CWUCWU NewsCWU News Outage: Bouillon Hall, 27 Jun 2017 16:28:15<p><img alt="Power Outage" src="" style="width: 300px; height: 169px; margin: 3px; float: right;">UPDATED — Electrical power is out at Bouillon Hall on the Central Washington University campus in Ellensburg and is expected to be out all day Wednesday.</p><p>We’re working on academic and work schedules.</p><p>The outage is the result of a failed power cable that stretches from Bouillon across Walnut Mall.</p><p>In order to determine the source of the power outage to Bouillon Hall, power has also been shut off to Lind Hall.</p><p>Both Bouillon and Lind halls are closed to all until further notice for safety reasons, according to University Police.</p><p>The Brooks Library has study carrels available to any displaced students or staff.<br>Additionally, Information Services has located its help desk in the library until the two buildings are back on line.</p><p>Student Rights and Responsibilities will be temporarily housed in the Wellness Center while the Dean of Student Success will temporarily operate in the Center for Leadership and Community Engagement office in the SURC. The Registrar's Office staff will be in Black 129.</p><p>We’ll post more info as soon as we have it.​</p></br>Wildfire Season Underway, CWU Website Provides Fire/Smoke Updates, 27 Jun 2017 16:22:59<p><img style="width: 300px; height: 169px; margin: 3px; float: right;" alt="Wildfire" src="">The 4,397-acre Spartan Fire southeast of Wenatchee has kicked off the wildfire season. Central Washington University maintains a <a href="" target="_blank">Fire Updates web page</a> to provide current information on fires and air quality levels in and around the region.</p><p>“Smoke can and has significantly affected operations, events, and travel, which is why we monitor it,” chief of staff Linda Schactler said. "When wildfire approaches, the entire community pitches in to keep information flowing and people, property, and animals out of harm's way."</p><p>CWU’s Ellensburg campus is centrally located within the state and has eight&nbsp;university centers throughout Washington. The website serves as a one-stop resource for the CWU and surrounding communities.</p><p>Central has maintained the fire updates website since 2012. The site is an information clearinghouse for county&nbsp;emergency management, <a href="" target="_blank">Washington Smoke Blog</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Washington Air Quality Map</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">InciWeb Incident Information System</a>, and news media then sumarized on the CWU Fire Updates web page.</p><p>CWU works collaboratively with local and state agencies during wildfire season to coordinate efforts and disseminate information to the public. CWU has also supported local, state, and federal firefighting efforts by providing public meeting space, and food and housing for Red Cross staff, firefighters, and displaced families. CWU employees have helped transport and provide shelter for displaced animals, and have coordinated collection and management of materials donated to help displaced families.</p><p>For more information and to bookmark the site, visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p><p>Media contact: Dawn Alford, public affairs coordinator, 509-963-1484,</p>WSJ Takes Note of CWU Biologists' I90 Project, 27 Jun 2017 12:52:31<p><img alt="" src="" style="width: 475px; height: 316px;"></p><p>Why did the black bear cross the road?</p><p>Actually, it didn’t—because it didn’t have to.</p><p>A motion-activated camera shows that the bear in question took an overpass—essentially a large, camouflaged arch—that gracefully carves over U.S. Highway 93 in Montana, just north of the town of Evaro at the entrance to the Flathead Indian Reservation. Thirty-eight more of these man-made wildlife crossings allow all manner of critters to take a safe route over or under the stretch of highway between Evaro and Polson, 56 miles to the north.</p><p>Read more of this story in the <a href="" target="_blank">Wall Street Journal</a>.</p><p>&nbsp;</p>CWU Advisor Receives Regional Advising Award, 27 Jun 2017 10:37:55<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/toni%20woodman_0003-a.jpg" style="width: 250px; height: 313px; margin-left: 4px; margin-right: 4px; float: left;">Toni Woodman, academic advisor at Central Washington University, received the Excellence in Advising—New Advisor Award at the NACADA Northwest Region 8 awards at a conference in Missoula, Montana. Region 8 represents Alaska, Alberta, British Columbia, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Yukon Territory.