CWUCWU NewsCWU News Marine Corps Support Group of Washington Creates General James N. Mattis Scholarship at CWU, 27 Feb 2021 21:32:58<p>The US Marine Corps Support Group of Washington has changed the name of its annual scholarship to honor General James N. Mattis, a 1971 graduate of CWU.</p> <p><img alt="" src="" style="margin: 0px 0px 30px 30px; float: right; width: 200px; height: 200px;" />The General Jim Mattis Scholarship awards $2,000 annually to a Marine Corps or Navy veteran who has served with Marines. The scholarship recipient is selected by the CWU Veterans Center Advisory Board at the start of the fall quarter each academic year.</p> <p>Initial funding for the Mattis Scholarship has been provided by a retired Marine and member of the USMC Support Group of Washington, which sponsors the Education Assistance Grant program. His desire is to make sure this grant is funded in perpetuity to always honor General Mattis, who served as the nation&rsquo;s 26th secretary of defense from 2017 to 2019.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> This year&rsquo;s recipient is Eddie Eufracio, who served in the US Marine Corps from 2015 to 2019. Eufracio is majoring in clinical physiology.</p> <p>&ldquo;Eddie Eufracio, our first Mattis Scholar at CWU, as well as our BN Builders Scholar, Jackson Schorno, are great examples of the Marine Corps&rsquo; third mission of returning great citizens back to society after their service to the nation,&rdquo; said Retired Lieutenant Colonel Ed Doyne. &ldquo;They are both squared away, hard-working, and motivated students with clear goals and objectives that are making the most of their CWU education. The Support Group is very proud of both of them.&rdquo;</p> <p>The US Marine Corps Support Group of Washington continues to seek donors to provide funding for more Mattis scholars in Washington. Interested parties should contact<br /> &nbsp;<br /> To learn more about this scholarship or to apply, please visit</p> <p>Media contact: Traci Goff, Director of Foundation Relations, 509-963-2163,</p> CWU Board of Trustees Approves Fall 2021 Plan, 26 Feb 2021 07:49:40<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/CWU_Medallion-RGB%20%282%29%20copy.jpg" style="width: 200px; height: 200px; margin: 0px 0px 30px 30px; float: right;" />The Central Washington University Board of Trustees Thursday unanimously endorsed a fall 2021 opening day plan for the Ellensburg residential campus that calls for a return to in-person instruction and near-normal capacity in campus residence halls while continuing to require face coverings but relaxes physical distancing rules.</p> <p>Trustees, however, also stressed the plan was subject to change based on the recommendations of health and safety professionals.</p> <p>&ldquo;The health and safety of the university community must come first,&rdquo; CWU President James L. Gaudino noted. &ldquo;While we are hopeful for a near-normal academic year in 2021-2022, we also understand the need to constantly assess our health-and-safety protocols.&rdquo;</p> <p>The fall plan calls for adopting a normal academic schedule for the quarter, which would be from September 22 to December 10, and a return to campus for most students, faculty, and staff. Residence halls will be at near-normal capacity with Munson Hall retained as quarantine space.</p> <p>Additionally, the plan assumes COVID-19 vaccinations will be widely available for all who wish to be vaccinated. Physical distancing requirements will be relaxed but face coverings will continue to be mandatory, at least for the beginning of the fall quarter.</p> <p>University sites and centers will continue to follow the protocols and instructional modalities determined by community college partners. Academic and non-academic activities, clubs, and organizations that support the student experience at CWU are also preparing to transition to post-COVID, in-person participation.</p> <p>&ldquo;A post-COVID fall quarter will allow CWU to focus on fundamental and ongoing initiatives such as college advising and student support, assessment and accreditation efforts, retention and graduation initiatives, transfer student support, inclusivity and diversity, and professional development for our faculty,&rdquo; Gaudino continued. &ldquo;We are excited to get back to more traditional operations as we once again come together as a Wildcat community.