CWUCWU NewsCWU News Named New CWU Financial Manager, 16 Dec 2014 10:28:19<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/headshot_2_Hamel_Karen.jpg" style="width: 140px; height: 193px; border-width: 2px; border-style: solid; margin-left: 2px; margin-right: 2px; float: left;">Karen Hamel has been named the primary financial manager for the president’s and operation’s divisions at&nbsp;CWU. Her duties include managing the ongoing budgets for major departments of the university, including Athletics, University Advancement, Human Resources, Information Services, and the Operations Office.</p><p>“We are very proud to have Karen Hamel named as our new budget manager,” said George Clark, CWU’s chief financial officer. “Her wide breadth of experience prepares her well for this new role and we’re so excited to have her on the team!”</p><p>Hamel has a bachelors in accounting from CWU and more than ten years of service in governmental and non-profit accounting. She has served in this position for the interim since last May and as a budget analyst since March 2013. Prior to CWU, Hamel was in financial management and auditing for Kittitas County Government, the Washington State Auditor’s Office, and for Bright Beginnings, a non-profit organization providing services to families in Kittitas County.</p><p>In her new role, Hamel will report to the director of budgets providing financial reporting, budget development, and planning. She is also the primary liaison between the divisions she serves and the university’s budget, accounting, and business offices.</p><p><em>For more information, please contact Jackie O'Ryan at:</em></p>Wildcat Wins Women's Conference Field Athlete of the Week Award, 16 Dec 2014 07:31:37<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/beckiduhamel.jpg" style="width: 495px; height: 320px;"></p><p>In just her first meet of the indoor track and field season--and first indoor competition in two years--Central Washington University's Becki Duhamel&nbsp;(Sr., Wenatchee, WA) appears to already be in top form.<br><br>Duhamel finished fourth in the weight throw, with an NCAA Division II provisional national qualifying mark of 53-7 1/2, and also placed fourth in the shot put (43-4 1/3) at Saturday's Jackson's Open in Nampa, Idaho. For her efforts, she was named the field athlete of the week for Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC)&nbsp;women's indoor track and field.<br><br>"I was hoping to just get the nerves out in the first meet," said Duhamel, adding that her performance exceeded her expectations. "Meeting the provisional mark, I was super happy about it. It's something less I have to worry about. Just being able to relax and throw now for the rest of the meets is going to be good."&nbsp;<br><br>CWU head track and field coach Kevin Adkisson acknowledged, "It was great to see her hit those marks, especially since she's coming off a redshirt season in indoor."<br><br>The 2013 GNAC Newcomer of the Year, who was also the conference champion in the indoor 20-pound weight throw that season, Duhamel spent last season revising and refining her throwing technique.<br><br>"It's a big mental game with me sometimes," she added. "I feel like I need to throw it hard instead of just relaxing and throwing it. Being able to work on that last season, and having it carry over to this first meet, is probably why it went so well."<br><br>Duhamel, a 2010 graduate of Wenatchee High School, originally attended Lehigh University, in Bethlehem, Pa., but transferred to CWU after her sophomore year there to be closer to home and because of the good things she had heard about Central. She will graduate in June with a business administration degree with specializations in supply chain management and accounting.&nbsp;<br><br>"I think doing track has helped me academically," she noted. "It definitely gives you time management skills."&nbsp;&nbsp;<br><br>Luke Plummer (So., Vaughn, WA – Peninsula), the defending GNAC indoor triple jump champion, won that event at the Jackson's Open, with a leap of 47-3 1/2, which also met the provisional national qualifying standard. He also took second in the long jump (22-2 1/2). Plummer was named an honorable mention GNAC Men's Track and Field track athlete of the week.