CWUCWU NewsCWU Newshttps://www.cwu.edu/newsen-usCWU School of Education Embracing the Online Teaching Model this Fallhttps://www.cwu.edu/node/128532Wed, 16 Sep 2020 17:14:57<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/Education_3.jpg" style="width: 700px; height: 390px;" /></p> <p>The Central Washington University&nbsp;<a href="https://www.cwu.edu/education/" target="_blank">School of Education</a>&nbsp;(SOE) has faced its share of challenges since classes were moved entirely online last spring. But, like other departments at the university, the SOE has been working hard to chart a realistic path for the short- and long-term future.</p> <p>This fall, the department has embraced the online-only instruction model for its teacher candidates, updating its approach to provide students with an assortment of in-demand skills that they can add to their teaching repertoires when they enter the workforce.</p> <p>&ldquo;Our thinking was that if our students could become proficient as online educators, that would really benefit them in their careers,&rdquo; said Tim Lawless, an assistant professor of elementary education. &ldquo;So, we decided to help them become better at delivering online instruction. Having these skills in their toolbox will help them as professionals because there are so many possibilities.&rdquo;</p> <p>Aside from learning to teach remotely, Lawless said the teacher candidates will eventually use the skills they develop this year to help K-12 students who either need more guidance or who are seeking accelerated learning opportunities.&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/Education_1.jpg" style="width: 430px; height: 270px; float: right; margin: 0px 0px 30px 30px;" />With the demand for remote learning options on the rise, the SOE faculty decided to spend most of the fall term preparing their students to become online educators. Once the teacher candidates learn how to deliver instruction on virtual platforms like Zoom, Google Classroom, and Blackboard Ultra &mdash; and have ample practice teaching their peers &mdash; they hope to log some real-world experience with the Ellensburg School District, and perhaps others, later this fall.</p> <p>&ldquo;Some time in October, we hope our teacher candidates will be teaching actual Ellensburg students using online platforms,&rdquo; said Yukari Amos, chair of the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7aT9yJt5lgc&amp;feature=youtu.be" target="_blank">Education, Development, Teaching, and Learning</a>&nbsp;department (pictured above, center).&nbsp;&ldquo;We also hope to have more opportunities at our centers in Wenatchee, Yakima, Des Moines, and Pierce County because we want to make sure everyone across the state has the same experience in their practicum courses.&rdquo;</p> <hr /> <p><iframe align="middle" allow=";" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="400" scrolling="no" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/7aT9yJt5lgc" width="700"></iframe></p> <hr /> <p>Amos and Lawless are cautiously optimistic about their chances of partnering with a number of school districts in Washington this fall and in 2021. However, they also recognize that districts around the state are facing unprecedented challenges of their own.</p> <p>&ldquo;We have no expectation that the school districts will embrace our plans during fall quarter, but we want them to know we&rsquo;re here to support what they are doing,&rdquo; Lawless said.</p> <p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re hoping to gradually sell them on the idea because we think this kind of partnership could benefit them and us,&rdquo; Amos added.</p> <p>Despite an uncertain future, Amos said most of the CWU teacher candidates have responded well to the curriculum changes. She and colleagues&nbsp;Tracy Wise, Tina Clark, and Faith Peterson&nbsp;spent the summer encouraging current and incoming students to continue with the program. The outreach effort was so successful that SOE enrollment is up about 10% over last year.</p> <p>&ldquo;Our consistent advising may have contributed to our high enrollment numbers,&rdquo; Amos said. &ldquo;But we have done a lot of positive things to help our students succeed, and we think that also helped them decide to stay at CWU.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> <hr /> <p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/Education_4.jpg" style="width: 700px; height: 394px;" /></p> <h3 style="text-align: center;"><br /> <strong>Personal Touch Helps Set CWU Apart</strong></h3> <p>Senior Tristan Inocencio is one student who decided to continue with the program despite the current challenges.&nbsp;</p> <p>The elementary education major said, most of all, he appreciates the one-on-one attention he has received since coming to Ellensburg last fall. He credits his professors &mdash; Lawless and Keith Salyer, in particular &mdash; and his academic advisor (Wise) for instilling in him the confidence he will need as he begins his professional career.