CWUFoundation NewsFoundation Newshttps://www.cwu.edu/foundation/newsen-usCWU Ranks Among Top Schools in Washington for Educational ROIhttps://www.cwu.edu/foundation/node/2574Thu, 04 May 2017 10:56:35<p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/foundation/sites/cts.cwu.edu.foundation/files/images/CentralCampusSign.jpg" style="width: 450px; height: 300px;"></p><p>CWU Ranks Among Top Schools in Washington for Educational Return on Investment</p><p>May 3, 2017</p><p><br>ELLENSBURG, Washington — Payscale.com, a national college rating website, ranks Central Washington University as among the top public universities in the state of Washington for return on investment (ROI).</p><p>According to Payscale, CWU ranks just below Washington State University and three University of Washington campuses in the state. CWU’s return on investment is in the top 10 percent nationally, with the university tied for 180th best out of a total of 1,818 schools in the survey.</p><p>The ranking only considered graduates in eight disciplines and among those CWU’s business majors ROI ranks in the top 10 percent nationally. CWU’s humanities, sciences, and psychology alumni are all in the top quarter of the national rankings.</p><p>Payscale estimates the ROI based on the total cost of college, including tuition, room, board, books, etc. which is multiplied times the average time to graduate. To view the entire Payscale.com report, visit <a href="http://www.payscale.com/college-roi" target="_blank">payscale.com/college-roi.</a></p><p>For more CentralLights stories, click <a href="http://www.cwu.edu/centralights-2017-points-pride" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>For more foundation and donor news stories, click <a href="http://www.cwu.edu/foundation/cwu-foundation-and-donor-news">here</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>Media contact: Richard Moreno, director of content development, 509-963-2714, Richard.Moreno@cwu.edu.</p></p style="text-align: center;"></br>CWU President James Gaudino and his wife, Katie, give back to Wildcats for #GiveCentralhttps://www.cwu.edu/foundation/node/2572Thu, 27 Apr 2017 10:23:53<p><img alt="" src="/foundation/sites/cts.cwu.edu.foundation/files/James%20%26%20Katie%20Gaudino%20-%20Give%20Central.jpg" style="width: 250px; height: 250px; margin: 5px; float: left;">Central Washington University will celebrate its first-ever, 24-hour giving campaign, called #GiveCentral, on April 27 and 28. The goal of the effort is to celebrate and share Wildcat pride across the country by supporting student scholarships and other programs that benefit Central students.</p><p>CWU President James Gaudino and his wife Katie, joined by a group of prominent alumni and friends of the university, have agreed to support the #GiveCentral campaign by collectively giving $125,000 in scholarship and program support.</p><p>The group has issued a challenge to encourage 500 additional donors to match their gifts by donating to the #GiveCentral campaign.</p><p>As part of that challenge, the Gaudinos have given a gift of $15,000 that will be added to existing endowed scholarships.</p><p>Since becoming president of Central Washington University on January 1, 2009, Gaudino has embraced the institution’s primary mission of being a welcoming college that prepares its students for enlightened, responsible, and productive careers. During his tenure, Central has experienced a record infusion of state construction funding, completed a comprehensive overhaul and update of information systems, initiated a modernization of budget and management systems, and sought to create a safe and inclusive campus environment.</p><p>“I would like to thank Jim and Katie for their tremendous support and investment in the lives of our students,” said Scott Wade, vice president for university advancement. “We invite other members of the Wildcat family to join them in donating any amount of money to the scholarship or program of their choice.&nbsp; Every gift counts and allows CWU to continue to offer the best educational experience in the West.”</p>CWU Grad and Hanson Consulting Group CEO, Amy Hanson, gives back during the 2017 #GiveCentral campaignhttps://www.cwu.edu/foundation/node/2570Wed, 26 Apr 2017 11:18:51<p><img alt="" src="/foundation/sites/cts.cwu.edu.foundation/files/Amy%20Hanson%20-%20Give%20Central.jpg" style="width: 250px; height: 250px; margin: 5px; float: left;">On April 27 and 28, Central Washington University will celebrate its first-ever, 24-hour giving campaign, #GiveCentral.&nbsp; The goal of this campaign is to celebrate and share Wildcat pride across the country, in solidarity and philanthropic support for student scholarships and other program enhancements benefiting Central students.</p><p>Amy Hanson, a 1990 CWU grad and CEO of Hanson Consulting Group, credits Central with helping her to create the foundation she needed to start her professional career.</p><p>“As a CWU Alum, there’s nothing more fulfilling than providing opportunities to those who are striving to become the leaders and innovators of tomorrow.&nbsp; My time at CWU provided a foundation to build my business career and I consider giving back an investment in the future,” said Amy Hanson.