CWURecreation NewsRecreation News Vineyard Named Director of University Recreation, 07 Nov 2014 14:23:56<p>Student Success and Central Washington University are pleased to welcome Russell "Rusty" Vineyard as the new Director of University Recreation effective December 1.</p><p>"We are excited to bring his vision, perspective, experience, expertise, knowledge, creativity, professionalism and energy to the Recreation Center and Student Development," said Keith Champagne, associate dean for Student Success. "Rusty will be an excellent model of a professional who will lead, coach, mentor, inspire, and teach our students and professionals working to build a premiere University Recreation program."</p><p>Vineyard has served in various university recreation roles at Western Illinois University, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, University of Missouri, Portland State University, and most recently at Seattle University where he served as the Associate Director of University Recreation. Vineyard is a Central Washington University alumnus and holds a Master's of Science Degree in Recreation, Parks and Tourism Administration from Western Illinois University. For the past 13 years, he has worked directly with the development, implementation, and management of programs and facilities in the university recreation setting.&nbsp;</p><p>"We are confident that the students and staff in our program, as well as members of the CWU and Ellensburg communities, will greatly benefit from Rusty's leadership and oversight of University Recreation," said Champagne.</p>Masks, Information Available at CWU Student Union, 11 Aug 2014 18:20:44<p>Area wildfires continue to impact air quality, with the index registering in the unhealthy - very unhealthy range. Standard earloop masks and N95 masks are being made available at the Student Union information center to CWU students, faculty, staff and guests from 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Information regarding recommended activity level based on the air quality index, as well as regular updates, will be provided by the CWU Student Medical and Counseling Center while the index is in the unsafe range (above 100).</p><p>Sensitive groups are especially cautioned to minimize outdoor exposure and activity levels. The state Department of Ecology's <a href="" target="_blank">air monitoring site</a> on Ruby Street is updated regularly, and provides a state wide map along with more detailed information.</p><p><strong>More links to useful information</strong></p><p><a href="" target="_blank">State Department of Health: information on wildfire smoke</a><br><a href="" target="_blank">Washington Smoke Information Blog</a><br><a href="" target="_blank">Incident Command: Snag Canyon Fire</a><br><a href="" target="_blank">Incident Command: South Cle Elum Ridge Fire</a></p>CWU Dance Team Featured in National Staples TV Commercial, 25 Jul 2014 09:06:00<p>Eight members of the Central Washington University Dance Team are featured in a Staples back-to-school TV commercial airing nationwide starting today. The group earned its four seconds of fame and $1,000 after winning a video contest. The dance team, a<a href="" target="_blank"> CWU Collegiate Sport Club</a>, was one of three groups chosen out of 118 applicants.</p><p>The t<a href="" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="/rec/sites/" style="width: 275px; height: 159px; float: right;"></a>eam’s portion of the commercial was shot at the Wildcat Shop in the Student Union and Recreation Center on campus and the dancers are wearing CWU gear.</p><p>“We were asked to put our own spin on the original dance move called the shopping cart and we choreographed our own routine to their song selection,” said Michaela Boere, captain of the CWU Dance Team.</p><p>Boere, Karlee Olive, Haley Alderson, Elizabeth Thompson, Haley Miller, Megan Hoy, Nichole Fazzino and Hanah Rasmussen are featured in the commercial. The entire dance team was not able to participate.</p><p>The <a href="" target="_blank">15-second spot</a> is available to watch online, as well the<a href="" target="_blank"> full one-minute routine </a>submitted by the team.</p><p>The CWU Dance Team performs at CWU athletic events and homecoming activities and at events in the Ellensburg community. The dancers focus on jazz and hip-hop styles, while also incorporating pom and kick.</p><p>For more information contact Corey Sinclair, CWU University Recreation Collegiate Sport Clubs Coordinator, at or 509-963-3516.</p>CWU Student Union And Recreation Center Remodel This Summer, 22 Jul 2014 13:57:26<p>The CWU Student Union and Recreation Center (SURC) will soon begin remodeling various sections of the building during a two-phase process. Updates include changes to the Information Center and Recreation front desk to allow for better traffic flow and improved access, in addition to new carpeting and flooring throughout the building. During the project, staff will work to minimize the impact to the daily building operations by posting directional signage for construction detour routes.