CWUCWU NewsCWU News professor Terry Martin shares latest work in writer series, 26 Jan 2015 07:24:28<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/TerryMartin.jpg" style="width: 275px; height: 183px; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px; float: right;"><span style="line-height: 1.4;">The Lion Rock Visiting Writers series returns Tuesday to Central Washington University with author Terry Martin. Martin, </span>CWU<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> English Department professor and accomplished poet, essayist and editor, will speak at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the </span>CWU<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> Wildcat Shop. Martin will share poems from her third and latest book of poetry, </span><em style="line-height: 1.4;">The Light You Find</em><span style="line-height: 1.4;">. The event is free and open to the public, and Martin's book will be available for purchase.</span></p><p><em>The Light You Find</em> was published last September, and explores life transitions, accomplishments and losses, as well as exploring places, particularly the canyon area, that is sure to resonate with local attendees. Martin said her newest book is about "reckoning" and coming to terms with childhood, family, work, marriage and the losses one experiences while growing older.</p><p>Read more of this story in the <a href="">Daily Record</a>.</p><p>Story by Chloe Allmand</p>Wildcat Men's Basketball Wins for Second Straight Year in Anchorage, 23 Jan 2015 08:10:26<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/cwualaskabball.jpg" style="width: 495px; height: 320px;"></p><p>The Central Washington University men's basketball team opened the game on a 9-0 and led by as many as 16 in the first half, then held off a rally by the University of Alaska Anchorage for a 77-68 win in Anchorage Thursday. It was the second consecutive year that the Wildcats (11-4, 6-2 Great Northwest Athletic Conference) have won at UAA (9-9, 5-3 GNAC), though this year's game was played in the new, 5,000 seat Alaska Airlines Center on campus.</p><p>"In the first half, when we swung the ball side to side, we got great shots," said CWU head coach Greg Sparling. "When we got up, we got a little content. We started taking the first open look instead of moving the basketball. But our guys stepped up at the end and won this thing."<br><br>Sophomore Terry Dawn said the first-half success could be attributed to the Wildcats extending run on the Seawolves.<br><br>"We kept getting stops and forcing them to take tough shots," he explained. "And we were rebounding and not allowing them to get many second chance opportunities. That was big for us."<br><br>Dawn scored eight points and grabbed five rebounds before fouling out in the second half. The 21 points of senior Dom Williams led CWU. Juniors Joey Roppo and Joseph Stroud added 11 apiece. Stroud also led the Cats with six rebounds and three blocked shots, while sophomore Marc Rodgers recorded six of CWU's 22 assists on the team's 26 made baskets.<br><br>Dom Hunter led UAA with 21 points and was instrumental in helping UAA fight back from a 38-22 deficit and go on a run to cut CWU lead to just two, at 46-44, with less than five minutes gone in the second half. But UAA never got any closer.<br><br>Sparling gave credit to his team's defense for that, as he Wildcats held the Seawolves to just 28-percent shooting from three-point range.<br><br>"When you have a team, like Anchorage, that shoots the three-ball extremely well and you hold them to seven for 25 in their own building, that's something special," he added.<br><br>Dawn concurred, and said, "It was a big win coming in and beat these guys in this environment."<br><br>With the victory, CWU moved into a second-place tie with Seattle Pacific and Northwest Nazarene in the GNAC men's basketball standing. The Faclons did not play Thursday, while the Crusaders won at the University of Alaska Fairbanks 75-73.<br><br>"I think this win will pay dividends for us down the road," he added. "The season is going to go down to the wire, so I think this win will pay dividends down the road," he added.<br><br>"Our goal, even before we got on the plane, is to win both games up here [in Alaska]," Sparling pointed out. "We're very capable of doing it. It's not something that a lot of teams have done in the past."<br><br>That would mean a second win Saturday at UAF, with tip off in the Patty Center scheduled for 8:30 p.m.<br><br>"The second night of the road swing, we'll have to use everybody." Sparling acknowledged. "Rebounding is going to be a big deal there."<br><br>Last year, CWU lost to the Nanooks in Fairbanks 84-80 in overtime.</p><p>Media contact: Robert Lowery, director of Public and Media Relations, 509-963-1487<br>&nbsp;</p>New Dean of College of Education and Professional Studies Announced, 21 Jan 2015 15:17:26<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/Ballard%2C%20Paul.jpg" style="width: 140px; height: 210px; margin-left: 3px; margin-right: 3px; float: left;">Paul Ballard, Ed.D. has been appointed as CWU’s new dean of the College of Education and Professional Studies to start on April 1.</p><p>“Paul has an amazing breadth and scope of experience,” said Provost and Vice President Marilyn A. Levine, Ph.D. “His demonstrated accomplishments will serve the university well.”</p><p>Ballard completed his doctorate and master of Education degrees at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He comes to CWU directly from Metropolitan State University of Denver, where he served as associate dean in the College of Professional Studies and as acting associate vice president for Enrollment Services.