CWUCWU NewsCWU News selects Ciara White as CWU’s new student trustee, 22 Jun 2017 14:04:49<p><img alt="" src="" style="width: 140px; height: 182px; margin: 2px; float: right;">Governor Jay Inslee today named Ciara White as the student member of the Central Washington University Board of Trustees for 2017-18.</p><p>White, 20, who will be a senior during her term, is majoring in social services with a minor in sociology, women and gender studies, and law and justice. She is a McNair Scholar and has worked as an assistant in the Office of Student Involvement.</p><p>“Ciara White has an impressive record of involvement and achievement,” Inslee said. “As a trustee, she will represent the students well and make informed decisions to benefit the entire university community.”</p><p>White, a graduate of Mount Rainier High School in Des Moines, Washington, is a former Barto Hall resident assistant and previously served as president of the Black Student Union as well as treasurer of CWU’s SISTERS! Club.</p><p>She also attended the Chavez-King Leadership Institute for Social Change and has been involved in various volunteer and mentorship programs at local middle and elementary schools. This summer, she will complete an internship at the Kent Chamber of Commerce, primarily assisting it with promoting and planning events.</p><p>“When I saw that applications were being accepted for the student trustee position, I felt compelled to apply,” she said. “I truly believe that universities have the potential to make incredible differences in students’ lives.”</p><p>White said her number one goal as student trustee will be to “make sure our students’ voices are heard at Central.” To that end, she hopes to work on improving retention rates, particularly for students of color. She would also like to help establish more outreach to non-traditional students to help them obtain an education.</p><p>“As a trustee, I will represent Washington but also provide a student viewpoint,” she continued. “Everyone has a voice and I want to be the voice of our school.”</p><p>All of the state’s six public baccalaureate institutions have a student seat on its governing bodies. The student trustees serve one-year terms and are full voting members on all issues except matters relating to hiring or discipline of personnel, tenure of faculty, and collective bargaining agreements. White’s term will end on June 30, 2018.</p><p>White was among a list of five nominees for student trustee submitted by CWU to the governor.</p><p>Media contact: Richard Moreno, director of content development, 509-963-2714,</p>CWU senior joins Yakima Herald-Republic staff as summer intern, 22 Jun 2017 07:07:26<p><img alt="" src="" style="width: 250px; height: 375px; margin-left: 4px; margin-right: 4px; float: left;">April Porter, a senior at Central Washington University, has joined the Yakima Herald-Republic for a 10-week internship.</p><p>Porter, a 22-year-old Yakima native, said she has liked writing since she was a child. During this internship, she hopes to improve her writing and research skills and learn more about the Yakima Herald-Republic.</p><p>Read more of this story in the <a href="" target="_blank">Yakima Herald-Republic</a>.</p>Inspirational CWU Graduate Double Majors After Serving in Military, 20 Jun 2017 08:28:29<p><a href="" target="_blank"><img style="margin: 3px; width: 600px; height: 365px;" alt="Kristin Ashley" src=""></a></p><p><b><i>Kristin Ashley, holding her Veterans Excellence Award for highest attained GPA. The 2017 </i></b><b><i>CWU graduate double majored with a </i></b><a href=""><b><i>B.S. in global wine studies</i></b></a><b><i>&nbsp;and a </i></b><a href=""><b><i>B.S. in recreation, tourism, and events </i></b></a><b><i>with a specialization in tourism management.</i></b></p><p>All college students deal with adversity on the way to earning their degree, but some have a lot more challenges than just those in the classroom.</p><p>One Central Washington University graduate got her start in college much later than most students on campus. Kristin Ashley is not your typical college graduate.</p><p>"I deal with stress a lot more productively than some people," Ashley said. "I am more motivated to accomplish and conquer challenges."</p><p>She grew up 26 miles outside of Ellensburg, without running water or electricity. Then everything changed when she was 16.</p><p>"That's when nine-eleven happened and we had seen the planes fly into the towers," Ashley explained.</p><p>That night, she tried to sign up for the draft but was rejected.</p><p>"That was very moving for me and I wanted to immediately do something about it," she said.</p><p>Read more of this story on <a href="" target="_blank">KNDU TV</a>.