CWUCWU NewsCWU News “Stuff” Focus of October 25 Star Party, 24 Oct 2016 07:54:39<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/space%20debris.jpg" style="width: 200px; height: 200px; margin-left: 4px; margin-right: 4px; float: right;"><span style="line-height: 1.4;">According to NASA, more than 500,000 pieces “space junk” currently orbits the Earth. What happens to all that stuff? And how does it affect current missions like the International Space Station?</span></p><p>Space “Stuff” is the topic of CWU’s monthly Star Party, which will take place at 8:00 p.m., October 25 in the new Science II planetarium, room 101.</p><p>“The Star Parties are free to the public and are a great way for people to learn about astronomy,” said Jeff Carter, president, CWU Astronomy Club.</p><p>Parking at CWU lots is free after 4:30 p.m.</p><p><br>For more information, contact the Astronomy Club at</p><p>Photo: Image represents the amount of space debris orbiting Earth. Image courtesy of NASA.</p><p><br>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,</p></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></br></br>Seattle Sounders and CWU Team Up to Offer Game Tickets to GAME ON! Students, 21 Oct 2016 12:11:31<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/Game%20on-CWU%20ball.jpg" style="width: 200px; height: 133px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 3px; float: left;">The Seattle Sounders soccer club, in partnership with Central Washington University and the Yakima School District, will host three-dozen Yakima-area youths during a match between the Sounders and the Real Salt Lake club on Sunday, October 23.</p><p>The youths, students from Eisenhower High School and Stanton Academy, are participants in the new GAME ON! program that teaches them computer coding and leadership training through soccer. GAME ON! is sponsored by CWU, Microsoft Corporation, the Real Madrid Foundation, and the Yakima School District.</p><p>“This is an amazing opportunity for the students involved in the GAME ON! program to attend a professional soccer match as the guests of the Seattle Sounders,” said CWU President James L. Gaudino. “These students have committed their time and energy to the program, so this is one small way we can reward them and their coaches and trainers for their hard work.”</p><p>The students and their coaches will be joined by CWU women’s soccer coach Michael Farrand and members of the CWU women’s varsity soccer team as well as representatives of CWU and Microsoft. Additionally, Spanish Consul Luis Fernando Esteban, who helped develop the GAME ON! partnership, will attend.</p><p>The GAME ON! program, which was officially launched in September, seeks to train both the mind and the body. Students learn the basics of computer coding as well as soccer training using the Real Madrid methods that promote leadership and core values.</p><p>CWU became involved in the program because the university saw it as a way to show young people that obtaining a college education isn’t beyond their reach regardless of who they are or where they live. CWU is the fastest growing university in Washington and was recently recognized as the best value in higher education in the state by The Economist Magazine.</p><p>Web site:</p><p>Media contact: Rich Moreno, director of content development, 509-963-2714,</p><p>October 21, 2016</p>CWU Ready to Help Students Affected by Closure of ITT Technical Institute, 21 Oct 2016 11:03:30<p>Central Washington University is among the higher education stakeholders <a href="" target="_blank">ready to help students</a> 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 <a href="" target="_blank">Information Technology and Administrative Management</a> (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 <a href="" target="_blank"></a>. Contact an ITAM advisor at &nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank"></a> 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 panel to discuss the nature and extent of terrorism in America, 21 Oct 2016 10:12:23<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/Justice_logo_final.jpg" style="width: 325px; height: 283px; float: right; border-width: 3px; border-style: solid; margin: 3px;">Be it from international sources, like the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), or national organizations, such as the Ku Klux Klan (KKK), terrorism on the home front is top of mind of many citizens across the United States, and here in central Washington.</p><p>A Central Washington University panel will explore the nature, extent, and real threat of such terrorism during a free, public presentation—the “Politics of Terrorism”—on Thursday, October 27. It is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. in the Student Union and Recreation Center on CWU’s Ellensburg campus.</p><p>“The threat of terrorism raises a series of questions about how we think about ‘foreign’ and ‘domestic’ threats, about the priority assigned to terrorism alongside other threats, and how we think about security,” said Paul Knepper, CWU law and justice chair, who will serve as moderator. “Is security, for example, something that deals primarily with military and policing? Does it take place exclusively at the national level or does it also concern human security, in some sense, or community safety at the local level?”