CWURecreation NewsRecreation Newshttps://www.cwu.edu/rec/newsen-usCWU Recreation Center and Staff Facilitate Courageous Kids Climbing https://www.cwu.edu/rec/node/3582Wed, 15 Aug 2018 16:54:46<p><strong><img alt="" src="https://www.cwu.edu/rec/sites/cts.cwu.edu.rec/files/Courageus%20Kids%20Taysha%20Snyder.jpeg" style="width: 550px; height: 480px; margin: 5px;"><br>ELLENSBURG, Wash. — </strong>The only program of its kind, Courageous Kids Climbing will take place just 15 times this year in Washington, California, Idaho, and Nevada. One of those sessions was held Saturday, August 11, at the rock-climbing wall in Central Washington University’s Student Union and Recreation Center.</p><p>Jeff Riechmann, from McCall, Idaho, founded and self-funds the program, which involves sponsoring free climbing events for children with special needs.</p><p>“We say children, but we invite anyone between the ages of 3-months and 103-years with special needs, physical or developmental, to participate in this event,” Riechmann pointed out, noting that there were seven participants of different ages and needs that participated on Saturday. “We’ve also worked with wounded warriors, even cancer survivors.”</p><p>Melissa Robertson, CWU Recreation Climbing Wall and Challenge Course coordinator, added, “By hosting events like this, we are increasing the awareness that we are all capable of so much more than we often believe.”</p><p><img alt="" src="https://www.cwu.edu/rec/sites/cts.cwu.edu.rec/files/Courageous%20Kids%20Zach%20Snyder.jpeg" style="width: 250px; height: 361px; margin: 5px; float: left;">The goal of the event is to help participants acquire or develop skills such as hand-eye, hand-foot, and left-right coordination; focus; and problem solving.</p><p>“For some, who are confined to a wheelchair, we help to get them from a horizontal to a vertical world,” Riechmann added.&nbsp;</p><p>That included Taysha Snyder, 21, from Royal City, who attended the CWU event along with her 20-year-old brother Zach. Taysha, who suffers from Down Syndrome, has come to the Central session for each of the three years the university has hosted the event. This year was special for her, and her adoptive mother, Sena. Both Taysha and Zach are adopted.</p><p>“Because of my daughter’s anxiety, she wouldn’t do anything with the harness without me being right there,” Snyder said. “This year, she’s doing exactly what they’re asking her to do.”</p><p>Not only that, but Taysha actually made it to the top of the CWU rock wall—50 feet in the air, to her obvious delight, not-to-mention that of her mother. Zach, who is autistic with additional neurological complications, also showed significant gains from previous years, particularly in terms of his confidence level, according to Sena.</p><p>That came as no surprise to Aubrey Edwards, a junior at CWU, serves with the CWU Recreation staff supervising the rock-climbing facility. This was her second year working with the Courageous Kids Climbing event.</p><p>“You can see it constantly throughout the day—the confidence definitely grows tremendously,” Edwards stated.</p><p>Even so, Edwards acknowledges that the participants can be a bit awe-struck, even intimidated, upon seeing the CWU wall site for the first time.</p><p><img alt="" src="/rec/sites/cts.cwu.edu.rec/files/IMG_8339%20%282%29.JPG" style="width: 250px; height: 333px; margin: 5px; float: right;">“This was definitely crossing new boundaries for some of them, who had never climbed before, but everyone climbed super hard today,” Edwards said. “The kids came in to test themselves and test their limits, and their parents really loved to see them climbing.”</p><p>Robertson noted that CWU climbing wall student staff went through specialized training required to support adaptive events, with a goal of “hosting more programs like this one throughout the year. I also hope to integrate people of various abilities into our existing programs and encourage them that climbing--and all forms of recreation--are achievable for anyone and everyone.”</p><p>Riechmann says, based on the success of the Ellensburg event and the positive feedback he has received, he plans to return to CWU for an annual Courageous Kids Climbing event next year and, “for as long as the university will have us,” he added.</p><p>Robertson is already looking forward to next year’s event.&nbsp;</p><p>“This is such a great opportunity for my student staff to learn how to serve people of various backgrounds and adapt to their individual needs,” she continued. “The soft and technical skills gained from engaging with participants from events like this, can be transformational not only to the participants but to the staff as well.”</p><p><strong>Media contact:</strong> <em><strong>Robert Lowery,</strong> Department of Public Affairs, director of Radio Services and Integrated Communications, 509-963-1487, Robert.Lowery@cwu.edu.