CWUCWU NewsCWU News Brewing Program Ranked No. 1 by America Unraveled, 26 Jul 2016 14:45:04<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/Craft_brewing_June_2016_WEB.jpg" style="width: 450px; height: 300px; float: right; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px;">CWU's&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">craft brewing program</a> was ranked No. 1 in the United States in a story recently published by America Unraveled:&nbsp;</p><h4>Training America’s Next Brewers:<br>The Top Brew Schools in the US</h4><p>You love beer. You love the recent explosion of micro and nano-brewed craft beer. You’ve been brewing at home for ages. Your dream is to open a microbrewery – but do you know how? It seems like many people have been asking the same question.</p><p>So many people that a number of universities have begun to put together craft beer programs designed to help microbrewers run their businesses successfully. We investigated many of the programs and have ranked our top 5.</p><p>Read the <a href="" target="_blank">full story</a> by Jane Saxon on&nbsp;</p><p><em>Photo:&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 16.8px;">Craft Brewing Program Manager&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.4;">Katie </span>Kuntz with Program&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.4;">Director Steve Wagner.</span></em></p><p>July 26, 2016</p></br></span style="line-height: 16.8px;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;">GEARUP for Washington Business Week at CWU, 26 Jul 2016 11:58:06<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/WBW%20logo.jpg" style="width: 250px; border-width: 3px; border-style: solid; margin: 3px; float: right; height: 249px;">Central Washington University has geared up to host<a href="" target="_blank"> Washington Business Week</a>&nbsp;(WBW) students for the 40th consecutive year. The annual summer program (July 25-29), sponsored by the Association of Washington Business, helps high school students prepare to enter the workforce through teaching them business skills, while instilling in them the confidence and honing the values they need to succeed.</p><p>WBW serves more than 3,000 teens annually, from throughout the state, through summer camps and in-school community programs. They feature businesses leaders and working professionals, from a variety of careers such as advanced business, construction, healthcare, and manufacturing.</p><p>In Ellensburg this year, about 190 students will be involved in a program that will feature agriculture and energy tracks. Many of them are from <a href="" target="_blank">GEAR UP </a>(Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) from the Brewster, Easton, Highland, Lake Chelan, Manson, Omak, Oroville, Quincy, Richland, Tonasket, and Wenatchee school districts.</p><p>The CWU GEAR-UP partnership serves 5,400 middle and high school students in those school districts.</p><p>“I came from a small, rural town (Easton)—like our GEAR UP students—when I attended Business Week in 1979,” noted Tracy Plouse, CWU GEAR UP project director. “Business Week showed me the possibilities of a business career and the importance of higher education. It had a major impact on my decision to attend CWU, where I graduated with a business degree in 1985. I’m excited for this opportunity to have our GEAR UP students attend and the similar impact I know that it will make in their lives.”</p><p>Former CWU President Jim Brooks was instrumental in the development of Business Week. He brought together state business and education leaders for discussions on why high school students were graduating without critical skills that employers were seeking. Those discussions led to the inaugural WBW, held at CWU in 1976.</p><p>This year’s 40th anniversary will be marked by a Friday (July 29) ceremony at noon in the CWU Student Union and Recreation Center Ballroom.</p><p><strong>Media contact: </strong>Robert Lowery, director of radio services and integrated communications, 509-963-1487,</p><p>July 26, 2016</p>Thornley Chosen as Head Men’s Rugby Coach, 26 Jul 2016 09:20:56<p>Central Washington University Director of Athletics Dennis Francois, has announced the hiring of Todd Thornley as the Wildcat's new men's rugby coach.</p><p><img alt="Todd Thornley, new men's rugby coach" src="/sites/default/files/Todd.jpeg" style="width: 500px; height: 334px; margin: 5px;"></p><p>"Todd's level of familiarity with our program and the university, as well as his commitment to recruit and develop the holistic student-athlete stood out in his candidacy," Francois said.</p><p>Thornley, a Blenheim, New Zealand native, spent the last two seasons as the graduate assistant for the Wildcats.</p><p>"I'm excited and honored to lead this program into the future," Thornley said. "I look forward to developing an enhanced overall student-athlete experience, while continuing the strong tradition of Central Washington rugby performing on the national stage."