CWUStudent Success NewsStudent Success News, Information Available at CWU Student Union, 11 Aug 2014 18:24:29<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>Workshops Teach Tools to Improve Student Success, 03 Jun 2014 18:20:08<p>Dr. Marianne Auten uses the work of renowned Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck on <em>Mindset</em> to clearly link motivation and resiliency to student success. Dr. Auten will facilitate two workshops June 12 at Central Washington University to provide educators and anyone who works with students new tools and strategies for improving goal achievement and grit.</p><p>The first session, from 2-3:15 p.m., is titled “The Optimal Mindset: Who Achieves Goals and Why.” The science and relationship of mindset to goal achievement will be discussed, and tools for shifting mindset for more successful goal setting and attainment will be shared.</p><p>The second session, “Got Grit? Start With Mindset,” runs from 3:30-4:45 p.m. Participants will learn simple, proven strategies that foster mindset and self-regulation skills, leading to increased success.</p><p>Both workshops will be held in the Wellington Event Center on the CWU campus, are free and open to the public. Dr. Auten's visit to CWU is sponsored by Student Achievement.</p><p>Contact: Jesse Nelson, Student Achievement, 509-963-1515.</p>CWU Receives $20,000 One Voice for Higher Education Grant, 17 Jan 2014 07:49:10<p><img alt="" src="/student-success/sites/" style="width: 160px; height: 104px;"></p><p>The Central Washington University <a href="" target="_blank">High School Equivalency Program </a>(CWU-HEP/GED) program has been awarded a $20,000 One Voice for Higher Education grant by the Yakima Valley Community Foundation. The grant will be used to develop career and college readiness among HEP participants and their dependents.</p><p>“Our organization has more than 13 years of successful General Equivalency Diploma (GED) preparation of students in the Yakima valley,” stated Jerry Enriquez, CWU-HEP/GED program director. “The grant from the Yakima Valley Community Foundation will allow us to collaborate with the University of Washington’s Career Center for Dependable Strengths.</p><p>“In addition, grant resources will allow us to train staff on Dependable Strengths career and counseling techniques, develop a career pathways extended course for students, and implement a student mentoring program also based on the Dependable Strengths model.”<br><br>The CWU-HEP/GED has been serving the Yakima area since 2001. Since then, more than 1,200 families have participated in the program. HEP is part of the university’s Office of Student Success led by Sara L. Swager, dean; Jesse Nelson, associate dean of Student Success; and Miriam Bocchetti, director, College Assistant Migrant Program.&nbsp;</p><p>HEP helps migrant and seasonal farmworkers and their immediate family members earn a GED. The program also helps people get the education needed to qualify for careers they desire, to enroll in college, or to enter military service. HEP services are provided at no charge to qualified individuals. For more information about CWU-HEP/GED, go to or call 509-452-0639.</p><p>The Yakima Valley Community Foundation was established in 2004 and has assets close to $60 million. Yakima Valley Community Foundation is made up of more than 60 separate charitable funds, which have been established by donors either for the general benefit of the community or for special purposes. For more information about Yakima Valley Community Foundation, visit or call (509) 457-7616.</p><p><br>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, CWU Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,<br>&nbsp;</p>CWU Preparation, Federal Plan Reduce Government Shutdown Effects on Students, 01 Oct 2013 10:44:30<p>Rapid processing of federal financial aid and federal contingency plans will protect students at Central Washington University from the most extreme effects of the shutdown of the federal government. The failure of Congress to approve a continuing budget resolution by midnight last night will disrupt the operation of federal programs, including agencies and programs that fund higher education research and many student assistance programs.</p><p>"In preparation for the imminent shutdown, CWU requested reimbursement for all federal awards that had incurred costs. However, we can only be reimbursed for funds we've spent," explained Connie Williams, associate vice president for Business and Financial Affairs. "We've received payment for about 83 percent of what has and will be spent in the next few weeks. We'll cover the remaining 17 percent until Congress agrees on a budget."</p><p>Last week CWU received a memo from US Office of Management and Budget (OMB) outlining the contingency plan for the US Department of Education (DOE) in the event of a government shutdown. The memo said work required to process Pell Grants and subsidized and unsubsidized student loans will continue as normal. Federal employees necessary to support those functions are among the agency's top priorities.</p><p>Federal reimbursements to CWU received so far total about $13.7 million in federal loans and $70,000 for the Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG), a federal assistance grant reserved for college students with the greatest financial need. As of close of business yesterday, the last day of the federal fiscal year, Williams said about $5 million in loan packages had been offered to, but not officially accepted by, students. If the aid is accepted within the next week, CWU may have to cover those payments until Congress approves a budget.</p><p>Of the total Pell grant funding of $5.5 million, CWU has allocated and received federal payment for about $4 million. Williams said CWU also will hold Pell recipients harmless from the effects of the government shutdown.</p><p>"The bottom line is that students, who were awarded and have accepted federal financial grants and loans by September 30, should not be affected by the federal government shut down," said Williams.&nbsp;</p><p>CWU federal research and non-research funding also may be affected, because reimbursement requests for other grants and contracts are typically processed after September 30, the last day of the federal fiscal year. Funding processing may be suspended until a continuing resolution is approved. The university will be able to submit requests for new awards, but they will not be processed until a new continuing resolution is adopted.</p><p>CWU already has received federal funding for the 2013-2014 school year for the McNair Scholars program, the College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP), Higher Education Program (HEP), Student Support Services (SSS), and for Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) grant, which prepares more than 2,000 middle school students in central Washington for success in college.</p><p>However, CWU’s Army ROTC program received a direct hit. Government Services employees had to be furloughed, which will delay books, tuition, room and board and monthly stipends for cadets, since appropriate paperwork cannot be processed. The program is working with the university to avoid any adverse affects on students.</p><p>At this time there is no information on any impact to veteran’s programs through CWU’s Veterans Center.</p><p>Under the contingency plan of the DOE, 90 percent of employees would be immediately furloughed. During the first week of a shutdown the agency would maintain only functions related to the discharge of the duties of presidentially-appointed, senate-confirmed individuals; the protection of life and property; and, as appropriate, the obligation, payment, and support of student financial aid as well as other pre-authorized payments and obligations.</p><p>A shutdown lasting longer than a week, could affect the processing of student loans/grants and payments. Programs using mandatory or multi-year funding from a prior year would continue to operate through a government shutdown, though likely at a slower rate with far fewer employees. The text of the full OMB Contingency Plan may be accessed at:</p><br><p>Media Contact: Linda Schactler, Executive Director of Public Affairs, 509-963-1384</p><p>October 1, 2013</p><p>&nbsp;</p>