CWUCWU NewsCWU Newshttps://www.cwu.edu/newsen-usCWU Health Sciences Facility Reaches the Halfway Point to Completionhttps://www.cwu.edu/node/130440Mon, 30 Nov 2020 16:03:48<p><iframe allow=";" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/ssUxd-gmMGQ" width="640"></iframe></p> <p>Central Washington University broke ground on its new $60 million Health Sciences Building just more than a year ago. Despite challenges posed by the worldwide pandemic, such as a disruption in the global supply chain, the construction timetable remains on track.<img alt="Capital Planning and Projects Director Delano Palmer" src="https://www.cwu.edu/sites/default/files/Delano%20Palmer.jpg" style="margin: 0px 0px 30px 30px; float: right; width: 30%;" /></p> <p>&ldquo;Fortunately, for us, we haven&rsquo;t had too many impacts on this project when it comes to our supply chains,&rdquo; said Capital Planning and Projects Director Delano Palmer. &ldquo;Great teamwork from the general contractor, TW Clark, and their ability to work with their vendors helped us to keep on schedule so that we can maintain our opening for January of 2022.&rdquo;</p> <p>The superstructure of the 80,748-squ<img alt="Health sciences building exterior photo" src="/sites/default/files/CWU%20Health%20Sciences%20exterior.jpg" style="margin: 0px 30px 30px 0px; float: left; width: 40%;" />are-foot facility has been completed and work recently wrapped up on an enclosure of the entire structure, known as &ldquo;dry in,&rdquo; which Palmer calls a significant milestone.</p> <p>&ldquo;This allows us to pump heat into the building temporarily and continue construction through winter, which allows our trades to complete all of the interior finish work,&rdquo; he explained.</p> <p>With an eye on sustainability, the building is also being built &ldquo;green,&rdquo; with several innovative, energy-saving features, such as solar preheat air intake and heating and cooling recovery systems. Construction is being done in a way that will allow CWU to achieve a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold certification.</p> <p>&ldquo;Which means th<img alt="CWU Sustainability Coordinator Kathleen Klaniecki" src="https://www.cwu.edu/sites/default/files/Kathleen%20Klaniecki.jpg" style="margin: 0px 30px 30px 0px; float: left; width: 30%;" />at the construction is focused on reducing its environmental impact all the way through occupancy and how people use, stay, and study in this building,&rdquo; explained CWU Sustainability Coordinator Kathleen Klaniecki. &ldquo;We&rsquo;re tracking the waste generated through demolition and construction, where the building materials come from&mdash;are they regional, are they from recycled material, are toxic materials being used? We want stakeholders to realize how sustainable this building will be and understand how we are trying to reduce its environmental impact.&rdquo; &nbsp;</p> <p>The Health Sciences Building will join Dean Hall, Hogue Technology Building, Barto Hall, and Discovery Hall as LEED-certified structures built on the Ellensburg campus in the past decade.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> The three-story facility will house the university&rsquo;s Exercise Sciences, Clinical Physiology, Nutrition, Paramedicine, and Public Health programs. Those programs currently are spread across four separate buildings and have outgrown their existing spaces. The new facility will be able to simultaneously accommodate up to 630 students in classrooms and laboratory spaces while incorporating technology that also supports virtual instruction.</p> <p><img alt="Health sciences building interior photo" src="/sites/default/files/CWU%20Health%20Sciences%20interior.jpg" style="margin: 0px 0px 30px 30px; float: right; width: 40%;" />Virtual and in-person instruction have already taken place inside the building this fall. CWU construction management students recently experienced a virtual walk-through of the building, including a question-and-answer session about new technologies and other aspects of the work being conducted.</p> <p>&ldquo;We decided to engage our CMGT (construction management) courses in the project,&rdquo; Palmer said. &ldquo;We have had several classes come out and view the job site to see the general construction in person. This helps us out in two ways. One, it engages students in having pride in their campus. Two, it expands the students&rsquo; knowledge on how construction works here at Central, which helps prepare them for their real-world experiences.&rdquo; &nbsp;</p> <p>The Health Sciences building will become the capstone project for the university&rsquo;s &ldquo;Science Neighborhood&rdquo; that includes Science Hall, Discovery Hall, and Samuelson Hall.</p> <p><img alt="CWU Academic Planning Officer Doug Ryder" src="https://www.cwu.edu/sites/default/files/Doug%20Ryder.jpg" style="margin: 0px 30px 30px 0px; float: left; width: 30%;" />&ldquo;It sits in a very historic part of campus,&rdquo; noted CWU Academic Planning Officer Doug Ryder, the project architect. &ldquo;The building pays homage to the adjacent buildings. When the architects came up with some of the design features, they wanted it to be modern but still fit in the context of a historic brick campus.