CWUCWU NewsCWU News Saxophone Professor Reaches Classical Heights, 04 Mar 2015 18:23:18<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/PelandiniAdam2014.jpg" style="width: 140px; height: 186px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin-left: 9px; margin-right: 9px; float: left;">When CWU alum and music professor Adam Pelandini was ten years old, he put his hands on a saxophone for the first time. “After assembling it,” he admits with embarrassment, “I paraded up and down the driveway of my family’s home on Bainbridge Island making terrible honking sounds.”<br><br>Fast forward to February 2015 when a <em>Boston Globe </em>music critic <a href="">reviewed</a> the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s performance of Milhaud’s <em>La Création du monde</em> and wrote, “Led by Adam Pelandini’s sinuous saxophone, the 18-piece ensemble rocked.”<br><br>Sinuous. That’s a far cry from honking like a goose.<br><br>“In my 34 years at CWU, no music department faculty or former student has received his level of national classical acclaim,” says&nbsp;Larry Gookin,&nbsp;CWU’s director of bands since 1981.</p><p>And saxophonist and&nbsp;CWU Professor Joseph Brooks adds, “When the Boston Symphony Orchestra needs a fine classical saxophonist, they call Adam Pelandini in Ellensburg, Washington—and they can hire anyone in the world.”<br><br>After Pelandini graduated from CWU’s music department in 2009, he earned advanced degrees from the Boston University College of Fine Arts and the New England Conservatory of Music, where he graduated with academic honors. He’s now a rare outlier in the world of the saxophone.<br><br>The symphony orchestra was long established before the saxophone family was created in the 1840s. That’s probably why the sax has never secured a consistent voice in symphonies. Even today, the saxophone player is driven to soulful blues, or jazz, or avant-garde music where its voice is strong and forceful. But oddly, Pelandini finds his slice of home with cellos and violas in a symphony.<br><br>“The saxophone is capable of amazing things,” he says, “and can bridge and blend the dynamic sounds of brass with the lyrical sounds of strings and the warmth of reeds.”<br><br>While earning his undergraduate degree at CWU, he says, “I learned how to play in an ensemble, blending style and developing strong fundamentals and analytical techniques. That skill and knowledge have made a difference. I have taken what I learned, applied it wherever I went, and continued learning.”</p><p>Pelandini&nbsp;now teaches his CWU students that a musician who only plays jazz is missing out. “My main focus is to teach students that celebrating the many possibilities of saxophone performance—from jazz to classical, traditional to the avant-garde, solo to the symphony orchestra—will multiply their opportunities so much more than if they focus on one style."</p><p>Blowing on his new sax at the age of ten as he marched up and down the driveway of his family’s home might have been Pelandini’s first rehearsal at playing a saxophone in a place some might think unusual. But it was only a start.</p><p><br><em>For more information, contact Jackie O'Ryan at </em><a href=""></a>.</p></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></a href="">CWU women in playoffs for first time in 12 years, 04 Mar 2015 08:14:23<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/CWUWb-ball.jpg" style="width: 495px; height: 320px;"></p><p>So it wasn't the preferred route that Central Washington took to the GNAC women's basketball tournament.</p><p>Then again, the Wildcats are there. And even if they're the No. 6 seed, and as such will oppose perennial power and cross-mountain rival Western Washington at 4:15 p.m. (PST) today in Billings, Mont., they have reached the postseason for the first time in 12 years.</p><p>"We’re in," first-year coach Jeff Harada said Tuesday in a telephone interview. "We wanted to finish the season on a higher note, but the positive thing is we did enough during the regular season to get here."</p><p>Read more in the <a href="">Yakima Herald Republic</a>.</p>CWU Freshman Win Sounders Broadcast Competition, 04 Mar 2015 08:01:18<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/sounders%20logo.jpg" style="width: 299px; height: 169px; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px; float: right;"><span style="line-height: 1.4;">"They are raving in Seattle!"</span></p><p>Drew Wallen exclaimed this to his broadcast partner Payton Berens as thousands of Sounders fans erupted after an Obafemi Martins shot flew past Chivas USA keeper Dan Kennedy into the back of the net.</p><p>Wallen and Berens, both freshman at Central Washington University, have been selected as one of the broadcast teams for the inaugural Sounders FC 2 season following their submissions of stellar demo reels .&nbsp;</p><p>Read more of this story <a href="">here</a>.</p></span style="line-height: 1.4;">Intramural Sport, Bubble Ball Soccer, Taking Campus by Storm, 03 Mar 2015 14:44:05<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/Bubble_ball_soccer.jpg" style="width: 370px; height: 247px; float: right; margin: 5px;">Central Washington University junior Savannah Isbey was working out in the school’s Recreation Center when she first saw it: Bubble ball soccer — full-contact indoor soccer played inside giant inflatable bubbles.