CWUCWU NewsCWU Newshttps://www.cwu.edu/newsen-usCWU Lion Rock Visiting Writers Series Kicks Off with Novelist Rachel Toorhttps://www.cwu.edu/node/4879Tue, 27 Sep 2016 09:13:55<p><img alt="Author Rachel Toor" src="/sites/default/files/image_gallery_images/Rachel%20Toor-Lion%20Rock_0.jpg" style="width: 129px; height: 150px; float: left; margin: 2px;">Central Washington University has compiled an eclectic group of talented writers for this year’s Lion Rock Visiting Writers Series, which is scheduled to kick-off with author and novelist Rachel Toor on Tuesday, October 4.</p><p>Toor will give a craft talk titled “What the Heck is Creative Nonfiction?” at noon in Black Hall room 151, followed by a reading from her latest book, “Misunderstood: Why the Humble Rat May be Your Best Pet Ever," at 7:30 p.m. in the CWU SURC ballroom. Both events are free and open to the public. Toor’s books will also be available for sale at the reading.</p><p>A creative writing professor at Eastern Washington University, Toor is also an accomplished author. She has written on a wide range of subjects from college admissions to marathon running. Toor’s published works include the novel "On the Road to Find Out," and nonfiction titles “Admission’s Confidential,” “The Pig and I,” “Personal <img alt="Novel &quot;Misunderstood&quot;" src="/sites/default/files/image_gallery_images/Misunderstood-jacket_0_0.jpg" style="width: 183px; height: 275px; float: right;">Record,”and “Misunderstood: Why the Humble Rat May Be Your Best Pet Ever.”</p><div><p>Toor writes a monthly column in “The Chronicle of Higher Education,” and for many years wrote for “Running Times” magazine. Her work has appeared in notable journals such as “The New York Times,” “The LA Times,”&nbsp;“Glamour,” and “Reader’s Digest.”</p><div><p>Now in its 10th year, the Lion Rock Visiting Writers Series brings nationally-recognized writers to read from their own work and give educational craft talks. Visiting writers serve to teach and inspire budding writers as well as broaden the community’s art offerings.</p><p>Locations for all craft talks are held in Black Hall 151; readings in the CWU SURC ballroom, except for Nov. 1 reading to be held in SURC 137 A/B. The complete Lion Rock fall schedule includes:</p><p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;Oct. 4 &nbsp;- &nbsp;Rachel Toor, creative nonfiction/fiction writer<br>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;12P Craft Talk:&nbsp; "What the Heck is Creative Nonfiction?"<br>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;7:30P Reading:&nbsp; “Misunderstood: Why the Humble Rat May Be Your Best &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;Pet Ever"</p><p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;Oct. 18 - Eduardo C. Corral, poet<br>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;12P Craft Talk; 7:30P Reading:&nbsp; "The Triggering World: Using the Senses to Generate Language"</p><p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;Nov. 1 -&nbsp; Marjorie Agosín, poet, essayist, novelist, human rights activist, and literary critic<br>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;12P Craft Talk; 7:30P Reading:&nbsp; "Cartographies of Dreams a Poet's Notebook"</p><p>This event is sponsored by CWU College of Arts and Humanities, CWU Department of English, Karen Gookin and the Wildcat Shop. Persons of disability may make arrangements for reasonable accommodation by calling 509-963-1745 or emailing <a href="mailto:ds@cwu.edu?subject=Disability%20Service%20Reques%3A%20Lions%20Rock%20Writers%20Series">DS@cwu.edu</a>.</p><p>For more information about the Lion Rock series, visit <a href="http://cwu.edu/english/lion-rock-visiting-writers-series">cwu.edu/english/lion-rock-visiting-writers-series</a> or contact Lisa Norris at 509-963-1745 or <a href="mailto:lisa.norris@cwu.edu?subject=Lions%20Rock%20Writers%20Series">Lisa.Norris@cwu.edu</a>.</p><p>Media contact: Dawn Alford, public affairs coordinator, 509-963-1484, <a href="mailto:dawn.alford@cwu.edu?subject=Lion%20Rock%20Writers%20Series">dawn.alford@cwu.edu</a>.</p></div></div><p>&nbsp;</p></br></br></br></br></a href="mailto:ds@cwu.edu?subject=Disability%20Service%20Reques%3A%20Lions%20Rock%20Writers%20Series"></a href="mailto:lisa.norris@cwu.edu?subject=Lions%20Rock%20Writers%20Series"></a href="mailto:dawn.alford@cwu.edu?subject=Lion%20Rock%20Writers%20Series">$250K Grant Allows Students to Study Rare Species in a Unique Tropical Dry Foresthttps://www.cwu.edu/node/4870Wed, 21 Sep 2016 14:53:48<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/Sobre%20mexico.jpg" style="width: 462px; height: 320px;"></p><p>Professors Daniel Beck and Gabrielle Stryker, from CWU’s Department of Biological Sciences, recently received $249,499 from the National Science Foundation for SOBRE MÉXICO: Student Opportunities for Biological Research in México.