CWUCWU NewsCWU Newshttp://www.cwu.edu/newsen-usCWU Football to Host Azusa Pacific University on Saturdayhttp://www.cwu.edu/node/4112Wed, 01 Oct 2014 07:24:45<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/Azuzafball.jpg" style="width: 495px; height: 320px;"></p><p>The top two teams in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC)&nbsp;preseason coaches' poll square off on the gridiron Saturday, when Central Washington University hosts Azusa Pacific University.&nbsp;Kickoff Saturday is set for 1:00 p.m. Two hours before kickoff, at 11:00 a.m., the new CWU Fan Zone, at the south end of the field, will open. Located adjacent to the Cat's Den tent, it offers a variety of food and beverage options, with some vendors also providing entertainment. The Fan Zone, which is open to all fans, will remain open through halftime.</p><p>It will be the only meeting this season between CWU&nbsp;(2-2, 1-0 GNAC), which is after its eighth GNAC title in 12 years, and APU&nbsp;(3-1, 0-0 GNAC), which is seeking its second straight conference crown. The Cougars were picked as the conference's top team in the GNAC preseason coaches' poll, while the Wildcats were tabbed second.<br><br>Both teams are coming off victories in their most recent games. The Wildcats clobbered the Clan of Simon Fraser University 63-7 at the inaugural Battle for the Border, presented by the Washington National Guard, at Pop Keeney Stadium in Bothell.<br><br>The Wildcats recorded a feat that, likely, will never be exceeded—or even matched—in that game by blocking back-to-back punts, which were then returned for touchdowns. Defensive back Cedrique Chaney (6-0, 197, Jr., Kelso) blocked the first kick that wide receiver Austin Pernell (5-9, 200, Fr., Kent) recovered for a 20-yard score. Chaney then followed that up with a five-yard, blocked-punt recovery for a TD. For his efforts, he was named the GNAC Special Teams Player of the Week.<br><br>CWU produced 541 yards of offense against SFU—300 through the air and 241 on the ground. Running back Ishmael Stinson (5-11, 200, Sr., Gig Harbor/Charles Wright Academy), who was playing his first game of the 2014 season, led all ground gainers with 117 yards on 11 carries with a touchdown. Jordan Todd (5-6, 180, Jr., Bellevue/Interlake), who broke the 2,000-yard mark for his CWU career, also scored two rushing touchdowns. Todd's six running scores are No. 19 nationally.<br><br>Sophomore quarterback Jake Nelson (6-2, 210, Lake Stevens) connected on 15 of 25 passes for 288 yards and three touchdowns, including two in the second half to Jesse Zalk (5-8, 160, So., Battle Ground/Prairie).<br><br>"When we looked as his [Nelson's] grade, this was the highest he's graded out since I've been here," said first-year CWU head coach Ian Shoemaker. "We were 75, 76 percent on third down. Jake is playing at a high level when that's happening. Some of those were long down-and-distance situations and he was still getting first downs."<br><br>Greg Logan (5-10, 181, Sr. Graham/Graham-Kapowsin) made eight grabs for 167 yards, including the other Nelson TD reception, which was Logan's first scoring grab of the year. With his 30 catches this season, Logan is No. 14 this week nationally in reception per game. His 456-receiving yards are the 13th highest total in the country.<br><br>"He's fearless," Shoemaker said of Logan. "We've put him in some tight spots and he goes and catches the ball. He's not the tallest or fastest kid that we have on the team, but he does understand what we're trying to get done. We can align him at a number of different positions and that has increased our options in the ways in which we can use him in the pass game."<br><br>The 63 points CWU scored against SFU was the highest point total since the Cats defeated Fort Lewis (Colo.) 75-41 at the 2002 Rodeo Bowl in Tomlinson Stadium.<br><br>APU also won Saturday at Dixie State University, in St. George, Utah, 42-23, as the Cougars produced five scoring drives of at least 70 yards.<br><br>Senior running back Terrell Watson, the GNAC's 2013 rushing champion, ran for 187 yards and three TDs on 30 carries, leading a Cougar offense that piled up 308 rushing yards and 444 yards of total offense.<br><br>"They've got a great running game with the tailback, Watson, and their quarterback [Chad Jeffries] is a pretty athletic kid who makes good decisions and is running the ball well in the zone-read run game," Shoemaker acknowledged.<br><br>On the season, Watson, the 2013 GNAC Offensive Player of the Year, has rumbled for 625 yards, the country's ninth-best total, and seven touchdowns, which is No. 13 in the nation. As a team, the Cougars are averaging 230 yards per game on the ground, the 25th best total in the country.<br><br>"Trying to stop the run is paramount in our defensive structure," Shoemaker continued. "We're trying to fill the gaps and make it difficult for people to run and then use the talents of our perimeter players to bat down some balls and make plays in the pass game."