CWUCWU NewsCWU News Through Adversity: Woman in Wheelchair Rock Climbs at CWU for the First Time, 19 Aug 2019 07:29:43<p>In February 2018, Danielle Rice entered the hospital for a simple medical procedure. When she woke up her life had significantly changed. Rice could no longer use her legs properly.<img align="right" alt="Danielle Rice climbs CWU rockwall" height="413" src="/sites/default/files/pictures/Rice%20climbs%20rockwall%20at%20CWU.jpg" width="275" /></p> <p>Utilizing a wheelchair, Rice, an avid outdoors-woman, adventurer and rock climber, thought she&rsquo;d permanently lost her connection to the outdoor sports she loved. A year and a half later Rice is finding new ways to continue adventuring and exploring her passions.</p> <p>On Aug. 10, Rice for the first time cinched up her harness, tied into a rope and picked hold after hold ascending Central Washington University&rsquo;s climbing wall. Prior to the injury, Danielle and her husband, who live in Royal City, participated in rock climbing, but after the accident she no longer knew if this would be possible.</p> <p>With the assistance of staff and a special harness Rice climbed horizontally across the rock wall flexing her muscles and maneuvering her body into positions she&rsquo;d never done before.</p> <p>&ldquo;We figured out the different techniques that will help me get on the wall as independently as possible,&rdquo; Rice said.</p> <p>Before Rice&rsquo;s accident, she attended CWU where she received a bachelor of science in interdisciplinary studies with a double minor in administrative management and psychology.</p> <p>After college Rice pursued a career as a caregiver and for the last 12 years has worked with people with disabilities and helped them to explore an active lifestyle.</p> <p>Read this article in its entirety online at the <a href="" target="_blank">Daily Record</a>.</p> CWU Family Mourns the Loss of Longtime Professor, 16 Aug 2019 08:21:14<p>CWU lost a beloved member of its family last week when Dr. Stella Moreno Monroy, a longtime professor of Spanish and Latin American literature, died while visiting family in Colombia.&nbsp;<img align="right" alt="" height="291" src="" width="200" /></p> <p>Her colleagues said she suffered a massive stroke in late July, which led to her passing.</p> <p>Moreno was a devoted educator at CWU for 31 years who will be remembered for her passionate advocacy of humanities education. She took pride in being a leader for the Latino and Latin American Studies program, serving as director from 2012-17.</p> <p>She also played a crucial role in building a community of Spanish-language literary writers in the Pacific Northwest and supported Ellensburg&rsquo;s Hispanic community by serving on the board of directors of the Apoyo food bank and advocating for Spanish-speaking residents of Ellensburg.&nbsp;</p> <p>Before entering academia, Moreno worked as an editor and public relations coordinator for the Spanish Newspaper Publishers Association in Madrid, Spain, from 1978 to 1983.</p> <p>Moreno&rsquo;s award-winning poetry has been published in multiple languages, and she produced a number of literary translations from English, Danish and German into Spanish during her career.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;I will remember Stella as the colleague who filled our hallways with poetry and song,&rdquo; department chair Michael Johnson said in an email. &ldquo;We will miss her immensely.&rdquo;</p> <p>Memorial service plans have not yet been announced. Please visit the College of Arts and Humanities Facebook page for updates.</p> <p>If you need more information, please contact Amy Lyn Jenkins at&nbsp;</p> CWU Game On! Receives INSIGHT Into Diversity Magazine’s 2019 Inspiring Programs in STEM Award, 15 Aug 2019 11:55:07<p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><img align="right" alt="INSIGHT Into Diversity Award Logo" height="216" src="/sites/default/files/images/STEM_Award_logo_2019.jpg" width="300" />Central Washington University&rsquo;s Game On! program has received the 2019 Inspiring Programs in STEM Award from&nbsp;<em>INSIGHT Into Diversity&nbsp;</em>magazine. The award honors colleges and universities that encourage and assist students from underrepresented groups to enter the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).&nbsp;</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>CWU Game On! will be featured, along with 49 other recipients, in the September 2019 issue of&nbsp;<em>INSIGHT Into Diversity&nbsp;</em>magazine.&nbsp;</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Inspiring Programs in STEM Award winners were selected based on efforts to inspire and encourage a new generation of young people to consider careers in STEM through mentoring, teaching, research, and successful programs and initiatives.&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>&ldquo;The success of CWU Game On! is credited to the program&rsquo;s partnership with the Real Madrid Foundation, Microsoft, and CWU&mdash;the only partnership of its kind,&rdquo; said Josh Hibbard, interim vice president for strategic enrollment management. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s rewarding to have our efforts recognized internationally, but the real reward is seeing the difference this program is making in the lives of our middle school and high school student participants.