CWUCWU NewsCWU Newshttps://www.cwu.edu/newsen-usExempt Employees - Salary Freezehttps://www.cwu.edu/node/126667Tue, 30 Jun 2020 18:31:58<p>Dear CWU Exempt Employee,<br /> &nbsp;<br /> As we end an academic year full of great challenges, I want to express my gratitude for all that you have done during these past several months. The <img alt="CWU logo" src="https://www.cwu.edu/sites/default/files/images/2019%20CWU%20Seal.png" style="float: right; margin: 0px 0px 30px 30px; width: 147px; height: 145px;" />pandemic has presented us with many challenges, and you have excelled in meeting each of them.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Unfortunately, the difficulties we face continue. In a message earlier this month, I noted that the impact on our university&rsquo;s budget is substantial. We are facing a nearly $12 million reduction in revenues for the coming fiscal year, due primarily to a 15% reduction in State funding.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> I have already limited spending for travel and purchasing, and I have frozen hiring. While those measures are having the planned effect on our budget projections, they will not be sufficient in the coming year. I am therefore also freezing salaries for all non-faculty exempt employees for the period July 1, 2020 &ndash; June 30, 2021. Our faculty have ratified an extension to their contract that maintains their current salaries without a cost of living increase, subject to an early fall compensation negotiation that will be evaluated in the context of the university&rsquo;s overall financial condition as of fall 2020. Governor Inslee has stated that represented and non-represented classified employees will receive bargained increases. &nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> This additional burden is not a reflection of the commitment to our university that you demonstrate or the quality of service you give to Central. It is, however, a step that we, as an institution, must reluctantly take to manage our forecasted financial shortfall.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Please know that I, the Board of Trustees, and the university&rsquo;s leadership team will continue to closely monitor the economic situation throughout the summer and the coming year. We will continue to weather these challenges and come out #CWUTogether.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Sincerely,<br /> <img alt="President Gaudino's Signature" src="https://www.cwu.edu/sites/default/files/images/gaudino%20sig.jpg" style="float: left; margin: 0px 30px 30px 0px; width: 138px; height: 61px;" /><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>James L. Gaudino<br /> President</p> CWU Board of Trustees Expands Scope of Search Advisory Committeehttps://www.cwu.edu/node/126666Tue, 30 Jun 2020 15:51:34<p style="margin:0in 0in 10pt; margin-right:0in; margin-left:0in"><img alt="" src="https://www.cwu.edu/sites/default/files/default_images/CWU_Medallion-RGB%28latest%29_1.jpg" style="margin: 0px 0px 30px 30px; float: right; width: 114px; height: 114px;" /><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">The Central Washington University Board of Trustees unanimously voted to expand the responsibilities of the Trustee Search Advisory Committee (TSAC) to include conducting a preliminary screening of candidates for the next university president.</span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 10pt; margin-right:0in; margin-left:0in"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Since being appointed by the board in May, the TSAC has met with nearly 400 CWU stakeholders to identify the challenges the next leader will face, and the qualities that person will need to be successful. The chair of the Board of Trustees, Ron Erickson, said the extensive insight committee members garnered from the discussions had prepared them well to narrow the field of applicants for the position. </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 10pt; margin-right:0in; margin-left:0in"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">&ldquo;This is a great committee that has done a phenomenal job engaging the university community in this important process,&rdquo; Erickson said. &ldquo;They have their finger on the pulse of what we&rsquo;re looking for in our next president, so we should take full advantage of their insight.&rdquo;</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-right:0in; margin-left:0in"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="background:white"><span style="color:black">Erickson said the only change to the TSAC membership would be to ask the new Faculty Senate chair, Elvin Delgado, to participate. Last year&rsquo;s chair, Walter Szeliga, already is serving on the TSAC. Erickson explained that the TSAC would narrow the field of applicants to a group of semi-finalists, who would be interviewed by the Board of Trustees in October, producing a short list of finalists.</span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 10pt; margin-right:0in; margin-left:0in"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">TSAC co-chair and vice chair of the Board of Trustees, Robert Nellams, said it made sense to have the committee help in the &ldquo;winnowing&rdquo; process of reviewing candidates. He said he had been impressed by the passion and level of engagement of committee members during 18 meetings with 384 participants.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-right:0in; margin-left:0in"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="background:white"><span style="color:black">A preliminary report on the first 12 listening sessions is available at cwu.edu/presidential-search. The committee has continued to meet with stakeholders and will deliver an updated, Interim Report to the Board of Trustees on July 24. That document will add information from </span></span>exempt and classified employees, the CWU Foundation and Alumni boards, general alumni, the Wildcat Club board, advisory boards of the academic colleges, and student organizations.