&rdquo;</p> <p>The Health Sciences building is scheduled to be open in time for the beginning of CWU&rsquo;s 2022 winter quarter. &nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Media contact: </strong>Robert Lowery, Public Affairs, 509-963-1487, Robert.Lowery@cwu.edu.</p> CWU Dining Services Earns More National Media Attentionhttps://www.cwu.edu/node/130273Wed, 25 Nov 2020 16:22:39<p>Central Washington University Dining Services continues to attract attention from around the food services industry.&nbsp;<img alt="" src="https://www.cwu.edu/sites/default/files/Food%20Mgmt%20article.png" style="float: right; margin: 0px 0px 30px 30px; width: 366px; height: 350px;" /></p> <p>Food Management, a national publication that features trends and best practices in the noncommercial food industry, published a news feature this week about a live&nbsp;<a href="https://www.food-management.com/colleges-universities/central-washington-university-culinary-team-drives-engagement-connectivity?cid=#menu" target="_blank">online cooking demo</a>&nbsp;that CWU Dining Services helped coordinate in mid-October.</p> <p>Campus Executive Chef Joe Ritchie and student Daniela Mendez Padilla teamed up for the one-hour cooking demo, preparing a traditional Chilean dish called charquican. Padilla, whose family is from Chile, said she had eaten the hearty stew before, but she had never prepared it before the October 16 event at the SURC.</p> <p>&ldquo;I associate happiness with this, and I hope others can learn to do this and enjoy it, too,&rdquo; she said to the audience.</p> <p>CWU Dining Services was also featured by Food Management in May when it introduced the&nbsp;<a href="https://www.food-management.com/colleges-universities/stories-front-lines-central-washington-university-campus-executive-chef-opens" target="_blank">Fresh Bar concept</a>.&nbsp;</p> Parking Lot Closureshttps://www.cwu.edu/node/130272Wed, 25 Nov 2020 07:59:26<p>Ten&nbsp;<a href="https://www.cwu.edu/sites/default/files/documents/CWU%20Parking%20Lot%20Closures%20Winter%202020.pdf" target="_blank">campus parking lots</a>&nbsp;will be closed during the holiday break period to reduce operating costs and better secure vehicles in the remaining lots. The lots are primarily used by students during the academic year.&nbsp;<img alt="CWU Medallion" src="https://www.cwu.edu/sites/default/files/images/2019%20CWU%20Seal.png" style="margin: 0px 0px 30px 30px; float: right; width: 135px; height: 133px;" /><br /> &nbsp;<br /> Impacted parking lots, mostly located on the campus periphery, will include portions of three lots that are south of the Student Union and Recreation Center (G-15, G-16, T-15), the parking area east of the Student Health Center (I-19), a portion of the lot south of the McIntyre Music Building (N-20), a portion of the Nicholson Pavilion lot (Q-14), and several lots on the north and far east end of campus (U-8, S-10, X-23, X-24).</p> CWU Early Childhood Education Students Thankful to Have In-Person Opportunitieshttps://www.cwu.edu/node/130271Tue, 24 Nov 2020 11:21:49<p><iframe allow=";" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/TzwBDxIb10w" width="640"></iframe></p> <hr /> <p>The 2020 fall quarter was always going to present some challenges for Central Washington University&rsquo;s Early Childhood Education program.</p> <p>But the situation became even more complicated in September when the Ellensburg School District decided not to allow any in-person practicums due to COVID-19 safety precautions.</p> <p>That change of plans left the CWU department scrambling to find in-person teaching opportunities in Kittitas County for its students. Fortunately, two spots opened up &mdash; one in the Kittitas School District and one at Jack &amp; Jill&rsquo;s House Preschool in Ellensburg &mdash; giving two aspiring teachers a chance to work with students in a true classroom setting for about two months.</p> <p>Senior Emily Carroll said she feels grateful to have had the opportunity since many of her classmates missed out.</p> <p>&ldquo;I just got lucky that I was placed in Kittitas and that they&nbsp;stayed open for hybrid learning,&rdquo; said Carroll, who worked in a kindergarten classroom for six weeks. &ldquo;I hope more of my classmates have an opportunity to do this next quarter.&rdquo;</p> <p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/Early%20Education_2.jpg" style="float: left; margin: 0px 30px 30px 0px; width: 400px; height: 238px;" />Senior classmate Odalys Esparza, who spent the past two months at Jack &amp; Jill&rsquo;s, said the experience has been invaluable as she trains&nbsp;to become a professional educator.</p> <p>&ldquo;This experience really helped me feel more prepared because I actually got to work with the kids in person,&rdquo; said Esparza, who plans to work alongside head teacher Melissa Gillaspy again this winter before student-teaching in the spring. &ldquo;I was definitely nervous that I wouldn&rsquo;t get this field experience before I started student-teaching, but now I feel much more comfortable.