</p><p>“It was the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever seen, so it was definitely something I wanted to do,” she said.</p><div><p>Isbey was among the dozens at the Student Union and Recreation Center on Thursday who came to watch or participate in the university’s latest intramural sports offering.</p></div><div><p>“Basically, it’s just soccer with full contact,” said Jordan Stinglen, an events and intramural coordinator at the Recreation Center.</p></div><p>Read the <a href="" target="_blank">rest of this story</a> by Andy Matarrese in the Daily Record.&nbsp;</p><p><em>Photo: Brian Myrick/Daily Record</em></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.4; text-align: right;">March 3, 2015</span></p></span style="line-height: 1.4; text-align: right;">Two Wildcats Named Among Conference's Best Men's Basketball Players, 03 Mar 2015 07:58:16<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/williamsstroud.jpg" style="width: 495px; height: 320px;"></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.4;">Central Washington University men's basketball standouts, guard Dom Williams(5-11, Sr., Tacoma)and forward Joseph Stroud (6-8, Jr., Seattle) were named Monday to the 2015 Great Northwest Athletic Conference all-conference team. <em>[In the photo, Williams is in the photo to the left, Stroud on the right]</em></span></p><p>Williams, a first-team choice, capped his regular season as the GNAC's second leading scorer at 19.9 points per game. He also made an average of 3.6 three-point shots per game, which was No. 7 in the nation; connected on 43.9 on his three-point shots, 27th best in the country; and 81.4 percent from the free throw line, ninth in the conference.<br><br>"My goal was to be the conference MVP [Most Valuable Player]," Williams acknowledged. "But it's a blessing to be recognized on the first team."<br><br>Williams proved to be far more than just a scorer. He also ranked 18th nationally in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.8), 10th in the conference in assists (3.4) and steals (1.4), and he did so playing 31.8 minutes per game, the fifth highest average in the GNAC.<br><br>"It's a great honor for Dom to the named to the first team," said CWU head coach Greg Sparling. "His hard work has paid off and this award shows that. He's been very instrumental to our success throughout the season."<br><br>A 2010 graduate of Curtis High School, Williams was named to the all-state 4A first-team. He began his collegiate basketball career at Tacoma Community College, where he averaged 11 points per game as a freshman and 14 points per game as a sophomore. He scored a career high of 36 points in the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges (NWAACC) championship-winning game his second year.<br><br>Williams joined the Wildcats for the 2012 campaign, starting in 19 games and averaging nine points over the 27 contests in which he appeared.<br><br>Stroud, a 2011 graduate of Rainier Beach High School, was named second-team all-GNAC. He's in his first year with the Wildcats, after transferring to CWU from Highline Community College, where he was named to the NWAACC first team, first-team West Region and the region's Defensive Player of the Year.<br><br>Stroud ended his inaugural season with the Wildcats as the nation's leader in field goal percentage (71.4). He also ranked ninth in the country in blocked shots (2.7).<br><br>"It's a blessing to be acknowledged," Stroud stated. "But my goal is to be first team and defensive player of the year. So I have more work to do next year to be where I want to be."<br><br>Sparling added, "JoJo exceeded a lot of people's expectations during his first year in the conference and he's just going to get better and better as time goes on. He blocks a lot of shots—and alters lots of others—and that really helps us on the defensive end."<br><br>Williams, Stroud and their Wildcat teammates enter the GNAC post-season Thursday when they face Northwest Nazarene University in a quarterfinal round game at the 2015 GNAC Men's Basketball Championships, which are being hosted by Montana State University Billings.<br><br>Williams added, "Now, I just want to keep things rolling for me, as a senior, and win the GNAC championship."</p></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br>Hair Talks to Caitlin, 02 Mar 2015 15:56:20<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/WigWorkshop.png" style="width: 140px; height: 100px; border-width: 2px; border-style: solid; margin-left: 4px; margin-right: 4px; float: left;">CWU hosted the Kennedy Center's College Regional Theatre Festival and senior student Caitlin Cardinale taught a workshop on wig dying.