CWUCWU NewsCWU News outlook revealed at annual College of Business conference, 11 Feb 2016 08:32:35<p>Global economic growth is slowing, the stock market is declining and there’s mixed consumer confidence. But that doesn’t mean another recession is on its way.</p><p>The state Economic and Revenue Forecast Council, which provides economic activity and state revenue forecasts that are used to build the state budget, is predicting that there will not be a recession through the council’s forecasting period, which extends to 2021, said Steve Lerch, the council’s executive director.</p><p>“We think the highest probability ... is a slow-growth scenario, but not a recession,” Lerch told attendees Wednesday at the Economic Outlook Conference at Central Washington University.</p><p>Read the rest of the story by Mai Hoang in the <a href="" target="_blank">Yakima Herald-Republic.</a></p><p>February 11, 2016</p>CWU Alumni Couples Share Love Stories for Valentine’s Day, 11 Feb 2016 07:48:18<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/CWU_CentralCouple.jpeg" style="width: 250px; height: 250px; margin-left: 6px; margin-right: 6px; float: left;">Okay Cupid has nothing on Central Washington University when it comes to finding a perfect match. For Valentine’s Day, CWU alumni couples are sharing charming stories of their courtship on <a href="">CWU’s Alumni Facebook page</a>.</p><p>From cooking dinner for a roommate, to sharing a math class, to first dates at the Yellow Church Cafe, each story relives a sweet, auspicious moment in their lives. As one alumni said, his favorite CWU memory “was meeting his wife, Gail.”</p><p>The alumni stories go back thirty years and more, and some photos show generations of Wildcats and future Wildcats embarking on their own love stories.</p><p>While developing the campaign, University Advancement staff suspected that there were more than a few alumni who found the love of their life at CWU. They discovered that there were more than 6,000.</p><p>“We thought it would be fun to see and share all the wonderful love stories that started here,” said Ginny Ann Blackson, director of Annual Giving. “We wanted to celebrate our alumni this Valentine’s Day and we’re thrilled with the response on social media to date!”</p><p>To tell your Wildcat love story, go to the CWU Alumni Facebook page, and, using the #CentralCouple tag, share some of the details such as how you met, what were your studies, when you graduated, and where you went on your first date.</p><p>“We’d love for you to share your favorite memory together during your time at CWU, and what you remember best about CWU,” Blackson continued. “And please share a photo or two!”</p><p>Couples can also post via Twitter using #CentralCouple.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.4;">And while #CentralCouple was prompted by Valentine’s Day, couples may post their stories throughout February.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.4;">The Alumni Association and the </span>CWU<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> Foundation hope that these warm and fuzzy stories will inspire you to make a gift to </span>CWU<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> this Valentine’s Day. For more information, visit</span></p><p>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,</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;">CWU Becomes Inaugural West Coast Site for National Radio Talent System Institute, 09 Feb 2016 10:06:53<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/Hubbard%20Radio%20Talent%20Institute%20at%20CWU.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 300px; float: right; border-width: 3px; border-style: solid; margin: 3px;">Central Washington University will be the first West Coast site for an institute connected to Dan Vallie’s <a href="">National Radio Talent System</a>. Scheduled for June 13-22, it will be one of just five such institutes nationwide this year,&nbsp;designed to identify and instruct compelling on-air radio talent.</p><p>CWU’s participation is being sponsored by <a href="">KCWU-FM </a>and hosted by<a href=""> Hubbard Radio</a>, a subsidiary of Hubbard Broadcasting, which operates radio stations across America—including five in Seattle—along with the Hubbard Radio Network.</p><p>“The unparalleled, professional foundation of Hubbard Broadcasting coupled with the expertise of Dan Vallie and the National Radio Talent System will give student broadcasters here the chance to launch their careers with an unprecedented skill set along with real-world understanding of the industry and what it takes to succeed,” stated Travis Box, KCWU-FM general manager.</p><p>Vallie added, CWU’s nationally award-winning college radio program, KCWU-FM, was a natural—and obvious—partner for the institute, which will feature top-flight radio broadcasters from across Washington and throughout the Pacific Northwest coming to Ellensburg to lead institute training sessions.&nbsp;</p><p>“We begin this week accepting applications from students at Central and from [other] universities across the state and region,” he added.&nbsp; &nbsp;<br>&nbsp;<br>Keith Champagne, associate dean for student development, pointed out that having CWU host an institute of this magnitude is another prime example of the university going above-and-beyond to provide opportunities not available elsewhere in Washington or regionally.<br><br>“Developing a partnership with Hubbard Broadcasting and the National Radio Talent System is a perfect match—a cornerstone—of what we do for our students at Central Washington University,” he said.</p><p>Ginny Morris, Hubbard’s chief executive officer, noted, “Our investment in the National Radio Talent System at Central Washington University is an extension of Hubbard Radio’s commitment to do our part to nurture and grow the talent pipeline for the industry.”