CWUCWU NewsCWU News Receives Prestigious HEED Award for Excellence in Diversity, 16 Sep 2014 09:15:14<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/HEED_logo14.jpg" style="width: 327px; height: 200px; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px; float: left;"><span style="line-height: 1.4;">Central Washington University is a 2014 recipient of the prestigious <a href="">INSIGHT Into Diversity</a> Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award. </span>CWU<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> is one of only 83 institutions nationwide, and the only four-year institution in Washington State, to receive the award.</span></p><p>The HEED Award recognizes colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion. INSIGHT Into Diversity is the oldest and largest diversity magazine and website in higher education today.</p><p>"This award highlights our efforts in enhancing diversity at CWU," said Delores (Kandee) Cleary, chief diversity officer and chair of the Sociology Department. "We are proud and honored to be selected.&nbsp; While we continue to work to ensure CWU is welcoming to everyone, this award gives us a chance to take a breath and recognize all that we have accomplished."</p><p>Currently, minority students make up roughly 25 percent of CWU's enrollment and the university was recently named one of the top 50 LGBT-friendly universities in the nation.</p><p>The award, open to all colleges and universities throughout the United States, measures an institution’s level of achievement and intensity of commitment in regard to broadening diversity and inclusion on campus through initiatives, programs and outreach; student recruitment, retention, and completion; and hiring practices for faculty and staff.</p><p>CWU communication alumna Veronica Gomez-Vilchis of the Office of Equal Opportunity and Professional Development, took the lead in submitting the application for the award.</p><p>“Veronica worked tirelessly to bring people together to talk about their diversity work,” said Staci Sleigh-Layman, Human Resources director-at-large. “She collected and compiled the information into a readable format, and did much of this independently, without a lot of guidance. She produced an excellent submission.”&nbsp;</p><p>Gomez-Vilchis, who also has been a faculty member in Communication and program coordinator of Bridges, has worked in HR for the past two years. She focuses on recruitment, hiring and professional development.</p><p>The HEED Award is the only national recognition honoring colleges and universities that exhibit outstanding efforts and success in the area of diversity and inclusion throughout their campuses.</p><p>For more information about the 2014 HEED award, visit</p><p>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,</p>New Student Convocation 2014, 15 Sep 2014 16:24:08<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/CONVOCATION%202013.jpg" style="width: 200px; height: 116px; float: left; border-width: 2px; border-style: solid; margin-left: 3px; margin-right: 3px;"><strong>Central Washington University's New Student Convocation 2014 will take place Tuesday, Sept 23, at 11:00 AM in Nicholson Pavilion. </strong></p><p>Convocation is a rite of passage for new students and CWU's new students will be welcomed by Dean of Student Success, Sarah L. Swager. Provost and Vice-President for Academic and Student Life, Marilyn A. Levine, will also extend a warm welcome.&nbsp;Yosef Gamble, president of the Associated Students&nbsp;will lead the CWU Pride Pledge.</p><p>This year's keynote speaker is James Avey, an associate professor in the Department
of Management. Avey&nbsp;is a Washington native who received his doctorate from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2007. Avery is known for his meaningful impact on the lives of CWU students, challenging them academically and encouraging them to cease all opportunities to transform the world they live in. He is a four-time recipient of the College of Business Excellence in Faculty Research Award.</p><p>Visit the Convocation Web site <a href="">HERE</a>. &nbsp;Enjoy&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.4;">live Web streaming of this year's Convocation <a href="">HERE</a>.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.4;">For the program the New Student Convocation 2014, click <a href="">HERE</a>.