CWUNewsNews annual Northwest Sports Summit in November, 31 Oct 2022 08:52:20<p>The annual Northwest Sports Summit will be held on Nov. 17. This year&rsquo;s theme is strategy and storytelling in sports.&nbsp;</p> <p>The summit will be hosted by CWU Northwest Center for Sport and will create an opportunity for students to build networks with sports business professionals and learn about careers through panels.&nbsp;</p> <p>Just over 100 people attended the summit in 2021,&nbsp; which was the first in-person summit. In 2020, it was held virtually because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Northwest Center for Sport Director Sean Dahlin said he is looking forward to another great turnout this year.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re always pushing the limit. This year we&rsquo;re hoping for about 125-150 [attendees] but we&rsquo;re always pushing that limit,&rdquo; Dahlin said.</p> <p>The summit will feature various panelists from all over the country who are yet to be announced, but CWU alumni are expected to play a big role as well.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;We will have a speed networking session in-between our first and second panel, and so we&rsquo;ve been inviting and getting a lot of confirmations of alumni that will be coming back because they really want to talk to our students, so we&rsquo;re excited about that,&rdquo; Dahlin said.&nbsp;</p> <p>The keynote speaker for this year has been announced to be Seattle Seahawks Assistant Running Backs Coach Amanda Ruller, who was recently awarded the Bill Walsh Diversity Coaching Fellowship in the NFL.</p> <p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re really excited to bring her to campus, big advocacy for women in sports and women in coaching and she has a bunch of energy so we&rsquo;re excited to have her as keynote speaker,&rdquo; Dahlin said.&nbsp;</p> <p>Northwest Center for Sport&rsquo;s mission is to provide networking opportunities, professional development and to connect students with the sports industry. In the past, they have hosted guest speakers from the Seattle Seahawks, Seattle Mariners, PGA Tour, ROOT sports and more.&nbsp;</p> <p>As an organization, Northwest Center for Sport also holds a student trip yearly which involves attending career fairs and touring professional sports venues to give undergraduate and graduate sports management students good experiences and networking opportunities.&nbsp;</p> <p>The summit will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the SURC. Registration is free and more information can be found on their website.&nbsp;</p> <p></p> Life in motion: Gabrielle McNeillie dances over seas of delight, 31 Oct 2022 08:47:33<p>From studying ballet in the Rochester, New York area to performing professionally on Carnival Cruise lines to teaching as a dance professor at CWU, Gabrielle McNeillie&rsquo;s lively spirit has touched audiences all across the globe.&nbsp;</p> <p>McNeillie&rsquo;s dance career started at the young age of five, as dance runs in her bloodline.</p> <p>&ldquo;I was lucky enough to have my aunt as my very first dance teacher,&rdquo; McNeillie said. &ldquo;She owned a dance studio, so I danced with her as a student until high school, and then I joined a pre-professional school for ballet called the Rochester City Ballet.&rdquo;</p> <p>McNeillie said she learned from all different types of teachers, French and Russian teachers as well as those who taught American styles of ballet, modern and jazz dance.&nbsp;</p> <p>McNeillie was living in New York at the time of the September 11 terrorist attacks, which she later learned played an instrumental role in landing her nearly-decade long stint as a performer for Carnival Cruise lines.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;I found out many years later that they actually tried to get all the dancers they had hired out of New York when [9/11] happened &hellip; which I thought was really kind and it made me realize how lucky I was to work for that company,&rdquo; McNeillie said.</p> <p>According to McNeillie, dancing on the cruise ships was contracted work that lasted 10-11 months at a time, and she worked with Carnival for almost eight years.&nbsp;</p> <p>She said getting accustomed to the jargon of a ship was an unforeseen aspect of living at sea.