CWUCWU NewsCWU News Magic and Mathematics at CWU on Friday, 26 Feb 2015 13:08:56<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/DR.-DORFF-142x200.jpg" style="width: 142px; height: 200px; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px; float: right;">What is the secret ingredient in that makes animated Disney and Pixar movies come alive? Mathematics!</p><p>Join renowned mathematics professor Michael Dorff for his presentation, "Movies and Math—the Past, Present, and the Future." Using examples from the animated films Frozen and The Incredibles, Dorff will demonstrate how the films’ artists used math to achieve effects like realistic snow and quick-moving characters.</p><p>Dorff’s presentation will also convey the important role math has in creating Hollywood blockbusters, and how mathematics will shape the future of the film industry. The presentation takes place on at 4:00 p.m. Friday, February 27 in the CWU Science Building, Room 147, and is free and open to the public.</p><p>Dorff is an acclaimed mathematics lecturer from Brigham Young University. His presentation is sponsored by Douglas Honors College.</p><p><br>For more information, contact Madelyne Weber, 509-963-1900, or</p><p><br>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,<br>&nbsp;</p></br></br></br>Women of Kamola Remember CWU in the 1950s, 25 Feb 2015 14:23:04<p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/Kamola_Konnection_group_LDL.jpg" style="width: 550px; height: 320px; margin: 5px;"></p><p>Last September it had been 55 years since they were college students at Central Washington University, but when the women who make up the Kamola Konnection got together, it was just like old times.</p><p>That's how the women's long string of annual college reunions always seem, the seven women acknowledged at their CWU stay.</p><p>“It’s like we’ve never been apart,” said Sharon Geer of McCleary during the women's campus visit.</p><p>Geer and six of her former dormmates revisited campus for their 23rd annual reunion in early September 2014. One couldn't make it for the reunion this year.</p><p>The women years ago lived together in CWU’s Kamola Hall. That was in the 1950s when the university was known as Central Washington College of Education.</p><p>Read the <a href="" target="_blank">rest of this story</a> in the Daily Record.</p><p>February 25, 2015</p></p style="text-align: center;">CWU Exhibit: Inside the Life of a "Righteous Dopefiend", 25 Feb 2015 07:37:24<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/schonberg_2.jpg" style="width: 480px; height: 320px;"></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.4;">In San Francisco, during the dot-com boom of the '90s, homeless drug users were dispersed and dislocated throughout the city due to gentrification. The 2009 book, <em>Righteous Dopefiend</em> by Philippe Bourgois and Jeff Schonberg, is an urban anthropological project that took place over the course of 12 years. The results force us to confront those people, the ones in the street that we walk past everyday.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.4;">&nbsp;. . . In an act to shed some light on this invisible world, Mark </span>Auslander<span style="line-height: 1.4;">, director of Central Washington University’s Museum of Culture and Environment, picked up </span><em style="line-height: 1.4;">Righteous Dopefiend</em><span style="line-height: 1.4;"> as a museum exhibit. "The book is extraordinary," said Mark. "But the exhibition reaches a lot of people who wouldn't actually look at the book and they bring their own stories where, very passionately and beautifully, they recount to friends what their own experiences were."&nbsp;</span></p><p>Read more of the story <a href="">here</a>.</p><p>Photo by Jeff Schonberg</p></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></em style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;">Undergraduates Co-Authoring Science Research, 23 Feb 2015 21:17:34<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/JacksonResearch.jpg" style="width: 140px; height: 81px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin-left: 8px; margin-right: 8px; float: left;"><span style="line-height: 1.4;"><strong>CENTRAL MINUTE: </strong>How do you keep undergraduate students enrolled in Science? </span>CWU<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> Physics Professor Michael Jackson says you engage them as co-authors in research, exposing them to the excitement of discovery and problem solving. Through this mentored experience, students are inspired to become committed lifelong learners of Science.</span></p><p><iframe class="youtube-player" frameborder="0" height="390" src="" title="YouTube video player" type="text/html" width="480"></iframe></p></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;">CWU's Scott Robinson Honored with Gold Medallion for "Extraordinary Contributions", 20 Feb 2015 15:50:54<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/robinson.jpg" style="width: 120px; height: 180px; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px; float: left; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid;"><span style="line-height: 1.4;">Scott Robinson, </span>theatre<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> arts professor and chair, received a second Gold Medallion of Excellence from the Kennedy Center American College </span>Theatre<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> Festival at the President's Reception, Thursday, February 19 at Central Washington University. It is the most prestigious regional award given by </span>KCACTF<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> and is one of the great honors in </span>theatre<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> education.