CWUCWU NewsCWU News targets abandoned bicycles on campus, 17 Oct 2017 08:28:17<p><img alt="" src="" style="width: 200px; height: 150px; margin: 3px; float: right;">Central Washington University’s police department wants to remind students that bicycles, or any other objects, that appear to be abandoned on university premises will be impounded.</p><p>Jason Berthon-Koch, CWU’s interim police chief, said his department has long had a practice of picking up abandoned property and holding it in an impound area. He said this year’s campus sweep, during which his officers will collect any bicycles or other discarded items, will be in late June, following the end of the current academic year.</p><p>“Our main focus is to remove bicycles that have been abandoned for some time,” Berthon-Koch said. “They’re not only an eyesore but can be hazards. After we pick them up, we place them in an impound area where they can be reclaimed by the owners.”</p><p>He said bicycles are the most common abandoned property. Often, after the owner gets a flat tire or experience some other mechanical problem, the bicycle will be chained to a bike rake and either forgotten or abandoned by the owner.</p><p>Berthon-Koch said the university generally impounds the bicycle for 60 days, as required by state law. If the property is not claimed by then, it will be transferred to university surplus, where it will be sold. Students who want to claim an abandoned bicycle can call or visit the CWU police department and describe their property in order to obtain its release.</p><p>CWU Public Safety and Police Services is located at 1211 Wildcat Way. The telephone number is 509-963-2959.</p><p>Media contact: Richard Moreno, Department of Public Affairs, 509-963-2714,</p>CWU’s PULSE Magazine Earns Five National Award Nominations from the Associated Collegiate Press, 16 Oct 2017 12:35:30<p><img style="margin: 3px; width: 200px; height: 294px; float: right;" alt="PULSE Magazine Cover" src="">PULSE, the student-run lifestyle magazine of Central Washington University’s Digital Journalism program, has received five national award nominations from the Associated Collegiate Press (ACP) organization.</p><p>The nominations encompass a range of categories including for the magazine’s in-depth reporting and writing (Reporter of the Year and Sports Story) as well as for its designs and illustrations (Cover Design, Magazine Spread and Illustration).</p><p>PULSE creative director, senior Vanessa Cruz, designed both the nominated spread, for a <a href="" target="_blank">Winter Lookbook </a>fashion shoot, and the nominated cover for the fall 2016 issue featuring a story on the <a href="" target="_blank">Black Lives Matter</a> movement. Both were photographed by senior Jack Lambert.</p><p>The nominated illustration by student Maddie Bush features hand-drawn images to accompany two recipes for <a href="" target="_blank">Summer Drinks</a>.</p><p>“It's great to be part of such a talented team of graphic designers,” said Cruz. “PULSE gives us valuable experiences that we don't get in other classes.”</p><p>Student Megan Schrenk’s spring 2017 article about a woman who suffered a potentially fatal accident while hiking in a remote area, “<a href="" target="_blank">Injured &amp; Alone</a>,” was nominated for Sports Story of the Year.</p><p>When she found out about the nomination, Schrenk said, “I was honestly left speechless and a little confused. How could my story be one of ten in the nation to be nominated? It proved to me that if you do what you love, your work will be recognized.”</p><p>Finally, former PULSE editor-in-chief Nicole Trejo-Valli was nominated as Reporter of the Year for her work on three wide-ranging feature stories. They include an investigation into <a href="" target="_blank">Sexual Assault </a>on campus, co-written with Simone Corbett and Bailee Wicks and published in fall 2016; a cover story on “<a href="" target="_blank">Veterans and the Brotherhood of War</a>,” published last winter; and a look at “<a href="" target="_blank">Female Solo Travelers</a>” printed last spring.</p><p>The Sexual Assault story also recently won a national Mark of Excellence Award from the Society of Professional Journalists in the Non-Fiction Magazine Article category.</p><p>"I started PULSE as a contributor and ended as the editor-in-chief,” said Trejo-Valli, who graduated last spring. “In those two years, I learned so much about print and online publications and about the way a story can affect others, and I found a profession that brings me pure joy.”</p><p>According to current PULSE editor-in-chief Lexi Phillips, “So much goes into making a good magazine and we do it not for recognition or money, but because we care, and because we want to share stories. To be recognized for that in such a big way not only feels great on a personal level but also validates the importance of sharing these stories and getting them to as many people as we can.”