Street, Founding Director DHC</p><p>This years valedictorians were Kateri Mackey-Mosely (public relations) and Jeanette Webster (biology). Ms. Mackey-Mosely spent the 2018 winter quarter interning in Olympia with the Washinton State government and is currently working as the Campaign Manager for&nbsp; Representative Christine Kilduff's re-election campaign to the State House of Representatives. Following the November elections, she&nbsp; plans to travel and then find a position focused on public service.</p><p><br>Ms. Jeanette Webster has been accepted to several graduate programs, and plans to attend the University of Pennsylvania to pursue a Post-Baccalaureate in Pre-Health Specialized Studies.</p><p><br>The Outstanding Thesis of the Year Award and Warren Street Thesis Prize was awarded to Ms. Jennifer Marsh for her theoretical and creative work "Poverty Mouth", mentored by Professor Maya Zeller. Honorable mention was given to Ms. Kimberly Smith for her thesis, titled "Writing a Poisonous Book: Queer Representational Anxiety in 19th Century Literature", mentored by Professors Michael Johnson and Christine Sutphin.</p><p><img alt="" src="/douglas-honors/sites/" style="width: 800px; height: 533px;"></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Jennifer Marsh receiving the Outstanding Thesis of the Year Award and Warren Street Thesis Prize from Dr. Warren Street.</p><p>Following the ceremony graduates, family, faculty and staff enjoyed a reception, reminisced and shared plans for the coming years.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p></br></br>11 DHC Students Win SOURCE Awards, 13 Jun 2018 13:15:49<p>Congratulations to all of the DHC students who participated in this spring's Symposium of University Research and Creative Expression. DHC is proud of the excellent research and creative work undertaken by our students, and of their willingness to share it in forums such as SOURCE.</p><p><br>Particular congratulations are due to our DHC SOURCE award winners this year: Jordan Blakney, Kenya Byrnes, Matt Conrardy, Megan Courter, Alex Horning, Lexi Phillips, Christy Scheddy, Jeanette Webster, Bailee Wicks, Kate Williams, and Feddie Young.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/douglas-honors/sites/" style="width: 429px; height: 600px;"></p><p>Not pictured: Megan Courter, Alex Horning, Christy Scheddy, Bailee Wicks, and Kate Williams.</p></br></p style="text-align: center;">Apply Now, 14 May 2018 11:48:52DHC Students Shine at Western Regional Honors Council Conference (WRHC), 14 Nov 2017 14:47:52<p>Four DHC students flew to Chapman University in Orange, CA April 13 to spend the weekend presenting their research and meeting honors students from around the west at this year’s Western Regional Honors Council conference (WRHC). Each year DHC sends a strong contingent of students to the WRHC conference and this year's attendance by Jordan Blakney, Jessica Jamtaas, Jeanette Webster and Feddie Young was no exception. All four DHC students enjoyed the opportunity to present original research in a professional setting and to chat with colleagues and faculty from honors colleges and programs from from across the west - from New Mexico and Utah to Montana and Idaho.&nbsp;</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/douglas-honors/sites/" style="width: 518px; height: 600px;"></p><p>Especially exciting for the students was the opportunity to hear Dr. Angela Davis, this year’s keynote speaker. Following her talk, Feddie and Jessica also had an opportunity for brief one to one conversations with Professor Davis. <!--break--></p><blockquote><p>Hearing Angela Davis talk was an opportunity I never thought I would have in my life; she vocalized so many thoughts and opinions I've been having and coming to recently but she made it all so coherent and fit together. . . Professor Davis talked about some very difficult topics and heavy issues but framed it in such a way that we all walked away inspired to try to continue her work and keep doing things to try to improve conditions of longstanding inequality and social justice reform. -Jessica<!--break--></p></blockquote><p>&nbsp;</p></p style="text-align: center;"></!--break--></!