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Fri 11/17/17 9:20 AM

University students who find themselves the victims of persistent hunger have yet another challenge to their success in school. Helping them overcome that roadblock is the guiding principle behind CWU’s participation in the Presidents United to Solve Hunger (PUSH) initiative. Under PUSH, the university is committed to assisting students who are suffering from hungry by providing the vital resources that they need to thrive.

“It’s not enough to provide a scholarship that covers tuition. A hungry student cannot learn effectively,” said CWU President James L. Gaudino. “We have to feed the body before we feed the mind.”

Through the end of November, the university’s Exempt Employee Association (EEA) is conducting a campaign to gather food and clothing to ensure all university students have access to necessities.

Katrina Whitney, a CWU EEA executive board member, pointed out that, “We want to provide the best possible opportunity for students to be academically successful by not having to worry about their basic human necessities, medical emergencies, or other unforeseen circumstances that might come up.”

EEA has established PUSH food drop off locations in Black Hall 101, Bouillon Hall 204, Brooks Library, third floor of Farrell Hall, Hertz Hall 217, west entrance of Hogue Hall, Purser Hall 132, fourth floor of the Psychology Building, and Student Union and Recreation Center 250 and 253.

Students needing resources may also pick them up at the Black, Bouillon, Farrell, Hertz, Hogue, and Purser pantry locations. 

“The pantries evolved out of an idea of providing service to students to meet their needs right where they are,” Whitney stated. “At the end of each quarter, we see more students at greater risk of being food insecure based on the fact that they have had to pay for rent, books—all those incidental costs. So, a lot of times, students go without food, just so they can pay for the other things that they need. Pantry usage all over campus is way up this year and that’s a success for us—the word is getting out.”

Needed pantry items include canned and box food items, eggs, fresh fruits and vegetables, personal hygiene supplies, and clothes—including gloves, mittens, and warm socks.

In addition, monetary donations are being accepted through the CWU Foundation’s (www.cwu.edu/push) PUSH account. Whitney is an assistant director of the university’s Center for Diversity and Social Justice. She and, fellow CDSJ assistant director, Veronica Gomez Vilchis co-manage the monetary account, which provides students with the means to buy groceries, though gift cards.

“Our heart is always to be welcoming and to create an inclusive campus for our students her at Central,” Whitney acknowledged. “This is an opportunity for us, as a university staff; to provide support for our students in a different way and go a little farther than we normally do, by providing them with staples and other necessities.”

PUSH is an effort by universities worldwide to end hunger and poverty, on both the local and global scales. In 2015, CWU joined nearly 100 other schools on five continents that signed the Presidents’ Commitment to Food and Nutrition Security, a pledge to make ending hunger a core value of those institutions.

The Executive Committee of the CWU EEA helps address concerns and represent the opinions of the university’s exempt employees, as well as serving as a channel for communications among exempt employees in Ellensburg and at CWU University Centers, and with colleagues at other state higher education institutions. 

Media contact: Robert Lowery, Department of Public Affairs, 509-963-1487, Robert.Lowery@cwu.edu


 


Thu 11/16/17 2:46 PM

In the crucible of middle/junior high school, as children become adolescents, young students’ real fears and concerns are often overlooked. In Mattawa, a unique project by Central Washington University’s Theatre Arts department is empowering the often underrepresented voices of pre-teens and young teenagers.

In September, Patrick Dizney, Theatre Arts professor and associate chair, teamed up with Wahluke Junior High teacher Autumn Harlow to create M2P, The Mattawa Monologue Project. Their objectives were to encourage personal expression of the Wahluke students and to make connections between WJH and CWU students.

Working with five WJH teachers, Dizney led two days of monologue writing workshops. WJH teachers then continued to work on the text with these sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders, until more than 100 monologues were written and submitted.

“The writing parameters were intentionally left open, and there is a broad representation of voices and concerns of these young people,” Dizney said.

CWU Theatre Arts students also selected monologues to perform and worked on them in their class with Dizney through late October and early November. They learned about the performance process, the importance of honoring the writers work and how to apply concepts learned in their acting class to performance.

On November 20, more than 20 CWU students will travel to Mattawa to perform the selected monologues for the entire junior high. The WJH and CWU students will have an opportunity to meet each other and discuss the work.

In addition, MECHA and other CWU organizations have been invited to a mixer with the authors of the selected monologues and their parents before a second performance on December 6. The goal of the mixer is to create bridges for these young students in the hope of making attendance at a university more accessible to them.

Harlow and Dizney created this project with sustainability in mind and look to continue and further the reach of its impact on more communities.

“I think this collaboration was a complete success—for all the students involved,” Dizney concluded. “I know the CWU students were impressed with the depth and range of the WJH students’ writing, and learned a lot from working with the younger kids.”


Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518, valeriec@cwu.edu




Wed 11/15/17 2:39 PM

Antonio Sanchez, TVW logoCWU’s Antonio Sanchez has been appointed to the board of the state’s public affairs network, TVW. Sanchez is Director of Intergovernmental and International Relations at CWU.

CWU is a key partner for the network, which televises and streams recorded and live government and public policy activities, but often lacks the capacity to record events east of the Cascades. Since 2015, CWU has been providing content to TVW from central Washington.

Sanchez says Central shares TVW’s commitment to making state government more transparent while helping improve civics education within Washington.

