CWUAlumni NewsAlumni News Eminent Conglomerate CEO Discusses Leadership Principals with CWU Students, 05 Mar 2019 09:18:17<p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="" style="width: 400px; height: 270px;"><img alt="" src="" style="width: 200px; height: 270px;"></p><p>Despite changes in business practices and technology, ambition, empathy, honesty, integrity,and grit are still among the distinctive qualities of effective leaders. That was part of the message Doug Wood, the chief executive officer of <a href="" target="_blank">Tommy Bahama</a>, presented at the CWU <a href="" target="_blank">Center for Leadership and Community Engagement Leadership Conference</a>.</p><p>“Those five things are the basis even for those who aren’t in charge but need to get something done,” Wood added.</p><p>A 1987 graduate of CWU, Wood has been with Seattle-based Tommy Bahama since 2001, serving as CEO since 2016. The company owns and operates over 160 Tommy Bahama retail locations worldwide, 17 of which offer a Tommy Bahama Restaurant &amp; Bar, and has more than 5,000 employees.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>During his presentation, Wood showed a videotape of his 1987 senior project, which he said he shared to indicate that he was able to develop those foundational attributes during his time on the Ellensburg campus.</p><p>“How did I get from that 22-year-old to running Tommy Bahama?” he asked, rhetorically, answering the question by saying, “It was not linear, or step-by-step. It was through people—a lot of people—and it started right here at Central.”&nbsp;</p><p>Wood said that his first job with Tommy Bahama came through contact with a Central classmate who encouraged him to apply.</p><p>“It was that type of contact that got me going in this job,” he continued. “Every opportunity I’ve ever gotten has not, really, come from the people above me or the people I worked for, but the people I worked next to. They pulled me into jobs.”</p><p>Wood told the students that they are laying foundations for those same types of opportunities now through their studies and group projects with their peers, who assess each other’s strengths and know who can get things done.</p><p>“There are two types of people in the world: problem identifiers and problem solvers,” Wood continued. “There are a whole bunch of problem identifiers, not a lot of problem solvers. So, as you go through your careers look to be a problem solver.”</p><p>Wood also touched on dealing with change, how to produce operational effectiveness, the need for students to develop positive attitudes, strive to be the best in whatever job they have at any point in their career and to always be willing to learn.</p><p>“If you’re ever in a room, and you feel you’re the smartest person in that room get up and leave and go find a room where you can learn something,” he advised.</p><p>The CLCE Leadership Conference presents a day-long series of workshops designed to present students with a variety of leadership perspectives. This was the first year that all facilitators were CWU alumni, like Wood.</p><p>A native of Kittitas County and <a href="" target="_blank">Ellensburg High School </a>graduate, Wood also has served on the advisory board on CWU’s <a href="" target="_blank">College of Business</a>. He concluded his remarks by telling the students he has high hopes for the future based on the intelligence of those now preparing to enter the workforce.</p><p>“You’re so much more prepared than I was,” he continued. “If you set your sites, set your ambition, and set your priorities, you are all going to be successful.”</p><p>Media contact: Robert Lowery, Department of Public Affairs, 509-963-1487,</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Monday, March 4, 2019</p></p style="text-align: center;">CWU Announces 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients, 20 Feb 2019 12:43:51<p><img alt="Distinguishe Alumni Awards 2019 image" src="/alumni/sites/" style="width: 450px; height: 253px; float: right; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px;">Central Washington University will honor 13 individuals who symbolize the university’s ideals, spirit, and mission at this year’s Distinguished Alumni Awards on April 5 in the Student Union and Recreation Center Ballroom on CWU’s Ellensburg campus.</p><p>“This group of distinguished alumni embrace the Wildcat Spirit and have demonstrated a record of giving back to Central Washington University,” said Robert Ford, senior director of alumni relations. “It is through the service and support of the alumni that represent our institution that we are able to create transformative experiences for our students and make a positive impact on our community.”</p><p>This year’s distinguished alumni include:</p><p><strong>4 Under 40 Leadership Award recipients</strong></p><p>• <strong>Jason Goetz</strong> is a 2005 graduate who is currently an Operations Manager at PCL Construction. He has over a decade of experience in the construction industry on a wide variety of projects with an emphasis on GMP and Design-Build projects.