CWUCWU NewsCWU News Graphic Design Seniors Host Portfolio Exhibition, 23 May 2019 11:40:44<p>&nbsp;</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="" style="width: 388px; height: 600px;"></p><p><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif;mso-ascii-theme-font: major-latin;mso-hansi-theme-font:major-latin;mso-bidi-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi">Twenty-four Central Washington University graphic design seniors will put their design portfolios on public display during the 2019 Graphic Design BFA Show, which begins on May 28.</span></p><p><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif;mso-ascii-theme-font: major-latin;mso-hansi-theme-font:major-latin;mso-bidi-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi">The exhibition, which will remain on view through June 8, kicks off with an opening reception from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Gallery 231 in Randall Hall on the CWU campus.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif;mso-ascii-theme-font: major-latin;mso-hansi-theme-font:major-latin;mso-bidi-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi">The exhibition showcases students’ best work from art and design courses taken during their tenure at CWU for the past two-to-four years. The senior portfolios feature projects such as logo and identity design, branding systems, typography, publication and poster design, packaging design, illustration, as well as graphic interface and user experience design. </span></p><p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif;mso-ascii-theme-font: major-latin;mso-hansi-theme-font:major-latin;mso-bidi-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi">“This is an incredibly talented, focused, and driven group of graphic design students,” noted David Bieloh, Associate Professor of Graphic Design. “Their final portfolios represent a culmination of many hours of dedication and hard work. I look forward to seeing what each of these students will do as they move forward as professional designers.”</span></p><p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif;mso-ascii-theme-font: major-latin;mso-hansi-theme-font:major-latin;mso-bidi-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi">The senior graphic design students included in this exhibit include Payton Agnew, Rio Allen, Sabrina Allen, Arleth Ascencion, Lia Butterfield, Shane Crowell, Tianbai Dun, Ryan Edwards, Uriel Espino, Brenda Garcia, Isabelle Grotting, Kaitlyn Kurisu, Olivia Lane, Emily-Jo Mancinelli, Shane Martin, Hailey McGraw, Joe Petrick, Ariana Rodarte, Amanda Smith, Lauren Spear, Monique Stallworth, Kendra Taylor, Alexa Tymecki, and Lisa Yamakawa.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif;mso-ascii-theme-font: major-latin;mso-hansi-theme-font:major-latin;mso-bidi-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi">Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For further information or special accommodation, contact the CWU Department of Art + Design, 509-963-2665.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p><p style="margin-top:0in;margin-right:0in;margin-bottom:12.0pt;margin-left: 0in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif;mso-bidi-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; color:black">Randall Hall, 44444 E. Dean Nicholson Blvd. Admission is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided at the opening. Parking is free after 4:30 PM in the CWU parking lots, and on weekends, except in specially marked spaces and residence hall lots.</span></p><p><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif;mso-bidi-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; color:black">Media Contact: Gregg Schlanger, </span><a href=""><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif; mso-bidi-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;"></span></a><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif;mso-bidi-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; color:black"> 509-963-2670.</span></p><p> <style type="text/css"> <!-- /* Font Definitions */ @font-face {font-family:"MS Mincho"; panose-1:2 2 6 9 4 2 5 8 3 4; mso-font-alt:"MS 明朝"; mso-font-charset:128; mso-generic-font-family:modern; mso-font-pitch:fixed; mso-font-signature:-536870145 1791491579 134217746 0 131231 0;} @font-face {font-family:"Cambria Math"; panose-1:2 4 5 3 5 4 6 3 2 4; mso-font-charset:0; mso-generic-font-family:roman; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:-536870145 1107305727 0 0 415 0;} @font-face {font-family:Calibri; panose-1:2 15 5 2 2 2 4 3 2 4; mso-font-charset:0; mso-generic-font-family:swiss; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:-536859905 -1073732485 9 0 511 0;} @font-face {font-family:Cambria; panose-1:2 4 5 3 5 4 6 3 2 4; mso-font-charset:0; mso-generic-font-family:roman; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:-536870145 1073743103 0 0 415 0;} @font-face {font-family:Times; panose-1:2 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0; mso-font-charset:0; mso-generic-font-family:auto; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:-536870145 1342185562 0 0 415 0;} @font-face {font-family:"\@MS Mincho"; panose-1:2 2 6 9 4 2 5 8 3 4; mso-font-charset:128; mso-generic-font-family:modern; mso-font-pitch:fixed; mso-font-signature:-536870145 1791491579 134217746 0 131231 0;} /* Style Definitions */ p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal {mso-style-unhide:no; mso-style-qformat:yes; mso-style-parent:""; margin:0in; margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Cambria",serif; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:"MS Mincho"; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;} a:link, span.MsoHyperlink {mso-style-priority:99; color:blue; text-decoration:underline; text-underline:single;} a:visited, span.MsoHyperlinkFollowed {mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; color:purple; mso-themecolor:followedhyperlink; text-decoration:underline; text-underline:single;} p {mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-margin-top-alt:auto; margin-right:0in; mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto; margin-left:0in; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:Cambria; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-latin;} .MsoChpDefault {mso-style-type:export-only; mso-default-props:yes; font-size:10.0pt; mso-ansi-font-size:10.