</p><p>Hanson is now a CWU Foundation Board Member and she understands the value of investing in the next generation of young professionals. Her amazing work and generosity is exemplary of outstanding alumni who make our university great.&nbsp; Her business was named in the top 50 women-owned businesses in Washington State for 2017 by the Puget Sound Business Journal for the third year in a row, ranking #29 this year. Hanson’s gift is $50,000 and will be used toward student scholarships.</p><p>Scott Wade, vice president for university advancement and executive director for CWU Foundation, shared his thanks to these donors and extended the challenge to others. He said,</p><p>“I would like to thank Amy for her tremendous support and investment in the lives of our students. We invite other members of the Wildcat family to join in donating any amount of money to the scholarship or program of their choice.&nbsp; Every gift counts and allows CWU to continue to offer the best educational experience in the West.”</p><p>To learn more or give today, <a href="https://www.mycentral.cwu.edu/give#.WQCyqVMrJTY" target="_blank">click here.</a><br>&nbsp;</p><p>Origionally published - 4/26/17</p><p>Contributing writers - Joey Castonguay (Student PR and Content Intern)</p></br>Dingus family donates in spectacular fashion during the #GiveCentral campaignhttps://www.cwu.edu/foundation/node/2569Wed, 26 Apr 2017 08:46:14<p><img alt="" src="/foundation/sites/cts.cwu.edu.foundation/files/GivingCentral%20Mark.png" style="width: 250px; height: 250px; margin: 5px; float: left;">Tom and Wendy Dingus, both CWU grads, along with a group of prominent alumni and friends of the university leading the charge for #GiveCentral, have collectively agreed to unlock $125,000 in scholarship and program support. The unlock challenge is meant to encourage 500 donors to participate in the #GiveCentral campaign.<br><br>The two have given a gift of $25,000 for this event, to be used to support an accounting scholarship for first generation students.<br><br>They both studied accounting at Central, Tom graduating in 1986 and Wendy in 1990.&nbsp; They met while working at LeMaster &amp; Daniels in Spokane. In 2003, Tom co-founded the firm Dingus, Zarecor &amp; Associates and is now the sole owner of the firm. They have two daughters, one currently attending Western Washington University and the other a student at University High in Spokane.<br><br>Tom is the former president of the Washington and Alaska Chapter of Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA).&nbsp; He has served as an officer and board member for over ten years and received HFMA’s Medal of Honor in 2003. He was also previously had been awarded HFMA’s Muncie Gold Merit Award. Tom has also served as a co-chair of the Spokane Chapter of the Washington Society of Certified Public Accountants’ (WSCPA) not-for-profit and membership committees. He is also currently a member of Central Valley School District’s Board of Directors. Tom and his wife, Wendy (also a CWU grad), are the parents of two girls.<br><br>"We are both first-generation college graduates with our accounting degrees from CWU.&nbsp; Our accounting degrees from CWU helped set us on a good path through life.&nbsp; It is time to begin paying it forward to future generations."<br><br>“We’d like to thank these individuals for their tremendous support and investment in the lives of our students,” said Scott Wade, vice president for university advancement. “We invite other members of the Wildcat family to join them in donating any amount of money to the scholarship or program of their choice.&nbsp; Every gift counts and allows CWU to continue to offer the best educational experience in the West.” he continued.</p><p>To learn more or give today, <a href="https://www.mycentral.cwu.edu/give#.WQCyqVMrJTY" target="_blank">click here.</a></p><p>Origionally published - 4/26/17</p><p>Contributing writers - Joey Castonguay (Student PR and Content Intern)</p></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br>CWU Alumni Ben and Nancy Remak Give Back for #GiveCentralhttps://www.cwu.edu/foundation/node/2568Wed, 26 Apr 2017 08:32:50<p><img alt="" src="/foundation/sites/cts.cwu.edu.foundation/files/Ben%20%26%20Nancy%20Remak%20-%20Give%20Central.jpg" style="width: 250px; height: 250px; margin: 5px; float: left;">On April 27 and 28, Central Washington University will celebrate its first-ever, 24-hour giving campaign, #GiveCentral.&nbsp; The goal of this campaign is to celebrate and share Wildcat pride across the country, in solidarity and philanthropic support for student scholarships and other program enhancements benefiting Central students.<br><br>Ben Remak and his wife Nancy, along with a group of prominent alumni and friends of the university leading the charge for #GiveCentral, have collectively agreed to unlock $125,000 in scholarship and program support.&nbsp; The unlock challenge is meant to encourage 500 donors to participate in the #GiveCentral campaign.