</p><p>Ballard previously worked at Saginaw Valley State University in Michigan, where he served as assistant dean, department chair, program director and faculty.&nbsp; He has extensive experience in program accreditation and assessment and over five years experience in higher education administration.</p><p>"I am very excited about joining the Central Washington University family and the opportunity to work with an excellent faculty and staff to help shape the future of our students," said Ballard.</p><p>Ballard attended the Institute for Management and Leadership in Education at Harvard University in 2014 and has interests in research on new program development, online and competency-based program assessment and in streamlining the assessment process for accredited programs.&nbsp;</p><p><em style="line-height: 1.4;">For more information, please contact Jackie O'Ryan at</em></p>Central Minute: A Poet's Challenge, 20 Jan 2015 08:30:14<p><br><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/XavierWeb.png" style="width: 120px; height: 68px; border-width: 2px; border-style: solid; margin-left: 2px; margin-right: 2px; float: left;"></p><p>Xavier Cavazos, visiting writer for CWU's Professional and Creative Writing Program, challenges in poetry the historic claim that white explorers were the first to scale nearby Mt. Stuart in the Cascade range.</p><p><iframe align="left" class="youtube-player" frameborder="0" height="390" scrolling="no" src="" title="YouTube video player" type="text/html" width="480"></iframe></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Xavier Cavazos, visiting writer for CWU's Professional and Creative Writing Program, challenges in poetry the historic claim that white explorers were the first to scale nearby Mt. Stuart in the Cascade range.</p>Couple creates a social messaging app for conversations, 20 Jan 2015 07:45:00<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/bilde.jpg" style="width: 410px; height: 320px;"></p><p>Where do apps come from?</p><p>That question is asked by all ages with the same bewilderment as little kids inquiring where babies come from.<br>It's as simple as it is complicated.</p><p>Everett native Britney Bachmann, 26, and her boyfriend [CWU alumnus] Garrett Shawstad, 30, created Talk or Not, a social messaging app.</p><p>Yes, it helped that both are techies. She's a graphic designer at PepsiCo and he works for a vendor at Microsoft on the Xbox Video team. It took them countless hours to fine-tune a name, domain and design for the app.</p><p>Read more of this story at <a href="">HeraldNet</a>, the The Herald of Everett, Washington.</p><p>Story by Andrea Brown, photo by Genna Martin</p>Stirring Rendition of Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus” Airs January 19, 16 Jan 2015 10:31:38<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/handel.jpg" style="width: 204px; height: 247px; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px; float: right;"><span style="line-height: 1.4;">The best-known choral piece in history—Handel's “Hallelujah Chorus"—will be aired on "Central On-Stage" on January 19.</span></p><p>Nikolas Caoile, Central Washington University’s Director of Orchestras, will host “Central On Stage” at 7:00 p.m. Monday, January 19, on KCTS-TV, on your local public broadcasting station.</p><p>The program showcases the CWU’s Chamber Orchestra and Chamber Choir performing the second part of Handel’s Messiah. All solos are sung by music students at CWU.</p><p>Part II is the most dramatic part of the oratorio, starting with Jesus’ persecution and ultimate crucifixion, and following the story through the resurrection. The “Hallelujah Chorus” is the final number of the broadcast.</p><p><br>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,</p>Seahawks scouting department included trio of CWU graduates, 16 Jan 2015 08:29:57<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/CWUseahawks.jpg" style="width: 470px; height: 320px;"></p><p>When Nolan Teasley joined the Seattle Seahawks scouting department, he became the third Central Washington University graduate working there.</p><p>In addition to Teasley, a 2007 Central graduate, scouts Aaron Hineline&nbsp;('05) and Kirk Parrish ('92) also graduated from the Ellensburg school.<br>Read more of this story in the<a href=""> Yakima Herald Republic</a>.</p>CWU Women's Basketball Buzz Yellowjackets 75-54, 16 Jan 2015 07:41:54<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/womensb-ballMT.jpg" style="width: 495px; height: 320px;"></p><p>The Central Washington University women's basketball team shot 54-percent from the field, had five players score in double-digits and defeated Montana State University Billings by a score of 75-54 in Alterowitz Gymnasium, Thursday night.</p><p>The first win on the road for the Wildcats improves their record to 9-6 overall and 4-3 in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference as the Yellowjackets fall to 9-7 overall and 1-5 in conference.</p><p>"We executed well, I thought our spacing was good and our cuts were hard. We were screening well and hit the open shot. Our energy was good tonight," Head coach Jeff Harada said. "Our defense was good, and we trusted each other and executed the game plan. We wanted [MSUB] to take the tough shot and it was important to grab rebounds on the defensive end to limit second and third chance opportunities."</p><p>MSUB jumped out to a quick 7-2 lead, but the Wildcats came storming back with a 7-0 run aided by an Erika Locker jumper and layups from Courtney Johnson and India Matheson to give CWU a 9-7 advantage. The Wildcats would never trail the contest again.