CWUCWU NewsCWU News US Army Uniforms Donated to CWU Theatre Arts, 01 Sep 2015 07:47:17<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/Vintage%20Uniforms_0018-a.jpg" style="width: 482px; height: 320px;"></p><p>Fifty years of US Army uniforms, from World War II to the Vietnam War, are now available to students in Central Washington University’s Department of Theatre Arts, thanks to another generous gift from Grant and Virginia Green of Alexandria, Virginia.</p><p>Grant’s mother helped establish Gallery One in Ellensburg, and worked with Central and its theatre and arts departments throughout her career. In addition, his aunt, Ramona Solberg taught at Central. When settling his mother’s estate, he chose CWU to receive her couture 1950s wardrobe as a gift to the university.</p><p>“We came to know of Central’s knowledge and experience with historical clothing and its educational programs,” wrote Green. “This is what has led us to gift these military uniform items of mine and father’s to Central.”</p><p>The uniforms represent his father’s 30-plus years in the US Army, “which included service in the Pacific during WWII and the Korean War.” Green also donated uniforms from his own 23-year career in the army, including his two tours of duty in Vietnam.</p><p>“It’s great to have these uniforms which represent such significant eras in US history,” said Scott Robinson, chair of theatre arts. “What is truly remarkable is that these are so complete, with the proper epaulets, button studs, and hats.”</p><p>The Green family donated six full uniforms, including formal mess uniforms, a summer dress uniform, and full army green and blue uniforms (the US Army replaced green with Army blue in 2009).</p><p>“These will be so useful in shows,” said Robinson. “It’s very powerful for an actor to put on article of clothing that carries the history of a real person that wore them.</p><p>“They will also be so valuable for teaching. Our students will be able to closely examine how the garments were made,” Robinson continued. “This can also be a springboard of research about uniform regulations, which are very specific as to the branch of service of the soldier.”</p><p>In addition to the uniforms, the Greens included a 1960s-era officer’s raincoat, a pre-World War II man’s hat, a bowler or “bob” hat from Bolivia, and a number of unique vintage feathers.<img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/Vintage%20Uniforms_0032.JPG" style="width: 226px; height: 150px; margin-left: 7px; margin-right: 7px; float: right;"></p><p>“These gifts will be an inspiration to theatre students for many years,” said Robinson.</p><p><br>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,</p></br>$100,000 Coca-Cola Grant to Help CWU’s First Generation Students, 31 Aug 2015 07:41:01<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/cocacolafndtn_logo_2012.jpeg" style="width: 388px; height: 200px;"></p><p>Students who are the first in their families to attend college will receive a generous financial boost from The Coca-Cola Foundation. The Coca-Cola First-Generation Last Mile Scholarship will provide 10 first-generation students at Central Washington University with significant financial support—$5,000 per year for two years—during their junior and senior years.</p><p>“We estimate that more than 15 to 20 percent of our first-year and transfer students are the first in their families to attend college,” said Scott Wade, vice president of CWU University Advancement and executive director of the CWU Foundation. “The Coca-Cola Company has an outstanding reputation for supporting educational opportunities for first-generation students in the United States.”</p><p>By providing more than half of average tuition and fees for the year, the Last Mile scholarships will allow students to focus on their studies instead of spending excessive time at a job to pay for their education. The purpose is for students to graduate on time with the academic standing necessary to successfully compete in graduate programs or pursue a career.</p><p>To apply for the scholarship, students need to contact the CWU Scholarship Office at The deadline to apply for the 2015-2016 school year is October 15, 2015.</p><p>Qualified applicants are:<br>• First-generation students (students who are the first in their immediate families to attend college)<br>• Students who are either returning or transferring to CWU as juniors in fall quarter 2015<br>• Full-time students with a GPA of 3.0 or greater<br>• Students with demonstrated financial need</p><p>Students enrolled in Ellensburg or any of the seven CWU university centers are eligible to apply for the scholarship.</p><p>Students will receive $5,000 for the first year. If they maintain a 3.0 grade point average and make satisfactory progress towards their degree, they’ll receive the second $5,000 for their senior year.</p><p>The overall purpose of the scholarships is to increase the retention and graduation rates of the scholarship recipients. It is expected that the retention rate for scholarship holders will be 90 to 100 percent from junior to senior year and that at least 80 percent of the 2015 scholarship recipients will graduate in 2017.</p><p>“We’re excited that one of the most recognized companies in the world is partnering with us to help our students,” enthused Wade. “We hope we will be working with them for many years.”</p><p>Since 1993, The Coca-Cola First Generation Scholarship (CCFG) program has supported students who are the first in their immediate family to attend college or university.&nbsp; Since its inception, over $39 million in scholarships has been awarded to over 3,200 students on more than 450 campuses throughout the United States.