&rdquo;</p> Students Testify to CWU Law and Justice Preparation at Regional Mock Trial Competition, 25 Feb 2021 11:50:52<p><img alt="American Mock Trial Association logo" src="/sites/default/files/american-mock-trial-association-logo.png" style="margin: 0px 0px 30px 30px; float: right; width: 17%;" />Three Central Washington University Law and Justice students were honored this month at the <a href="" target="_blank">American Mock Trial Association (AMTA) </a>Oklahoma Regional. Mariah Hogan, a senior from Kent, and Ni Petty (senior, Seattle) each received Outstanding Witnesses awards, while Kailyn Bowman (senior, Bothell) was named an Outstanding Attorney.</p> <p>&ldquo;This is the first time in team history that multiple CWU competitors were recognized as awardees,&rdquo; noted Cody Stoddard, <a href="" target="_blank">CWU Law and Justice</a> chair. &ldquo;Our team was one of only a few at the regional with multiple awardees.&rdquo;</p> <p>To qualify for the awards, the students had to place first or second in each of the four rounds of the competition.</p> <p>Overall, CWU received an honorable mention after placing seventh at the regional, held February 13-14 via Zoom from the Oklahoma College of Law. The showing was the best finish in program history, and the team fell just a half-point shy of advancing to the next round.</p> <p>&ldquo;Our success this year is a testament to these students&rsquo; hard work, the strength of their individual performances, and&mdash;most of all&mdash;their ability to support each other and work collectively as a team,&rdquo; noted R. Shaffer Claridge, a CWU Law and Justice lecturer who served as the team&rsquo;s coach.</p> <p>Claridge pointed out that &ldquo;the regional tournaments are open to all schools nationwide; not many schools of Central&rsquo;s size field a team or are able to compete with the larger schools.&rdquo;</p> <p>This was <a href="" target="_blank">Hogan&rsquo;s</a> third consecutive year as a competition award winner. &ldquo;I felt the closest to my teammates this year than ever before,&rdquo; she said. &ldquo;Part of that was due to the fact we had to learn to collaborate online. And I think that translated to how well we competed this year.&rdquo;</p> <p>Mock trial competitors prepare and argue a hypothetical case&mdash;this year, it was a liability issue involving wine contaminated with a pesticide&mdash;in front of actual judges and attorneys. CWU&rsquo;s team spent months preparing for the event.</p> <p>AMTA is hosting 32 regional competitions, involving about 400 college and universities across the country, through April. The events promote undergraduate-student opportunities to gain confidence and in-depth feedback that will prove valuable for those who go on to law school and the legal profession.</p> <p><strong>Media contact: </strong>Robert Lowery, Public Affairs, 509-963-1487, Robert.Lowery@cwu.ed</p> Barge Hall Update: Removing Personal Items, 24 Feb 2021 20:30:36<p>Barge Hall remains closed due to severe water damage caused by a fire suppression system failure. The Facilities Management Department (FMD) has been working to clean up the affected areas since the February 13 flooding event.&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/CWU_Medallion-RGB%20%282%29%20copy.jpg" style="float: right; margin: 0px 0px 30px 30px; width: 200px; height: 200px;" />As work gets underway to analyze the damages, continue water mitigation, and establish a plan for repair, employees will be given an opportunity this week to collect personal belongings from their offices.&nbsp;<strong>Please retrieve only what you will need while the repairs are underway.</strong></p> <p>After noon on Friday, February 26, Barge will be closed until the repair work is complete.</p> <p>For employees located on the second floor, where the most significant damage occurred, it is recommended that you remove only personal items. As part of the remediation process, all other items will be temporarily inventoried by the contractor, until the project is complete. FMD can assist with boxes and storing items in a secure location.&nbsp;</p> <p>The timeline of the remediation is dynamic as investigation continues, but occupants can assume occupancy will be restricted through the month of March at minimum. Further updates will be issued once more information is available.