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size:10.0pt; font-family:Times; mso-ascii-font-family:Times; mso-fareast-font-family:Times; mso-hansi-font-family:Times;} @page WordSection1 {size:8.5in 11.0in; margin:1.0in 1.0in 1.0in 1.0in; mso-header-margin:.5in; mso-footer-margin:.5in; mso-paper-source:0;} div.WordSection1 {page:WordSection1;} --></style> </p></p style="text-align: center;"></span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif;mso-ascii-theme-font: major-latin;mso-hansi-theme-font:major-latin;mso-bidi-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi"></span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif;mso-ascii-theme-font: major-latin;mso-hansi-theme-font:major-latin;mso-bidi-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi"></p class="MsoNormal"></span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif;mso-ascii-theme-font: major-latin;mso-hansi-theme-font:major-latin;mso-bidi-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi"></p class="MsoNormal"></p class="MsoNormal"></span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif;mso-ascii-theme-font: major-latin;mso-hansi-theme-font:major-latin;mso-bidi-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi"></p class="MsoNormal"></p class="MsoNormal"></span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif;mso-ascii-theme-font: major-latin;mso-hansi-theme-font:major-latin;mso-bidi-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi"></p class="MsoNormal"></p class="MsoNormal"></span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif;mso-ascii-theme-font: major-latin;mso-hansi-theme-font:major-latin;mso-bidi-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi"></p class="MsoNormal"></p style="margin-top:0in;margin-right:0in;margin-bottom:12.0pt;margin-left: 0in"></span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif;mso-bidi-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; color:black"></span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif;mso-bidi-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; color:black"></a href=""></span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif; mso-bidi-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;"></span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif;mso-bidi-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; color:black">CWU Facilities to Hold Town Hall Meetings to Discuss Campus Construction and Maintenance Priorities, 23 May 2019 08:27:03<p><img alt="" src="" style="width: 200px; height: 200px; margin: 2px; float: right;"></p><p>Representatives of Central Washington University’s Operations Division and Office of Business and Finance will host a pair of Town Hall discussions on campus infrastructure projects on May 30 and May 31.</p><p>The May 30 gathering will begin at 3 p.m. in the Samuelson Theatre, Room 104, while the May 31 discussion will begin at 9 a.m. in the Samuelson Theatre, Room 104. The town hall events will also be available to those who want to connect remotely, such as the Distance Education centers via Zoom meeting:</p><p>• Thursday, May 30th<br>Join Zoom Meeting<br><a href="http://CWU Facilities to Hold Town Hall Meetings to Discuss Campus Construction and Maintenance Priorities"></a></p><p><br>• Friday, May 31st<br>Join Zoom Meeting<br><a href=""></a></p><p>The purpose of the Town Hall meetings is to offer the campus community an opportunity to discuss how CWU sets priorities for campus construction and maintenance projects, including who decides how the money is spent and how projects become priorities.</p><p>Among those who will participate are Andreas Bohman, Vice President of Operations, Joel Klucking, Vice President of Business and Finance, and Shane Scott, Associate Vice President, Facilities Management and Campus Planning.</p><p>“The goal of these two Town Hall discussions is to provide faculty, students, and staff with an open forum to discuss how the university spends its construction and maintenance budgets and why,” Bohman said. “Over the last bienniums, more than $100 million have been invested in these projects, so this is important to the entire campus."</p><p>Bohman said additional Town Hall discussions will be held in the fall. His hope is to host annual Town Hall meetings to keep the campus community informed about future construction and maintenance projects.</p><p>The first 25 people who attend the two events will also receive a coupon that can be redeemed for a drink at the 1891 Bistro.</p></br></br></br></br></br>CWU Employees Shine During Annual Appreciation Ceremony, 22 May 2019 17:01:28<p>Each year, Central Washington University honors its employees by hosting the Employee Appreciation Awards Ceremony. At this year’s event, which took place on May 21 in the SURC Theatre, employees were recognized for their commitment, longevity, and service to CWU and its students.