CWUCWU NewsCWU News Reduction Means More Students Will be Able to Afford College, 03 Aug 2015 09:29:33<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/Linda_KIMA_Interview.jpg" style="width: 350px; height: 197px; float: right; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px;"><span style="line-height: 1.4;">Thanks to lawmakers in Washington state more students will be able to afford college. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.4;">Those attending Central Washington University will see the impact of the state legislature's decision to cut college tuition, this upcoming fall.</span></p><p>The school is reducing tuition by 20 percent over the next two years.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.4;">Read and watch the </span><a href="" style="line-height: 1.4;" target="_blank">rest of the story</a><span style="line-height: 1.4;"> by Claudia Ramos at KIMA TV.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.4;">August 3, 2015</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;">Students Help City of Ellensburg with Earthquake Awareness, 30 Jul 2015 16:38:18<p>When a big disaster hits, emergency service experts recommend people have three days of supplies.</p><p>Considering that relatively low-population Kittitas County probably won’t be high on incoming responders’ triage list, it might be better to have two weeks or more, said Eamonn Clarke, a sophomore at Central Washington University who’s helping the city of Ellensburg with an earthquake awareness campaign.</p><p>“If there’s a regional disaster, all the aid’s going to go to Seattle, it’s not going to come out here, at least not for a while,” he said.</p><p>Read the <a href="" target="_blank">rest of this story</a> by Andy Matarrese&nbsp;in the Daily Record.&nbsp;</p>CWU Awarded $1.4M to Continue Serving Students through TRIO Program, 28 Jul 2015 16:33:33<p><span style="line-height: 1.4;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/TRIO%20SSS%20Logo.jpg" style="width: 270px; margin: 5px; float: right; height: 124px;">CWU’s <a href="" target="_blank">TRIO Student Support Services</a> grant has been renewed for another five-year cycle. With the $1.4 million award ($281,219 per year), </span>CWU<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> can continue to help low-income, first-generation, and students with disabilities succeed in college.</span></p><p>The U.S. Education Department <a href="" target="_blank">awarded $270 million</a> to fund TRIO SSS Programs at 968 institutions. CWU’s program, operating since 1992, is funded to serve 225 students per year. Among the services offered are academic advising and tutoring, career guidance, leadership and service experience, financial literacy programs, and help applying for graduate school.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.4;">“This is such an important program to me,” said senior Ayla Medina, a TRIO student since her first year at CWU. It instantly became her strongest support system, helping both emotionally and academically.</span></p><p>“Having a place to go where I feel safe and I feel understood is incredible,” Medina said. “As a first-generation student, I needed information about how college is run and I found it there.”</p><p>From 2014-15, CWU’s TRIO SSS students had a 99.5 percent persistence rate and 85.9 percent of them were in good academic standing.</p><p>“The program is effective because the staff is very intentional about advancing students’ academic, personal and professional competencies,” said Lorinda Anderson, coordinator of CWU’s TRIO SSS Program.&nbsp;“We are thrilled to be funded for the next five academic years and have already been developing new ways to advance the important mission of this program.”&nbsp; &nbsp;</p><p>Raymond Navarro, director of Academic Achievement Programs at CWU, is elated to receive the highly competitive grant. He said the award is a testament to the leadership of Provost Marilyn Levine, the vision of Dean of Student Success Sarah Swager, and the work of Academic Achievement staff.</p><p>“It also speaks to the perseverance of our students,” Navarro said. “We look forward to continuing the long history the TRIO SSS Program has in empowering students to achieve success, realize their potential, and accomplish their personal and professional goals.”</p><p>Medina, who was born in Guadalajara, Mexico, moved to the United States when she was 8. She is the first in her family to graduate high school and attend college. After earning degrees in psychology and interdisciplinary studies, she wants a career that involves outreach to minority youth and underrepresented populations.</p><p>“I hope to get the message across to youth how important it is to get an education and how empowering it feels to have knowledge and be able to speak up for yourself,” Medina said. “I want to show my nieces and nephews that we can be so much more than minimum wage workers and that we are the ones who set our own barriers.”</p><p>CWU worked with <a href="" target="_blank">Hanover Research</a> to prepare the TRIO SSS grant proposal for submission. Hanover provides grant development support to hospitals, higher education institutions, and other non-profit organizations.