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;Looking back, one of the unexpected elements of ship life is the camaraderie and relationships you create while there,&rdquo; McNeillie said. &ldquo;I feel so lucky to have met and worked with people from all over the world.&rdquo;</p> <p>McNeillie recounted many adventures and misadventures of working on a cruise ship. She told one story about forgetting her dance steps to a dance she knew &ldquo;backwards and forwards&rdquo; and sharing a laugh with her dance captain.</p> <p>&ldquo;When you&rsquo;re doing a show over and over and over again for eight, nine,10 months, you maybe start thinking about other things besides the dance you&rsquo;re doing in the moment, and so this comes with consequences,&rdquo; McNeillie said. &ldquo;I completely forgot what I was doing. I was like a statue and my dance captain at the time was right behind me &hellip; I could hear his laugh behind me and &hellip; had to turn around and look and see what everyone was doing, so I could catch up, and he just had the biggest goofiest grin on his face because it&rsquo;s not something I did regularly.&rdquo;</p> <p>McNeillie also reminisced about a small fire that was lit on stage as a result of pyrotechnics used to accentuate dance numbers. She said the fire safety officers hopped on stage to put the fire out and the sound of the fire extinguisher was very timely.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;The fire safety officer comes up on stage right in this perfect moment in the music,&rdquo; McNeillie said. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s from Miss Saigon &hellip; and it&rsquo;s supposed to be a really serious number and we were all just trying not to laugh.&rdquo;</p> <p>According to McNeillie, the show must always go on regardless of unforeseen circumstances, even fire.</p> <p>McNeillie said the accomplishment she is most proud of was filling in as dance captain when she started work on a cruise through the Mediterranean, and later being promoted to dance captain for her final contract with Carnival.</p> <p>&ldquo;It was a nice way to end my career there,&rdquo; McNeillie said. &ldquo;That kind of solidified the trajectory I wanted to take &hellip; I knew I wanted to be in a teaching position and a position where I could be working towards creating curriculum that guides students to being professionals.&rdquo;</p> <p>McNeillie garnered far more than simply lasting career experience and amusing anecdotes from her time with Carnival Cruise line; she met her husband and CWU alumni Blair McNeillie on ship, where he also performed.</p> <p>&ldquo;He was a musician, so I think that&rsquo;s one of the reasons I stayed so long,&rdquo; McNeillie said.</p> <p>The couple left ship to get married and moved to Ellensburg so her husband could obtain a master&rsquo;s degree in music at CWU. This is where McNeillie&rsquo;s journey as a professor began, when she started teaching dance part time.&nbsp;</p> <p>Eventually she earned her Master&rsquo;s of Fine Arts from the University of Arizona, and moved back to teach at CWU full time where she became a tenured track dance professor.</p> <p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m really thankful to Therese, who&rsquo;s the director of the dance program, for having so much faith in me and bringing me back here,&rdquo; McNeillie said.</p> <p>According to McNeillie, her favorite style of dance to teach is ballet while her favorite style to perform is musical theatre jazz &ldquo;all the way.&rdquo;</p> <p>McNeillie said the art of teaching and the art of performing are very similar, in that they both involve a performative element.</p> <p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re working really hard to be engaging and to encourage our students to be participants,&rdquo; McNeillie said. &ldquo;Having a performance background does really assist with that. Even when I&rsquo;m struggling or having a hard day, I can walk into a class and put that aside and put my performance face on.&rdquo;</p> <p>McNeillie mentioned that dance classes are open to all types of students, even students outside the dance department.</p> <p>She said she is excited for the upcoming dance performance put on by the choreography class where students will choreograph and talk about their work this December. She also said she is excited for a collaboration between the dance, music and theatre departments and the Ellensburg Dance Ensemble for The Nutcracker this winter.