CWUNewsNews Is the Month of Giving, 05 Nov 2014 14:19:47<p><img alt="" src="/douglas-honors/sites/" style="width: 200px; height: 200px; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px; float: left;">Dear Campus Community,</p><p>November is the month of giving.</p><p>I hope you will join me in celebrating and participating in the Washington State Combined Fund Drive (CFD). This statewide project leverages millions for local communities. Our contributions to CFD can support the work we hold most important anywhere in the state.</p><p>Both active and retired Washington State public employees may participate in this program, the fourth largest public employee giving program in the nation. About 5,000 individuals pledge more than $5 million each year, benefitting more than 3,800 local, national and global charities. Those are big numbers and CWU's participation can make them even bigger.</p><p>Making a donation is easy. Simply follow this link; Just choose from the list of participating organizations and pledge your 2014 CFD contribution. If you prefer, fill out a contribution form and take it to the CWU Department of Human Resources in Bouillon Hall. CFD makes giving easy by allowing monthly, recurring and limited-time contributions. You can even write a personal check or authorize payroll deductions through the CWU payroll system. You decide what works best for you.</p><p>Some CWU employees are already giving their time to this effort. Special thanks go to the CWU Giving Committee:</p><p>Michelle Adams &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;Stephanie Harris&nbsp;&nbsp; Leona Lindvig<br>Joseph Bryant &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Linda Huber &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Melody Madlem<br>Edna Comedy (Chairperson) &nbsp; &nbsp; Drue Larson &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Charity McCright<br>Sarah Feeney&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Claire Layman &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Tracy Plouse<br>Lindsey Ulrich</p><p>Remember:&nbsp; The amount you give isn’t what’s important. Every dollar helps support important community services. Help CWU reach 100-percent participation in CFD this year. With your help, we can do it!</p><p><img alt="" src="/douglas-honors/sites/" style="width: 138px; height: 61px;"><br>James L. Gaudino<br>President</p><p>&nbsp;</p>Two DHC Instructors Honored as 2014 Distinguished Professors, 21 May 2014 11:28:47<p><img alt="" src="/douglas-honors/sites/" style="width: 500px; height: 291px;"></p><p>The designation of Distinguished Professor is the highest award attainable at CWU and represents the highest level of performance. Each year, nominations are sought in four categories--teaching, service, and research/creative expression for tenured professors, and a non-tenure track distinguished faculty award for teaching.</p><p>This year's honors go to Matthew Altman, philosophy and religious studies, for research; Lila Harper, English, for non-tenure-track teaching; and Shari Stoddard, art, teaching. The award for service was not granted this year.</p><p>Altman has a passionate commitment to both teaching and research. Of the relation between the two, he says, “I entered this profession because I wanted to teach philosophy, so my research is never divorced from the work I am doing with students both in and out of the classroom.” He works primarily in applied ethics, Kant and nineteenth-century philosophy, and normative ethics, but he also teaches and publishes on social and political philosophy, the philosophy of law, and the philosophy of art. Despite his many duties as department chair (and recently as director of the Douglas Honors College), Altman is a prolific writer, and has published four books in the past six years, in addition to numerous articles, book chapters, reviews, and encyclopedia entries.</p><p>An expert in 19th-century British literature, Harper has broad interests within the field, contributing nine articles and book chapters on the relationships between&nbsp; natural history, mathematics, and science fiction, and publishing two books. As a teacher of writing, she has written instructional manuals for Writing and Reading Across the Curriculum. She not only teaches first-year composition and Introduction to Literature, she also has taught classes on writing in the computer sciences for the Department of Computer Science. In addition, she taught classes for the Douglas Honors Colleges, from Ecological Imperialism and Women’s Travel Writing to Senior Thesis. Described as “exceptional” by students, Harper has been at CWU since 1989. In addition to being the graduate school’s thesis editor since 2002, she is also a past faculty advisor for the University Writing Center.</p><p>Stoddard, who joined the CWU art faculty in 2002, has taught art education at Indiana University, the University of South Carolina, and Ball State University. Stoddard's resume contains an extensive list of papers presented at international, national, regional, and local conferences on topics such as including aesthetics and art criticism in elementary school curricula, cooperative learning strategies, and reflective thinking. She is recognized as both an educator and as an artist. After 14 years as Director of the Visual Art Teaching Program, Stoddard will retire at the end of this academic year.</p><p>There will be a recognition ceremony and reception to honor these and outstanding members of the CWU academic community at 5:00 p.m. on May 19 in the SURC Ballroom. Distinguished professors will also be recognized at the Honors Convocation on June 13.</p><p>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,</p><p><strong>Article Source: <a href="">cwu news</a></strong></p>SOURCE Showcases CWU Scholarship and Creative Expression, 14 May 2014 07:52:50<p><img alt="" src="/douglas-honors/sites/" style="width: 251px; height: 320px; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px; float: left;"></p><p>The Symposium On University Research and Creative Expression (SOURCE) celebrates its 19th year dedicated to student scholarship at Central Washington University. On the Ellensburg campus, SOURCE will be held from 8:10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on May 15 in the Student Union Recreation Center. The event is free and open to the public.</p><p>The symposium provides students, faculty and staff from all departments and units with a platform to present their individual or collaborative scholarly work, while providing a forum for sharing and celebrating that scholarship with the university and broader community.