CWUNews FeedNews Feed 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>Apparel Student's Internship Provides Essential Business Experience, 15 Jul 2014 07:59:04<p><img alt="" src="/family-consumer/sites/" style="height: 320px; width: 461px;"></p><p>Andrea Wright is spending her summer working in retail each day, including weekends -- and not getting paid a dime for it.</p><p>It's part of an internship program the 23-year-old is completing as part of requirements needed to earn a degree in apparel, textiles and merchandising and a minor in fashion design from Central Washington University in Ellensburg.</p><p>She could have done her internship in a big city with a big department store chain but instead she chose Pizzazz!, a unique boutique in downtown Prosser.</p><p>"I'm really not much of a big-city girl," she said. "I grew up in Prosser, so doing my internship here means I'll save money because I can live at home."</p><p>Pizzazz! owner Candace Andrews was thrilled to have Wright come work for her. And she said she couldn't be happier about the fresh new look and ideas Wright has brought to the store.</p><p>Read more of this story in the <a href="">Tri-City Herald</a>.</p><p>Story by Dori O'Neal, photo by Sarah Gordon</p>GIVE Volunteer Program, 17 May 2014 12:14:18<h3 style="text-align: center; ">&nbsp;</h3><h3 style="text-align: center; "><img alt="GIVE: Be the Roots of Change" src="/family-consumer/sites/" style="width: 450px; height: 147px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; "></h3><h3 style="text-align: center; ">GIVE Mission:</h3><hr><blockquote><p style="text-align: left; "><strong>Our mission is to inspire growth, empower global citizens, and encourage sustainable change worldwide&nbsp;</strong></p></blockquote><h3 style="text-align: center; ">Academic Program Info:</h3><hr><p>&nbsp;</p><p>GIVE volunteers are the backbone of our organization and we continually strive to enhance our excursions to ensure our volunteers truly have an experience of a lifetime.&nbsp; We've integrated an accredited, academic course in partnership with Central Washington University for students to thrive.&nbsp;</p><p style="text-align: center; "><iframe class="youtube-player" frameborder="0" height="250" scrolling="no" src="" title="YouTube video player" type="text/html" width="500"></iframe></p><p style="text-align: center; "><iframe class="youtube-player" frameborder="0" height="250" scrolling="no" src="" title="YouTube video player" type="text/html" width="500"></iframe></p><blockquote><p>You can now receive academic credit at your university by volunteering with GIVE!&nbsp;</p><p>More info about academic opportunities/ program and registration: <a href=""></a></p></blockquote></h3 style="text-align: center; "></h3 style="text-align: center; "></h3 style="text-align: center; "></hr></p style="text-align: left; "></h3 style="text-align: center; "></hr></p style="text-align: center; "></p style="text-align: center; ">CWU Offers Credit for Volunteering Abroad, 07 Oct 2013 11:17:36<p><img alt="" src="/family-consumer/sites/" style="width: 200px; height: 125px; "></p><p>Caitlin Stumpf listens and takes notes while a speaker shares stories about volunteering abroad.</p><p>By next summer, Caitlin, a junior, hopes to be volunteering abroad for school.</p><p>"Traveling has always been a huge interest of mine," said Stumpf, "Being able to help communities while I travel abroad and experience new cultures is really exciting for me."</p><p>Central is partnering with Growth International Volunteer Excursions (G.I.V.E.) to give students the opportunity to volunteer abroad for college credit -- the school's program and partnership with G.I.V.E. Is the first of it's kind in the nation.</p><p>Read more of the KAPP-TV story <a href="">here.</a></p>Fairy Godmother Project Seeks Donations, 01 Mar 2013 09:10:17<p><img alt="" src="/family-consumer/sites/" style="width: 453px; height: 320px; "></p><p>March 1, 2013</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>ELLENSBURG, Wash. — Central Washington University’s Student Fashion Association is hosting the fifth annual Fairy Godmother Project, which provides affordable prom dresses to local high school students. The donated dresses are priced between $5 and $40.</p><p>Donations of new or gently used prom dresses, shoes, and accessories will be accepted until March 8, and can be dropped off at the Fairy Godmother Project table in the Student Union Recreaton Center (SURC) between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Donations can also be left in Michealson 326, 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 pm, Monday and Wednesday. Donation arrangements can also be made by e-mailing</p><p>The dresses will be available for purchase from 10:00 a.m. to 3 :00 p.m., March 9 in the SURC 137 A&amp;B. There is a $5 per person admission fee, and the event is open to everyone. Parking at CWU is free on weekends, except in designated spaces and lots assigned to residence halls.</p><p>“We welcome all high school students,” said Cassie Lewis, president of the Student Fashion Association and coordinator of the Fairy Godmother Project.</p><p>For more information, contact Cassie Lewis at 509-592-8139 or</p><p><br>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, CWU Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,<br>&nbsp;</p></br></br>