</span></p><p>"Scott's tireless work behind the scenes in service to the students and faculty of our beloved region is inspirational," said David Lee-Painter, professor, theatre, University of Idaho, and national chair of KCACTF. "For at least a dozen years, Scott has been the chief fiscal officer of our region—and as the fiscal belts continue to tighten in academia across the country and across the regions—Scott has kept us on the path to fiscal health.</p><p>“As if that wasn’t enough, he also runs registration (a HUGE job)—prints name tags, coordinates registration packets, negotiates transportation and hotel contracts, and kept a bumbling chair like me safe and relatively sane,” Lee-Painter continued. “Scott has been a Herculean presence on our regional executive committee—I KNOW I could not have done the job without him as a wonderful partner—nor would I have wanted to, either.&nbsp; He was, and is, a blessing in my life.”</p><p>Kennedy Center Artistic Director, Greg Henry, gratefully acknowledged Robinson’s 13-year tenure, with an open-ended appointment of service, as Region VII’s chief financial officer during the presentation.</p><p>“The real honor is the ability to work with an organization full of fantastic artists, teachers, and student mentors who are engaged in building up the next generation through the varied programing of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival,” Robinson said.</p><p>He is a recipient of several Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival awards. In addition to the Gold Medallions, he has received meritorious awards for his costume design work on <em>Fantasticks</em>, and <em>Man of La Mancha</em> and scenic designs for <em>Bird Woman: The Story of Sacajawea</em>, and the world premiere of <em>Blankity Blank</em>.</p><p>Under Robinson’s leadership, CWU’s Theatre Arts Department has tripled in size and become a regional powerhouse for developing young talent in acting and design. Presently, CWU is the only public institution in Washington State that offers a bachelor of fine arts with specializations in musical theatre, performance, and design and production.</p><p>In addition to his teaching and administrative duties at CWU, Robinson’s professional work includes Waterville Opera House, Idaho Repertory Theatre, Illinois Shakespeare Festival, and Utah Musical Theatre. He has been a reviewer for the American Library Association's Choice Magazine. He has served on numerous state and regional theatre organization's boards and committees and currently serving as the Financial Officer of Kennedy Center ACTF Region VII.</p><p>Prior to his arrival at CWU, Robinson was a faculty member at the University of Montevallo, and taught at Northern Michigan University, Illinois State University, and Lethbridge Community College. Robinson received his BFA in design from the University of Lethbridge in Canada, and his MFA in Theatre from Illinois State University in Normal.</p><p>Each year, the eight KCACTF regions honor individuals or organizations that have made extraordinary contributions to the teaching and producing of theatre and who have significantly dedicated their time, artistry and enthusiasm to the development of the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival.&nbsp; Most importantly, recipients have demonstrated a strong commitment to the values and goals of KCACTF and to excellence in educational theatre.</p><p>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,<br>February 20, 2015</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;"></br>High School Embraces College Classes Taught on its Campus, 19 Feb 2015 10:01:20<p>Writing one college-quality paper a week in a high school English class might seem like a daunting task for many students.</p><p>But a group of Stadium High School [Tacoma] students who’ve tackled that and similar tasks say the challenge is worth it — especially when there’s college credit waiting at the end of a demanding high school course.</p><p>Through a pair of programs that offer dual high school and college credit, hundreds of students at Stadium are getting a taste of what university work will be like.</p><p>Those who pass these courses — taught by Stadium teachers, in Stadium classrooms — are awarded college credits either from the University of Washington or from Central Washington University.</p><p>Read the <a href="" target="_blank">rest of this story</a>&nbsp;by Debbie Cafazzo of The News Tribune.&nbsp;</p><p>February 19, 2015</p>CWU Professor Comments on Kittitas Earthquake, 19 Feb 2015 07:29:42<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/EARTH_top_story.jpg" style="width: 240px; height: 180px; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px; float: left;"><span style="line-height: 1.4;">Seismologists say a 4.3 magnitude earthquake struck just under the Cascade Range, spreading across </span>Kittitas<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> County and neighboring King and Yakima Counties.</span></p><p>Local geologists at Central Washington University say the quake originated near the town of Liberty, about 20 miles north of Ellensburg.</p><p>"It was powerful enough to wake up a few people, but the actual measured ground shaking in liberty itself was 60 microns, which is the width of a sheet of paper," said Geologist instructor Walter Szeliga.