CWUCWU NewsCWU News receiver Jesse Zalk earns preseason All-America recognition, 24 Aug 2016 07:47:16<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/CWU%20receiver.jpg" style="width: 412px; height: 300px;"></p><p>Central Washington senior receiver Jesse Zalk on Monday was named to the Preseason All-America Team, earning first-team honors as an all-purpose player.</p><p>Zalk, who was second-team All-America after last season, led the GNAC with a 26.2-yard kickoff return average and in total return yards with 813. He also topped the conference in receiving yards per game at 75.0, and was second in receptions per game last season.<br>&nbsp;</p><p>Read more of this story in the <a href="">Yakima Herald Republic</a>.</p><p>Photo by Kaitlyn Bernauer/Yakima Herald-Republic</p></br>CWU students study abroad; learn international business, 18 Aug 2016 08:14:51<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/CWUstudy%20abroad.jpg" style="width: 453px; height: 300px;"></p><p>A group of Central Washington University students spent part of this summer immersed Central European culture and business.</p><p>The Information Technology and Administrative Management department at CWU offers a study abroad program to students who want to travel and learn more about their major in Central Europe.</p><p>David Douglas, ITAM professor, said the trip taught students about information technology, industry, retail management and administrative management in four or five different countries over the course of four weeks. The trip was June 19-July 14.</p><p>Read more of this story in the <a href="" target="_blank">Daily Record</a>.</p>CWU to Host NW Economic Development Course, 17 Aug 2016 14:55:18<p><br><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/th.jpeg" style="width: 300px; height: 48px; border-width: 3px; border-style: solid; margin: 3px; float: right;"><span style="line-height: 1.4;">Central Washington University will host the annual Northwest Economic Developm</span><span style="line-height: 1.4;">ent Course next Monday through Thursday (Aug. 22-25), sponsored by the <a href="" target="_blank">Washington State Department of Commerce</a> and the <a href="" target="_blank">Oregon Business Development Department</a>.</span></p><p>“This year marks the 25th anniversary of the course [at CWU],” noted Linda Alongi, Washington State Department of Commerce program manager.</p><p>Alongi pointed out that it offers intensive training in basic concepts, methods, and strategies of local economic development, with course content geared to practical applications. Included in the topics to be addressed are:</p><p>• economic development finance;<br>• ethics in economic development;<br>• leadership “caves”;<br>• reuse and redevelopment of business sites and facilities;<br class="Apple-interchange-newline">• small business and entrepreneurship; and,<br>• top site location factors.<br><br>Among those taking the training will be Lindsey Ozbolt, from the<a href="" target="_blank"> Ellensburg Business Development Authority.</a><br><br>“I’m excited to have the opportunity to attend and think it is wonderful that CWU has been the host for 25 years.”&nbsp; said Ozbolt, about having the training conveniently available on the CWU campus.&nbsp;<br><br>Accredited by the<a href="" target="_blank"> International Economic Development Council,</a> it fulfills a prerequisite for professionals seeking their Certified Economic Developer designation.<br><br>“We’ve also partnered with Carolyn Honeycutt at the Downtown Association to include a walking tour of Ellensburg as part of the course,” Alongi added. “It’s a great addition and allows participants the opportunity to learn more about the community.”<br><br>Ozbolt added, “It’s fantastic that we get to show off our community and all that we have to offer to others in the economic development field.”<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;<br><strong>Media contact:</strong> Linda Alongi, program manager, Washington State Department of Commerce, 360-725-4031,<br><br>August 17, 2016</p></br></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></br></br></br></br class="Apple-interchange-newline"></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br>CWU Seeks Family Keepsakes for Upcoming “Moving Stories” Exhibit, 16 Aug 2016 17:12:07<p><img alt="Trucks" src="/sites/default/files/trunks.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 508px; margin-top: 5px; margin-bottom: 5px;"></p><p>The Museum of Culture and Environment at Central Washington University is seeking submissions for its upcoming exhibit Moving Stories: Our Objects in Motion. This exhibit will feature stories about journeys—from people living in Kittitas County— told through the medium of physical items.</p><p>Every family has stories of movement and migration from a distant homeland or across a nearby landscape. Often, we are connected to these “moving stories” through physical things that we or our ancestors retained such as a quilt, a beloved article of clothing, an old family photograph, a keepsake, or heirloom.