CWUNews FeedNews Feed Emeritus Huckabay Achieves 1,000 Column Milestone, 23 Apr 2018 07:51:43<p><img alt="" src="/geography/sites/" style="width: 200px; height: 302px; margin-left: 4px; margin-right: 4px; float: left;">Jim Huckabay has been a lot of things in his life — an avid outdoorsman, a TV weatherman, a radio show host, a meditation teacher — but the title of writer has been a constant.</p><p>Today’s <em>Daily Record</em> features Huckabay’s 1,000th edition of “Inside the Outdoors,” a column which has appeared every Friday in the Daily Record since Jan. 1, 1999.</p><p>“There aren’t very many things in my life I’ve done for 20 years,” Huckabay said with a chuckle during a sit-down interview on Wednesday.</p><p>Read more of this story in the <a href="">Daily Record</a>.</p>Dr. Jennifer Lipton Delivers Guest Lecture at Florida Atlantic University, 15 Feb 2018 09:44:07<p>There was a great turnout for Dr. Jennifer Lipton's public lecture at Florida Atlantic University, Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. Her lecture was titled "Putting the Public in Public Lands: new technologies and approaches to natural resource management".&nbsp;</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/geography/sites/" style="width: 314px; height: 154px;"></p><p style="text-align: center;"><a href="/geography/sites/">View FAU 2018 public lecture series poster.</a></p></p style="text-align: center;"></p style="text-align: center;"> SURC Ballroom was Packed for former EPA Administrator, 08 Feb 2018 15:06:12<p>Elaine Glenn, senior lecturer in Geography and co-director of the Social Justice &amp; Human Rights Dialogue, introduces former Environmental Protection Agency administrator Gina McCarthy to packed SURC ballroom on Tuesday, February 6th.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/geography/sites/" style="width: 600px; height: 400px;"></p></p style="text-align: center;">Get a Master's Degree in Cultural and Environmental Resource Management, 18 Dec 2017 12:42:22<p>Funding is available through graduate assistantships. See the <a href="/geography/sites/">flyer</a> for more information.</p><p><a href="/resource-management/sites/">M.S. Cultural and Environmental Resource Management Information</a></p><p>&nbsp;</p>Major and Minor Meeting Slide Presentation, 11 Oct 2017 11:19:15<p>The fall 2017 Major and Minor Meeting presention is available for download. If you missed the meeting or need information contained in the presentation, you can download a pdf copy <a href="/geography/sites/">here</a>.</p>Eat Pizza and Learn about Degrees in Geography, 09 Oct 2017 16:46:15<p>Tuesday, October 10 at 5 PM. Dean Hall 3rd floor lobby.</p><p>Students are invited to attend this fun and informal event.</p><ul><li>Learn about B.S. and B.A. degrees in Geography</li><li>Meet Geography faculty and staff.</li><li>Ask advising questions.</li><li>Get information on internships and faculty-student research.</li><li>Learn about the Geography Club.</li></ul>What’s old may be new again for travelers in Yakima Valley, 27 Sep 2017 07:43:20<p>More than 500 people from Yakima County say they would ride a passenger train to and from Seattle at least once a year, with most folks saying they would ride it more often than that. The better-than-expected response to an online survey is likely enough to keep the conversation rolling about restoring passenger train travel to and from the Yakima Valley.</p><p>John Bowen, a geography professor at Central Washington University, conducted the survey on behalf of All Aboard Washington, a Seattle-based nonprofit whose mission is promoting passenger rail throughout the state. The group sees promise in a Seattle-to-Pasco route over existing Burlington Northern Santa Fe tracks with stops in Auburn, Cle Elum, Ellensburg, Yakima and Toppenish. Amtrak last ran trains out of Yakima in October 1981, almost 100 years after trains first rolled through the Valley.<br>&nbsp;</p><p>Read more of this story in the <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Yakima Herald-Republic</em></a>.</p><p>September 27, 2017</p></br>Return Of Rail Services Could Be Good For Local Agribusiness, 11 Aug 2017 07:55:01<p><img alt="" src="/geography/sites/" style="width: 475px; height: 267px;"></p><p>Could passenger rail services soon return to Central Washington, and how could that benefit the Ag industry?&nbsp; John Bowen [geography chair] teaches at Central Washington University.&nbsp; He and several of his students are conducting a survey to determine interest in returning rain service, connecting the Tri Cities, Yakima, Ellensburg and other communities to the greater Seattle area.