--break-->The Great Leap: 40th Anniversary Cultural Event at the Seattle Rep, 06 Nov 2017 09:22:38<p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/douglas-honors/sites/" style="width: 600px; height: 450px;"></p><p>DHC students, faculty, alums and prospective and incoming students joined each other for a special cultural event at the Seattle Repertory Theatre on April 21. Students had an opportunity to mingle with alums and faculty at a reception in the Rep's lobby prior to attending a performance of "The Great Leap", a new play about basketball, culture and the relationships formed in and around them. The play was funny, rude, and moving foray into the challenges, opportunities and mis-understandings between a Chinese-American teenage basketball prodigy and his boorish coach from the Bronx when they plan a 'return' to China for a friendship basketball game in the final days of the 1989 Tianamen Square uprising. <!--break--></p><blockquote><p>Thank you very much for arranging the 40th Anniversary Event on Saturday.<br>“The Great Leap” was excellent and a very good venue for our social event.<br>My wife and I enjoyed meeting fellow alumni, current and future students, and people like [Christina Denison] who are carrying on the great tradition. -Bob Bentley, class of 1984<!--break--></p></blockquote><p>Christina Denison, the DHC Assistant Director and her team spent weeks ensure the event was the highlight of the year for DHC, and would be remembered for years to come. Among the memorabilia was a photo book of 40 years of DHC students and faculty, a brief history of the DHC, and a slide show which was joined by many balloons, much DHC swag in the form of water bottles, coasters, T-shirts and bags and of course, excellent food at the buffet tables. A good time was had by all, and at DHC we are already excited for next year's spring cultural event, and the next plan to meet all together again as a College - past, present and future.<!--break--></p><blockquote>The cultural event and anniversary celebration were fabulous!&nbsp; I even got to see alumni who were in the old Great Books curriculum back when I taught the seniors.&nbsp; The reception and show were both wonderful (I particularly enjoyed the humorous aspects of the show), and even the bus was a nice one. – Professor Ruthi Erdman<!--break--></blockquote></p style="text-align: center;"></!--break--></br></br></!--break--></!--break--></!--break-->Student Spotlight, 06 Nov 2017 09:21:08<p style="margin-left: 40px;">&nbsp;</p><p>February, 2019</p><p>Tristan is an Interdisciplinary Social Science major because he enjoys the freedom it gives him to take a variety of classes. He is also minoring in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Museum Studies. Tristan performs in local theater productions and enjoys being the RA for the Music LLC in Alfred Montgomery Hall. Working alongside Katya Volchek, a DHC student, he recently helped create the The Classroom: Learning by Doing exhibit in CWU's Museum of Culture and Environment.</p><p><img alt="" src="" style="width: 716px; height: 716px;"></p><hr><p>September, 2018</p><p>Alex is a senior majoring in Biology with a specialization in Biomedicine. Alex is an office assistant and lead student ambassador for the DHC! He is currently Pre-Medicine/Pre-Nursing and is hoping to start the BSN program at WSU next year. Alex is hoping to go on and get his Doctor of Nursing Practice. When Alex isn’t in class he spends most of his time outdoors either hiking, fishing, or snowboarding!</p><p>Aletha is a junior majoring in actuarial science, with minors in computer science, finance, and economics as well as taking the upper division honors. Aletha loves to read when she isn’t busy studying, likes to practice yoga, and tend to her many plants. While not totally sure what her future career will be, Aletha is certain of other things her future will involve: a large garden, and a lot of animals who need a home. Her advice: everyday is a new day, so live in the present!</p><p><img alt="" src="" style="width: 716px; height: 716px;"></p><hr><p>May, 2018</p><p>Aubrey is playing the role of Elle Woods in Central Theatre Ensemble’s production of “Legally Blonde: The Musical.”</p><p>Aubrey's advice to other students:<br>"Focus on being the best version of YOU that you can be. No one can beat you at your own game, so embrace all that you are and make your dreams happen!"