CWUCWU NewsCWU Newshttps://www.cwu.edu/newsen-usBoard of Trustees Meeting: Message from President Gaudinohttps://www.cwu.edu/node/124615Thu, 09 Apr 2020 17:37:59<p><img alt="CWU Logo" src="https://www.cwu.edu/sites/default/files/images/2019%20CWU%20Seal.png" style="width: 147px; height: 145px;" /></p> <p>Dear CWU Community,</p> <p>The CWU Board of Trustees met today in a special meeting to continue discussions regarding the university&rsquo;s financial situation in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. They appreciated seeing reports of stable enrollments for the winter and spring quarters and learning that our cost-cutting measures are helping balance the operational budgets.</p> <p>As a result, they agreed with me that our Fiscal Year 2019-2020 outlook does not necessitate a reduction in our workforce this quarter.</p> <p>They also agree that the situation we face is dynamic. We will continue to confront uncertainties, such as future &ldquo;Stay-at-Home&rdquo; orders, the timing of federal financial support, and the pandemic&rsquo;s impact on our state&rsquo;s economy.</p> <p>Throughout this constantly evolving situation, the board and university administration have been in contact with state and local officials to ensure that any decisions made are based on current and accurate information. As we plan for the summer and fall sessions, I will continue to watch and report on critical issues.</p> <p>The board&rsquo;s actions confirm what I have said to you each year: our employees are our most valuable asset. It also underscores the need for all of you to stay healthy and to continue to work together to navigate the severe conditions we face now.</p> <p>Today, our Board of Trustees joined me in celebrating your efforts and creativity during these unprecedented times. I am confident we will get through this if we do as Governor Inslee suggests: We must stand together, just six feet or more apart. #CWUtogether!</p> <p>Take care and be safe,</p> <p><img alt="President James L. Gaudino's signature" src="https://www.cwu.edu/sites/default/files/images/gaudino%20sig.jpg" style="width: 138px; height: 61px;" /></p> <p>James L. Gaudino<br /> President</p> CWU Co-sponsored 2020 Kryptos Competition Still On, Onlinehttps://www.cwu.edu/node/124614Wed, 08 Apr 2020 17:45:18<p><img alt="Kryptos competition logo" src="/sites/default/files/Kryptos.jpg" style="margin: 0px 0px 30px 30px; float: right; width: 37%;" />The 10th annual <a href="https://www.cwu.edu/math/kryptos" target="_blank">Kryptos</a> competition will go on as planned next week, as it always has. That&rsquo;s because the event, co-sponsored by Central Washington University and Western Oregon University (WOU), has always been online.</p> <p>&ldquo;For those now organizing math or computer science classes online and looking for projects for their students, this could be an assignment for classes anywhere around the country,&rdquo; said CWU mathematics professor Stuart Boersma, one of the developers of the competition.</p> <p>Cheryl Beaver, co-developer of Kryptos and WOU mathematics professor, added, &ldquo;Having students using technology and working online individually or in [up to three-member] groups could be a great way to build community in classes that can&rsquo;t meet in person right now.&rdquo;</p> <p>Registration for Kryptos 2020 is continuing. The competition begins on April 16. Designed for college undergraduates, it involves breaking ciphers, the processes for encrypting messages, which take easy-to-read plain text and transforms them into unintelligible gibberish. &nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s up to the participants to take clues from the various documents we give them and then try to decrypt whatever coded message is there,&rdquo; explained Boersma, who leads an upper-division CWU course in cryptology. &ldquo;The contest doesn&rsquo;t require any specific mathematics. It&rsquo;s open to students from any [academic] discipline who like to solve puzzles. But knowing a little math or being comfortable with some computer programming could help them tackle things a little bit easier or more quickly.&rdquo;</p> <p>Beaver continued, &ldquo;There are challenges of varying degrees of difficulty. This allows the novice solver a chance at success while challenging the more experienced participants as well.&rdquo; Typically, between 150 and 250 students, from around the world, participate in Kryptos, including from a high school in France, which has entered the competition for several years.</p> <p>The first- and second-place individual and team winners will receive prizes through the Pacific Northwest Section of the Mathematical Association of America.</p> <p><strong>Media contact:</strong> Robert Lowery, Public Affairs, 509-963-1487, Robert.Lowery@cwu.edu</p> Special CWU Board of Trustees Meeting on April 9https://www.cwu.edu/node/124613Wed, 08 Apr 2020 14:23:12<p><img alt="" src="https://www.cwu.edu/sites/default/files/CWU_Medallion-RGB%20%282%29%20copy.jpg" style="margin: 0px 0px 30px 30px; float: right; width: 200px; height: 200px;" />The CWU Board of Trustees will hold a special meeting on April 9, 2020, consistent with provisions of RCW 42.30.080. The board members will meet virtually, in order to comply with the Stay Home Stay Healthy order of Washington Governor Jay Inslee.</p> <p>The meeting will begin in Executive Session at 3:30 PM for the purpose of considering matters relating to litigation and collective bargaining under RCW 42.30.110(1)(i) and 42.30.140(4). The business meeting will be streamed in open session at https://media.cwu.edu beginning at approximately 4:30 PM. Any notification of delays due to an extended Executive Session will be provided at https://media.cwu.edu if needed.