CWUCWU NewsCWU News exhibition at CWU features the work of three students, 27 May 2015 07:37:26<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/kooser%20sculpture.jpg" style="width: 213px; height: 320px; margin-left: 7px; margin-right: 7px; float: left;"><span style="line-height: 1.4;">The </span>CWU<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> Sarah </span>Spurgeon<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> Gallery will host a Master of Fine Arts thesis exhibit featuring artwork by Seth Charles (ceramics), Brian </span>Kooser<span style="line-height: 1.4;">&nbsp;(sculpture), and </span>Danka<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> </span>Teng<span style="line-height: 1.4;">&nbsp;(jewelry).</span></p><p>The exhibit, called <em>Breaking the Line</em>, opens Wednesday. A lecture by the artists will be at 4:00 p.m. in Randall Hall, Room 117 that day. The lecture will be followed by the opening reception from 5:00-7:00 p.m. in the Sarah Spurgeon Gallery.</p><p>Read more of this story in the <a href="">Daily Record</a>.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Photo:</strong> Trailer Queen, by Brian Kooser</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;">Eggleston Runs Her Way to All-American at NCAA Division II Championships, 26 May 2015 07:31:03<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/eggleston.jpg" style="width: 495px; height: 320px;"></p><p>Central Washington University junior track and field standout Dani Eggleston earned All-America honors finishing 8th in the 3000-meter steeplechase at the 2015 NCAA Division II National Championships.<br><br>Eggleston, who owns the school record in the event, eclipsed her own mark finishing with a time of 10:28.79, nearly five seconds faster than the following competitor, securing all-American standing, her first such accomplishment of her collegiate career.<br><br>"It felt pretty good to become an all-American," Eggleston said. "I have been waiting a long time for this and now that it is her it is very surreal."<br><br>In yesterday's preliminary race, Eggleston finished eighth overall clocking in at 10:35.21.&nbsp; Despite finishing in the top eight on Friday Eggleston knew it would take a great effort to repeat the finish in the finals.<br><br>"I was pretty confident after yesterdays run," Eggleston added. "I knew today was going to be tough and I knew I was physically capable of finishing top eight, but I had to make sure I was mentally tough.&nbsp; During the race I kept telling myself I was ready and I kept thinking of everyone at home who had been supporting me all year, which really helped."<br><br>Eggleston wraps up a fantastic season for the track and field team that placed four participants at Nationals and finished in the top three (both men and women) at the GNAC Championships.<br>&nbsp;</p></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br>SOURCE Features Art, Science, Fashion, Engineering and More, 22 May 2015 16:50:39<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/Caleb_Allison_SOURCE.jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 267px; margin: 0px 5px; float: right;">Caleb Allison took to the lectern three times Thursday: First to share his screenplay, “Year of the Tortoise,” next to talk about comparisons between the French film “La Femme Infidele” and its remake, “Unfaithful,” and then to present how “Star Wars” reshaped the science fiction genre in film.</p><p>“Hallelujah,” he said, when finally done.</p><div><p>Allison will graduate this year from Central Washington University, and it was his second year presenting at SOURCE, the school’s annual academic and creative symposium.</p></div><div><p>He was most excited to present his screenplay, a “coming-of-age comedy-drama following an angst-ridden high school student,” according to his abstract.</p><p>Read the <a href="" target="_blank">rest of this story</a> by Andy Matarrese in the Daily Record.&nbsp;</p></div><p><strong>PHOTO:</strong> Caleb Allison discusses a scene from the French film&nbsp;<em>La Femme Infidele</em> during one of three presentations he gave at SOURCE on May 21, 2015. (Rich Villacres/CWU)</p>Kasey Bielec Earns All-American Honors, 22 May 2015 07:44:33<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/kaseyb.jpg" style="width: 495px; height: 320px;"></p><p>Kasey Bielec thought he ended his senior campaign for the Central Washington baseball team on a high note.&nbsp; He had just delivered a crucial three-run homerun against NAIA powerhouse Lewis-Clark State that put the Wildcats on top of the Warriors 14-8 on senior day.<br><br>Thursday afternoon, Bielec was awarded Honorable Mention All-American honors by National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.