CWUCWU NewsCWU News names new chief of staff, new director of Public Affairs, 16 Apr 2014 08:45:54<p>Central Washington University President James L. Gaudino has named Linda Schactler chief of staff/executive director of Public Affairs for the university. The position of chief of staff was previously held by Sherer Holter, who is retiring in June. Jackie O’Ryan has been named to the position of director of Public Affairs, previously led by Schactler. &nbsp;</p><p>As chief of staff, Schactler develops and manages special projects for the president; provides coordination with campus officials and external constituents; and serves as the secretary to the Board of Trustees.&nbsp;</p><p>“Linda has the common sense and organizational skills that this fast-paced position requires,” Gaudino said, adding that Schactler served in a similar position as deputy director of the Higher Education Coordinating Board, now the Washington Student Achievement Council.</p><p>Schactler has a master’s degree in English literature from Washington University in St. Louis. She previously operated an Olympia-based public affairs business and provided issues management and government relations services for CWU for 10 years. She served as the deputy director for the Higher Education Coordinating board from 1996-2000. Prior to that, Schactler was director of communications for the Washington State Senate.</p><p>As director of Public Affairs, O’Ryan manages the university’s external media, marketing, strategic communications, and publications. O'Ryan has more than 20 years of experience in the field of public affairs. After winning numerous regional and national awards as a Seattle producer/reporter for KCTS Public Television and KIRO Broadcasting, she served as senior communications director for a national initiative to change the face of Public Health in America at the University of Washington. O'Ryan served as director of public affairs for the Archdiocese of Seattle and the Seattle City Council and was director for LIFT, an innovative advocacy communications effort of the National Center on Child Poverty at New York University. O'Ryan has a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Washington.</p><p>April 16, 2014</p>Public Welcome for CWU Science Phase II Groundbreaking, 15 Apr 2014 16:09:34<p><span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.4;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/Science%20II-web.jpg" style="width: 468px; height: 228px; float: right; margin: 3px 5px;">Groundbreaking for Central Washington University’s new Science Phase II construction is May 1 during a ceremony on the Ellensburg campus. The hour-long event, which is open to the public, is at 4:00 p.m. in the Hertz Hall parking lot, which is the site for the new building. RSVP by April 25 to 509-963-2147.</span></p><p>The $64 million facility will become the new home for the university’s geological sciences and physics departments.</p><p>“These are two of our high-demand science programs, so those students and faculty have something exciting to look forward to,” says CWU President James L. Gaudino.</p><p>The new facility, which is expected to open for fall quarter 2016, will include the Center for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Education, which supports and promotes interdisciplinary science and math teaching and research.</p><p>Those programs are located across campus in different campus buildings. Space became so tight in Lind Hall that enrollment for physics had to be capped.</p><p>The project will feature an 80-seat lecture hall and planetarium, an observatory tower, and several specialty labs, such as optics and laser labs, an ice core lab, and an acoustic lab with an anechoic chamber—a specially designed room which completely absorbs either sound or electromagnetic wave reflections.</p><p>Science Phase II will become part of a university science neighborhood that includes Science Phase 1, opened in 1998, and the remodeled Dean Hall, which reopened in 2009.</p><p>Lydig Construction Inc., of Spokane, recently was awarded the construction contract for Science Phase II.</p><p>“The construction will provide a boost to the local economy,” Gaudino added. “It’s expected to generate $1.2 million in fees alone for the city (of Ellensburg).”<br><br>The project is expected to create about 200 construction jobs and produce millions of dollars in sales tax revenue. In addition to construction funds, which were allocated by the state Legislature, an additional $6.2 million was earmarked to connect the facility to campus utilities.</p><p>This connection will heat the 120,000-square-foot building with waste heat and without increasing CWU’s gas energy consumption.</p><p><strong>Media contact: </strong>Robert Lowery, CWU Public Affairs, 509-963-1487,</p>Managing in a New Budget Reality, 15 Apr 2014 07:23:48<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/CWU%20Mountain%20Medallion-final.jpg" style="width: 466px; height: 228px;"></p><p>Dear Friends and Colleagues,</p><p>As you may know from reading university, campus, or regional news reports, the legislature has frozen tuition and general support for state universities. Our trustees met several times in March and April to discuss how to manage these restrictions in a way that least harms students and the university.