<br><br>The past two weeks, the Wildcats have made those plays for Shoemaker, intercepting seven passes and returning three of them for touchdowns. True freshman Deion Stell (5-10, 166, Marysville/Marysville-Pilchuck) came up with two picks against Simon Fraser, including a 78-yard interception return for a score.<br><br>When Central has the ball Saturday against APU, it may be like looking in the mirror for the Wildcats, who will face a defense that Shoemaker called "swarming."<br><br>"They have a really good group of guys up front," he added. "Schematically, they're similar to what we do; very similar in scheme and talent."<br><br>Last year, the teams split the season series, with each winning on the road. The Wildcats came away with a 7-3 win at Citrus Stadium, in Glendora, Calif., while APU earned a 24-17 win at Tomlinson Stadium.<br><br>At the Battle for the Border game, the Wildcats also wore their entirely black uniforms for the first time. The team's new black tops will be paired with crimson pants Saturday, which will mark the 10th meeting between the Wildcats and Cougars in a series that dates back to 1997. CWU has won six of the previous nine catfights, including two of the three played at Tomlinson Stadium.<br><br>&nbsp;</p>The 'Burg Celebrates College Radio Day on Fridayhttp://www.cwu.edu/node/4111Tue, 30 Sep 2014 08:30:21<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/Mayor_College_Radio_DAy.jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 229px; margin: 5px; float: right;"><span style="line-height: 1.4;">C</span><span style="line-height: 1.4;">WU’s</span><span style="line-height: 1.4;"> campus radio station <a href="http://www.881theburg.com/" target="_blank">88.1 The ‘Burg</a> is celebrating <a href="http://collegeradioday.com/" target="_blank">College Radio Day</a> on Friday with a parade, broadcasting marathon, prize giveaways, special </span>programming<span style="line-height: 1.4;">, live music and more.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.4;">College Radio Day is a worldwide celebration to raise awareness of college and high school radio stations. People who might not normally tune in to college radio are encouraged to listen on Friday in hopes of turning them into regular listeners.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.4;">In Washington State, </span>Gov<span style="line-height: 1.4;">. Jay </span>Inslee<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> declared October 3 College Radio Day at the request of The ‘Burg. Ellensburg City Council and Mayor Rich Elliott also proclaimed the day 88.1 The ‘Burg Day.&nbsp;</span></p><table align="right" border="0" cellpadding="10" cellspacing="5" style="width: 300px;"><tbody><tr><td><h3>&nbsp; &nbsp; Friday’s special programming</h3><ul><li><strong>6 a.m.:</strong> First <em>Central Sunrise</em> morning show of the year</li><li><strong>8 a.m.: </strong>The premier of <em>Crazy Cuts</em> starring DJ Mzelenious and The Sawman</li><li><strong>10 a.m.:</strong> Simulcast starring Sean Astin of <em>Lord of the Rings</em>, Ty Segall, Living Colour, Andrew W.K., Sugarcult, and Twin Peaks</li><li><strong>11 a.m.:</strong> <em>College Radio Road Trip</em>, an audio documentary produced by Nikki Marra</li><li><strong>12 p.m.:</strong> <em>News Central</em></li><li><strong>1 p.m.:&nbsp;</strong> Live College Radio Day parade coverage</li><li><strong>2 p.m.: </strong>Live College Radio Day concert coverage</li><li><strong>4 p.m.: </strong><em>Reggae Lovers</em> with Selecta Steppa</li><li><strong>6 p.m.:</strong> EDM show <em>Electropolis</em> spinning live until midnight</li></ul></td></tr><tr><td>&nbsp;</td></tr></tbody></table><p><span style="line-height: 1.4;">At </span>CWU<span style="line-height: 1.4;">, Friday’s celebration begins at 10 a.m. with music and prize giveaways on both </span>SURC<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> patios. The inaugural College Radio Day parade will leave from the intersection of University Way and Chestnut Street. The radio station’s mascot, </span>Burgfoot<span style="line-height: 1.4;">, will serve as the parade grand marshal, leading the procession of </span>CWU<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> cheerleaders, the College of Business, the Hype Street Team, Pizza Colin, the </span>Rec<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> Center, Campus Life, and various college radio supporters through downtown Ellensburg to <a href="http://theelmira.com/" target="_blank">The Elmira on Fourth Avenue</a>. The celebration continues with a live concert at The Elmira featuring Mark Pickerel, former lead singer to The Screaming Trees; and Delaney Davidson, Star Anna and others.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.4;">The ‘Burg also will host the World College Radio Day marathon, a 24-hour broadcasting event, beginning at 5 p.m. Thursday. It is the first college radio station in the United States to do so.