CWUNewsNews 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>CWU Receives $100,000 for Geography Scholarships, 28 Feb 2014 15:20:05<p><img alt="" src="/university-advancement/sites/" style="width: 439px; height: 320px;"></p><p>Alumnus Joseph Stoltman and his wife, Gillian, recently donated $100,000 to Central Washington University to establish a new endowment. The funds will provide scholarships for students in geography, resource management, and potentially other programs on campus. A 1962 graduate of the geography department, Joseph is currently a University Distinguished Scholar and longtime professor in the Department of Geography at Western Michigan University. Gillian has a doctorate in virology from University College, London.</p><p>“It was probably about 20 years ago that Gillian and I began to give to CWU each year,” said Stoltman. “We gave in memory of my cousin and long-time Ellensburg resident, Floyd (Buck) Minor, and in memory of Professor Martin Kaatz.</p><p>“The Kittitas Valley and Central were important in launching me on a successful and enjoyable career. Gillian and I have made an enduring gift to Central that will provide future students with similar opportunities through the study of geography.”</p><p>In explaining their remarkable gift to CWU, Joseph said that his former geography professors, including Robert Funderburk, Martin Kaatz, and Otto Jakubek fostered a love for exploration and that their mentorship led him to pursue his first graduate degree.</p><p>“Giving to CWU is an investment in the future,” said Stoltman. “The university is committed to building the capacity of students to apply the CWU educational experience in local communities, the state, the nation, and the world.”</p><p>Photo: Joseph and Gillian Stoltman</p><p>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,</p>CWU Foundation to Open Office in Downtown Ellensburg, 24 Jan 2014 10:06:55<p>The Central Washington University Foundation will soon open a business office in downtown Ellensburg, according to Brad Fitterer, CWU Foundation board chair. He said the leased space, at 421 North Main Street, will position the foundation to have a greater connection and presence within the Ellensburg and Kittitas County communities.</p><p>“I’m very pleased to welcome the Foundation to downtown Ellensburg,” said Fitterer, proprietor of Fitterer’s Furniture, adding that the move underscores opportunities for greater collaboration and partnership between the foundation and the Ellensburg community. “I applaud the CWU Foundation and the university for making this move possible and, on behalf of Ellensburg businesses, welcome the foundation to the neighborhood.”</p><p>Fitterer said the foundation offices will go into space that has been vacant for some time.</p><p>“Having this professional office moving into this beautifully remodeled space that has been unoccupied for the past several years will allow the CWU Foundation to become even more integrated into the downtown community,” said Fitterer.</p><p>Fitterer said the new downtown presence is another exciting step forward in preparing for CWU’s next capital campaign. Scott Wade, CWU Foundation executive director, said the new location would place the foundation in the heart of Ellensburg, visible to downtown businesses, visitors, and community residents.</p><p>“We want to be part of the community where we live, work, and play,” said Wade. “We’re building relevant partnerships and collaborations with local area business and organizations that are mutually beneficial and that help support the CWU educational experience.”</p><p>When open for business, Wade said the entire community would be invited to an open house in the new foundation offices.</p><p><strong>Media contact: </strong>Linda Schactler, executive director, CWU Public Affairs, 509-963-1384,</p>CWU Foundation Provides Support for Ellensburg Rodeo Festivities, 30 Aug 2013 12:16:35<p><img alt="" src="/university-advancement/sites/" style="width: 500px; height: 300px; "></p><p>When it comes to ropin’ and ridin’ it doesn’t get any better than the annual WestStar Arena "Best of the Best" roping competition, held at CWU alumni Scott and Jo Repp’s ranch. This year, the Central Washington University Foundation helped sponsor the 11th annual competition, held August 28.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>It was a time for CWU alumni, donors and friends to get an up close and personal look at world championship caliber rodeo.&nbsp; Highlights from the competition can be viewed at</p><p>“We approached the Repps two or three months ago with the idea of helping sponsor the event,” said Scott Wade, CWU Executive Director of University Advancement. “The Repps are great supporters of CWU and they were enthusiastic about the idea.”</p><p>At the arena, CWU&nbsp; logos and banners were everywhere, even on a money steer, which was released for roping by CWU President James Gaudino.</p><p>The CWU Foundation also sponsored CWU student artist Holly Heflen in the Ellensburg Rodeo Hall of Fame Hats to Fame Fundraiser ( Hats to Fame was created to help establish a future home for artifacts and memorabilia collected from Ellensburg Rodeo Hall of Fame in conjunction with the Ellensburg Rodeo. Twenty-five resin cowboy hats were painted by 25 local artists and auctioned off at the Ellensburg Rodeo Hall of Fame Banquet on August 29th, which the CWU Foundation also helped sponsor at the SURC ballroom.</p><p>“Scott and Jo Repp, the West Star Arena and the Ellensburg Rodeo are all tremendous contributors to this community and CWU wants to help preserve and celebrate their collective achievements, history and culture,” said Wade. “We also want folks to experience CWU and the CWU Foundation as relevant partners in the community, and will continue to look for opportunities to strengthen those ties in whatever ways that we can."