</p><p>That includes getting stories out via as many platforms as possible, including a revamped <a href="" target="_blank">website</a> and regular <a href="" target="_blank">podcasts</a>, both of which received professional recognition on a regional level this year.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">The Digital Journalism program</a> will send 12 students from PULSE and The Observer newspaper to the national ACP conference in Dallas later this month.</p><p>For more information about PULSE magazine, contact faculty adviser Jennifer Green at, 509-963-3216.</p><p>Media contact: Dawn Alford, CWU Department of Public Affairs, 509-963-1484,</p>Open House set for Saturday at CWU-Sammamish, 13 Oct 2017 12:49:11<p><img alt="Sammamish Mayor Bob Keller, Lt. Governor Cyrus Habib, and CWU President James L. Gaudino " src="" style="width: 400px; height: 285px; margin: 3px; float: right;">A public open house scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 14, from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the newly opened CWU-Sammamish instructional location (120 228th Ave NE in Sammamish). The first 100 people to attend will receive complementary CWU swag.</p><p>The new educational site, the first to offer higher educational opportunities on the Sammamish plateau, is designed to help address access, which is considered to be one of the challenges facing Washington’s higher education system.</p><p>The state’s <a href="" target="_blank">Lieutenant Governor, Cyrus Habib</a>, lists others as revolving around affordability and flexibility. Those are issues that he referred to as objections to his belief that college should be for everybody.&nbsp;</p><p>“When I respond to those objections, the institution that I find myself citing more and more is President [James L.] Gaudino’s Central Washington University,” Habib said. “Because on every one of those scores I just described, every one of the obstacles, all that friction in the system, President Gaudino and this institution has placed themselves centrally in solving.”</p><p>Habib made his remarks at <a href="" target="_blank">Thursday’s official opening of CWU-Sammamish</a>. The facility is the first to offer higher education opportunities in that part of the state.</p><p>While Washington is among the most educated states in the nation. At the same time, it also ranks among those with the lowest college attendance rates. That means that educated workers are having to be imported to Washington from elsewhere.</p><p>“We have 750,000—just listen to this number—750,000 Washingtonians have some college, but no credential,” Habib added. “Isn’t that crazy? Over one out 10 of us. They’re [CWU] addressing that by allowing people to come back and take those courses to top themselves off and get to that credential.”</p><p>Habib went on to applaud CWU for making the state’s higher education system not only more accessible, but more convenient, customer-service oriented, dynamic, friendly, and serving all parts of the state.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>CWU-Sammamish is a partnership between the City of Sammamish and CWU to provide higher education opportunities and classes based on community and workforce demand closer to where students live.</p><p>Gaudino pointed out that, “The lieutenant governor is absolutely correct, this state needs degree-finishing programs. It needs a college-going culture. We have to educate our own. That’s what Central’s mission really is.”&nbsp;</p><p>CWU-Sammamish joins six existing University Centers, which include Des Moines, Lynnwood, Pierce County, Moses Lake, Wenatchee, and Yakima. Central is also one of just four Washington higher education institutions, and seven total, authorized to provide instruction directly at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.</p><p><strong>Media contact:</strong> Robert Lowery, Department of Public Affairs, 509-963-1487,</p><p><strong>Photo: </strong>(L. to R.) Sammamish Mayor Bob Keller, Lt. Governor Cyrus Habib, and CWU President James L. Gaudino at the official CWU-Sammamish ribbon-cutting event on Thursday, Oct. 12.</p>Ribbon-Cutting Officially Launches New CWU-Sammamish, 12 Oct 2017 14:28:12<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/818A9090.jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 236px; float: right;">"I take the position college is for everybody and Central Washington University is a college that is for everybody."</p><p>That was what Washington state Lt. Gov. Cyrus Habib told those who attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony for CWU-Sammamish. Habib added that the new instructional site fits perfectly with his commitment to seeing the creation of a college-going culture in Washington.