<br><br>The utility player's selection comes from the strength of an impressive season. Bielec hit a GNAC-leading .409 (70-171) and lead Wildcats with 40 RBIs.<br><br>"I'm extremely honored to be nentioned among the best D2 ball players in the nation," Bielec said. "It's exciting for me to know all the hard word over the years paid off."<br><br>Bielec was a keystone in the Wildcats' lineup as he started all 48 games. The three-hole hitter led the team in Slugging (.608) and On-base percentage (.488) while clubbing a team-leading 13 doubles and three triples. Bielec posted a .967 fielding percentage while manning three different positions in the infield playing third, second and first base.<br><br>The Port Orchard native will graduate in the spring with a degree in Exercise Science.<br><br>"I would like to thank my faimly, friends,, coaches and teammates for all the help along the way." Bielec said.</p><p>Media Contact: &nbsp;May Bayern, CWU&nbsp;Sports Information</p><p>May 22, 2015</p></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br>CWU Rugby Headed To Denver For The College Sevens National Championships, 21 May 2015 07:41:04<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/CWUrugby7s.jpg" style="width: 495px; height: 320px;"></p><p>The Central Washington University rugby program will send both the men's and women's teams to Denver, CO to compete in the USA Rugby Collegiate Sevens National Championship that will begin May 23.<br><br>"We are ready to transition into 7s," Head coach Tony Pacheco said. "It's a different game and I'm interested to see how sharp we are going to be because we have been in 15s mode for the past five months."<br><br>The men's team saw its last action in a 35-8 loss in Provo, UT in a Varsity Cup semifinal matchup against eventual 15s champion, BYU. As for the women's team, they saw their last action in the National Championship game versus Penn State University.<br><br>"It'll be very important to build throughout the tournament," Pacheco added. "Some of the better teams have been playing 7s all spring. Our biggest challenge will be getting back into the swing of 7s because we haven't had as much prep time."<br><br>All 7s matchups will be live streamed on as the finals for the tournament will be aired live on ESPN 3, May. 24.<br>&nbsp;</p><p>Media Contact: Max Bayern, CWU Sports Information</p><p>May 21, 2015</p></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br>CWU Pride Week Celebrates LGBTQIA+ Community, 20 May 2015 13:59:36<p>CWU<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> Pride Week will celebrate the </span>LGBTQIA<span style="line-height: 1.4;">+ community with a </span><a href="" style="line-height: 1.4;" target="_blank">series of events</a><span style="line-height: 1.4;"> across campus May 25-29. Pride is a national movement that embraces lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning, </span>intersex<span style="line-height: 1.4;">, asexual and ally culture.</span></p><ul><li><span style="line-height: 1.4;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/CWU_pride_cutout_crop.jpg" style="width: 200px; height: 348px; float: right;">A </span><a href="" style="line-height: 1.4;" target="_blank">field day</a><span style="line-height: 1.4;"> with competitive sports and games will kick off </span>CWU<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> Pride Week from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. May 25 on the </span>Barto<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> lawn. Participants can register </span><a href="" style="line-height: 1.4;" target="_blank">here</a><span style="line-height: 1.4;">.</span></li><li>A festival-style <a href="" target="_blank">block party</a> with activities, clubs, organizations, and businesses is scheduled from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on May 26 in the SURC.</li><li>Neville Hoad will present a free lecture, <em><a href="" target="_blank">Drag and the Pedagogy of the Normal Lessons from Botswana’s Miss HIV Stigma-Free Beauty Pageant</a></em>, at 4 p.m. May 26 in Black Hall room 151. Hoad is an author and English professor at University of Texas at Austin.</li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Bingo</a> paired with a bake sale and prizes starts at 7 p.m. May 26 in SURC room 137.</li><li>The Queer Art Show, which provides a positive space for expression, is scheduled all day May 27 in SURC room 137. Sign up and submit art <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>.</li><li>A <a href="" target="_blank">march and rally</a> to acknowledge women in the queer community is planned from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. May 27 in SURC room 137.