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.4;">“I think what we’re doing with the World College Radio Day marathon is really important because we’re connecting our listeners to cultures and content that they normally wouldn’t have access to,” said ‘Burg DJ </span>Milagro<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> </span>Castilleja<span style="line-height: 1.4;">. “Music is something that everyone can understand and relate to and it is great that we can use it to bridge a gap between countries on this one day.”</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.4;">During the marathon different international college radio stations will broadcast an hour of content through </span><a href="http://www.live365.com/new/index.live" target="_blank">Live365</a><span style="line-height: 1.4;">. The marathon also can be heard on the 88.1FM </span><a href="http://tunein.com/radio/The-Burg-881-s32213/" target="_blank">webstream</a><span style="line-height: 1.4;"> and <a href="http://www.881theburg.com/?page_id=2380" target="_blank">mobile app</a>.</span></p><p><em><strong><span style="line-height: 1.4;">PHOTO:&nbsp;</span></strong><span style="line-height: 1.4;">Ellensburg Mayor Rich Elliott holds a signed proclamation declaring Friday, October 3, 88.1 The ‘Burg Day. The campus radio station has a full day of activities planned to celebrate College Radio Day on Friday.</span></em></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.4;">September 30, 2014</span></p>Farrand named GNAC Offensive Player of the Weekhttp://www.cwu.edu/node/4110Tue, 30 Sep 2014 07:20:46<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/cwusoccer9-30.jpg" style="width: 419px; height: 320px; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px; float: left;"><em style="line-height: 1.4;">Chaney honored for special teams</em></p><p>Ellensburg High School graduate Hadli Farrand was named Great Northwest Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week after scoring two goals and picking up one assist Saturday for Central Washington University.</p><p>Farrand, a forward, scored twice, including a last-second goal in overtime, in the Wildcats' 3-2 win against Northwest Nazarene University Saturday.&nbsp;</p><p>Read more of this story in the <a href="http://www.dailyrecordnews.com/blogs/schmidt/farrand-named-gnac-offensive-player-of-the-week-chaney-honored/article_bb3a6664-481b-11e4-9522-53bbae971062.html">Daily Record</a>.</p><p>Photo by Brian Myrick</p>Lincoln Elementary and CWU Student-Athletes Team Up to Help Local Studenthttp://www.cwu.edu/node/4109Fri, 26 Sep 2014 14:39:01<p><img alt="Avory Clark with CWU women's rugby players" src="/sites/default/files/Avory%20Clark%20with%20CWU%20women%27s%20rugby.jpg" style="width: 466px; height: 228px; float: right;">Samter’s triad is a medical condition consisting of asthma, sensitivity to aspirin and nasal polys. The cause is not fully understood, but it usually doesn’t develop until a person is in their twenties or thirties. Avory Clark, from Kittitas, has been diagnosed with the disorder. She’s only 11.</p><p>In response, Lincoln Elementary School students are teaming up with Central Washington University student-athletes to do something about it. During an assembly Friday at the Ellensburg elementary school, Lincoln students and CWU student-athletes agreed to perform community-service activities as a way to help Clark’s family with the considerable medical costs associated with the disorder.</p><p>That includes a recent 18-day trip to Denver, to National Jewish Health, regarded as the nation’s leading respiratory hospital, where Avory’s condition was officially diagnosed.</p><p>“We’re going to have a lot of bills coming in that are going to be overwhelming,” said Sean Clark, Avory’s dad. “It’s very emotional to see all the athletes from Central here to support Sparrow, plus my daughter and my family. It means a lot to us.”</p><p>The project is being conducted through the auspices of Sparrow Clubs USA. The nonprofit organization of school-based clubs, primarily in Washington and Oregon, assists children in medical crisis and their families, both financially and emotionally. Or, as Nancy Wilson, Sparrow Clubs’ president, said at the assembly, “It’s really about helping kids, help kids. It’s all about having you do community service so that we can do things for Avory and her family.”</p><p>Kari Gage, CWU’s head athletic trainer and senior woman administrator, added, “All of our [CWU Athletics Department] community-service hours are going to go toward this cause. We’re also going to have a couple of kids days up on our campus, along with a a volleyball game with a Sparrow Club theme.” Gage is helping lead CWU’s involvement in the Clark-family project.</p><p>It was announced during the assembly that an anonymous donor has agreed to give $10 per hour to the Clark family for every hour of community service performed by Lincoln students and CWU student-athletes.&nbsp;</p><p>“This, in my opinion, is one of the most important lessons you will ever learn in your life,” Lincoln’s principal, John Graff, told his students. “You have the ability to help somebody else. It’s a scientific fact that when you help others you feel better.”