</p><p><strong>Media contact:</strong> Robert Lowery, director of Radio Services and Integrated Communications, 509-963-1487,</p><p>February 9, 2016</p></br></br></br></br>Campus cuisine: Heritage, CWU take steps to expand food options for students, 09 Feb 2016 07:46:01<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/1891%20bistro.jpg" style="width: 194px; height: 259px; margin: 4px; float: left;">Tim Newbury recalls how, until recently, Heritage University’s cafeteria offered a limited menu of fried foods and a couple of vending machines.</p><p>Rather than eat on campus, some students would drive into Toppenish to grab a bite, said Newbury, the university’s food service director.</p><p>Now Heritage has a fully operational dining hall where students can enjoy hot entrees such as shepherd’s pie and fresh fare like chickpea salad with lemon vinaigrette.</p><p>Fifty miles to the north in Ellensburg, Central Washington University’s dining operations continue to evolve. The university recently spent $500,000 on a new bistro and coffee shop. There’s also a food truck stationed on the east side of campus.</p><p>Read more in the <a href="">Yakima Herald-Republic</a>.</p>CWU play explores real-life drama using real-life language, 08 Feb 2016 07:51:03<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/dizney2.jpg" style="width: 427px; height: 320px;"></p><p>Central Washington University theater students will assume the role of strangers taking a drama class in the upcoming “Circle Mirror Transformation” play set to debut next week.</p><p>“Circle Mirror Transformation” tells the story of an unlikely collection of four strangers who enroll in Marty’s six-week adult creative drama class. The story unfolds like an indie film. The group plays Marty’s imaginative (and sometimes awkward) theater games, and as relationships develop, real-life drama unfolds.</p><p>Read more of this story in the <a href="">Daily Record</a>.</p><p>&nbsp;</p>Central Names New Director of Institutional Effectiveness, 04 Feb 2016 11:14:29<p><span style="line-height: 1.4;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/Nina%20Oman%20photo.jpg" style="width: 200px; height: 200px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 2px; float: right;">Ellensburg, Wash. — Central Washington University has appointed Nina Oman, PhD, to be the executive director of institutional effectiveness. Oman's appointment begins February 16, 2016.</span></p><p>CWU President James L. Gaudino said Oman is remarkably well prepared to lead the department that collects and analyzes data that informs university functions.</p><p>“This is a tremendously important position, because she will ensure the consistency and quality of information we use to guide our work and describe it to state and federal agencies,” Gaudino said. “We’re fortunate to be able to hire someone with her experience in research, policy analysis, and data collection.”</p><p>Oman will oversee an organization that compiles and distributes data about Central’s academic programs, students, faculty, and staff. The office responds to requests for institutional data from state and federal agencies and others interested in the university’s operations.</p><p>"It’s all about the students. I’ve always been interested in student persistence and success,” Oman said. “I’m very excited about developing data tools and analytics to help make our students as successful as possible.”</p><p>Most recently Oman was the director of institutional effectiveness and accreditation liaison officer at Heritage University. There she was responsible for the school’s 2014 regional accreditation report and assisted in developing innovative approaches to student success.</p><p>Prior to joining Heritage University, Oman worked as senior performance auditor and project manager for the Washington Joint Legislative Audit and Review Committee and, earlier, as associate director of the Washington Higher Education Coordinating Board.</p><p>She has a doctorate in higher education leadership and policy, and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Washington, where she also completed her undergraduate studies.</p><p>Provost Stephen Hulbert said Oman would work closely with the Office of the Provost in completion of CWU's self-study for regional accreditation.</p><p>“Dr. Oman's experience will enable her to help guide us through the rigors of the process, which evaluates a university’s progress and future goals,” Hulbert said. “Dr. Oman will manage the collection and analysis of data that will be integral to the process of self-assessment during the accreditation.”</p><p>The Department of Institutional Effectiveness reports to the Vice President of Operations, Gene Shoda, who said the group would move from Brooks Library to Barge Hall, in order to provide more immediate and direct support for division leaders. All vice presidential offices are located in Barge Hall.</p><p>Media contact: Rich Moreno, director of content development, 509-963-2714,</p></span style="line-height: 1.4;">President Gaudino Endorses 'Free to Finish College' Plan, 03 Feb 2016 20:07:04<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/Gaudino%20and%20Hansen.jpg" style="width: 200px; height: 133px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 2px; float: right;">Olympia, Wash. — Central Washington University President James L. Gaudino joined two other college presidents and key legislative leaders to support House Bill 2955, which creates the “Free to Finish” College Plan to help those who interrupted their education just short of earning a degree to complete their studies.