&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/Tristan%20Inocencio.jpg" style="float: left; margin: 0px 30px 30px 0px; width: 131px; height: 180px;" />&ldquo;What has made this experience amazing for me are the professors,&rdquo; said Inocencio, who earned his associate&rsquo;s degree before transferring to CWU last fall. &ldquo;They&rsquo;re always so positive and uplifting, and that has carried me through some tough times. Whenever I need to talk to someone, they are there for me. That has meant a lot.&rdquo;</p> <p>Inocencio said he hopes to teach fourth or fifth grade near his hometown of Spanaway because he would like to give back to the community in a way that wasn&rsquo;t always available to him when he was a youth.</p> <p>&ldquo;When I was that age, I was always looking for someone I could relate with, but I didn&rsquo;t have that with most of my teachers,&rdquo; said Inocencio, a Filipino-American who speaks five languages (English, Spanish, Japanese, and two dialects of Tagalog). &ldquo;I want to be a mentor for kids and help them in a specific area, like language. Most of all, I just want to give back.&rdquo;</p> <p>Working with professors like Lawless, Salyer, and Amos has helped Inocencio realize that he can influence the lives of young people through education. He said his experiences in the CWU School of Education over the past year have given him a new purpose in life.</p> <p>&ldquo;I have gone through a lot of difficult times, and CWU has helped me realize what I want to become,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;Without this department and these professors, I may not have been motivated to get through this. Now, I&rsquo;m that much closer to having a fresh start with my career. I&rsquo;m very grateful for what CWU has done for me.&rdquo;</p> <p>Inocencio added that he&rsquo;s been pleasantly surprised by how well the SOE has responded to the shift to remote learning. Whether it&rsquo;s putting together a revised curriculum to train future online teachers or partnering with the Ellensburg School District to find real-world teaching opportunities, the department has adapted well on the fly.</p> <p>&ldquo;The education department tackled COVID head-on and they had a backup plan in place before they even needed one,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;I think they&rsquo;ve done an amazing job.&rdquo;</p> <p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/Education_2.jpg" style="float: right; margin: 0px 0px 30px 30px; width: 380px; height: 255px;" />Lawless and Amos also believe the department has done the best it could have under the circumstances. This fall, they&rsquo;re continuing to prove why CWU has been&nbsp;so successful at training the educators of tomorrow.</p> <p>&ldquo;We feel bad that we can&rsquo;t do face-to-face instruction this fall, but we also don&rsquo;t want our students to fall behind on their teacher training,&rdquo; said Lawless, who has shifted to a synchronous teaching model (real time lectures) this fall after trying asynchronous (recorded) in the spring.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;Whether they get to teach real students this year, or just their peers, we have sent the message that they are going to move on,&rdquo; he added. &ldquo;We are becoming more invested in the online model, and I think our students see the value in that.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>Media contact:&nbsp;</strong>David Leder, Department of Public Affairs,&nbsp;<a href="mailto:David.Leder@cwu.edu">David.Leder@cwu.edu</a>, 509-963-1518.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </h3 style="text-align: center;"></a href="mailto:David.Leder@cwu.edu">CWU Presidential Search Draws Large and Diverse Poolhttps://www.cwu.edu/node/128531Wed, 16 Sep 2020 15:09:25<p style="margin-bottom:12.0pt; margin:0in 0in 10pt"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:115%"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="line-height:115%"><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: 140px; height: 140px;" />The Trustee Search Advisory Committee (TSAC) for the CWU presidential search will have an impressive pool of applicants to consider, according to the executive search consultant, R. William &ldquo;Bill&rdquo; Funk of Dallas-based R. William Funk and Associates. With more than 48 diverse and highly qualified candidates, the committee will begin reviewing applications next week and will interview semi-finalists in October. </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:12.0pt; margin:0in 0in 10pt"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:115%"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="line-height:115%">Each member of the search committee and the Board of Trustees will sign a non-disclosure agreement to ensure the confidentiality of the applicants. Funk, told the board that, while he is not at liberty yet to share any names, &ldquo;you will be impressed with the quality of candidates who are active candidates or have expressed their intent to be active candidates.