CWUNewsNews Stone Sculptor Alexander Chitungo to Give Talk and Demonstration, 16 Nov 2018 08:58:52<p><a href=""><img alt="" src="" style="float: right; width: 250px; height: 386px;"></a>Visiting artist Alexander Chitungo is a stone sculptor from Zimbabwe. He is teaching a Shona Stone Sculpture workshop, and will be presenting an artist talk, demonstration, and temporary exhibition on Tuesday, November 20, from 4:00 to 6:00 in the SURC Pit.</p><p>Alexander was born in a small town in Marodera, Zimbabwe. Alexander completed his Ordinary Level at Prince Edward School in 1986, in Zimbabwe’s capital of Harare. In 1990 he began apprenticing under his friends Tonderai Marezva and Lincoln Muteta, renowned Shona Sculptors. After two years Alexander set out on his own to develop his unique style, which he calls “shadows in the stone” (Mumvuri mudombo). His work reflects the theme “Voices of Reality”. Alexander has been sculpting stone in Zimbabwe for more than 20 years.</p><p>Alexander lives in Chitungwiza, near Harare, with his wife and children. His work is exhibited around the world, from South Africa to The United States. Alexander travels every year to share his passion in sculpting workshops.</p><p>This event is sponsored by Africana and Black Studies, Center for Leadership and Community Engagement, and the Department of Art + Design</p>CWU Professors Present in Beijing at World Congress of Philosophy, 12 Sep 2018 15:03:07<p><img alt="Professor Matthew Altman stands outside World Congress of Philosophy" src="" style="width: 650px; height: 323px; margin: 3px;"></p><p>Central Washington University philosophy professors Matthew Altman and Cynthia Coe recently presented at the 24th World Congress of Philosophy in Beijing, China. The World Congress is hosted by the International Federation of Philosophical Societies, the highest non-governmental world organization for philosophy.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Read more on <a href="" target="_blank">Central Today</a></p>The Global Gazette Vol. I, Issue 2, September 2018, 06 Sep 2018 11:55:32<p><a href="/international-programs/sites/" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="/international-programs/sites/" style="width: 716px; height: 600px;"></a></p>Central Washington University Ready to Welcome Transferring SACM Students, 16 Aug 2018 14:44:11<p><a href="/international-programs/node/3221">اللغة العربية</a></p><p><img alt="" src="" style="width: 300px; height: 225px; float: right;">Due to <a href="" target="_blank">recent events</a>, a large number of Saudi <a href="" target="_blank">SACM</a>-scholarship students attending higher education institutions in Canada now find it necessary to transfer to other schools. In order to assist these students to continue their education with minimum disruption, Central Washington University is ready to receive transferring students with a with a fast transfer and admission process.</p><p>CWU is located in the safe, small town of Ellensburg, WA, only 150 km from Seattle. CWU has classes starting September 19, 2018 and January 3, 2019.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank"><img alt="" src=";oh=6541146d080e3548975d7c3f61785d5a&amp;oe=5C013BB0" style="width: 40px; height: 40px; float: left; margin: 1px;"></a><a href="" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="/international-programs/sites/" style="width: 20px; height: 20px; float: right;"></a>Central Washington University has an active Saudi Student Association which you can reach through their <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook page</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Instagram</a>, or by <a href="">email</a>.<a href="" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="/international-programs/sites/" style="width: 20px; height: 20px; float: right;"></a></p><p>T<img alt="" src="" style="width: 300px; height: 200px; float: right;">o apply as an undergraduate (bachelor’s) student, follow these two easy steps:</p><ol><li><a href="" target="_blank">Complete the CWU Online Application</a></li><li>Submit Official School Records/Transcripts</li></ol><p>To apply for conditional admission for undergraduate study through the University English as a Second Language (UESL) program, complete the <a href="">Conditional Admission application</a>.</p><p>To apply for UESL: English Language Learning, go to their admissions page in <a href="/international-programs/node/2629">English </a>or in <a href="/international-programs/node/3214">Arabic</a>.</p><p>For information about applying as a graduate (master's) student, please visit the <a href="" target="_blank">School of Graduate Studies and Research website</a>.</p><h2 style="text-align: center;">Once admitted, your immigration documents will be expedited.