CWUCWU NewsCWU News Signs Lease Agreement with the City of Sammamish, Earns NWCCU Approval, 22 Mar 2017 13:55:52<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/Sammimish%20Center.jpeg" style="width: 200px; height: 134px; margin: 3px; float: right;">Central Washington University President James L. Gaudino Tuesday signed a lease with the City of Sammamish allowing the university to begin offering educational programs in September at the site of the former Mars Hill Church.</p><p>The signing occurred on the same day the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), the post-secondary education accreditation organization for the Pacific Northwest and surrounding states, approved CWU’s request to offer educational instruction at the Sammamish site.&nbsp;</p><p>Under the terms of the new lease, CWU will provide Running Start programs in the vacant facility in Sammamish. Running Start allows eligible high school juniors and seniors to enroll in tuition-free college courses and earn both high school and college credits.</p><p>“Central is pleased to partner with Sammamish to provide higher education academic programs that will benefit local high school students,” Gaudino said. “With four high schools within a few miles of the site, we’re confident that this is the ideal location for us to offer this type of postsecondary educational program.”</p><p>Gaudino said the facility in Sammamish will complement CWU’s existing extended learning programs at its six existing University Centers, which include Lynnwood, Des Moines, Pierce County, Moses Lake, Wenatchee, and Yakima, as well as satellite operations in Everett and at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.</p><p>The president said these programs traditionally provide face-to-face, interactive television, and online classes. The flexible approach provides greater access to students, especially those who have work and family commitments.<br>&nbsp;<br>The lease includes an initial three-year occupancy by CWU with a base rent of $60,000 per year. Central has the option to purchase the property for $8 million, extend the lease term in five-year increments for up to 15 additional years, or end the agreement.</p><p>The City of Sammamish will provide custodial services as well as maintain landscaping and the parking lot while CWU will provide security and routine maintenance of the building and pay the cost of utilities.</p><p>In March 2015, the City of Sammamish purchased the facility for the purpose of partnering with a postsecondary institution to offer courses and academic programs.</p><p>In spring of 2016, CWU studied the feasibility of providing academic programming at the 22.4-acre property, which boasts a two-story, multi-purpose facility of nearly 31,000 square feet. As a result of that study, which called the concept promising, the university and city began discussions to analyze and determine the extent of cooperation between the two entities and drafted a memorandum of understanding that resulted in the lease agreement.</p><p>CWU will be completing minor building renovations of the facility&nbsp;for the next several months to prepare classroom and office space. The university is also having ongoing discussions with the Sammamish Community YMCA to sub-lease the gymnasium/multi-purpose area of the building, which hopes to use it for various community activities.</p><p>Additionally, as part of the lease agreement with the city, CWU inherits two existing subleases: one with the Microsoft Corporation for employee parking and the other with the High Velocity Volleyball Club. Both subleases are expected to remain in place into the future.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Media contact: Richard Moreno, director of content development, 509-963-2714,</p><p>—March 22, 2017</p></br></br>College of Arts and Humanities Dean Stacey Robertson Named Provost at SUNY-Geneseo, 21 Mar 2017 14:05:02<p>&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/RobertsonStacey.jpg" style="width: 160px; height: 240px; margin: 3px; float: right;">Stacey M. Robertson, who has served as dean of the College of Arts and Humanities since February 2015, has accepted the post of provost and vice president for academic affairs at State University of New York at Geneseo. Robertson will assume her new position on June 29, 2017.</p><p>“We’re sorry to see Dr. Robertson leave us but happy that she’s been given this wonderful opportunity,” said Central Washington University President James L. Gaudino.