CWUNews FeedNews Feed 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>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>Andrea Eklund Wins International Fashion Design Competition, 04 Dec 2012 09:06:30<p><img alt="" src="/family-consumer/sites/" style="width: 508px; height: 320px; "></p><p>December 3, 2012</p><p>ELLENSBURG, Wash. — Andrea Eklund, Central Washington University professor of Apparel, Textiles, and Merchandising, won the Educators for Socially Responsible Apparel Business Award for Sustainable Design—Professional Level at the International Textile and Apparel Association (ITAA) conference. The competition was a rigorous, double-blind, juried exhibition—only 139 designs were accepted into the competition out of 374 submitted.</p><p>ITAA is a professional, educational association composed of scholars, educators, and students in the textile, apparel, and merchandising disciplines in higher education.</p><p>Eklund’s dress design, “G.I. Jane,” recycled used military uniforms. “I was honored that a friend–a CWU graduate and veteran—from whom I received the fatigues, would allow me to repurpose them, considering they were worn during active duty in Iraq.</p><p>“The goal was to create a garment that combined the masculine aspects of the military and war with the feminine side of women,” said Eklund. “Throughout the process I became increasingly interested in the digicam print of the uniform. The digicam print uses small micropatterns that from far way blurs the edges making the wearer more camouflaged than traditional large patterned camo.”</p><p>Keeping various components of the original garment details intact was a very important part of creating the garment. Eklund wanted to create a feminine garment but keep the basic details, design lines and aesthetics of the original uniform intact. The pockets, patches, neckline, and cuffs were all redesigned to be proportionate to a woman’s figure.</p><p>Three jackets and two pairs of pants were used to create the final garment, which had nine bodice pieces and 18 skirt pieces. The dress has a fitted bodice, long sleeves, and a full skirt that tapers to the waist without gathers. The skirt was designed to mimic the digicam print with its sharp square angles. The back of the dress features a dramatic cutout from neck to waist.</p><p>“I’m very excited about winning this competition,” said Eklund, who has 15 years of apparel industry experience and has been the program coordinator and professor of the Apparel, Textiles and Merchandising program for six years. Eklund’s design students also submitted original designs in the ITAA student competition and, for the past five years, she has had up to three student designs accepted each year.</p><p>During Eklund’s tenure, 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>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, CWU Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,<br>Model is CWU&nbsp;student Monisha Watkins</p>