</p><p><strong><em>Media contact</em></strong><em>: Barb Arnott, CWU Public Affairs, 509-963-2841,</em></p><p>July 28, 2015</p></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;">Tuition Drops 20 Percent at Central Washington University, 28 Jul 2015 09:29:47<p><span style="line-height: 1.4;">Tuition will drop 20 percent at CWU over the next two years. The reduction, approved by the state Legislature in June, will reduce the price of a bachelor’s degree by $1,686 over two years.</span></p><p>“This price cut puts a college education within reach of working families throughout Washington,” said CWU President James L. Gaudino. “It’s wonderful to see the state step up to the responsibility to support public higher education.”</p><p>Tuition will drop 5 percent for the 2015-16 school year and again by 15 percent for the 2016-17 school year, according to George Clark, vice president for business and financial affairs.</p><p>“That drops tuition to about $6,900 this year and $5,900 the year after,” said Clark. “That makes CWU an incredible bargain compared to the state’s big universities, which will still charge as much as $9,183 per year.”</p><p>Clark said the 30-percent disparity is due to the fact that research universities like the UW and WSU will only reduce tuition by 5 percent and 10 percent.</p><p>Clark said the tuition cuts for CWU bring tuition to its lowest level since 2008-09, when tuition was $5,724. CWU also provides more than $11 million in tuition waivers to help students afford school. Clark said CWU’s aggressive approach to student aid last year dropped the average tuition cost to $3,000 for undergraduates.</p><p>The generous aid, combined with comprehensive academic advising and smarter communications strategies, is expected to push freshmen enrollment up by more than 15 percent this year. The most recent projections indicate that the university student body will increase by at least 270 students over the next two years. This comes at a time when other universities and colleges in Washington have seen a decline in overall enrollments.</p><p>State community and technical college tuition rates will not change this year and will be reduced by only 5 percent for 2016-17.</p><p><strong><em>Media contact:</em></strong><em> Linda Schactler, Executive Director of Public Affairs, 509-963-1384,</em></p><p><em style="line-height: 1.4;">July 28, 2015</em></p></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></em style="line-height: 1.4;">CWU Jazz Band I closes out Jazz in the Valley, 28 Jul 2015 08:10:12<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/jazzband1.jpg" style="width: 448px; height: 300px;"></p><p><a href="">Jazz in the Valley</a> closed out Sunday with <a href="" target="_blank">CWU Jazz Band I</a>, the first time a student-only band has played the final concert at the festival.</p><p>Band director Chris Bruya said he was elated the show was successful and the students had a great experience.</p><p>“They’ve been really excited about doing this gig,” Bruya said.</p><p>Read more of this story in the <a href="">Daily Record</a>.</p><p>Photo by Julia Martinez/Daily Record</p>CWU Professor Helps to Fund Cameroon Health Clinics with Soccer Camp, 28 Jul 2015 07:44:42<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/soccercamp.jpg" style="width: 495px; height: 300px;"></p><p>Blaise Dondji was 10 years old and living in Bawa, Cameroon, when his mother died from blood loss after she gave birth to his sister.</p><p>“The was no ambulance or car to rush her to the hospital,” he said</p><p>From that point on, he knew he wanted to make a difference with the health care in Cameroon.</p><p>Read more of this story in the <a href="">Daily Record</a>.</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Sen. Judy Warnick Recognized by CWU Trustees for her Continued Support, 27 Jul 2015 08:27:58<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/Senator-Warnick-2015.jpg" style="width: 120px; height: 160px; float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px;">CWU<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> trustees and university leaders Thursday honored Sen. Judy </span>Warnick<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> for being a tireless advocate for higher education.</span></p><p>Warnick, from Moses Lake, has represented the 13th legislative district in the state Legislature since 2007. She has served on the House Higher Education Committee and the Senate Ways and Means Committee, both of which make decisions that influence the success of CWU.</p><p>At a reception in Spokane Thursday, the CWU Board of Trustees adopted a resolution honoring Warnick “for her exemplary actions on behalf of the students and employees of Central Washington University.”</p><p>“She was there for us,” said CWU President James L. Gaudino, acknowledging Warnick’s support in the most recent legislative session. “The operating budget and capital budget make higher education a priority. They’re not only a boon for students and the university, but for the local economy.”</p><p>The new two-year operating budget includes the state’s first-ever tuition cut. The capital budget allocates more than $100 million in construction funding for CWU — a record for the university. Rep. Matt Manweller of Ellensburg and Rep. Tom Dent of Moses Lake also were instrumental in CWU’s success.