CWUCWU NewsCWU News Facilitates Business Tour for Australian Agriculture Executives, 02 Jul 2015 10:26:37<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/PritchardMark_2015.jpg" style="width: 239px; height: 300px; float: left; margin: 7px;">Several members of the <a href="" target="_blank">Hills Orchard Improvement Group</a>, which promotes the work of more than 130 fruit growers and 60 orchards in Perth Hills, Australia, will visit central Washington July 6 through 10 for site visits and meetings with local agricultural leaders.<br><br>The visit is being coordinated through the <a href="" target="_blank">Central Washington University College of Business.</a><br><br>“Our university encourages international cooperation,” notes Kathryn Martell, the college dean. “We’re excited about the opportunity to help the Hills Orchard Improvement Group visit central Washington to learn more the best practices adopted by various companies here.”<br><br>One specific area of interest to the Australian delegation is fruit fly management and the role of organics in that, points out <a href="" target="_blank">Mark Pritchard,</a> <a href="http://\" target="_blank">CWU marketing</a> professor, who is serving as the university liaison to the group.<br><br>Because of that, Pritchard has helped scheduled group visits to several orchards, as well as the United States Agriculture Department laboratory in Wapato and the Washington State University research and extension center in Wenatchee.<br><br>The delegation decided to come to central Washington since agriculture is such a prominent part of Washington’s economy, valued at more than $4.5 billion annually. Production of apples, peaches, and pears accounts for more than 12 percent of that total.<br><br>Interestingly, Pritchard&nbsp; a native of Australia, grew up with growers, whose businesses are now affiliated with Hills Orchard Improvement Group.<br><br>“My first job out of high school was picking apples in the Hills orchard area for six months,” he points out “So, it’s a fun thing to host and help connect this group with the industry here.”<br><br><strong>Media contact: </strong>Robert Lowery, director of Content Development, 509-963-1487,</p><p><strong>Photo: </strong>Mark Pritchard, CWU marketing professor</p><p>July 2, 2015</p></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br>Hundreds attend Wellness Hour to Bid Farewell to Ken Briggs, 29 Jun 2015 07:52:52<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/Ken_Briggs_FEATURED.jpg" style="width: 400px; float: right; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; height: 247px;">When Ken Briggs played school as a little kid growing up in Denver he was always the teacher.</p><p>Now that he's retiring from Central Washington University and looking back on 45 years in the teaching profession, he says he's amazed to realize he's been in the classroom his entire life since age 5.</p><p>"A classroom is a magical place and somehow it just got into me," said Briggs, 67, who spent 38 years teaching at Central. "I have been blessed that it has stayed in me all these years. It is just so incredible to be a part of a person, young or old, who learns something interesting, relevant and important."</p><p>Read the <a href="" target="_blank">rest of this story</a> by Mike Johnston in the Daily Record.&nbsp;</p><p><em>Photo by Brian Myrick / Daily Record</em></p><p>June 29, 2015</p>Global Experience Distinguishes CWU’s New Aviation Chair, 29 Jun 2015 07:45:35<p><span style="line-height: 1.4;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/Sundaram%20Nataraja.jpeg" style="width: 198px; height: 250px; float: left; margin-left: 7px; margin-right: 7px;">From India, to Singapore, to Saudi Arabia, to the United States, to the United Arab Emirates, </span>Sundaram<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> </span>Nataraja's<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> career has spanned the globe. Selected as the new chair of the Department of Aviation,&nbsp;</span>Nataraja<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> brings an impressive international background and academic experience to Central Washington University.</span></p><p>“We are pleased that our program attracted someone of his caliber,” said Paul Ballard, dean of the College of Education and Professional Studies.&nbsp; “With his exceptional knowledge, skills, and abilities, the aviation program will be able to meet the demands of a changing aviation industry. We are looking forward to working with him.”</p><p>A strategic thinker and an accomplished administrator, Nataraja will relocate to Ellensburg after concluding his tenure as associate dean for quality and institutional development and professor in aviation management in the College of Business Administration at King Saud University, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Under his leadership, he led a successful strategic planning process, attained accreditation for four undergraduate programs for the National Commission for Academic Accreditation and Assessment, reviewed 17 academic programs, conducted 28 faculty development programs, enriched student learning from bachelor’s to doctoral programs, enhanced philanthropy, and ensured faculty research funding to the tune of&nbsp; $12 million annually.</p><p>“’Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself,’ said Nataraja, quoting American philosopher John Dewey. “I have passion for academic excellence, high performance, and effective decision-making. And I endeavor to build a workplace that thrives in an atmosphere of trust, compassion, and professional integrity. I see a great opportunity here at Central and I am eager to use all of my skills and knowledge to take the department to the next level.”