CWUNewsNews II Grand Opening Celebration October 13, 13 Oct 2016 08:13:13<p>Central Washington University unveils a new $64 million science facility that boasts a planetarium, observatory tower, scanning electron microscope, and specialty labs, including a chamber that completely absorbs all sound, during the grand opening of the new Science II building on Thursday, October 13.</p><p><iframe class="youtube-player" frameborder="0" height="390" src="//" title="YouTube video player" type="text/html" width="480"></iframe></p><p>A public ribbon-cutting ceremony for the state-of-the-art science center is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. at the building’s north entrance (adjacent to the Japanese Garden). The event will be hosted by CWU President James L. Gaudino and College of the Sciences Dean Tim Englund.</p><p>Tours of the building, which is the new home for the university’s geological sciences and physics departments, will be held from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m., following the celebration, and on Saturday morning, 11:00-noon, October 15.</p><p>“The addition of the Science II building puts Central in the forefront of science education in the state of Washington,” Gaudino said. “These are two of our highest-demand science programs, so those students and faculty now have an advanced facility in which to research, study and work.”</p><p>The new facility also includes the Center for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Education, which supports and promotes interdisciplinary science and math teaching and research.</p><p>“The completion of Science II consolidates programs that have been scattered in buildings across the campus,” Englund noted. “Uniting these programs in a single, modern facility with state-of-the-art equipment allows for greater collaboration among our students and faculty.”</p><p>The building features an 80-seat lecture hall and planetarium, an observatory tower, and several specialty labs, such as optics and laser labs, an ice core lab, and an acoustic lab with an anechoic chamber—a specially designed room which absorbs either sound or electromagnetic wave reflections. The building also houses CWU’s new $600K scanning electron microscope.</p><p>Additionally, the building features a number of signature touches. For example, the massive rocks in the landscaping around the building were chosen by members of the geology faculty. On the roof, there are telescope platforms where astronomy students can study the stars. Geological Sciences has dedicated space for storing mineral specimens. And the advanced technology infrastructure provides unprecedented bandwidth and computing capacity.</p><p><br>Science Phase II further anchors the university science neighborhood that includes Science Phase 1, opened in 1998, and the remodeled Dean Hall, which reopened in 2009. Construction has also begun on the Samuelson STEM project, a $64.5 million integrated computer science technology center that will house the departments of computer science, mathematics and information technology and administrative management (ITAM). It is expected to be completed in fall 2018.</p><p>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,<br>October 13, 2016</p></br></br>Central Washington University Alumni Association Honors Distinguished Alumni of the University, 10 Oct 2016 14:55:56<p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/university-advancement/sites/" style="width: 200px; height: 168px; margin: 5px;"></p><p><strong>ELLENSBURG, Wash.</strong> – The Central Washington University Alumni Association will recognize ten outstanding Wildcat alumni for their professional achievements and their ongoing support and commitment to the university.</p><p>The Distinguished Alumni Awards recognize CWU graduates who have made a name in their fields, earned respect among colleagues and in the general community, and who have had an impact on a regional, national and/or international level.</p><p>The awards will be presented during the alumni association’s annual Distinguished Alumni Award dinner, which will be held on Friday, October 14, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. in Sue Lombard Hall on the CWU campus.</p><p>“This event honors those alumni who have gone above and beyond in their careers and through their personal and professional achievements,” noted Scott Wade, vice president, university advancement. “These outstanding individuals truly embody what being a Wildcat is all about.”</p><p>This year’s outstanding alumni will include:</p><p>• Don and Verna Duncan, winners of the 2016 Legacy Award, which is the association’s highest award. The Duncans are being honored for their lifelong commitment to education and continued learning. While at Central, Don earned a bachelor’s degree in recreation administration and master’s degree in school psychology and counseling while Verna double-majored in psychology and music. Verna worked as an elementary teacher for 23 years, primarily in the Central School District, while Don held a number of positions in higher education, including serving as Dean of Men and Students at Central. In the 1980s, they established the Don and Verna Duncan Community Service Scholarship at CWU.</p><p>• Jean Adams, the 2016 Distinguished Alum of the Year, who is being recognized for her outstanding achievements in the banking and investment industry. Adams is a 1988 finance graduate from Central. She currently serves as Senior Vice President - Investments, Senior Financial Advisor at Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC. Adams served on Central Washington University’s Foundation Board from 2007 to 2013.