</p> <p>If you are not able to view the meeting online, you may listen to the meeting as soon as executive session is completed, at about 4:30. For telephone access call 509-963-1000, then use pin code 325672.</p> <p>1. 3:30-4:30 PM Executive Session [Per RCW 42.30.110(1)(i) and RCW 42.30.140(4).</p> <p>2. 4:30 PM Business Meeting<br /> &bull; _Approval of Agenda<br /> &bull; _Approval of Minutes from March 31, 2020<br /> &bull; _COVID-19 Update</p> <p>3. Adjourn</p> COVID-19 Update: Message from President Gaudinohttps://www.cwu.edu/node/124612Wed, 08 Apr 2020 08:56:22<p style="margin-bottom:12.0pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"><img alt="CWU logo" src="https://www.cwu.edu/sites/default/files/CWU_medallion_logo_2018_color.png" style="margin: 0px 0px 30px 30px; float: right; width: 150px; height: 150px;" /></p> <p><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:107%"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif">Dear CWU Community,</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:107%"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif">The spring quarter is just getting underway and it is no understatement to say it will be historic. For the first time in the university&rsquo;s 129 years, our classes will be taught entirely online. But while the vehicle we use may have changed, our goal to ensure that students get the best education possible while having a truly remarkable college experience remains the same.</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:107%"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif">The most recent actions impacting our institution were Governor Inslee&rsquo;s decision to extend K-12 school closures for the rest of the school year and his proclamation extending the &ldquo;Stay Home, Stay Healthy&rdquo; emergency order. The latter order bans all gatherings and temporarily shutters non-essential businesses in Washington state. This means all CWU facilities, with the exception of residence halls and dining facilities, will remain closed to the public through the end of the academic year. University employees will continue to work remotely. We don&rsquo;t yet know when we&rsquo;ll be able to return to a more typical work schedule.</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:107%"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif">We continue to monitor the situation every day and closely partner with the Kittitas County Public Health Department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on how to proceed. The best way to remain current on how COVID-19 impacts CWU operations is by regularly checking out the COVID-19 Update page (www.cwu.edu/emergency/covid-19-updates). For updated information for employees of the university, please go to www.cwu.edu/hr/.</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:107%"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif">None of us could have anticipated the disruptions, changes, and challenges we&rsquo;ve all experienced in recent weeks. Thanks to all of you who have, amidst worry and uncertainty, continued to serve our students and each other. In particular, I would like to recognize our faculty, who have been diligently adopting new online teaching tools, as well as those individuals who are essential to the operation of the physical university and who have continued to work on site. Thank you for all you do to help keep this institution operating.</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:107%"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif">The Board of Trustees, the Cabinet, and I continue to examine our financial health. As you know the BOT approved a declaration to ensure CWU sustainability on March 24, 2020. Changes in our workforce may be needed in the near future. I can promise you we will make these decisions based on the nature of the work needed during this new online environment, the health and well-being of our employees, and the support resources being made available by state and federal legislation.</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:107%"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif">We understand the responsibility the university has for the welfare of not only our CWU family but our larger Kittitas County neighborhood. Remain safe and healthy, and continue best practices for combating the spread of the virus, including staying in place, social distancing, and frequent hand-washing. Please know that we truly understand we are in this together&mdash;#CWUtogether.</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:107%"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif">Sincerely,</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:107%"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif"><img alt="President Gaudino's signature" src="https://www.cwu.edu/sites/default/files/images/gaudino%20sig.jpg" style="width: 138px; height: 61px;" /></span></span></span><br /> <span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:107%"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif">James L. Gaudino<br /> President</span></span></span></p> </p style="margin-bottom:12.0pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"></span style="font-size:11pt"></span style="line-height:107%"></span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif"></span style="font-size:11pt"></span