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CWU Retirement Association

Photos of CWU RA events and members with CWU RA logo

The CWU Retirement Association (CWURA) is a vibrant group of individuals who enjoy the opportunity to explore more leisurely pursuits, while continuing to participate in the CWU community. The CWURA provides many ways of doing so, including informal gatherings, educational and pleasurable excursions, lectures, and informational programs for retirees.

COVID-19 Updates & FAQs


Virtual Event - Introducing the New Health Science Building  

Join us on Thursday, January 28th at 11:00 a.m. for a virtual tour of the New Health Sciences Building

Construction began in November 2019 on this 80,748 square foot facility, which is projected to be completed by November 2021.  The building will be three stories tall and have a capacity to house 630 students in a mix of classroom and laboratory instructional spaces.  This $60 million state-of-the-art facility will house the school’s Exercise Sciences, Clinical Physiology, Nutrition, Paramedicine, and Public Health programs.

Our presenter and tour guide is Project Architect Doug Ryder.  Doug will walk us through the design elements and special features of the building.  Also presenting will be Professor Vince Nethery from the Department of Health Sciences who will share updates about the academic enhancements in the new building.

To register for the virtual tour, contact Catherine Scarlett at or 509-963-3083.  Or register online at:

Save the date! March 8, 2021

Join the CWURA in a celebration of International Women’s Day on March 8, 2021 as we do a walking tour of the CWU Campus and recognize the buildings named for women.

The CWU Living History Project

The CWURA, in partnership with the CWU Archives and Special Collections, continues our support of the Living History Project to capture Central’s history through oral interviews. If you would like to be interviewed or would like to volunteer, please contact Corwin King at  Help spread the word to others who have been part of Central’s history by encouraging participation in this project. 


You can view the past CWU Retirement Association Interviews online hosted by the CWU Brooks Library.



The purpose of the CWURA is to provide continuing social, emotional, and intellectual engagement while maintaining treasured relationships with friends and former colleagues. You can retain important ties with the university, and support the university’s continuing efforts to provide service to students and society. While learning about key issues that are often encountered by retirees—including retirement and financial and estate planning.

Annual    $20/year  |  Lifetime  $200

Choose the membership level that best suits you, then fill out the form below. 

Join the CWU Retirement Association +

Annual dues for 2020/2021 are payable from July 1 through June 30 and are valid for one year. If you prefer, you may pay by check via the below address.

CWU Foundation
400 East University Way
Ellensburg, WA 98926-7508

2020/2021 CWURA Board of Directors

Julie Guggino, President

Jim Huckabay, Past President

Steve Schepman, President Elect

Mary Bottcher, Secretary

Susan Browne, Treasurer

John Ebenal

Karen Martinis

Lisa Stowe

Julia Stringfellow

James Thompson


Ongoing Events

Wildcat Walkers:  Currently on hold and not having walks. Wildcat Walkers are an Ellensburg walking group for CWU retirees and friends.  Walks are scheduled for the 1st and 3rd Mondays at the Irene Rinehart Park bridge parking lot at 10:00 a.m. during fall and winter.  For more information or to get on their mailing list, contact Virginia Mack at

First Friday Coffee: [ON HOLD DURING PHYSICAL DISTANCING] Retirees and friends enjoy informal gatherings each First Friday.
Please join us for each First Friday for refreshments and camaraderie at 9:30 a.m. at the Dakota Cafe on Pearl Street in Ellensburg.  Bring ideas to share about what activities you would like to see the CWURA plan for retirees.

CWURA Interest Groups: What to form a targeted interest group for retirees?  Contact the CWURA about forming a group, arranging for email notices and meeting spaces on campus.

CWURA Membership Campaign: Now is the time to sign up for membership in the CWURA for the upcoming year.  Your dues are important to help us with the costs of events and programs.  Join now online via the button above, or send your dues to the CWURA at the CWU Foundation, 400 E. University Way, Ellensburg, WA  98926-7508.

In Memoriam

Remembering those who passed in 2020

Andrea Bowman

Anne Denman

Stan Dudley

Clint Duncan

Jim Eubanks

Helmi Habib

Robert Kuhlken

Vernon LaBay

Tom Peischl

Ann Ringe

Sharon Rosell

Bill Speth

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