&rdquo;</p> <p>Carroll said she appreciates being able to learn from an established&nbsp;teacher like<span style="font-size: inherit;">&nbsp;Katy Bremner, who has given&nbsp;her a better understanding of what it&rsquo;s like to oversee a classroom full of energetic youngsters.</span></p> <p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/emily%20carroll.jpeg" style="width: 108px; height: 150px; float: left; margin: 0px 30px 30px 0px;" />&ldquo;It&rsquo;s been really valuable to see how she has handled having a hybrid classroom,&rdquo; she said. &ldquo;Even though I was just observing most of the time, I noticed a lot of little things. Katy has shown me some good strategies and techniques, and I&rsquo;ve also learned how important it is to interact differently with every kid. They all respond in different ways, and it became clear to me that you have to get to know each of your students individually.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> <p>Esparza came away with a similar understanding of the teacher-student dynamic and said Gillaspy has been an excellent mentor.</p> <p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/Odalys.jpg" style="float: left; margin: 0px 30px 30px 0px; width: 111px; height: 150px;" />&ldquo;I&rsquo;ve learned how to be patient and how to adapt my approach,&rdquo; she said. &ldquo;Sometimes the kids don&rsquo;t want to sit still, so we will move on to something else. Other times, we just make something up so we can keep them engaged.&rdquo;</p> <p>One of the ways Jack &amp; Jill&rsquo;s mixed things up this fall &mdash; both to keep students entertained and meet safety protocols &mdash; was to introduce weekly nature walks for the 4- and 5-year-old class.</p> <p>&ldquo;The preschoolers struggle to keep their masks on the whole day, so the nature walks are a way to give them a break,&rdquo; said Esparza, who is minoring in bilingual education. &ldquo;The teacher is always coming up with new activities, and she has showed me how to adapt to different situations when they come up.&rdquo;</p> <p>Carroll said she hopes to return to Bremner&rsquo;s classroom next quarter, but she also wants her classmates to have a similar opportunity. Whether she receives any additional in-person teaching experience this year remains to be seen, but between her CWU training and the in-person practicum, Carroll says she will be ready.</p> <p>&ldquo;This program gives you a lot of opportunities to go to different classrooms and teach lessons, so you really get used to being there,&rdquo; she said, referring to her experiences prior to the shift to mostly remote learning. &ldquo;You have a lot of chances to practice and receive feedback. They don&rsquo;t just lecture you and tell you how to do things. You get to hear a lot of perspectives and figure out what works best for you.&rdquo;</p> <hr /> <p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/Early%20Education_1.jpg" style="width: 700px; height: 440px;" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>CWU senior Odalys Esparza reads a story to&nbsp;a group of students at Jack &amp; Jill&#39;s Preschool in Ellensburg, where she has been doing her practicum work this fall.</em></p> <hr /> <h3 style="text-align: center;"><strong>Lessons for the Future</strong></h3> <p>CWU Associate Professor Dia Gary is among the faculty responsible for training future educators like Carroll and Esparza. Just like her students, she has had to make more than a few adjustments during this highly unpredictable year.</p> <p>While it has been difficult to overcome the lack of in-person practicum opportunities, Gary and her colleagues have taken advantage of tools like video conferencing to critique their students and prepare them for a real-life school setting.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;ve been doing more things online and trying to think more outside the box,&rdquo; said Gary, a former kindergarten teacher who has been at CWU since 2012. &ldquo;This experience has made me more creative. I&rsquo;m always thinking to myself, &lsquo;How can I make this as hands-on and constructive as I can?&rsquo; It has stretched all of us, but it has also been a growing opportunity. Both the professors and the students have learned a lot from doing things this way.&rdquo;</p> <p>One unit that worked well for Gary&rsquo;s early childhood education students was when&nbsp;they prepared a lesson plan and presented it on video to their families, friends, or roommates. The students then presented their video projects to the class and received real-time feedback.</p> <p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/Early%20Education_3.jpg" style="float: right; margin: 0px 0px 30px 30px; width: 450px; height: 276px;" />&ldquo;We usually have them go to preschools and teach for the day,&rdquo; Gary said. &ldquo;But since we couldn&rsquo;t do that this quarter, we had them improvise with their friends and families. &hellip; That unit worked so well that we may not change it in the future. It was a lot easier than having to transport all of our supplies to Black Hall. Plus, everyone had fun doing it.