CWUNewsNews Air Cooling Alert, 30 Jun 2015 12:35:00<p>June 30, 2015<br><br>One of the chillers in the Central Plant that provides campus air conditioning failed Friday, June 26. Representatives of McQuay, the chiller manufacturer, arrived on site Monday to begin diagnosing the problem and to give us guidance.<br><br>The campus cooling system is running at maximum load with no available headroom. We are able to adequately cool most campus buildings to 72 degrees, barring unforeseen problems or spikes in temperatures. It might be necessary to increase temperature settings to 78 degrees or higher to stretch the cooling capacity to the most buildings. A further decrease in cooling capacity could result in a significant number of buildings having little to no air conditioning.<br><br>As temperatures rise, building equipment is pushed to a point where it begins to lose operating integrity and can fail for one reason or another. If that occurs, inside temperatures climb to uncomfortable levels. With temperatures expected to top 100 degrees for another week, FMD is developing contingency plans and scenarios for which buildings will be cooled and which might see increased temperatures should the second chiller unit fail.<br><br>In the meantime, FMD is looking for available rental chillers that could provide additional cooling capacity. We have located a couple of smaller chiller units in Portland and Vancouver that combined will replace most of the lost cooling capacity. We continue to look for a larger, single unit that could meet our cooling load. Others are also trying to secure portable chiller units and competition for supply is increasing by the hour. The rental units are about $45,000 per month, plus transportation and connection costs.</p></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br>Summer Custodial Teams, 11 May 2015 14:08:16<p>This beautiful campus is in the hands of custodial staff. Students identify the grounds and buildings as one of the top reasons they choose Central. That makes our job one of the most important at the university. Our teamwork and dedication has truly made this campus a gem of the state and set high expectations for us all.</p><p>In order to continue this level of service, this summer FMD custodial employees will be working in teams to learn new buildings, new systems, and new skills. Approaching work in teams of three will help ensure we have the person-power and the know-how we need to be effective no matter what:<br>• no matter what building we’re in<br>• no matter how busy things get<br>• no matter if people need to take a sick day or even take a new job</p><p><strong>Time to learn new systems</strong><br>The slightly slower summer schedule gives us the opportunity to learn the secrets of each building on campus, from locating equipment storage to learning new security systems. Unbelievably, our buildings and their systems range in age from 1 to more than 100.&nbsp; If we have to fill in for someone, we might need to figure out how to get underneath the 1940s barracks that house International Studies, or know the digital code that unlocks a lab.</p><p><strong>Backing up and filling in</strong><br>Everyone has days when they’re sick and can’t come to work. From time to time, retirements and professional changes leave other positions unfilled. Regardless, there’s work to be done! Being familiar with buildings and systems other than our regular assignments means we have our co-worker’s back—and they have ours.</p><p><strong>Help handling the crowds</strong><br>CWU is a destination for students, conference, athletes, and many other groups. Ensuring top quality readiness—and a speedy recovery—will be easier if others can lend a hand when needed. Working and thinking as a team will help us help each other when the pressure is on.&nbsp; And understanding each others’ roles gives each of us a stake in upholding high standards of cleanliness, no matter what building we find ourselves in.</p><p><strong>Time for deep cleaning and project work</strong><br>Everyone has a to-do list of projects you just can’t fit into the regular work schedule. This summer our teams will attack some of the deep cleaning and project work we’ve not been able to get to during the school year.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Money in the bank means student help this fall</strong><br>Students can provide tremendous support during the academic year when demand is greatest on residence halls and academic facilities. This summer our team plan will provide additional help where it is most needed, and we’ll save enough money over the summer to hire students to lend a hand this fall.