CWUNewsNewshttps://www.cwu.edu/university-advancement/newsen-usImportant Message from the CWU Presidenthttps://www.cwu.edu/university-advancement/node/2612Wed, 01 Apr 2020 09:12:31<h3><img alt="CWU medallion logo on arial campus pic" src="/university-advancement/sites/cts.cwu.edu.university-advancement/files/images/CWUMedallion_BWCampusImage.jpg" style="width: 650px; height: 414px;" /></h3> <h3>Dear Central Washington University Alumni, Parents, and Friends,</h3> <p>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.</p> <p>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&rsquo;ve also had to postpone or cancel many events and activities.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>As our CWU students are working to finish out the academic year&mdash;under less than ideal circumstances&mdash;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.</p> <p>The&nbsp;<a href="https://give.communityfunded.com/o/central-washington-university-5/i/givecentral/s/dean-of-student-success-student-emergency-financial-grants">Student Emergency Fund</a>&nbsp;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.<br /> <br /> 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&rsquo; success.<br /> <br /> Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to staying connected with you. You can follow us on the&nbsp;CWU Foundation Facebook page, and find regular university updates regarding our response to COVID-19 at <a href="https://www.cwu.edu/emergency/covid-19-updates">cwu.edu/emergency/covid-19-updates</a>.</p> <p><img alt="" src="/university-advancement/sites/cts.cwu.edu.university-advancement/files/images/gaudino%20signature.png" style="width: 250px; height: 105px;" /></p> <p>James L. Gaudino<br /> President<br /> Central Washington University</p> <hr /> <p>30 March 2020</p> Important Message from Interim Vice President Rick Paradishttps://www.cwu.edu/university-advancement/node/2611Wed, 18 Mar 2020 12:29:36<p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/university-advancement/sites/cts.cwu.edu.university-advancement/files/UA%20logo.png" style="width: 580px; height: 174px;" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Dear friends of Central Washington University,<br /> <br /> 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.</p> <p>This is a very fluid situation and we are doing everything in our power to keep everyone informed of current developments. Central&rsquo;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.</p> <p>Regular CWU updates are available at:<br /> <a href="http://cwu.edu/respiratory-viruses">cwu.edu/respiratory-viruses</a></p> <p>I am also providing a link to a campus message from President Gaudino:<br /> <a href="/university-advancement/cwu.edu/update-spring-quarter-delayed-until-april-8-due-virus-concerns">cwu.edu/update-spring-quarter-delayed-until-april-8-due-virus-concerns</a></p> <p>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.</p> <p>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&nbsp;rick.paradis@cw​u.edu&nbsp;with any questions or concerns.</p> <p>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.<br /> <br /> We truly appreciate your continued support for our students and the CWU community during this challenging time.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> Warmest regards,</p> <p>Rick Paradis<br /> Interim Vice President for University Advancement &amp; Executive Director of the CWU Foundation</p> </p style="text-align: center;">2020 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients Announcedhttps://www.cwu.edu/university-advancement/node/2610Wed, 04 Mar 2020 15:30:16<p><img alt="" src="/university-advancement/sites/cts.cwu.edu.university-advancement/files/CWU-AA_Crimson-Logo-Black-Text.jpg" style="float: right; margin: 0px 0px 30px 30px; width: 200px; height: 177px;" /><em><strong>UPDATE: The 2020 Distinguished Alumni Awards and 50-Year Reunion has&nbsp;been cancelled. Please visit <a href="https://www.cwu.edu/alumni/event-cancelation%E2%80%942020-distinguished-alumni-awards">cwu.edu/alumni/event-cancelation-2020-distinguished-alumni-awards</a> for more information.</strong></em></p> <p>ELLENSBURG, Wash.&mdash;Nominations for the 2020 Distinguished Alumni Awards have been reviewed and 13 individuals who embrace Central Washington University&rsquo;s spirit and mission have been chosen to be honored.