CWUASCWU NewsASCWU News Student Appointed to State Council for Student Achievement, 26 Aug 2019 11:29:33<p><img alt="" src="/ascwu/sites/" style="float: left; width: 472px; height: 600px;" />Central Washington University senior Payton Swinford has been appointed to the Washington Student Achievement Council, where he will serve a one-year term as the student representative, according to a news release.</p> <p>As a first-generation college student, Swinford said he wants to remove educational barriers for people who haven&rsquo;t traditionally had access to higher education. During his term on the WSAC, he plans to work toward removing systemic inequities in higher education.</p> <p>Swinford is studying history and social studies teaching, and he would like to become a secondary education instructor so he can help young people reach their potential in life. He comes from a background in political organizing, including LGBTQ advocacy, helping secure school funding in south Kitsap County, and working to elect progressive political candidates.</p> <p>Read this article in its entirety online at the&nbsp;<a href="">Daily Record</a>.</p> Gov. Inslee Appoints Alex Harrington as new CWU Student Trustee, 17 Jun 2019 16:03:50<p><img alt="" src="/ascwu/sites/" style="width: 400px; height: 600px; float: right;">Governor Jay Inslee has named Alex Harrington, 19, to serve as student trustee at Central Washington University for the 2019-20 academic year.</p><p>Harrington, who will be a senior during his term, is majoring in political science. He is a 2018 graduate of Bellevue College and earned his diploma from Interlake Senior High School in Bellevue.</p><p>“Alex’s commitment to service is evident through everything he’s taken on so far, including his work in the office of Dean of Students office at CWU, as well as his participation in a variety of student organizations and agencies, and as a McNair scholar,” Inslee said. “ He will make an excellent addition to the CWU Board of Regents and will represent his fellow students very well.”</p><p>Harrington called the appointment a great honor and an amazing opportunity.</p><p>“I’m very passionate about higher education and the ideals of free expression and having a diversity of ideas,” he said. “I look forward to working with the other trustees in navigating the future course of the university.”</p><p>Harrington said his priorities as a student trustee will include making certain that implementing the new state minimum wage doesn’t result in student fee increases and increasing student retention by putting an increased emphasis on student health services.</p><p>“I think it’s imperative to create a centralized space for the departments under health and wellness,” he said. “I also want to address the rising cost of higher education and look at ways Central can lead the state in making college more accessible to those who want to continue their educations.”</p><p>Harrington’s undergraduate research as a McNair Scholar at CWU is into the history and development of solidarity within the Israeli Black Panther Party.</p><p>He said that after graduating from Central, his hope is to pursue a PhD in Public Administration.</p><p>All of the state’s six public baccalaureate institutions have a student seat on its governing bodies. The student trustees serve one-year terms and are full voting members on all issues except matters relating to hiring or discipline of personnel, tenure of faculty, and collective bargaining agreements. Harrington’s term will end on June 30, 2020.</p><p>Harrington was among a list of five nominees for student trustee submitted by CWU to the governor.</p><p>Media contact: Richard Moreno, Director of Content Development, 509-963-2714,</p>CWU names new Diversity and Equity Center director, 04 Jan 2019 09:34:37<p><img alt="" src="" style="width: 400px; height: 600px; float: left;">Following a national search, Abby Chien has been named director of the CWU Diversity and Equity Center (DEC) and will begin Feb. 1, 2019. The vision of the DEC is to provide high impact, transformational, community building and educational programs for the CWU community and to nurture leaders grounded in the core concepts of intersectional identity development, diversity education, equity, and social justice.</p><p>Chien will provide leadership for the center – which directly supports efforts around student success, retention, and inclusion – and work collaboratively with the campus community in addressing issues related to historically underrepresented, marginalized and/or underserved students. She will supervise three full time staff and a large group of students, as well as support the Equity and Services Council (ESC) member groups.</p><p>Jeff Rosenberry, executive director of Student Involvement, looks forward to welcoming Chien to CWU and believes her experience and skills will help pave the way for enhanced student support from the Diversity &amp; Equity Center.