CWUCWU NewsCWU News, Alumnus Alex Abrams and band to release album, 31 Jul 2014 12:21:35<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/cello.JPG" style="height: 320px; width: 229px; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px; float: left;"><span style="line-height: 1.4;">Alex's story is one of contribution. He has taken his time, energy and talent and used them to share his music with us all. He took his diploma from Blaine High School in 2005, after contributing to the school’s wind ensemble for four years.</span></p><p>After graduating from Whitman College with a degree in cello performance, he obtained a masters in music from Central</p><p>Washington University (CWU), where he performed as principle cellist in the CWU Orchestra and chamber orchestra. He has played with the Walla Walla Symphony, Mid-Columbia Symphony and Newport Symphony.</p><p>Alex’s present activities show his true range as a musician. He gives private cello lessons at the John G. Shedd Institute of the Arts and at the same time is a member of the post-rock band This Patch of Sky, which will release an album on iTunes and on vinyl sometime in August.</p><p>Read more of this story in <a href="">The Northern Lights</a>.</p><p>Story by Kitty King</p>National Teacher of the Year returns to the routine in Zillah, 31 Jul 2014 07:27:43<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/charbonneauclass2.jpg" style="width: 480px; height: 320px;"></p><p>Before Zillah High School teacher [and CWU alumnus] Jeff Charbonneau became National Teacher of the Year in the spring of 2013, he could count the number of flights he had taken on the fingers of both hands. As of late July, he has earned more than 450,000 frequent flyer miles.</p><p>He has done things most people only dream of, from meeting President Barack Obama and throwing out the first pitch at a Seattle Mariners game, to discussing education policy with the Chinese minister of education. It was all part of the job for Charbonneau as unofficial education ambassador, speaking and presenting at education conferences or to lawmakers, education officials, media and educators around the United States.</p><p>Read more of this story in the <a href="">Yakima Herald Republic</a>.</p><p>Story by Rafael Guerrero</p>Wildcats' Reilly, Bighill making it big in CFL, 30 Jul 2014 07:31:01<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/wildcatlogo.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 323px; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px; float: left;"><span style="line-height: 1.4;">Beau Baldwin, who had seen some truly remarkable things on a football field, could hardly believe his eyes.</span></p><p>Heck, he had done some truly remarkable things on a football field, and still was aghast.</p><p>But on Sept. 11, 2010 at Seattle’s CenturyLink Field, Central Washington linebacker Adam Bighill, standing perhaps 10 feet from Eastern Washington quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell, leaped and intercepted Mitchell’s swing pass and returned it 66 yards for a touchdown.</p><p>Read Roger Underwood's full <a href="">Yakima Herald-Republic </a>column about former Wildcat football greats Mike Reilly and Adam Bighill, who are now distinguishing themselves in the Canadian Football League.</p>CWU researchers working to restore salmon runs in Ellensburg, 28 Jul 2014 08:14:51<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/mercercreek.jpg" style="width: 480px; height: 320px;"></p><p>The settlers who founded Ellensburg in the 1870s were likely drawn by the plentiful water in creeks crisscrossing the valley, but as the city expanded, it grew right over those streams.</p><p>Look at a Google map of downtown Ellensburg and you’ll see Wilson Creek wind across Main Street. Walk the block, however, and there’s no sign of flowing water.</p><p>The creek, one of many in the valley that once supported salmon, now flows in culverts below the streets for about half a mile. Several blocks to the northwest, Mercer Creek runs below a motel parking lot. Across town, the creek briefly surfaces and then runs back underground, looking on a map like scattered stitches on a quilt.</p><p>Read more of this story in the <a href="">Yakima Herald Republic</a>.</p><p>Story by Kate Prengaman, photo by Mason Trinca</p>CWU Dance Team Featured in National Staples TV Commercial, 24 Jul 2014 17:27:06<p><span style="line-height: 1.4;"><a href="" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/CWU%20dance%20commercial.jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 229px; float: right; margin: 5px;"></a>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>