CWUNews FeedNews Feedhttps://www.cwu.edu/family-consumer/newsen-usChild Life Student Establishes Non-profit to Support Families of Children with Cancerhttps://www.cwu.edu/family-consumer/node/1700Sat, 08 Dec 2018 19:48:53<p>Maddie Packard, a senior child life student, has worked closely with the American Childhood Cancer Organization to establish Happy Hearts, a non-profit organization to help families with the cost of travel expenses while their child is in the hospital for chemotherapy.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="https://www.cwu.edu/family-consumer/sites/cts.cwu.edu.family-consumer/files/logohappyhearts_1.png" style="width: 400px; height: 172px;"></p><table border="0" cellpadding="1" cellspacing="1" style="width: 700px"><tbody><tr><td><p>Maddie established the charity because of her own experience nannying for a family who had been through child cancer treatment. "I was lucky enough to get to know Greta while she has been in remission, she was diagnosed with retinoblastoma stage 4 at a very young age. She is a bright, loving, sweet, brave girl and brought light to many while she was in the hospital. After being her nanny for many years and becoming close family friends with her family, I knew I wanted to help other families that have children going through cancer."</p><p>Through her expeirences in the Family and Child Life Major and Child Life Specialization, Maddie also participated in a practicum experience in a pediatric unit. "Through this experience, I have seen the impact cancer has on children and the stress families go through."</p><p>Through this new charity, Maddi hopes "to bring families a piece of ease while traveling long distances for treatment."&nbsp;</p></td><td><img alt="" src="https://www.cwu.edu/family-consumer/sites/cts.cwu.edu.family-consumer/files/maddi%201.jpg" style="width: 328px; height: 600px;"></td></tr></tbody></table><p>More information is available here: <a href="https://www.acco.org/happy-hearts-wa/">https://www.acco.org/happy-hearts-wa/&nbsp;</a></p></p style="text-align: center;"></table border="0" cellpadding="1" cellspacing="1" style="width: 700px">CWU Wins Best in Show Design for Third Consecutive Yearhttps://www.cwu.edu/family-consumer/node/1699Mon, 19 Nov 2018 16:27:22<p>Central Washington University Apparel, Textiles, and Merchandising (ATM) professor Andrea<img alt="Group photos of two students and their professor" src="/family-consumer/sites/cts.cwu.edu.family-consumer/files/images/GroupPhoto_fashion_award_ATM_10.2018-8048.jpg" style="width: 450px; height: 300px; margin: 3px; float: right;">&nbsp;Eklund and student designers Emily Martin and Maria Zepeda prove that two designers are better than one.</p><p>Two of their faculty-student co-designs were accepted into the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) blind peer design competition and one of the designs won Best in Show.</p><p>“To have two designs accepted shows the skills our students gain in the program and the high-quality work they produce,” Eklund said.</p><p>Both CWU designs were black full-length formal gowns.</p><p>The Eklund-Zepeda design has exposed shoulders, a bare midriff with ornate appliqué on the bodice, and flowing ruffles down the train.</p><p>The winning garment was a collaboration between Eklund and Martin, a recent ATM graduate. Their long-sleeved semi-transparent top with intentionally-positioned lace appliqué beat out approximately 35 designs at the competition from across the nation.</p><p>This is the third year in a row one of CWU’s accepted designs has won the best in show award. Eklund won last year for her versatile functional maternity coat and the prior year for a bridal inspired gown.</p><p><iframe class="youtube-player" frameborder="0" height="390" scrolling="no" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/M8-runaQpiU?rel=0" title="YouTube video player" type="text/html" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>“I am proud to co-design the garments with the students, it keeps me relevant and allows me to mentor them one-on-one so they learn an abundance of new techniques,” Eklund said.</p><p>Martin and Zepeda both earned their bachelor of science in Apparel, Textiles and Merchandising and minors in Apparel Design. Martin graduated this past summer, Zepeda in the summer of 2017.&nbsp;</p><p>During Eklund’s tenure, she has won numerous design awards—both national and international. As a professor she brings her talents into her teaching. The ATM program has a strong industry connection with the robust apparel industry in the Pacific Northwest which has many apparel corporate headquarters located between Everett and Portland. Seattle is the seventh largest apparel manufacturing center in the United States and the fourth largest in fashion design jobs.