&rdquo;</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><em>INSIGHT Into Diversity&nbsp;</em>magazine selected Game On! because of its intentional model that teaches and mentors underrepresented middle- and high-school students in computer coding while providing them a pipeline to higher education. A call for award nominations was sent out in April, and the winners were announced this week.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>&ldquo;We know that many STEM programs are not always recognized for their success, dedication, and mentorship for underrepresented students,&rdquo; says Lenore Pearlstein, owner and publisher of&nbsp;<em>INSIGHT Into Diversity&nbsp;</em>magazine. &ldquo;We want to honor the schools and organizations that have created programs that inspire and encourage young people who may currently be in&mdash;or are interested in a future career in&mdash;STEM. We are proud to honor these programs as role models to other institutions of higher education and beyond.&rdquo;</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Since Game On! was founded three years ago, the program has successfully increased student participation while narrowing the gender gap. During the 2016-17 academic year, Game On! served 119 students, 32 percent of whom were female. Student participation grew to 515 in 2018-19, with young women representing 49 percent&mdash;almost leveling the gender gap.&nbsp;</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>&ldquo;CWU recognizes the potential of this after-school program that re-engages students into academics utilizing soccer and coding curriculum,&rdquo; said Manuel Rodriguez, the executive director of Game On! who is responsible for the day-to-day success of the program. &ldquo;We are passionate about Game On! because we know it creates a sense of belonging and promotes academic success, while also building stronger pathways to higher education.&rdquo;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Each partner shares its specialty to create a winning team. Teachers and staff from participating schools are trained on how to properly deliver the social sports methodology from Real Madrid Foundation coaches, and how to implement computer literacy and coding curriculum from Microsoft. CWU coordinates campus visits and career exploration opportunities to ensure each student participant understands the importance of a college education.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>&ldquo;We aim to serve underrepresented middle- and high school students from economically disadvantaged communities in Washington state,&rdquo; Hibbard said. &ldquo;We are dedicated to growing Game On! to support high school completion and stronger pathways to college, particularly in the STEM fields.&rdquo;&nbsp;</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><img alt="Game On! Student Participants on CWU Campus" height="420" src="/sites/default/files/pictures/Game_On%20CWU%20Campus%20Visit.jpg" width="680" /></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><a href="/game-on/" target="_blank">Learn more about CWU Game On!</a>&nbsp;and its one-of-a-kind partnership with the Real Madrid Foundation of Spain, Microsoft, and Central Washington University.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>For more information about the 2019 Inspiring Programs in STEM Award and&nbsp;<em>INSIGHT Into Diversity</em>magazine, visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><strong><span><span>About&nbsp;</span></span></strong><em><strong><span><span>INSIGHT Into Diversity&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></span></strong></em></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span><br /> <span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><em><span><span>INSIGHT Into Diversity</span></span></em><span>magazine is the largest and oldest diversity and inclusion publication in higher education today and is known for its annual<em>INSIGHT Into Diversity&nbsp;</em>Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award, the only award that recognizes colleges and universities for outstanding diversity and inclusion efforts across their campuses.&nbsp;<em><span>INSIGHT Into Diversity</span></em>magazine presents timely, thought-provoking news and feature stories on matters of diversity and inclusion in higher education and beyond. Articles include interviews with innovators and experts, as well as explorations of best practices and profiles of exemplary programs. In our Career Center, readers will also discover career opportunities that connect job seekers with institutions and businesses that embrace a diverse and inclusive workforce. Current, archived, and digital issues of&nbsp;<em><span>INSIGHT Into Diversity</span></em>magazine are available online at&nbsp;</span><a href=";c=t3WR1vAYe0MQSk14wRfaT80u2GzNW6hoqfdxMuMgRiYoAowBmc9DIw==&amp;ch=2NhvhWxcFjYIyGn5EvTl_UmkT3FHSYalN5kQwCC-487n5m88n5ZxUg==" target="_blank"><span></span></a><span>.&nbsp;</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Media contact: Dawn Alford, Department of Public Affairs, 509-963-1484,&nbsp;<a href=""></a>.