</p> <p>Employees who would like to enter Barge Hall may do so at the following times:&nbsp;</p> <p>&bull; Thursday, February 25, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.</p> <p>&bull; Friday, February 26, 7 a.m. to noon</p> <p>If you have questions, contact Shane Scott, Associate Vice President, Campus Planning and Facilities Management, at&nbsp;<a href=""></a>&nbsp;or 509-963-1289.</p> </a href=""> CWU Faculty Seeks Earlier Vaccination Schedule to Expedite In-Person Instruction, 24 Feb 2021 17:02:39<p>Higher education personnel in Washington who work in-person with students need to be included with K-12 educators in Phase 1B, tier 2 of the state&rsquo;s COVID-19 vaccination plan, according to a formal request made this week by the Faculty Senate of Central Washington University.</p> <p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/CWU%20Medallion%20RGB%20copy.jpg" style="float: right; margin: 0px 0px 30px 30px; width: 200px; height: 200px;" />In a letter sent to Governor Jay Inslee on Monday, Faculty Senate leaders explained why higher education personnel with face-to-face responsibilities should be vaccinated during Phase 1B, tier 2.</p> <p>&ldquo;In-person care and instruction are critical for the students we serve,&rdquo; noted Elvin Delgado, CWU Faculty Senate Chair and a professor in the Department of Geography. &ldquo;Just as in K-12 schools, the success for these bright and promising students can be a challenge, even when they have the in-person encouragement and support of counselors, professors, advisors, and mental and medical health staff.&rdquo;</p> <p>Delgado pointed out that infection rates for college-age students (20-39 years old) are much higher than for K-12 students, making vaccinations for higher education personnel all the more urgent.</p> <p>&ldquo;These students&nbsp;need&nbsp;the in-person engagement our personnel can only provide safely if they have been inoculated,&rdquo; he added.</p> <p>CWU President James L. Gaudino strongly supported the letter, noting that many students who have been isolated during the past year due to the pandemic are coping with a variety of physical and mental health issues, which has caused an erosion in overall student success.</p> <p>&ldquo;CWU believes higher education personnel should join the K-12 workforce on the 1B, tier 2 vaccination schedule because the services they provide are critical to the students and communities we serve,&rdquo; Gaudino said. &ldquo;Ensuring their safety is vital so they can continue to provide crucial educational resources to the students who need it most.&rdquo;</p> <p>CWU experienced a significant drop in retention from fall to winter quarter, with 10% of non-white students and 3% of Pell-eligible students electing not to re-enroll. The drop in retention can be attributed to a decrease in face-to-face learning opportunities.&nbsp;</p> <p>The university closed campus to in-person learning in March of last year, at the direction of state public health officials. Some hybrid and in-person classes have been offered during the current academic year (about 25%), but state data has shown that the changes disproportionately affected students of color.</p> <p>About 40%&nbsp;of CWU students identify as people of color, and more than 60% are the first in their&nbsp;families to go to college.</p> <p><strong>Media contact:</strong>&nbsp;David Leder, Department of Public Affairs,&nbsp;<a href=""></a>, 509-963-1518.</p> </a href="">CWU President Among Dignitaries Invited to Honor Roslyn Community Legend, 22 Feb 2021 16:59:58<p>A beloved member of the Roslyn community was honored last week when Governor Jay Inslee signed a proclamation that February 20 will now be known as William Craven Day in the state of Washington.</p> <p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/Craven_1a.jpg" style="float: left; margin: 0px 30px 30px 0px; width: 225px; height: 300px;" />Craven&rsquo;s legacy of service in Kittitas County dates back to the early 1970s, when he served on the Roslyn City Council, prior to being elected as the first African American mayor in state history in November 1975.</p> <p>A quote from Craven in the proclamation captures the historical significance of his election more than 40 years ago: &ldquo;Some people will like me, some people won&rsquo;t. I didn&rsquo;t run for this job as a black man, but as a man. I wanted an equal chance to try &mdash; if I can&rsquo;t do it, the people will vote me out in September.