</span></p><p>&nbsp;</p>Voice of the Wildcats Now Also Voice of the GNAC Insider, 12 Sep 2014 07:59:17<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/Lowery%20broadcasting.jpg" style="width: 479px; height: 320px;"></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.4;">Longtime "Voice of the Wildcats" Rob Lowery has been tapped to provide coverage for the Great Northwest Athletic Conference. Lowery, who is also the director of public and media relations for&nbsp;</span>CWU<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> Athletics, will be hosting the </span><em style="line-height: 1.4;">GNAC Insider</em><span style="line-height: 1.4;">, a weekly radio show that updates fans about the </span>GNAC<span style="line-height: 1.4;">.&nbsp; The show airs live at 7:00 p.m., and fans can listen to the show at <a href="" target="_blank"></a></span><a href="" target="_blank">GNACInsider</a><span style="line-height: 1.4;">.</span></p><p>"I was very honored to be asked by GNAC Commissioner Dave Haglund about hosting the broadcast," said Lowery. "Since Central is a charter member of the conference, I already know many of the people around the league who I’ll be interviewing. I want to make the program informative and, I hope, entertaining. I’m really excited about this opportunity."&nbsp;</p><p>Currently, Lowery is also the host of Wildcat Lair, a weekly, half-hour program focusing on CWU sports. It's broadcast live Mondays at 12:30 p.m., during the academic year, on KXLE 1240-AM. It's also shown on KCWU-TV Tuesday and Thursday at 8:00 p.m., and posted to the university's YouTube channel.</p><p>Lowery was first hired by the university in 1994 as a part-time news writer, moving up to become the university's media relations officer in 1997. This year marks his 28th season as the radio "Voice of the Wildcats." Since 1992, he has also served as emcee of the CWU Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony, and is a longtime contributor to CWU’s commencement ceremonies and the annual employee appreciation awards.<br><br>During his career, he has served as the announcer for the Great Northwest Athletic Conference men's and women's basketball playoffs, and was among the staff announcers at the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics national men's and women's basketball tournaments.<br><br>Lowery was named the university's 2006 Employee of the Year, as well as earning employee of the month honors in 2006 and 2001. He also received the 2005-06 Presidential Award as Staff Member of the Year.</p><p>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,</p><p>September 12, 2014</p>Community Kids get Hands-On with Science at CWU, 11 Sep 2014 14:21:29<p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/Science%20is%20Central.jpg" style="width: 550px; height: 320px; margin: 5px;"></p><p>Virtually all the fourth-graders’ hands shot up at once.</p><p>The question: Who wants to hold a snake?</p><div><p>Before the college students return for the fall term, Central Washington University’s science departments open up for public lectures and presentations for local school children and residents in a series called Science is Central.</p></div><div><p>During the day at Science is Central, school children participate in hands-on science activities as part of a field trip.</p></div><p>In a session Wednesday morning focused on reptiles, even some of the most reptile-averse Lincoln Elementary School fourth-graders took a turn holding lizards or touching rattlesnakes.</p><p>Read the&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">rest of this story</a>&nbsp;by Andy Matarrese in the Daily Record.</p><p><em><strong>PHOTO:&nbsp;</strong>Corban Avey, 8, rides down a polished corridor in CWU's Lind Hall on a cushion of air provided by a homemade hovercraft, Wednesday, Sept. 10, during&nbsp;Science is Central. (Brian Myrick / Daily Record)</em></p>CWU following CDC guidelines regarding Ebola, 11 Sep 2014 08:29:56<p>The Centers for Disease Control indicates the Ebola outbreak in West Africa does not pose a threat to the United States. CWU is following the CDC’s recently released guidelines for colleges and universities regarding Ebola. The new resource, <a href="" target="_blank">Advice for Colleges, Universities, and Students about Ebola in West Africa</a>, includes information for students studying abroad, foreign travel, students returning to the U.S. and other education-related travel pertaining to higher education.</p><p>Before attending CWU, international students must pass a physical exam and meet strict travel guidelines in place for the identified outbreak area. International travel is not permitted for any symptomatic individual attempting to leave affected areas.&nbsp; The CDC recommends people traveling from the affected areas monitor their health for 21 days to ensure they are healthy and have not been exposed.