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> </a href="">"The Audit Insight" and Training Video Released, 14 Aug 2019 09:52:35<p><a href="" target="_blank"><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><img alt="Audit Insight Masthead" height="293" src="/sites/default/files/images/Audit%20Insight%20Masthead.png" width="750" /></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></a></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Check out the Summer 2019 audit newsletter. The <em>Audit Insight</em> and a link to the&nbsp;new audit training video are available <a href="/internal-audit/audit-insight" target="_blank">online</a>.&nbsp;This issue covers the role of the internal audit department here at CWU. It also takes a swipe at credit card fraud and gives some best practices to keep your department safe. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Don&rsquo;t forget to check out &ldquo;In the News&rdquo; section for recent college-related fraud and embezzlement articles. &nbsp;</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p>Unsure what to do when you receive an audit recommendation? No worries, this <a href="/internal-audit/training-video" target="_blank">audit training video</a> provides tips on what to do and what to avoid when writing a solid response.</p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Contact: Jesus Baldovinos, internal audit manager in Business and Financial Affairs - Internal Audit, 509-963-1191,</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> Senator Murray discusses technology need with CWU, 09 Aug 2019 14:10:26<p><span><span><span><span><img align="right" alt="US Senator Murray (fifth from left) and CWU’s Deborah Wells (far left) during a break in the Wenatchee meeting." height="323" src="" width="450" />This week, US Senator Patty Murray learned about what CWU and its <a href="" target="_blank">Information Technology and Administrative Management (ITAM)</a> program are doing to encourage more students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Murray appeared at the Mercantile in Wenatchee for discussions regarding her legislation, the <a href="" target="_blank">Digital Equity Act of 2019</a>. The bill would fund increased access to broadband connectivity, holding that digital literacy is vital to employment and careers.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>ITAM professor Deborah Wells represented CWU at one of Murray&rsquo;s panel discussion, which focused on, &ldquo;what&rsquo;s the demand for STEM employees in the workforce in rural areas, especially north-central Washington, and how to attract more women into the field,&rdquo; Wells said.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>&ldquo;Senator Murray also asked what each organization represented there was doing to get more people into STEM,&rdquo; she continued. &ldquo;There is a shortage. The numbers vary about the amount of unfilled positions. One report indicates there could be up to three-and-a-half million cybersecurity jobs vacant by 2021. The bottom line is we need more cybersecurity experts all around.&rdquo;</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>In response, Wells, who specializes in cybersecurity, talked specifically about the university&rsquo;s<a href="" target="_blank"> Flex IT</a> program. The competency-based program, with bachelor&rsquo;s and master&rsquo;s degree options, offers specializations in cybersecurity, along with administrative management, project management, and retail management and technology.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>&ldquo;We focus on non-traditional students, who don&rsquo;t necessarily need to take classes on campus or be bound by a traditional 10-week quarter, but can have access to the same high-quality curriculum,&rdquo; Wells explained. &ldquo;That was something that Senator Murray was interested in hearing about.&rdquo;</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Wells also pointed out the ITAM focuses on helping students develop needed &ldquo;soft skills.&rdquo;</span></span> </span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>&ldquo;Can you be a team player? Can you write a press release? Can you get up in front of an audience and make a presentation? Can you break down technical terminology into language that non-technical people&mdash;like the chief financial officer, or chief executive officer&mdash;can understand?&rdquo; Wells explained. &ldquo;That&rsquo;s one of our missions in ITAM, to develop the &lsquo;whole-person&rsquo; concept in our students.&rdquo; </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Murray&rsquo;s visit to Wenatchee was to learn about efforts to promote and create STEM opportunities for both educators and students in Washington, and how her legislation would help close a digital skills gap.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>-30-</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong><span><span>Media contact: </span></span></strong><span><span>Robert Lowery, Department of Public Affairs, director of Radio Services and Integrated Communications, 509-963-1487,</span></span><strong> </strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong><span><span>Photo: </span></span></strong><span><span>Senator Murray (fifth from left) and CWU&rsquo;s Deborah Wells (far right) during a break in the Wenatchee meeting.