CWUCWU NewsCWU News Recruiting Like Crazy To Address Pilot Shortage, 16 Mar 2018 07:58:15<p><img alt="" src="" style="width: 250px; height: 333px; margin-left: 4px; margin-right: 4px; float: left;">"Eighteen-year-old high school senior Chase Van Dyk of Enumclaw, Washington, is also excited to contemplate a pilot career. His first choice is to enroll for an aviation degree and airline pilot training at Central Washington University. It’s one of the cheaper options in the Northwest but still pricey for this."</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Northwest Public Broadcasting's Tom Banse reports </a>on pilot recruiting and aviation education in the Northwest.</p>CWU’s Wenger Elected National Association of College Stores Trustee, 14 Mar 2018 16:12:22<p><img alt="" src="" style="width: 400px; height: 240px; margin: 3px; float: right;">Steve Wenger, director of the CWU Wildcat Shop, has been elected among four new trustees to the <a href="">National Association of College Stores (NACS)</a>. The professional trade association, which represent the $10 billion campus store industry, held elections for officers and trustees during its annual convention and trade show in Dallas.</p><p>Wenger is the only trustee or officer from a university or college in Washington elected by NASC members to its governing panel. CWU Auxiliary Operations Director Joseph Pearson nominated Wenger for the post. However, Wenger was also encouraged to apply by the immediate past president of NACS and two other trustees based on the strengths they believe he brings to the board.</p><p>“This is quite prestigious,” Wenger acknowledged. “There have been very few representatives from our state that have ever been on the board.”&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Only directors of member-institution stores are eligible for board service. While it is the first time Wenger has served specifically with NACS, he does have previous similar experience.</p><p>“I was a director for four years on the board for the <a href="">Independent College Bookstore Association</a> and spent two years as its secretary,” he pointed out. “As a director, I was involved with several committees and responsible for providing input on a number of matters under consideration and discussion. As secretary, I was part of the leadership team during weekly meetings with the executive board during our change over with hiring a new CEO.”</p><p>NACS supports nearly 4,000 campus stores in the United State and Canada, along with about 1,000 industry-related companies that supply course materials, other merchandise, and services those retail outlets.</p><p>“I have received so much from my involvement in and with the college store industry and I wanted to give back,” Wenger noted as his reason for seeking office. “In addition, being in this type of position will help ensure that the Wildcat Shop stays at the forefront and allows us to be part of the decisions that will affect an industry that is now experiencing and going through some dramatic changes.”</p><p>They include the increase of digital textbooks, Open Educational Resources, and enhanced learning materials.</p><p>As a NACS trustee, Wenger will be part of the membership and bylaws committee and, in his third year in the position, will serve as the committee chair.&nbsp;</p><p>“Trustees are also expected to be a strong voice for member stores that make up the NACS membership and to help steer the organization’s decision-making process,” Wenger added. “I see myself as representing all of the stores in the region. Along with my work at Central, I have been the manager at a two-year college store and at a private university too. So, I believe I have the background, experience, and insight to offer advocacy for stores throughout the Pacific Northwest.”&nbsp;</p><p>NACS also provides education and resources to member stores in support of student success, the campus experience, and academic missions of their institutions.</p><p><strong>Media contact:</strong> Robert Lowery, Department of Public Affairs, 509-963-1487,<br>&nbsp;</p></br>Central Washington Justice For Our Neighbors, CWU Office of Inclusivity & Diversity Present Grammy Award Winning Singer Mela Dailey, 13 Mar 2018 14:00:32<p>Join us for an evening of music from around the world.</p><p>Thursday, March 15, 2018, 7:00PMCentral Washington University McIntyre Music Building Recital Hall <img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/Poster_E_150dpi.jpg" style="width: 194px; height: 300px; float: left; margin: 1px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid;">1309 N Alder St, Ellensburg, WA 98926</p><p>The event will benefit Central Washington Justice For Our Neighbors. CWJFON supports a hospitality ministry that welcomes immigrants by providing free or low-cost, expert immigration legal services to low-income immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers. We also engage in advocacy for immigrant justice, and offer education to communities of faith and to the public. Our new immigration legal clinic will open in Ellensburg this spring.