CWUCWU NewsCWU News’s Year in Review, 17 Jan 2018 15:21:31<p>The celebration of Central Washington University’s 125th anniversary has drawn to a close, and the successes of 2017 are already preparing the foundation for the next Quasquicentennial.</p><p>Throughout the past 12 months, we’ve been named as a top institution by numerous agencies, and our programs, faculty, students, and staff have been recognized as the best in the nation. We are vigorously committed to social justice, and encourage forums, demonstrations, and presentations to inspire and motivate our campus community. In addition, we’ve increased our outreach by providing programming to public television, opening a new center in Sammamish, and inaugurating an ambitious business-to-community program to enhance our town-gown relationship in Ellensburg.</p><p>Below is just a small sampling of the high points of a remarkable year.</p><p><strong>Winter</strong> <em>January—March</em></p><p>A CWU-Cascade Public Media partnership brought Northwest geology to public television. <em>Nick on the Rocks</em>, hosted by Nick Zentner, a geological sciences lecturer at CWU, will air weekly on KYVE/KCTS Public Television. <a href="" target="_blank"> </a></p><p>CWU social services students created special duffle bags, called Sweet Cases, for local foster children. When children are removed from their home, their few belongings are packed hastily in, most often, a trash bag. Students hope that the new, individually-designed duffle bags can help ease the pain and anxiety that accompanies a child’s upheaval. Up to 40 children each year are placed in foster homes in Kittitas County. <a href=""></a></p><p>In February, a year-long series of moves, dubbed “Movezilla,” began on the Ellensburg campus as a result of CWU’s progress on record state construction funding. "Movezilla" involved newly renovated Bouillon and Lind Halls. Additional moves to and from Barge, Mitchell, and Hebeler Halls created space needed in Bouillon Hall for a one-stop student services center. <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p><p>CWU received a $2.19 million grant to develop and implement an innovative STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) teacher preparation program. <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p><p>The student radio station, KCWU-FM, earned three national honors at the 77th Annual Intercollegiate Broadcasting System International Conference in New York City. <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p><p>Central became the first university in Washington state with a student chapter of YouthMappers, a global network of universities working on humanitarian mapping projects. The CWU Geography Club joined the effort in March. <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p>Ruth Harrington Raises Over $1 Million for CWU—One Meal at a Time, 17 Jan 2018 15:12:53<p>This year’s CWU Alumni Association Legacy Award honoree, Ruth Harrington, with the help of all of the scholarship brunch, lunch, and dinner groups, has reached the $1 million mark.<br>Let’s just let that sink in for a moment. $1 million.</p><p>In 1973, Harrington began organizing members from the community to raise money for CWU student scholarships that would benefit high school seniors and single parents. Harrington saw her love of cooking as a way to bring CWU and the community of Ellensburg together. “I just thought ‘we need to all work together and benefit students,” Harrington says.</p><p>She added, “I’m just happy that we’ve been able to raise this much money over the years and benefit students with help from so many people. We’ve had silent auctions, cookbooks, and so many things that helped raise this money over the years–it was not just me. I want to thank all the people that have been involved and contributed.”&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="Ruth Harrington" src="" style="width: 356px; height: 257px; float: left; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px;">This scholarship program began as a coffee hour at Harrington’s house with 22 women paying $1.50 each. By the end of the first year, participants grew to 22 separate groups, each with 12 members. 44 years later, Harrington has officially raised $1 million. She has become a staple in the lives of CWU students and the Central Washington University community.</p><p>“The Ruth Harrington Scholarship luncheons are a great example of the impact one person can have on the lives of many.” Says Catherine Scarlett, luncheon participant and CWU donor. “Ruth tracks each group’s members, calls to remind folks to attend and along the way collects thousands of dollars each year for these scholarships.”</p><p>She does this without email, social media, or any assistance. Scarlett said, “In the era of email and reminders from our devices, I still get a personal phone call from Ruth telling me about my lunch group.&nbsp; Once you have personally told Ruth that you will be there, you’re less likely to miss it.”