</p><p>In her new role, Robertson will oversee 18 departments and two schools as well as other academic affairs administrators. SUNY-Geneseo is a public, liberal arts college located in the Finger Lakes region of New York. The campus has an undergraduate enrollment of 5,583 students.</p><p>“It was an opportunity I could not resist,” Robertson said. “Geneseo is a terrific, public liberal arts university with superb faculty and staff, outstanding and engaged students, and a strong commitment to diversity and social justice.”</p><p>Robertson earned her B.A. from Whittier College and her MA and PhD in history from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Prior to coming to Central, she served as director of Women’s Studies and the Oglesby Professor of American Heritage at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois, where she taught from 1994-2014.</p><p>She is the author of four books, including Betsy Mix Cowles: Champion of Equality (Westview Press, 2014) and Hearts Beating for Liberty: Women Abolitionists in the Old Northwest (University of North Carolina Press, 2010). Robertson is also the co-director of the national non-profit, Historians Against Slavery, and co-edits the book series, Perspectives on Early America, with a London-based publisher.</p><p>Media contact: Richard Moreno, director of content development, 509-963-2714,</p><p>—March 21, 2017</p>Aspen String Trio Brings "Magical Synergy" to CWU April 1, 21 Mar 2017 07:36:19<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/AspenStringTrio_6.jpg" style="width: 450px; height: 348px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid;"></p><p>The world-renowned Aspen String Trio will bring its special brand of musical excellence to Central Washington University this spring with a dynamic concert April 1.</p><p>Their exquisite execution and impeccable technique garner rave reviews.</p><p>"From the first note, the sound of each player was simply glorious," reported Ken Keaton of the <em>Palm Beach Daily News</em>. "The ensemble and intonation were perfect. But most importantly, they are musicians for whom every note counts."</p><p>After more than 20 years of friendship and music-making, Aspen String Trio members David Perry, violin; Victoria Chiang, violist; and Michael Mermagen, cello, are an ensemble with magical synergy. These three world-class instrumentalists each have a long-time association as artist-faculty with the Aspen Music Festival; combined they have performed across the globe in the world’s most prestigious venues. For more information, go to</p><p>The concert, which also features CWU's acclaimed Kairos Quartet, will be held at 7:00 p.m. in the McIntyre Music Building Concert Hall. Tickets are $12 for general admission, and $7 for seniors, children and CWU students with ID. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling 509-963-1429. Tickets may also be purchased in person at the Wildcat Shop Customer Service at the Student Union and Recreation Building. Advance purchase is recommended, as these concerts are often sold out.</p><p>The Kairos Quartet, established in 1993, has been the quartet-in-residence at CWU since 1998. Violinists Carrie Rehkopf and Denise Dillenbeck, violist Timothy Betts, and cellist John Michel have extensive chamber music experience and have toured internationally. Dedicated to music education, each year the group hosts the incomparable Kairos Lyceum for string players throughout the Pacific Northwest. For more information, go to</p><p>Parking is free in all university lots after 4:30 p.m. and on weekends, except in residential housing lots and in specially designated spaces.</p><p>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,<br>March 21, 2017</p></br>Volleyball Heads to Italy for International Tour, 20 Mar 2017 07:44:10<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/ITALIA.png" style="width: 450px; height: 253px;"></p><p>The Central Washington University volleyball team makes its way to Italy for an international tour beginning on Saturday (Mar. 18).<br><br>The Wildcats leave Ellensburg at 8:30 a.m. and arrive in Rome, Italy at approximately 3:30 p.m. on Sunday (Mar. 19), before returning to Washington on March 26.&nbsp; Central Washington has three matches scheduled against high-level opponents in Rome, Florence, and Como.<br><br>The journey takes the Wildcats from the nearly 3,000-year-old seat of the former Roman Empire, to the Tuscany region, before concluding in Milan.&nbsp; The trip provides a unique opportunity for the team to play overseas and experience a different culture.&nbsp; Competing internationally also affords CWU a chance to forge bonds and compete as a team before the 2017 season.