</p><p>Objects about shorter trips are fine as well: the toy or blanket your child insists on having for every car trip. A snapshot of the family unpacking after a big move. A memento of a family vacation.</p><p>What’s your moving story? We want to share it! The museum will display these stories and objects from January 10-March 11, 2017.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.4;">Submissions should include:</span></p><p style="margin-left: 40px;">1. A photograph of the object you would like us to consider</p><p style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="line-height: 1.4;">2. Your family migration or movement story, explaining the object’s significance,&nbsp; in 250 words or less</span></p><p style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="line-height: 1.4;">3. (Optional) A three-inch self-portrait.</span></p><p>Submit entry electronically, by emailing Alternatively, mail or deliver a printed version to the museum’s physical address: Dean Hall rm. 122, 1200 Wildcat Way, Ellensburg between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Physical objects cannot be accepted at this time.</p><p>Proposals must be submitted to the Museum of Culture and Environment no later than Friday, October 14, 2016. Notifications will take place by November 1, if the museum chooses to borrow and display the object for a three-month period.&nbsp;</p><p>This exhibit helps support the university’s year-long dialogue about migration and immigration.&nbsp; It’s also part of CWU’s Big Read program—encouraging the community to read and discuss Tim O’Brien’s novel, The Things They Carried—leading up to the author’s visit to Ellensburg in April 2017.&nbsp;</p><p>The Museum of Culture and Environment is located on the first floor of Dean Hall. Admission is always free and regular visitation hours, during the academic term, are Wednesday through Friday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Parking on the CWU campus is free on weekends and after 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.</p><p>Fo<span style="line-height: 1.4;">r more information, contact </span><a href="" style="line-height: 1.4;"></a><span style="line-height: 1.4;"> or go to </span><a href="" style="line-height: 1.4;"></a><span style="line-height: 1.4;">.</span></p><p><img alt="Big Read Logo" src="/sites/default/files/NEABigRead-Color_0_0.jpg" style="line-height: 16.8px; width: 150px; height: 94px; margin: 3px 2px; float: left;"></p><p>NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.</p><p>El proyecto NEA Big Read es una iniciativa del National Endowment for the Arts (el Fondo Nacional para las Artes de&nbsp;&nbsp; Estados Unidos) en cooperación con Arts Midwest.</p><p><br><em style="line-height: 1.4;">Media contact: Dawn Alford, CWU Public Affairs, 509-963-1484, <a href=""></a>.&nbsp;</em></p><p><em style="line-height: 1.4;">August 16, 2016</em></p></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></p style="margin-left: 40px;"></p style="margin-left: 40px;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></p style="margin-left: 40px;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></a href="" style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></br></em style="line-height: 1.4;"></a href=""></em style="line-height: 1.4;">Children Reach New Heights on CWU Climbing Wall, 16 Aug 2016 15:58:23<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/Kids_climbing_DR.jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 278px; float: right; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px;">Parents stood at the bottom of the climbing wall at Central Washington University on Saturday afternoon watching their children slowly make their way up with the encouragement of local first responders. It’s something they thought they’d never see their children do.</p><p>Nine kids, ages 4 to 19, were all smiles as they participated in the Courageous Kids Climbing event. The free event, open to children with special needs, brought together community members, university staff and local first responders.</p><p>Jeff Riechmann, event founder, coordinated with Kittitas Valley Fire and Rescue and the Central Washington University Police Department to help with the event. Fire trucks and police cars were parked outside of the Student Union and Recreation Center for kids to climb into.</p><p>Read the<a href="" target="_blank"> rest of this story</a> by&nbsp;By JULIA MARTINEZ in the Daily Record.&nbsp;</p><p>August 16, 2016</p>CWU Receives $5 Million U.S. Education Grant, 16 Aug 2016 15:29:06<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/2015_Staff.jpg" style="width: 350px; height: 272px; border-width: 3px; border-style: solid; margin: 3px; float: right;">Central Washington University will receive nearly $5.4 million, over the next five years from the United States Education Department for the university’s <a href="" target="_blank">College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP)</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">High School Equivalency Program (HEP)</a>.