CWUNewsNews Alumni Couples Share Love Stories for Valentine’s Day, 11 Feb 2016 07:59:16<p><img alt="" src="/university-advancement/sites/" style="width: 250px; height: 250px; margin: 3px 7px; float: right;">Okay Cupid has nothing on Central Washington University when it comes to finding a perfect match. For Valentine’s Day, CWU alumni couples are sharing charming stories of their courtship on <a href="">CWU’s Alumni Facebook page</a>.</p><p>From cooking dinner for a roommate, to sharing a math class, to first dates at the Yellow Church Cafe, each story relives a sweet, auspicious moment in their lives. As one alumni said, his favorite CWU memory “was meeting his wife, Gail.”</p><p>The alumni stories go back thirty years and more, and some photos show generations of Wildcats and future Wildcats embarking on their own love stories.</p><p>While developing the campaign, University Advancement staff suspected that there were more than a few alumni who found the love of their life at CWU. They discovered that there were more than 6,000!</p><p>“We thought it would be fun to see and share all the wonderful love stories that started here,” said Ginny Ann Blackson, director of Annual Giving. “We wanted to celebrate our alumni this Valentine’s Day and we’re thrilled with the response on social media to date!”</p><p>To tell your Wildcat love story, go to the CWU Alumni Facebook page, and, using the #CentralCouple tag, share some of the details such as how you met, what were your studies, when you graduated, and where you went on your first date.</p><p>“We’d love for you to share your favorite memory together during your time at CWU, and what you remember best about CWU,” Blackson continued. “And please share a photo or two!”</p><p>Couples can also post via Twitter using #CentralCouple. And while #CentralCouple was prompted by Valentine’s Day, couples may post their stories throughout February.</p><p>The Alumni Association and the CWU Foundation hope that these warm and fuzzy stories will inspire you to make a gift to CWU this Valentine’s Day. For more information, visit</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,</p>CWU Wildcats Make Giving Tuesday a Landmark Success, 10 Dec 2015 15:29:56<p><img alt="" src="/university-advancement/sites/" style="width: 167px; height: 200px; margin: 4px; float: left;">On Giving Tuesday, Central Washington University alumni and friends rallied together to support the university through their charitable donations.</p><p>“This was our first ever Giving Tuesday campaign, and our goal was $100,000,” said Scott Wade, vice president of University Advancement and executive director of the CWU Foundation. “Thanks to hundreds of generous donors, we quadrupled our goal, raising more than $400,000.</p><p>“In addition, more than 350 new donors joined Central’s family of supporters, a tribute to our thriving Wildcat pride.”</p><p>“This is a signature moment for CWU’s alumni and donor engagement efforts,“ he continued. “This success nicely complements the institution’s recent record enrollment, and recognition by The Economist as the number one ranked university in Washington.”</p><p>“I’m overwhelmed by our community and their tremendous generosity,” said CWU President James L. Gaudino. “This level of support is truly humbling.”</p><p>“We had matching funds of $45,000 for new and increased gifts to #CWUGivingTuesday,” noted Ginny Ann Blackson, CWU’s director of annual giving. “Generous alumni provided these matching funds, which provided additional momentum to our Giving Tuesday efforts.”</p><p>Giving Tuesday was started in 2011 in response to the increased commercialization of the day after Thanksgiving (Black Friday) and the subsequent Cyber Monday, which have become the busiest shopping days of the year. Last year, more than 30,000 charitable organizations and non-profit groups in 68 countries participated in the event.</p><p>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,<br>December 10, 2015</p></br>Vintage US Army Uniforms Donated to CWU Theatre Arts, 01 Sep 2015 07:57:03<p><img alt="" src="/university-advancement/sites/" style="width: 452px; height: 300px;"></p><p>Fifty years of US Army uniforms, from World War II to the Vietnam War, are now available to students in Central Washington University’s Department of Theatre Arts, thanks to another generous gift from Grant and Virginia Green of Alexandria, Virginia.</p><p>Grant’s mother helped establish Gallery One in Ellensburg, and worked with Central and its theatre and arts departments throughout her career. In addition, his aunt, Ramona Solberg taught at Central. When settling his mother’s estate, he chose CWU to receive her couture 1950s wardrobe as a gift to the university.</p><p>“We came to know of Central’s knowledge and experience with historical clothing and its educational programs,” wrote Green. “This is what has led us to gift these military uniform items of mine and father’s to Central.”</p><p>The uniforms represent his father’s 30-plus years in the US Army, “which included service in the Pacific during WWII and the Korean War.” Green also donated uniforms from his own 23-year career in the army, including his two tours of duty in Vietnam.