CWUPierce County Campus NewsPierce County Campus Newshttps://www.cwu.edu/pierce-county/newsen-usCWU senior pens children’s book that helps teach Englishhttps://www.cwu.edu/pierce-county/node/2586Mon, 11 Jul 2016 12:56:13<p><em><img alt="" src="/pierce-county/sites/cts.cwu.edu.pierce-county/files/COVER.jpg" style="width: 250px; border-width: 3px; border-style: solid; margin: 3px; float: right; height: 395px;">The Imaginary Wizard</em> is a new illustrated children’s book designed, in part, to make English more . . . magical.</p><p>At least that’s one way the work of author Phillip Vaira, a CWU-Pierce County senior, is being used.</p><p>Set in the future, Vaira’s work is about Alex, 11, who is living in a post-apocalyptic world. The main character finds meaning—and escape—in playing imaginary games as the “greatest and bravest wizard” in the world. When his real-life village is destroyed, the boy initiates a quest for revenge, facing dangers along the way. With the help of friends, Alex proves that justice is inevitable in the end.</p><p>Written for a 9- to-12-year-old audience—though adults enjoy it, too—Vaira tells the tale with drama and light-hearted humor. It is the inaugural children’s book, written in English, to become part of the collection at the Municipal Library of Grammichele, in Sicily, Italy, where it is aiding students studying English.</p><p>“My first intention was to translate the book into Italian, but my promoter in Italy (<a href="http://www.advicesbooks.com/" target="_blank">Advicesbooks</a>) &nbsp;suggested leaving it in English for young readers,” Vaira explained. “In Italy, children begin acquiring English as a second language at a young age. Parents and schools are always looking for English or bilingual books for their children.”</p><p>The book also provides students with English-language visual cues to further aid comprehension.</p><p>“Teaching in Italy had always been a tantalizing thought. Now I am, but in a different way,” Vaira stated, adding that “the book is planned to be added to some Italian school libraries in the fall, too.”</p><p>Closer to home, the book is available at local public libraries in Pierce County, while four Puyallup elementary schools will add it to their libraries in time for the next academic year, Vaira points out.</p><p>“We're looking forward to adding more author events in the fall for schools,” he added.</p><p>Vaira has had opportunities to exercise a lifelong affinity for storytelling as both an author and through films. The Sandwich Days, an independent family short to raise awareness about school bullying he co-wrote and directed, received the “Best Comedy Short for a Northwest Film Maker” award at the 2010 Eugene (Oregon) International Film Festival.</p><p>The first chapter of Vaira’s memoir finds him studying for a computer science career while working as an intern and, then, software development employee. Despite the good pay, Vaira didn’t see a happy ending if he stayed with that story line.</p><p>“My mother suggested getting back into working with kids, because she knew I enjoyed it,” Vaira said. “After some thought, I said ‘yes’ and started volunteering at local schools. I found there was no other place I would rather be.”</p><p>His mother passed away before Vaira’s writing career began to take shape, which now includes development of a sequel to The Imaginary Wizard. Along with writing, he also inspires students through presentations at areas schools, while working as a substitute paraeducator in the Puyallup School District and serving as a tutor with Good Samaritan Readers.</p><p>Vaira expects to finish his CWU bachelor’s degree in elementary education, with a teacher certification and literacy endorsement, next year.&nbsp;</p><p>“Finding what you're passionate about can be a lifelong journey but, once you do, you’re unstoppable,” Vaira added. “I come home feeling satisfied, and Central continues to open bigger doors for me.”</p>2015-2016 Registration Handbookhttps://www.cwu.edu/pierce-county/node/2585Fri, 08 Jul 2016 10:41:34<p>The 2015-2016 new student registration handbook is now available.&nbsp; <a href="http://issuu.com/teriolin/docs/2015-2016_registration_handbook">Click here</a> for access to important information regarding registration, academic calendars etc.