CWUCWU NewsCWU News Volunteers Helping to Rebuild New Orleans, 27 Mar 2015 07:45:47<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/cwu-1.jpg" style="width: 427px; height: 320px;"></p><p>CWU volunteers, led by Joanne Perez, program manager, Center for Excellence in Leadership, spent spring break with Youth Rebuilding New Orleans. The group engages youth in the betterment of the New Orleans community.</p><p>See more of this story at <a href="">here</a>.</p>Explore Your Passions in Life and Leisure Classes, 26 Mar 2015 07:59:59<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/FB%20AD%202_0.jpg" style="width: 455px; height: 300px;"></p><p>CWU’s Office of Continuing Education is launching a variety of new public programs for adult learners to explore their interests and continue their education. The spring lineup of life and leisure courses includes fly-fishing trips, knitting, painting and digital photography classes, water aerobics, and winery tours.</p><p>In addition to its life and leisure classes, Continuing Education offers:</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.4;">&nbsp; &nbsp;career and workforce courses designed to meet professional development, career-changing or advancement needs</span></p><p>&nbsp; &nbsp;programs for educators, including K-12 workshops, seminars and online courses</p><p>&nbsp; &nbsp;and academic programs in various fields that can lead to certificates and bachelor and master degrees.</p><p>Whether the goal is to gain knowledge for a career, discover a new field, maintain a licensure, or experience personal growth, Continuing Education offers something for every adult learner. There are three ways to register: online at &nbsp;by phone at 509-963-1712; or in person in Barge Hall, room 204.</p></span style="line-height: 1.4;">The 'Burg and Recreation Center Partner on Fitness Frequency, 25 Mar 2015 07:22:53<p>88.1 The ‘Burg and University Recreation have partnered on a new music and announcement service called Fitness Frequency, airing now throughout the Recreation Center.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.4;">After University Recreation lost its audio service, which often carried explicit lyrics and gave students little control over which songs and artists they listened to, it began looking for alternatives. Professional services are too costly and also gave little control over content. And simply airing a simulcast of The ‘Burg was not an option due to its many news and sports talk offerings.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.4;">The ‘Burg and the Recreation Center decided to create an in-house music and announcement service called Fitness Frequency by&nbsp;</span>repurposing<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> old radio station equipment and using the music and playlists. The Recreation Center now has total control of the music and the ability to record and air announcements.</span></p><p>Michael Montgomery, assistant director of operations for University Recreation, has been very happy with the results.&nbsp;</p><p>“It has been a great project with a campus partner," Montgomery said. “It allows us to exceed our music needs. We are able to create a great environment and get the word out about programs in a new way.”</p><p>Nick Elliott, chief engineer at The ‘Burg, is excited to bring new life to old equipment.&nbsp;</p><p>“Most of the hardware we used in the past has been eclipsed by the remarkable technology we use at the radio station today, so I’m glad we had the opportunity of repurposing it.”</p><p>The partnership is a win-win, says Travis Box, general manager of The ‘Burg.&nbsp;</p><p>“By giving them freedom and flexibility with their music and audio, all while promoting the student radio station at the same time, it was a fantastic example of solving a need and creating opportunity for both the Recreation Center and The ‘Burg that benefits the students,” Box said.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.4;">For more information about Fitness Frequency, contact Michael Montgomery at </span><a href="" style="line-height: 1.4;"></a><span style="line-height: 1.4;"> or 509-963-3556 or Travis Box at </span><a href="" style="line-height: 1.4;"></a><span style="line-height: 1.4;"> or by phone at 509-963-2282.</span></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;"></a href="" style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></a href="" style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;">Robots take over Nicholson Pavilion, 23 Mar 2015 08:09:38<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/Robots.jpg" style="width: 380px; height: 254px; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px; float: right;">Hundreds of high school students and their parents, supporters, mentors and mascots packed Nicholson Pavilion on Friday for the kickoff of the regional Washington FIRST Robotics Competition, a two-day event at Central Washington University that pits robot against robot in a specially designed game.</p><p>Ten students from Thorp School, Kittitas Secondary School, Ellensburg High School and the Ellensburg Homeschool Co-op formed one team representing Kittitas County for this year’s competition. The team is among 34 others from Washington and Oregon high schools.