</p><p>Matheson, in her second start of the year, finished a rebound shy of a double-double as she scored 14 points and snatched nine rebounds. Jasmine Parker added another 10 points and seven rebounds as the Wildcats dominated inside scoring 40 points in the paint.</p><p>"She had another great game and is playing with a ton of confidence right now," Harada said of Matheson. "She is playing hard and playing smart. Our post players combined for 36 points and 19 rebounds tonight and that makes it hard for a team to guard when we get that three-headed monster of Parker, Matheson and Alexis Berrysmith rolling."</p><p>The Wildcats had it going in all phases of the game. The team outrebounded the 'Jackets 34 to 20, grabbing eight offensive rebounds for a total of 12 second chance points. They also outshot the 'Jackets from behind the arc 33-percent to 27-percent and went to the charity stripe 20 times versus 11 trips by the opponent.</p><p>"I'm really proud of their effort and focus tonight," Harada said. "We knew how important this game was for both teams, but especially for us since we dropped a home game last week."</p><p>Freshman Jasmin Edwards continues her stellar play as she recorded 16 points to go along with seven assists. Edwards dazzled the crowd when she used a left-to-right crossover off a screen and bolted to the rim for a layup and foul to increase the Wildcats' lead to 62-48 after the made free throw with 4:39 remaining in the second half.</p><p>The Wildcats will turn their attention towards its Saturday matchup versus Seattle Pacific University for their second game of a three game road swing.</p><p>"SPU is a good team with only one loss on the year," Harada said. "But we are playing some good basketball and playing well on both ends. We are believing in each other, and with that, we are becoming a more confident team and looking to continue our good play."</p>Making a difference at CWU, 15 Jan 2015 08:00:42<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/MLK%20celebration.jpg" style="width: 498px; height: 320px;"></p><p>Kittitas Elementary fifth-graders participated in a peace march at the end of Make a Difference Day at Central Washington University in Ellensburg on Wednesday. Students wrote about leadership, performed skits of civil rights scenarios and drew posters.&nbsp;</p><p>Read more of this story in the <a href="">Yakima Herald Republic</a>.</p>Williams' Triumphant Triple Helps Wildcats Vanquish Vikings, 15 Jan 2015 07:18:34<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/williams.jpg" style="width: 495px; height: 320px;"></p><p>Senior guard Dom Williams hit a three-point shot in the waning seconds, as the Central Washington University men's basketball team (9-4, 4-2 Great Northwest Athletic Conference) defeated Western Washington University (9-7, 2-4 GNAC)&nbsp;74-71 Wednesday in Nicholson Pavilion.<br><br>"We were looking to go with an on-ball screen because they had been switching," explained CWU head coach Greg Sparling of the last play. "If they did, we were going to roll down to Joseph [Stroud]. But they [the defender] went under and they had some miscommunication, and Dom stepped up and hit a big shot."&nbsp;&nbsp;<br><br>Williams said, "I already knew, in the back of my head, that I was going to take the last shot and I knew it was going in. I told my team before, on that bench, that this shot's going in."&nbsp;<br><br>Sparling added, "He was due. He's been due the last three games."<br><br>Williams demonstrated quite a bit of confidence for a player who had missed six of seven previous three-point attempts in the contest.<br><br>"My teammates told me to keep shooting," Williams pointed out. "They said, 'You're going to hit two big shots.' And two big shots came down. I hit a three before that one and the game winner. I like that feeling, to have the ball in my hands."<br><br>Williams ended the night with 13 points, while dishing out seven assists and grabbing five rebounds in the victory. He was one of three Wildcats in double figures. Stroud led the Wildcats with 20 points, to go along with a team-high seven rebounds and a game-high six blocked shots. Joey Roppo also contributed 17.<br><br>"I just tried to let it [the game] come to me," said Roppo. "I got a couple of good looks early. Then guys were finding me for threes in the second half, and I was knocking them down."<br><br>The Wildcat defense was also key the victory, as CWU held WWU to just seven field goals, on 29 shot attempts, in the second half (24.1 percent). The increased defensive intensity allowed CWU to quickly rally from a 45-34 halftime deficit.&nbsp;<br><br>With the win, CWU improved to 6-1 at home this season, to the delight of the 2,475 fans that packed Nicholson Pavilion for the game.<br><br>"I thought the crowd gave us a lot of energy," Sparling acknowledged. "It was a heavyweight fight out there and, at the end of the day, I thought our guys executed the game plan well. Anytime you beat Western, it's a special win."<br><br>Williams added, "This game was huge, not just for the team but for the community and everybody who lives here in Ellensburg."<br><br>Saturday, CWU remains at home for its next GNAC game against Simon Fraser University. Tip off is set for 7 p.m. The nation's highest NCAA Division II team, the Clan is averaging 119.4 points per game heading into a contest Thursday at Northwest Nazarene University.<br><br>"We've got to come back to the gym tomorrow, put the work clothes on and get ready for Simon Fraser. Because, if we don't come ready to play, it will negate this big victory," said Sparling.<br><br>Roppo agreed, adding, "Every game in the GNAC is important. We can't take any nights off."</p>