&nbsp;</p><p>Wildcat student-athletes also distributed CWU t-shirts to the enthusiastic students at the event. Following the assembly, Clark had the chance to talk to and take pictures with a number of CWU student athletes, pictures in which she is seen wearing a big smile.</p><p>“I think it’s pretty cool,” said Avory. “It’s a once in a lifetime thing.”</p><p>September 26, 2014</p><p><strong>Media contact:</strong> Robert Lowery, director of Public and Media Affairs, CWU Department of Athletics, 509-963-1487, loweryr@cwu.edu</p><p>Photo: Avory&nbsp;Clark with members of the CWU women's rugby team<br>&nbsp;</p>Robert Ford Named Senior Director of Alumni and Constituent Relationshttp://www.cwu.edu/node/4108Thu, 25 Sep 2014 13:21:25<p><span style="line-height: 1.4;"><img alt="Bob Ford" src="/sites/default/files/Bob_Ford.jpg" style="width: 180px; height: 240px; margin: 5px; float: right;">Robert Ford will begin serving as senior director of Alumni and Constituent Relations for CWU on October 20.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.4;">"We are thrilled to have Bob join our University Advancement team,” said Scott Wade, vice president for University Advancement in announcing Ford’s appointment. “We are excited about the vision and program development expertise Bob brings to the table as we work to deliver increased value and connection to members of the Wildcat family."</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.4;">Ford will lead and expand </span>CWU’s<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> alumni engagement activities and coordinate specific outreach to other important university constituent groups.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.4;">"I look forward to leading a unit that is critical to our student success and having an opportunity to foster the impact our world-class alumni can have in both the university and their local communities," Ford said.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.4;">Ford has served in a number of different leadership roles at </span>CWU<span style="line-height: 1.4;">—most recently as director of Campus Life, where he oversaw campus activities, university recreation and the student union. Ford also has been adviser for the university’s student government and served as an assistant coach for </span>CWU’s<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> nationally ranked men's rugby program.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.4;">"Bob has been a tremendous asset to our university for the past 12 years working with our students and Campus Life departments,” said </span>CWU<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> President James L. </span>Gaudino<span style="line-height: 1.4;">. “I am excited to see him leverage this experience with our 80,000 alumni in Washington State and around the world."</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.4;">Ford and his wife, Kendra, live in Ellensburg with their two children, </span>Cami<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> and Carly.</span></p><p>September 25, 2014</p>CWU State Budget Requests Fund Academic Programs, Science Facilities, Cost of Living Adjustmentshttp://www.cwu.edu/node/4107Thu, 25 Sep 2014 10:40:25<p><span style="line-height: 1.4;">Central Washington University today announced budget priorities for the 2015-2017 legislative session. </span>CWU<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> will request $16.5 million in new programs and policies in the operating budget. The highest priorities in the capital budget include $64 million for the renovation and addition to </span>Samuelson<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> Union Building. The university will seek $5 million for the design phase of a health sciences facility and $300,000 for the initial, "</span>predesign<span style="line-height: 1.4;">" phase of a Native American fisheries and cultural center.</span></p><p>"CWU is putting forth some exciting construction and programmatic ideas," said CWU president James L. Gaudino. "We're proposing ideas that play on our strengths and appeal to the interests of state policymakers."</p><p>CWU is requesting $5 million to fund a legislative program request for an alternative credit-granting model. The so-called "Online Alternative Credit Model" would serve non-traditional students by granting credit for knowledge gained outside the classroom, and would allow individuals to complete degree programs at their own pace. With $400,000 in the 2015-2017 biennium CWU would launch the Institute for Integrated Energy Studies. The institute would provide educational programs, research, and commercial consulting, focusing on the nexus between traditional and non-traditional energy resources. CWU also has proposed special funding of $1.4 million to implement research on retaining transfer students.