CWUNewsNews Police Honored for R.A.D. Commitments, 09 Aug 2016 10:50:06<p>Two CWU Police officers have received nationwide recognition for their involvement with the Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) Systems of Self Defense. At the organization’s recent 19th annual conference in Albuquerque, N.M., Captain Jason Berthon-Koch and Officer Todd Ames were honored for their longtime service as R.A.D. instructors.</p><p>Berthon-Koch received the Susan B. Anthony Award, presented to recognize an officer for sacrifice, accumulated contributions, and consistent support to the R.A.D. organization and its mission. Ames was awarded the R.A.D. Aggressor Award, which goes to instructors for promoting awareness and education surrounding personal safety for promotion of the safety programs in the community.</p><p>R.A.D.’s stated goal is to make violence an unacceptable part of everyday life. Executive board member Kathy Wright, the organization’s Women’s Programs director and a former police officer herself, added that, “We’re fortunate to have them both as part of the R.A.D. Systems alliance.”&nbsp;</p><p>R.A.D. is the largest network of its kind with more than 11,000 instructors at colleges and universities, law enforcement agencies, and community organizations worldwide. It is the only self-defense program to be endorsed by the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators.</p><p>CWU Chief Michael Luvera noted, “Our department will continue to identify ways in which we can expand R.A.D. courses to meet our high demand. R.A.D. helps us fulfill our mission of working in partnership with the campus and Ellensburg communities to continue to have the safe and secure environment we enjoy [at Central].”</p><p>Since its inception in 1989, more than 900,000 women reportedly have received training through R.A.D., which also offers instruction for children, men, and seniors.</p><p><strong>Media contact:</strong> Robert Lowery, director of radio services and integrated communications, 509-963-1487,</p><p>August 9, 2016</p>Police and university sexual assault investigations are separate, 14 Dec 2015 08:27:00<p><img alt="" src="/police/sites/" style="width: 277px; height: 182px; margin: 4px; float: right;"><span style="line-height: 1.4;">Right inside the Central Washington University police building is a sign that pledges support to victims of sexual assault and violent crimes.</span></p><p>"We will meet with you privately, at a time and place of your choosing, to take your report," it reads. "We will NOT notify your parents without your consent.”</p><p>The CWU Police Department's commitment also guarantees professionalism, courtesy and sensitivity, the opportunity to have an advocate present, assistance in finding counseling or emergency housing, availability for questions and a full investigation to achieve the best outcome.</p><p>Read more of this story in the <a href="">Daily Record</a>.</p></span style="line-height: 1.4;">CWU police chief honored, 28 May 2014 15:31:19<p><img alt="" src="/police/sites/" style="width: 213px; height: 320px; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px; float: left;"><span style="line-height: 1.4;">Central Washington University Police Chief Michael </span>Luvera<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> recently was awarded Administrator of the Year honors from the Western Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators, according to a news release.</span></p><p>The organization is a nonprofit campus police and security association which operates in the Pacific Northwest of the United States, Alaska and British Columbia, Canada. The group's membership represents 47 higher-education campuses in Alaska, Washington, Oregon, California, Idaho and British Columbia.</p><p>Read more of this story in the <a href="">Daily Record</a>.</p></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;">CWU Leadership Team Reorganizes to Focus on Responsibility Centered Management, 16 Jan 2014 09:00:41<p><img alt="" src="/police/sites/" style="width: 466px; height: 228px;">Central Washington University President James L. Gaudino today announced a reorganization of the university’s leadership team that will bring new focus to implementing Responsibility Centered Management (RCM) planning for new demands upon university operations, and addressing the June retirement of Chief of Staff Sherer Holter.</p><p>Holter will immediately move to the position of vice president of operations, which she will hold through June. Stevan DeSoer, chief human resources officer, will assume the role of vice president of operations on July 1, following Holter’s retirement.&nbsp;</p><p>Linda Schactler, who has served as the executive director of public affairs since 2010, will add the chief of staff duties to her current assignment. George Clark, vice president of finance and business services/chief financial officer, will focus exclusively on university finance: budgeting, auxiliary services, finance, payroll, and enrollment management.