CWUNews FeedNews Feed ITAM Peru Faculty-Led Service Learning Class Rocks the Andes, 24 Aug 2018 09:53:03<p><img alt="ITAMers in the village of Marcani, Peru" src="" style="width: 100%;"></p><p>ITAM students returned from Peru with a successful faculty-led service learning experience. The 18 CWU ITAM students were outstanding ambassadors for the department and CWU, and while on the class performed outreach to a small village called Marcani, high in the Andes (12,000+ ft). The villagers welcomed CWU and the students with compassion and kindness.</p><p><img alt="ITAM students installing solar panels at rural school in Peru" src="" style="width: 50%; float: right; margin-left: 7px; margin-right: 7px;">After seven days, this village now has solar energy and lights in the two school buildings and the school Library. The students also painted buildings, put flooring in the library, built windows and doors, planted 300 trees, and built/fenced in the local soccer field.&nbsp; The students also left behind donated goods they brought along including laptops, tablets, school supplies, dental and health related products. CWU students truly made a difference in these Peruvian’s lives.&nbsp; We all learned from each other as we worked and played together (we also put forth a good game of soccer against the locals).&nbsp; The teachers and parents were grateful. The young Peruvians may actually make it to university someday with the ITAM student efforts.</p><p><img alt="" src="/it-management/sites/" style="width: 50%; float: left; margin-left: 7px; margin-right: 7px;"><em>"I loved every second of Peru. The team was amazing, the sights were breathtaking, and the service learning changed everyone's lives. CWU's ITAM department envisioned, planned, and executed a perfect trip that could not have been anymore powerful in making its core values standout above just the sightseeing. Students were able to use their experience of technology, that's been fostered at CWU, to problem solve and provide hands on experience in a very diverse learning environment to support a remote native community within Peru. To help summarize this trip to Peru, students will be able to walk away saying they have learned to be more adaptable, confident in risk taking, and humbled in every sense."</em></p><p><em>Chance Flanigan,&nbsp;</em><em>ITAM Class of 2019</em></p><p>The other parts of the class included treks, cultural events, meetings with local Peruvians and discussions in commerce/business/IT tech. Drs. Bob Trumpy and Bob Lupton will be taking new ITAM students to Peru during the summer 2019.</p><p><img alt="ITAM trekking through the Andes" src="" style="width: 100%;"></p>ITAM will host AFA High School CyberCamp at CWU Ellensburg Campus Summer 2019, 08 Jun 2018 09:43:43<h2>Central Washington University to host AFA CyberCamp</h2><p>Ellensburg, WA – Central Washington University is one of the distinguished organizations across the United States selected to participate in the 2019 season of the Air Force Association’s (AFA) CyberCamp Program beginning next summer.</p><p>As an AFA CyberCamp host, Central Washington University will receive software and a hands-on curriculum kit designed to teach students cyber safety, cyber ethics, and critical network security skills and tools. Each AFA CyberCamp will culminate in an exciting team-based competition that puts the campers in the role of IT administrators tasked with finding and addressing cybersecurity vulnerabilities in simulated network environments. The local AFA CyberCamp competitions will closely mimic AFA’s annual CyberPatriot National Youth Cyber Defense Competition, which will enter its eleventh season in October.</p><p>According to Nathan White, Assistant Professor of Cybersecurity and co-coordinator for the camp, there are two main goals for the camp. The first goal is to broaden students’ understanding of and interest in a cybersecurity career. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, cybersecurity careers are one of the fastest growing careers, and we want students to be aware of that as a potential career. Additionally, our second goal is to teach the students more about safe online behavior.</p><p>The CyberPatriot National Youth Cyber Education Program was created by the Air Force Association in 2009 to attract students to cybersecurity and other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines critical to our nation's future.&nbsp; In addition to the annual National Youth Cyber Defense Competition and the new AFA CyberCamp program, CyberPatriot has three other programs for various age groups. The Elementary School Cyber Education Initiative (ESCEI) was designed to introduce young students to online safety. The Cyber Education Literature Series was created to teach younger children about cyber safety with the debut of the illustrated Children’s book: Sarah the Cyber Hero. The newest program for CyberPatriot is CyberGenerations: a senior citizens guide to cyber safety that will premiere in late spring 2018. To learn more about CyberPatriot, visit</p>Taking Shape: The Latest Images from the Samuelson STEM Building, 07 Mar 2018 13:58:49<p>There are huge changes since the last time ITAM wandered through our new home in the Samuelson STEM building. Carpet and fixtures are going in, accent walls brighten up collaborative spaces, and pristine white boards are ready and waiting for lightbulb moments.