CWUCWU NewsCWU News Funds CWU $536K to Expand Opportunities for Community College Students, 22 Aug 2017 10:10:01<p>Central Washington University has received more than a half-million dollars in state funding<a href="/sites/default/files/documents/CWU%20Community%20College%20Partnerships.pdf" target="_blank"><img alt="CWU University Centers" src="" style="width: 400px; height: 266px; float: right; margin: 3px;"></a> to allow for continued partnership with Edmonds and Pierce community colleges to provide four-year degrees in information technology and administrative management and interdiciplinary studies.</p><div><div>“These partnerships bring degree programs to students whose jobs and other commitments can make it tough to earn a college degree,” noted Katherine Frank, CWU’s provost and vice president for academic and student life. “Edmonds and Pierce are tremendous, long-time partners and we’re all committed to putting four-year degree programs within reach of students in those communities.”</div><p>CWU received $214,006 for its partnership with Edmonds Community College (ECC) for the bachelor of applied science degree in information technology and administrative management and $322,144 for its joint efforts with Pierce College (PC) for a bachelor of science degree in interdiciplinary studies—social studies/social services.</p><p>ECC in Lynnwood, which has an enrollment of 13,000 students, is also home to CWU-Lynnwood, a <a href=";t=6s" target="_blank">university center</a> that offers baccalaureate degrees in accounting, business administration, law and justice, and other academic programs.</p><p>PC Fort Steilacoom, which has an enrollment of 16,916 students, is also home of CWU-Pierce County, a university center offering baccalaureate degrees in supply chain management, leadership and management, elementary education, social services, and other academic programs.</p><p>The state-funding goes directly to support degree completion – paying for faculty instruction and staff. The legistative support and strong partnerships with ECC and PC supports CWU’s mission of access.</p><p>Frank said providing flexible timing and locations for degree programs has never been more important. Central’s university centers provide access to those who cannot attend the main campus but desire a quality education.</p><p><u><strong>Background</strong></u><br>The university centers were established in the mid 70s and both state-funded degree program offerings started in 2006.</p><p>CWU has six university centers and two instructional sites, in addition to its residential campus in Ellensburg. Centers are located throughouout the state in Lynnwood, Des Moines, Lakewood, Moses Lake, Wenatchee, and Yakima – with new instructional sites at Joint Base Lewis-McChord and Sammamish.</p><p>To learn more about CWU Centers and their offerings, visit <a href="" target="_blank">CWU Centers web page</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>Media contact: Dawn Alford, public affairs coordinator, 509-963-1484,</p></div></br>CWU Campus Activities gains a new, familiar leader, 21 Aug 2017 14:22:38<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/Robbi_Goninan.jpg" style="width: 450px; height: 450px; margin: 3px; float: right;">Effective August 16, and following a national search, CWU alumnus Robbi Goninan has assumed the assistant director position overseeing university <a href="" target="_blank">Campus Activities</a> and the <a href="" target="_blank">Wildcat Tickets </a>program.</p><p>She has spent the past 10 years in CWU Student Union operations, most recently as an assistant director supervising scheduling, building and event services, the information center and campus ticketing.</p><p>Goninan will lead a team of student programmers–including practicum, internship, and graduate students–to not only coordinate a variety of events but also serve as a resource for student groups and departments seeking expertise in planning their own events.<br><br>“I’m looking forward to this new challenge,” said Goninan. “I have been interested in this work for many years, and am excited to follow in the footsteps of Scott Drummond.”</p><p>Drummond retired in February after 25 years in Campus Activities. Goninan worked frequently with Drummond on ticketing and event logistics.</p><p>This spring, she took on the planning and coordination of large-scale events such as Family Weekend, Student Appreciation Day, Homecoming entertainment, Boo Central, and Ware Fair. While some programs established during Drummond’s tenure will continue, Goninan has already jumped in with student programmers to develop a whole host of new events and activities for incoming freshmen and returning students alike.</p><p>“My goal is to build the Campus Activities program and staff as the event experts on campus,” said Goninan. “We look forward to collaborating with other areas to take student events to the next level.”</p><p>Campus Activities has joined the Student Union organization, so, although her role has changed, Goninan will remain a key member of the leadership team.</p><p>“Robbi brings new energy and fresh ideas to the Campus Activities area,” said Cherie Wilson, director of the CWU Student Union. “We’re excited to continue and expand high-quality programs and entertainment, under Robbi’s leadership, for our students, staff, and community to enjoy.”