</p><p>• Jeff McShane, the 2016 Distinguished Alumni/College of the Sciences, who is co-founder and former president of Northwest Aerospace Technologies and currently serves as executive vice president of Zodiac Aerospace. McShane is a 1985 law and justice graduate.</p><p>• Fred Kohout, the 2016 Distinguished Alumni/College of Arts and Humanities, who is chief marketing officer and senior vice president of Cray Inc. Kohout has been in senior roles in both privately and publicly-held technology companies over the last 25 years. Kohout is a 1981 broadcast journalism graduate and currently serves as chair of the College of Arts and Humanities Advisory Board.</p><p>• John Ladner, 2016 Distinguished Alumni/College of Education and Professional Studies award winner, who is managing director of fleets, standards, and operational control for Alaska Airlines. In that role, Ladner is responsible for overall flight operations for his company. He is a 1989 flight technology graduate.</p><p>• Mandi Kime, winner of the 2016 4 Under 40 Leadership Award/College of Education and Professional Studies, who serves as director of safety for the Associated General Contractors of Washington. In her position, Kime assists members of her organization with safety compliance efforts and enhances the safety culture within the AGC’s members. Kime is a 2001 Safety &amp; Health Management and Spanish graduate.</p><p>• Crystal McDonald, winner of the 2016 4 Under 40 Leadership Award/College of Arts and Humanities award, is a trial lawyer who focuses on personal injury cases. Early in her career, she often represented children and young adults neglected by the Department of Social and Health Services. She is a 2005 political science and communication graduate.</p><p>• Taylor Steele, winner of the 2016 4 Under 40 Leadership Award/College of the Sciences, is a project manager for OneEnergy Renewables. Steele is responsible for site selection, acquisition, permitting, and interconnection for OneEnergy’s Pacific Northwest solar photovoltaic projects. She is a 2013 International Studies graduate.</p><p>• Lucas Westcoat, winner of the 2016 4 Under 40 Leadership Award/College of Arts and Humanities award, serves as senior communication manager for Microsoft’s Windows and Devices group. In that role, he explores the intersection of technology and creativity and helps advance the company’s goal to make technology more personal. He is a 2005 interdisciplinary studies/business communications graduate.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><br>For more information on the CWU Alumni Association go to:</p><p style="text-align: center;"><br>###</p><hr><p style="text-align: center;"><br>About the CWU Alumni Association: The Office of Alumni Relations is dedicated to providing alumni new and exciting ways to connect with their alma mater and with other alumni. The more than 84,000 Wildcat alumni worldwide are a powerful professional, educational, and philanthropic network positioned to help each other, current and future students, and the university community.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><br><img alt="" src="/university-advancement/sites/" style="width: 150px; height: 203px; margin: 5px;"></p></p style="text-align: center;"></p style="text-align: center;"></br></p style="text-align: center;"></br></hr></p style="text-align: center;"></br></p style="text-align: center;"></br>CWU Professor Leaves Behind Lasting Legacy, 22 Sep 2016 13:34:47<p><img alt="" src="/university-advancement/sites/" style="width: 500px; height: 277px; margin: 5px;"></p><p>Central Washington University professor of Sociology Laura L. Appleton wanted to make sure students like her had opportunities for continued education.</p><p>Following her recent passing, her family and friends have donated $400,000 to establish the Laura L. Appleton Endowment for Graduate Study in Sociology to help a CWU sociology major attend the graduate program of their choice.</p><p>“The transition between undergraduate and graduate school can be very challenging, especially for first-generation students,” said Staci Sleigh-Layman, director of human resources at Central Washington University and a colleague of Appleton’s. “Faculty will then support the students in their transition (with the help from the Laura L. Appleton Endowment Scholarship).”</p><p>Jay Osborn, Appleton’s former teaching assistant at Central and close friend, feels that the scholarship will be an instrumental tool for first-generation and second-generation college students to move forward in their careers.</p><p>“Her scholarship is intended to provide the bridge between undergrad and grad school. The act of applying, researching, interviewing and just getting there can be challenging,” Osborn said. “Dr. Appleton wanted to ensure that brilliant minds could go as far as they can. She also relied on scholarship money to get her education.&nbsp; Her impact at Central over the last 46 years will carry on into the future.”</p><p>Throughout her career, Appleton enjoyed teaching and mentoring bright, curious, and hard-working students who approached their studies seriously. The new Laura L. Appleton Endowed Scholarship will be awarded annually to a CWU junior, who demonstrates exceptional promise to make contributions to the field of sociology.</p><p>To be eligible for this award, a student must:</p><p>• Be enrolled full time as a CWU undergraduate major in sociology;<br>• Have a grade point average of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) in his/her most recent academic program; and<br>• Demonstrate a commitment to their education in order to contribute to the greater social good.