</span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:12.0pt; margin:0in 0in 10pt; margin-right:0in; margin-left:0in"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Current CWU President James L. Gaudino announced earlier this year that he will step down on July 31, 2021.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-right:0in; margin-left:0in"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Media contact: Linda Schactler, chief of staff and secretary to the board, 509-607-4103 <a href="mailto:schactler@cwu.edu" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">schactler@cwu.edu</a>.</span></span></p> </p style="margin:0in 0in 10pt; margin-right:0in; margin-left:0in"></span style="font-size:12pt"></span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"></p style="margin:0in 0in 10pt; margin-right:0in; margin-left:0in"></span style="font-size:11pt"></span style="line-height:normal"></span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif"></span style="font-size:12.0pt"></span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"></p style="margin:0in 0in 10pt; margin-right:0in; margin-left:0in"></span style="font-size:11pt"></span style="line-height:normal"></span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif"></span style="font-size:12.0pt"></span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"></p style="margin-right:0in; margin-left:0in"></span style="font-size:12pt"></span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"></span style="background:white"></span style="color:black"></p style="margin:0in 0in 10pt; margin-right:0in; margin-left:0in"></span style="font-size:11pt"></span style="line-height:normal"></span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif"></span style="font-size:12.0pt"></span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"></p style="margin-right:0in; margin-left:0in"></span style="font-size:12pt"></span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"></span style="background:white"></span style="color:black"></p style="margin-bottom:12.0pt; margin:0in 0in 10pt; margin-right:0in; margin-left:0in"></span style="font-size:11pt"></span style="line-height:normal"></span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif"></span style="font-size:12.0pt"></span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"></p style="margin-right:0in; margin-left:0in"></span style="font-size:12pt"></span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"></a href="mailto:schactler@cwu.edu" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline">Governor Jay Inslee Appoints New CWU Student Trusteehttps://www.cwu.edu/node/126665Mon, 29 Jun 2020 17:17:10<p><img alt="CWU Student Trustee Nathaniel McMillion" src="/sites/default/files/CWU%20Student%20Trustee%20Nathaniel%20McMillion.jpg" style="margin: 0px 0px 30px 30px; float: right; width: 55%;" />Governor Jay Inslee has appointed Nathaniel McMillion to serve as the student trustee on Central Washington University&rsquo;s board for the 2020-21 academic year.</p> <p>McMillion, a senior majoring in <a href="https://www.cwu.edu/programs/public-relations" target="_blank">public relations</a> and minoring in <a href="https://www.cwu.edu/africana/" target="_blank">Africana and Black Studies</a>, served as CWU&rsquo;s <a href="https://www.facebook.com/CWU-Black-Student-Union-215848052330724/" target="_blank">Black Student Union (BSU) </a>president last year. He has been involved in the university&rsquo;s Brother 2 Brother chapter and Cross Cultural Leadership Program. McMillion also serves on the public relations team at the <a href="https://www.cwu.edu/diversity/" target="_blank">Diversity and Equity Center</a>. &nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;The opportunity to bring multiple parties to the table and be able to have a good dialogue and discussions with those parties, that&rsquo;s my favorite thing about PR,&rdquo; McMillion said about the skills he will put to good use as CWU&rsquo;s student trustee.</p> <p>The native of Spanaway, who now lives in Kent, says he realizes the importance of his new role. He replaces Alex Harrington, the 2019-20 student trustee.</p> <p>&ldquo;I knew this was a huge opportunity to keep the ball rolling with everything that Alex has done as far as making sure that proper student fees are in place and tuition stays affordable and equitable for students,&rdquo; said McMillion, a 2011 Bethel High School graduate. &ldquo;And I want to make sure that Central is in the right place coming through this pandemic.&rdquo;</p> <p>Out of high school, McMillion started a career in banking and sales. He says visiting his older brother, Phillip Bennett, a 2015 CWU alumnus, was a big influence on his decision to attend college.</p> <p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m a person who loves a quiet town,&rdquo; he explained. &ldquo;The allure of Ellensburg being a nice, chill town, plus the school being the heart of Ellensburg and the community being built around it&mdash;it seemed like a really good fit for me. Within the first month, I got involved with BSU and, ever since, I&rsquo;ve been loving my time here. &rdquo; &nbsp;</p> <p>All six state public baccalaureate institutions have a student seat on their governing bodies. Student trustees serve one-year terms and are full voting members on all issues except matters relating to hiring or discipline of personnel, tenure of faculty, and collective bargaining agreements.</p> <p><strong>Media contact:</strong>&nbsp;Robert Lowery, Public Affairs, 509-899-0235, Robert.Lowery@cwu.edu</p> CWU Presidential Search Focus Groups Say Top Priority is Uniting Central Statewidehttps://www.cwu.edu/node/126664Mon, 29 Jun 2020 13:51:55<div class="WordSection1"> <p style="margin-bottom:12.0pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt; margin-right:0in; margin-left:0in"><img alt="" src="https://www.cwu.edu/sites/default/files/default_images/CWU_Medallion-RGB%28latest%29_0.jpg" style="margin: 0px 0px 30px 30px; float: right; width: 114px; height: 114px;" /><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif">Central Washington university&rsquo;s next president should be committed to diversity and shared governance and be able to create a post COVID-vision for the university, including a robust plan for CWU&rsquo;s eight satellite locations.