</p><p>“Abby brings significant experience in student development, inclusion and social justice initiatives,” Rosenberry said. “She will be a great addition to our team as we continue to improve our connection with students and work towards new opportunities through multicultural support for all Wildcats.”</p><p>In partnership with Rosenberry, Chien will help to develop the vision, direction and actualization of an inclusive co-curricular learning environment.</p><p>"I'm thrilled to be joining CWU," Chien said. "My career path has been shaped by a sense of inquiry and desire to create or contribute to spaces that center communities, identities and individual experiences all at once. It is clear that the DEC is a hub for building inclusive communities, and I'm excited about the energy and potential to learn with and alongside students, faculty and staff to maximize the impact of the center. I look forward to joining a University community that is student-centered and actively engages the student experience."</p><p>Chien previously served in Residence Education at the University of Connecticut, Retention &amp; Student Success Coaching at Saint Louis University and most recently in Multicultural Affairs at the University of Michigan. She is currently co-chair for the MultiRacial Knowledge Community within NASPA (Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education), working to provide education and advocacy for the experiences of multiracial individuals and transracial adoptees in college.</p><p>Chien has a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Western Illinois University and a Master of Arts in Higher Education and Student Affairs from the University of Connecticut. She continues to play the oboe, and looks forward to exploring outdoor recreation opportunities and the surrounding areas.</p> Activist Shaun King to Visit CWU Feb. 25, Tickets Now Available, 03 Jan 2019 10:00:33<p><img alt="" src="" style="width: 480px; height: 600px; float: left;">Internationally-recognized civil rights activist and journalist, Shaun King will speak on February 25, 2019, at Central Washington University. Free tickets are currently available to CWU students online; the public may purchase tickets starting January 25.</p><p>The social media phenom is best known to his 4 million followers for spreading messages of social equity around the world. King has been at the forefront of the Black Lives Matter movement, advocating for empowerment and dignity for African Americans.</p><p>“Shaun bravely spearheaded the efforts to identify and arrest violent white supremacists who brutally attacked men and women in Charlottesville, Virginia,” stated his website. “His dogged efforts single-handedly led to more arrests of Neo-Nazis there than that of the FBI or State Police.”</p><p>In addition to his social media presence, King is a columnist for The Intercept and the Writer-In-Residence at Harvard Law School’s Fair Punishment Project. He is the former senior justice writer for the New York Daily News. As a writer he has written more than 1,500 articles and provides morning commentary on the nationally-syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show.</p><p>King holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. In 1999, King became the youngest student government president elected at Morehouse since Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a student there in 1947.</p><p>He speaks at universities, prisons, and to civic groups across the U.S. King also won the first Humanitarian Hero honor at the 2018 BET Awards.</p><p>In his continued efforts for social justice and equity, King will speak on February 25 at 6:30 p.m. in the CWU Student Union and Recreation Center Ballroom. As a young activist, he will connect with the campus to share how to use their voice and create change through social media.</p><p>This is a ticketed event. CWU students may pick up their tickets online at Wildcat Tickets or in the Wildcat Shop, starting January 2. General admission (GA) tickets will be available to the public on January 25.</p><p>Cost:</p><ul><li>Free - CWU students w/ student ID</li><li>$10 discounted GA tickets with a non-perishable food donation. Must show discounted ticket with food donation to enter venue. Donations will be accepted at the event door and will support CWU's Presidents United to Solve Hunger (P.U.S.H.) food banks.</li><li>$15 regular general admission</li></ul><p>For more information about this event contact Katrina Whitney, assistant director of the Diversity and Equity Center at, 509-963-2128.</p><p>Media contact: Dawn Alford, Department of Public Affairs, 509-963-1484,</p>CWU Hires New Dean of Student Success, 02 Jan 2019 08:45:00<p><img alt="" src="" style="width: 200px; height: 300px; float: left;">Central Washington University has named Gregg M. Heinselman the new Dean of Student Success.