CWUCWU NewsCWU News youth sought for CWU cross cultural summer camp, 24 Apr 2017 12:16:08<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/Wildcats%20Worldwide.jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 151px; margin: 3px; float: right;">CWU’s <a href="" target="_blank">Office of Continuing Education</a> and the <a href="" target="_blank">Jeongsang Language School</a> (JLS) of Seoul, South Korea, will again offer “<a href="" target="_blank">Wildcats Worldwide</a>” this summer. This camp is designed to allow local and Korean students, ages 10-15, to participate in recreation activities that include rock climbing, ropes course, swimming, and relay games.</p><p>“The goal is for students to know more about their world, develop leadership skills, and become familiar with civic engagement,” said Maggie Mendoza, CWU Continuing Education program manager. “Long-term, we want them to learn the skills—and develop the motivation—to make a difference in society. Just as importantly, we want them to build lifelong friendships across cultures.”</p><p>Making new friends and learning about a different culture were the two benefits most often cited by last year’s participants about the program, though the activities and games also rated highly among them.&nbsp;</p><p>Fourteen area students will be selected for this summer’s program. Applications require a short essay, a letter of recommendation from a teacher, principal, or school counselor, and a copy of the student’s most recent report card. The completed applications are due June 30.</p><p>The camp runs from July 25 through August 16, between 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. weekdays. The cost is $299, but increases to $325 after June 30. It covers costs associated with use of CWU’s rock wall and challenge course, swimming, field trips, and a cafeteria lunch. More information is available at</p><p>The CWU partnership is the first in eastern Washington for JLS. Founded in 1986, it is now recognized as a top provider of English language learning programs for K-12 student in South Korea. Its motto, “Uniting the World through English,” is the core philosophy guiding camp activities.</p><p>CWU’s Office of Continuing Education offers affordable, convenient, and distinctive education, learning, and training opportunities for all ages in the Ellensburg area, at CWU University Centers, online, and through other methods.</p><p><strong>Media contact:</strong> Robert Lowery, director of radio services and integrated communications, 509-963-1487,</p><p>April 24, 2017</p>CWU Geologist, Mathematician to Speak at Ellensburg Earth Day March for Science, 21 Apr 2017 11:54:18<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/march%20for%20science.jpeg" style="width: 225px; height: 225px; margin-left: 4px; margin-right: 4px; float: left;">Geology professor Susan Kaspari, and mathematics professor Dominic Klyve will speak tomorrow at the Earth Day March for Science in Ellensburg. The two Central Washington University professors are dedicated to promoting science education and furthering public understanding in all areas of science.</p><p>Kaspari, whose work examines the effect of black carbon (soot, a common air pollutant) on snow fields and ice melt, will speak about climate science in Washington State. One of her research projects examined the increased snow melt on Table Mountain due to black carbon, and its impact on wildfires.</p><p>"We need to know how to make progress on limiting climate change during a time when climate change science has been politicized," she declared. Kaspari also heads the ice-core laboratory that documents recent environmental change related to human activities.</p><p>Klyve, whose work with students has resulted in them discovering the world's largest weird number (among other things), has been nationally recognized for his teaching excellence. He recently received a $1.5 million grant to develop an innovative math curriculum based on primary historical sources.</p><p>Klyve will speak about the history of government and science, including the oldest scientific organization, the Royal Society for Improving Natural Knowledge in England.&nbsp;</p><p>"History shows us that government can be a powerful force for good in society when it promotes science and leaves scientists free to practice their craft," Klyve said. "These lessons are still important today, maybe more now than ever."</p><p>The Earth Day March for Science in Ellensburg will begin gathering at noon the US Post Office, 100 E. 3rd Avenue. The march will start at 1:00 p.m. and end at CWU's Student Union Recreation Building, where the speeches will take place.