</p><p><strong><em>Media contact:</em></strong><em> Barb Arnott, CWU Public Affairs, 509-963-2841, </em><a href=""><em></em></a></p></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></a href="">CWU’s Governing Board Honors Longtime Trustee Sid Morrison, 27 Jul 2015 08:27:54<p dir="ltr"><span style="line-height: 1.4;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/MorrisonSid.jpg" style="width: 120px; height: 157px; float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px;">CWU</span><span style="line-height: 1.4;"> trustees and university leaders Thursday honored board chair Sid Morrison for his 12 years of service. Morrison, whose second, six-year board appointment ends September 30, has been committed to public service for nearly five decades, serving as a state representative, state senator, U.S. congressman, and state secretary of transportation. In retirement, Morrison serves on a number of boards. He has been a </span>CWU<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> trustee for 12 years, including seven as chair.</span></p><p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-67ee0ec3-d020-3d3a-e3b5-3fbaaf7c910f">At a Spokane reception honoring Morrison, CWU president James L. Gaudino said the word “statesman” was made for Morrison.</span></p><p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-67ee0ec3-d020-3d3a-e3b5-3fbaaf7c910f">“I’m privileged to work with a lot of exceptional, outstanding, inspiring people, but none inspires me more than Sid,” Gaudino said. “His leadership and dedication to the students, faculty, and staff have been critical to the success of the university during a particularly challenging time.”</span></p><p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-67ee0ec3-d020-3d3a-e3b5-3fbaaf7c910f">Board Vice Chair Keith Thompson read a resolution honoring Morrison for his passionate, proficient, and prolific service to the board and to the university during the BOT’s annual planning retreat in Spokane.</span></p><p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-67ee0ec3-d020-3d3a-e3b5-3fbaaf7c910f">As chairman of the board, Morrison led the process of hiring a new president. Over the years he participated in the approval of 20 new bachelor’s degree programs and six master’s degree programs. He was involved in board actions associated with major construction projects such as Barto Hall, the CWU-Wenatchee Higher Education Center, Dean Hall, Hogue Hall, the Music Building, Science Phase II, and Wendell Hill Hall. He also was a valuable mentor to new trustees and encouraged members to get involved in statewide discussions about higher education.</span></p><p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-67ee0ec3-d020-3d3a-e3b5-3fbaaf7c910f">Morrison earned his bachelor’s degree from Washington State College in 1954. After serving in the U.S. Army, he helped manage Morrison Fruit Company in Zillah, Wash., until 1980. He was a state representative from 1967-73 and a state senator from 1974-80. He was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1980, where he served six terms through 1992. He was Washington State Secretary of Transportation from 1993 through 2001. </span></p><p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-67ee0ec3-d020-3d3a-e3b5-3fbaaf7c910f">In retirement, Morrison is chair of the executive boards of Energy Northwest and the Yakima Basin Storage Alliance. He is vice chair of the Central Washington State Fair Association, and a board member of Federal Engineers and Constructors, and Mainstream Republicans of Washington.</span></p><p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-67ee0ec3-d020-3d3a-e3b5-3fbaaf7c910f">Gov. Chris Gregoire appointed Morrison to the CWU BOT in 2003. Last week’s retreat was his final BOT meeting.</span></p><p dir="ltr"><em><strong><span id="docs-internal-guid-67ee0ec3-d020-3d3a-e3b5-3fbaaf7c910f">Media contact:</span> </strong>Barb Arnott, CWU Public Affairs,, 509-963-2841</em></p></p dir="ltr"></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></p dir="ltr"></span id="docs-internal-guid-67ee0ec3-d020-3d3a-e3b5-3fbaaf7c910f"></p dir="ltr"></span id="docs-internal-guid-67ee0ec3-d020-3d3a-e3b5-3fbaaf7c910f"></p dir="ltr"></span id="docs-internal-guid-67ee0ec3-d020-3d3a-e3b5-3fbaaf7c910f"></p dir="ltr"></span id="docs-internal-guid-67ee0ec3-d020-3d3a-e3b5-3fbaaf7c910f"></p dir="ltr"></span id="docs-internal-guid-67ee0ec3-d020-3d3a-e3b5-3fbaaf7c910f"></p dir="ltr"></span id="docs-internal-guid-67ee0ec3-d020-3d3a-e3b5-3fbaaf7c910f"></p dir="ltr"></span id="docs-internal-guid-67ee0ec3-d020-3d3a-e3b5-3fbaaf7c910f"></p dir="ltr"></span id="docs-internal-guid-67ee0ec3-d020-3d3a-e3b5-3fbaaf7c910f">CWU to Forge Higher Education Ties With Cuba, 24 Jul 2015 10:55:24<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/Cuban%20flag.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 250px; float: left; border-width: 3px; border-style: solid; margin: 3px;">“There’s a whole new set of relationships developing with Cuba,” says Ann Radwan, executive director of Central Washington University’s <a href="">International Studies and Programs</a>. “The networks that we will develop will be fantastic. It’s exciting.”</p><p>CWU was selected as one of just 12 institutions nationwide to participate in the 2015 International Academic Partnership Program.