CWUCWU NewsCWU News Kitna Wildcat Classic Sets Records, 11 Jul 2014 16:40:45<p><img alt="Kitna, far right, and friends at the 2014 Kitna Wildcat Classic" src="/sites/default/files/Kitna%201-web-2.jpg" style="width: 466px; height: 228px; float: right; border-width: 3px; border-style: solid; margin: 3px;">Jon Kitna was a record-setting quarterback when he played at Central Washington University. The university golf tournament named in his honor is following suit.</p><p><span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.4;">The 2014 Jon </span>Kitna<span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.4;"> </span>CWU<span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.4;"> Wildcat Classic, presented by Wells Fargo, was held Thursday, July 10, at </span>Suncadia<span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.4;"> in </span>Cle<span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.4;"> </span>Elum<span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.4;">. A beyond-capacity record total of 289 golfers played on the Prospector and Rope Rider courses.</span></p><p><span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.4;">“Selling out a tournament is an incredible feat,” said </span>Kitna<span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.4;">. “We’ve reached a milestone and, hopefully, we can all begin to explore ways we can support </span>CWU<span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.4;"> athletics in its drive to be a perennial contender across the board in athletics.”</span></p><p><span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.4;">Net revenues were also 50 percent higher than the previous tournament record. Proceeds came from corporate and hole sponsorships, entry fees, course contests and contributions made during the banquet and awards ceremony, which was sponsored by U.S. Bank. The money will be used to further enhance the </span>CWU<span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.4;"> student-athlete experience.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.4;">“The pride our alumni and friends have in Central, and the fun they have at the tournament, is key,” said Dennis Francois, </span>CWU<span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.4;"> athletics director. “They come to play as a way to support the university and to connect and reconnect with fellow Wildcats. In addition, our alumni and supporters introduce their friends to the university through the tournament, who then also come to understand that Central is truly a special place.”</span></p><p><span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.4;">Wildcat Club President John Delaney added, “It [the tournament] creates a real sense of community among alumni, former athletes and friends of the university. It gives everyone a chance meet our students, coaches and members of the administration, and get a good feel for what’s going on at the university.”</span></p><p><span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.4;">The Wildcat Club is the official booster club for </span>CWU<span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.4;"> athletics and has been instrumental to the founding, development and growth of the </span>Kitna<span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.4;"> Wildcat Classic.</span></p><p><span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.4;">The 2015 tournament is tentatively scheduled to be held at </span>Suncadia<span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.4;"> on Thursday, July 9.</span></p><p><span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.4;"><strong>Media contact: </strong>Robert Lowery, CWU Department of Athletics, 509-963-1487,</span></p><p><em><span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.4;">Photo caption:&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.4;">Kitna, far right, and friends at the 2014 Kitna Wildcat Classic</span></em></p><p><span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.4;">July 11, 2014</span></p>Former CWU safety earns tryout with San Jose SaberCats, 11 Jul 2014 07:32:37<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/deiontegordon.jpg" style="width: 215px; height: 320px; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px; float: left;"><span style="line-height: 1.4;">Former Central Washington University safety </span>Deionte<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> Gordon will participate in a full-pad tryout with the San Jose </span>SaberCats<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> of the Arena Football League next Monday.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Gordon, who graduated from Central with a degree in social science last fall, learned about the tryout on Monday. He said the team told him they will sign him if he fits in with their scheme.&nbsp;</p><p>Gordon, along with offensive linemen Mike Nelson, Brooks Abel and Michael Dobbins, and defensive lineman Austin Schnizler, participated in Central's pro day four months ago.