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><br>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,<br>August 31, 2015</p><p>&nbsp;</p></br></br></br></br></br></br>CWU’s Chaney earns All-American honor, 28 Aug 2015 07:48:35<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/Wildcat_Sports_Logo2.jpg" style="width: 301px; height: 150px; float: left;"><span style="line-height: 1.4;">Cedrique</span><span style="line-height: 1.4;"> Chaney, who will soon begin his fourth season as a starting cornerback for Central Washington, has been named a first-team preseason All-American by</span></p><p>The 6-foot, 195-pound senior from Kelso High School has been stellar in each of his three previous campaigns with the Wildcats, totaling 113 tackles, six interceptions, 30 pass breakups, 36 pass deflections, five forced fumbles and three blocked kicks.</p><p>Read more of this story in the <a href="">Yakima Herald Republic</a>.</p><p>&nbsp;</p></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;">Gov. Jay Inslee appoints student Yazmin Aguilar to Board of Trustees, 26 Aug 2015 16:49:43<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/AguilarYazmin.jpg" style="width: 180px; height: 225px; float: left; margin-right: 10px; margin-left: 10px;">Gov<span style="line-height: 1.4;">. Jay </span>Inslee<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> has appointed </span>Yazmin<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> Aguilar to serve as student trustee at CWU for the 2015-16 academic year.</span></p><p>Aguilar is a junior at CWU in Ellensburg where she’s double majoring in Spanish and social services. The 2012 Pasco High School graduate is a member of the <a href="">William O. Douglas Honors College</a> and was accepted to CWU’s new Chavez-King Leadership Institute as part of its first cohort for 2015-16.</p><p>In her appointment letter, Inslee asked Aguilar to take personal responsibility for making sure the board operates with transparency and responsiveness. &nbsp;</p><p>“I can't wait to get started,” Aguilar said. “I applied to become part of the <a href="">Board of Trustees</a> because I want to be the voice for every student. I feel the need to give back to my community and especially to this beautiful campus that has opened its doors to me with amazing opportunities.”</p><p>Being able to attend CWU is a dream come true, said Aguilar, who was born in Mexico and moved to the United States when she was 9.</p><p>“Throughout my college career I’ve faced many challenges. One of them has always been my status as an underrepresented minority student,” she said. “I consider myself a leader and also a follower. I’ve learned to advocate not only for myself but also for those around me.”</p><p>After graduating from CWU she plans to pursue a master’s degree in public health with a focus on epidemiology.</p><p>All of the state‘s six public baccalaureate institutions have a student seat on their governing bodies. The student trustees serve one-year terms and are full voting members on all issues except matters relating to hiring or discipline of personnel, tenure of faculty, and collective bargaining agreements.</p><p>Aguilar’s term ends June 30, 2016.</p><p>“I feel eager to learn from the seven members of the board,” she said. “I look forward to working with them and to also give the best of me.”</p><p><strong><em>Media contact:</em></strong><em> Barb Arnott, CWU Public Affairs, 509-963-2841,</em></p><p>August 26, 2015</p></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;">CWU Athletics and 88.1 The Burg to Create Wildcat Sports Radio Network, 26 Aug 2015 07:43:30<p>Central Washington University athletics department is excited to announce the Wildcats have partnered with 88.1 The Burg for the 2015-16 year.<br><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/WSRN.jpg" style="width: 495px; height: 320px;"></p><p>"We are thrilled for the opportunity to partner with CWU Athletics on this tremendous venture, the Wildcat Sports Radio Network," KCWU General Manager Travis Box said.&nbsp; "The ability to bring the athletic broadcasts to KCWU and provide such an important venue to highlight not only Central's phenomenal student athletes but also the phenomenal student broadcasters of The 'Burg, is something very special!"<br><br>The partnership will see the launch of CWU's Wildcat Sports Radio Network (WSRN).&nbsp; Wildcat football and basketball games will be broadcast on-air in Ellensburg at <a href="">88.1 FM</a>, streamed online at, and on the go with the new 'Burg App.&nbsp; The app is available for iPhone, Android, and Microsoft devices.<br><br>Jeff MacMillan will tackle the play-by-play duties for football and will be joined by CWU Athletics Hall of Famer, and long time color man, Dave Heaverlo.&nbsp; New this year, WSRN will provide sideline reporting from Gage McHenry.<br><br>"It's a new level of partnership for us, but I can tell you, Dennis and his team are some of the most professional people I have had the honor to work with," Box said. "We are committed, both CWU Athletics and KCWU, to highlighting our Wildcat Pride, week in and week out."<br><br>KCWU-FM has been nationally recognized for their efforts on air.&nbsp; In March 2015 was awarded the 2015 Best College Radio Station (with enrollment over 10,000 students) beating out schools Oregon State, Cal State Long Beach, and NYU among others.<br><br>"CWU and The 'Burg pride themselves on giving students hands on, real world experience that will benefit them as they move forward in their career of choice," KCWU-FM Program Director Nikki Marra said. "It is wonderful that we are now able to do that in yet another field."<br><br>The Burg will be travelling with football to broadcast all games live.&nbsp; The 2015 football season kicks off at Colorado State University-Pueblo on Sept. 5.&nbsp;</p><p>For app information or to download click one of the following links: <a href="">iOS</a>, <a href=";hl=en">Android</a>, or <a href="">Microsoft</a>.&nbsp; Follow 88.1 The Burg on <a href="">Twitter</a>.</p></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br>CWU offers tuition waivers to students displaced by wildfires, 25 Aug 2015 08:32:10<div><span style="line-height: 1.4;">Central Washington University is giving $1,000 in tuition waivers to students whose families have been displaced by fires in north central Washington. The move will help about 300 current and incoming students.