&nbsp;<br><br>The Remaks have given a $10,000 gift for #GiveCentral to be used for scholarships pertaining to Law and Justice students. Ben is a current advisory board member to the law and justice department, and he and Nancy are lifetime CWU Alumni Association Members.<br><br>“It's our chance to give back and help others, so some time in the future they can do the same.”<br><br>Scott Wade, vice president for university advancement and executive director for CWU Foundation, shared his thanks to these donors and extended the challenge to others.<br><br>“I would like to thank Ben and Nancy for their tremendous support and investment in the lives of our students,” said Wade. “We invite other members of the Wildcat family to join them in donating any amount of money to the scholarship or program of their choice.&nbsp; Every gift counts and allows CWU to continue to offer the best educational experience in the West.”<br><br>To learn more or give today, <a href="https://www.mycentral.cwu.edu/give#.WQCyqVMrJTY" target="_blank">click here.</a></p><p>Origionally published - 4/26/17</p><p>Contributing writers - Joey Castonguay (Student PR and Content Intern)</p></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br>CWU class of 2011 grad gives $25,000 to his alma mater during #GiveCentralhttps://www.cwu.edu/foundation/node/2567Wed, 26 Apr 2017 07:53:07<p><img alt="" src="/foundation/sites/cts.cwu.edu.foundation/files/Andrew%20Mork%20-%20Give%20Central.jpg" style="width: 250px; height: 250px; margin: 5px; float: left;">On April 27 and 28, Central Washington University will celebrate their first-ever, 24-hour giving campaign, #GiveCentral.&nbsp; The goal of this campaign is to celebrate and share Wildcat pride across the country, and generate philanthropic support for student scholarships and other program enhancements benefiting Central students.<br><br>Andrew Mork, a 2011 graduate from Central Washington University has joined a prominent group of alumni and friends of the university leading the charge for #GiveCentral. The group has collectively agreed to unlock $125,000 in scholarship and program support. The unlock challenge is meant to encourage 500 donors to participate in the #GiveCentral campaign.&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;<br>Mork now works as a Financial Advisor for UBS Financial Services in Portland, Oregon. He has given a gift of $25,000 that will go to university alumni, Wildcat Football, and the Personal Financial Planning program.<br><br>When asked why he chose to support CWU, Mork said,<br><br>“Central Washington University has had a special place in my heart ever since I first moved into Meisner in 2006 during my freshman year. The campus was so energetic and friendly that it made making friends very easy.”<br><br>Mork says that his time spent at CWU was about creating lifelong friendships.<br><br>“To this day, more than half of my friends are from that first freshman year in the resident halls. Not only were my fellow students friendly, but the professors I would interact with over the years were also very easy to connect with, especially with most of my classes having less than 30 students.”<br><br>When asked what Central has given to him, he remarks that it is something money cannot buy.<br><br>“It [Central] gave me the confidence and the motivation to pursue a job as a Financial Advisor and Portfolio Manager where I get to work with amazing families and successful individuals on a daily basis. Because of this, I feel it is important to give back to the university to help provide the same opportunities to future graduates.”</p><p>“We’d like to thank these individuals for their tremendous support and investment in the lives of our students,” said Scott Wade, vice president for university advancement. “We invite other members of the Wildcat family to join them in donating any amount of money to the scholarship or program of their choice.&nbsp; Every gift counts and allows CWU to continue to offer the best educational experience in the West.” he continued.</p><p>To learn more or give today,<a href="https://www.mycentral.cwu.edu/give#.WQCyqVMrJTY" target="_blank"> click here.</a></p><p>Origionally published - 4/26/17</p><p>Contributing writers - Joey Castonguay (Student PR and Content Intern)</p></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br>Student Success Story Spotlight: Vanessa Bilieyhttps://www.cwu.edu/foundation/node/2566Fri, 14 Apr 2017 15:26:19<p><img alt="" src="/foundation/sites/cts.cwu.edu.foundation/files/DSC00975.JPG" style="width: 350px; height: 233px; margin: 5px; float: left;">Coordinating the annual Washington State Solo &amp; Ensemble Contest, acting as the Collegiate President of the Washington Music Educators Association and CWU NAfME President are just a few ways Music Education Major Vanessa Bliley fills her time. And this is just her volunteer hours. It doesn’t include the time spent earning money to cover tuition costs and living expenses, teaching Oboe lessons to local middle school students, acting as camp counselor at CWU Leadership and Drum Major Camp and her office job in the music department at Central.