</p><p>• <strong>Jennifer (Bean) Schwope</strong> is a 2001 graduate and is now a Human Resource Lead in Commercial Software Engineering for Microsoft. She had over 17 years of experience, including 12 years leading HR for international subsidiaries and 13 in leadership.</p><p>• <strong>Nolan Teasley</strong> is a 2007 graduate who now works as a Director of Pro Personnel for the Seattle Seahawks. He began with the Seahawks as an intern and worked hard to be promoted into his current role of director. He is also a former running back for the Wildcats and member of the CWU Hall of Fame.</p><p>• <strong>Emily von Jentzen</strong> is a 2005 graduate who is now an attorney for Kaufman Vidal Hileman Ellingson. She is a high-achieving alumnus with a deep commitment to community, family, human rights, and social justice who also raises money for charities that support children with life-threatening diseases.</p><p><strong>Distinguished Alumni Award recipients</strong></p><p>• <strong>Rachel Harry</strong> is a 2004 graduate of the College of Arts and Humanities who has taught drama at Hood River Valley High School for 30 years. In 2017 she received the Tony Award for Excellence in Theatre Education and used the cash prize to help HRVHS establish a costume library.</p><p>• <strong>Amy Hanson</strong> is a 1990 graduate of the College of Business and founder of Hanson Consulting Group. She has over 20 years of finance, IT, business operations, and management experience and has also become a champion of student success by providing scholarship support to CWU students who are pursuing STEM degrees.</p><p>• <strong>Teresa King</strong> is a 2002 graduate of the College of Education and Professional Studies and is currently a Cabin Technology Development &amp; Integration leader for The Boeing Company. She is also a tireless advocate for STEM education and spends her time volunteering as an after school science and math teacher promoting engineering as a career choice.</p><p>•<strong> Scott McGuane</strong> is a 1995 graduate of the College of the Sciences. He currently works as an Executive Director of Risk Management for JP Morgan Chase &amp; Co. His career path has been a steady arc of success, which has seen him rise to senior leadership in some of the largest financial institutions in America.</p><p><strong>Young Philanthropist of the Year</strong></p><p>• <strong>Andrew Mork</strong> graduated in 2011 and is now an Account Vice President of Wealth Management at UBS Financial Services. At just 30 years old he is giving generously to Wildcat Commons, Athletics Scholarships, and in support of the CWU Alumni Association.</p><p><strong>Philanthropists of the Year</strong></p><p>• <strong>Ben</strong> (’79) and <strong>Nancy Remak</strong> invest their time, talents, and financial resources across the CWU campus. In addition to providing full-tuition scholarships in law and justice and history, they also financially support CWU volleyball, football, the Wildcat Commons, and the Freedman-Remak Student-Athlete Academic Success Center. Ben currently serves on the CWU Law and Justice Department Advisory Board while Nancy has recently joined the College of Arts and Humanities Advisory Board.</p><p><strong>Alumni of the Year</strong></p><p>• <strong>Doug</strong> (‘68) and <strong>Sharon</strong> (‘90) <strong>Andrews</strong> show their support for Central in many ways. They have established a scholarship to assist students through CWU’s Disability Support Services and also made a significant contribution to Wildcat Commons, helping to change the conversation around alumni support and what is possible at Central.</p><p>Distinguished alumni are selected for their personal accomplishments, professional achievements, community service involvement, and/or contributions made to CWU.</p><p>Tickets for the event, which begins at 5 p.m., are limited and can be purchased <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>.&nbsp;</p><p>Media Contact: Robin Burck, UA Communications Content Developer, 509-963-2846, <a href=""></a></p><p>Posted on Wednesday, February 20, 2019.</p><p>Updated: February 25, 2019</p></a href="">CWU Alums Celebrate School History with Launch of Wildcat Alumni Plaza, 30 Oct 2018 09:35:21<p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="" style="width: 325px; height: 217px;"><img alt="" src="" style="width: 325px; height: 217px;"></p><p>After struggling academically in high school, Doug Andrews was strongly discouraged from pursuing his desire for a college education by his school counselors. Andrews, then 18, decided to join the Air Force for his schooling, but was rejected due to his impaired eyesight.</p><p>His backup plan may have failed him, but in 1963 Andrews chose to go to college, despite any adversity he may face. He attended Highline Junior College in Des Moines, WA, receiving an AA Degree in 1966. With this degree came the opportunity to transfer to Central Washington State College.