<br><a href="" target="_blank">Watch video</a>.</p></br>CWU Student Media Have the Winning Touch, 16 Jun 2017 16:35:49<p>Central Washington University’s student media outlets continue to win accolades in large journalism contests, beating out larger schools across a five-state region.</p><p><img style="margin: 3px; width: 300px; height: 283px; float: right;" alt="The Observer" src=""><em><a href="">The Observer</a></em>, Central’s student-run weekly newspaper, won two categories: Breaking News Photo and General News – in the Society of Professional Journalists’ (SPJ) Region 10 Mark of Excellence awards. <em>The Observer</em> was also a finalist for Photo Illustration and for Best All-Around Non-Daily Student Newspaper, which encompassed schools of all sizes.</p><div><p>The SPJ 2016 region awards honors the "best of collegiate journalism" at universities and community colleges in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Alaska.</p><p><em><a href="">Pulse</a></em>, Central’s lifestyle magazine, won Best Nonfiction Magazine Story and was a finalist for Best Affiliated Website and for Radio Feature.</p><p><em><a href="">CentralNewsWatch</a></em> (CNW) won SPJ’s Television Sports Reporting category for a piece by senior Jake Nelson on Central basketball player Jasmin Edwards. <em>CNW</em> was also a finalist for four regional Emmy awards: one for General Features and three for Sports Reporting.</p><p>The four regional SPJ winners will go on to compete against winners in all 12 SPJ regions in the National Mark of Excellence Awards competition. Winners are typically announced during SPJ’s fall national convention.</p><p>“Students at all of our media outlets put an incredible amount of time and effort into their jobs, so it’s gratifying to see their hard work rewarded,” said digital journalism program coordinator Cynthia Mitchell, who also advises <em>The Observer</em>.</p><p>Senior McKenzie Lakey’s “Black Lives Matter” photo won the Breaking News Photo category. And 2016 graduate Jonathan Glover, won the General News category for his story about the Kittitas County Drug Court. Glover was editor in chief for winter and spring quarters of 2016 and Lakey was editor in chief fall 2016 – the time frame of the Best All-Around competition.</p><p><img style="width: 300px; height: 279px; float: left; margin: 3px;" alt="Black Lives Matter" src="">"I'm just honored to be part of a publication that cares so much about the quality of work that is being published and the learning that goes into it,” Lakey said.</p><p>“The student staff is the true powerhouse behind <em>The Observer</em> and simply being able to work alongside this incredible group is reward enough. To receive the honor of winning any award or being a finalist is hands down just an added bonus."</p><p>Glover, who graduated in 2016 and is now a staff reporter for <em>The Spokesman-Review</em> in Spokane, Washington, said he was gratified to see a story about “individuals society often forgets” be recognized, given that media “often highlights the crimes but not the individuals.”</p><p>“I wanted to tell the users’ stories in a way that any average reader would feel a connection,” he said. “Maybe it reminded them of a friend, a brother or a mother. I think the story managed to do that on some level."</p><p>Nicole Trejo-Valli, a senior and <em>Pulse’s</em> editor in chief is the creator of the revamped website, which was a finalist for Best Affiliated Website.&nbsp; Trejo-Valli was also part of the three-person team who wrote the winning nonfiction magazine article, “Sexual Assault: What's Behind the Rise in Reports on Campus?”</p><p>"Seeing the growth of our multimedia content, and now the recognition for our website, is incredible,” said Trejo-Valli. “As a team, we always put everything into what we're producing, which makes my job easier."</p><p>Jack Lambert and Taylor Morrell were finalists in the Photo Illustration category for "We're Still Students," which ran with a piece about issues and high turnover in Central’s resident assistants.</p><p>For a complete listing of award winners in SPJ’s 2016 Mark of Excellence contest, visit</p><p>The <a href="">Department of Communication</a> at CWU boasts modern broadcast facilities where students can practice every aspect of broadcast and audio production, and labs equipped with the latest editing and design software used in professional newsrooms. Journalism degrees are built on hands-on experience covering real news that’s published across a variety of platforms under the guidance of experienced faculty and staff.