</p><p>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,<br>April 21, 2017</p></br>Prestigious Chinese Scholar to Speak at CWU Philosophy Colloquium, 21 Apr 2017 08:28:12<p><img style="margin: 3px; width: 150px; height: 152px; float: left;" alt="Chong-Fuk Lau, PhD" src="/sites/default/files/pictures/CFrev.jpg">Chinese University of Hong Kong professor Chong-Fuk Lau, PhD will lecture at Central Washington University on Tuesday, April 25, at 4:30 p.m. in Dean Hall 103.</p><p>Lau’s talk, “A Functionalist Approach to Kant,” focuses on the question: how must the human mind work in order to have cognition of objects? Answering this question gives Kant a clue to determine the basic structure of reality as we understand it. The lecture will be relevant to people who are interested in the philosophy of mind, theory of knowledge, metaphysics, and intellectual history.</p><p>“This is an exciting opportunity to learn about one of the most important philosophers in the history of Western philosophy from one of the world’s best scholars on Kant,” said Matthew Altman, chair of Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies.</p><p>According to Altman, Lau is considered one of the foremost experts on late 18th- and 19th-century German philosophy. He is the author of two books, <em>Hegels Urteilskritik </em>and <em>A New Interpretation of Hegel</em>, and has published a number of articles on German idealism.</p><p>The Chinese government’s Outward Research Mobility program, designed to support international collaboration in scholarship, is sponsoring Lau’s visit to CWU. The philosophy and religious studies department will serve as his host during his stay.</p><p>The event is free and open to the public.</p><p>For more information, contact the <a href="">Department of Philosophy &amp; Religious Studies</a> at 509-963-1818 or</p><p>Media contact: Dawn Alford, public affairs coordinator, 509-963-1484,<br>&nbsp;</p></br>CWU Scientist to Speak at Seattle March for Science April 22, 20 Apr 2017 13:44:33<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/egger_headshot.jpeg" style="width: 250px; height: 322px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin-left: 4px; margin-right: 4px; float: left;">Geology professor and AAAS Science award-winner Anne Egger is an invited speaker at <a href="" target="_blank">Seattle's March for Science</a>&nbsp;on Earth Day, April 22. Egger, who has taught at Central Washington University for six years, is also a member of a state-wide consortium to improve science education in Washington and the Director of Undergraduate Research at CWU. Egger currently serves as president of the National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT), which has endorsed the national March for Science.</p><p>"NAGT endorsed the national March for Science because we share the same values, including advocating for cutting-edge science education, for diversity and inclusion in the scientific endeavour, and basing policy and decision-making on evidence. It is particularly energizing for us as Earth scientists that the March is also happening on Earth Day."</p><p>The March for Science in Seattle is satellite march of a non-partisan national movement to celebrate science and to raise awareness of the importance of science in public policy, legislation, and education. Other speakers at the Seattle March for Science include Congresswoman Suzan DelBene, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, former EPA scientist Michael Cox, and University of Washington physics student Tyler Valentine.</p><p>"Speaking at the March is an opportunity for me to share my values of Earth literacy for all and high-quality science education," Egger added. "The evidence for what works in the classroom comes from social and behavioral science research; the evidence for how to prepare for the inevitable earthquake comes from Earth science and engineering studies.</p><p>"We want our policies to be based on that evidence, and we want a citizenry that is equipped to develop and vote on those policies."</p><p>Egger received the American Association for Advancement of Science Science magazine award for inquiry based instruction in 2011. She is participant of InTeGrate, a $10 million National Science Foundation grant for infusing Earth literacy and sustainability across the undergraduate curriculum. She has also received grants for earthquake hazard assessment and geologic mapping from the United States Geological Survey. Egger holds a doctorate in geological and environmental sciences from Stanford University.</p><p>There will also be an Earth Day March for Science in Ellensburg at noon, April 22, starting at the post office. CWU geology professor Susan Kaspari and math professor Dominic Klyve will be speakers.