&rdquo;</p> <p>CWU President James L. Gaudino joined Craven, community leaders, the governor, and other elected officials at the weekend ceremony.</p> <p>&ldquo;&#39;Willie&rsquo; is a Roslyn legend and an honored citizen,&rdquo; Gaudino said, adding that Craven &ldquo;was a strong advocate for education, and he was instrumental in registering Roslyn&rsquo;s ethnically diverse cemetery as a historical site.&rdquo;</p> <p>In 1978, Craven played a lead role in establishing the city&rsquo;s 26 ethnically distinct cemeteries on the National Register of Historic Places, which helped preserve a vital part of local history. He also served for many years as a sexton and grave digger for the Roslyn cemeteries.&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/Craven%20Proclamation.png" style="float: right; margin: 0px 0px 30px 30px; width: 295px; height: 400px;" />The lifelong Roslyn resident served as mayor from 1975-79, and he is remembered for his efforts to improve snow-plowing, manage stray dogs, and negotiate with the Plum Creek Timber Co. to keep the city&rsquo;s watershed intact.</p> <p>Aside from serving on the City Council, Craven&rsquo;s community service efforts have included working as a school custodian and serving as a coach and mentor to local youths.&nbsp;</p> <p>More recently, he and his late wife, Virginia, provided a place to mourn the loss of four firefighters in the Thirtymile Fire in July 2001. Their son, Tom, was one of the firefighters who perished in Okanogan County, and his public grave in Roslyn is adorned with a rock and charred trees from the site.</p> <p>Tom Craven was a standout football player at CWU in 1991-92, prior to becoming a wildland firefighter with the U.S. Forest Service. He earned a CWU sociology degree in 1997.</p> <p><strong>Media contact:</strong>&nbsp;David Leder, Department of Public Affairs,&nbsp;<a href=""></a>, 509-963-1518.</p> </a href="">Barge Hall Update, 22 Feb 2021 08:09:08<p><img alt="" src="" style="margin: 0px 0px 30px 30px; float: right; width: 140px; height: 140px;" />Barge Hall will continue to be closed for the week of February 22-26 while the university assesses damage caused when a fire suppression system failure last Saturday (February 13) resulted in significant flooding throughout the east end of the historic structure.</p> <p>Since the failure was discovered, the Facilities Management Department (FMD) has been continuously working to clean-up the building and ensure it will be safe for re-entry. As part of that process, water was drained and extracted from walls, ceilings, floors, and furniture.</p> <p>Complete damage will not be identifiable until all materials are dry. This process may take another week. The Department of Information Services has identified affected electrical equipment and this equipment is also being evaluated.</p> <p>The Capital Team is working through Cabinet to procure emergency funds from the state for repairs. An architectural and engineering consulting firm will need to be brought in to ensure there was no structural damage. This firm also will be required to have qualified team members who can properly address the historic nature of Barge Hall, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.</p> <p>For more information contact Shane Scott, Associate Vice President, Campus Planning and Facilities Management,, 509-963-1289.</p> CWU Celebrates Black History Month with Virtual Events, Guest Speakers, 18 Feb 2021 17:48:20<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/Black%20History_3.png" style="float: right; margin: 0px 0px 30px 30px; width: 400px; height: 284px;" />CWU is celebrating Black History Month with a series of virtual presentations, including two that will take place&nbsp;Friday, February 19. &nbsp;</p> <p>The first Zoom forum, &ldquo;Art of Global Protest,&rdquo; will be at noon, followed by &ldquo;Being Black in Washington&rdquo; at 5 p.m. Interested community members are invited to attend the evening discussion and are asked to&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">register in advance</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>The Diversity &amp; Equity Center and Black Student Union&nbsp;have been working together throughout the month of February to present virtual forums such as &ldquo;Racism and Criminal Justice&rdquo; (February 9) and &ldquo;Find Your People&rdquo; (Wednesday). The first &ldquo;Being Black in Washington&rdquo; forum, for CWU students only, was held Thursday evening.