&nbsp;</em></p><p><img alt="" src="/rec/sites/cts.cwu.edu.rec/files/IMG_0842%20%282%29.JPG" style="width: 551px; height: 413px; margin: 5px;"></p></br>Looking Forward to Fallhttps://www.cwu.edu/rec/node/3580Mon, 06 Aug 2018 08:32:55<p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/rec/sites/cts.cwu.edu.rec/files/DSC_0033.jpg" style="width: 550px; height: 424px; margin: 5px;"></p><p>It has been a very busy summer, here, at CWU Recreation, preparing for fall 2018 and the new academic season. With a new year brings new and fun opportunities that incoming and current CWU students can enjoy. Check out a few fun and exciting updates on this summer as well as what to look forward to this fall.<br><br><strong><img alt="" src="/rec/sites/cts.cwu.edu.rec/files/_MG_3831%20%281%29.jpg" style="width: 200px; height: 133px; margin: 5px; float: left;">Recreation Expansion Project</strong><br>As September 19th quickly approaches, the newest addition to CWU Recreation’s offerings is set to open in October of 2018. The project is currently on-track and running smoothly with our partners in Operations.<br><br>The new track and field sports complex (dubbed the Recreation Expansion Project) is a 370,000 square foot facility complete with an artificial turf infield, fully lit, and grandstands with 600 spectator seating. This 400-meter all-weather track will meet all NCAA competition specifications and will accommodate all running events as well as multi-directional runways for jump events. Directly adjacent to the track will be a throws venue to hold hammer, shot put, javelin, and discus events. Restrooms and storage facilities will also be provided, along with food track capabilities and a safe and protected space for students to recreate at night.<br><br>The turf infield will bring about new and exciting programming opportunities for CWU students, allowing us to host intramural tournaments, sport clubs competitions, and open recreational hour activities.<br>This is a student funded project, and was unanimously passed in September of 2017 by the Student Recreation Advisory Board.<br><br><strong><img alt="" src="/rec/sites/cts.cwu.edu.rec/files/Cycling_2018_02%20%281%29.jpg" style="width: 200px; height: 133px; margin: 5px; float: right;">Group Fitness Classes Are Included!</strong><br>We’ve got exciting news: Starting fall of 2018, Group Fitness classes within the CWU Recreation Center will now be included in your Recreation Membership.<br>What does that mean?<br><br>You can attend any of the scheduled Group Fitness classes as long as you have a valid CWU Recreation Membership.<br>Note: RecWell memberships will allow for Group Fitness class ONLY during times when the membership is valid.<br><br>How do I sign up and attend classes?<br><br>It’s an easy 5 step process!<br>1) Simply head on over to the Rec Fusion Portal at recreation.cwu.edu.<br>2) Log in with your CWU single sign-on info or create a new profile on the top right corner of the homepage.<br>3) Click the Group Fitness Icon on the main page<br>4) Select “Group Fitness” from the left-hand navigation bar<br>5) Then, take your pick of classes!<br><br>When you click on a class or “program”, you will have the ability to “register” for that class at that class time. Once you have registered, you are ready to go!<br><br>Show up at the class time you registered for and check in with your group fitness instructor. They will check you in, get you the equipment you need, and you will be on your way to some serious fitness fun!<br>Questions? Concerns? Don’t hesitate to contact us at Group.Fitness@cwu.edu or by calling (509) 963-3550.<br><br><strong><img alt="" src="/rec/sites/cts.cwu.edu.rec/files/Color%205k.jpg" style="width: 200px; height: 133px; margin: 5px; float: left;">Homecoming 5k with a Yummy Twist</strong><br>Start your CWU Homecoming Saturday off right with a scenic 5k around the CWU campus. This year’s 5k will be breakfast themed! Participants will have the option of finishing breakfast items such as juice, coffee, and doughnuts as they complete each kilometer of the race. Early registration will run from September 20 to October 2. Participants may register up until 9:30am on the day of the race, but will not be guaranteed a race shirt if the early registration date is not met.<br><br><strong><img alt="" src="/rec/sites/cts.cwu.edu.rec/files/ChallengeCourse_051218_35.jpg" style="width: 200px; height: 299px; margin: 5px; float: right;">Happy 10-years to the Challenge Course</strong><br>Yes, that’s correct, it’s been 10 years since we opened the Challenge Course in 2008. Melissa and her staff have been hard at work planning Weekly Challenge’s for just this occasion, which is open to CWU Recreation members, non-members, and the Ellensburg community, every Wednesday. Climb the 50-foot Alpine Tower and take a ride in our Giant Swing. No experience is necessary, but close-toed shoes and active wear are required for participation.