</p> <p>McNeillie&rsquo;s work has touched and inspired many students, as was the case for junior in elementary education and dance education Sophie Blasingim who worked with McNeillie to choreograph a can-can dance for the Orpheus in the Underworld opera and has taken many of McNeillie&rsquo;s classes.</p> <p>&ldquo;She&rsquo;s just so supportive and she really strives to make sure that you&rsquo;re doing the best in class,&rdquo; Blasingim said. &ldquo;If you need help, she&rsquo;s willing to give you the right steps or techniques you can do to make the movement work with your body.&rdquo;</p> <p>McNeillie said she hopes her students feel proud of what their bodies can do and find more strength than they expected to have.&nbsp;</p> <p>She said she hopes students &ldquo;have a lifelong love and appreciation for dance and what it can do not only for themselves but for others.&rdquo;</p> <p>McNeillie gave some advice for upcoming dancers who hope to dance professionally. She said they must be versatile, learn from a variety of teachers and be prepared for all types of choreography.</p> <p>&ldquo;Anyone who is hoping to be a professional must be prepared for a lot of rejection and therefore, needs to learn how to continue despite it,&rdquo; McNeillie said.</p> <p>;</p> Orchesis Spring Dance Performance, 19 Apr 2022 15:08:44<p><img alt="" src="" style="width: 464px; height: 600px;" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="file:///C:/Users/mcgla/OneDrive/Desktop/Spring%20Show%20Poster.pdf" />The Orchesis Spring Dance Performance features a variety of modern, contemporary, and jazz dance. The show features choreography by dance faculty, Therese Young and Gabrielle McNeillie and student choreographers including two works from one of the graduating Seniors Marissa Bragg. Marissa performs her own choreography in a contemporary solo and choreographed a group piece entitled &ldquo;Into My Deepest Dreams&rdquo; which was recently performed at the American College Dance Association regional conference in Eugene, Oregon.</p> <p>The Company is composed of 20 students, most are majoring or minoring in dance, although that is not a requirement to audition. Orchesis dance company is open to any CWU student with previous dance experience. Auditions are the day before fall quarter begins and again before the start of winter quarter. For more information check the company face book page at</p> <p><strong>Orchesis Spring Dance Performance</strong></p> <p><strong>Milo Smith Tower Theatre</strong></p> <p><strong>April 21-23</strong></p> <p><strong>7:30 p.m. each evening</strong></p> <p><strong>Tickets available at CWU Wildcat tickets</strong></p> <p><strong>Admission - $10:00 with student ID</strong></p> <p><strong>General admission - $15.00</strong></p> CWU Professor Awarded Best Poster at AIESEP, 30 Jul 2018 12:16:19<p>Dr. Tanjian Liang presented at the International Association for Physical Education in Higher Education in Edinburgh, Scotland during July 25-28, 2018.&nbsp; He and his colleague were awarded the 2nd position in the poster session at the 2018 AIESEP World Congress. The title of his poster session was <span style="font-size:12.0pt">“Physical Education Teacher Candidates’ Development of Caring Relationships”.</span>&nbsp; He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Education, School Health and Movement Studies.</p><p><img alt="" src="" style="width: 240px; height: 320px;"></p><h4>&nbsp;</h4></span style="font-size:12.0pt">CWU Professor Leads Service Learning in Guam, 16 Jul 2018 07:51:10<p><img alt="" src="/peshms/sites/" style="width: 475px; height: 316px;"></p><p>Mark Perez grew up in Sinajana, attended the University of Guam, taught at the Department of Youth Affairs and Southern High School, and eventually left to obtain his master's degree and doctorate in the mainland.</p><p>That was 20 years ago.</p><p>Now a professor of health education at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Washington, Perez also has been coming back to Guam to visit family and friends every summer since. At one time, he also taught at the UOG summer camp. Then seven years ago someone said to him, "Let's try to get students to come here and experience the culture."</p><p>That's what Perez has been doing ever since then. For the summer, he brings CWU students who are studying health education and public health so they can receive real-world working experience.</p><p>Read more of this story in the <a href="" target="_blank">Guam Daily Post</a>.