&rdquo;</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:12.0pt; margin:0in 0in 10pt"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:115%"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="line-height:115%">Funk said his firm has been in touch with 163 candidates, who have either applied for the position, been contacted by his company, or nominated. Of that number, 48 have already applied or indicated they will apply, with more likely to come as the September 30 deadline nears. He added that of the 163 potential candidates, 53 are women and 45 are people of color.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:12.0pt; margin:0in 0in 10pt"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:115%"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="line-height:115%">&ldquo;I think you&rsquo;re going to have 60 to 60-plus active candidates once we&rsquo;ve reached the deadline,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;I&rsquo;m very pleased with the quality of the candidate pool.&rdquo;</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:12.0pt; margin:0in 0in 10pt"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:115%"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="line-height:115%">Based on the consultant&rsquo;s report, the board agreed that the September 30 deadline for applications would not have to be extended. </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:12.0pt; margin:0in 0in 10pt"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:115%"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="line-height:115%">TSAC chair, Trustee Erin Black, said the next step in the process will be for Funk and his firm to review the applications in order to narrow down the list by identifying the best qualified candidates. Once that is done, the search committee will review and further refine the list of candidates, interview the top eight to ten candidates, and recommend finalists to the entire Board of Trustees, who will interview them in November.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:12.0pt; margin:0in 0in 10pt"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:115%"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="line-height:115%">Central&rsquo;s current President, James L. Gaudino, announced in late February that he will step down from his post on July 31, 2021. </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:12.0pt; margin:0in 0in 10pt"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:115%"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="line-height:115%">&ldquo;We&rsquo;ll be looking not only at the academic and professional credentials of the candidates but also at how they will fit into the culture of Central Washington University,&rdquo; Black said. &ldquo;From the listening sessions we conducted earlier this year, I think the committee collectively has a pretty clear idea of our culture and what we&rsquo;re looking for in our next president.&rdquo;</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:12.0pt; margin:0in 0in 10pt"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:115%"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="line-height:115%">Funk said candidates indicated two primary reasons for seeking the position: Central&rsquo;s desirable location in Ellensburg and in the Pacific Northwest, and the university&rsquo;s mission statement, which emphasizes student success. He said he expected his firm&rsquo;s review of the applications to be completed by early October.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:12.0pt; margin:0in 0in 10pt"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:115%"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif"><b><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="line-height:115%">Media contact:</span></span></b><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="line-height:115%"> Linda Schactler, Secretary to the Board of Trustees, 509-963-1384, </span></span><a href="mailto:schactler@cwu.edu"><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="line-height:115%"><span style="color:blue">schactler@cwu.edu</span></span></span></a><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="line-height:115%">.</span></span></span></span></span></p> </p style="margin-bottom:12.0pt; margin:0in 0in 10pt"></span style="font-size:11pt"></span style="line-height:115%"></span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif"></span style="font-size:12.0pt"></span style="line-height:115%"></p style="margin-bottom:12.0pt; margin:0in 0in 10pt"></span style="font-size:11pt"></span style="line-height:115%"></span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif"></span style="font-size:12.0pt"></span style="line-height:115%"></p style="margin-bottom:12.0pt; margin:0in 0in 10pt"></span style="font-size:11pt"></span style="line-height:115%"></span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif"></span style="font-size:12.0pt"></span style="line-height:115%"></p