</p></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br>Wildcat Worker Wednesday for the week features Brooke Reeves!, 07 Jan 2015 08:13:29<p>Brooke was nominated by her supervisor Lee Davis. Lee stated “Brooke is my senior Mail Services worker and she has not only performed her daily duties in an outstanding manner she also helps train new employees. As a Lead in Mail Services I operate Mail Services and Shipping with ONLY student employees. Brooke is a team member, trainer and an outstanding worker. In my absence during sick days or vacations Brooke is able to step in and complete my daily tasks as a Mail Services Lead. Brooke is dedicated to her duties and enjoys her job and eagerly trains new workers. Her willingness to help out in Receiving, Central Stores and the Facilities front office when her duties are complete has not gone unnoticed. Her smile and happy outlook every day is infectious and welcomed. Always on time, ready and willing to learn more. An outstanding employee that I can and do rely on. Her daily performance is sterling!”</p><p><br>When Brooke was asked what she most likes about her job she stated, “Working at the mail room has been a great experience. I like that I’m not sitting behind a desk all day, and that I get to travel around campus and meet different people. The mail room has accommodated my schedule which is very convenient. The mail room also allows me to work full time in the summer, and I am from Ellensburg so it’s nice because I don’t have to worry about finding another job. Another thing that I enjoy is that I get the opportunity to work with some awesome people which makes the job even better.”</p><p><br>Congratulations Brooke! Keep up the good work!<br>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p></br></br></br>12th Man Flag Now Proudly Flying Over CWU, 16 Jan 2014 08:50:07<p><span style="line-height: 1.4;"><img alt="" src="/facility/sites/" style="width: 500px; height: 289px;">To show Central Washington University’s support for the Seahawks heading into Sunday’s NFC Championship game with San Francisco in Seattle, the university today hoisted two Seahawks </span>12th<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> Man flags. The first top Barge Hall and a second in the university’s Flag Pavilion.</span></p><p>You can watch a video of the flag raising<a href="*/MTR3j6hZjkY"> here</a>.</p><p>The idea came from CWU custodial maintenance crewmembers Loran Allen and Joe Allemand, after they heard about Governor Jay Inslee’s proclamation declaring Blue Friday in Washington.&nbsp; Allen and Allemand are part of a crew in charge of the flags flown across campus.</p><p>“Loran and I had seen that the governor had signed a proclamation to make it Blue Friday last Friday,’” Allemand explains. "We thought we'd talk to President [James L.] Gaudino about the possibility of flying the 12th Man flag on&nbsp; Barge [Hall]."</p><p>They subsequently approached the president with their idea, which he heartily supported.</p><p>“Since most of our students and alumni live in Washington—particularly around the Puget Sound region—they’re certainly rooting for the Seahawks,” Gaudino says. “Since our students and alumni are the essence of the university, it’s appropriate that the university supports them, and the Seahawks, by putting up the 12th Man flag.”</p><p>The flags will fly at least through next Monday. With a Hawks’ victory, which will put them in the Super Bowl, they will continue to wave at least through Monday, February 3.</p><p>Allen, who says he’s been a Seahawks’ fan since the team’s inaugural season in 1976, acknowledged, “Raising the 12th Man flag on top of Barge was pretty cool. You could hear all the cheers down on the street and know that we were representing eastern Washington for the Seattle Seahawks, and the state agencies.”</p><p>Gaudino grew up in Napa, California, as a San Francisco 49ers fan. As to which team he’s backing this weekend, Gaudino said only, “I’m just hoping for a good, exciting game, because one of my favorite two teams will be going to the Super Bowl.”</p><p>Media contact: Robert Lowery, CWU Public Affairs, 509-963-1487,</p></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;">CWU Leadership Team Reorganizes to Focus on Responsibility Centered Management, 16 Jan 2014 08:44:42<p><img alt="" src="/facility/sites/" style="width: 466px; height: 228px;">Central Washington University President James L. Gaudino today announced a reorganization of the university’s leadership team that will bring new focus to implementing Responsibility Centered Management (RCM) planning for new demands upon university operations, and addressing the June retirement of Chief of Staff Sherer Holter.</p><p>Holter will immediately move to the position of vice president of operations, which she will hold through June. Stevan DeSoer, chief human resources officer, will assume the role of vice president of operations on July 1, following Holter’s retirement.&nbsp;</p><p>Linda Schactler, who has served as the executive director of public affairs since 2010, will add the chief of staff duties to her current assignment. George Clark, vice president of finance and business services/chief financial officer, will focus exclusively on university finance: budgeting, auxiliary services, finance, payroll, and enrollment management.