CWUCWU NewsCWU News football racks up All-American honors, 15 Dec 2017 07:59:50<p><img alt="" src="" style="width: 450px; height: 291px;"></p><p>The Central Washington football team continued to haul in the awards from its 11-1 season and dominance of the GNAC.</p><p>The Associated Press and Division 2 Conference Commissioners Association released their All-America teams Wednesday, and the Wildcats landed three first-teamers on both teams.</p><p>Senior linebacker Keith Haynes, senior defensive lineman Bo Banner and junior cornerback Tyler Hasty were voted first team on the AP team. Haynes and Hasty were joined by senior tight end Kyle Self on the D2CCA squad, which also included Banner and junior offensive lineman James Moore on the second team.</p><p>Read more of this story in the <a href="" target="_blank">Yakima Herald-Republic</a>.</p>Advisory, 14 Dec 2017 15:10:50<p> <style type="text/css"> <!-- /* Font Definitions */ @font-face {font-family:"Cambria Math"; panose-1:2 4 5 3 5 4 6 3 2 4; mso-font-charset:0; mso-generic-font-family:roman; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:-536870145 1107305727 0 0 415 0;} @font-face {font-family:Calibri; panose-1:2 15 5 2 2 2 4 3 2 4; mso-font-charset:0; mso-generic-font-family:swiss; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:-536870145 1073786111 1 0 415 0;} /* Style Definitions */ p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal {mso-style-unhide:no; mso-style-qformat:yes; mso-style-parent:""; margin:0in; margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:Calibri; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-latin;} .MsoChpDefault {mso-style-type:export-only; mso-default-props:yes; mso-fareast-font-family:Calibri; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-latin;} @page WordSection1 {size:8.5in 11.0in; margin:1.0in 1.0in 1.0in 1.0in; mso-header-margin:.5in; mso-footer-margin:.5in; mso-paper-source:0;} div.WordSection1 {page:WordSection1;} --></style> </p><p class="MsoNormal"><img alt="" src="" style="width: 160px; height: 96px; margin: 2px; float: right;"><span style="mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; color:black;background:white">CWU’s Student Union and Recreation Center (SURC) will be closed on December 19 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. for a police training exercise. The exercise will involve officers responding to an incident at the SURC. &nbsp;All participants are volunteers and all safety precautions have been taken into account. If you have any questions, please contact the CWU Police and Parking Services, 509-963-2959.</span></p></p class="MsoNormal"></span style="mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; color:black;background:white">Pioneering Black Educators Help Set The Standard For Academic Excellence, 14 Dec 2017 08:05:37<p><img alt="" src="" style="width: 200px; height: 200px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin-left: 4px; margin-right: 4px; float: left;">CWU alumna Peggy Johnson, '42, was among the first group of black educators to be hired by the Seattle Public Schools, after education pioneer Thelma Dewitty.&nbsp;</p><p>Read more of the story in the <a href="" target="_blank">Seattle Medium</a>.</p>CWU Physics Professor and Student Featured in Air&Space Smithsonian, 12 Dec 2017 14:14:54<p><img alt="" src="" style="width: 450px; height: 338px;"></p><p>Physics professor Bruce Palmquist and student Jessica Kisner were featured in “Planetoid Detectives,” in <em>Air &amp; Space Smithsonian</em>. The article is about a collaboration between professional astronomers and high school and college students to observe trans-Neptunian Objects.&nbsp;</p><p><em>Illustration: An artist's rendition of a trans-Neptunian Object imagines the sun in the far, far distance. Courtesy of NASA</em></p><p><br>Read the entire story in <a href="" target="_blank">Air &amp; Space Smithsonian</a>.<br>&nbsp;</p></br></br> CWU Hires New Executive Director of Institutional Effectiveness, 11 Dec 2017 13:46:50<p><img alt="" src="" style="width: 200px; height: 204px; margin: 3px; float: right;">Central Washington University has hired Nicolas Valcik, former Director of Institutional Research at West Virginia University, to serve as its new Executive Director of Institutional Effectiveness.</p><p>In his new position, Valcik will oversee an organization that assists in the analysis of accreditation and assessment data, creates strategies to enhance data access and transparency, and 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>“We’re very happy to have Dr. Valcik join the university,” noted Joseph Han, vice president of operations, who oversees the Office of Institutional Effectiveness. “His background and experience, particularly regarding data integrity, will prove invaluable as CWU begins the process of accreditation next year.”</p><p>Prior to accepting his new post, Valcik served in a similar role at West Virginia University for four years and was responsible for oversight of reporting for a number of campus divisions, including a health science center, two regional branch campuses, a law school, and an agricultural program.</p><p>He also previously worked as associate director in the Office of Strategic Planning and Analysis at the University of Texas at Dallas and as a clinical assistant professor in public affairs in the School of Economic, Political, and Policy Science at UT-Dallas.</p><p>Valcik holds a PhD in Public Affairs from UT-Dallas and is author or co-author of several books including, “Case Studies in Disaster Response and Emergency Management: Second Edition,” “City Planning for the Public Manager,” and “Institutional Research Initiatives in Higher Education.”