</p><p>Sociology Department faculty will help identify potential scholarship recipients. The scholarship will be awarded in May of each year with the scholarship disbursed the following year. Application materials include a completed cover letter, academic resume, and a 500-word essay detailing life experience leading to graduate school, as well as academic and career goals including plans for sociological contributions.</p><p>Appleton began teaching at Central in 1970 and continued teaching until she passed away on August 11th, 2016. She was the first female faculty member hired in the CWU Department of Sociology which, at the time, consisted of 15 men. Appleton developed and taught many new classes including Sociology 356, Gender Roles.</p><p>“Laura not only had an impact on my life but the impact was life changing,” noted Valerie Jenness, a former student who is now a professor of criminology, law and society, sociology, and nursing science at the University of California, Irvine.</p><p>Appleton had a knack for challenging students to perform, leaving an impression on everyone she taught, according to Osborn.</p><p>“Laura had the ability to recognize students who were not working up to their full potential.,” he said, “Perhaps no one had ever challenged them or they were able to skate by without using their full intellect. Laura would call that out and make sure the student understood she knew they could do better.”</p><p>Appleton is survived by her sister, Sue Ellen Ellis; her friends Joan Sondregger, Jay Osborne, Dean Duby, Staci Sleigh-Layman, Kandee Cleary, Kitty Stoffle; her colleagues in the CWU Sociology Department; and the hundreds of students whose lives she has influenced.</p><p>To read more about Appleton, please click <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>.</p></br></br>CWU Alumni Couples Share Love Stories for Valentine’s Day, 11 Feb 2016 07:59:16<p><img alt="" src="/university-advancement/sites/" style="width: 250px; height: 250px; margin: 3px 7px; float: right;">Okay Cupid has nothing on Central Washington University when it comes to finding a perfect match. For Valentine’s Day, CWU alumni couples are sharing charming stories of their courtship on <a href="">CWU’s Alumni Facebook page</a>.</p><p>From cooking dinner for a roommate, to sharing a math class, to first dates at the Yellow Church Cafe, each story relives a sweet, auspicious moment in their lives. As one alumni said, his favorite CWU memory “was meeting his wife, Gail.”</p><p>The alumni stories go back thirty years and more, and some photos show generations of Wildcats and future Wildcats embarking on their own love stories.</p><p>While developing the campaign, University Advancement staff suspected that there were more than a few alumni who found the love of their life at CWU. They discovered that there were more than 6,000!</p><p>“We thought it would be fun to see and share all the wonderful love stories that started here,” said Ginny Ann Blackson, director of Annual Giving. “We wanted to celebrate our alumni this Valentine’s Day and we’re thrilled with the response on social media to date!”</p><p>To tell your Wildcat love story, go to the CWU Alumni Facebook page, and, using the #CentralCouple tag, share some of the details such as how you met, what were your studies, when you graduated, and where you went on your first date.</p><p>“We’d love for you to share your favorite memory together during your time at CWU, and what you remember best about CWU,” Blackson continued. “And please share a photo or two!”</p><p>Couples can also post via Twitter using #CentralCouple. And while #CentralCouple was prompted by Valentine’s Day, couples may post their stories throughout February.</p><p>The Alumni Association and the CWU Foundation hope that these warm and fuzzy stories will inspire you to make a gift to CWU this Valentine’s Day. For more information, visit</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,</p>CWU Wildcats Make Giving Tuesday a Landmark Success, 10 Dec 2015 15:29:56<p><img alt="" src="/university-advancement/sites/" style="width: 167px; height: 200px; margin: 4px; float: left;">On Giving Tuesday, Central Washington University alumni and friends rallied together to support the university through their charitable donations.</p><p>“This was our first ever Giving Tuesday campaign, and our goal was $100,000,” said Scott Wade, vice president of University Advancement and executive director of the CWU Foundation. “Thanks to hundreds of generous donors, we quadrupled our goal, raising more than $400,000.</p><p>“In addition, more than 350 new donors joined Central’s family of supporters, a tribute to our thriving Wildcat pride.”</p><p>“This is a signature moment for CWU’s alumni and donor engagement efforts,“ he continued. “This success nicely complements the institution’s recent record enrollment, and recognition by The Economist as the number one ranked university in Washington.”</p><p>“I’m overwhelmed by our community and their tremendous generosity,” said CWU President James L. Gaudino. “This level of support is truly humbling.”</p><p>“We had matching funds of $45,000 for new and increased gifts to #CWUGivingTuesday,” noted Ginny Ann Blackson, CWU’s director of annual giving. “Generous alumni provided these matching funds, which provided additional momentum to our Giving Tuesday efforts.”