CWUCWU NewsCWU News Air Force Leaders from CWU Learn of Fairchild's Mission, 23 Apr 2015 15:01:39<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/CWU%20students%20at%20Fairchild-web.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 322px; float: right; margin: 7px;">One week ago, 39 Central Washington University Air Force ROTC cadets took part in a base visitation to Fairchild Air Force Base in Spokane. The CWU contingent was led by Lt. Col. Richard L. Warr, aerospace studies professor and department chair and commander of Detachment 895, known as the Cascade Cowboys, and Capt. Amber Johnson, assistant CWU professor and operations flight commander.</p><p>Read this <a href="">article</a> about the visit.</p>CWU to Offer State's Only Four-Year Craft Brewing Degree, 23 Apr 2015 11:00:25<p><span style="line-height: 1.4;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/Redrum_Rye_CUTOUT_2.jpg" style="width: 150px; height: 327px; float: right;">Enrollment is now open for a new four-year craft brewing degree at Central Washington University. The interdisciplinary program, approved by the </span>CWU<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> Board of Trustees on April 20, is the first of its kind in Washington state.</span></p><p>The craft brewing bachelor of science degree prepares graduates for careers in brewing production, quality assurance, brewery management, beer merchandising, distribution, brewing technology, packaging, safety, sanitation, sensory evaluation, and entrepreneurship.</p><p>“In the craft brewing program, students will get hands-on training in the use of ingredients and processes to make flavorful, distinctive beers characteristic of the northwest and the growing market of northwest beers and craft styles worldwide," said Professor Steve Wagner, program director.</p><p>There’s a lot of science behind beer. The program is unique because it teaches the complex process of brewing, which requires in-depth knowledge of chemistry, microbiology, physics, and engineering, as well as business and leadership. A particular emphasis is placed on science-based laboratory skills and other hands-on learning opportunities. Courses also incorporate pilot brewing, field trips, industry speakers, and research activities.</p><p>The craft brewing industry had an economic impact of more than $1 billion in Washington state in 2012, according to <a href="" target="_blank">Brewers Association statistics</a>.</p><p>“Industry needs aren’t being met by any program in Washington, which has the second largest number of breweries in the nation,” Wagner said.</p><p>In a 2014 industry survey by the <a href="" target="_blank">Master Brewers Association of America</a>, a majority of respondents said they’re looking for employees with laboratory, engineering, and business training. They also value management and leadership skills and employees who have knowledge of the brewing process.</p><p>The new degree’s core requirements include classes in chemistry, business, safety and health, and physics. Advanced classes cover brewing microbiology, brewing processes and technology, brewing biochemistry, sensory analysis, and merchandising and management.</p><p>Enrollment is now open for fall quarter. Apply online at <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p><p>April 23, 2015</p></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;">Ingebretson Honored as CWU Student Employee of the Year, 22 Apr 2015 14:48:13<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/2015%20SEoY_0026-thumbnail.jpg" style="width: 250px; height: 250px; margin: 7px; float: right;"><span style="line-height: 1.4;">Josh </span>Ingebretson<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> has been selected as the 2015 Central Washington University Student Employee of the Year. He was nominated by his supervisor Sarah </span>O'Steen<span style="line-height: 1.4;">, residence hall coordinator. </span>Ingebretson<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> is currently a resident assistant (RA) for Alford-Montgomery, a first-year residence hall that is home to approximately 180 students as well as the Music Living Learning Community.</span></p><p>CWU President James L. Gaudino presented the award at a ceremony on April 16.</p><p>According to O’Steen, as an RA, Ingebretson is responsible for “behavior management, community development, crisis management, being a role model, and some administrative tasks. He does an excellent job following instructions and making sure that his responsibilities are completed in a timely and organized fashion. He [is] flexible and [takes] leadership of organizing programs.</p><p>“A large part of serving as a resident assistant . . . is the ability to provide inclusive environments that are conducive to fostering student growth. Josh has gone above and beyond with this expectation.”</p><p>Ingebretson, a junior who is pursuing an Interdisciplinary Studies degree with a focus on Administration in Higher Education, has been chosen to attend STARS College in Orlando, Florida in June. The college is sponsored by the Association of College and Universities Housing Officers–International. The selection process is extremely competitive—out of 2,000 applicants, only 40 are invited to attend.</p><p>A Vancouver, Washington native, Ingebretson, who was the valedictorian of his 2012 class at Hudson's Bay High School, graduated with cumulative 3.95 grade point average and received "Highest Honors" on the Honor Roll.</p><p>Ingebretson is now eligible for the state Student Employee of the Year Award.