</p><p>Employees are recognized for service in 5-year increments. Yesterday, 153 exempt and classified staff were presented with certificates for working at CWU between 5 and 40 years.</p><p>Otto Bach, building and grounds supervisor for SUB Engineering, received a standing ovation for his 40-year career at CWU--the longest tenure of all those celebrated. Bach is credited for keeping the new and old SURC in pristine conditions over the last four decades.</p><p>Three 2018-19 awards were presented for Civil Service Employee of the Year, Exempt Employee of the Year, and Wildcat Way “Best of the Best.” Recipients of each award are listed below with details on why they were chosen for the honor.</p><p><strong>Civil Service Employee of the Year</strong><br><em>Monica Reece-Bruya, Senior Secretary in Geography</em></p><p><img alt="Monica Reece" src="/sites/default/files/pictures/Monica2%20Employees%20of%20the%20Year%20Civil%20Service%202019-6480%5B1%5D.jpg" style="width: 673px; height: 600px; margin: 3px;">Reece-Bruya has been the secretary senior in geography since 2014, where she keeps the department running smoothly. She is a wonderful support to faculty, always willing to step in and help if asked. She even volunteers when need be.</p><p>Despite being incredibly busy, Reece-Bruya maintains an open door policy. Her breadth of knowledge about Central, its policies, procedures, and best practices is an asset. If she doesn't know the answer, she knows exactly who to call and will do it at a moment’s notice to get what is needed.</p><p>Reece-Bruya brings professionalism and dedication to her job. She is willing to stay late and come in on weekends for special departmental events. She works effectively within her department, across campus, and beyond.</p><p>Reece-Bruya is meticulous in managing the department and all the various aspects of its operation. Her ability to navigate constantly changing software to assist with travel authorizations, budgets, scheduling, room reservations--even the copy machine--keeps the department grateful for her attention to detail.<br><br>Reece-Bruya is generally the first person students meet when they visit the department. Her calming presence and smile help students feel welcome and comfortable, and she goes out of her way to answer their questions quickly and accurately.</p><p>Reece-Bruya also excels in helping students get the most out of their time at Central. Her outreach and assistance to students helps them feel as if they are part of a community and that contributes to retention and helps students have a positive experience while they are here.</p><p>And she does it all with a spirit of enthusiasm. That’s because Reece-Bruya genuinely cares about making Central a better place. She is an asset to her department, and to students and staff alike.</p><p><strong>Exempt Employee of the Year</strong><br><em>Angela "Angie" Engel, Career Counselor in the College of Business at CWU-Des Moines</em></p><p><img alt="Angela Engel" src="/sites/default/files/pictures/Angela2_Employees%20of%20the%20Year%20exempt%202019-6523%5B2%5D.jpg" style="width: 608px; height: 600px; margin: 3px;"></p><p>Angie Engel is incredibly passionate about our students and their career success. Her dedication is evident in her behind-the-scenes networking, curating resources, and meeting with students. Angie values collaboration and creating bridges between our institution and the education community.<br><br>Engel is compassionate. She always greets students with a smile, acknowledges where they are, listens to their goals, and fashions individual support for the students. In short, Engel is a fantastic colleague and resource for our students. Her efforts have positively impacted our students' lives.<br><br>Engel is extremely dedicated to student professional development and career placement for all students, especially those at her home campus at CWU-Des Moines. She successfully cultivates corporate relationships, and successfully connects those relationships and internship/job opportunities to faculty, programs and students.&nbsp; And Engel tirelessly works to provide professional development opportunities and education for students.</p><p><strong>Wildcat Way “Best of the Best”</strong><br><em>Miriam Bocchetti, M.A., Director of the College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP)</em></p><p>The Wildcat Way “Best-of-the Best” award recognizes a CWU employee who exemplifies the Wildcat Way traits of being welcoming, inclusive, knowledgeable, responsive, and proud. The recipient of this award is selected by a committee from the list of employees who have been nominated for one or more Wildcat Way Spotlight awards during the past year.</p><p><img alt="Miriam Bocchetti" src="/sites/default/files/pictures/Miriam_Employees%20of%20the%20Year%20Wildcat%20Way%202019-6794.jpg" style="font-size: 12px; caret-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: -webkit-standard; width: 700px; height: 534px; margin: 3px;"></p><p>This year's winner, Miriam Bocchetti, has been the Director for CAMP for 11 years, serving students from migrant and seasonal farm working backgrounds at CWU and at Yakima Valley College. Bocchetti is a devoted advocate for students, and her programs are nationally recognized and ranked for their high retention rates and outstanding support for students.