</p><p>Media contact: Dawn Alford, public affairs coordinator, 509-963-1484,</p></div><p>&nbsp;</p>Game On! Celebrates Almost 100 Yakima-area Students’ Success, 16 Jun 2017 08:19:08<p><img style="margin: 3px; width: 800px; height: 384px;" alt="Game On! Students" src=""></p><p>Last week 85 middle and high school students spent the day on Central Washington University (CWU) campus as part of an end of the year <a href="">Game On!</a> celebration.</p><p>The June 6 graduation brought Game On! participants from Yakima to CWU. They spent the day exploring Central’s campus, receiving college admissions information, being encouraged by college students, and gazing at the stars during a trip to CWU’s new planetarium.</p><p>The purpose of this year-end activity served to inspire students to recognize the importance of higher education, show that college is attainable, and further encourage them to pursue a degree in computer coding or other computer-related fields. Moreover, it was to celebrate their year-long commitment to the program.</p><p>This was the second visit for these students to Central.</p><p>“Each time Game On! students visit campus you can see the transformation come over them as they realize attending college is possible,” executive director Manuel Rodriguez.</p><p>The Game On! program incorporates the power of soccer to enhance student’s leadership skills, character and values and computer coding, and a STEM-based curriculum to expose these students to learning experiences that will allow them to explore opportunities for achieving a university degree and high-skilled employment.</p><p>During the 2016-17 academic year, Game On! served 110 students from six Yakima School District (YSD) schools. Stanton Academy and Eisenhower High School completed their second year in the program, and four middle schools (Franklin, Wilson, Lewis and Clark, and Washington) completed their first year. Many of the students are Hispanic.</p><p>At the year-end celebration, William Brenes, a flight test operations engineer for Boeing told the students about the opportunities available in the science and technology fields for those willing to work hard.</p><p>Brenes, who is also president of the Boeing Hispanic Employees Network–Puget Sound and Boeing representative on the Great Minds in STEM–Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Awards committee said he has a personal and professional interest in inspiring the next generation of Hispanic STEM professionals.</p><p>CWU President James L. Gaudino also addressed the group and joined Brenes and the scholars in a group photo to mark the occasion.</p><p>As part of being a Game On! participant, students commit to attending after-school meetings twice a week. Students learn coding for an hour and sharpen their soccer skills for 90 minutes. CWU sponsors visits to the university campus to welcome students into a friendly educational future.</p><p>The Game On! program is made possible by a partnership between the Real Madrid Foundation, the largest sports franchise in the world, together with&nbsp; the world’s leading software company, Microsoft Corporation, CWU and the YSD.</p><p>Central Washington University coordinates the Game On! communication and training efforts, as well as promotes and provides a new and exciting opportunity for these Game On! students to achieve their goals of completing a university degree.</p><p>For more information about <a href="">Game On!</a> contact Manuel Rodriguez, executive director at, 509-963-2216.</p><p>Media contact: Dawn Alford, public affairs coordinator, 509-963-1484,</p>CWU community garden puts down roots, 16 Jun 2017 07:49:26<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/CWU%20com%20garden%20DR.jpg" style="width: 475px; height: 267px;"></p><p>Central Washington University’s community garden is putting down roots.</p><p>After starting with limited resources in 2013, the garden now has steady funding and is offered as a for-credit class, said Central Washington University professor Rebecca Pearson. The project had received small grants and contributions in the past, but this year received word it would receive $12,000 a year in student services and activities funding for the next few years.</p><p>“We’re going to do some really cool stuff in the coming year,” she said.</p><p>Read more of this story in the <a href="">Daily Record</a>.</p>CWU Trustees Special Telephonic Meeting – June 15, 2017, 14 Jun 2017 10:37:33<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/CWU%20Mountain%20Medallion-final.jpg" style="width: 200px; height: 98px; float: right;">ELLENSBURG, Wash. — The Central Washington University Board of Trustees will hold a special telephonic meeting on Thursday, June 15, at 11:00 a.m. to discuss the possible effects of the state budget impasse on university operations. The trustees also will discuss sustainability options for the BS Aviation degree program.