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,</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;">Unique Energy Management Degree Program Open for Fall 2015 Enrollment, 22 Apr 2015 14:05:57<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/sun-energy.jpg" style="width: 250px; height: 250px; margin: 7px; float: left;"><span style="line-height: 1.4;">A new, cutting-edge energy management degree program is open for fall 2015 enrollment at Central Washington University. Developed by the <a href="">Institute for Integrated Energy Studies (</a></span><a href="">I2ES</a><span style="line-height: 1.4;"><a href="">)</a>,</span><span style="line-height: 1.4;">&nbsp;the program will prepare students to work in the public and private energy sectors, and to manage both sustainable and traditional energy resources. </span>CWU's<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> Board of Trustees approved the bachelor of sciences degree in integrated energy management on April 20.</span></p><p>No other university in Washington State offers this type of interdisciplinary education, which addresses current and future energy industry manpower needs. Two of the largest energy organizations in the Pacific Northwest, Puget Sound Energy and Bonneville Power Administration, face great challenges posed by their employees’ impending retirement—a total of 1,070 employees will retire from Bonneville Power Administration alone by 2017.</p><p>“Graduates of this program will find themselves in high demand as a significant percentage of the energy sector employees will retire in the next few years, a gap in the workforce that our graduates can fill,” said Elvin Delgado, CWU professor of geography, and co-creator and founding director of I2ES. “But our graduates will do more than just fill the shoes of past employees—they will have a role in determining energy policy for the next century.”</p><p>The degree program has three specializations: integrated energy policy, integrated energy business, and integrated power systems. The academic curriculum spans coursework in geography, mathematics, English, physics, supply chain management, geology, communications, information technology and administrative management, engineering technologies and economics, to name a few.</p><p>Junior and senior students will be able to engage in five-to-six-month professional apprenticeships with energy industry leaders that will provide critical hands-on training for their future careers.</p><p>Delgado is the chair of the Energy and Environment Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers and in 2013 was among 28 scholars globally selected to participate in the energy-water nexus training funded by the National Science Foundation Pan-American Advanced Studies Institute. A Fulbright scholar, Delgado’s regional specialization is Latin America, in particular, Venezuela. Delgado holds a doctorate in geography from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University in New York.</p><p>I2ES develops the nation’s future professionals via a three-track degree program, shares knowledge through regional, national and international collaborations, and serves businesses and academia as the source for relevant research in integrated energy issues. For more information about I2ES, go to</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.4;">Media Contact: Valerie </span>Chapman-Stockwell<span style="line-height: 1.4;">, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,</span></p><p>April 22, 2015</p><p><em>Photo of the sun courtesy of NASA</em></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;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;">CWU newspaper honored regionally, 22 Apr 2015 07:55:10<p>The Observer, Central Washington University's student newspaper, was named Best All-Around Non-Daily Student Newspaper at the Society of Professional Journalists' Region 10 Mark of Excellence Awards, according to a news release.</p><p>The award was announced at the organization's conference in Spokane earlier this month. Region 10 includes universities and colleges of all sizes in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Alaska, and the Mark of Excellence awards honor achievement in college journalism.</p><p>Read more of this story in the <a href="">Daily Record</a>.</p>Free Program Helps Parents Understand, Have Fun with the New Math, 20 Apr 2015 15:28:00<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/multiplication-clip-art-arithmeticsymbols.jpg" style="width: 200px; height: 200px; float: left;"><span style="line-height: 1.4;">Parents, are you having trouble helping your elementary or middle school student with math? Registration is now open for a free program at Lincoln Elementary School to bring together elementary students, parents, college students, and </span>CWU<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> faculty to engage in new methods for learning math.</span></p><p>Led by Central Washington University mathematics professors, the Math Circle begins on May 5, and will be held 6:30 to 7:30 every Tuesday evening through June 2. The program is designed for fourth- and fifth-graders and their parents. The Kittitas Valley Math Circle is part of a national movement that brings together faculty, students, and community members to have fun together doing math.</p><p>The Kittitas Valley Math Circle is special in that it will have two parts, one for elementary school students, and a separate session for their parents.</p><p>“I have colleagues at Central who have trouble understanding their children’s math homework.” said Dominic Klyve, CWU math professor, “It doesn’t look like the math they learned themselves.”</p><p>Students will have a blast playing games that will also help them understand math better.</p><p>Parents throughout Kittitas County and central Washington are encouraged to apply—“We’d love to see people from Yakima, if they’re willing to make the drive,” said Klyve.