CWUDes Moines Campus NewsDes Moines Campus News$100,000 Coca-Cola Grant Helps CWU’s First Generation Students Complete College, 29 Sep 2015 10:45:21<p><img alt="" src="/des-moines/sites/" style="width: 388px; height: 200px;"></p><p>Students who are the first in their families to attend college will receive a generous financial boost from The Coca-Cola Foundation. The Coca-Cola First-Generation Last Mile Scholarship will provide 10 first-generation students at Central Washington University with significant financial support—$5,000 per year for two years—during their junior and senior years.</p><p>“We estimate that more than 15 to 20 percent of our first-year and transfer students are the first in their families to attend college,” said Scott Wade, vice president of CWU University Advancement and executive director of the CWU Foundation. “The Coca-Cola Company has an outstanding reputation for supporting educational opportunities for first-generation students in the United States.”</p><p>By providing more than half of average tuition and fees for the year, the Last Mile scholarships will allow students to focus on their studies instead of spending excessive time at a job to pay for their education. The purpose is for students to graduate on time with the academic standing necessary to successfully compete in graduate programs or pursue a career.</p><p>To apply for the scholarship, students need to contact the CWU Scholarship Office at The deadline to apply for the 2015-2016 school year is October 15, 2015.</p><p>Qualified applicants are:<br>• First-generation students (students who are the first in their immediate families to attend college)<br>• Students who are either returning or transferring to CWU as juniors in fall quarter 2015<br>• Full-time students with a GPA of 3.0 or greater<br>• Students with demonstrated financial need</p><p>Students enrolled in Ellensburg or any of the seven CWU university centers are eligible to apply for the scholarship.</p><p>Students will receive $5,000 for the first year. If they maintain a 3.0 grade point average and make satisfactory progress towards their degree, they’ll receive the second $5,000 for their senior year.</p><p>The overall purpose of the scholarships is to increase the retention and graduation rates of the scholarship recipients. It is expected that the retention rate for scholarship holders will be 90 to 100 percent from junior to senior year and that at least 80 percent of the 2015 scholarship recipients will graduate in 2017.</p><p>“We’re excited that one of the most recognized companies in the world is partnering with us to help our students,” enthused Wade. “We hope we will be working with them for many years.”</p><p><br>Since 1993, The Coca-Cola First Generation Scholarship (CCFG) program has supported students who are the first in their immediate family to attend college or university.&nbsp; Since its inception, over $39 million in scholarships has been awarded to over 3,200 students on more than 450 campuses throughout the United States.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,<br>&nbsp;</p></br></br></br></br></br></br>Boeing CEO Gives CWU $300,000 for Scholarships for Highline Students, 12 Aug 2015 07:57:38<p><img alt="" src="/des-moines/sites/" style="width: 450px; height: 300px;"></p><p>Highline District students studying the sciences just got a financial boost from legendary <a href="">Boeing CEO Ray Conner</a>. Conner and his wife Katie recently established the Ray and Katie Conner Endowed Scholarship Fund with a gift of $305,769 at Central Washington University.</p><p>A 1979 CWU alumnus, Conner started at Boeing on the manufacturing floor, swinging a wrench. Through his own perseverance, talent, and exceptional ability, he climbed the corporate ladder, eventually becoming vice chairman of The Boeing Company and president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes.</p><p>“I attribute much of my success to hard work, preparation and leadership—all characteristics that I honed during my time at CWU,” said Conner, a 2010 Distinguished Alumnus. “One of the best ways I can give back is to provide students with the same opportunity as me.”</p><p>“Ray and Katie’s generosity will have an impact on students for years to come,” said Scott Wade, vice president of University Advancement and executive director for the CWU Foundation. “We are honored by their exceptional gift.”</p><p>The gift will fund two $10,000 scholarships annually, for students who are pursing a degree in science, technology, engineering, or math disciplines, or an education degree in one of the STEM fields. At CWU, Conner studied to become a high school teacher and earned his degree through the College of Education and Professional Studies.</p><p>Since Connor grew up in Burien, the scholarship stipulates that preference is given to applicants from the Highline School District. The award is also need-based, and students can be first-year or transfer students.