CWUCWU NewsCWU News from the Zombie Brain, 27 Apr 2015 16:59:29<p>What can we learn from zombie brains? CWU psychology professor Ralf Greenwald teaches neuroscience to undergraduates by examining zombie behavior and relating it to brain function.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe class="youtube-player" frameborder="0" height="390" src="//" title="YouTube video player" type="text/html" width="480"></iframe></p></p style="text-align: center;">CWU’s SOURCE Celebrates 20th Anniversary, 27 Apr 2015 16:04:59<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/SOURCE%202015-web.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 320px; float: right; margin: 7px;">Washington State’s longest running event of its kind reaches a significant milestone this year. The 20th Symposium Of University Research and Creative Expression (SOURCE) takes place at Central Washington University on Thursday, May 21.</p><p>The emerald-anniversary event will feature free, public oral, poster, and performance presentations, from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., in the Student Union and Recreation Center on the Ellensburg campus. For 2015, SOURCE will feature more than 350 presentations from 34 different academic departments.<br><br>“The continued growth of student interest and participation in SOURCE has been remarkable and gratifying,” says Kara Gabriel, SOURCE director and CWU psychology professor. “That’s also a testimony to the university faculty and staff, who have embraced SOURCE and helped it to become one of the state’s premier event.”</p><p>Originally known as the Undergraduate Research Symposium, the first conference featured 23 presentations in 1996. Two years later, it was renamed the “Symposium on Undergraduate Research and Creative Expression,” to emphasize the broad nature of undergraduate scholarship at Central. Then, in 2002, a companion event for graduate students and faculty, the Conference on Graduate Student and Faculty Scholarship, was initiated.&nbsp;</p><p>Ten years ago, the two events merged as a way to foster overall awareness of and appreciation for CWU scholarship, regardless of discipline or academic level. SOURCE provides an opportunity for university undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, or employees who engage in scholarly activity to share the results of their work. This year, area elementary, middle, high school and Running Start students will also participate.</p><p>“Being able to offer chances for high-level scholarship beyond Central students alone is another way that SOURCE is unique from other research symposia,” Gabriel points out. “It’s proven to be beneficial to our faculty, fun for the staff, and an excellent learning experience for non-college students. We hope that some of them will enroll at Central and continue their research or creative endeavors here, and continue to be part of SOURCE.”</p><p>In addition, the annual CWU Student Business Plan Competition, sponsored by the CWU College of Business’s Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, with the continued financial support of the Herbert B. Jones Foundation, will be held in conjunction with SOURCE. As in the past, oral presentations will be made by the finalists. A total of $10,000 in award money will be presented to the plans judged to be the top three overall.</p><p>A companion symposium at CWU-Des Moines, on the Highline Community College campus, will be held Tuesday, May 19 from 2:00 to 5:30 p.m.</p><p>“Having a second SOURCE in western Washington ensures that students at our campuses there also have opportunities to present and have their research judged without having to come to Ellensburg,” Gabriel acknowledges. “This type of competitive evaluation really helps them in their scholarly work, and we’re happy to be able to provide that opportunity to them.”</p><p>The campus SOURCE awards ceremony will take place Wednesday, May 27, at noon, in the SURC Pit. Outstanding student presentations will be honored at that event, along with those receiving “Faculty Mentor” awards for their significant contributions to CWU research.</p><p>A SOURCE 2015 Awards Ceremony and Celebration is also planned for Seattle, in Fisher Pavilion, on Wednesday, June 3. This year’s SOURCE award winners, along with those from past events, are invited to participate in that ceremony.</p><p>“The last couple of years, we held our celebration at the Experience Music Project at the Seattle Center,” Gabriel says. “But, because of its popularity and the attendance at the event, we quickly outgrew that space and had to move to a bigger venue. It’s a nice problem to have!”</p><p>Based on the success and continued growth of the symposium overall, SOURCE will also expand, becoming a two-day event on the Ellensburg campus starting next year.<br><br><strong>Media contact: </strong>Robert Lowery, director of Content Development, Public Affairs, 509-963-1487,<br>April 27, 2015</p></br></br></br></br></br>Englund Named Interim CWU College of the Sciences Dean, 27 Apr 2015 10:46:22<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/englund.jpg" style="width: 199px; height: 250px; margin: 7px; float: right;"><span style="line-height: 1.4;">Tim </span>Englund<span style="line-height: 1.4;">, professor of mathematics, was named as the interim dean of Central Washington University’s College of the Sciences (COTS). The current dean, Kirk Johnson, a professor of sociology, is retiring at the end of spring quarter.