</p><p>The three-year grant allows CWU students to research and study rare species in a unique environment, while collaborating with an international team of scientists. The students will live at the Estación de Biología, Chamela, a research station located in a seasonally dry tropical forest biome in coastal Jalisco, México, located south of Puerto Vallarta.</p><p>“Our students, both undergraduate and graduate, will receive a stipend to spend a summer working in one of the most amazing places in the world,” said Beck. He and his students have been making research trips to the area since 1999. “The dry tropical forest biome features extreme seasonality in rainfall, and the species that thrive there have learned to adapt to a wide range of environments.”</p><p>One of the major goals of the grant is to attract Hispanic students to biological research.</p><p>“Many of our students have grown up in bilingual families,” Beck remarked. “This program lets them use their valuable language skills to pursue science, and help non-Spanish-speaking peers in their studies. In this way, their language skills become a gateway, not a barrier.”</p><p>The program is structured to enhance cultural awareness and sensitivity for all participants. Although students don’t have to know Spanish to enter the program, they will learn and practice Spanish daily with their Spanish-speaking peers. They will also learn to present their findings to local schoolchildren, and they will travel to México City to visit UNAM, and partake in other cultural activities.</p><p>“Most importantly, I want our students to develop a solid foundation of international scientific collaboration,” Beck said, adding that the strong collegial relationships he has developed over the years have been an enduring source of professional and personal development.</p><p>For more information or to apply to the program, go to www.cwu.edu/sobre-mexico. Applications are due by October 31.</p><p><br>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518, valeriec@cwu.edu</p><p>September 21, 2016</p></br>City of Ellensburg Wants Your Ideas for the Futurehttps://www.cwu.edu/node/4869Tue, 20 Sep 2016 10:13:58<p>&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/PeakFlyerEburgTalksSept2016.png" style="width: 200px; height: 263px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 1px; float: left;"><span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.4;">The city of Ellensburg</span><span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.4;"> wants to know what matters most to its residents.</span></p><p><span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.4;">The city has created a new online forum for civic engagement and seeks community ideas as it embarks on “Imagine Ellensburg,” a new plan for growth and development in the community over the next 20 years.</span></p><p>Simply go to Eburg Talks (https://www.ci.ellensburg.wa.us/index.aspx?nid=757) to join the conversation or go to the home page of the city’s website and click on Eburg Talks.</p></span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.4;"></span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.4;"></span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.4;">Real Madrid Foundation, Microsoft, and Central Washington University Kick-Off GAME ON! Youth Leadership Programhttps://www.cwu.edu/node/4868Tue, 20 Sep 2016 08:55:41<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/Game%20on%20logo_final.jpg" style="width: 150px; height: 119px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 1px; float: left;"></p><p>The Real Madrid Foundation, Microsoft Corporation, Central Washington University (CWU), and the Yakima School District announced the official roll-out of the GAME ON! youth leadership program at the Eisenhower High School Stadium in Yakima on Monday.</p><p>At a press ev<span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.4;">ent, </span>CWU<span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.4;"> President James L. </span>Gaudino<span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.4;"> said the purpose of the program was to provide participating young people with valuable computer science skills as well as teaching them the value of teamwork, self-control, respect, and collaboration.</span></p><p>“GAME ON! is a unique program that trains both the mind and the body,” he said. “The students in this program learn the basics of computer coding as well as receive soccer training through our Real Madrid partners that teaches leadership and core values.&nbsp;<span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.4;">These are all skills that will benefit them throughout their school careers and beyond.”