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1998 - 1999 University Programs and Services

Academic Skills Development Program

The Academic Skills program helps students improve their skills in writing, reading, and basic mathematics. The program provides help with spelling, usage, punctuation and other mechanical matters as well as with drafting and editing skills that are basic to writing. Reading improvement help is available to students who have comprehension problems and to those who are able readers but want to increase their reading speed and efficiency. The mathematics improvement program is designed to teach or review arithmetic skills, basic algebra, and work with graphs, measurement, and sets. The program is located in Bouillon Hall 206. Tutors for English, math, and reasoning skills are available to help students during open laboratory hours. The location and hours of the lab are posted each quarter.

Academic Achievement Program

The Academic Achievement Program provides an array of academic support to students to assist them in maximizing their potentials for success in college. In addition to teaching study skills classes and workshops, AAP staff work individually with students to help them further develop and refine their learning skills. Academic advising, supplemental instruction for specific breadth courses, and academic intervention to assist students in improving their academic performance are among the services provided by the Academic Achievement Program.

ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) Affairs and Student Assistance (ADAASA)

Central Washington University's Office of ADA Affairs and Student Assistance (ADAASA) was established to ensure that students of disability admitted to CWU are provided equal access to university programs and services. Utilizing documentation of disability and information obtained in consultation with the student, ADAASA staff assesses the effects of a student's disability on his/her ability to access the educational process and identifies reasonable academic adjustments/accommodations. In addition, ADAASA staff works to sensitize university faculty and staff to the needs of students with disabilities and helps students obtain the materials, equipment and assistance necessary to successfully pursue their education. Students wishing to request disability accommodations are responsible for initiating contact with ADAASA.

While appropriate accommodations are determined for each student on an individual basis, following are examples of the types of accommodations available: textbooks and academic materials in accessible formats (audio cassette, large print, braille), alternative examination procedures, sign language interpreters, tape recorded lectures, notetaking assistance, early registration, priority snow removal, special classroom furniture, adaptive technology, assistance with library research and temporary disability parking permits.

Archival Services

The Archives program, through its Central Washington historical collection of public records, manuscripts and photos, offers both undergraduate and graduate students an opportunity for primary archival research on local and regional topics. The collection is designed to preserve selected evidential materials of historical importance and seeks to encourage original research in the humanities and the social sciences. An archival science course, offered through the History department, introduces the potential researcher to the history, principles and procedures of the archival profession, while the official tie with the state archives in Olympia affords additional opportunities for archival training and internships. Moreover, for the general public, Central's regional archives seeks to serve a broad clientele including: public officials from city, county and state government seeking help on archival records retention; personnel from libraries, museums, local historical societies and private archival collections in need of advice on archival techniques; private citizens and local groups interested in historical architectural preservation in central Washington.

Campus Life

Campus life provides a wide variety of extracurricular activities for the students of Central Washington University through an assortment of student activities. Various musical groups, speakers, and comedians are provided through programming in Club Central; the Papa John's coffeehouse program hosts local poets, musicians, dancers and artists in the SUB Pit for noon and evening entertainment. The Current Issues Program brings a wide variety of speakers, forums, and panel discussions on diverse topics. Special Events programs include Homecoming and Parents Weekend, Wildcat Week, Festival of the Arts, and C.E.L. Leadership Program. Non-traditional student services offers a lounge and features special holiday social and support programs throughout the year.

Associated Students of Central Washington University
The Associated Students of Central Washington University (ASCWU) is the student government board advised by the Director of Campus Life. Executive responsibility is vested in seven members of the Board of Directors and the Director of Campus Life. The board members are elected by the student body to serve as policy development officers. The ASCWU is an integral part of the total decision making process of CWU because it is a vehicle from which students may share different views. Also included in this area is advisement and support for university student clubs, averaging 80 clubs per year. An important service component of the ASCWU features programs such as Central CARES, Big Buddies and a variety of service and learning opportunities extended to Central students interested in volunteering as a means to augment their educational experience with community service projects and involvement.

Preschool/Daycare Program
Campus Life provides a Preschool/Daycare program that is licensed for 40 children aged 2 to 8. It is located in the Brooklane Village Multi-Purpose Center. The program consists of learning activities, especially designed for small children, including music, stories, physical activities, language, science and math experiences, games, puzzles, blocks and dramatic play. Hours of operation follow the university calendar. Call 963-1744 for information.