</p><div><p>Teams loaded in on Thursday evening. Friday’s event kicked off at 8 a.m. with inspections and practice matches. A high-energy opening ceremony was at 10:30 a.m. and qualifying matches took up the rest of the day, giving teams a chance to scout each other and form alliances for today’s competition.</p></div><p>Read the <a href="" target="_blank">rest of the story</a> in the Daily Record.&nbsp;</p><p><em>Photo:&nbsp;Chesna Kern and Tyler Clerf&nbsp;take a last look at their robot before a qualifying session. (Brian Myrick/Daily Record)</em></p><p>March 23, 2015</p>CWU Symphony Orchestra Featured in Central On Stage March 23, 20 Mar 2015 08:30:36<p><span style="line-height: 1.4;">The next </span><em>CWU</em><span style="line-height: 1.4;"><em> On Stage</em> features the </span>CWU<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> Symphony Orchestra in a multi-faceted program that should please a multitude of listeners. The concert will air at 7:00 p.m. on </span>KCTS-TV<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> or your local public broadcast station.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.4;">The program opens with Samuel Barber’s lyrical and expressive Concerto for Violin featuring </span>CWU<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> Professor of Violin, Carrie </span>Rehkopf<span style="line-height: 1.4;">.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.4;">Next is </span>Ottorino<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> </span>Respighi’s<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> </span><em style="line-height: 1.4;">Roman Festivals</em><span style="line-height: 1.4;">, a symphonic poem that is the third orchestral work in his "Roman Trilogy," which includes </span><em style="line-height: 1.4;">Fountains of Rome</em><span style="line-height: 1.4;"> and </span><em style="line-height: 1.4;">Pines of Rome</em><span style="line-height: 1.4;">. Each of the four movements depict a scene of celebration from ancient or modern Rome. This tonally colorful piece describes many scenes of ancient and modern Rome, including gladiator battles, church bells, October harvest, and finally, a grand party in the Piazza </span>Navona<span style="line-height: 1.4;">.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.4;">The program concludes with the final two movements of Handel’s </span><em style="line-height: 1.4;">Messiah</em><span style="line-height: 1.4;"> from a performance conducted by Gary </span>Weidenaar<span style="line-height: 1.4;">.</span></p><p><strong style="line-height: 1.4;">Media Contact: </strong><span style="line-height: 1.4;">Valerie </span>Chapman-Stockwell<span style="line-height: 1.4;">, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,</span></p><p>March 20, 2015</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;"></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;"></em style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></em style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></em style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></em style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></strong style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;">Final's Week Waffle Night at the Brooks Library, 19 Mar 2015 08:43:58<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/WaffleNight.png" style="width: 140px; height: 81px; border-width: 2px; border-style: solid; margin-left: 8px; margin-right: 8px; float: left;">Every quarter during final exams, the CWU&nbsp;Brooks Library staff breaks out the waffle irons and syrup. They want students to take a study break and enjoy a waffle. Last fall, 1,600 waffles were served. This Winter? Let's break the record! Waffle Night is March 17!</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><iframe class="youtube-player" src="" title="YouTube video player" type="text/html" frameborder="0" height="390" width="480"></iframe></p>First Place on the Line as Softball Faces WOU and SMU, 19 Mar 2015 08:12:12<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/3-19%20Softball.JPG" style="width: 400px; height: 259px; margin: 0px 5px; float: right;">The Central Washington University softball team will finish its eight-game home stand with its most important four-game stretch of the season so far.&nbsp; The Wildcats will host Saint Martin's on Saturday and Western Oregon on Sunday, both of which are tied for first place in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference.<br>&nbsp;<br>Central Washington is trailing both teams by just one game, so a successful weekend could propel the Wildcats to first in the conference.<br>&nbsp;<br>"This is our opportunity to make a statement," CWU Head Coach&nbsp;<dfn><a href="" id="sidearmAd1" rel="smarttag" rev="422" target="_blank">Mallory Holtman-Fletcher</a></dfn>&nbsp;said. "This is a big set of games for us and it would be huge for us to continue the momentum we have built and move up in the conference standings."<br>&nbsp;<br>The Wildcats are on a four-game win streak, after sweeping Northwest Nazarene last weekend.