<br><br>"It's was also very exciting to see Luke hit the provisional mark right off," Adkisson added. &nbsp;</p>CWU on Stage Features Unique Range of Musical Offerings, 12 Dec 2014 14:04:12<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/symphony.jpg" style="width: 422px; height: 320px;"></p><p>Nikolas Caoile, CWU’s Director of Orchestras, will host <em>Central On Stage</em> at 7:00 p.m. Monday, December 15, on KCTS-TV, the local public broadcasting station. It is a recording of the Symphony Orchestra’s June 8 concert.</p><p>The program covers a range of musical periods and styles, from Franz Krommer’s <em>Concerto in E-flat Major for Two Clarinets and Orchestra, Op. 91</em>, written in 1815, to Leonard Bernstein’s <em>Symphonic Dances from West Side Story</em>, which debuted in 1957.</p><p>Also featured are students Monica Freshley and Alisyn Christensen as conductors. Music student Matt Grey is the trombone soloist in Ferdinand David’s <em>Concertino for Trombone and Orchestra, Op. 4</em>. Professor Joseph Brooks, and his son, Jeff, are the clarinetists in Krommer’s Concerto for Two Clarinets.<br><br>Below is the program:</p><p>Grand Pas de Trois from <em>Les Corsaire</em><br>Adolphe Adam (1803-1856)<br>I. Grand Pas de Trois<br>II. Variation: Male<br>III. Variation:Female<br>IV. Variation:Conrad<br>V. Coda<br>Monica Freshely, graduate conductor</p><p><em>Concertino for Trombone and Orchestra, Op. 4</em><br>Ferdinand David (1810-1873)<br>I. Allegro maestoso<br>II. Marcia funebre (Andante)<br>III. Allegromaestoso</p><p>Matthew Grey, trombone (2013 Concerto Competition Winner)<br>Alisyn Christensen, graduate conductor</p><p><em>Concerto in E-flat Major, for Two Clarinets and Orchestra, Op. 91</em><br>Franz Krommer (1759-1831)<br>I. Allegro<br>II. Adagio<br>III. AllaPolacca</p><p>Joseph &amp; Jeff Brooks, clarinets</p><p><em>Symphonic Dances from West Side Story</em><br>Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990)</p><p>I. Prologue<br>II. Somewhere<br>III. Scherzo<br>IV. Mambo<br>V. Cha-cha<br>VI. Meeting Scene<br>VII. Cool Fugue<br>VIII.Rumble<br>IX. Finale<br>&nbsp;</p>CWU radio station launches food bank benefit, 12 Dec 2014 06:34:23<p>&nbsp;Student staff and volunteers at Central Washington University’s college radio station have written, produced and performed an Ellensburg-related remake of the 1984 song “Do They Know It’s Christmas” as part of an effort to spread word about the needs of the FISH food bank, which burned down late November.<br>Using the song “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” originally released for a charity effort by he supergroup Band-Aid to shed light on famine and hunger in Africa, the students at 88.1 The ‘Burg created a “serious parody” version of the song.</p><p>Read more of this story in the <a href="">Daily Record.</a></p>CWU Football Standout Named to 2014 Coaches' All-America Team, 11 Dec 2014 07:40:27<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/davis.jpg" style="width: 495px; height: 320px;"></p><p>He can now officially be considered among the nation's best collegiate football players. Central Washington University's Isaiah Davis has been named to the 2014 American Football Coaches Association Division II Coaches' All-America Team. Announced Tuesday by the AFCA, Davis (5-10, 186, Jr., Bremerton)&nbsp;was named as the all-purpose player on the 25-member squad.<br><br>"It's incredible, unreal to be mentioned in the elite of the entire nation," said Davis, upon learning of the recognition. "It's definitely an honor and the biggest personal award I've received."<br><br>CWU head coach Ian Shoemaker added, "This is the premiere All-America team, because it's done by the coaches. It's the top-end team and one of the highest honors we have."<br><br>The AFCA has selected an All-America team since 1945. The AFCA's Division II All-America Selection Committee is made up of three head coaches from each of the organization's nine districts. The coaches in each district rank their top players.<br><br>"This [award] goes to show the strength of our defensive backfield," Shoemaker added.&nbsp;<br><br>Davis noted, "I definitely didn't see as many balls [passes thrown in his direction] as I would have hoped for, but I was still able to put up some pretty good numbers this year."<br><br>Pretty good is an understatement.