</p><p>“Our own research discovered that one of the points when students are most likely to drop out is when they’re just about finished with a degree,” said Gaudino, adding that often the cause is that students have run out of money. “With just a little state support, we can change the lives of thousands of students and help them finish a college degree.”</p><p>Gaudino, whom bill sponsor Rep. Drew Hansen consulted on the composition of the bill, said students often leave school because they’ve changed majors or taken too few units. Then they find themselves unable to complete their degrees because they’ve run out of money and are unable to qualify for student loans or other financial aid.</p><p>“They want to finish, but they give up,” he said. “A bill like this that will pick up the costs for those students—it’s just a win-win program.”</p><p>The proposal would cover students not currently enrolled in college and who haven’t been enrolled for the last three years. Additionally, eligible students would not already have a college degree or certificate and would be 15 or fewer credits or away from a degree or certificate.</p><p>Rep. Drew Hansen, chair of the House Higher Education Committee and primary sponsor of the legislation, said the program could cost as much as $10 million and accommodate an estimated 5,000 students.</p><p>“We want to send a very clear message to these students that we want them to come back and finish that degree so they can get better jobs and have better chances to support their families,” Hansen said.</p><p>Gaudino was joined at the news conference by George Bridges, president of Evergreen State University, and Lonnie L. Howard, president of Clover Park Technical College, who also urged lawmakers to approve the legislation.</p><p>Media contact: Rich Moreno, director of content development, 509-963-2417,</p>CWU Students Learn How to Teach Like a PIRATE, 03 Feb 2016 10:43:29<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/Teach%20Like%20a%20PIRATE.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 300px; float: right; border-width: 3px; border-style: solid; margin: 3px;">Some Central Washington University teacher education students now know how to “Teach Like a PIRATE.” They participated in an Internet-video session with Dave Burgess, who presents seminars, based on his New York Times Best-Selling book of the same title.</p><p>PIRATE is an acronym for passion, immersion, rapport, ask and analyze, transformation, and enthusiasm.</p><p>“He’s not suggesting that everyone dress up like a pirate or make kids walk the plank,” said CWU education professor Melanie Kingham, with a laugh. “His basic message is you have to go the extra mile to engage learners to build rapport with them.”&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br><br>Burgess’s book has been read by many CWU professors, along with being assigned reading in some university education classes.</p><p>“He’s been commanding a lot of attention recently so it was a big coup to get him to visit with us electronically,” added Kingham, who arranged the meeting. “Not many authors would take that time.”</p><p>During the session, Burgess reiterated many concepts and philosophies pertaining to student engagement that are already presented to CWU teacher candidates.</p><p>“If students are not interested or intrigued by what you’re teaching then they’re not going to learn optimally—if at all,” Kingham added. “We say that all the time. He has great techniques and practical strategies for doing it.”</p><p>More than 60 education students—42 in <a href="">Ellensburg</a> and 20 at the&nbsp;CWU University Center at <a href="" target="_blank">Pierce College </a>in Tacoma—were able to hear from Burgess, who was in San Diego.&nbsp;</p><p>“They loved it and they’re still talking about it,” Kingham pointed out.</p><p><strong>Media contact: </strong>Robert Lowery, director of Radio Services and Integrated Communications, 509-963-1487,</p><p>February 3, 2016<br>&nbsp;</p></br></br></br>CWU Conference to Look at Trends, Challenges, and Opportunities in State Fruit Industry, 02 Feb 2016 10:11:26<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/EOC%20flyer%20for%20web.jpg" style="width: 350px; height: 210px; float: right; border-width: 3px; border-style: solid; margin: 3px;">Washington’s $10-billion per year fruit industry is the subject of this year’s Economic Outlook Conference (EOC) at Central Washington University. The conference will be held on Wednesday, February 10, from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., in Sue Lombard Hall in Ellensburg.</p><p>Tickets, which includes lunch, are $40 and can be purchased <a href="">online</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>The annual conference brings together representatives from the private, public and nonprofit business sectors, as well as students and university faculty.</p><p>More than 100 people are expected to attend this year’s 15th annual EOC, presented by the <a href="">College of Business</a>.</p><p>“We’re looking at macro trends in the first session and micro-corporate specific ones in the second,” said Mark Pritchard, College of Business marketing professor.</p><p>Derek Sandison, director of the Washington State Department of Agriculture, will address “Trends, Challenges, and Opportunities in Washington State’s Fruit Industry” and will be followed by Jon Devaney, president, Washington State Tree Fruit Association. West Mathison, president of Stemilt Growers Inc.; and Keith Gomes, president and chief executive officer, Tree Top Inc., will then discuss issues and opportunities their respective companies face.</p><p>“These presentations will be invaluable—especially for our students—as they get to hear about one of our region’s most important industries,” Pritchard added.