</p> <p>&ldquo;The Distinguished Alumni Awards ceremony provides us an opportunity to celebrate the best of what it means to be a Wildcat,&rdquo; said Robert Ford, senior director of alumni relations. &ldquo;This year&rsquo;s recipients have blazed new trails and demonstrated the grit and determination necessary to make a difference in our communities and in the lives of our students. This group has instilled a tremendous amount of Wildcat&nbsp;pride in those fortunate to know them and they have not only given back through their time, talent,&nbsp;and financial resources,&nbsp;but have also encouraged others to give back.&rdquo;    &nbsp;</p> <p>This year&rsquo;s distinguished alumni include: &nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Alumni of the Year &nbsp;</strong></p> <ul> <li>Sid Andrews is a 1982 graduate of CWU Lynnwood in accounting and business administration. Last December, he made a generous financial contribution in the name of one of his former professors, creating the Allen Vautier Endowed Accounting Scholarship.&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;</li> </ul> <p><strong>Philanthropist of the Year &nbsp;</strong></p> <ul> <li>Jean Putnam joined the Central physical education department in 1967 and was a member of the university faculty through 1992. She was the first female academic dean at Central&nbsp;and has made significant contributions to&nbsp;the Wildcat Commons project.&nbsp; &nbsp;</li> </ul> <p><strong>Young Philanthropist of the Year &nbsp;</strong></p> <ul> <li>Justin Compton graduated with his degree in mathematics in 2006 and works as an actuarial pricing analyst for Trupanion, a medical pet insurance company,&nbsp;and gives to the Math Actuary Endowment fund to help students&nbsp;overcome the barriers of expensive actuarial exams. &nbsp;</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients&nbsp;<br /> College of Arts and Humanities  &nbsp;</strong></p> <ul> <li>d&rsquo;Elaine Johnson is a 1954 graduate being recognized for her body of work as a distinguished artist and for her 24 years of teaching art for Seattle Public Schools. &nbsp;</li> </ul> <p><strong>College of Business  </strong>&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li>Spike Anderson is a 1967 graduate being recognized for investing his time in the CWU Entrepreneurship Program, and for his 50 years of experience in owning and managing operating businesses and commercial real estate investments.&nbsp; &nbsp;</li> </ul> <p><strong>College of Education and Professional Studies  </strong>&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li>Beth Vogt is a 1972 graduate being recognized for her almost 50-years of teaching, continued involvement with Central, and being a mentor to many students. &nbsp;</li> </ul> <p><strong>College of  the Sciences &nbsp;</strong></p> <ul> <li>Michael Johnson graduated in 1984&nbsp;and is being recognized&nbsp;for the various ways he has applied his degree, including his time serving in the US Army and starting his own company, Crafted Analytics.&nbsp;</li> </ul> <p> </p> <p><strong>4 Under 40 Award Recipients&nbsp;<br /> College of Arts and Humanities  &nbsp;</strong></p> <ul> <li>Simone Corbett (&rsquo;17)&mdash;TV&nbsp;Assistant and&nbsp;Field&nbsp;Producer for Entertainment Tonight (ET) &nbsp;</li> </ul> <p><strong>College of Business &nbsp;</strong></p> <ul> <li>Hilary J. Tanneberg (&rsquo;09)&mdash;Senior Accountant at Moss Adams &nbsp;</li> </ul> <p><strong>College of Education and Professional Studies &nbsp;</strong></p> <ul> <li>Mark Saretsky (&rsquo;08)&mdash;Site Director for Aviation Technical Services Components Facility &nbsp;</li> </ul> <p><strong>College of the Sciences &nbsp;</strong></p> <ul> <li>Greta Smith (&rsquo;04)&mdash;District Ranger for Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest &nbsp;</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Distinguished alumni are selected for their personal accomplishments, professional achievements, community service involvement, and/or contributions made to CWU.  &nbsp;</p> <hr /> <p>Media Contact: Robin&nbsp;Burck, UA Communications Content Developer, 509-963-2846,  robin.burck@cwu.edu. &nbsp;</p> <p>Thursday, March&nbsp;5, 2020 &nbsp;</p> <p>Updated on March 18, 2020</p> Wildcat Family Loss–Scott Wadehttps://www.cwu.edu/university-advancement/node/2601Wed, 04 Sep 2019 08:31:13<p><img alt="" src="/university-advancement/sites/cts.cwu.edu.university-advancement/files/images/Scott%20Wade.jpg" style="margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px; float: left; width: 175px; height: 263px;" />We are deeply saddened to share that Central Washington University Vice President of University Advancement, Scott Wade, recently passed away while on vacation with his family.