</p><p>Woodman received her bachelor of arts degree in psychology and her master's in mental health counseling from CWU.</p><p>"During my master's program in counseling I had the opportunity to complete a year-long internship at the CWU Student Medical and Counseling Clinic. Throughout that experience I discovered my passion for supporting college students," Woodman related. "I decided to make the switch from mental health counseling to academic advising and have been working in First Year and Exploratory Advising for two years.</p><p>"I love advising because it has given me the opportunity to support and empower students. I was a first generation college student and the experience changed my life in so many ways," she continued. "College is a journey, a period of growth. I love being able to walk alongside students throughout that journey.</p><p>"This is actually what my advising philosophy is all about, walking alongside. I don’t want to push or pull students. Instead, I want to empower them to make their own, intentional decisions. So, I strive to give them a space in which they can think and reflect critically about their experiences both in and outside of the classroom."</p><p>The academic advising office is committed to serving students in their first quarter and beyond to help them connect and engage in their academic experience. Academic advisors for first year and exploratory students introduce students to the General Education Program and assist students to select and declare an academic program of study.</p><p>"Receiving this award has made me feel like my work is really having an impact," Woodman said. "However, to be honest, I owe this award to my amazing advising team. My colleagues in First Year and Exploratory Advising have supported, challenged, and inspired me to grow each day. I feel so lucky to have them!"</p><p><br>NACADA, the global community for academic advising, promotes and supports quality academic advising in institutions of higher education to enhance the educational development of students. For more information, go to</p><p>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,</p></br>CWU Athletic Director Dennis Francois looks back on this past season's successes, 27 Jun 2017 08:01:05<p><img alt="" src="" style="width: 475px; height: 316px;"></p><p>Summer is a time for reflection.</p><p>Just ask Central Washington University’s Dennis Francois.</p><p>Francois is entering his fourth year as athletic director and as he reflects on this season, he sees success in two main areas: every sport focusing on academic achievement and finishing their respective seasons among the top three teams in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference.</p><p>This past school year, 87 student-athletes walked the stage and graduated with a cumulative 3.25 GPA.</p><p>“Our student-athletes’ success is our primary focus here,” Francois said. “We want them to have the great experience here. Right now our combined GPA (of all our student athletes) is a 3.10.”</p><p>Read more of this story in the <a href="" target="_blank">Daily Record</a>.</p>Cybersecurity is Hot, 26 Jun 2017 09:34:40<p>Cybersecurity experts are among the most sought-after workers in the tech field, and Washington colleges and universities are stepping up to help fill the many job vacancies.</p><p>“Right now there are two jobs for every one person employed — the opportunities are really amazing,” said Barbara Endicott-Popovsky, executive director of the Center for Information Assurance and Cybersecurity at the University of Washington Bothell.</p><p>In Washington, three community colleges — Whatcom, Highline and Columbia Basin in Pasco — along with the University of Washington, and the nonprofit City University of Seattle, are federally recognized centers for cyberdefense education. The recognition comes from the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security. As well, <strong>Central Washington University</strong> offers both <a href="">undergraduate</a> and <a href="">graduate degree</a> specializations in cybersecurity management.</p><p>Read the entire <em>Seattle Times</em> <a href="" target="_blank">article online</a>.</p>Michael Luvera Named Burlington Chief of Police, 23 Jun 2017 15:39:29<p><img alt="" src="" style="width: 160px; height: 240px; margin: 3px; float: right;">Michael Luvera, who has served as chief of Central Washington University’s Department of Police and Parking Services since 2011, has been selected the new police chief of the Burlington, Washington Police Department.</p><p>Luvera begins his new position on July 3.