CWUCWU NewsCWU News women's soccer voted third in GNAC preseason coaches poll, 29 Aug 2014 07:31:08<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/Wildcat%20Sports%20logo.jpg" style="width: 466px; height: 228px;"></p><p>With one of the best seasons in school history last year, Central Washington University's women's soccer team has been selected third in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference's preseason coaches poll.<br>The Wildcats finished 11-6-1 last year, and 10-3-1 in conference play. They reached the semifinals of the GNAC tournament. Central was eliminated in a 2-1 loss to Seattle Pacific, a team it beat twice earlier in the season.<br>"The third-place selection is something to admire, but we know it's a long season ahead," Central head coach Michael Farrand said in a press release. "There are a lot of tough teams in our conference, and we are excited at the chance to compete and build off of our success last year."&nbsp;</p><p>Read more of this story in <a href="">the Daily Record</a>.</p>Final CWU football scrimmage Friday, 28 Aug 2014 07:28:27<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;">Central Washington will hold its final preseason football scrimmage at 3 p.m. Friday at Tomlinson Stadium in Ellensburg.</span></p><p>The scrimmage will feature college officials as the Wildcats conclude preseason drills under first-year head coach Ian Shoemaker.</p><p>CWU will then begin preparation Sunday for its Sept. 6 season-opener at Montana.</p><p>Read more of this article in the <a href="">Yakima Herald Republic</a>.</p>CWU Musicians Help Raise Money for Meals, Music Education, 26 Aug 2014 15:23:56<p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/alumni%20beethoven_CROP.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 347px; margin: 5px;"></p><p>Concertgoers donated money to support hungry children and to fund music education at two benefit performances in Seattle over the weekend that featured musicians from Central Washington University.</p><p>More than $1,000 was raised at the first ever <em>Seattle Sings for Hunger</em> concert in which CWU’s director of orchestras Nikolas Caoile conducted a performance of Beethoven's 9th Symphony, “The Choral.”</p><p>The concert was in partnership with the Northwest Mahler Festival and Northwest Harvest. The money will pay for more than 4,000 meals for hungry children in the Seattle area through the Kid Friendly Meals Program.</p><p>CWU voice professor Melissa Schiel performed as the alto soloist and CWU alumna Eleanor Stallcop-Horrox was the soprano soloist. Many CWU alumni were part of the orchestra and choir. The event was Saturday at the First Presbyterian Church of Seattle, and organizers plan to make it a yearly concert.</p><p>CWU musicians also performed at <em>Get Back</em>, a sold-out tribute concert celebrating the 50th anniversary of The Beatles in Seattle. CWU's professor of music education Bret Smith conducted the Synergia Northwest Orchestra which featured CWU music professors Curtis Peacock, tuba; John Michel, cello; Carrie Rehkopf, violin; Tim Betts, viola; Gayla Blaisdell, voice and opera; and Tor Blaisdell, voice. Several CWU students and alumni also performed in the orchestra Saturday at Seattle Center’s McCaw Hall.</p><p>Funds raised at the concert will support Northwest Choirs, Seattle Music Partners, Washington Music Educators Association, Music Matters through Music Aid Northwest, the Vera Project, the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra, and Music Works Northwest.</p><p><strong style="line-height: 1.4;">Photo: </strong><span style="line-height: 1.4;">Musicians from </span>CWU<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> helped raise money at </span><em style="line-height: 1.4;">Seattle Sings for Hunger</em><span style="line-height: 1.4;"> on Saturday, August 23, 2014. Back row: </span>CWU<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> alumni Ryan Harris, Josh </span>Gianola<span style="line-height: 1.4;">, Aaron </span>Julyan<span style="line-height: 1.4;">, and Bruce Walker; </span>CWU<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> professor of voice Melissa </span>Schiel<span style="line-height: 1.4;">; graduate student Sam Booth; and alumnus </span>Dannel<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> Fischer. Front row: </span>CWU<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> alumnus and grad student James Pham; alumna Sara Carroll; </span>CWU<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> director of orchestras </span>Nikolas<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> </span>Caoile<span style="line-height: 1.4;">; and alumna Kelsey </span>Jobst<span style="line-height: 1.4;">. (Haley Holmes Photography)</span></p><p><em><span style="line-height: 1.4;">August 26, 2014</span></em></p>Fashion Blog Features Stylist Who Got Her Start at CWU, 25 Aug 2014 16:53:15<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/Tomboy-KC-Stylist-Profile_Melissa_Triber.jpg" style="width: 260px; height: 390px; margin: 5px 10px; float: right;">Los Angeles-based celebrity wardrobe stylist and CWU&nbsp;alumna <a href="" target="_blank">Melissa Triber</a>&nbsp;was featured this month on the style blog <a href="" target="_blank">Tomboy KC</a>. Triber&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.4;">began her fashion career after earning a bachelor's degree in <a href="" target="_blank">fashion merchandising </a>from CWU. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.4;">She's worked at magazines such as&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.4;">Bello, Filter, Los Angeles Confidential, and The Hollywood Reporter. She's worked with brands such as Disney, Hewlett Packard, and&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.4;">HarperCollins Publishers</span><span style="line-height: 1.4;">, and&nbsp;labels such as Hollywood Records and Universal&nbsp;Records.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.4;">Among the celebrities Triber has styled are</span><span style="line-height: 1.4;">&nbsp;Anna Kendrick, Demi </span>Lovato<span style="line-height: 1.4;">, Joe </span>Manganiello<span style="line-height: 1.4;">, Kendall and Kylie </span>Jenner<span style="line-height: 1.4;">, Mindy </span>Kaling<span style="line-height: 1.4;">, Rebel Wilson, Justin </span>Bartha<span style="line-height: 1.4;">, Josh </span>Hutcherson<span style="line-height: 1.4;">, and Charles Michael Davis.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.4;">The Tomboy KC blog, by actor Katie Cassidy and friend&nbsp;</span>Lynsey<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> Eaton, is inspired by their tomboy-meets-chic personal style. They first met Triber&nbsp;on a magazine shoot and later sought her out for the blog profile:</span></p><p style="margin-left: 40px;"><em><span style="line-height: 1.4;">"We first met Melissa </span>Triber<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> on the set of Katie’s shoot with Institute Magazine. After seeing the images that came out of that day (the styling was amazing), we couldn’t help but track Melissa down and force her to give us her </span>deets<span style="line-height: 1.4;">. A Los Angeles based wardrobe stylist who claims she sort of stumbled into the profession, Melissa is as humble as she is talented – both reasons why we are obsessed with her. And while she may downplay her successes, we won’t. Subtlety was never our forte."</span></em></p><p>Read the <a href="" target="_blank">rest of the profile on Melissa Triber</a> at</p><p>August 25, 2014</p>CWU volleyball voted fourth in preseason coaches poll, 25 Aug 2014 07:38:28<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/volleyball.jpg" style="width: 451px; height: 320px;"></p><p>After finishing fourth in the conference in 2013, and earning a berth into the NCAA Tournament, Central Washington University's volleyball team has been selected fourth in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference’s preseason coaches poll.<br>The Wildcats went 15-12 last fall, and 11-7 in GNAC play. Western Washington, Alaska Anchorage and Northwest Nazarene were voted first through third, respectively. Rounding out 5-10, in order, was Seattle Pacific, Western Oregon, Simon Fraser, Montana State University Billings, Saint Martin's and Alaska Fairbanks.<br>"The fourth-place prediction changes nothing for us," Central head coach Mario Andaya said in a CWU press release. "We are still focused on improving day by day, and if we can do that we will be in a great position to give ourselves the opportunity to be the best team we can be."</p><p>Read more of this story in the <a href="">Daily Record</a>.</p><p>Photo by Brian Myrick</p>CWU Among Nation's Top 50 LGBT-Friendly Universities, 20 Aug 2014 16:02:11<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/Sean_Leek_Garrett_Nelson_2.jpg" style="width: 270px; height: 405px; margin: 5px; float: right;"><span style="line-height: 1.4;"><a href="" target="_blank">Campus Pride</a>, a leading national nonprofit working to encourage safe campuses for </span>LGBT<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> students, has named Central Washington University one of the <a href="" target="_blank">top 50 </a></span><a href="" style="line-height: 1.4;" target="_blank">LGBT-friendly</a><span style="line-height: 1.4;"><a href="" target="_blank"> universities</a> in the nation. </span>CWU’s<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> five-star rating signifies the highest percentages across eight </span>LGBT-friendly<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> benchmarks for policies, programs and practices.