</p><p>Visit the <a href="https://www.cwu.edu/programs/family-and-consumer-sciences-0#2869" target="_blank">Apparel, Textiles and Merchandising web page</a> to learn more about this creative and diverse program.</p><p><em>Pictured above (l-r): Maria Zepeda, Andrea Eklund, and Emily Martin</em></p><p>Media contact: Dawn Alford, Department of Public Affairs, 509-963-1484, Dawn.Alford@cwu.edu.</p>The Big Win: College Job Experience Pays Big Dividends for Downtown Ellensburg Business Owner Megan Westhttps://www.cwu.edu/family-consumer/node/1689Mon, 25 Jun 2018 10:42:28<p><img alt="Megan West" src="/family-consumer/sites/cts.cwu.edu.family-consumer/files/images/MeganWest.jpg" style="width: 650px; height: 433px; margin: 3px;">Megan West opened Claim Clothing, a clothing boutique in downtown Ellensburg, in May 2014, nearly a year after she graduated from Central Washington University with a degree in apparel, textiles and merchandising. She also completed minors in apparel design and retail management.</p><p>A year later, West was receiving regional and statewide recognition. In 2015, West won the Enterprise Challenge, a business plan competition for business owners in Yakima and Kittitas counties. During the same year, she was named Entrepreneur of the Year by the Washington State Main Street program.</p><p>Read more of this story in the <a href="http://www.yakimaherald.com/news/business/local/the-big-win-college-job-experience-pays-big-dividends-for/article_25099b9a-762c-11e8-8394-7fdf8a580e0c.html" target="_blank">Yakima Herald-Republic</a>.</p>Family & Child Life Grad Student's Grief Group Featured in Pulsehttps://www.cwu.edu/family-consumer/node/1687Wed, 24 Jan 2018 09:19:09<p>Natalie Porter, a Family and Child Life graduate student, focused her thesis research on the experiences of emerging adults who have lost a parent. Based on her research, she developed a grief group for emerging adults and is currently facilitating the group through the Family Resource Center. Natalie and her group were recently featured in an article in the CWU Pulse Magazine. Way to go, Natalie! Check out the article here:&nbsp;</p><p style="text-align: center;"><a href="/family-consumer/sites/cts.cwu.edu.family-consumer/files/Pulse_Grief%20Group.pdf"><img alt="" src="/family-consumer/sites/cts.cwu.edu.family-consumer/files/pulse%20article.jpg" style="width: 200px; height: 303px;"></a></p><p style="text-align: center;">For more information about <a href="http://www.cwu.edu/family/fig">the grief group</a>, visit the Family Resource Center website:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.cwu.edu/family/">http://www.cwu.edu/family/</a></p></p style="text-align: center;"></p style="text-align: center;">CWU Poverty Simulation Provides Students and Community Unique Insighthttps://www.cwu.edu/family-consumer/node/1686Wed, 17 Jan 2018 14:59:07<p><img alt="Poverty Re-einactment" src="/family-consumer/sites/cts.cwu.edu.family-consumer/files/images/poverty_renactment_family_child_life_Jan_2017-0065.jpg" style="width: 650px; height: 439px; margin: 3px;">Imagine having to choose between buying food and paying the electric bill or selling your belongings to afford needed medications. Central Washington University is offering the community and students a hands-on lesson in poverty during the 5th Annual Poverty Simulation on January 27 from 1 to 4 p.m. in the SURC Ballroom.</p><p>A poverty simulation is a role-playing exercise designed to build a greater awareness of the issues facing low-income families and the challenges they face.</p><p>“It’s a deep dive for many who’ve never personally experienced poverty, and a chance for those who have to share their perspectives,” said assistant professor of <a href="http://www.cwu.edu/family-consumer/family-and-child-life" target="_blank">Family and Child Life</a> Sarah Feeney.</p><p>During the exercise participants will navigate four 15-minute “weeks” as a member of a low-income family, and community volunteers will play the role of local services and businesses. A conversation will follow about how the experiences of families in the simulation relate to issues in our community, as well as potential solutions and actions.</p><p>Last year, the event had record attendance of more than 70 participants and 20 volunteer representatives from HopeSource, Kittitas Housing Authority, Merritt Resource Services, The City of Ellensburg, and Bright Beginnings for Kittitas County. This year, County Commissioner Obie O’Brien has volunteered to participate, further expanding community involvement.