</p><p>Thornley takes over a squad that finished 12-3 last season with 12 All-Americans. The Wildcats worked their way to the semi-final of the Varsity Cup, before falling to Cal. They also put up an impressive run in the 7's national tournament.</p><p>"I'd like to thank the previous leadership of the program for giving me a great foundation to build upon," Thornley added.</p><p>Prior to coaching at Central Washington, Thornley was an assistant coach for Dartmouth College. Dartmouth finished third in the 2013 7's National Collegiate Championship and made the quarterfinals of the Varsity Cup.</p><p>"After talking with many people in the rugby world, Todd's ability to lead our program was reinforced time after time," search chair and Assistant Director of Athletics Gary Hyatt said.</p><p>Thornley worked under the tutelage of Gavin Hickie and current USA Rugby Director of Performance Alex Magleby. He also coached current Eagles' 7's captain Madison Hughes.</p><p>"During the search process, Todd continually produced a high level of understanding and professionalism that made him a stand out," Hyatt added.</p><p>He also played and coached for the Calgary Saints during their 2015 Alberta Cup run.</p><p>"it is a wonderful opportunity to not only grow excellent collegiate players for CWU," Thornley noted. "But also a chance to develop players that can compete at a high level for USA Rugby."</p><p>"Growing up in New Zealand, rugby has been a way of life for Todd," Francois added. "But it was done in the context of a vehicle to develop skills in young people that transfer into other aspects of their lives. Todd is clearly an example of this model and we are excited to have him lead our program in the same manner."</p><p>Francois would like to commend the search committee, chaired by Hyatt, Bob Ford, Mel Denham, Isaac Perry, Kari Johnson, and Tyler Unsicker for their work and dedication throughout the process.</p><p>Thornley's official start date is August 1.</p><p><em><strong>Media contact:&nbsp;</strong> Caleb Dunlop, assistant director of athletics communication, 509-963-1485, <a href=""></a>.</em></p><p>July 26, 2016</p></a href="">CWU Coach Working with Raiders in Camp, 26 Jul 2016 07:57:38<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/bennyboyd.jpg" style="width: 464px; height: 300px;"></p><p>Benny Boyd wants to coach in the NFL someday, and he’s in the process of getting a little taste of it.</p><p>Boyd, a 1996 Dixon High School graduate and currently an assistant football coach at Central Washington University, will be doing an internship with the Oakland Raiders this summer. It is part of the Bill Walsh NFL Minority Coaching Fellowship Program.</p><p>For Boyd, 38, it is the second time he has participated in the program. In 2010, while an assistant coach at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, he did a similar internship with the Pittsburgh Steelers.</p><p>“I’ve told people that I hope to stick the landing,” said Boyd, who is entering his second season as a special teams/defensive backs coach at Central Washington. “With the Steelers, it was a little overwhelming, but I learned a lot. This is going to be a lot more hands-on coaching, and it’s going to be a great experience.”</p><p>Read more of this story at&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Saukvalley</a>.</p>Alumnus Accepts Sunshine Award from Society of Professional Journalists, 22 Jul 2016 14:47:50<p><span style="line-height: 1.4;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/Opsahl_crop.jpg" style="width: 150px; height: 210px; float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px;">Kevin </span>Opsahl<span style="line-height: 1.4;">, a 2010 </span>CWU<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> journalism graduate, </span><a href="" style="line-height: 1.4;" target="_blank">recently accepted the Sunshine Award</a><span style="line-height: 1.4;"> from the Utah Society of Professional Journalists on behalf of his paper, </span><a href="" style="line-height: 1.4;" target="_blank">The Herald Journal</a><span style="line-height: 1.4;">, in Logan, Utah.</span></p><p>The award recognizes journalists and others who fight for government transparency and work to keep public records open, according to <a href="" target="_blank">SPJ</a>.</p><p>Opsahl was a reporter for <a href="" target="_blank">The Observer</a> at CWU and an intern at the <a href="" target="_blank">Daily Record</a> in Ellensburg. He had been covering Utah State University for five years when he heard the university struck a deal for a long-term sponsorship that would rename and renovate&nbsp;the school’s football stadium, among other things.</p><p>He lodged an open records request for the contract. When the university turned him down, and did so again on appeal, Opsahl’s editors took the case to the Utah State Records Committee. The committee ruled 6-1 that the $6.3 million contract should be disclosed, and two weeks&nbsp;later, the parties complied.</p><p>“It was a really interesting process to see the State Records Committee at work,” Opsahl told an audience of Utah journalists as he accepted the award. “Ultimately, what this taught me as a reporter was that I was able to apply what I learned in school. … That’s a very gratifying feeling.”