</p><p>The cost is $5 for current CWU students | Central Washington University - Recreation members, non-students and non-members is $10. Participants must meet at the Challenge Course at 5 p.m.</p><p>Please contact Melissa Robertson at Challenge.Course@cwu.edu or by calling (509) 963-3539 for more information.</p><p><br><strong><img alt="" src="/rec/sites/cts.cwu.edu.rec/files/9-24-13%20-%20JV-16%20%282%29.jpg" style="width: 200px; height: 133px; margin: 5px; float: left;">Get Outside with OPR this Fall</strong><br>Outdoor Pursuits and Rentals will be open and ready for any type of trips or rentals that may spark your interest as the weather cools. Stop by their store front, on the corner of the Student Union and Recreation Center, and pick up a Fall Adventure Guide, which includes all of the fun events, programs, and trips OPR does, each quarter.<br><br>A few of those events will include the Warren Miller Film and Banff Mountain Film Festival this November, as well as a brand new film, coming to campus, about Fred Becky.<br><br><strong><img alt="" src="/rec/sites/cts.cwu.edu.rec/files/SCWomSoccer_051918_01.jpg" style="width: 200px; height: 145px; margin: 5px; float: right;">Sport Club Demo Days</strong><br>Here is your chance to meet sport club members and learn about all of the sport clubs we have on campus, and how you can get involved. Join us on Tuesday, September 18th for the full array of Sport Club opportunities in the SURC. Pick up a Demo Days schedule of events at the CWU Recreation Center front desk. If you want to learn about any of our clubs before this event, visit our website at <a href="http://www.cwu.edu/sport-clubs/" target="_blank">cwu.edu/sport-clubs</a>.<br><br><strong><img alt="" src="/rec/sites/cts.cwu.edu.rec/files/37519122481_ab8ff4105c_o.jpg" style="width: 201px; height: 121px; margin: 5px; float: left;">Get Toasty with Wellington this Fall</strong><br>Join the CWU Challenge Course and Campus Activities as they host the annual Wellington’s Wildfire during Homecoming Week 2018. Meet us out at the Challenge Course on October 10 for a bonfire, good music, a chance to meet other students and student athletes, as well as s’mores.<br>Questions? Please contact us at (509) 963-3539 or by emailing Challenge.Course@cwu.edu.<br><br><strong><img alt="" src="/rec/sites/cts.cwu.edu.rec/files/RockWall_041118_24.jpg" style="width: 200px; height: 137px; margin: 5px; float: right;">Climb Your Way to New Heights</strong><br>The climbing wall is jam-packed with programs for you to participate in during fall quarter, starting with youth programs.<br><br>Join the climbing wall staff every Sunday for Kid’s Rock, from 2pm-4pm. Parents must be present, but staff will belay the children during that time. For more information and to register your child, please visit our website at cwu.edu/climbing-wall.<br><br>Clinics are also a great way to get involved, and our Top-Rope Belay clinic seems to be a fan-favorite. This clinic teaches all of the necessary skills to pass the belay exam. Pre-registration is recommended, however, so visit our website at cwu.edu/climbing-wall/programs-and-events for more information.<br>The Cranksgiving climbing competition is another fun event that happens every fall quarter on campus, and features door prizes with registration. Dress up in your favorite Halloween costume and climb to your hearts content. Prizes for best costumes, door prizes, and of course- skills. All experiences welcome. There will also be a youth climbing division for those interested!<br><br>Cost is $25 for pre-registration for CWU Recreation members and $30 non-members, or $35 for day of registration.</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p style="text-align: center;"></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></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>Get to Know Our Recreation Director: Matthew Boyerhttps://www.cwu.edu/rec/node/3499Wed, 16 May 2018 08:56:48<p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/rec/sites/cts.cwu.edu.rec/files/CWURecDirector_02.jpg" style="width: 400px; margin: 5px; height: 282px;"></p><p>Central Washington University’s newly-hired Director of Recreation, Matthew Boyer, has hit the ground running during his first three weeks on campus. Boyer has 24 years of experience in the field of Recreation, starting as a free agent on an intramural team at a junior college. It was this opportunity that lead him to meet the program coordinator and acquire his first recreation-related position as a young adult. After that, Boyer moved onto an intramural supervisor position at the University of West Florida and then worked as a graduate assistant at the University of Florida and completed his master’s degree. Before becoming a Wildcat, Boyer’s professional experience includes San Jose State University, UNC Charlotte, and most recently&nbsp; as the Associate Director of Programs and Outreach at Louisiana State University.</p><p>“It started off with a simple passion and love of sports, and led into a career with higher education,” Boyer remarked.