CWUFoundation NewsFoundation Newshttp://www.cwu.edu/foundation/newsen-usCWU Foundation and Iron Horse Partner on Craft Beerhttp://www.cwu.edu/foundation/node/2519Fri, 10 Oct 2014 12:36:45<div><div property="content:encoded"><p><span id="docs-internal-guid-fc80f362-f669-1fbe-9c2b-3b097f08f459">The&nbsp;CWU&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.cwu.edu/foundation/" target="_blank">Foundation</a>&nbsp;announced today an exciting new partnership with Ellensburg's own&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ironhorsebrewery.com/" target="_blank">Iron Horse Brewery</a>&nbsp;to develop a signature craft beer,&nbsp;AlumnIPA, which will be featured at alumni, donor and athletic events and be sold locally to benefit scholarships for&nbsp;CWU&nbsp;students.</p><p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-fc80f362-f669-1fbe-9c2b-3b097f08f459">"Iron Horse Brewery has been one of our generous corporate sponsors for several years," said Scott Wade, CWU Foundation executive director. "It made all the sense in the world to partner with them on a project like this where we are able to showcase the craftsmanship of one of our prominent Ellensburg businesses while building awareness and financial support for student scholarships here at CWU."</span></p><h3 style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: 12px; font-weight: normal; line-height: 1.4;"><img alt="AlumnIPA label" src="/foundation/sites/cts.cwu.edu.foundation/files/IHB-ALUMNIPA-v10.jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 330px; margin: 5px;"></span></h3><p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-fc80f362-f669-1fbe-9c2b-3b097f08f459">The new co-branded beer will have its official release party 8:30-10:30 p.m. Friday, October 17 at the Iron Horse&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.ironhorsebrewery.com/the-pub/" target="_blank">pub</a>&nbsp;in downtown Ellensburg. It will be featured the next day at CWU's homecoming football game vs. Western Oregon at the newly created Fan Zone, open two hours prior to kickoff and through halftime.</p><p>"When this opportunity came up, we were all about it. By supporting this Ellensburg community partner and applying our trade to fillCWU&nbsp;scholarship coffers, we help ensure our staff continues to be dominated by hand-selected&nbsp;CWU&nbsp;students and alumni," said Greg Parker, owner and general manager of Iron Horse Brewery. "Plus, we really like making new beer, so there's that."</p><p><span id="docs-internal-guid-fc80f362-f669-1fbe-9c2b-3b097f08f459">The release party at Iron Horse will feature raffle drawings and food prepared on site. The Fan Zone,&nbsp;</span>at the south end of the field in Tomlinson Stadium,&nbsp;is&nbsp;an informal tailgate area with food and beverage vendors.</p><p>October 10, 2014</p></div></div><p>&nbsp;</p>CWU Foundation to Open Office in Downtown Ellensburghttp://www.cwu.edu/foundation/node/2518Fri, 24 Jan 2014 10:05:44<p><span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.4;">The Central Washington University Foundation will soon open a business office in downtown Ellensburg, according to Brad Fitterer, CWU Foundation board chair. He said the leased space, at 421 North Main Street, will position the foundation to have a greater connection and presence within the Ellensburg and Kittitas County communities.</span></p><p>“I’m very pleased to welcome the Foundation to downtown Ellensburg,” said Fitterer, proprietor of Fitterer’s Furniture, adding that the move underscores opportunities for greater collaboration and partnership between the foundation and the Ellensburg community. “I applaud the CWU Foundation and the university for making this move possible and, on behalf of Ellensburg businesses, welcome the foundation to the neighborhood.”</p><p>Fitterer said the foundation offices will go into space that has been vacant for some time.</p><p>“Having this professional office moving into this beautifully remodeled space that has been unoccupied for the past several years will allow the CWU Foundation to become even more integrated into the downtown community,” said Fitterer.</p><p>Fitterer said the new downtown presence is another exciting step forward in preparing for CWU’s next capital campaign. Scott Wade, CWU Foundation executive director, said the new location would place the foundation in the heart of Ellensburg, visible to downtown businesses, visitors, and community residents.</p><p>“We want to be part of the community where we live, work, and play,” said Wade. “We’re building relevant partnerships and collaborations with local area business and organizations that are mutually beneficial and that help support the CWU educational experience.”</p><p>When open for business, Wade said the entire community would be invited to an open house in the new foundation offices.