</p><p>“Central was so accepting of those who had challenges,” Andrews said of his experience. “The school and the teachers were able to help students like me who had potential, but just needed a little extra help.”</p><p>Andrews graduated from CWSC with his BA in business administration in 1968. After graduation he returned to Seattle to work in and ultimately run the family business, Andrews Machinery Construction Supply.</p><p>As an alum, Andrews was integral in reestablishing the CWSC’s Alumni Association. He was a member of the Alumni Board from December 1974 to October 2012 and was instrumental in getting Central’s vanity card program started. Andrews’ time on the alumni board gave him the opportunity to watch and participate in the growth of CWSC/CWU through five university presidents, two acting presidents, six alumni directors, and numerous dedicated alumni association board members.&nbsp;<br>He met his wife, Sharon, during the 1980s, and later encouraged her to pursue a degree in accounting at CWU’s West Side campus. She graduated in 1990.&nbsp;</p><p>After much success in their careers, the Andrews sold the family construction supply business and retired in 2002. As they began planning for retirement, they contemplated ways to give back to the university that gave them so much.&nbsp;</p><p>The Andrews established an endowed scholarship in 2016 to support transfer students with a documented accommodation through the CWU Office of Disability Services. They said they felt compelled to give back to students who simply needed a caring, helpful, and nurturing environment like that of Central.</p><p>Most recently, the Andrews donated to the Wildcat Commons project, specifically to support the new Alumni Plaza in the north end of Tomlinson Stadium. The Andrews say they were intrigued by the idea of a gathering place for alumni and were inspired to bring the campus together.&nbsp;<br><br>“We liked the idea of the Alumni Plaza because it’s just a special place for alumni to get together,” Andrews said. “When people go into the Alumni Plaza, or look at the donor wall, we hope they will see the names of people who have gone there, and it will inspire them to get involved. So many people can be affected.”&nbsp;<br><br>The Alumni Plaza was dedicated to the Andrews during a private donor preview on September 28 at Tomlinson Stadium. Bob Ford, executive director of alumni and constituent relations, says the Andrews’ gift to Wildcat Commons will help bring Wildcats together for years to come.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>“Doug and Sharon have helped change the conversation around alumni support and what is possible at Central,” Ford said. “They have moved the conversation from what might have been thought of as impossible to possible, and that is something that will have a lasting impact that will inspire others.”&nbsp;</p><p>The CWU Alumni Association, CWU Athletics, and the CWU Foundation truly appreciate donors like Doug and Sharon. Want to invest in success? Consider giving to support <a href="" target="_blank">Wildcat Commons</a> and Central students today.</p></p style="text-align: center;"></br></br></br></br></br>CWU Recent Graduate Gives $15,000 to Support Wildcat Commons, 05 Sep 2018 14:28:46<p><img alt="" src="/alumni/sites/" style="width: 150px; height: 225px; float: left; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px;">Central Washington University alumnus, Andrew Mork (’11), is giving back to his alma mater again.</p><p>Mork, who graduated from CWU with a BS in business administration and a specialization in human resources, has personally invested $15,000 toward the first phase of the Wildcat Commons project, which includes upgrades to Tomlinson Stadium.</p><p>“I see my investment in the Wildcat Commons project as helping foster a gathering place for all students and alumni of the university. Whether it be for a football game, rugby match, soccer game, cultural event, or graduation,” Mork said. “The new Alumni Plaza will be an exciting addition for all. I see this as a starting place for the continued advancement of the university and look forward to seeing the growth that will come in the years ahead.”</p><p>The Wildcat Commons Project will include a new track and field facility, a lighted artificial turf field for intramural and club sports, and artificial turf, lights, and other amenities at Tomlinson Stadium.</p><p>New features include the construction of the new Wildcat Plaza and Alumni Plaza, which will provide area for donors and alumni to get together while they enjoy their favorite CWU athletics events.</p><p>This is not the first time Mork has given back to Central in a meaningful way. Mork also <a href="" target="_blank">contributed $25,000 during Give Central</a>, the university’s annual day of giving campaign.