CWUCWU NewsCWU News to Explain the Impending Redefinition of the Kilogram, 21 Oct 2014 11:53:35<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/Gust%20illustration.jpeg" style="width: 199px; height: 320px; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px; float: left;"><span style="line-height: 1.4;">In 2018, the kilogram, the last of the seven base SI units that is still defined in terms of a material artifact, will be changed from its original definition in 1889 to one based on a constant of nature. As t</span><span style="line-height: 1.4;">he kilogram is the international standard by which everyone in the <em>entire</em> world gauges mass, this change has profound implications for all aspects of science and technology.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.4;">At the same time, the </span>kelvin<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> will be redefined based on a better fundamental constant.</span></p><p>Jeff Gust, an Ellensburg native, and chief corporate metrologist&nbsp;at he&nbsp;Fluke Corporation, will present "Why Measurements Matter - The Science of Measurement and the Impending Redefinition of the International System of Units (SI)," at 7:00 p.m., October 23, in Lind 215.</p><p>This lecture will briefly review the history of the SI units, and discuss the experiments that are being performed in order to make this redefinition possible.&nbsp; Also discussed is the science required to both set the world standard for measurements and to disseminate these definitions from National Measurement Institutes to everyday measuring devices, and how a Washington State company is involved in this process.</p><p>This CWU guest lecture is sponsored by the Department of Physics, Department of Engineering Technologies Safety and Construction (ETSC), and University Advancement (UA).</p><p>Photo: At the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the watt&nbsp;balance experiment is redefining the kilogram</p>Davis Named Conference Football Special Teams Player of the Week, 21 Oct 2014 07:43:37<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/isaiah%20davis.jpg" style="width: 495px; height: 320px;"></p><p>Isaiah Davis had a hand in three of Central Washington University's four scores during Saturday's 24-20 Homecoming football victory over visiting Western Oregon University (WOU). For his efforts, the 5-10, 186-pound Bremerton native was named the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Special Teams Player of the Week.<br><br>"[Special teams] coach Whit [Nick Whitworth]&nbsp;does a great job with blocking and scheming," said Davis. "I'm glad we were able to capitalize on it give our offense good field position to give us the points we needed to win the game."<br><br>In the second quarter, Davis returned a punt 16 yards to the WOU 44. That led to a five-play, 44-yard drive that culminated with a 14-yard scoring pass from quarterback Jake Nelson to wide receiver Kent McKinney. It put CWU up 14-7 at halftime. In the third quarter, an interception by Davis at the Wolves' 39-yard line set up a 39-yard Sean McDonald field goal.<br><br>But his most important contribution came with the score tied at 17-17 in the fourth quarter, when Davis returned a punt 19 yards to the WOU 29 yard line.<br><br>"Every 10 yards I get is another first down the offense doesn't have to get," Davis pointed out. "Making people miss is one specialty I have. I'm not the biggest. I'm not the fastest. But, for some reason, guys have a hard time getting me down."<br><br>Five plays later, Nelson completed what proved to be 14-yard, game-winning touchdown pass to wide receiver Jesse Zalk.<br><br>On the day, Davis returned five punt returns for 88 yards, including a long of 27 yards. He is now No. 15 in the nation in punt returns, average at 14.6-yards per return. His 262 yards on punt returns leads the GNAC and is more than 100 yards ahead of his nearest competitor. In 2013, he also led GNAC in punt returns, averaging 13-yards per return. Davis is also fourth in the conference in kickoff return average (26.8).<br><br>"I love it," acknowledged Davis, about being a kick returner, adding that returning punts is his favorite. "I think it's more exciting and, I feel, I'm actually better at it. I'm usually able to make at least the first two guys miss, and then turn on the jets and get going pretty quick."<br><br>If that's not enough, Davis is a fixture in the CWU secondary at cornerback. He has started 25 of 29 games in his CWU career. Last season, he led the GNAC with six interceptions. This year, his two picks are part of a CWU total of 14 interceptions that's tied for the third-best team mark in the nation, just two off the top spot.