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><br><a href="http://issuu.com/teriolin/docs/2015-2016_registration_handbook"><img alt="" src="/pierce-county/sites/cts.cwu.edu.pierce-county/files/Student%20Handbook%202016.PNG" style="width: 100px; height: 129px;"></a></p></p style="text-align: center;"></br>2015-2016 Registration Handbookhttps://www.cwu.edu/pierce-county/node/2584Fri, 08 Jul 2016 10:41:34<p>The 2015-2016 new student registration handbook is now available.&nbsp; <a href="http://issuu.com/teriolin/docs/2015-2016_registration_handbook">Click here</a> for access to important information regarding registration, academic calendars etc.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><br><a href="http://issuu.com/teriolin/docs/2015-2016_registration_handbook"><img alt="" src="/pierce-county/sites/cts.cwu.edu.pierce-county/files/Student%20Handbook%202016.PNG" style="width: 100px; height: 129px;"></a></p></p style="text-align: center;"></br>New Student Orientation July 28th, WELCOME NEW WILDCATS!https://www.cwu.edu/pierce-county/node/2583Thu, 07 Jul 2016 10:51:47<p><br><img alt="" src="/pierce-county/sites/cts.cwu.edu.pierce-county/files/FA16%20NSO%20SAVE%20THE%20DATE%20-%20PC.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 232px;"></p><p>CWU-Pierce County New Student Orientation will be held July 28, 2016. Please contact our main office at 253-964-6636 if you have questions. We look forward to welcoming all of our new Wildcats!</p></br>Meet Luke Williams CWU-Pierce County's IT Management Faculty Advisorhttps://www.cwu.edu/pierce-county/node/2561Thu, 29 Oct 2015 10:23:25<p><iframe class="youtube-player" scrolling="no" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/eHhxyKnhrEI?rel=0" title="YouTube video player" type="text/html" frameborder="0" height="270" width="480"></iframe></p>WILDCAT PRIDE ON THE GO! GET THE 'BURG APPhttps://www.cwu.edu/pierce-county/node/2558Thu, 10 Sep 2015 10:58:47<p>Did you know that you can take your Wildcat Pride with you wherever you go? CWU has our own radio station that anyone can access through a downloadable app to your cell phone or tablet.</p><p>Football games will be streamed through the 88.1 'Burg App</p><p>The app can be downloaded at&nbsp; <a href="http://www.881theburg.com">http://www.881theburg.com/ </a></p>Writing Center Help Available!https://www.cwu.edu/pierce-county/node/2541Thu, 29 Jan 2015 09:33:17<p>The CWU Online Learning Support Services Writing and Math Center would like to remind you that it is never too early in the quarter to seek support in writing or mathematics.</p><p>To work with a writing tutor via email, send your paper to onlinetutoring@cwu.edu. Include your student ID, course, professor, campus, year, major, and information about the assignment. Please allow 24-48 hours for a response. Once a tutor is assigned to you, you will receive written and/or video feedback on your work.</p>New Transfer Student Information Availablehttps://www.cwu.edu/pierce-county/node/2534Thu, 01 May 2014 08:52:01<h4>Available Now:</h4><h4><span style="font-weight: normal; line-height: 1.4;">More information about </span><span style="font-weight: normal; line-height: 1.4;">transferring</span><span style="font-weight: normal; line-height: 1.4;"> to Central Washington University is available through this link:</span></h4><p>http://www.cwu.edu/student-achievement/transfer-student-information</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p></span style="font-weight: normal; line-height: 1.4;"></span style="font-weight: normal; line-height: 1.4;"></span style="font-weight: normal; line-height: 1.4;">Congratulations Class of 2012!https://www.cwu.edu/pierce-county/node/2503Thu, 07 Jun 2012 10:48:102014-2015 Registration Handboook Onlinehttps://www.cwu.edu/pierce-county/node/2478Wed, 26 Oct 2011 09:54:24<p>The&nbsp;<a href="http://issuu.com/teriolin/docs/cwu_regi_handbook_issuu" target="_blank">F</a><a href="http://issuu.com/teriolin/docs/registration_handbook_2013-14" target="_blank">all 2014 - Spring 2015 Registration Handbook</a>&nbsp;is now available online and contains important calendar information, and final exam schedules for the 14-15 Academic Year. Check it out!</p>