CWUNews FeedNews Feed and textiles students gain first-hand exposure about how industry works, 30 Oct 2019 14:48:11<p><img alt="" src="" style="width: 250px; height: 226px; float: left; margin: 0px 30px 30px 0px;" /><strong>CWU Apparel, Textiles, and Merchandising professor Andrea Eklund wants to provide her students with as much industry experience as she can before they begin their careers.</strong></p> <p><strong>What better way to prepare aspiring young professionals than by taking them where clothing and accessories are made?</strong></p> <p><strong>Earlier this month, Eklund accompanied 15 of her Northwest Field Experience in Apparel and Textiles students on a three-day, two-night field trip to Western Washington, where they toured eight company headquarters and interacted with CEOs, buyers, merchandisers, designers, textile developers, and product developers.</strong></p> <p><strong>The group also met with a number of CWU alums who went through the program and now work in the industry.</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><a href="" target="_blank">Full Article Here</a></strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><img alt="" src="" style="float: left; margin: 0px 30px 30px 0px; width: 250px; height: 253px;" /></strong></p> CWU program responds to burgeoning worldwide employment opportunities, 31 Jul 2019 14:03:33<p><img alt="Eiffel Tower in Paris" src="" style="width: 275px; height: 288px; margin: 3px; float: right;">Hospitality and tourism is considered the world’s largest industry, accounting for about 20 percent of overall employment. In response to the labor demand, CWU is launching its <a href="" target="_blank">Hospitality, Tourism, and Event Management (HTE) </a>program this fall.</p><p>The program, based at <a href="" target="_blank">CWU-Des Moines</a>, will also be available to students in Ellensburg. Applications for the 2019 academic year are now being accepted.</p><p>“There are millions of jobs available in every nearly corner of the globe, including in the Seattle area,” says <a href="" target="_blank">Se Eun Lee, the HTE program director</a>. “But bachelor’s degrees, like ours, are needed for many of the management positions.”</p><p>She lists jobs—especially for those earning degrees—as being available with airlines, cruise lines, lodging, food and beverage, and with marketing organizations, such as chambers of commerce and convention and visitor bureaus. Hospitality and tourism also incorporate the world’s highest number of entrepreneurs.</p><p>“So, anyone who is seeking a career in business should investigate a degree in hospitality,” she adds. “When our students graduate, the globe opens up to their wildest dreams.”</p><p>The CWU Bachelor of Science in HTE offers a specialization in hospitality management, which prepares students for supervisory and managerial positions within hotels, restaurants, and the service industry. Those interested in starting their own businesses can also develop necessary entrepreneurial skills.</p><p>The CWU program, formerly called Recreation, Tourism, and Events, was established in 1947. Based in Ellensburg, it was the first program of its kind at a college or university in the state.</p><p>“With the shift from recreation to hospitality, there was a need to work more closely with the offerings of a larger city,” Lee explained. “CWU-Des Moines is a great location. The transition was the right thing to do at the right time.”</p><p>With 50-million annual passengers traveling through Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, cruise lines there serving more than a million passengers each year, and about 450 hotels in the area, Seattle is a hospitality hotbed. Lee says that will provide CWU students with a variety of hands-on learning opportunities.</p><p>“The south side of Seattle is an excellent example of how the different emphasis areas of the hospitality and tourism industry function together,” Lee added. “It will allow for hands-on learning in a student’s area of emphasis. That is more important than textbook knowledge.”</p><p>Lee has extensive experience after studying hospitality and tourism on three continents, and working with destination marketing organizations and large event management.</p><p>“I like learning about cultures and connecting with people,” she says. “Obviously, this is critical for tourism and hospitality professionals. I believe these global experiences are assisting me a great deal.”</p><p>-30-</p><p><strong>Media contact: </strong>Robert Lowery, Department of Public Affairs, director of Radio Services and Integrated Communications, 509-963-1487,</p><p>July 31, 2019</p>Mt. Vernon Teacher in FCS Selected as State Teacher of the Year, 09 Jul 2019 13:06:42<p>Robert Hand, an educator in Family and Consumer Sciences from Mount Vernon High School, was selected as the 2019 Washington State Teacher of the Year by the Office of Superintendant of Public Instructions.</p><p>For more information, click <a href="">here.</a></p><p>&nbsp;</p>Child Life Student Establishes Non-profit to Support Families of Children with Cancer, 08 Dec 2018 19:48:53<p>Maddie Packard, a senior child life student, has worked closely with the American Childhood Cancer Organization to establish Happy Hearts, a non-profit organization to help families with the cost of travel expenses while their child is in the hospital for chemotherapy.