<br><br>Heading into the season, Davis was named to the first-team defense on the 2014 Preseason All-America Team and a first-team selection in USA College Football's preseason NCAA Division II All-American publication. Despite teams not challenging him often this year, he has still defended seven passes, including the interceptions, which is tied for the conference's seventh best mark.<br><br>As a standout on defense and special teams, Davis gets to spend little time on the sidelines.<br><br>"You don't really realize that until the end of the game," admitted Davis. "Then you get kind of sore and think about everything that you did. But, during the game, all you know is 'I've got one more play' or 'It's special teams up. Let's go.'"&nbsp;<br><br>Two other CWU players received Honorable Mention Player of the Week honors for their performances against Western Oregon. On offense, the award went to wide receiver Kent McKinney Jr., who caught 10 passes for 104 yards and a touchdown, while on defense it was defensive end Tovar Sanchez, who recorded two-and-a-half sacks and four-and-a-half tackles for losses.<br><br>Sanchez, who leads the GNAC in both categories, is fifth in the nation in sacks and tied for second nationally in tackles for loss.<br>Print Friendly Version</p>CWU, company work to resolve flight contract, 20 Oct 2014 07:35:08<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/IASCO%20planes-1.jpg" style="width: 480px; height: 320px;"></p><p>Central Washington University's contracted flight trainer has new planes parked at Bowers Field in Ellensburg, part of what the school's chief of staff calls a strong show of good faith that the company and university will be able to resolve the dispute that seemingly left CWU’s aviation students without pilot training.</p><p>CWU Chief of Staff and Director of Public Affairs Linda Schactler said IASCO Flight Training of Redding, Calif., received a buyout offer just weeks before it was supposed to start work as the aviation program’s flight trainer.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.4;">The offer prompted </span>IASCO<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> and the buyer to check all the company’s assets and contracts, delaying work on the contract with Central, she said.</span></p><p>Read more of this story in the <a href="">Daily Record</a>.</p>CWU Alumna on Tour with Singer-Songwriter Mary Lambert, 17 Oct 2014 14:08:23<p><span style="line-height: 1.4;">Heather Thomas, a multitalented percussionist who honed her skills at Central Washington University, recently hit the road again with singer-songwriter Mary Lambert for </span><em style="line-height: 1.4;">Heart on my Sleeve, </em><span style="line-height: 1.4;">Lambert’s first headlining tour.</span></p><p>On Tuesday, Thomas was behind the drums and providing backup vocals during a <a href="" target="_blank">live performance of <em>Secrets</em></a> on <em>Good Morning America</em>. The song is the opener on Lambert’s new album <em>Heart on my Sleeve</em>, released the same day. &nbsp;&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>In 2011 Thomas earned a degree in percussion performance from&nbsp;CWU, where she studied under <a href="" target="_blank">Professor Mark Goodenberger</a>. She played in wind ensemble with Larry Gookin, orchestra with Nicholas Caoile, jazz band with Chris Bruya, and vocal jazz with Vijah Singh. Watch her percussion chops&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>“At school I learned how to pick things up as quickly as possible, how to effectively use my practice time, how to rehearse well, and how to be an all-around musician who is an equal part of the music, no matter how small or big the role,” Thomas said on her <a href="" target="_blank">website</a>.</p><p>As drummer and backup vocalist in Mary Lambert's band, Thomas has&nbsp;appeared on several national talk shows and late night shows, including <em>Good Morning America</em>, VH1's<em> Big Morning Buzz</em>, and <em>LIVE with Kelly and Michael.</em> So far the international tour has 27 concerts scheduled.</p><p><em>Heart on My Sleeve,</em>&nbsp;which broke out as number 11 on iTunes, is Lambert's first full-length album. Her single <em>Secrets</em>&nbsp;is getting national radio play. Its <a href="" target="_blank">music video</a> has more than 4.3 million views on Vevo and its StopWatch video for VH1 will play on MTV throughout November. On their last tour Lambert and her band opened for <a href="" target="_blank">Gavin Degraw</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">Matt Nathanson.