&nbsp;</p><p>What sparked Matt’s interest in CWU Recreation the most, was the dedicated professional staff, positive comments he had heard about the department, and the Recreation Expansion Project, set to open in Fall of 2018.<br><br>During Boyer’s time at LSU, his team executed a facility expansion and redesign that increased the square footage from 4 to 9, per student. His responsibilities for that project included the research and acquisition of equipment, facility layout, and development of operating procedures for the three programmatic areas of fitness, adventure, and sport programs. This opportunity taught him many things that he can now bring to the current CWU Recreation Expansion Project.<br><br>One aspect of CWU Recreation that Matt enjoys is watching the impact that it can have on overall student success.<br><br>“In addition to the impacting academic performance and retention, we also provide experiences that develop skills that employers look for when hiring.”<br><br>Boyer has jumped right in and plans to make many improvements to CWU Recreation’s facility, programs, and operations. He plans to look at improving access to programs and services, partnering with other campus organizations to focus on student well-being, and much more.<br><br>On a more personal note, Boyer enjoys participating in all sports, but football and softball are really his favorites. He is also looking forward to exploring the Ellensburg area and having access to outdoor activities. If he is not at CatTrax East or Starbucks getting coffee, you can find him in the Recreation administrative office.<br><br>Boyer wants to make sure that students get to voice their opinions and provide constructive feedback about Recreation, so if you see him around campus, playing on an intramural softball team, or around the SURC, feel free to say hello.</p><p>For more information and to contact Boyer, please visit our website, <strong><a href="http://www.cwu.edu/rec/staff-0" target="_blank">here.</a></strong></p><p><br><strong>Media Contact:</strong><br>Claire Cox, Marketing and Health Programming Coordinator, CWU Recreation<br>(509) 963-3550<br>Claire.Cox@cwu.edu</p><p><strong>Written by:</strong> Recreation Marketing Student, Leanne Fraker.</p></p style="text-align: center;"></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br>Recreation's Melissa Robertson Taught Children in India for Spring Break https://www.cwu.edu/rec/node/3486Thu, 19 Apr 2018 13:35:19<p>Central Washington University’s <a href="http://www.cwu.edu/climbing-wall/">Climbing Wall</a> and <a href="http://www.cwu.edu/rec/about-challenge-course">Challenge Course</a> Coordinator, Melissa Robertson, spent her Spring Break volunteering in Delhi, India through a non-profit called <a href="http://www.thriveseed.org/">Thrive Seed</a>. Thrive Seed’s main focus is on children’s education and women’s empowerment, focusing on creating safe and nurturing learning environments where girls can attain a quality education.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/rec/sites/cts.cwu.edu.rec/files/thrive3.jpg" style="width: 200px; height: 150px; margin: 5px;">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;<img alt="" src="/rec/sites/cts.cwu.edu.rec/files/thrive1.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 169px; margin: 5px;"></p><p>Robertson had the opportunity to teach English and basic literacy skills to children ages five to 15 whom have had no formal education. Thrive Seed makes it possible for these children to attend school for one hour a day, rather than begging on the streets. These schools are located in slums which are heavily populated, very poor areas. The classrooms are one building rooms with no roof, whiteboard, or school supplies. Regardless of the conditions, these children are excited to be at school every day and are eager and appreciative to learn.</p><p>“Everyone was so kind to us the entire time,” Robertson said.&nbsp; “Even the poorest people in the slums would offer us food or chai- even if it was the last food they had. We didn’t meet anyone that wasn’t welcoming and appreciative of us.”</p><p>Robertson chose Thrive Seed because, after her past experiences with larger non-governmental organizations, she wanted to volunteer for an organization that is local and serves the community. Thrive Seed is a one-woman operation started by Sonu Kaur, a teacher and social worker. Her goal is to help women and children create a bright future through education. Kaur supports the children and their educations with her own money. She also organizes all of the teachers and volunteers at each of the three schools.</p><p>For Robertson, the most rewarding aspect of the trip was educating the children and facilitating their eagerness to learn.