<br><br>Spanning over 6,000 miles, one ocean, and two continents (for just one way), the journey falls just shy of the Wildcats' 14,000 miles travelled during the 2016 regular season when the return trip is added.<br><br>This is the first international tour for the program under head coach Mario Andaya.&nbsp; Central volleyball assembled a sizeable group for the trip.&nbsp; Joining the the trip are family, friends, and a strong following of alumni.<br><br>"We are excited to go overseas," Andaya said.&nbsp; "We are looking forward to the competition, we don't know too much about them, but that's okay.&nbsp; We just want to experience a different culture, but at the same time create a worldly volleyball experience for our girls."<br><br>Central Washington's first match is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. UTC+1 (4:30 a.m. PST) on Tuesday (Mar. 21) against Liberi e Forti 1914.&nbsp; Founded in 1914 by parish priest Don Giulio Facibeni, "Free and Strong 1914" became a multi-sport association.&nbsp; In volleyball Liberi e Forti 1914 is represented by six separate teams, ranging U12 to III Divisione.<br><br>The Wildcats' second match is against Pallavolo Nottolini of Serie B2.&nbsp; First serve is scheduled for 8:00 p.m. UTC+1 (4:00 a.m. PST) on Wednesday (Mar. 22).&nbsp; Founded in 1991, Pallavolo Nottolini currently has over 200 athletes.&nbsp; Serie B2 is led by Technical Supervisor Sandro Becheroni.<br><br>The week's final match is scheduled for Thursday (Mar. 23) against Pallavolo Senago of Serie B2 at 8:30 p.m. (4:30 a.m. PST). Launched in 1975 with just two teams and 23 athletes, Pallavolo Senago expanded to over seven teams and 100 athletes playing in 14 leagues.&nbsp; A live stream of the match will be available on Instagram.&nbsp; To view the match, login to Instagram and view "pgssenago".<br><br>"From what we have been told and seen, they are high level college teams," Andaya said.&nbsp; "We have had testimonials from Division I schools that have played against this level and they have been comparable with Division I mid-majors.&nbsp; We want to go over and compete at the highest level we can.&nbsp; We also want to get to know what systems they go under, as far as their clubs and how they train."<br><br>While the Wildcats face tough competition, they also get a chance to take in Italian culture in three distinct regions of the country.&nbsp; From the ruins of the Flavian Amphitheatre, to the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica, to the Galleria dell'Accademia, and the Gothic Duomo di Milan, the team will experience the history and culture of Italy.<br><br>"The whole culture aspect is probably a little more exciting then the playing," Andaya added.&nbsp; "For a lot of our girls, they have never experienced an international trip.&nbsp; We are all going to take in the sights, travelling around to the major areas in Italy is exciting for us.&nbsp; We are going to bond as a team and experience new things as a team."<br><br>Andaya hopes the trip not only brings his team closer together, and provides an enriching experience, but also creates a long-lasting imprint.<br><br>"We want to build lifetime memories," Andaya said.&nbsp; "We want them to look back and be able to have strong memories that Central Washington helped provide.&nbsp; Those are the things we want to be able to establish on this trip."<br><br>March 20, 2017</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></br></br></br></br>Rugby Set For No. 4 BYU in XV's Fixture, 17 Mar 2017 08:09:42<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/Wright.jpg" style="width: 450px; height: 291px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid;"></p><p>The Central Washington University men's rugby team is at home this weekend for a XV's fixture against national powerhouse No. 4 Brigham Young University.&nbsp; Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. at the CWU Rugby Pitch.<br><br>"There is no bigger task in collegiate rugby then taking on BYU," CWU Head Coach Todd Thornley said.&nbsp; "What an exciting challenge for our group this week.&nbsp; BYU have a number of class players so it really is a privilege to be hosting them on Saturday. This game will give us some quality feedback on where our program is at before our post-season begins in less then a month's time."<br><br>The Cougars are five-time National Champions, including four consecutive titles from 2012-15.&nbsp; In their most recent fixture, they notched a 35-26 victory over No. 1 Saint Mary's in the Cougars' home opener.