</span></p><p>Gaudino said CWU became involved in the program because of the importance of showing young people that getting an education, including a college degree, isn’t out of their reach no matter who they are or where they live.</p><p>“We recognize that it is an excellent way to reach these students,” he said. “As part of the program, the students will visit our campus and see for themselves that college is very attainable.</p><p>“We’re the fastest growing university in Washington and we’ve recently been rated the best value in state by The Economist Magazine, so we’re honored to join Real Madrid, Microsoft, and the Yakima School District in this innovative program,” he added.</p><p>Gaudino also thanked Don Luis Fernando Esteban, honorary consul for the Spanish government for Washington and Oregon, who was responsible for helping to put the partners together to create the program.</p><p>Ignacio Abascal, trainer of football trainers for Real Madrid, said he was looking forward to training local area coaches and trainers. He said Real Madrid Soccer Club, which is the world’s most valuable sports franchise, is committed to the idea that core values and leadership skills can be shared through sports.</p><p>Abscal will spend part of this week on the CWU campus in Ellensburg training coaches from participating Yakima area schools.</p><p>Gaudino noted the GAME ON! program is the first sports workshop of the Real Madrid Foundation to be affiliated with a university. Gaudino said the partnership complements CWU’s ongoing commitment to community outreach.</p><p>CWU engages in significant outreach to K-12 schools in the central region of the state, through programs such as Compass to Campus, the university’s Center for Excellence in Science and Math Education, and the state’s only GEAR UP grant. CWU also has one of the largest teacher preparation programs in the country.</p><p>The GAME ON! program began last March with a pilot program involving students from Stanton Academy and Eisenhower High School. The success of that effort encouraged the partners to officially commit to continuing the program.</p><p>The Partners in GAME ON! include:</p><p>The Real Madrid Foundation: The global sports schools of the Real Madrid Foundation teach students leadership values through sport. The Foundation will provide curriculum and training for students’ leadership experience after school. Students learn the values of teamwork, self control, respect, collaboration and more.</p><p>Microsoft YouthSpar<span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.4;">k: Since technology is an integral part of people’s daily lives, Microsoft is committed to ensuring all youth have the opportunity to learn computer science. The foundational subject prepares students with the </span>computational-thinking<span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.4;"> and problem-solving skills necessary for success in the digital world. Through its </span>YouthSpark<span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.4;"> initiative, Microsoft will provide content and resources, both original and by partners such as Code.org, enabling students to have their first programming experience.</span></p><p>Central Washington University: CWU seeks to empower youth with academic services and mentoring so they believe they can succeed in college. CWU’s Center for Leadership and Community Engagement will coordinate the Youth Innovation and Leadership Program, ensuring coaching is based on the Real Madrid Foundation’s leadership development methods and ensuring the skilled delivery of YouthSpark curriculum.</p><p>Yakima School District: Located primarily within the boundaries of the city of Yakima, the school district serves a diverse population of nearly 16,000 students. Yakima is the 18th largest district in Washington, the fourth largest in Eastern Washington, and the largest Latino-majority district in the entire state.</p><p>Web site: cwu.edu/game-on</p><p>Media contact: Rich Moreno, director of content development, 509-963-2714, Richard.Moreno@cwu.edu.</p></span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.4;"></span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.4;"></span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.4;"></span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.4;"></span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.4;"></span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.4;"></span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.4;">CWU Program Honored During GEAR UP Weekhttps://www.cwu.edu/node/4867Mon, 19 Sep 2016 10:47:08<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/Mosaik-logo_banner.jpg" style="width: 334px; height: 150px; border-width: 3px; border-style: solid; margin: 3px; float: right;">Gov. Jay Inslee recently honored Central Washington University’s successful <a href="http://www.cwu.edu/gearup/" target="_blank">Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP)</a> for its work with more than 5,500 students across the state.