</span></p><p>President James L. Gaudino says CWU has made inclusiveness a high priority for people from all walks of life and this five-star rating is evidence the work is effective.</p><p>"We want all people to be free to be who they are and to express their opinions and their culture," says Gaudino. "It makes us a more welcoming campus, and it also makes us stronger and a more interesting place to live and learn."</p><p>Gaudino cited several innovative projects that have helped create a supportive community for LGBT people. CWU was the first in Washington State to institute transgender housing on campus. Safe Space posters mark places on campus where LGBT students can find helpful advocates. The university holds singular events, such as LGBT Commencement and a speaker program with guests such as Dan Savage, author of the nationally syndicated sex advice column, "Savage Love" and founder of the "It Gets Better Project."</p><p>CWU Assistant Dean for Student Living Richard DeShields says the <a href="" target="_blank">Center for Diversity and Social Justice</a> hosts workshops exploring LGBT issues that are the best-attended programs on campus even though they ask hard questions of everyone. He says the LGBT friendly designation isn't surprising.</p><p>“I’ve seen personal lives turn around because of what we do. LGBT students have places to go across campus where they feel a strong and quick response to the injustices they experience.&nbsp; And those who do the hurting—even unknowingly—have opportunities to become educated,” says DeShields.</p><p>DeShields also says discrimination against LGBT people will undoubtedly persist and the Campus Pride rating is a nice recognition, but the work must continue.</p><p>“My dream is that someday we have a campus where we can all celebrate our own identities without fear of being attacked or ostracized because we are different,” says DeShields, “and what we teach isn’t just what a portion of our population experiences. I’m an openly gay man and I know we need to talk more about the diversity of our families, because LGBT lives are woven into the daily fabric that is all of us.”</p><p>CWU ranked in the top 100 several years ago. “This Top 50 rating is a great leap,” says Katrina Whitney, diversity officer at CWU. "Students, staff and faculty worked very hard to get us here.”</p><p>Campus Pride’s <a href="" target="_blank">50 "Best of the Best" list</a> highlights the most LGBT-friendly universities among institutions with student populations from 1,600 to more than 50,000—public and private schools alike.</p><p><em><strong>CONTACT: </strong>Jackie O’Ryan, Director of Public Affairs, 509-607-9932,</em></p><p><em>August 20, 2014</em></p>CWU football selected second in preseason GNAC coaches poll, 20 Aug 2014 07:35:47<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/CWU%20football.jpg" style="width: 536px; height: 320px;"></p><p>Central Washington University’s football team was picked second in the conference in the preseason coaches poll, released Monday by the Great Northwest Athletic Conference.<br>Defending-champion Azusa Pacific (10-2, 9-1 GNAC)&nbsp;finished first, and the Wildcats, who received 28 of the 36 votes, placed one point higher than Western Oregon University. Azusa Pacific’s one loss last season was at home against Central.<br>Humboldt State, Simon Fraser, Dixie State and South Dakota School of Mines and Technology rounded out the list. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their teams.</p><p>Read more of this story in the <a href="">Daily Record</a>.</p><p>&nbsp;</p>New Affiliation a Big Score for CWU Testing Center, 19 Aug 2014 07:59:32<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/CWU%20Mountain%20Medallion-final.jpg" style="width: 466px; height: 228px;"></p><p>From British Columbia to central Oregon, Central Washington University's Testing Center is a regional resource that provides a secure facility for national and international testing companies. Recently, the Testing Center became an even more vital resource by becoming a Pearson VUE&nbsp;Authorized Test Center.</p><p>Pearson VUE is a part of Pearson, PLC, a $9 billion corporation that is the largest commercial testing company and education publisher in the world.</p><p>Pearson VUE offers the Washington Educators Skills Test (WEST) Basic and Endorsements (B&amp;E) exams for teachers, plus a variety of certification exams including CompTIA, Cisco Systems, C++ Institute, and Linux, along with the new computer-based GED. Recently, Microsoft announced that Pearson VUE will be its sole delivery provider for certification and other exams effective January 1, 2015.</p><p>“That means that all the Yahoo, Google and Microsoft employees who need their certifications for the data farms up in Quincy will be able to take their tests here,” said William Thelen, director of the Testing Center.