</p>Alumni Jean Putnam Made the Difference!, 17 May 2017 10:10:40<p><img alt="" src="/peshms/sites/" style="width: 200px; height: 289px;"></p><p><span class="fbPhotosPhotoCaption" data-ft="{&quot;tn&quot;:&quot;K&quot;}" id="fbPhotoSnowliftCaption" tabindex="0"><span class="hasCaption">125 who made a difference: Betty Jean Putnam taught physical education from 1967-1991 and served as Dean of Extended University Programs. She was a longtime field hockey coach and inducted into the Athletics Hall of Fame in 2012. She has been an active supporter and participant in CWU’s Living History Project (<a href="" rel="nofollow nofollow" target="_blank"><span>http://</span><wbr><span></span><wbr>cwura_interviews/79/</a>). <a href="" rel="nofollow nofollow" target="_blank"></a> <a class="_58cn" data-ft="{&quot;tn&quot;:&quot;*N&quot;,&quot;type&quot;:104}" href="">#cwu125</a> <a class="_58cn" data-ft="{&quot;tn&quot;:&quot;*N&quot;,&quot;type&quot;:104}" href="">#cwu</a> <a class="_58cn" data-ft="{&quot;tn&quot;:&quot;*N&quot;,&quot;type&quot;:104}" href="">#cwualumni</a> <a class="_58cn" data-ft="{&quot;tn&quot;:&quot;*N&quot;,&quot;type&quot;:104}" href="">#alwaysawildcat</a></span></span></p></span class="fbPhotosPhotoCaption" data-ft="{&quot;tn&quot;:&quot;K&quot;}" id="fbPhotoSnowliftCaption" tabindex="0"></span class="hasCaption"></wbr></wbr>CWU to offer new Bachelor of Science in Sport Management, 07 Apr 2017 08:20:10<p>Central Washington University will offer a new Bachelor of Science in Sport Management beginning with the 2017 fall quarter.</p><p>Approved Friday, March 31, by the CWU Board of Trustees, the new program—just the fourth offered by a university in Washington—will allow students to combine classroom learning with practical experience through internships. Through the Department of Physical Education, School Health and Movement Studies, the new major is designed to meet entry-level areas of need in what is the sixth largest—and growing—industry in the United States, based on data from the Society of Health and Physical Educators.</p><p>Graduates will be prepared for careers in collegiate and professional-level athletics administration, coaching, facilities management, media, promotion and sponsorship, and physical activity and sports program administration for cities and communities.</p><p>“Our students studying sport management can pursue careers in a variety of arenas, including collegiate, professional, and Olympic sports,” said Brian McGladrey, the program’s director. “However, they could also pursue careers in sport marketing and management, with sport communications and news media firms, in corporate sponsorship and advertising, with sporting goods firms, and at arenas, stadiums, civic centers, and other similar businesses.”</p><p>The sports industry now generates more than $213 billion in annual revenues and is expected to continue to rank among the largest and most diverse industries in the nation, with career opportunities extending into and, likely, expanding even further in the future. Since 1980, educational programs in sport management have grown in number from just three to more than 300 nationwide.</p><p>“Besides traditional sports, the sports industry now involves newer alternative, action, and extreme sports—skateboarding, boogie boarding, ice climbing, snow kayaking—and new professional sports, especially for women,” McGladrey noted.</p><p>The bachelor of science degree in sport management will include a core curriculum with specializations in sport coaching, focusing on the basics of sport coaching (typically at the youth, interscholastic, or collegiate levels); physical activity programming, to learn effective physical education teaching as well as leadership and recreational-management skills, and sport business, offered through the CWU College of Business, allowing students to explore the application of marketing, organizational management, law, leadership, finance and other business principles, and related aspect as they apply to the sport industry.</p><p><strong>Media contact: </strong>Robert Lowery, director of radio services and integrated communications, 509-963-1487,<br><br>April 5, 2017</p></br></br>CWU to offer new Bachelor of Arts in Dance, 07 Apr 2017 08:18:34<p>Central Washington University will offer a new dance major beginning with the 2017 fall quarter. It will currently be the only Bachelor of Arts offered by a Washington university east of the Cascades.