<br><br><strong>Media contact:</strong> Lola Gallagher, associate director, Marketing and Communications, Publicity Center, Student Union and Recreation Center, (509) 963-1677,<br>&nbsp;</p></br></br></br></br></br>CWU physics students among those eagerly awaiting today’s eclipse, 21 Aug 2017 08:07:01<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/CWU%20weather%20balloon.jpg" style="width: 475px; height: 316px;"></p><p>Several Central Washington University physics students Monday will launch a weather balloon intended to capture live video and photos of what star gazers across the country have been waiting for — the first total lunar eclipse to sweep across North America in 38 years.</p><p>The work is part of a NASA project involving 52 teams from 31 states aiming to document the eclipse. A $680,000 grant from NASA is paying for the project.</p><p>Composed of students from high schools, colleges and universities, those teams are using helium-filled weather monitoring balloons measuring 6 feet in diameter that will be sent up 100,000 feet, or three times the altitude a commercial airline flies, said CWU physics professor Darci Snowden.</p><p>Read more of this story in the <a href=";utm_campaign=%2Fnewsletters%2Fmorningreport%2F%3F-dc%3D1503315008&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_content=headline" target="_blank">Yakima Herald Republic</a>.</p>Safety Precautions, Crickets, and Weird Facts about the Eclipse From CWU's Bruce Palmquist, 18 Aug 2017 14:56:53<p>&nbsp;The August 21 solar eclipse is a lifetime event. Although those in central Washington won't experience totality, it is still an incredible natural phenomenon. Central Washington University physics professor Bruce Palmquist offers some tips to make your eclipse viewing out of this world.</p><p><iframe class="youtube-player" frameborder="0" height="390" src="//" title="YouTube video player" type="text/html" width="480"></iframe></p><p><strong>Safety First</strong><br>Even with a 92 percent eclipse totality, Palmquist, CWU physics professor, cautions viewers to safeguard their eyesight.</p><p>"You need special eyewear to view the eclipse, period," he stated. "You can sustain permanent damage to your eyes from staring at the sun for prolonged periods of time."</p><p>Eyewear should be compliant with the ISO 12312-2 safety standard, and should be marked as such—"sunglasses won't cut it," Palmquist said.</p><p>In addition, should you wish to take photos or video of the eclipse, your camera lens should be equally protected. Cell phone camera lenses can be used with an eclipse eyewear filter securely attached to the front of the lens. Dedicated solar filters must be used with regular camera lenses. These will prevent delicate electronic sensors from getting scrambled.</p><p>The sun is so powerful that even if only one tenth of one percent of its light were visible, it still would be greater than the light of 1,000 full moons. "You could easily read by it," Palmquist noted.</p><p><strong>What to Look—and Listen—for during the Eclipse</strong><br>Even without totality, there will be a lot to experience during the eclipse.</p><p>"You'll notice that animal behavior will change," Palmquist explained. "Nocturnal animals, like crickets and frogs will become more vocal. Birds may start to roost, and cows might start to bed down as if it were nightfall."</p><p>He noted that as the rays from the sun are blocked, the temperature will drop as well—"You'll definitely feel cooler!"</p><p>"This is a remarkable solar event, and I hope everyone has a chance to experience it—safely—on August 21," he concluded.</p><p>For those who would like to see the total eclipse, NASA will live stream the event at Totality will start at 10:16 a.m., Pacific Daylight Time.</p><p>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,<br>&nbsp;</p></br></br></br>CWU welcomes summer visitors, students from Japan to Ellensburg, 18 Aug 2017 14:42:01<p><img alt="Exchange students visit Tamamura Rose Garden at CWU" src="" style="width: 450px; height: 300px; margin: 3px; float: right;">Tamamura, Japan is situated about 64 miles northeast of Tokyo. The small town, of roughly 37,000 residents, has a long-standing relationship with Central Washington University.</p><p>That relationship continues as 20 students from Tamamura and Minami junior high school have come to Ellensburg to see CWU, visit other community locations, and participate in various events.</p><p>“They’re accompanied by some of their junior high teachers and administrators, and other officials from the city government,” explains Sherri Fujita, CWU director of University English as a Second Language Program. “For the students, it was their first time abroad for most of them, so we’ve wanted to give them a taste of what it’s really like to study here. I also brought in three Japanese students, who are in my [UESL] program right now, to interact with them, so they could see a role model.”</p><p>In honor of international friendship, several years ago some of the exchange students and their families from the prefecture donated flowers for the Tamamura Rose Garden in front of Bouillon Hall.</p><p>“They clearly have an interest in maintaining a relationship with Central,” Fujita notes, adding the hope is that some of these students will eventually enroll and pursue their college degrees at CWU.</p><p>Fujita points out that CWU already enrolls students annually from Gunma Prefectural Women’s University, which is also located in Tamamura, acknowledging that, “They’ve been great students.”