</p><p>Gaudino said the adjustments position the cabinet to address new financial, social, and political realities that confront the university.</p><p>“Along with the provost, this experienced and talented team is prepared to address an entirely different world than the one in which we operated five years ago,” said Gaudino, noting that student enrollment has risen by 1,000 students while state funding has fallen by half. “Mr. Clark’s fiscal savvy has to focus on the culture change that Responsibility Centered Management will require.”</p><p>RCM is an approach to operations that drives decision making from the Office of the President to operational units—colleges, in the case of CWU.&nbsp; The college deans are responsible for setting priorities and generating their own revenue through student credit hours. Good decisions reward the colleges that make them and also benefit the university generally. In addition, RCM emphasizes the importance of faculty shared governance in shaping academic units.</p><p>Gaudino said Clark's new fiscal challenges also would include implementing a new budgeting system and transitioning from an accounting system dependent on thousands of&nbsp; “project identification” numbers (PIDs) to a modern and efficient “chart of accounts.”&nbsp; The new system will provide a better understanding of the university’s financial health by articulating the accounts that define each class of items for which money is spent or received.</p><p>The vice president of operations will lead the departments of Information Services, Information Security, Organizational Effectiveness, Facilities Management, Human Resources, Inclusivity and Diversity, and Police and Parking Services.&nbsp; President Gaudino said DeSoer is well prepared to assume the new operations position, which recognizes the extraordinary demands on and the great importance of the university's operational departments.</p><p>“It’s absolutely critical to have strong leadership in the daily operations of CWU along with someone who is a strong operational manager, like Sherer,” said Gaudino, adding that Holter has led the rapid and significant upgrade of university information systems in just a few months. “Steve brings operational understanding and knowledge of the university to this role and will ensure a smooth and transparent transition for our staff and the university. His expertise helps to ensure that we continue to attract a diverse and highly skilled workforce.”</p><p>DeSoer has more than 20 years of experience in higher education and shared governance, having worked at Washington State University and in the University of Alaska system prior to coming to CWU. He holds a master’s degree in education from Boston University.&nbsp; A national search for the new chief human resource officer will begin immediately.</p><p>Schactler assumes chief of staff responsibilities in addition to those of her current position as executive director of Public Affairs, which includes state and federal government relations, marketing, media relations, issue management, and university communications. The chief of staff develops and manages special projects for the president, provides coordination, and acts as liaison with campus officials, and external constituents on all matters of interest to the president, along with serving as secretary to the Board of Trustees.</p><p>“Linda has the common sense, discretion, and organizational skills that this fast-paced position requires,” said Gaudino, noting that Schactler served in a similar capacity as deputy director of the state’s Higher Education Coordinating Board from 1996 to 2000.&nbsp;</p><p>Schactler holds a master of arts in English Literature from Washington University (St. Louis). She previously operated an Olympia-based public affairs business and provided issue management and government relations services for CWU for 10 years. She also served as the communications director for the Washington State Senate.</p><p><br>Media contact: Linda Schactler, executive director of CWU Public Affairs, 509-607-4103,<br>&nbsp;</p></br></br>Quick Response, Repair Keeps SURC Functioning, 15 Aug 2013 12:42:57<p><img alt="" src="/facility/sites/" style="width: 320px; height: 320px; "></p><p>When CWU facilities management crews began repairing a concrete pad at the SURC’s south loading dock, a gas line separated, necessitating a brief evacuation. The City of Ellensburg Fire Department was dispatched, the gas line was shut off, and fresh air was circulated throughout the building, to ensure the safety and health of the occupants. The building was reoccupied at 11:00 a.m. CWU’s Facilities Management Department will finish removing the concrete and then the city will repair the pipe and turn the gas back on. The dining facilities at the SURC were minimally affected—only one grill and the deep fat fryers operate on gas. The kitchens still have electric and steam cooking capabilities.&nbsp;</p><p>August 15, 2013</p>