</span></span></span></span></p> CWU students get immersed in Intercultural Communications, 07 Aug 2019 12:37:45<p><img align="right" alt="CWU student Chloe Hopkins interacts with an Asia University student enrolled in a freshman-level English class." height="300" src="/sites/default/files/CWU%20COM%20302%20in%20Japan%20No%201.JPG" width="450" />It&rsquo;s generally acknowledged the best way to learn about another culture is to become part of it, at least for a time. That&rsquo;s what nine CWU students discovered during a two-week stay in Japan this summer.</p> <p>The students, enrolled in a junior-level <a href="" target="_blank">communication studies</a> course (Com 302), were studying ways to improve communication with people from other nations and cultures.</p> <p>Communications professor <a href="" target="_blank">Josh Nelson-Ichido</a> led this summer&rsquo;s six-week session, which included the trip to Japan. He says education abroad is important to overcoming a pervading avoidance&mdash;even subconsciously&mdash;of other cultures in students&rsquo; daily lives.</p> <p>&ldquo;This is why I always require some kind of interaction with another culture in my classes. So, the opportunity to do a special section of my Com 302 class really was a dream come true,&rdquo; Nelson-Ichido said. &ldquo;Not only did the students learn the material, but they were immediately able to apply it in context. They actively identified how their own cultural and ethnic identities play into their ability to communicate and interact within a different cultural environment.&rdquo;</p> <p>While in Japan, the students visited the cities of Tokyo, Kyoto, and Hiroshima.</p> <p>&ldquo;When designing this program, I immediately wanted to include Tokyo as a stop,&rdquo; Nelson-Ichido explained. &ldquo;Not only was it the location of our partner university [Asia University] but it&rsquo;s also one of the biggest cities in the world and very different from anything the students would experience in the Pacific Northwest. Being the historical and cultural heart of the country, Kyoto offered an entirely different take on Japanese culture. Considering the focus of the class, Hiroshima was, arguably, the most important part of the trip.&rdquo;</p> <p>Coco Crawford, from Roy, was among the participants. She has served as an International Peer Advisor (IPA) with the Asia University America Program (AUAP). This was her fourth trip to Japan but her first as part of an organized group.</p> <p>&ldquo;I thought I would get a different experience and perspective if I went with other Americans,&rdquo; Crawford explained about her reason for going on the education abroad program. &ldquo;For everyone else, it was their first time going [to Japan]. Instead of being the one led around, I got to lead and teach them from what I had learned about the culture, phrases I know, and recommend restaurants. It was so fun for me.&rdquo;</p> <p>In Tokyo, the group was hosted by CWU&rsquo;s partner institution <a href=";;sdata=GJA8lmHMPAc04Pl7dK8MbvusjrONyZvOLve%2BVWf5Wfk%3D&amp;reserved=0">Asia University. The CWU students interacted with faculty, staff, and students&mdash;including former Central AUAP students&mdash;and learned about Japanese academic and classroom culture</a>. Previous academic and personal connections with AUAP in Ellensburg enhanced the CWU students&rsquo; experience in Japan, particularly during the visit to Asia University.</p> <p><img align="right" alt="Left to right, CWU students Andy Stemley, Chloe Hopkins, Akiko Owens, Leah Yokley, Jessica Schrotberger, and Coco Crawford. They are all wearing rented yukatas (summer versions of kimonos) and are posing in front of Yasakusa Shrine in Kyoto, which is home to the oldest festival in Japan, the Gion Matsuri, which has been celebrated for more than 1,100 years." height="925" src="/sites/default/files/CWU%20COM%20302%20in%20Japan%20No%202.jpg" width="400" />In Kyoto, the CWU students visited several important cultural sites, learned about Japanese office culture&mdash;and took a side trip to than area known for its matcha tea production.</p> <p>In Hiroshima, the group visited the Peace Memorial Park, which recounts the 1945 atomic bombing of that city during World War II. It was Crawford&rsquo;s first visit to that site.</p> <p>&ldquo;It was really life changing for me, because what we learned about the events in school [in the US] is different from what I learned there,&rdquo; acknowledged Crawford. &ldquo;They don&rsquo;t place blame. It&rsquo;s about the experience of what happened and learning how not to repeat the history. It still affects me when I think or talk about it.&rdquo;</p> <p>While in Hiroshima, the students also saw the Itsukushima Shrine and torii gate, which is listed among Japan&#39;s most revered sites. At high tide, the ancient Shinto shrine seems to float on the sea, while, at low tide, the students got to see it up close.</p> <p>Crawford, who is an elementary education major, plan to utilize what she learned on the trip when she enters the workforce next year.</p> <p>&ldquo;I plan to move to Japan next spring to teach English,&rdquo; she points out. &ldquo;I think that being able to show that I went on this intercultural communications trip to learn more about Japan will help when I start applying for jobs there.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>Media contact:</strong> Robert Lowery, Department of Public Affairs, director of Radio Services and Integrated Communications, 509-963-1487,</p> <p><strong>Photos:</strong></p> <p><strong>No. 1</strong> CWU student Chloe Hopkins interacts with an Asia University student enrolled in a freshman-level English class.