</h2><p style="text-align: center;">Please contact <a href=""></a> with questions or to start your expedited application today.</p><table style="width: 600px; height: 0px" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="1" border="0" align="center"><tbody><tr><td><img alt="" src="" style="width: 300px; height: 200px;"></td><td><img alt="" src="" style="width: 300px; height: 200px;"></td></tr></tbody></table><p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</p></a href=""></h2 style="text-align: center;"></p style="text-align: center;"></a href=""></table style="width: 600px; height: 0px" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="1" border="0" align="center"></p style="text-align: center;">Standout CWU students awarded select study abroad scholarships, 13 Aug 2018 11:27:04<p>Two CWU<img alt="(L. to r.) Mirella Dado-Fox and RaeLani Mathias, Freeman-ASIA Scholarship recipients" src="" style="width: 450px; float: right; margin: 3px; height: 270px;"> students have been awarded highly competitive scholarships that will allow them to study in East or Southeast Asia. Mirella Dado-Fox and RaeLani Mathias both received <a href="">Freeman-ASIA Scholarships</a>, while Mathias also was presented with a <a href="">Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship</a>.</p><p>“These scholarships receive thousands of applications each cycle, and students compete nationally for them,” said Steve Cook, assistant director for CWU Study Abroad and Exchange Programs. “Both are significant awards and, aside from the financial benefits, tap students into extensive alumni networks.</p><p>“That Mirella and RaeLani were successful speaks to not only the quality of their chosen study abroad programs but also to their dedication and abilities to communicate who they are and how study abroad and—by extension—these scholarships serve their goals, both present and future,” he continued.</p><p>Dado-Fox, a junior from Centralia, is majoring in both Japanese and Asian Studies. During the upcoming fall quarter, she will study at Kyoto (Japan) University of Foreign Studies, which “perfectly aligns with my academic goals,” Dado Fox noted.</p><p>“Studying abroad will provide me with firsthand experience in the Japanese language and give me cultural insight that I would never be able to obtain from a textbook [alone],” she said.</p><p>Her career goal is to become a Japanese language and East Asian studies professor. After she earns her bachelor’s degree from CWU, she wants to participate in the <a href="">Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program</a>, which allows college graduates—mostly native English speakers—to become assistant language teachers in Japan. Dado-Fox plans to do that while completing her master’s degree coursework online.</p><p>Mathias, a senior from Walla Walla, is also a dual major in Japanese and Instructional Foundations, as well as pursuing minors in both Linguistics and Teaching English as a Second Language. All of next year, she will study at Takushoku University, near Tokyo.</p><p>“When I was in 8th grade, I discovered Japanese animation,” she explained. “My interest focused my curiosity specifically through the beautiful sound of the language. I wanted more: I wanted to learn about the people and the culture.”</p><p>She also aspires to become involved in the JET Program and, ultimately, develop mastery in other Asian languages and cultures.</p><p>“I want to be able to speak to many people and help those who are unable to fully express themselves in a non-native language,” she noted.</p><p>The Freeman-ASIA program supports U.S. undergraduates, with demonstrated financial need, who desire to study in East or Southeast Asia. The program’s goal is to increase the number of U.S. citizens and permanent residents with first-hand exposure to Asia and understanding of its people and cultures.</p><p>After completing their program, award recipients share their experiences on their home campuses or communities to encourage study abroad by their peers. Since 2001, Freeman-ASIA has made study abroad in East and Southeast Asia possible for more than 4,600 undergraduates from more than 600 institutions nationwide.</p><p>The U.S. Department of State-funded Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship is a similar grant program in that it enables students of limited financial means to study or intern abroad, to gain skills critical to United States national security and economic prosperity.</p><p>It, too, was established in 2001 and has developed a successful record of accomplishment in supporting students typically underrepresented in education abroad, such as first-generation and ethnic minority college students, those with disabilities, students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields, hailing from minority-serving institutions, community colleges, or from U.S. states with lower study-abroad participation.