CWUNews FeedNews Feed Life Student Featured in Pearson Education Article, 06 Apr 2016 08:00:52<table border="0" cellpadding="1" cellspacing="1" style="width: 500px"><tbody><tr><td><img alt="" src="/family-consumer/sites/" style="line-height: 16.8px; width: 200px; height: 200px;"></td><td><span style="line-height: 16.8px;">A</span>ngelica<span style="line-height: 16.8px;">&nbsp;</span>Barrera<span style="line-height: 16.8px;">, a&nbsp;</span>CWU<span style="line-height: 16.8px;">&nbsp;family and&nbsp;child life student, was featured in a Pearson Education article about&nbsp;</span>MyVirtualChild<span style="line-height: 16.8px;">. The article highlighted Angelica's desire to become a child life specialist and the child life program's use of the&nbsp;</span>MyVirtualChild<span style="line-height: 16.8px;">&nbsp;program to help students apply child development knowledge to the raising of their own virtual child. Congratulations Angelica! &nbsp;Read the entire article</span><a href="" style="line-height: 16.8px;">&nbsp;here</a><span style="line-height: 16.8px;">.</span></td></tr></tbody></table><p>&nbsp;</p></table border="0" cellpadding="1" cellspacing="1" style="width: 500px"></span style="line-height: 16.8px;"></span style="line-height: 16.8px;"></span style="line-height: 16.8px;"></span style="line-height: 16.8px;"></span style="line-height: 16.8px;"></span style="line-height: 16.8px;"></span style="line-height: 16.8px;">CWU Alumna Opens Unique Boutique, 24 Mar 2016 07:54:12<p><img alt="" src="/family-consumer/sites/" style="width: 112px; height: 112px; margin-left: 4px; margin-right: 4px; float: left;">Just off of Snohomish’s bustling First Avenue is a picturesque storefront painted in serene tones of blue and green. Above the door, a sign announces in cheerful cursive and delicate capital letters: Maple + Moss Boutique.</p><p>Inside, the fashions that owner Kortney Rasmussen [CWU class of 2010] carefully curates evoke the quaint exterior with their warm colors, soft draping, and inviting fabrics. But the on-trend styles are youthful and pretty, giving the clothes a freshness that is anything but old-fashioned.</p><p>[Rasmussen received her Bachelor of Science in Fashion Merchandising, Fashion Merchandising, Retail Information Technology in 2010. She graduated as a Dean's Scholar—putting her in the top six percent of graduates in the College of Educational and Professional Studies.]</p><p>Read more of this story in <a href="">North Sound Life</a>.</p>Poverty Simulation, 19 Jan 2016 07:43:29<p>The Department of Family and Consumer Sciences will be holding a Poverty Simulation Saturday, January 30th in the SURC Ballroom.&nbsp;</p><p>Last year, the Poverty Simulation was a powerful event for students and community members. Read about last year's event in the <a href="">article covered by The Observer </a>(See p. 8).</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/family-consumer/sites/" style="width: 353px; height: 198px;"></p><p>To make the simulation a success we need 50-80 student participants and 20-30 volunteers from the community.</p><p><strong>The Poverty Simulation will be held:</strong><br>Saturday, January 30th from in the SURC Ballroom.<br>Community/Faculty/Staff should attend from 11:30 pm – 4:00 pm (and will start out in SURC 202 for lunch and an orientation).<br>Students should attend from 1:00 – 4:00 pm.</p><p><strong>How the Simulation Works</strong><br>Students are assigned the role of a low-income family for four 15-minute “weeks.” Other volunteers (community members, CWU faculty and staff) play the roles of community agencies and businesses. The task of each family is to provide food, shelter and other basic necessities during the simulation while interacting with various community resources.</p><p><strong>Impact</strong><br>Although it uses play money and fictional scenarios, a Poverty Simulation is a role-play – not a game. It is a powerful experience that takes only a few hours, but makes a lasting impact. It builds a greater awareness of the issues facing people in poverty, and helps build a foundation for change – personally, professionally and in our communities.</p><p><strong>How Faculty/Staff/Community Members Can Get Involved</strong><br>I’d like to invite you all to participate in the simulation by playing the roles of community agencies and businesses. It is important to have these roles occupied by individuals who can play them realistically in order to make simulation as effective as possible. This means your participation is crucial for making the simulation a success! Because I value your time and expertise, lunch will be provided for community volunteers and CWU faculty/staff as a small token of appreciation.