</p><p>“I am driven to give back to CWU and the surrounding community because of my time as a student,” Mork said. “My experience during my five years at CWU helped drive me down a path of success after graduating and I credit that all back to the university. I want to see that current and future students have the same experience that I did and I want to help find ways to bring the campus together.”</p><p>Senior Director of Alumni and Constituent Relations, Bob Ford, commends Mork for his generous support. He hopes other alumni will feel encouraged by Mork’s contributions and follow in his footsteps.</p><p>“Andrew’s leadership on the alumni board and his commitment to Wildcat athletics enriches our culture of philanthropy and enhances our alumni’s commitment to give back,” Ford said. “This support will impact CWU alumni and student-athletes for years to come.”</p><p>Mork credits some of his fondest memories to CWU football games, both watching the games themselves and to the friends he made while attending games at Tomlinson Stadium.</p><p>“While I was not directly involved in any sports teams during my time at Central, I did feel a strong connection to the football program, as it provided a great experience to be able to connect with other alumni around the world and help keep them connected to the university,” Mork said.</p><p>The Wildcat Commons project addresses the university’s growing recreational needs due to its increased enrollment. It will make CWU instantly more competitive and relevant on the field, in the classroom, and on the regional/national stage, as all of its facilities become better equipped to deliver the best undergraduate experience in the West.&nbsp;</p><p>September 2018</p><p>&nbsp;</p><hr><p>The CWU Alumni Association, CWU Athletics, and the CWU Foundation truly appreciate donors like Andrew. Want to invest in success? Consider giving to support the <strong><a href="" target="_blank">Wildcat Commons</a></strong> and Central students today.</p><h2 style="text-align: center;"><a href=";t=donation&amp;vqitq=1aad39f2-43eb-4959-9af8-329bbaded2d6&amp;vqitp=788996b9-9696-40fb-b9c8-a09ab697dd78&amp;vqitts=1536183237&amp;vqitc=vendini&amp;vqite=itl&amp;vqitrt=Safetynet&amp;vqith=93a87723f36651f1808ad92831e5e4f7" target="_blank"><strong>Give today.</strong></a></h2></hr></h2 style="text-align: center;">Celebrate CWU Traditions at the 2018 Ring and Medallion Ceremony, 09 May 2018 15:02:13<p>&nbsp;</p><p>The ASCWU Student Government, CWU Alumni Association, Wildcat Shop, and Traditions Keepers are hosting the <a href=";w=c24075cf11a40b8d6b2b5fe4d6debd4c&amp;vqitq=9d4dd02c-e2d8-4645-8983-cfb9d6d632bd&amp;vqitp=8df93d79-9d9f-4712-891b-c79e9c97f121&amp;vqitts=1477510083&amp;vqitc=vendini&amp;vqite=itl&amp;vqitrt=Safetynet&amp;vqith=acd0f4868675791e0&amp;vqitq=2b8fd75b-8e69-4f21-919b-665f2f7ac615&amp;vqitp=cd393db9-9697-4948-89d0-1c9d6e9c7319&amp;vqitts=1525903221&amp;vqitc=vendini&amp;vqite=itl&amp;vqitrt=Safetynet&amp;vqith=b5329a7e26a024725e50d63368c6d338" target="_blank">2018 Ring and Medallion Ceremony</a> on May 11, in the SURC Ballroom.</p><p>The ceremony, which begins at 4:00 p.m., will celebrate class ring and Traditions Keeper medallion recipients. Students, their parents, family members, alumni, and CWU employees are encouraged to attend.</p><p>“The Ring and Medallion Ceremony represents a tangible connection linking past, present, and future generations of Wildcats around the globe,” said Bob Ford, senior director of alumni and constituent relations.</p><p>Designed and selected by CWU students, the class ring reflects the history and traditions of the university. Wearing the ring symbolizes CWU pride and student achievements.</p><p>“Whether you’ve demonstrated your Central pride by ordering a class ring or achieved 72 of 91 traditions to earn your medallion, or both, this ceremony brings together and celebrates our most dedicated Wildcats,” said Laura Sanchez, alumni relations coordinator.</p><p>The event is free and fully hosted. Professional attire is recommended.</p><p>For more information regarding the Ring and Medallion Ceremony, contact the CWU Alumni Association at 509-963-2160.</p><p>Media contact:</p><p>Wednesday, May 9, 2018</p>CWU Time Capsule not to be Seen Again for Decades, 09 May 2018 14:51:43<p><img alt="" src="/alumni/sites/" style="width: 207px; height: 311px; float: left; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px;">A new class of Wildcats is getting ready to graduate and start a new chapter in their lives. Not only will these students be taking on this new venture with a quality education, but also with cherished memories spanning over the course of their time at CWU. We want to celebrate past, present, and future students by helping commemorate those memories at Central with two time capsules.</p><p>Student Appreciation Day is coming up on May 24 where we will be burying two time capsules in the Barge Courtyard. One will be a 25-year capsule, to be unearthed at CWU’s 150th anniversary in 2042, and the other is a 50-year capsule, which will be unearthed at CWU’s 175th anniversary in 2067.