CWUCWU NewsCWU News Dance Team Featured in National Staples TV Commercial, 24 Jul 2014 17:27:06<p><span style="line-height: 1.4;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/CWU%20dance%20commercial.jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 229px; float: right; margin: 5px;">Eight members of the Central Washington University <a href="" target="_blank">Dance Team</a> are featured in a Staples back-to-school TV commercial airing nationwide starting today. The group earned its four seconds of fame and $1,000 after winning a video contest. The dance team, a </span>CWU<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> collegiate sport club, was one of three groups chosen out of 118 applicants.</span></p><p>The team’s portion of the commercial was shot at the Wildcat Shop in the Student Union and Recreation Center on campus and the dancers are wearing CWU gear.</p><p>“We were asked to put our own spin on the original dance move called the shopping cart and we choreographed our own routine to their song selection,” said Michaela Boere, captain of the CWU Dance Team.</p><p>Boere, Karlee Olive, Haley Alderson, Elizabeth Thompson, Haley Miller, Megan Hoy, Nichole Fazzino and Hanah Rasmussen are featured in the commercial. The entire dance team was not able to participate.</p><p>The <a href="" target="_blank">15-second spot</a>&nbsp;is available to watch online, as well the <a href="" target="_blank">full one-minute routine</a> submitted by the team.</p><p>The CWU Dance Team performs at CWU athletic events and homecoming activities and at events in the Ellensburg community. The dancers focus on jazz and hip-hop styles, while also incorporating pom and kick. For more information contact Corey Sinclair, CWU University Recreation Collegiate Sport Clubs Coordinator, at or 509-963-3516.</p><p>July 24, 2014</p>Three New CWU Partnerships Give Students More Degree Options, 22 Jul 2014 16:38:44<p><span style="line-height: 1.4;">Central Washington University recently entered into agreements with three colleges in Western Washington, bringing new four-year degree options to their communities.</span></p><ul><li style="margin-left: 0.5in;">Students in the Puget Sound area can now earn a bachelor of applied science degree in information technology and administrative management (<a href="" target="_blank">BAS-ITAM</a>) from CWU at Lake Washington Institute of Technology in Kirkland.</li><li style="margin-left: 0.5in;">Students on the south Olympic Peninsula can earn a <a href="" target="_blank">law and justice degree</a> from CWU at Grays Harbor College in Aberdeen.</li><li style="margin-left: 0.5in;">Students on the north Olympic Peninsula can earn an <a href="" target="_blank">interdisciplinary degree in specialized studies</a> from CWU at Peninsula College in Port Angeles.</li></ul><p>Melanie Palm, director of CWU’s university centers, said the partnerships make education accessible to more students in new ways. “We’re reaching out to students who are place-bound and who otherwise wouldn’t be able to get a degree,” she said.</p><p><strong>Lake Washington Institute of Technology</strong></p><p>The BAS-ITAM program, with specializations in administrative management, information technology, and cybersecurity, teaches students how to manage people, projects and information.</p><p>“Students can start on the path to a CWU information technology degree right here in Kirkland,” said Dr. Amy Morrison-Goings, president of <a href="" target="_blank">LWTech</a>. “This flexibility works for students. This partnership makes it easy to be successful.”&nbsp;</p><p>The program accepts any applied or technical degree, giving students credit for degrees that otherwise would be non-transferable to four-year degree programs. CWU students at LWTech will have access to resources at both institutions. They also will be supported by <a href="" target="_blank">CWU-Lynnwood,</a> co-located at Edmonds Community College.</p><p><strong>Peninsula College</strong></p><p>In the specialized studies program, students customize their classes from a variety of disciplines to gain a broad knowledge base in preparation for a vocation or graduate school.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Peninsula College</a> President Luke Robins says the new agreement with CWU is a key element in his school’s ongoing strategic plan. “The agreement provides yet another avenue for our students to earn a baccalaureate degree and build on their successful Peninsula College careers,” Robins said. “We look forward to working with Central Washington University on this collaboration and to our first cohort of students this fall.”</p><p>In addition to the new degree, CWU will provide a dual admission option for Peninsula College students and the institutions will develop academic plans to help guide Peninsula students who intend to transfer to CWU.</p><p><strong>Grays Harbor College</strong></p><p>CWU’s law and justice degree can open the door to careers in court administration, juvenile justice, law enforcement, paralegal, social services, wildlife law enforcement and graduate school.</p><p>“A lot of our best students leave the area to go to school, and we know statistically they don’t come back,” said JEB Thornton, assistant dean of baccalaureate programs at <a href="" target="_blank">Grays Harbor College</a>. “This is great for the community. It gives our students some real options.”