</p><p>Gordon transferred to Central in 2011 after playing for California State University, Sacramento.&nbsp;</p><p>Read more of this story in the <a href="">Daily Record</a>.</p><p>Photo by Brian Myrick</p>CWU Trustees Meet for Annual Planning Retreat, 10 Jul 2014 08:31:31<p>The Central Washington University Board of Trustees will meet for its annual planning retreat July 17 and 18 in Seattle.<br><br>On Thursday, the meeting will be at the <a href="" target="_blank">Rainier Club</a>, 820 Fourth Avenue. The focus of discussions will be to identify solutions to the economic and political challenges that threaten the mission of CWU. Joining the Board will be members of the CWU Foundation Board, the President's Advisory Board, and university administrators and deans. The Board will meet for a social dinner that evening at a local restaurant.<br><br>On Friday, the meeting will be held at <a href="" target="_blank">CWU-Westlake</a>, 1505 Westlake Avenue N. The Board will meet in closed executive session at 8 a.m. for the purpose of reviewing the performance of a public employee as allowed under RCW 42.30.110(1)(g). The business meeting will begin at 9 a.m. and will be broadcast to the Ellensburg campus, Barge Hall, Room 412. It will include a public comment period. To participate in the public comment period, speakers must identify themselves and the topic to be addressed via e-mail to by 5 p.m. Tuesday, July 15.<br><br>To view the agenda, visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a> and click on Agendas and Meeting Documents.<br><br><strong>Media contact:</strong> Linda Schactler, chief of staff and executive director, CWU Public Affairs, 509-963-1384,</p><p>July 10, 2014</p>CWU has six on BSN all-GNAC preseason football team, 10 Jul 2014 07:37:04<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/wildcatlogo.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 323px; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px; float: left;"></p><p>Six Central Washington University football players were named to the Beyond Sports Network preseason all-GNAC team on Tuesday.<br>Running back Jordan Todd, linebacker JB Torsy, corner back Cedrique Chaney all made the all-Great Northwest Athletic Conference list, and Jesse Zalk earned the honor for both receiver and punt returner.<br>The Wildcats, who finished last season 7-4 and 7-3 in conference play, open the season with a road game against Montana, before their home opener against GNAC foe Dixie State on Sept. 13.</p><p>Read more of this story in the <a href="">Daily Record</a>.</p>Science Phase II Makes CWU’s Facilities More Efficient, 08 Jul 2014 13:19:35<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/North_Exterior_Large.jpg" style="height: 320px; width: 512px; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px; float: left;">All state funded buildings are required by law to achieve a minimum of a Silver Rating through the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)&nbsp;Rating System. To that end, Central Washington University is going above and beyond current expectations to make the new science building as efficient and environmentally friendly as possible.</p><p>LEED ratings are based on a set of more than 80 criteria. These criteria include the location of the project, what materials are recycled or reused after demolition and during construction, light pollution, what materials can be reused after the building is decommissioned and much more.</p><p>“There are many factors to take into account during the planning phase of any project,” said Joanne Hillemann, CWU project manager. One of these factors wasn’t even considered until two years ago when the project was being planned.</p><p>A boiler plant built in 1974 heats CWU’s campus by heating water and converting it to steam that is delivered to campus through a network of pipes to each building on campus. Natural gas burners heat the water and because of the Science Phase II project, new facilities needed to be installed at the boiler plant to heat the facility.</p><p>Facilities Management designed and created a system that will use the existing boiler plant and make it approximately eight percent more efficient. Heat recyclers will heat water using excess heat from the combustion vents (smoke stacks) at the boiler plant. This water will be pumped into the new science building for climate control.</p><p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/South_Exterior_Large.jpg" style="width: 549px; height: 320px; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px; float: right;"><span style="line-height: 1.4;">“Due to these changes,” said Pat </span>Nahan<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> manager of Engineering Services and Energy Conservation, “we can heat the additional 108,000 square feet of space at no additional cost.”</span></p><p>In fact, because the university isn’t spending more money to heat a new building, the difference in cost will pay for the heating project in less than 15 years.