</p><p>We move in June - are you ready?</p><hr><p>ITAM students will enjoy a large collaborative space with amazing views:</p><p><img alt="Communal space for ITAM students on the second floor" src="/it-management/sites/" style="width: 100%;"></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="Second view of ITAM student collaborative space" src="/it-management/sites/" style="width: 100%;"></p><p>Our new offices will be on the second floor. Here is the view of our storefront from across the central atrium:</p><p><img alt="View across atrium to new main ITAM storefront" src="/it-management/sites/" style="width: 100%;"></p><p>Some classrooms will have banks of large windows:</p><p><img alt="Classroom view" src="/it-management/sites/" style="width: 100%;"></p><p>There's also a theater space for guest speakers, seminars, and presentations:</p><p><img alt="Large theater-style classroom on first floor" src="/it-management/sites/" style="width: 100%;"></p><p>A sample of what faculty offices will look like:</p><p><img alt="Faculty Office Sample" src="/it-management/sites/" style="width: 100%;"></p><p>On this tour ITAM was joined by guests from Microsoft and CWU:</p><p><img alt="Tour included members from ITAM, CWU Information Services, ITAM, and Microsoft" src="/it-management/sites/" style="width: 100%;"></p><p>Some of the tour participants included (left to right):</p><p style="margin-left: 40px;">Gayla Stoner, Associate Provost Extended Learning and Outreach, CWU<br>Shawn Lowney, Director, Community and Corporate Relations, CWU<br>Andreas Bohman, CIO, CWU and ITAM faculty member<br>Lisa Karstetter, TechSpark Manager, Quincy Data Center<br>Leo Ortiz Villacorta, Director Global Field Empowerment, Microsoft Philanthropies<br>Keith Jones, IT Project Manager, CWU</p><p>If you'd like a reference point for comparison, check out <a href="" target="_blank">where we were in October</a>.</p><p>&nbsp;</p></hr></p style="margin-left: 40px;"></br></br></br></br></br>Sneak Peek Inside Samuelson STEM, 23 Oct 2017 11:00:11<p><img alt="Atrium outside of future ITAM offices" src="/it-management/sites/" style="width: 200px; height: 353px; float: right; margin-left: 7px; margin-right: 7px;"></p><p><em><strong>It feels surreal:</strong></em> in less than a year, the Department of Information Technology and Administrative Management (ITAM) will move into our new, high-tech home in the Samuelson STEM building. We’re gearing up for this change, so we took a tour of the construction site to track progress and expand our list of action items in preparation for the relocation.</p><p>A project with this scope runs a full gamut of considerations from ensuring sufficient wireless access in the collaborative and social spaces, to selecting the correct casters for chairs in a carpeted computer lab. The concerns of multiple stakeholders need consideration as well. ITAM will have new neighbors including Computer Science, Mathematics, Multi-Modal Learning, and CWU’s new state-of-the-art data center.</p><p>As we refine lab configurations, plan redundancies and safe guards for ITAM’s dedicated server room, and make sure everything is on track for our coffee shop (priorities!), we want to share some images. Hopefully this will give you a feel for the space – until you visit us and walk through it.</p><h2 style="text-align: center;"><a href="" onclick=", '', 'resizable=yes,status=no,location=no,toolbar=no,menubar=no,fullscreen=no,scrollbars=no,dependent=no'); return false;">OPEN THE GALLERY</a></h2></h2 style="text-align: center;">Dr. Ray Spencer, in memoriam, 03 Aug 2017 11:56:39<p><img alt="" src="/it-management/sites/" style="width: 300px; height: 225px; float: right;">We are deeply saddened to let you know about the passing of our colleague and friend, Dr. Ray Spencer.</p><p>Few can equal Ray’s love of teaching and his complete dedication to helping students. He was passionate about cybersecurity, striving to make the material engaging and enjoyable. A glance at his bookshelf would reveal close to 60 texts on the subject. He devoted his free time to researching current cybersecurity situations to turn them into discussions and assignments for his students, bringing the material to life by linking it to the world surrounding his students.</p><p>Before finding his home in Washington, Ray lived off the grid in Northern Minnesota for 10 years. A true outdoorsman, he had his personal piece of heaven: a couple hundred acres of pristine wilderness next to thousands of acres of forest. He reveled in the winters, loving to cross-country ski, and he filled the other seasons with biking and hiking on the trails.