</p><p>Heinselman, who was selected following a national search, had been serving as Assistant Chancellor for Student Affairs and Title IX Coordinator at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. He will begin his new position on January 14.</p><p>“Gregg brings more than 30 years of student affairs experience to the position,” noted Katherine Frank, CWU’s Provost and Vice President for Academic and Student Life. “He has managed a broad array of student life-related programs and facilities, so he’ll be able to have an immediate and positive impact on our many student-focused services.”</p><p>Heinselman said he was grateful to be appointed to the job and looked forward to getting to work.</p><p>“The student-centered approach to learning at Central Washington University was apparent throughout the interview process,” he said. “I appreciate and value the intentionality behind the design of Student Success at CWU. The direct collaboration opportunities between academic and student affairs demonstrates that the commitment to teaching and learning encourages student success in the classroom, and in the campus and greater community.”</p><p>Heinselman earned his BS in Business Administration at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona, and an MS in Education from Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kansas.</p><p>He previously served as Dean of University Life at Duke University, Executive Director of University Centers and Campus Life at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, and Director of the Overman Student Center and Student Life at Pittsburg State University.</p><p>“As a first generation college student, I benefitted greatly from the many faculty mentors and advisors that took the time and interest in support of my learning,” he said. “I find it deeply personal to be able to assist students and work directly with faculty and administrators to provide the students the best learning experience and environment possible.”</p><p>Media contact: Richard Moreno, Department of Public Affairs, 509-963-2714,</p>ASCWU supports Diversity and Equity Center move to Black Hall, 10 Oct 2018 13:56:43<p>Jack Belcher, News Editor, The Observer<br>October 4, 2018</p><p><img alt="" src="" style="width: 300px; height: 200px; float: left;">The Diversity and Equity Center (DEC) is moving to Black Hall in order for the program to expand. According to Jeff Rosenberry, Executive Director of Student Involvement, the new space in Black Hall is going to be three-to-five times larger than the current DEC in the SURC.</p><p>With the larger area in Black, the new DEC can consist of a multicultural space, a place that DEC Assistant Director Veronica Gomez describes as a setting where students can work on projects and have meetings.</p><p>According to DEC Assistant Director Katrina Whitney, students have been constantly and consistently asking for a DEC on campus. The DEC was created in 1997 because students supported the idea with a passion. Whitney was on staff from the very beginning and has been with the center for the last 21 years.</p><p>Whitney said that back in 1997, the DEC was a one-room, one-office space in the old Samuelson building. It was then moved to its current location in the SURC, which, while larger, does not have the room necessary to easily help students. With this larger move to Black, the DEC will have access to a space that has more potential.</p><p>“The potential for this space in relation to what we can provide to students, from all identities, is so profound,” Whitney said. “We are in a state in our world, in our nation, where conversations around identity, conversations around privilege, conversations around ally-ship, conversations around equity are so crucial and vital to the health of our nation that having a center to be able to continue to grow in those conversations is invaluable.”</p><p>The space in Black Hall is only supposed to be temporary. The long-term goal is for the DEC to take advantage of an expansion of the SURC, a project that ASCWU President Edith Rojas said is many years away. However, because</p><p>students have been asking for a larger space for so long, and because the opening of the new Samuelson building has provided a new home for the Multimodal Education Center, there is a large space in Black Hall for the DEC to move into.</p><p>The idea to move the DEC into Black Hall was presented to Rojas by Provost and Vice President for Academic and Student Life Dr. Katherine P. Frank over the summer.</p><p>“I was really taken back,” Rojas said. “Sitting on the board last year, we had this idea of expanding the SURC… and so we didn’t think it would be possible.”</p><p>Rojas and ASCWU VP of Equity and Community Affairs Maurice Watkins both liked the idea of the space, and can see how the move will help students.</p><p>Watkins thinks that the location in Black Hall is perfect for the DEC’s needs right now. He is aware that this is still only a temporary location, but the space will be familiar for returning students, as it was previously the area in Black Hall where students could check out laptops. It will also be hard for new students to miss, due to its proximity to the SURC.