&nbsp; Currently the Cougars' roster consists of three players who have capped for the Eagles in second row player Matt Jensen and centers Zach Webber and Calvin Whiting.<br><br>In their victory over Saint Mary's, the Cougars found the score sheet just two minutes in.&nbsp; They extended their lead to 12-0 a short while later.&nbsp; Saint Mary's mounted a counterassault and inched closer at 13-12, despite being shorthanded with a man in the sin bin.<br><br>After a BYU try, putting the Cougars up 19-13, and Whiting adding a penalty kick, the Gaels had a chance inside the BYU 22 that went begging at the end of the half.<br><br>Staunch defense from the Cougars, and a few ill-disciplined plays from the Gaels, allowed BYU to take a 32-19 lead.&nbsp; Saint Mary's came back again, cutting the deficit to 35-26.&nbsp; With ample opportunities to score in the waning moments, the Cougars held their line and came out on top.<br><br>Led by head coach David Smyth, the Cougars look to recapture the momentum they found last season against the Wildcats in Provo, Utah.&nbsp; At the time, BYU was ranked No. 1 and handed the Wildcats a 58-27 defeat.<br><br>"The key to our success is execution under pressure on both sides of the ball," Thornley noted. "If we can execute our structures and stick to our identity we have opportunities to be successful during this game. We are preparing well so far this week so I am confident our group will put out a good performance."</p><p>The Wildcats are coming off of a 72-5 victory over Tacoma RC.<br><br>The live stream of the fixture will be available through, 15 minutes prior to kickoff at 1 p.m.<br>March 17, 2017</p></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br>CWU Student Media Win National "Best of Show" Awards, 15 Mar 2017 10:16:53<p><a href="">Pulse Magazine</a> and <a href="">The Observer </a>newspaper, two Central Washington<a href=""><img style="margin: 3px; width: 150px; height: 221px; float: right;" alt="Pulse magazine" src=""></a> University student-run media outlets, brought home "Best of Show" awards from the Associated Collegiate Press conference in San Francisco over the weekend.</p><p>Pulse, CWU’s student lifestyle magazine, won second place as “Feature Magazine." The Observer took sixth place in the "Newspaper Four-Year Weekly" contest, a competitive category of 25 weekly newspapers from four-year universities. There were 150 "Best of Show" entries in all categories.</p><p>“To have placed second for Feature Magazine was an unbelievable distinction,” said Pulse editor-in-chief Nicole Trejo-Valli. “It’s amazing to see what we can do in just a few weeks and how dedicated the team is to producing a well-rounded magazine.”</p><p>Observer editor-in-chief McKenzie Lakey added: "Placing in the Best of Show competitions is always an honor. The Observer staff possesses a level of dedication to journalism and Central news that is incredible to work with every day.”</p><p>The Midwinter National College Journalism Convention of the Associated Collegiate Press (ACP) brought together 600 students from more than 100 schools, as well as faculty and industry professionals.</p><p>Fifteen students and two faculty advisers from Central traveled to the convention, where they attended workshops, informational sessions, speeches, and onsite critiques. Keynote speakers included <em>San Francisco Chronicle </em>editor-in-chief Audrey Cooper, <em>Ozy</em> founder Carlos Williams, and investigative reporter Kurt Eichenwald of <em>Newsweek</em> and <em>Vanity Fair</em>.</p><p>"Our student journalists pretty much live, breathe, and eat their publications, so it's really gratifying to see their hard work get recognized at a national conference," said associate professor and Observer faculty adviser Cynthia Mitchell.</p><p><a href="" target="_self"><img style="border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 3px; width: 150px; height: 226px; float: left;" alt="The Observer" src=""></a>The latest awards follow on other recent honors for both publications. The Observer staff brought home the top "Best of Show" award from the ACP convention last fall. It was attended by 1,100 college journalists and ACP bills it as "the largest gathering of college journalists and advisers in the world."</p><p>Also last year, Pulse was one of 22 national finalists for the ACP's prestigious Pacemaker Award for general excellence in the magazine category. Pacemakers are judged by professional journalists and are widely considered to be one of the top prizes in college journalism.