</p><p>Thornton said police officers, aspiring attorneys and others seeking to advance their careers already have inquired about the new program. The degree also is well suited for people working at correctional facilities on the peninsula, Thornton added.</p><p>CWU students at Grays Harbor College and at Peninsula College will be supported by <a href="" target="_blank">CWU-Pierce County</a>, co-located at Pierce College in Lakewood. &nbsp;</p><p><strong>Media contact: </strong>Barb Arnott, CWU Public Affairs, 509-963-2841,</p><p>July 22, 2014</p>CWU Professor Says Rethink Your Drinks and Hydrate Right This Summer, 22 Jul 2014 09:29:16<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/water.JPG" style="width: 228px; height: 320px; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px; float: left;"><span style="line-height: 1.4;">With summer officially here and temperatures rising, athletes, weekend warriors, and those just enjoying the sun need to keep in mind the importance of hydrating to stay healthy.&nbsp;</span></p><p>“With warmer temperatures and increased outdoor activities, it’s important that people are drinking the fluids they need,” said CWU nutrition professor Kelly Pritchett, a dietitian nutritionist. “With an almost endless variety of beverages to choose from, people need to make smart choices when it comes to hydrating and keeping calories in check.”</p><p>Pritchett points out that studies suggest calorie intake from beverages has more than doubled since the 1960s, primarily due to an increased consumption of soft drinks, sports drinks, and sweetened tea.</p><p>“The research suggests that people don't balance out their extra liquid calories by eating less food or by increasing physical activity,” Pritchett added. “Over the long run, these additional calories from beverages can lead to energy imbalance and weight gain.”</p><p>To maintain hydration and energy balance, Pritchett suggests drinking water first, limiting soda and other sugar-sweetened drinks, adding daily milk and or milk substitutes, and drinking moderate amounts of alcohol—which can actually dehydrate the body.</p><p>“It’s important to remember that not all beverages should be treated the same,” Pritchett said. “Women should limit themselves to one alcoholic drink per day, while men should limit consumption to two drinks per day.”</p><p>Pritchett is also a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals, which is committed to improving the nation’s health and advancing the profession of dietetics through research, education, and advocacy. The academy’s website is</p><p>Media Contact: Robert Lowery, Robert Lowery, CWU Department of Athletics, 509-963-1487,<br>July 22, 2014</p>Two CWU Men’s Basketball Players Earn National Academic Recognition, 21 Jul 2014 16:46:55<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/McLaughlin%20Roppo%20NABC%20Honor%20Court.jpg" style="width: 466px; height: 228px; float: right; border-width: 2px; border-style: solid; margin: 2px;">Two Central Washington University men’s basketball players, Mark McLaughlin and Joey Roppo, have been named to the 2013-14 National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Honors Court. The prestigious recognition acknowledges men’s college basketball student-athletes who excelled in the classroom during the past season.</p><p>“It’s a great honor and we couldn’t be more proud of them,” said Greg Sparling, CWU men’s head basketball coach. “Mark graduated in the spring and Joey’s on track to graduate, which is the most important thing, after his playing career.”</p><p>In order to qualify for the Honors Court, a student-athlete must:<br>• be a junior or senior, academically, and a varsity player;<br>• have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.2 or higher at the end of the 2013-14 academic year;<br>• have spent at least one year at their current institution; and<br>• be a member of an NCAA Division I, II, III, or NAIA Division I or II institution with a NABC member coach.<br><br>Roppo, a junior from Monroe who is majoring in information technology and administrative management, has a cumulative 3.3 GPA.</p><p>“I’m ecstatic that I won this award,” he said. “It makes me happy that all of my hard work is paying off. I’ve always taken my academics pretty seriously. It’s something my parents ingrained in me.”&nbsp;</p><p>McLaughlin, from Bothell, was the leading scorer in NCAA Division II this past season, averaging 27.1 points per game, and was named a Daktronics All-American. He received his CWU degree in sociology in June, also recording a cumulative 3.3 GPA.</p><p>“I wanted to show people I was more than just an athlete and that I could get it done in the classroom as well as on the court,” said McLaughlin. “When you’re a student-athlete, student comes before athlete. That’s what coach Spar and all the coaches stressed—to work hard in both areas.”&nbsp;</p><p>Sparling pointed out, “Whether it’s study tables, grade checks, or getting them any extra help they need, we do everything we can to give our players opportunities to excel in the classroom.”</p><p>Sparling, an NABC member who nominated his players for the award,<br>expects his Wildcats will continue to receive NABC Honors Court awards in the years to come.