&nbsp;</p><p>The telephonic meeting will be held in Barge Hall, room 412 on the CWU campus in Ellensburg. To view the agenda, visit and click on Agenda and Meeting Documents.</p><p>For more information, please contact Linda Schactler, secretary to the board, 509-963-1384.</p>Participants Sought for Regional Education Focus Group, 13 Jun 2017 12:40:15<p>The Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC) will hold two focus groups on June 20 to gain insights into emerging economic trends, employers’ long-term planning, student demand, community needs, and other factors related to specific regional educational needs in Washington.</p><p>The public is invited to attend one of the following June 20 Educational Service District (ESD) 105 meetings:</p><ul><li><strong>Yakima Valley College</strong>, Deccio Higher Education Center, Parker Rm (CWU-Yakima co-located)<br><strong>12:30-2:00 p.m., </strong>1000 South 12th Avenue, Building 8, in Yakima <a href=""><em>Campus Map</em></a><br>Free street parking is available on South 12th Ave or Arlington</li><li><strong>Central Washington University</strong>, James E. Brooks Library, Room 301C&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <strong>4:00-5:30 p.m., </strong>400 East University Way, in Ellensburg</li></ul><div>Register for <u>one of two</u> focus group times at, no later than <strong>Monday, June 19, 2017</strong>. Register early, as space is limited.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>If you or a designee are unable to attend on these dates, but would be interested in contributing your insights to this project, please contact <a href="">Christina Sedney</a>.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>WSAC has selected the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) to convene the focus groups with regional employers, leaders from education, industry, labor, nonprofit, and community groups, students, and parents in each of the state’s nine ESDs, to inform public policy.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>According to WSAC, the insights garnered through this process will contribute to regional data profiles, offering more nuanced perspectives on regional needs than quantitative data alone can provide. A report on the key themes from the regional focus groups, an online survey of employers, and key informant interviews, will be presented to the WSAC and key policymakers, including the Governor and state legislature.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Direct focus group questions to the WICHE staff (Demi Michelau, Vice President, Policy Analysis and Research at 303-541-0223/ or Christina Sedney, Policy Analyst at 303-541-0238/</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Media contact: Dawn Alford, public affairs coordinator, 509-963-1484,</div></br></br></a href="">Music Chair to Serve as CWU College of Arts and Humanities Interim Dean, 12 Jun 2017 16:14:25<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/Todd%20Shiver.jpg" style="width: 220px; height: 274px; margin: 3px; float: right;">Todd Shiver has been appointed the Interim Dean of the CWU College of Arts and Humanities. Shiver, who has chaired the nationally recognized CWU Department of Music since 2010, will begin his new role on July 1.<br><br>“I’m delighted that Todd has agreed to take on this challenging role,” said Katherine Frank, Provost and Vice President for Academic and Student Life. “Todd is a respected and gifted academic and administrator and I have every confidence that his leadership will produce tremendous results for the college.”</p><p>Shiver noted, “After seven years of serving as a Chair of the Music Department in the College of Arts and Humanities, it will be my privilege to represent all eight departments in the College.&nbsp; I hope to be a strong advocate for our students, faculty, and staff.”</p><p>As the Chair of the Music Department, Shiver oversaw the largest department within the College of Arts and Humanities, which is home to more than 400 undergraduate and graduate students, nearly 50 faculty and staff, and a $4 million annual budget. He came to CWU from Georgia College &amp; State University (GCSU), where he also served as music department chair and was director of bands for 20 years.<br><br>In addition to his background in administration and conducting, Shiver is an accomplished teacher; scholar; mentor; and trumpet player. He has led courses in music education, conducting, brass methods, applied trumpet, and supervised student teachers. He is also the founder of CWU’s summer music camps.