</p><p>August 13, 2018</p><p><strong>Media contact:</strong> Robert Lowery, director of Radio Services and Integrated Communications, 509-963-1487,</p>OISP Celebrates Inaugural Globalization Appreciation Reception, 14 May 2018 14:57:38<p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height:150%">Central Washington University’s Office of International Studies and Programs (OISP) recently hosted the inaugural Globalization Appreciation Reception to thank the university’s domestic and international faculty, students, and staff as well as community members for their contributions to international programs at the university.</p><p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height:150%">Highlights of the event, held in the Sue Lombard Room on the CWU campus, included music on cello by Tomas Estigarribia, an Argentinian international student majoring in music and Russian. Additionally, the evening’s speakers included international students and faculty, who each shared some of their background with the group and explained why international education is important to them.</p><p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height:150%">Speakers included: Estigarribia; Josefine Holm, a graduate student from Denmark studying in CWU’s unique primate behavior and ecology program; Kendall Kramer, a domestic student who participated in an education abroad program in Peru; Professor Lene Pedersen of the Anthropology Department, a self-described “development brat” originally from Denmark and raised in Tanzania before eventually settling in Ellensburg; and Professor Dan Beck of the Biology Department, who has led a dozen faculty-directed Education Abroad programs to Mexico, starting in 1996.&nbsp;</p><p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height:150%">Guests had the opportunity to network and learn about the roles that others have played in Central’s internationalization efforts. <span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;</span>The event served to spearhead the broadening of lines of communication regarding potential ways to further globalize the campus and community, and will be followed up by more informal quarterly gatherings, regional interest groups, calls for donations to further the efforts of OISP, and similar subsequent events annually.</p><p> <style type="text/css"> </style> </p></p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height:150%"></p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height:150%"></p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height:150%"></p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height:150%"></span style="mso-spacerun:yes">The Global Gazette Vol. I, Issue 1, Spring 2018, 16 Apr 2018 13:51:59<p style="text-align: center;"><a href="/international-programs/sites/" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="/international-programs/sites/" style="width: 800px; height: 229px;"></a></p><p>For the inaugural edition of the OISP Newsletter, we dive straight into some pretty unique stories!&nbsp;</p><p>From Study Abroad and Exchange Programs, we have junior Kendall Kramer, who describes the random occurrence of meeting someone over a cup of fermented corn, plus Steve Cook’s European travels and spring quarter Study Abroad Info Sessions.&nbsp;</p><p>On to International Student and Scholar Services: Tomás Estigarribia gives his take on what brought him (and his massive talent with a cello) to CWU, plus updates on spring workshops, International Cafés, International Club meetings, and staff changes.&nbsp;</p><p>On the Asia University America Program side of things, you can read all about AUAP Night (winter 2018), the Job Fair, and the incredible volunteer efforts of both AUAP students and the community so far for spring quarter.&nbsp;</p><p>Last but certainly not least, read up on University English as a Second Language student involvement in the International Festival, plus graduation notices and CWU staff travel preparations!</p><p style="text-align: center;"><a href="/international-programs/sites/">Read the whole newsletter:</a></p><p style="text-align: center;"><a href="/international-programs/sites/"><img alt="" src="/international-programs/sites/" style="width: 300px; height: 251px;"></a></p></p style="text-align: center;"></p style="text-align: center;"></p style="text-align: center;">CWU Hosts Washington World Fellows Welcome Day on April 14, 11 Apr 2018 09:57:38<p><img alt="" src="/international-programs/sites/" style="width: 200px; height: 200px; margin: 2px; float: right;">Central Washington University is partnering with Lt. Governor Cyrus Habib, the Honorary Consulate of Spain, and the Association of Washington Generals on a new equity-focused program that sends 15 Washington high school students to study for six weeks in Spain.