Recreation/Intramural Program
The Recreation/Intramural area consists of an Intramural Sports Program designed to provide opportunities for all members of the University to participate in women's, men's and co-ed team sports. Outdoor Programs is designed to answer the needs of CWU students in their desire for outdoor recreation and leisure time programs: Special Events include assistance with major events such as Parents Weekend and Preview Week; The Tent-N-Tube rental shop provides a variety of outdoor recreation equipment at reasonable prices to students, staff, faculty and alumni of CWU; Ticketmaster, which can be used for buying tickets to major concerts and sporting events; Kids-N-Things Daycamp, a summer quarter day-camp developed for children, ages 5-13, of students, staff and faculty; and Co-Recreation, which makes available the gym and PE facilities for student use. Equipment checkout, the weight room and the racquetball courts are also made available through this program. After-School Kids Program offers an alternative for students with dependents by providing supervision after school hours.

Samuelson Union Building
The Samuelson Union Building (SUB) is the community center of the University, serving all members of the "college family." The SUB represents a building, organizations and programs. It provides services, facilities and educational, cultural, and recreational programs that enhance the quality of college life.

The SUB houses the following offices and departments: ASCWU, Campus Life, Ceasar Chavez Theatre, the Central Cafe & Expresso Bar, Club Central nightclub, D.A.P.P.E.R., Wellness & Prevention Program, Ballroom, Diversity Center, Games Room, Information Booth, K-CAT Radio, Non-Traditional Student Lounge, Publicity Center, Scheduling Center, Tent-N-Tube, University Recreation and Intramurals, University Store. It also has 14 meeting rooms, a computer lab, and the SUB "Pit" entertainment center and a new satellite advising center of Academic Services.

Career Development Services

Career Development Services is grouped into three closely interrelated programs: Career Counseling, Cooperative Education and Career Employment.

Career Counseling is a combination of counseling (person/job fit, self-awareness, career development, and assessment), information management (career library, departments/faculty, workshops, career exploration class, alumni, and employers) and technology (Internet, career exploration software, resume software, and job search tapes). Career Counseling must be comprehensive in that it considers all relevant aspects of the individual (skills, abilities, job values, interest, personal qualities, family situations, leisure activities, work experience, etc.) as it relates to career decision making and planning.

Career Employment assists graduating seniors and alumni in locating and securing full-time careers. Career Employment provides on-campus interviews with businesses, government agencies, school districts and the military; a job listing and subscription service for jobs in all fields; and individual job referrals to candidates who are registered with the program. Workshops are offered on resume writing, interviewing skills and other job search topics. Many books, videos and handouts are also available for candidates to assist them in developing effective job search skills. Experienced counselors/advisors are available to work with candidates to develop a successful job search strategy.

Cooperative Education is an educational plan which integrates classroom study with planned, supervised and evaluated work experience. The work experience links students' academic programs with their career goals and interests. Cooperative Education offers undergraduate and graduate students an opportunity to network career, social and personal development with the educational process. It allows students the opportunity to see if they have made the right career choice. Participation in the program can provide students a chance to earn money to help finance their education and earn academic credit toward their degree. It substantially improves the students' opportunities for career employment upon graduation because they have relevant work experience. The Cooperative Education Program is an option available in most departments at CWU. Students begin their cooperative field experiences (internships) in their sophomore or junior year, although seniors can also choose this opportunity. The work positions may be with a single employer or with several employers; increasing complexity is the critical principle.

Central Safety Center

The Central Safety Center coordinates the development and implementation of occupational safety and health and traffic safety programs and related research. Grants from the various federal and state agencies provide support for related training and technical assistance for Washington industrial firms and schools. Scholarships are also available for students who major in Loss Control Management or secure a minor or endorsement in Traffic Safety Education. A student section of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) is sponsored by the Central Safety Center. For more information contact the Central Safety Center, (509) 963-3218 or 963-1756.