style="margin-bottom:12.0pt; margin:0in 0in 10pt"></span style="font-size:11pt"></span style="line-height:115%"></span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif"></span style="font-size:12.0pt"></span style="line-height:115%"></p style="margin-bottom:12.0pt; margin:0in 0in 10pt"></span style="font-size:11pt"></span style="line-height:115%"></span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif"></span style="font-size:12.0pt"></span style="line-height:115%"></p style="margin-bottom:12.0pt; margin:0in 0in 10pt"></span style="font-size:11pt"></span style="line-height:115%"></span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif"></span style="font-size:12.0pt"></span style="line-height:115%"></p style="margin-bottom:12.0pt; margin:0in 0in 10pt"></span style="font-size:11pt"></span style="line-height:115%"></span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif"></span style="font-size:12.0pt"></span style="line-height:115%"></p style="margin-bottom:12.0pt; margin:0in 0in 10pt"></span style="font-size:11pt"></span style="line-height:115%"></span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif"></span style="font-size:12.0pt"></span style="line-height:115%"></p style="margin-bottom:12.0pt; margin:0in 0in 10pt"></span style="font-size:11pt"></span style="line-height:115%"></span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif"></span style="font-size:12.0pt"></span style="line-height:115%"></p style="margin-bottom:12.0pt; margin:0in 0in 10pt"></span style="font-size:11pt"></span style="line-height:115%"></span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif"></span style="font-size:12.0pt"></span style="line-height:115%"></span style="font-size:12.0pt"></span style="line-height:115%"></a href="mailto:schactler@cwu.edu"></span style="font-size:12.0pt"></span style="line-height:115%"></span style="color:blue"></span style="font-size:12.0pt"></span style="line-height:115%">Did You Miss A CWU Alert?https://www.cwu.edu/node/128530Tue, 15 Sep 2020 18:25:53<p>The <a href="http://www.cwu.edu/emergency/emergency-notification-system-cwu-alert-rave-guardian-app" target="_blank">CWU Alert</a> system notifies students, staff, and faculty of emergencies that impact the operation of the Ellensburg campus, including campus closures and delays.<img alt="CWU Alert Notification" src="https://www.cwu.edu/sites/default/files/images/file.jpeg" style="margin: 0px 0px 30px 30px; float: right; width: 140px; height: 125px;" /></p> <p>If you missed an alert, check your personal contact details in <a href="https://my.cwu.edu/" target="_blank">MyCWU</a>.</p> <p>The notification system automatically sends text messaging, email, and phone messages using the information in your &ldquo;Personal Details.&rdquo; Check your content today to ensure it&rsquo;s current.</p> Campus is Open, but Some Buildings Remain Lockedhttps://www.cwu.edu/node/128529Mon, 14 Sep 2020 21:35:46<p>The CWU Ellensburg&nbsp;campus is open and services are available, but the exterior doors on many buildings remain locked because a large number of faculty and staff members are working remotely.</p> <p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/CentralCampusSign.jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 267px; float: right; margin: 0px 0px 30px 30px;" />Some buildings will be unlocked during business hours (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.), but most department offices remain closed to the public or have varying hours of operation. Others, such as the Student Union &amp; Recreation Center (SURC), allow access only to&nbsp;members of the campus community.&nbsp;A current list of buildings and their accessibility can be found on the&nbsp;<a href="https://www.cwu.edu/facility/" target="_blank">Facilities Management&nbsp;webpage</a>. Visit each department&#39;s web page for their hours of operation.&nbsp;</p> <p>CWU would like to remind all faculty and staff about the importance of communication &mdash; with each other, our students, and our external partners &mdash; about when departments will be open, and to whom.</p> <p>To help departments share their hours of operation and contact information, the university recommends the following messaging for use on department or program webpages, external doors, and voicemail systems:</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"><strong>Door Signage</strong><br /> Download a printable&nbsp;<a href="https://cwuwildcat.sharepoint.com/sites/commons/fall2020/Fall%202020%20Toolkit%20Document%20Library/Forms/AllItems.aspx?id=%2Fsites%2Fcommons%2Ffall2020%2FFall%202020%20Toolkit%20Document%20Library%2FBuilding%20Signs%2Fdepartment%2Dcontact%2Ddoor%2Dsign%2Dtemplate%2D8%2E5x11%2Epdf&amp;parent=%2Fsites%2Fcommons%2Ffall2020%2FFall%202020%20Toolkit%20Document%20Library%2FBuilding%20Signs" target="_blank">department door sign</a>&nbsp;template with contact information&nbsp;and edit for individual department needs.