CWUSURC NewsSURC News, Information Available at CWU Student Union, 11 Aug 2014 18:12:24<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 Student Union and Recreation Center remodel underway, 21 Jul 2014 14:58:42<p>The CWU Student Union and Recreation Center (SURC) is 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.<br><br>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>Buiding Projects Over Winter Break, 13 Dec 2013 10:37:05<p>New carpet is currently being installed in the SURC Pit over winter break.&nbsp; This fresh new look will be completed just in time for the new year.&nbsp;</p><p>The Ballroom is getting a&nbsp; lighting and equipment makeover.&nbsp; The new front of house stage lighting truss will consist of two motorized triangular trusses with a center section that can be connected between the two flying trusses. Each flying stage lighting truss will have stage lighting circuits/distribution which will run back to a new stage lighting dimming and control system.&nbsp; All lights will be LED to allow for an increased flexibility with our productions. In addition to the motorized stage lighting trusses, we will be adding basic stage lighting design to light a 32’ wide portable stage platform.&nbsp;</p><p>We will also be adding three additional projectors and two additional screens attached to the ceiling. These enhancements would allow the Ballroom to have better sight lines for shows, more efficient use of space, and address a few safety issues.</p><p>This project will be complete in January 2014.</p>