CWUCWU NewsCWU News Winner TeeWanz Returns to CWU, May 1, 28 Apr 2017 16:22:47<p><img style="margin: 3px; width: 550px; height: 275px;" alt="Michael 'TeeWanz' Wansley" src=""></p><p>Grammy award-winning musician Michael Wansley, aka TeeWanz, will return to Central Washington University to speak on Monday, May 1, at 2 p.m. in McIntyre Recital Hall.</p><p>TeeWanz, a former CWU music student is best known as the featured artist on Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ Grammy hit “The Thrift Shop.” The single has sold more than 5 million copies.</p><p>TeeWanz will join CWU assistant professor Mark Staples, to discuss the music industry, entrepreneurship, and the tools for success in a competitive world. They aspire to provide insight into the ever-evolving music industry.</p><p>“The traditional paths of musicians are being disrupted, these days, so you have to be creative…you have to be entrepreneurial in order to have a successful career,” Staples said.</p><p>Staples, who teaches in the <a href="http://music department">music department</a> is a musicologist—or music historian. He researches how musicians have marketed and branded themselves—not only now, but throughout history.</p><p>Last quarter, Staples taught a new course related to his research in music and entrepreneurship. One of his students—Peregrine Spane, a piano performance major—reached out to TeeWanz, as part of an assignment.</p><p>The assignment evolved into TeeWanz agreeing to come speak at CWU.</p><p>Spane has since been integral in the planning and publicizing of TeeWanz’s upcoming visit.<br>The public is encouraged to attend this free event. The conversation is relevant beyond music performers, and could be insightful to vast audiences.</p><p>“I hope they (the audience) will get…a clear picture of what the music industry is like today, from someone who has had ups and downs. And someone who has carved a unique and special place for himself,” Staples said.</p><p>To learn more about the <a href="http://music department">CWU music program</a> or the arts and entrepreneurship class contact Sara Carroll at 509-963-1265 or<br><br>Media contact: Dawn Alford, public affairs coordinator, 509-963-1484,;</p></br></br></br>Best-selling author, journalist, filmmaker to discuss his work at CWU, 27 Apr 2017 14:17:16<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/Sebastian%20Junger.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 334px; margin: 3px; float: right;">Journalist and filmmaker Sebastian Junger, author of <em>The Perfect Storm</em>, will discuss his award-winning career and his latest <em>New York Times</em> bestselling book <em>Tribe</em> during a free presentation on May 10 at Central Washington University.</p><p>Junger will speak about his work and then participate in a question-and-answer session followed by a book signing. The event, which is open to the public, begins at 6 p.m. in CWU’s Student Union Ballroom.</p><p><em>Tribe</em>, focuses on Junger’s assertion, based on mental health research he conducted, that the difficulties many military veterans face upon returning home from war stem from having to leave a communal—tribal—culture and reintegrate into societies where individualism is valued.<br><br>“I thought that the struggle that veterans have coming home was a very good way to look at the problems in modern society,” Junger said. “The topic, per se, wasn’t what I was trying to get at. It was a lens through which to look at why modern society is hard for everybody. We are all vulnerable to the alienating effects of modern society.”<br><br>Junger said the book grew out of his desire to learn about, and write about, being a war correspondent. He first did so by traveling to Bosnia in 1993 to cover a civil war underway in that country. That conflict, and his continued exposure to violence, however, changed him and “opened me up emotionally in interesting ways that I did not expect,” he said.<br><br>“I started going to Afghanistan in the mid-90s, and then 9-11 happened,” Junger said. “I went back to Afghanistan and, eventually, I was with American soldiers. But, keep in mind, most of my wartime experience was not with the U.S. military. It was on my own in civil wars. I was in Liberia and Sierra Leone. They’re scary. You’re traumatized, not just by the possibility that you might get hurt, but by witnessing other people get hurt. Of all the things that affect you, that’s the most enduring. You go to war and you’re going to change a lot and that affects the rest of your life.”</p><p>That included Junger having to cope with and overcome his own post-traumatic stress disorder. Despite his personal struggles and lingering challenges related to combat, Junger has continued to be a productive and successful author, filmmaker, and journalist.<br><br>“I take a certain amount of pride in saying things that make everybody uncomfortable,” he acknowledged, adding, with a laugh, “if you’re making everybody uncomfortable, you’re probably on target.”<br><br>Despite never having technically served in the armed forces, Junger said being with the troops as a journalist, including for ABC News and <em>Vanity Fair</em>, allowed him to intimately understand what soldiers were going through and how to accurately portray that experience.