</p><p>In addition, Bocchetti is one of those people who will respond immediately to a phone call, message, or email. It is apparent that she deeply cares for her students and helping fellow CWU employees across departments as we serve all of our students here at CWU. She is quick to help on committees, attend functions, speak at engagements or any other need around campus. Miriam's dedication to CAMP, students and fellow staff and faculty makes her an excellent role model at CWU.</p><p>Bocchetti also sits on several national boards and committees, serving as the National HEP/CAMP Association Board Secretary, where she represents CWU in Washington, DC, and beyond. According to her nomination forms, she is one of the unsung heroes of CWU, working diligently with and for students from diverse backgrounds to provide wraparound support and opportunities for success. Miriam’s scholarly contributions are already putting CWU on the map. She helps to make CWU a stronger, safer, and more inclusive campus and truly embodies the Wildcat Way.</p><p>Download the program, for a complete list of Employee Appreciation Award honorees.</p><p>For more information on the CWU Annual Employee Appreciation Awards contact Traci Fjellstad, office manager in the Human Resources Office at, 509-963-1204.</p><p>Media contact: Dawn Alford, Department of Public Affairs, 509-963-1484,</p></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br>Public Hearing Notice—CWU Rule Changes, 22 May 2019 10:04:03<p><img alt="" src="" style="width: 200px; height: 200px; margin: 2px; float: right;">A public hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, June 4, 2019, 10:00 a.m., SURC 301, regarding proposed changes to CWU administrative rules published in the Washington Administrative Code (WAC). The purpose of the hearing is receive comments from the campus community and general public on the proposed rule changes. These proposed changes have already been reviewed through CWU’s normal internal campus review procedures.</p><p><strong>Public Records.</strong> CWU is amending WAC 106-276, “Access to Public Records,” for the purpose of updating, clarifying, and streamlining procedures governing access to public records of the University, as well as to incorporate recent amendments the Public Records Act, RCW 42.56. The proposed rules were filed for publication in the Washington State Register by notice dated April 22, 2019 (WSR 19-10-018).</p><p><strong>Expressive Activities.</strong> CWU is proposing a new WAC 106-141, “Use of Campus Facilities for Expressive Activities,” to provide for the use of campus facilities by campus and non-campus groups for engaging in free speech and other expressive activities, subject to reasonable time, place, and manner limitations. The proposed rules were filed for publication by notice dated April 22, 2019 (WSR 19-10-019).</p><p><strong>WAC Repealer.</strong> CWU is repealing three WAC chapters that are not required to be adopted in rule and that are obsolete and/or that duplicate policies published in the University Policies and Procedures Manual: (1) WAC 106-160, “Admission and Registration Procedures,” (2) WAC 106-172, “Student Records Policy,” and (3) WAC 106-200, “Career Counseling Services.” The proposed repealers were filed for publication by notice dated April 22, 2019 (WSR 19-10-020).</p><p>Written comments on the proposed rule changes may be submitted on or before June 4, 2019, to Kimberly Dawson, Rules Coordinator,, 509-963-2111.</p><p>For more information: <a href=""></a></p>CWU Army ROTC cadets back from successful weekend training at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, 21 May 2019 16:57:58<p><img alt="CWU cadets helicopter unload during training" src="/sites/default/files/Cadets%20helicopter%20unload%20at%20JBLM.jpg" style="width: 350px; height: 211px; margin: 3px; float: right;">A battalion of <a href="" target="_blank">CWU Army ROTC</a> cadets are back in Ellensburg following a rigorous four-day spring field training exercise (FTX).</p><p>“It was great training; all objectives were met,” said an obviously pleased Major Bonnie Kovatch, CWU’s Army ROTC detachment commander.</p><p>Typically, the FTX has taken place at the Yakima Training Center. But it was unavailable this year because of the needs of operational Army units. Fortunately, Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) had available space, which actually worked out better for the CWU cadets.</p><p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/Cadets%20in%20the%20field.jpg" style="width: 325px; height: 435px; margin: 3px; float: right;">“As compared to the desert scenario at the Yakima Training Center, one of the benefits of being at Joint Base Lewis-McChord was that it gave us an opportunity to more closely replicate the environment that our [junior] cadets will see during their summer training at Fort Knox, Kentucky,” noted Kovatch. “The terrain was extremely challenging; many cadets had never ‘broken brush’ before, and the weather did not always cooperate. That forced them to rely on their mental toughness and use all of the gear and equipment they brought.”&nbsp;</p><p>Among the cadets was junior Justin Lester from Chewelah, who was participating in his third spring FTX, but his first at JBLM.</p><p>“It’s a whole different animal to go out into the field and to live out of your pack for a couple of days,” he said. “We ate MREs (meals ready to eat), there wasn’t any hot food, we were always on the move, always anticipating that something might happen. It’s just an entirely different experience from what you’d expect being a college student.”&nbsp;</p><p>The Army National Training Center scenario the cadets faced involved American troops being called in to aid an allied nation in overcoming a rogue force. The exercise began Thursday when the cadets were flown to the training site by three Washington Army National Guard helicopters.