style="line-height:107%"></span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif"></span style="font-size:11pt"></span style="line-height:107%"></span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif"></span style="font-size:11pt"></span style="line-height:107%"></span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif"></span style="font-size:11pt"></span style="line-height:107%"></span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif"></span style="font-size:11pt"></span style="line-height:107%"></span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif"></span style="font-size:11pt"></span style="line-height:107%"></span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif"></span style="font-size:11pt"></span style="line-height:107%"></span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif"></span style="font-size:11pt"></span style="line-height:107%"></span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif"></span style="font-size:11pt"></span style="line-height:107%"></span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif">CWU Helps Fill Critical Paramedic Need in Western and Eastern Washingtonhttps://www.cwu.edu/node/124611Mon, 06 Apr 2020 15:31:02<p><img alt="CWU EMT PAramedicine Program students in training " src="/sites/default/files/Paramedic.jpeg" style="margin: 0px 0px 30px 30px; float: right; width: 40%;" />Through 2028, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts 7-percent job growth in emergency medical services (EMS) and paramedicine, which is above the average for all occupations. In Washington alone, the need for paramedics is becoming critical.</p> <p>&ldquo;There is a huge shortage of paramedics in Washington State and departments are having less applicants than positions available,&rdquo; said <a href="https://www.cwu.edu/health-science/paramedicine-faculty" target="_blank">Dr. Doug Presta</a>, Central Washington University&rsquo;s <a href="https://www.cwu.edu/health-science/paramedicine" target="_blank">EMS Paramedicine Program</a> director.&rdquo;</p> <p>Since 1973, CWU has trained leading industry professionals in Ellensburg. To help address the burgeoning need, this quarter the university began doing likewise for students at <a href="https://www.cwu.edu/lynnwood/" target="_blank">CWU-Lynnwood</a> and Spokane Community College. The 14 students in Lynnwood and 17 in Spokane take online lectures and then participate in required labs hosted on the Edmonds Community College or Spokane Community College campus. It is the only program of its kind in Washington and there are just two comparable ones offered across the country.</p> <p>&ldquo;It meets the needs of our working EMTs who can&rsquo;t attend a traditional paramedicine program while allowing them to still become a great street medic,&rdquo; Presta stated.</p> <p>The certificate program takes three quarters to complete. Graduates will be qualified to take the rigorous exam for the National Registry&rsquo;s National EMS Certification at the Paramedic level. Better than 95 percent of CWU alumni earn certification. Nearly nine out of 10 pass the test on his or her first attempt.</p> <p>The CWU program has an established history of requiring students to meet high academic standards and skill requirements that often exceed established state and national benchmarks. It is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs and boasts a nearly a 100-percent job placement rate.</p> <p>Presta has served previously as a paramedic and firefighter, director of both Vocational Education at Inland Northwest Health Services and the Paramedic Program at St Luke&rsquo;s Rehabilitation Institute in Spokane; and a sports medicine physician and surgeon in Renton.</p> <p><strong>Photo: </strong>CWU EMS Paramedicine Program students training in Ellensburg.</p> <p><strong>Media contact: </strong>Robert Lowery, Public Affairs, 509-963-1487, Robert.Lowery@cwu.edu</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> COVID-19: Spring Quarter 2020 Fees & Waivershttps://www.cwu.edu/node/124445Fri, 03 Apr 2020 14:03:45<p><img alt="CWU Logo" src="/sites/default/files/images/2019%20CWU%20Seal.png" style="width: 147px; height: 145px;" /></p> <p>Dear CWU Students,</p> <p>As you know, we will conduct our spring quarter entirely online for the first time in the history of the university. This shift has prompted a careful analysis of university fees.&nbsp;</p> <p>CWU will be waiving all fees that are not linked to instruction, to student support, or to legal financial obligations, including the support of bonds that pay for student facilities. We appreciate your understanding that we need to maintain the viability of the university&rsquo;s student services and our legal obligations.</p> <p><strong>WAIVED FEES&nbsp;</strong><br /> CWU will waive the following fees for spring quarter 2020.</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;">1. &nbsp;&nbsp;<em>Athletics fee</em><br /> 2.&nbsp;&nbsp; <em>Central Transit fee</em><br /> 3.&nbsp;&nbsp; <em>Dining Contract Cancellation fee</em> (for students who have purchased but won&rsquo;t be able to use a meal plan)<br /> 4.&nbsp;&nbsp; <em>Housing Contract Cancellation fee</em> (for students not residing in Ellensburg-campus housing)<br /> 5.&nbsp;&nbsp; <em>Late Payment fee&nbsp;</em><br /> 6.&nbsp;&nbsp; <em>Late Registration fee</em><br /> 7.&nbsp;&nbsp; <em>Library fee</em><br /> 8.&nbsp;&nbsp; <em>Parking fee</em><br /> 9.&nbsp;&nbsp; <em>Web-course fee</em><br /> 10.