</p><p>Feeney organizes this event as part of a class, but believes that the Poverty Simulation is beneficial to all college students and the community as a whole.</p><p>For more information about the Poverty Simulation, contact Sarah Feeney at 509-963-2292, Sarah.Feeney@cwu.edu.</p><p>Media contact: Dawn Alford, Department of Public Affairs, 509-963-1484, Dawn.Alford@cwu.edu.&nbsp;</p>CWU's Pop-Up Thrift Boutique Brings Affordable Fashion to Ellensburghttps://www.cwu.edu/family-consumer/node/1683Thu, 26 Oct 2017 08:03:53<p><img alt="" src="/family-consumer/sites/cts.cwu.edu.family-consumer/files/images/CWU-atm%20logo.jpg" style="width: 165px; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; float: left; height: 165px;">Because fabulous clothes deserve a second look, new and gently used name-brand clothing, accessories, shoes, and more will be available at the Pop-up Thrift Boutique. This is the second year that Central Washington University Student Fashion Association and the Apparel, Textiles and Merchandising Program will host the sale.</p><p>The Thrift Boutique will be held Friday, November 3 from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Saturday, November 4, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The sale will take place at the Kittitas County Fairgrounds in the Naneum room.</p><p>A wide range of sizes include an extensive plus size selection will be available, along with men’s clothing.</p><p><img alt="" src="/family-consumer/sites/cts.cwu.edu.family-consumer/files/images/pop-up%20boutique.jpeg" style="width: 300px; height: 300px; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; float: right;"></p><p>This project serves the purpose of providing new or gently used fashionable clothing to community members at thrift store prices. Student Fashion Association members will have an opportunity to merchandise the product, work with customers, and it provides a hands-on learning experience.</p><p>The Thrift Boutique is a fundraiser for the Student Fashion Association, all proceeds will go towards the students' field experience to the New York fashion industry in February. During the field experience, they will network with industry professionals, make connections for future internships and post-graduation positions, and learn about current industry trends in various sectors.</p><p>Media Contact: Andrea Eklund, Associate Professor &amp; Program Coordinator, Apparel, Textiles and Merchandising, 509-963-2067, andrea.eklund@cwu.edu</p><p>October 26, 2017</p>CWU Professor and Mother Invents Versatile Maternity Jackethttps://www.cwu.edu/family-consumer/node/1679Wed, 09 Aug 2017 09:54:20<p>A Central Washington University professor in Ellensburg wins a national competition for her one-of-a-kind design for a jacket. The inspiration for it? Her own pregnancy.</p><p>When Andrea Eklund, a professor of the Apparel, Textiles, and Merchandising program at CWU was just starting out as a new mom to now 1-year-old son James. It took a lot of work to keep her and the baby warm in the winter.</p><p>"I was putting on my winter jacket and then a baby carrier and then him and a blanket over the baby carrier, and I felt like the little boy from A Christmas Story," said Eklund.</p><p>That struggle inspired her to design a functional coat that had pregnancy in mind but was also fashionable.</p><p>Read the entire story and watch the video on <a href="http://www.nbcrightnow.com/story/36092762/cwu-professor-and-mother-invents-versatile-maternity-jacket" target="_blank">KNDU/KNDO</a>.</p>Fashion, Function, and Fertility: Versatile Maternity Coat Wins Competitionhttps://www.cwu.edu/family-consumer/node/1676Tue, 01 Aug 2017 13:09:35<p><img alt="Andrea Eklund modeling her coat" src="/family-consumer/sites/cts.cwu.edu.family-consumer/files/images/Transitional%20Coat2.jpg" style="width: 628px; height: 424px; margin: 3px;"></p><p>Andrea Eklund, Central Washington University professor of Apparel, Textiles, and Merchandising, won Best in Show for her original design at the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) conference. The competition was a double-blind, peer-reviewed competition with more than 30 design submissions.</p><p>AAFCS is an association for family and consumer sciences professionals and students—many who are educators, administrators, human service and business professionals, and consultants.</p><p>“It was amazing to be chosen,” Eklund said. “It’s nice to be validated by professionals from the apparel industry and other professors who know design.”</p><p>Eklund’s winning design is a versatile functional coat that expands through each phase of pregnancy. After childbirth it can be worn as a coat and as a baby carrier by placing an infant in the hidden front pocket.