</p><p>Gaudino said the adjustments position the cabinet to address new financial, social, and political realities that confront the university.</p><p>“Along with the provost, this experienced and talented team is prepared to address an entirely different world than the one in which we operated five years ago,” said Gaudino, noting that student enrollment has risen by 1,000 students while state funding has fallen by half. “Mr. Clark’s fiscal savvy has to focus on the culture change that Responsibility Centered Management will require.”</p><p>RCM is an approach to operations that drives decision making from the Office of the President to operational units—colleges, in the case of CWU.&nbsp; The college deans are responsible for setting priorities and generating their own revenue through student credit hours. Good decisions reward the colleges that make them and also benefit the university generally. In addition, RCM emphasizes the importance of faculty shared governance in shaping academic units.</p><p>Gaudino said Clark's new fiscal challenges also would include implementing a new budgeting system and transitioning from an accounting system dependent on thousands of&nbsp; “project identification” numbers (PIDs) to a modern and efficient “chart of accounts.”&nbsp; The new system will provide a better understanding of the university’s financial health by articulating the accounts that define each class of items for which money is spent or received.</p><p>The vice president of operations will lead the departments of Information Services, Information Security, Organizational Effectiveness, Facilities Management, Human Resources, Inclusivity and Diversity, and Police and Parking Services.&nbsp; President Gaudino said DeSoer is well prepared to assume the new operations position, which recognizes the extraordinary demands on and the great importance of the university's operational departments.</p><p>“It’s absolutely critical to have strong leadership in the daily operations of CWU along with someone who is a strong operational manager, like Sherer,” said Gaudino, adding that Holter has led the rapid and significant upgrade of university information systems in just a few months. “Steve brings operational understanding and knowledge of the university to this role and will ensure a smooth and transparent transition for our staff and the university. His expertise helps to ensure that we continue to attract a diverse and highly skilled workforce.”</p><p>DeSoer has more than 20 years of experience in higher education and shared governance, having worked at Washington State University and in the University of Alaska system prior to coming to CWU. He holds a master’s degree in education from Boston University.&nbsp; A national search for the new chief human resource officer will begin immediately.</p><p>Schactler assumes chief of staff responsibilities in addition to those of her current position as executive director of Public Affairs, which includes state and federal government relations, marketing, media relations, issue management, and university communications. The chief of staff develops and manages special projects for the president, provides coordination, and acts as liaison with campus officials, and external constituents on all matters of interest to the president, along with serving as secretary to the Board of Trustees.</p><p>“Linda has the common sense, discretion, and organizational skills that this fast-paced position requires,” said Gaudino, noting that Schactler served in a similar capacity as deputy director of the state’s Higher Education Coordinating Board from 1996 to 2000.&nbsp;</p><p>Schactler holds a master of arts in English Literature from Washington University (St. Louis). She previously operated an Olympia-based public affairs business and provided issue management and government relations services for CWU for 10 years. She also served as the communications director for the Washington State Senate.</p><p><br>Media contact: Linda Schactler, executive director of CWU Public Affairs, 509-607-4103,<br>&nbsp;</p></br></br>CWU to Participate in Great Washington ShakeOut October 17, 15 Oct 2013 09:39:16<p><img alt="" src="/police/sites/" style="width: 369px; height: 136px; "></p><p>On 10:17 a.m. on October 17, the Central Washington University community, and thousands of other Washingtonians will “drop, cover, and hold on” in the Great Washington ShakeOut.</p><p>Major earthquakes can happen anywhere in Washington. The ShakeOut is a chance for residents to practice protecting themselves and to become prepared. The goal is to prevent a major earthquake from becoming a personal catastrophe. Why is a “drop, cover, and hold on” drill so important? People may only have seconds to protect themselves in an earthquake before strong shaking or falling objects incapacitate them.