</p><p>Sophomore Maria Lubag, from Lacey, was on her first spring field training exercise, of which the helicopter trip had additional significance.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>“In the Army, I see myself going aviation,” she said. “I had never gotten into a Blackhawk, or any type of military aircraft [before].”&nbsp;</p><p>To make the training more realistic, the cadets were issued all of their equipment before they got to JBLM, Kovatch explained.</p><p>“They were flying in that helicopter just as they would if they had been deployed in a real-world environment,” she continued. “They had their pack on their lap, weapon between their legs, Kevlar on their head, ear pro in their ears. They were in the scenario by the time we got on that bird. The thrill of the aviation aspect came through even during the infill (loading) and exfill (unloading) of the event. It motivated everyone—myself included.”&nbsp;</p><p>During the training, the rogue force opposing the CWU Army cadets was partially comprised by their peer cadets from the university’s Air Force ROTC program.</p><p>“The 18 participating Air Force Cadets were fantastic,” Kovatch noted. “They love to volunteer to help us with our training. They were deliberate in all of their engagements with the Army cadets and provided valuable feedback on where they could improve in their tactical movements, particularly sight and noise discipline.”</p><p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/Cadet%20with%20rifle.jpg" style="width: 325px; height: 468px; margin: 3px; float: right;">The four-day training, which was entirely planned by CWU senior Army ROTC cadets over the last five months, evaluated cadets on the lessons, tactics, and theory they have learned throughout the year in the classroom and the leadership labs held around campus during the year were put into practice.</p><p>“I’m confident the MS IVs (seniors) are ready to commission and lead soldiers,” Kovatch stated. “I know the MS IIIs (juniors) will perform well at Cadet Summer Training.&nbsp; And it’s apparent the underclassmen pushed themselves beyond their preconceived limits and grew both as individuals and as a team. The cadets are going to be talking about the Spring 2019 FTX for years!”</p><p>Kovatch noted that much of her cadets’ success is due to the academic rigor, along with the physical demands, of the award-winning military science minor offered by CWU. The just completed training served as a capstone for graduating seniors who will receive their Central degrees and second lieutenant commissioning just weeks from now.</p><p>It’s been a busy year for the Central cadets. They have also trained alongside the 1st Special Forces Group and Second Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, which are both recognized as elite Army operational forces. After that training, the CWU cadets indicated they saw active-duty troops doing exactly what was being taught in the university classroom.</p><p>“For me, those comments just solidified that we have a Class A cadre and that we are stewards of the profession, that we are training to standard and doctrine, and that we are building resilience and confidence into our cadets so that they do step out into the operational force as better lieutenants,” Kovatch added.</p><p>Lester concurred, adding, “When you are in this type of organization it’s, more or less, a family. And I have really felt that, since day one, that it’s an organization that can support and nurture you, regardless of your goals, and it’s something you can be part of that’s bigger than yourself.”&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Media contact:</strong> Robert Lowery, Department of Public Affairs, 509-963-1487,<br>&nbsp;</p></br>CWU Emergency Closure, Suspended Operations FAQs, 21 May 2019 15:32:11<p><img alt="Power Workers" src="" style="width: 640px; height: 480px; margin: 3px;"></p><p>It is exceptionally rare that the Ellensburg campus institutes a campus closure. However, when CWU’s incident management team and administrators determine that the campus is not safe, or when local conditions are extremely severe around campus, CWU can choose from three types of closures:</p><p>Delayed opening:&nbsp; Classes and events are canceled and all nonessential administrative and academic activities are suspended at the Ellensburg campus until a designated opening time.</p><p>Early closure:&nbsp; Classes and events are canceled and all nonessential administrative and academic activities are suspended at the Ellensburg campus at a designated closing time.</p><p>Full closure: All classes and events are canceled and all university offices and departments are closed except for essential personnel.</p><p>Below are answers to frequently asked questions:</p><p>Q:&nbsp; Where do I find official emergency and closure information?</p><p>CWU Alert! -- email, text, and voicemail push notifications. CWU has opted-in all students and employees using the contact information found in MyCWU.<br>CWU Website Ticker – a specialized message will appear on the CWU home page.<br>CWU Emergency Updates web page<br>CWU Twitter<br>CWU Facebook<br>CWU snow phone line at (509) 963-2345 or 866-419-8512 (toll free) - verify if classes have been delayed or campus has closed.<br>Personal notification by your supervisor or other personnel in the supervisory chain<br>Written internal communication (if closure is known in advance)<br>Q:&nbsp; How do I know if I am designated as essential personnel?<br>Check with your supervisor.</p><p>I am a Civil Service Employee. . .