</p><p><strong>Media contact:</strong> Linda Schactler, executive director, CWU Public Affairs, 509-963-1384, schactler@cwu.edu</p><p>January 24, 2014<br>&nbsp;</p>CWU Foundation Receives $350,000 for Flow Cytometer, Enhanced Undergraduate Learning and Researchhttp://www.cwu.edu/foundation/node/2517Tue, 21 Jan 2014 07:54:35<p><img alt="" src="/foundation/sites/cts.cwu.edu.foundation/files/images/Blaise%20Lab.jpg" style="width: 480px; height: 320px;"></p><p>Central Washington University Foundation has received $350,000 in grants to acquire a flow cytometer, to create new and updated biological sciences curriculum using flow cytometry, and to foster undergraduate research. The funds for the three-year program come from the W.M. Keck Foundation, the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, and the Seattle Foundation.</p><p>The grants were acquired by Blaise Dondji, CWU biological sciences professor and four other biological sciences faculty: Holly Pinkart, Ian Quitadamo, Linda Raubeson, and Gabrielle Stryker. They collaborated with Margaret Reich, CWU Foundation staff member and director of Corporate and Foundation Relations, to ensure their success.</p><p>“The effort involved in the acquisition of this technology epitomizes the collaborative spirit of Central Washington University,” said Kirk Johnson, dean, College of the Sciences. “I wish to congratulate Dr. Dondji and his colleagues for their success in obtaining the instrument and to thank the W.M. Keck Foundation, the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, and the Seattle Foundation for their generous support. Having a flow cytometer on our campus will not only allow us to conduct new lines of research but it will provide students with technological expertise readily transferable to their future careers.”</p><p>Flow cytometry (FCM) is a technology that simultaneously measures and analyzes multiple physical characteristics of single particles, usually cells, as they pass through a beam of light. FCM has applications in a diverse range of fields, including immunology, molecular biology, plant biology and marine biology. Its applications in medicine are vital to pathology, organ transplantation, tumor immunology, and chemotherapy.</p><p>“This project will be of great benefit to our students, the university, and the central Washington region as a whole,” said Dondji, program director. “It will transform the cell biology curriculum at Central. We will revise our programs to take advantage of the new equipment. This will give our students crucial research skills and increase their competitiveness for graduate schools and jobs.”</p><p>CWU President James Gaudino speaks to the importance of hands-on experience in education in this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_cjU0jCV_Q&amp;feature=youtu.be.</p><p>The program will also provide 15 summer fellowships to students and opportunities to attend conferences and present manuscripts.</p><p>Dondji and his colleagues will enhance classroom experience using FCM, expand undergraduate research, increase awareness of undergraduate research beyond CWU, provide essential skills for employment beyond graduation, and explore regional collaborations and contracting opportunities.</p><p>While the equipment will be housed in the biological sciences department, Dondji anticipates that its use will extend to other departments such as nutrition, public health, psychology and science education, and be a regional resource for others in central Washington.</p><p>“It is a very comprehensive program,” continued Dondji, who is working with Reich to develop relationships both within the CWU community, and throughout the region. “In addition to working institutions such as Yakima’s Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences and the Kittitas Valley Healthcare Hospital, we will be able to develop new partnerships that may result in contracting work that will engage CWU undergraduates.”</p><p>The W.M. Keck Foundation, Los Angeles, which contributed $250,000 for the project, is an American charitable foundation supporting scientific, engineering, and medical research in the United States. The M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, Vancouver, Washington, which funded $89,000, provides grants and enrichment programs to non-profit organizations that seek to strengthen the region's educational, spiritual, and cultural base. The Seattle Foundation, which provided $5,000, is one of the nation's largest community foundations, whose mission is to foster powerful and rewarding philanthropy.</p><br><p><span style="line-height: 1.4;">PHOTO: Dr. Blaise Dondji teaching a lab course with students</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.4;">Media Contact: Valerie </span>Chapman-Stockwell<span style="line-height: 1.4;">, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518, valeriec@cwu.edu</span><br>&nbsp;</p>CWU Preparation, Federal Plan Reduce Government Shutdown Effects on Studentshttp://www.cwu.edu/foundation/node/2511Tue, 01 Oct 2013 10:48:16<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: www.whitehouse.gov/omb/contingency-plans.