Scott was a beloved leader, mentor, family man, and friend who will be missed deeply by our team, CWU, and the community.

</p> <p>We offer our deepest sympathy to everyone who&rsquo;s lives were impacted by Scott&ndash;especially his wife and three young children.

In memoriam, you may donate to the educational funds of Avlynn, Jackson, and Eleanor Wade. Please contact David Fiske for more details at&nbsp;<a href="mailto:David.Fiske@edwardjones.com?subject=Wade%20family%20education%20donation">David.Fiske@edwardjones.com</a>.</p> <p>The Wade family would love for you to write your memories of Scott and messages for the children, which can be addressed to be opened now or in the future. Letters may be delivered to Stewart and Williams Funeral Home in Ellensburg.</p> <p>Please&nbsp;click here&nbsp;to view a <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g7B6Bh5GyK0&amp;t=1s">thank you tribute to Scott Wade</a>, put together by our friends at&nbsp;Creative Asset.&nbsp;</p> <p>July 22, 2019</p> </a href="mailto:David.Fiske@edwardjones.com?subject=Wade%20family%20education%20donation">Central Washington University Honored for Fundraising Successhttps://www.cwu.edu/university-advancement/node/2600Wed, 04 Sep 2019 08:29:04<p><img alt="" src="/university-advancement/sites/cts.cwu.edu.university-advancement/files/UA.jpg" style="margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px; float: right; width: 250px; height: 187px;" />For the first time in its history, Central Washington University has received an Educational Fundraising Award from CASE, the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.&nbsp;</p> <p>The Educational Fundraising Awards annually recognize exemplary development programs based on a blind review of data submitted to the Voluntary Support of Education (VSE) survey.</p> <p>CWU received the award for its overall improvement by demonstrating significant program growth over three years of data. Only eight other public comprehensive institutions nationwide received similar commendation.</p> <p>&ldquo;These institutions have not only demonstrated the highest levels of professionalism and best practice in their fundraising efforts, they have contributed to the betterment of educational advancement worldwide by serving as a model to which others can aspire,&rdquo; noted Sue Cunningham, CASE president and CEO.</p> <p>CASE member institutions that have participated in the VSE for the past three years are automatically considered. A group of experienced educational fundraisers spends hours reviewing the data to determine awardees.</p> <p>&ldquo;It is an honor to receive this Educational Fundraising Award from CASE for the first time in the university&rsquo;s history,&rdquo; said Scott Wade, vice president of CWU University Advancement and executive director of CWU Foundation. &ldquo;With CASE being considered the gold-standard for best practice and professional development in our profession, receiving this national recognition validates the progress we are making in our alumni engagement and fundraising efforts while motivating us even more in our mission to build community, connection and capacity around Central&rsquo;s faculty, students and programs.&rdquo;</p> <p>To learn more about CASE or the Educational Fundraising Award, visit case.org.</p> <p>To learn more about Central Washington University&rsquo;s alumni and foundation programs, please visit engage.cwu.edu.</p> <p>June 17, 2019<br /> Media Contact: Robin Burck, University Advancement Communications, 509-963-2846,&nbsp;Robin.Burck@cwu.edu.</p> CWU Alums Celebrate School History with Launch of Wildcat Alumni Plazahttps://www.cwu.edu/university-advancement/node/2593Tue, 30 Oct 2018 10:17:05<p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/university-advancement/sites/cts.cwu.edu.university-advancement/files/DSC05487.JPG" style="width: 325px; height: 217px;"><img alt="" src="/university-advancement/sites/cts.cwu.edu.university-advancement/files/tomlinson_donors_2018-8189.jpg" style="width: 325px; height: 217px;"></p><p>After struggling academically in high school, Doug Andrews was strongly discouraged from pursuing his desire for a college education by his school counselors. Andrews, then 18, decided to join the Air Force for his schooling, but was rejected due to his impaired eyesight.</p><p>His backup plan may have failed him, but in 1963 Andrews chose to go to college, despite any adversity he may face. He attended Highline Junior College in Des Moines, WA, receiving an AA Degree in 1966. With this degree came the opportunity to transfer to Central Washington State College.</p><p>“Central was so accepting of those who had challenges,” Andrews said of his experience. “The school and the teachers were able to help students like me who had potential, but just needed a little extra help.”</p><p>Andrews graduated from CWSC with his BA in business administration in 1968. After graduation he returned to Seattle to work in and ultimately run the family business, Andrews Machinery Construction Supply.