</p><p>Tickets available <a href=";e=3b634ada53c09a1b610e743b75759595">here</a>.</p>CWU Kicks Off Wildcat Commons Project, 13 Mar 2018 13:06:33<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/FootballStadium-POV1-Stadium.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 225px; margin: 2px; float: right;">SEATTLE, Washington — Central Washington University today announced plans for expansion of campus recreation facilities and upgrades to Tomlinson Stadium, both part of the first phase of its <a href="">Wildcat Commons</a> project.</p><p>The initiative will include a new track and field facility that will have a lighted artificial turf infield for general recreation, intramural and club sports. Tomlinson Stadium will see its first major renovation since being constructed in 1959.</p><p>The campus recreation expansion will feature an artificial turf infield, LED lighting for evening events, 1,000-seat grandstand, 400-meter NCAA-regulation all-weather track, new throw venues, stadium-style scoreboard, a new audio system, and new restroom facilities.</p><p>The Tomlinson Stadium upgrades will include the installation of artificial turf, LED stadium lighting, new entry gates, renovated restrooms, new visitor seating, and a new box office/ticketing area creating a flexible, regulation-size field that can accommodate football, rugby, and soccer year-round and in the day or evening.</p><p>Other amenities include the construction of a new Wildcat Plaza and Alumni Plaza, which will provide areas for donors and alumni to gather together while they enjoy their favorite CWU athletic events.</p><p>The total cost of the project will be $10.4 million and will address the university’s growing recreational needs due to its increased enrollment while making CWU more competitive in a number of its intercollegiate sports including football, rugby, soccer, and track and field.</p><p>To date, $9 million in total funding for the Wildcat Commons project has been committed–with campus recreation and private donor funds making up the majority of the investment. The university has a goal of raising an additional $1.4 million from individual and corporate donors so that the entire project is funded by the time ground breaking occurs in June.</p><p>The first $250,000 that is raised toward this $1.4 million goal will be matched dollar-for-dollar through the generosity of two of the university’s Wildcat Club and CWU Foundation board members. Gifts can be made by visiting<a href=""></a></p><p>“We are excited about completing phase one of the Wildcat Commons project and for the positive impact it will create in the lives of our students, alumni and community members,” said CWU President James L. Gaudino. “We appreciate the tremendous support we have received from our campus recreation, athletic, and CWU Foundation leadership and invite all members of the Wildcat Family–particularly our generous alumni and donors–to come back to campus this fall to help us celebrate the opening of these two amazing facilities.”</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Media contacts</p><p>Tomlinson Renovation: Sammy Henderson, Director of Athletic Communications, CWU Athletics Department, 509-963-1485,</p><p>Campus Recreation Expansion: Jenna Hyatt, Associate Dean of Student Living, 509-963-2735,</p><p>General Project Information: <a href=""></a></p>CWU student waits for word on world records, 13 Mar 2018 10:04:46<p><img alt="" src="" style="width: 200px; height: 322px; float: left; margin-left: 4px; margin-right: 4px;">He’s quiet, soft-spoken and shy by nature but when it comes to his dream of his seeing his name in the Guinness Book of World Records, Cle Elum’s Tino Rizo also is determined.</p><p>Sixteen months ago, Tino Rizo, then a recent Cle Elum-Roslyn High graduate enrolled in his freshman year at Central Washington University, stepped up to the chin up bar at Swiftwater Fitness in Cle Elum and launched a bid to set a Guinness World Record in the number of chin ups done over 24 hours.</p><p>Read more of this story in the <a href="">Daily Record</a>.</p>CWU PULSE and Observer Bring Home Five Best of Show Awards, 13 Mar 2018 09:51:22<p><a href="" target="_blank"><img alt="#YouToo? Virtual Reality" src="" style="width: 650px; height: 321px; margin: 3px;"></a>Central Washington University's student-run print publications, <em>PULSE</em> and <em>Observer</em>, recently returned from the Midwinter National College Journalism Convention in Long Beach, California, &nbsp;with five Best of Show awards.</p><p><em>PULSE </em>placed first in the Multimedia category for <a href="" target="_blank">#YouToo?</a>--a project based on the #MeToo movement, fourth in the <a href="" target="_blank">Magazine category</a>, and ninth in <a href="" target="_blank">Website Small School</a> (enrollment 12,000 or less).