</a></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.4;">The spotlight found Mary Lambert when she collaborated with </span>Macklemore<span style="line-height: 1.4;">&nbsp;and&nbsp;Ryan Lewis on the&nbsp;2012 single </span><em style="line-height: 1.4;"><a href="" target="_blank">Same Love</a>, </em><span style="line-height: 1.4;">which was a Grammy nominee for song of the year. Lambert performed at </span>CWU<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> in January—a week after she played on the </span><em style="line-height: 1.4;">Tonight Show with Jay Leno, </em><span style="line-height: 1.4;">and nine days before her lauded performance with </span>Macklemore<span style="line-height: 1.4;">, Madonna and Queen </span>Latifah<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> at the </span>56th<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> annual Grammy Awards.</span></p><p>October 17, 2014</p>CWU Welcomes Western Oregon for 2014 Homecoming Football, 17 Oct 2014 07:42:46<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/cwu_football.jpg" style="width: 495px; height: 320px;"></p><p>Central Washington University has been holding Homecoming football games since 1925. Saturday, the Wildcats will host their 76th such contest, when Western Oregon comes to town for the 1:00 p.m. game at Tomlinson Stadium.<br><br>Overall at Homecoming, CWU has a 45-28-2 record, including wins in 12 of the past 14 games, since the year 2000. This will be ninth time overall, and sixth since 2000 that WOU has been the Wildcats' Homecoming opponent. CWU has won seven of the eight previous meetings with the Wolves, dating back to 1972.<br><br>Saturday will be second meeting between the Wildcats and Wolves this season. Western Oregon won the earlier game, Sept. 20, in Monmouth, Oregon, 36-34, on a last-minute field goal. That game was not a Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC) game. The rematch will be a conference-counting contest.<br><br>In the earlier meeting, CWU scored 20 fourth-quarter points and had a 34-33 lead with 3:48 left in the game. But Western Oregon responded with a drive that that took nearly three minutes off the clock to set up the winning field goal for a 36-34 win.<br><br>"We're a completely different team, both on the offensive and defensive side," said CWU first-year head coach Ian Shoemaker. "We were just getting to understand what we were trying to do early in the season. We're twice as deep into the season now and have twice as much experience as we had at that point. Hopefully, we're a better team than when we played the first time."<br><br>Both teams are coming off victories last Saturday. CWU (3-3, 2-1 GNAC) won at South Dakota Mines 61-34, while WOU (3-3, 1-0 GNAC) was victorious at home 19-14 over Dixie State.<br><br>Offensively, Western Oregon relies on the GNAC's top passing attack, which averages 296.2 yards per game through the air. That's the 23rd best total in the nation this week.<br><br>"They're pretty comfortable throwing the ball; they're pretty comfortable in four wide receiver sets," noted Shoemaker. "And they have some talented kids out there that can go and catch the ball."<br><br>They include three wide receivers that rank among the top seven in the conference in receptions: Paul Revis, second, with 37; Tyrell Williams, fourth, 31; and Kamakana Apelu, seventh, 27.<br><br>They'll be going up against a Wildcat team that is No. 8 in the country with 11 interceptions. Redshirt freshman Kevin Haynes (6-0, 230, Battle Ground) leads the team in picks, as he recorded his third interception of the season at South Dakota Mines. He was named a GNAC honorable mention Player of the Week for his performance.<br><br>"Some of it is schematics and, obviously, some of it is talent," said Shoemaker about his team's interception success. "We've got a nice group of guys back there athletically who can run and stay next to guys. And we put enough pressure on the quarterback up front. At times, we've scored enough on offense to force teams into situations where they have to throw the ball. When that happens, we're in a pretty good spot to make some plays."<br><br>CWU came up with the first interceptions of the season—four in all—thrown by WOU in the first meeting this season. Two were returned for CWU touchdowns: defensive tackle Matt Miller (So., Spokane—Gonzaga Prep), from 46-yards out, and safety DeAndre Baines (Jr., Tacoma—Mount Tahoma) for a 54-yard score.<br><br>The Wildcat offense is led by sophomore quarterback Jake Nelson (6-2, 210, Lake Stevens), who threw for a career-high 310 yards and three touchdowns, while rushing for two additional scores, at South Dakota Mines. Nelson was also named an honorable mention conference Player of the Week.<br><br>"He's doing a great job finding the open receiver," said Shoemaker. "He's getting to a point where he's feeling more comfortable [in CWU's new offense]."<br><br>Nelson's favorite target Saturday was wide receiver Jesse Zalk (5-8, 160, So., Battle Ground—Prairie), who made six grabs for 116 yards and a touchdown. Zalk recorded 210 all-purpose yards in the game, including 94 on two kickoffs—of 62 and 32 yards—as he was named a GNAC Special Teams Player of the Week.