</p><p>Scott Wade, Vice President of University Advancement and Executive Director of the CWU Foundation, expressed his sincere gratitude by saying, “We appreciate the decades of investment that Ruth has made to CWU and the lives of our students.&nbsp; She has devoted her life to this amazing scholarship program, and her legacy will have transformational impact for generations.”</p><p>The Legacy Award honors individuals whose contributions and achievements in the community embody CWU’s mission of fostering citizenship, being responsible stewards of the earth, and leading enlightened and productive lives.</p><p>The Ellensburg Downtown Association honored Harrington with the 2013 Town and Gown Award for her contributions in supporting a strong and collaborative partnership between CWU and the Ellensburg community.</p><p>We would be remiss, if we didn’t add that if you’re interested in taking part, there are brunches, lunches (12:00 and 1:00) and dinner groups. You can contact Ruth directly via the donors page.</p></br>CWU Poverty Simulation Provides Students and Community Unique Insight, 17 Jan 2018 13:49:57<p><img alt="Poverty Reenactment" src="" style="width: 800px; height: 540px; margin: 3px; float: right;">Imagine having to choose between buying food and paying the electric bill or selling your belongings to afford needed medications. Central Washington University is offering the community and students a hands-on lesson in poverty during the 5th Annual Poverty Simulation on January 27 from 1 to 4 p.m. in the SURC Ballroom.</p><p>A poverty simulation is a role-playing exercise designed to build a greater awareness of the issues facing low-income families and the challenges they face.</p><p>“It’s a deep dive for many who’ve never personally experienced poverty, and a chance for those who have to share their perspectives,” said assistant professor of <a href="" target="_blank">Family and Child Life</a> Sarah Feeney.</p><p>During the exercise participants will navigate four 15-minute “weeks” as a member of a low-income family, and community volunteers will play the role of local services and businesses. A conversation will follow about how the experiences of families in the simulation relate to issues in our community, as well as potential solutions and actions.</p><p>Last year, the event had record attendance of more than 70 participants and 20 volunteer representatives from HopeSource, Kittitas Housing Authority, Merritt Resource Services, The City of Ellensburg, and Bright Beginnings for Kittitas County. This year, County Commissioner Obie O’Brien has volunteered to participate, further expanding community involvement.</p><p>Feeney organizes this event as part of a class, but believes that the Poverty Simulation is beneficial to all college students and the community as a whole.</p><p>For more information about the Poverty Simulation, contact Sarah Feeney at 509-963-2292,</p><p>Media contact: Dawn Alford, Department of Public Affairs, 509-963-1484,;</p>Central Washington University hires new chief of police, 16 Jan 2018 16:09:14<p>Joseph Han, Central Washington University’s Vice President of Operations, today appointed Jason Berthon-Koch as the new chief of police and director of public safety for the school’s Police and Parking Services.</p><p>Berthon-Koch, who served as interim chief of police since July 2017 following former Chief Michael Luvera’s departure, officially assumed the position on Jan. 16.&nbsp;<img alt="" src="" style="width: 300px; height: 450px; float: right;"></p><p>“I am extremely honored to have this opportunity to continue working with such a dedicated staff that believes in the mission of the department and university,” Berthon-Koch said. “Being an alumnus of CWU I take great pride in working hard to see that CWU is a safe, inclusive and secure learning environment.”</p><p>Berthon-Koch received his bachelor’s degree in law and justice from CWU in 2007 and has worked with the department since 1999. Originally hired as an officer, he has held the ranks of sergeant, lieutenant and captain.</p><p>During his time at the university, Berthon-Koch has received numerous awards and accomplishments including 2004 CWU Police Officer of the year, 2010 Recipient of Keys to Success Award from the Center for Student Empowerment at CWU, Law Enforcement Hero Award presented by The American Red Cross Kittitas County Chapter, and the 2016 Susan B. Anthony Award from R.A.D. Systems Inc.</p><p>“Jason has proven his ability to successfully lead the Police and Parking Services department,” Han noted. “He has continued to engage the campus community by meeting with cabinet members, university employees, faculty and student leaders, along with participating in numerous outreach initiatives.”</p><p>Prior to coming to CWU, Berthon-Koch was enlisted in the United States Coast Guard where he received an honorable discharge. He also served as a Kittitas County reserve deputy and Kittitas County corrections officer.</p><p>“I look forward to working with our wonderful students, faculty and staff exploring new and innovative ways for community policing,” Berthon-Koch said.