</p><p><br>Attending Central was a natural choice for Bliley. Heavily influenced by her high school band directors, she chose to attend CWU after a few visits in high school. During her time here she has won multiple awards, participates in a variety of ensembles and has a 3.6 GPA.<br><br>“I chose Central for the environment, energy and high standard they hold. Especially in the music department,” Bliley said. “I can’t imagine going anywhere else.”<br><br>With the help of scholarships, Bliley is able to get the education she needs in order to pursue her dream as a music teacher in low-income schools. Bliley said anywhere she can teach, is the right place for her. She plans to eventually get her master’s degree and hopes to be a professor of music education at a university someday so she can, “spread the joy of music to future generations and make an impact.”<br><br>A recipient of the Presser Scholarship and Loran and Sheila Kollmorgen Scholarship, the funds could not have come at a better time for Bliley as she was, “going through some rough times.” Bliley said she is extremely grateful for and inspired by not only the support of her education, but to see people supporting music in general.<br><br>“Thank you for valuing music education and for viewing it as important as we [students] do, “Bliley said. “I can’t wait to get out there and make a difference.</p><p>To read more about student sucess stories and about other students like Vanessa, <a href="http://www.cwu.edu/foundation/student-impact-stories" target="_blank">please click here.</a></p></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br>A Message From The Presidenthttps://www.cwu.edu/foundation/node/2565Thu, 13 Apr 2017 10:27:32<p>On behalf of the entire Central Washington University community, I would like to welcome you to the CWU Giving Society.<br><br>As an institution, we want to honor your dedication and commitment to the University by offering you continued insider access to the impact you make on student lives. Your ongoing support and advocacy is extremely important and continues to shape the future here at Central.&nbsp;<br><br>From unprecedented enrollment growth, to being recognized by the Economist as the top institution in the state of Washington, Central Washington University continues to be recognized on the regional and national stage for what has always made it exceptional-- personalized learning experiences, world-class faculty, a university-wide commitment to each student’s success --- all of which prepare students to make meaningful contributions in their communities and professions from day one.<br><br>The great challenge and opportunity in front of us is to continue to keep Central growing and evolving, while keeping its access mission focused on what has always made it successful --- providing the best student experience in the West.&nbsp; This brand of education is not only important, but it is also extremely relevant in a world that needs the type of graduates that Central provides --- individuals who know how to think, who know how to get things done, and have the grit and tenacity to achieve greatness on the regional, national and international stage.<br><br>For 125 years, Central Washington University has been providing this type education.&nbsp; Our 100,000 alumni across the country and around the world are living examples of the significant impact this type of education has on student’s lives.&nbsp; Moreover, you as a member of a giving society are a significant part of the University’s story and impact as well.&nbsp; You continue to make the Wildcat experience alive and well and for that we are extremely grateful.<br><br>Thank you for being an active and integral part of this amazing community.&nbsp; As always, I welcome your thoughts and perspective on how we can continue to make Central Washington University all that it can be in the hearts and minds of our students. I look forward to our continued dialogue and conversations through these newsletters and hope to see you at the College of Arts and Humanities Showcase event on May 9, at the Seattle Art Museum or another event soon.<br><br>Sincerely,<br><br>James L. Gaudino, President<br><a href="mailto:Gaudino@cwu.edu?subject=Reply%20to%20message%20from%20the%20president" target="_blank">Gaudino@cwu.edu</a></p></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></a href="mailto:Gaudino@cwu.edu?subject=Reply%20to%20message%20from%20the%20president" target="_blank">Muckleshoot Tribe Plays Part In Making Dreams Come Truehttps://www.cwu.edu/foundation/node/2557Wed, 08 Mar 2017 14:11:28<p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/foundation/sites/cts.cwu.edu.foundation/files/MuckleshootIndianTribe.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 300px; margin: 5px;"></p><p>Central prides itself on being committed to maintaining an accepting environment for people from all walks of life. Through these past few years, President James Gaudino has been extremely vocal about the importance of inclusion here in Ellensburg.</p><p>One way the university has gone about establishing this culture is through partnerships with groups who are committed to helping students reach their dreams of a college education.