</p><p>“It’s been an honor to work with Mike during the past six years,” said CWU President James L. Gaudino. “He’s a very capable and able administrator who has done a great job here. Burlington is very lucky to get him.”</p><p>Joseph Han, CWU’s vice president of operations, said Jason Berthon-Koch, currently a captain in the department, will become interim chief.</p><p>Luvera, who received his bachelor’s degree in law and justice from CWU, first joined the CWU Department of Police and Parking Services in 2008 as a lieutenant. Later, he was promoted to captain, placed in charge of police operations, student programs, emergency management, and parking and transportation programs.</p><p>Prior to that, he served nearly 17 years with the Ellensburg Police Department as a patrol officer, detective, patrol sergeant, and detective sergeant.</p><p>In 2014, Luvera was awarded the Administrator of the Year award by the Western Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators and in 2016, CWU’s Department Police and Parking Services was named Department of the Year by the same organization.</p><p>Last year, two officers in the department, Berthon-Koch and Officer Todd Ames, received national recognition for their involvement with the Rape Aggression Defense Systems of Self Defense (R.A.D.).</p><p>Media contact: Richard Moreno, director of content development, 509-963-2714,</p>“Brewing is Central” CWU’s Groundbreaking New Brew Degree, 23 Jun 2017 15:23:00<p><img alt="" src="" style="width: 200px; height: 157px; margin-left: 4px; margin-right: 4px; float: left;">The craft brew industry is growing exponentially. There are more than 5,000 craft breweries in the U.S., and a major challenge for them is finding professional brewers. But a new solution to their problem is just 45 minutes away from Yakima — at Central Washington University in Ellensburg. It offers the first Craft Brewing Bachelor of Science degree in the United States, and probably in the world, says Dr. Steve Wagner, director of the program.</p><p>Americans chugged down more than 22 billion dollars worth of craft beer in 2015, and new breweries are popping up all the time. The epicenter of all that beer making is on the West Coast, with much of it here in Washington state. We are home to more than 300 craft breweries, second only to California.</p><p>Read more of this story in the <a href="">Yakima Herald-Republic</a>.</p>Extraordinary Science II Obelisk to be Installed June 26, 23 Jun 2017 15:14:19<p><img alt="" src="" style="width: 125px; height: 600px; margin-left: 4px; margin-right: 4px; float: left;">"Secondhand Geology," a sculpture made of blocks of crushed stainless steel, will be installed June 26 on the grounds of Central Washington University's new Science II building. The installation will begin at 12 p.m., and will require a crane and a man-lift position and secure the sculpture. It was originally slated to be installed in May, but unforeseen structural problems sent it back to the workshop to be refitted.</p><p>The 20-foot, 5,000-pound column, which will be anchored to a four-foot concrete base, is the work of the Ball-Nogues studio in Los Angeles. An ArtsWA ( project, the artwork was funded through the Art in Public Places program which allocates a percentage of the building's construction costs for art to be installed on the site of a publicly funded structure. Benson Shaw's work, Resources, at Dean Hall, is an ArtsWA project.</p><p>"The ArtsWA group have a roster of artists to be considered for public art projects," said Joanne Hillemann, architect, LEED AP, and manager, CWU Facilities Planning and Construction. "An ArtsWA manager met with the CWU Art Committee to initiate the process for commissioning the piece."</p><p>"The Art Selection Committee for Science Phase II had a challenging task of choosing an artist whose style would capture the essence of physics, geology, and science education [departments housed in Science II], but also succeed with the many constraints on location," said committee member Andy Piacsek, chair and professor of physics. "Because the interior of the building already had so many strong design elements, including permanent exhibits, the committee expected that the art would likely be outside. Ball and Nogues made a strong impression by explaining how the process by which a sculpture is created is just as important as the final form.</p><p>"They didn’t disappoint: the Science II sculpture is a simple pylon, but fabricated in a way that simulates and evokes the stratigraphy and metamorphic processes seen in the earth’s crust. I’m very pleased with it."