</p><p>Gaudino said CWU also has requested funding to provide a cost-of-living adjustment for employees, the first since 2008. &nbsp;</p><p>"The request in no way makes up for six years of stagnant wages, but it begins to position CWU and other state universities to recruit and retain the best employees to higher education," Gaudino said. "We need to pay people what they're worth in order to run efficiently, to guarantee the quality of instruction, and to ensure the effectiveness of student support programs."</p><p>Capital budget requests would enable CWU to return to service the former Samuelson Union Building, constructed in 1926 and mothballed since 2006. The project would renovate the northern portion of the building and demolish and replace the southern side to create a modern academic building for Computer Science, Mathematics, Multi-modal Learning, and Information Technology and Administrative Management. The capital request also includes renovation funding for Bouillon Hall, Lind Hall, and Old Heat, the former boiler plant, built in 1947.</p><p>Gaudino said the requests go forward in a very difficult budget environment.</p><p>"Many people will be fighting for a piece of a small state operating budget," he said, noting that a sluggish economy isn't recovering from the Great Recession fast enough to cover all state needs. Recent state Supreme Court rulings have added billions to the demands on the budget, and at least one initiative before voters could add more than $4 billion to budget demands if it passes.</p><p>All state agency budget requests are due in September to the state budget office, the Office of Financial Management. The requests are reviewed and evaluated prior to the governor proposing budgets in December. The state legislative session begins January 12, 2015, and proceeds for 105 days of regular session.</p><p><strong>Media contact: </strong>Linda Schactler, CWU Chief of Staff, 509-963-1384, schactler@cwu.edu</p><p>September 25, 2014</p>$18 Million Award Funds CWU College Prep in Rural School Districtshttp://www.cwu.edu/node/4106Tue, 23 Sep 2014 11:36:51<p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/Gear_Up-NEW.jpg" style="width: 466px; height: 228px; margin: 5px;"></p><p>The US Department of Education has awarded more than $18 million to Central Washington University to help students in 11 school districts in central Washington prepare for college. CWU is the only institution of higher education in Washington State to receive the award for Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP). This is CWU's fourth GEAR UP grant since 2001 and its largest-ever federal grant.</p><p>The grant provides $18,155,200 for a new seven-year GEAR UP program, Project SOAR2 (Success &amp; Opportunity through Affordability, Relevance &amp; Rigor). CWU's director of Research and Sponsored Programs, Julie Guggino, said the SOAR2 program would build on the solid foundation of the MOSAIC2&nbsp; GEAR UP grant, which focuses primarily on student success in STEM fields.</p><p>"SOAR2 encourages students to apply themselves in all disciplines, with emphasis on academic rigor, relevance and affordability," said Guggino. "SOAR helps put a college degree within reach of students by helping them stay on track for high school graduation, pursue rigorous coursework in high school, apply for financial aid and helping families understand how to support their students."</p><p>The grant will serve current sixth- and seventh-grade students in the Brewster, Easton, Highland, Lake Chelan, Manson, Omak, Oroville, Quincy, Richland, Tonasket, and Wenatchee school districts. Seventh graders will receive support through their first year in college. The funds will help provide classroom and after-school program tutors, college visits and higher education preparation materials to more than 3,000 students in these rural areas.</p><p>The two-grade cohort represents the future for eleven rural communities across a vast, rural region in north central Washington. Poverty rates, indicated by the percentage of students participating in the free and reduced lunch programs, range from 50 to 97 percent. When these students move into college, an estimated 87 percent will be the first in their families to go to college.</p><p>The grant pays for the coursework teachers need to earn the credentials necessary to offer college-in-the-high school courses. These enable students to earn college credit while still in high school. In addition, CWU teacher-education students will have the opportunity to work with students in some of the targeted school districts, gaining valuable experience in multicultural environments and in K-12 education settings. CWU teacher education majors will develop undergraduate research projects in association with the SOAR grant.</p><p>The grant was created in partnership with the Northwest Learning &amp; Achievement Group in Wapato, and the school districts named previously. The grant was co-authored by Tracy Plouse, director, CWU MOSAIC GEAR UP; Barbara Peterson, executive director, Northwest Learning &amp; Achievement Group; and Guggino.