</p><p>“Because I have a foot in each world, I feel like I am in a position to say anything and be, at least, heard—which isn’t true for everybody,” Junger explained. “I feel fortunate at that and I’m very, very protective of that status.”<br><br>For his work with, and on behalf of, servicemen and servicewomen, Junger received the “Leadership in Entertainment Award” from the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America. Junger has also received a National Magazine Award and a Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies prize for journalism.<br><br>His ended war reporting after having to struggle with the death of his friend, photojournalist Tim Hetherington, who was killed while covering the conflict in Libya.<br><br>“I saw the effect of Tim’s death on all the people he loved,” Junger said. “All sudden, war reporting seemed, sort of, selfish and self-involved instead of heroic and noble.”<br><br>Junger may be best known for his 1997 <em>New York Times</em> best-selling book <em>The Perfect Storm</em>, which became an Academy Awards-nominated movie three-years later.<br><br>“I was working as climber for tree companies and I got hurt doing that,” Junger said. “I hit my leg with a saw when I was up in the top of a tree on a rope. As I was recovering from that—I had always wanted to be a writer—and I thought that, maybe, I would write a book about dangerous jobs. The first job that I focused on was commercial fishing, because I was living in a fishing town called Gloucester, Massachusetts. My idea was to do all of these jobs and, if I couldn’t sell a book on them, maybe, I could wind up doing one of them.”<br><br>Junger’s next project is a <em>National Geographic</em> film, to be broadcast in June, about the civil war in Syria and the rise of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).<br><br>“I didn’t do any shooting over there; we got our footage in other ways,” Junger said. “But I directed [and narrated] it along with my colleague Nick Quested. It’s called Hell on Earth.”</p><p><strong>Media contact:</strong> Robert Lowery, director of Radio Services and Integrated Communications, 509-963-1487,</p></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br>Extraordinary Science II Obelisk to be Installed May 1, 26 Apr 2017 13:17:25<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/obelisk.jpeg" style="width: 125px; height: 600px; float: left;">"Secondhand Geology," a sculpture made of blocks of crushed stainless steel, will be installed May 1 on the grounds of Central Washington University's new Science II building. It will be dedicated at a ribbon-cutting ceremony on May 4.</p><p>The 20-foot, 5,000-pound column, which will be anchored to a four-foot concrete base, is the work of the Ball-Nogues studio in Los Angeles. An ArtsWA ( project, the artwork was funded through the Art in Public Places program which allocates a percentage of the building's construction costs for art to be installed on the site of a publicly funded structure. Benson Shaw's work, "Resources," at Dean Hall, is an ArtsWA project.</p><p>"The ArtsWA group have a roster of artists to be considered for public art projects," said Joanne Hillemann, architect, LEED AP, and manager, CWU Facilities Planning and Construction. "An ArtsWA manager met with the CWU Art Committee to initiate the process for commissioning the piece."</p><p>"The Art Selection Committee for Science Phase II had a challenging task of choosing an artist whose style would capture the essence of physics, geology, and science education [departments housed in Science II], but also succeed with the many constraints on location," said committee member Andy Piacsek, chair and professor of physics. "Because the interior of the building already had so many strong design elements, including permanent exhibits, the committee expected that the art would likely be outside. Ball and Nogues made a strong impression by explaining how the process by which a sculpture is created is just as important as the final form.</p><p>"They didn’t disappoint: the Science II sculpture is a simple pylon, but fabricated in a way that simulates and evokes the stratigraphy and metamorphic processes seen in the earth’s crust. I’m very pleased with it."</p><p>"Secondhand Geology" was created using powerful industrial processes to compact the stainless steel in to blocks which are stacked in a column.</p><p>"The crumpled steel is a manifestation of the massive forces required to compact it," Ball-Nogues related in its artist's statement. "It will remind viewers of the geological processes at work on rock formations near Ellensburg. The shape of the column will suggest a stone obelisk or a colossal geological core sample."</p><p>The sculpture will take about three days to be shipped from Los Angeles. Once the sculpture arrives, CWU will off-load it by forklift and place it on the ground adjacent to the concrete pedestal. A crane and a man-lift will be used to install the sculpture, and this will be coordinated by Ball-Nogues Studio and with CWU Facilities.