CWURecreation NewsRecreation News Recreation says goodbye to custodial staff member, Barajas-Garcia, but only to a great cause, 08 Dec 2017 14:05:39<p><strong><img alt="" src="/rec/sites/" 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/" 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=""></a>.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><strong>###</strong><br><img alt="" src="/rec/sites/" 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=""></p style="text-align: center;"></br>Melissa Robertson to serve on board of the Washington Climbing Coalition, 04 Dec 2017 08:39:34<p><strong><img alt="" src="/rec/sites/" 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="" 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/" 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="" 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=""></a>.<br><br><strong>Media Contact:</strong> Claire Cox, Recreation, 509-963-3550, <strong><a href="'s%20Climbing%20Coalition%20Ask"></a></strong>.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><strong>###</strong></p><p style="text-align: center;"><strong><img alt="" src="/rec/sites/" 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=""></br></br></a href="'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 Committee, 25 Oct 2017 08:23:55<p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/rec/sites/" style="width: 549px; height: 366px; margin: 5px;"></p><p><strong>ELLESNBURG, WASH., October 26, 2017 </strong>– Central Washington University <a href="" 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/" 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="" target="_blank">Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW)</a> and the <a href="" target="_blank">Washington Department of Natural Resources (WDNR)</a>. Community members can visit<a href="" 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="" 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=""></a></p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/rec/sites/" style="width: 549px; height: 366px; margin: 5px;"></p></p style="text-align: center;"></br></a href=""></p style="text-align: center;">CWU Recreation represents Central at the 2017 NIRSA Regional Flag Football Championships., 17 Oct 2017 13:48:35<p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/rec/sites/" style="width: 550px; height: 336px; margin: 5px;"></p><p><strong>PULLMAN, WASH., October 18, 2017 –</strong> Three CWU Recreation Coordinators and two Intramural Supervisors will attend and represent CWU at the <a href="" target="_blank">2017 NIRSA Regional Flag Football Championship</a>, in Pullman, WA from October 27 through 29.<br><br><a href="" target="_blank">Alex Lee</a>, Coordinator for Sport Clubs and Camps, will serve on the All-Tournament Selection Committee. <a href="" target="_blank">Jordan Halstead</a>, Coordinator for Memberships and Facilities, will serve on the Operations Committee and <a href="" target="_blank">Jordan Bishop</a>, Coordinator for Intramurals and Special Events, will serve as a professional staff representative on the Official’s Committee. Intramural Supervisors, Brett Carter and Connor Parmenter will act in administrative roles and will also serve as officials at the tournament.<br><br>“[I] could not be more thrilled to be involved in this rare opportunity to have a NIRSA Regional Flag Football Championship in Washington State, at my alma mater, with some of the best co-workers from Central Washington University Recreation!” said Jordan Bishop.<br><br><a href="" target="_blank">The NIRSA Championship Series</a> gives college recreational sports participants the opportunity to compete, coordinate, officiate, and connect with skilled peers from other schools and take all the benefits of recreational competition to a higher level. Acting as a platform for professional development, up-and-coming professionals will build skills and engage in all levels of learning through their programming, staff, official, and volunteer positions. This is a rich environment of inclusive competition and sportsmanship, from participants to fans and volunteers, which supports our communities and core values, of health and wellness.<br><br>“This is an incredibly valuable experience for myself and for all of our staff and students at CWU Recreation. To be able to partner with another university in Washington State to host a NIRSA development opportunity is always exciting,” said Jordan Halstead.<br><br>The tournament will take place at the Valley Road Play Fields at the Washington State University campus in Pullman. For more information of the 2017 NIRSA Region 6 Flag Football Championships, <a href="" target="_blank">please click here</a>. For more information on CWU Recreation’s Intramural sport, like flag football, and much more, <a href="" target="_blank">please click here</a>.</p><p><strong>Media Contact:</strong> Claire Cox, Recreation, 509-963-3550, <strong><a href=""></a></strong></p><p style="text-align: center;"><strong><img alt="" src="/rec/sites/" style="width: 250px; height: 391px; margin: 5px;"></strong></p></p style="text-align: center;"></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></a href=""></p style="text-align: center;">Robertson Set To Make Waves at 2017 NIRSA Conference, 02 Oct 2017 16:23:28<p><img alt="" src="/rec/sites/" style="width: 549px; height: 366px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 5px;"></p><p><strong>CWU Climbing and Challenge Course Coordinator Is Asked To Present At Regional NIRSA Conference.</strong></p><p><strong>ELLENSBURG, WASH., October 4, 2017</strong> – Central Washington University Climbing and Challenge Course Coordinator, <a href="" target="_blank">Melissa Robertson</a>, has been asked to present her research at the 2017 National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association [NIRSA] Region 6 Conference in San Diego, California.