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Thu 9/21/17 8:23 AM


The Central Washington University Alumni Association is honoring nine individuals for their contributions to advancing the mission of the university.

The group will be celebrated at the annual Distinguished Alumni and 50-Year Reunion Banquet, which takes place during CWU’s Homecoming weekend on October 6.

“We’re so pleased to be able to recognize these individuals, who have each done so much to embrace CWU’s spirit,” said Robert Ford, director of alumni relations. “These nine people truly represent what it means to be a Wildcat.”

This year’s distinguished alumni include:

Under-40 Leadership Awards

• Kimberly Whipple is a graduate of the College of the Sciences. Whipple, who serves as the senior director of the Technical Advisors and Geophysicist at HIS Markit, is in charge of the company’s international sales force.

• Jose Ineguez, is a College of Business graduate who established the very first Latino endowment at CWU and has raised close to $40,000 for the endowment through his music program, Encanto. He is also an award-winning Latin music artist, who, through his concerts, has raised over $150,000 for student scholarships, art organizations, and community groups.

• Ryan Scully is a College of Arts and Humanities graduate who serves as the president at Warshaw Blumenthal Inc. and is also a creative director at Turbo Dog Productions, New York’s largest storyboard agency. In 2011, Scully was honored by the CWU College of Arts and Humanities with the Alumni of the Year award.

• Abe Silvestri is a College of Education and Professional Studies graduate who is currently the visiting club house manager for the San Francisco Giants and was previously the director of baseball operations at Washington State University.

Distinguished Alumni Awards

• Frank Gavaldon, a graduate of the College of the Sciences, is a disabled Marine Corp veteran, who served three tours of duty in Vietnam. Gavaldon retired from the City of Tacoma as a Civil Rights Investigator in 2011, but has remained committed to assisting individuals who have been victims of discrimination. In 2012, he formed the Tacoma Human Rights Council, a non-profit agency with a mission to eliminate discrimination in the US.

• Terry Robling, a graduate of the College of Business, is also a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, serving 38-years. He retired from active duty in 2014 as a Commanding General of the Marine Corps Forces, Pacific. He then came out of retirement in 2015, taking a Chief Executive Officer’s position at PKL Services INC., a global aerospace company.

• Kathy Cahill, a graduate of the College of Education and Professional Studies, serves as the vice president for PATH’s International Development division, directing strategy development and implementation across the organization’s international presence. Cahill has over 20 years of experience in public health.

• Andrea Klouse, a graduate of the College of Arts and Humanities, has a national reputation as a composer, conductor, and accompanist. Klouse founded “Vivace!”, a choral program, which provides students ages eight and up, from the South Puget Sound area, the opportunity to experience music with professionals from around the world. She was inducted into the Washington Music Educators Hall of Fame in 2012.

Legacy Award

• Forty-four years ago, Ruth Harrington, honored with the Legacy Award, began organizing luncheons to raise money for CWU student scholarships that would benefit high school seniors and single parents and has raised nearly $1 million. Through monthly scholarship luncheons, Harrington continues to bring people together and raises money for education.

The 50-Year Reunion Brunch with the CWU Football team is scheduled for Saturday, October 7 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. For more information and to view a whole list of Alumni sponsored events go to: https://engage.cwu.edu/pages/social?entity_host=engage.cwu.edu.

Thu 9/21/17 8:15 AM

After moving into the dorms on Friday and sifting through several days of required meetings and informational sessions over the weekend, the Central Washington University freshmen class was introduced to local businesses at the annual Bite of the Burg event on Tuesday.

Local restaurants, nonprofits and other organizations lined both sides of Fourth Avenue between Pearl and Ruby Streets in downtown Ellensburg, while students wound their way through each booth, filling their pockets with food, prizes and whatever else they could find.

Read more of this story in the Daily Record.

Wed 9/20/17 8:01 AM

The Central Washington Wildcats (6-4, 1-1) continue GNAC Play this week, traveling south to battle Concordia University-Portland (6-3, 1-1) this Thursday, Sept. 21. First serve against the Cavaliers is set for 5:30 p.m. in LCEF Court. The Wildcats will then head to Monmouth, Ore. to face Western Oregon University (5-4, 1-1) on Saturday, Sept. 23 at 7 p.m.

CWU is coming off a 3-1 win against the Simon Fraser University last Saturday behind 14 kills and 15 digs by Shelby Mauritson. The Wildcats fell to in-state rival, No. 10 Western Washington University, 1-3 earlier in the week.

The Wildcats enter the week ranked fifth in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference with a 1-1 conference record. CWU ranks first in blocks (2.79/set), third in opponent hitting percentage (.158), third in assists (12.15/set), fourth in hitting percentage (.210) and fifth in kills (12.79/set).

Junior Shelby Mauritson leads the team and ranks sixth in the conference with 135 kills and a 3.46 kills per set average. She also ranks second on the team with 137 digs (3.51 digs/set).