</p><p>He has more than three decades of academic and administrative experience, and an outstanding record of scholarship, research, and teaching. Nataraja’s 15 years of airline and aviation industry experience includes his employment with international corporations including Emirates Airlines, Saudi Arabian Airlines, Singapore Airlines, and United Airlines.</p><p>Nataraja has earned degrees from institutions all over the world, including the University of Oxford, England, International Air Transportation Association (IATA) Switzerland and Canada, and University of Madras in India. He has also pursued higher education in the United States and has earned a master’s of science in aviation safety from the University of Central Missouri, and a master’s in educational administration and a doctorate in adult and higher education administration from the University of South Dakota.</p><p>His wife, Vasanthi Nataraja, and children are looking forward to the move to Ellensburg.&nbsp; Nataraja will begin his position at CWU on September 1. Amy Hoover will complete her tenure as chair June 30. Jason Underhill will assume duties as the summer chair of the department until Nataraja arrives.</p><p>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,<br>&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;"></br>CWU to Participate in Forum on Internationalizing College Campuses, 25 Jun 2015 10:44:38<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/Ann%20Radwan.jpg" style="width: 250px; height: 250px; float: left; margin: 7px;">Higher education is one of the top 10 service sector exports for the United States economy. In that regard, universities nationwide, including CWU, play an important role in strengthening ties between the United States and countries around the world.</p><p>Ann Radwan, the executive director of CWU’s <a href="" target="_blank">International Studies and Programs</a>, and Sara Cass, international student recruiter, will participate in the US State Department’s sixth annual <a href="" target="_blank">EducationUSA</a> Forum in Washington, D.C., June 30 through July 2. Nearly 600 university representatives will attend the forum.</p><p>The discussions will focus on the development of comprehensive and innovative strategies for attracting international students to campuses in the United States, along with the importance of study abroad. International education supports strong economies around the world by providing students with knowledge and skills needed to collaborate and compete in an increasingly global workforce.</p><p>The forum will feature sessions and workshops on traditional and virtual recruiting, improving international student services, handling student visas, accessing foreign government scholarships, and developing partnership for recruiting and retaining international students.</p><p><strong>Media contact: </strong>Robert Lowery, director of Content Development, 509-963-1487,</p><p>June 24, 2015</p><p>Photo: Dr. Ann Radwan, CWU OISP executive director</p>CWU Employee Honored for Supporting the Military, 25 Jun 2015 09:58:30<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/Sannuto%20500%20by%20500.jpg" style="width: 250px; height: 250px; float: left; border-width: 0px; border-style: solid; margin: 7px;">Central Washington University is widely known as a military friendly institution because of the variety of ways it supports active duty and reserve personnel, and military veterans.</p><p>Vicki Sannuto, CWU’s <a href="" target="_blank">Career Services</a> director, exemplifies university efforts. In recognition, she was awarded the <a href="" target="_blank">Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve</a> Patriot Award. It honors employer assistance, such as allowing for flexible schedules, time off before and after deployment, and leaves of absence, if needed, for National Guard members and reservists.</p><p>“I feel privileged to have won this award,” Sannuto, says, rating it as the top individual award that she has received.</p><p>Bruce Simpson, Career Services employer outreach liaison, nominated Sannuto, his supervisor. She provided him with time off for his deployment to assist with rescue and recovery efforts at the site of the deadly <a href="" target="_blank">landslide near Oso</a>, in March 2014.</p><p>Sannuto notes, “It was a total surprise. When he told me he had nominated me, I was taken aback. I was just doing my job.”</p><p>Simpson is a lieutenant colonel in the <a href="" target="_blank">Washington Air National Guard</a>.</p><p>“It was so comforting to know that I didn’t have to worry about my job here or my family’s medical benefits while I was deployed,” he says.</p><p>During the past year, Simpson was also called up for a national security course in Washington, D.C., and a military exercise in South Korea. Each of those absences lasted several weeks.</p><p>“National Guard members and reservists contribute a lot to the workplace,” Sannuto points out. “They have a real understanding of duty and responsibility, which Bruce certainly has. Even though he’s doing two jobs, he does well at both by following up on things, being organized and making sure he communicates well.”</p><p>Sannuto has a significant amount of interaction with members of the military since Career Services is co-located with the CWU <a href="" target="_blank">Veterans Center</a>.</p><p>Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, which is part of the federal Defense Department, has worked to promote cooperation and understanding between reserve military members and their employers for nearly 45 years.