</p><p>The <a href="">Department of Communication </a>at CWU boasts modern broadcast facilities where students can practice every aspect of broadcast and audio production, and labs equipped with the latest editing and design software used in professional newsrooms. Journalism degrees are built on hands-on experience covering real news that’s published across a variety of platforms under the guidance of experienced faculty and staff.</p><p>Media contact: Dawn Alford, public affairs coordinator, 509-963-1484, <a href=""></a>.</p><p>--March 15, 2017<br>&nbsp;</p></a href=""></br>CWU Hosts Steampunk-themed FIRST Robotics Competition March 16-18, 15 Mar 2017 08:41:23<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/FIRST%20Robotics%202-media.jpg" style="width: 450px; height: 299px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid;"></p><p>More than 1,000 high school students from Portland to Spokane, along with parents, and volunteers will fill Central Washington University's Nicholson Pavilion this weekend for the FIRST Robotics Pacific Northwest Competition.<br><br>This year's competition features Steamworks, an intricate steampunk theme, in which assorted robots must work together on several tasks to get points and win rounds, as seen in this YouTube video:&nbsp;</p><p><iframe class="youtube-player" frameborder="0" height="390" src="//" title="YouTube video player" type="text/html" width="480"></iframe></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>"The College of the Sciences supports FIRST and our students and faculty are heavily involved in volunteer roles," said Dannica Price, CWU's COTS engagement program manager, and lead coordinator for CWU. "We will have 38 teams that range from 10 to more than 40 students. It takes about 90 volunteers to support this event for the three days."</p><p>Students are challenged to, among other things, raise funds through sponsorships, develop a team, and build and program 150-pound, industrial-size robots. Dedicated mentor volunteers provide guidance and instruction in both technical and non-technical areas.</p><p>Teams will begin arriving at CWU March 16, when the "pit" will be open at 5:00 p.m. for students to set up. Opening ceremonies will begin at 10:30 a.m. March 17, and qualification matches will start at 11:00 a.m. The competition will continue on Saturday starting at 9:00 a.m., including the March of Mascots. Final rounds will begin at 1:15 p.m. There will be an awards ceremony at 4:15 p.m. The event is free and open to the public; parking is free in CWU lots after 4:30 p.m. and on weekends.</p><p>A number of different high schools from Washington are represented, including Spokane, Thorp, Walla Walla, Maple Valley, Olympia, and Mabton. A complete list of high school teams and their cities can be found at</p><p>The teams are a part of Washington FIRST which "supports and engages today's tech-native youth with a league of their own, inspiring them to build on their passions and preparing them to be the STEM leaders of tomorrow." According to founder Dean Kamen, FIRST (For Inspiration &amp; Recognition of Science &amp; Technology), " . . . is more than robots. The robots are a vehicle for students to learn important life skills."</p><p>For more information about FIRST Robotics, go to</p><p><em>Photo of the 2016 Tournament Courtesy of FIRST Washington</em></p><p>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,<br>March 15, 2016</p></br></br></br>CWU Alumna Tanya Pierson Creates Dog Park Art, 14 Mar 2017 08:30:39<p><img alt="" src="" style="width: 300px; height: 225px; margin: 3px; float: right;">One might say Central Washington University alumna Tanya Pierson has left her mark on Ellensburg.</p><p>Pierson, who has had a passion for art since she was a child, created the three wire and cement dog statues that now grace the new Rotary Park dog park. The sculptures, which were made using a welded iron frame that was wrapped in polystyrene foam and covered with wire and cement, depict canines in various natural poses. Each has an actual dog tag with a name.</p><p>“The one lifting its leg is Randall, named after Randall Hall, where it spent the first four years of its life. The pooping one is Precious, after my dog, Ava, which was her original name before I changed it. The running one is named Zen after my dog, who inspired these sculptures,” she explained.</p><p>Pierson said the process of designing, creating and installing the artwork took more than four years. When she embarked on the journey, she was a student in art professor Gregg Schlanger’s class. He assigned the class the task of filling out a grant application for a creative research project. As part of the exercise, he let the individual students decide whether to actually send in their completed grant applications.