</p><p>Q:&nbsp; When the University closes and I do not report to work, do I still get paid?<br>As a Civil Service employee, you are allowed to use paid time (compensatory time, vacation/annual leave or personal holiday (full day increment)) or leave without pay to cover the absence. Accrued comp time must be used before other types of paid leave. If vacation leave and personal holiday are exhausted, you may use sick leave.</p><p>Q:&nbsp; If the University closes after I have already worked and then I am sent home as a result of the University closure, what time do I report?<br>Example, if you worked two hours (8-hour schedule) before being sent home, you would report two hours of worked time and six hours of either paid time (comp time, vacation/annual leave) or leave without pay. Accrued comp time must be used before other types of paid leave. If vacation leave and personal holiday are exhausted, you may use sick leave. If you are WFSE represented, please review the collective bargaining agreement.</p><p>Q:&nbsp; If I come to work but am not allowed to work and am sent home, do I get paid?<br>Employees who did not receive prior notification of suspended operations and reported to work will receive two (2) hours pay. The remaining hours of your regular work schedule are to be reported as paid leave (comp time, vacation/annual leave) or leave without pay to cover the absence. Accrued comp time must be used before other types of paid leave.</p><p>Q:&nbsp; What if I work my shift even though the university is closed, do I get special pay?<br>No. An employee who works during the closure receives his or her regular rate of pay for work performed during the period of suspended operations. If you are not essential personnel, please ensure you are authorized to work by your supervisor.</p><p>Q:&nbsp; What if I spent some time working from home during the closure? Is it permissible for me to report this as time worked?<br>With permission from your supervisor prior to working from home, you may report this as work time.</p><p>Q:&nbsp; May I use accrued compensatory time to cover a university closure?<br>With permission of your supervisor, you may use accrued compensatory time to cover your absence. Accrued comp time must be used before other types of paid leave.</p><p>I am an Exempt Employee. . .</p><p>Q:&nbsp; When the university closes and I do not report to work, do I still get paid?<br>Yes, if you submit paid leave. Exempt employees are allowed to use annual leave or personal holiday to cover the closure. If vacation leave and personal holiday are exhausted, you may use sick leave. Exempt employees may also work with their supervisor to reschedule work time lost as a result of suspended operation.</p><p>Additional Information<br>Please address additional questions or concerns to your HR Partner, or call HR at 963-1202.<br>Contact Payroll Services at 963-2221 for questions regarding time and absence entries.</p><p>CWU suggests several tools employees and students can use to be aware, prepared, and resilient in hazardous weather:</p><p>CWU Alert!:&nbsp; All students and employees are automatically enrolled in the system using contact information found in MyCWU. Verify that your information is current.<br>CWU policy on emergency closure and suspending operations</p></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br>As A Financial Advisor Shortage Looms, College Programs Look to Help Fill the Talent Gap, 21 May 2019 08:09:06<p><span style="font-size: 12px;"><img alt="Julie Penwell" src="/sites/default/files/pictures/juliepenwell_FinancialPlanning.jpg" style="width: 250px; height: 244px; margin: 3px; float: left;"></span></p><p>When Julie Penwell graduates from Central Washington University this spring, she plans to pursue the career she has been dreaming about since she was 15-years-old--that of a personal financial planner.</p><p>Penwell decided to pursue the profession after a high school financial planning class gave her what she describes as “base level financial literacy” and an insatiable desire to learn more.</p><p>Now, she is studying for the exam to become a certified financial planner, while working two jobs and serving as the president of her school’s Personal Financial Planning Club.</p><p>“You get to work with people and help them meet their goals,” Penwell said. “Just the idea of getting to make a difference in someone’s life, that’s what drives my motivation for it.”</p><p>Penwell, 21, will be one of the first graduates from the new <a href="" target="_blank">personal financial planning program</a> at Central Washington University, located in Ellensburg, Washington.</p><p>The program’s debut comes as the financial services industry at large faces a shortage of new financial planners coming into the field.</p><p>About 40% of financial advisors plan to retire within the next 10 years, according to Cerulli Associates, a provider of data and research on the financial services industry.</p><p>That leaves the industry scrambling to find fresh talent to fill those seats.</p><p>“We are really on the edge of a succession cliff,” said Marina Shtyrkov, wealth management research analyst at Cerulli Associates. “In the next decade, advisor head count is going to begin declining pretty rapidly.”</p><p>That trend is happening alongside big industry shifts, including the move toward automated financial advice. Big names behind some of those platforms — including Betterment and Vanguard — are promising human financial planners at the other end of their phone lines.