</p><p>As an alum, Andrews was integral in reestablishing the CWSC’s Alumni Association. He was a member of the Alumni Board from December 1974 to October 2012 and was instrumental in getting Central’s vanity card program started. Andrews’ time on the alumni board gave him the opportunity to watch and participate in the growth of CWSC/CWU through five university presidents, two acting presidents, six alumni directors, and numerous dedicated alumni association board members.&nbsp;<br>He met his wife, Sharon, during the 1980s, and later encouraged her to pursue a degree in accounting at CWU’s West Side campus. She graduated in 1990.&nbsp;</p><p>After much success in their careers, the Andrews sold the family construction supply business and retired in 2002. As they began planning for retirement, they contemplated ways to give back to the university that gave them so much.&nbsp;</p><p>The Andrews established an endowed scholarship in 2016 to support transfer students with a documented accommodation through the CWU Office of Disability Services. They said they felt compelled to give back to students who simply needed a caring, helpful, and nurturing environment like that of Central.</p><p>Most recently, the Andrews donated to the Wildcat Commons project, specifically to support the new Alumni Plaza in the north end of Tomlinson Stadium. The Andrews say they were intrigued by the idea of a gathering place for alumni and were inspired to bring the campus together.&nbsp;<br><br>“We liked the idea of the Alumni Plaza because it’s just a special place for alumni to get together,” Andrews said. “When people go into the Alumni Plaza, or look at the donor wall, we hope they will see the names of people who have gone there, and it will inspire them to get involved. So many people can be affected.”&nbsp;<br><br>The Alumni Plaza was dedicated to the Andrews during a private donor preview on September 28 at Tomlinson Stadium. Bob Ford, executive director of alumni and constituent relations, says the Andrews’ gift to Wildcat Commons will help bring Wildcats together for years to come.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>“Doug and Sharon have helped change the conversation around alumni support and what is possible at Central,” Ford said. “They have moved the conversation from what might have been thought of as impossible to possible, and that is something that will have a lasting impact that will inspire others.”&nbsp;</p><p>The CWU Alumni Association, CWU Athletics, and the CWU Foundation truly appreciate donors like Doug and Sharon. Want to invest in success? Consider giving to support <a href="https://www.cwu.edu/north-campus/wildcat-commons-phase-one" target="_blank">Wildcat Commons</a> and Central students today.</p></p style="text-align: center;"></br></br></br></br></br>Keck Foundation Awards $275,000 to CWU Foundation for New STEM Curriculumhttps://www.cwu.edu/university-advancement/node/2590Tue, 23 Jan 2018 08:04:42<p>The Central Washington University Foundation received a $275,000 grant from the W.M Keck Foundation to help develop new multidisciplinary curriculum in the areas of water, air, soil, and snow.</p><p>Known as the WASSER Project (integrating new analytical facilities into Water, Air, Soil, and Snow Education and Research). The donation provides supplementary funding to a National Science Foundation Major Research Instrumentation program.</p><p>The W.M. Keck Foundation award will provide funding for faculty support, curriculum development, a part-time laboratory technician, supplies, undergraduate stipends, and travel.</p><p>"The generous support from the W.M. Keck Foundation will ensure a successful outcome for the WASSER project," said Scott Wade, vice president of University Advancement and executive director, CWU Foundation. "Their funding was critical to fully realize the potential of our instrumentation and faculty expertise."</p><p>The WASSER program incorporates new, state-of-the-art geochemistry instruments into a wide variety of courses, and augments undergraduate research in geology, chemistry and environmental sciences. Students at every level will be able to collect and analyze data from the new equipment. There will also be enhanced opportunities for undergraduate research experiences, including a summer research program targeted at underrepresented groups.</p><p>Examples of mentored research opportunities for undergraduates include: water, precipitation and ice chemistry; characterization of aerosols produced by biomass burning; trace metal and isotopic composition of Washington State wines; lead in local waters; and mercury, arsenic, and carbon content in local soils.</p><p>The project will be led by three CWU scientists. Overseeing the grant coordination and budget is Carey Gazis, an environmental geochemist/hydrogeologist, with expertise in water quality and quantity, and soil geochemistry. The other co-principal investigators are Anne Johansen, an analytical/ environmental chemist, with expertise in water, precipitation, aerosol, and wine chemistry; and Susan Kaspari, an environmental geologist with expertise in ice, snow and aerosol geochemistry. They will work with Gazis to develop curriculum, oversee undergraduate researchers and work with faculty to integrate the WASSER curriculum into their courses.