</p><p>Valcik, who began his job on November 1, said his initial experiences at Central have been positive and he is looking forward to becoming better acquainted with the campus and the community.</p><p>“It’s great being here at CWU,” he said. “I’m particularly excited to be working with the administrative team involved with the upcoming regional accreditation process, which is important as it helps qualify an institution for access to federal funds that support student financial aid along with teaching and research.”</p><p>Media contact: Richard Moreno, Department of Public Affairs, 509-963-2714, <style type="text/css"> </style> </p>Central Washington University Media Advisory - Revised, 08 Dec 2017 10:31:50<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/CWU%20Mountain%20Medallion-final.jpg" style="width: 466px; height: 228px;"> <style type="text/css"> <!-- /* Font Definitions */ @font-face {font-family:Arial; panose-1:2 11 6 4 2 2 2 2 2 4; mso-font-charset:0; mso-generic-font-family:swiss; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:-536859905 -1073711037 9 0 511 0;} @font-face {font-family:"MS 明朝"; mso-font-charset:128; mso-generic-font-family:roman; mso-font-pitch:fixed; mso-font-signature:-536870145 1791491579 134217746 0 131231 0;} @font-face {font-family:"Cambria Math"; panose-1:2 4 5 3 5 4 6 3 2 4; mso-font-charset:0; mso-generic-font-family:roman; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:-536870145 1107305727 0 0 415 0;} @font-face {font-family:Calibri; panose-1:2 15 5 2 2 2 4 3 2 4; mso-font-charset:0; mso-generic-font-family:swiss; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:-536870145 1073786111 1 0 415 0;} /* Style Definitions */ p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal {mso-style-unhide:no; mso-style-qformat:yes; mso-style-parent:""; margin-top:0in; margin-right:0in; margin-bottom:10.0pt; margin-left:0in; line-height:115%; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:"MS 明朝"; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:Arial; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;} p {mso-margin-top-alt:auto; margin-right:0in; mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto; margin-left:0in; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";} .MsoChpDefault {mso-style-type:export-only; mso-default-props:yes; font-size:11.0pt; mso-ansi-font-size:11.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:Calibri; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:Arial; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;} .MsoPapDefault {mso-style-type:export-only; margin-bottom:10.0pt; line-height:115%;} @page WordSection1 {size:8.5in 11.0in; margin:1.0in 1.0in 1.0in 1.0in; mso-header-margin:.5in; mso-footer-margin:.5in; mso-paper-source:0;} div.WordSection1 {page:WordSection1;} --></style> </p><p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin">The Central Washington University Board of Trustees (BOT) will hold a special telephonic meeting on Tuesday, December 12, to approve a supplemental Services and Activities (S&amp;A) funds request. Prior to the business meeting an executive session will be held pursuant to RCW 42.30.110 (1)(i). The telephonic meeting will be held in Barge Hall 314 on the Ellensburg campus from 2:30 to 3:00 PM.</span></p><p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt">&nbsp;</p><p><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif;mso-ascii-theme-font: minor-latin;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin">Media Contact:</span></b><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif;mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin"> Linda Schactler, Chief of Staff, 509-963-1384,</span></p><p>&nbsp;</p></p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt"></span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin"></p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt"></b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"></span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif;mso-ascii-theme-font: minor-latin;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin"></span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif;mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin">CWU President Gaudino releases statement on harassment, discrimination, 07 Dec 2017 14:03:42<p>Dear CWU Students, Employees, Alumni and Friends,</p><p>Cultural changes are appropriately raising questions about how we work, how we communicate, and what it means to be accountable for our behaviors. One issue that is increasingly in the news is sexual harassment and assault. Victims are bravely describing the inappropriate and potentially criminal behaviors of prominent figures in sports, politics, and entertainment.</p><p>As is in the case with most rapid changes in culture, it will take our political and justice systems time to codify what we all know are inappropriate behaviors and to establish just responses to violations.</p><p>We don’t have to wait because CWU’s values remain unchanged.</p><p>We have and will continue to insist on learning, working, and living environments that support the success of our students and our employees. We will continue to demand respect for all people. We will require workplace, living, and learning climates in which employees and students feel physically, intellectually, and emotionally secure.</p><p>CWU will not tolerate any form of harassment, including sexual harassment, on our residential campus, at our University Centers and instructional sites, or in the communities that we serve. Federal law and our own policies, codes, and labor agreements prohibit harassment and discrimination.