</p><p>This is the fourth consecutive time CWU has received five-year funding for the programs, which were launched by CWU in 2001.&nbsp;</p><p>The money, awarded on a competitive basis by the federal <a href="" target="_blank">Office of Migrant Education</a>, will help 170 students and participants annually both through CAMP, on the Ellensburg campus, and HEP, which is based in Yakima.</p><p>“We’re extremely outreached based,” said Miriam Bocchetti, the director of CAMP, which received more than $2.1 million—$424,999 each through 2021—to help students from migrant and seasonal farm-working backgrounds successfully begin their college careers. CAMP provides services to freshman, ranging from college and career planning to cultural enrichment and financial assistance.</p><p>“Academic monitoring, mentoring, tutoring, are all a part of CAMP,” Bocchetti added. “We also host weekly—staff-supervised—study tables. And we offer our students career exploration opportunities. All this helps them integrate into the university culture and impacts their decisions on whether they will stay on for their sophomore years.”</p><p>Education, business, law and justice, psychology, and social sciences are among the most popular majors among CAMP students, according to Bocchetti, who added, “We offer them a comfortable and stable environment, which provides them with opportunities to thrive.”&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>In addition to the CAMP grant, CWU received a $2.4 million federal appropriation for HEP—just less than $475,000 annually through 2021. Bocchetti also oversees that program.&nbsp;</p><p>“We’ve had HEP participants up to 60 years old,” she pointed out. “Others dropped out [of school] when they were in elementary school and now have come to the point where they need and want to get their [high school] diplomas and move ahead in their lives. We’re happy that Central will be able to continue to provide a program that can help them do that.”</p><p>A bit different in scope, HEP aids migrant and seasonal farmworkers and their immediate family members earn the equivalent of high school diplomas. Through, typically, three-to-six months of study, participants prepare to go to college, begin careers, or enter military service.</p><p>“Almost every single one of our HEP participants works all day and then come in for instruction from six to 10 p.m.,” Bocchetti acknowledges. “Some of them are out in the fields at five in the morning, or earlier. They work 12 hours and then come into the classroom and they do that until they are done. One year, we had a father and a son finish the program at the same time.”</p><p>CWU is one of just 49 schools nationwide offering CAMP and among only 52 that sponsor HEP. In Washington, there are seven CAMP and four HEP providers.</p><p><strong>Media contact:</strong> Robert Lowery, director of radio services and integrated communications, 509-963-1487,</p><p>August 16, 2016</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.4;"><strong>Photo</strong>: (l. to. r)&nbsp;</span>Bocchetti<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> with CAMP staff members&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.4;">Juan Maravilla, o</span><span style="line-height: 1.4;">utreach&nbsp;specialist;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.4;">Mayra Nambo, r</span><span style="line-height: 1.4;">etention&nbsp;counselor; and&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.4;">Veronica Zamora Dimas, p</span><span style="line-height: 1.4;">rogram&nbsp;coordinator.&nbsp;</span></p><p>&nbsp;</p></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;">CWU Awarded $441K to Advance ShakeAlert Earthquake Early Warning System, 16 Aug 2016 07:52:34<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/tmelbourne-1.jpeg" style="width: 450px; height: 300px;"></p><p>An earthquake early warning system can give people a precious few seconds to stop what they are doing and take cover before the severe shaking from an earthquake arrives. Central Washington University, along with five other western universities, is part of a <a href="/sites/default/files/documents/EEWgrants_2016_Final.pdf" target="_blank">$3.7 million grant from the United States Geological Survey</a> (USGS), which will develop technology and refine ShakeAlert, the earthquake early warning system. CWU will receive just more than $441,000 for its part in this effort.</p><p>“This is an ambitious undertaking, and we are pleased that the <a href="" target="_blank">PANGA</a> and the CWU Geodesy Lab can contribute to it,” said Tim Melbourne, CWU geological sciences professor and director of PANGA. The geodesy lab incorporates hundreds of real-time GPS sensors that record even slight movements of the Earth’s crust, and sends the information to CWU’s geological sciences lab in Ellensburg.</p><p>The USGS and its six university partners will collaborate to improve the ShakeAlert EEW system’s sensor and telemetry infrastructure across the west coast of the United States. ShakeAlert is based on the USGS Advanced National Seismic System, a federation of regional earthquake monitoring networks throughout the country, including southern California, northern California, and the Pacific Northwest.