</p> <p><strong>No. 2</strong> (L. to r.) CWU students Andy Stemley, Chloe Hopkins, Akiko Owens, Leah Yokley, Jessica Schrotberger, and Coco Crawford. They are all wearing rented yukatas (summer versions of kimonos) and are posing in front of Yasakusa Shrine in Kyoto, which is home to the oldest festival in Japan, the Gion Matsuri, which has been celebrated for more than 1,100 years.</p> "There is Room for Hispanics" who are Heading for Politics or Law Careers, 06 Aug 2019 15:43:54<p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><img alt="Dr. Barbara del Mar Robles helps student Aubrey Blair choose courses. " height="498" src="/sites/default/files/pictures/Student%20Advising%20for%20Politica%20Science.jpg" width="640" /></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Central Washington University (CWU) in Ellensburg directs its efforts toward diversity, says Dr. Barbara del Mar Robles, academic counselor and recruiter in the Departments of <a href="/programs/political-science" target="_blank">Political Science</a>, <a href="/programs/law-and-justice-0" target="_blank">Law and Justice</a>.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Robles says it is important &quot;that students feel supported and motivated to pursue careers in politics, law and justice. We want you to know that there is room for Hispanics in this university, that there is room for us in this country and in this society.&quot;</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>For Robles, who is bilingual&nbsp;</span></span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>and serves applicants and students in the faculties in which she works, it is critical that students know that CWU encourages inclusion</span></span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>&quot;We have received awards for being one of the most diverse universities in the entire state of Washington, since we have a group of students, faculty and diverse administrative staff that helps stimulate respect, tolerance, innovation and the promotion of new ideas and this cultural mission is certainly possible thanks to diversity,&quot; she said.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Although generally, the trend of educational institutions and universities is to move towards exact science careers that offer good employment opportunities, political science and law professions are in demand in the workplace.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Political science career, for example, offers a wide range of job opportunities in addition to access to government positions. Students can pursue careers as public policy analysts, public relations specialists, legislative assistants, lawyers, professors. Some students combine political science careers with other specialties such as Spanish, psychology, anthropology or sociology allowing them to expand their field of work.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Within law and justice careers, most students seek to join the police or one of the armed forces, such as the ROTC (Reserve Officer Training Corps) program, however, there are also students who wish to become lawyers, get involved in politics and perform some public service in the country.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>&quot;The Political Science, Law and Justice departments have scholarships, internship programs and out-of-classroom experiences, such as Senate visits at Olympia, with police in Ellensburg, group talks with the prosecutor and many clubs that allow students to learn and interact in a different way with professors,&quot; Robles said.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>&quot;The United Nations club was just opened, where students will be able to present arguments and defend basic rights to the problems of their home countries, almost simulating a United Nations meeting. They will have the opportunity to travel to an international competition in November of 2020 that will be held in Japan,&quot; she said.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>All resources are available to the student community, and Robles wants Hispanic students or prospective students who intend to pursue that career &quot;to know and take advantage of it. We are here at the University to guide and support them,&quot; he said.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>To enter the political science degree, applicants do not require specific pre- requisites, they just need to have their high school diploma and meet the entry requirements.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>To study the law and justice profession, stakeholders must have an average of 2.25 to be admitted and maintain an average of C- or higher to graduate.&nbsp;</span></span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>And also meet other pre-requisites before you enrollment.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>If you would like to learn more about what it takes to enter into these careers, please contact&nbsp;</span></span></span></span>509-963-2349</span></span></span><strong><span><span><span>.