</p><p>"We are excited to have the opportunity to help commemorate the many different memories of CWU students, both past and present," said Bob Ford, executive director of the alumni association at Central. “By participating in the time capsule program, you are not only memorializing your Central experiences, but also giving back to CWU.”<img alt="" src="/alumni/sites/" style="width: 250px; height: 311px; float: right; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px;"></p><p>The cost to add your memories to one or both of the capsules is as follows:</p><ul><li>$1: Sign the official time capsule guestbook</li><li>$5: Customize your own acid-free paper</li><li>$25: Fill an envelope</li></ul><p>The proceeds from the Traveling Time Capsule will benefit student scholarships at CWU.</p><p>To see the time capsules and get your items included in them, you can visit us at multiple <a href="" target="_blank">upcoming events</a> in both Ellensburg and Seattle, including <a href="" target="_blank">CWU Day with the Mariners on May 18</a>. All materials that you wish to include in the time capsules must be turned in to the alumni office in Barge Hall, room 115, no later than 5:00 p.m. on May 21, to allow CWU archives time to properly curate each item.</p><p>May 10, 2018</p><p>CWU students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends gathered for the ceremony to bury the 25- and 50-year time capsules.&nbsp; Watch the video of the capsules going into the ground.</p><p><iframe class="youtube-player" frameborder="0" height="390" src="//" title="YouTube video player" type="text/html" width="480"></iframe></p><p>Updated May 24, 2018</p>CWU Alumni Association Partners with 1st Security Bank, 09 May 2018 14:27:16<p>The CWU Alumni Association is proud to announce its new Wildcat banking program with the alumni association’s preferred banking partner, 1st Security Bank, effective on May 10. This program is the first of its kind at CWU, and we hope you join us in this exciting new endeavor.</p><p>The Wildcat banking program will include a multitude of benefits including a free Visa™; Debit card, the <strong>Crimson Card</strong>, and personal CWU branded checks, <a href="" target="_blank">shown here</a>. Pay with Wildcat pride everywhere you go by opening an account today.</p><p>Joe Adams, CEO of 1st Security Bank added, "It is our pleasure to provide valuable banking products and services to the Central Washington University community in support of its mission and we look forward to the many opportunities that will surface as a result of this partnership."</p><p>When you bank with 1st Security through our alumni affinity bank card program, you not only showcase your Wildcat pride, but also give back. This new banking partnership will generate support for the CWU Alumni Association.</p><p>"The new CWU <strong>Crimson Card</strong> from 1st Security Bank gives its supporters another way to support their alma mater simply by opening a checking account with the bank," said Bob Ford, executive director of the alumni association at Central. “The goal of the partnership at 1st Security Bank is to provide a creative tool that supports the long-term development of campus initiatives and programs.”</p><p>For a complete list of benefits that are offered through this partnership, <a href="" target="_blank">click here</a>.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank"><img alt="WBN New Member 1st Security Bank " src="/alumni/sites/" style="width: 800px; height: 225px;"></a></p>Scholarship Central: Thanks to Alumni Donors, 15 Dec 2017 16:05:04<p>Whether you’ve got a current or prospective CWU student in your family, or are interested in contributing to a scholarship fund, we want you to know about <a href="" target="_blank">Scholarship Central</a>. Scholarship Central is the new scholarship system at CWU to help manage applications, selection and awarding scholarships.</p><p>Scholarship applications are open now through February 1, 2018. The system can be accessed by visiting <a href="" target="_blank"></a>, and then clicking the Scholarship Central logo. Powered by, the new system replaces the former General Scholarship Application (GSA) and creates a place to learn about scholarships and donors. The profile and set up experience is much improved, improving the overall application experience. The system also allows for review and selection by the selection committees.</p><p>Once awards have been given, applicants are encouraged to be in touch with donors. The system has <a href="">donor</a> information, including names and profiles. One donor couple we’d like to highlight is Doug and Sharon Andrews. They inspire students, and we are proud to share their story.