&rdquo;</p> <p>No one believes that a virtual/hybrid structure could replicate the&nbsp;in-person learning experience, but under the circumstances, the new learning format has given educators a vision for the future &mdash; even for the relentlessly social&nbsp;3- to 5-year-old age group.</p> <p>&ldquo;We are learning that this system does work,&rdquo; Gary said. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s not ideal, but it may even be better for some students. Some kids learn better in a smaller class setting, and those who need more time to run around outside can do that in between Zoom meetings. From what I&rsquo;ve seen, it&rsquo;s been working out well in the schools.&rdquo;</p> <p>Most importantly, the Early Childhood Education program at CWU has found a way to overcome the current setbacks while continuing to provide students with the training they need to excel in their own classrooms after graduation.</p> <p>&ldquo;We teach them to ask the kids a lot of questions &mdash; get them to think and come up with their own solutions,&rdquo; Gary said. &ldquo;The most important thing is to get them to talk with one another and with you. You also need a lot of hands-on activities that involve each of the five senses. Get them interested, get them focused, and get the language flowing.&rdquo;</p> <p>Carroll said what has impressed her most about the CWU program is the wealth of resources available to her and her classmates. She says anyone considering the Early Childhood Education track at CWU should know they won&rsquo;t be alone.</p> <p>&ldquo;The faculty always has your best interests at heart, so just knowing that there&rsquo;s so much help available has been nice for me,&rdquo; she said. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s nice to know that when you have a question or you are stressed out about something, you can reach out to your advisers and they will help you get through it.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>Media contact:</strong> David Leder, Department of Public Affairs, David.Leder@cwu.edu, 509-963-1518.</p> </span style="font-size: inherit;"></p style="text-align: center;"></h3 style="text-align: center;">FlixBus to Resume Service from West Side to Ellensburg in Januaryhttps://www.cwu.edu/node/130270Tue, 24 Nov 2020 10:55:27<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/flixbus_1.jpg" style="width: 700px; height: 394px;" /></p> <p>Central Washington University students who want to travel to and from the west side of the state will have a safe, affordable option in January.</p> <p>FlixBus, the low-cost, environmentally conscious transportation service that expanded to the Northwest last fall, will be resuming a number of temporarily suspended routes in early 2021, including one from the Puget Sound area to Ellensburg.</p> <p>The company announced last week that it will be offering trips over Interstate 90 from January 1-5 and January 15-18 (Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend). Departure times haven&rsquo;t been made official, but an early morning departure from Seattle is expected, with return trips from Ellensburg available later in the day.</p> <p>&ldquo;We are happy to hear FlixBus is returning to Ellensburg after a successful introduction to our community last fall,&rdquo; said Rick Duffett, CWU&rsquo;s interim vice president of Operations. &ldquo;We have a lot of students who need transportation to and from the Puget Sound area, and we are glad they will have a safe, affordable alternative this winter.&rdquo;</p> <p>FlixBus&nbsp;paused all of its Northwest routes last spring due to COVID-19 concerns, but it recently resumed service along the Interstate 5 corridor, including a stop at Sea-Tac International Airport. The Germany-based company said it is also looking forward to returning to Ellensburg.</p> <p>&ldquo;We feel it&rsquo;s important to give local residents and CWU students an affordable travel option during a time where transportation may already be limited as it is,&rdquo; said Jeffrey Lane, head of business development for FlixBus. &ldquo;Whether it&rsquo;s a weekend escape to reconnect with a loved one or a visit home to check on family, we&#39;re ready to get you there safely in an affordable and sustainable manner.&rdquo;</p> <p>Lane added that the safety and well-being of FlixBus customers, drivers, employees, and the communities it serves is a top priority. In response to COVID-19, the company has implemented stringent safety measures, such as conducting temperature checks, requiring face coverings at all times, and thoroughly sanitizing surfaces. More information about FlixBus safety guidelines can be found <a href="https://www.flixbus.com/network-safety-updates" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p>FlixBus&rsquo; January route schedules will be available soon at <a href="https://www.flixbus.com">flixbus.com</a> and on the FlixBus smartphone app for iOS and Android.