</p><p>The discussion panelists will include CWU Associate Provost Anne Cubilie; Keith Champagne, associate dean for Student Development; and university professors Nelson Pichardo, sociology; and Charles Reasons, law and justice.&nbsp;</p><p>The presentation is part of the university’s annual social justice and human rights series, with this year’s theme centered on the topic of migration.</p><p><strong>Media&nbsp;contact:&nbsp;</strong>Robert&nbsp;Lowery, director of radio services and integrated communications,&nbsp;509-963-1487,</p><p>October 21, 2016</p>Scholarship Established to Honor Sociology Professor Laura L. Appleton, 20 Oct 2016 09:08:58<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/appleton.jpg" style="width: 200px; height: 112px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 3px; float: left;">Central Washington University professor of Sociology Laura L. Appleton wanted to make sure students like her had opportunities for continued education.</p><p>With that in mind, the family and friends of the late educator have donated $400,000 to establish the Laura L. Appleton Endowment for Graduate Study in Sociology to help a CWU sociology major attend the graduate program of his or her choice.</p><p>“The transition between undergraduate and graduate school can be very challenging, especially for first-generation students,” said Staci Sleigh-Layman, director of human resources at Central Washington University and a colleague of Appleton’s. “Faculty will then support the students in their transition (with the help from the Laura L. Appleton Endowment Scholarship).”</p><p>Jay Osborn, Appleton’s former teaching assistant at Central and close friend, said the scholarship will be an instrumental tool for first-generation and second-generation college students to move forward in their careers.</p><p>“Her scholarship is intended to provide the bridge between undergrad and grad school. The act of applying, researching, interviewing and just getting there can be challenging,” Osborn said. “Dr. Appleton wanted to ensure that brilliant minds could go as far as they can.&nbsp;She also relied on scholarship money to get her education. &nbsp;Her impact at Central over the last 46 years will carry on into the future.”</p><p>Throughout her career, Appleton enjoyed teaching and mentoring bright, curious, and hard-working students who approached their studies seriously, according to friends. The new Laura L. Appleton Endowed Scholarship will be awarded annually to a CWU junior, who demonstrates exceptional promise to make contributions to the field of sociology.<br>To be eligible for this award, a student must:</p><p>• Be enrolled full time as a CWU undergraduate major in sociology;<br>• Have a grade point average of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) in his/her most recent academic program; and<br>• Demonstrate a commitment to their education in order to contribute to the greater social good.</p><p>Sociology Department faculty will help identify potential scholarship recipients. The scholarship will be awarded in May of each year with the scholarship disbursed the following year. Application materials include a completed cover letter, academic resume, and a 500-word essay detailing life experience leading to graduate school, as well as academic and career goals including plans for sociological contributions.</p><p>Appleton began teaching at Central in 1970 and continued teaching until she passed away on August 11th, 2016. She was the first female faculty member hired in the CWU Department of Sociology which, at the time, consisted of 15 men. Appleton developed and taught many new classes including Sociology 356, Gender Roles.</p><p>“Laura not only had an impact on my life but the impact was life changing,” noted Valerie Jenness, a former student who is now a professor of criminology, law and society, sociology, and nursing science at the University of California, Irvine.<br>Appleton had a knack for challenging students to perform, leaving an impression on everyone she taught, according to Osborn.</p><p>“Laura had the ability to recognize students who were not working up to their full potential.,” he said,&nbsp;“Perhaps no one had ever challenged them or they were able to skate by without using their full intellect. Laura would call that out and make sure the student understood she knew they could do better.”</p><p>Appleton is survived by her sister, Sue Ellen Ellis; her friends Joan Sondregger, Jay Osborne, Dean Duby, Staci Sleigh-Layman, Kandee Cleary, Kitty Stoffle; her colleagues in the CWU Sociology Department; and the hundreds of students whose lives she has influenced.</p><p>Media contact: Annie Young, Director of Communications, CWU University Advancement, 509-963-2847,</p></br></br></br></br>Cello Concert Plays Tributes to Prince, David Bowie and Star Wars, 20 Oct 2016 07:49:39<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/cello%20celebration%202.jpg" style="width: 450px; height: 300px;"></p><p>The cello, described as having the sound closest to the human voice, will be in the spotlight this weekend at Central Washington University’s biennial <a href="" target="_blank">Cello Celebration</a>. More than 100 Northwest cellists will gather at the McIntyre Music building to revel in the rich cello repertoire and collaborate in a massive cello choir performance.