</p><p><img alt="" src="/douglas-honors/sites/" style="width: 716px; height: 600px;"></p><p>&nbsp;</p><hr class="gr-progress"><p>April, 2018</p><p>Kenya is part of this year's SOBRE Mexico cohort. This is a program funded by the National Science Foundation to do research this upcoming summer at the Unam Estación de Biologia Chamela in Jalisco, Mexico. Kenya will be studying Golden-Cheeked Woodpeckers for her research project.</p><p>Kenya's advice to other students:<br>"If you ever get an opportunity to do research or study abroad do it. It is a great learning experience and you make great relationships and connection. Plus it is a ton of fun!"</p><p><img alt="" src="/douglas-honors/sites/" style="width: 716px; height: 600px;"></p><hr><p>April, 2018</p><p>Lexi is the Editor-in-Chief of PULSE Magazine (Central's student-run lifestyle magazine) since June 2017 and is also a DHC Peer Mentor.</p><p>Lexi's advice to other students:<br>"Hard work is the key to success, but you must also be sure to take care of yourself. Ensuring your own well-being is just as important as putting in the work."</p><p><img alt="" src="/douglas-honors/sites/" style="width: 716px; height: 600px;"></p></p style="margin-left: 40px;"></hr></hr></br></hr class="gr-progress"></br></hr></br>Migration: Rhetoric and Reality - DHC Spring Miniversity, 19 Apr 2017 09:41:57<p>Did you know that despite political rhetoric, immigrants from Mexico have a crime rate as low, and, in some research, lower, than non-immigrants. The U.S. Government has in more recent years treated the civil violations of immigration laws as criminal rather than purely civil. This “crimmigration” has been focused upon the Mexico/U.S. border, not the U.S. /Canada border.&nbsp; The history of U.S/Mexico border relations is important to understand to address the events and policies of today. Also, while the chaos and migration in the Middle-East is often presented as a consequence of non-state terrorism, nation-states in the Middle-East and elsewhere have been significant in creating the massive migration due to war and conflict. Join us in understanding these and other issues and possible solutions to these man made problems. May 9, 16, 23 and 30 at 5:30pm.</p><p>May 9<br>Dr. Susana Flores<br>"And Some, I Assume, Are Good People: An Immigrant Counterstory"</p><p>May 16<br>Dr. Gilberto Garcia<br>"Mexico-U.S. Immigration Policy: A Historical View"</p><p>May 23<br>Dr. Chuck Reasons<br>"Crimmigration: The Criminalizing of Immigrants"</p><p>May 30<br>Dr. Anne Cubilié<br>"Middle East Migration, War and Chaos"</p></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br>Megafires Explored at CWU Presentation October 18, 13 Oct 2016 10:24:41<p><img alt="" src="/douglas-honors/sites/" style="width: 450px; height: 260px;"></p><p>Megafires—raging wildfires that consume 100,000 acres or more—are becoming more prevalent, especially in the West, according to researcher Paul Hessburg, of the Pacific Northwest Research Station and the University of Washington. He will speak on “Era of Megafires,” a mix-media presentation at Central Washington University at 7:00 p.m. on October 18, in Science II, room 103. The event is free and open to the public.<br>&nbsp;<br>Hessburg has conducted fire and landscape ecology research for more than 27 years. The presentation will consist of fast-moving, short, topic-based talks interspersed with compelling video vignettes. It features the work of wildfire photographer John Marshall.</p><p>“This is a phenomenal presentation about wildfire,” said Professor Susan Kaspari, CWU Geological Sciences. “Please join us if you are interested, and spread the word to people you think would be interested. This is very relevant for Kittitas County.”</p><p>The 70-minute multi-media travelling presentation is designed to educate audiences about wildfire, and the natural role it plays in the forest environment. It examines the part humans play in the wildfire equation and the significant increase in the incidence of megafires in the past decade. The presentation will also explore developing solutions to catastrophic fires.</p><p>A trailer for the presentation can be viewed here:</p><p>CWU’s new Science II building is located near the Student Union Recreation Building, adjacent to the Japanese Garden. Attendees may enter through the northwest and southwest doors of Science II. Parking at CWU lots is free after 4:30 p.m. and on weekends except in specially marked spaces or in residence hall lots.