</p><p><strong>Student Union:</strong><br>Phase 1 will take place from July 30 through Aug. 22; areas affected include the Market Place Dining area, Cat Trax East Coffee Shop, the second floor mezzanine and back hallway (behind the Ballroom and Theatre). During this phase, new carpet will be installed under the dining tables and VCT, a vinyl composition flooring tile, will go in the walkways and coffee shop, and a luxury vinyl wood-looking flooring will go on the mezzanine. The back hallway will receive Mondo flooring to help reduce noise levels.</p><p>Phase 2 will begin Aug. 25 and run through Sept. 12. VCT flooring will be placed on the first floor corridor and new carpet will go in the second floor administration offices hallway.</p><p>For the duration of the project, operation of the Information Center and laptop checkout services will be temporarily relocated and available through the Student Union Operations office in SURC 146. The newly renovated Information Center will feature a walk through computer station with three walk-up computers, one that is ADA compatible. Two existing printers will be moved to the new location for students to conveniently print and pick up documents. The area will feature all new cabinets and counter tops, as well as wall-mounted SURC mailboxes for easy pick-up access.</p><p><strong>Recreation Center:</strong><br>Phase 1 will be from July 30 through Aug. 21 and Phase 2 will go from Aug. 22 through Sept. 16. Over the course of both phases, the front desk will be redesigned with new turnstiles at the entrance. A new Climbing Wall/Weight Room desk and flooring will be installed, and the Weight Room will gain 85 square feet and a relocated entrance.</p><p>The Weight Room, Climbing Wall and the front entrance of Recreation Center will be closed for the entire project; however, alternate routes to enter the facility will be posted. The entrance and the membership desk will be temporarily located on the east side of the Recreation Center, across from Barto Hall, for Phase 1 and on the SURC second floor mezzanine for parts of Phase 2. Select weight room equipment will be relocated upstairs and group training equipment will be removed from room 284 and reset in the cardio area. Cardio equipment will be placed in both group fitness rooms.</p><p>In addition, the hallway along the basketball courts will receive new flooring from the gates to the elevator during Phase 1, and from the elevator to the end of the hallway during Phase 2. The basketball courts will be closed for repair, paint and refinish during Phase 2. The locker rooms will also be closed for a short time during this period.</p><p>For more information about the Student Union update contact Cherie Wilson, Student Union Operations director at 509-963-1350 or For more information about the Recreation Center updated contact Andy Fields, University Recreation director, at 509-963-3514 or</p><p>Persons of disability may make arrangements for reasonable accommodation by calling 509-963-1350 or by e-mailing</p>Lead Alumni Gift Initiates Renovation to CWU Tennis Facility, 27 Jun 2013 15:50:01<p><span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.4;">University Advancement today announced a significant gift to the </span>CWU<span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.4;"> Foundation that will help fund a total renovation of the Central Washington University tennis courts. It is one of the first gifts in recent history that will initiate a capital project at Central. The gift, from the children of a former Central mathematics professor, will create the “Fred and Valerie Lister Tennis Facility.”</span></p><p>Fred Lister taught at Central from 1968 until his retirement in 1988. He was an acknowledged tennis fan both as a player and spectator. He died in 2012. His wife, Valerie, was known for her artistic talent and her involvement in local civic-oriented organizations. She took up tennis when she was in her 50s, and enjoyed commercial art classes at Central. She passed away in 2009.</p><p>Two of their three children, Russ Lister, from Everett, and Anne Perry, from Bow, are CWU alumni who played tennis for Ellensburg High School and Central during the late 1970s and early 1980s. Another son, Jim Lister, also played tennis at Ellensburg High School in the 1980s.&nbsp; He now lives in Richmond, Virginia.</p><p>“My dad was fanatical about tennis, and he got us playing as kids in Ellensburg in the 1970s. I have good memories of that time,” recalls Russ, who earned his bachelor of science in mathematics in 1983. “This seemed like a way to give back to the community that was good for me but especially for my mom and dad. If they were around, I think they would think it’s a great idea.”