</p><p><em>Observer </em>placed fifth in the Weekly Newspaper category--the contest's largest and most competitive--for the <a href="" target="_blank">2018 Winter Quarter Issue I</a>, which featured an investigation by senior digital journalism major Eric Rosane, who will be co editor-in-chief spring quarter. The newspaper also placed third in <a href="" target="_blank">Website Small School</a>. Mariah Valles, a freshman digital journalism major, is the paper's online and social media manager.</p><p>"I'm particularly proud because in the Weekly Newspaper, Feature Magazine, and Multimedia categories, we were competing against many schools that are two to four times Central's size that have very large journalism programs," said <em>Observer </em>faculty adviser Cynthia Mitchell, who also runs the Digital Journalism program.</p><p><em><img alt="PULSE Staff" src="" style="width: 350px; height: 233px; float: right; margin: 3px;">PULSE</em>'s first-place multimedia project <a href="" target="_blank">#YouToo?</a> provided an immersion into the complexities of sexual assault.</p><p>"I was drawn to the idea of creating a VR [virtual reality] experience for our #YouToo story because sexual assault is such a broad, serious topic and one that is hard to describe to others," said <em>PULSE</em> video producer Jocelyn Waite.</p><p>Waite's use of VR incorporated an audio interview of a female student recounting her sexual assault. The interview plays as viewers explore 360-degree photographs of the locations like those where the student talks about being harassed, assaulted, and later received treatment. Quotes of the interview: "I pushed him off, I told him to stop, what did you expect?" are dispersed atop of the photographs.</p><p>"I do hope that the piece that I created with the help of my friend's account of her sexual-assault experience was able to shed light on the subject and help others understand what it's like," said Waite.</p><p>The #YouToo package includes: a virtual reality experience and sidebar story created by Waite (junior, film major); photo gallery by Jack Lambert (senior, digital journalism major); and audio from an interview and story by Jessica Griffin (senior, PR/business major).</p><p>"I am proud of my students for their dedication, creativity and hard work on <em>PULSE</em>, which just keeps evolving and improving," said <em>PULSE</em> faculty advisor Jennifer Green. "The multimedia award recognizes a new facet of <em>PULSE</em>'s portfolio and represents a push to give coverage and voice to a diversity of stories on campus and reach audiences through as many different channels as we can."</p><p><img alt="Observer Staff" src="" style="width: 350px; height: 233px; float: right; margin: 3px;">Approximately 600 students from schools across the country attended the March 1-3 conference, put on by the Associated Collegiate Press.</p><p>For more information about the<em> Observer </em>newspaper or <em>PULSE </em>magazine contact faculty advisors Cynthia Mitchell at, 509-963-1063, or Jennifer Green at, 509-963-3216, respectively.</p><p><strong>Background</strong><br>The <a href="">Department of Communication</a> at CWU offers Digital Journalism degrees in broadcast and writing &amp; reporting. CWU boasts modern broadcast facilities where students can practice every aspect of broadcast and audio production, and labs equipped with the latest editing and design software used in professional newsrooms. Journalism degrees are built on hands-on experience covering real news that's published across a variety of platforms under the guidance of experienced faculty and staff.</p><p><em><strong>PULSE photo credit: Xander Fu</strong></em><br>Front row (l-r): Vanessa Vanessa Cruz, creative director; Elizabeth Mason, graphic designer; Lexi Phillips, editor-in-chief<br>Back row (l-r): Bailee Wicks, associate editor; Matt Conrardy, graphic designer; Maddie Bush, graphic designer; Ryan Weier, director of photography; Lexi Prante, assistant editor</p><p><em><strong>Observer photo credit: Bradley Wilson</strong></em><br>Front row (l-r): Mariah Valles, online &amp; social media manager; Eric Rosane, news editor<br>Back row (l-r): Alexa Murdock, copy desk chief; Hanson Lee, senior sports reporter; Miles King, sports reporter; Jack Belcher, senior news reporter; Xander Fu, senior photographer and assistant copy desk chief</p><p>Media contact: Dawn Alford, Department of Public Affairs, 509-963-1484,</p></br></br></br></br></br>CWU faculty and staff communicate with student vets with “Kognito”, 09 Mar 2018 12:24:02<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/Kognito%20Veterans.jpg" style="width: 449px; height: 225px; margin: 3px; float: right;">Even in an era when digital communication seems to be preeminent, face-to-face conversations are still vital. CWU wants to ensure it is communicating as effectively as possible, especially with veterans who are transitioning to civilian life.</p><p>“Some veterans are uncomfortable bringing up their military service because of concerns they may be singled out and called on to comment on military issues or topics, because of their experiences, during a lecture,” said Ruben Cardenas, <a href="" target="_blank">CWU Veterans Center</a> director. “That can be uncomfortable because some student-veterans just want to be considered ‘students.’”