</p><p>A partnership that has been growing throughout the years is with the Muckleshoot Charity Fund. The scholarship can go to Native Americans who are not members of the Muckleshoot Tribe. The Muckleshoot Tribe provides scholarships directly to Tribal members, wherever they might choose to go to college, but the scholarships in this program are for Non-Muckleshoot Native Americans. The generosity of the Muckleshoot Tribe in this case, has been amazing for students to see. The money will then go towards the cost of tuition of a higher education institution.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" src="/foundation/sites/cts.cwu.edu.foundation/files/DSC00845.JPG" style="width: 250px; height: 167px; margin: 5px; float: left;">Here at Central, there are three recipients of the scholarship on campus currently. Taylor Martin, Cheryl Ann Eadie, and Allison Meshke have expressed just how much the scholarship has meant to them and their academic pursuits. Taylor Martin, whom is affiliated with the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribe and is a current sophomore at CWU, had this to say about the scholarship:</p><p>“This has been such a blessing to my family and I, I cannot thank the Muckleshoot Tribe enough,” Martin said. “This scholarship has given me more opportunity here at Central, and I am going to use it to accelerate my education even more and seek a Master's Degree. Not only has it set me up to achieve my dreams in the academic atmosphere, but it has symbolic meaning to my family heritage as well. Growing up I have never received any type of recognition for being Native American and I finally did. My grandfather would be nothing but proud looking down from Heaven as he was the bloodline for my&nbsp;Nationality. Endless thanks to everyone who was involved.”</p><p>For Cheryl Ann Eadie, whom is a member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, this has given her the opportunity to not only find her future profession, but a way to give back to her community that has given her so much.</p><p><img alt="" src="/foundation/sites/cts.cwu.edu.foundation/files/DSC00833.JPG" style="width: 250px; height: 167px; margin: 5px; float: right;">“When I got the call on Christmas Eve, I never scream and cried so hard,” Eadie said. “This was the first scholarship that I have ever gotten. The $5,000 dollars really helped me financially for this school year of 2016-2017. I had not come to a complete decision on what to do with my degree, but since the gift from the&nbsp;Muckleshoot Indian Tribe, I will finish up the last two&nbsp;quarters so that I will be able to&nbsp;graduate this spring [June 2017]. After graduation,&nbsp;I want to get my Master Degree in teaching and then hopefully find, in the state of Washington, an Indian tribe that needs an art&nbsp;instructor. In that way I can give back to the Native People that what was given to me.”</p><p>For Allison Meshke, whom is a member of the Navajo Nation, it was her first time receiving a scholarship from the charity fund.</p><p><img alt="" src="/foundation/sites/cts.cwu.edu.foundation/files/Professional%20headshot.jpg" style="width: 200px; height: 231px; margin: 5px; float: left;">"I am very honored and surprised that I received the Muckleshoot Scholarship,” Meshke said.&nbsp;“This is my first time receiving a scholarship from the Muckleshoot Charity Fund.&nbsp; I am currently working towards my B.A in Business Administration and Management with a specialty in Finance to become a Business Analyst.&nbsp; And receiving this scholarship, I can continue my education to obtain my career goal.&nbsp; I am very grateful to be awarded this prestigious scholarship.&nbsp; Thank you Muckleshoot."</p><p>The students, through the gift from the Muckleshoot Charity Fund, plan to make the world around them a better place by putting in to practice what they learned here at Central.</p><p>Central will continue to push to be the best undergraduate experience available to everyone from all walks of life. From the president all the way down to the department chairs and professors, Central works to educate all and leave out none.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/foundation/sites/cts.cwu.edu.foundation/files/DSC00841.JPG" style="width: 500px; height: 333px; margin: 5px;"></p></p style="text-align: center;"></p style="text-align: center;">Central Washington University Alumni Association Honors Distinguished Alumni of the Universityhttps://www.cwu.edu/foundation/node/2548Mon, 10 Oct 2016 14:57:18<p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/foundation/sites/cts.cwu.edu.foundation/files/AlumniAssociation.jpg" style="width: 200px; height: 168px; margin: 5px;"></p><p><strong>ELLENSBURG, Wash.</strong> – The Central Washington University Alumni Association will recognize ten outstanding Wildcat alumni for their professional achievements and their ongoing support and commitment to the university.</p><p>The Distinguished Alumni Awards recognize CWU graduates who have made a name in their fields, earned respect among colleagues and in the general community, and who have had an impact on a regional, national and/or international level.