</p><p><em>Media contact: Barb Arnott, CWU Public Affairs, 509-963-2841,</em></p><p>July 22, 2016</p></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;">Enrollment Surge Fills CWU Residence Halls, 21 Jul 2016 16:11:49<p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/Enrollment%20SURGE.jpg" style="width: 700px; height: 300px;"></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.4;">Record enrollment will fill the rooms of every residence hall at Central Washington University for the first time in seven years. </span>CWU<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> is projecting a 19-percent increase in enrollment of first-year students this fall, about 1,960 students, which would be 300 students beyond the previous record of 1,666 in 2010.</span></p><p>Sharon O’Hare, CWU’s vice president of enrollment management, said this year’s double-digit growth comes on the heels of a 21-percent increase in first-year enrollment in 2015. That increase generated 1,666 first-year students.</p><p>“Families are recognizing that Central’s welcoming campus offers some of the best teaching in the nation and delivers remarkable value,” said O’Hare, adding that CWU also is anticipating a 13-percent increase in students transferring from other schools. “Anything can happen between now and September 21 when school starts, but the numbers are looking very positive and very strong. We really won’t know the total university enrollment until the first of October.”</p><p>Richard DeShields, associate dean of student living, said some students who haven’t arranged for housing yet may not be able to find it on campus.</p><p>“With the surge in first-year enrollment and more students overall wanting to live on campus, just about every room is booked for fall quarter,” DeShields said. “We’ve got rooms set aside for first-year students who are required to live on campus, but we may not be able to accommodate returning or transfer students who haven’t already arranged for housing on campus.”</p><p>About 2,700 students live in CWU’s 19 residence halls. DeShields said in previous years, the university would temporarily close one or two of the residence halls during the school year for regular maintenance and painting. This year, however, all of the residence halls will be needed to house the anticipated upswing in first-year students. DeShields said the university will keep up with building preservation and maintenance by scheduling it during breaks and the summer.</p><p>The last time Central used all of its residence hall capacity was in 2010-2011, when the original Barto Hall was demolished and rebuilt; the new facility opened in fall 2012 and added 170 rooms to inventory. This fall Munson Hall, which has been used as a conference center in recent years, also will be pressed into service as a residence hall, opening another 69 rooms.</p><p>DeShields said the university encourages returning students who have not been assigned housing as well as transfer students who are not required to live on campus to work with local student housing rental agencies to secure off-campus housing.</p><p>“The Ellensburg community is a strong supporter of CWU students,” he said. “Central values our students and has begun conversations to look at the future for its housing program as it continues to be a university of choice.”</p><p><em>Media contact: Linda Schactler, Vice President of Public Affairs, 509-607-4103,</em></p><p>July 21, 2016</p></p style="text-align: center;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;">CWU and Washington Business Week Celebrating 40 Years Together, 21 Jul 2016 08:32:10<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/Business%20Week.jpg" style="width: 413px; height: 500px; border-width: 3px; border-style: solid; margin: 3px; float: right;">This year marks the 40th anniversary of Central Washington University’s involvement as a host institution for <a href="" target="_blank">Washington Business Week</a> (WBW).</p><p>“I’m proud to be a part of an organization that has helped more than 69,000 Washington state students discover their place in the business world,” said Herman Calzadillas, WBW executive director. “I applaud the leadership of CWU and <a href="" target="_blank">AWB (Association of Washington Business) </a>for their vision, which has produced such positive outcomes—helping students better understand who they are today and, more importantly, the professionals they want to be in the future.”</p><p>The annual, week-long summer programs aid high school students prepare for the workforce through helping them learn and hone business skills, while instilling in participants the confidence and values needed to succeed. It is built around business simulations where, with guidance from business-community mentors, participants compete as industry professionals.