</p><p>The Celebration will host several concerts throughout the weekend. There will be recitals at 7:00 p.m., October 21, and 2:00 p.m., October 22, in the Recital Hall, the latter featuring virtuoso Efe Baltacigil. Baltacigil is the principal cellist for the Seattle Symphony. The grand finale concert will be held later that evening at 7:30 p.m. in the Music Building Concert Hall. All concerts are free and open to the public.</p><p>The musical program for the grand finale includes a <em>Star Wars</em> medley, a haunting rendition of <em>Greensleeves</em>, Heitor Villa Lobos’ <em>Bachianias Brasilieras Number 5</em>, and the world premiere of <em>Messrs. Nelson and Jones</em>, a special memorial tribute to Prince and David Bowie.</p><p>The Celebration is open to cellists of all ages. High-school level cellists can perform in recitals, workshops, and master classes during the two-day conference.</p><p>The celebration is sponsored by RL Ray Violin Shop, Hammond Ashley Violin Shop, Carlsen Cello Foundation, Rafael Carrabba Violins, Henry Bischofberger Violins, and the CWU Music Department.</p><p>Parking is free in CWU lots after 4:30 p.m. and on weekends, except in specially marked spaces and residence hall lots.</p><p>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,<br>October 20, 2016</p></br>CWU Women's Soccer Earns 14 All-Academic Honors, 19 Oct 2016 17:06:57<p>Fourteen Central Washington University women's soccer players earned Great Northwest Athletic Conference Academic All-Conference honors, the conference office announced today.<br><br>Among the Wildcats' 14 honorees, 11 are repeat selections.<br><img alt="Women's Soccer Huddle" src="/sites/default/files/SOC%20Huddle.JPG" style="width: 600px; height: 401px; margin: 2px; float: left;"></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>&nbsp;</p><p>Allie Bohnett (Elementary Ed/Lit, 3.67), Keilin Farrand (Biology, 3.79) Karlee Goehner (Business/Econ, 3.61), Jessica Haga (Clinical Psychology, 3.50), Abbie Litka (Recreation &amp; Tourism, 3.50), Whitney Lowe (Physical Activity &amp; Recreation, 3.47), Bailey Martoncik (Elementary Education, 3.91), Shaina Mitchell (Public Relations, 3.21), Mackenzie Nolte (Psychology, 3.61), and Meghan Ward (Clinical Physiology, 3.54) are all second-time selections.</p><p>Kennedy Anson (Undecided, 3.67), Lexsi Manning (Undeclared, 3.75), and Michaela Wallace (Undeclared, 3.90) are all first-time selections.<br><br>Reilly Retz (Clinical Physiology, 3.73) earned her third selection to the GNAC Academic All-Conference team.</p><div>A total of 82 student-athletes were recognized, which singles out rostered players of sophomore standing or higher with a minimum 3.20 cumulative grade points average.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>October 19, 2016</em></div></br></br></br></br></br>Open Budget Forums Scheduled, 19 Oct 2016 14:19:11<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/CWU%20logo.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 180px;"></p><p>All:</p><p>As you know, effective July 1, 2017 we are preparing to shift to a new budget management model and process:&nbsp; Responsibility Center Management (RCM)/Activity Based Budgeting (ABB). This model and process are intended to incentivize innovation, motivate efficiency, challenge silos, ensure transparency, and provide colleges with more ownership of the overall budgeting process.</p><p>In an effort to provide an update on the current model as well as collect feedback and answer questions that will allow us to consider potential adjustments to the model as we prepare for this transition, there will be three Open Budget Forums for CWU faculty and staff during Fall Quarter:<br><br>Tuesday, November 1:&nbsp; 3:30-5:00 p.m. (Science II, Room 103)<br>Thursday, November 10:&nbsp; 3:30-5:00 p.m. (Science II, Room 103)<br>Monday, November 21:&nbsp; 3:30-5:00 p.m. (Science II, Room 103)<br><br>Looking ahead, we have identified dates for a series of sessions during Winter and Spring Quarter, during which we will provide updates on the model informed by forum and special stakeholder feedback sessions, as well as on the proposed university governance structure and annual budget cycle for the new model:<br><br>Winter Quarter<br>Friday, February 17:&nbsp; 3:30-5:00 p.m. (tbd)<br>Monday, February</p><p>27:&nbsp; 3:30-5:00 p.m. (tbd)<br>Tuesday, February 28:&nbsp; 3:30-5:00 p.m. (tbd)<br><br>Spring Quarter:<br>Thursday, April 20:&nbsp; 3:30-5:00 p.m. (tbd)<br>Friday, April 28:&nbsp; 3:30-5:00 p.m. (tbd)<br><br>For those who are unable to attend the forums or desire to present questions/feedback outside of these venues, we have created a budget email:&nbsp;<br><br>We look forward to working with you as continued improvements are made to the budget model and process throughout the academic year.<br><br>Thank you,<br><br>Joel Klucking and Katherine Frank</p></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br>CWU Students Learning to Use 'Medical Play' to Comfort, Distract Kids Stuck in Hospital, 19 Oct 2016 07:55:08<p>For kids — or anyone, for that matter — spending a significant amount of time in the hospital is not a fun experience.