</p><p>Anne adds, “After Dad passed away last year we were thinking of using some of the proceeds from the estate to benefit the Ellensburg community and leave a legacy in honor of our mom and dad.&nbsp; Russ and I had noticed that many of the local tennis courts were in terrible shape. To us, there seemed to be a huge community need, so this seemed like a good fit.” Anne received her bachelor of science in biology from Central in 1981.</p><p>Design work is now underway on the new facility, which is adjacent to Nicholson Pavilion. The current outdoor courts were first opened in 1961, the same year Central Washington College of Education became Central Washington State College. Over the past half-century, they’ve been subject to surface cracking because the underlying foundation is giving way, requiring frequent repair and patching with cement.</p><p>The new courts will have an acrylic finish layer, to provide a vibrant color, which is approved by the United States Tennis Association (USTA). And, the courts will be lighted, allowing for nighttime use. The facility will also feature new fencing and gates, improved drainage, movable bleachers, practice boards, and competitor benches. The outside of the courts will also be revamped and will include accessible walkways and improved viewing areas.&nbsp;</p><p>The total cost is estimated at about $950,000 dollars. Other project funding will come from CWU capital preservation money, University Recreation, and additional support from the university’s Services and Activities fees. A USTA grant is also being sought. Construction will begin in August and should be completed in September.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>“There are already several users of this facility,” says Andy Fields, CWU recreation director. “The Physical Education, School and Public Health academic department, our tennis sport club, intramurals, Central students and Ellensburg community members, and the high school even brings over some students as well. This is a great collaborative effort that will be a win-win for everybody.”</p><p>Following the phased-remodeling and renovation of Nicholson Pavilion, this will be the second project in a proposed revitalization of CWU’s athletic facilities.</p><p>“There are several projects being suggested that would further improve our student-athlete experience, be better for fans, and offer more and enhanced recreational opportunities for all Central students,” says Dennis Francois, CWU athletic director. “We’re very appreciative of this donation that’s allowing this renovation to move ahead.”&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Media contact: </strong>Robert Lowery, CWU Public Affairs, 509-963-1487,</p><p>June 27, 2013</p>ACCEPTING REGISTRATIONS: CWU kids summer camp CAMP C-WOO, 29 May 2013 16:21:16<div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>Camp C-Woo is an activity-based day camp, hosted by CWU University Recreation, and is a great way for parents to make sure their child will be safe while still making the most out of their summer.<br><br>The camp runs Monday through Friday, June 17 to August 23, from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Registration is open on a first come, first serve basis for kids grade 1 through 6. Parents can register their children for one week at a time, or commit to the entire summer. Forms, payment arrangement options and other useful information can be found online at <a href=""></a>.<br><br>At Camp C-Woo, children will be able to improve social skills, develop character education and learn about nutrition and preparing snacks - all in a fun way. Physical activities include games, arts and crafts, wall climbing, field trips and much more.<br><br>With trained counselors on hand, Camp C-Woo is the perfect place for children to make new friends, stay active and keep their minds engaged during the summer.<br><br>For more information visit <a href=""></a> or contact Corey Sinclair at 509-963-3516 or <a href=""></a>.</p></div></div></div><p>&nbsp;</p>CWU Players Prepare for International Rugby Competitions, 29 May 2013 15:56:37<p><img alt="" src="/rec/sites/" style="width: 466px; height: 228px;"></p><p>The roster has been set for the United States under-20 national team that will compete for the International Rugby Board Junior World Championship, and a Central Washington University player has made the final squad.</p><p>Freshman Korbin Lindell, from Wales, Wisc., is now in La Roche-sur-Yon, France in preparation for pool play against South Africa, on June 5;&nbsp; France, June 9; and England, June 13. The semifinal and final matches will follow.