</p><p>“SOURCE just gets better every year,” said organizer Kara Gabriel, CWU professor, psychology. “The students keep raising the bar on the quality of their presentations.”</p><p>SOURCE 2014 celebrates 361 presentations with 604 listed authors and co-authors. All presentations are mentored by faculty or staff at CWU. This year, mentors are also from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Yakima Valley Community College, and Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences as well as Ellensburg High School, Selah Junior High School, Walter Strom Middle School, Chief Joseph Middle School in Richland, and Chief Kanim Middle School in Fall City."</p><p>This year’s symposium features many distinct types of presentations, including 138 oral presentations, 3 panel presentations, 22 creative expression performances or presentations, 143 poster presentations with 9 more at satellite campuses, 27 constructed objects, and 13 creative works, including a fashion show with eight designs. Information about the presentations may be found in the SOURCE handbook, online at</p><p>Students from CWU’s Puget Sound area centers are also participating. SOURCE-Des Moines will be held on Tuesday, May 13, from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. in the Higher Education Center, Bldg 29. SOURCE-Lynnwood will be held on Wednesday, May 14, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. in Snoqualmie Hall.</p><p>For more information about SOURCE, go to</p><p>Student Travis Rossignol designed the cover art for SOURCE 2014.</p><p>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,</p>“What is Happiness” course inspires students, 05 May 2014 12:08:42<p>A group of students in the DHC course titled “What is Happiness” decided to spread what they had learned by starting “Happy Day” at CWU.</p><p>The event took place in the SURC yesterday morning and afternoon, ending just before Student Appreciation Day Activities kicked off.</p><p>“What is Happiness” is a course taught by Natalie Lupton made up of about 12 students. The class involved a class project that the students were allowed to come up with themselves. The class chose to put on an event promoting happiness called “Happy day.”</p><p>Sophomore students BriAnne Pauley and Danielle Brandli were the coordinators for the event which included free prizes, henna tattoos and outdoor activities such as bocce ball.</p><p>The event doesn’t correlate with any national holidays but was strategically placed at the end of the quarter when students are stressed out with projects and finals.</p><p>Local businesses such as Dominos, Pitta Pit and Royal Sports contributed gift cards which were raffled off for free. A steady stream of students participated in tie-dying, bracelet making, slack lining and henna.</p><p>Yessica Martin participated in Happy day and was particularly excited about the henna tattoos.</p><p>“I think it’s very fun and it definitely ties us together as a school,” said Marquez.</p><p>Tyler Alling, a sophomore molecular biology and ecology major is part of the Douglass Honors College and helped hand out flowers to passersby.</p><p>“I think that what this club is doing is great,” Alling said.</p><p>Alling plans to join the new happiness club, which will officially start next Fall.</p><p>Brandli and Pauley will be in charge of the happiness club, to be titled “students in pursuit of happiness” club. Brandli will serve as president while Pauley will be vice president.</p><p>The club hopes to put on events similar to Happy Day at least twice next year. The club will also do activities such as handing out flowers and holding forums on happiness.</p><p>This year’s happy day included speech by Dr. Ken Briggs speech on the correlation between positive behavior and happiness at noon, a performance from Jazz Band III, piano performing and a free showing of Patch Adams put on by the Neuroscience club. The Central Washington Artists United club provided art for students.</p><p>The goal of the event was to keep everything free. For coordinator Pauley, that was the best part.</p><p>“I think it’s just seeing people’s faces when we tell them this is for free,” Pauley said in response to being asked what part of the process made her the most happy.</p><p>“All of the planning and putting it together was really hard but it was really fun,” Brandli said.</p><p>Those interested in the Students in the Pursuit of Happiness cub should email Danielle Brandli at</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Written by CONNIE MORGAN, staff reporter of the <a href="">CWU Observer student newspaper</a></p>CWU’s Douglas Honors College Continues Record Growth, 01 Oct 2012 11:18:31<p>ELLENSBURG, Wash. (October 1, 2012) -- The William O. Douglas Honors College (DHC) at Central Washington University has enrolled a total of 183 students for the 2012-2013 academic year, including 48 first-year students, more than at any point in its more than 35-year history.</p><p>“Because of its support for the Douglas Honors College, Central is attracting some of the best and brightest students from throughout the Northwest,” said Matthew Altman, director of program. “Average high school GPAs and standardized test scores for entering DHC students have increased in recent years, and this year is no exception. We’re bringing more high-performing students to Central.”</p><p>The DHC is also known for its guest speakers, its frequent cultural field trips, and the students it sends annually to present their work at the Western Regional Honors Council Conference. From 2008 to 2012, 53 DHC students attended the conference, and each year the college sends the largest student delegation.</p><p>Altman said that the DHC is also making a greater effort to recruit local high school graduates into the program.</p><p>To boost enrollment, the university worked to overhaul its honors curriculum, changing from a Great Books program to a thematically based series of courses in the humanities, arts, and social and physical sciences. The new program was unveiled in fall 2009, and it is open to both recent high school graduates and transfer students. One incentive is the partial tuition waiver that each honors student receives.</p><p>The new DHC curriculum is composed of two parts. The core curriculum is distinctive among programs in the Northwest for its interdisciplinary coursework, small class sizes, and the participation of faculty from throughout the university. In the upper-division courses, students perform research with faculty mentors and write theses of publishable quality, an experience that prepares them well for either graduate school or the job market.</p><p><br>Media contact: Matthew Altman, director, Douglas Honors College, 509-963-1440,<br>Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,</p>