</p><p>Media contact: Chelsie Hadden, Department of Public Affairs, 509-963-1457,</p>Ellensburg School District in talks with CWU about partnership, land, 12 Jan 2018 08:10:32<p><img alt="" src="" style="width: 450px; height: 303px;"></p><p>The Ellensburg School District officials are talking with Central Washington University about land and possible partnerships.</p><p>Discussions about several scenarios regarding the expansion of the district’s facilities have been ongoing for months. A subcommittee with board members Meg Ludlum and Jonathan Leonard is preparing new elementary school options to present to the Community Capital Planning Committee later this month.</p><p>The committee has been looking at ways to alleviate overcrowding in the district’s three elementary schools.</p><p>Read more of this story in the <a href="" target="_blank">Daily Record</a>.</p>Nick on the Rocks Premiere Event Scheduled for January 19, 11 Jan 2018 16:51:33<p><img alt="" src="" style="width: 300px; height: 169px; margin: 2px; float: right;">The popular “Nick on the Rocks” television program is back for a second season.</p><p>A special premiere of the new episodes will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, January 19, in the Student Union and Recreation Center (SURC) Theatre on the Central Washington University campus.</p><p>“Nick on the Rocks” is hosted by Central Washington University geology senior lecturer Nick Zentner and airs on public television, KCTS 9, which also streams the episodes at KCTS is owned and operated by Cascade Public Media.</p><p>Those interested in attending the red-carpet event, which is free, must have a ticket because seating is limited. To obtain a ticket, go to</p><p>The six new “Nick on the Rocks” episodes will air on KCTS on Saturday nights at 8:50 p.m. during the months of January and February. The five-minute episodes also will be available on YouTube and the PBS app.</p><p>Zentner is an award-winning educator who was honored with the National Association of Geoscience Teachers’ prestigious James Shea Award, which recognizes exceptional delivery of Earth Science content to the general public. In addition to teaching geology at CWU since 1992, he has hosted several web and broadcast programs including “2 Minute Geology,” “Roadside Geology,” and “Central Rocks.”</p><p>Executive producer of the show is Linda Schactler, chief of staff at CWU and a member of the Community Advisory Board for Cascade Public Media. She also is the former Vice President of Public Affairs at CWU.</p><p>Chris Smart serves as videographer and producer/editor of “Nick on the Rocks.” He is a regional Emmy award-winning producer who began his broadcast career as program director and music director for radio stations in North and South Carolina.</p><p>This season topics Zentner will cover include:</p><ul><li>The Seattle Fault, which runs right beneath downtown Seattle and out to Bainbridge Island. Is it still active?</li><li>What forces helped to form Eastern Washington spectacular columns of Basalt Lava?</li><li>Chasing Ancient Rivers: is it true that the Columbia River has had many different paths throughout its long history?</li><li>Lake Chelan - Battle of the Ice Sheets: was this beautiful body of water formed by a receding ice sheet from Canada</li><li>Bridge of the Gods Landslide: when did a mountain in Washington split and slide to Oregon in the Columbia River Gorge?</li><li>Ancient Volcanoes in the Cascades: what clues can lead to finding where Mount Rainier-like volcanoes, no long gone, once stood in the Cascades?</li></ul><p>Media contact: Richard Moreno, Department of Public Affairs, 509-963-2714,</p>D&M Coffee, Cornerstone Pie Donates Proceeds to CWU on MLK Day, 11 Jan 2018 16:38:53<p>Commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King’s memory and give back to Central Washington <img alt="MLK Day Donations Poster" src="" style="width: 350px; height: 453px; margin: 3px; float: right;">University by shopping at <a href="" target="_blank">D&amp;M Coffee</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">Cornerstone Pie</a> on Monday, January 15. A portion of proceeds from all D&amp;M locations and Cornerstone Pie will be donated to CWU’s <a href="" target="_blank">Center for Diversity and Social Justice</a> (CDSJ).</p><p>“We believe diversity is what has made our country strong,” said Mark Holloway and Donna Malek, who own and operate both businesses. “As a small business, in a small community, we want to do whatever we can to uphold that spirit.”</p><p>D&amp;M Coffee and Cornerstone Pie are both <a href="" target="_blank">Business to Community Stars</a>—a program which recognizes the best in Ellensburg customer service. Halloway and Malek shared that they value diversity and inclusivity and make sure their businesses are welcoming to all students.&nbsp;</p><p>They approached CWU seeking to give back to a worthy program that emulates Martin Luther King Jr.’s vision and readily agreed to donate to the CDSJ. The funding will support the CDSJ and all its programs, advocacy, and outreach.