</p><p>"Secondhand Geology" was created using powerful industrial processes to compact the stainless steel in to blocks which are stacked in a column.</p><p>"The crumpled steel is a manifestation of the massive forces required to compact it," Ball-Nogues related in its artist's statement. "It will remind viewers of the geological processes at work on rock formations near Ellensburg. The shape of the column will suggest a stone obelisk or a colossal geological core sample."</p><p>A crane and a man-lift will be used to install the sculpture, and this will be coordinated by Ball-Nogues Studio and with CWU Facilities.</p><p>The people involved in the Science II Art selection process included: Gregg Schlanger, chair, Art Department; Lola Gallagher, associate director of marketing and communication, Student Union; Joanne Hillemann; Doug Ryder, planning officer, Facilities Management; Andy Piacsek; Nick Zentner, professor, Geology Department; Tim Sorey, professor, Chemistry Department; Cindy Krieble, professor emeritus, Art Department; John Michel, professor, Music Department; Brian Kooser, CWU student representative; and Becky Barnhart and Robert Wiese from Integrus Architecture.</p><p>According to their website, Ball-Nogues Studio is an integrated design and fabrication practice operating in a territory between architecture, art and industrial design, led by Benjamin Ball and Gaston Nogues. Ball and Nogues originally trained as architects, and worked together for renowned architect Frank Gehry, before teaming up to establish Ball-Nogues Studio. "Their work is informed by the exploration of craft. Essential to each project is the "design" of the production process itself, with the aim of creating environments that enhance sensation, generate spectacle and invite physical engagement."</p><p>The Art in Public Places (AIPP) program facilitates the acquisition, placement, and stewardship of artwork in state-funded building projects throughout Washington. The Washington State Legislature established the AIPP program in 1974 to acquire artwork for K-12 public schools, colleges, universities, and state agencies, funded by ½ of 1 percent of the state’s portion of construction costs.</p><p>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,<br>&nbsp;</p></br>Governor selects Ciara White as CWU’s new student trustee, 22 Jun 2017 14:04:49<p><img alt="" src="" style="width: 140px; height: 182px; margin: 2px; float: right;">Governor Jay Inslee today named Ciara White as the student member of the Central Washington University Board of Trustees for 2017-18.</p><p>White, 20, who will be a senior during her term, is majoring in social services with a minor in sociology, women and gender studies, and law and justice. She is a McNair Scholar and has worked as an assistant in the Office of Student Involvement.</p><p>“Ciara White has an impressive record of involvement and achievement,” Inslee said. “As a trustee, she will represent the students well and make informed decisions to benefit the entire university community.”</p><p>White, a graduate of Mount Rainier High School in Des Moines, Washington, is a former Barto Hall resident assistant and previously served as president of the Black Student Union as well as treasurer of CWU’s SISTERS! Club.</p><p>She also attended the Chavez-King Leadership Institute for Social Change and has been involved in various volunteer and mentorship programs at local middle and elementary schools. This summer, she will complete an internship at the Kent Chamber of Commerce, primarily assisting it with promoting and planning events.</p><p>“When I saw that applications were being accepted for the student trustee position, I felt compelled to apply,” she said. “I truly believe that universities have the potential to make incredible differences in students’ lives.”</p><p>White said her number one goal as student trustee will be to “make sure our students’ voices are heard at Central.” To that end, she hopes to work on improving retention rates, particularly for students of color. She would also like to help establish more outreach to non-traditional students to help them obtain an education.</p><p>“As a trustee, I will represent Washington but also provide a student viewpoint,” she continued. “Everyone has a voice and I want to be the voice of our school.”</p><p>All of the state’s six public baccalaureate institutions have a student seat on its governing bodies. The 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. White’s term will end on June 30, 2018.</p><p>White was among a list of five nominees for student trustee submitted by CWU to the governor.</p><p>Media contact: Richard Moreno, director of content development, 509-963-2714,</p>