</p><p>They recognized that during the Great Recession when we lost half of our state funding, we absorbed most of the reductions through cuts in operations. Academic and student life avoided nearly all employee reductions. The board has concluded that continued reductions in operations would place at risk our ability to comply with fiscal, health and safety requirements, and could erode programs that recruit students and develop external funding.</p><p>When the board met in April, trustees directed the following approaches to managing what will be a very significant budget gap.</p><p>1.) Deepen our commitment to responsibility centered management, or RCM. This is a philosophy that places management decisions about our colleges in the hands of the people who run them--the deans and chairs. Deans and chairs decide what areas of their disciplines to emphasize and grow to meet student demand and to increase revenue. Deans and chairs decide what areas lack demand or quality and must be revised or even eliminated.</p><p>This is a dramatic change from our approach four years ago, which amounted simply to a directive to cut. Today the direction is to manage to a new number--by shifting responsibilities, growing programs, changing the way we offer programs.</p><p>2.) Develop new tuition options. The board discussed implementing, by this fall, a new approach to tuition--new to us, but in operation at nearly all community colleges. CWU charges the same flat rate for students carrying 10 to 18 credits. Some version of the community college per-credit model would provide great flexibility in generating additional tuition waivers as well as increased tuition revenue.</p><p>3.) Use "rainy day" funds to sustain critical functions through the upcoming academic year. We are all in the "business" of developing human beings, not manufacturing widgets. We know that change takes time and we must avoid adverse effects at all costs. CWU has a rainy day fund of about $3.7 million that will help us get through the upcoming year in a way that disrupts the studies of as few students as possible.</p><p>The board has given us direction; now it's time to go to work. Last Friday and today Provost Levine, CFO Clark, and I have met with academic and student-life leaders to describe the challenges ahead.&nbsp; There's more to these challenges than I can fit in one memo, so I will continue to write about our challenges and invite you to participate.</p><p>No one needs more e-mail, but everyone needs to understand what lies ahead. Remember: we're no longer bound by the old ways of simply thinking about how to cut.&nbsp; We used to be bound by the size of the box; we pared and cut until we could fit inside the budget box. Now we can change the size of the box, by enrolling more students. And we can change the shape of the box by delivering programs in new ways.</p><p>I will post this and future briefings to Central Today ( and to my home page (, and will continue to meet with and discuss this challenge with as many people as I can about our changing future.<br>&nbsp;</p><p>President James L. Gaudino</p>CWU Presents The Power Of Muscle April 16, 14 Apr 2014 16:07:28<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/Dickinson-Muscle%20presentation-web.jpg" style="width: 466px; height: 228px; float: right; border-width: 5px; border-style: solid; margin: 3px 5px;">Central Washington University alumnus Jared Dickinson will return to campus on Wednesday, April 16, to present “The Power Of Muscle.” It’s sponsored by the <a href="">Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Health Sciences</a>, as part of the university’s spring quarter Natural Science Seminar series. The free, public presentation will be held at 4:00 p.m. in Science 147.</p><p>Scott Trappe, the director of Ball State University’s Human Performance Lab (HPL) will co-present the lecture.</p><p>“This is a scientific presentation about how muscle responds to a variety of stimuli, such as exercise, one’s nutritional status, and extreme environments, like one would experience during space flight,” said Leo D’Acquisto, CWU director of graduate studies in Nutrition, Exercise and Health Sciences, who added, “I was one of Jared’s mentors while he studied here at CWU.”</p><p>Dickinson graduated with his CWU master of science degree in exercise science in 2006 then went on to Ball State University to work in its state-of-the-art HPL, with Trappe, who has been director of the HPL for more than ten years.</p><p>“This is a leading international lab in applied physiology work,” D’Acquisto added. “Scott has made a strong name for himself and continues to do wonderful work in the area of physiology.”</p><p>Dickinson received his PhD in 2009 in human bioenergetics from Ball State and, following some post-doctoral work, is now a faculty member in the School of Nutrition and Health Promotion, Healthy Lifestyles Research Center at Arizona State University.