Central Washington Archaeological Survey

The Central Washington Archaeological Survey (CWAS), with offices in Farrell Hall, is a research and public service office that is part of the Department of Anthropology. An advisory board which includes the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research, the Dean of the College of the Sciences and the Chair of the Department of Anthropology and Museum, provides direction and support for CWAS activities. CWAS conducts archaeological investigations in the central counties of the state and promotes public involvement in the identification and protection of regional archaeological resources. Closely integrated with academic programs in anthropology, CWAS involves faculty and students in research projects funded through external grants and contracts. CWAS cooperates with state and federal agencies, Native American tribes and nations, professional archaeologists throughout the state, and state and local archaeological societies to study and preserve Central Washington's archeological resources.

Computing and Telecommunication Services

Central Washington University's multi-platform, predominately VAX computing environment, provides continuous power through a backbone data network to all major buildings on the Ellensburg campus and to off-campus networks. Through these networks, users are able to take advantage of local computing resources and the worldwide information available on Internet. Specialized printing services, archival backup and restore functions, plus a security and disaster recovery plan for the main computers and networks are provided by the networks and operations staff.

Sophisticated software, both vendor purchased and locally developed, supports Central's administrative functions. Voice response utilities, student records, financial aid, accounting, budgeting and personnel/payroll are some of the systems.

Internet instructions, VAX courses and microcomputer word processing and spreadsheet application training are examples of classes available to faculty and staff through User Services. This group also manages 18 student computer laboratories and provides consulting assistance to university users.

Maintenance and repair of Central's extensive inventory of electronic equipment is largely performed by Electronic Maintenance Services. Enhancing memory, troubleshooting equipment problems and assisting with evaluation and recommendations for new equipment purchases illustrates how EMS enables users to maintain their vital link with campus computing utilities.

University telephone services, including switch and cable plant maintenance, voice mail, public telephones, contracted telephone facilities in the residence halls and long distance services are managed by the Telecommunications staff. They also provide university directory and information operator services and telecommunications consulting assistance.

New capabilities in the industry have enabled expansion into the realm of the World Wide Web, with several departments actively pursuing home pages as a way of providing up-to-date on-line information to our clients.

Continuing Education

The Office of Continuing Education is dedicated to creating and cultivating lifelong learning in myriad forms. Our programming and services include the following:

The Office of Continuing Education is dedicated to creating and cultivating lifelong learning in myriad forms. Offerings include the following:

Professional Development experiences-both credit and non-credit-for practicing professionals in business, education, government and industry.

Vocational-Technical Teacher Preparation Courses-designed for individuals preparing to teach based on occupational experience.

Certificate Programs for those working or preparing to work in a variety of applied fields-Phlebotomy Certificate, Applied Organization Development and Training (AODT) Certificate, Client Satisfaction/Sales Management Certificate.

Leisure and Life Skills Programs for learners of all ages-including Senior Ventures and Northwest Quest which are specially designed for the mature learner.

Special and Experimental Academic Programs which are designed to address the needs of new audiences-both matriculating and non-matriculating students.

Community Service Programs which serve both the University and the community at large.

Consulting Services are offered in cooperation with the Organization Development Center. Services are provided to organizations, institutions, and agencies needing professional assistance in the accomplishment of their mission.

All programming and services offered through Continuing Education are self-supporting and thus are not state-funded. For more information about our programs, contact the Office of Continuing Education at (509) 963-1504 or visit our WEB page at http://www.cwu.edu/~contedhp.

Drug and Alcohol Program

The Drug Abuse Prevention Program, Education, and Referral (D.A.P.P.E.R.) is the primary campus resource for issues related to alcohol and other drug abuse. The prevention program offers services to staff, faculty and students, including a resource room, short-term counseling, advising, referral, help in planning an intervention of an abuse problem, aftercare for recovering students and a complete student assistance program. All services are confidential. The coordinator of D.A.P.P.E.R. also serves as the advisor for Club Soda, which is affiliated with the National Peer Education Network BACCHUS and GAMMA. Club Soda cooperates closely with the D.A.P.P.E.R. program. Club Soda is comprised of student members who are concerned about promoting responsible decisions involving health and wellness. Club Soda members assist the D.A.P.P.E.R. effort by doing residence hall presentations and helping with Drug and Alcohol Awareness Week activities. D.A.P.P.E.R. also coordinates the Central Helpers Program, a peer support counseling referral program.