<br><br>His five interceptions were tied, with CWU redshirt freshman middle linebacker Kevin Haynes (6-0, 230, Battle Ground), for the most in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC). It was the second straight year that Davis led the GNAC in that category. He returned one of those interceptions 66 yards for a touchdown in a 49-17 victory at Dixie State.<br><br>Davis was also No. 13 in the nation in punt returns, averaging 14.9 yards per return. His total punt return yardage (431) was only 20 yards off the GNAC record. In addition, he returned nine kickoff, averaging 26.8 per return. And his 12 passes defended tied for eighth in the GNAC. Davis made 48 tackles for good measure.<br><br>For his play, Davis was selected unanimously, as both a defensive back and a punt returner, to the GNAC first team all-conference squad. In addition, Davis was also recently named to the Beyond Sports Network All-Super Region 3 first team, along with CWU defensive end Tovar Sanchez (6-4, 230, Jr., Seattle). Central kick returner Jesse Zalk (5-8, 160, So., Battle Ground) made the second team.<br><br>CWU is among 11 teams that can boast having had back-to-back AFCA All-America selections. Senior offensive tackle Mike Nelson was chosen following the 2013 season.<br><br>Davis became the sixth Wildcat player in CWU's NCAA Division II era to be selected to the AFCA Division II All-American team, joining Nelson, linebackers Adam Bighill (2010) and Buddy Wood (2009), wide receiver Johnny Spevak (2008), and punter Joe Smith (2003). Davis is also one of just 11 players in GNAC football history named to the AFCA All-America team.<br><br>He had been named to the first-team defense on the 2014 Preseason All-America Team.<br><br>Davis said, at that time, "The ending result, how I play during the year, will determine if I'm an All-American or not."&nbsp;<br><br>In that regard, it's mission accomplished. &nbsp;</p>Pairing of Science and Theater Aims to Improve Public Safety, 09 Dec 2014 11:52:34<h3>Central Minute &nbsp;</h3><p>Central Washington University's <a href="" target="_blank">Central Theatre Ensemble</a> has partnered with the <a href="" target="_blank">Cascadia Hazards Institute</a> to bring the stories of the Nisqually earthquake to life in<em> One Day in Cascadia: The Nisqually Earthquake Stories.</em></p><p><em style="line-height: 1.4;">One Day in Cascadia</em><span style="line-height: 1.4;">&nbsp;incorporates interviews, research materials and stories from the media during that time.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.4;">“Natural disasters provide a lot of material for drama,” said&nbsp;Jay Ball,&nbsp;professor and graduate coordinator, </span>Theatre<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> and Performance Studies, who partnered with scientists from the institute to develop the script.&nbsp;"It was a great experience, developing a work that was based on both the arts and the sciences."</span></p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe class="youtube-player" frameborder="0" height="390" src="" title="YouTube video player" type="text/html" width="480"></iframe></p><p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/Science%20meets%20Theatre.png" style="width: 150px; height: 85px; margin: 5px; float: left;"></p><p>If you have an idea for a Central Minute, email Jackie O'Ryan at<br>Check out our <a href="" target="_blank">playlist on YouTube</a> for more Central Minute videos.</p>CWU alum Charbonneau up for Global Teacher Prize, 08 Dec 2014 08:35:04<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/Charbonneau-Costco-web.jpg" style="width: 250px; height: 145px; border-width: 2px; border-style: solid; margin-left: 3px; margin-right: 3px; float: left;">CWU alum and Zillah High School science teacher Jeff Charbonneau, last year’s <a href="">national teacher of the year</a>, could next become the global teacher of the year.</p><p>The <a href="">Global Teacher Prize</a>&nbsp;gives international recognition for outstanding teachers in each region of the globe. Winners are invited to a forum in 2015 in Dubai and receive a prize of $1-million.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.4;">A winner will be announced next March in Dubai.</span></p><p>Charbonneau&nbsp;spent most of the 2013-14 year traveling the globe and speaking to educators as the U.S. national teacher of the year. He returned to&nbsp;Zillah&nbsp;this fall to a new role as STEM coordinator in Yakima.