</p><p>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,<br>April 20, 2017</p><p><em>Edited April 21, 2017 to include Professor Klyve's participation in the Ellensburg march.</em></p></br>CWU's Theatre Arts Department to Welcome China Cohort Fall 2017, 19 Apr 2017 15:53:02<p><img alt="" src="" style="width: 450px; height: 127px;"></p><p>Central Washington University's Department of Theatre Arts and Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics (NUAA) have signed an agreement for an exchange program.</p><p>"This is such an exciting opportunity for both of our institutions," enthused Scott Robinson, CWU chair of Theatre Arts. "We already have faculty applying for teaching exchanges with NUAA for this summer."</p><p>The idea for the exchange program started when Robinson was invited to teach at NUAA for two weeks in fall 2015. His successful workshops paved the way for the partnership between the two schools.&nbsp;</p><p>"This is truly a win-win for both of our schools," he continued. "Our students from China will receive the advantage of a degree granted from an institution in the United States. We'll benefit from having greater diversity in the department, as well as offering study and teaching abroad opportunities to our faculty and students."</p><p>NUAA is one of China’s premier learning and research institutions, located in Nanjing, Jiangsu province, China. Under the current 3+2 arrangement, NUAA students will earn a bachelor of arts degree from NUAA, and a bachelor of fine arts degree from CWU over a two-year period. Students will also have the opportunity to pursue the bachelor's degree in Theatre Studies as a secondary option. Since CWU's BFA program in Theatre Design and Production is currently capped at 12 students per academic year, this second bachelor's option allows the department to offer more degree opportunities. It is expected that NUAA will send up to 10 students in the first cohort.</p><p>"We look forward to welcoming them this fall," Robinson said, "And we will be working closely our partners in the Office of International Studies and Programs to assure a smooth transition for our newest students."</p><p><em>CWU is the only state institution in the Pacific Northwest&nbsp; that offers a bachelor of fine arts degree with highly competitive programs in musical theatre, performance, and design and production. More than 90 percent of its alumni gain fulltime employment in theatre positions or enroll in nationally recognized graduate programs within six months of graduating. CWU graduates are routinely featured in performing and production roles on cruise ships, regional theatres, and in national entertainment parks such as Disney World.</em></p><p><br>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,<br>April 19, 2017</p></br></br>Dean Nicholson to Have Jersey Retired at 2017 Hall of Fame Banquet, 19 Apr 2017 14:06:52<p>Dean Nicholson, one of the greatest basketball coaches in college basketball history, will be in attendance and honored at the 2017 Hall of Fame Banquet on May 20 in the SURC Ballroom, as the Hall of Fame committee has decided to retire his #10 jersey as a part of the ceremony that starts at 5 p.m.&nbsp;<br><img style="margin: 3px; width: 800px; height: 450px; float: left;" alt="Dean Nicholson" src="">Nicholson, who won 889 games in his career that spanned five decades, is the school's all-time leader in career wins.&nbsp; At Central Washington, he won a total of 609 games over 26 years and guided his teams into the NAIA Final Four six times, placing second in 1970.&nbsp;</p><p>The 1970 team won 31 games, including a school-record 25 straight, and Nicholson was voted NAIA National Coach of the Year.&nbsp; He earned NAIA District 1 Coach of the Year honors seven different times, and in 1987 he was one of five coaches named to the NAIA's 50th anniversary all-time team.<br>&nbsp;<br>Nicholson is a member of three hall of fames – The Washington State Basketball Coaches Association HOF, the NAIA HOF, and the CWU HOF.<br>&nbsp;<br>Dean and his father Leo are the winningest father-son coaching combination in the history of collegiate basketball with 1,114 victories at the four-year level.<br>&nbsp;<br>Dean was also enjoyed a great playing career at Central Washington.&nbsp; He earned all-conference honors four-straight seasons, leading the Wildcats to a conference title in 1947, and their first NAIA National Tournament berth in 1950.</p><p>Read the full article on the&nbsp;<a href=";utm_medium=sidearm-email&amp;;utm_campaign=Dean+Nicholson+to+Have+Jersey+Retired+at+2017+HOF+Banquet">CWU Athletics web page</a>.