</p><p>New to these agreements is an emphasis on incorporation of real-time GPS observations into ShakeAlert. Melbourne and his colleagues alone have installed more than three-hundred GPS sensors throughout the Pacific Northwest. More than 1,000 sensors exist throughout the region, but not all are reliably integrated into a uniform software environment.</p><p>“This grant allows us to collaborate and consolidate our efforts,” continued Melbourne. “For the first time, we can coordinate—and hopefully integrate—all of our technology to provide some measure of warning for millions of people.”</p><p>CWU’s contributions to the Earthquake Early Warning system include:</p><ul><li><span style="line-height: 1.4;">Analyzing data from existing GPS stations in real-time throughout the western United States and making them available to the </span>ShakeAlert<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> decision-making software</span></li><li><span style="line-height: 1.4;">Developing </span>PANGA’s<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> dedicated wireless data telemetry infrastructure so it can continue to function during a major seismic event when other means of telecommunications are down</span></li></ul><p><span style="line-height: 1.4;">​</span><span style="line-height: 1.4;">The</span><span style="line-height: 1.4;"> ShakeAlert earthquake early warning system has been in development for 10 years. The USGS estimates it will cost $38.3 million in capital investment to complete the ShakeAlert system on the West Coast to the point of issuing public alerts, and $16.1 million each year to operate and maintain it.</span></p><p><em>Photo: </em>Tim Melbourne, professor of geological sciences, with a class near Devil's Lake, Oregon, setting up new beacons for PANGA.</p><p>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,</p><p>August 16, 2016</p></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;">CWU Expands and Overhauls Parking, 11 Aug 2016 16:13:31<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/D5%20parking%20lot%208-11-2016.jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 267px; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; float: right;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/P8%20parking%20lot%208-11-2016.jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 267px; margin: 5px; float: right;">In anticipation of record enrollment, CWU is expanding and renovating two popular parking lots this summer. One is at the corner of University Way and Wildcat Way (top photo). The other lies between the Brooks Library and Nicholson Boulevard (bottom photo).</p><p>The project adds nearly 50 stalls to the lot on University Way, and 60 stalls to the lot at the library. Bill Yarwood, executive director of facilities management, said the additional parking accommodates record new-student enrollment and helps keep cars out of residential neighborhoods.</p><p>“We want to be a good neighbor,” Yarwood said. “We’re protecting big old trees, enhancing the landscaping, and recognizing the real increase in parking demand.”</p><p>The lot on University Way is getting new access driveways and landscaping, in addition to 47 more parking stalls. Archeologists are monitoring the work to record any historical items that may be uncovered.</p><p>The east half of the library parking lot is being reworked and expanded to accommodate 60 more stalls. Four trees were removed and five new trees will be planted. One tree was relocated, along with plaques for the Class of 1938 and Class of 1939. The large planter and six class plaques on the west side of the parking lot will stay put. Many established trees, including the only giant sequoia on campus, are also being protected.</p><p>Crews are performing general maintenance, striping, and resurfacing work on many other campus parking lots over summer break.</p><p><em>Media contact: Barb Arnott, CWU Public Affairs, 509-963-2841,</em></p><p>August 11, 2016</p>CWU to Save $4.6 Million Through Bond Refinancing, 10 Aug 2016 08:13:48<p><span style="line-height: 1.4;">The Central Washington University Board of Trustees Tuesday approved refinancing $29.175 million in bonds in a sale that will save the university $4.6 million over the next 22 years.</span></p><p>The bonds were initially issued in 2008 to fund the construction of Wendell Hill Hall.</p><p>“Refinancing these bonds will save us about $279,000 per year in interest over the next two decades,” said CWU President James L. Gaudino. “That’s more than we originally anticipated saving, which is great news.”</p><p>The board unanimously approved the refinancing the bonds during a special telephonic meeting. Under the terms of the new bonds, the university will pay an interest rate of 2.7 percent.</p><p>“The original bonds were sold when the university’s bond rating was not as favorable as it is today,” noted Joel Klucking, CWU’s chief financial offer and vice president for Business and Financial Affairs. “Ultimately these savings will benefit students either through new facilities or an advanced timeline on necessary renovations.”