</p><p>The Math Circle will be taught by mathematics faculty Brandy Wiegers, Founding Director of the National Organization of Math Circles; Klyve; Janet Shiver;and Allyson Rogan-Klyve. Six undergraduate mathematics majors will also help with the program.</p><p>The class is limited to the first 30 students who apply. People may register for the program through May 5, at</p><p>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,<br>April 20, 2015</p></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></br>Career fair brings employers to students, 20 Apr 2015 13:14:32<p>Ninety organizations recruited Wildcats for jobs, internships and graduate school at the spring career fair hosted by CWU <a href="" target="_blank">Career Services</a>. Students were able to network with recruiters in various industries and have a professional photo taken for their LinkedIn profile and other networking accounts.</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 style="text-align: center;">CWU Aviation and IASCO Agreement a Boon to Students, Ellensburg, 20 Apr 2015 08:22:37<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/IFT%20Fleet.jpg" style="height: 320px; width: 478px;"></p><p>There will be <strong><em>no</em></strong> increase in flight-training fees for Central Washington University aviation students next year (2015-2016), according to Stuart Thompson, director of contracts and procurement.&nbsp; Recent contract negotiations between CWU and IASCO Flight Training (IFT)&nbsp;sustained the flight-training rate that reduced costs for students by approximately 25 percent this year.</p><p>"Our goal was high quality and lowest possible costs for students," said Thompson, adding that IFT has been slowly growing program strength since the start of the contract last fall. "IFT has been working through facilities, equipment, and personnel details and is fully engaged in the program now."</p><p>Thompson said IFT is sending up additional airplanes and providing more flying hours so that students can make timely progress in their degree programs. There are now eight Cessna 172s and 10 instructors on the flight line. A Piper Seminole is scheduled to be added to the flight line by the beginning of May and a Cessna 172RG will be added for certified flight instructor training soon after. IFT is also supplying a mechanic and upgrading its maintenance schedule.</p><p>Ethan Bergman, associate dean for the College of Education and Professional Studies, said most students will be able to complete their courses on schedule, by the end of this academic year. Bergman said, "The department and the college are developing initiatives to mitigate costs if students need to stay into the summer to complete their training."</p><p>Thompson predicted that the agreement also will be a boon to Ellensburg’s Bowers Field Airport. CWU’s Aviation department accounts for more than 70 percent of the traffic at the airport. According to Thompson, IFT’s new management wants to grow aviation business at the airport for everyone.&nbsp; Provost Marilyn Levine will arrange a trip to China within the next month to open discussions about bringing a cohort of Chinese students to enroll in CWU’s aviation and flight training programs. The focus will be on growing enrollment rather than raising student fees</p><p>Bergman said the department is finalizing an agreement with Express Jet Airlines, which will provide new internship opportunities. A new Aviation Management degree was approved and will start officially fall term 2015. Students can take all or part of the program online.</p><p>“The aviation department is stronger than ever,” said Bergman, noting that there was record attendance at the flight center open house for Wildcat Day April 11. “This is great news for our students, but even greater news for Ellensburg and Kittitas County. The continued success of this program is tied inextricably with the health of our community airport. We are proud of our part in keeping Bowers Field an integral part of the aviation community in central Washington.”</p><p>Media Contact: Linda Schactler, CWU Chief of Staff/Executive Director of Public Affairs, 509-963-1384,</p><p><br><em>CWU’s aviation program enrolls about 100 students annually who collectively fly nearly 6,800 hours per year. CWU is the only public university in the Pacific Northwest that offers a bachelor’s degree in aviation and the only place on the West Coast where aviation students can experience the CRJ-200 turbo-jet trainer, airline style curriculum, and the technically advanced turboprop flight trainer.</em></p></br>Student Recants Report of Being Attacked on Campus, 16 Apr 2015 16:20:04<p><span style="line-height: 1.4;">A CWU student who reported being attacked on campus earlier this week has recanted the story. </span>CWU<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> police have closed the case and will forward it to the </span>Kittitas<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> County Prosecutor for review.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.4;">The student will be referred to the CWU Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities, which provides an array of resources, education, and crisis management services.&nbsp;Under the Student Conduct Code, the university works with any student alleged of providing false information to determine why, and help connect the student with needed resources.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.4;">The initial report triggered an emergency alert to </span>CWU<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> students, parents, and others just after 4 a.m. Monday. The federal </span>Clery<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> Act requires colleges and universities to give timely warnings of crimes that may represent a threat to the safety of students or employees. The university must take all reports seriously and receives very few false reports, which violate university policy and state law.