</p><p>Doug and Sharon are both CWU alumni, who enrolled at Central after getting their associate degrees from Highline JC/Community College. Doug transferred to the CWU Ellensburg campus in 1966 and graduated in 1968 with a BS in Business. Sharon attended one of the Westside CWU centers in 1988 and graduated in 1990 with a BS in Accounting. Doug experienced learning challenges, which could have reduced his odds of getting a college degree, but with the caring, helpful, and encouraging environment he found at Central, he was able to succeed. After graduation in 1968, Doug went to work in the family construction equipment sales and rental business in the Seattle area. In 2002, after a successful career, he sold the business and retired. In 1974, Doug was invited to join the CWU Alumni Association Board of Directors, where he proudly served through 2012. This time on the alumni board gave Doug the opportunity to watch and participate in the growth of CWSC/CWU through several university presidents, working closely with alumni staff and many dedicated CWU Alumni Association board members. What Central Washington University gave Sharon and Doug in education, friendships, and connection nurtured their heartfelt love for the university. It was with this in mind that they set up their endowed scholarship in 2016, with the aim to help other students gain access to the Central education experience.</p><p>December 7, 2017</p><p>_________________________________________________________________</p><p><em>Extending a special thank you to Doug and Sharon, and all of our scholarship donors. For more donor stories, visit <a href="" target="_blank"> </a>information, visit <a href=""></a> today.</em></p>Building New Marketing Opportunities for Wildcat Businesses, 07 Jun 2017 10:32:35<p><img alt="" src="/alumni/sites/" style="width: 550px; height: 229px; margin: 5px; border-width: 5px; border-style: solid;"></p><p>The CWU Alumni Association is excited to roll out the Wildcat Business Network. This program is a marketing membership for CWU alumni-owned and managed businesses that are looking to market their businesses to the Wildcat community.</p><p>With more than 100,000 CWU Alumni nationwide, the Wildcat Business Network will act as a liaison between fellow alumni who are looking to foster a lasting and positive relationship in the business world.</p><p>There are four engagement levels offered: bronze, silver, gold, and platinum.</p><p><img alt="" src="/alumni/sites/" style="width: 50px; height: 50px; margin: 5px; float: left;">The bronze level provides the opportunity to offer company discounts through the Alumni Access App, as well as a Wildcat Always Welcome window decal to proudly display in your business window.</p><p><img alt="" src="/alumni/sites/" style="width: 50px; height: 50px; margin: 5px; float: left;">The silver level includes everything previously mentioned in bronze, as well as logo placement on one alumni newsletter edition, a website link for 12 months on the Alumni Association website and a boosted social media post through an Alumni Association social media account. The boosted post will be able to reach 500 alumni in your area.</p><p><img alt="" src="/alumni/sites/" style="width: 50px; height: 50px; margin: 5px; float: left;">The gold engagement level is for Wildcats who want to take their marketing plan to the next level. It includes everything in the previous packages, and additionally offers: a feature article in a monthly alumni e-newsletter reaching more than 40,000 Wildcats nationwide, quarterly social media posts, and the opportunity to host or sponsor an alumni program at your establishment or at a venue in the region. The program sponsorship includes social media advertising and logo placement as a title sponsor visible to alumni within a 30-mile radius of the program.</p><p><img alt="" src="/alumni/sites/" style="width: 50px; height: 50px; margin: 5px; float: left;">The platinum level is for businesses that want to go even further and invest in a fully personalized marketing campaign that they craft with the Alumni Association staff.</p><p>Don’t miss out on this opportunity. Contact <a href="">Ashley Gillum</a>, Director of Program Development to learn more about the <a href="" target="_blank">Wildcat Business Network</a> or <a href="" target="_blank">join today</a> and we will follow up with you directly.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/alumni/sites/" style="width: 150px; height: 126px; margin: 5px;"></p><p style="text-align: center;"><br>For more information, <a href="" target="_blank">click to join</a> or <a href="" target="_blank">give the gift of membership to a recent graduate today.</a></p></a href=""></p style="text-align: center;"></p style="text-align: center;"></br>One Big Cat, 07 Jun 2017 10:09:22<p><img alt="" src="/alumni/sites/" style="width: 549px; height: 366px; border-width: 5px; border-style: solid; margin: 5px;"></p><p>Obtaining a bachelor’s or graduate degree is an amazing accomplishment, and we want to celebrate new grads as they join the cohort of alumni from Central Washington University.