&nbsp;</p><p>CWU President James L. Gaudino presided at the event and was joined by Sammamish City Manager Lyman Howard, and Sammamish Mayor Bob Keller.</p><p>CWU-Sammamish is a partnership involving CWU and the City of Sammamish, in a learning facility where general education undergraduate classes--which qualify for Running Start requirements--are now available to the public, along with other higher education programs.</p><p>Central also will conduct Continuing Education programs at CWU-Sammamish. These programs provide lifelong learning opportunities, education, and training for all ages and meet the needs of those wanting to enhance their professional skillset or explore a personal interest.</p><p>Additionally, CWU-Sammamish is hosting a Thursday evening Fall Speaker Series featuring university faculty.&nbsp;</p><p>In April 2017, CWU signed a three-year agreement with the City of Sammamish to begin offering educational programs. CWU-Sammamish is located within a few miles of four high schools (Skyline High School, Eastlake High School, Tesla STEM High School, and Eastside Catholic High School).</p><p>The new CWU-Sammamish facility encompasses 31,000 square-feet on a 22-4-acre site. It complements CWU’s existing extended learning programs at six existing University Centers, which include Lynnwood, Des Moines, Pierce County, Moses Lake, Wenatchee, and Yakima, as well as at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.</p><p><strong>Media contact:</strong> Robert Lowery, CWU Department of Public Affairs, 509-963-1487,</p><p><strong>Photo:</strong>&nbsp;(L. to R.) CWU Associate Provost for Extended Learning and Outreach Gayla Stoner, Sammamish Mayor Bob Keller, Lt. Governor Cyrus Habib, CWU President James L. Gaudino, CWU Executive Director of Extended Learning Melanie Palm, and CWU-Sammamish Site Director Elyane Harney conduct the official CWU-Sammamish ribbon cutting</p>Freshmen enrollment record growth continues at CWU, 12 Oct 2017 08:38:25<p><img alt="" src="" style="width: 180px; height: 180px; margin: 3px; float: right;">Central Washington University is reporting a 12 percent increase in its freshmen class—the third straight year the school has seen double-digit enrollment increases in its freshman students.</p><p>Central has 2,131 freshmen taking classes full- or part-time in Ellensburg, at a University Center, or online. That number tops last year’s mark of 1,908 and follows 15 and 21 percent increases of the previous two entering classes.</p><p>“Our continuing freshman growth simply shows that more students now agree with what we know and have said for years: that CWU offers one of the best and most affordable undergraduate experiences in the West,” said CWU President James L. Gaudino.<br>&nbsp;<br>For 2017, about 91 percent of first-year students are from Washington. Overall, a total of 12,208 students—also a record—are taking CWU classes during the 2017-18 academic year, which is 178 students above the previous mark set in 2015.</p><p>Students of color total 35 percent of the first-year class. Hispanic students were the largest single ethnic group at approximately 16 percent. Growth among students of color has increased by 66 percent since 2013, with Hispanic, African American, and multiracial ethnic groups having recorded the most increases throughout the past four years.</p><p>“CWU is now the most diverse comprehensive public university in the state and we’re working hard to make it the most welcoming institution as well,” Gaudino said. “We strive to have a campus environment that celebrates our differences and reinforces the values of mutual respect and acceptance.”</p><p>Recently, CWU was the only university in Washington state to receive the prestigious Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from&nbsp;INSIGHT Into Diversity&nbsp;magazine. The award recognizes the demonstration of outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion. CWU has earned this recognition three times in the last four years.</p><p>Base tuition is just above $6,000 annually for resident undergraduates. CWU has been ranked first in the state for value to graduates by&nbsp;The Economist&nbsp;magazine. Additionally, the “Educate to Career College Ranking Index” (ETC) named CWU top in the state for improving employability and earnings of graduates.</p><p>Along with its Ellensburg campus, CWU opened its CWU-Sammamish instructional site in September, augmenting six University Centers across Washington. Central is one of just seven higher education institutions from across the nation allowed to provide instruction directly at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.<br>&nbsp;<br>CWU is also among the state’s top providers of online degree programs, with 1,524 enrolled students this year.