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.4;">“We treat every emergency with the greatest possible urgency and professionalism,” said </span>CWU<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> Police Chief Mike </span>Luvera<span style="line-height: 1.4;">, adding that the safety of students is the school’s highest priority. “Due to the tremendous collaboration of </span>CWU<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> police, student life and other staff, as well as progressive prevention programs, our campus community continues to enjoy an environment of safety and security.”</span></p><p><strong style="line-height: 1.4;"><em>Media contact:</em></strong><em style="line-height: 1.4;"> Linda Schactler, CWU Chief of Staff/Executive Director of Public Affairs, 509-963-1384, <a href=""></a></em></p><p>April 16, 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;"></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;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></strong style="line-height: 1.4;"></em style="line-height: 1.4;"></a href="">Journalist John Quiñones to Share his Vision for Hispanic America, 16 Apr 2015 09:50:19<p><span style="line-height: 1.4;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/John_Quinones_crop.jpg" style="width: 180px; height: 232px; float: left; margin: 5px; border-width: 0px; border-style: solid;">National broadcast news anchor and Emmy winning journalist <a href="" target="_blank">John </a></span><a href="" target="_blank">Quiñones</a><span style="line-height: 1.4;"> will present&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 16.7999992370605px;"><em>A 20/20 Vision on Hispanic America</em></span><span style="line-height: 1.4;">&nbsp;at 6:30 p.m.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 16.7999992370605px;">April 20</span><span style="line-height: 16.7999992370605px;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.4;">in the </span>SURC<span style="line-height: 1.4;">&nbsp;Ballroom.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 16.7999992370605px;">The event is free, though attendees are encouraged to <a href="" target="_blank">secure a ticket</a> to guarantee a seat.</span></p><p>Quiñones's visit kicks off CWU's&nbsp;week-long celebration of&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.4;">Latino activists Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta. His new b</span><span style="line-height: 1.4;">ook&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank"><em>What Would You Do? Words of Wisdom About Doing the Right Thing</em>&nbsp;</a>will be available for purchase and signing following the talk.</span></p><p>Quiñones, the son<span style="line-height: 1.4;">&nbsp;of migrant workers,&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.4;">will reflect on his childhood</span><span style="line-height: 1.4;">&nbsp;and the obstacles he overcame to pursue an education and career. Using his own story as an example of opportunity realized, and weaving in video clips from stories he has covered, </span>Quiñones<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> </span>will<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> share his vision and hopes for the Hispanic culture in the United States.</span></p><p>Quiñones has<span style="line-height: 1.4;">&nbsp;more than 35 years experience reporting on world issues. Much of&nbsp;</span>his<span style="line-height: 1.4;">&nbsp;work focuses on Latino and Hispanic cultures. Before joining ABC News in 1982, </span>Quiñones<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> reported for </span>WBBM-TV<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> in Chicago where he won two Emmy Awards for reporting on the struggles of illegal immigrants from Mexico. At ABC he's worked on <em>Primetime</em>, <em>Burning Questions,&nbsp;20/20</em>&nbsp;and <em>What Would You Do? </em>where he's won</span><span style="line-height: 1.4;">&nbsp;seven additional&nbsp;</span>Emmys<span style="line-height: 1.4;">.</span></p><p>CWU's&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.4;">Center for Diversity and Social Justice</span><span style="line-height: 1.4;">&nbsp;will host a variety of events as part of </span>César<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> </span>Chávez<span style="line-height: 1.4;">/Dolores </span>Huerta<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> week. Programs include Activism 101, a workshop hosted by members of the <a href="" target="_blank">Latino/a Educational Achievement Project</a>; Tea at 3 with Rosalinda </span>Guillen<span style="line-height: 1.4;">, executive director of <a href="" target="_blank">Community 2 Community</a>, who will speak about the farmworkers movement and&nbsp;</span>Chávez<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> and </span>Huerta's&nbsp;influence<span style="line-height: 1.4;">; and an inspirational comedy show and leadership workshop by comedian, speaker and activist <a href="" target="_blank">Ernie G</a>.</span></p><p>April 16, 2015</p></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 16.7999992370605px;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 16.7999992370605px;"></span style="line-height: 16.7999992370605px;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 16.7999992370605px;"></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;"></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;"></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;"></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;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;">