</span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:12.0pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt; margin-right:0in; margin-left:0in"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif">The Trustee Search Advisory Committee (TSAC), appointed by the Board of Trustees in May, identified these preliminary findings to the Board of Trustees on Monday in a Preliminary Report summarizing a series of 12 focus groups with CWU employees and students. The Preliminary Report is available at www.cwu.edu/presidential-search/listening-sessions.</span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:12.0pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt; margin-right:0in; margin-left:0in"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif">The report is the first of three that will help to identify the challenges and opportunities the next president will face, as well as to identify the qualities he or she will need to succeed. Current CWU President James L. Gaudino announced earlier this year that he will step down on July 31, 2021.</span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:12.0pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt; margin-right:0in; margin-left:0in"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif">TSAC chair Erin Black, an anthropology alumna, said there was remarkable consistency across all groups in the qualities needed in the next president. While most agreed academic experience was an important factor, overall, people agreed that what is needed is simply a great leader.</span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:12.0pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt; margin-right:0in; margin-left:0in"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif">&ldquo;All groups are looking for an individual who can unite the university&mdash;departments, campuses, employee groups, and alumni,&rdquo; said Black, adding that a passion for inclusion and diversity was a key leadership quality in all sessions. &ldquo;They want someone who is a versatile communicator, who can explain complex situations and decisions so that employees and students understand what is happening to them and why.&rdquo;</span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:12.0pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt; margin-right:0in; margin-left:0in"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif">TSAC co-chair and vice chair of the Board of Trustees, Robert Nellams, said the committee members were pleased to find that conducting focus groups or &ldquo;listening sessions&rdquo; virtually didn&rsquo;t seem to discourage people from participating. The CWU accounting alumnus said the virtual setting actually gave people more ways to participate.</span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:12.0pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt; margin-right:0in; margin-left:0in"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif">&ldquo;Most used full video and audio, but others kept the camera off; some phoned in, and others simply used the &lsquo;chat&rsquo; function,&rdquo; said Nellams, adding that one session drew nearly 150 people. &ldquo;The best part was the incredible energy and overwhelmingly constructive feedback. People really are passionate about their work and about our students.&rdquo;</span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:12.0pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt; margin-right:0in; margin-left:0in"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif">TSAC co-chair Jeff Hensler said part of the effectiveness of the focus group sessions is thanks to the work of the committee, including representatives of classified, exempt, and faculty employees and administrators. The committee also includes members of the CWU Foundation and Alumni Boards and the president of the Associated Students of CWU.</span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:12.0pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt; margin-right:0in; margin-left:0in"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif">Hensler said nearly every member has moderated one or more focus groups, and each member has engaged enthusiastically in the expansive outreach process.</span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:12.0pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt; margin-right:0in; margin-left:0in"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif">&nbsp;&ldquo;The commitment and energy of this committee is impressive. They&rsquo;re eager to find out what our stakeholders want and need in our next leader,&rdquo; said Hensler, a 1998 CWU graduate. &ldquo;Each committee member brings unique insight into the life of the university and that, in turn, has produced interesting and discerning findings that will aid our search for the next president.&rdquo;</span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:12.0pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt; margin-right:0in; margin-left:0in"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif">In addition to Trustees Black, Nellams, and Hensler, the members of the Trustee Search Advisory Committee include the following:</span></span></span></p> </div> <div class="WordSection2"> <ul> <li style="margin-top:0in; margin-right:0in; margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt 0.5in"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif">Andrew Mork, president-elect, Alumni Board</span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-top:0in; margin-right:0in; margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt 0.5in"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif">Carolyn Thurston, 2019-20 chair, Exempt Employees Council</span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-top:0in; margin-right:0in; margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt 0.5in"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif">Ediz Kaykayoglu, assoc. provost for Extended Learning and Outreach; Exec. Dir. Office