CWUNewsNews Inslee Appoints Alex Harrington as new CWU Student Trustee, 17 Jun 2019 16:02:04<p><img alt="" src="" style="width: 400px; height: 600px; float: right;">Governor Jay Inslee has named Alex Harrington, 19, to serve as student trustee at Central Washington University for the 2019-20 academic year.</p><p>Harrington, who will be a senior during his term, is majoring in political science. He is a 2018 graduate of Bellevue College and earned his diploma from Interlake Senior High School in Bellevue.</p><p>“Alex’s commitment to service is evident through everything he’s taken on so far, including his work in the office of Dean of Students office at CWU, as well as his participation in a variety of student organizations and agencies, and as a McNair scholar,” Inslee said. “ He will make an excellent addition to the CWU Board of Regents and will represent his fellow students very well.”</p><p>Harrington called the appointment a great honor and an amazing opportunity.</p><p>“I’m very passionate about higher education and the ideals of free expression and having a diversity of ideas,” he said. “I look forward to working with the other trustees in navigating the future course of the university.”</p><p>Harrington said his priorities as a student trustee will include making certain that implementing the new state minimum wage doesn’t result in student fee increases and increasing student retention by putting an increased emphasis on student health services.</p><p>“I think it’s imperative to create a centralized space for the departments under health and wellness,” he said. “I also want to address the rising cost of higher education and look at ways Central can lead the state in making college more accessible to those who want to continue their educations.”</p><p>Harrington’s undergraduate research as a McNair Scholar at CWU is into the history and development of solidarity within the Israeli Black Panther Party.</p><p>He said that after graduating from Central, his hope is to pursue a PhD in Public Administration.</p><p>All of the state’s six public baccalaureate institutions have a student seat on its governing bodies. The student trustees serve one-year terms and are full voting members on all issues except matters relating to hiring or discipline of personnel, tenure of faculty, and collective bargaining agreements. Harrington’s term will end on June 30, 2020.</p><p>Harrington was among a list of five nominees for student trustee submitted by CWU to the governor.</p><p>Media contact: Richard Moreno, Director of Content Development, 509-963-2714,</p>CWU names new Diversity and Equity Center director, 04 Jan 2019 09:32:40<p><img alt="" src="" style="width: 400px; height: 600px; float: left;">Following a national search, Abby Chien has been named director of the CWU Diversity and Equity Center (DEC) and will begin Feb. 1, 2019. The vision of the DEC is to provide high impact, transformational, community building and educational programs for the CWU community and to nurture leaders grounded in the core concepts of intersectional identity development, diversity education, equity, and social justice.</p><p>Chien will provide leadership for the center – which directly supports efforts around student success, retention, and inclusion – and work collaboratively with the campus community in addressing issues related to historically underrepresented, marginalized and/or underserved students. She will supervise three full time staff and a large group of students, as well as support the Equity and Services Council (ESC) member groups.</p><p>Jeff Rosenberry, executive director of Student Involvement, looks forward to welcoming Chien to CWU and believes her experience and skills will help pave the way for enhanced student support from the Diversity &amp; Equity Center.</p><p>“Abby brings significant experience in student development, inclusion and social justice initiatives,” Rosenberry said. “She will be a great addition to our team as we continue to improve our connection with students and work towards new opportunities through multicultural support for all Wildcats.”</p><p>In partnership with Rosenberry, Chien will help to develop the vision, direction and actualization of an inclusive co-curricular learning environment.</p><p>"I'm thrilled to be joining CWU," Chien said. "My career path has been shaped by a sense of inquiry and desire to create or contribute to spaces that center communities, identities and individual experiences all at once. It is clear that the DEC is a hub for building inclusive communities, and I'm excited about the energy and potential to learn with and alongside students, faculty and staff to maximize the impact of the center. I look forward to joining a University community that is student-centered and actively engages the student experience."</p><p>Chien previously served in Residence Education at the University of Connecticut, Retention &amp; Student Success Coaching at Saint Louis University and most recently in Multicultural Affairs at the University of Michigan. She is currently co-chair for the MultiRacial Knowledge Community within NASPA (Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education), working to provide education and advocacy for the experiences of multiracial individuals and transracial adoptees in college.</p><p>Chien has a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Western Illinois University and a Master of Arts in Higher Education and Student Affairs from the University of Connecticut. She continues to play the oboe, and looks forward to exploring outdoor recreation opportunities and the surrounding areas.