</p><br><p>Media Contact: Linda Schactler, Executive Director of Public Affairs, 509-963-1384</p><p>October 1, 2013</p>CWU Foundation Provides Support for Ellensburg Rodeo Festivitieshttp://www.cwu.edu/foundation/node/2509Fri, 30 Aug 2013 12:18:13<p><img alt="" src="/foundation/sites/cts.cwu.edu.foundation/files/images/CWU%20steer%20roping.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 273px; "></p><p>When it comes to ropin’ and ridin’ it doesn’t get any better than the annual WestStar Arena "Best of the Best" roping competition, held at CWU alumni Scott and Jo Repp’s ranch. This year, the Central Washington University Foundation helped sponsor the 11th annual competition, held August 28.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>It was a time for CWU alumni, donors and friends to get an up close and personal look at world championship caliber rodeo.&nbsp; Highlights from the competition can be viewed at http://youtu.be/YITnlvthQBs.</p><p>“We approached the Repps two or three months ago with the idea of helping sponsor the event,” said Scott Wade, CWU Executive Director of University Advancement. “The Repps are great supporters of CWU and they were enthusiastic about the idea.”</p><p>At the arena, CWU&nbsp; logos and banners were everywhere, even on a money steer, which was released for roping by CWU President James Gaudino.</p><p>The CWU Foundation also sponsored CWU student artist Holly Heflen in the Ellensburg Rodeo Hall of Fame Hats to Fame Fundraiser (https://www.facebook.com/BootsOfFame). Hats to Fame was created to help establish a future home for artifacts and memorabilia collected from Ellensburg Rodeo Hall of Fame in conjunction with the Ellensburg Rodeo. Twenty-five resin cowboy hats were painted by 25 local artists and auctioned off at the Ellensburg Rodeo Hall of Fame Banquet on August 29th, which the CWU Foundation also helped sponsor at the SURC ballroom.</p><p>“Scott and Jo Repp, the West Star Arena and the Ellensburg Rodeo are all tremendous contributors to this community and CWU wants to help preserve and celebrate their collective achievements, history and culture,” said Wade. “We also want folks to experience CWU and the CWU Foundation as relevant partners in the community, and will continue to look for opportunities to strengthen those ties in whatever ways that we can."</p><p>For more information about WestStar Ranch and Arena, go to https://www.facebook.com/pages/WestStar-Ranch-and-Arena/225880568624</p><p>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, CWU Public Affairs, 509-963-1518, valeriec@cwu.edu.<br>&nbsp;</p>Lead Alumni Gift Initiates Renovation to CWU Tennis Facilityhttp://www.cwu.edu/foundation/node/2508Thu, 27 Jun 2013 10:30:29<p><img alt="" src="/foundation/sites/cts.cwu.edu.foundation/files/CWU%20tennis%20facility%201961-web.jpg" style="width: 466px; height: 228px;">University Advancement today announced a significant gift to the CWU Foundation that will help fund a total renovation of the Central Washington University tennis courts. It is one of the first gifts in recent history that will initiate a capital project at Central. The gift, from the children of a former Central mathematics professor, will create the “Fred and Valerie Lister Tennis Facility.”</p><p>Fred Lister taught at Central from 1968 until his retirement in 1988. He was an acknowledged tennis fan both as a player and spectator. He died in 2012. His wife, Valerie, was known for her artistic talent and her involvement in local civic-oriented organizations. She took up tennis when she was in her 50s, and enjoyed commercial art classes at Central. She passed away in 2009.</p><p>Two of their three children, Russ Lister, from Everett, and Anne Perry, from Bow, are CWU alumni who played tennis for Ellensburg High School and Central during the late 1970s and early 1980s. Another son, Jim Lister, also played tennis at Ellensburg High School in the 1980s.&nbsp; He now lives in Richmond, Virginia.</p><p>“My dad was fanatical about tennis, and he got us playing as kids in Ellensburg in the 1970s. I have good memories of that time,” recalls Russ, who earned his bachelor of science in mathematics in 1983. “This seemed like a way to give back to the community that was good for me but especially for my mom and dad. If they were around, I think they would think it’s a great idea.”</p><p>Anne adds, “After Dad passed away last year we were thinking of using some of the proceeds from the estate to benefit the Ellensburg community and leave a legacy in honor of our mom and dad.&nbsp; Russ and I had noticed that many of the local tennis courts were in terrible shape. To us, there seemed to be a huge community need, so this seemed like a good fit.” Anne received her bachelor of science in biology from Central in 1981.