</p><p>Fortunately, through exercising fiscal responsibility over the past several years, we’re in a position to be able to take advantage of better interest rates and save money.”</p><p>Klucking said Moody’s Investors Service last week reaffirmed CWU’s A1 bond rating, which is the highest rating a comprehensive university such as CWU can achieve. He said the Moody’s analysts also were impressed by the school’s enrollment increases last year and for the coming academic year.</p><p>University bonds are supported by revenue from residence halls, dining services, parking, the Wildcat Shop, and mandatory services and activities fees.</p><p>Moody’s is the top credit-rating agency that performs international financial research and analysis on commercial and government agencies. The Moody’s rating is a forecast of the credit-worthiness of an institution, particularly the likelihood that the institution will be able to repay the bonds. It provides such ratings whenever an institution is preparing to issue bonds.</p><p>Media contact: Richard Moreno, Director of Content Development, CWU Public Affairs, 509-963-2714,</p><p>—August 10, 2016</p></span style="line-height: 1.4;">Alumna's California Wildfire Photos Get Published Nationwide, 09 Aug 2016 16:50:46<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/Katharine_Lotze.jpeg" style="width: 400px; height: 267px; float: right; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px;">Alumna Katharine&nbsp;Lotze, staff photographer for the<a href="" target="_blank">&nbsp;Santa Clarita Valley Signal</a>, has had her photos of the&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Sand Fire</a>&nbsp;north of Los Angeles picked up by the Associated Press and published across the country.</p><p>Lotze, a 2012&nbsp;CWU&nbsp;journalism grad, described covering the fire as a crazy few days.</p><p>“The Sand Fire started small, and got really big, really fast,”&nbsp;Lotze&nbsp;said. “Heading out there, I didn't think it was going to be much. We get spot fires and small brushers (as they're called) all the time around here, and just had the Sage Fire (1,500 acres) two weeks ago, so we weren't exactly overdue for a bigger one.”</p><p>Since she was working with older equipment that doesn’t have the ability to transmit via&nbsp;Wi-Fi,&nbsp;Lotze&nbsp;had to improvise.</p><p>“I shot lots of photos on my iPhone 6 to send back to the office, often via text. In the foothills, cell signals are hard to come by, and it was easier to get things out that way rather than email them,” she said. “Not only was I transmitting to my editors back at our offices in Santa Clarita, I was texting out photos to the Associated Press.”</p><p>Her photos were picked up by papers and websites across the country and around the world, including&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">USA Today</a>, and her hometown paper, <a href="" target="_blank">The Tri-City Herald</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>“I was surrounded by photographers chasing flames pretty much everywhere I went,”&nbsp;Lotze&nbsp;said, recalling one thing that stood out: “They were all men. I was the only woman stills photographer I came across in the field. . . . Maybe there were more ladies out there, but covering all the hottest flare ups, evacuation areas, and water drops, I didn't see one.”</p><p>For back-to-back, 13-hour days in the field,&nbsp;Lotze&nbsp;worked in a brush jacket and heavy boots, loaded with gear, getting as close as she could safely get to 100-foot walls of flames. “I've never been more in my element,” she confessed.</p><p>That confidence is a huge asset in her line of work, and it was developed in part during her time at&nbsp;CWU.</p><p>"CWU&nbsp;prepared me to do almost any job at a newspaper, and to juggle several complicated tasks at once,"&nbsp;Lotze&nbsp;said. "On the track team and&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">The Observer</a>&nbsp;newspaper, I also learned to take the lead and be confident in my decisions, which really helped me in covering this wildfire."</p><p>Journalism Professor Cynthia Mitchell, who worked closely with Lotze at Central, said she is a terrific example of what can happen when a grad is willing to take advantage of every opportunity that comes her way.</p><p>"In the four years since Katharine graduated, she's taken part-time jobs, paid for additional training and networked like crazy with professional photojournalists — anything that could help her toward her long-term goal of getting paid to do photojournalism full time," Mitchell said. "It's been really gratifying to see her not only reach that goal but do so well at it."</p><p>Photo: Photojournalist Katharine&nbsp;Lotze&nbsp;stands among other reporters while covering the Sand Fire north of Los Angeles in July 2016. (Greg Doyle)</p><p><strong>Media contact:</strong>&nbsp;Barb&nbsp;Arnott,&nbsp;CWU&nbsp;Public Affairs,&nbsp;<a href=""></a>, 509-963-2841</p><p>August 9, 2016</p></a href="">