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Welcome to the College of Arts and Humanities News page. Read about the many achievements of our faculty, students, staff, and alumni. Submit your own good news if you are a current or former college member.
 
UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS
Submitted: February 4, 2013     Name:Sergio Flores VélezHometown: Tieton, WADepartment: World Languages
News:Sergio Flores Vélez (Mechanical Engineering and Technology/Spanish), along with four classmates from Spanish 346: Spanish for Heritage Learners II, presented on pedagogical strategies in the Heritage language classroom to about forty administrators and teachers of Westside schools, community colleges and universities at the “Heritage Language Learners in the Spanish Classroom” workshop. This faculty development program, sponsored by the Center for Spanish Studies, the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, and the Instituto Cervantes, took place at Bishop Blanchet High School in Seattle on 2 February 2013. Mr. Flores and his classmates held a captive audience and received many congratulatory remarks. Well done, Sergio!
Submitted: February 4, 2013     Name:Andres RamosHometown: Unión de Tula, Jalisco, MexicoDepartment: World Languages
News:Andrés Ramos (Sociology, Spanish and Aviation), along with four classmates from Spanish 346: Spanish for Heritage Learners II, presented on pedagogical strategies in the Heritage language classroom to about forty administrators and teachers of Westside schools, community colleges and universities at the “Heritage Language Learners in the Spanish Classroom” workshop. This faculty development program, sponsored by the Center for Spanish Studies, the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, and the Instituto Cervantes, took place at Bishop Blanchet High School in Seattle on 2 February 2013. Mr. Ramos and his classmates held a captive audience and received many congratulatory remarks. Well done, Andrés!
Submitted: February 4, 2013     Name:Alejandro EspinozaHometown: Burlington, WADepartment: World Languages
News:Alejandro Espinoza (Law and Justice/Spanish), along with four classmates from Spanish 346: Spanish for Heritage Learners II, presented on pedagogical strategies in the Heritage language classroom to about forty administrators and teachers of Westside schools, community colleges and universities at the “Heritage Language Learners in the Spanish Classroom” workshop. This faculty development program, sponsored by the Center for Spanish Studies, the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, and the Instituto Cervantes, took place at Bishop Blanchet High School in Seattle on 2 February 2013. Mr. Espinoza and his classmates held a captive audience and received many congratulatory remarks. Well done, Alejandro!
Submitted: January 16, 2013     Name:CWU Opera StudentsHometown: Department: Music
News:CWU opera scenes students presented a performance at the National Opera Associations conference in Portland. This was a national competition where our opera scene was selected to perform at the national conference. Gayla Blaisdell is the director of the CWU opera scenes.
Submitted: January 16, 2013     Name:Trumpet StudentsHometown: Department: Music
News:Both CWU trumpet ensembles made the semi final round of the 2013 National Trumpet Competition, Tristan Hurd and David Hinckley are semi finalists in the solo division, and Skyler Floe is a semifinalist in the Jazz division. John Harbaugh is the Professor of Trumpet.
Submitted: January 13, 2013     Name:Hometown: Department: Theatre Arts
News:Jennifer Groce, Erin Thatcher, and Amanda Lehr have all been selected to participate in the student volunteer program at the USITT National Conference in Milwaukee.
Submitted: January 13, 2013     Name:Spencer ClouseHometown: Department: Theatre Arts
News:Spencer Clouse, a senior in the Design/Production BFA specializing in stage management, has been selected as one of eight students/recent graduates from across the country for the Stage Management Mentoring Project (SMMP) at the United States Institute for Theatre Technology National Conference (USITT) in Milwaukee, WI. At the conference, from March 18-23, 2013, Spencer will join the group of 8 young professionals and 8 professional mentors to do the following: (from the USITT website) "SMMP offers students and young professionals interested in stage management, the opportunity to participate in a practical training experience. With the support of professional stage managers, participants coordinate and manage the major events of the Annual Conference & Stage Expo. Students and mentors work together to prepare and realize the various and often complex events. Mentors are drawn from the ranks of established professionals who work in live performance venues."
Submitted: December 22, 2012     Name:Spencer ClouseHometown: Department: Theatre Arts
News:Spencer Clouse, BFA Design and Production candidate, with a specialization in Stage Management and minor in Non-Profit Management, is a semi-finalist in the United States Institute for Theatre Technology Stage Management Mentoring Project . Finalists, selecting in late-January, will be invited to the national conference to be held in Milwaukee, WI.