</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><span style="line-height: 1.4;">CWU president James L. </span>Gaudino<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> said reducing families' tuition burden is one way the university can help them cope with the fire disaster. </span>CWU<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> has been at the center of wildfire emergencies enough times to know the fear and the hardship it imposes on communities, he said.</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>"Wildfire of this magnitude is life-changing for businesses, for local government, for schools—and especially for families," Gaudino said. "As families struggle to deal with the losses resulting from the fire, lowering&nbsp;tuition bills is a small way we can help them recover from this catastrophe."</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><span style="line-height: 1.4;">After the </span>landslide<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> near </span>Oso<span style="line-height: 1.4;">, </span>CWU<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> waived all room-and-board fees and other football camp costs for </span>Darrington<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> High School players. During the Taylor Bridge, Table Mountain and other recent fires, the university provided communications and housing support to the Red Cross and fire crews. Employees helped rescue animals, process clothing and other donations, and provided space for public meetings and other activities. Last week the university offered similar support for the&nbsp;</span><a href="" target="_blank">Chelan</a>&nbsp;and<span style="line-height: 1.4;">&nbsp;</span><a href="" style="line-height: 1.4;" target="_blank">Okanogan</a><span style="line-height: 1.4;">&nbsp;fires, but Ellensburg is too far from the front lines for facilities to be helpful.</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>"It's been hard to just watch the wildfires unfold and be too far away to help as we always have," Gaudino said. "We are ready to welcome students and help them focus on their studies instead of what's been a pretty terrible summer for those affected."</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>In response to last week’s&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">call from the state Department of Natural Resources</a>&nbsp;for experienced volunteers, CWU is allowing liberal use of personal leave for employees wanting to help in the firefight. Leave is permitted at the discretion of supervisors, so long as university business needs are met. The first day of fall quarter is September 23.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>In 2012, 2013, and 2014 massive wildfires burned across timber, range, and farmland in central Washington, at one point advancing to within five miles of Ellensburg. The area has seen a handful of small fires so far this year, and like all employers and residents of the region CWU is closely monitoring fire activity. Updates are provided online at&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong><em>Media contact:</em></strong><em>&nbsp;Barb Arnott, CWU Public Affairs, 509-963-2841,&nbsp;</em><a href="" target="_blank"><em></em></a></div></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></a href="" target="_blank">Wildlife monitoring project continues at Snoqualmie Pass, 25 Aug 2015 08:21:47<p>CWU researchers have been studying wildlife along Interstate 90 near Snoqualmie Pass for several years to help inform how the state’s first freeway overpass for animals will be designed.</p><p>Since 2008, WSDOT has funded research by CWU faculty and students along I-90. The wildlife monitoring project is the largest study of its kind in the United States and is unique because the monitoring is occurring prior to construction.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe class="youtube-player" frameborder="0" height="390" src="//" title="YouTube video player" type="text/html" width="480"></iframe></p></p style="text-align: center;">Old texts inspire new thinking about teaching math, 24 Aug 2015 07:55:32<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/D%20Klyve%20portrait.jpg" style="width: 200px; height: 300px; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; float: right;">Central Washington University math professor Dominic Klyve is pioneering a novel new way to teach math — by relying on some of the oldest mathematical texts ever written.</p><p>Klyve has been awarded a $1.5 million National Sciences Foundation grant, which will be shared among six other universities and will be used to test whether teaching math using primary sources will make it easier for college students to grasp math concepts.</p><p>Read more of this story in the <a href="">Seattle Times</a>.</p>CWU's Serevi leads U.S. over Canada, 24 Aug 2015 07:39:08<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/2015CWU%20rugby.jpg" style="width: 458px; height: 320px;"></p><p>Central Washington women’s rugby players Asinate Serevi and Jenny Johnson not only played for their school Wednesday afternoon, but for their country as well.</p><p>The two represented the United States as part of the USA Rugby AIG Women’s Junior All-American team that played the first of a two-match Can-Am series with Canada at the CWU rugby pitch.</p><p>“This opportunity is amazing,” Johnson said. “I get to be with my teammates and I’ve met so many amazing girls from all over the country.”</p><p>Read more of this story in the<a href=""> Daily Record</a>.</p>CWU football picked 3rd in GNAC poll, 21 Aug 2015 07:45:20<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/wildcat%20head.jpg" style="width: 225px; height: 225px; float: left;">Central Washington University’s football team was picked to finish third in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference according to its preseason poll released Wednesday morning.</p><p>The Wildcats sit behind first-place Azusa Pacific and second place Humbolt State. Both teams finished the 2014 campaign 10-1 and 8-2 respectively.</p><p>Read more of this story in the <a href="">Daily Record</a>.</p>