</li><li>Shaka McGlotten presents <em><a href="" target="_blank">Political Aesthetics of Drag</a> </em>at 3 p.m. May 27 in Black Hall room 151. McGlotten is a professor of media, society and the arts at Purchase College SUNY.</li><li>Cat McMillen, CWU costume manager, will lead <em>Find Your Inner Drag Queen or King </em>from 4-6 p.m. May 27 in SURC room 135.</li><li><a href="" style="line-height: 1.4;" target="_blank">Ryan Cassata</a><span style="line-height: 1.4;">, singer-songwriter and transgender motivational speaker, will combine music and activism in a </span><a href="" style="line-height: 1.4;" target="_blank">free performance</a><span style="line-height: 1.4;"> at 7 p.m. May 27 in the </span>SURC<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> </span>Theatre<span style="line-height: 1.4;">. </span>Cassata<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> speaks publicly about gender identity disorder, </span>transgenderism<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> and bullying, and his own transition from female to male.</span></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Lavender Graduation</a> will recognize LGBTQIA+ students for their achievements and contributions to campus at 6 p.m. May 28 in Black Hall room 151.</li><li>A free <a href="" target="_blank">amateur drag show</a> is planned at 11 a.m. May 29 on the SURC west patio.</li><li>The <a href="" target="_blank">pride parade&nbsp;</a>begins after the amateur drag show (around 1 p.m.) May 29 on the SURC west patio.</li><li>A free <a href="" target="_blank">professional drag show</a> hosted by performers Aquasha DeLusty and Jenuwine Beauté, paired with live music by CWU a cappella group Fantastic Forte, is 7 p.m. May 29 in the SURC Ballroom.</li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Queen Fling</a>, an all-inclusive, all-ages dance at the Elmira in downtown Ellensburg, will follow the drag show (around 9:30 p.m.) May 29. Transportation will be provided by the student club ABLE (Access, Belonging, Learning and Equality). &nbsp;</li></ul><p><span style="line-height: 1.4;">For more information call 509-963-2127 or email </span><a href="" style="line-height: 1.4;"></a><span style="line-height: 1.4;">. &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.4;">May 20, 2015</span></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;"></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;"></a href="" style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;">CWU events to benefit FISH food bank, 20 May 2015 07:52:54<p>Central Washington University and the FISH Food Bank will team up for a food drive and donation program, with food drop-off locations opening starting June.</p><p>From May 29-31, food drop-off locations will be set-up from 5 to 8 p.m. at Fred Meyer, Super 1 Foods and Grocery Outlet.</p><p>From June 1-11, food drop-offs will be accepted in the CWU Student Union and Recreation Center C-Store, near the building’s west entrance.</p><p>The food bank is looking for a wide variety of non-perishable food items including: canned fruits or vegetables, dried fruit, jams and jellies, pasta sauces, rice and quinoa, noodles, cereal, oatmeal, peanut butter, canned soup, macaroni and cheese, baby food, granola bars, crackers, beans and canned proteins, diapers, personal items, toiletries and pet food.</p><p>Read more of this story in the <a href="">Daily Record</a>.</p>CWU Students Give Back by Cleaning up Around Town, 18 May 2015 16:27:12<p>More than 500 CWU students volunteer each year to clean up around Ellensburg. One of the year's biggest projects is the Yakima River Cleanup, which just marked its 42nd&nbsp;anniversary.&nbsp;</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;">Backlund, Bohrson, Coe, and Roditeleva-Wibe Honored as CWU's 2015 Distinguished Professors, 18 May 2015 14:29:07<p><span style="line-height: 1.4;">The designation of Distinguished Professor is the highest award attainable at Central Washington University and represents the highest level of performance. Each year, nominations are sought in four categories—teaching, service, and research/creative expression for tenured professors, and a non-tenure track distinguished faculty award for teaching.</span></p><p>This year’s honors go to Phil Backlund, communication, for teaching; Wendy Bohrson, geological sciences, research; Cynthia Coe, philosophy and religious studies, service; and Maria Roditeleva-Wibe, music, teaching, non-tenure track faculty.