Junior Maggie McTaggart follows with 94 kills and ranks second on the team with 2.54 kills per set. Senior Sabrina Wheelhouse has tallied 76 kills (1.95 kills/set) and ranks first on the team with a .333 hitting percentage. Wheelhouse also leads the team at the net with 56 total blocks (1.44 blocks/set), while senior Sara Joffs follows with 34 total blocks (1.26 blocks/set).

Sophomore Niki Cook has tallied a team-high 214 assists and 5.49 assists per set average. Sophomore Gabrielle Aihara has registered 204 assists and 5.23 assists per set average.

Leading the Wildcats in digs is sophomore libero Kyla Morgan with a total of 183 (4.69 digs/set), which ranks sixth in the conference.

Coming off a 1-1 week, the Central Washington Wildcats received 36 votes in the latest AVCA Top-25 Poll, which ranks seventh among teams that just missed making the top-25.

CWU enters the week ranked first in the GNAC and third in the nation with 199 total blocks. The Wildcats also rank fourth in the nation with 2.79 blocks per set.

Wheelhouse ranks first in the GNAC and fifth in the nation in blocks per set (1.44), and first in the league and sixth in the nation in total blocks (56). Wheelhouse also ranks second in the GNAC with a .333 hitting percentage.


Concordia Cavaliers
Concordia faced Seattle Pacific and Saint Martin's to open GNAC Play. The Cavaliers beat Seattle Pacific in four sets on Thursday, but fell to SMU on Saturday in four sets. Concordia continues conference play with a 6-3 record on the season. Concordia has a balanced offense with four players averaging at least 2.32 kills/set. Senior Lindsey Dorsey leads the team with 3.26 kills/set, while also tallying 17 service aces on the season. Senior Michele Brown dishes out 10.80 assists per set for Concordia, totaling 270 on the season. Defensively, senior Colby Barnette leads the team with 39 blocks, and sophomore Anna Dols averages 3.76 digs/set.

Western Oregon Wolves
Western Oregon opened conference play by mirroring CU. The Wolves picked up a 3-0 sweep over Saint Martin's University, before following to Seattle Pacific 0-3 on Saturday. WOU is 5-4 on the season, winning three of their opening four matches against Lubbock Christian, Westminster and Cal State San Marcos. Senior outside hitter Alisha Bettinson pace the Wolves 140 kills on the season (4.12 kills/set), while Leila Holt and Maddie Mehciz runs the offense for WOU dishing out 187 and 173 assists, respectively. Junior Makenzie Bowen leads the defense with 160 digs.

Tue 9/19/17 1:02 PM


Tuesday’s campus-wide power outage at Central Washington University was the result of two birds hitting a transformer at about 7:40 a.m., according to Joseph Han, CWU’s vice president for operations.

The outage lasted about two hours and power was restored throughout the campus before 10 a.m. No scheduled campus events had to be canceled as a result of the power outage, including the annual Fall Convocation, which took place at 11 a.m.

Thu 9/14/17 8:30 AM

For the third time in four years, Central Washington University is a recipient of the prestigious Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine.

CWU is the only four-year institution in the state of Washington to earn the award, which recognizes higher education institutions that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion.

“CWU is the most welcoming campus in the state and this award recognizes our priority on the diversity of people and ideas,” said Delores Cleary, CWU’s vice president for inclusivity and diversity. “Our goal at CWU is to foster an environment where we celebrate our differences and create a campus culture of mutual respect and acceptance.”

Currently, students of color comprise nearly 33 percent of CWU’s student body, with enrollment of Hispanic students at nearly 15 percent. About 92 percent of CWU students are Washington residents; nearly 70 percent hail from western Washington, with a third from King County alone.

CWU President James L. Gaudino said the HEED award recognizes Central’s work to be an inclusive university that welcomes people from all walks of life and creates the best possible learning environment. 

“We do our students no favors by creating a campus that is insular or mono-cultural,” he said, adding that students must be prepared to live and work in a world in which other cultures are a click away. “This award recognizes our success in promoting a place that is rich in ideas, in experiences and in speech.”

The award to 79 colleges and universities in the nation, measures an institution’s level of achievement and intensity of commitment to broadening diversity and inclusion on campus through initiatives, programs, and outreach, student recruitment, retention and completion efforts, and hiring practices.

“The HEED award process consists of a comprehensive and rigorous application that includes questions relating to the recruitment and retention of students and employees—and best practices for both—continued leadership support for diversity, and other aspects of campus diversity and inclusion,” noted Lenore Pearlstein, publisher of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, which oversees the awards.

“Our standards are high, and we look for institutions where diversity and inclusion are woven into the work being accomplished each day across their campus,” she added.

INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine is the nation’s oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education. CWU will be featured in the St. Louis-based publication’s November 2017 issue. Current and archived issues of the publication are available online.

Media contact: Richard Moreno, Department of Public Affairs, 509-963-2714, Richard.Moreno@cwu.edu.