of International Studies and Programs </span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-top:0in; margin-right:0in; margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt 0.5in"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif">Kandee Cleary, vice president, Inclusivity and Diversity</span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-top:0in; margin-right:0in; margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt 0.5in"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif">Lidia Anderson, chair, Classified Staff Employee Council</span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-top:0in; margin-right:0in; margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt 0.5in"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif">Mickael Candelaria, 2020-21 president, Associated Students of CWU</span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-top:0in; margin-right:0in; margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt 0.5in"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif">Ralph Conner, vice chair, Foundation Board</span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-top:0in; margin-right:0in; margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt 0.5in"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif">Sathy Rajendran, chair, Dept. of Engineering Technologies, Safety, &amp; Construction</span></span></span></li> <li style="margin-top:0in; margin-right:0in; margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt 0.5in"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif">Walter Szeliga, 2019-20 chair, Faculty Senate</span></span></span></li> </ul> </div> <p style="margin-bottom:12.0pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt; margin-right:0in; margin-left:0in"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif">The Preliminary Report draws findings from a series of one-hour meetings conducted between May 15 and June 11: three with faculty, one with each of CWU&rsquo;s three unions, leadership councils of exempt and classified employees, the Faculty Senate Executive Committee, the Provost&rsquo;s Council, employees of color, incoming and out-going officers of the Associated Students of CWU, employees of University Centers and instructional sites, and the Academic Department Chairs Organization.</span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:12.0pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt; margin-right:0in; margin-left:0in"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif">Meetings will continue a</div class="WordSection1"></p style="margin-bottom:12.0pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt; margin-right:0in; margin-left:0in"></span style="font-size:11pt"></span style="line-height:normal"></span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif"></p style="margin-bottom:12.0pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt; margin-right:0in; margin-left:0in"></span style="font-size:11pt"></span style="line-height:normal"></span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif"></p style="margin-bottom:12.0pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt; margin-right:0in; margin-left:0in"></span style="font-size:11pt"></span style="line-height:normal"></span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif"></p style="margin-bottom:12.0pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt; margin-right:0in; margin-left:0in"></span style="font-size:11pt"></span style="line-height:normal"></span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif"></p style="margin-bottom:12.0pt; 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margin-right:0in; margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt 0.5in"></span style="font-size:11pt"></span style="line-height:normal"></span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif"></p style="margin-bottom:12.0pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt; margin-right:0in; margin-left:0in"></span style="font-size:11pt"></span style="line-height:normal"></span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif"></p style="margin-bottom:12.0pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt; margin-right:0in; margin-left:0in"></span style="font-size:11pt"></span style="line-height:normal"></span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif">NEH Grant to Fund New Faculty Positions and Ethics Lab at CWUhttps://www.cwu.edu/node/126663Mon, 29 Jun 2020 07:13:36<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/CWU%20comm.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 400px;" /></p> <p>Central Washington University&rsquo;s College of Arts and Humanities will add six new faculty positions and CWU Libraries will have a historian-archivist for the upcoming academic year after they were awarded a $257,000 grant from the National Endowment of Humanities (NEH).&nbsp;</p> <p>The grant, which also will fund the development of a new CWU EthicsLab, became available this spring through the federal&nbsp;Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. A total of $40.3 million dollars was distributed to roughly 300 institutions across the country, and only&nbsp;14 percent of the proposals submitted were successful. Higher education institutions received just 18.6 percent of the NEH funds.&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/NEH%20logo.png" style="float: left; margin: 0px 30px 30px 0px; width: 240px; height: 126px;" />&ldquo;It&rsquo;s such an honor to be selected, and to be selected out of the universities that applied,&rdquo; said&nbsp;Jill Hernandez, dean of the College of Arts and Humanities, who co-wrote the proposal along with Rebecca Lubas, dean of CWU Libraries. &ldquo;We didn&rsquo;t know how long it would be before we could hire the people we needed, so this grant is a huge bright spot this quarter. It&rsquo;s very exciting.&rdquo;</p> <p>The joint project will advance CWU&rsquo;s digital humanities scholarship, archival work, and pedagogy by funding the historian-archivist position at CWU Libraries, plus six new humanities faculty positions for the 2020-21 academic year. The EthicsLab is an interdisciplinary, public humanities space that will be the first of its kind in the Northwest. The Brooks Library space will feature a digital scholarship lab that will look for innovative approaches to real-world ethical dilemmas.