</p><p>In addition, 36 other visiting students from the University of Shimane Junior College and the University of Shimane will remain on the CWU campus through Saturday, August 26. Accompanied by two faculty members, they’ve come to Ellensburg primarily to study English and learn about—and experience—American culture, Fujita says.</p><p><strong>Media contact: </strong>Robert Lowery, director of Radio Services and Integrated Communications, 509-963-1487,</p><p><strong>Photos:</strong> The Tamamura students and group members visit, and pose for a picture, near the Tamamura Rose Garden on the CWU campus.</p>Forum Schedule for Finalists for Executive Director of Institutional Effectiveness, 17 Aug 2017 15:44:21<p><img alt="" src="" style="width: 200px; height: 200px; margin: 3px; float: right;">The three finalists for the position of executive director of institutional effectiveness at Central Washington University will participate in public open forums on Monday, August 28.</p><p>The first candidate, Nicolas Valcik, is director of institutional research at West Virginia University (WVU) and previously served as research associate professor at Eberly College of Arts and Sciences-Public Administration at WVU and associate director, office of strategic planning and analysis, at the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD).</p><p>Valcik has a PhD in public affairs and a master of public affairs from UTD.</p><p>His campus public forum will be from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. in room 103, Science II Building.</p><p>The second candidate, Taiwo A. Ande, is the former associate vice president, institutional effectiveness, at Florida A&amp;M University and previously served as assistant provost, institutional analysis and effectiveness at University of Mary Washington and associate professor and director of institutional research and assessment at Patrick Henry Community College in Virginia.</p><p>Ande has a PhD in leadership and higher education administration from Indiana State University, a master’s degree in information systems management from the Keller Graduate School of Management of DeVry University and an MBA from the Keller Graduate School of Management at DeVry.</p><p>Ande’s campus public forum will be from 11 a.m. to 12 noon in room 103, Science II Building.</p><p>The third candidate, Cynthia Requa, is currently interim director of institutional research at Everett Community College and formerly served as dean of institutional effectiveness at Centralia College and director of institutional research at Green River College.</p><p>Requa holds an executive master of public administration degree from the University of Washington (UW) and is working on an EdD in educational leadership from UW.</p><p>Her campus public forum will be from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. in room 103, Science II Building.</p><p>A feedback form for the candidates can be found at:<a href="">&nbsp;</a></p><p>Resumes:</p><p><a href="/sites/default/files/documents/App_Valcik_Nicolas_IE_ExecDir_Redacted.pdf">•&nbsp;/sites/default/files/documents/App_Valcik_Nicolas_IE_ExecDir_Redacted.pdf</a></p><p>•&nbsp;<img alt="" src=""><img alt="" src=""><a href="/sites/default/files/documents/App_Ande_Taiwo_IE_ExecDir_Redacted.pdf">/sites/default/files/documents/App_Ande_Taiwo_IE_ExecDir_Redacted.pdf</a></p><p>•&nbsp;<a href="/sites/default/files/documents/App_Requa_Cynthia_IE_ExecDir_Redacted.pdf">/sites/default/files/documents/App_Requa_Cynthia_IE_ExecDir_Redacted.pdf</a></p>Denham Resigns, Takes Head Coach Post at Harvard, 16 Aug 2017 16:44:54<p>&nbsp;</p><p>CWU<img alt="" src="" style="width: 500px; margin: 3px; float: right; height: 281px;"> Women's Rugby Head Coach Mel Denham has resigned to take the women's rugby head coach post at Harvard University.</p><p>"Central Washington is a special place, and I have enjoyed my time here. I appreciate the opportunities I have been given, and I thank the department and leadership for their commitment to NCAA collegiate rugby and advancing the game," Denham said.&nbsp;</p><p>Denham led the Wildcats to a third place finish in the USA Rugby National Sevens Championships this past season and landed five players on the USA Rugby's WJAA National Team. She has led the Wildcats to three national championship appearances in her three seasons at the helm.<br>&nbsp;<br>Read&nbsp;more of this story&nbsp;on the <a href="" target="_blank">CWU Athletics website</a>.</p></br></br>CWU Signs MOU with Japan’s Kurume Institute of Technology, 16 Aug 2017 14:05:08<p><img alt="Kurume Institute of Technology President Katsumi Imaizumi and CWU President James L. Gaudino" src="" style="width: 400px; height: 353px; margin: 3px; float: right;">CWU has completed work on a new Memorandum of Understanding with <a href="" target="_blank">Kurume Institute of Technology</a>. The MOU, signed by CWU President James L. Gaudino and Kurume President Katsumi Imaizumi, was completed a year after a group of about a dozen Kurume students came to Ellensburg to study English language and culture at the university and in the community.</p><p>Those students were led by CWU alumnus Rich Lee, who works for Kurume Institute, and professor Hidenobu Igawa, from the school’s department of engineering.</p><p>“It turned out that the professor is also an advisor to President Imaizumi,” explained Sherri Fujita, <a href="" target="_blank">CWU director of University English as a Second Language Program</a>. “He [Igawa] loved it here and got a really good impression. While they were here, I introduced them to the faculty, particularly in engineering technology. They had a meeting just to talk about mutual interests. Both sides were excited about the possibilities. So, we decided to mutually move forward with the MOU.”