</p> <p>Organizers also launched a monthlong social media campaign to highlight Black Unsung Heroes such as Ralph Ellison, Elbert Howard, Carter Woodson, and Harold Moss.</p> <p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/Black%20History_1.png" style="float: left; margin: 0px 30px 30px 0px; width: 350px; height: 241px;" />&ldquo;A Conversation On Civil Rights&rdquo; will take place Monday, February 22, at noon, followed by the 13th Documentary Film Screening on February 23 from 7-9 p.m. Dr. Daudi Abe will speak to a virtual audience February 24 from 3-4:30 p.m., and Dr. Dominique Hill will round out the schedule of events March 4 at 5:30 p.m.&nbsp;</p> <p>Abe is a Seattle-based professor, writer, and historian who has taught and written about culture, race, gender, education, communication, hip-hop, and sports. Hill is a &ldquo;qualitative researcher and body archivist of intergenerational survival through Black girlhood and Black queer resistance.&rdquo;</p> <p>Access&nbsp;each of the forums at&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p> <p>To learn more about this month&rsquo;s Black History Month events at CWU, email&nbsp;<a href=""></a>&nbsp;or visit the DEC&rsquo;s&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Facebook page</a>.</p> </a href="">CWU Trustees to Meet Virtually Feb. 25, 2021, 18 Feb 2021 07:51:04<p><img alt="" src="" style="margin: 0px 0px 30px 30px; float: right; width: 140px; height: 140px;" />On Thursday, February 25, the Central Washington University Board of Trustees will hold its quarterly meeting virtually and streamed live at: The board will meet in executive session from 1:00-1:30 p.m., as allowed under RCW 42.30.110(i), followed by the business meeting at 1:30 p.m.</p> <p>This meeting will include a public comment period, which will begin at approximately 1:30 p.m. Rules pertaining to the public comment period are available at To participate in the public comment period, speakers must identify themselves and the topic to be addressed via e-mail to by Monday, February 22, at 5:00 p.m.</p> <p>To view the agenda, visit and click on Agendas. Under &ldquo;Featured Meetings&rdquo; click February 2021 Board Meeting Agenda to review meeting materials.</p> <p>Media contact: Linda Schactler, chief of staff and secretary to the board, 509-963-1384,&nbsp;</p> CWU Early Childhood Learning Center Secures Grant for COVID-19 Relief, 17 Feb 2021 17:05:20<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/ECLC_2.jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 299px; float: right; margin: 0px 0px 30px 30px;" />The&nbsp;<a href="">Early Childhood Learning Center</a>&nbsp;(ECLC) at Central Washington University has secured a grant from the Washington State Department of Children, Youth, and Families that will support its operations through the end of the academic year.&nbsp;</p> <p>Funds from the Child Care COVID-19 Grant will cover the licensed child care facilities at 1900 Brook Lane, and will help offset costs incurred during the pandemic. ECLC Director Michelle Hill said being able to provide uninterrupted services to CWU faculty, staff, and students is a priority for&nbsp;the center.</p> <p>&ldquo;This grant is important to ECLC because it provides funding to help with our operations so we can continue to provide our services to parents, and offer a safe place for their children to attend during the day,&rdquo; she said, noting that the demand has increased this year since most kids in Ellensburg have been doing online-only or hybrid learning.</p> <p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/ECLC_1.jpg" style="float: left; margin: 0px 30px 30px 0px; width: 280px; height: 209px;" />Hill added that the grant funding will immediately go to good use, allowing the staff to support changes in&nbsp;operations that have resulted from COVID-19.</p> <p>&ldquo;Instead of having the school-age children just two hours a day like we had pre-COVID, we now have them all day long,&rdquo; she said. &ldquo;This grant will help with additional staffing and providing care for this age group.&rdquo;</p> <p>To learn more about the ECLC and its services, call 509-963-1744 or email <a href=""></a>.</p> </a href="">