</p><p>Commencement is a time to celebrate success and to celebrate the future of fellow Wildcats. It’s a time where we welcome new alumni and celebrate them for their accomplishments and wish them well in their future endeavors. Commencement is a time in which we can all look back fondly and remember the anxiety-filled-walk to Tomlinson Stadium, the bagpipes ringing through Ellensburg, the influx of family, friends, and alumni.</p><p><img alt="" src="/alumni/sites/" style="width: 251px; height: 167px; border-width: 5px; border-style: solid; margin: 5px; float: left;">This year, the Ellensburg commencement speaker is John Haroldson. Haroldson, a CWU alumnus, is the first Latino elected to serve as District Attorney in the State of Oregon and has served as a criminal prosecutor since 1988.&nbsp;Haroldson earned a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from Central Washington University, and a Doctorate of Jurisprudence from the University of Oregon.&nbsp; He is a member of both the Oregon State Bar and the Washington State Bar.</p><p>Tod Nielsen will serve as the commencement speaker for the Kent ceremony. Nielsen is a graduate of CWU Lynwood and has excelled in the tech industry. Nielsen also began his own software company as soon as he graduated from Bothell high school in 1983. He earned his bachelor’s of science degree in Business Administration and Information Systems, and soon after went to work for Microsoft in 1988, where he stayed until June 2000.</p><p><img alt="" src="/alumni/sites/" style="width: 251px; height: 167px; border-width: 5px; border-style: solid; margin: 5px; float: right;">Nielsen is now the President and CEO of Financial Force, a cloud-based applications company headquartered out of San Francisco, CA. Formerly the Executive Vice President of Platform at Salesforce, Nielsen joined Financial Force in January 2017, bringing with him his deep understanding of cloud platforms and extensive experience taking technology companies beyond the billion-dollar revenue mark.</p><p>Nielsen has held many other high-profile positions throughout his career, serving as an executive at four of the five, top largest enterprise software companies including Microsoft, Oracle, VMware, and Salesforce.</p><p>We are excited to host these two outstanding alumni as they share their knowledge, experience, and the values that have helped shaped them into successful graduates and outstanding alumni.&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" src="/alumni/sites/" style="width: 250px; height: 167px; border-width: 5px; border-style: solid; margin: 5px; float: left;">Following commencement, the Alumni Association will welcome our 2017 graduates and commemorate this milestone by hosting a Grad Celebration in Ellensburg and a special reception for graduates following the Kent ceremony.</p><p>While we prepare to welcome this new class of alumni following commencement we hope you <a href="" target="_blank">consider giving the gift of membership</a> to the CWU Alumni Association. Recent graduates are eligible for a discounted membership for their first year. Membership to the Alumni Association comes with <a href="" target="_blank">outstanding benefits</a>, including invitations to events, discounts, and special access to exclusive areas at athletic events.</p><p>Past graduates who are not yet members, are encouraged to join and receive these same benefits. For those with expired memberships,<a href="" target="_blank"> renewing is just a click away.</a></p><p><img alt="" src="/alumni/sites/" style="width: 251px; height: 167px; border-width: 5px; border-style: solid; margin: 5px; float: right;">The Central Washington University Alumni Association would like to take the time to congratulate each and every member of the graduating class of 2017. We look forward to seeing all of the amazing things that our recent graduates will go on to accomplish. We hope that the network of more than 100,000 alumni worldwide will help to provide the support these young alumni will need as they transition to life after university. Go Wildcats!</p><p><a href="" target="_blank"><u><strong>CWU Commencement Ceremonies</strong></u></a><br>Whether you have a student graduating, or you’re planning to show your support for a mentee, we want to make sure you have all the details you might need to show your Wildcat Pride during graduation. Ellensburg campus ceremonies will be held on Saturday, June 10, followed by a ceremony in Kent on Sunday, June 11. <a href="" target="_blank">For additional details, visit the commencement page on our website.</a> Tickets are not required for entry at any of the graduation ceremonies.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/alumni/sites/" style="width: 175px; height: 147px; margin: 5px;"></p><p style="text-align: center;"><br>For more information, <a href="" target="_blank">click to join</a> or<a href="" target="_blank"> give the gift of membership to a recent graduate today.</a></p></br></p style="text-align: center;"></p style="text-align: center;"></br>