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>WM Keck Foundation</strong><br>The W. M. Keck Foundation was established in 1954 in Los Angeles by William Myron Keck, founder of The Superior Oil Company. The foundation seeks to generate far-reaching benefits for humanity by supporting pioneering discoveries in science, engineering and medicine, and organizations that enrich the lives of children, youth, and families.</p><p><br>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518, valeriec@cwu.edu<br>January 24, 2018</p></br></br></br>Ruth Harrington Scholarship Luncheons Raise $1 Millionhttps://www.cwu.edu/university-advancement/node/2589Fri, 15 Dec 2017 15:44:11<p><img alt="" src="/university-advancement/sites/cts.cwu.edu.university-advancement/files/images/Alumni_Awards_1007201703420342%20%281%29.jpg" style="width: 250px; height: 180px;"><img alt="" src="/university-advancement/sites/cts.cwu.edu.university-advancement/files/images/Alumni_Awards_1007201703710371.jpg" style="width: 274px; height: 180px; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px;"></p><p>This year’s CWU Alumni Association Legacy Award honoree, Ruth Harrington, with the help of all of the scholarship brunch, lunch, and dinner groups, have reached the $1 million mark.</p><p>Let’s just let that sink in for a moment: a million dollars.</p><p>In 1973, Harrington began organizing members from the community to raise money for CWU student scholarships that would benefit high school seniors and single parents.</p><p>Harrington saw her love of cooking as a way to bring CWU and the community of Ellensburg together. “I just thought ‘we need to all work together and benefit students.’” Harrington says.</p><p>She added, “I’m just happy that we’ve been able to raise this much money over the years and benefit students with help from so many people. We’ve had silent auctions, cookbooks, and so many things that helped raise this money over the years–it was not just me. I want to thank all the people that have been involved and contributed.”&nbsp;</p><p>This scholarship program began as a coffee hour at Harrington’s house with 22 women paying $1.50 each. By the end of the first year, participants grew to 22 separate groups, each with 12 members. 44 years later, Harrington has officially raised $1 million. She has become a staple in the lives of CWU students and the Central Washington community.</p><p>“The Ruth Harrington Scholarship luncheons are a great example of the impact one person can have on the lives of many.” Says Catherin Scarlett, luncheon participant and CWU donor. “Ruth tracks each group’s members, calls to remind folks to attend and along the way collects thousands of dollars each year for these scholarships.”</p><p>She does this without email, social media, or any assistance. Scarlett continues, “In the era of email and reminders from our devices, I still get a personal phone call from Ruth telling me about my lunch group.&nbsp; Once you have personally told Ruth that you will be there, you’re less likely to miss it.”</p><p>Scott Wade, Vice President of University Advancement and Executive Director of the CWU Foundation, expressed his sincere gratitude by saying, “We appreciate the decades of investment that Ruth has made to CWU and the lives of our students.&nbsp; She has devoted her life to this amazing scholarship program, and her legacy will have transformational impact for generations.”</p><p>The Legacy Award honors individuals whose contributions and achievements in the community embody CWU’s mission of fostering citizenship, being responsible stewards of the earth, and leading enlightened and productive lives.</p><p>The Ellensburg Downtown Association honored Harrington with the 2013 Town and Gown Award for her contributions in supporting a strong and collaborative partnership between CWU and the Ellensburg community.</p><p>We would be remiss, if we didn’t add that if you’re interested in taking part, there are brunches, lunches (12:00 and 1:00) and dinner groups. You can contact Ruth directly via the <a href="https://cwu.awardspring.com/Home/Donor/Ruth-Harrington" target="_blank">donors</a> page.</p><p>December 7, 2017</p><p>______________________________________________________________</p><p><em>On behalf of the CWU Alumni Association and CWU Foundation, the university and the community, we want to extend our deepest thanks to Ruth and others for their monumental contributions to CWU, students, and the community.</em></p><p><em>If you know a prospective or current student that may benefit from a scholarship, encourage them to visit cwu.edu/scholarships to apply today. For more information on donating to a scholarship, or staring your own, contact the CWU Foundation at foundation@cwu.edu or call 509-963-2160.</em></p>CWU FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES LEN THAYER GRANT WINNERShttps://www.cwu.edu/university-advancement/node/2586Thu, 21 Sep 2017 10:39:43<p>August 14, 2017</p><p>Ellensburg, Wash.