</p><p>Bowen told the Washington Ag Network while many have expressed an interested in using the train to travel from east to west, there could also be a huge boon for local ag.</p><p>Read more of this story&nbsp; on the <a href="" target="_blank">Washington Ag Network</a>.</p><p>August 11, 2017</p>CWU Professor, Student Extend Passenger Rail Study, 18 Jul 2017 11:39:02<p><img alt="" src="/geography/sites/" style="width: 475px; height: 317px;"></p><p>Although passenger rail service disappeared from central Washington in the 1980s, rail fans and citizens are funding studies to determine local interest in restoring services. Central Washington University geography professor and chair John Bowen and alumnus Noah Westbay received support from the rail advocacy group All Aboard Washington (AAWA) to conduct surveys on potential public demand for future rail travel in this area.</p><p>"More than a year ago, I was asked by All Aboard Washington to work with CWU students to evaluate the proposed restoration of scheduled passenger rail service between the Tri-Cities and Seattle over the Stampede Pass corridor (right through Ellensburg)," Bowen explained. "This line has not had scheduled service since the last Amtrak train went through in October 1980, but there is hope—and at least a little interest by Amtrak—in a potential resumption of service."</p><p>Bowen, who specializes in transportation, worked with Geography Capstone students in fall 2016 and again in spring quarter to do various kinds of background research about the idea. They also conducted an online survey of people in Ellensburg and other nearby communities about what they think and how often they would use the train if service were restored. Additionally, in April, the students conducted face-to-face surveys at the Super 1 in Ellensburg.</p><p>"I presented some initial results from the surveys at a rail conference in Seattle in May. The leaders of AAWA liked the work we’ve done and supported having the scope of the survey extended to other communities along the Stampede Pass corridor," Bowen continued. "Our goal is to have responses throughout the planned corridor."</p><p>The planned corridor runs from Pasco to Yakima, Ellensburg, Cle Elum, over Stampede Pass to Auburn. In Pasco, the line would join with the Amtrak Empire Builder service linking Portland and Chicago. In Auburn, the line would link with north-south routes including Amtrak Cascades trains between Eugene and Vancouver, BC.</p><p>Westbay is working with Bowen to determine if it is economically feasible to restore service to places that haven't had rail service for nearly 40 years. However, over the past few decades, more and more people are working in central Washington, and commuting over the pass to work in the Puget Sound area. And in addition to the growing commuter need, there is also the tourism draw of a passenger train through Washington's booming wine country as well as the many CWU students who might take a train between campus and their homes on the west side of the Cascades.</p><p>"There are lots of unknowns at this point," Bowen admitted. "Although the rail line does exist, it would have to accommodate a mix of passenger and freight lines, all with different schedules. There are a lot of unknowns. The goal of the research is replace some of those unknowns with data."</p><p>AAWA provided more than $3,000 in funding for the study, Restoring Scheduled Passenger Rail Service to the Stampede Pass Corridor. The CWU Provost's Office also provided $1,300 in financial support.</p><p>"I'm pleased that Central sees the value in this research," Bowen said. "There are other stakeholders who we hope will be contributing to the study of restoration as well."</p><p><em>Map of Stampede Pass Corridor by David Cordner, CWU Geography Department</em></p><p>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,<br>&nbsp;</p></br>Glenn wins Distinguished Faculty Non-Tenure Track Teaching Award, 07 Jun 2017 16:15:10<p>Elaine Glenn has been selected to receive this year’s Distinguished Faculty Non-Tenure Track Teaching Award. Elaine has been an instructor at CWU since 1994 and has taught thousands of students in World Regional Geography, Political Geography, Geography of Russia, Geography of the Middle East and other courses. Elaine was recognized for enthusiasm for teaching, her devotion to keeping abreast of developments in her subject areas, and especially her compassion for her students.<br>&nbsp;</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/geography/sites/" style="width: 500px; height: 375px;"></p><p><br>Photo: Elaine with Elvin Delgado (tenured and promoted to associate professor) and John Bowen (promoted to full professor) at the 2017 Faculty Recognition Ceremony, May 22, 2017.</p></br></p style="text-align: center;"></br>