</p><p>In a formal proclamation, governor designated September 19-23 as GEAR UP Week in Washington. CWU’s efforts are among those being acknowledged during the week. More than 32,000 students in Washington take advantage of educational opportunities offered through GEAR UP.</p><p>“Since it was founded back in 1999, GEAR UP grants have allowed thousands of students to attain a goal—and maybe one they thought they would not be able to achieve—of attending college,” said Tracy Plouse, CWU director for GEAR UP.</p><p>CWU has received four GEAR UP grants since 2002, in partnership with the <a href="http://nlagroup.com/">Northwest Learning and Achievement Group</a> of Wapato. The federally funded program’s goal is to increase the number of students who stay in school and go on to succeed in postsecondary education. It specifically focuses on students from low-income and underserved communities, who may become the first person in their particular family to go to college.</p><p>“We start with middle school students and follow them through to their first year of college,” Plouse noted. “To get those students prepared to succeed in higher education, the focus is on transitions between grade and school levels, rigorous academic work based on college entrance requirements, career and college admissions and financial aid counseling for students and their families.</p><p>CWU GEAR UP specifically serves students in the Brewster, Highland, Lake Chelan, Manson, Omak, Oroville, Quincy, and Tonasket, Wenatchee, Richland and Easton school districts.</p><p>The program includes: Moving Our Students Academically In to College and Careers (MOSAIC2), which serves 2,200 11th and 12th grade students; and Success and Opportunity through Affordability, Relevance, Rigor and Relationships (SOAR3), which involves 3,300 more students in the eighth and ninth grades.</p><p>Students participating in the program get opportunities for:</p><p>• Tutoring and additional academic assistance<br>• College field trips<br>• College and career exploration<br>• Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) activities, camps, and competitions— including some focusing on robotics—led by university faculty, students, and staff in Ellensburg and at participating schools.</p><p>To aid with its efforts, GEAR UP partners with a wide range of CWU departments, including astronomy, biology, construction management, physics and the Center for Excellence in Science and Math Education, along with off-campus entities, such as Washington First Robotics and Junior Achievement.</p><p>“Through GEAR UP, we can also sponsor professional development for teachers those looking for master’s degrees, endorsements and certificates,” Plouse pointed out. “It’s another way to help increase the number of highly-qualified teachers in these districts.”</p><p>At CWU, Plouse works with Kelley Quirk, and Marla Weidenaar, who provide administrative and program support for CWU’s GEAR UP initiatives.</p><p><strong>Media contact:&nbsp;</strong>Robert Lowery, director of radio services and integrated communications, 509-963-1487,&nbsp;Robert.Lowery@cwu.edu</p><p>September 19, 2016</p></br></br></br>CWU “Wildcat Way” program puts service firsthttps://www.cwu.edu/node/4865Wed, 14 Sep 2016 13:57:29<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/Wildcat%20Way%20logo.jpg" style="width: 250px; height: 250px; float: right; border-width: 3px; border-style: solid; margin: 3px;">Central Washington University today launched a program to enhance service excellence. Called “<a href="http://www.cwu.edu/wildcatway/wildcat-way" target="_blank">Wildcat Way</a>,”<span style="line-height: 1.4;">&nbsp;the program is aimed at training individuals that deliver direct services to students and other university “customers.” It emphasizes treating people with dignity and respect, and providing a prompt and professional response to every request for information or help.</span></p><p>Staci Sleigh-Layman, CWU Human Resources executive director, said CWU will carry the values of <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bQwqkOxd5i0">Wildcat Way</a> through every CWU activity, both on campus and in the community.<br><br>“We want CWU to be a welcoming campus in everything we do, and in all of our interactions. What we do and the way we do it, what we say and the way we say it, directly affects student success and workplace effectiveness,” said Sleigh-Layman. “It will be different from department-to-department but, generally, it’s how we connect to each other on a daily basis.”<br><br>The Wildcat Way toolkit includes materials to help supervisors reinforce five distinct Wildcat Way traits: welcoming, inclusive, knowledgeable, responsive, and proud. The program will highlight one trait every couple of months over the course of the upcoming school year.