</p><p>A luncheon presentation by Steven Lerch, executive director of the Washington State Revenue and Forecast Council, will look at the tree fruit industry’s sway on the state’s economy, and review the effect on the industry of labor costs, burgeoning national and international competition, increased regulations, and extreme weather.</p><p>According to the Washington State Department of Agriculture, the tree fruit industry includes 5,000 growers and contributes nearly $10 billion to Washington’s economy annually.</p><p>The <a href="">CWU conference</a> is supported by Puget Sound Energy and Tree Top, Inc. CWU business students can attend for free, if they register by February 8.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Media contact: </strong>Robert Lowery, director of Radio Services and Integrated Communications, 509-963-1487,</p><p>February 2, 2016</p>CWU President, Microsoft Executive Call for Innovation in Education Delivery and Outreach, 01 Feb 2016 16:47:09<p><span style="line-height: 1.4;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/Gaudino%20State%20of%20the%20University.jpg" style="width: 240px; border-width: 2px; border-style: solid; float: right; margin: 2px; height: 160px;">Central Washington University president, James L. </span>Gaudino<span style="line-height: 1.4;">, today challenged his university to re-examine what a baccalaureate degree should mean as </span>CWU<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> enters its </span>125th<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> year. </span>Gaudino’s<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> remarks came during his annual State of the University address.</span></p><p>“We have a long and proud history dating to our roots as a Normal School, but we have been a university for only 39 years,” said Gaudino, reminding his audience of CWU’s founding in 1891 as a school to prepare teachers, a so-called “Normal School.”</p><p>“This is an opportune moment to rethink some of our assumptions about who we are and what we want to be,” he said to a near capacity crowd in McConnell Hall Auditorium. “We need to step back from the immediate agenda and think of about the university as we want it to be.”</p><p>He said he would ask university divisions to create aspirational budgets to support change and achieve new goals, rejecting traditional fiscal systems based on adding onto the same functions each year.</p><p>“Expand your thinking about how to manifest the vision we create,” urged Gaudino. “As we think about ourselves in the coming years, remember the words of students who rallied in our Student Union in December: ‘Don’t lose sight of us. We are why Central exists, and we are here right now.’”</p><p>Gaudino was joined during his annual address by Orlando Ayala, Microsoft’s chairman and corporate vice president of emerging businesses. The two said innovation was one of the keys to the university’s future success.</p><p>“We must adapt and to adapt we must use all our tools in our kit and create new ones if we don’t have them,” Gaudino said.</p><p>Gaudino said the challenge for the university community is to expand its thinking to embrace new ideas and apply innovations to core values.</p><p>The president said that 2015 was “an amazing year” for Central and pointed to successes such as more than $100 million in new state-funded campus construction, a 21 percent increase in freshman enrollment, and a number one ranking in the state of Washington by The Economist magazine.</p><p>“That year demonstrated that magic can and does happen when we all come together under a collective mission and when we all lend our shoulders to the work of discover, learning and service,” he said while applauding faculty, students and staff for their many accomplishments during the year.</p><p>“Being part of a supportive community is key to our happiness and our success,” he added.</p><p>“Learning together is what sets us apart from other institutions and it is what makes teaching and learning exciting and fun at Central,” Gaudino said. “But I worry that these accomplishments might cause some to question whether it makes sense to change. After all, when things are going so well why not leave it exactly as it is? Well, it’s because everything around us is changing.”</p><p>Ayala echoed Gaudino’s call for embracing innovation and change, saying it’s important for everyone to try to learn something new everyday. He also commended CWU for its commitment to inclusiveness.</p><p>“This institution has this amazing mission, which is opportunity for all,” he said.</p><p>Ayala said we live in a time when technology is changing the way we learn, work, and play. For example, he spoke of the “invisible revolution” that is underway. Soon the average home will consist of “smart” technology items, which will communicate with us and keep track of our needs.</p><p>Additionally, he said education will be one of the areas most transformed by new technology, such as augmented reality devices, and CWU is well positioned to take advantage of that revolution.</p><p>“Truly technology is at the center, he said. “I was telling President Gaudino that probably this university, if it focuses on these ideas, it could be one of the smartest campuses in the world.”</p><p>Media contact: Rich Moreno, director of content development, 509-963-2417,</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.4;">&nbsp;Highlights of State of the University:&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.4;">;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.4;">State of the University presentations:&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</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;">