Submitted: December 22, 2012     Name:VariousHometown: Department: Theatre Arts
News:"Dream Girls" National Tour Supported by Nine CWU Staff, Students, and Alum for Yakima, WA Performance Cwu-Theatre Arts Costume Shop Manager Catherine McMillen heads up a wig crew of, BFA Design and Production ’12 graduate, Lacey Halverson, and BFA hopeful Danielle Bulajewski. Drew T Gibbs, current BFA candidate, has signed on to the set construction crew; while Felipe D. J. Avalos is working as a rigger. The show's wardrobe is supported by BFA Design and Production ’12 grad, Brian Johnson; BFA candidates Spencer Clouse and Alicia Renee Burch; with Rae Hengst, a recent transfer student seeking a spot in the Design and Production program.
Submitted: December 22, 2012     Name:Ben SasnettHometown: Department: Theatre Arts
News:CWU Musical Theatre senior, Ben Sasnett, will return to Seattle's 5th Avenue Theatre in the ensemble of "The Music Man." see http://www.5thavenue.org/show/the-music-man for more information.
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GRADUATE STUDENTS
Submitted: 08-02-2007     Name:Alexandra Chaney, Justin Colt Beckman, Jessica Pribula & Genne LaaksoHometown: Department: Art
News:Gallery One Visual Art Center has a Juried Art Show This month, Opening Reception will be August 3, 5-7 PM for First Friday Art Walk remaining open through the month of August. Various Alumni, Faculty, and students are featured in this exhibition.
Submitted: 07-18-2007     Name:Rachael BirksHometown: Department: History
News:Rachael has recently been hired at Hanford High School, Richland, WA, for 2007-2008 to teach German and History. Congratulations Rachael. Rachael will also be defending her MA thesis "Dancing Cubanidad: Reconfiguring National Identity Through Fidel Castro's Cultural Project, 1959-73" on Thursday, July 20, 2007.
Submitted: 05-29-2007     Name:Rachael BirksHometown: Department: History
News:Rachael Birks won this year's Phi Alpha Theta Northwest Region "Best Overall Paper" prize for an extract from her MA thesis entitled "Dancing Cubanidad: Reconfiguring National Identity Through Fidel Castro's Cultural Project, 1959-1973." This means she gets funded by PAT to present this paper at the Pacific Coast Branch of the AHA conference in Honolulu at the end of July.
Submitted: 05-24-2007     Name:Albert MillerHometown: Department: History
News:Al has received the College of Arts and Humanities Graduate Student Scholarship Achievement Award for his work titled "Aspects of British Identity as Exhibited in Accounts of Russia by British Visitors." The award comes with a certificate and cash award of $150. He was acknowledged at the CAH banquet on May 15.
Submitted: 05-23-2007     Name:Ellicia MertensHometown: Department: Theatre Arts
News:Ellicia Mertens, MA third year candidate and director at Richland High, received five nominations for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, including Outstanding Set Design, Outstanding Hair and Make-up Design, Outstanding Costume Design (honorable mention,) Outstanding Program Design, and Outstanding Performance for an Actress in a Lead Role (Lauren Smith as the Narrator). Eighty productions entered this year, making this is a huge honor for all those nominated. More info can be found at the 5th Avenue web page, http://www.5thavenue.org/education/highschoolawards-2007.aspx
Submitted: 05-23-2007     Name:Greg PschirrerHometown: Department: Theatre Arts
News:Greg Pschirrer, third year MA candidate and instructor at Lewis and Clark HS, Spokane, WA received five nominations in his first year entering the 5th Avenue awards for Grease, including acting nominations, a nomination for lighting design, orchestra, and an honorable mention for Outstanding Overall Production. Eighty productions entered this year, making this is a huge honor for all those nominated. More info can be found at the 5th Avenue web page, http://www.5thavenue.org/education/highschoolawards-2007.aspx
Submitted: 05-01-2007     Name:Matt WinkelmannHometown: Department: Art
News:Matt Winkelmann will be showing his work at the Sarah Spurgeon Gallery from May 23-June 9, 2007. "Van Winkelmann Labs: Testing the Untestable for Thirty-Six Years" is a culmination of his work toward his degree in a master of fine arts. His work is inspired by Dada artists from the turn of the 20th century and old science fiction movies. There will be a public reception on Friday June 1, from 5-7pm as part of the first Friday Art Walk. For more information visit www.cwu.edu/~art/gallery.html
Submitted: 04-25-2007     Name:Tom SempleHometown: Department: Art
News:Tom Semple will be showing his work entitled "Synthesis" at Gallery One. It will be showing from May 4-26, 2007. The opening reception will be on May 4 from 5-7pm. For more information visit www.gallery-one.org or call 509-925-2670
Submitted: 04-24-2007     Name:Ian StacyHometown: Department: History
News:Stacey has won First Place in the Central Washington University OPR Photo Contest. The title of the picture is "Inside Coleman Glacier." You can see the picture on http://www.cwu.edu/~rec/rentals/images/Photocontestresults/photocontestgallery.html. And, yes, he is right there taking the picture of person on the ice.