More information on D.A.P.P.E.R., Club Soda or Central Helpers is available in SUB 106, 963-3213. (See Appendix F for more information).

English As A Second Language

See International Studies and Programs

University Centers

The University operates extended university centers at Steilacoom, Lynnwood, SeaTac, Yakima and Wenatchee where bachelor's degrees are offered and designed to meet the needs of placebound adults. Degree programs being offered off campus include:

 

DegreeLocation
AccountingLynnwood
SeaTac
Business AdministrationLynnwood
SeaTac
Business EducationSeaTac
Community Health (Chemical Dependency)Steilacoom
Early Childhood EducationSeaTac
Elementary EducationYakima
Electronic Engineering TechnologySteilacoom
Law and JusticeSteilacoom
Lynnwood
SeaTac
Yakima
Professional EducationWenatchee

Financial Aid

Each year approximately 65 percent of CWU students receive financial aid. To be eligible for aid a student must be a U.S. citizen, a permanent resident, or eligible non-citizen.

Financial aid is available to matriculated students seeking a degree or certification in an eligible program. Most financial aid programs require a minimum of half-time enrollment which is six (6) credits at the undergraduate level and five (5) credits at the graduate level. Matriculated students who have a first baccalaureate degree and are not admitted to a Master's program will be classified as a post baccalaureate student. Post baccalaureate students are not eligible for most federal or state gift aid, they are eligible for federal loans at the upper-division undergraduate level and are required to meet the satisfactory progress standards for undergraduates

Students must apply and be accepted for admissions to the university (matriculated) to receive financial aid. Students and their families must complete a Free Application for Federal Financial Aid (FAFSA). Paper copies are available in the Financial Aid Office and at most high schools or libraries. The Web version is available in the Student Financial Aid Resource Room, Barge 102, or may be downloaded from CWU's Financial Aid Homepage http://www.cwu.edu/financial-aid or directly from the U.S. Dept. of Education www.fafsa.ed.gov.

The application should be submitted to the federal processor between Jan 1 and March 1. Early application is highly recommended. Accurate preparation of the FAFSA and timely response to all requests for additional information or documentation are critical for students who wish to be considered for limited gift aid.

Students who have been admitted to the university and have listed Central Washington University Title IV code #003771 on the FAFSA will have a Student Financial Aid File delivered to the university electronically. Once that file has been reviewed and verified, the student will receive an award letter. The award letter will indicate the Estimated Student Budget, the federally determined Expected Family Contribution, and an offer of aid including the type and amount of aid. Promissory notes will be sent at a later date if loans are included in the aid award.

Students are expected to maintain "good academic standing" while receiving financial aid. A minimum quarterly and cumulative GPA of 2.0 is required for upper-division undergraduates and a minimum quarterly and cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required for graduate students. Financial aid recipients are required to make reasonable progress toward a degree with a maximum time-frame of six years to complete the first baccalaureate. A student must complete a quarterly minimum of 6 credits (undergraduate) or 5 credits (graduate) to maintain eligibility. Students are required to meet an annual credit completion requirement based on the funded enrollment status. For example, an undergraduate student who receives aid as a full-time student for the academic year will be required to complete 36 credits, 27 if funded at three-quarter time, and 18 if funded at half-time. Graduate students are expected to complete 30 credits if funded at full-time, 21 at three-quarter time, and 15 at half-time. Repeat courses, grades of incomplete, failure, no show, or withdrawal do not meet the annual credit requirement. A copy of the Satisfactory Progress Policy for Financial Aid will be sent with the award notice. Additional copies are available from the Financial Aid Office.

Additional financial aid information is available in the Financial Aid Office, Barge 115, the Student Employment Office, Barge 101, the Financial Aid Resource Room, Barge 102, at (509) 963-1611, finaid@cwu.edu, or on the CWU financial aid homepage http://www.cwu.edu/financial-aid

Geographic Information Systems Laboratory

The CWU Geographic Information Systems (GIS) laboratory supports computer hardware/software systems for analysis of spatial data (maps, aerial photos, landsat images, digital terrain data, etc.). The laboratory provides an unusual teaching and research facility for faculty and students from a variety of fields, including anthropology, archaeology, biology, geography, geology, land-use planning, resource management and sociology. Non-credit courses and workshops make these facilities available to professionals beyond the academic community. In addition, the laboratory offers contract and consultation services to public and private agencies concerned with GIS applications. The laboratory is located in Lind Hall.