</p> <p>The <a href="https://www.flixbus.com/bus/ellensburg-wa" target="_blank">Ellensburg FlixBus stop</a> is located at 900 E. 10th Ave., on the yellow curbside north of Starbucks and adjacent to the entrance to the CWU parking lot on University Avenue.</p> <p><strong>Media contact:</strong> David Leder, Department of Public Affairs, David.Leder@cwu.edu, 509-963-1518.</p> Parking Lot Closureshttps://www.cwu.edu/node/130269Mon, 23 Nov 2020 10:52:44<p>Ten&nbsp;<a href="https://www.cwu.edu/sites/default/files/documents/CWU%20Parking%20Lot%20Closures%20Winter%202020.pdf" target="_blank">campus parking lots</a>&nbsp;will be closed during the holiday break period to reduce operating costs and better secure vehicles in the remaining lots. The lots are primarily used by students during the academic year.&nbsp;<img alt="CWU Medallion" src="https://www.cwu.edu/sites/default/files/images/2019%20CWU%20Seal.png" style="margin: 0px 0px 30px 30px; float: right; width: 135px; height: 133px;" /><br /> &nbsp;<br /> Impacted parking lots, mostly located on the campus periphery, will include portions of three lots that are south of the Student Union and Recreation Center (G-15, G-16, T-15), the parking area east of the Student Health Center (I-19), a portion of the lot south of the McIntyre Music Building (N-20), a portion of the Nicholson Pavilion lot (Q-14), and several lots on the north and far east end of campus (U-8, S-10, X-23, X-24).</p> Parking Lot Closureshttps://www.cwu.edu/node/130268Mon, 23 Nov 2020 08:16:27<p>Ten <a href="https://www.cwu.edu/sites/default/files/documents/CWU%20Parking%20Lot%20Closures%20Winter%202020.pdf" target="_blank">campus parking lots</a> will be closed during the holiday break period to reduce operating costs and better secure vehicles in the remaining lots. The lots are primarily used by students during the academic year.&nbsp;<img alt="CWU Medallion" src="https://www.cwu.edu/sites/default/files/images/2019%20CWU%20Seal.png" style="margin: 0px 0px 30px 30px; float: right; width: 135px; height: 133px;" /><br /> &nbsp;<br /> Impacted parking lots, mostly located on the campus periphery, will include portions of three lots that are south of the Student Union and Recreation Center (G-15, G-16, T-15), the parking area east of the Student Health Center (I-19), a portion of the lot south of the McIntyre Music Building (N-20), a portion of the Nicholson Pavilion lot (Q-14), and several lots on the north and far east end of campus (U-8, S-10, X-23, X-24).</p> CWU Now Offering WildcatCare 365 Online Medical and Counseling Service for Studentshttps://www.cwu.edu/node/130101Sun, 22 Nov 2020 16:43:41<p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:Times"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/videos/WildcatCare365-wTag%20copy.jpg" style="margin: 0px 0px 30px 30px; float: right; width: 400px; height: 400px;" />Central Washington University has partnered with TimelyMD, a leading national telehealth company, to offer WildcatCare 365, an online service for students that provides no-charge, immediate, and unlimited access to medical and professional mental health support visits at any time of the day.</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:Times"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif">Additional services include scheduled short-term individual psychotherapy and health and wellness coaching appointments for students and 24/7 consultation for faculty or staff concerned about a student&rsquo;s wellbeing.</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:Times"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif">The service, which is now available, allows students to have 24/7 access to licensed physicians and counselors anywhere in the United States. The program was piloted on campus earlier this year to great success.</span></span></span></p> <p>&nbsp; <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:Times"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif">&ldquo;We&rsquo;re so pleased to be able to offer this service to our students, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, when we have to be concerned about physical distancing and avoiding close contact with others,&rdquo; noted Shawnté Elbert, CWU&rsquo;s associate dean for health and wellness.</span></span></span></p> </p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:Times"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif">&ldquo;Anyone seeking care will find this service is as easy as making a video call,&rdquo; noted Cindy Bruns, Director of the CWU Student Counseling Services. &ldquo;A nice feature is that students using their phone or other device can see the profiles, faces, and basic identifying details of the medical providers and mental health counselors available to them. They can choose to meet with a specific provider or select the first available caregiver.&rdquo;</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:Times"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif">Students can access the service using a free downloadable smartphone app (TimelyMD) or through an online portal called <a href="http://www.wildcatcare365.com/" target="_blank">http://www.wildcatcare365.com/</a>. Typically, students will have a video consultation with a health professional within 5 to 10 minutes.