&nbsp;</p> <p>Hernandez and Lubas hope the partnership will ensure that CWU students and community partners can bring a collaborative, team-based approach to 21st&nbsp;century challenges.</p> <p>&ldquo;The grant will nurture the collaboration between the College of Arts and Humanities and the libraries, allowing our students to engage with today&rsquo;s most pressing ethical questions in new ways, in and out of the classroom,&rdquo; Lubas said.</p> <p>The hiring process for the six humanities faculty positions is underway, while the historian-archivist is already working on campus in a non-tenured position. Each of these efforts is expected to contribute to the long-term success of the university.</p> <p>&ldquo;This proposal is a true representation of 21st&nbsp;century humanities education,&rdquo; Hernandez said. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s public-facing and it will help us engage with what&rsquo;s happening in the world. We&rsquo;re already doing this, but a grant this size is going to create a lot of future opportunities for our students.&rdquo;</p> <p><br /> <strong>Media contact:</strong>&nbsp;David Leder, Department of Public Affairs, David.Leder@cwu.edu.</p> CWU Board of Trustees to Meet on June 29https://www.cwu.edu/node/126497Fri, 26 Jun 2020 11:26:47<p class="Default" style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; margin-right:0in; margin-left:0in"><img alt="" src="https://www.cwu.edu/sites/default/files/CWU_medallion_logo_2018_color%20copy.jpg" style="margin: 0px 0px 30px 30px; float: right; width: 200px; height: 200px;" /><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="color:black">The CWU Board of Trustees will hold a special meeting on June 29, 2020, consistent with provisions of RCW 42.30.080. The board members will meet virtually, in order to comply with the Stay Home Stay Healthy order of Washington Governor Jay Inslee.</span></span></span></p> <p class="Default" style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; margin-right:0in; margin-left:0in">&nbsp;</p> <p class="Default" style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; margin-right:0in; margin-left:0in"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="color:black">The business meeting will be streamed in open session at&nbsp;<span style="color:#0562c1">https://media.cwu.edu/ </span>from 9:30 a.m to 11:00 a.m.</span></span></span></p> <p class="Default" style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; margin-right:0in; margin-left:0in">&nbsp;</p> <p class="Default" style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; margin-right:0in; margin-left:0in"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="color:black"><b>1. 9:30 AM Business Meeting </b></span></span></span></p> <p class="Default" style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; margin-right:0in; margin-left:0in">&nbsp;</p> <p class="Default" style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; margin-right:0in; margin-left:0in"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="color:black">&bull; Approval of Agenda </span></span></span></p> <p class="Default" style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; margin-right:0in; margin-left:0in"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="color:black">&bull; Approval of Minutes from May 14-15, 2020 &amp; May 27, 2020 </span></span></span></p> <p class="Default" style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; margin-right:0in; margin-left:0in"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="color:black">&bull; Presidential Search Update </span></span></span></p> <p class="Default" style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; margin-right:0in; margin-left:0in"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="color:black">&bull; COVID Planning Update </span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-right:0in; margin-left:0in"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif">Media contact: Linda Schactler, chief of staff and secretary to the board, 509-963-1384, </span><a href="mailto:schactler@cwu.edu" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif">schactler@cwu.edu</span></a><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif">.</span></span></span></p> </p class="Default" style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; margin-right:0in; margin-left:0in"></span style="font-size:12pt"></span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif"></span style="color:black"></p class="Default" style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; margin-right:0in; margin-left:0in"></p class="Default" style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; margin-right:0in; margin-left:0in"></span style="font-size:12pt"></span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif"></span style="color:black"></span style="color:#0562c1"></p class="Default" style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; margin-right:0in; margin-left:0in"></p class="Default" style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; margin-right:0in; margin-left:0in"></span style="font-size:12pt"></span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif"></span style="color:black"></p class="Default" style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; margin-right:0in; margin-left:0in"></p class="Default" style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; margin-right:0in; margin-left:0in"></span style="font-size:12pt"></span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif"></span style="color:black"></p class="Default" style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; margin-right:0in; margin-left:0in"></span style="font-size:12pt"></span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif"></span style="color:black"></p class="Default" style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; margin-right:0in; margin-left:0in"></span