Submitted: 12-07-2006     Name:Matt WinkelmannHometown: Department: Art
News:Matt Winkelmann participated in the 51st Annual Central Washington Artists Exhibition, November 5 - December 9, 2006 at the Larson Gallery in Yakima.
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FACULTY MEMBER
Submitted: June 6, 2013     Name:Brenda HubbardHometown: Department: Theatre Arts
News:Faculty Member Showcases New Work... Please Save the Date! With laughter and sadness the epidemic of breast cancer and its individual impact is examined in DOUBLE EXPOSURE, a new play by Brenda Hubbard. Belinda Harris must come to grips with a newly discovered cancer which takes her on a revelatory journey as she comes to acknowledge her own mortality, while learning to live anew with her post cancer reality. Directed by the playwright, the cast will feature nationally renowned L.A & Seattle actor, Juleen Murray Shaw as Belinda and an all star ensemble including Joel Morello, Michael J. Smith, Karen Tate, Rob Harrison, Andrew Shanks, and Sarah Yeakel. The week long workshop exploration of this new work will culminate in two public readings on Aug. 4 & 5 at The Little Church, 5138 NE 23rd, Portland. Under Randall Stuart's leadership, Cerimon House, a not-for -profit sanctuary for the humanities will co-produce the event, and there is a suggested donation of $10. A post show discussion will be held on Aug. 4 following the reading and all are invited to attend, meet with the playwright and discuss the play and topic of breast cancer. A professional director, actor, playwright and master teacher, Hubbard has worked at some leading theatres throughout the country including the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Artists Repertory Theatre, San Jose Rep, Seattle Rep, A Contemporary Theatre, Empty Space and Portland Repertory where she served as the artistic director from 1986-1991. She has written four plays, a modern adaptation of Beauty and the Beast, an adaptation of Charles Dickens novel, A Christmas Carol, a rural serious-comedy, Concrete Dreams and now DOUBLE EXPOSURE. Residing in NE Portland, Brenda splits her professional life between the Rose City and Central Washington University, where she serves as a professor of theatre arts. She directed Antony and Cleopatra for Northwest Classical Theatre last winter and will be directing a winter production for Portland Actors Conservatory in 2014. Seating will somewhat limited so write today for ticket information and reservations to: Info@cerimonhouse.org
Submitted: May 22, 2013     Name:Vijay Singh and Chris BruyaHometown: Department: Music
News:Professors Chris Bruya and Vijay Singh, MUSIC, conducted CWU's Jazz Band 1 and Vocal Jazz 1 as guest headliners at the 2013 Cantando Music Festival in Whistler, British Columbia, Canada May 2, 2013. Leaving CWU at 7am, the group's arrived in Whistler after 7 hours of driving and customs to perform for over 1600 high school music students from across BC and Alberta. JB1 performed four concerts during the trip, while VJ1 performed five shows before boarding their bus to return to CWU in a short 36 hour turn around! Both groups were well received by the audiences, directors, and hosts.
Submitted: May 16, 2013     Name:Matthew AltmanHometown: Department: Philosophy
News:Dr. Matthew Altman has been named Phi Kappa Phi Scholar of the Year. Phi Kappa Phi is a national honor society, and this honor is being given to Dr. Altman by the CWU chapter.
Submitted: May 7, 2013     Name:Christopher SchedlerHometown: Department: English
News:Christopher Schedler, President of the Pacific Northwest American Studies Association, organized the annual PNASA conference on the theme "Technology & Communication" at the Watertown Hotel in Seattle, April 18-20, 2013.