</p><p>When CWU receives a complaint alleging harassment, including those of a sexual nature, our Human Resources staff ensures that it is investigated promptly, confidentially, objectively, and thoroughly. Anyone found responsible for discriminatory or harassing behavior is subject to disciplinary actions, up to and including termination.</p><p>Sexual harassment has become the current focus of the media spotlight. However, even after this issue fades from that limelight, the safety of our students and employees and the quality of the education environment we provide will continue to be our paramount duty.</p><p>Sincerely,</p><p>James L. Gaudino</p>CWU alumna shares experiences at leadership event, 07 Dec 2017 08:14:20<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/CWU%20alumna%20Farmer-Anderson-dr.jpg" style="width: 450px; height: 380px;"></p><p>Climbing the corporate ladder at a multi-billion dollar non-for-profit health care provider can be a difficult task. Add on starting a family, beginning a career as an author and student debt, and you have a whole new set of challenges.</p><p>Michelle Farmer-Anderson, a Central Washington University alumna and director of operations at Kaiser Permanente, knows these challenges well.</p><p>Farmer-Anderson, who graduated in 2000, was the CWU Women’s Leadership Institute’s guest speaker last week at the SURC ballroom on campus.</p><p>Read more of this story in the <a href="" target="_blank">Daily Record</a>.</p>CWU police aims for approachability with more casual uniforms, 05 Dec 2017 10:42:14<p>Approachable and comfortable, that is the message the Central Washington University police department wants to convey to students. One way they are doing this is with their uniforms.</p><p><img alt="" src="" style="width: 250px; height: 375px; float: right;">“Our number one priority is the safety of our students and faculty,” CWU police chief Jason Berthon-Koch said. “We recognize that the standard police uniform might be a barrier for those wanting or needing to seek help.”</p><p>To combat this, the CWU police department has adopted a softer more casual image with their uniforms.</p><p>The uniform features a polo style uniform shirt and a khaki color uniform pant. In times of inclement weather, the members of the department will still wear their cold weather jump suits or traditional uniforms.</p><p>“We want to do everything we can to make them feel safe in confiding in the police department,” Berthon-Koch said. “We hope this will help eliminate that barrier, making them feel more comfortable to interact with us.”</p><p>Media Contact: Chelsie Hadden</p><p>Public Affairs, 509-963-1457,</p>Mattawa Monologues Project Comes to CWU December 6, 04 Dec 2017 11:27:09<p><img alt="" src="" style="width: 450px; height: 300px;"></p><p>In the crucible of middle/junior high school, as children become adolescents, young students’ real fears and concerns are often overlooked. In Mattawa, a unique project by Central Washington University’s Theatre Arts department is empowering the often underrepresented voices of pre-teens and young teenagers.</p><p>On December 6, the CWU community will have an opportunity to experience the results of a rewarding collaboration between junior high school students and CWU theatre arts majors. The <em>Mattawa Monologues</em> will be performed at 7:00 p.m. in the SURC Theatre. The event is free and open to the public. Parking in CWU lots is free after 4:30 p.m.</p><p>Prior to the performance, MECHA and other CWU organizations will host a mixer with the young authors of the selected monologues and their parents. The goal of the mixer is to create bridges for these young students in the hope of making attendance at a university more accessible to them.</p><p>In September, Patrick Dizney, Theatre Arts professor and associate chair, teamed up with Wahluke Junior High teacher Autumn Harlow to create <em>M2P, The Mattawa Monologue Project</em>. Their objectives were to encourage personal expression of the Wahluke students and to make connections between WJH and CWU students.</p><p>Working with five WJH teachers, Dizney led two days of monologue writing workshops. WJH teachers then continued to work on the text with these sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders, until more than 100 monologues were written and submitted.</p><p>“The writing parameters were intentionally left open, and there is a broad representation of voices and concerns of these young people,” Dizney said.</p><p>CWU Theatre Arts students also selected monologues to perform and worked on them in their class with Dizney through late October and early November. They learned about the performance process, the importance of honoring the writers work and how to apply concepts learned in their acting class to performance.</p><p>In November, more than 20 CWU students traveled to Mattawa to perform the selected monologues for the entire junior high.</p><p>Harlow and Dizney created this project with sustainability in mind and look to continue and further the reach of its impact on more communities.</p><p>“I think this collaboration was a complete success—for all the students involved,” Dizney concluded. “I know the CWU students were impressed with the depth and range of the WJH students’ writing, and learned a lot from working with the younger kids.”</p><p><em>Photo: CWU Theatre Arts students performing the </em>Mattawa Monologues<em> at Wahluke Junior High School in Mattawa</em></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,</p>