</p><p>“(Trappe) was one of my students and colleagues while I was at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs years ago,” D’Acquisto pointed out. “I [also] graduated from Ball State's Human Performance Laboratory. In other words, all three of us have common ties.”</p><p>Dickinson and Trappe will also assist D’Acquisto with a symposium on aging at the American College of Sports Medicine Northwest 2014 annual meeting in Wenatchee this Thursday and Friday.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><br><strong>Media contact: </strong>Robert Lowery, CWU Public Affairs, 509-963-1487,</p><p>April 14, 2014</p><p>Photo: Jared Dickinson, courtesy University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.</p>Johnson Appointed Interim Dean of CWU Arts and Humanities, 14 Apr 2014 14:10:24<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/CWU%20Mountain%20Medallion-final.jpg" style="width: 466px; height: 228px;"></p><p>Central Washington University Provost Marilyn Levine today announced that Kirk Johnson, dean of the College of the Sciences (COTS), also will serve as interim dean of the College of Arts and Humanities (CAH)&nbsp;until that position can be filled permanently. Recently a national search for a CAH dean concluded without a permanent replacement for Dean Marji Morgan, who will leave the post in June.</p><p>"Kirk very graciously agreed to perform this service to the university in addition to his already-significant duties as dean of the College of the Sciences," said Levine. "Kirk already has a very full plate, but understood the urgency of my request and I appreciate the sacrifice he's making."</p><p>Johnson, who has served as dean of the College of the Sciences since 2007, said he would seek out the advice of the eight department chairs to help lead the college through challenging new initiatives. The university's new management model is being implemented now, placing decision about development and support in the hands of college leaders rather than the university administration. All programs are looking for ways to sustain robust enrollment, and to recruit and retain excellent student, faculty, and staff.</p><p>"The College of Arts and Humanities has some remarkable leaders and innovative faculty and staff. I'm looking forward to working with them and supporting them until we can find permanent leadership for the college," said Johnson. "This is a college with programs that stand above their peers in the Northwest and in the United States. It's an honor to work with and learn from them."</p><p>Levine said a search for a permanent dean would proceed late in the summer with the goal of finding strong new leadership as soon as possible.&nbsp;&nbsp; In the meantime, Levine said she had absolute confidence that Johnson would be a successful interim leader.</p><p>"Dean Johnson has led and worked on numerous task forces, which has allowed him to work with faculty from departments campus-wide and has given him a broad understanding of the challenges and opportunities within disciplines," said Levine.</p><p>Johnson's most recent campus initiatives have included chairing the Academic Program Task Force and the search for the library dean.</p><p>Johnson received his MA and PhD from Washington State University and his bachelor's degreee from the University of Washington. He chaired CWU's Department of Sociology from fall 1997 through spring 2007. Johnson began part-time service as associate dean in summer 2006 and has served as dean since spring 2008.&nbsp;</p><p><br>Media Contact: Jackie O’Ryan, public affairs coordinator, 509-963-1221,</p>CWU Receives More Than $600,000 to Increase Diversity in the Sciences, 14 Apr 2014 08:04:17<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/SOLVER%20logo-web.jpg" style="width: 466px; height: 228px; float: right; margin: 3px 5px;"><span style="line-height: 1.4;">More than 25, two-year scholarships in the amount of $20,000 will become available to academically talented students majoring in a STEM (science, technology, engineering, or math) discipline, thanks to a new program at Central Washington University.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.4;">Professors Audrey </span>Huerta<span style="line-height: 1.4;">, geological sciences, and Alison </span>Scoville<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> biological sciences, received $612,840 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for their five-year program, SOLVER (Sustainability for Our Livelihood, Values, Environment, and Resources). They will receive $64,018 for scholarships this year. The deadline for this year's applications is May 15; to apply go to</span></p><p>"Our goal is to substantially increase the success of traditionally underrepresented minorities in these high-demand fields,” said Huerta. “Five, two-year scholarships will be awarded this year, and we are seeking applicants for them now.”