</p><p>The quake was reported just after 1 a.m. this morning, many people living in the area were asleep, but some 150 of those were awake and reported it to officials.</p><p>See more of this story at <a href="">KAPP-TV</a>.</p></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;">CWU High Jumper Earns Weekly Conference Honors, 19 Feb 2015 07:23:45<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/CWU%20HJ.jpg" style="width: 495px; height: 320px;"></p><p>After recording a season-best high jump of 5-8 at the University of Washington Open Sunday, senior Tayler Fettig, from Olympia, has been named the Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC)&nbsp;female field athlete of the week for Women's Track and Field.<br><br>The jump was good enough for Fettig to take second at the meet and allowed her to improve her national qualifying jump, moving up all the way to eighth nationally on the national Track and Field Results Reporting System (TFRRSS) performance list.<br><br>It also helped her overcome a frustrating indoor campaign. Fettig has been battling quadriceps and hamstring strains, a slight bone bruise and patella tendonitis, all in her right, plant, leg.<br><br>"I'm not going to lie—it really was frustrating trying to get that mark but I gave it all to God. It's what I always do," Fettig acknowledged. "I've slowly progressed and I've done the best that I could, not only make myself proud, but also my team and in representing Central."<br><br>Kevin Adkisson, CWU head track and field coach, added, "In the previous few meets, she's been hitting the provisional [mark] but it was low. It wasn't in the "safe zone" or anywhere near her best. It's nice to see that she now has some breathing room [in qualifying for the NCAA Division II national championships]."&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br><br>But, before she goes to nationals, Fettig, and her Wildcat teammates, will next participate in the 2015 GNAC Indoor Track and Field Championships Friday and Saturday, at the Jackson's Indoor Track in Nampa, Idaho, where she will go for conference titles in the high jump, long jump and the five-event women's pentathlon.<br><br>"I believe that I can go higher [in the high jump] and I will," Fettig predicted. "I want to be able to push myself to be the best that I can be. Every and every day I'm going to work my hardest to get where I want to be."<br><br>That includes meeting a personal goal of clearing 6-0 in the high jump during her final indoor season.<br><br>Adkisson is also looking for Fettig to help the Wildcats to individual and team success at the conference meet.<br><br>"She's done a good job, and what we looked for in terms of being a consistent, day-to-day hard worker and leading by example," he added. "And she'll get out there and say things to rally the troops, you would say. She encourages people [at practice] when she can. At meets, she does a good job of that too. She'll encourage and cheer on the people she sees competing. That's always good to see from your top athletes."<br><br>A physical and health education major, Fettig is preparing for a career as a high school PE teacher and track and field coach.<br><br>"My biggest dream is to open up my own gym and be a personal trainer on the side," she adds.<br><br>Such a dream is just another bar for her to clear. &nbsp;</p></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br>Central Minute: Wanz Returns to CWU to Inspire Music Majors, 17 Feb 2015 14:38:17<p>Grammy award-winning musician Michael Wansley, aka TeeWanz or The Wanz, says his experience at CWU in the 1980s prepared him for everything that has happened since. In January Wanz came back to his alma mater to give an inspirational talk to today’s music majors.</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>If you have an idea for a Central Minute, email Jackie&nbsp;O'Ryan&nbsp;at</p><p>Check out our&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">playlist on YouTube</a>&nbsp;for more Central Minute videos.</p></p style="text-align: center;">CWU Names New International Studies Executive Director, 17 Feb 2015 14:27:31<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/Radwan2.jpg" style="width: 140px; height: 179px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin-left: 2px; margin-right: 2px; float: left;"><strong>Ann Bos Radwan, Ph.D</strong>., has been appointed executive director of CWU's International Studies Program. She comes to CWU from St. Cloud State University in Minnesota, where she served as associate vice-president for International Affairs, guiding that institution toward a 2013 NAFSA Paul Simon Award recognizing the college's significant progress toward comprehensive internationalization using innovative and creative approaches.</p><p>Radwan was executive director of the Fulbright Commission in Cairo, Egypt for more than 20 years and was the Near East/South Asia branch chief for the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs/United States Information Agency.</p><p>“CWU offers a wonderful learning environment for international and domestic students,” said Radwan. “I look forward to being part of this dynamic institution and the CWU team.”</p><p>Radwan holds a bachelor’s degree in international relations from American University and a doctorate in South Asian studies, economics and economic history from the University of Pennsylvania. She will be joining the CWU campus on April 1, 2015.</p>