CWUEducation Foundation NewsEducation Foundation News alumnus flies wounded veterans, 28 Dec 2015 07:46:05<p><img alt="" src="/education-foundation/sites/" style="width: 498px; height: 280px;"></p><p>Central Washington University [education and aerospace] alum and retired U.S. Air Force Colonel Richard “Dick” Iversen is helping post-9/11 wounded veterans travel easier by piloting free private flights with his longtime friend Jeff Hendricks.</p><p>Many of the wounded soldiers Iversen, 72, and Hendricks, fly are missing limbs, which makes travel through traditional airlines difficult. Through the work of Jeff-Air (named after Hendricks) and the Veterans Airlift Command, they are able to give wounded veterans a personal flight that accommodates their disabilities. There is no security to go through, and no one to tell them to rush or that they’re in the wrong seat.</p><p>Read more of this story in the<a href=""> Daily Record</a>.</p>CWU Education Administrator Ranks Teacher Shortage a Crisis, 09 Oct 2015 08:55:13<p><a href="" target="_blank">Read article on Central Today</a></p>Boeing CEO creates endowed scholarship for STEM Teachers, 12 Aug 2015 08:43:35<p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/education-foundation/sites/" style="width: 500px; height: 333px;"></p><p>Students studying the sciences just got a financial boost from legendary <a href="" target="_blank">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.....<a href="" target="_blank">Read More</a></p></p style="text-align: center;">CWU Presentation to Focus on Repatriation of WWII Veterans, 05 May 2015 12:05:40<p>A majority of history books date the end of World War II to Japanese surrender ceremonies aboard USS Missouri or the demobilization of returning US soldiers in 1945 and 1946.&nbsp;</p><p>“We would make the case that the real end of World War II wasn’t until the remains of more than 171,000 deceased servicemen and women were removed from temporary burial sites and transferred--with dignity--to their final resting places,” says Central Washington University education professor Naomi Petersen.&nbsp;</p><p>In honor of Memorial Day, CWU will host “A Salute to Survivors, Supporters, and Service Members” on Thursday, May 7, at 3:00 p.m. in the Student Union and Recreation Center Ballroom. A portion of the ceremony will focus on special US Army trains, which were used to return and repatriate deceased American soldiers.</p><p>Petersen, from CWU’s Educational Foundations and Curriculum department, will present the research she conducted on the subject, with retired US Air Force Lt. Col. James Murrie, who will also attend the event.</p><p>“This is a fascinating story of collaboration across armed services, intermodal transportation, [and] forensic science,” Petersen notes. “[It’s] a historic effort to honor the wishes of family members regarding the dignified return of the remains of their loved ones.”</p><p>It is based on “The Last Train Ride: The Repatriation of the World War II Fallen,” by Petersen and Murrie, which is published this month in Railroad History Journal.&nbsp;</p><p>“The event will provide some career context for the [CWU Army and Air Force] cadets and an opportunity for informal discussion with veterans and family members,” Petersen added.&nbsp;</p><p>It will also offer an opportunity to honor veterans and their families, and to share the grief of losing loved ones and comrades, Petersen points out.</p><p>May 5, 2015</p><p><strong>Media contact: </strong>Robert Lowery, director of Content Development, 509-963-1487,</p>Another CWU Education Graduate Receives Award, 20 Nov 2014 08:53:00<p><img alt="" src="/education-foundation/sites/" style="width: 150px; height: 172px; float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px;"></p><p>Another CWU alum has been selected as a Washington Teacher of the Year.</p><p>Anndria Cook, ’12, has been selected by her peers across the state as the Washington Art Education Association’s Teacher of the Year at their recent annual conference in Tukwila.....<a href="" target="_blank">Read More</a></p>National Teacher of the Year returns to the routine in Zillah, 31 Jul 2014 11:36:54<p><img alt="" src="/education-foundation/sites/" style="width: 300px; height: 200px;"></p><p>Before Zillah High School teacher [and CWU alumnus] Jeff Charbonneau became National Teacher of the Year in the spring of 2013, he could count the number of flights he had taken on the fingers of both hands. As of late July, he has earned more than 450,000 frequent flyer miles.</p><p>He has done things most people only dream of, from meeting President Barack Obama and throwing out the first pitch at a Seattle Mariners game, to discussing education policy with the Chinese minister of education. It was all part of the job for Charbonneau as unofficial education ambassador, speaking and presenting at education conferences or to lawmakers, education officials, media and educators around the United States.</p><p>Read more of this story in the <a href="">Yakima Herald Republic.</a></p><p>Story by Rafael Guerrero</p>