</p><p>But a new master’s program at Central Washington University is training students to help make the hospital environment as friendly as possible for children who must undergo stressful medical procedures.</p><p><img alt="Girls Playing with Child" src="/sites/default/files/Girls%20with%20Child%20in%20Hospital.jpg" style="width: 225px; height: 300px; float: left; margin: 2px;">The program, a master’s of science in family and child life, was officially board-approved earlier this month, making it the only degree of its kind offered in the Pacific Northwest, according to Central. This is the second year the master’s degree has been offered at the school.</p><p>Child life specialists work alongside doctors, nurses, social workers and psychologists in hospital settings to comfort and support pediatric patients.</p><p>“It’s not to provide long-term psychological help for the family ... but really to step in and normalize the environment for children in the short term, using language that children understand,” said Amy Claridge, Central program director and assistant professor. “It’s bringing play and fun into the hospital environment to distract children from procedures that might be happening.”</p><p>That might look like “medical play,” where kids play with the actual medical equipment to become more familiar and less frightened of it — handling syringes without needles, for example, or practicing a medical procedure on a doll.</p><p>While there isn’t yet comprehensive research into whether child life specialists actually result in better medical outcomes for patients, Claridge said, there is plenty of research to support the benefit of procedural preparations, as well as the benefit of therapeutic play in the hospital as a means of distraction.</p><p>And the university is involved in current research into the impact of child life specialists, specifically.</p><p>“We have a pretty small sample, but already, it shows that the children who receive child life services report having less anxiety in the hospital and less stress, and their parents are reporting less anxiety, as well,” Claridge said.</p><p>That applies both to kids who are in the hospital long-term and for those who just come in for routine or one-time emergency situations.</p><p>Child life specialists are a standard part of the care team in large children’s hospitals, including Seattle Children’s, but they are much rarer in rural hospitals like those in Central and Eastern Washington, Claridge said. The university’s program aims to alleviate some of that disparity and bring needed resources to kids on this side of the state.</p><p>Read more of this story at the <a href="">Yakima Herald</a>.</p><p><em>By Molly Rosbach, Yakima Herald reporter</em></p><p>October 18, 2016</p>CWU Prepares for the Great ShakeOut October 20, 18 Oct 2016 16:36:15<p>Earthquakes can come with little or no warning. What would you do if one happened right now? Would you know what three immediate actions you need to take to save your life?</p><p>“Drop! Cover! Hold on!” are what local students and the community are practicing as part of a preparedness movement. The annual Great ShakeOut is a worldwide emergency preparedness drill that focuses on educating people about the safest and best practices for surviving a natural disaster.</p><div><div>The ShakeOut Earthquake Drill is scheduled for 10:20 a.m. on October 20. This means that wherever you are at that moment—at home, at work, at school, anywhere—you should Drop, Cover, and Hold On as if a major earthquake had occurred at that very moment. You should stay in this position for at least 60 seconds.</div><p><img alt="Drop! Cover! Hold on!" src="/sites/default/files/Drop%20Cover%20Hold%20On%20-%202.jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 132px; margin: 2px; float: left;"></p><div>&nbsp;</div><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>The drill emphasizes the urgent need for people, organizations, schools, communities, and businesses to practice what to do to be safe and ready before an earthquake strikes, according to a Washington State Military Department media release. In addition, coastal communities will test their tsunami alert sirens at the same date and time using the real sound of the siren, not the Westminster Chimes that typically happen during the monthly tests.</p><div>Central will use the ShakeOut to test CWU Alert!, Central’s emergency alert system. CWU Alert! combines the technologies of text messaging, e-mail, and telephone messages to be sent instantly to campus community subscribers whenever there is a campus emergency. CWU Alert! is immediately activated when an incident poses an imminent threat to the safety of the community.</div></div><div><p>This year, 53 million registered participants from more than 70 counties, including several in the state of Washington, will participate in the ShakeOut. For more information about the ShakeOut, go to <a href=""></a></p><p>Media Contact: Dawn Alford, Public Affairs, 509-963-1484, <a href=""></a>.&nbsp;</p><p>October 18, 2016</p></div><p>&nbsp;</p></a href="">