</p><p>Sculptor Gaston Nogues will travel from Los Angeles to assemble the sculpture and attend its dedication.<br><br>The people involved in the Science II Art selection process included: Gregg Schlanger, chair, Art Department; Lola Gallagher, associate director of marketing and communication, Student Union; Joanne Hillemann; Doug Ryder, planning officer, Facilities Management; Andy Piacsek; Nick Zentner, professor, Geology Department; Tim Sorey, professor, Chemistry Department; Cindy Krieble, professor emeritus, Art Department; John Michel, professor, Music Department; Brian Kooser, CWU student representative; and Becky Barnhart and Robert Wiese from Integrus Architecture.</p><p>According to their website, Ball-Nogues Studio is an integrated design and fabrication practice operating in a territory between architecture, art and industrial design, led by Benjamin Ball and Gaston Nogues. Ball and Nogues originally trained as architects, and worked together for renowned architect Frank Gehry, before teaming up to establish Ball-Nogues Studio. "Their work is informed by the exploration of craft. Essential to each project is the "design" of the production process itself, with the aim of creating environments that enhance sensation, generate spectacle and invite physical engagement."</p><p>The Art in Public Places (AIPP) program facilitates the acquisition, placement, and stewardship of artwork in state-funded building projects throughout Washington. The Washington State Legislature established the AIPP program in 1974 to acquire artwork for K-12 public schools, colleges, universities, and state agencies, funded by ½ of 1 percent of the state’s portion of construction costs.</p><p>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,<br>April 26, 2017</p></br></br></br>CWU Student Wins Governor’s Award, Brightens Students’ Mood, 26 Apr 2017 12:19:09<p><img style="margin: 3px; width: 550px; height: 307px;" alt="Jonathan Chi" src=""></p><p>A Central Washington University student’s advocacy assignment has had far reaching and unexpected results—expanding therapy services to CWU students and earning him the 2017 Governor’s Award.</p><p>Hengyu ‘Jonathan’ Chi, a mental health counseling graduate student, was selected by Governor Jay Inslee to receive the Governor’s Award. Chi will receive the award during the Students Serving Washington Awards Ceremony on Friday, April 28, at the Museum of Flight in Seattle.</p><p>Chi’s award is in recognition of his research of light boxes and their use in the treatment of seasonal affective disorder (SAD), in addition to his execution in making four boxes available for student use.</p><p>“What makes Jonathan unique is his ability to take his good ideas and actually implement them,” said Fred Washburn, CWU assistant professor in the <a href="">psychology department</a>.</p><p>“And that’s what … allowed him to put the light boxes in place, and that’s what put him at the top of both the President’s Award and now the Governor’s Award.”&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>The Governor’s award is a statewide honor given to three students chosen from a pool of top student service leaders from Washington public four-year institutions.&nbsp;</p><p>“I was completely shocked and honored to have [this] award, especially considering how this was just a class assignment at the beginning,” said Chi.</p><p><iframe name="Seeing the Light Wins Governor's Award" width="480" height="390" title="YouTube video player" align="middle" class="youtube-player" src="//" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" type="text/html"></iframe></p><p>Chi used his passion for research in light, how it cues signals and can affect mood and the human body to bring his assignment to life.</p><p>According to the Mayo Clinic, SAD is a type of depression that is related to the change in seasons. Symptoms typically start in the fall and continue into the winter months, sapping energy and making one feel moody.</p><p>Chi’s research showed that light box therapy (phototherapy) is among the top treatments for SAD. It is also unique, in that it’s relatively easy.&nbsp;</p><p>Other SAD treatments include medications and psychotherapy. Chi expressed while these both work, the cons are that some people hesitate to take drugs while talk therapy can take time and the cost can be prohibitive.</p><p>After determining its useful effects and minimal cost (approx. $60 per light box), Chi was moved to make light boxes accessible to his fellow students. He reached across campus to build collaborative relationships with the <a href="">CWU Student Medical and Counseling Clinic </a>and <a href="">Brooks Library</a> that resulted at least 31 checkouts of the boxes last winter quarter.</p><p>Chi, who will graduate this fall, has not yet determined whether to continue working toward his PhD.</p><p>However, Chi has decided that he’ll use this fall to continue working on the light box project in hopes of bringing more awareness to students of their availability and benefits.</p><p>Four light boxes are currently available for checkout in the Brooks Library. A valid CWU student or staff ID is all that is required for check out.