style="font-size:12pt"></span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif"></span style="color:black"></p class="Default" style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; margin-right:0in; margin-left:0in"></span style="font-size:12pt"></span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif"></span style="color:black"></p style="margin-right:0in; margin-left:0in"></span style="font-size:12pt"></span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"></span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif"></a href="mailto:schactler@cwu.edu" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline"></span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif"></span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif">CWU Students, Faculty Use High Tech to Safeguard Historic Cemeterieshttps://www.cwu.edu/node/126496Tue, 23 Jun 2020 10:18:42<p><img alt="A portion of the Washington Soldiers Home Cemetery, in Orting." src="/sites/default/files/Orting_Stone%20copy.jpg" style="margin: 0px 0px 30px 30px; float: right; width: 25%;" />The Washington Soldiers Home Cemetery, in Orting, is the final resting place for more than 2,200 veterans from the Civil War to the Vietnam War. Central Washington University, using ground penetrating radar, recently provided research to ensure these graves remained undisturbed.</p> <p>Over the last several decades, a lack of funding meant that necessary projects at the cemetery were put on hold. Recent fundraising, coupled with state grants, provided the needed capital for some restoration efforts, including realigning and paving a cemetery roadway. But there was an unexpected challenge.</p> <p>&ldquo;Because of a state law that protects graves, the [Washington] Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation has been asking people to be extra careful with all work within cemeteries,&rdquo; explained Steve Hackenberger, CWU <a href="https://www.cwu.edu/anthropology/" target="_blank">Anthropology and Museum Studies</a> professor.</p> <p>One of the difficulties of doing construction or excavation around a cemetery or burial ground is that often gravesites, property boundaries, and other specifics have not been precisely marked or located. Therefore, before the roadway projects getting started, CWU was approached for help.</p> <p>Hackenberger worked with student teams, utilizing high-tech locational equipment known as ground penetrating radar (GPR), to look for burial sites that may have been forgotten or misplaced.</p> <p>&ldquo;There was nothing that looked like a grave in the area where they want to construct the road,&rdquo;&nbsp; Hackenberger said about the findings.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> CWU was contacted because the university has been involved previously in similar projects around the state, including at the historic Roslyn Cemetery in Upper Kittitas County.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Hackenberger supervised the project, conducted through the <a href="https://www.cwu.edu/anthropology/central-washington-anthropological-survey" target="_blank">Central </a><img alt="(L. to r.) Gail Mackin (CWU associate provost for undergraduate and faculty affairs) operates the ground penetrating radar with anthropology major Bradley Esparza during a fall field day." src="/sites/default/files/Gail_GPR%20copy.jpg" style="margin: 0px 0px 30px 30px; float: right; width: 25%;" /><a href="https://www.cwu.edu/anthropology/central-washington-anthropological-survey" target="_blank">Washington Anthropological Survey (CWAS)</a>, which performs archaeological investigations throughout the Pacific Northwest. Its goal is to enlists public involvement in identifying and protecting regional archaeological resources.</p> <p>CWAS Project Manager Josh Allen, who led the veteran&rsquo;s cemetery project, says there&rsquo;s a growing need&mdash;including by state and federal agencies along with Native American Tribes and Nations&mdash;for the services CWU can offer.</p> <p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re being looked to for help in identifying and documenting unmarked and potentially even unknown gravesites,&rdquo; Allen added.</p> <p><strong>Media contact:</strong> Robert Lowery, Department of Public Affairs, 509-963-1487, Robert.Lowery@cwu.edu</p> <p><strong>Photos</strong>: (Top) A portion of the Washington Soldiers Home Cemetary, in Orting. (Bottom) (L. to r.) Gail Mackin (CWU associate provost for undergraduate and faculty affairs) operates the ground penetrating radar with anthropology major Bradley Esparza during a fall field day.</p> <p><strong>EDITOR&rsquo;S NOTE:</strong> A story about CWU and its expertise in the use of ground penetrating radar is featured in the new issue of the university&rsquo;s <em>Crimson &amp; Black</em> magazine, in an article titled &ldquo;<a href="http://www.cwucrimsonandblack.com/story/grave-reflections" target="_blank">Grave Reflections</a>.&rdquo;</p> CWU Releases New Issue of Crimson & Black Magazinehttps://www.cwu.edu/node/126495Mon, 22 Jun 2020 14:44:08<p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="https://www.cwu.edu/sites/default/files/Crimson%20%26%20Black%20Issue%203%20Cover.jpg" style="width: 462px; height: 600px;" /></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:Times"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif">The third issue of Central Washington University&rsquo;s Crimson &amp; Black magazine, which spotlights technology and education, can now be viewed on the publication&rsquo;s website (http://www.cwucrimsonandblack.com/).