</span></p><p>Currently Englund serves as an associate dean in the college and has been successful in several COTS initiatives. Prior to joining the dean's office, he served one term as chair of the Mathematics Department and as the faculty coordinator for the Ronald E. McNair Scholarship program at CWU.</p><p>“I’m looking forward to serving the university in the role of interim dean,” said Englund. “My goal is to continue and complete many of the important projects that were started during Dean Johnson’s tenure, and provide support and leadership for our faculty.”</p><p>“Tim has brought leadership skills to his role as associate dean that will transfer very nicely to his new role as interim dean. He will provide the experience and knowledge of COTS that is needed,” said Provost Marilyn Levine.</p><p>Englund received his bachelor’s degree from Grand Valley State University, in Allendale, Michigan, and earned his doctorate from Michigan State University. He has been a member of the CWU mathematics faculty since 1998. His current primary research interests include interdisciplinary collaborations with colleagues in Nutrition and Health Sciences examining elementary school lunches. Previously, his research focused on the representation theory of Chevalley groups.</p><p>A dedicated ultramarathoner, Englund routinely participates in 50-mile (and longer) competitions. He recently raced—and won—the Big’s Backyard Ultra in Tennessee. Englund outlasted the field of 40 runners by running a total of 145.8 miles over a span of 35 consecutive hours. Big’s Backyard Ultra was a last-man-standing format, which is different than most ultras. The event was started as a fundraiser to help pay vet bills for an injured pit bull named Big.</p><p><em>The College of the Sciences is comprised of thirteen academic departments and eleven interdisciplinary programs in the natural, behavioral, social, and computational sciences. The college is also home to a number of affiliated programs focused on education, student learning, and research projects. The college currently consists of 170 full- and 62 part-time faculty and 40 staff located on the main campus in Ellensburg and at the Des Moines, Lynnwood, Moses Lake, Pierce, Wenatchee, and Yakima University Centers.</em></p><p>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,<br>April 27,2015</p></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></br>Central women's rugby to play for national title, 27 Apr 2015 08:04:18<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/w-rugbychamp.jpg" style="width: 495px; height: 320px;"></p><p>Central Washington University's women's rugby team won one notable championship Saturday and took a step closer to another.</p><p>The Wildcats beat Brigham Young University 29-15 in USA Rugby's Spring Championships title match. As a result, CWU will meet nine-time national champion Penn State on May 9 in Kennesaw, Ga., for the women’s Division I national championship.</p><p>Penn State won the Fall Championship by beating Norwich University of Vermont, 42-5.</p><p>“It’s exciting to have a chance to win a national championship,” CWU coach Mel Denham said in a university news release. “We have to get home, recover and get to work.”</p><p>Read more of this story in the<a href=""> Yakima Herald Republic</a>.</p>Future Air Force Leaders from CWU Learn of Fairchild's Mission, 23 Apr 2015 15:01:39<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/CWU%20students%20at%20Fairchild-web.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 322px; float: right; margin: 7px;">One week ago, 39 Central Washington University Air Force ROTC cadets took part in a base visitation to Fairchild Air Force Base in Spokane. The CWU contingent was led by Lt. Col. Richard L. Warr, aerospace studies professor and department chair and commander of Detachment 895, known as the Cascade Cowboys, and Capt. Amber Johnson, assistant CWU professor and operations flight commander.</p><p>Read this <a href="">article</a> about the visit.</p>CWU to Offer State's Only Four-Year Craft Brewing Degree, 23 Apr 2015 11:00:25<p><span style="line-height: 1.4;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/Redrum_Rye_CUTOUT_2.jpg" style="width: 150px; height: 327px; float: right;">Enrollment is now open for a new four-year craft brewing degree at Central Washington University. The interdisciplinary program, approved by the </span>CWU<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> Board of Trustees on April 20, is the first of its kind in Washington state.</span></p><p>The craft brewing bachelor of science degree prepares graduates for careers in brewing production, quality assurance, brewery management, beer merchandising, distribution, brewing technology, packaging, safety, sanitation, sensory evaluation, and entrepreneurship.