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="" style="width: 400px; height: 172px;"></p><table border="0" cellpadding="1" cellspacing="1" style="width: 700px"><tbody><tr><td><p>Maddie established the charity because of her own experience nannying for a family who had been through child cancer treatment. "I was lucky enough to get to know Greta while she has been in remission, she was diagnosed with retinoblastoma stage 4 at a very young age. She is a bright, loving, sweet, brave girl and brought light to many while she was in the hospital. After being her nanny for many years and becoming close family friends with her family, I knew I wanted to help other families that have children going through cancer."</p><p>Through her expeirences in the Family and Child Life Major and Child Life Specialization, Maddie also participated in a practicum experience in a pediatric unit. "Through this experience, I have seen the impact cancer has on children and the stress families go through."</p><p>Through this new charity, Maddi hopes "to bring families a piece of ease while traveling long distances for treatment."&nbsp;</p></td><td><img alt="" src="" style="width: 328px; height: 600px;"></td></tr></tbody></table><p>More information is available here: <a href="">;</a></p></p style="text-align: center;"></table border="0" cellpadding="1" cellspacing="1" style="width: 700px">CWU Wins Best in Show Design for Third Consecutive Year, 19 Nov 2018 16:27:22<p>Central Washington University Apparel, Textiles, and Merchandising (ATM) professor Andrea<img alt="Group photos of two students and their professor" src="/family-consumer/sites/" style="width: 450px; height: 300px; margin: 3px; float: right;">&nbsp;Eklund and student designers Emily Martin and Maria Zepeda prove that two designers are better than one.</p><p>Two of their faculty-student co-designs were accepted into the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) blind peer design competition and one of the designs won Best in Show.</p><p>“To have two designs accepted shows the skills our students gain in the program and the high-quality work they produce,” Eklund said.</p><p>Both CWU designs were black full-length formal gowns.</p><p>The Eklund-Zepeda design has exposed shoulders, a bare midriff with ornate appliqué on the bodice, and flowing ruffles down the train.</p><p>The winning garment was a collaboration between Eklund and Martin, a recent ATM graduate. Their long-sleeved semi-transparent top with intentionally-positioned lace appliqué beat out approximately 35 designs at the competition from across the nation.</p><p>This is the third year in a row one of CWU’s accepted designs has won the best in show award. Eklund won last year for her versatile functional maternity coat and the prior year for a bridal inspired gown.</p><p><iframe class="youtube-player" frameborder="0" height="390" scrolling="no" src="//" title="YouTube video player" type="text/html" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>“I am proud to co-design the garments with the students, it keeps me relevant and allows me to mentor them one-on-one so they learn an abundance of new techniques,” Eklund said.</p><p>Martin and Zepeda both earned their bachelor of science in Apparel, Textiles and Merchandising and minors in Apparel Design. Martin graduated this past summer, Zepeda in the summer of 2017.&nbsp;</p><p>During Eklund’s tenure, she has won numerous design awards—both national and international. As a professor she brings her talents into her teaching. The ATM program has a strong industry connection with the robust apparel industry in the Pacific Northwest which has many apparel corporate headquarters located between Everett and Portland. Seattle is the seventh largest apparel manufacturing center in the United States and the fourth largest in fashion design jobs.</p><p>Visit the <a href="" target="_blank">Apparel, Textiles and Merchandising web page</a> to learn more about this creative and diverse program.</p><p><em>Pictured above (l-r): Maria Zepeda, Andrea Eklund, and Emily Martin</em></p><p>Media contact: Dawn Alford, Department of Public Affairs, 509-963-1484,</p>The Big Win: College Job Experience Pays Big Dividends for Downtown Ellensburg Business Owner Megan West, 25 Jun 2018 10:42:28<p><img alt="Megan West" src="/family-consumer/sites/" style="width: 650px; height: 433px; margin: 3px;">Megan West opened Claim Clothing, a clothing boutique in downtown Ellensburg, in May 2014, nearly a year after she graduated from Central Washington University with a degree in apparel, textiles and merchandising. She also completed minors in apparel design and retail management.</p><p>A year later, West was receiving regional and statewide recognition. In 2015, West won the Enterprise Challenge, a business plan competition for business owners in Yakima and Kittitas counties. During the same year, she was named Entrepreneur of the Year by the Washington State Main Street program.</p><p>Read more of this story in the <a href="" target="_blank">Yakima Herald-Republic</a>.