&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"><strong>Phone &amp; Website</strong><br /> Provide specific details about hours of operation for in-person service and alternative ways for students to obtain information remotely (phone number, email, CWU website, or elsewhere).&nbsp;</p> <ul style="margin-left: 120px;"> <li>An example message for phone or website:&nbsp;</li> </ul> <p style="margin-left: 120px;">&ldquo;&hellip; The [department, program] office in [name] Hall is now open [days, hours]. For assistance outside of those times, contact [name] or visit [website] &hellip;&rdquo;</p> <ul style="margin-left: 80px;"> <li style="margin-left: 40px;">For buildings only open to&nbsp;members of the campus community, additional details may be needed.&nbsp;</li> </ul> <p style="margin-left: 120px;">&ldquo;&hellip; The [department, program] office in [name] Hall is now open [days, hours] to [specify group/s] only. If you are not a [specify group/s] or for assistance outside of those times, contact [name] or visit [website] &hellip;&rdquo;</p> <p>If you need more information about CWU building access, please email Shane Scott, associate vice president for Campus Planning &amp; Facilities Management,&nbsp;<a href="mailto:Shane.Scott@cwu.edu">Shane.Scott@cwu.edu</a>.</p> </p style="margin-left: 40px;"></p style="margin-left: 40px;"></ul style="margin-left: 120px;"></p style="margin-left: 120px;"></ul style="margin-left: 80px;"></li style="margin-left: 40px;"></p style="margin-left: 120px;"></a href="mailto:Shane.Scott@cwu.edu">CWU Board of Trustees to Hold Special Meeting on September 16https://www.cwu.edu/node/128528Mon, 14 Sep 2020 21:32:47<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"><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: 100px; height: 100px;" />On&nbsp;Wednesday, September 16, the Central Washington University Board of Trustees will hold a special meeting. The meeting will be conducted virtually from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. The meeting will be streamed at&nbsp;</span><a href="https://media.cwu.edu/" style="color:blue; text-decoration:underline"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif">https://media.cwu.edu/</span></a></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">Trustees will authorize an Honorary Degree and receive an update on the Presidential Search.</span></span></span></p> <p style="margin-top:0in; margin-right:.8in; margin-bottom: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, Secretary to the Board of Trustees, 509-963-1384, schactler@cwu.edu.</span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 10pt; margin-right:0in; margin-left:0in">&nbsp;</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"></span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-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="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif"></p style="margin-top:0in; margin-right:.8in; margin-bottom: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:0in 0in 10pt; margin-right:0in; margin-left:0in">CWU Emergency Notifications and Resourceshttps://www.cwu.edu/node/128527Mon, 14 Sep 2020 20:19:15<p><img alt="Rave Gaurdian App" src="/sites/default/files/pictures/Rave%20Guardian%20App.png" style="width: 800px; height: 480px;" /></p> <p>As we enter a new academic year, it&rsquo;s important that new and returning Wildcats are informed about emergency notifications and resources.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>As always, the well-being of our students, faculty, and staff remains our highest priority. Despite the fact we live in a community ranked one of the safest in the state of Washington, we must be prepared for unexpected events, such as the poor air quality we&rsquo;re experiencing. Part of being prepared is adopting best practices that can help our campus and community respond quickly when faced with expected situations.</p> <p>In the event of campus closures, suspensions, or other emergencies that impacts the operation of the Ellensburg campus, CWU students and employees will receive a CWU Alert! via text message, phone message, and email. Follow the instructions and only follow official CWU communication channels for information and updates. Official CWU channels include: <a href="http://www.cwu.edu/emergency/emergency-notification-system-cwu-alert-rave-guardian-app" target="_blank">CWU Alert!</a>, <a href="http://cwu.edu/emergency" target="_blank">CWU&nbsp;Emergency Notification website</a>,&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/CentralWashU" target="_blank">CWU Twitter @CentralWashU</a>, and&nbsp;<a href="https://www.facebook.com/cwu.wildcats/" target="_blank">CWU Facebook @cwu.wildcats</a>.&nbsp;<strong>Do not share information on social media or with the authorities that you are not certain about.</strong></p> <p>Students attending University Sites and Centers are to follow instructions provided at their host sites.&nbsp;</p> <p>CWU has a number of resources available to help ensure we remain prepared:</p> <p><a href="http://www.cwu.edu/emergency/emergency-notification-system-cwu-alert-rave-guardian-app" target="_blank">CWU Alert!