</p><p>The Science Phase II Project is expected to open by Fall 2016 and it will be the new home for the Geology Department, Physics Department and the Center for Excellence in Science and Math Education.</p><p>For more information about the Science Phase II project, go to or</p><p>Photo 1: Science Phase II North Exterior</p><p>Photo 2: Science Phase II South Exterior</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.4;">Media Contact: Scott </span>Kazmi<span style="line-height: 1.4;">, Public Affairs, 509-963-1295,</span></p><p>&nbsp;</p>String Theory: Kairos Quartet Lyceum Begins July 10, 08 Jul 2014 07:37:38<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/triomundana.jpg" style="width: 480px; height: 320px;"></p><p>Once again, the Central Washington University campus will be filled with the sounds of 101 strings--and more--as music students from all over the Pacific Northwest attend the annual Kairos Lyceum. The Lyceum is a ten-day, residential, chamber music institute for dedicated high school and college-aged string players and pianists. The Lyceum begins on July 10.</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 a decade. The Kairos Quartet and visiting guest artists will mentor five chamber ensembles composed of students from Washington, Oregon, Montana and California as they engage with challenging and rewarding masterworks of the string quartet repertoire.</p><p><strong>Free Concerts July 12, 16, 18, 19</strong><br>Kairos Lyceum faculty and students will present four free concerts in conjunction with Lyceum. The Lodge at Suncadia will host two concerts at 7:00 p.m. on July 12 and 18. The July 12 program will feature selected “greatest hits” movements from the chamber music repertoire including works by Mendelssohn, Brahms and Prokofiev, performed by the Kairos Quartet with guest pianist and Lyceum faculty member, Peter Longworth of the Royal Conservatory in Toronto. The July 18 concert will feature the Kairos Lyceum Chamber Orchestra, directed by Nikolas Caoile, performing Barber's haunting “Adagio for Strings” and selections by Vaughn Williams and Tchaikovsky. The concert will close with a performance of Robert Schumann's monumental Quartet for Piano and Strings.</p><p>The Lyceum student chamber ensembles will present concerts at noon on July 16 at the Hal Holmes Center, and at 2:00 p.m. on July 19, at the CWU Recital Hall. The young artists, under the mentorship of the Kairos Quartet, will interpret and perform works by Schubert, Beethoven, Prokofiev, Brahms and Boccherini.</p><p><strong>About the Kairos Quartet</strong></p><p><strong><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/kairosoutsideoptimized.jpg" style="width: 480px; height: 320px;"></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. “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>&nbsp;</p><p>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,</p>CWU's Williams, Yada pitching for Yakima Valley Pippins, 07 Jul 2014 07:24:30<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/pippens.jpg" style="width: 454px; height: 320px;"></p><p>Tuesday was a rare off night for Brandon Williams.</p><p>It had been eight games, dating back to a road game at Northwest Nazarene University on April 11, since the 6-<span style="line-height: 1.4;">foot pitcher allowed more than two earned runs.</span></p><p>Williams dominated the Great Northwest Athletic Conference for Central Washington University this spring, earning Great Northwest Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Year honors. This summer marks the third straight that Williams is playing in the West Coast League, a college-age summer baseball team.&nbsp;</p><p>Read more of this story in the <a href="">Daily Record</a>.</p><p>Story by Danny Schmidt, photo of Brandon Williams&nbsp;by Zach Olney/Pippens</p>CWU Study Reveals How State's Public Teachers Spend Their Workdays, 01 Jul 2014 08:50:37<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/D.%20Sparks%20CEPS_0048-crop.jpg" style="width: 482px; height: 320px;"></p><p>Central Washington University's&nbsp;College of Education's year-long Teacher Time Study reveals how Washington State public K-12 schoolteachers spend the hours of their workdays. CWU was directed by the Washington State Legislature to conduct this study. Legislators wanted to know what percentage of the day teachers spend on teaching related duties and what percentage is spent on duties not directly related to teaching. The study is the most comprehensive effort undertaken by any state to assess how much of teachers' time is devoted to direct instruction. You can read the entire study at</p><p>CWU researchers tracked every workday within the 2013-14 school year. Specific activities defined by teachers, principals and superintendents across the state, provided the categories of time spent. The research methodology had three tiers:</p><p style="margin-left: 40px;"><strong>Tier I) Teacher Surveys</strong> (693 teachers)</p><p style="margin-left: 40px;"><strong>Tier II) Teacher Time Logs tracked on electronic devices</strong> (40 teachers)</p><p style="margin-left: 40px;"><strong>Tier III) Interviews</strong> (36 teachers)</p><p>Study participants were randomly selected from the state’s database of 5,000 teachers. Only full-time K-12 teachers and specialist teachers were selected. Mapping participant locations determined thorough geographical representation statewide.