CWUFoundation NewsFoundation Newshttps://www.cwu.edu/foundation/newsen-usRuth Harrington Scholarship Luncheons Raise $1 Millonhttps://www.cwu.edu/foundation/node/2582Fri, 15 Dec 2017 15:59:39<p><img alt="" src="/foundation/sites/cts.cwu.edu.foundation/files/images/Alumni_Awards_1007201703420342%20%281%29.jpg" style="width: 250px; height: 180px;"><img alt="" src="/foundation/sites/cts.cwu.edu.foundation/files/images/Alumni_Awards_1007201703710371.jpg" style="width: 274px; height: 180px; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px;"></p><p>This year’s CWU Alumni Association Legacy Award honoree, Ruth Harrington, with the help of all of the scholarship brunch, lunch, and dinner groups, have reached the $1 million mark.</p><p>Let’s just let that sink in for a moment: a million dollars.</p><p>In 1973, Harrington began organizing members from the community to raise money for CWU student scholarships that would benefit high school seniors and single parents.</p><p>Harrington saw her love of cooking as a way to bring CWU and the community of Ellensburg together. “I just thought ‘we need to all work together and benefit students.’” Harrington says.</p><p>She added, “I’m just happy that we’ve been able to raise this much money over the years and benefit students with help from so many people. We’ve had silent auctions, cookbooks, and so many things that helped raise this money over the years–it was not just me. I want to thank all the people that have been involved and contributed.”</p><p>This scholarship program began as a coffee hour at Harrington’s house with 22 women paying $1.50 each. By the end of the first year, participants grew to 22 separate groups, each with 12 members. 44 years later, Harrington has officially raised $1 million. She has become a staple in the lives of CWU students and the Central Washington community.</p><p>“The Ruth Harrington Scholarship luncheons are a great example of the impact one person can have on the lives of many.” Says Catherin Scarlett, luncheon participant and CWU donor. “Ruth tracks each group’s members, calls to remind folks to attend and along the way collects thousands of dollars each year for these scholarships.”</p><p>She does this without email, social media, or any assistance. Scarlett continues, “In the era of email and reminders from our devices, I still get a personal phone call from Ruth telling me about my lunch group.&nbsp; Once you have personally told Ruth that you will be there, you’re less likely to miss it.”</p><p>Scott Wade, Vice President of University Advancement and Executive Director of the CWU Foundation, expressed his sincere gratitude by saying, “We appreciate the decades of investment that Ruth has made to CWU and the lives of our students.&nbsp; She has devoted her life to this amazing scholarship program, and her legacy will have transformational impact for generations.”</p><p>The Legacy Award honors individuals whose contributions and achievements in the community embody CWU’s mission of fostering citizenship, being responsible stewards of the earth, and leading enlightened and productive lives.</p><p>The Ellensburg Downtown Association honored Harrington with the 2013 Town and Gown Award for her contributions in supporting a strong and collaborative partnership between CWU and the Ellensburg community.</p><p>We would be remiss, if we didn’t add that if you’re interested in taking part, there are brunches, lunches (12:00 and 1:00) and dinner groups. You can contact Ruth directly via the <a href="https://cwu.awardspring.com/Home/Donor/Ruth-Harrington" target="_blank">donors</a> page.</p><p>December 7, 2017</p><p>______________________________________________________________</p><p><em>On behalf of the CWU Alumni Association and CWU Foundation, the university and the community, we want to extend our deepest thanks to Ruth and others for their monumental contributions to CWU, students, and the community.</em></p><p><em>If you know a prospective or current student that may benefit from a scholarship, encourage them to visit <a href="https://cwu.awardspring.com/Home/Donor/Ruth-Harrington">cwu.edu/scholarships</a> to apply today. For more information on donating to a scholarship, or staring your own, contact the CWU Foundation at foundation@cwu.edu or call 509-963-2160.</em></p>CWU ALUMNA AMY HANSON BUILDS SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIEShttps://www.cwu.edu/foundation/node/2581Thu, 12 Oct 2017 09:19:58<p>Central alumna Amy Hanson, and her husband Pete Hanson, have given $100,000 in support of the Washington State Opportunity Scholarship (WSOS) program at Central.</p><p>Their donations of $50,000 in 2016 and $50,000 in 2017 have unlocked opportunities for 27 students. Students will receive the benefit this fall, as they pursue bachelor degrees in STEM–fields like biomedical sciences, computer science, science education, statistics, and geological and earth sciences.</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. 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>This year’s group of students are the first at CWU to participate in the program. This is especially thanks to the Hansons, among other generous donors.</p><p>Washington state matched the donated funds. Central students, like all recipients across the state, graduated from Washington high schools and maintain a GPA of at least 2.75.</p><p>WSOS is a part of a fund created by State Legislature in 2011 with the hope of addressing rising tuition in Washington. A public-private partnership, the fund kickstarted with large investments from Microsoft, Boeing, and the state of Washington to help low- and middle-income students continue their education and build lives and careers in Washington.</p><p>Amy Hanson graduated from Central in 1990, and was the first person in her family to attend college. Her generosity extends even to her time. She’s a CWU Foundation Board Member, working to further the mission of Central and help present and future Wildcats.</p><p>Amy Hanson is the founder and CEO of Hanson Consulting Group in Kirkland, WA, which is 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.</p><p>Hanson Consulting Group is also included in the <a href="http://seattlebusinessmag.com/workplace/100-best-companies-work-2017">“100 Best Companies to Work for 2017”</a><a href="http://seattlebusinessmag.com/workplace/100-best-companies-work-2017" target="_blank"> </a>by Seattle Business Magazine. Hanson Consulting group didn’t just place in the top 100 companies in Washington–the list is broken down into categories. For the midsize companies category, there are only 30 businesses, and Hanson Consulting Group is one of them.</p><p>News of the scholarships has also been published via Digital Journal <a href="http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/3508982">here</a>.</p><p>“We are sincerely blessed to have Amy and Pete as a part of our Wildcat family. Central Washington University has been in the business of providing transformational education to students across Washington State for the past 125 years.&nbsp; Amy and Pete’s generosity will help ensure that legacy continues for generations to come. The impact of their leadership and investment in the lives of our students cannot be overstated.” Scott Wade, vice president for University Advancement and executive director of the CWU Foundation, shared about the Hanson’s gift.</p><p><img alt="" src="/foundation/sites/cts.cwu.edu.foundation/files/images/DSC04090.JPG" style="width: 550px; height: 295px;"></p>CWU FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES LEN THAYER GRANT WINNERShttps://www.cwu.edu/foundation/node/2579Thu, 21 Sep 2017 10:41:25<p>August 14, 2017</p><p>Ellensburg, Wash.–A family literacy effort, a new culinary medicine program, and a solar power conference top the list of this year’s recipients of the 2017-2018 Len Thayer Small Grants.</p><p>“We’re extremely honored to announce the recipients of this year’s Len Thayer Small Grants,” said Scott Wade, vice president of University Advancement and executive director of the Central Washington University Foundation. “A total of $50,370 was awarded to these worthy projects that will benefit students during this coming academic year.”</p><p>The following projects were awarded grants, based on an application asking for a summary of whom the project benefits, how the proposed work is successful, and how the work will align with the CWU strategic plan and other CWU program plans:</p><p><strong>Culinary Medicine</strong>–The faculty in the Department of Health Sciences plan to develop and implement a nutrition education program to students in the following programs:</p><ol><li style="margin-left: 40px;">Central Washington University: Dietetic Internship &amp; Paramedicine programs</li><li style="margin-left: 40px;">Pacific Northwest University: Osteopathic School of Medicine</li><li style="margin-left: 40px;">Washington State University: Nursing &amp; Pharmacy programs</li><li style="margin-left: 40px;">Heritage University: Physician Assistant &amp; Nursing programs</li></ol><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Historical Aerial Photograph Project</strong>–The geography department plans to use the Len Thayer Grants funds to purchase historical aerial photographs to complete the Benton and Klickitat portions of the Central Washington Historical Aerial Photograph Project. These historical aerial photographs will be freely available on the CWU Geography website for all interested parties including students, faculty, K-12 teachers, resource managers, and the general public.</p><p><strong>CWU Opera</strong>–The CWU Opera Ensemble will present a number of “run-out” performances at schools in the region to perform a shortened version of an opera suitable for children. Music Education majors will help develop the curriculum that will be distributed to the school teachers prior to the performances and introduce the performances and lead the students in activities before, during, and after the performances.</p><p><strong>Family Literacy Nights</strong>–In collaboration with the teacher candidates enrolled in Teaching Children’s Literature, Family Literacy Nights (FLNs) have been conducted for more than 8 years in collaboration between the Department of Education, Development, teaching and Learning, the Center for Diversity and Social Justice, and recently, the Brooks Library. The purpose of this project will be to purchase books for distribution to the children who attend the FLNs, including board books, picture books, Spanish language children’s books, and chapter books.</p><p><strong>Re-Writing the Streets at the MCE</strong>–The Museum of Culture and Environment (MCE) proposes to bring in a traveling exhibit, Re-Writing the Streets: The International Language of Stickers. The exhibit is planned for the Ellensburg area from January 3rd through March 10th, 2018, accompanied by a series of lectures, workshops, and an exhibition component that will engage students and faculty from a range of disciplines, as well as community members.</p><p><strong>Solar Power Conference</strong>–The Institute for Integrated Energy Studies will hold a half-day conference with presentations by and a panel discussion among a variety of stakeholders about the economic, policy, and cultural implications of utility-scale solar development in Central Washington, and beyond.</p><p><strong>CESME STEM Events</strong>–The Center for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Education (CESME) plans to organize and host family STEM events in the regions served by the Central Washington University campuses. The events would take place over the next year.</p><p><strong>Enhancing Geology Science II</strong>–The CWU Geological Sciences department has requested funding to support an undergraduate student intern for academic year 2017-2018 to develop several, important projects for the success of the department overall.</p><p><strong>Natural History Collections</strong>–The Department of Biology is requesting funding to be able to digitize various collections of information, as well as to purchase a freezer to assist with pest control. The natural history collections (preserved biological specimens) at universities and museums are critical resources for scientists and the communities they serve, therefore it is essential to protect future projects and/or specimens from potential harm.</p><p><strong>Visiting Writer Series Seeking Novelist and Filmmaker</strong>–To enhance the sustainability theme chosen by the Social Justice and Human Rights Dialogues committee, the Lion Rock Visiting Writers Series (hosted by the English Department) and the Brooks Library, plan to bring an award-winning novelist and/or filmmaker to campus. The guest, who has been identified but not yet confirmed, would offer a reading and Q &amp; A open to the public and online students, as well as commentary for some of the student work from advanced creative wiring classes. Targeted timing is spring of 2018.</p><p><strong>SOURCE</strong>–The Office of Undergraduate Research hosts the annual Symposium of University Research and creative Expression (SOURCE), the longest-running student research symposium in the State of Washington. Funds will be allocated for two purposes; (1) to allow them to expand their preliminary efforts to involve local and regional high school students in presenting at and attending SOURCE, providing supporting activities in advance of SOURCE and while they are on-campus, to introduce them to college in general and promoting involvement in research and scholarly activities for everyone, and (2) to continue to offer the SOURCE Celebration dinner as an awards banquet that brings together students, faculty, staff, alumni, and donors.</p><p>CWU has been involved in the Len Thayer Grants application and awards for the past five years. The projects were evaluated by a committee of CWU Foundation staff, students, CWU faculty, and staff.</p><p>The grants are awarded to efforts at CWU that serve a large population, contribute to the university and student’s needs, and promote the advancement of knowledge. Partial grant funding comes from the Leonard and Betty Thayer Endowment, and bears Thayer’s name in honor of his contributions and service to Central and the Ellensburg community.</p><p>Media Contact:<br>Claire Cox, University Advancement Communications, (509) 963-2160&nbsp; |&nbsp; Claire.Cox@cwu.edu</p></li style="margin-left: 40px;"></li style="margin-left: 40px;"></li style="margin-left: 40px;"></li style="margin-left: 40px;"></br>CWU 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>Originally 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>