</a>&nbsp;&ndash; This comprehensive notification system combines text messaging, email, and phone messages to be sent instantly whenever&nbsp;an incident may pose a threat to the campus community. All students, faculty, and staff are automatically enrolled in this system and contact information is pulled directly from their&nbsp;<a href="http://www.cwu.edu/mycwu/" target="_blank">MyCWU account</a>.&nbsp;<strong>Check your &ldquo;Contact Details&rdquo; under &ldquo;Personal Details&rdquo; today to ensure your information is current.</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;Official CWU alerts are titled: CWU Alert, CWU Health Alert, CWU Air Quality Alert, CWU COVID-19 Alert, and CWU Weather Alert and are immediately followed by instructions. See examples below:</p> <p><img alt="CWU Alert Screen Shots" src="https://www.cwu.edu/sites/default/files/images/Screen%20Shot%202020-09-14%20at%208.04.06%20PM.png" style="width: 800px; height: 369px;" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.cwu.edu/emergency/emergency-notification-system-cwu-alert-rave-guardian-app" target="_blank">Rave Guardian App</a>&nbsp;&ndash; This is an add-on to our existing CWU Alert! system. Downloading this app to your phone allows the user to receive emergency alerts via WiFi. It also has two additional safety features: (1) a walking companion app that allows a &lsquo;social angel&rsquo; to follow the user via GPS from a starting to end point. Either party may alert police if something has happened while walking; and (2) a tab that provides emergency and safety information.</p> <p><a href="http://cwu.edu/emergency" target="_blank">Emergency Notification Website</a>&nbsp;&ndash; This is a &ldquo;one-stop-shop&rdquo; for emergency information. You can access all of the emergency resources on the college&rsquo;s Emergency Notifications website at cwu.edu/emergency.&nbsp;The home page&nbsp;serves as one of the portals for CWU official emergency information. The Safety and Emergency Preparation menu provides direction for specific emergencies that Central may face. You can also access the university emergency closure policy, as well as, weather service and travel alert information.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://cwu.skillport.com/skillportfe/main.action?path=summary/CUSTOMER_DEFINED/_scorm12_sppubcwu_emergency_preparedness#summary/CUSTOMER_DEFINED/CDE$122934:_cust_course:sppubcwu/_scorm12_sppubcwu_emergency_preparedness" target="_blank">Emergency Preparedness Online Training</a>&nbsp;&ndash; A CWU-centric online emergency preparedness course is available for all employees via Central Learning Academy (CLA). This mandatory online course replaced the corporate version that was previously used.</p> <p><a href="https://www.cwu.edu/emergency/active-shooteractive-threat" target="_blank">Run, Hide, Fight Video</a>&nbsp;&ndash; Customized CWU&nbsp;&nbsp;active shooter scenario training video, utilizing campus buildings and students, faculty, and staff for actors. This video is available online via YouTube.&nbsp;This important video provides potentially life-saving information we hope you remember.</p> <p>All members of the campus community should review and become familiar with this information.&nbsp;</p> <p>Contact:&nbsp;Dawn Alford, Public Affairs,&nbsp;Dawn.Alford@cwu.edu, 509-963-1484.</p> CWU Boasts Sixth National Award for Efforts to Increase Diversityhttps://www.cwu.edu/node/128526Mon, 14 Sep 2020 14:23:41<p><iframe allow=";" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/HUsi0LJOa5Y" width="640"></iframe></p> <hr /> <p>Central Washington University has further established itself as a statewide leader on issues of diversity, earning a 2020&nbsp;<a href="https://www.insightintodiversity.com/about-the-heed-award/" target="_blank">Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award</a>&nbsp;from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine.</p> <p>For the sixth time in seven years, CWU has been recognized for its commitment to increasing diversity on campus and working to create a culture of inclusion for students, employees, and the communities it serves. CWU is the only college or university in the state that can boast this record of achievement.&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/HEED%202020.png" style="float: right; margin: 0px 0px 30px 30px; width: 300px; height: 215px;" />&ldquo;It is a tremendous honor to be recognized once again for our efforts to make CWU the most welcoming, diverse, and inclusive university in the state,&rdquo; said Kandee Cleary, vice president of inclusivity and diversity. &ldquo;Winning the HEED Award six times in seven years is a clear indication of Central&rsquo;s long-term commitment to creating an open, welcoming environment for everyone.&rdquo;</p> <p>Last year&rsquo;s enrollment numbers show students of color comprised 37% of CWU&rsquo;s student body,&nbsp;with Latinx student enrollment at 18%. In 2018-19, students of color made up about 35% of the university&rsquo;s total enrollment, and in 2015-16, they accounted for 30%. Workplace diversity also&nbsp;has improved over the past five years, increasing from 13% in 2015-16 to 16% last year.