CWUCWU NewsCWU News Ware Fair celebrates 40 years this December, 25 Nov 2015 07:46:26<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/warefare.jpg" style="width: 217px; height: 250px; margin-left: 6px; margin-right: 6px; float: left;">Central Washington University’s Ware Fair celebrates its 40th year this December.</p><p>During Ware Fair vendors sells a variety of handmade items ranging from food and drink like almond roca and coffee, to blankets, jewelry and photography.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.4;">Ware Fair takes place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 3-4 and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 5 on both floors of the CWU Student Union building.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.4;">Read</span><span style="line-height: 1.4;"> more of this story in the <a href="">Daily Record</a>.</span></p></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;">Attempted Robbery Update, 23 Nov 2015 16:33:28<p><span style="line-height: 1.4;">CWU’s</span><span style="line-height: 1.4;"> Police Department has detained a person of interest for an attempted robbery that occurred early this morning. Police are continuing the investigation into the alleged incident, which is anticipated to continue for several days.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.4;">Media contact: Rich Moreno, </span>CWU<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> Public Affairs, 509-963-2714,</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;">Gene Shoda Named Interim Vice President of Operations, 23 Nov 2015 11:38:02<p>Central Washington University President James L. Gaudino has named Gene Shoda as Interim Vice President of Operations. Shoda steps in for Stevan DeSoer, who will temporarily assume a part-time role in the President’s office while he addresses medical issues.</p><p>“Steve is an invaluable member of our leadership team, who has been a key player in the university’s efforts to accommodate its present informational needs as well as to plan for future needs,” Gaudino said. “For the time being, he will serve as Special Assistant to the President, which allows him to continue providing advice and direction to the university.”</p><p>Shoda, currently project manager at Sierra-Cedar, Inc., a Georgia-based information technology and services company, previously served as CWU’s Interim Assistant Vice President for Information Services and Chief Information Officer. Additionally, he has worked with Central for several years in various capacities and on various projects as a consultant.</p><p>DeSoer has served as vice president of operations since July 2014. Previously, he was chief human resources officer. He has more than 20 years of experience in higher education and shared governance, having worked at Washington State University and in the University of Alaska system prior to coming to CWU.</p><p>“I have full confidence in both Gene and Steve. This move will allow the university to continue moving forward with essential operational programs and initiatives,” Gaudino said.</p><p>Media contact: Rich Moreno, CWU Public Affairs, 509-963-2714,</p>CWU’s Occupational Safety Degree Program One of Top Five in Nation, 23 Nov 2015 07:54:01<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/SHM.jpg" style="width: 232px; height: 217px; margin-left: 6px; margin-right: 6px; float: left;">The Safety and Health Management (SHM) program at Central Washington University has been named as the fifth best value occupational safety degree program in the United States. The ranking, performed by College Values Online considered tuition, financial aid, return on investment, and the number of minors, concentrations, or areas of emphases offered.</p><p>“I am proud, but not really surprised, to see our program so highly ranked,” said Sathyanarayanan “Sathy” Rajendran, SHM director. “We have developed a rigorous program that seeks to advance industry standards. We want our students to lead developments in health and safety protocols.”</p><p>The SHM program is one of two bachelor’s-level safety programs in the western United States. It now enrolls more than 75 students annually and, each year, graduates 25 industry-ready professionals. In addition, there are two program minors available in construction safety, and safety and health management. Due to the demand, and the excellence of the program, SHM graduates enjoy a near 100 percent employment rate, with an average starting salary of $60,000.</p><p>In the past 40 years, the program has graduated more than 500 safety and health management professionals. More than 80 percent of them are now employed in Washington, Oregon, and California, where the majority work in construction, insurance, and manufacturing.</p><p>College Value Online’s mission is to provide assistance in selecting&nbsp; the best college for each individual situation by offering rankings of&nbsp; schools and various degree programs, in addition to information on&nbsp; numerous career options from a value perspective. For more information, go to</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><br>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,</p><p>November 23, 2015</p></br>Weekend at Yakima Training Center for CWU Army ROTC Cadets, 20 Nov 2015 09:56:41<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/15--1TS-ARMY-ROTC-WEB-BANNER.