</p><p>“When our other guys see the exposure they [McLaughlin and Roppo] will receive from this year’s awards, it will give them motivation and the understanding that there are awards other than just for basketball,” Sparling added.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Media contact:</strong> Robert Lowery, CWU Department of Athletics, 509-963-1487,</p><p>July 21, 2014</p><p>Photo:&nbsp;McLaughlin (left) and Roppo (right), courtesy Ellensburg Daily Record</p>Several groups provide aid to North Central Washington fire victims, 21 Jul 2014 13:50:58<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/14521411367_e976a65ffe_z.jpg" style="width: 420px; height: 280px; margin: 5px; float: right;">At Central Washington University, our hearts go out to all those in North Central Washington impacted by the wildfires, including the Carlton Complex Fire, now officially the largest in state history. CWU has a special concern for our alumni and friends who have been directly impacted.</p><p>For those considering a donation to support the victims and the response effort, the Wenatchee World newspaper has <a href="" target="_blank">compiled a list</a>&nbsp;of local charities, donation sites, and volunteer opportunities to guide you<span style="line-height: 1.4;">.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.4;">For the latest information on active wildfires in Washington, go to&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.4;"><a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</span></p><p><em><strong>Photo:&nbsp;</strong><span style="line-height: 1.4;">The Washington National Guard provides support to the people affected by the Carlton Complex Fire. (Photo by </span>SFC<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> Jason </span>Kriess / Washington National Guard / Flickr)<span style="line-height: 1.4;">&nbsp;</span></em></p>13 Wildcats earn GNAC FAR Scholar-Athlete Award, 21 Jul 2014 07:41:24<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/Wildcat%20head.jpg" style="width: 466px; height: 228px;"></p><p>Thirteen Central Washington University student-athletes have been named recipients of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Faculty Athletic Representatives Scholar-Athlete Award for the 2013-14 academic year.</p><p>Of the 13 Central recipients, 11 were women, and track and field landed the most selections with five total award winners.&nbsp;</p><p>Read more of this story in <a href="">the Daily Record</a>.</p><p>&nbsp;</p>CWU Volleyball Tops in 2013-14 GNAC Academic All-Sports Competition, 17 Jul 2014 11:29:37<p><strong><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/2013-14%20Top%20GNAC%20VB%20team.jpg" style="width: 466px; height: 228px; float: right; margin-top: 1px; margin-bottom: 1px;">ELLENSBURG, Wash.</strong> — Central Washington University took top volleyball honors in the 2013-14 Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC) Academic All-Sports competition. The <a href="">Wildcats</a> combined 3.52 grade point average (GPA) was No. 1 among all conference schools, and the highest recorded by a GNAC volleyball squad in six seasons.</p><p>“Our student-athletes put so much into everything they do,” said <a href=";path=wvball">Mario Andaya</a>, CWU’s head volleyball coach. “The type of girls that we recruit and that are in our program give 100 percent to what they’re committed to both athletically and academically. Our team grade point average shows they’re on track and that they care. I’m very pleased and I couldn’t be more happy for these girls.”</p><p>While his team demonstrated its commitment to the student part of the student-athlete equation, Andaya and his staff are equally committed to seeing team members succeed in the classroom.</p><p>“We make it a principle from day one that players must meet academic standards to participate in our program,” he points out. “If players are lagging behind, we get them the resources and help needed for them to succeed.”</p><p>Along with excelling in the classroom, Andaya’s team also made it into the post-season, as the Wildcats were among eight teams that won their way into the 2013 NCAA Division II West Region volleyball championship tournament.</p><p>Among other CWU athletic teams, softball had the second highest GPA in the GNAC last year, while the football, women’s soccer and track and field teams all placed third in the conference.</p><p>“It’s a great reflection on our student-athletes that they did so well and on Coach Andaya and his staff,” said <a href="">Dennis Francois</a>, CWU athletics director. “It shows that they are serious about their studies. With the recent addition of Ricardo Sanon, as our academic success coordinator for student-athletes, I’m very optimistic that we will build on this success and will rate even higher in the years ahead.”</p><p>The annual GNAC Academic All-Sports standings are based on the cumulative grade point averages of all student-athletes on official team rosters, including redshirts.</p><p>Overall, the Wildcat men’s and women’s teams finished No. 5 in their respective categories, as did all CWU sports teams when combined.</p><p><strong>Media contact: </strong>Robert Lowery, CWU Department of Athletics, 509-963-1487,</p>CWU's Brandon Williams among 5 Pippins all-stars, 17 Jul 2014 08:02:45<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/pippens.jpg" style="width: 454px; height: 320px;"></p><p>Central Washington University pitcher Brandon Williams is one of five Pippins to earn a spot in the West Coast League All-Star game in Klamath Falls, Ore., on Monday.