<br><br>Shiver has served as the chair and as a board member of the Northwest region of the National Association of Schools of Music. He is the president of the Washington Universities Music Administrators (WUMA) and served on the board of directors for the National Band Association. He also is an alumnus of Phi Mu Alpha, the world’s largest music fraternity, and was inducted into Pi Kappa Lambda, a national music honor society.<br><br>Shiver earned his Bachelor of Music degree and Master of Education in Music Education degree from Auburn University; he holds a second master’s in Educational Leadership from GCSU, and a Doctor of Musical Arts from The University of Georgia.</p><p><strong>Media contact:</strong> Robert Lowery, director of Radio Services and Integrated Communications, 509-963-1487,<br>&nbsp;</p></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br>CWU Alumnus Named State’s 2017 Assistant Principal of the Year, 12 Jun 2017 16:05:52<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/Ricardo%20Iniguez.jpg" style="width: 320px; height: 400px; margin: 3px; float: right;">“I don’t think there are enough Latino role models in education, not only in teaching but also in administration,” said Ricardo Iñiguez, Wenatchee High School (WHS) assistant principal. The CWU alumnus should be considered a role model after being named the 2017 Washington State Assistant Principal of the Year, by the Washington Association of Secondary School Principals, a governing board of the <a href="" target="_blank">Association of Washington School Principals</a> (AWSP).<br><br>Iñiguez, who earned his bachelor’s degree in <a href="" target="_blank">elementary education</a> in 1998 and master’s degree in school administration in 2000, is in his 11th year at WHS.<br><br>He was honored for his leadership of the WHS Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) initiative.</p><p>Now in its second year, PBIS provides ways for students to recognize staff and their fellow students, and staff to recognize students for positive actions and behavior. The program is itself receiving recognition for verifiable increases in attendance rates, decreases in out-of-school concerns, and number of students succeeding in the classroom.<br><br>Before joining the Wenatchee High School administration, Iñiguez taught in a program to serve at-risk youth at Spanaway Lake High School in the Bethel School District, where he also served as the defensive coordinator for the football team. He then spent a few years at Stewart Middle School in the Tacoma School District.<br><br>From a migrant farm worker family, Iñiguez and his seven brothers and three sisters, all graduated from college. In addition, they established CWU’s first Latino Scholarship Endowment.<br><br>“I still appreciate my time at CWU and I’m thankful to everyone that has contributed to my journey so far,” said the soft-spoken Iñiguez.<br><br>A 1992 graduate of Wahluke High School, Iñiguez originally enrolled at CWU with the intent play baseball. He switched to football, where he remains regarded as among the best linebackers in school history. He recorded 210 career tackles, including a then school-record 126 in 1996, was twice named to the Columbia Football Association all-star team, and was CWU’s Most Valuable Player in 1997 and was awarded the team’s Best Tackler award in 1996. Iñiguez was inducted into CWU Athletics Hall of Fame as a member of the school’s 1995 National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Football National Championship team.<br><br>The 43-year-old Othello native saw two of brothers, Emilio and Simon, follow in his cleats and play football for the Wildcats.<br><br>Professionally, Iñiguez has also served as chair of the Hispanic Latino Legislative Organization and on the state’s Educational Opportunity Gap Oversight and Accountability Committee.<br><br>Iñiguez will be honored at both the AWSP/Washington Association of School Administrators Summer Conference, June 26-28, in Spokane, and, along with the other state assistant principals of the year, at the 2017 National Principals Conference, July 6-12, in Philadelphia.<br><br>Iñiguez is quick to share the credit for the recognition with WHS students, staff, the community, and his family.<br><br>“May we all feel recognized for the work that we’re doing,” he added. “I also want to thank my wife Maria, for her unwavering support, and my 5-year-old son Noah for reminding me every day that I have a lot to be thankful for.”<br><br><strong>Media contact: </strong>Robert Lowery, director of Radio Services and Integrated Communications, 509-963-1487,<br>&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></br>