</span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:12.0pt; margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; margin-right:0in; margin-left:0in"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:Times"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif">Stories in the issue include:</span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-top:0in; margin-right:0in; margin-bottom:12.0pt; margin-left:.25in; margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:Times"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif">&bull; How CWU partners with industry to prepare students for real-world cyber-attacks</span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-top:0in; margin-right:0in; margin-bottom:12.0pt; margin-left:.25in; margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:Times"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif">&bull; Ways that cutting-edge technology is being integrated into classrooms</span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-top:0in; margin-right:0in; margin-bottom:12.0pt; margin-left:.25in; margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:Times"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif">&bull; How a high-tech radar system is helping to safeguard historic burial grounds</span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-top:0in; margin-right:0in; margin-bottom:12.0pt; margin-left:.25in; margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:Times"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif">&bull; The changing face of technology as more women and students of color enter the technology fields</span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-top:0in; margin-right:0in; margin-bottom:12.0pt; margin-left:.25in; margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:Times"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif">&bull; How CWU professors are using technology in their research to educate students and develop real-world solutions</span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:12.0pt; margin-right:0in; margin-left:0in"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif">Printed copies of Crimson &amp; Black are mailed to university alumni, donors, and supporters, and distributed on the CWU campus in racks in academic buildings and in the Student Union and Recreation Center.</span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:12.0pt; margin-right:0in; margin-left:0in"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif">In addition to including current stories and archives of past features from the printed magazine, the Crimson &amp; Black website offers web exclusive stories and photos. A pdf of the issue can be found at: http://www.cwucrimsonandblack.com/issues/view-all.html</span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-top:0in; margin-right:.8in; margin-bottom:12.0pt; margin-left:0in; margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:Times"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif">Media contact: Richard Moreno, Department of Public Affairs, 509-963-2714, Richard.Moreno@cwu.edu.</span></span></span></p> </p style="text-align: center;"></span style="font-size:12pt"></span style="font-family:Times"></span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif"></p style="margin-bottom:12.0pt; margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; margin-right:0in; margin-left:0in"></span style="font-size:12pt"></span style="font-family:Times"></span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif"></p style="margin-top:0in; margin-right:0in; margin-bottom:12.0pt; margin-left:.25in; margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt"></span style="font-size:12pt"></span style="font-family:Times"></span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif"></p style="margin-top:0in; margin-right:0in; margin-bottom:12.0pt; margin-left:.25in; margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt"></span style="font-size:12pt"></span style="font-family:Times"></span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif"></p style="margin-top:0in; margin-right:0in; margin-bottom:12.0pt; margin-left:.25in; margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt"></span style="font-size:12pt"></span style="font-family:Times"></span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif"></p style="margin-top:0in; margin-right:0in; margin-bottom:12.0pt; margin-left:.25in; margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt"></span style="font-size:12pt"></span style="font-family:Times"></span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif"></p style="margin-top:0in; margin-right:0in; margin-bottom:12.0pt; margin-left:.25in; margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt"></span style="font-size:12pt"></span style="font-family:Times"></span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif"></p style="margin-bottom:12.0pt; margin-right:0in; margin-left:0in"></span style="font-size:12pt"></span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"></span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif"></p style="margin-bottom:12.0pt; margin-right:0in; margin-left:0in"></span style="font-size:12pt"></span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"></span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif"></p style="margin-top:0in; margin-right:.8in; margin-bottom:12.0pt; margin-left:0in; margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt"></span style="font-size:12pt"></span style="font-family:Times"></span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif">Spring Outreach Calling Initiative Helps CWU Students Connect with Other Studentshttps://www.cwu.edu/node/126329Fri, 19 Jun 2020 07:25:14<p><br /> With so many unexpected changes this spring, Central Washington University students could take comfort in knowing someone was looking out for them.</p> <p>Through the combined efforts of 139 CWU student and staff volunteers, all 10,000 students enrolled in the university system last quarter received a personal phone call and a follow-up email as part of the Spring 2020 Retention Outreach Initiative.&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/call%20campaign.jpg" style="float: left; margin: 0px 30px 30px 0px; width: 350px; height: 333px;" />The program &mdash; thought to be the only one of its kind being offered by Washington higher education institutions this spring &mdash; connected students with resources about online learning, financial aid, housing, wellness, and more. But most importantly, every member of the Wildcat community&nbsp;received some much-needed support as they tried to adapt to an array of challenges brought on by the ongoing public health emergency.