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Phil Backlund retires from CWU

Staci Jacobson says a day doesn’t go by in her work at the Ellensburg Enterprise Rent-A-Car office that she doesn’t use the communication skills she learned from Central Washington University professor Phil Backlund.

“Everything I learned in his classes and from his teaching I put to use every day,” said Jacobson, a 2014 Central graduate and management trainee with Enterprise. “Add to that what I’m learning through Enterprise and, it’s all a great foundation that can overcome any barriers to good communication and better understanding with anyone and in any relationship.”

Backlund formally ended his Central teaching career as a professor of communication studies June 30 and retired after more than 43 years as a professional educator, with 36 of those years at CWU.

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