<br>The CWU Teacher Time Study found that while the contracted day is 6.5 hours, of which one hour is assumed to be devoted to non-instructional activities duties:</p><ul><li style="margin-left: 40px;">On average, teachers spend 1.4 hours longer at school each day;</li><li style="margin-left: 40px;">Of the 6.5 + 1.4 hours, 2.4 hours are spent on non-instructional activities—of which only one hour is officially allotted;</li><li style="margin-left: 40px;">Teachers in the Tier-I survey reported that almost 73 percent of their workday was spent in direct instruction with students;</li><li style="margin-left: 40px;">Up to 17.8 percent of instruction time was spent preparing students for state tests.</li></ul><p>&nbsp;</p><p>“Our analysis,” said <strong>James L. DePaepe, the study’s principal researcher and director of the CWU's Office of Organizational Effectiveness,</strong> “found that across the study’s three tiers—surveys, time logs and interviews—the results were consistent, indicating reliability and relevance.” &nbsp;</p><p>“CWU was chosen by the State Legislature to conduct this study,” said <strong>Dean Connie Lambert, College of Education and Professional Studies</strong>, “because of our legacy of producing quality teachers for Washington’s classrooms. CWU ranks first in the state in the number of teachers we graduate each year—12th in the nation. And we have the largest college of education in Washington State."</p><p>Contact: Jackie O’Ryan, Public Affairs, 509-607-9932, jackieo@cwu.ed</p><p>Photo: Teacher Dawn Sparks, Thorp School. In 2011,President Barack Obama selected Thorp High School science teacher Dawn Sparks as a recipient of the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.</p>CWU Football to “Battle for the Border”, 30 Jun 2014 14:14:47<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/2014%20Battle%20for%20the%20Border%3Dnews%20web.jpg" style="width: 466px; height: 228px; float: right; border-width: 3px; border-style: solid; margin: 3px;">A “Battle for the Border” has been set for Saturday, Sept. 27. Representing the American side will be the Central Washington University football team, which will look to turn back the invading Simon Fraser University (SFU) Clan, from Burnaby, British Columbia. Presented by the Washington National Guard, the inaugural battle will be held at Bothell’s Pop Keeney Stadium, with kickoff at 6 p.m.</p><p>“Since the bulk of our alumni live in western Washington, we want to bring a game to them,” explained Jason Roundy, CWU’s athletic development director, as to why the battle was scheduled. “It’s a way for us to better serve and connect with Wildcat Nation there.”</p><p>Because of the school’s proximity and the international nature of the contest, SFU was a natural fit, Roundy pointed out, adding, “Most schools never have the opportunity to play an international opponent.”</p><p><span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.4;">Simon Fraser University is the only NCAA member institution, from any of its divisions, that is not located within the United States. That further heightens the international nature of the “Battle for the Border,” for which the Washington National Guard was also considered to be a natural partner.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.4;">“This is our first time doing a partnership for a game with a college and we’re very excited about it,” noted Lieutenant Colonel Anthony </span>Lieggi<span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.4;">, commander of the Washington National Guard Recruiting and Retention Battalion. “We have a deep relationship with the [</span>CWU<span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.4;">] ROTC program and this partnership will help demonstrate to the entire campus how we feel about the university.”</span></p><p><span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.4;">What will become a traveling trophy will be awarded to the winner of the first game in the cross-border rivalry. In addition, the Washington National Guard will be prominent in the pre-game and halftime festivities, and at a fan zone that will be set up in the parking lot.</span></p><p><span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.4;">CWU Athletics Director Dennis Francois noted, “This game will showcase the men and women who defend our country and serve the state of Washington when tragedies arise.”</span></p><p><span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.4;">Lieggi added, “As guardsmen, we are patriots soldiers and neighbors. We are actively involved in the community and being partners with </span>CWU<span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.4;"> shows how deeply we want our roots to extend in this state.”