</p><p>Also of note is Chi’s grade on his class assignment. Not surprisingly, he earned a well-deserved A.</p><p>Media contact: Dawn Alford, public affairs coordinator, 509-963-1484,</p><p>--April 26, 2017</p>Central Washington University Comes Together to Make Giving Central, 25 Apr 2017 18:21:25<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/Save-the-Date_032817.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 120px; margin: 3px; float: right;">On April 27 and 28, Central Washington University will celebrate its first-ever, 24-hour giving campaign: #GiveCentral.</p><p>The goal of this campaign is to celebrate and share Wildcat pride across the country, in solidarity and philanthropic support for student scholarships and other program enhancements benefiting Central students.</p><p>Heading the effort is a group of prominent alumni and friends of the university. Amy Hanson, Andrew Mork, Tom and Wendy Dingus, Ben and Nancy Remak, and CWU President Jim Gaudino and his wife Katie have collectively agreed to unlock $125,000 in scholarship and program support. The unlock challenge is meant to encourage 500 donors to participate in the #GiveCentral campaign.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>“We’d like to thank these individuals for their tremendous support and investment in the lives of our students,” said Scott Wade, vice president for university advancement. “We invite other members of the Wildcat family to join them in donating any amount of money to the scholarship or program of their choice.&nbsp; Every gift counts and allows CWU to continue to offer the best educational experience in the West.”</p><p>Amy Hanson, a 1990 CWU grad and now CEO of Hanson Consulting Group, credits Central with providing her with the foundation she needed to start her business career. Hanson is now a CWU Foundation Board Member, and her business was named in the top 50 women-owned businesses in Washington State for 2017 by the Puget Sound Business Journal–for the third year in a row. Hanson’s gift is $50,000 and will be used toward student scholarships.</p><p>Andrew Mork, a member of the class of 2011, now works as a Financial Advisor at UBS Financial Services in Portland, OR. Mork has given a gift of $25,000 that will go to the Alumni Association, Wildcat Football, and the Personal Financial Planning program. Mork credits the education he received from CWU as the sole reason he has been successful at a young age.</p><p>Tom and Wendy Dingus both studied accounting at CWU. Tom graduated in 1986 and Wendy in 1990. In 2003, Tom co-founded the firm Dingus, Zarecor &amp; Associates, where he is now the sole owner. The two have given a gift of $25,000 for this event, to be used to support an endowed accounting scholarship for first generation students.</p><p>Ben Remak, a 1979 Law and Justice graduate, and his wife Nancy have given a $10,000 gift for #GiveCentral to be used for scholarships pertaining to Law and Justice students. He is a current advisory board member to the law and justice department, and he and Nancy are Lifetime Alumni Association Members.</p><p>Central Washington University President Jim Gaudino and his wife Katie have given a gift of $15,000 that will be added to existing endowed scholarships.</p><p></p>Area youth sought for CWU cross cultural summer camp, 24 Apr 2017 12:16:08<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/Wildcats%20Worldwide.jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 151px; margin: 3px; float: right;">CWU’s <a href="" target="_blank">Office of Continuing Education</a> and the <a href="" target="_blank">Jeongsang Language School</a> (JLS) of Seoul, South Korea, will again offer “<a href="" target="_blank">Wildcats Worldwide</a>” this summer. This camp is designed to allow local and Korean students, ages 10-15, to participate in recreation activities that include rock climbing, ropes course, swimming, and relay games.</p><p>“The goal is for students to know more about their world, develop leadership skills, and become familiar with civic engagement,” said Maggie Mendoza, CWU Continuing Education program manager. “Long-term, we want them to learn the skills—and develop the motivation—to make a difference in society. Just as importantly, we want them to build lifelong friendships across cultures.”</p><p>Making new friends and learning about a different culture were the two benefits most often cited by last year’s participants about the program, though the activities and games also rated highly among them.&nbsp;</p><p>Fourteen area students will be selected for this summer’s program. Applications require a short essay, a letter of recommendation from a teacher, principal, or school counselor, and a copy of the student’s most recent report card. The completed applications are due June 30.</p><p>The camp runs from July 25 through August 16, between 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. weekdays. The cost is $299, but increases to $325 after June 30. It covers costs associated with use of CWU’s rock wall and challenge course, swimming, field trips, and a cafeteria lunch. More information is available at</p><p>The CWU partnership is the first in eastern Washington for JLS. Founded in 1986, it is now recognized as a top provider of English language learning programs for K-12 student in South Korea. Its motto, “Uniting the World through English,” is the core philosophy guiding camp activities.