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March 6, 2023

WASBE 2024 Conference

The CWU Wind Ensemble and Dr. T. André Feagin Director of Bands have been selected as the featured performers for the 2024 World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles' International Convention. It will be held in July of 2024 in South Korea.

March 2, 2023

SPE 2023 Conference

Art + Design Club students will attend the Society for Photographic Education conference. Faculty leadership includes Art + Design Professors Marcus DeSieno and Erika Nelson Pazian.

March 1, 2023


Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities Dr. Jason Knick published a book: "Democracy and Dissent in the Irish Free State: Opposition, Decolonisation, and Majority Rights".

December 2, 2022

Theatre Arts Gold Medallion Award

Theatre Arts Senior Lecturer and Production Manager Jerry Dougherty won the 2022 KCACTF Gold Medallion Award which is the "most prestigious regional award given by KCACTF and is considered one of the greatest honors in theatre education."

November 14, 2022

ArtsWA Curator Roster 2022-2026

Manager of The Sarah Spurgeon Gallery is appointed as WA state art curator for four years.

November 11, 2022

The First (film)

Two Film Program alumnae win multiple awards for their film, The First.

November 3, 2022


Four Communication Department student editors travel to Washington D.C. for a prestigious journalism conference.

November 14, 2018

College Media Shoot-Out 2018

College Media Review (CMR)

Journal of the Collge Media Association

September 12, 2018

CWU Professors Present in Beijing at World Congress of Philosophy

by Dawn Alford

CWU Department of Public Affairs


May 29, 2018

New Jundt exhibit celebrates Inland Northwest Landscapes

by Carolyn Lamberson

The Spokesman-Review


February 14, 2018

Yakima author will take you on a California odeyssey

by Tammy Ayer

Yakima Herald

February 14, 2018

Central Washington University Symphony Orchestra honored with Kennedy Center invite

Yakima Herald


January 17, 2018

Eight Central Washington artists to watch in 2018

by Pat Muir

Yakima Herald

January 26th, 2017

"Star Wars philosophy panel explores cultural themes"

by Matt Carstens in the Daily Record

CWU faculty held a panel on January 25th discussing the philosophy, science, and ethics of Star Wars.

Read more here.

August 9th, 2016

"Alumna's California Wildfire Photos Get Published Nationwide"

by CWU News

CWU Alumna Katharine Lotze, Journalism graduate from 2012, recently had her photos of a brush fire north of LA picked up by news outlets across the nation.

Read more here.

July 22nd, 2016

"Alumnus Accepts Sunshine Award from Society of Professional Journalists"

by CWU News

Kevin Opashi, who graduated from Central in 2010 with a degree in journalism was recently awarded the Sunshine Award from the Society of Professional Journalists. Read more here.  

July 19th, 2016

"Take a bow: Annual Kairos Lyceum begins July 15"

by CWU News

CWU's resident Kairos Quartet will be hosting a multi-day clinic for music students from as far away as New Mexico. The students will be given opportunities to learn from experts in the field, and several free, open to the public, concerts will be held during the week. Read more here.

June 10th, 2016

"Walking Free With Barry: Badger Creek State Park, Iowa"

by Robert J Benz

Dean Stacey Robertson recently spoke with Barry Jurgensen, a history teacher from Arlington High School in Nebraska, who is walking a path previously walked by two women as they escaped slavery in 1858. Click here to read more!

May 17th, 2016

"College of Liberal Arts Awards Keene Prize for Literature to Michener Center Graduate Student"

by UT College of Liberal Arts

Joanna Garner, an alum of CWU's Theatre Arts program, was recently named a finalist for the E.L. Keene Award and received $17,000 for her play "The Orange Garden." Click here to read more!

April 12th, 2016

"The Beauty of Brass: NW Horn Symposium April 15-17 at CWU"

by CWU News

Central will play host to the NW Horn Symposium on April 15-17, organized by Jeffrey Snedeker, a horn professor in the Central Music Department. Read more here.   

April 5th, 2016

"Former CWU student in his 2nd year as Cle Elum-Roslyn music director"

by Mary Swift in the Daily Record

Nick Maupoux, Central Music Department alum, works long hours in order to facilitate the learning of his music students. Read more here.

April 1st, 2016

"CWU Trombone Choir performs in the D.C. area

by Nicole Klauss in the Daily Record

Central Trombone students were given the change to attend the prestigious American Trombone Workshop. They also performed at a local middle school. 
Read more here

March 30th, 2016

"Young local musicians share stage with the best"

by Yakima Herald-Republic Editorial Board, in the Yakima Herald

Central music students recently had the chance to perform with Jeff Coffin, a saxophonist with the Dave Matthews Band. Yakima area high school students also had the chance to perform with Coffin. Read more here.

March 29th, 2016

"CWU theater carefully selects props for each show"

by Nicole Klauss, in the Daily Record

Central's Theatre Department creates and reuses a multitude of props to add a layer of authenticity to its performances. Read more here.

March 23rd, 2016

"Jazz Ambassadors coming to town"

by the Daily Record

The CWU Jazz Band will be opening for a performance by the Jazz Ambassadors of the U.S. Army Field Band on April 3rd, at 3 p.m. Read more here.

March 2016

"Former professor heads to China"

by the Daily Record

Ellensburg resident Phil Backlund, a retired Central Washington University professor of communication studies, is traveling to Beijing this week to be a judge in a national public speaking contest. Read more here.

March 2016

"New song honors fallen Twisp firefighters"

by King 5 News

It has been almost seven months since the wildfires last summer killed three firefighters in Twisp. On Saturday, the CWU men's choir honored them with a brand new song at a performance in Seattle. Read more here.

January 2016

"Free Concert at Centralia College to Feature CWU Ventus Trio"

by The Chronicle

Centralia College will hold a free concert on Sunday, February 28, featuring the CWU Ventus Trio, an ensemble known for its range and exuberance. Read more here.

January 2016

"Toilet-break rules for 999 operators up for review"

by RTE news

BT Ireland is to commission an expert review of ECAS work practices and make recommendations. Read more here.

December 2015

"CWU Theatre Professor Reaches Out To Umpqua Students After Tragedy"

by CWU News

CWU Theatre Professor Patrick Dizney visted with students and faculty at Umpqua Community College, the site of a mass shooting in October. Read more here.

December 2015

"CWU Chamber Choir: Esenvalds - "Stars" In The León Cathedral"

by CWU News

CWU's Chamber Choir was invited to León, Spain where they preformed in the Santa María de León Cathedral. Read more and see the video here.

December 23rd, 2015

"CWU performance to air on public TV"

by Staff Reports in the Daily Record

A performance by CWU's Chamber Orchestra and Chamber Choir, directed by Nikolas Caoile and Gary Weidenaar, was broadcast on KCTS/KYVE on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Read more here.

December 16th, 2015

"North Coast Symphonic Band leads holiday concert at the Liberty Theater"

by the Coast Weekend Arts and Entertainment

CWU Professors Mark Goodenberger and Denise Dillenbeck were featured soloists for a holiday concert on December 19th. They were accompanied by the North Coast Symphonic Band. Read all about it here.

December 12th, 2015

"New Bremerton Foodline director"

by the Central Kitsap Reporter

CWU alum Kimberly Faulkner was recently annouced as the new executive director for Bremerton Foodline. Read all about it here.

November 17th, 2015

"CWU students teach jazz band at Morgan"

by Matt Carstens in the Daily Record. 

CWU student, Tanner Cornell, is the latest in a long line of music students to teach Jazz Band at Morgan Middle School. Read all about it here.


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