&nbsp;<dfn><a href="" id="sidearmAd2" rel="smarttag" rev="2607" target="_blank">Alexa Olague</a></dfn>, the reigning GNAC Player of the Week, gave the Wildcats a boost providing a pair of game-winning hits and six RBI.&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;<br>Coach Holtman-Fletcher is looking for more production from the bottom of the order this weekend—something she feels is necessary if the team wants to move up the conference ladder.<br>&nbsp;<br>"We had a lot of people step up last weekend, and it is essential for the back half of our lineup to set the table for our top hitters."<br>&nbsp;<br>The Wildcats are ranked second in batting average (.328) and own the conference's best earned run average at 2.72, thanks to the standout performances from&nbsp;<dfn><a href="" id="sidearmAd3" rel="smarttag" rev="2610" target="_blank">Kiana Wood</a></dfn>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<dfn><a href="" id="sidearmAd4" rel="smarttag" rev="2621" target="_blank">Lindsey Kamphuis</a></dfn>&nbsp;inside the circle.<br>&nbsp;<br>Saint Martin's (19-12, 5-1 GNAC) has also won four straight contests, most recently a two-game sweep of Western Washington University. The Saint's lead the GNAC in team batting average at .330, and are led by Lindsey Miller who is hitting .408, and Taviah Jenkins who holds a .404 average with five homeruns and 23 RBI. The Saints have struggled on the road this season with a 2-6 record, averaging just three runs a contest.<br>&nbsp;<br>After starting the season 2-10, Western Oregon (10-12, 5-1 GNAC) won eight of its last 10 games and most recently split with Simon Fraser last week. Amanda Evola, who is leading the GNAC with a .420 batting average, leads the Wolves. However, WOU has the second worst pitching staff statistically in the GNAC with a team ERA of 4.98.<br>&nbsp;<br>This weekend's doubleheaders at Gary and Bobbi Frederick Field are slated for a 1 p.m. and noon start time, respectively.</p><p>March 19, 2015</p></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br>CWU and GSBA Invest in Education for LGBTQ and Allied Students, 17 Mar 2015 15:51:36<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/CWU-GSBA%20logos_C.jpg" style="width: 300px; float: right; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; height: 220px;">CWU<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> and the </span><a href="" style="line-height: 1.4;" target="_blank">Greater Seattle Business Association</a><span style="line-height: 1.4;"> (</span>GSBA<span style="line-height: 1.4;">) have established a new waiver match agreement that invests in the education of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and allied students.</span></p><p>Under the new partnership, every GSBA <a href="" target="_blank">Scholarship Fund</a> recipient who enrolls at CWU will receive a tuition waiver match up to $2,500 from the university. The tuition waiver is renewable each year a student attends CWU and continues to receive scholarship support from GSBA.</p><p>“The partnership between CWU and GSBA is an important step in closing the opportunity gap in higher education for LGBTQ and allied students—a group who are all too often underserved by traditional support systems,” said Louise Chernin, GSBA President and CEO. “GSBA applauds CWU for taking a leadership role in breaking down barriers for LGBT and allied students to be able to attend college.”</p><p>CWU is among the top 50 LGBT-friendly universities in the nation as recognized by <a href="" target="_blank">Campus Pride</a>, a leading nonprofit that encourages safe campuses for LGBT students. And in 2014 CWU was a recipient of the&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">INSIGHT Into Diversity</a>&nbsp;Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award.&nbsp;The HEED Award recognizes colleges that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion. Only 83 institutions were honored nationwide, and CWU is the only four-year university in Washington to receive the award.</p><p>GSBA scholarships support a diverse group of students who have the capacity and vision to be the next generation of leaders and create a better world. Over the past 24 years, the GSBA Scholarship Fund has awarded $1.9 million to more than 300 LGBTQ and allied students from Washington. The fund is poised to award its two millionth dollar and celebrate its 25th anniversary when it presents $350,000 to 44 students at its annual awards dinner in May.</p><p>GSBA scholarship applications are <a href="" target="_blank">online</a> in October and are due in January. A team of business and nonprofit leaders, former scholars and community members choose the award recipients.</p><p>GSBA is the largest business chamber of its kind in the United States. With more than 1,100 members, it has been advocating for equality in business for nearly 34 years.