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Mon 5/21/18 4:32 PM

On Wednesday, May 23rd  from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. there will be a domestic water outage impacting:

• Wahle Apartments
• Psychology
• Purser
• Aquatics
• Nicholson Pavilion
• Tomlinson Restrooms

This will mean no showers, drinking water or restroom water.  This outage is to facilitate a waterline relocation on the site of the new residence hall.  Any questions please contact: Hunter Slyfield at x1195.

Mon 5/21/18 2:38 PM

Central Washington University’s Board of Trustees have recognized Laurie Moshier, Ian Quitadamo, Charles Reasons, and Lori Sheeran as the university’s newest class of Distinguished Professors.


The awards honor professors who excel in teaching, research, artistic accomplishment, and public service. Honorees names are placed on a continuing plaque and each will receive a $2,500 monetary award.


All four were recognized for their achievements by the Board of Trustees during its meeting on May 18 and will be honored during a ceremony and reception on May 21 in the Student Union and Recreation Center (SURC) Ballroom on the CWU campus.


“These four very distinguished educators exemplify the type of quality faculty we’re fortunate to have at Central Washington University,” said CWU President James L. Gaudino. “Each brings a passion for teaching, research, and service, and represent what is best about our faculty and university.”


Moshier, who is a senior lecturer in German and French in the Department of World Languages and Cultures, is the recipient of the 2018 Distinguished Non-Tenure Track Faculty Award for Teaching. According to her colleagues, she commands the respect of students for her teaching effectiveness, clarity of expectations, and for creating a “safe and comfortable place to learn.”


Moshier, who began teaching at CWU in 2010, also advises both the German and French clubs, regularly mentors students for presentations at CWU’s World Languages Day, and is the coordinator and advisor for the German minor.


Quitadamo teaches in the Department of Biological Sciences and is the recipient of the 2018 Distinguished Professor Award for Teaching. Affectionately known by his students as “Doctor Q,” he has taught at Central since 2002.


Respected for his deep knowledge base in both biology and science education, Quitadamo teaches around research-based, best practices in science teaching. Students and peers in Biology and science education hold him in high regard because of his personal concern for students and because he utilizes well-researched methodologies to convey the content.


Reasons, a professor in the Department of Law and Justice since 1999, is this year’s recipient of the 2018 Distinguished University Professor for Service Award. Reasons, who is also chair of the Law and Justice Department, was cited for integration of research with service to the university, community, and to his profession.


Under his guidance, the department has established a community advisory board and he has created an alumni newsletter and placed increased emphasis on providing Law and Justice offerings at CWU’s university centers. He has gone to great lengths to promote diversity in student enrollment and serves on the Kittitas County Law and Justice Council.


He has also been involved in starting up a non-profit Immigration Law Clinic in Ellensburg and has worked on numerous occasions with the Ellensburg Police Department, the Kittitas County Advocates for Children, and other community organizations.


Sheeran, who is a professor in the Department of Anthropology and Museum Studies and director of CWU’s Scholarly Primate Program, is the recipient of the Distinguished Professor for Research/Artistic Accomplishment.


Since joining the faculty at CWU in 2003, Sheeran has published (as sole author or coauthor) 18 peer-reviewed articles and 15 book reviews, encyclopedia entries, and contributed papers. Her field work on Tibetan macaques has made her one of the world’s foremost experts on that species.


Additionally, Sheeran has undertaken extensive field research in China, spending some 40 months over the past 27 years in that country. Her work has garnered international recognition for the quality and credibility of her research, resulting in her being named associate editor of a prestigious scholarly journal.


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

Mon 5/21/18 12:39 PM

Two Central Washington University students are credited with creating a new tradition they hope will leave a lasting legacy for countless future generations of Wildcats.

The two, Katie DeVore, a senior and the Vice President of the CWU Student Alumni Association, and Jocelyn Matheny, a junior and Vice President of Student Life for the Associated Students of Central Washington University, decided the best way to establish a bridge between current Wildcats and their future counterparts was with a pair of time capsules.

The result of their efforts will be the burying of two time capsules during a public ceremony on May 24 in the Barge Courtyard at 11 a.m. CWU President James L. Gaudino will speak prior to the capsules being sealed and buried.

DeVore said the idea behind the time capsule stemmed from rumors that circulated prior to the recent demolition of the older portion of Samuelson Hall. Some believed that a time capsule was buried inside the structure. But despite efforts by CWU offficials, a capsule was never found, which left DeVore disappointed.

She said that she and Matheny concocted the idea of not only creating and burying a time capsule on campus but also ensuring that its location and contents be archived for future generations. As history and anthropology majors, they said leaving a historical record behind was imperative.

With the help and support of the CWU Alumni Association, the two were able to acquire funding to purchase two time capsules. One will be a 25-year time vault that will be unearthed at CWU’s 150th anniversary in 2041 and the other is a 50-year capsule to be dug-up at the university’s 175th anniversary in 2066.