&nbsp;</p><p>“I am sure that there will be lots of people that will come in and either want to use the space for themselves or their organization, or as a place to pray or if they just would like a learning experience,” Watkins said. “It’s a very inclusive space, it’s a safe space and it’s open to everyone of every sort of demographic.”</p><p>According to Watkins, the space isn’t just for students who might face marginalization in their lives.</p><p>“And for those who may not be part of a marginalized group, you can still come, and you can talk to individuals and you can get to learn people who have different cultures on a more personal level, to be able to understand them better,” Watkins said.</p><p>On Monday, Sept. 24, the ASCWU voted unanimously in support of the move during a public meeting in the SURC Pit. Both Watkins and Rojas state that there was no opposition to the move and nobody had anything negative to say about the idea.</p><p>Rosenberry believes that the support that CWU President James Gaudino, Provost Frank and the university on the whole is providing shows just how important diversity and inclusiveness is at CWU.</p><p>“I was a student here from 2001 to 2007 and during that time I saw a campus of inclusion, I saw a campus of diverse populations,” Rosenberry said. “People who didn’t always have the same thought process but were able to come together in a way and have an educated dialogue, and that difference of opinion is okay, and its accepted and it should be encouraged on a college campus.”</p><p>CWU senior and DEC volunteer Taylor Tahkeal-Valencia is excited to get the new space, although she feels the move is long overdue. She thinks the move is finally going to give the DEC a place to call home.</p><p>Whitney believes that the university supporting this shows the beginning of a transition to the larger space that students have been asking for. She does not think that this is the final step, but that it is a step in the right direction.</p><p>Gomez said that the DEC needs this move because they have outgrown the space that they have in the SURC. She also believes that the university will continue to grow more diverse over the coming years, and that the DEC having a larger place to call home is going to help those students.</p><p>“The demographic of the student population has changed drastically since then [the opening of the SURC], I mean we have an increase of minority students,” Gomez said. “We are over 30 percent minority students and that doesn’t include women and our LGBTQ students. So definitely that space is going to help accommodate to a certain point the need of the demographic.”</p><p>Under the proposed timeline, the DEC will be moved into the new location around late October to early November. The soft opening is going to take place sometime at the start of 2019.</p></br>Michael Middleton named Student Engagement Coordinator, 15 Sep 2018 15:19:43<p><img alt="" src="/ascwu/sites/" style="width: 150px; height: 152px; float: left;">Following a national search, Michael Middleton has been named CWU’s new Student Engagement Coordinator, a post he will begin September 4. A graduate of the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, VA, with a student affairs background in campus recreation and student involvement, Middleton looks forward to helping support Wildcats as they begin and continue their personal journeys.</p><p>“The college experience itself was an extremely transformative time in my life,” he said. “The biggest thing that drew me to Central was the strong sense of community. It is abundantly apparent that the Wildcat community is passionate about what they do, and that is very important to me.”</p><p>Jeff Rosenberry, executive director of Student Involvement, looks forward to welcoming Middleton to CWU and believes his passion and skills will help pave the way for enhanced student service.</p><p>“Michael brings significant experience in student development,” Rosenberry said. “He will be a great addition to our team as we continue to improve our connection with students, clubs and organizations.”</p><p>As the Student Engagement Coordinator, Middleton will support ASCWU Clubs and Organizations by facilitating training and development opportunities for club officers and advisors, assisting with university processes such as travel and contracts, and more.</p><p>Middleton’s academic background is in the sciences, and he would like to pursue a Ph.D in Cognitive Neuroscience. He also enjoys creative outlets such as dance, photography, videography and music. Having lived up and down the east coast his whole life thus far, he looks forward to exploring his new home in the Pacific Northwest.</p><p>“I'm a big lover of nature and have spent a good amount of time exploring the mountains of Virginia so I was immediately captivated by the landscapes of Ellensburg and the surrounding areas,” he said.