&nbsp; To sign up, <a href=";w=1">CLICK HERE</a> to fill out the participation form. Please submit the form no later than January 22nd.</p><p><strong>How Students Can Get Involved</strong><br>Students are invited to play the roles of family members. There is also a debriefing period at the end to allow for students to reflect on their experiences. They need to sign up using this form <a href=";w=1">CLICK HERE</a> by January 22nd.</p><p><strong>Schedule of Events</strong><br>11:30 Community/Faculty/Staff Volunteers Arrive<br>12:00 Lunch is served<br>12:30 Orientation for Volunteers, roles assigned<br>1:00 Student participants begin to arrive and are assigned to families<br>1:30 Simulation begins<br>2:45 Debriefing and discussion</p><p>For more information about what the Poverty Simulation will be like, view this <a href="">video of a Poverty Simulation held in Michigan</a>&nbsp;or contact&nbsp;<a href="/family-consumer/node/1589" style="line-height: 1.4;">Dr. Sarah Feeney</a>.</p></p style="text-align: center;"></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br>Apparel, Textiles, and Merchandising Students Create Pop-up Boutique, 16 Oct 2015 08:12:57<p><span style="line-height: 1.4;"><img alt="" src="/family-consumer/sites/" style="width: 300px; height: 464px; margin-left: 6px; margin-right: 6px; float: left;">The Central Washington University Student Fashion Association and the Apparel, Textiles and Merchandising Program will have its first ever Pop-up Thrift Boutique this weekend, according to a news release.</span></p><p>The Pop-Up Thrift Boutique will be from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Jerrol’s in the meeting room.</p></span style="line-height: 1.4;">CWU Students Help Global Charity “Dress a Girl Around the World”, 04 Jun 2015 12:11:40<p><img alt="" src="/family-consumer/sites/" style="width: 427px; height: 320px;"></p><p>Dress a Girl Around the World is a volunteer effort designed to clothe girls in need. Globally, the program has provided more than 200,000 dresses to young girls in 65 countries such as Uganda and Haiti, using pillowcases sewn into simple garments.</p><p>Central Washington University’s Student Fashion Association, in conjunction with the Apparel, Textiles and Merchandising program, is participating in the Dress a Girl Around the World project. Students are collecting donations of pillowcases, which will be sewn into dresses for girls in need and distributed around the world. This is the fourth year the Student Fashion Association has participated in the project and its members have constructed more 100 dresses each year. The goal is for students to work together to give back to the global community and apply various skills they have learned in their courses. Dress a Girl Around the World is a campaign under Hope 4 Women International, a registered nonprofit organization.</p><p>The Student Fashion Association will be taking pillowcase donations through June 15 on the Central Washington University Campus and at drop-off locations around Ellensburg.</p><p>You can drop off your donations of clean and gently used pillowcases at:<br>• Claim Clothing, 315 N Pearl Street<br>• Jerrol’s Bookstore, 111 E University Way<br>• Safeway, 400 N Ruby Street<br>• CWU Campus, SURC Information Desk<br>• CWU Campus, Michaelsen 100</p><p>For more information, contact D’ondre Johnson at or Professor Andrea Eklund at</p><p>Media Contact: Andrea Eklund, program coordinator and professor, Apparel, Textiles, and Merchandising,</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/family-consumer/sites/" style="width: 240px; height: 200px;"></p></br></br></br></br></br></p style="text-align: center;">CWU Alumna Named Entrepreneur of the Year, 08 May 2015 08:01:27<p><img alt="" src="/family-consumer/sites/" style="width: 250px; height: 333px; margin-left: 7px; margin-right: 7px; float: left;"><span style="line-height: 1.4;">Megan West, a </span>CWU<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> alumna, was named Entrepreneur of the Year on Wednesday by the Washington State Main Street Program for her persistence in opening a clothing store in a renovated building downtown. West graduated in 2013 with a major in Apparel, Textiles &amp; Merchandising. The award was announced at a ceremony in Bellingham organized by the Main Street Program.