</p><p>She said she decided to submit the application and, to her surprise, her proposal was accepted. At the time, Ellensburg was in the process of building an off-leash dog park and it just so happened that Pierson not only loves dogs but had a whimsical idea for artwork for the park.</p><p>The proposal, funded by the Birkin Owart Fund, first had to be endorsed by the Ellensburg Art Commission, then by the city parks department, and finally, by the Ellensburg City Council in several televised meetings. During the latter hearings, she had to explain how the sculptures were built safely and were meant to reflect the fun, play nature of the new dog park.</p><p>Normally a bit shy, Pierson said the process was a big triumph for someone like her who generally dislikes public speaking or being in the spotlight. She said the confidence she gained as a result of those public meetings helped her to later give an artist talk at Soap Lake about her sculptures.</p><p>In October of last year, the park was completed and at the grand opening, Pierson was given public acknowledgement for her sculptures.</p><p>Pierson, who received her BA of Fine Arts in studio art from CWU in 2012, said she originally started out as a painter.</p><p>“I hadn’t done any sculptures really until I came to Central,” she said. “I took a sculpture class with [CWU art instructor] Howard Barlow and it really opened up a new world.”</p><p>As a studio artist, Pierson said she enjoys working in many different kinds of mediums, although her best work are oil paintings and sculpture. Currently, she said she does much of her art creation from the comfort of her home, usually in front of a television. But, she acknowledged, having a studio would be preferable.</p><p>“When I was living in Ephrata, I had an actual studio that I would go to and work, but right now it’s [her studio] at home,” she said.</p><p>As for new projects, Pierson said she recently donated a pet portrait to the Thorp Mill auction and has done some of the art that is featured in local restaurants. Her latest project is a commissioned oil painting of a dog for a local owner.</p><p>She said she sees painting dog portraits as a potentially lucrative side business and, perhaps, a sign that her career has truly gone to the dogs—but in a good way.</p><p>Media contacts: Derek Forsell, Content Intern, or Richard Moreno, Director of Content Development, 509-963-2714,</p>An Evening at the Brooks Gala and Silent Auction, 13 Mar 2017 13:22:45<p><img style="margin: 3px; width: 650px; height: 245px;" alt="Bookmark" src=""></p><p>There’s no need to keep quiet while attending the 4th Annual Library Gala and Silent Auction at Central Washington University. On Saturday, April 8th, from 7:00 to 10:30 p.m. the James E. Brooks Library will transform its stacks into four floors of lively music, dance, art, and much more.</p><p>An Evening at the Brooks Gala and Silent Auction is an annual event benefiting CWU students. Proceeds from this year’s event will help fund an annual student scholarship in the library sciences as well as contribute to enhancements to services for our parent/students.</p><p>“These funds will allow us to obtain resources to create a welcoming, inclusive, and engaging space for our campus and community visitors with young children,” said student engagement and community outreach librarian Maureen Rust.</p><p>The event highlights CWU student and faculty artwork, as well as theatrical and music performances by student and community musicians. A variety of music genres will be played including the sounds of the Ellensburg Big Band—complete with swing dancing lessons provided by the CWU Swing Cats. A silent auction with well-sought over items will be available for bid; or if the price is right, attendees may buy items outright.&nbsp;</p><p><iframe width="480" height="390" title="YouTube video player" class="youtube-player" src="//" frameborder="0" type="text/html"></iframe></p><p>Welcoming comments from President James Gaudino begin at 7:30 p.m., followed by CEO of Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce Jim Armstrong, and the Friends of the Library.</p><p>Hors d’oeuvres and wine will also be available throughout the night. Attendees are encouraged to stop by the special photo booth and Gala Wildcat Shop to take home a lasting memento from the evening’s festivities.</p><p>All are invited to attend. Dress is evening or dressy casual attire.