</p><p>Giving Tuesday was started in 2011 in response to the increased commercialization of the day after Thanksgiving (Black Friday) and the subsequent Cyber Monday, which have become the busiest shopping days of the year. Last year, more than 30,000 charitable organizations and non-profit groups in 68 countries participated in the event.</p><p>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,<br>December 10, 2015</p></br>Vintage US Army Uniforms Donated to CWU Theatre Arts, 01 Sep 2015 07:57:03<p><img alt="" src="/university-advancement/sites/" style="width: 452px; height: 300px;"></p><p>Fifty years of US Army uniforms, from World War II to the Vietnam War, are now available to students in Central Washington University’s Department of Theatre Arts, thanks to another generous gift from Grant and Virginia Green of Alexandria, Virginia.</p><p>Grant’s mother helped establish Gallery One in Ellensburg, and worked with Central and its theatre and arts departments throughout her career. In addition, his aunt, Ramona Solberg taught at Central. When settling his mother’s estate, he chose CWU to receive her couture 1950s wardrobe as a gift to the university.</p><p>“We came to know of Central’s knowledge and experience with historical clothing and its educational programs,” wrote Green. “This is what has led us to gift these military uniform items of mine and father’s to Central.”</p><p>The uniforms represent his father’s 30-plus years in the US Army, “which included service in the Pacific during WWII and the Korean War.” Green also donated uniforms from his own 23-year career in the army, including his two tours of duty in Vietnam.</p><p>“It’s great to have these uniforms which represent such significant eras in US history,” said Scott Robinson, chair of theatre arts. “What is truly remarkable is that these are so complete, with the proper epaulets, button studs, and hats.”</p><p>The Green family donated six full uniforms, including formal mess uniforms, a summer dress uniform, and full army green and blue uniforms (the US Army replaced green with Army blue in 2009).</p><p>“These will be so useful in shows,” said Robinson. “It’s very powerful for an actor to put on article of clothing that carries the history of a real person that wore them.</p><p>“They will also be so valuable for teaching. Our students will be able to closely examine how the garments were made,” Robinson continued. “This can also be a springboard of research about uniform regulations, which are very specific as to the branch of service of the soldier.”</p><p>In addition to the uniforms, the Greens included a 1960s-era officer’s raincoat, a pre-World War II man’s hat, a bowler or “bob” hat from Bolivia, and a number of unique vintage feathers.</p><p>“These gifts will be an inspiration to theatre students for many years,” said Robinson.</p><p><br>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,</p></br>$100,000 Coca-Cola Grant to Help CWU’s First Generation Students, 31 Aug 2015 07:43:21<p><img alt="" src="/university-advancement/sites/" style="width: 388px; height: 200px;"></p><p>Students who are the first in their families to attend college will receive a generous financial boost from The Coca-Cola Foundation. The Coca-Cola First-Generation Last Mile Scholarship will provide 10 first-generation students at Central Washington University with significant financial support—$5,000 per year for two years—during their junior and senior years.</p><p>“We estimate that more than 15 to 20 percent of our first-year and transfer students are the first in their families to attend college,” said Scott Wade, vice president of CWU University Advancement and executive director of the CWU Foundation. “The Coca-Cola Company has an outstanding reputation for supporting educational opportunities for first-generation students in the United States.”</p><p>By providing more than half of average tuition and fees for the year, the Last Mile scholarships will allow students to focus on their studies instead of spending excessive time at a job to pay for their education. The purpose is for students to graduate on time with the academic standing necessary to successfully compete in graduate programs or pursue a career.</p><p>To apply for the scholarship, students need to contact the CWU Scholarship Office at The deadline to apply for the 2015-2016 school year is October 15, 2015.</p><p>Qualified applicants are:<br>• First-generation students (students who are the first in their immediate families to attend college)<br>• Students who are either returning or transferring to CWU as juniors in fall quarter 2015<br>• Full-time students with a GPA of 3.0 or greater<br>• Students with demonstrated financial need</p><p>Students enrolled in Ellensburg or any of the seven CWU university centers are eligible to apply for the scholarship.</p><p>Students will receive $5,000 for the first year. If they maintain a 3.0 grade point average and make satisfactory progress towards their degree, they’ll receive the second $5,000 for their senior year.</p><p>The overall purpose of the scholarships is to increase the retention and graduation rates of the scholarship recipients. It is expected that the retention rate for scholarship holders will be 90 to 100 percent from junior to senior year and that at least 80 percent of the 2015 scholarship recipients will graduate in 2017.</p><p>“We’re excited that one of the most recognized companies in the world is partnering with us to help our students,” enthused Wade. “We hope we will be working with them for many years.”</p><p>Since 1993, The Coca-Cola First Generation Scholarship (CCFG) program has supported students who are the first in their immediate family to attend college or university.