</p><p>The Global Teacher Prize is funded through the philanthropic arm of GEMS Education, a Dubai-based international education company that owns and operates schools in places such as Egypt, Abu Dhabi and Uganda. Its honorary chairman is former President Bill Clinton.</p><p>For this award, called the “Nobel Prize for educators,” there were<span style="line-height: 1.4;">&nbsp;about 1,300 applications from 127 countries around the world.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.4;">The list was reduced to the top 50 and has representatives from 26 nations. Sixteen of the nominees are from the U.S.; </span>Charbonneau<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> and another Seattle teacher are representatives from Washington State.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.4;">Charbonneau is a 2000 CWU graduate in biology education, who also received his biology teaching certificate in 2000. In 2005, he earned his Master Teacher degree from CWU.</span></p><p>Charbonneau has been singled out for his involvement with the Washington Student Achievement Council, raising nearly $100,000 in grants to provide his students with tools like computers, 3-D printers, and laser cutters. He started the Zillah Robot Challenge and expanded robotics in the school. He has encouraged his students to collaborate on science projects through video conferencing with other students across the globe.</p><p>The winner would receive the prize money over ten years, or $100,000 annually. Charbonneau wrote that, if he is granted the prize, half the yearly funding would go to the Zillah Robot Challenge establishing competitive grants.&nbsp;</p><p><em style="line-height: 1.4;">For more information , please contact Jackie O'Ryan at</em></p>New Dean of College of Arts and Humanities Announced, 05 Dec 2014 16:02:05<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/smr.jpg" style="width: 140px; height: 186px; border-width: 2px; border-style: solid; margin-left: 2px; margin-right: 2px; float: left;">Dr. Stacey Robertson has been chosen as CWU’s new dean of the College of Arts and Humanities.</p><p>Robertson earned her B.A. from Whittier College and her M.A. and Ph.D. in History from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Most recently, she served as the director of Women's Studies and the Oglesby Professor of American Heritage at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois, where she taught from 1994. Robertson also served as Bradley’s interim dean for the College of Arts and Sciences for two years.</p><p>“Dr. Robertson is a distinguished scholar, a well-published author, and a highly sought after national speaker. Her contributions to the documentation of the history of slavery and abolitionism are extraordinary," said Marilyn A. Levine, Ph.D., provost and vice president for CWU Academic and Student Life. "As the new Dean of CAH, she will bring her administrative expertise balanced with a passionate commitment to the arts and humanities, leading us to new levels,” Levine added.&nbsp;</p><p>“I am so eager and honored to join the exceptionally talented faculty, staff, and student body at CWU," said Robertson. "After my visits, it already feels like home.”</p><p>Robertson is the author of four books, including: <em>Betsy Mix Cowles: Champion of Equality</em> (Westview Press, 2014). She is the recipient of many teaching awards and research fellowships and lectures nationally and internationally. She is the co-director of the national non-profit Historians Against Slavery, and co-edits the book series, <em>Perspectives on Early America with Pickering &amp; Chatto</em>, with a London-based publisher.</p><p>Robertson will begin her tenure as dean of the College of Arts and Humanities on February 1, 2015.</p><p><em>For more information, please contact Jackie O'Ryan at</em></p>CWU Community Comes Together to Mourn Loss of International Students, 05 Dec 2014 13:48:29<p><span style="line-height: 1.4;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/Candle1.jpg" style="width: 140px; height: 93px; border-width: 2px; border-style: solid; margin-left: 2px; margin-right: 2px; float: left;">The </span>CWU<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> campus community is mourning the loss of two international students who died as the result of a car accident in southern California last Saturday. The two women, and two others who survived the crash, were enrolled at Central Washington University participating in </span>CWU's<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> University English as a Second Language (</span>UESL<span style="line-height: 1.4;">) program.