CWUNewsNews Senate Meeting, Wednesday, June 4, 2014, 30 May 2014 16:48:44<p>The final 2013-14 Faculty Senate meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 4, 2014.&nbsp; The meeting will be held in Barge 412 and will start at 3:10 p.m.&nbsp; Agenda may be found at:&nbsp; <a href=""></a></p>Faculty Senate Meeting, Wednesday, May 7, 2014, 01 May 2014 11:42:25<p>The May Faculty Senate meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 7, 2014.&nbsp; The meeting will be in Barge 412 starting at 3:10 p.m.&nbsp;</p>Faculty Senate Meeting, Wednesday, April 9, 2014, 04 Apr 2014 13:04:26<p>The April Faculty Senate meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 9, 2014.&nbsp; The meeting will be held in Barge 412 starting at 3:10 p.m.&nbsp; Agenda may be viewed at :<a href=""></a></p>Faculty Senate Meeting, Wednesday, February 5, 2014, 27 Jan 2014 16:21:14<p>The February Faculty Senate meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 5, 2014.&nbsp; The meeting will start at 3:10 p.m. in Barge 412.</p>Faculty Senate Meeting, Wednesday, January 8, 2014, 03 Jan 2014 16:09:27<p>The January Faculty Senate Meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 8, 2014.&nbsp; The meeting starts at 3:10 p.m. in Barge 412.</p>Faculty Senate Meeting, Wednesday, December 4, 2013, 25 Nov 2013 13:44:08<p>The December Faculty Senate meeting will be Wednesday, December 4, 2013 starting at 3:10 in Barge 412.</p><p>The agenda may be found at:&nbsp; <a href="/faculty-senate/sites/">/faculty-senate/sites/</a></p>Faculty Senate Meeting, Wednesday, November 6, 2013, 23 Oct 2013 14:56:28<p>The November Faculty Senate meeting will be Wednesday, November 6, 2013 starting at 3:10 p.m. in Barge 412.</p><p>The agenda will be made available November 1 at ht<a href="">tp://</a></p>CWU Preparation, Federal Plan Reduce Government Shutdown Effects on Students, 01 Oct 2013 10:46:43<p>Rapid processing of federal financial aid and federal contingency plans will protect students at Central Washington University from the most extreme effects of the shutdown of the federal government. The failure of Congress to approve a continuing budget resolution by midnight last night will disrupt the operation of federal programs, including agencies and programs that fund higher education research and many student assistance programs.</p><p>"In preparation for the imminent shutdown, CWU requested reimbursement for all federal awards that had incurred costs. However, we can only be reimbursed for funds we've spent," explained Connie Williams, associate vice president for Business and Financial Affairs. "We've received payment for about 83 percent of what has and will be spent in the next few weeks. We'll cover the remaining 17 percent until Congress agrees on a budget."</p><p>Last week CWU received a memo from US Office of Management and Budget (OMB) outlining the contingency plan for the US Department of Education (DOE) in the event of a government shutdown. The memo said work required to process Pell Grants and subsidized and unsubsidized student loans will continue as normal. Federal employees necessary to support those functions are among the agency's top priorities.</p><p>Federal reimbursements to CWU received so far total about $13.7 million in federal loans and $70,000 for the Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG), a federal assistance grant reserved for college students with the greatest financial need. As of close of business yesterday, the last day of the federal fiscal year, Williams said about $5 million in loan packages had been offered to, but not officially accepted by, students. If the aid is accepted within the next week, CWU may have to cover those payments until Congress approves a budget.</p><p>Of the total Pell grant funding of $5.5 million, CWU has allocated and received federal payment for about $4 million. Williams said CWU also will hold Pell recipients harmless from the effects of the government shutdown.</p><p>"The bottom line is that students, who were awarded and have accepted federal financial grants and loans by September 30, should not be affected by the federal government shut down," said Williams.&nbsp;</p><p>CWU federal research and non-research funding also may be affected, because reimbursement requests for other grants and contracts are typically processed after September 30, the last day of the federal fiscal year. Funding processing may be suspended until a continuing resolution is approved. The university will be able to submit requests for new awards, but they will not be processed until a new continuing resolution is adopted.