&nbsp;<em>Wellness fee</em></p> <p><strong>CONTINUED FEES</strong><br /> CWU will continue the following fees for spring quarter 2020 because they support vital student services, instruction, or are linked to a contractual obligation.</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"><strong>Student Services Fees:&nbsp;</strong><br /> 1. &nbsp;<em>Student Health and Counseling Center Fee</em> support important student services, and will remain operational both in Ellensburg and in a web-based format. &nbsp;</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"><strong>Fees that Support Instruction:</strong><br /> 2. <em>&nbsp;The Technology Fee </em>will provide critical support for moving all instruction online.<br /> 3. &nbsp;<em>Tuition Fees</em> continue to be the same for online and in-person instruction.<br /> 4.&nbsp;&nbsp;Math and writing tutoring will continue online.</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"><strong>Fees linked to Contractual Obligations:</strong><br /> 5.&nbsp;<em>&nbsp;The Student Union and Recreation Center Fees</em> support bonds that were used to build the facility and cannot be waived.<br /> 6.&nbsp;&nbsp;<em>The Service and Activities Fee</em> supports bonds that were used to construct student mandated projects, as well as paying for direct student services and student programs.</p> <p>If you would like more information regarding fees visit, <a href="https://www.cwu.edu/registrar/tuition-and-fees" target="_blank">www.cwu.edu/registrar/tuition-and-fees</a>.</p> <p>We are looking forward to welcoming you back to &ldquo;campus&rdquo; online and are ready for an exciting spring quarter with classes and support services just a click away. While we are all living through rapidly changing times, there is one thing we can be certain of: &nbsp;we will continue to provide the outstanding educational experience that has always defined Central. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Sincerely,</p> <p><img alt="President Gaudino's signature" src="/sites/default/files/images/gaudino%20sig.jpg" style="width: 138px; height: 61px;" /><br /> James L. Gaudino<br /> President</p> </p style="margin-left: 40px;"></p style="margin-left: 40px;"></p style="margin-left: 40px;"></p style="margin-left: 40px;">COVID-19 Update: Message from Board of Trusteeshttps://www.cwu.edu/node/124444Thu, 02 Apr 2020 10:47:22<p><img alt="CWU Board of Trustees Seal" src="https://www.cwu.edu/sites/default/files/images/CWU%20BOT%20Seal%20%28large%29.jpg" style="width: 150px; height: 150px;" /></p> <p>CWU Community,</p> <p>The Board of Trustees are proud of how you have responded to the health crisis we face. We applaud the hard work of our faculty, who have moved their lessons online in a very tight timeframe. We commend our students, many of whom are learning remotely for the first time. We are grateful for our staff, who continue their work from home or are practicing social distancing.</p> <p>The Trustees met on Tuesday and re-stated our unequivocal support for the mission of the university, including the importance of continuing to provide a first-class education, based on our shared values of experiential learning and personal service, for all students who want to pursue higher education.</p> <p>Trustees have been meeting regularly to discuss how CWU must adapt to this unprecedented situation. The trustees value discussions that are candid, frank and transparent, even on difficult topics. The Board made no new decisions on March 31 about CWU&rsquo;s path forward, because the information required to do so is not yet available. We will continue to monitor the situation in concert with senior administrative leadership, health and government officials. If we find it necessary to do so, we will act responsibly and in concert with the values of this great institution.&nbsp;</p> <p>We are not only trustees; we are alumni who benefited from the quality of Central&rsquo;s learning environment and the values that serve as its foundation. It remains our firm belief that the key to Central&rsquo;s success is its faculty and staff. Student achievement is the measure of our success. &nbsp;</p> <p>As you know, the university has already taken immediate measures to preserve our finances. We put a hold on all university-related travel, instituted a freeze on all hiring, and restricted purchasing to essential functions and services. This is not enough to keep us financially sustainable. We find ourselves, like so many other public institutions, in the position to examine reductions in support areas, and exploring all viable options to reduce costs.</p> <p>A critical factor moving forward is our enrollment. As an institution, we must do everything in our power to try to ensure that current and potential students continue to recognize the intrinsic value of a Central education.</p> <p>As President Gaudino has stated before, a large part of our strength as a community is our focus on the values that are part of our CWU culture. These values have guided us through the years and will help us to overcome these difficult and unprecedented challenges.</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"><strong>&bull; Ensuring the welfare of our community:</strong> The health, safety, and well-being of our community have always been important.&nbsp;<br /> <strong>&bull; Academic excellence: </strong>&nbsp;Student achievement is why we exist, and we must hold to that commitment.<br /> <strong>&bull; Sustainability: </strong>&nbsp;We must make sound financial decisions and manage our resources to sustain the institution in the long-term.