</p><p><strong>Media contact: </strong>Robert Lowery, director of Content Development, 509-963-1487,</p><p>June 24, 2015</p>119 Student-Athletes Make Spring Honor Roll, 25 Jun 2015 08:09:32<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/CWU%20Mountain%20Medallion-final.jpg" style="width: 466px; height: 228px;">After all grades have been submitted, 119 Central Washington University student-athletes made the Dean's List with 27 of those individuals earning a perfect 4.0 grade point average.<br><br>Of the 27 athletes that earned a 4.0 GPA this spring, four were freshman that finished their first year of college with an unblemished GPA earning a 4.0 each quarter. These athletes include Drew Wallen&nbsp;(Football), Jayden Croft (Football), Laura Steiner (Softball), and Cassidy Kunst (Track).</p><p>Women's track and field topped the list with 28 student-athletes making the list, followed by football (17) soccer (14), men's track (13), and softball (11).</p><p>To make the CWU Dean's List a student must achieve a 3.5 GPA or higher while carrying a minimum of 12 credit hours.&nbsp; In total, 180 different athletes have made the dean's list during the 2014-15 school year.</p><p>For a complete listing of these scholar-athletes, click <a href="">here.</a><br>&nbsp;</p></br></br></br>Top Yakima Non-profit Official Appointed to CWU Governing Board, 23 Jun 2015 15:06:12<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/Erin%20Black%2C%20CWU%20BOT.jpg" style="width: 333px; height: 200px; border-width: 0px; border-style: solid; margin: 7px; float: left;">Governor Jay Inslee has appointed Erin Black to the Central Washington University Board of Trustees. Black, a CWU alumna, is the executive director of the YWCA of Yakima. Her six-year appointment, which must be confirmed by the state Senate, began June 8. It will continue through September 30, 2020.</p><p>Black says the appointment matches both her zeal for creating opportunity and expertise in organizational management.</p><p>“I have a true passion for education and how important it is,” Black notes. “The YWCA’s goal is to empower people. We focus on connecting people with education and opportunities for higher education, which really opens up a lot of doors for them. To be involved in a leadership role in higher education is very exciting.”</p><p>Black has served as the YWCA executive director since 2009, assuming the post in the midst of an organization capital campaign that was about $2 million short of goal when she arrived. Through her engagement with donors, Black solidified the financial foundation of the project. YWCA was able to pay off its mortgage, while simultaneously developing operational capital and reserves.</p><p>CWU president James L. Gaudino says Black will help represent a region of vital importance to the university.</p><p>“Yakima County is home to nearly 7,000 CWU alumni, including more than 20 percent of public school teachers in the Yakima School District alone. And each year about 1,000 Yakima-area students are earning degrees at Central,” adds Gaudino, noting that Yakima County also is a key business partner. “Our partnership with Yakima is critical to our success. Central does business with more than 125 entrepreneurs in Yakima and 25 percent of the labor for our big construction projects comes from the Yakima Valley.”</p><p>Black’s numerous and diverse community work has included as a board member of the Downtown Yakima Rotary, where she has helped chair the annual Rotary auction, which has raised more than $300,000 for education and community development. Since 2011 she has led “100 Jobs for 100 Kids,” a program designed to help high school students increase their work skills. She also works with the board of Safe Yakima Valley, which is dedicated to reducing crime and substance abuse, and the Homeless Network of Yakima, which she chaired for two years and where she currently continues to serve on the executive committee.</p><p>Since becoming the YWCA executive director, she has overseen a $200,000 increase in its budget while reliance on government funding has been reduced from 70 percent to 55 percent. A total of 470 businesses and 3,241 individuals now financially support the organization. Last year, the YWCA served more than 4,000 people impacted by domestic violence through a variety of programs.</p><p>Black says the knowledge and experience she’s gained from leading non-profit organizations, along with her expansive community work, will help inform her work on the Board of Trustees.</p><p>“My experience managing the YWCA is very similar to managing a business,” she said, acknowledging the tremendous budget and funding challenges the university now faces. “I think my experience mobilizing support can help engage more alumni and more donors to support higher education.”</p><p>Black said she supports the board’s efforts to make budgetary decisions using “a student-centered approach. “I want their educational experiences at Central to be life-changing and lasting in their professional careers, just as they have been for me,” she states.</p><p>Black graduated cum laude from CWU in anthropology, with a specialization in museology, which helped prepare her for her previous post as director of the Kittitas County Historical Museum.</p><p>She also holds a master’s degree from Seattle University in Executive Nonprofit Leadership and has completed more than 100 hours of training on domestic violence prevention and advising, along with training in advocacy-based counseling.