</p><p>Read this article in its entirety online at <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p><p><em><span style="font-size: 12px;">Photo: Julie Penwell, 21, plans to pursue a career in financial planning after she graduates from Central Washington University this spring. (Alex Horning, ABH Studios)</span></em></p></span style="font-size: 12px;"></span style="font-size: 12px;">CWU’s Bassett Receives Advising Excellence Accolade, 20 May 2019 10:23:20<p><img alt="Caitlin Bassett, Central Washington University lead academic advisor" src="/sites/default/files/Caitlin%20Bassett%202.jpg" style="width: 325px; height: 195px; margin: 3px; float: right;">“I am committed to working with students to develop a personalized plan for their success. I see my job as being a support to them on their journey to achieving their academic, personal, and professional goals.”</p><p>That attitude and work ethic were honored when <a href="" target="_blank">Caitlin Bassett</a>, CWU <a href="" target="_blank">Student Transitions and Academic Resources</a> lead academic advisor, received the Excellence in Advising – Advisor Primary Role award at the 2019 National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) Northwest Region 8 conference in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.</p><p>The award is made in recognition of advisors whose primary role is the direct delivery of advising to students. Nominees must directly advise students at least 50 percent of their time.</p><p>Bassett was among 15 honorees, and one of just two from public institutions in Washington, from the NACADA region that includes universities and colleges throughout Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Alaska, along with the Canadian provinces of British Columbia and Alberta, and the Yukon Territory.</p><p>During the regional conference, Bassett also co-presented “Crafting Your Own Advising Philosophy.”</p><p>NACADA promotes and supports quality academic advising in institutions of higher education to enhance the educational development of students.</p><p>Lifelong student development is also key to Bassett.</p><p>“As an academic advisor, my hope is that my students never stop exploring, asking questions, reflecting, and growing with each inspiration or challenge they experience here at Central and beyond,” she noted.</p><p><strong>Media contact:</strong> Robert Lowery, Department of Public Affairs, 509-963-1487,</p>Ryan Thompson Memorial Endowed Scholarship Created at CWU, 20 May 2019 07:51:48<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/pictures/Screen%20Slide_%20Deputy_Thompson_memorial-image3.jpg" style="width: 650px; height: 345px; margin: 3px;"></p><p>Central Washington University Alumni Association Board of Directors, along with members of the CWU Campus Police department have established an endowed scholarship fund in honor of alumnus and former CWU police officer Ryan Thompson, who was recently killed in the line of duty as a Kittitas County Sheriff Deputy.</p><p>The Ryan Thompson Memorial Endowed Scholarship will provide financial aid to students attending CWU who are pursuing a career in law enforcement—with a preference given to students who are themselves dependents of law enforcement personnel.</p><p>“We felt it was very important for Ryan’s memory and legacy to be preserved in perpetuity here at Central,” said CWU Alumni Association President Dan Nicklaus. “Not only for the person that he was, but also for the example of leadership and service that he will continue to be for CWU students for decades to come.”</p><p><a href="" target="_blank"><img alt="Ryan Thompson Memorial Endowed Scholarship" src="/sites/default/files/pictures/Ryan%20Thompson%20Memorial%20Endowed%20Scholarship.jpg" style="font-family: -webkit-standard; caret-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); color: rgb(0, 0, 0); width: 150px; height: 150px; margin: 3px; float: left;"></a></p><p>“Ryan was a friend, colleague, and an important part of the CWU and greater Kittitas County community,” said CWU Campus Police Chief Jason Berthon-Koch. “We are delighted to partner with the CWU Alumni Association to make sure his contributions and sacrifice are never forgotten.”</p><p>Additional contributions in Ryan’s memory can be made to the Ryan Thompson Memorial Endowed Scholarship by visiting <a href="" target="_blank"></a> or by calling 509.963.2160.</p><p>Media contact: Dawn Alford, Department of Public Affairs, 509-963-1484,</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Download News Release</a></p>CWU Administrator Recognized for “mission: to help people get their GED and a better job”, 16 May 2019 17:36:27<p><img alt="Ramon Cardenas, director of the HEP program at Central Washington University, poses for a portrait in a classroom in Yakima on May 14. Amanda Ray, Yakima Herald-Republic" src="/sites/default/files/5cdb4f036abc0.image_.jpg" style="width: 350px; height: 210px; margin: 3px; float: right;">The Yakima Herald-Republic, in its publication <a href="" target="_blank">El Sol de Yakima</a>, recently chronicled the work of Ramon Cardenas, the director of the CWU High School Equivalency Program, which is a federally funded program that serves migrant and seasonal farmworkers and their families by providing free General Educational Development (GED) instruction and placement into a career, military, and or higher education. This is the English translation of the article written Lorena Cervantes Zepeda.&nbsp;</p><p><br><strong>Its mission: to help people get their GED and a better job</strong></p><p>Originally from Chicago, Illinois and the son of Mexican parents, Ramón Cárdenas, like many young people, had to work in the field to support his family, without losing sight of his project to go to college.