<br><br>“Performance evaluations also will reflect an individual’s active commitment to those principles,” Sleigh-Layman said, adding, “A positive workplace environment, and great service will help recruit and retain employees and students.”</p><p>Sleigh-Layman said reinforcing service excellence will improve inter-departmental relations on CWU campuses, as well as in the community.&nbsp; CWU invited community business leaders to participate in the “Train the Trainer” sessions a year ago, as a way of spreading the customer service priority to community business.<br><br>“Ellensburg is a big part of who we are,” said Sleigh Layman. “We know that our students and employees love living in this college town. We’ll use the Wildcat Way to create a program that rewards excellent customer service by our local businesses.”<br><br>The Wildcat Way launch was announced at an employee barbecue lunch<span style="line-height: 1.4;">&nbsp;today (Wednesday, September 14). &nbsp;</span></p><p><strong>Media contact:</strong> Robert Lowery, director of radio services and integrated communications, 509-963-1487, Robert.Lowery@cwu.edu<br><br>September 14, 2016</p></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></br></br>CWU's "Hawkman" David Douglas brings Seahawks spirit to Ellensburghttps://www.cwu.edu/node/4864Wed, 14 Sep 2016 08:19:43<p><span style="line-height: 1.4;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/2015%20Seahawks%20Rally_douglas.jpg" style="width: 250px; height: 250px; margin-left: 4px; margin-right: 4px; float: left;">Meet David, or as he likes to be known, </span>Hawkman&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.4;">. . .&nbsp;</span></p><p>David Douglas says he and his family have always been huge Seahawks fans, but the persona began when he started volunteering at Seahawks games.</p><p>"So, I wanted to gear up," he says. "I love doing that kind of stuff. That's where it started!"</p><p>The rest is history. Hawkman is well known around the Ellensburg area. He even has his own Hawkman jersey and now leads rallies in town and on the Central Washington University campus.</p><p>"I'm very involved in the community in many different ways," Douglas explains. "This is just one way, and it's why I do this...because it brings the community together."</p><p>Hawkman isn't alone in his super-fandom. His mom, Gail, also drives her very own Seahawks Chevy, and creates and sells hand-crafted Seahawks items, including tissue holders, coasters, and blankets.</p><p>When Hawkman is off duty, he is working his day job as an ITAM lecturer and advisor at Central Washington [University], and he's sure to bring his high-spirited energy to work with him.</p><p>See more of this story at <a href="http://www.nbcrightnow.com/story/33086252/hawkman-david-douglas-brings-seahawks-spirit-to-ellensburg">KNDO-TV news</a>.</p><p>&nbsp;</p></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;">Pulse, CWU's Student Lifestyle Magazine, is up for a National Awardhttps://www.cwu.edu/node/4860Tue, 13 Sep 2016 13:35:33<p><a href="https://issuu.com/cwupulse/docs/spring_issueone_2016_finalonline/1" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/Pulse_cover.png" style="width: 200px; height: 293px; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; float: right;"></a>CWU’s student-run lifestyle magazine, Pulse, <a href="http://studentpress.org/acp/2016/08/18/magazine-pacemaker-finalists-announced/" target="_blank">is a finalist</a> for a national Pacemaker award, considered the Pulitzer Prize of college journalism. It is one of 22 publications in the running, out of nearly 100 entries.</p><p>The <a href="http://studentpress.org/acp/" target="_blank">Associated Collegiate Press</a> presents the national <a href="http://studentpress.org/acp/awards/#pacemakers" target="_blank">Pacemaker awards</a> to recognize the best student media for online, newspaper, yearbook, broadcast, and magazine publishing. Professionals judge entries based on coverage and content, quality of writing and reporting, leadership, design, photography, and graphics.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.4;">“The student team at </span><a href="http://www.cwupulse.com/" style="line-height: 1.4;" target="_blank">Pulse Magazine</a><span style="line-height: 1.4;"> works extremely hard to create fresh and engaging original content for our two 64-page issues each quarter,” said faculty advisor Jennifer Green. “The staff shows a remarkable amount of pride in their work — from reporting, writing, and photographing stories, to creating eye-catching visual designs — and their enthusiasm for Pulse is infectious.”</span></p><p>Pulse editor-in-chief Bailey Williams submitted the <a href="https://issuu.com/cwupulse/docs/spring_issueone_2016_finalonline/1" target="_blank">first issue of spring 2016</a> for the award.