</p><p>“I’m fortunate that the experience of learning, listening, and building relationships at CWU has lingered with me throughout my entire career,” Conner added. “This scholarship fund is planned for someone who is greatly respected by those around them, people-centered and possesses a strong desire to lead.”</p><p>Students may apply for the scholarship later this fall. For more information about scholarships at CWU, or to apply, go to</p><p><br>Photo: Ray Conner receives the Distinguished Alumni Award from CWU President James Gaudino.</p><p><br>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,<br>&nbsp;</p></br></br></br>Register for Summer Classes, 20 Jan 2015 09:22:04<p>Register from May 4- June 24</p><p>Classes begin on June 22</p><p>Finish your degree faster, enjoy even smaller class sizes, accelerated classes and alternate schedules still allow for fun in the sun, and get caught up on general education and degree requirements. Just some of the reasons you should take classes this summer.</p><p>Learn more <a href="">HERE</a>.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p>CWU Names Sanchez to Government Relations Team, 13 Jan 2015 13:27:46<p><img alt="Antonio Sanchez" src="/des-moines/sites/" style="width: 140px; height: 210px; margin: 5px; float: right;">Central Washington University has appointed Antonio Sanchez assistant director of&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Government Relations</a>. Sanchez, who holds a PhD in anthropology, joins&nbsp;CWU's&nbsp;Public Affairs department, where he will focus on state government relations. Sanchez is a former staff director for the House Higher Education Committee and instructor at the University of Washington.</p><p>“Antonio brings a deep understanding of the people and processes that shape public policy," said Linda Schactler, CWU’s chief of staff and executive director of Public Affairs. “His knowledge of legislative caucuses and leadership dynamics will help to make our communication with legislative leaders more effective."</p><p>Sanchez will be one of the university's primary liaisons with legislators and civic and business groups in the Puget Sound area. Based at&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">CWU's Des Moines campus</a>, Sanchez will be a key liaison for veterans’ issues, and enhance communications with education agencies, elected officials, and communities in western Washington.</p><p>“As we confront the legislative challenges of the foreseeable future, it is essential that we develop a sustainable, long-term allegiance with legislators, community leaders, and state officials on behalf of Central’s outstanding students, faculty and staff,” said CWU President James Gaudino. “I am pleased to welcome Antonio, and look forward to leveraging his great experience.”</p><p>Sanchez earned a doctorate in medical anthropology from the University of Washington and has more than 20 years of legislative background. He served as a senior legislative analyst with the&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Washington Legislature</a>&nbsp;where he focused on higher education, health care, protocol and economic development.</p><p>Sanchez also was a faculty member in the Department of American Ethnic Studies at the UW where he taught Hispanic studies for the past six years. He specializes in the history and heritage of Latinos in Washington and co-authored a K-12 teacher training guide and curriculum called&nbsp;<em>Fruits of Our Labor</em>. Sanchez is a motivational speaker and frequently provides leadership training to young adults. He has received numerous awards and recognitions for his educational and international economic development accomplishments.</p><p>Sanchez believes education is the backbone and future of our state and says he is honored to be part of Team CWU. “I am looking forward to helping CWU continue to build a very positive and diverse future,” Sanchez said. “This position has a great deal of responsibility and I take it seriously.”</p><p><em>Media contact: Barb Arnott, CWU Public Affairs, 509-963-2841,</em></p><p>January 13, 2015</p>Accounting Career Event (ACE) 2015, 05 Nov 2014 14:23:35<p>FREE for all accounting majors!<br>Date: September 25, 2015<br>Place: CWU Des Moines Campus (Highline College)<br>Time: 10 a.m.- 1 p.m.</p><p>Bring copies of&nbsp; current resume and business suits required.</p><p>What is ACE?<br>ACE is an annual recruiting event located on the west side of the state which starts off the accounting department’s fall recruiting season. During recruiting season students apply and interview for jobs and winter and/or summer internships.</p><p>Who should attend?<br>All ACCOUNTING MAJORS! This is a place to network for jobs, internships, or just practice. In today’s environment you are exponentially more likely to receive a job through someone who is familiar with you. Therefore, you need to meet these professionals if you want to eventually get a job regardless if you’re a Master’s student or a freshman. Register <a href="">here.</a></p><p>When to start preparing?<br>In order to be properly prepared students need to start preparing NOW! Students who wait until the start of the school year will not be adequately prepared.</p></br></br></br></br></br></br>