–A family literacy effort, a new culinary medicine program, and a solar power conference top the list of this year’s recipients of the 2017-2018 Len Thayer Small Grants.</p><p>“We’re extremely honored to announce the recipients of this year’s Len Thayer Small Grants,” said Scott Wade, vice president of University Advancement and executive director of the Central Washington University Foundation. “A total of $50,370 was awarded to these worthy projects that will benefit students during this coming academic year.”</p><p>The following projects were awarded grants, based on an application asking for a summary of whom the project benefits, how the proposed work is successful, and how the work will align with the CWU strategic plan and other CWU program plans:</p><p><strong>Culinary Medicine</strong>–The faculty in the Department of Health Sciences plan to develop and implement a nutrition education program to students in the following programs:</p><ol style="margin-left: 40px;"><li>Central Washington University: Dietetic Internship &amp; Paramedicine programs</li><li>Pacific Northwest University: Osteopathic School of Medicine</li><li>Washington State University: Nursing &amp; Pharmacy programs</li><li>Heritage University: Physician Assistant &amp; Nursing programs</li></ol><p><br><strong>Historical Aerial Photograph Project</strong>–The geography department plans to use the Len Thayer Grants funds to purchase historical aerial photographs to complete the Benton and Klickitat portions of the Central Washington Historical Aerial Photograph Project. These historical aerial photographs will be freely available on the CWU Geography website for all interested parties including students, faculty, K-12 teachers, resource managers, and the general public.</p><p><strong>CWU Opera</strong>–The CWU Opera Ensemble will present a number of “run-out” performances at schools in the region to perform a shortened version of an opera suitable for children. Music Education majors will help develop the curriculum that will be distributed to the school teachers prior to the performances and introduce the performances and lead the students in activities before, during, and after the performances.</p><p><strong>Family Literacy Nights</strong>–In collaboration with the teacher candidates enrolled in Teaching Children’s Literature, Family Literacy Nights (FLNs) have been conducted for more than 8 years in collaboration between the Department of Education, Development, teaching and Learning, the Center for Diversity and Social Justice, and recently, the Brooks Library. The purpose of this project will be to purchase books for distribution to the children who attend the FLNs, including board books, picture books, Spanish language children’s books, and chapter books.</p><p><strong>Re-Writing the Streets at the MCE</strong>–The Museum of Culture and Environment (MCE) proposes to bring in a traveling exhibit, Re-Writing the Streets: The International Language of Stickers. The exhibit is planned for the Ellensburg area from January 3rd through March 10th, 2018, accompanied by a series of lectures, workshops, and an exhibition component that will engage students and faculty from a range of disciplines, as well as community members.</p><p><strong>Solar Power Conference</strong>–The Institute for Integrated Energy Studies will hold a half-day conference with presentations by and a panel discussion among a variety of stakeholders about the economic, policy, and cultural implications of utility-scale solar development in Central Washington, and beyond.</p><p><strong>CESME STEM Events</strong>–The Center for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Education (CESME) plans to organize and host family STEM events in the regions served by the Central Washington University campuses. The events would take place over the next year.</p><p><strong>Enhancing Geology Science II</strong>–The CWU Geological Sciences department has requested funding to support an undergraduate student intern for academic year 2017-2018 to develop several, important projects for the success of the department overall.</p><p><strong>Natural History Collections</strong>–The Department of Biology is requesting funding to be able to digitize various collections of information, as well as to purchase a freezer to assist with pest control. The natural history collections (preserved biological specimens) at universities and museums are critical resources for scientists and the communities they serve, therefore it is essential to protect future projects and/or specimens from potential harm.</p><p><strong>Visiting Writer Series Seeking Novelist and Filmmaker</strong>–To enhance the sustainability theme chosen by the Social Justice and Human Rights Dialogues committee, the Lion Rock Visiting Writers Series (hosted by the English Department) and the Brooks Library, plan to bring an award-winning novelist and/or filmmaker to campus. The guest, who has been identified but not yet confirmed, would offer a reading and Q &amp; A open to the public and online students, as well as commentary for some of the student work from advanced creative wiring classes. Targeted timing is spring of 2018.