</p><p><iframe class="youtube-player" frameborder="0" height="390" src="" title="YouTube video player" type="text/html" width="480"></iframe></p>Student Publications Win National Best of Show Awards, 02 Mar 2015 08:13:20<p><a href="" style="color: rgb(153, 153, 153); line-height: 1.4;" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/Screen%20Shot%202015-03-02%20at%208.07.42%20AM.png" style="width: 200px; height: 259px; margin: 5px; float: right;"></a><a href="" style="line-height: 1.4;" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/Screen%20Shot%202015-03-02%20at%208.06.58%20AM.png" style="width: 200px; height: 309px; margin: 5px; float: right;">The Observer</a><span style="line-height: 1.4;"> won first place in the </span><a href="" style="line-height: 1.4;" target="_blank">Best of Show</a><span style="line-height: 1.4;"> contest for four-year weeklies at the </span><a href="" style="line-height: 1.4;" target="_blank">Associated Collegiate Press</a><span style="line-height: 1.4;"> National College Media Convention over the weekend in Los Angeles.</span></p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Pulse</a> magazine took fourth in the Best of Show contest for feature magazines. &nbsp;</p><p>The contest had a total of 143 entries.</p><p>Journalism professor and Observer advisor Cynthia Mitchell said she couldn't be more proud of the talented student journalists who report and write the stories, take and edit the pictures, edit the copy, write the headlines and design the pages.</p><p>March 2, 2015</p></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;">Movie Magic and Mathematics at CWU on Friday, 26 Feb 2015 13:08:56<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/DR.-DORFF-142x200.jpg" style="width: 142px; height: 200px; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px; float: right;">What is the secret ingredient in that makes animated Disney and Pixar movies come alive? Mathematics!</p><p>Join renowned mathematics professor Michael Dorff for his presentation, "Movies and Math—the Past, Present, and the Future." Using examples from the animated films Frozen and The Incredibles, Dorff will demonstrate how the films’ artists used math to achieve effects like realistic snow and quick-moving characters.</p><p>Dorff’s presentation will also convey the important role math has in creating Hollywood blockbusters, and how mathematics will shape the future of the film industry. The presentation takes place on at 4:00 p.m. Friday, February 27 in the CWU Science Building, Room 147, and is free and open to the public.</p><p>Dorff is an acclaimed mathematics lecturer from Brigham Young University. His presentation is sponsored by Douglas Honors College.</p><p><br>For more information, contact Madelyne Weber, 509-963-1900, or</p><p><br>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,<br>&nbsp;</p></br></br></br>Women of Kamola Remember CWU in the 1950s, 25 Feb 2015 14:23:04<p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/Kamola_Konnection_group_LDL.jpg" style="width: 550px; height: 320px; margin: 5px;"></p><p>Last September it had been 55 years since they were college students at Central Washington University, but when the women who make up the Kamola Konnection got together, it was just like old times.</p><p>That's how the women's long string of annual college reunions always seem, the seven women acknowledged at their CWU stay.</p><p>“It’s like we’ve never been apart,” said Sharon Geer of McCleary during the women's campus visit.</p><p>Geer and six of her former dormmates revisited campus for their 23rd annual reunion in early September 2014. One couldn't make it for the reunion this year.</p><p>The women years ago lived together in CWU’s Kamola Hall. That was in the 1950s when the university was known as Central Washington College of Education.</p><p>Read the <a href="" target="_blank">rest of this story</a> in the Daily Record.</p><p>February 25, 2015</p></p style="text-align: center;">CWU Exhibit: Inside the Life of a "Righteous Dopefiend", 25 Feb 2015 07:37:24<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/schonberg_2.jpg" style="width: 480px; height: 320px;"></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.4;">In San Francisco, during the dot-com boom of the '90s, homeless drug users were dispersed and dislocated throughout the city due to gentrification. The 2009 book, <em>Righteous Dopefiend</em> by Philippe Bourgois and Jeff Schonberg, is an urban anthropological project that took place over the course of 12 years. The results force us to confront those people, the ones in the street that we walk past everyday.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.4;">&nbsp;. . . In an act to shed some light on this invisible world, Mark </span>Auslander<span style="line-height: 1.4;">, director of Central Washington University’s Museum of Culture and Environment, picked up </span><em style="line-height: 1.4;">Righteous Dopefiend</em><span style="line-height: 1.4;"> as a museum exhibit. "The book is extraordinary," said Mark. "But the exhibition reaches a lot of people who wouldn't actually look at the book and they bring their own stories where, very passionately and beautifully, they recount to friends what their own experiences were."&nbsp;</span></p><p>Read more of the story <a href="">here</a>.</p><p>Photo by Jeff Schonberg</p></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></em style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;">