</p><p>“Era of Megafires” is part of the “Hazards, Risk, and Resilience in the Pacific Northwest” course that Kaspari and Professor Anne Egger teach in the Douglas Honors College fall quarter.</p><p>The Cascadia Hazards Institute provided financial support for this event.</p><p>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,<br>&nbsp;</p></br></br></br>Mass Incarceration Addressed in Spring Miniversity, 25 Apr 2016 10:16:27<p>Did you know the United States has the highest incarceration rate in the world? And that blacks and Latinos are greatly overrepresented among those under correctional supervision (probation/prisons/jails and parole)? Central Washington University’s Douglas Honors College Miniversity will explore how this situation evolved over the last several decades. The four-week symposia will address the policies and practices that created this problem and those that can help reduce this kind of racial injustice.</p><p>The course will meet the first four Tuesdays in May at 6:30 p.m. in Language and Literature building, room 103F. People may register online at; there is no charge for this course. Register early, as space is limited. Parking in CWU lots is free after 4:30 p.m., except in specially marked spaces and in residence hall lots.</p><p>In this course, there will be four different speakers to address different facts of this complex problem.<br><br>May 3<br>Introduction to Mass Incarceration<br>Chuck Reasons, is a professor in CWU’s Law and Justice Department. In addition to a doctorate in sociology, Reasons also holds a law degree from the University of British Columbia Law School. Reasons specializes in law, criminology, criminal justice and minorities, crime, and comparative homicide between Canada and the United States.<br><br>May 10<br>Mass Incarceration and the Law<br>Teresa Divine is a lawyer, specializing in criminal and civil law and procedure, family law, and correctional law. She is also an associate professor and associate graduate faculty in CWU’s Law and Justice Department. Divine specializes in criminal and civil law and procedure, family law, and correctional law.<br><br>May 17&nbsp;<br>Mass Incarceration and Women<br>Mindie Dieu is associate dean for student achievement and a professor in CWU’s Department of English. She has taught courses in state prisons, and has written about her experiences with inmates.</p><p>May 24&nbsp;<br>Reducing Mass Incarceration<br>Roger Schaefer is a professor in the CWU’s Department of Law and Justice. His research interests include sex offender community supervision, correctional dynamics and discourse, and correctional program evaluation.</p><p><br>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,</p><p>4/25/16</p></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br>Gain Confidence in Your Writing: DHC Miniversity Features Essential English, 21 Jan 2016 13:41:08<p>Do the rules of grammar confound you? Would you like to feel more confident in your writing? Improve your communication skills with acclaimed English Professor Emeritus Gerald Stacy at the Douglas Honors College Miniversity. The winter symposium is “Their, They’re, There . . . It’s Only Grammar,” a four-week seminar designed to polish your grammar skills.</p><p>In this course, you will learn how to avoid the most common grammar errors, and become a more effective communicator. The course meets every Tuesday in February, beginning February 2, at 6:30 p.m. in the Language and Literature building, room 103. Parking in CWU lots is free after 4:30 p.m. and on weekends, except for specially designated spaces and resident hall lots.</p><p>The course is $20, payable on the first day of class, by cash or check. Space is limited, so register early! Go to to sign up today.</p><p><br><strong>Become a Douglas Honors College Renaissance Scholar!</strong><br>Are you curious about your world? Would you like to explore it with like-minded seekers, led by award-winning professors? Central Washington University’s William O. Douglas Honors College is hosting a series of four-week symposia designed to nurture your sense of wonder about the world.</p><p>Mark your calendars for the Spring Quarter Symposium, Mass Incarceration and Racial Justice, beginning in April.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,</p></br></br>