Honor Societies

Eight national honor societies maintain chapters at the University.

Alpha Epsilon Rho is the national honor society for broadcasting. Founded in 1943, for the purpose of emphasizing superior scholarship and creative participation in telecommunication production and activity, it prepares its members for roles as responsible telecommunicators. Membership in Alpha Epsilon Rho is open to undergraduate and graduate students who are making the study of electronic media studies one of their major studies of interest, and who meet high standards of scholarship.

The national honor society of Phi Kappa Phi has as its primary objective the recognition and encouragement of superior scholarship in all academic disciplines. Membership is open to undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty members by invitation and election based on superior scholarship. New members are inducted each spring.

The honor society in education, Kappa Delta Pi, has as its purpose to encourage high professional, intellectual and personal standards, and recognize and honor outstanding achievement in the study of education. Membership is open to undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty by invitation. New members are inducted quarterly.

Tau Iota is Central's chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the international honor society in history. Membership is composed of students and professors who have been elected upon the basis of excellence in the study and writing of history. The society's objective is the promotion of the study of history by the encouragement of research, good teaching, publication, and the exchange of learning and thought among historians.

Delta Pi Epsilon is a post-baccalaureate honor society for business educators. Its objectives are to improve business education through research, to recognize exceptional research achievements, and to publicize research in business education. Membership is open to business educators who meet scholastic criteria and exhibit a commitment to research in business education.

Pi Sigma Alpha (Mu Lambda Chapter) is CWU's honor society for students of political science. This is a national honorary first organized in 1920, with more than 300 chapters throughout the country. Membership is based upon scholastic achievement and a genuine interest in the understanding of politics and political issues.

Psi Chi is the national honor society in psychology, founded in 1929 for the purpose of encouraging, stimulating, and maintaining scholarship in, and advancing the science of, psychology. Membership is open to graduate and undergraduate men and women who are making the study of psychology one of their major interests and who meet the minimum qualifications. Psi Chi is an affiliate of the American Psychological Association and a member of the Association of College Honor Societies.

Sigma Pi Sigma is the national physics honor society. It was founded in 1921, and now has over 400 chapters nationwide. It is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies and is affiliated with the American Institute of Physics and with the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Membership is open to undergraduate and graduate students, and to faculty members. Students elected to membership must maintain high standards of general scholarship and outstanding achievement in physics. Besides providing an incentive for all physics students to rise to excellence, the society also encourages physics interest and science literacy in the general public.

Library (University)

The University Libraries are an integral part of offering print and microformat resources as well as audio-visual media and equipment. Professional and effective services are available to the user at each of two easily accessed and well-planned facilities. The Library's collections and services are made available to students and faculty associated with extended degree programs through an automated circulation service, and online catalog (CATTRAX) installed at each off-campus center.

The University's Media Center also resides within the library and its administrative structure. The principal goal of the MC is to provide the most comprehensive and professional media services to the campus academic departments and administration. These services include Media Circulation and Equipment, faculty development, Media Engineering and Technical Support and Instructional Technology, Media Productions and Mail and Reprographics. The MC also provides technical and operational support to Central's Distance Education program. With the on-line Instructional Technology Resource facility, the MC offers CWU faculty many multimedia development training sessions.

The library contains more than 500,000 books, 599,000 government documents, 85,000 maps, and 14,000 recordings. A microformat collection and subscriptions to more than 1,900 current journals are available to all users. Faculty and staff are available to provide personal service upon request in the Reference, Document, Music, and Circulation departments. The library provides for user needs through a computer laboratory, group and quiet study areas. Library personnel are available during all library hours to give assistance with reference, research, and the location of materials.

Individual orientation tours are conducted at the beginning of each quarter, and bibliographic instruction sessions are given upon request throughout the year.