</p> <p>CWU President James L. Gaudino said receiving the HEED Award shows Central is making good on its stated mission of being a diverse institution that seeks to recruit and retain students from all backgrounds and walks of life.</p> <p>&ldquo;We all learn from each other,&rdquo; he said, &ldquo;and it is only through having a campus environment that reflects our entire society, and embraces diversity and inclusiveness, that we become stronger as an institution and as a people.&rdquo;</p> <p>INSIGHT Into Diversity&nbsp;magazine is the oldest and largest diversity publication in higher education. The HEED Award is the only national honor recognizing U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion across their campuses. This year&rsquo;s 90 honorees will be featured in the magazine&rsquo;s November&nbsp;edition. Only one other Washington higher education institution was honored this year.</p> <p>Lenore Pearlstein, co-publisher of&nbsp;INSIGHT Into Diversity, said the magazine has been receiving more HEED Award applications every year, and most institutions say they use the application as a tool to develop new programs and to benchmark their accomplishments across campus.</p> <p>&quot;The process allows them to reflect on their successes and also determine where more work needs to be done,&rdquo; she said.</p> <p><strong>Media contact:&nbsp;</strong>David Leder, Department of Public Affairs,&nbsp;<a href="mailto:David.Leder@cwu.edu">David.Leder@cwu.edu</a>, 509-963-1518.</p> </a href="mailto:David.Leder@cwu.edu">CWU Researcher Receives National Science Foundation Grant for Antarctica Ice Studyhttps://www.cwu.edu/node/128359Fri, 11 Sep 2020 09:05:37<p><img alt="Winberry in Antarctica" src="/sites/default/files/Winberry%20in%20Antarctica.jpg" style="margin: 0px 0px 30px 30px; float: right; width: 30%;" />Central Washington University <a href="http://www.geology.cwu.edu" target="_blank">geological sciences</a> researcher Paul Winberry has received a two-year, $174,379 National Science Foundation grant to continue his work in the Wilkes Basin in East Antarctica. The basin, which is significantly larger than Washington state, is considered to be in a state of ice-sheet instability due to warm water intrusion.</p> <p>&ldquo;Right now, the Wilkes Basin is not losing a great deal of ice,&rdquo; said Winberry, who has been studying the basin for nearly 20 years. &ldquo;But what we know, from looking at geologic records from hundreds of thousands and millions of years ago&mdash;when the earth was much warmer than it is now&mdash;this part of Antarctica appears to have lost a lot of its ice.&rdquo;</p> <p>A geophysicist, Winberry is interested in the physical mechanisms that allow glaciers and ice sheets to flow, as well as the tectonic influences on the flow of ice sheets and glaciers.</p> <p>If all of the ice in that particular basin were to instantaneously melt, sea levels around the world would rise by several feet. Such a catastrophic event is extremely unlikely. But Winberry is attempting to determine how much melt is likely in the Wilkes Basin over a specific time period to help forecast potential sea-level rise.</p> <p>&ldquo;We know if we warm the planet by a few degrees, we&rsquo;re going to lose a lot of ice and raise sea levels,&rdquo; he added. &ldquo;One of the things we&rsquo;re really interested in is how fast a glacier can grow&mdash;or shrink.&rdquo;</p> <p>Research has shown that the loss of glacier ice doesn&rsquo;t only happen from melting on top, but also from ice warming miles below the surface where it can come into contact with the oceans. That melting ice combines with dirt and mud on top of the warmer bedrock&mdash;which is below sea level&mdash;causing chunks of the glacier to slide into the ocean.</p> <p>&ldquo;Ninety percent of the excess heat that we&rsquo;re putting into the planet is actually absorbed by the oceans,&rdquo; Winberry noted. &ldquo;We really should be calling &lsquo;global warming,&rsquo; &lsquo;ocean warming&rsquo; because the glacier is melting from the bottom where it&rsquo;s touching the ocean.&rdquo;</p> <p>CWU undergraduates will participate in Winberry&rsquo;s research, analyzing and interpreting some of the previously collected field data to determine where the glacier is most likely to slide. In past years, Central students have also accompanied him to Antarctica to conduct fieldwork.</p> <p>The new research is being conducted along with colleagues from the University of Alabama, University of Texas, and University of Alaska. &nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Media contact:</strong>&nbsp;Robert Lowery, Public Affairs, 509-899-0235, Robert.Lowery@cwu.edu</p> CWU Partners with Edquity Inc. to Help Students Remain in Schoolhttps://www.cwu.edu/node/128358Thu, 10 Sep 2020 10:04:56<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/Edquity%20logo.jpg" style="width: 177px; height: 177px; float: right; margin: 0px 0px 30px 30px;" />Central Washington University&rsquo;s <a href="https://www.cwu.edu/business/" target="_blank">College of Business (CB)</a> is partnering with <a href="https://www.edquity.co" onclick="window.open(this.href, '', 'resizable=no,status=no,location=no,toolbar=no,menubar=no,fullscreen=no,scrollbars=no,dependent=no'); return false;">Edquity Inc.