</p>Family & Child Life Grad Student's Grief Group Featured in Pulse, 24 Jan 2018 09:19:09<p>Natalie Porter, a Family and Child Life graduate student, focused her thesis research on the experiences of emerging adults who have lost a parent. Based on her research, she developed a grief group for emerging adults and is currently facilitating the group through the Family Resource Center. Natalie and her group were recently featured in an article in the CWU Pulse Magazine. Way to go, Natalie! Check out the article here:&nbsp;</p><p style="text-align: center;"><a href="/family-consumer/sites/"><img alt="" src="/family-consumer/sites/" style="width: 200px; height: 303px;"></a></p><p style="text-align: center;">For more information about <a href="">the grief group</a>, visit the Family Resource Center website:&nbsp;<a href=""></a></p></p style="text-align: center;"></p style="text-align: center;">CWU Poverty Simulation Provides Students and Community Unique Insight, 17 Jan 2018 14:59:07<p><img alt="Poverty Re-einactment" src="/family-consumer/sites/" style="width: 650px; height: 439px; margin: 3px;">Imagine having to choose between buying food and paying the electric bill or selling your belongings to afford needed medications. Central Washington University is offering the community and students a hands-on lesson in poverty during the 5th Annual Poverty Simulation on January 27 from 1 to 4 p.m. in the SURC Ballroom.</p><p>A poverty simulation is a role-playing exercise designed to build a greater awareness of the issues facing low-income families and the challenges they face.</p><p>“It’s a deep dive for many who’ve never personally experienced poverty, and a chance for those who have to share their perspectives,” said assistant professor of <a href="" target="_blank">Family and Child Life</a> Sarah Feeney.</p><p>During the exercise participants will navigate four 15-minute “weeks” as a member of a low-income family, and community volunteers will play the role of local services and businesses. A conversation will follow about how the experiences of families in the simulation relate to issues in our community, as well as potential solutions and actions.</p><p>Last year, the event had record attendance of more than 70 participants and 20 volunteer representatives from HopeSource, Kittitas Housing Authority, Merritt Resource Services, The City of Ellensburg, and Bright Beginnings for Kittitas County. This year, County Commissioner Obie O’Brien has volunteered to participate, further expanding community involvement.</p><p>Feeney organizes this event as part of a class, but believes that the Poverty Simulation is beneficial to all college students and the community as a whole.</p><p>For more information about the Poverty Simulation, contact Sarah Feeney at 509-963-2292,</p><p>Media contact: Dawn Alford, Department of Public Affairs, 509-963-1484,;</p>CWU's Pop-Up Thrift Boutique Brings Affordable Fashion to Ellensburg, 26 Oct 2017 08:03:53<p><img alt="" src="/family-consumer/sites/" style="width: 165px; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; float: left; height: 165px;">Because fabulous clothes deserve a second look, new and gently used name-brand clothing, accessories, shoes, and more will be available at the Pop-up Thrift Boutique. This is the second year that Central Washington University Student Fashion Association and the Apparel, Textiles and Merchandising Program will host the sale.</p><p>The Thrift Boutique will be held Friday, November 3 from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Saturday, November 4, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The sale will take place at the Kittitas County Fairgrounds in the Naneum room.</p><p>A wide range of sizes include an extensive plus size selection will be available, along with men’s clothing.</p><p><img alt="" src="/family-consumer/sites/" style="width: 300px; height: 300px; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; float: right;"></p><p>This project serves the purpose of providing new or gently used fashionable clothing to community members at thrift store prices. Student Fashion Association members will have an opportunity to merchandise the product, work with customers, and it provides a hands-on learning experience.</p><p>The Thrift Boutique is a fundraiser for the Student Fashion Association, all proceeds will go towards the students' field experience to the New York fashion industry in February. During the field experience, they will network with industry professionals, make connections for future internships and post-graduation positions, and learn about current industry trends in various sectors.</p><p>Media Contact: Andrea Eklund, Associate Professor &amp; Program Coordinator, Apparel, Textiles and Merchandising, 509-963-2067,</p><p>October 26, 2017</p>CWU Professor and Mother Invents Versatile Maternity Jacket, 09 Aug 2017 09:54:20<p>A Central Washington University professor in Ellensburg wins a national competition for her one-of-a-kind design for a jacket. The inspiration for it? Her own pregnancy.</p><p>When Andrea Eklund, a professor of the Apparel, Textiles, and Merchandising program at CWU was just starting out as a new mom to now 1-year-old son James. It took a lot of work to keep her and the baby warm in the winter.</p><p>"I was putting on my winter jacket and then a baby carrier and then him and a blanket over the baby carrier, and I felt like the little boy from A Christmas Story," said Eklund.</p><p>That struggle inspired her to design a functional coat that had pregnancy in mind but was also fashionable.</p><p>Read the entire story and watch the video on <a href="" target="_blank">KNDU/KNDO</a>.</p>