Submitted: April 23, 2013     Name:ALEJANDRO LEEHometown: Department: World Languages
News:At the Washington Association for Language Teaching Spring Regional Conference, Amber Goodrich, Sergio Flores Vélez and Maura Ruiz, heritage students of Dr. Alejandro Lee, World Languages/Spanish, presented in “Voces de nuestros estudiantes de lengua heredada.” Professor María Gillman (University of Washington, Seattle), Lee and his students shared best practices in “Sugerencias pedagógicas y prácticas propias para los Spanish Heritage Learners (SHL).” The conference took place at Yakima Valley Community College on 20 April 2013.
Submitted: April 23, 2013     Name:Hometown: Department: Communication
News:César García published the article titled "Managing relationships in open business models: The case of Spain's elBulli restaurant" in PRism 9(1): http://www.prismjournal.org/homepage.html
Submitted: April 12, 2013     Name:Vijay SinghHometown: Department: Music
News:Vijay Singh, Music, performed at the national American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) conference in Dallas, TX March 14, 2013. Singh was a featured soloist with the a cappella jazz quartet Just 4 Kicks headlining the Thursday Jazz Night concert. Singh was also a featured composer at the conference where 3 of his compositions were performed by selected ensembles.
Submitted: March 28, 2013     Name:Dr Jay BallHometown: Department: Theatre Arts
News:Dr. Jay Ball had his original adaptation of Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela's book A Human Being Died That Night produced as a staged reading at the African Literature Association national conference in Charleston, South Carolina this year. Gobodo-Madikizela, a former member of South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission, spent 46 hours in Pretoria's maximum security prison interviewing Eugene de Kock, the apartheid-era death squad commander nicknamed "Prime Evil." Ball's adaptation was performed by theatre students from the College of Charleston for an audience which included former South African Constitutional Court Justice Albie Sachs. According to conference organizers, this performance of Ball's play was one of the highlights of the conference. Dr. Ball currently serves as coordinator of the MA program in Theatre and Performance Studies. He is currently researching a book on South African political satirist Pieter-Dirk Uys and the utopian functions of "drag" performance.
Submitted: March 7, 2013     Name:Matthew Altman and Cynthia CoeHometown: Department: Philosophy
News:Dr. Altman and Dr. Coe's coauthored book, _The Fractured Self in Freud and German Philosophy_, has just been published by Palgrave Macmillan press (March 2013).
Submitted: February 25, 2013     Name:Vijay SinghHometown: Department: Music
News:Vijay Singh, Music, guest conducted the Edmonds/Mukilteo School District Middle School Honors Choir at the Edmonds Performing Arts Center January 29th.
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ALUMNI
Submitted: July 1, 2013     Name:Kerri Van AukenHometown: Department: Theatre Arts
News:From as early on as she can remember, Kerri was a fixture in her mother’s kitchen — whether her mother wanted her to be or not. But soon Kerri and her brother were left to their own devices to perform their own cooking show, “Kids in the Kitchen”, in the reflection of the window above the sink. From baking treats for friends, perfecting Italian salad dressing recipes, and cooking the occasional family dinner, Kerri has been “playing” in the kitchen her entire life. While living in Chicago and starting up her brand of custom party foods, Kerri began working with kids as a volunteer instructor with Common Threads, where she taught cooking and nutrition classes to inner city kids. In 2011 she packed up and moved to LA to pursue acting and find a “day job” that didn’t involve pushing paper. Enter Kitchen Kid, where Kerri could return to her young roots and help others discover the fun of cooking, while reaping the lifelong benefits of culinary knowledge, creativity and confidence that come with it. Kitchen Kid is the premier mobile culinary school for children throughout Los Angeles.
Submitted: June 24, 2013     Name:Joanna HorowitzHometown: Department: Theatre Arts
News:I was one of two students accepted into the University of Texas-Austin's fantastic MFA program in playwriting. I'll be starting down there in the fall, studying with Steven Dietz and Kirk Lynn.