</p><p>While the memorandum was actually completed last fall, the decision was to hold off on an official signing until now, in order to allow Imaizumi to come to Ellensburg to sign it in person and meet with President Gaudino.</p><p>“President Imaizumi decided to come and see us in person, probably, about six-months ago—which was exciting for us,” Fujita pointed out. “At the same time, they decided to bring a group of students to study in our WorldCat Summer Program.”</p><p>The program included having the students participate in a service-learning project at Olmstead State Park, along with visits to Seattle, Leavenworth, and Roslyn.</p><p>Now that the MOU is complete, additional partnership between the two higher education institutions are expected to be crafted and launched.</p><p>“It could be faculty or student exchanges, shared or a joint research project, or our faculty might want to provide distance education linking classes in both schools, where they could interact and collaborate digitally,” Fujita pointed out. “Those details will be worked out at the department level.”</p><p>Collaborations involving CWU Information Technology and Administrative Management and Aviation are among other potential partnerships.</p><p>“They (the Kurume students) had a look at our flight simulators,” Fujita added. “It was very interesting, because the Kurume Institute of Technology is planning to open an aviation management program on its campus. So, they’re very interested in collaborations specifically to do with aviation management and, maybe, pilot training.”</p><p>The new accord builds upon a long-standing relationship that CWU already enjoys with the University of Shimane Junior College, which is also located in Japan, and similar agreements the university has in place with other schools and communities around the world.</p><p><strong>Media contact: </strong>Robert Lowery, director of Radio Services and Integrated Communications, 509-963-1487,</p><p><strong>Photo:</strong> Kurume Institute of Technology President Katsumi Imaizumi and CWU President James L. Gaudino participate in gift exchange as part of the Memorandum of Understanding signing ceremony.</p>CWU Chemistry Alumna Named ACS Fellow, 16 Aug 2017 07:59:01<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/Clark%20WSU.jpg" style="width: 158px; height: 174px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 4px; float: left;">Aurora Clark, a WSU professor of chemistry, has been named a Fellow of the American Chemical Society.</p><p>Clark received her BS in chemistry from CWU in 1999.</p><p>Clark received the prestigious award for her service to the nuclear/inorganic and computational chemistry communities and for her innovative research, including the pioneering use of computer algorithms and network analysis to understand the behavior of complex solutions and their interfaces.</p><p>Read more of this story in <a href="" target="_blank"><em>WSU News</em></a>.</p>CWU Astrophysicist, Students Take Part in NASA Eclipse Experiment, 15 Aug 2017 08:03:03<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/high_altitude_shot.png" style="width: 475px; height: 277px;"></p><p>As part of a NASA mission, physics professor Darci Snowden and a group of Central Washington University students will launch a weather balloon with an imaging payload during the August 21 total eclipse. They will be one of more than 52 teams from 31 states from Oregon to South Carolina who will conduct high altitude balloon flights to capture—and livestream—video and images of the eclipse from near space. The effort is funded through the NASA Space Grant network.</p><p>There has never been live video and images from the edge of space to the internet, and certainly not in a network of coverage across a continent.</p><p>"There are a lot of technological challenges with this experiment," said Snowden, in the physics lab. With her are two seniors, Kayla Brown, from mechanical engineering technology and Joe Cuthbertson, industrial engineering technology, who are working on creating a stable platform for the imaging payload. The balloon is also equipped with GPS responders so their location can be tracked via satellite.</p><p>Snowden's team has already performed one test flight--"a risky business," she noted, since balloons are notoriously unpredictable once they are released. The balloons are roughly six feet in diameter, and filled with helium. As they rise, and atmospheric pressure decreases, they can expand to more than 10 times that size. And then they pop.</p><p>"After they pop, they go down pretty fast," she commented. "We have the GPS spot trackers so we can roughly locate where it lands."</p><p>Snowden, and her group of seven students will leave to camp out at a football stadium with other teams in Culver, Oregon the Sunday before the eclipse.</p><p>All the teams will launch at a specific time to have the balloons aloft at maximum altitude at totality. Students are building various payloads, such as magnometers, gas sensors, and thermometers to measure changes wrought by the eclipse.</p><p>For more information about the upcoming solar eclipse, go to,, or<br></p><p>To watch the eclipse via lifestreaming, go to</p><p>Photo: <em>High altitude image captured by Snowden's group from test balloon launch</em></p><p>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,</p></br>