&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>This year’s program, which began last week, forges new relationships between colleges and universities in the United States and Cuba.</p><p>The selection is particularly significant in a new era of mutual collaboration initiated by the two countries with the resumption of diplomatic relations and the opening of embassies in Washington, DC, and Havana on Monday, July 20.</p><p>Stella Moreno, director for CWU’s <a href="">Center for Latino and Latin American Studies</a>, points out, “Cuba has more than 60 universities that offer undergraduate and graduate programs in the sciences, the arts and humanities, technology, education, and medicine. The combination of USA and Cuban talents will prove alluring for the development of cultural and academic exchanges, and venues of discovery and progress in both countries. There is so much to learn and no time to lose.”</p><p>The <a href="">Institute of International Education</a> (IIE), a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting international education and access to education worldwide, administers the partnership program. Its most well-known endeavor is the Fulbright Program.</p><p>Radwan, who has had interactions with the organization for several years, notes, “The people at IIE are really quite expert at developing the architecture to support university partnerships. It’s then up to us to develop the partnerships.”</p><p>CWU’s <a href="">Office of International Studies and Programs</a> faculty, students, and administrators will participate in a range of training opportunities this year pertaining to implementation, as the university embarks on creating sustainable educational partnerships with Cuba.</p><p>In addition, the university will establish a campus steering committee to work on partnership development. Mark Auslander, <a href="">anthropology and museum studies</a> professor and director of the <a href="">Museum of Culture and Environment</a>, will chair the group, which is scheduled to begin by the end of July.</p><p>“Many faculty at Central are delighted at the prospect of partnering closely with Cuban educational and cultural institutions,” Auslander states. “Our students are fascinated by Cuban literature and the arts, Cuban history, and the complex challenges of democratization and economic reform in the new era.”</p><p>The committee is charged with creating a strategic plan for CWU’s new ventures in Cuba, which could lead to increased diversity among international students coming to Ellensburg.</p><p>Radwan predicts, “I think there will be a huge increase in US government support for Cuban students to study in the United States. This university has a lot to offer.”</p><p>Ken Cohen, director of the <a href="">International Sustainable Development Institute</a>; Elvin Delgado, director of the <a href="">Institute for Integrated Energy Studies</a>;&nbsp;and Auslander have been tapped to represent CWU on a trip to the island nation in October. The three faculty members work collaboratively with the <a href="">Center for Latino and Latin American Studies</a>.</p><p>“I wanted a diverse group of people going and they have very different interests and backgrounds,” says Radwan about those selections. “They’ve already worked in both Central and South America, so it seemed natural.”</p><p>Auslander adds, “We’re eager to learn from our Cuban colleagues and develop opportunities for collaborative learning for our students and [Cuban] students on the island.”</p><p><strong>Media contact: </strong>Robert Lowery, director of Content Development, 509-963-1487,</p><p>July 24, 2015</p>The 'Burg's Nikki Marra Named Radio's Most Innovative, 21 Jul 2015 18:36:17<p>Nikki Marra, professional program director for <a href="" target="_blank">KCWU-FM 88.1 The 'Burg</a>, was named <a href="" target="_blank">Radio's Most Innovative</a> last week by <a href="" target="_blank">Jacobs Media</a>. Marra earned the title with her cross-country trip to various college radio stations that she turned into an audio documentary called <a href="" target="_blank"><em>The College Radio Road Trip</em></a><span style="line-height: 1.4;">.&nbsp;</span></p><p>The documentary also&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.4;">received a 2015 New York Festivals International Radio Program Award in June. It was considered among entries from radio stations, networks, and independent producers in 32 countries.</span></p><p>For the trip, Marra traveled to campus radio stations and interviewed administrators, faculty, and students. The documentary was offered to all college radio stations as part of College Radio Day 2014.</p><p>"This project and its larger purpose make it a great example of innovativeness," said Fred Jacobs on his Jacobs Media Blog. "Many broadcasters don’t think about college radio very often, even though many of us got our start behind the board at our school’s FM or even carrier current station."</p><p>Read the <a href="" target="_blank">entire story,&nbsp;</a>including a Q&amp;A with Marra, on the <a href="" target="_blank">Jacobs Media Blog</a>.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.4;">Jacobs Media is the largest radio consulting firm in the United States specializing in rock formats.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.4;">July 21, 2015</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;">