</p><p>An avid whitewater kayaker, the Skagit River was particularly special to him. He met his wife, Kathy McGee, on that river, and it was where they got married (in kayaks, of course). It is also where 25 of his closest family and friends joined last Friday for an impromptu memorial service. They scattered his ashes in three places according to his wishes and paddled the eight-mile section where he and Kathy first learned to kayak.</p><p>Ray lived life to the fullest; possessed of a keen intellect, a wry sense of humor, and a deep curiosity about the world. He was the soul of generosity in every way, and we will sorely miss him.</p><p><a href="">;</a></p><p><img alt="" src="/it-management/sites/" style="width: 100%;"></p>Perry Tech Yakima Students visit CWU ITAM, 28 Jun 2017 07:55:35<p>The Department of Information Technology and Administrative Management (ITAM) had the honor of hosting 38 applied science students from Perry Technical at the CWU-Ellensburg campus today. They toured ITAM, met key personnel, visited labs, and experienced campus life. Their tour included viewing the Samuelson STEM building currently under construction – ITAM’s new home starting Fall 2018. While walking them through life at ITAM, Department Secretary&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Libby Gibson</a>, Online Advisor&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Dawn McReynolds</a> and recent graduate Brian McDougall &nbsp;emphasized the message we receive from industry: there is an ever-growing need for graduates in cybersecurity, data and analytics, web development and networking.<img alt="Perry Tech Yakima students visiting CWU ITAM on the Ellensburg Campus" src="/it-management/sites/" style="width: 633px;"></p><p>CWU alumna Valerie Ryan, Department Head of Business Technology and Accounting at Perry Tech in Yakima, organized the excursion to help her students learn about transferring to ITAM’s <a href="" target="_blank">Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS-ITAM)</a>.</p><p>BAS-ITAM is a unique program that allows traditionally “non-transferrable” applied/technical degrees to transfer their credits to CWU. Once enrolled, students complete a core curriculum that layers soft skills like leadership and project management over their technical expertise, and then specialize in Administrative Management, Cybersecurity, or Information Technology. To meet the needs of diverse populations, ITAM offers their BAS degree in a variety of modalities: fully online, hybrid, or on campus.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Dr. Robert Lupton</a>, ITAM department chair, welcomed the group led by his former advisee. He said, “It was a wonderful experience! Their visit embodies what ITAM is all about: outreach, opportunity, networking, and working with other schools to help students build careers.” As for Lupton’s advice to our Perry Tech guests, it was simple: “Find your passion and enjoy your career.”</p><p>To learn more about advancing your career with ITAM, visit: <a href=""></a></p>ITAM Cyber Students Compete at Pacific Rim Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition, 11 Apr 2017 15:14:40<p><img alt="ITAM Cybersecurity and Ethical Hacking Club Compete at PRCCDC" src="/it-management/sites/" style="width: 50%; float: right;">While most of the CWU students were out relaxing and recharging their batteries over Spring Break 2017, CWU’s Cyber Hacking Club was feverishly trying to secure an artificial network “PWN World” from a nefarious group of Black Hat hackers at Highline Community College.&nbsp; The team of 8 ITAM Students were competing in the 10th Annual Pacific Rim Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition.&nbsp; The team consisted of: Brian McDougall, Casey Gadd, Michael Cyr, German Godinez, Zach Halte, Colby Hill, Aaron Long and Chris Graham.</p><p><img alt="" src="/it-management/sites/" style="width: 50%; float: left; margin-right: 7px;">The Red Team barraged our team for two full days – they did everything possible to take down the CWU team’s network and steal information off of the servers.&nbsp; The Red Team was very experienced and consisted of 40 different individuals from all over industry, military and students.&nbsp; It just so happens that one of CWU’s very own alumni, Nick Smith, was trying to take out our team!&nbsp; Nick is very happy with his current position at Boeing and I heard from his boss that he is exceeding expectations…it has to be that grand education he received from CWU!</p><p>Our team was extremely good at keeping the internet up and operational as well as crafting poetry along the way.&nbsp; Yes, it is true, Chris Graham, the team captain had about 5 minutes to write a poem or else the Red Team was going to wipeout some key components on the servers that would make our team completely dead in the water.&nbsp; It just so happens that the Red Team loved</p><p><img alt="" src="/it-management/sites/" style="width: 288.712px; float: right; margin-right: 7px;">the poem so much that at the awards ceremony, they presented Chris and the team with the “Peeps Choice Award.”