</p><p>“The regional awards Pulse has been receiving the past few years, culminating now in this exciting nomination on a national stage, would seem to be a direct result of this dedication and creativity,” Green said.</p><p>The nomination follows several recent awards for Pulse and other CWU student publications.</p><ul><li>Pulse was named best student magazine and won best non-fiction magazine article in the four-state region by the Society of Professional Journalists; and won a fourth-place best in show award at a recent ACP conference.</li><li><a href="http://cwuobserver.com/" target="_blank">The Observer</a>, CWU’s student newspaper and news website, won first place in a regional and national SPJ contest for breaking news with former editor-in-chief Jonathan Glover's photo of a Black Lives Matter protest; Derrick Clarit took first place in a regional SPJ contest for photo illustration.</li><li>Four student-broadcasters from&nbsp;<a href="http://www.881theburg.com/" target="_blank">KCWU FM 88.1 The ‘Burg</a> received top honors at the 2016 Intercollegiate Broadcasting System awards in New York, with Nick Oliver and Russell Widner winning best public service announcement, and Milagro Castilleja and Sophia Ferguson winning best talk radio show. In 2015, The ‘Burg was named Best College Radio Station in the country at the IBS awards.</li></ul><p>The <a href="https://www.cwu.edu/communication/" target="_blank">Department of Communication</a> at CWU boasts modern broadcast facilities where students can practice every aspect of broadcast and audio production, and labs equipped with the latest editing and design software used in professional newsrooms. Journalism degrees are built on hands-on experience covering real news that’s published across a variety of platforms under the guidance of experienced faculty and staff.</p><p><em>Media contact: Barb Arnott, CWU Public Affairs, 509-963-2841, Barb.Arnott@cwu.edu</em></p><p>September 13, 2016</p></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;">Soccer At Home After Strong Start on the Roadhttps://www.cwu.edu/node/4859Tue, 13 Sep 2016 07:51:31<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/cwusoccer.jpg" style="width: 495px; height: 320px;"></p><p>After another 2-0-0 weekend, the Central Washington University soccer team is 4-0-0 on the season.&nbsp; The undefeated start is the best in CWU history.&nbsp; This week, the Wildcats have a pair of matches at home against Northwest University (Wash.) and current NSCAA No. 7 University of San Diego.&nbsp;Kick-off is scheduled for 3 p.m. on Tuesday (Sept. 13) against Northwest and noon on Friday (Sept. 16) against UC San Diego.</p><p>The Northwest University Eagles come into Ellensburg with a 4-1-0 record, after picking up a pair of wins over Whitman and Linfield last week.<br><br>"Northwest has gone out early and gotten some good results," CWU Head Coach Mike Farrand said.&nbsp; They have always been a good program and solid within their conference.&nbsp; I expect them to go out and be a factor in their conference championship."<br><br>Whitney Weaver leads the Eagles with four goals.&nbsp; Jubilee Zevenbergen and Tiffany Taylor have botch notched two goals.&nbsp; Lauren Hellum has handled the majority of the Eagles' time in net, allowing just one goal and making six saves.<br><br>"For us, It's important we focus on building off our last game against Dominican and grow the game out," Farrand added.&nbsp; Play fast enough to play the game on the front foot and play attacking soccer."<br><br>The Wildcats then set their sights on No. 7 UC San Diego on Friday.<br><br>"Definitely a big week in division II play with UCSD coming up to the PNW," Farrand said.&nbsp; "Brian has a 30-year career in college soccer and it's a great opportunity for us to play against them and show how much we have grown.&nbsp; It will give us a great test to show where we are in the region early."<br><br>The Tritons are out to a 3-1-0 record with three shutout victories over Azusa Pacific, Point Loma, and Regis.&nbsp; They have scored 12 goals and allowed just one.&nbsp; The one goal against came in their only loss against Colorado School of Mines.<br><br>Prior to getting to Ellensburg, the Tritons stop in Bellingham for a matchup against No. 9 Western Washington.<br><br>Katie O'Laughlin has been the spark for the Tritons on offense.&nbsp; She has compiled five goals on 13 shots.<br><br>The defense for UCSD has been especially tough, they've only allowed 10 shots on goal, nine of which have been turned aside by goalkeeper Itzel Gonzalez.&nbsp; She has played all 360 minutes in goal for UCSD.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br><br>"We are built around us and who we are together," Farrand added. "I think the goal scoring reflects that in some aspects.