</p><p>CWU’s Office of Continuing Education offers affordable, convenient, and distinctive education, learning, and training opportunities for all ages in the Ellensburg area, at CWU University Centers, online, and through other methods.</p><p><strong>Media contact:</strong> Robert Lowery, director of radio services and integrated communications, 509-963-1487,</p><p>April 24, 2017</p>CWU Geologist, Mathematician to Speak at Ellensburg Earth Day March for Science, 21 Apr 2017 11:54:18<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/march%20for%20science.jpeg" style="width: 225px; height: 225px; margin-left: 4px; margin-right: 4px; float: left;">Geology professor Susan Kaspari, and mathematics professor Dominic Klyve will speak tomorrow at the Earth Day March for Science in Ellensburg. The two Central Washington University professors are dedicated to promoting science education and furthering public understanding in all areas of science.</p><p>Kaspari, whose work examines the effect of black carbon (soot, a common air pollutant) on snow fields and ice melt, will speak about climate science in Washington State. One of her research projects examined the increased snow melt on Table Mountain due to black carbon, and its impact on wildfires.</p><p>"We need to know how to make progress on limiting climate change during a time when climate change science has been politicized," she declared. Kaspari also heads the ice-core laboratory that documents recent environmental change related to human activities.</p><p>Klyve, whose work with students has resulted in them discovering the world's largest weird number (among other things), has been nationally recognized for his teaching excellence. He recently received a $1.5 million grant to develop an innovative math curriculum based on primary historical sources.</p><p>Klyve will speak about the history of government and science, including the oldest scientific organization, the Royal Society for Improving Natural Knowledge in England.&nbsp;</p><p>"History shows us that government can be a powerful force for good in society when it promotes science and leaves scientists free to practice their craft," Klyve said. "These lessons are still important today, maybe more now than ever."</p><p>The Earth Day March for Science in Ellensburg will begin gathering at noon the US Post Office, 100 E. 3rd Avenue. The march will start at 1:00 p.m. and end at CWU's Student Union Recreation Building, where the speeches will take place.</p><p>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,<br>April 21, 2017</p></br>Prestigious Chinese Scholar to Speak at CWU Philosophy Colloquium, 21 Apr 2017 08:28:12<p><img style="margin: 3px; width: 150px; height: 152px; float: left;" alt="Chong-Fuk Lau, PhD" src="/sites/default/files/pictures/CFrev.jpg">Chinese University of Hong Kong professor Chong-Fuk Lau, PhD will lecture at Central Washington University on Tuesday, April 25, at 4:30 p.m. in Dean Hall 103.</p><p>Lau’s talk, “A Functionalist Approach to Kant,” focuses on the question: how must the human mind work in order to have cognition of objects? Answering this question gives Kant a clue to determine the basic structure of reality as we understand it. The lecture will be relevant to people who are interested in the philosophy of mind, theory of knowledge, metaphysics, and intellectual history.</p><p>“This is an exciting opportunity to learn about one of the most important philosophers in the history of Western philosophy from one of the world’s best scholars on Kant,” said Matthew Altman, chair of Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies.</p><p>According to Altman, Lau is considered one of the foremost experts on late 18th- and 19th-century German philosophy. He is the author of two books, <em>Hegels Urteilskritik </em>and <em>A New Interpretation of Hegel</em>, and has published a number of articles on German idealism.</p><p>The Chinese government’s Outward Research Mobility program, designed to support international collaboration in scholarship, is sponsoring Lau’s visit to CWU. The philosophy and religious studies department will serve as his host during his stay.</p><p>The event is free and open to the public.</p><p>For more information, contact the <a href="">Department of Philosophy &amp; Religious Studies</a> at 509-963-1818 or</p><p>Media contact: Dawn Alford, public affairs coordinator, 509-963-1484,<br>&nbsp;</p></br>CWU Scientist to Speak at Seattle March for Science April 22, 20 Apr 2017 13:44:33<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/egger_headshot.jpeg" style="width: 250px; height: 322px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin-left: 4px; margin-right: 4px; float: left;">Geology professor and AAAS Science award-winner Anne Egger is an invited speaker at <a href="" target="_blank">Seattle's March for Science</a>&nbsp;on Earth Day, April 22. Egger, who has taught at Central Washington University for six years, is also a member of a state-wide consortium to improve science education in Washington and the Director of Undergraduate Research at CWU. Egger currently serves as president of the National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT), which has endorsed the national March for Science.