</p> Activist Shaun King to Visit CWU Feb. 25, Tickets Now Available, 03 Jan 2019 09:59:41<p><img alt="" src="/student-involvement/sites/" style="width: 480px; height: 600px; float: left;">Internationally-recognized civil rights activist and journalist, Shaun King will speak on Shaun KingFebruary 25, 2019 at Central Washington University. Free tickets are currently available to CWU students online; the public may purchase tickets starting January 25.</p><p>The social media phenom is best known to his 4 million followers for spreading messages of social equity around the world. King has been at the forefront of the Black Lives Matter movement, advocating for empowerment and dignity for African Americans.</p><p>“Shaun bravely spearheaded the efforts to identify and arrest violent white supremacists who brutally attacked men and women in Charlottesville, Virginia,” stated his website. “His dogged efforts single-handedly led to more arrests of Neo-Nazis there than that of the FBI or State Police.”</p><p>In addition to his social media presence, King is a columnist for The Intercept and the Writer-In-Residence at Harvard Law School’s Fair Punishment Project. He is the former senior justice writer for the New York Daily News. As a writer he has written more than 1,500 articles and provides morning commentary on the nationally-syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show.</p><p>King holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. In 1999, King became the youngest student government president elected at Morehouse since Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a student there in 1947.</p><p>He speaks at universities, prisons, and to civic groups across the U.S. King also won the first Humanitarian Hero honor at the 2018 BET Awards.</p><p>In his continued efforts for social justice and equity, King will speak on February 25 at 6:30 p.m. in the CWU Student Union and Recreation Center Ballroom. As a young activist, he will connect with the campus to share how to use their voice and create change through social media.</p><p>This is a ticketed event. CWU students may pick up their tickets online at Wildcat Tickets or in the Wildcat Shop, starting January 2. General admission (GA) tickets will be available to the public on January 25.</p><p>Cost:</p><ul><li>Free - CWU students w/ student ID</li><li>$10 discounted GA tickets with a non-perishable food donation. Must show discounted ticket with food donation to enter venue. Donations will be accepted at the event door and will support CWU's Presidents United to Solve Hunger (P.U.S.H.) food banks.</li><li>$15 regular general admission</li></ul><p>For more information about this event contact Katrina Whitney, assistant director of the Diversity and Equity Center at, 509-963-2128.</p><p>Media contact: Dawn Alford, Department of Public Affairs, 509-963-1484,</p><p>Wednesday, January 2, 2019</p> CWU Hires New Dean of Student Success, 02 Jan 2019 08:41:49<p><img alt="" src="" style="width: 200px; height: 300px; float: left;">Central Washington University has named Gregg M. Heinselman the new Dean of Student Success.</p><p>Heinselman, who was selected following a national search, had been serving as Assistant Chancellor for Student Affairs and Title IX Coordinator at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. He will begin his new position on January 14.</p><p>“Gregg brings more than 30 years of student affairs experience to the position,” noted Katherine Frank, CWU’s Provost and Vice President for Academic and Student Life. “He has managed a broad array of student life-related programs and facilities, so he’ll be able to have an immediate and positive impact on our many student-focused services.”</p><p>Heinselman said he was grateful to be appointed to the job and looked forward to getting to work.</p><p>“The student-centered approach to learning at Central Washington University was apparent throughout the interview process,” he said. “I appreciate and value the intentionality behind the design of Student Success at CWU. The direct collaboration opportunities between academic and student affairs demonstrates that the commitment to teaching and learning encourages student success in the classroom, and in the campus and greater community.”</p><p>Heinselman earned his BS in Business Administration at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona, and an MS in Education from Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kansas.</p><p>He previously served as Dean of University Life at Duke University, Executive Director of University Centers and Campus Life at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, and Director of the Overman Student Center and Student Life at Pittsburg State University.</p><p>“As a first generation college student, I benefitted greatly from the many faculty mentors and advisors that took the time and interest in support of my learning,” he said. “I find it deeply personal to be able to assist students and work directly with faculty and administrators to provide the students the best learning experience and environment possible.”</p><p>Media contact: Richard Moreno, Department of Public Affairs, 509-963-2714,</p>Michael Middleton named Student Engagement Coordinator, 14 Aug 2018 08:43:15<p><img alt="" src="" style="width: 200px; height: 202px; float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px;">Following a national search, Michael Middleton has been named CWU’s new Student Engagement Coordinator, a post he will begin September 4. A graduate of the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, VA, with a student affairs background in campus recreation and student involvement, Middleton looks forward to helping support Wildcats as they begin and continue their personal journeys.</p><p>“The college experience itself was an extremely transformative time in my life,” he said. “The biggest thing that drew me to Central was the strong sense of community. It is abundantly apparent that the Wildcat community is passionate about what they do, and that is very important to me.”