</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><em><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Pictured above:&nbsp;</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></em>Dr. Barbara del Mar Robles helps student Aubrey Blair choose courses offered in the Department of Political Science for the new school year on July 29.</p> <p><em><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>This&nbsp;article was originally published in Spanish online at&nbsp;</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span><a href="" target="_blank">La Luz del Valle El Sol de Yakima</a>.&nbsp;</em></p> CWU partnership with Vietnam’s aviation industry celebrated, 06 Aug 2019 11:28:35<p><span><span><span><span><span><img align="right" alt="Photo, left to right, Trung Nguyen, mechanical engineer, VietJet Air; Son Nghiem, avionics engineer, Bamboo Airways; Minh Vo, now a Da Nang-based seafood export company owner; Chinh Nguyen, mechanical engineer, Bamboo Airways; Nhut Pham, mechanical engineer, Cathay Pacific; Anh Ha, quality inspector, Vietnam Airlines Engineering Company; Dung (Dino) Ngo, safety and quality expert, Bamboo Airways; Duc Nguyen, technical officer, VietJet Air; and Tuan Vu, technical officer, VietJet Air." height="273" src="" width="450" />The International Air Transport Association lists Vietnam as among the world&rsquo;s hottest aviation markets in terms of average revenue growth. That country has easily outpaced the revenue growth of the entire Asia-Pacific region over the past decade.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>But the growth of the industry dates back twice that long and included a collaboration involving Vietnam Airlines (VNA) and CWU. In Winter Quarter 2008, a group of 30 students, who had received VNA scholarships for their studies, landed in Ellensburg. </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Those students, on exchange from America Pacific University (APU) in Ho Chi Minh City, came to CWU specifically to complete their Bachelor of Science degrees in Flight Technology/Airway Science, with a specialization in Aviation Maintenance Management, and a minor in Safety and Health Management </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>A number of them recently got together in Danang, Vietnam for their first reunion since their 2009 graduation. </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>&ldquo;We were just so happy to see each other after a long time, to know that we have gained success in our careers,&rdquo; said CWU alumnus Dino Ngo, a safety and quality expert for Bamboo Airways, which became Vietnam&rsquo;s fifth air carrier earlier this year. &ldquo;We had such a good time talking about all the great memories we have of Central and about the knowledge passed to us from our instructors.&rdquo; </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Those alumni are now employed in areas such as aircraft maintenance and air maintenance planners, aviation safety and quality, and mechanical and avionics technicians. They work throughout the industry, including with VietJet Air, Cathay Pacific, and the VNA group.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>The airline industry in Vietnam was already starting to rapidly expand around 2003. As new planes from the Boeing Company were being purchased, it became apparent that more qualified personnel were needed to both fly and maintain them. That&rsquo;s when Boeing, VNA, APU, and South Seattle Community College reached an initial agreement for higher education training. </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>CWU entered the picture when VNA officials determined they wanted their future personnel to obtain four-year degrees to complete their training. The CWU<a href="" target="_blank"> Office of International Studies and Programs</a> worked with <a href=";ent_oid=1802&amp;returnto=1056" target="_blank">Continuing Education</a>, the <a href="" target="_blank">Department of Aviation</a>, and several other university programs to create the curriculum, provide advising, and handle immigration requirements. Roz Moes, CWU international student advisor, worked with the groundbreaking cohort.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>&ldquo;Having been on this job for only three months, the idea of a 30-student cohort coming to Central&mdash;along with more than 50 other new [international] students&mdash;was a bit overwhelming,&rdquo; Moes recalled. &ldquo;Some, but not all, of the VNA students had taken the courses and earned the certificates needed to enter our program. Even so, they all had to follow the timeline stated in the contract.&nbsp; So, we had to get &lsquo;creative&rsquo; with some of their schedules. But were able to get all of them graduated on time and that was a very proud day for me.&rdquo;</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>The plan now is to host an annual reunion in recognition of their achievement and camaraderie. </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>&ldquo;We are so thankful for the time at Central,&rdquo; Ngo added. &ldquo;It not only gave us knowledge for our work and careers, but also helped us mature as people.