</p><p>“In the craft brewing program, students will get hands-on training in the use of ingredients and processes to make flavorful, distinctive beers characteristic of the northwest and the growing market of northwest beers and craft styles worldwide," said Professor Steve Wagner, program director.</p><p>There’s a lot of science behind beer. The program is unique because it teaches the complex process of brewing, which requires in-depth knowledge of chemistry, microbiology, physics, and engineering, as well as business and leadership. A particular emphasis is placed on science-based laboratory skills and other hands-on learning opportunities. Courses also incorporate pilot brewing, field trips, industry speakers, and research activities.</p><p>The craft brewing industry had an economic impact of more than $1 billion in Washington state in 2012, according to <a href="" target="_blank">Brewers Association statistics</a>.</p><p>“Industry needs aren’t being met by any program in Washington, which has the second largest number of breweries in the nation,” Wagner said.</p><p>In a 2014 industry survey by the <a href="" target="_blank">Master Brewers Association of America</a>, a majority of respondents said they’re looking for employees with laboratory, engineering, and business training. They also value management and leadership skills and employees who have knowledge of the brewing process.</p><p>The new degree’s core requirements include classes in chemistry, business, safety and health, and physics. Advanced classes cover brewing microbiology, brewing processes and technology, brewing biochemistry, sensory analysis, and merchandising and management.</p><p>Enrollment is now open for fall quarter. Apply online at <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p><p>April 23, 2015</p></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;">Ingebretson Honored as CWU Student Employee of the Year, 22 Apr 2015 14:48:13<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/2015%20SEoY_0026-thumbnail.jpg" style="width: 250px; height: 250px; margin: 7px; float: right;"><span style="line-height: 1.4;">Josh </span>Ingebretson<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> has been selected as the 2015 Central Washington University Student Employee of the Year. He was nominated by his supervisor Sarah </span>O'Steen<span style="line-height: 1.4;">, residence hall coordinator. </span>Ingebretson<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> is currently a resident assistant (RA) for Alford-Montgomery, a first-year residence hall that is home to approximately 180 students as well as the Music Living Learning Community.</span></p><p>CWU President James L. Gaudino presented the award at a ceremony on April 16.</p><p>According to O’Steen, as an RA, Ingebretson is responsible for “behavior management, community development, crisis management, being a role model, and some administrative tasks. He does an excellent job following instructions and making sure that his responsibilities are completed in a timely and organized fashion. He [is] flexible and [takes] leadership of organizing programs.</p><p>“A large part of serving as a resident assistant . . . is the ability to provide inclusive environments that are conducive to fostering student growth. Josh has gone above and beyond with this expectation.”</p><p>Ingebretson, a junior who is pursuing an Interdisciplinary Studies degree with a focus on Administration in Higher Education, has been chosen to attend STARS College in Orlando, Florida in June. The college is sponsored by the Association of College and Universities Housing Officers–International. The selection process is extremely competitive—out of 2,000 applicants, only 40 are invited to attend.</p><p>A Vancouver, Washington native, Ingebretson, who was the valedictorian of his 2012 class at Hudson's Bay High School, graduated with cumulative 3.95 grade point average and received "Highest Honors" on the Honor Roll.</p><p>Ingebretson is now eligible for the state Student Employee of the Year Award.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,</p></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;">Unique Energy Management Degree Program Open for Fall 2015 Enrollment, 22 Apr 2015 14:05:57<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/sun-energy.jpg" style="width: 250px; height: 250px; margin: 7px; float: left;"><span style="line-height: 1.4;">A new, cutting-edge energy management degree program is open for fall 2015 enrollment at Central Washington University. Developed by the <a href="">Institute for Integrated Energy Studies (</a></span><a href="">I2ES</a><span style="line-height: 1.4;"><a href="">)</a>,</span><span style="line-height: 1.4;">&nbsp;the program will prepare students to work in the public and private energy sectors, and to manage both sustainable and traditional energy resources. </span>CWU's<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> Board of Trustees approved the bachelor of sciences degree in integrated energy management on April 20.</span></p><p>No other university in Washington State offers this type of interdisciplinary education, which addresses current and future energy industry manpower needs. Two of the largest energy organizations in the Pacific Northwest, Puget Sound Energy and Bonneville Power Administration, face great challenges posed by their employees’ impending retirement—a total of 1,070 employees will retire from Bonneville Power Administration alone by 2017.