</p><p>“It’s great to have these uniforms which represent such significant eras in US history,” said Scott Robinson, chair of theatre arts. “What is truly remarkable is that these are so complete, with the proper epaulets, button studs, and hats.”</p><p>The Green family donated six full uniforms, including formal mess uniforms, a summer dress uniform, and full army green and blue uniforms (the US Army replaced green with Army blue in 2009).</p><p>“These will be so useful in shows,” said Robinson. “It’s very powerful for an actor to put on article of clothing that carries the history of a real person that wore them.</p><p>“They will also be so valuable for teaching. Our students will be able to closely examine how the garments were made,” Robinson continued. “This can also be a springboard of research about uniform regulations, which are very specific as to the branch of service of the soldier.”</p><p>In addition to the uniforms, the Greens included a 1960s-era officer’s raincoat, a pre-World War II man’s hat, a bowler or “bob” hat from Bolivia, and a number of unique vintage feathers.</p><p>“These gifts will be an inspiration to theatre students for many years,” said Robinson.</p><p><br>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,</p></br>$100,000 Coca-Cola Grant to Help CWU’s First Generation Students, 31 Aug 2015 07:43:21<p><img alt="" src="/university-advancement/sites/" style="width: 388px; height: 200px;"></p><p>Students who are the first in their families to attend college will receive a generous financial boost from The Coca-Cola Foundation. The Coca-Cola First-Generation Last Mile Scholarship will provide 10 first-generation students at Central Washington University with significant financial support—$5,000 per year for two years—during their junior and senior years.</p><p>“We estimate that more than 15 to 20 percent of our first-year and transfer students are the first in their families to attend college,” said Scott Wade, vice president of CWU University Advancement and executive director of the CWU Foundation. “The Coca-Cola Company has an outstanding reputation for supporting educational opportunities for first-generation students in the United States.”</p><p>By providing more than half of average tuition and fees for the year, the Last Mile scholarships will allow students to focus on their studies instead of spending excessive time at a job to pay for their education. The purpose is for students to graduate on time with the academic standing necessary to successfully compete in graduate programs or pursue a career.</p><p>To apply for the scholarship, students need to contact the CWU Scholarship Office at The deadline to apply for the 2015-2016 school year is October 15, 2015.</p><p>Qualified applicants are:<br>• First-generation students (students who are the first in their immediate families to attend college)<br>• Students who are either returning or transferring to CWU as juniors in fall quarter 2015<br>• Full-time students with a GPA of 3.0 or greater<br>• Students with demonstrated financial need</p><p>Students enrolled in Ellensburg or any of the seven CWU university centers are eligible to apply for the scholarship.</p><p>Students will receive $5,000 for the first year. If they maintain a 3.0 grade point average and make satisfactory progress towards their degree, they’ll receive the second $5,000 for their senior year.</p><p>The overall purpose of the scholarships is to increase the retention and graduation rates of the scholarship recipients. It is expected that the retention rate for scholarship holders will be 90 to 100 percent from junior to senior year and that at least 80 percent of the 2015 scholarship recipients will graduate in 2017.</p><p>“We’re excited that one of the most recognized companies in the world is partnering with us to help our students,” enthused Wade. “We hope we will be working with them for many years.”</p><p>Since 1993, The Coca-Cola First Generation Scholarship (CCFG) program has supported students who are the first in their immediate family to attend college or university.&nbsp; Since its inception, over $39 million in scholarships has been awarded to over 3,200 students on more than 450 campuses throughout the United States.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><br>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,<br>August 31, 2015</p></br></br></br></br></br></br>Boeing Executive Gives CWU $300,000 for STEM Scholarship, 12 Aug 2015 10:01:01<p><img alt="" src="/university-advancement/sites/" style="width: 450px; height: 300px;"></p><p>Students studying the sciences just got a financial boost from legendary <a href="">Boeing Commercial Airplanes CEO Ray Conner</a>. Conner and his wife Katie recently established the Ray and Katie Conner Endowed Scholarship Fund with a gift of $305,769 at Central Washington University.</p><p>A 1979 CWU alumnus, Conner started at Boeing on the manufacturing floor, swinging a wrench. Through his own perseverance, talent, and exceptional ability, he climbed the corporate ladder, eventually becoming vice chairman of The Boeing Company and president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes.</p><p>“I attribute much of my success to hard work, preparation and leadership—all characteristics that I honed during my time at CWU,” said Conner, a 2010 Distinguished Alumnus. “One of the best ways I can give back is to provide students with the same opportunity as me.”</p><p>“Ray and Katie’s generosity will have an impact on students for years to come,” said Scott Wade, vice president of University Advancement and executive director for the CWU Foundation. “We are honored by their exceptional gift.”</p><p>The gift will fund two $10,000 scholarships annually, for students who are pursing a degree in science, technology, engineering, or math disciplines, or an education degree in one of the STEM fields. At CWU, Conner studied to become a high school teacher and earned his degree through the College of Education and Professional Studies.</p><p>Since Connor grew up in Burien, the scholarship stipulates that preference is given to applicants from the Highline School District. The award is also need-based, and students can be first-year or transfer students.</p><p>“I’m fortunate that the experience of learning, listening, and building relationships at CWU has lingered with me throughout my entire career,” Conner added. “This scholarship fund is planned for someone who is greatly respected by those around them, people-centered and possesses a strong desire to lead.”</p><p>Students may apply for the scholarship later this fall. For more information about scholarships at CWU, or to apply, go to</p><p><br>Photo: Ray Conner received the Distinguished Alumni Award from CWU President James Gaudino.</p><p><br>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,<br>&nbsp;</p></br></br></br>Scientist to Explain the Impending Redefinition of the Kilogram, 21 Oct 2014 14:05:21<p><img alt="" src="/university-advancement/sites/" style="width: 199px; height: 320px; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px; float: left;"><span style="line-height: 1.4;">In 2018, the kilogram, the last of the seven base international system of units that is still defined in terms of a material artifact, will be changed from its original definition in 1889 to one based on a constant of nature. As the kilogram is the international standard by which everyone in the entire world </span>gauges<span style="line-height: 1.4;"> mass, this change has profound implications for all aspects of science and technology.</span></p><p>Jeff Gust, an Ellensburg native and chief corporate metrologist at the Fluke Corporation, will present "Why Measurements Matter—The Science of Measurement and the Impending Redefinition of the International System of Units (SI)," at 7:00 p.m., October 23, in Lind 215, on Central Washington University’s Ellensburg Campus.</p><p>Gust will briefly review the history of the SI units, and discuss the experiments that are being performed in order to make this redefinition possible. Additionally, the kelvin, the international standard unit of temperature, will be redefined based on a better fundamental constant. Gust will also discuss the science required to both set the world standard for measurements and to disseminate these definitions from National Measurement Institutes to everyday measuring devices, and how a Washington State company is involved in this process.</p><p>This CWU guest lecture is sponsored by the Department of Physics, Department of Engineering Technologies Safety and Construction, and University Advancement.</p><p>Photo: At the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the watt<br>balance experiment is redefining the kilogram</p></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></span style="line-height: 1.4;"></br>CWU's remodeled tennis courts to be dedicated Saturday, 30 May 2014 07:30:43<p><img alt="" src="/university-advancement/sites/" style="width: 465px; height: 320px; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px; float: left;"></p><p>Central Washington University will honor a former professor and his family for the family’s gift toward $1 million in renovations at the campus’ tennis courts in a ceremony Saturday.<br>A $300,000 gift from the children of a former Central mathematics professor, will create the Fred and Valerie Lister Tennis Facility.<br>There will be a dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony 11 a.m. Saturday at the courts, on Dean Nicholson Boulevard west of Alder Street.</p><p>Read more of this story in the<a href=""> Daily Record</a>.</p><p>Story by Andy Matarrese, photo by Brian Myrick</p></br></br>CWU Receives $100,000 for Geography Scholarships, 28 Feb 2014 15:20:05<p><img alt="" src="/university-advancement/sites/" style="width: 439px; height: 320px;"></p><p>Alumnus Joseph Stoltman and his wife, Gillian, recently donated $100,000 to Central Washington University to establish a new endowment. The funds will provide scholarships for students in geography, resource management, and potentially other programs on campus. A 1962 graduate of the geography department, Joseph is currently a University Distinguished Scholar and longtime professor in the Department of Geography at Western Michigan University. Gillian has a doctorate in virology from University College, London.