</p><p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/BacklundPhilBW%208x10.jpg" style="width: 140px; height: 175px; margin: 5px 10px; float: left;"><strong>Backlund</strong>, who has taught at CWU for 35 years, is considered a legend among communication students. As an advisor to the CWU chapter of Lambda Pi Eta, the Communication Honor Society, he guides a RotarAct Community service student organization, and consistently encourages students to submit to regional and national conferences for presentation. He is not only a strong record of teaching in the classroom, but also a teaching force within the department, offering encouragement and support to his colleagues. In addition, he has expanded his classroom to include students involved in CWU’s Asia University America Program (AUAP) and has created and taught courses for international graduate students from China.&nbsp; He has also taught students in Macau and Hong Kong, China, and in Pakistan and South Sudan. According to his colleagues, “His passion for communication and instruction is not bound by language, country, or culture.</p><p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/BohrsonWendy609BW%208x10.jpg" style="line-height: 16.7999992370605px; width: 150px; height: 187px; margin: 5px 10px; float: right;"></p><p><strong>Bohrson</strong>, professor and former chair of geological sciences, came to CWU in 1999, with a&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.4;">strong record of research. Since arriving at </span>CWU<span style="line-height: 1.4;">, </span>Bohrson<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> has secured a total of $2, 384,000 in National Science Foundation grants. She has authored more than 115 publications and has a written more than 140 research grants. She was elected as a Fellow of the Geological Society of America, one of the highest honors bestowed by the GSA, for her distinguished contributions to the </span>geosciences<span style="line-height: 1.4;">. At </span>CWU<span style="line-height: 1.4;">, </span>Bohrson<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> has been the director of the Office of Undergraduate Research (2000-2003), and the interim director of University Research (2002-2003) and is currently the director of the </span>CWU<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> Science Talent Expansion Program. Department chair Carey </span>Gazis<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> notes that </span>Bohrson<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> is “everything anyone could want in a colleague: she is intelligent, wise, giving, competent and hard-working . . . and a top-notch researcher, internationally known for her research in volcanology.</span></p><p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/CoeCynthiaBW%208x10.jpg" style="width: 150px; height: 188px; margin: 5px 10px; float: left;"></p><p><strong>Coe</strong> was honored for “her outstanding contribution of expertise, time, an commitment to the welfare of individuals and groups in the CWU community and beyond.” She has served on numerous committees both within her department and throughout the university. During her seven years as director of the Women’s and Gender Studies program, she has tripled the number of students through recruiting, marketing, and outreach efforts. She has organized numerous events to celebrate Women’s History Month, and has nurtured collaborations with academics and activists from other universities and organizations, faculty and student panels, and faculty and student exhibits.&nbsp; She has formed partnerships with the Wellness Center, the Center for Diversity and Social Justice, and the Ellensburg School District. She has served on the General Education Committee for eight years and was advisor for Phi Sigma Tau, the philosophy honors society for seven years. According to her colleagues “her commitment of time to the CWU and Ellensburg community stands as a model for others.”</p><p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/RoditelevaWibeMariaBW%208x10.jpg" style="width: 150px; height: 186px; margin: 5px 10px; float: right;"></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.4;"><strong>Roditeleva-Wibe</strong></span><span style="line-height: 1.4;"><strong>,</strong> is currently a senior lecturer in the Music Department at </span>CWU<span style="line-height: 1.4;">, specializing in music history, music theory, and world music. “Since coming to Central she has distinguished herself as a brilliant, knowledgeable, versatile, and innovative teacher,” noted her colleagues. She brings an immense store of knowledge to the classroom and brings it alive for her students in a variety of courses. Her teaching approach is inclusive and interdisciplinary, and designs music courses that incorporate historic context and cultural insights, and delve into diverse disciplines such as anthropology, sociology and religious studies. Using a variety of teaching methods, </span>Roditeleva-Wibe<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> creates a classroom environment in which students from diverse backgrounds and with different learning skills can all increase their knowledge. A noted pianist, she commemorated the opening of the new McIntyre Music building in 2004 by playing Franz Liszt’s Transcendental Etude in F minor No. 10, the first public performance held in </span>CWU’s<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> new Concert Hall.