</p><p><strong>Media contact: </strong>Robert Lowery, director of Content Development, 509-963-1487,</p><p>June 23, 2015</p>KCWU-FM Program Director Wins International Radio Award, 23 Jun 2015 11:01:41<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/Nikki_Marra_mug.jpg" style="width: 100px; height: 119px; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; float: left;">Nikki Marra, the professional program director for CWU's campus radio station&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">KCWU-FM 88.1 The 'Burg</a>, received a 2015 New York Festivals International Radio Program Award on Monday at a gala in New York City. Her work was considered among entries from radio stations, networks, and independent producers in 32 countries.&nbsp;<br><br>Marra was recognized with a finalist certificate for her 2014 audio documentary&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank"><em>The College Radio Road Trip</em></a>&nbsp;for which she traveled to college radio stations across the country and interviewed administrators, faculty, and students. The documentary was offered to all college radio stations as part of <a href="" target="_blank">College Radio Day</a> 2014.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">NYF's</a><span style="line-height: 16.7999992370605px;"><a href="" target="_blank">&nbsp;International Radio Program Awards</a>&nbsp;honor radio programming and promotions in all lengths and formats.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 16.7999992370605px;">This was&nbsp;Marra's&nbsp;first&nbsp;</span>NYF<span style="line-height: 16.7999992370605px;">&nbsp;nomination</span><span style="line-height: 16.7999992370605px;">.</span></p><p style="line-height: 16.7999992370605px;">The 'Burg was<span style="line-height: 16.7999992370605px;">&nbsp;named the 2015 Best College Station in the country by&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 16.7999992370605px;">the&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Intercollegiate Broadcasting System</a>&nbsp;earlier this year.</span></p><p style="line-height: 16.7999992370605px;">June 23, 2015</p></br></br></span style="line-height: 16.7999992370605px;"></span style="line-height: 16.7999992370605px;"></span style="line-height: 16.7999992370605px;"></span style="line-height: 16.7999992370605px;"></p style="line-height: 16.7999992370605px;"></span style="line-height: 16.7999992370605px;"></span style="line-height: 16.7999992370605px;"></p style="line-height: 16.7999992370605px;">Statement on the Passing of WSU President Elson Floyd, 22 Jun 2015 11:40:22<p>Elson<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> S. Floyd, the president of Washington State University, died Saturday, June 20 of complications from colon cancer. He was 59. His passing is a big loss for higher education.</span></p><p>“Elson<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> was a leader among leaders,” said </span>CWU<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> President James L.&nbsp;</span>Gaudino<span style="line-height: 1.4;">. “His energy and compassion will be impossible to replace. I will remember him as a friend.”</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.4;">Floyd was&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.4;">WSU's&nbsp;</span>10th<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> president. In a prepared statement, WSU Board of Regents Chair Ryan&nbsp;</span>Durkan<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> said the university’s progress throughout Floyd’s eight-year tenure is unprecedented.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.4;">Under Floyd’s leadership,&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.4;">WSU earned bipartisan support in the state Legislature to create its own medical school at its Spokane campus, established&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.4;">the Edward R. </span>Murrow<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> College of Communication, and opened t</span><span style="line-height: 1.4;">he Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.4;">To see Floyd’s full obituary, photos and other stories, visit WSU’s </span><a href="" style="line-height: 1.4;" target="_blank">online tribute page</a><span style="line-height: 1.4;">.</span></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;"></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;">Nearly 2 Tons of Food Collected for FISH Food Bank, 18 Jun 2015 16:23:05<p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/Donated_food.jpg" style="width: 550px; height: 326px;"></p><p>CWU students and the community donated more than 3,500 pounds of food and hundreds of household items including furniture, electronics, and clothes this month to help the <a href="" target="_blank">FISH Food Bank</a> in Ellensburg.</p><p>The items were collected as part of the annual Don't Waste, Donate program organized by the <a href="" target="_blank">Center for Leadership and Community Engagement.</a> An accompanying food drive on campus and throughout town&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.4;">was organized by the </span><span style="line-height: 1.4;"><a href="" target="_blank">Equity and Services Council</a>.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.4;">Don’t Waste, Donate gathers reusable items from students cleaning out their dorm rooms and apartments before summer break. The</span><span style="line-height: 1.4;">&nbsp;donations are redistributed through the </span><span style="line-height: 1.4;"><a href="" target="_blank">Office of Surplus and Asset Management</a> and sold at auctions throughout the year. The proceeds go to the FISH Food Bank.</span></p><p>June 18, 2015</p></p style="text-align: center;"></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;">