</p><p>“It is so mind opening and really makes you appreciate what you have,” Robertson said. She hopes to establish a group of students that could volunteer at Thrive Seed through an organization such as the <a href="https://www.cwu.edu/leadership-engage/">Center for Leadership and Community Engagement</a> on campus. Thrive Seed desperately need volunteers and Robertson believes that anyone would benefit from volunteering.</p><p>Another important aspect to Thrive Seed is women’s empowerment. In many villages, the women must rely on their husbands because they have no formal education. If anything happens to their husband, they have no way to support themselves. Thrive Seed helps educate women on how to support themselves and their families through practical education.</p><p>“Thrive Seed teaches them useful skills and I met some of the most successful women in the slums and it was no surprise that they have gone through the women’s empowerment program,” said Robertson.</p><p>For her next adventure, Robertson wants to volunteer in Peru, Colombia, or any Spanish speaking country. She expressed that she wants to learn Spanish and has always been fascinated with Central and South American culture.</p><p>“Thrive Seed also connects young adults with tourists and has them act as tour guides for the city and surrounding areas. I would love to help with that program as well since my background is in recreation,” said Robertson.</p><p>For more information regarding the Robertson’s journey to India or how you can get involved like her, please email robertsonm1@cwu.edu. To learn more about <a href="http://www.thriveseed.org/">Thrive Seed</a> and to discover more about how you can help, please visit their website at <a href="http://www.thriveseed.org/">http://www.thriveseed.org/.</a></p><p><strong>Media Contact: Leanne Fraker,<a href="mailto:Leanne.Fraker@cwu.edu"> Leanne.Fraker@cwu.edu.</a></strong></p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/rec/sites/cts.cwu.edu.rec/files/thrive2.jpg" style="width: 200px; height: 355px; margin: 5px;"></p></p style="text-align: center;"></a href="mailto:Leanne.Fraker@cwu.edu"></p style="text-align: center;">Central Washington University’s Rodeo Club Presents Todd D. Anderson Memorial Rodeo https://www.cwu.edu/rec/node/3485Wed, 18 Apr 2018 11:53:08<div><strong>Ellensburg, Wash., April 18, 2018</strong>— This weekend the CWU Rodeo Club will be&nbsp; hosting their annual Todd Anderson Memorial College Rodeo at the Kittitas County Fairgrounds. All of the weekend’s events are free of charge and will feature competitors from 10 different schools including&nbsp; Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. A few of the weekend’s hottest events will be bronc riding, barrel racing, team roping, and bull riding.</div><div><br>Slack will be taking place on Friday, April 20 and Saturday, April 21 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. CWU Rodeo’s performances are Friday and Saturday from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., and then again on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., which is the Championship Short Go. During the performance on Saturday, Todd Anderson’s friends and family will speak about him and his legacy. There will be a silent auction&nbsp; on Friday night at 6 p.m. until Sunday at 10 a.m. Proceeds from the silent auction go towards the Todd Anderson Memorial Scholarship, which is received by a Rodeo Club member every year.&nbsp;</div><div><br>For more information on the Todd Anderson Memorial Rodeo and the CWU Rodeo Club’s involvement, please visit their website at <a href="http://C:\Users\frakerl\Downloads\cwu.edu\sport-clubs\rodeo" target="_blank">cwu.edu/sport-clubs/rodeo</a> or on Facebook, <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/156097151730397/" target="_blank">here</a>.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><img alt="" src="/rec/sites/cts.cwu.edu.rec/files/2018%20Team%20Picture.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 329px;"><img alt="" src="/rec/sites/cts.cwu.edu.rec/files/file.jpeg" style="width: 388px; height: 600px; margin-left: 100px; margin-right: 100px;"></div></br></br>CWU announces new director of University Recreation https://www.cwu.edu/rec/node/3366Tue, 20 Feb 2018 16:26:50<p><img alt="" src="/rec/sites/cts.cwu.edu.rec/files/Boyer.jpg" style="width: 225px; height: 225px; margin: 3px; float: right;">ELLENSBURG, Wash., February 20, 2018--</p><p>Following a national search, Matthew Boyer has been hired as CWU’s new University Recreation director.<br><br>Since 2015, he has been Louisiana State University’s associate director of Program and Outreach. He was originally hired at LSU in 2008 to serve as the assistant director for Sport and Camp Programs. Since 2016, he has also been the Louisiana State director of the National Intramural and Recreational Sports Association.</p><p>“Matt brings with him to Central nearly 19 years of experience in the field of University Recreation in a variety of areas supportive of the growth and future of CWU Recreation,” said Jeff Rosenberry, CWU’s executive director of Student Involvement, within the <a href="http://www.cwu.edu/student-success/" target="_blank">Division of Student Success</a>, which oversees University Recreation.