</p><p>He graduated in the criminal justice area and has worked in the HEP program of Central Washington University for 15 years. First, he worked as a recruiter and now, at 41 years old, he is director of the program.</p><p>"My mission is to help people achieve their dreams, starting with getting a GED and then a better job," he said.</p><p><strong>Who is Ramón Cárdenas?</strong></p><p>My parents emigrated from Michoacán, Mexico, to work in agriculture, they met in Chicago and decided to start a family. I am the oldest of 10 brothers and I am very grateful to them because they gave me the opportunity to go to university, and in some way, I was the example for my brothers to study their career.</p><p><strong>What are your challenges as a child of immigrant parents and in your work?</strong></p><p>I grew up as a Mexican, went to school without knowing English. For me learning the language was very difficult, I did not understand the teachers, I learned alone, listening, there were no support programs. I was growing as a farmer, the work in the field is very heavy, I learned to harvest and I understood that the field is not for everyone, I had other projects, I wanted to study, get ahead and support my parents. It was at that moment that I learned the importance of school and took the challenge of graduating. As director of the HEP Program, my challenge is to incorporate more people, motivate them to obtain their GED and see that they can aspire to better jobs. That is my daily challenge, to get more people to graduate in this program.</p><p><strong>What are the main functions you have as director of the HEP program?</strong></p><p>As director, I am in charge of coordinating the whole program, but one of the main functions is to connect with the community and at the same time support my recruiter, and make sure to reach the goals.This program aims to support 110 people per year, of which at least 69 percent must graduate, which represents 76 students per year. It is a very ambitious goal, because we are talking about 7 out of 10 students who must complete and obtain their GED, thinking that the majority (of students) have incomplete high school or high school.</p><p>In addition, they come to take their classes after working long hours in the field or in the wineries, since it is one of the requirements to be able to have the right to the resources of this program, that the beneficiaries work or have worked in areas related to the farming.</p><p><strong>What is the HEP program? </strong></p><p>It is a program created for immigrants and their families who work in areas of agriculture. Its purpose is to help them get their GED and to be able to have a better job. It is a very ambitious program, which asks us to graduate students in an average of 4 months, so our challenge is to teach them 4 years of high school in a minimum time. It is a great effort of the students, because when they get their GED, the next step we have to take is to connect them with the university so they can continue their studies or help them to get a good job. They are difficult goals that we must meet, we as program managers and students, because if we do not, it can disappear (the program). All of us who work here, we have an important function, we all support the students achieve their goals.</p><p>In your career, have you felt any kind of discrimination or were you made to feel that you occupied a different place than the one that corresponds to you?</p><p>Analyzing my life, as a student, I saw that the teachers did not connect with us, the Latinos, that somehow keeps you behind, but I was lucky enough to meet a counselor who explained the benefits that I could have and encouraged me to continue in the university and to obtain financial aid to continue.</p><p>Now as a manager I have not had that kind of problems, although there is always someone who learns that it is a program associated with agriculture and they think that what we do is help undocumented people. They are ill-intentioned people, because this program makes no distinction and is thinking of people who contribute to the growth of the economy with their workforce, in the field.</p><p><strong>What are your goals, how do you see yourself in 10 years?</strong></p><p>Here I have worked for 15 years, I like to grow, I want to learn more things. I know the HEP program and I like it because I identify with people, but it does not allow me to climb more. Being part of the workforce of Central Washington University I can move to other levels, without losing my essence of continuing to help my people.</p><p><strong>What message would you give to those people who do not know that there are programs like HEP?</strong></p><p>My advice is to not get discouraged. If they are working in the field or warehouses, look for information, there are people who know where to look and they can guide them. We are also, always open to give that help, we take them by the hand to get your GED and it is in Spanish. Having that document (GED), the work possibilities are better, in addition there are technical careers with short trainings that certify them in some technical career. For those who wish to obtain their GED, we ask them to come to us, they can call us at 509-452-0639 and we give them all the information they need to know to start fulfilling their dreams.</p><p><strong>Photo: </strong>Ramon Cardenas, director of the HEP program at Central Washington University, poses for a portrait in a classroom in Yakima on May 14. Amanda Ray, Yakima Herald-Republic<br>&nbsp;</p></br></br>