<br><br>"Anytime we can get Jesse touches, we're at an advantage," noted Shoemaker. "He's great with the ball in his hands. That's a guy we've got to keep going and keep feeding."<br><br>Zalk now leads the conference in kickoff return average (32.4) and is fourth in punt return average (12.0).<br><br>The rivalry between the Wildcat and Wolves is the longest running for CWU involving GNAC teams. The Wildcats have won 33 of the 52 previous meetings, including 17 of the 24 prior games played in Ellensburg. CWU also beat WOU is two "Battle in Seattle" games, in 2009 and 2010, which were played at CenturyLink Field.<br><br>The first game, between Ellensburg Normal and Oregon Normal, was played Oct. 17, 1936. Since 1971, with the exception of the 1985 and '86 campaigns, the two teams have met annually on the gridiron, including 18 meetings since 2004.<br><br>At 11 a.m., two hours before the Homecoming game kickoff, the CWU Fan Zone will open. Located adjacent to the Cat's Den tent at the south end of Tomlinson Stadium, it features a variety of food and beverage vendors, some also providing games. It will remain open through halftime.<br><br>Also at 11 a.m., the Student Union and Recreation Center's East Patio will be the site for a CWU pep rally, featuring university cheerleaders. They will lead participants through campus to the Fan Zone for pregame festivities there.</p><p>October 17, 2014</p>Rally remembering Central grad is Saturday, 16 Oct 2014 07:40:30<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/blackjacksquadron.jpg" style="width: 485px; height: 320px;"></p><p>If the weather is right, 10 planes from the Blackjack Squadron will do a flyby before Central Washington University's homecoming football game on Saturday to honor and remember Central graduate San DeWayne Francisco, who died in military service in 1968.</p><p>The Blackjack Squadron, founded in 1989 by three airline captains, is a Washington-based group of pilots who share a passion for formation flying and aerobatics. The Blackjacks donate their time to provide flybys in the spirit of community service, to honor members of the aviation community, and to pay tribute to the U.S. armed forces.</p><p>Read more about this story in the <a href="" target="_blank">Daily Record</a>.</p><p>Photo by Brian Myrick/Daily Record</p>Task Force Minimizes Impact on Students, Faculty in Final Report, 15 Oct 2014 07:32:36<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/CWU%20Mountain%20Medallion-final.jpg" style="width: 466px; height: 228px;"></p><p>For the past five years, Central Washington University has been engaged in an in-depth review of its 197 academic majors, minors, and specializations. The goals have been to streamline departments to reduce inefficiencies and duplications, as well as to reduce costs. The Academic Task Force completed its evaluation this summer, with the last round of program cuts designed to minimally affect both students and faculty. A final report on the task force was made to the Faculty Senate Executive Committee and will be presented to the Faculty Senate.</p><p>In the third phase of the Academic Program Task Force (APTF III), five programs were eliminated:<br>• Advanced Programs, Master of Education in Instructional Leadership<br>• Engineering Technologies, Safety, &amp; Construction, BS Technology Education, Major<br>• Language, Literacy and Special Education, BA in Education, Special Education K-12 Broad area<br>• Nutrition Exercise, and Health Sciences, BAS Food Service Management<br>• Nutrition Exercise and Health Sciences, BS Food Science and Nutrition, Nutrition Science Specialization</p><p>“In each of these programs, low—or even, no—enrollment was a factor in their elimination,” said Lori Braunstein, chair of the APTF III, and director of Academic Planning. “If there are any students in these programs, they will be able to finish their degree.”</p><p>Two tenure-track faculty positions were also eliminated; the positions were vacant at the time, so no faculty members were terminated. Additionally, funding for the positions at the non-tenure-track level was provided through 2015.</p><p>“This last phase of the task force was accelerated by a Board of Trustees directive,” continued Braunstein. “With the continued lack of state support, it was essential that we find immediate cost-saving measures.”</p><p>APTF III evaluated programs by a variety of metrics, including the number of enrolled students, the number of degrees granted, program uniqueness and employment growth potential.</p><p>“We met with departments and their faculty and collaborated on these decisions,” said Braunstein. “We took a very conservative approach to program elimination and worked together to make sure that current—and future—students would not be affected by the cuts.”