</p></br></br></br></br></br></br></br>Dalto Hits His Way to GNAC Player of the Week, 19 Apr 2017 08:33:07<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/Dalto_Chris_2.jpg" style="width: 450px; height: 253px;"></p><p><a href="">Christopher Dalto</a> of the Central Washington University baseball team was named the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Player of the Week.<br><br>The Wildcats' shortstop finished the week 11-for-16 (.688), with six runs batted in, two doubles, eight runs scored, and one homerun.&nbsp; He also notched a save in one inning of work.<br><br>Dalto led the GNAC in total bases and hits on the week.&nbsp; He also contributed four multi-hit games.<br>April 19, 2017</p></br></br></br></br></br>CWU Alumna Named Director of the Washington State Commission on Hispanic Affairs, 17 Apr 2017 14:59:13<p>Washington Governor Jay Inslee today named Lisa van der Lugt director of the Washington State Commission on Hispanic Affairs.</p><p>Van der Lugt, who grew up in the Yakima Valley and attended Central Washington University, has served as acting director since December when Uriel Iniguez resigned to take a position with the Department of Labor and Industries.</p><p>For the complete story, go to:</p>Second candidate for Vice President of Public Affairs Visits Campus, 17 Apr 2017 08:39:29<p>Michelle Ma, communications manager for Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland and a candidate for Central Washington University’s vice president of public affairs position, will visit the campus on Tuesday, April 18.</p><p>Ma, who has a master of public administration degree from California State University, Long Beach, and a bachelor of science degree in communications from the University of Southern Indiana, is former vice president and chief communications officer at Evergreen State College.</p><p>Additionally, she previously served as vice president and chief communications officer at Whitman College and was director of marketing, public relations, and governmental affairs at Coastline Community College. She has also worked as director of marketing/public relations at Morris Communications and marketing manager for the California Association of Realtors.</p><p><a href="/sites/default/files/documents/Michelle%20Ma%20-%20Resume.pdf" target="_blank">Resume</a></p><p>Ma's schedule on April 18 includes:</p><p>9:45 a.m — 10:45 a.m. Meet with direct report staff, Barge 410<br>11 a.m. — 11:45 a.m. Meet with Department of Public Affairs directors, Barge 410<br>12 noon — 1:15 p.m. Meet with President James Gaudino<br>1:30 p.m. — 2:30 p.m. Meet with search committee, Barge 412<br>2:45 p.m. — 3:45 p.m. Campus tour<br>4 p.m. — 5 p.m. Campus Forum (open to the public), Barge 412<br>6 p.m. — 8 p.m. Dinner with President’s Cabinet</p><p><a href="">To provide feedback on the candidate, go to:</a></p><p>Media contact: Richard Moreno, director of content development, 509-963-2714,</p></br></br></br></br></br></br>CWU Offering Summer Degree Program in School Psychology, 14 Apr 2017 12:32:06<p>Central Washington University’s department of psychology is offering a summer option for those seeking an Education Specialist Degree (EdS) in school psychology. The program consists of summer courses at the Ellensburg campus and distance education during the academic year.</p><p>The new program is aimed at individuals seeking certification to practice as a school psychologist in the public schools. Applicants need to have earned a bachelor’s degree and have at least three years of successful professional experience in a k-12 educational setting. In addition, individuals with a previously earned master’s degree in another field may also be eligible for the program.</p><p>“The EdS in school psychology leads to eligibility for certification as a school psychologist in the state of Washington,” said Heath Marrs, an associate professor of psychology and director of the program. “The program is a combination of online and classroom learning so it’s ideal for a working professional in the educational field who seeks to become a certified school psychologist.”</p><p>Marrs noted that CWU’s school psychology degree was the first such program approved by the National Association of School Psychologists in the state of Washington. Students who complete the program and attain a minimum score on the National School Psychologist examination are eligible to become a Nationally Certified School Psychologist.</p><p>For more information about the new summer option, contact Heath Marrs at For more information about the school psychology graduate program at CWU please see</p>