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Public Affairs

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The mission of the Department of Public Affairs is to tell the world about the remarkable people, programs, and accomplishments at CWU. We help staff, students, and faculty communicate their successes, opportunities, and discoveries to key audiences. The Public Affairs staff are eager to hear about your program, your students, your research, and your service.

The Department of Public Affairs coordinates and sets standards for communication with external audiences on behalf of the university. Our goal is to ensure the highest standards of communication across all platforms: web-based media, video, print, and more. The Department of Public Affairs strives to use crisp, clear, and compelling media to communicate with all audiences: elected officials, business leaders, prospective students, students, faculty, alumni, and others.

Please call us at 509-963-1221 to find out how we can help you communicate with the people you need to reach.


Jackie O'Ryan (509-963-2845,

Public Affairs develops content that may be used for all sorts of communication media, from event invitations and web pages, to news articles and magazines, Facebook ads and TV commercials. We want you to call us with your stories about remarkable students, interesting research, unique faculty projects, rock-star alumni. We'll create the content once and then find as many ways as we can to present it.


Ann Anderson, Director of Community & Government Relations (509-963-2185),

Public Affairs is the official liaison for CWU with local, state, and elected officials for regulatory, budget, and policy matters of all kinds. Before you reach out to that elected official or agency staff person, please call the Public Affairs department so that we may set you up for success. We can help direct you to the right contact and provide critical background about legislative districts, pending policy issues, and current CWU data.


Teri Olin (509-963-1416,

Public Affairs sets the visual identity standards for the university: colors, logos, and more. When you want to promote a program or event, begin here! We'll provide help promoting programs and events, developing and managing new media, including Facebook and Twitter; photographing activities; designing the right look for any medium.


Jackie O'Ryan, director, Research and Content Development (509-963-2483),

Public Affairs is the university's official liaison with commercial news media. We want to reach out to news reporters to share information about your students, programs, faculty, alumni, and research and service. Before you contact media or respond to media inquiries, please contact the Public Affairs department so that we may provide background about the issue at hand, provide current CWU data, and provide any other support you need.

* For data and reports about Central Washington University, please click here.
* For summaries of key programs and issues, please look here.

Streaming events and academic programs: Karen Allen (509-963-1221,


Jesse Days (509-963-2810,

Public Affairs sets the web design standards for the university's website. CWU's Drupal content management system can accommodate virtually any need and is easy for users to maintain content. To set up new web pages, change functionality, get training on web maintenance, or resolve a problem please contact the web staff.