&rdquo;</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong><span><span>Media contact: </span></span></strong><span><span>Robert Lowery, Department of Public Affairs, director of Radio Services and Integrated Communications, 509-963-1487,</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong><span>Photo:</span></strong><span> (L. to r.) Trung Nguyen, mechanical engineer, VietJet Air; Son Nghiem, avionics engineer, Bamboo Airways; Minh Vo, now a Da Nang-based seafood export company owner; Chinh Nguyen, mechanical engineer, Bamboo Airways; Nhut Pham, mechanical engineer, Cathay Pacific; Anh Ha, quality inspector, Vietnam Airlines Engineering Company; Dung (Dino) Ngo, safety and quality expert, Bamboo Airways; Duc Nguyen, technical officer, VietJet Air; and Tuan Vu, technical officer, VietJet Air.</span></span></span></span></p> CWU-Sammamish trains Cyber Patriots, 05 Aug 2019 15:17:13<p><span><span><strong><span><img align="right" alt="Nathan White, ITAM professor at podium, and CWU ITAM student Josh Schnell, preparing the CyberPatriot students for a miniature cyber competition day, which ended the camp." height="300" src="" width="400" /></span></strong><span>Nine high school students from Issaquah and Sammamish have joined the ranks of &ldquo;cyber patriots.&rdquo; The ninth through 12th grade students recently participated in cybersecurity training at <a href="" target="_blank">CWU-Sammamish</a>. The more than 30 hours of instruction was led by CWU <a href="" target="_blank">Information Technology and Administrative Management (ITAM)</a> faculty and students, supported by additional presenters and resources from Microsoft and other university departments. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>&ldquo;CWU&#39;s CyberCamp was engaging, fun, challenging and a prescriptive first step for anyone interested in cyber security as a hobby or even a career,&rdquo; said Dhruv Ashok, a 10th grader from Juanita High School.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Ashok and the other participating students learned about cybersecurity techniques for both Windows and Linux operating systems.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>&ldquo;Educating our youth on the importance of good &lsquo;cyber hygiene&rsquo; is necessary if we&rsquo;re to protecting ourselves and our country from cyber-attacks, or other technological risks, no matter whether they are coming from,&rdquo; said Deborah Wells, CWU ITAM lecturer.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>The<a href="" target="_blank"> Air Force Association created CyberPatriot</a>, a National Youth Cyber Education Program, to do just that.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>&ldquo;CyberPatriot is designed to inspire students&mdash;in kindergarten through high school&mdash;to consider careers in cybersecurity or other STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) disciplines critical to the future of our country,&rdquo; said General Paul Nakasone, who heads up US Cyber Command.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>While the program provides options for various camps and training curricula, ITAM officials opted to host a Standard Camp in this first year of what will become an annual program, An Advanced Camp, which builds upon the standard training, will be added in coming years. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>&ldquo;CWU-Sammamish is a perfect venue for this program because of its location, close to a number of area high schools, and the fact that it has the infrastructure required to host such a camp,&rdquo; said Robert Lupton, CWU ITAM&rsquo;s chair.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong><span>Media contact:</span></strong><span> Robert Lowery, Department of Public Affairs, director of Radio Services and Integrated Communications, 509-963-1487,</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong><span>Photo:</span></strong><span> Nathan White, ITAM professor at podium, and CWU ITAM student Josh Schnell, preparing the CyberPatriot students for a miniature cyber competition day, which ended the camp.</span></span></span></p> Scientists Study Puget Sound Tsunami Risk by Digging into the Past, 05 Aug 2019 08:16:43<p><img align="right" alt="Bre MacInne, associate professor of geological sciences in the field" height="197" src="" width="350" />A pair of geologists in Washington are studying past tsunamis to better understand how they could affect us in the future.&nbsp;</p> <p>Washington&#39;s tsunami threat comes from several sources, but the main one is known as the Cascadia Subduction Zone.&nbsp;</p> <p>It&#39;s a 700-mile long fault running off the Northwest coast where the North American continent is locked into a series of small tectonic plates forming to the ocean floor. The ocean floor moves slowly and creates pressure against the continent causing the Washington coast to move to the northwest and be lifted up.&nbsp;</p> <p>It&#39;s expected to be devastating when the earthquake that drives it strikes again...</p> <p>Bre MacInnes, an associate professor of geological sciences at Central Washington University, along with graduate student David Bruce, are studying the Seattle Fault.</p> <p>The pair drilled holes and took core samples of mud from a marsh near Deer Lagoon at the southern end of the island. Some of those samples show light gray layers of sand in between layers of mud. It is an indicator a powerful wave or that waves drove sand from elsewhere into the back reaches of the marsh.&nbsp;</p> <p>Read this story in its entirety online at <a href="" target="_blank">King5 News</a>.</p>