</p><p>“It was probably about 20 years ago that Gillian and I began to give to CWU each year,” said Stoltman. “We gave in memory of my cousin and long-time Ellensburg resident, Floyd (Buck) Minor, and in memory of Professor Martin Kaatz.</p><p>“The Kittitas Valley and Central were important in launching me on a successful and enjoyable career. Gillian and I have made an enduring gift to Central that will provide future students with similar opportunities through the study of geography.”</p><p>In explaining their remarkable gift to CWU, Joseph said that his former geography professors, including Robert Funderburk, Martin Kaatz, and Otto Jakubek fostered a love for exploration and that their mentorship led him to pursue his first graduate degree.</p><p>“Giving to CWU is an investment in the future,” said Stoltman. “The university is committed to building the capacity of students to apply the CWU educational experience in local communities, the state, the nation, and the world.”</p><p>Photo: Joseph and Gillian Stoltman</p><p>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,</p>CWU Foundation to Open Office in Downtown Ellensburg, 24 Jan 2014 10:06:55<p>The Central Washington University Foundation will soon open a business office in downtown Ellensburg, according to Brad Fitterer, CWU Foundation board chair. He said the leased space, at 421 North Main Street, will position the foundation to have a greater connection and presence within the Ellensburg and Kittitas County communities.</p><p>“I’m very pleased to welcome the Foundation to downtown Ellensburg,” said Fitterer, proprietor of Fitterer’s Furniture, adding that the move underscores opportunities for greater collaboration and partnership between the foundation and the Ellensburg community. “I applaud the CWU Foundation and the university for making this move possible and, on behalf of Ellensburg businesses, welcome the foundation to the neighborhood.”</p><p>Fitterer said the foundation offices will go into space that has been vacant for some time.</p><p>“Having this professional office moving into this beautifully remodeled space that has been unoccupied for the past several years will allow the CWU Foundation to become even more integrated into the downtown community,” said Fitterer.</p><p>Fitterer said the new downtown presence is another exciting step forward in preparing for CWU’s next capital campaign. Scott Wade, CWU Foundation executive director, said the new location would place the foundation in the heart of Ellensburg, visible to downtown businesses, visitors, and community residents.</p><p>“We want to be part of the community where we live, work, and play,” said Wade. “We’re building relevant partnerships and collaborations with local area business and organizations that are mutually beneficial and that help support the CWU educational experience.”</p><p>When open for business, Wade said the entire community would be invited to an open house in the new foundation offices.</p><p><strong>Media contact: </strong>Linda Schactler, executive director, CWU Public Affairs, 509-963-1384,</p>CWU Foundation Provides Support for Ellensburg Rodeo Festivities, 30 Aug 2013 12:16:35<p><img alt="" src="/university-advancement/sites/" style="width: 500px; height: 300px; "></p><p>When it comes to ropin’ and ridin’ it doesn’t get any better than the annual WestStar Arena "Best of the Best" roping competition, held at CWU alumni Scott and Jo Repp’s ranch. This year, the Central Washington University Foundation helped sponsor the 11th annual competition, held August 28.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>It was a time for CWU alumni, donors and friends to get an up close and personal look at world championship caliber rodeo.&nbsp; Highlights from the competition can be viewed at</p><p>“We approached the Repps two or three months ago with the idea of helping sponsor the event,” said Scott Wade, CWU Executive Director of University Advancement. “The Repps are great supporters of CWU and they were enthusiastic about the idea.”</p><p>At the arena, CWU&nbsp; logos and banners were everywhere, even on a money steer, which was released for roping by CWU President James Gaudino.</p><p>The CWU Foundation also sponsored CWU student artist Holly Heflen in the Ellensburg Rodeo Hall of Fame Hats to Fame Fundraiser ( Hats to Fame was created to help establish a future home for artifacts and memorabilia collected from Ellensburg Rodeo Hall of Fame in conjunction with the Ellensburg Rodeo. Twenty-five resin cowboy hats were painted by 25 local artists and auctioned off at the Ellensburg Rodeo Hall of Fame Banquet on August 29th, which the CWU Foundation also helped sponsor at the SURC ballroom.</p><p>“Scott and Jo Repp, the West Star Arena and the Ellensburg Rodeo are all tremendous contributors to this community and CWU wants to help preserve and celebrate their collective achievements, history and culture,” said Wade. “We also want folks to experience CWU and the CWU Foundation as relevant partners in the community, and will continue to look for opportunities to strengthen those ties in whatever ways that we can."</p><p>For more information about WestStar Ranch and Arena, go to</p><p>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, CWU Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,<br>&nbsp;</p></br>