</a> to help students find emergency resources to address food, housing, and other insecurities in an effort to help them stay in school. &nbsp;</p> <p>The new collaboration will allow CWU students to download a free app from the <a href="https://www.cwu.edu/business/edquity" target="_blank">CB website</a>, which directs them to information about food and financial resources, housing, childcare, legal support, and job opportunities.</p> <p>&ldquo;Once they enroll, using their iPhone or Android, and they select CWU, they receive custom information,&rdquo; explained Edquity Chief Operations Officer A.T. McWilliams. &ldquo;Part of the reason for working with your administration is to make sure we have the right events and resources&mdash;anything that&rsquo;s timely and relevant to the students at CWU.&rdquo;</p> <p>Local resources are supplemented by thousands of additional pertinent listings gathered from a nationwide Edquity database. CB was introduced to Edquity by corporate partner BECU, which sponsors the college&rsquo;s Emergency Grant fund. &nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;We knew immediately that Edquity offered a valuable service to our students,&rdquo; CB Dean Jeffrey Stinson said. &ldquo;First, the app supports students before, in, and through a financial crisis. With earlier intervention, we can avoid an escalation in a crisis, link a student with appropriate support resources, and increase their chance of retention and graduation.&rdquo;</p> <p>Based on a 2019 report by the Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice at Temple University, 60 percent of college students had experienced food insecurity within the past 30 days or housing insecurity within the last year.</p> <p>For students who aren&rsquo;t experiencing hardship, the Edquity app also offers budgeting tools to help them save and improve their overall financial situation, in support of students learning basic personal financial management skills. &nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;The goal is to teach students to manage their budgets such that they can avoid recurring financial crises,&rdquo; Stinson said. &ldquo;We believe Edquity will be a huge benefit to our students.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>Media contact:</strong> Robert Lowery, Public Affairs, 509-899-0235, Robert.Lowery@cwu.edu</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Mask Up and Maintain Adequate Spacing to Slow the Spreadhttps://www.cwu.edu/node/128357Wed, 09 Sep 2020 18:14:17<p>The City of Ellensburg and Central Washington University remind everyone to wear a face covering both indoors as well as outside. Doing so while <img alt="Student wearing a face covering" src="/sites/default/files/pictures/Screen%20Shot%202020-09-09%20at%206.31.13%20PM.png" style="margin: 0px 0px 30px 30px; float: right; width: 150px; height: 171px;" />maintaining six feet of physical distancing will help ensure the health and safety of our community.</p> <p>&ldquo;The Ellensburg community has worked tirelessly during this epidemic to minimize exposure to COVID-19. Everyone is encouraged to continue to do their part,&rdquo; said Ellensburg Mayor Bruce Tabb.</p> <p>Experts acknowledge that wearing face coverings is one of the most effective ways to keep the virus from spreading. Proper use is essential. A cloth face covering should cover your mouth and nose and be worn while maintaining physical distancing.&nbsp;</p> <p><iframe allow=";" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/FzEHUepU1WU" width="640"></iframe></p> <p>The City and CWU have launched a <a href="https://youtu.be/FzEHUepU1WU" target="_blank">city-wide campaign</a> to illustrate the importance of face coverings as essential to safeguarding each other in all settings.</p> <p>&ldquo;Our very success to keep the campus open and our community safe rely on each of us doing our part to practice and model healthy behaviors, while we encourage our friends, family, and employees to do the same,&rdquo; said CWU President James L. Gaudino.<img alt="City of Ellensburg logo" src="/sites/default/files/images/COE%20Logo%20w%20spacing.jpg" style="margin: 0px 0px 30px 30px; float: right; width: 100px; height: 81px;" /></p> <p>Thank you for doing your part to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by wearing a mask inside buildings or in outdoor spaces.</p> <p><strong>Media contacts:</strong><br /> Margaret Reich, City of Ellensburg, reichm@ci.ellensburg.wa.us, (509) 925-8657.<br /> Dawn Alford, CWU Public Affairs, Dawn.Alford@cwu.edu, (509) 713-5378.<br /> &nbsp;</p>