</p><p>Four programs were provisionally continued, since even though they had low enrollment numbers, they showed a concrete plan of action and were moving forward. They were:<br>• Engineering Technology, Safety and Construction, Technology Education Broad Area<br>• Language Literacy and Special Education, Master of Education, Special Education<br>• Film and Video Studies, Cinema Studies<br>• Theatre Arts, MS Theatre</p><p>APTF History<br>In 2009 the APTF was launched to prioritize programs and to assess areas of budget reduction. The first phase eliminated some programs and had some modest cost savings. In 2011 the second phase was focused on streamlining programs. Programs were grouped into one of three categories: continue, revise/refocus, or eliminate. Ultimately, 20 programs were eliminated, 35 programs were asked to revise/refocus with a further analysis in 2015-2016, and more than 140 programs were continued. The elimination of the 20 programs was the first step in the focusing of CWU academic offerings and was achieved without any corresponding elimination of faculty positions.</p><p>In April 2014 the third phase of the task force was directed by the CWU Board of Trustees to accelerate the evaluation of the 35 programs and make recommendations to Provost Marilyn Levine in May 2014.</p><p>In addition to Braunstein, APTF III members included Rodney Bransdorfer, associate dean, College of the Arts and Humanities; Tim Englund, associate dean, College of the Sciences; Kathryn Martel, dean, College of Business; Jesse Nelson, associate dean, Student Achievement; Rob Perkins, chair, Family and Consumer Sciences; Bret Smith, professor, Music; and Stevan DeSoer, vice president of University Operations.</p><p>The Academic Planning Task Force has been dissolved; deans of the colleges are now in charge of streamlining their program offerings.</p><p>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,</p><p>October 15, 2014<br>&nbsp;</p>CWU Senior Offering Free Genealogy Tips at Ellensburg Library, 14 Oct 2014 16:22:16<p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/Pam_and_Virginia_LDL.jpg" style="width: 550px; height: 320px;"></p><h6 style="text-align: center;"><em><span style="line-height: 1.4;">Virginia </span>Kuehl<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> gets a genealogy lesson from </span>CWU<span style="line-height: 1.4;">&nbsp;student Pam Stephenson&nbsp;at the Ellensburg Library on October 10, 2014. (Barb </span>Arnott<span style="line-height: 1.4;">/</span>CWU<span style="line-height: 1.4;">)</span></em></h6><h3>Pam Stephenson has Researched her Own Family Back to the Early 1600s</h3><p>Virginia Kuehl began her genealogy session with a single clue: the first and last name of her late grandmother, Anna Erwin.</p><p>“She didn’t have a middle name,” Kuehl said. “That always bothered me.”</p><p>Kuehl knew her grandmother was born in England. She knew she arrived in the United States at Philadelphia. She knew she married a McKenzie.</p><p>With the help of Pam Stephenson, a CWU senior majoring in anthropology and minoring in history and museum studies, Kuehl dug up more details. In no time, the pair found a marriage license recorded in Linn County, Missouri in 1906 when Anna Erwin became Mrs. Claude G. McKenzie.</p><p>“Oh, how exciting!” Kuehl said, thanking Stephenson for the impromptu lesson.</p><table align="right" border="0" cellpadding="1" cellspacing="1" style="width: 250px;"><tbody><tr><td><h3 style="margin-left: 40px;"><strong>Free genealogy tips</strong></h3><p style="margin-left: 40px;">To get genealogy tips from Stephenson, drop by the library at 209 N. Ruby St. in Ellensburg from 10:00 a.m. to noon on Fridays and 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. on Sundays through November 21. All you need is a name and a ballpark date to begin. For more information, call the library’s reference desk at 509-962-7250.</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p>As part of her internship at the Ellensburg Public Library, Stephenson is helping community members with family history research 10:00 a.m.-noon on Fridays and 1:00-2:00 p.m. on Sundays. Folks are encouraged to drop in for help getting started, for help locating traditional and Internet-based resources, and to get answers to genealogy research questions.</p><p>Stephenson’s interest in genealogy was sparked early in life. “My grandma, when I was little, used to tell me stories about my family history, especially about my great- great-grandma Leah, who was raised in New York City and came out West,” Stephenson said. “The first time she saw a cow she literally fell over backwards.”</p><p>Through her own research, Stephenson found that Leah was one of 13 children. Her first husband died, and she divorced her second husband—who was 30 years her senior—over financial difficulties.</p><p>“That’s the thing I love about this, taking names and dates and turning them into people,” Stephenson said.