</p><p>CWU’s <a href="" target="_blank">Student Medical and Counseling Clinic</a> is following the recommendations of the CDC for clinicians in U.S. healthcare settings. By law <a href="" target="_blank">(CWUP 2-40-141),</a> the clinic will report any suspected or known communicable disease to the appropriate county health department, and if necessary will implement a communicable disease outbreak plan.</p><p>Ebola is a rare disease. The virus is not airborne and only can be spread by contact with blood or body fluids from an infected person or animal.</p><p>The CDC has sent clinicians the following links regarding Ebola:</p><ul><li><span style="line-height: 1.4;"><a href="" target="_blank">Ebola Virus Disease Information for Clinicians in U.S. Healthcare </a></span><span style="line-height: 1.4;"><a href="" target="_blank">Settings</a></span></li><li><span style="line-height: 1.4;">I</span><a href="" style="line-height: 1.4;" target="_blank">nfection</a><a href="" style="line-height: 1.4;" target="_blank"> Prevention and Control Recommendations for Hospitalized Patients</a></li><li><a href="" style="line-height: 1.4;" target="_blank"><span style="line-height: 1.4;">Travelers' Health</span></a></li></ul><p><span style="line-height: 1.4;">If you have questions regarding this or other healthcare related issues, contact Chris De </span>Villeneuve<span style="line-height: 1.4;">, executive director of the Student Medical and Counseling Clinic, at 509-963-1035.</span></p><p>September 11, 2014</p><p>&nbsp;</p>CWU professor gives back to his hometown in Africa, 10 Sep 2014 07:39:10<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/dondji.jpg" style="width: 490px; height: 320px;"></p><p>It all started with an overfed cat. Blaise Dondji was having dinner with his friend and colleague Dennis Richardson in 2005 when both were teaching in Connecticut: Dondji at Yale and Richardson at Quinnipiac University. Dondji noticed that Richardson was feeding his cat more than the cat could eat, and throwing away the leftovers.</p><p>Dondji suggested that instead of wasting the food, Richardson could give the cat less food and put the money he would save toward something positive.</p><p>It’s little actions like conserving cat food that led to Dondji's creation of the Bawa Health Initiative.</p><p>Read more of this story in the <a href="">Daily Record</a>.</p><p>Photo by Brian Myrick</p>Firethorne Earns GNAC Offensive Player of the Week, 09 Sep 2014 08:24:13<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/firethorne.jpg" style="width: 495px; height: 320px;"></p><p>Junior Linden Firethorne has won the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week for her play in the Hampton Inn Wildcat Volleyball Invitational over the weekend.</p><p>The outside hitter led the Wildcats with 47 kills over the four game invitational hitting .280 and added seven blocks. Firethorne racked up 17 kills in a Friday night win over eighth-ranked Cal State San Bernardino, including eight in the last set.</p><p>Firethorne had double-digit kills in three out of the four games. She registered 12 kills and a hitting percentage of .417 in a 3-0 win over Cal State Stanislaus and another 12 kills versus then ranked No. 11 University of California San Diego.</p><p>The thirteenth-ranked Wildcats will look to continue their winnings ways when they travel to Riverside Cali., Sept. 11, to participate in the GNAC/PACWEST crossover.</p>CWU Treats Community to Free Evening Science Series, 08 Sep 2014 07:49:10<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/nasa%20night%20sky.jpg" style="width: 275px; height: 183px; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px; float: left;"><span style="line-height: 1.4;">If you're interested in volcanoes, botanical diversity or stars in the night sky, then come to Central Washington University's fall Science is Central series. Presented by the </span><span style="line-height: 1.4;">College of the Sciences, all events are free and open to the public. From September 9 through 12, there will be evening presentations held throughout the </span>CWU<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> campus starting at 7:00 p.m. These presentations are an extension of the daytime program presented to local elementary and middle school students.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Faculty, staff, and students in the College of the Sciences&nbsp;are excited to kick off the start of the academic year by hosting this fun-filled series. From lectures on the DNA and the biotech industry, chemistry and viewing the night sky, this series has something for everyone. Each program gives a glimpse of some of the science being taught and researched at Central and allows the community to experience the fun side of science.