Minority Achievement Program

The Minority Achievement Program, one of two programs within the Academic Achievement Programs unit of Academic Services, was established to provide academic support services to minority students in an attempt to maximize their potentials for academic success and completion of degrees. Each minority student advisee receives personalized assistance in developing an appropriate, balanced quarterly schedule of courses. The coordinator of the Minority Achievement Program monitors the progress of these students and provides individual assistance in academic study skills and time management. Other services include free tutoring and peer advising, assistance in academic planning and personal adjustment, information about financial aid, scholarships, graduate school and employment, and referrals to other university departments as appropriate.

Residential Services

The Office of Residential Services provides well-maintained housing facilities with an emphasis on student development as part of the University's academic environment. ORS works to augment classroom instruction with a learning environment that is supportive of students' educational goals, personal and interpersonal growth, and cultural awareness.

CWU is a residential university with most students living on or near campus. Its variety of residence halls and apartments can house more than 3,000 students. CWU's 18 separate on-campus residence halls offer students a variety of quality living experiences.

The residences are within a few minutes walk of any classroom, library, or dining hall, which offers considerable convenience and flexibility to students' daily lives. Residence Hall staff provide crisis intervention as well as educational, cultural, social, and community services programs; as well as coordinating behavioral problem-solving interventions in cooperation with the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs.

The residence halls offer a diverse selection of communities and environments. There are 18 residence halls which house 35 to 250 occupants ranging from two to nine stories. Each residence hall offers programs and environments to enrich and augment classroom experiences. Furniture, basic FM-TV cable service, Internet hookup, basic telephone service, utilities and coin-operated laundry facilities are also provided. Many halls have their own pool table, piano, or ping-pong table. All residence halls are smoke free.

Computer labs and fitness centers staffed with trained attendants are available in residence halls at various convenient locations throughout the campus. Exercise equipment includes free and universal weights, exercycles, rowing machines, stair climbers, cross-country ski machines and sound systems. Additionally, Math and English "help labs" staffed by experienced tutors are available. Peer mentors also assist new students in understanding the academic requirements and classes of the University.

In the belief that the University is a total learning experience, Central requires all freshmen who are single and under twenty-one (21) years of age to live on-campus, in the the residence halls, for one academic year. Running Start students under twenty-one (21) years of age, regardless of class standing, must also fulfill the Live-In Requirement.

Central Washington University also maintains approximately 500 apartments (studio, one, two, or three bedrooms) designed for single students and students with families. The apartment complexes offer activities for residents which focus on the needs and priorities of their residents. Single student complexes feature programs and facilities which assist students in developing healthy, independent lifestyles. These programs might include wellness, self-defense, cultural awareness, lifestyle planning, career planning, and recreation. The communities in the family-student apartment complexes enjoy programming and activities tailored for the needs and interests of families and older students. Many activities for children and families are presented such as: holiday events, child safety awareness programs, domestic violence programs, and career planning.

At different times of the year, demands for apartments may exceed availability; for this reason, waiting lists are provided. Applications are accepted from students who have not been officially accepted for admission to CWU, but who plan to attend classes during the dates listed on their application forms. To be eligible for apartment housing, one must be currently enrolled in and must maintain at least seven credit hours of coursework. Students who are required to live in residence halls are not eligible to live in the apartments. Each tenant is required to sign a lease which provides for renting an apartment on a month-to-month basis. Written notice must be given at least 30 days prior to vacating an apartment. Pets are not allowed in any area of CWU housing.

Scholarships

Central Washington University has a diversified scholarship program available to students who have demonstrated superior academic performance.

Continuing students who have high financial need, met the FAFSA priority deadline, and have a high GPA are considered for the scholarships available from the Financial Aid Office.

The University awards Merit (no-need) Scholarships which are based on academic and/or leadership qualifications to new incoming freshmen and transfer students. Each September information and application forms are sent to all Washington high schools and community colleges. Forms are available from the the Scholarship Office, which is part of the Financial Aid Office. It is located in Barge 102. The Scholarship Coordinator prepares the CWU Scholarship publications and coordinates scholarship activities with the CWU Foundation, University Advancement, Academic Services, and other departments. To be fully considered for all scholarships, a student is required to submit the FAFSA and a CWU scholarship application.

The deadline date for submitting applications for the following academic year is mid-December. Notification of awards is made in late winter or early spring.