</p><p>Another ancestor, her great- great-grandfather Isaac from Lincolnshire, England, was said to have spent quite a bit of time in and out of jail. Stephenson discovered that Isaac actually killed a man in an Old-West style shootout in a Wisconsin saloon shortly after coming to the United States.</p><p>Once she starts digging into the past, it can get addictive, Stephenson said. And sometimes she discovers so much about a person of a bygone era, it feels like she knows them.</p><p>“It’s taking people who’ve been gone a long time and giving them life,” Stephenson said.</p><p>She has researched her family back to the early 1600s, and connected her ancestors to published genealogies that go back to the Early Middle Ages. Stephenson is especially interested in 19th and early 20th century England (specifically the East Midlands region), Internet genealogy, 19th century US genealogy, newspaper research, and black sheep ancestors.</p><p><strong style="line-height: 1.4;">Media contact: </strong><span style="line-height: 1.4;">Barb </span>Arnott<span style="line-height: 1.4;">, </span>CWU<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> Public Affairs, 509-963-2841,</span></p><p>October 14, 2014</p>Phillip Phillips Brings his Brand of Rock 'n' Roll to CWU Homecoming, 13 Oct 2014 12:54:31<p><span style="line-height: 1.4;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/No_BG_Phillip_Phillips.jpg" style="width: 370px; height: 504px; margin: 5px; float: right;">Platinum-selling singer-songwriter <a href="" target="_blank">Phillip Phillips</a> will bring his </span>rootsy<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> brand of rock and roll to CWU&nbsp;on Saturday as the entertainment headliner for H</span><span style="line-height: 1.4;">omecoming 2014. Portland musician <a href="" target="_blank">Christian </a></span><a href="" target="_blank">Burghardt</a><span style="line-height: 1.4;"> will open. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.4;">Since winning season 11 of <em>American Idol,</em> 24-year-old Phillips has sold more than 2 million albums and 9 million singles. He is best known for the quadruple-platinum hit <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Home</em></a>, released the same day he was crowned American Idol. It is the most successful coronation song of any <em>Idol</em>&nbsp;winner, as well as the highest debut on the Billboard digital songs chart. <em>Home</em>&nbsp;is featured on Phillips’ first album <a href="" target="_blank"><em>The World from the Side of the Moon,</em></a>&nbsp;noted for its emotional variety and appeal to fans of rock and pop alike.</span></p><p>Recently, Phillips toured with Matchbox 20 and opened for John Mayer on Mayer’s <em>Born and Raised</em>&nbsp;tour. Phillips' stop at&nbsp;CWU is part of his current tour, which features songs from his newest album <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Behind the Light</em></a>.</p><p>Opener Christian Burghardt is a great complement to Phillips’ soulful style. Burghardt’s debut EP <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Safe Place to Land</em></a>&nbsp;features personal lyrics, masterful guitar playing and relatable themes.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.4;">Saturday's show begins at 8 p.m. in the </span><span style="line-height: 1.4;">Student Union and Recreation Center </span><span style="line-height: 1.4;">Ballroom. Tickets are $20 for </span>CWU<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> students, $30 for general admission and $40 for reserved seating. <a href="" target="_blank">Order tickets online</a>, and choose whether to print them at home, have them delivered to your smartphone, or pick them up at the venue.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.4;">For more information contact Campus Activities, event sponsor, at 509-963-1450 or</span></p>CWU Students to Mentor Fifth-Graders in Wapato, 13 Oct 2014 09:26:41<p style="text-align: center;"><strong style="line-height: 1.4;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/Students_LDL.jpg" style="width: 550px; height: 320px; margin: 5px;"></strong></p><h6 style="text-align: center;"><em><strong style="line-height: 1.4;">CWU student mentors listen as Janet Spybrook explains Compass 2 Campus on the second day of class. (Barb Arnott/CWU)</strong></em></h6><h3><strong style="line-height: 1.4;">Tour Day Kicks off First Quarter of Compass 2 Campus</strong></h3><p>On the first day of class, Janet Spybrook assigned an icebreaker that put construction paper and crayons into the hands of her college students. The task: Draw a picture of your mentor.</p><p>Among the colorful renderings of smiling faces were moms and dads, brothers, a little sister, teachers, an adviser, a boss, a godmother, a husband, a friend and a cousin.