<br>&nbsp;<br>The new major, approved Friday, March 31 by the CWU Board of Trustees, will allow students to develop knowledge of dance styles and techniques, and hone their proficiencies and the skills necessary to pursue positions in a variety of fields.&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;<br>“Upon graduation, students enrolled in the new program will be ready a range of careers, in performance, choreography, education and teaching across an array of dance genres,” said Therese Young, CWU dance program director. “They may also pair the major with minors—such as Business Administration, a dance endorsement [for kindergarten through high school teachers], nutrition, physical activity and recreation programming, recreation management, or theatre studies—to further enhance their professional career readiness.”<br>&nbsp;<br>Young, named the 2011 Dance Educator of the Year by the Washington Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, has developed the CWU program based on her broad-based background, which includes work with renowned professionals including the Nikolai and Alvin Ailey dance companies, jazz artist Gus Giordano, and instructors from the Royal Ballet of London.<br>&nbsp;<br>She noted that national statistics indicate that there are now nearly 203,000 employed dance teachers, which includes those in non-academic settings, and more than 20,000 professional dancers and choreographers.</p><p>“Dancers and choreographers will more and more be supplementing their performing careers by teaching,” Young added.&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;<br>The new major is an outgrowth of a survey that was conducted by Young and her fellow dance program faculty during the 2016 spring quarter. That survey found nearly one in four students—including a large percentage of university freshman—had interest in a CWU dance major.<br>&nbsp;<br>In addition, CWU will offer a dance minor, to complement majors from departments across campus including theatre studies, education, nutrition, physical activity and recreation programming, and recreation management.<br>&nbsp;<br>CWU dance program students are encouraged to participate in the American College Dance Association and collaborate with study abroad to take advantage of openings to teach in other countries.<br>&nbsp;<br>“We also like our dance students to join Central’s Orchesis Dance Company,” Young added. “It promotes dance as a performing art and allows them additional opportunities to choreograph, learn, and perform original artistic works, particularly modern and jazz dance.”<br>&nbsp;<br><strong>Media contact:&nbsp;</strong>Robert Lowery, director of radio services and integrated communications, 509-963-1487,<br>&nbsp;<br>April 7, 2017</p></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br>CWU PESH Students Attend SHAPE AMERICA, 13 Mar 2017 14:18:47<p>There are 18 CWU PESH students attending the SHAPE AMERICA National Conference in Boston, MA during the week of March 13, 2017 that are joining the professors in the Department of Physical Education, School Health and Movement Studies.</p><p><img alt="" src="/peshms/sites/" style="height: 150px; width: 200px;"></p>CWU students participate in study abroad program in Guam, 21 Jul 2016 09:55:47<p><img alt="" src="/peshms/sites/" style="width: 400px; height: 300px;"></p><p>While a bustle of activity at the Sinajana Senior Center is not a rare event for the local community center, it is only once a year that they are visited by a group of students from Central Washington University (CWU). For the past two weeks, a group of five pre-nursing and early education students have participated in a study-abroad program to Guam where they have been immersed in the local culture and environment.</p><p>From hiking to Pågat Cave to exploring the night market at Chamorro Village, the students have been given a guided tour of the island by Mark Perez, an associate professor with the CWU&nbsp;department of Physical Education, School Health and Movement Studies. He is also a native of Guam.</p><p>For the past six years, Perez has provided students from the university with the unique opportunity to come to Guam and experience a culture different from the one they grew up in. Apart from hiking and beach outings, the students have been involved with the University of Guam Adventure Sports Camp as well as the Sinajana Senior Center.</p><p>Read more of this story in the <a href="" target="_blank">Guam Daily Post.</a></p><p>7/21/16</p>