</p><p>Design work is now underway on the new facility, which is adjacent to Nicholson Pavilion. The current outdoor courts were first opened in 1961, the same year Central Washington College of Education became Central Washington State College. Over the past half-century, they’ve been subject to surface cracking because the underlying foundation is giving way, requiring frequent repair and patching with cement.</p><p>The new courts will have an acrylic finish layer, to provide a vibrant color, which is approved by the United States Tennis Association (USTA). And, the courts will be lighted, allowing for nighttime use. The facility will also feature new fencing and gates, improved drainage, movable bleachers, practice boards, and competitor benches. The outside of the courts will also be revamped and will include accessible walkways and improved viewing areas.&nbsp;</p><p>The total cost is estimated at about $950,000 dollars. Other project funding will come from CWU capital preservation money, University Recreation, and additional support from the university’s Services and Activities fees. A USTA grant is also being sought. Construction will begin in August and should be completed in September.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>“There are already several users of this facility,” says Andy Fields, CWU recreation director. “The Physical Education, School and Public Health academic department, our tennis sport club, intramurals, Central students and Ellensburg community members, and the high school even brings over some students as well. This is a great collaborative effort that will be a win-win for everybody.”</p><p>Following the phased-remodeling and renovation of Nicholson Pavilion, this will be the second project in a proposed revitalization of CWU’s athletic facilities.</p><p>“There are several projects being suggested that would further improve our student-athlete experience, be better for fans, and offer more and enhanced recreational opportunities for all Central students,” says Dennis Francois, CWU athletic director. “We’re very appreciative of this donation that’s allowing this renovation to move ahead.”&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Media contact:</strong> Robert Lowery, CWU Public Affairs, 509-963-1487, loweryr@cwu.edu</p><p>June 27, 2013</p><p><strong>Photo</strong>: Members of the school's tennis team on the Central tennis courts when they were first opened in 1961.</p>Small Grants Promote Big Advancements at CWUhttp://www.cwu.edu/foundation/node/2507Fri, 17 May 2013 09:43:16<p><span style="line-height: 1.4;">The Central Washington University Foundation selected 13 projects for 2013 funding through the Leonard Thayer Small Grants program. The funding is awarded to efforts at </span>CWU<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> that serve a large population, contribute to university and student needs, and promote the advancement of knowledge. Partial grant funding comes from the Leonard and Betty Thayer Endowment, and bears Thayer’s name in honor of his contributions and service to </span>CWU<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> and the Ellensburg community.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.4;">Projects awarded 2013 funding include:</span></p><p><strong>Air Photo Database</strong></p><p>Professor Karl Lillquist, geography, received a $2,000 grant to purchase historical air photos of Yakima County. The CWU Geography Department is using photos such as these to create a free online resource to help assess environmental changes in central Washington.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.4;">“The photographs will be useful on a variety of dynamic topics, including urban growth, farmland conversion, floodplain development, glacier loss, and river channel changes,” said </span>Lillquist<span style="line-height: 1.4;">.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.4;">The Geography Department currently possesses complete&nbsp;air photo coverage of </span>Kittitas<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> County in 1954 and has plans to purchase photographs covering Benton, Grant, and Douglas Counties. Excluding film negatives in the National Archives, these are the only near-complete air photo sets of mid-twentieth century central Washington known to exist.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.4;">These photos will create “a detailed environmental baseline&nbsp;of central Washington circa the mid-twentieth century,” </span>Lillquist<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> explains. Comparing current photos to this baseline will “show everything from how glaciers in the mountains to urban growth in the valley floors have changed over 60-some years.”