</p><p>“So you see, there are a variety of mentors,” said Spybrook, a professor in CWU’s department of Language, Literacy and Special Education. By the end of the month, her students will be mentors, too.</p><p>Spybrook is leading CWU’s adoption of Compass 2 Campus, a youth mentoring program designed to encourage students from underrepresented and low-income backgrounds to finish high school and enroll in postsecondary education. The program is being transported to CWU from Western Washington University where Compass 2 Campus is in its fifth year of mentoring students in Whatcom and Skagit counties.</p><table align="right" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" style="line-height: 16.7999992370605px; width: 300px;"><tbody><tr><td><p style="margin-left: 40px; line-height: 16.7999992370605px;"><strong>Supporting faculty and students</strong></p><p style="margin-left: 40px; line-height: 16.7999992370605px;">Spybrook&nbsp;credits three other&nbsp;CWU&nbsp;faculty members for playing a key role in starting Compass 2 Campus: Cristina&nbsp;Santamaria-Graff, Susana Flores and Janet&nbsp;Finke. Graduate student Rebekah Fuss is Compass 2 Campus coordinator. and undergrads&nbsp;Felisa Sanchez, Holly Allen and Jessica Post are lead mentors. Compass 2 Campus also has an AmeriCorps member, Danielle Sprague, who serves as a liaison between Spybrook and Wapato&nbsp;School District.</p><p style="margin-left: 40px; line-height: 16.7999992370605px;"><strong>Get involved</strong></p><p style="margin-left: 40px; line-height: 16.7999992370605px;">Tour day volunteers are needed to lead groups of fifth-graders and give them a glimpse of college life. Training is provided and you'll receive a free T-shirt.&nbsp; To sign up, email or call 509-963-1506.</p><p style="margin-left: 40px; line-height: 16.7999992370605px;">Compass 2 Campus is still recruiting&nbsp;CWU&nbsp;students to mentor in fifth-grade classrooms. Register for&nbsp;ECTL&nbsp;201 to learn valuable skills and get field experience in elementary schools. Students can repeat the course up to three times for credit and continue to volunteer after that.</p><div>&nbsp;</div></td></tr></tbody></table><p><strong>Wapato School District</strong></p><p>Wapato<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> has three elementary schools with about 280 fifth-graders. The district has a diverse student body, with about 21 percent Native American, 70 percent Hispanic, and smaller Caucasian and Asian populations, </span>Imler<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> said.</span>For its first year, CWU has partnered with Wapato School District where Compass 2 Campus marries well with another district initiative called U Can Be College Bound, says Superintendent Becky Imler.</p><p>“We very much have a district where over 90 percent of children are on free and reduced lunches, which is an indicator of poverty,” Imler said. “And for them, college is harder to access.”</p><p>A tour day on October 28 will kick off the program. All 280 Wapato fifth-graders will visit the Ellensburg campus to get a firsthand look at college life and meet their mentors.</p><p>“A lot of our kids have not had the opportunity to have a family member go to college and visit a college campus themselves, so this makes it real and relevant,” Imler said. “And we know that when there is relevance in teaching it increases understanding.”</p><p>There are 21 CWU students enrolled in the three-credit class required to be a Compass 2 Campus mentor. In the weeks leading up to tour day, the course teaches mentoring skills and prepares them for the classroom. For the rest of the quarter, each mentor will spend at least four hours a week in Wapato classrooms.</p><p><strong>Options after high school</strong></p><p>“What we really want to do is expose kids to options after high school, and in order to get to those options, you have to finish high school. So that’s our major push,” Spybrook said.</p><p>And while the mentors may talk about their own experience at a four-year university, one goal is to educate the students about all possibilities, such as trade school, two-year college, and the military.</p><p>Mentors will not only serve as role models for post-secondary education, but also provide academic support. By starting in fifth grade, the program hopes to encourage more students to stay in school.</p><p>“By getting them in fifth grade, we’re hoping that they’re not going to drop out,”&nbsp;Spybrook said.</p><p>Compass 2 Campus mentors will then follow the students up to middle school and high school. Only fifth graders, however, participate in tour day. Next year Compass 2 Campus plans to expand to other school districts in central Washington.</p><p><strong>Media contact:</strong> Barb Arnott, CWU Public Affairs, 509-963-2841,</p><p>October 13, 2014</p>