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University Advancement

Important Message from Interim Vice President Rick Paradis


Dear friends of Central Washington University,

These are unprecedented times and I want to thank everyone that I have spoken with for their kind words. We are Wildcats and we will get through this together. As many of you are aware, most winter quarter finals have been moved online, and spring quarter classes are now slated to begin April 8, 2020.

This is a very fluid situation and we are doing everything in our power to keep everyone informed of current developments. Central’s leadership is working tirelessly, like many others, in taking a proactive approach to deal with COVID-19 and all of the ripple effects the outbreak is having on our community.

Regular CWU updates are available at:

I am also providing a link to a campus message from President Gaudino:

As you can see, Central is taking great consideration of the situation and responding appropriately. I do want to highlight the message that all CWU events and large gatherings have been cancelled through the month of April. Unfortunately, as many of you have seen, this will include the 2020 Distinguished Alumni Awards, scheduled for April 3. We will keep you informed regarding future events.

Additionally, the University Advancement offices in Barge Hall will be working on a reduced schedule. We will be answering the foundation phone line at 509-963-2160 and I can be reached at rick.paradis@cw​ with any questions or concerns.

Please know that you will continue to hear from us regarding usual institutional updates and what we are doing to support Central students as they continue their studies. An individualized student experience remains a top priority, and your commitment to Central makes that possible.

We truly appreciate your continued support for our students and the CWU community during this challenging time. 

Warmest regards,

Rick Paradis
Interim Vice President for University Advancement & Executive Director of the CWU Foundation

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