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 142px; float: right; border-width: 3px; border-style: solid; margin: 3px;">About 60 <a href="" target="_blank">Central Washington University Army ROTC </a>cadets head are now preparing for a weekend of work at the <a href="" target="_blank">Yakima Training Center (YTC).</a><br><br>Those members of CWU’s nationally regarded program are scheduled for field exercises Saturday (November 21) from 6:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. Freshman and sophomore cadets will focus on honing their knowledge of basic tactic to develop “good habits for multiple battle situations,” said Olivia Halsne, CWU Army ROTC student public affairs officer.</p><p>A psychology major from Mukilteo, Halsne and other senior cadets will lead the training. Junior cadets will be involved in a day-long, battle-focused mission, where they will be faced by an opposition force comprised of about 15 <a href="" target="_blank">CWU Air Force ROTC</a> volunteers.&nbsp;</p><p>“They [Army cadets] will need to apply what they’ve learned over the past couple of years to be successful in the mission,” added Halsne, who is in her final year ahead of being commissioned a second lieutenant in the Ordnance Corps.</p><p>The annual training by the CWU cadets is conducted on a variety of range complexes and support facilities within the 327,000-acre YTC. It’s used throughout the year for similar exercises by various military units from across the country and around the world.</p><p><strong>Media contact: </strong>Robert Lowery, director of Radio Services and Integrated Communications, 509-963-1487,</p><p>November 20, 2015</p></br></br>First-Year CWU Enrollment Jumps, 20 Nov 2015 09:01:40<p>Fall enrollment in the freshman class at Central Washington University increased 21 percent over the previous year—better than any other state university. University officials say the jump was a result of the school’s recruiting efforts and a decrease in tuition this year and next year.</p><p>To read more of this story go to</p>CWU Vocalists Triumph at Inland Empire Singing Competition, 20 Nov 2015 07:48:08<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/NATS%20logo.png" style="width: 122px; height: 117px; float: left;">Once again, CWU vocalists received top honors at the annual National Association of Teachers of Singing Inland Empire Regional Competition, held November 13 and 14 at the University of Idaho in Moscow.</p><p>At the competition, 32 CWU vocal students vied with more than 135 students from other schools in central and eastern Washington, as well as Idaho. CWU placed 14 winners in the top three in the 12 categories and swept two categories completely (Upper Division Musical Theater and Fourth/Fifth Year Women).&nbsp; In addition, Central students took first place in seven out of the 12 categories.</p><p>Gayla Blaisdell, professor of Voice and Opera, was thrilled by the results.</p><p>“Our students start later than most of the other schools, and a large number of them were also in Spain for 10 days this fall,” she commented. “Not only that, but our chapter revised our category divisions, scoring rubric, and repertoire requirements this year to align with the national standards. This significantly increased the repertoire requirements for some divisions. Even with those handicaps, the Central voice students delivered exemplary performances across the board.”</p><p>Founded in 1944, National Association of Teachers of Singing, Inc. (NATS) is the largest professional association of teachers of singing in the world with more than 7,000 members in the United States, Canada, and nearly 30 other countries. For more information, go to</p><p><br><strong>Competition Results</strong><br>Lower Division Musical Theater<br>2nd Place - Sara Baumert<br><br>Upper Division Musical Theater<br>1st Place - Michael McCormick<br>2nd Place - Aly Henniger<br>3rd Place - Jessica Reid<br><br>Second Year Women<br>1st Place - Katie Kibota<br>3rd Place - Holly Osborne<br><br>Second Year Men<br>1st Place - Cesar Calderone<br>2nd Place - Michael Ash<br><br>Third Year Men<br>1st Place - Theo Olson<br><br>Fourth/Fifth Year Women<br>1st Place - Sami Ruiz<br>2nd Place - Bonnie Blanchard<br>3rd Place - Natalie Bernstein<br><br>Graduate Category<br>1st Place - Tatiana Kruse<br><br>Adult Category<br>1st Place - Caitlin Stave</p><p>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,<br>November 20, 2015</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></br></br></br></br></br></br>Professor Talk: Teaching Nutrition, Dietetics, 19 Nov 2015 09:40:23<p><br><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/Kelly%20Pritchett-web.jpg" style="width: 218px; height: 300px; border-width: 3px; border-style: solid; margin: 3px; float: left;"><span style="line-height: 1.4;">Becoming a registered dietitian can lead someone into one of many different workplaces -- the hospital, the office or even the board room -- but few are as varied an environment as the university. Take </span><a href="" style="line-height: 1.4;" target="_blank">Kelly Pritchett</a><span style="line-height: 1.4;"> of Central Washington University as an example.