&nbsp; A made-up award by the Leader of the Red Team which consisted of a 24” Yellow Peep Chick and Peeps candy for the entire team.&nbsp; You can go out to the Club’s <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook page</a>, CWU Cyber Security &amp; Ethical Hacking Club and see Chris reciting his poem to the audience…simply spectacular!</p><p><br>The team came back to Ellensburg all ready to start practicing for next year!&nbsp; A majority of the team is graduating so if you have a desire to learn more about cyber security and what it means to be an ethical hacker, then please join our club.&nbsp; If you have any additional questions about the competition or about the Club, please contact either one of the two advisors, <a href="" target="_blank">Dr. Chet Claar,</a> or <a href="" target="_blank">Mrs. Deborah Wells</a>.</p><p>~Deborah Wells</p></br>CWU Ready to Help Students Affected by Closure of ITT Technical Institute, 21 Oct 2016 13:43:42<p>Central Washington University is among the higher education stakeholders&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">ready to help students</a>&nbsp;affected by the closure of ITT Technical Institute. In September, the for-profit college chain shut down all 136 locations — including campuses in Everett, Seattle, and Spokane —&nbsp;halting the education of nearly 40,000 students. &nbsp;</p><p>“CWU is here to help former ITT students in the wake of the closure," CWU Provost Katherine Frank said. “We know that some students are feeling stranded and that transferring credits can be a challenge.”</p><p>CWU's&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Information Technology and Administrative Management</a>&nbsp;(ITAM) Department is ready to accept unfinished ITT Technical degrees. Since 2004 the Bachelor of Applied Science program in IT Management has welcomed transfer students with applied, technical credits.</p><p>“It provides a unique opportunity for ITT Tech students, allowing them to move into a bachelor degree program at a traditional state university," said Professor Robert Lupton, chair of the ITAM department. "We offer this degree online with some courses taught hybrid through our university centers. In addition to the flexible schedule, there's another bonus: CWU doesn't charge out-of-state tuition for online students."</p><p>Through the Bachelor of Applied Science program, students can specialize in administrative management, cybersecurity, or information technology. The curriculum layers soft skills such as leadership, team building, and project management over a strong foundation of technical know-how. It creates more career options and helps graduates move into management and leadership roles in their chosen field.</p><p>Former ITT Tech student Jacquelyne Morrison was warned her credits might not transfer to other schools. “When I applied to CWU in 2014&nbsp;I was pleasantly surprised to find the majority of the credits I earned at ITT Tech —&nbsp;7 years prior — had&nbsp;transferred in some way or another to my ITAM degree,” Morrison said. “This saved me a ton of time and money and I will obtain my bachelor's degree in under two years.”</p><p>Morrison continues to work in the IT field while maintaining a 3.96 GPA. And her studies are already paying off. “I was recently&nbsp;promoted to technical support supervisor, overseeing a team of&nbsp;seven technical support specialists&nbsp;in four different states.”</p><p>Lupton urges former ITT Tech students to contact CWU to explore their options. Advisors will evaluate each situation on a case-by-case basis in order to help students get their education back on track.</p><p>Learn more at&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank"></a>. Contact an ITAM advisor at &nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank"></a>&nbsp;or call 509-963-2611.</p><p><em>Media contact: Barb Arnott, CWU Public Affairs, 509-963-2841,</em></p><p>October 21, 2016</p>CWU-ITAM students study abroad; learn international business, 18 Aug 2016 08:17:06<p><img alt="" src="/it-management/sites/" style="width: 453px; height: 300px;"></p><p>A group of Central Washington University students spent part of this summer immersed Central European culture and business.</p><p>The Information Technology and Administrative Management department at CWU offers a study abroad program to students who want to travel and learn more about their major in Central Europe.</p><p>David Douglas, ITAM professor, said the trip taught students about information technology, industry, retail management and administrative management in four or five different countries over the course of four weeks. The trip was June 19-July 14.</p><p>Read more of this story in the <a href="" target="_blank">Daily Record</a>.</p>ITAM Online Programs Receive National Recognition, 04 May 2016 20:27:14<p>One of ITAM’s core values is creating access to a quality education for all types of learners. As industry and technology evolve so do the students enrolling in academic programs. From adults re-entering the workforce to returning veterans to seasoned professionals seeking a career shift, higher education serves a widely varied segment of the population.