</p><p><strong><em>Media contacts:</em></strong><em> Scott Wade, CWU VP for University Advancement, 509-963-1494, </em><a href=""><em></em></a></p><p><em>Rachael Brister, GSBA VP of Marketing and Tourism, 206-363-9188, </em><a href=""><em></em></a></p><p>March 17, 2015</p></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></a href=""></a href="">CWU Students Develop 'Explore Central' Mobile App, 16 Mar 2015 08:08:45<p><span style="line-height: 1.4;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/Explore_Central.jpg" style="width: 120px; height: 120px; float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px;">A new app called </span><em style="line-height: 1.4;">Explore Central </em><span style="line-height: 1.4;">incorporates photos, videos, and audio recordings to give users a detailed tour of campus and the Ellensburg community. The free app was created by </span>CWU<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> Museum Studies students and Computer Science students. It is available for android devices on the </span><a href=";hl=en" style="line-height: 1.4;" target="_blank">Google Play Store</a><span style="line-height: 1.4;">.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.4;">“We wanted an app that would allow users to navigate around campus and Ellensburg to learn about points of interest that had artistic, historical, architectural or environmental importance,” said Mark </span>Auslander<span style="line-height: 1.4;">, Professor of Anthropology and Museum Studies.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.4;">The project was selected by a team of computer science seniors working under Professor Holly Johnson: Katherine </span>Imhoef<span style="line-height: 1.4;">, Josiah </span>Langlois<span style="line-height: 1.4;">, </span>Cuong<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> Nguyen, Craig </span>Millioron<span style="line-height: 1.4;">, Jennifer Thomas, and Chris Walling. They worked on the project through fall and winter quarters.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.4;">Color-coded balloons on the app’s map take users to points of interest in the area. From there, they can explore in more detail by accessing text, audio recordings, still images and videos.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.4;">Students in </span>Auslander’s<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> museum exhibition design class developed content for the app. Rachel </span>Gunlogson<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> wrote a witty </span>monologue<span style="line-height: 1.4;">, imagining what the </span>Kitt<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> the Coyote statue (in front&nbsp; of the Ellensburg Public Library) might say to passersby. Cheri Schafer created a video slideshow about the Rodeo City </span>Rollergirls<span style="line-height: 1.4;">, the local roller derby team, which she coaches. Barbara </span>Hammersburg<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> created a segment about the new cold weather homeless shelter in Ellensburg. &nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.4;">The app also incorporates audio segments on campus art, created by </span>Auslander’s<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> exhibition design students and students in Professor Ellen </span>Avitts’<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> modern American art course. Users can hear student commentaries about many different art pieces across campus by clicking on a colored pin on the map.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.4;">The plan is to develop an </span><em style="line-height: 1.4;">Explore Central </em><span style="line-height: 1.4;">version for iPhone users in the coming months.</span></p><p>March 16, 2015</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></em 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;"></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;"></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;"></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;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></em style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;">Three Equestrian Team Riders Headed to Semifinal in Ohio, 13 Mar 2015 08:33:04<p><span style="line-height: 1.4;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/Equestrian.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 245px; float: right;">Central’s equestrian team has finished up the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (</span>IHSA<span style="line-height: 1.4;">) regional competition and three of their members have advanced to semi-finals.</span></p><p id="graph3">Elizabeth Luty, Ellye Main and Erin Weildraayer will be headed to Ohio next week to compete for a chance at nationals.</p><p id="graph4">The team was originally established in 2006 as a club for horse lovers who wanted to bring the sport to Central. The team later developed into a collegiate sports club and competes against other schools in their zone, such as Oregon State University, Washington State University and University of Washington.</p><p id="graph5">Riders compete in western horsemanship, reining, hunt seat equitation, and equitation over fences.</p><p>Read the <a href="" target="_blank">rest of this story</a> by Shaima Shamdeen in this week's Observer.</p><p>March 13, 2015</p></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></p id="graph3"></p id="graph4"></p id="graph5">