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.4;">There will be a recognition ceremony and reception to honor these and outstanding members of the </span>CWU<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> academic community at 5:30 p.m. on May 20, in the </span>SURC<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> Ballroom. Distinguished professors will also be recognized at the Honors Convocation on June 12.</span></p><p>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,</p><p>May 18, 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;"></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;">CWU’s Keith Monosky Appointed to National EMS Advisory Council, 15 May 2015 15:23:47<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/keithmonosky.jpg" style="width: 183px; height: 275px; margin-left: 7px; margin-right: 7px; float: left;">CWU<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> Professor Keith </span>Monosky<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> is among 25 emergency medical services professionals appointed this week to the&nbsp;</span><a href="" style="line-height: 1.4;" target="_blank">National EMS Advisory Council</a><span style="line-height: 1.4;"> (</span>NEMSAC<span style="line-height: 1.4;">) by U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary </span><a href="" style="line-height: 1.4;" target="_blank">Anthony Foxx</a><span style="line-height: 1.4;">.</span></p><p>Monosky is program director for CWU’s <a href="" target="_blank">EMS paramedicine program</a> in the <a href="" target="_blank">Nutrition Exercise and Health Sciences</a> department. He’s also an educator-at-large for the <a href="" target="_blank">Commission on Accreditation for Allied Health Education Programs</a> and a textbook author. Monosky began his career in EMS in 1971</p><p>The National EMS Advisory Council informs the <a href="" target="_blank">Department of Transportation</a> and the <a href="" target="_blank">Federal Interagency Committee on EMS</a>. The group is made up of executives, practitioners, physicians, researchers, and patient advocates who represent all sectors of the EMS community. Monosky represents EMS educators.</p><p>“The leadership and professional expertise of these 25 appointees will help the department support innovation in EMS at the local, state, and tribal levels,” Secretary Foxx said in a news release. “I look forward to a productive two years of collaboration with the newly appointed members and our other federal partners to strengthen the nation’s EMS systems.”</p><p>The council is supported by the <a href="" target="_blank">National Highway Traffic Safety Administration</a> (NHTSA) and provides expert advice on issues such as data collection, performance measurement, and the EMS workforce. “It’s through the efforts of these individuals that the United States is prepared with optimal response to injuries on the nation’s roadways, natural and man-made disasters, and the daily medical response needs of the public,” NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind said in a news release.</p><p>Members serve two-year terms and meet three times a year. Since its creation in 2007,&nbsp;the council has helped enhance communication between EMS&nbsp;providers and agencies, and improve local EMS systems and the quality of care delivered across&nbsp;the nation.</p><p>Monosky is looking forward to helping inform the country’s top EMS leadership.&nbsp;“The advances and milestones accomplished in the EMS paramedicine program at CWU will help pave the way for similar advances in the national delivery of prehospital healthcare,” Monosky said. The council is invaluable in supporting important policies, standards, and practices that will guide EMS into the future, he added.</p><p>A <a href="" target="_blank">list of the 25 members</a>, including which segment of EMS they represent, is available on the NHTSA website.</p><p>CWU’s EMS paramedicine program trains students in pre-hospital emergency medical care. It is one of few accredited baccalaureate degree-awarding paramedic programs in the country with a two-year concentration in paramedicine.</p><p><strong><em>Media contact:</em></strong><em> Barb Arnott, CWU Public Affairs, 509-963-2841, </em><em><a href=""></a></em></p><p>May 15, 2105</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;"></a href="">