</p><p><strong>SOURCE</strong>–The Office of Undergraduate Research hosts the annual Symposium of University Research and creative Expression (SOURCE), the longest-running student research symposium in the State of Washington. Funds will be allocated for two purposes; (1) to allow them to expand their preliminary efforts to involve local and regional high school students in presenting at and attending SOURCE, providing supporting activities in advance of SOURCE and while they are on-campus, to introduce them to college in general and promoting involvement in research and scholarly activities for everyone, and (2) to continue to offer the SOURCE Celebration dinner as an awards banquet that brings together students, faculty, staff, alumni, and donors.</p><p>CWU has been involved in the Len Thayer Grants application and awards for the past five years. The projects were evaluated by a committee of CWU Foundation staff, students, CWU faculty, and staff.</p><p>The grants are awarded to efforts at CWU that serve a large population, contribute to the university and student’s needs, and promote the advancement of knowledge. Partial grant funding comes from the Leonard and Betty Thayer Endowment, and bears Thayer’s name in honor of his contributions and service to Central and the Ellensburg community.</p><p>Media Contact:<br>Claire Cox, University Advancement Communications, (509) 963-2160 | Claire.Cox@cwu.edu</p></ol style="margin-left: 40px;"></br></br>Science II Grand Opening Celebration October 13, 2017https://www.cwu.edu/university-advancement/node/2573Thu, 13 Oct 2016 08:13:13<p>Central Washington University unveils a new $64 million science facility that boasts a planetarium, observatory tower, scanning electron microscope, and specialty labs, including a chamber that completely absorbs all sound, during the grand opening of the new Science II building on Thursday, October 13.</p><p><iframe class="youtube-player" frameborder="0" height="390" scrolling="no" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Q74N2BykHiY?rel=0" title="YouTube video player" type="text/html" width="480"></iframe></p><p>A public ribbon-cutting ceremony for the state-of-the-art science center is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. at the building’s north entrance (adjacent to the Japanese Garden). The event will be hosted by CWU President James L. Gaudino and College of the Sciences Dean Tim Englund.</p><p>Tours of the building, which is the new home for the university’s geological sciences and physics departments, will be held from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m., following the celebration, and on Saturday morning, 11:00-noon, October 15.</p><p>“The addition of the Science II building puts Central in the forefront of science education in the state of Washington,” Gaudino said. “These are two of our highest-demand science programs, so those students and faculty now have an advanced facility in which to research, study and work.”</p><p>The new facility also includes the Center for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Education, which supports and promotes interdisciplinary science and math teaching and research.</p><p>“The completion of Science II consolidates programs that have been scattered in buildings across the campus,” Englund noted. “Uniting these programs in a single, modern facility with state-of-the-art equipment allows for greater collaboration among our students and faculty.”</p><p>The building features an 80-seat lecture hall and planetarium, an observatory tower, and several specialty labs, such as optics and laser labs, an ice core lab, and an acoustic lab with an anechoic chamber—a specially designed room which absorbs either sound or electromagnetic wave reflections. The building also houses CWU’s new $600K scanning electron microscope.</p><p>Additionally, the building features a number of signature touches. For example, the massive rocks in the landscaping around the building were chosen by members of the geology faculty. On the roof, there are telescope platforms where astronomy students can study the stars. Geological Sciences has dedicated space for storing mineral specimens. And the advanced technology infrastructure provides unprecedented bandwidth and computing capacity.</p><p><br>Science Phase II further anchors the university science neighborhood that includes Science Phase 1, opened in 1998, and the remodeled Dean Hall, which reopened in 2009. Construction has also begun on the Samuelson STEM project, a $64.5 million integrated computer science technology center that will house the departments of computer science, mathematics and information technology and administrative management (ITAM). It is expected to be completed in fall 2018.</p><p>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518, valeriec@cwu.edu<br>October 13, 2016</p></br></br>