</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.4;">There are approximately 300 photos of Yakima County that </span>Lillquist<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> hopes to obtain. The small grant will allow him to purchase approximately one-sixth of these photos, which cost thirty dollars each on average. The complete Yakima photo collection is estimated in value at $12,000.</span></p><p><strong style="line-height: 1.4;">CWU Employee Health Fair</strong></p><p>Eric Scott, intramural sports and special events coordinator, received a $1,000 grant to establish “Wildcat Wellness at Work.” The project, based on the University of Nebraska’s wellness program, will address the health of CWU employees.</p><p>As Scott explains, the first stage will be “a health assessment fair.” The free fair, to be held quarterly for all CWU employees, will provide information and training for weight management and healthy eating habits as well as overall health screening (blood pressure, cholesterol levels, etc.).</p><p>Scott hopes that the fairs will help establish a coalition of health-related campus organizations, which will in turn improve and expand health services at CWU.</p><p><strong>Cross-Campus Art Displays</strong></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.4;">Lola Gallagher, director of the </span>CWU<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> Publicity Center, received a $3,725 grant to install art objects in buildings across the Ellensburg campus. The art will come from </span>CWU’s<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> permanent collection and will help to promote the exchange of ideas and cross-cultural discourse.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.4;">CWU’s permanent art collection consists of pieces already displayed throughout campus along with others now in storage. “The goal is to get as many pieces as we can out of storage,” said Gallagher. “Many pieces were created by </span>CWU<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> alumni and faculty, which contributes to the university’s sense of history and place.”</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.4;">Funds from the small grant will help move art pieces from storage into Bouillon and Hertz Halls. Gallagher states that she is aiming to stretch the funds as far as possible and will also seek to frame additional pieces, properly identify displayed artwork through better and more consistent labeling, and create a self-guided tour map of campus art.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.4;">Other 2013 Thayer Small Grant recipients include:</span></p><p>·&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Professor Anthony Diaz, chemistry, received $250 to present his findings on predicting the light-production qualities of phosphor materials at a Society for Information Display conference.</p><p>·&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Professor Levente Fabry, chemistry, received $1,000 to present on computational methods he is using to predict the biological effects of synthesized compounds at the 2013 International Conference on Proteomics and Bioinformatics.</p><p>·&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Professor Elaine Glenn, geography, received $1,000 to traverse the Trans-Siberian Railroad and conduct field research to update the curriculum for CWU’s World Regional Geography and Geography of Russia courses.</p><p>·&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Professor Janet Finke, language, literacy, and special education, received $1,200 to accompany a group of students to Macau, China and report on Macau’s effectiveness as a practicum destination for education undergraduates.</p><p>·&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Jonathan Betz, biological science support technician, received $825 to populate the CWU greenhouse with plants representing all of the geographic regions, ecosystems, and plant families of the world.</p><p>·&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Professor Matthew Novak, geography and Rob Hickey, professor of geography, received $1,000 to replace the outdated GPS receivers that the Geography Department uses for individual and classroom instruction.</p><p>·&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Professor Lucinda Carnell, biology, received $5,500 to purchase a blood analyzer for CWU’s Human Anatomy and Physiology Lab, part of an ongoing effort to establish a state-of-the-art lab and enhance Central’s ability to train students in the biological and medical fields.</p><p>·&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Professor Sharryn Walker, language, literacy, and special education, received $400 to purchase books for CWU’s Family Literacy Nights, which are free to all children ages 0-12 and provide a free book to each child who attends.</p><p>·&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Professor Martha Kurtz, science education, received $2,130 to support free community events that promote math and science education through lectures and hands-on activities.</p>