</p><p>Boyer noted, “I strive to create a welcoming work environment where trust is a key virtue; an environment where failures are viewed as learning opportunities and are shared as openly as achievements. Success in creating strong relationships, both within the department and across campus, is a skill I have developed during my career.”</p><p>That also includes work as associate director of Recreation Service at the University of North Carolina–Charlotte and director of Intramural Sports and Open Recreation at San Jose State University.</p><p>Boyer earned his master’s degree in Recreational Studies at the University of Florida and bachelor’s degree from at the University of West Florida in Health, Leisure, and Sports.</p><p>His first day at CWU will be April 16.</p><p><strong>Media contact: </strong>Robert Lowery, Department of Public Affairs, director of Radio Services and Integrated Communications, 509-963-1487, Robert.Lowery@cwu.edu.</p><p>&nbsp;</p></br></br>Student Development and Programs AD to present at National NIRSA Conferencehttps://www.cwu.edu/rec/node/3337Wed, 24 Jan 2018 16:29:49<p><strong><img alt="" src="/rec/sites/cts.cwu.edu.rec/files/Dania%20Cochran%20Selfie.jpg" style="width: 250px; height: 250px; margin: 5px; float: left;">ELLENSBURG, Wash., January 25, 2018 --</strong> Central Washington University Recreation’s Assistant Director of Student Development and Programs, <a href="http://www.cwu.edu/rec/dania-cochran" target="_blank">Dania Cochran,</a> will present at this year’s <a href="https://nirsa.net/nirsa2018/" target="_blank">National NIRSA Conference</a>. Her topic of choice; “Defining a Student Hiring, On-Boarding, and Continuing Education Process for Recreation Student Employees”. Cochran has spent several years creating a new hiring process for CWU Recreation, one that is different and more rigorous than the schools current process. Her goal is to whittle down to the most amazing and motivated student employees.</p><p>“I have spent the last full calendar year creating marketing materials, hosting Hiring Information Sessions, reviewing applications, organizing interview schedules, creating scoring rubrics, creating orientation and on-boarding materials, and checklists,” Cochran said. “I have created surveys for our student employees to find out what topics they wish to learn about for continuing education, and we are currently working on an incentive program to entice student employees to attend those sessions, as well as leadership checklists that will encourage those who wish to move up to attend.”</p><p>Co-presenting with Cochran will be her graduate assistant, <a href="http://www.cwu.edu/rec/catie-hoffmann" target="_blank">Catherine Hoffman</a>. Hoffman has been extremely valuable in the creation of these materials that are shaping the emerging processes.</p><p><img alt="" src="/rec/sites/cts.cwu.edu.rec/files/nirsa-2018-logo-01-elevated-cmyk-white.png" style="width: 200px; height: 331px; margin: 5px; float: right;">The National NIRSA Conference will be held in Denver, Colorado this year from March 4-7. Attendees will have the opportunity to expand their networks and develop professional by attending a wide variety of educational sessions, workshops, and social events, as well as the unparalleled opportunity to connect with leading vendors at the Campus Rec and Wellness Expo. This will be Cochran’s first experience presenting at a national conference, although she has previously presented at the <a href="https://urec.wsu.edu/special-events/northwest-nirsafit-fest-2018/" target="_blank">Northwest NIRSA</a> and <a href="http://region6.nirsa.net/" target="_blank">NIRSA Region 6 </a>conferences before.</p><p>“I went through a roller coaster of feelings: Super excited that it was selected; “holy smokes” I have a lot of work to prepare; and hopeful at how many people can use our suggestions, templates, and ideas to make their jobs easier at their home institutions.”</p><p>For more information on Cochran, on CWU Recreation’s student hiring process, or on the Recreation center itself, please visit our website at <a href="http://cwu.edy/rec" target="_blank">cwu.edu/rec.</a></p><p>Media Contact: Claire Cox, Recreation, 509-963-3550, <a href="mailto:Claire.Cox@cwu.edu">Claire.Cox@cwu.edu</a>.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><br><strong>###</strong></p></a href="mailto:Claire.Cox@cwu.edu"></p style="text-align: center;"></br>CWU Recreation says goodbye to custodial staff member, Barajas-Garcia, but only to a great causehttps://www.cwu.edu/rec/node/3329Fri, 08 Dec 2017 14:05:39<p><strong><img alt="" src="/rec/sites/cts.cwu.edu.rec/files/25181659_1869939649700780_2079943469_n.jpg" style="width: 250px; height: 444px; margin: 5px; float: left;">ELLENSBURG, WASH., December 11, 2017</strong> – CWU Recreation loses long-time custodial employee, Luz Barajas-Garcia, who will be deployed overseas in the coming months. Barajas-Garcia has worked with Recreation for the past eight years, starting as a seasonal staff member and eventually becoming a full-time employee.