&nbsp;</p><p>This event is sponsored by the College of the Sciences, the Center for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Education, and the Washington Space Grant Consortium.</p><p>Schedule of events:<br><br>Greenhouse Family Night<br>Tuesday, 7:00 p.m., Sept. 9<br>CWU Greenhouse, located on the west side of Dean Hall<br>Presented by the Biology Department. Come visit the CWU greenhouse and learn about how plants adapt to their diverse environments. Audience: All ages</p><p>Star Party<br>Tuesday, 8:00 p.m., Sept. 9<br>Science/Dean Hall east lawn<br>Presented by Professor Michael Braunstein, physics and astronomy. Come anytime between 8:00 and 9:00 p.m. and learn about the night sky using telescopes. Audience: All ages</p><p>Playing with the Code of Life: DNA and the Biotech Industry<br>Wednesday, 7:00 p.m., Sept. 10<br>Science 146<br>Presented by Eric Foss, biology. This presentation will show you how to isolate and visualize DNA from volunteers. In addition, you will learn about the uses of DNA in the biotech industry including the use of fluorescent bacteria and nematodes. Audience: All ages.</p><p>The Magical World of Chemistry<br>Thursday, 7:00 p.m., Sept, 11<br>Science 147<br>Presented by Tony Brown, chemistry. Learn about chemical reactions that cause color changes, flashes and explosions. You will also find out about chemistry that is an essential part of our daily lives. Audience: All ages.</p><p>Volcanoes: How Do They Work?<br>Friday, 7:00 p.m., Sept. 14<br>Lind Hall, Room 104<br>Presented by Wendy Bohrson, geological sciences.&nbsp; All you ever wanted to know about volcanoes—why they erupt, how they erupt and what we know about the sleeping volcanoes of the Cascades. We will even try a few mini-explosions of our own! Audience: All ages.</p><p>Star Party<br>Friday, 8:00 p.m., Sept. 12<br>Lind Hall Planetarium<br>Presented by Professor Michael Braunstein, physics and astronomy. Come anytime between 8:00 and 9:00 p.m. and learn about the night sky using telescopes. Audience: All ages</p><p>Parking at CWU is free after 4:30 p.m., except where specifically designated. Lind Hall is located at the corner of Chestnut and University Way.</p><p>For more information on this science series or for reserved seating, contact Dannica Price at 509-963-2135,</p><p>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, CWU Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,</p><p>Image courtesy of NASA</p>Recent grad starts first day of school as a new teacher, 04 Sep 2014 11:38:13<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/Laurel%20Hasten.jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 289px; margin: 5px; float: right;">Recent CWU graduate Laurel Hasten started her first day of school as a new third-grade teacher in Everett on Wednesday.</p><p>"I was pretty nervous about it. It’s been such a fun day. The nerves went away and it's just been an exciting day," Hasten told the <a href="" target="_blank">Herald of Everett</a>.</p><p>By Wednesday afternoon, she had already memorized the names of her 26 students. &nbsp;</p><p>Hasten attended CWU at the Edmonds Community College campus in Lynnwood. She graduated in June and was offered a job at Challenger Elementary School in Everett a few weeks later.</p><p>Read the full story, <a href="" target="_blank">First day of school can be exciting for a teacher, too</a>, by Herald writer Diana Hefley.</p><p><em><strong>PHOTO: </strong>Laurel Hasten on her first day as a teacher at Challenger Elementary School in Everett, Sept. 3, 2014. (Kevin Clark/The Herald)</em></p><p>September 4, 2014</p>CWU's Davis named to D-II preseason All-American team, 04 Sep 2014 07:46:22<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/davis.jpg" style="width: 468px; height: 320px;"></p><p>Junior cornerback Isaiah Davis was named to the first-team defense on the 2014 Preseason All-America Team.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.4;">Two seasons ago, as a </span>redshirt<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> freshman, Davis finished third in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference in passes defended. He was also eighth in punt returns and </span>10th<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> in kick returns, earning second team </span>all-GNAC<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> honors.&nbsp;</span></p><p>In 2013, Davis started all 11 games and led the GNAC with six interceptions. He was the conference’s top punt returner, averaging 13 yards per return, and finished fourth in kick returns, with a mark of 24.9. He was named to the all-conference first team as a defensive back, and second team as a punt returner.&nbsp;</p><p>Read more of this story in the <a href="">Daily Record</a>.</p><p>Photo by Brian Myrick</p>