<br>&nbsp;<br>Media contact: Robert Lowery, Department of Public Affairs, 509-963-1487,&nbsp;</p></br></br></br></br></br></br>CWU to offer free classes for high-school students in Sammamish, 12 Oct 2017 07:54:01<p><img alt="" src="" style="width: 475px; height: 305px;"></p><p>Students at four high schools on the Sammamish Plateau have a new way to earn college credit tuition-free this year with the opening of a new center run by Central Washington University.</p><p>The university, based in Ellensburg, is partnering with the city of Sammamish to offer dual-credit courses at a site at 120 228th Avenue Northeast, which is owned by the city. Dual-credit courses allow students to take advanced courses for both high-school and college credit.</p><p>Read more of this story in the <a href="" target="_blank">Seattle Times</a>.</p>Caring for Your Treasures Workshop Planned for Saturday, 11 Oct 2017 21:45:39<p>Do you have a family heirloom or a fragile object you want kept preserved for years to come?<img style="margin: 3px; width: 200px; height: 134px; float: right;" alt="Student examing a basket" src=""></p><p>The Museum of Culture and Environment (MCE) at Central Washington University is holding a free workshop on Saturday, October 14 at 10:30 a.m. in Dean Hall to teach proper object care.</p><p>“Caring for Your Treasures” Workshop will teach how to safeguard quilts, photographs, plastic toys, and any other keepsake. Participants are encouraged to ask questions about their personal treasure as they learn ways to extend the life of historic and important artifacts.</p><p>The workshop will be lead by the MCE collections manager Lynn Bethke. Light refreshments will also be provided.</p><p>For more information, email MCE director J. Hope Amason or Lynn Bethke or visit the MCE website at</p><p>Media Contact: Dawn Alford, Public Affairs, 509-963-1484,</p>CWU's McNair Scholars Program Receives $1.1 Million, 11 Oct 2017 08:09:28<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/mcnair%20scholars.png" style="width: 238px; height: 212px; float: left;">Increasing access and diversity in graduate degree programs is the legacy of Ronald McNair, one of the astronauts who perished in the Challenger explosion in 1986.</p><p>To that end, the McNair Scholars program was developed. Central Washington University, a&nbsp; recipient of McNair Scholar funding since 1991, received $1,161,325 from the US Department of Education for the CWU McNair Scholars Program. The five-year program will receive $232,265 each year. The program is administered by the School of Graduate Studies and Research and CWU's Lucinda Carnell, biological sciences, will continue as program director.</p><p>"We are grateful to the Department of Education for the opportunity to continue being a part of the McNair program, which has allowed our students to obtain doctoral degrees and faculty positions in academia," said Carnell.&nbsp;</p><p>CWU is one of the original McNair institutions in the country, and is among the first in Washington State. The university is funded to serve 27 new and continuing students for each project year.</p><p><strong>The McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program</strong><br>The McNair Scholars Program is a federal TRIO program funded at 185 institutions across the United States and Puerto Rico by the US Department of Education. It is designed to prepare undergraduate students for doctoral studies through involvement in research and other scholarly activities.</p><p>McNair participants are either first-generation college students with financial need, or members of a group that is traditionally underrepresented in graduate education and have demonstrated strong academic potential. The goal of the McNair Scholars Program is to increase graduate degree awards for students from underrepresented segments of society.</p><p><strong>About Ronald E. McNair</strong><br>Ronald Erwin McNair was born in Lake City, South Carolina, on October 21, 1950. In 1967, he graduated valedictorian from Carver High School and went on to North Carolina A&amp;T State University where he graduated magna cum laude in physics.</p><p>He earned his PhD from Massachusetts Institute of Technology at the age of 26.Dr. McNair was an expert in laser physics at the Hughes Research Laboratory and in 1978, was selected for participation in NASA's space shuttle program, becoming the second African American astronaut in US history. He served as a mission specialist aboard the space shuttle Challenger and died along with the rest of the Challenger crew when the space shuttle exploded nine miles above the Atlantic on January 28, 1986.