</p><p>The awards will be presented during the alumni association’s annual Distinguished Alumni Award dinner, which will be held on Friday, October 14, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. in Sue Lombard Hall on the CWU campus.</p><p>“This event honors those alumni who have gone above and beyond in their careers and through their personal and professional achievements,” noted Scott Wade, vice president, university advancement. “These outstanding individuals truly embody what being a Wildcat is all about.”</p><p>This year’s outstanding alumni will include:</p><p>• Don and Verna Duncan, winners of the 2016 Legacy Award, which is the association’s highest award. The Duncans are being honored for their lifelong commitment to education and continued learning. While at Central, Don earned a bachelor’s degree in recreation administration and master’s degree in school psychology and counseling while Verna double-majored in psychology and music. Verna worked as an elementary teacher for 23 years, primarily in the Central School District, while Don held a number of positions in higher education, including serving as Dean of Men and Students at Central. In the 1980s, they established the Don and Verna Duncan Community Service Scholarship at CWU.</p><p>• Jean Adams, the 2016 Distinguished Alum of the Year, who is being recognized for her outstanding achievements in the banking and investment industry. Adams is a 1988 finance graduate from Central. She currently serves as Senior Vice President - Investments, Senior Financial Advisor at Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC. Adams served on Central Washington University’s Foundation Board from 2007 to 2013.</p><p>• Jeff McShane, the 2016 Distinguished Alumni/College of the Sciences, who is co-founder and former president of Northwest Aerospace Technologies and currently serves as executive vice president of Zodiac Aerospace. McShane is a 1985 law and justice graduate.</p><p>• Fred Kohout, the 2016 Distinguished Alumni/College of Arts and Humanities, who is chief marketing officer and senior vice president of Cray Inc. Kohout has been in senior roles in both privately and publicly-held technology companies over the last 25 years. Kohout is a 1981 broadcast journalism graduate and currently serves as chair of the College of Arts and Humanities Advisory Board.</p><p>• John Ladner, 2016 Distinguished Alumni/College of Education and Professional Studies award winner, who is managing director of fleets, standards, and operational control for Alaska Airlines. In that role, Ladner is responsible for overall flight operations for his company. He is a 1989 flight technology graduate.</p><p>• Mandi Kime, winner of the 2016 4 Under 40 Leadership Award/College of Education and Professional Studies, who serves as director of safety for the Associated General Contractors of Washington. In her position, Kime assists members of her organization with safety compliance efforts and enhances the safety culture within the AGC’s members. Kime is a 2001 Safety &amp; Health Management and Spanish graduate.</p><p>• Crystal McDonald, winner of the 2016 4 Under 40 Leadership Award/College of Arts and Humanities award, is a trial lawyer who focuses on personal injury cases. Early in her career, she often represented children and young adults neglected by the Department of Social and Health Services. She is a 2005 political science and communication graduate.</p><p>• Taylor Steele, winner of the 2016 4 Under 40 Leadership Award/College of the Sciences, is a project manager for OneEnergy Renewables. Steele is responsible for site selection, acquisition, permitting, and interconnection for OneEnergy’s Pacific Northwest solar photovoltaic projects. She is a 2013 International Studies graduate.</p><p>• Lucas Westcoat, winner of the 2016 4 Under 40 Leadership Award/College of Arts and Humanities award, serves as senior communication manager for Microsoft’s Windows and Devices group. In that role, he explores the intersection of technology and creativity and helps advance the company’s goal to make technology more personal. He is a 2005 interdisciplinary studies/business communications graduate.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><br>For more information on the CWU Alumni Association go to: http://www.cwu.edu/alumni/.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><br>###</p><hr><p style="text-align: center;"><br>About the CWU Alumni Association: The Office of Alumni Relations is dedicated to providing alumni new and exciting ways to connect with their alma mater and with other alumni. The more than 84,000 Wildcat alumni worldwide are a powerful professional,&nbsp;educational, and philanthropic network positioned to help each other, current and future students, and the university community.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><br><img alt="" src="/foundation/sites/cts.cwu.edu.foundation/files/documents/Screen%20Shot%202016-10-12%20at%2012.17.52%20PM.png" style="width: 150px; height: 203px; margin: 5px;"></p></p style="text-align: center;"></p style="text-align: center;"></br></p style="text-align: center;"></br></hr></p style="text-align: center;"></br></p style="text-align: center;"></br>