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Important Message from the CWU President

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Dear Central Washington University Alumni, Parents, and Friends,

Despite the current challenges, I hope that your family and you are safe, healthy, and coping well with the new routines of our lives. None of us could have anticipated the changes brought by the coronavirus outbreak, such as having to work from home, practicing social distancing from one another, or becoming experts on meeting virtually.

The ways we learn, teach, and work have changed. For example, we have moved all spring quarter classes online for our main campus, University Centers and instructional sites. We’ve also had to postpone or cancel many events and activities.

But it has been most gratifying to see the Wildcat family come together to address any challenges. This capacity to care for and about each other is what defines our community and makes it so special.

As our CWU students are working to finish out the academic year—under less than ideal circumstances—we have an opportunity to give them a helping hand and ensure they are supported during this uncertain time. We are currently preparing to embark on our annual spring giving campaigns, the Wildcat athletics annual campaign, and #GiveCentral. I hope you will consider supporting our students during this exceptionally important time of need.

The Student Emergency Fund offers the opportunity for you to contribute to the success of individual students to help keep them on track to complete their degrees and graduate.

Even though our teaching has moved online, students continue to face unforeseen circumstances. Now more than ever, the support of our Wildcat family is paramount to our students’ success.

Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to staying connected with you. You can follow us on the CWU Foundation Facebook page, and find regular university updates regarding our response to COVID-19 at

James L. Gaudino
Central Washington University

30 March 2020

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