&nbsp; I think we saw a glimmer from players that can be a factor for us, but having everyone can contribute for us is a huge plus.&nbsp; We want to measure our season on how we do the last four games of the season, rather than the first four."<br><br>The Wildcats have scored eight goals on the season with eight different scorers, including Dominican's own goal from this weekend.<br><br>Freshman goalkeeper Emily Holt has been stellar between the pipes for the Wildcats, stopping 23 shots.&nbsp; Central's defensive back line of Abbie Litka, Allie Bohnett, Jessica Haga, and Meghan Ward have forced opponents to take outside shots, greatly limiting their scoring opportunities.<br><br>Kaysha Darcy earned Great Northwest Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week honors after scoring the winning goal against Dominican University of California.<br>&nbsp;</p><p>September 13, 2016</p></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br>New chair leading CWU Computer Sciencehttps://www.cwu.edu/node/4858Fri, 09 Sep 2016 12:13:51<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/CG.jpg" style="width: 250px; height: 250px; float: right; border-width: 3px; border-style: solid; margin: 3px;">With fall quarter classes to begin later this month, Central Washington University<a href="http://www.cwu.edu/computer-science/"> computer science</a> is preparing for rapid growth and change, as Christos Graikos begins his tenure as the new department chair.</p><p>“This is a place of growth and I feel the university is moving forward,” Graikos said, pertaining to his interest in the post, which he assumed on September 1. “I like the curriculum, I like the research capacity, and I wanted to work in this part of the world because I received my bachelor’s degree in Montreal [Canada].”</p><p>Graikos, 46, arrived in Ellensburg after serving as dean of Computing and Information Technology at Sohar University in Oman. Before that, he spent 16 years in the United Kingdom studying and working.</p><p>“I wanted to see the [Persian] Gulf and Oman offered a wonderful opportunity,” Graikos explained. “I learned a lot, especially in terms of how business is conducted in that part of the world.”</p><p>As part of his new responsibilities, Graikos will oversee the computer science department’s move into new campus quarters while extending collaboration and partnerships with major Seattle-area high-tech industries, such as Google and Microsoft. Graikos has an established track record of success in outreach to community groups, other colleges and universities, elementary and high schools, government agencies, and industry.</p><p>“I have a pretty wide network on connections in Europe,” he acknowledges. “I’d like to utilize these collaborations to develop research and knowledge exchanges, along with teaching opportunities, for the department and university.”&nbsp;</p><p>Graikos also has thorough knowledge of exchange and internationalization strategies, including additional higher education experience in America, China, and Europe. Such wide-ranging background could prove important, especially in developing and expanding the CWU master’s program in Computational Science. The first of its kind in the Pacific Northwest, the program draws students from around the world through its focus on comprehensive research, interdisciplinary coursework, and a progressive teaching environment.</p><p>“I have set up programs like this before and this is a very important part of what we do,” he stated. “There have been some new developments, including rolling out our program in China. This will help us connect better with research opportunities around the world.”&nbsp;</p><p>His department is also exploring development of new higher education-related programs that could lead to additional K-12 teacher endorsements.</p><p>“This is a very good opportunity for Central and something we are committed to developing,” Graikos noted. “There are growing [computer science] opportunities here in Washington state. There’s currently three times the demand for the number of graduates that we’re producing.”</p><p>A native of Thessaloniki, Greece, Graikos is fluent in both Greek and English, along with a familiarity with French.</p><p><strong>Media&nbsp;contact:&nbsp;</strong>Robert&nbsp;Lowery, director of radio services and integrated communications,&nbsp;509-963-1487, Robert.Lowery@cwu.edu</p><p>September 9, 2016</p><p><strong>Photo:</strong> Graikos in China, where he was working on a computer science exchange program involving the University of West Scotland and Nanjing University.&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/Graikos%20in%20Nanjing%2C%20China.jpg" style="width: 750px; height: 563px; border-width: 3px; border-style: solid; margin: 3px; float: left;"><br>&nbsp;</p></br>