</p><p>Tickets for the event may be purchased at <a href=";w=c24075cf11a40b8d6b2b5fe4d6debd4c&amp;vqitq=e76ee0bc-1f39-4a1f-83d5-d233e9dc2d45&amp;vqitp=12899a69-9695-4dde-b9b4-51992e91203f&amp;vqitts=1489428441&amp;vqitc=vendini&amp;vqite=itl&amp;vqitrt=Safetynet&amp;vqith=9dbb4db82bbfe4fe14cad7e8df800b8e"></a>, by calling 509-963-1429, or in person at Wildcat Tickets in the SURC.&nbsp; When purchased in advance, tickets cost: $10 CWU students with CWU ID; $20 per person; $35 per couple.</p><p>Tickets may also be purchased at the door for an additional $5.00 per person/per couple. CWU students with CWU ID, pay the same $10 rate.</p><p>Donations are also being accepted. In honor of the CWU’s 125th anniversary, a free one-year library community card will be given for donations at or exceeding $125.</p><p>If you are unable to attend but would still like to support student scholarships in the library sciences or contribute to&nbsp;services for our parent/students, please contact Maureen Rust at 509-963-2102 or <a href=""></a>.</p><p>The CWU James E. Brooks Library sponsors the Gala and Silent Auction, in collaboration with the Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce. Auction items are donated through the generosity of local library supporters and businesses.</p><p><em>Media contact: Dawn Alford, Public Affairs Coordinator, 509-963-1484, <a href=""></a>.</em></p><p>--March 13, 2017</p></a href=""></a href="">Science II Telescope Installation to Begin March 13, 13 Mar 2017 07:48:41<p><img alt="" src="" style="width: 300px; height: 450px; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; float: left;">The $350,000, 0.6-meter [23.6 inches] CWU research telescope will be installed in the Science II observatory beginning March 13.</p><p>"We've been looking forward to this final step in completing Science II," said Bill Yarwood, executive director of CWU's Facilities Management Department.</p><p>The first stage of the operation is to install a crane near the new observatory.</p><p>At 9:00 a.m., the crane, with safety flaggers, will enter at the 10th Avenue Mall from Wild Cat Way, on the north side of Hebeler, and travel to the Samuelson site between Hertz and Samuelson. Once the crane has set up, a semi will transport the components for the telescope down 10th Avenue as well. The unloading should take about three hours.</p><p>Once at the Samuelson site, the components will be staged for lifting and installing in the observatory in Science II. All components except for the mirror are scheduled for delivery on Monday;&nbsp;the mirror itself is scheduled for delivery and installation March 23. The crane may be on site for several days.</p><p>"We're at the mercy of the weather, since installation of the telescope is through the roof of the dome," said Cassandra Fallscheer, physics and astronomy professor. "We won't be able to install it if it is raining or snowing—or even threatening precipitation."</p><p>Fallscheer said that staff training on the equipment is scheduled for March 25 through April 3 and expects it should be operational afterwards.</p><p>The new observatory in Science II is taking on the role of the 50-year-old observatory at Lind Hall.&nbsp; During those five decades, the Lind Hall observatory, with its 12-inch telescope faithfully served CWU students and faculty, and the community.&nbsp; But those decades also represent, of course, nothing less than a revolutionary era in technology and in astronomy.&nbsp;</p><p>According to physics professor Michael Braunstein, the new observatory, housing the 24-inch networked and remotely operable telescope in an automated dome, and outfitted with up-to-date instrumentation, will be a facility many times more powerful than the Lind Hall observatory.&nbsp; It is a centerpiece of the physics department, and it will provide a range of extraordinary opportunities.&nbsp;</p><p>"Our plans include making the observatory integral to a number of CWU classes, both in physics and in science education, employing it for undergraduate and faculty research, and using it as a showcase of the cosmos for the community," Braunstein said. "Professor Fallscheer is currently developing a spectrograph for the observatory that will expand its capabilities even more.&nbsp; The observatory will provide a means for its users to observe and collect information about phenomena ranging from asteroids, the bits of material left over from the formation of our solar system, to the violent explosion of supernovae in distant galaxies; from planets orbiting other suns, to the imaging of beautiful stellar nurseries.</p><p>"It promises to serve CWU well for the next fifty years."</p><p><br>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,</p><p>March 13, 2017<br>&nbsp;</p></br></br>