</p><p>The Testing Center, which serves, on average, more than 500 people per month, has attracted testing companies that provide exams for agencies such as the FBI, the US Border Patrol and the US Postal Service, in part because of the center’s rigorous security measures.</p><p>“Security is a major concern, not just to prevent people from cheating, but also to prevent people from stealing the material of the actual tests,” said Thelen. “There is a huge market for answers and content from many of the exams we offer especially admissions exams such as the LSAT and MCAT, and exams for non-native English speakers such as the TOEIC and TOEFL.</p><p>“We restrict what people can take into the examination room, and for one particular testing company, we have to ‘wand’ them—use a metal detector wand, similar to those used by the TSA in airports, to detect electronic devices.”</p><p>Thelen also said that every bit of scratch paper must be accounted for after tests, “even if it was used to wrap discarded gum.”</p><p>Thelen and his staff, Deborah Williams and Jessica Scott, are certified as proctors for each testing company and are monitored by the testing companies they contract with to ensure that they maintain high security standards.</p><p>“There is no one else like us in this area,” said Thelen. “We provide entrance exams for EMS Paramedicine Program, proctor construction management exams and administer the Automotive Service Excellence exams for mechanics from all over the region including Wenatchee, Moses Lake, Cle Elum and of course, Yakima.”&nbsp;</p><p>The Testing Center also oversees the 60-plus health and fitness exams offered through the CASTLE testing company, including tests from the American Council of Exercise, the Board of Pharmacy Specialists, and the Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nursing Certification Board. The center also offers services such as proctoring exams for online courses and employment screening for public safety professionals.</p><p>This is all in addition to providing testing services for the university community. The Testing Center provides space, proctors, scribes and readers for classroom tests for students with disabilities. For faculty, they can score exams completed on Scantrons and provide extensive reports on the results.</p><p>“There are a ton of programs that use our services,” said Thelen. “And we’re always available to help faculty. Just let us know and we’ll work with you to provide the testing service you need.”</p><p>CWU’s Testing Center is located in Bouillon 125, and is open year-round. For more information, go to</p><p>For more information about Pearson VUE go to</p><p>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,<br>&nbsp;</p>CWU professor completes second straight IRONMAN Canada, 18 Aug 2014 07:35:50<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/pritchett.jpg" style="width: 238px; height: 320px; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px; float: left;"><span style="line-height: 1.4;">The pinnacle event for triathlon runners is the IRONMAN in Kona, Hawaii. Two years ago, Robert </span>Pritchett<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> needed to finish in the top eight of his age group to qualify for it.</span></p><p>He did, placing eighth in his first-ever IRONMAN Canada. &nbsp;. . .</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.4;">Pritchett and his wife, Kelly, have been professors at Central Washington University since 2007. Robert teaches sport physiology and environmental physiology. Kelly teaches in the nutrition department about sports nutrition, clinical nutrition and eating disorders.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.4;">Read more of this story in the </span><a href="" style="line-height: 1.4;">Daily Record</a><span style="line-height: 1.4;">.</span></p><p>Story by Danny Schmidt, photo by Kelly Pritchett</p>CWU football kicks off camp with new coaches and new look, 15 Aug 2014 07:57:46<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/CWU%20football.jpg" style="width: 536px; height: 320px;"></p><p>New Central Washington University head football coach Ian Shoemaker will run a faster Wildcat offense than in previous seasons.</p><p>Quarterbacks and running backs spent part of Thursday's opening preseason practice working on the read-option taking snaps about 10 seconds after the previous play ended.</p><p>But Shoemaker wants one thing to be clear: he does not want the Wildcats to be just an up-tempo team.</p><p>"We change tempos. That's the key," Shoemaker said. "We want to give the illusion that we can play fast at any point, and then control the tempo from that. It will be dictated by the game, and dictated by the opponent, at times, what that need is. We can play as fast as anybody in the country, if we want to."</p><p>Read more of this story in the <a href="">Daily Record</a>.</p><p>Story by Danny Schmidt, photo by Brian Myrick</p>