</p> <p>We thank you for your continued understanding and hard work during this difficult time. Please know that whatever decisions we ultimately must make, we will do so in the best interests of our students, faculty, and staff.</p> <p>Sincerely,<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p>Ronald Erickson<br /> Chair<br /> Central Washington University<br /> Board of Trustees</p> <p>Robert Nellams<br /> Vice Chair<br /> Central Washington University<br /> Board of Trustees</p> </p style="margin-left: 40px;">Outreach Project Involving CWU Researcher Earns National Acclaimhttps://www.cwu.edu/node/124443Thu, 02 Apr 2020 08:16:19<p><iframe allow=";" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/dBInF2_ZXyM" width="640"></iframe></p> <p>CWU research associate Beth Pratt-Sitaula and a team of Alaska-based science professionals have been recognized by the Western States Seismic Policy Council (WSSPC) with the 2020 National Award in Excellence in the Outreach category.<br /> <br /> Since 2018, Pratt-Sitaula has been one of the principal investigators for the Alaska Native Geoscience Learning Experience (ANGLE) program, which educates rural teachers and students about how to prepare for and recover from geohazards, such as earthquakes and tsunamis.</p> <p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/build_better_wall_2018_angle_1296.jpg" style="float: left; margin: 0px 30px 30px 0px; width: 350px; height: 263px;" />The CWU partnership with Alaska Pacific University and the University of Alaska-Anchorage has been such an overwhelming success that the WSSPC chose to present ANGLE with the award, which is given only once every four years.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;There are a lot of states that are earthquake-active in the western United States, so to be selected for this award is very gratifying,&rdquo; said Pratt-Sitaula, who works in the CWU Geological Sciences department. &ldquo;CWU and its partners have been very good at putting together high-quality programming over the years, and because of that success, our colleagues in Alaska contacted us about creating a program specific to what they are doing.&rdquo;</p> <p>Pratt-Sitaula and her colleagues were recognized by the WSSPC in 2016 for a similar outreach project in the Pacific Northwest called the Cascadia EarthScope Earthquake and Tsunami Education Program. She also helped with the Teachers On The Leading Edge program from 2008-11. Those experiences helped Pratt-Sitaula and the two Alaska universities develop the ANGLE program.</p> <p>&ldquo;We were able to adapt what we have learned in Cascadia and make it relevant to Alaska,&rdquo; she said. &ldquo;There was a lot of learning throughout the process, and it feels really good to build something that has worked so well for the people of Alaska.&rdquo;&nbsp;<img alt="" src="https://www.cwu.edu/sites/default/files/ansep_computer_build.png" style="float: right; margin: 0px 0px 30px 30px; width: 280px; height: 300px;" /></p> <p>ANGLE started in September 2017 through a grant from the National Science Foundation&rsquo;s EarthScope program, which has since been discontinued. The program presents professional development workshops for educators and teaches student academies for the Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program (ANSEP). ANGLE presented a stakeholder workshop in February 2018 and held its first educator workshop in May of that year.&nbsp;</p> <p>The primary goal of the ANSEP program is to engage and retain Native Alaskan youth in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). ANGLE works with ANSEP&rsquo;s middle-school academies to increase the STEM learning related to earthquakes and tsunamis. The workshops also benefit students in population centers like Anchorage and Juneau, but those cities already have more of the resources to prepare for and recover from seismic events.&nbsp;</p> <p>ANGLE&rsquo;s work with educators and students around the state has increased Alaska&rsquo;s resilience to geohazards through education and the development of an action-oriented learning community.&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://www.cwu.edu/sites/default/files/ansep_building_students.png" style="float: left; margin: 0px 30px 30px 0px; width: 300px; height: 200px;" />Pratt-Sitaula specifically credited the work of Jennifer Witter, the science curriculum coordinator for the Anchorage School District, who also serves as the ANGLE project director. Even after the EarthScope funding ends in 2021, Witter will continue many of the same initiatives that started because of ANGLE.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;It will be harder to serve the rural areas now without the funding,&rdquo; Pratt-Sitaula said. &ldquo;But with Jen&rsquo;s help, the program will go on through ANSEP and through the continued professional development of teachers in Anchorage, which serves about half of the state&rsquo;s students.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> <p>To learn more about ANGLE, visit the&nbsp;<a href="https://serc.carleton.edu/ANGLE/index.html">website</a>.</p> <p>&bull;&nbsp;<em><strong>Note: </strong>The WSSPC awards ceremony was scheduled to take place during the March 2-6 National Earthquake Conference. Witter was unable to accept the award in person because the Anchorage School District stopped all non-essential travel March 2 due to concerns about the COVID-19 outbreak</em>.</p> <p><br /> <strong>Media contact:</strong>&nbsp;David Leder, Department of Public Affairs, David.Leder@cwu.edu.