<br><br>“It’s been awesome [working in Recreation], I love the culture, the family environment. Everybody has always been very supportive,” Barajas-Garcia says. “Working at the Rec has taught me so much about myself as well as helped me grow as a person. All the opportunities that I’ve had here, I feel like I probably wouldn’t of had in other places.”<br><br>Barajas-Garcia’s co-worker and confidant, Teresa Breckenridge, is proud to see her friend and employee leave to peruse amazing opportunities. When asked what is has been like being her boss, mentor, and friend, Breckenridge had much to say.<br><br>“A lasting one. Student staff love working with her because she gets right in there and works along with them. She jokes around and calls people on their crap. The popular place to be is with Luz. Doesn’t matter what your “position” is.”<br><br><img alt="" src="/rec/sites/cts.cwu.edu.rec/files/IMG_4635.JPG" style="width: 250px; height: 250px; margin: 5px; float: right;">Looking to the future, Luz will serve her time in the military during her deployment to an undisclosed location in the next few months. She also plans to enjoy time with her family, both here in the United States and in Mexico, before taking off. Barajas-Garcia also plans to return to Central when her deployment is over, hoping that she can come back to Recreation as a professional staff member, one day.<br><br>When asked about why she chose this path and why this was so important to her, Barajas-Garcia simply stated:<br><br>“I don’t do it to get recognition, or be applauded, I do it as a ‘thank you’ to a country that has opened its doors to me and has given me many opportunities. I believe everyone who volunteers to serve their time in the military, do it for the love of our country and to protect the American people and our families.”<br><br>Barajas-Garcia has been an instrumental asset to the Recreation family and will be missed by all.<br><br><strong>Media Contact:</strong> Claire Cox, Recreation, 509-963-3550, <a href="mailto:Claire.Cox@cwu.edu">Claire.Cox@cwu.edu</a>.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><strong>###</strong><br><img alt="" src="/rec/sites/cts.cwu.edu.rec/files/Luz.jpg" style="width: 338px; height: 600px; margin: 5px;"></p></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></a href="mailto:Claire.Cox@cwu.edu"></p style="text-align: center;"></br>Melissa Robertson to serve on board of the Washington Climbing Coalitionhttps://www.cwu.edu/rec/node/3328Mon, 04 Dec 2017 08:39:34<p><strong><img alt="" src="/rec/sites/cts.cwu.edu.rec/files/WCC-WebLogo-3.jpg" style="width: 250px; height: 181px; margin: 5px; float: left;">ELLENSBURG, WASH., December 4, 2017</strong> – CWU Climbing Wall Coordinator, Melissa Robertson, has been asked to serve on the Board of Directors for the <a href="http://washingtonclimbers.org/" target="_blank">Washington Climbers Coalition</a>. Robertson will serve as a liaison for the eastside climbers and begin to foster a community of climbers that are practicing both safe, and environmentally conscious, practices.<br><br>“By volunteering with the WCC and working on projects with the WCC, the students are able to see how much really goes into being able to climb outside,” Robertson said. “It also encourages them to be better stewards of the environment and hopefully gain a better appreciation for both the sport of climbing and the climbing community.”<br><br><img alt="" src="/rec/sites/cts.cwu.edu.rec/files/greece.jpg" style="width: 250px; height: 333px; margin: 5px; float: right;">The Washington Climbers Coalition was founded by a small grant from the “Access Fund” in 2004. Since then, they have developed an active stewardship and outreach program, promoting responsible climbing and public access at areas around the state of Washington. The WCC works with the Access Fund and other partners to ensure that climbers have access to climbing areas, that they have places to deposit waste, making sure that the areas have safe climbing practices, and that climbers are being positive stewards of the environment.<br><br>“My job as a supervisor, coordinator, and educator at CWU goes well beyond the <a href="http://www.cwu.edu/climbing-wall/" target="_blank">climbing wall</a>,” Robertson says. “The skills and knowledge they gain by attending classes or clinics shapes their impact on the environment once they choose to go outside and climb.”<br><br>Robertson has previously served on several other boards across the nation, such as the Southeastern Climbers Coalition, the East Tennessee Climbers Coalition, and the Red River Climbers Coalition. She plans to start her outreach with social media, which she feels will be a valuable tool to reach the audience she needs to build on the east side of the mountains.