</p><p>Former CWU President James Brooks (1961-1978) was instrumental in the development of Washington Business Week. He brought together state business and education leaders for discussions on why high school students were graduating without critical skills that employers were seeking. Those discussions led to the inaugural WBW, held in 1976 at CWU.</p><p>The 40-year milestone will be marked by a noon ceremony on Friday, July 29, in the CWU Student Union and Recreation Center Ballroom. Along with Calzadillas and Brooks, those scheduled to attend include:</p><p>• 13th district state Senator Judy Warnick and Representative Matt Manweller;<br>• Kathryn Martell, CWU College of Business dean;<br>• Linda Mackintosh, former WBW executive director;<br>• James Garnett, WBW board chair and program manager at The Boeing Company;<br>• Marv Bouillon, WBW board member and former CWU accounting department chair; and,<br>• Don Ide, marketing teacher and DECA student organization advisor at Lynnwood High School. Ide was a student-attendee of the first WBW, after graduating from Eisenhower High School in Yakima.</p><p>“We take it for granted today, but, back then, doing computer-generated business simulation was a really big deal,” recalled Ide of the original event. “I remember well playing the simulation and having to answer questions about pricing and promotions.”</p><p>Ide graduated with a business degree from CWU and then went into a 15-year career in the airline industry. Transitioning back into education, Ide says he quickly became an “eager supporter” of WBW. Six of his students will attend this year.</p><p>“I’ve been sending students for a long time,” Ide acknowledges. “It was fun for me when I attended, but my students have also had some wonderful experiences. To see high school students get so excited about a summer program is really very cool.”</p><p>WBW now serves more than 3,000 teens annually from across the state at four universities, presenting programs featuring businesses leaders and working professionals from construction, healthcare, manufacturing and other fields, including agriculture and energy, which are specific to CWU.</p><p>This year in Ellensburg, about 190 students are registered. Ide says the participants will be exposed to valuable, contemporary information about the current business environment.</p><p>“One of the keys is helping students successfully develop the ability to work in teams—that’s paramount,” he added. “The change you can see [in students] in a week can be remarkable.”</p><p><strong>Media contact: </strong>Alicia Crank, WBW director of development and strategic partnerships, 253- 815-6900,</p><p>July 21, 2016</p></br></br></br></br></br>CWU students participate in study abroad program in Guam, 21 Jul 2016 07:51:39<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/CWU-guam.jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 300px;"></p><p>While a bustle of activity at the Sinajana Senior Center is not a rare event for the local community center, it is only once a year that they are visited by a group of students from Central Washington University (CWU). For the past two weeks, a group of five pre-nursing and early education students have participated in a study-abroad program to Guam where they have been immersed in the local culture and environment.</p><p>From hiking to Pågat Cave to exploring the night market at Chamorro Village, the students have been given a guided tour of the island by Mark Perez, an associate professor with the CWU Department of Health, Educational Administration and Movement Studies. He is also a native of Guam.</p><p>For the past six years, Perez has provided students from the university with the unique opportunity to come to Guam and experience a culture different from the one they grew up in. Apart from hiking and beach outings, the students have been involved with the University of Guam Adventure Sports Camp as well as the Sinajana Senior Center.</p><p>Read more of this story in <a href="" target="_blank">The Guam Daily Post</a>.</p><p>July 21, 2016</p>CWU—Again—Found to Provide Excellent Educational Return on Investment, 19 Jul 2016 09:14:18<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/smartasset-logo-orig.png" style="width: 300px; height: 180px; border-width: 3px; border-style: solid; margin: 3px; float: right;">Central Washington University is listed as a top school in the state for providing educational value. A survey by the financial technology company <a href="" target="_blank">SmartAsset</a> compared institutions based on quantitative data from the 2014 College InSight, 2014 National Center for Educational Statistics, and 2016 Payscale.</p><p>“Time and again, Central has been found to deliver educational bang for the buck,” said university President James L. Gaudino. “This is another indication of that fact, as is our rising enrollment. But these findings also show that, while cost effective, Central provides top quality education, as evidenced by the fact that our graduates can—and do—successfully compete for high-paid positions upon graduation.”