</p><p>The students will be hosted on the CWU campus on Saturday, April 14 for a special Washington World Fellows Welcome Day that includes program orientation and a tour of the university.</p><p>Called Washington World Fellows, the program allows the selected high school students to earn college credit for courses taken at the University of Léon and supports their long-term academic goals through high school and beyond. The students will receive fellowships that cover all their costs.</p><p>“These students were selected from an incredibly talented applicant pool,” said Habib. “They bring to life the dream behind the program: connecting deserving students with opportunities they might not otherwise have.”</p><p>Central Washington’s Office of International Studies and Programs will coordinate the study abroad program and help supervise the students during their time in Spain.</p><p>“This unique partnership allows us to highlight the excellent work of our Office of International Studies and Programs and shines a spotlight on Central Washington University as an institution that celebrates diversity and the importance of learning about other people, cultures, and places,” said CWU President James L. Gaudino.</p><p>More than 400 10th grade students were nominated for the program by their teachers. Those selected will participate in a six-week immersive Spanish language study abroad program with a full college-level academic schedule and receive post-trip college-preparation support during their 11th and 12th grade years.</p><p>Legislation sponsored by Senator Patty Kuderer, SSB 5746, and recently signed by Governor Jay Inslee, dedicates a portion of the Seahawks and Mariners license plate proceeds to the program.</p><p>The 2018 study abroad program will begin June 30 and end August 10.</p><p>The list of selected students can be found at</p><p>Media contact: Richard Moreno, Department of Public Affairs, 509-963-2714,</p>Ediz Kaykayoglu Named Executive Director of the Office of International Studies and Programs, 02 Nov 2017 09:28:12<p><img alt="Ediz Kaykayoglu, CWU’s new executive director of the Office of International Studies" src="/international-programs/sites/" style="width: 300px; height: 320px; margin: 3px; float: right;">Katherine Frank, provost and vice president for academic and student life at CWU, has selected Ediz L. Kaykayoglu to serve as CWU’s new executive director of the Office of International Studies. He begins his new post this week.</p><p>Kaykayoglu previously served as faculty and the director of Education Abroad at Kent State University. He has worked in higher education since 2003 and has expertise in computer technology, educational technology, and international education.</p><p>“I am absolutely delighted that Ediz will be joining our team,” Frank said. “He brings exceptional knowledge and skills to the position, and I am confident that he will help lead the unit into its next phase of development.”</p><p>Frank said that under Kaykayoglu’s leadership at Kent State, study abroad participation grew substantially across the university’s international and domestic campuses.</p><p>“Ediz helped develop recruitment strategies that resulted in a 26 percent increase in the number of study abroad students last year and collaborated with faculty and colleges to increase faculty-led study abroad programs by 25 percent,” Frank noted.</p><p>Kaykayoglu became director of Education Abroad in 2015 and was the assistant director of the program for two years prior. He was Education Abroad manager from 2010 to 2013 and special assistant to the executive director of the Office of Global Education at Kent State from 2009-2010. He also taught information technology courses at Kent State from 2003-2006.</p><p>Kaykayoglu has a BS in computer engineering from Bahcesehir University in Istanbul, Turkey, and a master’s degree in computer technology from Kent State University. He is currently pursuing his PhD in instructional technology education at Kent State, focusing his research on evaluating online intervention methods to enhance cultural intelligence.</p><p><strong>Media contact: </strong>Richard Moreno, Department of Public Affairs, 509-963-2714,</p>First CWU Alumni Gathering in China Rated a Resounding Success, 02 Nov 2017 08:43:07<p><img alt="Rachel Gordon, OISP project manager, and six students in Shanghai, China" src="/international-programs/sites/" style="width: 425px; margin: 3px; float: right; height: 255px;">Bob Ford, Central Washington University’s senior director of Alumni and Constituent Relations, didn’t know what to expect when he decided to host the first-ever CWU Alumni Association event in China on October 21.