<br><br>Robertson will present on “Maximizing Programs for your Climbing Facility”, speaking about new ways to promote climbing programs. Her remarks will also cover:<br><br>• Collaborations with academic programs and local businesses</p><p>• Understanding the differences between the instructional programs and the “Disney World Experience”</p><p>• Design programs for a variety of targeted audiences<br><br><img alt="" src="/rec/sites/" style="width: 250px; height: 250px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 5px; float: left;">“I am most looking forward to sharing my passion and experience with others that are excited about building climbing walls in their facilities or increasing their climbing programs,” Robertson said. “I think it will be a great experience to help bridge the gap that is often developed in recreation with climbing wall programs and the recreation center.”</p><p>NIRSA’s Region 6 Conference will encompass pre-conference programs, a student lead-on (a student networking opportunity), sponsored events, creative educational sessions, and networking opportunities.</p><p>Robertson is a current PCIA CWI provider, who has been working in the climbing industry since 2005. Formally the Assistant Director of the Climbing Wall and Outdoor Adventure Program at the University of Pennsylvania, Robertson came to us in 2014 and assumed her current position as the Climbing and Challenge Course Coordinator at CWU.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Click here</a> for more information on NIRSA’s Region 6 Conference happenings, as well as how you can get involved today.</p><p><strong>Media Contact:</strong> Claire Cox, Recreation, 509-963-3550, <a href=""></a></p><p style="text-align: center;"><a href="" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="/rec/sites/" style="width: 350px; height: 195px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 5px;"></a><br>&nbsp;</p></br></br></br></br></br></br></a href=""></p style="text-align: center;"></br>Claire Cox Announced as Health & Marketing Coordinator, 19 Sep 2017 17:43:14<p>On October 1st, 2017, Claire Cox will join the CWU Recreation professional staff as the Coordinator of Health &amp; Marketing.&nbsp; Claire is a proud CWU alum, graduating from Central twice - with a B.A. in Public Relations &amp; Advertising and a M.S. in Health &amp; Physical Education with a specialization in Athletic Administration.</p><p>Claire is coming from the department of University Advancment. &nbsp;She brings a strong background in marketing and getting people engaged in activity. &nbsp;She is looking forward to career development in personal training and group fitness.</p><p>Claire's supervisor, Michael Montgomery - Assistant Director of Operations, said "I am very excited to add Claire to our team. [Claire] brings a great attitude and deep sense of school pride. &nbsp;I can't wait to see what she can acheive and create in her new role."</p><p>Montgomery continues, "[Claire] is a wildcat at heart, and is ready to make an impact on our campus."</p><p>Claire can be reached by phone at 509-963-3550 or by email at</p>Homecoming Wildcat Color 5k, 08 Sep 2017 09:01:53<p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/rec/sites/" style="width: 359px; height: 600px;"></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p style="text-align: center;">Start your Homecoming Saturday off right with the most colorful run you have ever taken part of! From the information we have gathered this is the 30th annual homecoming 5k and the 5th time it has been color themed!</p><p style="text-align: center;">For more information on the event and instructions for registration, follow the link below!</p><p style="text-align: center;"></p></p style="text-align: center;"></p style="text-align: center;"></p style="text-align: center;"></p style="text-align: center;">Rusty Vineyard Takes on New Role at Glenville State College, 26 Jul 2017 17:11:45<p>Director of Recreation, Rusty Vineyard, has taken on a new role as the Vice President of Student Life &amp; Athletics at Glenville State College in West Virginia. Rusty's last day with CWU Recreation will be July 28, as he begins his new adventure in West Virginia starting August 1st.&nbsp;</p><p>"CWU has been and will always be home for me personally and professionally. The people on this campus and in my department are family and they will continue doing great work, but they are what I will miss the most" said Vineyard.</p><p>Family is a value that Rusty has instilled in our department, and he will forever be in the CWU Recreation family.</p><p>Vineyard is the most excited about the opportunity to challenge himself professionally in this new VP role, as he will have a variety of areas he is responsible for overseeing.</p><p>Thank you Rusty for all you have done for us- you will be missed!</p>Jordan Bishop Announced as Intramural Sports & Special Events Coordinator, 17 Mar 2017 15:06:55<p>On August 1st, 2017, <a href="">Jordan Bishop</a> will join the CWU Recreation professional staff as the Coordinator of Intramural Sports &amp; Special Events.&nbsp; Jordan will bring a breathe of knowledge and new experiences to CWU. In his role, he will direct the Intramural Sports leagues and oversee the officials and supervisors administering the various programs.</p><p>Jordan held his previous roles at Washington State University (WSU) as a Graduate Assistant in University Recreation, as well as our NIRSA Region 6 Student Leader. In addition, Bishop has been umpiring baseball since 2011 and currently works National Intercollegiate Athletic Association (NIAA), Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC) and high school&nbsp; baseball games.</p><p>Jordan has two degrees from WSU. His latest being Masters of Arts degree in Curriculum &amp; Instruction from WSU, while previously completing his Bachelors of Science in Biology.</p><p>Bishop's supervisor, Corey Sinclair - Assistant Director of Competitive Sports &amp; Camps, said "We are extremely excited to welcome Jordan to our CWU Rec family. [Jordan] will bring an outside perspective that will push the current state of IM Sports to the next level with him being a college baseball umpire, as well as his background in curriculum and instruction.</p><p>Sinclair continues, "[Jordan] is a natural leader and we are fortunate that he will be joining our team to lead our Intramural Sports program."</p><p><a href="">Jordan</a> can be reached by phone at 509-963-3511 or by email at</p><p>&nbsp;</p>