</p><p>For more information about WestStar Ranch and Arena, go to</p><p>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, CWU Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,<br>&nbsp;</p></br>CWU Actuarial Science Alumni Spotlighted, 19 Aug 2013 10:59:26<p><img alt="" src="/university-advancement/sites/" style="width: 500px; height: 201px; "></p><p>The profession of actuary has been named the best job for 2013 by CareerCast, one of the Internet's premier career sites. For more than two decades, Central Washington University has been the only institution in Washington--and one of only three in the Pacific Northwes--that offers a bachelor’s of science degree in actuarial science.</p><p>Graham and Vicky Dyer, two recent graduates of CWU's Actuarial Science program were recently interviewed by <a href="">Value Penguin</a>, a consumer finance website.</p><p>"For the next part in our Future of Actuarials series, we were lucky enough to speak with not one, but two actuarial students from Central Washington University. What's even cooler is that they're married! Graham and Vicky Dyer are both products of CWU's esteemed actuarial program and recently sat down with us to discuss all things actuary.</p><p>Read more <a href="">here</a>.</p><p>Graham graduated CWU in 2012, and Vicky in 2013.</p><p>Photo courtesy of Value Penguin<br>&nbsp;</p></br>CWU Alumni Respond to 30-Day Challenge With $400,000 in Donations, 25 Jul 2013 09:45:57<p><img alt="" src="/university-advancement/sites/" style="width: 466px; height: 228px;"></p><p>Central Washington University more than doubled the hoped-for outcomes of a recent alumni outreach campaign. The 30-day Impact Challenge sought 300 donors in June, but 744 alumni actually responded to the challenge, donating nearly $400,000.</p><p>“We’re delighted at the response of Wildcat Nation,” said Scott Wade, CWU’s executive director of University Advancement. “We’d have been happy to hit our target—to more than double it is just incredible. We couldn’t be happier!”</p><p>The Impact Challenge launched on May 30 at the Experience Music Project (EMP) in Seattle. &nbsp;The event brought more than 300 alumni together with top CWU scholars, who won awards at the CWU Symposium On University Research and Creative Expression. &nbsp;</p><p>The challenge campaign capped a year in which CWU doubled the number of outreach events to alumni. More than 1,250 alumni and 500 students have participated statewide in events that range from a career-planning workshop, to professional networking to the research symposium and celebration at EMP.</p><p>“Our alumni are wonderful partners in the life of the university,” said Wade. “They provide professional expertise and mentorship to our students while giving to scholarships and other areas of program support. We’re proud of our alumni and want to engage them in the work of advancing CWU forward in the months and years ahead.</p><p><span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.4;">Wade added that non-public support has grown in importance as state funding for public universities has dropped by more than 50 percent since 2009. Now, just 16 percent of </span>CWU’s<span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.4;"> total budget comes from the state.</span></p><p><span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.4;">About </span>CWU<span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.4;"> 80,000 alumni reside in Washington, with nearly 100,000 around the world.</span></p><p><strong>Media contact:</strong> Robert Lowery, CWU Public Affairs, 509-963-1476,</p><p>July 25, 2013</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p></span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.4;"></span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.4;"></span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.4;"></span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.4;">CWU’s Kitna Classic not really about golfing, 12 Jul 2013 08:56:40<p><img alt="" src="/university-advancement/sites/" style="width: 466px; height: 228px;"></p><p>CLE ELUM, Wash. — “Any requests?” the parking lot DJ asked Thursday as people filed into the Suncadia Resort Lodge. “Anything? Just step up and ask.”</p><p>Seconds later, participants in the 11th annual Jon Kitna Wildcat Golf Classic were serenaded with AC/DC’s rock classic “You Shook Me All Night Long.” A ballad befitting the occasion? Why not?</p><p>But just as this increasingly popular Central Washington University event is not about music, neither is it about golf. Not really.</p><p>Read the entire Yakima Herald-Republic article by Roger Underwood <a href="">here.</a></p>Lead Alumni Gift Initiates Renovation to CWU Tennis Facility, 27 Jun 2013 10:33:09<p><img alt="" src="/university-advancement/sites/" style="width: 466px; height: 228px;"></p><p>University Advancement today announced a significant gift to the <a href="">CWU Foundation </a>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.”</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.</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;</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><img alt="" src="/university-advancement/sites/" style="width: 466px; height: 228px;"></strong> Robert Lowery, CWU Public Affairs, 509-963-1487,</p><p>June 27, 2013</p><p><strong>Photo</strong>: Members of the school's tennis team on the Central tennis courts when they were first opened in 1961.</p>