</p><p>“I am thrilled that D&amp;M Coffee is willing to support the work of our students and staff,” said Kandee Cleary, CWU’s vice president of diversity and inclusion. “I am grateful for the&nbsp;</p><p>collaborations we’ve done and look forward to more in the future.”</p><p>Media contact: Dawn Alford, Department of Public Affairs, 509-963-1484,</p>CWU Celebrates the Coca-Cola First Generation Student Scholarship Recipients, 11 Jan 2018 13:48:12<p>For the past two years, CWU has been honored to partner with The Coca-Cola Foundation supporting first-generation college students and their aspirations for their education.</p><p>On Monday, November 13, the CWU Foundation hosted the first scholarship luncheon for students who received the Coca-Cola First Generation Scholarship. The luncheon gave scholarship recipients a chance to personally thank George Allen, director of Public Affairs and Communications, West Region, at The Coca-Cola Foundation, for its generous support.</p><p><img alt="" src="" style="width: 450px; height: 253px;"></p><p>The students also had an opportunity to tell their stories of how the scholarship has changed their lives and impacted the lives of those surrounding them as well.</p><p><img alt="" src="" style="width: 250px; height: 333px; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; float: right;">Elizabeth Keke of Yakima, who is originally from Kenya, Africa, was inspired by the Coca-Cola First-Generation Scholarship to continue her dream of graduating from a university.</p><p>“When I came to Central I thought I would get financial aid like I did at YVCC,” Keke said. “I realized they couldn’t cover my whole tuition. I thought there is no way I could continue. I was so discouraged. I thought, ‘I will have to wait there is no way we can pay this.’ I haven’t struggled at all because of this scholarship,” Keke continued. “I was able to buy a new book for the first time."</p><p>The students' stories were poignant, powerful, and thought provoking, and revealed the barriers and challenges they overcame to go to college.</p><p>CWU president James Gaudino, provost Katherine Frank, University Advancement vice president Scott Wade, and University Advancement associate vice president Rick Paradis also attended the event.<br><br>“This is the second time that CWU has received this award from The Coca-Cola Foundation and we look forward to continued collaboration with this unique and much-needed funding program,” Wade said, adding, “We are also glad to be able to bring the students together with Mr. Allen, to express their feelings and gratitude.”</p><p>Earlier in 2017, The Coca-Cola Foundation awarded CWU $150,000 to support 15 first generation students with $10,000 scholarships. Recipients receive $5,000 during their junior year and, if they maintain a 3.0 grade point average and continue to make progress towards their degree, they’ll receive a second $5,000 for their senior year.</p><p>The Coca-Cola First Generation Scholarship at CWU is an achievement-based scholarship for students who are being recognized for their capacity to lead and serve, as well as their commitment to making a significant impact on their schools and communities.</p><p>Photo caption, Coca-Cola Scholarship recipients, (l to r), Oanh Phan, Ashley Arriaga, Jose Mondaca, George Allen – Director of Public Affairs and Communications at The Coca Cola Foundation, Michael Cartagena, Erik Ramirez</p><p>Photo caption: Elizabeth in Kenya: Elizabeth Keke</p><p>Media Contact: Annie Young, Director, University Advancement Communications, Office: 509-963-2847, Cell: 425-533-6013,</p><p>&nbsp;</p></br></br>Washington State Teacher of the Year/CWU alum Camille Jones Profiled in Time Magazine, 09 Jan 2018 12:49:15<p><img alt="" src="" style="width: 200px; height: 146px; margin: 3px; float: right;">Camille Jones, the 2017 Washington State Teacher of the Year and a Central Washington University alumna, is the subject of a profile in the January 15, 2018 issue of Time Magazine. The article applauds Jones' innovative efforts to teach STEAM, which combines traditional Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) subjects with the added component of the Arts. The full profile can be found <a href="">here</a>.</p>CWU Exhibit will Focus on International Political and Social Street Stickers, 08 Jan 2018 08:18:35<p>Street stickers are moving beyond stop signs and dumpsters and into exhibits and art galleries due to their powerful social commentary.</p><p>They’ll take the spotlight locally from Thursday through March 10 in a dual exhibition at the Museum of Culture &amp; Environment at Central Washington University in Ellensburg.</p><p>More than 1,600 street stickers from around the world, historic and contemporary, will be on display in the “Rewriting the Streets: The International Language of Stickers” and “Paper Bullets: 100 Years of Political Stickers from Around the World.”</p><p>Read the entire article online in the <a href="">Yakima Herald Republic</a>.</p><hr><p><strong>Watch Video Preview</strong><iframe class="youtube-player" frameborder="0" height="390" scrolling="no" src="//" title="YouTube video player" type="text/html" width="100%"></iframe></p></hr>