</p> CWU Professor Selected for National Children’s Book Awards Committeehttps://www.cwu.edu/node/124442Tue, 31 Mar 2020 18:08:43<p>A CWU professor recently joined some elite company when she was named to the selection committee for the annual Notable Books for a Global Society Award contest.</p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 9pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px"><span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family:Times"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="widows:auto"><span style="word-spacing:0px"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust:auto"><span style="text-decoration:none"><span style="font-family:Calibri, sans-serif"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/Sharryn_Walker-8263.jpg" style="float: left; margin: 0px 30px 30px 0px; width: 150px; height: 201px;" /></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span>Literacy professor Sharryn Larsen Walker learned in early March that she had been selected to serve a three-year term on the prestigious committee, a children&rsquo;s literature and reading special interest group through the International Literacy Association.&nbsp;</p> <p>Walker has always been passionate about children&rsquo;s literature and has been a member of the organization for many years. She feels honored to be chosen for such a crucial endeavor.</p> <p>&ldquo;This contest really represents the upper tier list of children&rsquo;s books in the U.S., and it&rsquo;s a big deal for the authors and illustrators to be selected,&rdquo; said Walker, a CWU alumna who has been teaching at the university since 2007. &ldquo;Being on the selection committee is also a pretty big deal, and I&rsquo;m really looking forward to the opportunity.&rdquo;</p> <p>The Notable Books for a Global Society Award was introduced in 1996 and has become one of the most highly regarded children&rsquo;s book contests in North America. Every year, 10 to 14 committee members from around the country are chosen to develop a list of 25 award winners.</p> <p>The committee selections are based on multiple factors, including prior experience with reviewing diverse, multicultural, and global literature and ensuring that committee members represent different professions related to literature and literacy and regions of the U.S.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>The committee members will evaluate 200-300 children&rsquo;s books and novels between now and the end of summer, and the 2021 winners will be announced at the annual conference in Columbus, Ohio, in October.&nbsp;</p> <p>Walker received her first shipment of books in mid-March and started perusing them right away.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;I will be doing a lot of reading this year, that&rsquo;s for sure,&rdquo; she said, adding that the nominations range from picture books to young adult novels. &ldquo;I probably won&rsquo;t have time for any other committees because this is such a big commitment.&rdquo;</p> <p>Books that are considered for the award are nominated by publishers, and they are selected because they raise awareness about issues that are important to children around the world. Walker said many of last year&rsquo;s books were centered around immigration, while in previous years, the books have focused on LGBTQ issues, the effects of war, and other topics that influence the lives of young people.</p> <p>&ldquo;The books usually focus on everyday life in different parts of the world, and how we are all connected,&rdquo; she said.&nbsp;</p> <p>Read more about the International Literacy Association at&nbsp;<a href="https://literacyworldwide.org/">literacyworldwide.org</a>.</p> <p><br /> <strong>Media contact:</strong>&nbsp;David Leder, Department of Public Affairs, David.Leder@cwu.edu.</p> </p style="margin:0in 0in 9pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px"></span style="font-size:medium"></span style="font-family:Times"></span style="caret-color:#000000"></span style="color:#000000"></span style="font-style:normal"></span style="font-variant-caps:normal"></span style="font-weight:normal"></span style="letter-spacing:normal"></span style="orphans:auto"></span style="text-transform:none"></span style="white-space:normal"></span style="widows:auto"></span style="word-spacing:0px"></span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust:auto"></span style="text-decoration:none"></span style="font-family:Calibri, sans-serif">CWU school psychology program helping districts fulfill growing needshttps://www.cwu.edu/node/124276Fri, 27 Mar 2020 15:57:24<p style="margin:0in 0in 8pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/psych_2.jpg" style="width: 700px; height: 487px;" /></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 8pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px"><span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family:Times"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="widows:auto"><span style="word-spacing:0px"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust:auto"><span style="text-decoration:none"><span style="font-family:Calibri, sans-serif">As school districts around the country scramble to fill school psychologist positions year after year, CWU is looking to ease the burden.