</p><p>CWU already has received federal funding for the 2013-2014 school year for the McNair Scholars program, the College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP), Higher Education Program (HEP), Student Support Services (SSS), and for Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) grant, which prepares more than 2,000 middle school students in central Washington for success in college.</p><p>However, CWU’s Army ROTC program received a direct hit. Government Services employees had to be furloughed, which will delay books, tuition, room and board and monthly stipends for cadets, since appropriate paperwork cannot be processed. The program is working with the university to avoid any adverse affects on students.</p><p>At this time there is no information on any impact to veteran’s programs through CWU’s Veterans Center.</p><p>Under the contingency plan of the DOE, 90 percent of employees would be immediately furloughed. During the first week of a shutdown the agency would maintain only functions related to the discharge of the duties of presidentially-appointed, senate-confirmed individuals; the protection of life and property; and, as appropriate, the obligation, payment, and support of student financial aid as well as other pre-authorized payments and obligations.</p><p>A shutdown lasting longer than a week, could affect the processing of student loans/grants and payments. Programs using mandatory or multi-year funding from a prior year would continue to operate through a government shutdown, though likely at a slower rate with far fewer employees. The text of the full OMB Contingency Plan may be accessed at:</p><br><p>Media Contact: Linda Schactler, Executive Director of Public Affairs, 509-963-1384</p><p>October 1, 2013</p><p>&nbsp;</p>Faculty Senate Meeting, Wednesday, October 3, 2013, 17 Sep 2013 13:18:26<p>The first 2013-14 Faculty Senate meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 3rd at 3:10 p.m. in Barge 412.&nbsp; There will be a Welcome Back reception at the President's Reception Center at 5:15 for all Senators.</p>CWU Faculty Center to Open Fall 2013, 15 Jul 2013 08:57:51<p><img alt="" src="/faculty-senate/sites/" style="width: 466px; height: 228px;"></p><p>Since it opened in 1960, CWU’s Grupe Conference Center has been used as a classroom, lecture hall, and as campus and community meeting space. Beginning fall quarter, the center—located between Black and Bouillon halls—will serve a new purpose, as the university’s faculty center. CWU President James L. Gaudino endorsed the concept.</p><p>“In my meetings with academic departments around campus, the need for collaborative faculty space was a consistent theme,” Gaudino points out.</p><p>The idea of establishing such a space, where faculty members could meet and interact, also came up during the last school year, when the university’s Faculty Senate conducted a general survey of its members.</p><p>“[There was] a recurrent sense that the faculty don’t regularly interact with people outside of their departments to informally discuss their ideas,” says Eric Cheney, this year’s Faculty Senate chair.</p><p>In response to this perception of isolation, last year’s chair and CWU’s new strategic planning director, Melody Madlem, and Cheney went looking for a place that would suit as a faculty center. The Grupe Center was determined to be the best place.</p><p>The new center will offer functions for faculty that currently do not exist, and serve as an alternative to faculty office space. The 1,799-square-foot center will give CWU faculty a place to meet and collaborate readily. By providing a space for regular interdepartmental interaction, it will allow them to get to know each other and each other’s disciplines, offering opportunities to share expertise and experience.</p><p>“It will heighten the faculty’s sense of a shared university vision, helping them deliver better curriculum to students,” Cheney notes. “More interaction among faculty across departments at a faculty center should begin to build a more cohesive university vision among the faculty.”</p><p>Prior to its opening, the center will undergo basic maintenance—new paint, carpeting, and furniture. When opened, faculty will have key access to the center 24 hours a day, seven days a week.</p><p>Grupe Conference Center was named in honor of Mary A. Grupe, an early CWU researcher in experimental psychology, who served at the institution between 1897 and 1907, and from 1912 to 1929.</p><p><strong>Media contact: </strong>Robert Lowery, CWU Public Affairs, 509-963-1487,</p><p>July 15, 2013</p><p>Release prepared by Kyra Jo Garnich</p>