</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:Times"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif">&ldquo;Central decided to start offering this service because it&rsquo;s convenient, easy-to-use, beneficial to our students and, most importantly, private and secure,&rdquo; added Carylin Holsey, Director of CWU Student Health Services.</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:Times"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif">&ldquo;Virtual access to medical and mental health counseling has never been more important, especially for college students who may be learning remotely, need care after hours, and prefer to do so privately on their own devices,&rdquo; said Luke Hejl, Chief Executive Officer of TimelyMD. &ldquo;We&rsquo;re honored to be able to partner with Central Washington University to provide these services.&rdquo;</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:Times"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif"><strong>&nbsp;Media contact: </strong>Richard Moreno, Department of Public Affairs, 509-963-2714, Richard.Moreno@cwu.edu.</span></span></span></p> </span style="font-size:12pt"></span style="font-family:Times"></span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif"></span style="font-size:12pt"></span style="font-family:Times"></span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif"></span style="font-size:12pt"></span style="font-family:Times"></span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif"></span style="font-size:12pt"></span style="font-family:Times"></span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif"></span style="font-size:12pt"></span style="font-family:Times"></span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif"></span style="font-size:12pt"></span style="font-family:Times"></span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif"></span style="font-size:12pt"></span style="font-family:Times"></span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif"></span style="font-size:12pt"></span style="font-family:Times"></span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif"></span style="font-size:12pt"></span style="font-family:Times"></span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif">CWU and APOYO Approve New Two-Year Agreementhttps://www.cwu.edu/node/130100Tue, 17 Nov 2020 11:41:49<p style="margin:0in; 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"><img alt="" src="https://www.cwu.edu/sites/default/files/CWU_Medallion-RGB%20%282%29%20copy.jpg" style="margin: 0px 0px 30px 30px; float: right; width: 200px; height: 200px;" />Central Washington University and the Allied People Offering Year-Round Outreach (APOYO) food and clothing bank have reached an agreement that allows the non-profit to continue operating on campus for two more years.</span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in; margin-right:0in; margin-left:0in">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin:0in; 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">&ldquo;The university and APOYO have a relationship of more than two decades,&rdquo; noted Delores Cleary, CWU&rsquo;s Vice President of Inclusivity and Diversity. &ldquo;This memorandum of understanding permits APOYO to continue being housed on campus for two more years until they find a permanent home.&rdquo;</span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in; margin-right:0in; margin-left:0in">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin:0in; 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">Cleary said the association with APOYO allows CWU to build on the opportunities available for collaborative academic offerings for students. She said this could include guest lectures by APOYO faculty affiliates, research projects, and internships.</span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in; margin-right:0in; margin-left:0in">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin:0in; 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">As part of the agreement, which expires on October 31, 2022, the university will allow APOYO, which serves local and neighboring communities, to operate from campus. CWU will pay for power, heating, water/sewer, and garbage collection, and provide the organization with available surplus furniture.</span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in; margin-right:0in; margin-left:0in">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin:0in; 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">The university also will contribute up to $20,000 for facility repairs, which will be matched by a $5,000 contribution from APOYO.