</p>CWU Red Sand Project Breaks Silence of Human Trafficking, 11 Jan 2017 16:45:40<p>A Human Trafficking Info Graphic steady stream of red sand will begin to appear in sidewalk cracks across the Central Washington University campus starting at noon on January 13, outside the west SURC entrance.</p><p>Through a methodical campaign called the Red Sand <a href="/ascwu/sites/ Trafficking Info Graphic.pdf"><img style="margin: 3px; width: 154px; height: 600px; float: right;" alt="Human Trafficking Info Graphic" src="/ascwu/sites/"></a>Project, CWU Student Art Club hopes to raise awareness of human trafficking.</p><p>“Hundreds of thousands of people are trafficked every day,” said student art club vice president Hailey McGraw. “People tend to think they’re adults and teenagers, but it’s children too.”</p><p>Each week more sand-filled cracks will continue to spread throughout campus, while posters that were designed by McGraw are strategically placed. As time progresses and the environmentally-safe sand begins to spread throughout campus, the poster messaging will become more and more impactful.</p><p>The project will continue through spring quarter, culminating in a panel discussion about trafficking.</p><p>Bringing the project to CWU was the idea of Ellen Avitts, associate professor of art history and the art club advisor. Avitts became aware of the issue when, through a journal assignment, she discovered that one of her students was a survivor of human trafficking.</p><p>“I was really blown away at that and realized, man, am I living in a bubble,” said Avitts.</p><p>This new reality stuck with Avitts and moved her to research the topic, but she didn’t know what she could do. That was until this past fall, when she met with the art club to discuss their goals for the year. After sharing the Red Sand Project idea, the club unanimously agreed.</p><p>“Rather than just making it (art), it was making art with a purpose,” said McGraw.</p><p>McGraw has seen the club membership grow significantly since they decided to take on this project and credits the increase to people’s desire to make a difference.</p><p>Students from other clubs are invited to join the art club in spreading sand throughout campus. All students are encouraged to join the project by helping in the campaign or researching the topic on their own. To join the project, contact art club advisor Ellen Avitts at <a href=""></a>.</p><p>The original <a href="">Red Sand Project</a> was created by experimental artist and activist Molly Gochman in Houston, Texas in 2014 and has spread nationwide.</p><p>Media contact: Dawn Alford, public affairs coordinator, 509-963-1484, <a href=""></a>.</p><p>January 11, 2017</p><p>&nbsp;</p></a href=""></a href="">Club Fair and Food Drive: Donate Food and Find Your Place on Campus, 11 Jan 2017 10:11:49<p>One of the goals of this year’s Club Fair and Food Drive is to give students a chance to find their place on campus. But another goal is to donate to President United to Solve Hunger (PUSH). The event will be held in the Student Union and Recreation Center room 137 from 1 to 3 p.m. on Jan. 17. It’s free and open to students.</p><p>Stan Southern, ASCWU club events coordinator, said the hope is that by holding these events on a regular basis the students will find the club that works for them.</p><p>PUSH is a national organization that helps universities in the fight against hunger, malnutrition and homelessness on campuses. Here on CWU’s campus, every ASCWU event will be linked with PUSH and give students a chance to donate food. The clubs will be competing to see which one can raise the most amount of cans to win a pizza party. In addition, there will be a dessert bar open for everyone to enjoy.</p><p>For more information, contact Stan Southern at 509-923-1523,, or in SURC Room 236.</p>ASCWU Student Government Election Season Opens, 01 Mar 2015 21:43:01<p>(Ellensburg, Wash. - March 1, 2015) &nbsp;There are more than 11,000 reasons to run for student government office: the interests of CWU&nbsp;Wildcats in Ellensburg and at seven other campus locations statewide! The election season kicks off Monday, March 2, when candidate registration opens. Those interested in learning more can register to receive an election packet by submitting a form at <a href="" target="_blank"> </a>or stopping by the Campus Life office in SURC 263. &nbsp;</p><p>Student Government officers work 14-19 hours per week, receive a stipend and private office in the SURC, and are the elected voice of CWU students on a wide variety of issues at all levels of the university and state government. Register to pick up an election packet with all of the details; talk to your friends, teammates, and classmates about what issues and opportunities are important to CWU students. Whether you decide to run for office or support another's candidacy, every student opinion and vote counts!</p><p>&nbsp;</p>