</p><p>“Graduates of this program will find themselves in high demand as a significant percentage of the energy sector employees will retire in the next few years, a gap in the workforce that our graduates can fill,” said Elvin Delgado, CWU professor of geography, and co-creator and founding director of I2ES. “But our graduates will do more than just fill the shoes of past employees—they will have a role in determining energy policy for the next century.”</p><p>The degree program has three specializations: integrated energy policy, integrated energy business, and integrated power systems. The academic curriculum spans coursework in geography, mathematics, English, physics, supply chain management, geology, communications, information technology and administrative management, engineering technologies and economics, to name a few.</p><p>Junior and senior students will be able to engage in five-to-six-month professional apprenticeships with energy industry leaders that will provide critical hands-on training for their future careers.</p><p>Delgado is the chair of the Energy and Environment Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers and in 2013 was among 28 scholars globally selected to participate in the energy-water nexus training funded by the National Science Foundation Pan-American Advanced Studies Institute. A Fulbright scholar, Delgado’s regional specialization is Latin America, in particular, Venezuela. Delgado holds a doctorate in geography from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University in New York.</p><p>I2ES develops the nation’s future professionals via a three-track degree program, shares knowledge through regional, national and international collaborations, and serves businesses and academia as the source for relevant research in integrated energy issues. For more information about I2ES, go to</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.4;">Media Contact: Valerie </span>Chapman-Stockwell<span style="line-height: 1.4;">, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,</span></p><p>April 22, 2015</p><p><em>Photo of the sun courtesy of NASA</em></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;">CWU newspaper honored regionally, 22 Apr 2015 07:55:10<p>The Observer, Central Washington University's student newspaper, was named Best All-Around Non-Daily Student Newspaper at the Society of Professional Journalists' Region 10 Mark of Excellence Awards, according to a news release.</p><p>The award was announced at the organization's conference in Spokane earlier this month. Region 10 includes universities and colleges of all sizes in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Alaska, and the Mark of Excellence awards honor achievement in college journalism.</p><p>Read more of this story in the <a href="">Daily Record</a>.</p>Free Program Helps Parents Understand, Have Fun with the New Math, 20 Apr 2015 15:28:00<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/multiplication-clip-art-arithmeticsymbols.jpg" style="width: 200px; height: 200px; float: left;"><span style="line-height: 1.4;">Parents, are you having trouble helping your elementary or middle school student with math? Registration is now open for a free program at Lincoln Elementary School to bring together elementary students, parents, college students, and </span>CWU<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> faculty to engage in new methods for learning math.</span></p><p>Led by Central Washington University mathematics professors, the Math Circle begins on May 5, and will be held 6:30 to 7:30 every Tuesday evening through June 2. The program is designed for fourth- and fifth-graders and their parents. The Kittitas Valley Math Circle is part of a national movement that brings together faculty, students, and community members to have fun together doing math.</p><p>The Kittitas Valley Math Circle is special in that it will have two parts, one for elementary school students, and a separate session for their parents.</p><p>“I have colleagues at Central who have trouble understanding their children’s math homework.” said Dominic Klyve, CWU math professor, “It doesn’t look like the math they learned themselves.”</p><p>Students will have a blast playing games that will also help them understand math better.</p><p>Parents throughout Kittitas County and central Washington are encouraged to apply—“We’d love to see people from Yakima, if they’re willing to make the drive,” said Klyve.</p><p>The Math Circle will be taught by mathematics faculty Brandy Wiegers, Founding Director of the National Organization of Math Circles; Klyve; Janet Shiver;and Allyson Rogan-Klyve. Six undergraduate mathematics majors will also help with the program.</p><p>The class is limited to the first 30 students who apply. People may register for the program through May 5, at</p><p>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,<br>April 20, 2015</p></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></br>