</span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in; margin-right:0in; margin-left:0in">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin:0in; 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">APOYO&rsquo;s Academic Connections team will continue to collaborate with CWU on academic offerings. APOYO staff will provide monthly reports to the university listing student volunteer or internship activity. According to the agreement, minimum targets for APOYO include providing opportunities for at least one class annually, two internships annually, and providing 25 students annually with volunteer opportunities. This will be modified during the pandemic.</span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in; margin-right:0in; margin-left:0in">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin:0in; 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">&ldquo;APOYO understands that the need for compassionate, culturally-aware community service is intensifying,&rdquo; said Stefanie Wickstrom, APOYO&rsquo;s Executive Director. &ldquo;We are happy to be supported by CWU in our work as we gather resources to transition to an off-campus facility and expand our community presence.&rdquo;</span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in; margin-right:0in; margin-left:0in">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin:0in; 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">&ldquo;We think this a fair agreement for all parties,&rdquo; Cleary said. &ldquo;While we will be able to make short-term repairs to the building, it is not a long-term solution.&rdquo;</span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in; margin-right:0in; margin-left:0in">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin:0in; 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">The university plans to demolish the house at the end of the agreement.</span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in; margin-right:0in; margin-left:0in">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin-right:.8in; margin:0in; margin-left:0in"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:Times"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif">Media contact: Kremiere Jackson, Department of Public Affairs, 509-963-1425, Kremiere.Jackson@cwu.edu.</span></span></span></p> </p style="margin:0in; 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:0in; 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margin:0in; margin-left:0in"></span style="font-size:12pt"></span style="font-family:Times"></span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif">Students Applaud CWU’s Pre-Thanksgiving COVID-19 Testinghttps://www.cwu.edu/node/130099Tue, 17 Nov 2020 08:12:24<p style="margin:0in"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:Times"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif"><img alt="" src="https://www.cwu.edu/sites/default/files/CWU%20Medallion%20RGB%20copy.jpg" style="margin: 0px 0px 30px 30px; float: right; width: 200px; height: 200px;" />Student participation in Central Washington University&rsquo;s recent Pre-Thanksgiving Optional COVID-19 Testing indicates they probably would not have done so had the university not made it convenient.</span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin:0in"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:Times"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif">On November 12-13, CWU provided free COVID-19 testing to 361 students in the Nicholson Pavilion Field House. University medical staff also administered 134 flu shots to students.</span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin:0in"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:Times"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif">&ldquo;</span><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif">When I talked to students and asked, would they have considered being tested in the CWU clinic or KVH if this event had not happened, they said probably not, and others said they hadn&#39;t really thought about it,&rdquo; </span><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif">noted Dr. Carylin Holsey, CWU&rsquo;s director of Student Health Services.</span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin:0in"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:Times"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif">&ldquo;The general consensus of the students is they were glad we did the testing,&rdquo; Holsey said. &ldquo;Most said they tested out of concern for their family members and friends when they go home for the holidays.&rdquo;</span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin:0in"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:Times"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif">As a result of the testing, Central reported that eight students tested positive.</span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin:0in"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:Times"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif">&ldquo;All eight of the students are doing fine and are being monitored closely,&rdquo; according to Gregg Heinselman, CWU&rsquo;s Dean of Student Success.