</span></p><p><span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.4;">Washington National Guard “Battle for the Border” tickets, which go on sale tomorrow (July 1), will be $15 for general admission and $10 for </span>CWU<span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.4;"> students, faculty, and staff with identification, emeritus faculty and senior citizens (age 65 or older), </span>non-CWU<span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.4;"> students and youth. Children ages 5 and under will be admitted free. &nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.4;">Tickets can be purchased through the Wildcat Tickets <a href="">website</a> or by calling 509-963-1429. In-person ticket purchases may be made at the Wildcat Shop, in the Student Union and Recreation Center, or at the Wildcat Welcome Center, on the corner of University Way and Pearl Street.</span></p><p><strong>Media contact:</strong> Robert Lowery, director of media and public relations, Department of Athletics, 509-963-1487,</p><p>June 30, 2014</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p>CWU Grad Headed to Washington, DC for Smithsonian Museum Internship, 26 Jun 2014 11:36:38<p><img alt="Hanna Person" src="/sites/default/files/Firefighter_gloves_January_2014_1.jpg" style="width: 440px; height: 293px; margin: 5px; float: right;">Hanna Person, who graduated this month from Central Washington University with a degree in anthropology, is headed to Washington, DC for a paid summer internship at the <a href="" target="_blank">Smithsonian Institute’s National Museum of Natural History</a>.</p><p>Person, who’s always been a natural history buff, chose CWU because of its anthropology program and museum studies minor and because she wanted to attend a small school. In addition to her classes, Person participated in a five-day field course at Mount Rainier and assisted in multiple exhibit installations at CWU’s <a href="" target="_blank">Museum of Culture and Environment</a>. She says the experiences helped her land the Smithsonian internship, as did the great recommendation from Mark Auslander, professor of anthropology and museum studies and director of the CWU museum.</p><p>“She's extremely hard working, very creative, and takes a good deal of initiative,” Auslander said about Person. When he learned the Smithsonian might be looking for an intern to help organize its Rastafarian collection, he didn’t hesitate to recommend Person to Jake Homiak, director of the collections and archives program at the Museum of Natural History.</p><p>“Internships like this at the Smithsonian are extremely competitive, but my museum studies colleagues and I had no doubt that Hanna would be a very strong candidate,” Auslander said. “We are just thrilled for Hanna.”</p><p>Person will help register and accession the museum's collection of global Rastafarian material culture, working under Homiak, a noted scholar of Afro-Caribbean religions.</p><p><strong>'A quiet adventure'</strong></p><p>“I realize that, for most people, being in the back room and handling the objects is pretty boring. But for me it’s interesting,” Person said. “It’s a little mystery. You’re learning about the object, you’re handling it; it’s like a treasure hunt. A quiet adventure.”</p><p>Person was an intern at CWU’s Museum of Culture and Environment under collections manager Lynn Bethke, who said Person’s work and the work of other interns is vital to the operation of the museum.</p><p>“Hanna is a great student—always ready to take on new challenges, but also detail oriented; great attributes for anyone interested in museums,” Bethke said.</p><p>Person helped in multiple CWU exhibit installations, “writing text, mounting panels, installing objects, and doing all of the many little things that go into making an exhibit come to life,” Bethke said. “She also did a great deal of work processing a collection of baskets from the Philippines which was donated to us in 2012.”</p><p>The Museum of Natural History is right on the National Mall in the heart of the capital. Person hopes to visit as many museums as she can during her six-week stay in Washington, DC, and expects the experience to give her a better feel for museum collection and help her decide what sort of graduate studies she wants to take part in.</p><p>Person is a 2012 graduate of La Center High School and, thanks to Running Start, finished her four-year degree at CWU in just two years.</p><p><em><strong>PHOTO: </strong>Recent CWU graduate Hanna Person is pictured in the past exhibit "Where there's Smoke ... Living with Fire," at the Museum of Culture and Environment. T<em>he exhibit borrowed g</em>ear worn by wilderness firefighters <em>from the state Department of Natural Resources</em>. Person says her experience working at the CWU museum helped her land a paid internship at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC this summer.</em></p><p><strong>Media contact: </strong>Barb Arnott, CWU Public Affairs, 509-963-2841, <a href=""></a></p><p>June 25, 2014</p>