</p><p>For more information about GEAR UP at CWU, go to http://www.cwu.edu/gearup/.</p><p><br>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518, valeriec@cwu.edu</p>CWU volleyball beats Western Oregon in five gameshttp://www.cwu.edu/node/4105Tue, 23 Sep 2014 07:59:41<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/volleyball9-14.jpg" style="width: 219px; height: 231px; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px; float: left;"><span style="line-height: 1.4;">Kiah</span><span style="line-height: 1.4;"> Jones had 20 kills to help lead Central Washington past Western Oregon 3-2 on Monday in the New PE Building.</span></p><p>The Wildcats won 24-26, 25-18, 25-21, 19-25, 15-10 to improve to 2-1 in the GNAC and 9-2 overall. Western Oregon fell to 0-4 and 2-10.</p><p>Catie Fry had 58 assists and 17 digs, while Kaely Kight had 32 digs for Central Washington.</p><p>The Wildcats return to Ellensburg for a home match against Alaska on Thursday at 7 p.m.</p><p>Read more of this story in the <a href="http://www.yakimaherald.com/sports/college/latestcollege/2522619-8/central-volleyball-beats-western-oregon-in-five-games">Yakima Herald Republic</a>.</p>Family, friends work to bring loved one's remains home from Vietnamhttp://www.cwu.edu/node/4104Mon, 22 Sep 2014 07:29:23<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/Francisco.jpg" style="width: 398px; height: 320px; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px; float: left;"><span style="line-height: 1.4;">San DeWayne Francisco, a Central Washington University graduate and former football player, was asked to take a reconnaissance-escort mission six days before he was scheduled to return from Vietnam in 1968.</span></p><p>The U.S. Air Force First lieutenant, who was assigned to the elite 555th Fighter Squadron in Thailand, didn’t hesitate even though he had already completed his required 100 missions. He was due to return to his then young wife, Kay, and 4-year-old son, Tod, on Dec. 1, 1968.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.4;">He was shot down while flying the mission along the Ho Chi Minh Trail in North Vietnam on Nov. 25, 1968.</span></p><p>Read more of this story in the<a href="http://www.tri-cityherald.com/2014/09/20/3163524_former-central-washington-university.html?sp=/99/900/&amp;rh=1">&nbsp;</a><span style="line-height: 1.4;">&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.dailyrecordnews.com/members/family-friends-work-to-bring-loved-one-s-remains-home/article_923d61d6-4059-11e4-9f52-fb9879a50dff.html" style="line-height: 1.4;">Daily Record</a><span style="line-height: 1.4;">.</span></p>Biennial Cello Summit Calls all Cellists http://www.cwu.edu/node/4103Wed, 17 Sep 2014 10:40:09<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/Meeka.png" style="width: 85px; height: 121px; border-width: 2px; border-style: solid; margin: 3px; float: left;"><span style="line-height: 1.4;">Central Washington University’s Music Department will hold its biennial summit of Northwest cellists who revel in rich cello repertoire and collaborate in a massive cello choir performance. The <a href="http://www.cwu.edu/music/cello-celebration"><strong>Central Cello Celebration</strong></a> is open to cellists of all ages. High-school players will also perform in recitals, workshops, and master classes. The summit culminates with a final performance on October </span>25,<span style="line-height: 1.4;">&nbsp;7:30 PM in the Concert Hall in the McIntyre Music Building on campus.</span></p><p>The combined Grandioso Celebration Cello Choir will perform the world premiere of Tom Walworth’s Emerald Rocks, a medley of the best songs by Seattle rock bands (Hendrix, Heart, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and Soundgarden); Christopher Rouse’s Rapturedux; Rabinowitz Suite Hispaniola; Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro and Khachaturian Sabre Dance, arranged by Douglas Moore. (Click <a href="http://www.cwu.edu/music/cello-celebration-schedule">here for a full list of activities</a>.)</p><p>Meeka Quan DiLorenzo&nbsp;(pictured above) is the featured artist/clinician and is the current Assistant Principal Cellist of the Seattle Symphony. DiLorenzo has a polished tone, commanding technique and a no-nonsense approach that inspires all audiences.</p><p>Pall Grondal is a special honoree at Central Cello Celebration, an honor that posthumously recognizes his distinguished performing and teaching career in Iceland and the US, more recently centered on the music scene in the city of Bellingham, Washington. “With a carefully thought out, systematic approach to teaching cello playing, Pall Grondal developed a studio of very accomplished and enthusiastic students” said John Michel, professor of cell at CWU’s Music Department.</p><p>Cello players of all ages can register <a href="http://www.cwu.edu/music/cello-celebration-registration">HERE</a>. For more information visit the Department of Music Web site at: <a href="http://www.cwu.edu/music/cello-celebration">http://www.cwu.edu/music/cello-celebration</a>.</p>