</span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin:0in"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:Times"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif">Dr. Mark Larson, the Kittitas County Public Health Officer, said it was important that everyone in the local community, including CWU students, staff, and faculty, remain vigilant because the virus is highly infectious and has proven challenging to control.</span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin:0in"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:Times"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif">&ldquo;It&rsquo;s essential that everyone continue to do the things recommended by health experts, such as wearing a face covering, frequently washing your hands, keeping your social distance from others, and avoiding social gatherings as much as possible,&rdquo; he said.</span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin:0in"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:Times"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif">&ldquo;Our goal with this testing was to give our students an opportunity to get a free COVID-19 test before making the decision to head home and potentially spread the virus to those who might be vulnerable,&rdquo; said Shawnté Elbert, CWU&rsquo;s associate dean for health and wellness.</span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin:0in"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:Times"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif">Elbert said the university will follow up the testing event with mandatory testing of all students when they return for winter quarter in early January.</span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin:0in"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:Times"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif">Those who chose to be tested at home must provide the Student Health Services with the results upon their return. </span><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif">The test must be equivalent to the PCR tests used on campus and should be no older than 72 hours (from the time it was performed to the time it is provided to campus health officials).</span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin:0in"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:Times"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif">The university will conduct all classes remotely during the first two weeks of the quarter, then will resume instruction utilizing the hybrid model used during the fall quarter, with classes largely taught remotely and some in-person instruction.</span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin-right:.8in; margin:0in"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:Times"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif">Media contact: Kremiere Jackson, Department of Public Affairs, 509-963-1425, Kremiere.Jackson@cwu.edu.</span></span></span></p> </p style="margin:0in"></span style="font-size:12pt"></span style="font-family:Times"></span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif"></p style="margin:0in"></p style="margin:0in"></span style="font-size:12pt"></span style="font-family:Times"></span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif"></p style="margin:0in"></p style="margin:0in"></span style="font-size:12pt"></span style="font-family:Times"></span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif"></span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif"></span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif"></p style="margin:0in"></p style="margin:0in"></span style="font-size:12pt"></span style="font-family:Times"></span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif"></p style="margin:0in"></p style="margin:0in"></span style="font-size:12pt"></span style="font-family:Times"></span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif"></p style="margin:0in"></p style="margin:0in"></span style="font-size:12pt"></span style="font-family:Times"></span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif"></p style="margin:0in"></p style="margin:0in"></span style="font-size:12pt"></span style="font-family:Times"></span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif"></p style="margin:0in"></p style="margin:0in"></span style="font-size:12pt"></span style="font-family:Times"></span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif"></p style="margin:0in"></p style="margin:0in"></span style="font-size:12pt"></span style="font-family:Times"></span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif"></p style="margin:0in"></p style="margin:0in"></span style="font-size:12pt"></span style="font-family:Times"></span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif"></p style="margin:0in"></p style="margin:0in"></span style="font-size:12pt"></span style="font-family:Times"></span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif"></span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif"></p style="margin:0in"></p style="margin:0in"></span style="font-size:12pt"></span style="font-family:Times"></span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif"></p style="margin:0in"></p style="margin-right:.8in; 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