<br><br>“When I first moved here 4 years ago I noticed that we have lots of climbers on the eastside of the mountains but no organization or governing body,” Robertson said. “Every time I talk to other climbers at the crag and climbing wall, they all want to meet other climbers.”<br><br>If you would like to learn more about what Melissa is doing with the WCC or you want to learn more about what the WCC is all about, please visit their website, here. To reach out to Melissa or to schedule private instruction, please email <a href="mailto:climbingwall@cwu.edu">climbingwall@cwu.edu</a>.<br><br><strong>Media Contact:</strong> Claire Cox, Recreation, 509-963-3550, <strong><a href="mailto:Claire.Cox@cwu.edu?subject=Questions%20about%20Melissa's%20Climbing%20Coalition%20Ask">Claire.Cox@cwu.edu</a></strong>.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><strong>###</strong></p><p style="text-align: center;"><strong><img alt="" src="/rec/sites/cts.cwu.edu.rec/files/challenge%20staff%202015.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 281px; margin: 5px;"></strong><br>&nbsp;</p></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></a href="mailto:climbingwall@cwu.edu"></br></br></a href="mailto:Claire.Cox@cwu.edu?subject=Questions%20about%20Melissa's%20Climbing%20Coalition%20Ask"></p style="text-align: center;"></p style="text-align: center;"></br>CWU OPR Coordinator serves on Manastash Ridge and Wenas WildLife Area Committeehttps://www.cwu.edu/rec/node/3323Wed, 25 Oct 2017 08:23:55<p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/rec/sites/cts.cwu.edu.rec/files/9-24-13%20-%20JV-12.jpg" style="width: 549px; height: 366px; margin: 5px;"></p><p><strong>ELLESNBURG, WASH., October 26, 2017 </strong>– Central Washington University <a href="http://www.cwu.edu/opr/" target="_blank">Outdoor Pursuits and Rentals</a> Coordinator, Bradley Gasawski, has been asked to serve on the Manastash Ridge Trails Coalition (MRTC) and Wenas Wildlife Area Committee. While Gasawski is representing the mountain biking community on this task force, he also speaks for the hiking community, as he is an avid hiker himself, and considers all perspectives of other trail users.<br>Gasawski has been tasked with protecting the Ellensburg local trails as well as keeping access open for different user types. They are looking at ways to make the trails more sustainable, and at ways to protect the wildlife habitat, all while keeping the trails open for users.</p><p><img alt="" src="/rec/sites/cts.cwu.edu.rec/files/DSCN0802.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 225px; margin: 5px; float: left;">“As someone who has lived in beautiful places like Yosemite National Park in California and Adirondack State Park in New York, I know what happens to our beloved, protected areas when they are ‘loved to death’ by the people who visit them,” Gasawski says.</p><p>With just over 13,000 student’s on-campus at CWU and another 19,000 people living in the Ellensburg community, Manastash Ridge is used frequently by outdoor enthusiasts. With its close proximity to town, many people will head there for a quick hike to the ridge top, or a quick ride up on their mountain bikes. The views are stunning and the trail access is easy from town.</p><p>“I have a passion for the outdoors, conservation, and trail access, and I wanted to give back to my community and to the federal and state agencies who manage these beautiful places,” Gasawski said. “Being a part of this committee is helping us to build partnerships within our community.”</p><p>The Manastash Ridge is part of the Wenas Wildlife Area, and is co-managed by the <a href="http://wdfw.wa.gov/" target="_blank">Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW)</a> and the <a href="https://www.dnr.wa.gov/" target="_blank">Washington Department of Natural Resources (WDNR)</a>. Community members can visit<a href="http://wdfw.wa.gov/lands/wildlife_areas/wenas/manastash_trails_project.php" target="_blank"> this website</a> to learn more and to review past meeting notes.</p><p>WDFW and the DNR welcome public engagement on this project. Meetings occur from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month at the <a href="https://www.dnr.wa.gov/about/dnr-regions-and-districts" target="_blank">DNR’s Southeast Regional Office</a>, located at 173 Bowers Road in Ellensburg. Each meeting provides the brief opportunity for the public’s comments and concerns.</p><p><strong>Media Contact:</strong> Claire Cox, Recreation, 509-963-3550, <a href="mailto:Claire.Cox@cwu.edu">Claire.Cox@cwu.edu.</a></p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/rec/sites/cts.cwu.edu.rec/files/fixedw_large_4x.jpg" style="width: 549px; height: 366px; margin: 5px;"></p></p style="text-align: center;"></br></a href="mailto:Claire.Cox@cwu.edu"></p style="text-align: center;">