In addition to sponsoring the cost of the time capsules, the Alumni Assocation also purchased monument slabs that will serve as a marker identifying the location of the capsules as well excavation of the courtyard in order to bury the capsules.

“We like the idea behind this new tradition,” said Robert Ford, CWU's Senior Director, Alumni and Constituent Relations.

The Brooks Library Archives also joined the effort in order to ensure all items are documented and preserved properly so that future generations know exactly what’s inside each capsule and who contributed. Moreover, the engraved stone markers will let visitors know where the time capsules lay and the dates to be exhumed.

Items to be placed in the time capsules will include signed guestbooks, letters, artwork, books, magazines, and other memorabilia.

The public may participate by signing the guestbooks, writing a letter or creating artwork on acid-free paper, or by adding a keepsake that fits within a 8” x14” envelope. The guestbooks can be signed up until the start of the ceremony on May 24.

The other options must be provided to the Alumni Office, located in Barge 115,  by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, May 22.

There is a cost to be involved and all proceeds go toward student scholarships.

      Sign guestbooks (25-year and/or 50-year)                      $1/each

      Acid-free paper                                                                    $5

Mon 5/21/18 11:19 AM


A reminder about the upcoming spring quarter Budget Town Hall as posted on the Budget website at the following link:   http://www.cwu.edu/budget/budget-town-hall.

The Town Hall is designed for brief sharing of information regarding the budget and budget process, and will include ample time for questions, answers, and discussion.  The entire campus is invited to attend.

The spring
Budget Town Hall is scheduled for Tuesday, May 22 from 3:00-4:00 p.m. in Shaw-Smyser 115.

DE rooms have been established at the following locations:
Des Moines, Room 381
Lynnwood, Room 306
Moses Lake, ATEC 1800 Room 1846C
Pierce, Room 0324
Wenatchee, Room 5503
Yakima, Room 109

To participate via WebEx using the following WebEx Link or join by phone:
Go to:

Meeting number:     802 174 805
Meeting password:  iCkpd55Q
Toll ----- +1-240-454-0879
Access code: 802 174 805

Please consider joining us,

Joel Klucking and Katherine Frank

Mon 5/21/18 8:32 AM

For thirty years, volcanologist Wendy Bohrson has been studying the eruptions of Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano. The Central Washington University geology professor focuses on the intense magma-mixing that happens deep under the volcano.

“Kilauea has a complex magma storage system,” Bohrson explained. “We can look at the frequency and style of the mixing, based on the rock evidence from previous lava flows. As we understand more about that system, we contribute to improving eruption prediction.”

Bohrson began studying Kilauea in the 1980s when she worked for the United States Geological Survey.

“I was fortunate to be part of a team of USGS scientists that monitored the Kilauea eruptions,” she recounted. “Today, not only is magma erupting on the flank of Kilauea, but magma has been visible in a pit crater—an open crater with magma in it at the summit.”

Magma, or molten rock, is fundamental to the formation of the volcano. At Kilauea, magma can erupt at the summit, where it bubbles up from the lava lake in the caldera. But magma can also erupt on the flanks, where it surges through fissures that allow magma to move from the summit down the flank of Kilauea.

Currently, Kilauea’s magma is now flowing out of fissures and down a path in the rift zone. As the magma oozes out of the fissures down the rift, the summit starts to deflate.

Bohrson regularly takes students to Hawaii to study Kilauea and slow-moving lava flows. It’s so hot, she related, a person can barely get within three feet of the flow. Magma is almost hot enough to melt steel--about 2,100 degrees F.  Her students were fascinated by the lava flowing on the coastal plain. “When students can see lava flow, features we study in lab make more sense. The hike to the active flows is tough, and so students are very excited when we actually find flowing lava!”

It was steam that caused the May 17 eruption, when the summit lava lake dropped low enough within the volcano to intersect the water table. The resulting explosion spewed ash, rocks and other debris high into the air, coating the surrounding countryside in a hard paste of ash and rain. USGS scientists expect more explosive eruptions. The last major event like this at Kilauea was in 1924.

“Our goal is to understand how Kilauea evolves as it erupts,” Bohrson said. “We look at details of crystals in the lava rocks to understand how magma changes before and during an eruption. We also use computational tools to help us quantify Kilauea’s magma storage reservoir. We want to know how big magma storage system is, and the frequency and style of magma-mixing. We want to add to our knowledge about what types of eruptions might occur and when they might occur.

“Our end goal is to help improve eruption prediction, and thus lessen the dangers of volcanic eruptions.”

Photo 1 -- Recent Kilauea activity, courtesy of the USGS

Photo 2 -- A group of Bohrson's students in Hawaii, studying the Kilauea lava flows

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