</p><p>For its study of <a href="">America’s Best Value Colleges,</a><a href="" target="_blank"> </a>SmartAsset made the determination based on a system involving tuition, student living costs, scholarship and grant offerings, retention rate and starting salary.</p><p>“We gave 25 percent weighting to starting salary, tuition, and living costs; and 12-and-a-half percent weighting to scholarships and grants and student retention rate to come up with a ranking of schools in our analysis,” explained AJ Smith, vice president for SmartAsset. “With that ranking, we created an index—a sort of grading on a curve.”</p><p>Overall, Central’s student-retention (the rate of students that re-enrolled at the institution the following year) bettered the averages of all of its state peers, while CWU also offer more scholarships and grants at the same time.</p><p>Smart Asset also found that CWU had among both the lowest tuition ($8,976) and student-living-cost rates ($13,809), while graduates earned an average annual starting paycheck of $46,500 in the second year of the study.</p><p>“This year Central ranked fifth in the state in the overall study and ninth in starting salary,” Smith noted. “Last year Central placed sixth in Washington in the overall study.”&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Media&nbsp;contact:&nbsp;</strong>Robert&nbsp;Lowery, director of radio services and integrated communications,&nbsp;509-963-1487,</p><p>July 19, 2016</p>Take a Bow: Annual Kairos Lyceum Begins July 15, 19 Jul 2016 08:09:45<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/lyceum-music%20camp%207-16_0043.JPG" style="width: 200px; height: 300px; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; float: left;">Dedicated high school and college-aged string players and pianists are attending the 12th annual Kairos Lyceum that began July 14. The Lyceum is a ten-day, residential, chamber music institute.</p><p>“We are juxtaposing classical music with other art forms “ said Carrie Rehkopf, Kairos Quartet violinist and this year’s director. “The students have had an intense few days in acting and movement workshops, and are now refining their pieces for performance.</p><p>This year’s repertoire includes works by Debussy, Schubert and Prokofiev. Special workshops with guest artists Jennifer Bennett and Shauna Goddard helped the students to more concretely form their musical interpretations. Goddard, who ran a dance studio in Monaco for 16 years, also choreographed a beautiful dance featuring six Lyceum students set to Turina’s Bullfighter’s Prayer.</p><p>Hosted by the Kairos String Quartet, renowned for their exciting performances and commitment to education, the Lyceum has provided an intimate and inspirational chamber music experience to students from the Pacific Northwest and beyond for over a decade. The Kairos Quartet will mentor eight chamber ensembles with students from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Connecticut and New Mexico as they engage with challenging and rewarding masterworks of the string quartet and piano trio repertoire.</p><p><strong>Free Public Concerts July 20, 22, 23</strong><br>Kairos Lyceum faculty and students will present several free concerts this week. The first of the performanceswill be given 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 20 at the Hal Holmes Community Center. The Wednesday afternoon concert will be made especially accessible to younger audiences by incorporating other fine art elements such as dance or poetry. Audience members are encouraged to draw or write stories inspired by the music!</p><p>Students will also perform another concert at 7:00 p.m., Friday, July 22, in the Music Building Concert Hall.</p><p>The grand finale concert will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, July 23, in the Music Building Recital Hall. Nikolas Caoile, CWU director of orchestras, will conduct the Lyceum Chamber Orchestra.</p><p>Parking in CWU lots is free after 4:30 p.m. and on weekends, except in specially designated spaces and residence hall lots.</p><p><strong>About the Kairos Quartet</strong><br>Comprised of violinists Carrie Rehkopf and Denise Dillenbeck, violist Tim Betts and cellist John Michel, the Kairos String Quartet is recognized as one of the premier chamber ensembles in the Pacific Northwest. The quartet holds an endowed residency at Central Washington University where all four members also teach. The ensemble maintains a busy schedule, regularly touring and performing throughout the region and making national/international appearances. The quartet is well known for its commitment to education and community service, conducting clinics and making dozens of appearances at schools, youth symphonies, community centers, retirement communities, and institutions of higher education each year.</p><p>“Kairos” is the Greek word for non-chronological time: those special moments experienced by children at play, reunited friends, or artists absorbed in their work. The Quartet hopes to create many such moments.</p><p><br>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,<br>July 19, 2016</p></br></br></br></br>