<br>The other Yakima Valley Pippins are Eli Morgan, Vince Fernandez, Jake Roberts and Shawn Wardian.<br>Williams has been one of the staples in the Pippins’ pitching staff this summer, carrying a 4-2 record and a 2.95 earned-run average. Williams has thrown a team-high 39 2/3 innings so far this summer.</p><p>Read more of this story in t<a href="">he Daily Record</a>.</p><p>photo by Zach Olney/Pippins</p>Apparel Student's Internship Provides Essential Business Experience, 16 Jul 2014 07:29:54<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/Andrea%20Wright.jpg" style="width: 550px; height: 320px;"></p><p>Andrea Wright is spending her summer working in retail each day, including weekends--and not getting paid a dime for it.</p><p>It’s part of an internship program the 23-year-old is completing as part of the requirements needed to earn a degree in apparel, textiles and merchandising and a minor in fashion design from Central Washington University in Ellensburg.</p><p>She could have done her internship in a big city with a big department store chain but instead she chose Pizzazz!, a unique boutique in downtown Prosser.</p><p>“I’m really not much of a big-city girl,” she said. “I grew up in Prosser, so doing my internship here means I’ll save money because I can live at home.”</p><p>Pizzazz! owner Candace Andrews was thrilled to have Wright come work for her. And she said she couldn’t be happier about the fresh new look and ideas Wright has brought to the store.</p><p>Read more of this story in the <a href="">Tri-City Herald</a>.</p><p>Story by Dori O'Neal, photo by Sarah Gordon</p>CWU Awarded $184K to Study Atmosphere on Saturn's Moon Titan, 14 Jul 2014 14:24:27<p><span style="line-height: 1.4;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/Titan%20moon.jpg" style="width: 333px; height: 250px; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px; float: left;">Large and planet-like, Saturn's moon, Titan, has intrigued astronomers for centuries, with its murky atmosphere and large, liquid-filled oceans, 746 million miles from Earth. For the past 10 years, NASA's </span>Cassini<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> Solstice mission has been probing the Saturn system, yielding huge amounts of data for scientists to interpret. Recently, </span>Darci<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> </span>Snowden<span style="line-height: 1.4;">, </span><span style="line-height: 1.4;">Central </span><span style="line-height: 1.4;">Washington </span><span style="line-height: 1.4;">University</span><span style="line-height: 1.4;"> professor of physics, was awarded $184,165 from NASA to study data about Titan’s volatile atmosphere.</span></p><p>"We want to understand the process that affects Titan's atmosphere," said Snowden. "It is interesting to scientists because its nitrogen-rich atmosphere may be similar to what Earth's atmosphere was like before life appeared."</p><p>Snowden’s work will center on developing a 3D model of how charged particles in Saturn’s magnetosphere—the area of space, around a planet that is controlled by that planet’s magnetic field—interact with Titan’s vast atmosphere. Titan’s atmosphere is made up of complex organic molecules that are affected by this magnetosphere.</p><p>A magnetosphere is produced by the interaction of a stream of charged particles, such as the solar wind, with a planet's magnetic field. The solar wind constantly blasts from the sun in all directions, at about one million miles per hour throughout our solar system. All planets with an internally generated magnetic field, including Earth, are surrounded by a magnetosphere.</p><p>“In particular, we need to understand how magnetospheric particles precipitate into—and ionize, heat, sputter, and excite—Titan's atmosphere. Our goal is to develop models that will help interpret the wealth of data that Cassini is sending back,” she added.</p><p>Snowden’s research will explore the first steps of the chemical reactions that form complex organic materials—the kind that led to the creation of life on Earth.</p><p>Her three-year grant, “Magnetospheric Ionization and Energy Deposition in Titan's Upper Atmosphere,” will provide hands-on opportunities for CWU students in the physics department.</p><p>Snowden received her doctorate in geophysics from the University of Washington, and was a research associate at the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory in Tucson, Arizona.</p><p>“I’ve always been interested in space, since I was a little kid,” she said, “space camp, the whole works! I studied physics, and later geophysics, to pursue space science.”</p><p>The Cassini-Huygens mission is a cooperative project of NASA, the European Space Agency and the Italian Space Agency. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory manages the mission for NASA's Science Mission Directorate in Washington.</p><p>For more information about Cassini, visit and</p><p>Photo: Titan, the second largest moon in our solar system, with its characteristic organonitrogen atmospheric haze.&nbsp; <em>Photo courtesy of NASA.</em></p><p><br>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,</p>