</p> <p>&ldquo;I think we made a huge difference in the spring quarter experiences for a lot of students because we reminded them that there&rsquo;s someone out there who cares,&rdquo; said Della Gonzales, the assistant director of enrollment management operations and projects at CWU, who helped develop and implement the program&nbsp;along with&nbsp;Taggart Archibald, Nichol Hibbard, and Joy Fuqua. &ldquo;It gives me a real sense of pride to know that our university cares enough to do this.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> <p>Archibald is the director of admissions for engagement; Hibbard is a project coordinator in Operations; and Fuqua is the executive director for Multimodal Learning. Gonzales also credited the work of Josh Hibbard, vice president of enrollment management; Andreas Bohman, vice president of operations; and Lynn Franken,&nbsp;assistant to the president and the former interim provost. Most of all, she thanked the volunteers.</p> <p>&ldquo;We couldn&rsquo;t have done this without our volunteers,&rdquo; Gonzales said.&nbsp;&ldquo;This was an incredible group effort and I was very proud to be a part of it.&rdquo;&nbsp;<img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/Della%20Gonzales.jpg" style="float: right; margin: 0px 0px 30px 30px; width: 115px; height: 177px;" /></p> <p>The idea for the Spring 2020 Retention Outreach Initiative was first introduced in early April, and in just one week&rsquo;s time, Gonzales and the project team prepared scripts, email templates, resource materials, and a training program for callers. Once those essentials were in place, the team developed plans for data collection and data management before the calling started April 15.</p> <p>Gonzales, who is also a CWU graduate student, made about 50 phone calls herself and received her own call from a volunteer.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;It was really great to have a chance to talk to other students &mdash; not just about school, but life in general,&rdquo; she said. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s nice to have a person-to-person connection with someone who is experiencing the same things as you are. Plus, we were able to connect so many students with the resources they needed to be successful.&rdquo;</p> <p>Another student who got to experience both sides of the calling campaign was Kezyah Mantanona. The junior mechanical engineering student estimated that she called between 300 and 400 students in just under three weeks. She came away from the experience believing she made a difference for many of her fellow students.</p> <p>&ldquo;Most of the people I talked to were very appreciative,&rdquo; Mantanona said. &ldquo;It didn&rsquo;t feel like a big deal when I was calling them, but to know I was helping people, giving them information they needed, felt really good. It was awesome to be part of a team like that.&rdquo;</p> <p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/Kezyah%20M.jpg" style="float: left; margin: 0px 30px 30px 0px; width: 108px; height: 155px;" />Mantanona, who also works in the Registrar&rsquo;s Office, said she and the other callers were given the freedom to adjust the script to match their individual style. She felt she could be herself while also providing crucial information to others who may not have been aware of the resources available to them.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;People were surprised by how many online resources CWU has to offer,&rdquo; she said. &ldquo;It felt like there was always something new that I could share with them. Most of all, it was nice to be able to tell them, &lsquo;I&rsquo;m a student, too, and I know where you&rsquo;re coming from.&rsquo;&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> <p>Gonzales said this spring&rsquo;s outreach initiative was such a resounding success that the committee is already discussing other scenarios where students might benefit from similar outreach efforts. After all, providing a personal touch is what CWU is all about.</p> <p>&ldquo;Even if the students told you everything was great, we at least got a chance to share some experiences and frustrations with them,&rdquo; she said. &ldquo;Some days can be pretty challenging, and we got to offer ourselves as a sounding board. We let people know that they&rsquo;re not alone and that they matter.&rdquo;</p> <p>&bull;&bull;&bull;&bull;&bull;</p> <p><strong>Photo: </strong>Pictured above is Public Affairs executive assistant Karen Allen, who has been fielding her fair share of calls from home during the past three months.<br /> <br /> <strong>Media contact:</strong>&nbsp;David Leder, Department of Public Affairs, David.Leder@cwu.edu.</p> CWU Issues DACA Statement https://www.cwu.edu/node/126328Thu, 18 Jun 2020 12:50:34<p><img alt="Colorful paper cutouts" src="https://www.cwu.edu/sites/default/files/pictures/papel.png" style="width: 650px; height: 217px;" /></p> <p>Central Washington University celebrates today&rsquo;s U.S. Supreme Court decision that upholds the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy. We stand with our brilliant, courageous DACA students and their families who live in our community, and we know we are better because of their contributions to this institution.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>We accept our responsibility to continue supporting our DACA students, and we must work together to ensure that all members of the CWU community and beyond are protected from physical harm, discrimination, and intimidation. It is imperative that we create opportunities to engage in dialogue to work and advocate for our DACA students as we address head-on the specific challenges that this population continues to endure. CWU wants everyone in our community to know that we will continue to fight for all of our students&rsquo; best interests, regardless of DACA status, mixed status, or undocumented status.&nbsp;</p> <p>For additional resources, please see this&nbsp;<a href="https://www.cwu.edu/diversity/undocumented-student-resource-guide">resource guide</a>.</p>