</p><p>That is among the reasons why the Veterans Center is funding a new online training program, <a href="" target="_blank">Kognito</a>, to support appropriate interaction with the roughly 600 veterans and members of their families now taking classes in Ellensburg, and at CWU University Centers and learning sites across Washington.</p><p>For the next two years, Kognito will be available to faculty and staff through the university’s Central Learning Academy (CLA).</p><p>Kognito combines conversation with game technology, allowing users to role-play and refine dialogue with “virtual” humans. The training allows participants to try different approaches, get personalized feedback, and learn skills—and gain confidence—to lead similar real-life exchanges.</p><p>“There are people at the university who have limited experience with veterans—where they’re coming from and their experiences,” Cardenas continued. “But, with the growth of the student-veteran population here and at colleges and universities nationwide, this is needed to address awareness in terms of working with and providing additional ways to engage and assist student veterans.”</p><p>The 30-minute, voluntary training is referred to as an evidence-based health simulation. Kognito has been reviewed and certified by the <a href="" target="_blank">National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices</a>, which is part of the <a href="" target="_blank">U.S. Department of Health and Human Services</a>.</p><p>CWU students pushed for inclusion of the program, which was developed in collaboration with Student Veterans of America, into training opportunities here.</p><p>“It’s customizable to our campus and the resources we have—and that the community makes available,” Cardenas noted. “That’s part of the training—to help our student-veterans make needed connections.”</p><p>Company data indicates more than a million people nationwide have already engaged in a Kognito simulation, which can be tailored to specific client needs. CWU is one of just two public higher education institutions in the state providing the training.&nbsp;</p><p>“It’s designed to further enhance our military-cultural competency,” said Cardenas, pointing out that CWU is already designated a “Veteran Supportive Campus” by the <a href="" target="_blank">Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs</a> (WSDVA).</p><p>The WSDVA endorsement is based on the university’s demonstrated commitment to serving the needs of military personnel and their families, including as one of just four Washington higher education institutions allowed to provide instruction directly at <a href="" target="_blank">Joint Base Lewis-McChord</a>, the largest military installation on the West Coast, near Tacoma.</p><p><strong>Media contact:</strong> Robert Lowery, Department of Public Affairs, director of Radio Services and Integrated Communications, 509-963-1487,</p>Kittitas County Leaders to Receive a Virtual Reality Lesson at CWU, 08 Mar 2018 13:43:50<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/CWU%20Leadership%20KC.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 300px; margin: 3px; float: right;">A group of local business and community leaders get a taste of computer-generated worlds and augmented reality when members of Leadership Kittitas County visit the CWU campus on Friday, March 9.</p><p>Participants will get hands-on experience with augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) technology, facilitated by <a href="" target="_blank">CWU Information Services</a>. AR and VR relate to computer-generated, three-dimensional images or environments that can be manipulated by users through remote controls.</p><p>“We will let them try out lightsabers and tackle our virtual obstacle course,” explained Andreas Bohman, the university’s chief information officer.</p><p>The visit is part of a review by Leadership Kittitas County of community arts and cultural opportunities found in the region.</p><p>“Many of them have not spent much time on Central’s campus,” said Judy Love, from the <a href="" target="_blank">Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce</a>. “They may not be aware of the extent of the museums, theatre and music productions and other enrichment programs available to the community, which are rare for one of this size.”&nbsp;</p><p>Love, along with the chamber’s Chief Executive Officer Jim Armstrong, is coordinating the visit, during which Leadership Kittitas County will also hear a presentation about the university’s newest science facility, titled “Science II: The Cutting Edge; A Community Resource.”</p><p>The $64-million science facility, which opened in 2016, includes the university’s planetarium, observatory, scanning electron microscope, and specialty labs.</p><p>“We want to display what we have available for the public and discuss ways we can further collaborate with the downtown community in our outreach and engagement efforts,” said Dannica Price, CWU <a href="" target="_blank">College of the Sciences</a> engagement program manager.