</p><p>The overall objective of SOLVER is to increase the quality and diversity of students graduating with bachelor’s degrees in the STEM fields, with an emphasis on recruitment, retention, and graduation of Hispanic and Native American students. The SOLVER program will provide scholars with financial, academic, personal, and professional support.</p><p>“We plan to develop instructional materials and resources that will enhance the established curriculum,” noted Scoville. “We will focus on educational best practices that are particularly powerful for underrepresented minorities and can be tailored to fit the needs of these particular populations.”</p><p>In particular, the program will employ six high-impact practices that increase both student persistence and achievement: a learning community organized around a fundamental issue (sustainability), common intellectual experiences within this community, diversity learning, undergraduate research opportunities, academic service learning, and internships.</p><p>These practices will be coupled with strong student support, including targeted recruiting and application assistance, community and family involvement, individualized academic counseling, faculty and peer mentoring, tutoring, career development, and leadership training.</p><p>The SOLVER program will strengthen ties between CWU and local Hispanic and Native American communities, train CWU faculty mentors in cultural responsiveness and student support services, and make the CWU community generally more aware of regional diversity through campus-wide events. For more information, go to</p><p><strong>Media Contact:</strong> Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,</p><p>April 14, 2014</p><p>&nbsp;</p>New CWU ITAM Master’s Degree Takes Just One Year to Complete, 09 Apr 2014 10:35:23<p><span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.4;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/MS%20ITAM%20logo-web.jpg" style="width: 466px; height: 228px; float: right; margin: 5px 3px;">Central Washington University has announced the launch of the state’s first master of science degree in <a href="">Information Technology and Administrative Management (</a></span><a href="">ITAM</a><span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.4;"><a href="">) </a>that can be completed within a calendar year.</span></p><p>“This master’s program was designed specifically in response to the needs of industry and the requests of students,” says Natalie Lupton, CWU ITAM professor and the program’s coordinator. “ITAM serves a high-demand field, and this will quickly become a very high demand master’s degree.”<br><br>This new master’s degree is the first to receive funding through the university’s Innovation Fund, which, in part, helps sponsor new campus initiatives that have the potential to grow student enrollment and respond to the needs of state business and industry.<br><br>ITAM is among the fast-growing sectors of the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) field. The CWU degree prepares graduates to manage a division or business of a technology or technology-driven organization.&nbsp;<br><br>“Our master’s graduates will leave here with expertise, which will allow them to manage employees working in the computer science and information system fields, among others,” Lupton explains. “They will leave with advanced skills in leadership, team building, conflict resolution, and other ‘soft skills.’ Right now, that’s where there’s a big gap.”</p><p>The job base for ITAM graduates is predicted to continue to grow through 2022, based on a recent US News and World Report study. The median salary range right now for this field is $97,000, Lupton points out.</p><p>“With the cost of our program being less than a quarter of that for full-time, in-state students, it offers individuals a great investment for their future,” she added.<br><br>Instead of the typical master’s program, which requires a thesis, CWU’s program requires a yearlong research project, which could be related to—and used in—a student’s career.<br><br>“Most master’s programs are set up for students who want to get their PhD degrees,” adds Natalie Lupton. “Our MS-ITAM is different in that it’s designed for students going into, or moving up, or cross-training in the workplace. It’s not that our students couldn’t go on to get a doctorate, but this program is suited for those looking to expand their career opportunities through application-based coursework.”<br><br>Starting next fall, the program will be available both fully online and in-class on the Ellensburg campus. Even without a marketing effort, Lupton says the ITAM department is already receiving daily inquires from interested students about the program.<br><br>Applications for the innovative program are now being accepted. More information is available at</p><p><br><strong>Media contact:</strong> Robert Lowery, CWU Public Affairs, 509-963-1487,</p><p>April 9, 2014</p>CWU Aviation First in Pacific Northwest to Offer New Pilot Certification, 08 Apr 2014 13:51:11<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/Underhill%20R-ATP%20web%202.jpg" style="width: 468px; height: 228px; float: right; margin: 5px 3px;">Central Washington University’s <a href="">Department of Aviation</a> has become the first in the Pacific Northwest approved to authorize graduates for a Restricted Airline Transport Pilot (R-ATP) certificate. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) gave its final approval this week to CWU.</p><p>“We went through an application process with the FAA, where they reviewed our entire aviation curriculum,” says CWU aviation professor Jason Underhill. “They determined that the program qualifies for the Restricted-ATP. There are only a select few schools across the country that have received this authorization.”</p><p>The R-ATP allows CWU graduates to become airline pilots with 1,000 hours total flight experience rather than 1,500 hours required under the ATP certificate required of other candidates. The 33 percent reduction in total flight time will be a significant cost saving to CWU students. In addition, the R-ATP reduces the required age for certification from 23 to 21.&nbsp;</p><p>“The entire faculty here fully recognized the importance of having the Restricted-ATP authorization for our graduates,” Underhill adds. “It really does give them a leg up.”</p><p>Pilots graduating from higher education aviation programs, along with those coming from the military, are the most likely candidates to be eligible to receive R-ATP certification, Underhill points out.</p><p>The FAA authorization allows CWU aviation students who have graduated within the past five years to receive the R-ATP certification. They can apply for it <a href="">here</a>.</p><p>“That’s a really big plus for all of our alums who have been trying to build up enough flight time to get a job with the airlines,” Underhill adds. “The FAA recognized that the structured programs at universities—like CWU—and colleges provide better learning environments and the best aviation education, which result in more qualified pilots when they’re finished.”</p><p>After completing their CWU professional pilot degree, students will still typically need about 700-more flight hours before receiving R-ATP certification. They will then become in demand by regional air carriers.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>“The baby boomer-generation of pilots are hitting age 65, the mandatory retirement age at the airline level,” Underhill says. “A lot of those retirements are at the major airlines. Those replacement pilots will, likely, come from the regional airline level. When those pilots move on to the major airlines there will be a huge shortage of pilots for those regional slots.”</p><p>The R-ATP was developed in accordance with revised FAA regulations that have been put into place over the last five years.</p><p><br><strong>Media contact: </strong>Robert Lowery, CWU Public Affairs, 509-963-1487,</p><p>April 8, 2014</p>CWU Conference Addresses Seismic Hazards, Preparation, 08 Apr 2014 11:05:19<p><span style="line-height: 1.4;">Be prepared. Unless you are a politician.</span></p><p>Politicians who try to legislate to prepare for disasters are almost universally punished, while politicians who lobby for money to recover from disasters — which can be an exponentially larger amount of money — are rewarded.</p><p>Central Washington University economics professor Toni Sipic shared his research on this quirk of human nature vs. Mother Nature at a conference on seismic hazards at CWU Friday [April 4].</p><p>Read the <a href="" target="_blank">rest of this story</a> in the Daily Record.</p><p>Story by Andy Matarrese</p><p><em>April 8, 2014</em></p>Financial Aid Scheme Targets Students, 08 Apr 2014 09:32:46<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/warning.jpg" style="width: 253px; height: 199px;"></p><p>Another scheme designed to part people from their hard-earned cash is targeting students seeking financial aid. A flyer from the "Student Financial Resource Center" is currently circulating on college campuses. The company requires $65 to search for financial aid programs for college students--a service that is usually provided at no cost from university financial aid offices. The program also requests sensitive information from the student, putting them at potential risk for identity theft.</p><p>"These are the types of schemes that we warn students about," says Kelley Christianson, Central Washington University associate director of financial aid. “Students should never pay to file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or apply for scholarships, but needy students will try anything to get through school. And these are the people who can least afford to lose their money.”</p><p>Students who receive the flyer should not respond in any way, advises Christianson.</p><p>If students have any questions about financial aid offers, they should contact their university’s financial aid office to determine if the offers are legitimate. It’s also good to check with the Better Business Bureau to see if there are complaints about the company.</p><p>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,</p>