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State of the University

Washington Supreme Court Justice Mary Yu will join Central Washington University President James L. Gaudino at this year’s State of the University address on Monday, November 6 in McConnell Auditorium on the CWU campus.

The State of the University will begin at 10 a.m. with an address by Gaudino, followed by remarks from Yu. The event is being livestreamed on CWU TV ( and Yu’s presentation will be broadcast later on TVW, the state of Washington’s public affairs network (

In his presentation, entitled, “Wildcats Have Grit,” Gaudino will explain why he believes CWU has a culture of grit, meaning that when members of the university community face adversity, they find ways to pick themselves up to overcome those challenges. He will also outline his goals for the next few years, including a call for increasing the rate of student retention, continuing to encourage a welcoming and supportive campus environment, and developing a strategic enrollment plan.

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Justice Mary Yu was appointed to the Washington Supreme court in 2014 by Jay Inslee and was subsequently elected. She joined the Supreme Court after more than 14 years as an accomplished trial court judge in King County Superior Court where she presided over a wide variety of criminal, civil, and juvenile cases, and presided over hundreds of adoptions and other family law matters.

Yu is the first openly LGBTQ member of the court, and is also the first of Asian descent, and the third of Hispanic descent. She received a graduate degree in Theology from Mundelein of Loyola University, then graduated from Notre Dame Law School in 1993.

Media contact: Richard Moreno, director of content development, 509-963-2714,