</p><p>In addition, Leadership Kittitas County will receive a backstage tour of both McConnell Auditorium and Tower Theatre, which are homes to the <a href="" target="_blank">CWU Theatre Arts Department</a> and Central Theatre Ensemble.</p><p>“The tour is about demonstrating the state-of-the-art technology we have and use to make art,” Christina Barrigan, Theatre Arts chair, added.</p><p>Love pointed out, “We also look forward to talking with students to learn about why they chose Central, what they are learning, and where they expect their educations will take them in the future. That is always enlightening and encouraging for us.”<br>&nbsp;<br>Leadership Kittitas County, now being offered for the 22nd year, is an annual program from October through June. The nine, monthly sessions allow participants to become informed about various local economic, educational, political, and social issues, along with community needs and corresponding available resources. The goal is to aid businesses and organizations engage in activities that benefit the entire community.</p><p>“When we describe the program to those who have expressed interest in participating, we let them know they will explore many things that other people never get to see,” Love added.</p><p><strong>Media contact: </strong>Robert Lowery, Department of Public Affairs, director of Radio Services and Integrated Communications, 509-963-1487,</p><p>March 8, 2018</p><p><strong>Editor’s note: </strong>The Leadership Kittitas County group is comprised of Laurie Armstrong, from Umpqua Bank Home Lending; Deborah Bezona, a local investor; Lonny Butler, Suncadia and Cascade Mountain Martial Arts; Crystal Church, Youth Services of Kittitas County; Jarred Fudacz, Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce; Travis Harris, 509 Bake House; Nicole Klauss, Iron Horse Brewery; Kasey Knutson, Kittitas County Health Department; Kent Lester, Cashmere Valley Bank; Scott Lichtenberg, Puget Sound Energy; Josh Mattson, City of Ellensburg; Vickie Nesbit, HopeSource; Nicky Pasi, Mountains to Sound Greenway; Steve Townsend, Indigo Solutions; and Krissy Yarnell, Jerrols.</p><p><strong>Photo: </strong>(L. to r.) interior of McConnell Auditorium and exterior of CWU Science II</p></br></br>Central Washington University hires new officer, 07 Mar 2018 12:06:04<p>Central Washington University’s Police and Parking Services welcomes a new police officer to its team. Roberto Beleche, 27, who graduated from the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission’s Basic Law Enforcement Academy on Thursday, March 1, is the newest member of CWU’s 11-officer team.&nbsp;<img alt="" src="" style="width: 225px; height: 300px; margin: 3px; float: left;"></p><p>Beleche received his two bachelor’s degrees in law and justice and political science from CWU in 2014. The choice to become a police officer was one of accelerating and advancing some of the things he already did in his day-to-day life.</p><p>“I always found myself helping people at random and doing it as a job would be a pleasure,” Beleche said. “The ability to make a difference in this career and give back to the community is something that means a lot to me.”</p><p>Beleche attended an intense 17-week program at the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission’s Basic Law Enforcement Academy where he endured extensive physical and mental training and testing to prepare him to adequately serve and protect the community.</p><p>“Finishing the police academy was a huge accomplishment for me,” Beleche said. “It showed me that I still have the same discipline, work ethic, and drive I did when I graduated from CWU.”&nbsp;</p><p>He graduated among recruits from law agencies across the state.&nbsp;<img alt="" src="" style="width: 300px; margin: 3px; float: right; height: 225px;"></p><p>“I’m truly grateful for the opportunity, and it’s awesome to come back to a place that has given so much to me,” Beleche said. “’I’m excited to interact with the students, since I was once walked in their shoes. If I can be the one to inspire, and or show that accomplishments like the ones I’ve achieved are possible, that in itself would be an accomplishment for me.”</p><p>Beleche, the youngest of three siblings, was born in Jalisco, Mexico. His family then moved to Yakima, Washington, where he has lived since he was two years old. He and his parents own a business in Yakima called Chelitos, where they sell a variety of Mexican treats. Beleche credits his parents for the person he is today.&nbsp;<img alt="" src="" style="width: 400px; height: 300px; margin: 3px; float: left;"></p><p>“I was raised by my parents to work hard for what you want,” Beleche said.</p><p>His family and new co-workers were at his police academy graduation in full force, proud of his success and the career he is embarking on.</p><p>“I am blessed to have the support of my family, girlfriend and friends to get me through every day,” Beleche said. “And I couldn’t have asked for a better department and group of people to work with. They’re genuinely like family.”