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CENTRALIGHTS 2019: Points of Pride

• Alejandra Lopez Rocha, a senior Law and Justice major and McNair Scholar at CWU, presented a paper, “Structural Violence and Mexican Immigration,” on February 8 at the annual Western Society of Criminology meeting in Honolulu, Hawaii. Rocha’s research addressed the structural violence immigrants encounter before and after they reach the U.S.-Mexico border. Rocha, 22, who plans to attend graduate school, said she is interested in pursuing the topic further in her post-graduate career.

• CWU Aviation professor Amy Hoover has written a new book, Mountain, Canyon, and Backcountry Flying, which encourages pilots to get off the beaten path and enjoy the outdoors. The 392-page book, published by Aviation Supplies & Academics, Inc., focuses on recreational activities such as airplane camping, hiking, fishing, and staying at guest lodges or bush campus in areas without roads or easy access by land or water. For more information:

• A national college ranking website,, named Central Washington University’s human resources management program in the College of Business as one of the best in the nation. CWU’s human resources management specialization (in the business administration major) was ranked 6th in the U.S., according to the website.

• Ellensburg, is one of the Top 20 micropolitan areas in the nation, according to a new ranking by the Walton Family Foundation. The report ranked micropolitan areas, defined as localities with a population between 10,000 and 50,000, that are measured for potential for economic growth, income gains, and proportion of total jobs at young firms. Ellensburg ranked 18th in the survey, and was the only Washington state town listed in the top 20.

• Central Washington University is ranked as one of the top 20 universities for online master's programs in information technology by the website, Central is ranked 15th in the nation, according to the annual survey of colleges and universities.

• Central Washington University is one of the top ten public regional universities in the west in a new ranking by U.S. News and World Reports. The annual survey of all U.S. colleges and universities also ranked CWU as a top “best value school” among regional universities in the west.

• Central Washington University offers one of the nation’s top five best online bachelor’s degree programs in writing, according to, an online college evaluation service. noted that unlike many online writing programs, CWU combines a literature-liberal arts foundation with specialized coursework in professional and business writing, editing, publishing, and creative writing, which provides students the freedom to shape their major to their personal and professional needs.

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