</p><p>Eklund’s design inspiration originated from her experience as a new mother. She sought a solution to the cumbersome ritual when taking her child outside in inclement weather.</p><p>“I was so uncomfortable,” Eklund said. “I would have my jacket on, then I’d have to put the carrier over it, then a blanket over the baby—it was so many layers and bulky over my jacket.”</p><p>In testing the pattern, Eklund used her infant to assure the fit and comfort of the product. Her final design is constructed of 100 percent cotton herringbone for easy cleaning and a touch of fashion—something that new moms can appreciate.</p><p>Numerous conference attendees gave Eklund positive feedback and encouraged her to patent her design. She is taking their advice and is in the process of patenting the design with the hope of selling it to a company that can add it to their line and mass produce it.</p><p>During Eklund’s tenure, she has won numerous design awards—both national and international. As a professor she brings her talents into her teaching of Apparel, Textiles, and Merchandising (ATM) students. The ATM program has a strong industry connection with the robust apparel industry in the Pacific Northwest which has many apparel corporate headquarters located between Everett and Portland. Seattle is the seventh largest apparel manufacturing center in the United States and the fourth largest in fashion design jobs.</p><p>Visit the <a href="http://www.cwu.edu/programs/family-and-consumer-sciences-0#2869" target="_blank">Apparel, Textiles, and Merchandising web page</a> to learn more about this creative and diverse program.</p><p>Pictured: Andrea Eklund stands next to her winning designs--a maternity coat and her baby.</p><p>Media contact: Dawn Alford, public affairs coordinator, 509-963-1484, Dawn.Alford@cwu.edu.</p>Inspirational CWU Graduate Double Majors After Serving in Militaryhttps://www.cwu.edu/family-consumer/node/1674Tue, 20 Jun 2017 09:09:56<p><img style="width: 600px; margin: 3px; height: 365px;" alt="Kristin Ashley" src="http://www.cwu.edu/family-consumer/sites/cts.cwu.edu.family-consumer/files/images/Kristin%20Ashley.JPG"></p><p><em><strong>Kristin Ashley, holding her Veterans Excellence Award for highest attained GPA. The 2017&nbsp;</strong></em><em><strong>CWU graduate double majored with a <a href="http://www.cwu.edu/family-consumer/bs-global-wine-studies">B.S. in global wine studies</a> and a <a href="http://www.cwu.edu/family-consumer/recreation-tourism-events">B.S. in recreation, tourism, and events</a> with a specialization in tourism management.</strong></em></p><p>All college students deal with adversity on the way to earning their degree, but some have a lot more challenges than just those in the classroom.</p><p>One Central Washington University graduate got her start in college much later than most students on campus. Kristin Ashley is not your typical college graduate.</p><p>"I deal with stress a lot more productively than some people," Ashley said. "I am more motivated to accomplish and conquer challenges."</p><p>She grew up 26 miles outside of Ellensburg, without running water or electricity. Then everything changed when she was 16.</p><p>"That's when nine-eleven happened and we had seen the planes fly into the towers," Ashley explained.</p><p>That night, she tried to sign up for the draft but was rejected.</p><p>"That was very moving for me and I wanted to immediately do something about it," she said.</p><p>Read more of this story on <a href="http://www.nbcrightnow.com/story/35700717/inspirational-cwu-graduate-double-majors-after-serving-in-military" target="_blank">KNDU/KNDO TV</a>.<br><a href="http://www.nbcrightnow.com/clip/13425768/inspirational-cwu-graduate-double-majors-after-serving-in-military" target="_blank">Watch video</a>.</p></br>'I am not a label:' CWU fashion student defies the odds despite his disabilityhttps://www.cwu.edu/family-consumer/node/1673Thu, 18 May 2017 15:25:48<p>One local young man is defying the odds and challenging stereotypes in the process.</p><p>It's a big day at Central Washington University (CWU) for 20-year-old Dylan Rothwell, who was recently accepted to the school to study fashion design.</p><p>But his journey to this milestone hasn't been easy.</p><p>“It's just me and the sewing machine, and the thread and fabric,” said Rothwell. “I'm enjoying the process; it's very calming.”</p><p>A 'happy place' for Rothwell, who has always been fond of various forms of art and discovered fashion at a young age.</p><p>Read more of this story on <a href="http://kimatv.com/news/local/i-am-not-a-label-cwu-fashion-student-defies-the-odds-despite-his-disability" target="_blank">KIMA-TV</a>.</p><p>May 18, 2017</p>