</p><p>Beleche assumed his official role as a police officer at CWU on Sunday, March 4.</p><p>“It feels great to have the official title of a peace officer in Washington state,” he said. “I am excited to see where this career takes me.”&nbsp;</p><p>Beleche will now go through a 14-week Field Training Officers program where he will be trained on how the CWU officers interact and responds to the university community.&nbsp;<img alt="" src="" style="width: 400px; height: 300px; margin: 3px; float: right;"></p><p>"We are excited that Roberto has joined our team.&nbsp; We look forward to him making a positive impact on our community," CWU police chief Jason Berthon-Koch said. "Roberto is a graduate from CWU and the CWU TRIO program which makes him a valuable asset to our team as he already knows how the University functions from being a student."</p><p>Media contact:</p><p>Chelsie Hadden, Department of Public Affairs, 509-963-1457,</p>On Bullying: Monologues Performance Set For March 13, 07 Mar 2018 10:03:45<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-alt:Calibri; mso-font-charset:0; mso-generic-font-family:swiss; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:-536859905 -1073732485 9 0 511 0;} @font-face {font-family:Times; panose-1:2 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0; mso-font-charset:0; mso-generic-font-family:auto; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:-536870145 1342185562 0 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; mso-bidi-font-size:10.0pt; font-family:Times; mso-fareast-font-family:Times; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";} .MsoChpDefault {mso-style-type:export-only; mso-default-props:yes; font-size:10.0pt; mso-ansi-font-size:10.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size:10.0pt; font-family:Times; mso-ascii-font-family:Times; mso-fareast-font-family:Times; mso-hansi-font-family:Times;} @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" style="margin-left:.5in"><span style="mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; color:black;background:white">A series of monologues written by creative writing students from the Central Washington University English Department, called, “On Bullying,” will be performed by CWU Theatre students from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 13, in McConnell Auditorium.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left:.5in"><span style="mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; color:black;background:white">&nbsp;The show is directed by Theatre professor Patrick Dizney, acted by students from Dizney's TH245 Basic Acting&nbsp;class, with scripts written by Lisa Norris's ENG 263 Introduction to Creative Writing class.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left:.5in"><span style="mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; color:black;background:white">&nbsp;</span><span style="mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; color:black;background:white">The project was inspired in part by the work of Ruth Ozeki, who visited the CWU campus during Winter quarter. In Ozeki's book, <i>A Tale for the Time Being,</i> one of the main characters (Nao) struggles to survive victimization at the hands of her schoolmates in Japan. Bullying is, of course, a problem that crosses age groups and cultures. The monologues give voice to the experience in way that can promote understanding, conversation, and change. </span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left:.5in"><span style="mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; color:black;background:white">&nbsp;</span><span style="mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; color:black;background:white">The event is free and open to the public.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left:.5in"><span style="mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif">&nbsp;</span><span style="mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif">For more information, contact Lisa Norris at 509-963-1745,</span></p></p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left:.5in"></span style="mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; color:black;background:white"></p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left:.5in"></span style="mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; color:black;background:white"></p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left:.5in"></span style="mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; color:black;background:white"></span style="mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; color:black;background:white"></p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left:.5in"></span style="mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; color:black;background:white"></span style="mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; color:black;background:white"></p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left:.5in"></span style="mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif"></span style="mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif">