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Central Washington University Board of Trustees Seek to Engage with the Community and Students

Central Washington University’s Board of Trustees (BOT) are reaching out to students and local community leaders to discuss ways the university can better meet their needs.

“We would like to know how we can be better community partners and how we can better prepare for the next generation of students,” said BOT Chair Ron Erickson. “We know that only by working more closely with our partners will we be able to grow and flourish together.”

Erickson added that it was essential for the board to bridge the gap between the community and the university and to hear directly from students and the community.

The board’s outreach begins on October 17, when it will meet with about 10 community leaders from 8:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. at the Palace Café for a community breakfast to discuss areas of mutual concern. The event is not open to the public.

From 10:15 a.m. to 12 noon, the BOT will attend a panel discussion in Hal Holmes Community Center (201 Ruby Street, Ellensburg) that will feature community members, CWU faculty and local K-12 educators discussing the educational wants of Generation Alpha (those born after 2010) and how the university can adapt to meet the needs of those students.

The panel, open to the public, will be moderated by Walter Szeliga, Chair of the CWU Faculty Senate.

Later that day, Trustees and Cabinet members will conduct a student engagement session from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the University House (211 E. 10th Avenue). It will be moderated by Student Trustee Alex Harrington and designed to allow Trustees to speak directly to students in order to learn more about their experiences at Central.

The activities are part of several days of BOT meetings that kick-off with the annual State of the University presentations on October 16 at 3:30 p.m. in McConnell Auditorium on the CWU campus. This year, the State of the University will include remarks from Robert Nellams, Director of the Seattle Center and vice chair of the BOT, as well as CWU President James L. Gaudino.

“The purpose of all of these events is for the Board of Trustees to gauge not only how we’re doing but also how we can improve our performance and be better members of our community,” Erickson said.


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