“The partnership between Central and TVW supports civics, education, and outreach to Washington residents,” said Sanchez. “Our goal is to help them to understand how government functions and why, and how residents fit into this complex and dynamic institutional mechanism called government.”

TVW President Renee Radcliff Sinclair said she is pleased to have Sanchez as a new board representative.

“As of right now, Dr. Sanchez will be the only representative from higher education,” Sinclair pointed out. “We like having higher ed representation on our board. His many years of service in state government, along with his connections to higher education—especially CWU—will truly be an asset as we seek to build stronger connections with our state’s broadcast programs.”

CWU President James L. Gaudino and former Congressman Sid Morrison, who also was chair of the Central Board of Trustees, have both previously served on the TVW governing board.

TVW, Washington’s award-winning Public Affairs network, is governed by an independent board of directors. The 25-member panel oversees the private, non-profit, tax-exempt corporation, which is accessible by more than 3.3 million viewers statewide. TVW provides gavel-to-gavel coverage of the Washington State Legislature, along with presentations from the State Supreme Court, and other important public affairs activities and events.

CWU has recently contributed hours of content to TVW, including presentations by Washington Supreme Court Justice Mary Yu, Seattle Seahawks star Richard Sherman, Ron Sims, former King County executive and deputy secretary of the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development; award-winning New York Times columnist Roger Cohen; Lecia Brooks, outreach director for the Southern Poverty Law Center; Jan Techau, director of Carnegie Europe, who spoke of the changing relationship between the United States and Europe; and a panel presentation on state and federal constitutional rights with Washington Supreme Court Justice Steve Gonzalez and United States District Court Judge Robert Lasnik.

Media contact: Robert Lowery, Department of Public Affairs, 509-963-1487, Robert.Lowery@cwu.edu

Wed 11/15/17 8:14 AM

Senior art student Crystal Hering will present a multimedia art exhibit, Mementos of Nature, at Central Washington University’s Gallery 231 November 20 to December 6. The opening reception will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Monday, November 20; the exhibition is free to the public.

The gallery will hold a mix of painting, sculptural work, and drawings, all tied to the themes of collecting small relics found in the outdoors.

“I enjoy embracing the potential of these sometimes unassuming objects, through enlarging them and allow the viewer to see the new ornate worlds within them," Hering explained. “Collection and replication of nature is a human way of responding to the world. Many people collect small mementos of nature—pressed flowers, a preserved bug collection, shells from the beach, or simply a small acorn or rock that fits nicely into the palm of your hand.”

By creating art, Hering feels she can react to the world around her and create her own reality.

Hering is from originally from Portland, Oregon, but has found a wonderful connection to the art community in Ellensburg. She will be graduating from CWU this fall with a bachelor of fine arts in studio art, and a minor in museum studies. She is also a student in the Douglas Honors College. She has exhibited individual works at Gallery One, the Sarah Spurgeon Gallery, and the John Clymer Museum in Ellensburg. This is her first solo exhibition.

Mementos of Nature will remain on display through December 6, 2017 in Gallery 231, located on the second floor of Randall Hall. Randall can be found off of Dean Nicholson Boulevard and is open weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission is free.

Image: “Stag Beetle” oil painting by Crystal Hering, 2017

Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518, valeriec@cwu.edu
 


Tue 11/14/17 9:22 AM

The future of the European Union (EU) is the subject of a special roundtable discussion with three EU experts on Thursday, November 16 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Planetarium, Science II Building on the Central Washington University campus.

“With such events as the recent ‘Brexit’ vote in Great Britain and the financial crisis in Greece, it’s very timely to have a dialogue about the European Union and where it goes from here,” said program coordinator and CWU Political Science faculty member Eugen Nagy. “With that in mind, we’ve invited a panel of experts on this topic to discuss these issues at CWU.”

Following the discussion, which will be moderated by Prof Eugen L Nagy, there will a reception for the attending public to meet with the panelists. The event will be taped and broadcast later on TVW (www.TVW.org).

Panelists will include:

• Klaus Botzet, Minister Counsellor, Head of the Political, Security, and Development Section, Delegation of the European Union to the USA. Botzet is an experienced diplomat who has worked for more than two decades in the Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany, and is an expert on the security dimensions of the EU.

• Kurt Hübner, Jean Monnet Chair for European Integration and Global Political Economy at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Canada. Hübner has served as the director of the Institute of European Studies at UBC for many years. As a specialist in the economic dimensions of the EU, the Euro, and European integration, he is both a reputed scholar and a much in demand speaker.

• Nico Lange, Director, Konrad Adenauer Foundation USA. After serving in the German federal armed forces in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Kosovo, he has worked for the Robert Bosch Foundation and the Adenauer Foundations in the Russian Federation, Ukraine, and Germany, while also teaching politics and international relations at various universities Among others, Lange is a specialist on the Eastern challenges facing the EU.

The roundtable is part of a two-week series of campus events focused on the EU, which were made possible through a generous grant from the German Information Center USA (through the Germany: Making Choices program), and with the support of CWU’s William O. Douglas Honors College.

The events are also sponsored by CWU’s Department of Political Science, World Languages and Cultures Department, Film Program and the Office of International Studies and Programs.

For more information about this roundtable and the other related events, connect with the program at www.facebook.com/EUatCWU, or contact Eugen Nagy at Eugen.nagy@cwu.edu. For accommodation email: ds@cwu.edu.