Student Employment

Approximately 2,000 students are employed each academic year, which provides an opportunity to meet a portion of college expenses and allows students to explore various vocational fields while gaining valuable work experience. The Student Employment Office provides listings of available openings for both on- and off-campus jobs. Assistance in locating summer employment is also available.

Student Health, Counseling, and Wellness Center

A staff of professionals offers a variety of medical, psychological and wellness services for CWU students. Students who are registered for six or more credits are required to pay a mandatory health and counseling fee and are eligible for services. There may be additional charges for specific services, and all students are encouraged to check with the center regarding fees and charges each year. Always call for an appointment.

Health (963-1881)
A complete out-patient, on campus facility is available to registered students. Service is provided by the medical staff, which consists of a family practice physician, certified physicians assistants, certified nurse practitioner, nurses, and laboratory x-ray technicians.
The staff provides routine and urgent-care services, which include: direct care of medical problems such as illness, injuries and infections such as colds, flu, and sexually transmitted diseases; routine physical examinations, sports physicals, pap smears, pregnancy testing; and diagnostic laboratory tests and x-rays. In keeping with the educational mission of the University, special emphasis is placed on education regarding treatment and prevention of illness.
Medical appointments are taken by phone from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Students are encouraged to make their appointments as early as possible for the best selection of appointment times.
Emergency medical services are available at the Kittitas Valley Community Hospital Emergency Room when the Center is not open. Emergency room costs are at the student's expense. A university-sponsored student accident and health insurance plan is available and recommended to help defray medical costs.

Counseling (963-1391) and Wellness (963-3213)
The counseling service senior staff consists of psychologist and masters-level counselors who function primarily as generalists, but each also has areas of expertise and interest. In keeping with the role of the university as a center for education, the service includes predoctoral and masters-level interns who work under the supervision of the senior staff.
Services offered include personal counseling for issues such as relationship difficulties, anxiety, or depression; help with study skills and career decisions; groups on a variety of topics such as eating disorders, depression, attention deficit /hyperactive disorder, relationship issues and special programs for campus groups on request.
Services are offered at the Health and Counseling Center Building. Hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; and until 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, by appointment only.
The Wellness office in the Student Union Building Room 106 has a primary focus on drug and alcohol assessment, education/prevention; wellness and lifestyle management; one-time only counseling assessment, brief intervention, and referral services. Hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Summer Session

Formal admission to Central as a degree-seeking student is not required for summer study. Enrollment is open to all students, including non-residents. Summer tuition rates for non-resident students is the same as those rates charged to residents.

Courses are offered during a nine-week session, a six-week session and two four-and-one-half-week sessions. Special short workshops and seminars for teachers comprise a summer professional development institute. Summer Session courses are offered on a self-support basis. For information about Summer Session, contact Academic Services at (509) 963-3001. View the Summer Session home page here.

Testing and Evaluation

This office administers tests to individuals referred by university counselors and psychologists. It also administers and serves as an information source for local and national testing programs, such as SAT, ACT, Graduate Record Examination, Law School Admissions Test, Teacher Education Battery, and the like. The office is prepared to assist faculty with the scoring of objective tests and student evaluation of instruction.

Veterans Affairs

The Office of Veterans Affairs is located in Mitchell Hall. Students wishing to receive education benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs must contact the Veterans Affairs Office, and must verify their registration with the office each quarter they receive benefits. Notification is NOT automatically sent to the DVA when a veteran or other eligible person enrolls.

Women's Center

The Women's Resource Center, located in the Samuelson Union Building (SUB) 218, offers programs and services that support the academic, personal, and wholistic development of CWU women students. The center also strives to empower women students to reach their full potential by creating an environment of equity, awareness, and appreciation of differences. In addition to educating the entire campus and larger Ellensburg community, the center provides advocacy, crisis intervention, support groups, as well as information and referral regarding campus and community resources. We offer initial computer training for scholarship searches, educational information, the CAPS Program and setting up a student e-mail account.

The center also operates a quiet study lounge and a lending library which contains a significant collection of books, periodicals, videos, bibliographies, and other reference materials on issues of importance to women and men, and from a woman's perspective. The Women's Resource Center is about women, but not for women only! For more information call (509) 963-2127.