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 8pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px"><span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family:Times"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="widows:auto"><span style="word-spacing:0px"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust:auto"><span style="text-decoration:none"><span style="font-family:Calibri, sans-serif">Demand for school psychologists in K-12 districts has increased so much in recent years that the CWU Department of Psychology introduced a part-time summer program in 2017 to train educational professionals who already work full time.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 8pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px"><span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family:Times"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="widows:auto"><span style="word-spacing:0px"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust:auto"><span style="text-decoration:none"><span style="font-family:Calibri, sans-serif">Over the past three years, the CWU summer program has been providing graduate-level courses for educators who may not otherwise be able to participate in year-round graduate studies. When the 2020-21 school year begins, seven of those students will be serving full-time internships with school districts around the state.&nbsp;</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 8pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px"><span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family:Times"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="widows:auto"><span style="word-spacing:0px"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust:auto"><span style="text-decoration:none"><span style="font-family:Calibri, sans-serif"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/psych_1.jpg" style="float: right; margin: 0px 0px 30px 30px; width: 400px; height: 260px;" />Once they have completed their nine-month internships &mdash; the final phase of their four-year commitment &mdash; they will be eligible for a growing number of school psychologist positions in Central Washington and across the U.S.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 8pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px"><span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family:Times"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="widows:auto"><span style="word-spacing:0px"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust:auto"><span style="text-decoration:none"><span style="font-family:Calibri, sans-serif">&ldquo;The summer program has allowed us to train a lot more students than we could when we only offered a year-round graduate degree option,&rdquo; said Heath Marrs, director of CWU&rsquo;s school psychology graduate program. &ldquo;We designed the program to meet the needs of school districts in Central Washington, but also to accommodate educators who wanted to pursue a new career path.&rdquo;</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 8pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px"><span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family:Times"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="widows:auto"><span style="word-spacing:0px"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust:auto"><span style="text-decoration:none"><span style="font-family:Calibri, sans-serif">The seven summer program students are among 18 CWU graduate students who will be working as school psychology interns during next school year. The other 11 students are enrolled in the traditional program on the Ellensburg campus, which requires two years of classroom study plus an internship.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 8pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px"><span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family:Times"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="widows:auto"><span style="word-spacing:0px"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust:auto"><span style="text-decoration:none"><span style="font-family:Calibri, sans-serif">Marrs said the 18 school psychology internships are the most ever for the program. CWU averages about eight to 10 school psychology internships per year, and the previous high &mdash; reached in 2003-04 &mdash; was 12.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 8pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px"><span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family:Times"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="widows:auto"><span style="word-spacing:0px"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust:auto"><span style="text-decoration:none"><span style="font-family:Calibri, sans-serif">&ldquo;We&rsquo;ve been training school psychologists for many years, but what&rsquo;s nice for us is that we can train even more people now because of the summer program,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;We&rsquo;re hoping more people consider going into this field when they realize there are other options besides three years of graduate school.&rdquo;</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 8pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px"><span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family:Times"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="widows:auto"><span style="word-spacing:0px"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust:auto"><span style="text-decoration:none"><span style="font-family:Calibri, sans-serif"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/psych_3.jpg" style="float: left; margin: 0px 30px 30px 0px; width: 362px; height: 400px;" />Before students can begin an internship, they must have completed 300 practicum hours. 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