</p><p>Jeff Rosenberry, executive director of Student Involvement, looks forward to welcoming Middleton to CWU and believes his passion and skills will help pave the way for enhanced student service.</p><p>“Michael brings significant experience in student development,” Rosenberry said. “He will be a great addition to our team as we continue to improve our connection with students, clubs and organizations.”</p><p>As the Student Engagement Coordinator, Middleton will support ASCWU Clubs and Organizations by facilitating training and development opportunities for club officers and advisors, assisting with university processes such as travel and contracts, and more.</p><p>Middleton’s academic background is in the sciences, and he would like to pursue a Ph.D in Cognitive Neuroscience. He also enjoys creative outlets such as dance, photography, videography and music. Having lived up and down the east coast his whole life thus far, he looks forward to exploring his new home in the Pacific Northwest.</p><p>“I'm a big lover of nature and have spent a good amount of time exploring the mountains of Virginia so I was immediately captivated by the landscapes of Ellensburg and the surrounding areas,” he said.</p>John Drinkwater Leadership Scholarship: #GiveCentral, 25 Apr 2018 16:15:42<p>(April 25, 2018) As CWU launches the annual CWU Day of Giving April 26-27, one of the many opportunities to give back is through the John Drinkwater Leadership Scholarship.</p><p>John Drinkwater was a student at CWU in the late 1960s and began his professional career at CWU in 1975 as an advisor to student government. Anyone involved with student leadership or activities at Central came to know John, whose role expanded to director of Student Activities and later Senior Director of Campus Life and Student Facility Development before his retirement in 2010.</p><p>John played a major role in placing students at the table with campus administrators and decision makers. An example of his philosophy fully realized is the state of the art Student Union and Recreation Center, a collaborative project many years in the making. The award-winning project was fully realized through John's advocacy for the involvement of students as major stakeholders in developing "their" building with multiple campus partners.</p><p>"Students need to have a voice and input," said John.&nbsp; "What was most important was that students were respected and part of the process."</p><p>The John Drinkwater Scholarship was established to support a high level of student involvement. He hopes this scholarship will "Free students up a little bit, and give them an opportunity to get more involved in what they're passionate about." The scholarship is open to students serving in leadership positions or involved with student clubs and organizations.</p><p>You can help support this vision through a one-time or recurring gift, in any amount. Please go to the GIVE page at <a href=""></a> and enter "John Drinkwater" in the search bar.</p>New Executive Director returns to alma mater, 27 Nov 2017 09:48:30<p>(November 1, 2017) For CWU's new executive director of Student Involvement, it’s more of a homecoming.&nbsp; Jeff Rosenberry, a 2007 Central graduate, has taken the helm, effective November 1. He earned his CWU Bachelor of Applied Science in Public Health.</p><p>“As a student at CWU, Jeff served on the ASCWU [Associated Students of CWU] student government as the vice president for Student Life and Facilities for two terms,” Jenna Hyatt, CWU Associate Dean of Student Living, pointed out upon announcing the hiring. “While serving on student government in the V.P. position, Jeff also served as the project chair for the construction of the SURC [Student Union and Recreation Center].”</p><p>In his new post, in conjunction with the Dean of Students, Rosenberry will be in charge of setting the vision and leadership of prominent areas within CWU Student Living.</p><p>“Specifically, the executive director advises the ASCWU student government and supervises areas including the Student Union, Recreation, Westside Student Living and the Center for Leadership and Community Engagement,” noted Hyatt.</p><p>Since 2014, Rosenberry has been the interim associate Dean of Students at Montana State University Billings (MSUB).</p><p>“My time at Central helped shape my professional journey, and I am excited to bring that experience back to Wildcat country,” Rosenberry acknowledged. “It's an honorable homecoming to come back to the university and building that lead me to a career in student development.”</p><p>After graduating from Central, Rosenberry went on to receive his Master of Science from Colorado State University, where he studied Student Affairs in Higher Education, and found his “passion for working with residential students and worked diligently to develop as a young leader in my field,” he pointed out.</p><p>Rosenberry was hired at MSUB in 2009, where he also served as a residence hall director, assistant and interim directors of Housing and Residential Life. Regardless of role, Rosenberry says the goal remained the same: to build intentional relationships and provide sound mentorship.</p><p>“As a proud CWU alum I have always wanted to get back here,” Rosenberry said. “I can't think of a better opportunity than now to work with some of the finest students and educators out there. I’m looking forward to serving CWU and support student success through this role.”</p><p>Rosenberry’s public service efforts have included as president of Association of Intermountain Housing Officers, program manager, individual development vice president, and membership vice president for the Montana Jaycees, and both president and chaplain of the Billings Jaycees’ chapter.</p><p>A native of Richland, Rosenberry is a 2001 graduate of Richland High School.</p>