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CWU Alumni Association
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While we near the beginning of a new academic year, we recognize that this fall quarter will be unlike any other. In the words of President Gaudino, “The COVID-19 pandemic has had a prolonged and serious impact on how we teach and learn. By following proper health and safety guidelines, we can—working together—overcome the challenges posed by the virus.” You can find CWU’s plans for a healthy, on-campus, and adaptive year by visiting the Fall Guide 2020 webpage.

We want to thank those who have helped CWU students prepare for fall by making face coverings for those who are returning to campus. The alumni association has received 935 masks from various contributors, and we are continually amazed by the generosity and selflessness of the Wildcat family.

We love highlighting the hard work and accomplishments of our Wildcat family, so if you know of outstanding alumni who have excelled in their industry through leadership roles and exemplify the Wildcat spirit, nominate them today for a 2021 Distinguished Alumni Award. Learn more about each award category and submit your nominations by visiting, and be sure to check out the latest issue of our alumni magazine, Crimson & Black, which highlights the 2020 Distinguished Alumni and 4 Under 40 awardees.

You can also honor the accomplishments of CWU alumni by nominating them year-round for the new Trail Blazer Award. This award honors alumni who have committed over 25 years in an industry, causing systemic change in the workplace, and who have paved the way for others to follow. Please visit our awards page for more information and to nominate a Wildcat today.

We also want to highlight alumni owned or operated businesses and help promote them on our social media. If you would like to be featured, or nominate somebody to be featured, please fill out our questionnaire. Thank you to those who have already submitted responses, and we look forward to hearing from more of you. For more Wildcat business resources, please visit 

Join us on Wednesday, September 16, at noon for a webinar on Elevating Conversations on a Foundation of Trust, featuring alumna presenter, Laurie Nichols. In this webinar, participants will be introduced to a more impactful and effective approach to communicating known as Conversational Intelligence (C-IQ). Registration is required, so visit our webinar page to learn more and register today.

Central is now offering a six-week online program on emotional intelligence skills in the workplace, which include the ability to manage, understand, and utilize emotions in positive ways to defuse conflict, effectively communicate, empathize with others, and overcome challenges. Hiring managers across all industries are seeking candidates with these valuable skills and training. CWU alumni can get a 15% discount through the end of the month by entering the promo code EQiALUMNI when registering. Please visit the Emotional Intelligence For Professionals webpage for more information.

We hope you are all staying healthy and safe during this time, and we look forward to staying engaged with you online until we can meet in person again. Go Cats!