</p><p>However, on the day of the event, held in Liuzhou City, he was pleasantly surprised to find a room filled with 130 CWU alumni, many of whom also brought their families.</p><p>“It was one of the larger events we have had on a whole, let alone going all the way to China,” Ford said.</p><p>Ashley Gillum, director of program development for Alumni and Constituent Relations, who also went on the trip, added, “The affinity for Central was truly remarkable. Years later having 130 of them attend an alumni reunion shows that the Wildcat spirit is still very much alive, even if they live more than 6,000 miles away.”</p><p>The participants were among 185 university graduates who earned their CWU master’s degrees through a program designed specifically for Liuzhou City government employees. Six groups have come to the Ellensburg campus, each for the yearlong study that led to advanced degrees in engineering technology, public accountancy, public administration, or information technology and administrative management.</p><p>“This trip provided us with a significant opportunity to connect all of those cohorts [classes] together,” Ford added. “They had begun doing things back in Liuzhou as individual cohorts but they did not have a formalized connection. So, when they got to our event, they were amazed by the people they had some relationships with but didn’t know they were also Wildcats.”</p><p>The reunion featured a video message from CWU President James L. Gaudino, and others from university faculty that led the graduate-level coursework. It also allowed some participants to reconnect with Gillum, who studied alongside Liuzhou students as she earned her Master of Science in Public Administration in 2017.</p><p>“Being able to visit my classmates and friends in their home was a once in a lifetime experience,” said Gillum. “We may have been learning about public administration in the classroom but the bond we created extended so much further.”</p><p>The alumni helped facilitate visits by the CWU group to Liuzhou High School and Liuzhou Railway Vocational Technical College, where they met with some potential future Wildcats, along with behind-the-scenes tours of city municipal offices and facilities.</p><p>“We were also able to see the world famous Rare Stone Museum there, which is actually managed by one of our alumni,” Ford pointed out. “It was interesting to witness how much pride they had in their city, how much pride they had in their country, but also how much pride they had for Central and in us being there.”&nbsp;</p><p>Rachel Gordon, project manager for the CWU Office of International Studies and Programs, took part in the two-week long excursion that included six meetings with current and prospective educational affiliates in China, including Anhui University, which has collaborated with CWU for 36 years.</p><p>“There are some great collaborations in the works,” she noted. “We also met so many bright, young students. We can’t wait to visit [China] again and to greet our new students once they arrive here at Central.”</p><p>CWU has developed educational, exchange, and research programs with 30 higher educational institutions worldwide, including 14 in Asia alone. The university typically enrolls about 500 international students annually for classes in Ellensburg, at a University Center or CWU instructional site, from more than 50 countries.</p><p>Ford said, “We talk about connecting our students to a global society. So, as an alumni association, we have decided to help pave that road and build the network of CWU Wildcats locally, nationally, and internationally.”</p><p>Gillum added, “The opportunity to connect with the Liuzhou cohort was an amazing educational and cultural experience. There have been many amazing memories during my career at Central, but this will stand out for years to come.”</p><p>The CWU trip came during the final week of China’s 19th Communist Party Congress, which included a significant turnover in the country’s top leadership. That situation could pay dividends for Central in coming years.</p><p>“You’re seeing elder statesman transitioning out and being replaced by younger leaders that have a little different vision,” Ford said. “They want to further internationalize China, and have more of a global market economy, as a way to provide for the emergence of a middle class. There are more adults seeking higher education for themselves, or their kids, including through study abroad, along with increased interest in bringing students to China on exchange. I see this as a great opportunity for our institution.”</p><p><strong>Media contact: </strong>Robert Lowery, Department of Public Affairs, 509-963-1487,</p><p><strong>Photo: </strong>Rachel Gordon, CWU OISP project manager, and some new friends in Shanghai</p>