Submitted: June 11, 2013     Name:Abra Stanley LeonardHometown: Department: Theatre Arts
News:My name is Abra Stanley Leonard and I am a 1997 Graduate from the CWU Theatre Department. I went on to pursue my MFA in Performing Arts Management at Brooklyn College. After receiving my degree I pursued my career in Arts Management and found the perfect fit for me was Company Management. I had the good fortune of touring the country for 7 years with various National Tours and was able to work a few year on Broadway as well. Truly living the dream. I ended up taking some time off to have my two children and as luck would have it, the next chapter of my career fell into my lap. I have spent the last year working as an adjunct Professor at Western Connecticut State University. They are in the process of trying to expand their program and profile. They currently have a Theatre Management emphasis but don't offer a very strong curriculum, hence why they hired me, to help sort it all out. While it's been a challenge to switch gears and remember what it was like to learn, I find it so inspiring to see the students as they pursue their individual dreams.
Submitted: June 6, 2013     Name:Ashlen HodgeHometown: Department: Theatre Arts
News:Ashlen Hodge 2012 BFA Performance graduate, joins Theater Schmeater’s annual offering of TV’s most compelling series, "The Twilight Zone: Live!" as Aunt Amy/Mrs. Smithers. The series includes something for die-hard fans and Zones novices--May 17 - June 15.
Submitted: June 6, 2013     Name:Brandon Charles WalkerHometown: Department: Theatre Arts
News:BFA Musical Theatre Senior, Brandon Charles Walker has accepted a position at Disney beginning August 2013.
Submitted: June 6, 2013     Name:Laura ReinstatlerHometown: Department: Theatre Arts
News:Laura Reinstatler,CWU MFA Textiles/Costume graduate, has been contracted as Costume Shop Manager at the Oxford Shakespeare Festival at 'Ole Miss' this summer & Steven Nabors, CWU MA Theatre Production graduate, has been cast as Duncan in the Scottish play, for which he will also serve as fight master, and cast as Hosfrenes in “Love's Labour's Lost.”
Submitted: June 6, 2013     Name:Kathryn StahlHometown: Department: Theatre Arts
News:Kathryn Stahl, 2010 BFA Performance graduate, was accepted as a 2013-2014 Teaching Artist Intern at the Rose Theatre Company in Omaha, Nebraska! This is a 9 month adventure assistant directing the teen theater, teaching creative drama classes, teaching after school classes for at-risk middle school students, acting in mainstage and school touring shows, and helping with education administration.
Submitted: June 6, 2013     Name:Josh DarbyHometown: Department: Theatre Arts
News:Josh Darby, '08 Youth Drama graduate, will join Seattle Children's Theatre as the Drama School's summer instructor.
Submitted: June 6, 2013     Name:Greg PschirrerHometown: Department: Theatre Arts
News:MA Theatre Production graduate, Greg Pschirrer, drama teacher at Lewis and Clark High School, and his students receive accolades. Our MA grads Learn. Do. Live. Congratulations to the Lewis and Clark High School Tiger Drama productions of THE LITTLE MERMAID and IN THE HEIGHTS for their 9 nominations and 5 honorable mentions in the 5th Avenue High School Musical Theatre Awards. Tune in June 11th for the ceremony and keep checking LCHS Tiger Drama for more exciting announcements as we work toward the finale of our year with CLOSING NIGHT on May 30th. Outstanding Overall Musical Lewis and Clark High School, In the Heights Outstanding Direction Lewis and Clark High School, In the Heights Outstanding Music Direction Honorable Mention - Lewis and Clark High School, In the Heights Outstanding Choreography Lewis and Clark High School, In the Heights Outstanding Scenic Design Honorable Mention - Lewis and Clark High School, In the Heights Outstanding Lighting Design Lewis and Clark High School, In the Heights Outstanding Stage Crew Lewis and Clark High School, In the Heights Outstanding Lobby Display Lewis and Clark High School, In the Heights Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role Danny Palomba as Usnavi, Lewis and Clark High School, In the Heights Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role Keyonna Knight as Ursula, Lewis and Clark High School, The Little Mermaid Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Featured Ensemble Role Honorable Mention - Vanessa Butler as Camila, Lewis and Clark High School, In the Heights Honorable Mention - Madison Rasmussen as Daniela, Lewis and Clark High School, In the Heights Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Featured Ensemble Role Bradley Duffy as Piragua Guy, Lewis and Clark High School, In The Heights Honorable Mention - Kale Dotson as Kevin Rosario, Lewis and Clark High School, In The Heights
Submitted: June 6, 2013     Name:Nyna NelsonHometown: Department: Theatre Arts
News:Nyna Nelson, Musical Theatre graduate, played Club Helsinki in Hudson, NY.
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