</span></p><p>To read more of this story go to<a href=""> Professor Talk: Teaching Nutrition, Dietetics</a>.</p><p>by Andrew Pentis,<br>&nbsp;</p></br></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></br>Tonight Casa Patas Flamenco Brings You the Fire and Passion of Spain, 19 Nov 2015 07:48:12<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/3-karen%202015-media-2.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 364px; margin-left: 6px; margin-right: 6px; float: left;">Tonight, Casa Patas Flamenco will perform the intricate, rhythmic footwork of flamenco—the fiery, passionate dance of Spain. Hailing from Madrid, Casa Patas is known for their emotional vocals, eclectic music, and dynamic dancing.</p><p>The performance features the group's new lead dancer, Karen Lugo, one of the youngest dancers and flamenco choreographers ever to perform with Casa Patas. Lugo began studying flamenco in her home country of Mexico and later moved to Madrid to continue her studies at the famed Amor de Dios academy, where her elegance and style soon won her a place with Casa Patas.<br><br>The performance will be held at 7:00 p.m., November 19 in Central Washington University’s McIntyre Music Building Concert Hall. Tickets are $12 for general admission, $7 for seniors, children, and CWU students with ID. Tickets can be purchased at Parking at CWU lots is free after 4:30 p.m., except where specially designated and residence hall lots.</p><p>The Casa Patas Flamenco Foundation and Conservatory was founded in the year 2000 with the goal of becoming a center that offers the gamut of activities that are related to the teaching, research, and to the <em>cante</em> (singing), <em>toque</em> (music accompaniment), and <em>baile</em> (dancing) of flamenco. For more information, go to</p><p>One of their principal objectives is to promote this art form, which was designated by UNESCO in 2010 as an Intangible Cultural Heritage, by providing performances, master classes and inter-cultural activities both in Spain and abroad.</p><p>Casa Patas is performing at CWU by special arrangement of Don Luis Esteban, Honorary Consul for the Kingdom of Spain.</p><p><br>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,<br>November 19, 2015</p></br></br></br></br>CTE Opens Season with Red Curtain Broadway Revue November 19, 18 Nov 2015 07:48:04<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/Red%20Curtain.jpg" style="width: 150px; height: 155px; margin-left: 6px; margin-right: 6px; float: left;"><span style="line-height: 1.4;">A bit of Broadway comes to Ellensburg with the </span><em style="line-height: 1.4;">Red Curtain Broadway Revue</em><span style="line-height: 1.4;">, an evening of favorites from a variety of Broadway classics both old and new. This year, the Red Curtain Broadway Revue will showcase numbers from </span><em style="line-height: 1.4;">Matilda</em><span style="line-height: 1.4;">, </span><em style="line-height: 1.4;">Sister Act</em><span style="line-height: 1.4;">, </span><em style="line-height: 1.4;">The Little Mermaid</em><span style="line-height: 1.4;">, </span><em style="line-height: 1.4;">42nd Street,</em><span style="line-height: 1.4;"> </span><em style="line-height: 1.4;">Mary Poppins</em><span style="line-height: 1.4;">, and more.</span></p><p>The <em>Revue</em> features students in Central Washington University’s bachelor of fine arts musical theatre performance program, and spotlights their singing, dancing, and acting skills in a variety of scenes, solos, and excerpts from musical theatre. Choreographed, directed, and performed by CWU students, the production combines the enthusiasm and exuberance of youth with professional stage skills, along with serious talent.</p><p>The <em>Red Curtain Broadway Revue</em> will be performed November 19, 20, and 21 at 7:30 p.m. in McConnell Auditorium. There will also be a matinee performance at 2:00 p.m. on November 22. Tickets are $15 general admission, $12 for seniors/students, and $8 for CWU students with ID. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling 509-963-1429. Tickets may also be purchased in person at the Wildcat Shop Customer Service at the Student Union and Recreation Building.</p><p>Parking is free in all university lots after 4:30 p.m. and on weekends, except in residential housing lots and in specially designated spaces.</p><p><strong>Parental Guidance</strong><br>Parents may consider some material unsuitable for their youngest children.<br>May include situations, language, or actions that may startle some patrons.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><em>CWU is the only state institution that offers a bachelor of fine arts degree with highly competitive programs in musical theatre, performance, and design and production.</em></p><p><br>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,<br>November 18, 2015</p></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></em style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></em style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></em style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></em style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></em style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></em style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></br></br></br></br>