</p><p>In conjunction with the ShakeOut, CWU’s geological sciences department is hosting a panel discussion, moderated by Professor Anne Egger, about “Reducing the Shake-up: What We Need to Know to Build Resilient Communities” at 7:00 p.m. on October 16 in Hertz Hall. CWU Professors Pamela McMullin-Messier, sociology; Tim Melbourne, geological sciences; and Carlo Smith, supply chain management will talk about the various aspects of what would happen when—not if— a major earthquake strikes the Pacific Northwest. This presentation is free and open to the public.</p><p>The discussion is sponsored by the Cascadia Hazards Institute, which is focused on improving understanding and awareness of the hazards inherent for those living within a dynamic, tectonic environment.</p><p>Central will use the ShakeOut to test CWU Alert!, Central’s emergency alert system.<br>CWU Alert! combines the technologies of text messaging, e-mail, and telephone messages to be sent instantly to campus community subscribers whenever there is a campus emergency. CWU Alert! is immediately activated when an incident poses an imminent threat to the safety of the community.</p><p>CWU events for ShakeOut:<br>The Great Washington ShakeOut:<br>CWU Alert!:</p><p>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, CWU Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,</p></br></br></br>CWU crime decreases across the board, 26 Sep 2013 09:35:27<p>&nbsp;</p><p>Students at Central Washington University started the first day of classes Wednesday. They went back to class on what seems to be a safer campus. The K-I-M-A Crime Tracker took a look at the changes. Christina Craig learned what's being done differently on campus.</p><p>Sabah Shrinzada is back at CWU for his sophomore year. He's heard the warnings about crime on campus.</p><p>"There's been theft going on. Be aware, lock your doors, and lock your cars and everything,” said sophomore, Sabah Shrinzada.</p><p>Sabah says it happened to him when his phone disappeared from his car. Overall, though, he feels safe.</p><p><br>Read more of this story at <a href="">KIMA-TV</a>.</p></br>Investigation Update for July 25, 2013, 25 Jul 2013 09:05:35<p>An autopsy was completed yesterday of the Ellensburg resident, Hector Mejia Villa, who was found last Saturday, July 20, on the Central Washington University campus.&nbsp; According to university officials, he was not a student or employee of the university.</p><p>The cause of death was determined to be a stab wound to the heart and the manner of death has been ruled a homicide.&nbsp; Law enforcement investigation into this incident remains ongoing. For information on the autopsy please contact Paul Sander,&nbsp;<span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.4;">Chief Administrative Deputy Prosecutor for Kittitas County, 509-</span><span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.4;">962-7520.</span></p><p><span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.4;">Law enforcement</span><span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.4;">&nbsp;officers are continuing the investigation today. No suspects have been identified.&nbsp;</span></p><p>&nbsp;</p></span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.4;"></span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.4;"></span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.4;"></span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.4;">Investigation Update for July 23, 2013, 23 Jul 2013 14:21:17<p><span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.4;">The victim in Saturday's stabbing has been identified as Hector Mejia Villa. An autopsy to confirm cause of death has been tentatively scheduled for tomorrow, July 24.</span></p><p>Monday afternoon Kittitas County Sheriff's Department divers searched the irrigation canal running parallel to "D" Street in Ellensburg. All evidence collected from the scene Sunday and Monday will be packaged and sent to the Washington State Crime Lab this week.</p><p>Detectives are continuing to conduct interviews and to analyze information that has been collected through interviews.</p><p>CWU is partnering in the investigation with the Ellensburg Police Department, Kittitas County Sheriff, Washington State Patrol, and other agencies working to keep our community safe.</p></span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.4;">Investigation Update, 22 Jul 2013 09:03:00<p><span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.4;">July 22, 2013</span></p><p>At around 11:00 PM on Saturday, July 20,&nbsp; CWU police found a 23-year-old Ellensburg man lying a parking lot on the 1300 block of North D Street.. The man had been stabbed and was transferred to Kittitas Valley Hospital, where he died early Sunday morning. Cause of death will be determined by an autopsy later this week. The individual was not a CWU employee or student.</p><p>CWU issued an alert about the incident late Saturday/early Sunday in accordance with federal Clery law that requires such notification.</p><p>Sunday CWU, Ellensburg Police, State Patrol, and Kittitas County Sheriff finished processing the crime scene and began conducting interviews with associates of the victim. Those interviews and other investigation will continue today.</p></span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.4;">