</span></p><p>The annual awards are given to Main Street communities, organizations and individuals who contribute to economic vitality through downtown revitalization and preservation.</p><p>Along with Megan West's Claim Clothing of Ellensburg, the Ellensburg Downtown Association and the Historic Downtown Prosser Association were also recognized.</p><p>Read more of this story in the <a href="">Yakima Herald Republic</a>.</p></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;">Are you graduating? RSVP for the FCS Graduation Lunch, 06 May 2015 12:33:08<h4><span style="line-height: 1.4;">The Family &amp; Consumer Sciences Department invites you and your family to a lunch to celebrate your graduation!&nbsp;</span></h4><p><span style="line-height: 1.4;">The lunch will take place on Saturday, June 13, 2015 in the </span>Michaelsen<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> breezeway from 11:</span>30am-1pm<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> before the commencement ceremony at </span>2pm<span style="line-height: 1.4;">.</span></p><p>If you plan to attend, please complete the <a href="/family-consumer/node/1639">RSVP form</a> before May 15th.</p></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;">New Child Life Specialization in Family Studies, 18 Mar 2015 08:23:56<p><img alt="" src="/family-consumer/sites/" style="line-height: 16.7999992370605px; text-align: center; width: 490px; height: 118px; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;">Beginning in Fall 2015, the Family Studies undergraduate degree will include two specializations: <strong>Family Science</strong> and <strong>Child Life</strong>.</p><p>Child Life Specialists are child development experts who help children and families cope during hospitalization. The Child Life specialization at CWU includes new courses on Child Life, Childhood Diseases and Disorders, Therapeutic Play, Attachment Theory and Practice, and Foundations of Marriage and Family Therapy. Graduates of the program will be prepared to pursue child life internships or to work with children and families in other contexts.</p><p>Check out the specialization <a href="/family-consumer/node/1631">website</a>, and contact <a href="/family-consumer/node/1620">Dr. Amy Claridge</a>&nbsp;for more information.</p>Consumer Wine Tasting Fundraiser, 25 Feb 2015 11:41:13<p><img alt="" src="/family-consumer/sites/" style="width: 401px; height: 600px;"></p>Three Accepted into International Textile and Apparel Competition, 05 Nov 2014 13:56:01<p><img alt="" src="/family-consumer/sites/" style="width: 500px; height: 320px;"></p><p>Three CWU designers have had their entries accepted to the 2014 International Textile and Apparel Association (ITAA) competition, one of the most rigorous and prestigious design competitions in the world. Their works will be featured during a live fashion show November 12 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The designers are Andrea Eklund, CWU professor and program coordinator of Apparel, Textiles and Merchandising; Ryanne Durfee, a senior in the program; and Krissy Knutz, a 2014 alumna.</p><p>“It’s very gratifying that two designs from students in our program were accepted—it’s extremely competitive,” said Eklund, who won the Sustainable Design Division in 2012. “It really shows the caliber of the design and workmanship that our students are achieving.”</p><p>The designs selected were: “Haunting Darkness,” by Eklund; “Walk the Line,” by Durfee and Eklund (this design was reviewed at the professional level); and “Marguerite,” by Knutz.</p><p>The CWU designers submitted abstracts with photos, which were reviewed by a double-blind jury, and evaluated and scored on exacting criteria, including quality of technique and innovation of design. The final awards will be determined on-site in Charlotte and will include inspection of the physical pieces as well as the written abstracts.</p><p>The ITAA accepted only 313 design submissions, and of those, only 105 were selected for the live gallery exhibit.</p><p>Eklund has 15 years of apparel industry experience and has been the program coordinator and professor of the Apparel, Textiles and Merchandising program for seven years.</p><p>Under Eklund’s leadership, the program has shown a 170 percent growth in enrollment and 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><br>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,<br>&nbsp;</p></br></br>