</p><div style="background-color: #1c6dac; color: white; font-size: 14px; padding: 7px; margin-bottom: 7px;"><p><em>Removing any barrier of location, ITAM online programs connect learners to knowledge and skills that can launch and advance careers. From a picturesque small town in central Washington State, ITAM is building a nationally recognized global campus.</em></p></div><p><img alt="" src="/it-management/sites/" style="width: 200px; height: 195px; float: right; margin-bottom: 7px;">College Values Online, which ranks ITAM # 8 in the nation, said that an ITAM degree, "Is a great choice for students who want to accelerate their accredited online information technology degree." They highlighted&nbsp;our <a href="" target="_blank">Cybersecurity program</a> saying it, "further expands the program’s career opportunities for ambitious students. And speaking of ambition, because this completely online program functions on an efficient four-quarter system, you can opt for summer courses and easily accelerate your degree path.”</p><p><img alt="" src="/it-management/sites/" style="width: 150px; height: 166px; float: left; margin-right: 7px;"> recently ranked ITAM as their #2 program in Information Technology saying this degree, "helps students develop the technical skills they need to succeed in the IT industry." They also point out that, "The specializations blend the technological savvy and personal 'soft-skills' required in business and administrative management."</p><div style="background-color: #1c6dac; color: white; font-size: 14px; padding: 3px; margin-bottom: 7px;"><p><br><em style="line-height: 1.4;">“Although Central Washington University’s baccalaureate program in IT has many elements of online technical degrees, there’s a lot more to it than just computer training. The goal of this program is to prepare students for careers as diverse as agriculture, healthcare, manufacturing, retail, and finance by providing a multidimensional curriculum that can adapt to the needs of numerous industries.”&nbsp;</em></p><img alt="" src="/it-management/sites/" style="color: rgb(85, 85, 85); line-height: 16.8px; width: 200px; height: 189px; float: right;"><p style="text-align: center;"><em style="line-height: 1.4;">– College Values Online</em></p></div><p>A key factor in the high ratings ITAM programs receive is the variety of offerings and modalities. Both Best Choice Schools and Value Colleges noted the <a href="" target="_blank">FlexIT program</a>, which offers self-paced, competency-based learning for motivated students seeking a flexible schedule. Fully online specializations in the Bachelor of Science currently include Administrative Management, Cybersecurity, and Retail Management and Technology. The <a href="" target="_blank">Bachelor of Applied Science</a> provides an opportunity for students with an applied associate degree to transfer into a four-year university.&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" src="/it-management/sites/" style="line-height: 16.8px; width: 200px; height: 142px; float: left;"></p><p>For post baccalaureate students ITAM offers a one-year, fully online&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Master of Science</a> with specializations in Administrative Management, Cybersecurity Management or Information Technology. For students seeking a minor, six of the seven <a href="" target="_blank">ITAM minor programs</a> can be completed online.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.4;">&nbsp;</span></p><p>&nbsp;</p><div style="background-color: #1c6dac; color: white; font-size: 14px; padding: 7px; margin-bottom: 7px;"><img alt="" src="/it-management/sites/" style="line-height: 16.8px; width: 180px; height: 171px; float: right;"><p><span style="line-height: 1.4;">Ready to learn more? 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If you have questions please:&nbsp;</span><br><span style="line-height: 1.4;">Call us at 509.963.2611</span><br><span style="line-height: 1.4;">Email us at</span><br><span style="line-height: 1.4;">Or visit us at the Ellensbur</span><span style="line-height: 1.4;">g campus, </span>Rm<span style="line-height: 1.4;">. 223 in Shaw </span>Smyser<span style="line-height: 1.4;">.</span></p></div><div>&nbsp;</div><p>&nbsp;</p></div style="background-color: #1c6dac; color: white; font-size: 14px; padding: 7px; margin-bottom: 7px;"></div style="background-color: #1c6dac; color: white; font-size: 14px; padding: 3px; margin-bottom: 7px;"></br></em style="line-height: 1.4;"></p style="text-align: center;"></em style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></div style="background-color: #1c6dac; color: white; font-size: 14px; padding: 7px; margin-bottom: 7px;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></br></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></br></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></br></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;">