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.4;">In addition, two more </span>CWU<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> players—senior Patrick Blair, La </span>Mirada<span style="line-height: 1.4;">, Calif.; and sophomore Tanner Barnes, Fresno, Calif.—have joined the Men’s </span>7s<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> National team in preparation for the Sevens World Cup. &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p>The final training sessions for Team USA will take place in Seattle from June 9-16. It will then depart for the tournament in Moscow, Russia, which will be held June 28-30.</p><p>“For these three men, this is the culmination of a year’s worth of hard work,” said CWU head men’s rugby coach Tony Pacheco. “They have a great opportunity to play on the biggest stages in world rugby. I know they will represent their families, their country, and their university well.”</p><p><strong style="line-height: 1.4;">Media contact:</strong><span style="line-height: 1.4;"> Robert Lowery, </span>CWU<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> Public Affairs, 509-963-1487,</span></p><p>Photo: (L. to R.) Tanner Barnes and Patrick Blair coming off the field from a training session</p>Wake Sports Club wins 2013 Collegiate Wakeboarding National Championships!, 28 May 2013 08:58:07<p>The CWU Wake Sports Club won the 2013 Collegiate Wakeboarding National Championships this past weekend in Shreveport, LA!</p><p>Central rolled into National Championships with momentum from their West Regional Championship in the fall. They were ranked number one in the nation coming into the event.</p><p>The Wildcats got off to a quick start on the first day. Eddie Roberts (Men’s C), Thomas Olson (Men’s B) and Sean Harris (Men’s D) all won their heats to advance to semi-finals and finals. Both women competitors, Chelsea Worland (Women’s A) and Amanda Parker (Women’s B) also qualified for semi-finals.</p><p>On day two Central picked up where they left off. Kyler Green (Men’s A) won his quarterfinal while Kolby Blew (Men’s A) advanced to semi-finals. Central swept both championships in Men’s C and D with Roberts and Harris winning their respective classes. Parker took second in Women’s B.</p><p>The third and final day cemented the Wildcats National Championship. In Men’s A Green won the class while Blew took third. Men’s B was won by Olson while Worland placed fourth in semi-final heat of Women A. Pat Mahoney rode wakeskate for the Wildcats and placed third in the final round.</p><p>Central put together a complete performance in all seven classes and won their first ever national title. The championships will be covered in detail on Alliance Wakeboard Magazine’s website and will be broadcasted on FOX Sports later this summer.</p><p>For more information contact Eddie Roberts at 425-443-3060 or Corey Sinclair at 509-963-3516.</p>Central Washington to Join Varsity Cup, 05 Apr 2013 13:22:28<p><img alt="" src="/rec/sites/" style="width: 480px; height: 264px; "></p><p>The Varsity Cup announced today that Central Washington University (CWU) has been selected to participate in the 2013 Varsity Cup National Collegiate Rugby Championship. CWU boasts an 8-0 regular season record in 2012-13 and a #7 national ranking in's all-division rankings.&nbsp;</p><p>CWU comes into the Varsity Cup after the forced departure of the University of Utah following a recent administrative suspension of the Utah rugby program.</p><p>Read more <a href="">here</a>.</p><p>Photo by Alex Reed. Article courtesy of</p>AAU Basketball Tournament at CWU Recreation Center, 28 Feb 2013 08:31:24<p>CWU University Recreation is hosting the 19th annual Spring Fling AAU Basketball Tournament next weekend, March 8 to 10, in the Recreation Center. This tournament features girls and boys divisions from grades 3 to 8 and is a region-wide event, bringing 53 teams (37 from outside Kittitas County), 535 players and approximately 1,200 spectators to the Central Washington University campus. Games begin at 5 p.m. on Friday and at 8 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.</p><p>The 2013 Spring Fling AAU Tournament has been coordinated entirely by two CWU Exercise Science majors, Alexander Lee and Halee Boni. Lee is currently a University Recreation employee and Boni is completing a 12-credit internship with University Recreation.</p><p>This is the fourth year University Recreation has hosted AAU tournaments on campus, as the events continue to maintain popularity among local and traveling teams. The tournaments are also a valuable boost to the local economy, attracting over 200 hotel reservations and becoming a source of revenue for many local restaurants and businesses.</p><p>For more information contact Eric Scott, University Recreation Intramurals and Special Events coordinator, at 509-963-3511 or</p>