</p><p>"NAGT endorsed the national March for Science because we share the same values, including advocating for cutting-edge science education, for diversity and inclusion in the scientific endeavour, and basing policy and decision-making on evidence. It is particularly energizing for us as Earth scientists that the March is also happening on Earth Day."</p><p>The March for Science in Seattle is satellite march of a non-partisan national movement to celebrate science and to raise awareness of the importance of science in public policy, legislation, and education. Other speakers at the Seattle March for Science include Congresswoman Suzan DelBene, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, former EPA scientist Michael Cox, and University of Washington physics student Tyler Valentine.</p><p>"Speaking at the March is an opportunity for me to share my values of Earth literacy for all and high-quality science education," Egger added. "The evidence for what works in the classroom comes from social and behavioral science research; the evidence for how to prepare for the inevitable earthquake comes from Earth science and engineering studies.</p><p>"We want our policies to be based on that evidence, and we want a citizenry that is equipped to develop and vote on those policies."</p><p>Egger received the American Association for Advancement of Science Science magazine award for inquiry based instruction in 2011. She is participant of InTeGrate, a $10 million National Science Foundation grant for infusing Earth literacy and sustainability across the undergraduate curriculum. She has also received grants for earthquake hazard assessment and geologic mapping from the United States Geological Survey. Egger holds a doctorate in geological and environmental sciences from Stanford University.</p><p>There will also be an Earth Day March for Science in Ellensburg at noon, April 22, starting at the post office. CWU geology professor Susan Kaspari and math professor Dominic Klyve will be speakers.</p><p>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,<br>April 20, 2017</p><p><em>Edited April 21, 2017 to include Professor Klyve's participation in the Ellensburg march.</em></p></br>CWU's Theatre Arts Department to Welcome China Cohort Fall 2017, 19 Apr 2017 15:53:02<p><img alt="" src="" style="width: 450px; height: 127px;"></p><p>Central Washington University's Department of Theatre Arts and Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics (NUAA) have signed an agreement for an exchange program.</p><p>"This is such an exciting opportunity for both of our institutions," enthused Scott Robinson, CWU chair of Theatre Arts. "We already have faculty applying for teaching exchanges with NUAA for this summer."</p><p>The idea for the exchange program started when Robinson was invited to teach at NUAA for two weeks in fall 2015. His successful workshops paved the way for the partnership between the two schools.&nbsp;</p><p>"This is truly a win-win for both of our schools," he continued. "Our students from China will receive the advantage of a degree granted from an institution in the United States. We'll benefit from having greater diversity in the department, as well as offering study and teaching abroad opportunities to our faculty and students."</p><p>NUAA is one of China’s premier learning and research institutions, located in Nanjing, Jiangsu province, China. Under the current 3+2 arrangement, NUAA students will earn a bachelor of arts degree from NUAA, and a bachelor of fine arts degree from CWU over a two-year period. Students will also have the opportunity to pursue the bachelor's degree in Theatre Studies as a secondary option. Since CWU's BFA program in Theatre Design and Production is currently capped at 12 students per academic year, this second bachelor's option allows the department to offer more degree opportunities. It is expected that NUAA will send up to 10 students in the first cohort.</p><p>"We look forward to welcoming them this fall," Robinson said, "And we will be working closely our partners in the Office of International Studies and Programs to assure a smooth transition for our newest students."</p><p><em>CWU is the only state institution in the Pacific Northwest&nbsp; that offers a bachelor of fine arts degree with highly competitive programs in musical theatre, performance, and design and production. More than 90 percent of its alumni gain fulltime employment in theatre positions or enroll in nationally recognized graduate programs within six months of graduating. CWU graduates are routinely featured in performing and production roles on cruise ships, regional theatres, and in national entertainment parks such as Disney World.</em></p><p><br>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,<br>April 19, 2017</p></br></br>