</p><p>He was posthumously awarded the Congressional Space Medal of Honor. After his death, members of Congress provided funding for the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program. Their goal was to encourage low-income and first-generation college students, and students from historically underrepresented ethnic groups to expand their educational opportunities by enrolling in a PhD program and ultimately pursue an academic career. This program is dedicated to the high standards of achievement inspired by McNair’s life.</p><p>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,<br>&nbsp;</p></br></br></br>Partnership with Ellensburg Organizations and CWU to Boost Customer Service Efforts Community-wide, 10 Oct 2017 20:07:54<p><img alt="Business to Community Stars" src="/sites/default/files/pictures/B2C%20Stars.png" style="width: 600px; height: 338px; margin: 3px;"></p><p>A coalition that includes Central Washington University, the Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce, the City of Ellensburg, and the Ellensburg Downtown Association is rolling out a program that recognizes local businesses for providing quality customer service.</p><p>Known as Business to Community Star Program, or B2C Stars, the initiative, which is voluntary, honors and rewards local businesses that emphasize outstanding customer service and encourages residents to shop locally.</p><p>“The basic concept behind B2C is to create a program that applauds businesses who have great customer service and who are welcoming and accommodating,” said Linda Schactler, CWU’s chief of staff. “We want to call out the local ‘rock star’ businesses who are doing a great job of serving the community and recognize them for their efforts.”</p><p>The B2C program is based on standards created by the National Customer Service Association. Businesses that seek to participate in the program will be reviewed in four areas including: respect, honesty, trust, and integrity.</p><p>“We want to encourage businesses to put their best foot forward when it comes to serving customers,” Schactler said. “If you look at the best-rated companies, whether it’s Nordstrom or Apple, all of them put the customer’s needs and interests first, which is what makes them successful.”</p><p>Businesses wishing to take advantage of this opportunity can apply on the B2C website, <a href="" target="_blank">business-to-</a>.</p><p>Membership requires businesses to embrace the B2C Stars values (respect, honesty, trust, and integrity), complete a two-hour customer service training provided by the program’s sponsors, and participate in annual “secret shopper” customer service evaluation. Trainings are open to both business owners and employees.</p><p>Businesses accepted into the program, who have completed the training receive: a window cling identifying the merchant as a B2C Star; inclusion in an official list of B2C Stars published quarterly in local newspapers and on sponsor websites; permission to use the B2C Star logo in marketing; preferential consideration in CWU contracting; and special CWU on-campus advertising opportunities.</p><p>B2C members receive these benefits, at no cost, by registering to become a B2C Star and attending one of two B2C Star customer service workshops. These workshops will be held on <strong>Monday, October 16, 7-9 p.m. </strong>and on <strong>Tuesday, October 17, 8-10 a.m.</strong> at the Hal Holmes Community Center, 209 Ruby St., Ellensburg.</p><p>"We think participation in the program just makes good business sense because it lets consumers, including CWU students who, after all, represent about half of the local population when school is in session, know who the stars are when it comes to customer service,” Schactler said.</p><p>The community is invited to attend the B2C Kick-off Celebration on Saturday, October 28, at the Ellensburg Pavilion from 10 a.m. to noon.</p><p>Media contact: Dawn Alford, Business to Community Stars, 509-963-1484,</p>CWU continues its perfect season with win over HSU, 10 Oct 2017 07:32:23<p><img alt="" src="" style="width: 475px; height: 316px;"></p><p>The Central Washington University football team defeated 17th ranked Humboldt State University 55-27 to improve to 6-0 on the season and 4-0 in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference.</p><p>The loss is the first of the season for Humboldt State who falls to 4-1, 3-1 in the GNAC.</p><p>Although the Wildcats put up 55 points, it was the effort of the defense that highlighted the victory Saturday afternoon in front of a packed house of 6,032 fans inside Tomlinson Stadium. The Lumberjacks came into the contest averaging over 530 yards per game. The stingy CWU defense allowed HSU just 326 yards of total offense, including just 41 rushing yards, holding HSU's Ja'Quan Gardner to just 64 yards. Gardner came into the game averaging 150 yards on the ground.</p><p>Read more of this story on <a href="">iFIBERONE-TV</a>.</p>