</span></p><p>The students who died as a result of the accident were Yoshiko Hirooka, of Osaka, Japan, and Saya Sonoda, from Fukuoka, the capital city of Fukuoka Prefecture on the island of Kyushu, Japan. Injured in the accident were Aimi Hayashi and Maki Tagawa, both from Fukuoka.</p><p>CWU President James L Gaudino said the tragedy sent shock waves throughout the close-knit CWU community.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.4;">"We're simply heartbroken. We cannot believe that these beautiful friends, daughters, and students are gone," said </span>Gaudino<span style="line-height: 1.4;">, who said </span>CWU<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> staff flew to Palm Springs to be with the students shortly after the accident. “Our staff and faculty have been in close contact with the students and their families and we want to extend our heartfelt condolences to them and to friends and family in Japan who mourn this painful loss."</span></p><p>Dean of Student Success Sarah Swager&nbsp;said parents of the students were notified as quickly as possible. While family were on their way to California, Associate Dean Richard DeShields and UESL Director Sherri Fujita were already in California to help the students with any need.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.4;">Meanwhile, students in Ellensburg have reacted with compassion and emotion to the news and are honoring and remember the students in many ways. </span>UESL<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> students have created posters on which friends can write personal messages to the </span>UESL<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> students and their families. On Friday (Dec. 5) at 7:30 pm near Munson Hall in Ellensburg, the campus community will hold a Gathering of Support candle-lighting ceremony to honor all of the girls. Another remembrance ceremony is planned for Saturday afternoon.</span></p><p>"We have been overwhelmed by the tragedy and by the outpouring of support and love that has--and &nbsp;continues to be--shown to these young women," said Swager. "We will do everything we possibly can to help them and their families and friends get through this incredibly difficult and painful time."</p><p><em><strong>Media Contact: </strong>Linda Schactler, Executive Director of Public Affairs, 509-607-4103</em></p>Students, do you have your mumps vaccine?, 05 Dec 2014 08:30:22<p>The <a href="" target="_blank">Kittitas County Public Health Department</a> and the CWU <a href="" target="_blank">Student Medical and Counseling Clinic</a> are urging students to check their vaccination records in light of a mumps outbreak involving University of Idaho Moscow students. Student who have never had mumps or have no record of an&nbsp;MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine should get vaccinated.<br><br>Students heading home for the holiday break can use the opportunity to check with their families to see if they have had an MMR. They also may contact their family providers or the Kittitas County Public Health Department to check their vaccination records.&nbsp;The MMR vaccine is the best way to prevent mumps.<br><br>According to the <a href="" target="_blank">Washington State Department of Health</a>, mumps is spread by coughing and sneezing. It can cause headache, fever, and swelling of the cheeks, neck or jaw. Mumps can lead to hearing loss, swelling of spinal cord and brain covering, and brain damage.<br><br>Prior to the Thanksgiving holiday, there were 10 laboratory confirmed cases with an additional 20 reports of mumps being investigated, including two in the Moscow, Idaho community. “Symptoms can appear 25 days after a person is exposed and with students traveling for the holiday, it is certainly plausible that there will be additional cases,” said Liz Whitaker, community health supervisor.<br><br>Click <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>&nbsp;and <a href="" target="_blank">here</a> for more information regarding mumps and the MMR vaccine. Or contact&nbsp;Kittitas County Public Health at 509-962-7515 or the CWU&nbsp;clinic at 509-963-1881.</p><p>December 5, 2014</p>