&nbsp; Since its inception, over $39 million in scholarships has been awarded to over 3,200 students on more than 450 campuses throughout the United States.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><br>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,<br>August 31, 2015</p></br></br></br></br></br></br>Boeing Executive Gives CWU $300,000 for STEM Scholarship, 12 Aug 2015 10:01:01<p><img alt="" src="/university-advancement/sites/" style="width: 450px; height: 300px;"></p><p>Students studying the sciences just got a financial boost from legendary <a href="">Boeing Commercial Airplanes CEO Ray Conner</a>. Conner and his wife Katie recently established the Ray and Katie Conner Endowed Scholarship Fund with a gift of $305,769 at Central Washington University.</p><p>A 1979 CWU alumnus, Conner started at Boeing on the manufacturing floor, swinging a wrench. Through his own perseverance, talent, and exceptional ability, he climbed the corporate ladder, eventually becoming vice chairman of The Boeing Company and president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes.</p><p>“I attribute much of my success to hard work, preparation and leadership—all characteristics that I honed during my time at CWU,” said Conner, a 2010 Distinguished Alumnus. “One of the best ways I can give back is to provide students with the same opportunity as me.”</p><p>“Ray and Katie’s generosity will have an impact on students for years to come,” said Scott Wade, vice president of University Advancement and executive director for the CWU Foundation. “We are honored by their exceptional gift.”</p><p>The gift will fund two $10,000 scholarships annually, for students who are pursing a degree in science, technology, engineering, or math disciplines, or an education degree in one of the STEM fields. At CWU, Conner studied to become a high school teacher and earned his degree through the College of Education and Professional Studies.</p><p>Since Connor grew up in Burien, the scholarship stipulates that preference is given to applicants from the Highline School District. The award is also need-based, and students can be first-year or transfer students.</p><p>“I’m fortunate that the experience of learning, listening, and building relationships at CWU has lingered with me throughout my entire career,” Conner added. “This scholarship fund is planned for someone who is greatly respected by those around them, people-centered and possesses a strong desire to lead.”</p><p>Students may apply for the scholarship later this fall. For more information about scholarships at CWU, or to apply, go to</p><p><br>Photo: Ray Conner received the Distinguished Alumni Award from CWU President James Gaudino.</p><p><br>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,<br>&nbsp;</p></br></br></br>Scientist to Explain the Impending Redefinition of the Kilogram, 21 Oct 2014 14:05:21<p><img alt="" src="/university-advancement/sites/" style="width: 199px; height: 320px; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px; float: left;"><span style="line-height: 1.4;">In 2018, the kilogram, the last of the seven base international system of units that is still defined in terms of a material artifact, will be changed from its original definition in 1889 to one based on a constant of nature. As the kilogram is the international standard by which everyone in the entire world </span>gauges<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> mass, this change has profound implications for all aspects of science and technology.</span></p><p>Jeff Gust, an Ellensburg native and chief corporate metrologist at the Fluke Corporation, will present "Why Measurements Matter—The Science of Measurement and the Impending Redefinition of the International System of Units (SI)," at 7:00 p.m., October 23, in Lind 215, on Central Washington University’s Ellensburg Campus.</p><p>Gust will briefly review the history of the SI units, and discuss the experiments that are being performed in order to make this redefinition possible. Additionally, the kelvin, the international standard unit of temperature, will be redefined based on a better fundamental constant. Gust will also discuss the science required to both set the world standard for measurements and to disseminate these definitions from National Measurement Institutes to everyday measuring devices, and how a Washington State company is involved in this process.</p><p>This CWU guest lecture is sponsored by the Department of Physics, Department of Engineering Technologies Safety and Construction, and University Advancement.</p><p>Photo: At the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the watt<br>balance experiment is redefining the kilogram</p></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></br>CWU's remodeled tennis courts to be dedicated Saturday, 30 May 2014 07:30:43<p><img alt="" src="/university-advancement/sites/" style="width: 465px; height: 320px; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px; float: left;"></p><p>Central Washington University will honor a former professor and his family for the family’s gift toward $1 million in renovations at the campus’ tennis courts in a ceremony Saturday.<br>A $300,000 gift from the children of a former Central mathematics professor, will create the Fred and Valerie Lister Tennis Facility.<br>There will be a dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony 11 a.m. Saturday at the courts, on Dean Nicholson Boulevard west of Alder Street.</p><p>Read more of this story in the<a href=""> Daily Record</a>.</p><p>Story by Andy Matarrese, photo by Brian Myrick</p></br></br>