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CWU’s Board of Trustees recognized Matthew Altman (Service), Nathalie Kasselis (Teaching), and Yukari Amos (Research) as the Distinguished Professors for 2019. The awards honor professors who excel in teaching, research, artistic accomplishment, and public service. Honorees’ names are placed on a continuing plaque and each receives a $2,500 monetary award.
CWU’s Game On! received the 2019 Inspiring Programs in STEM Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. The award honors colleges and universities that encourage and assist students from underrepresented groups to enter the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Game On! is a partnership between the Real Madrid Foundation, Microsoft, and CWU that provides a college pipeline by combining values through sports and leadership skills with computer coding and college ready skills.
Angela Engel, assistant director of Career Services at CWU-Des Moines and CWU-Pierce County, was named the university’s 2019 Exempt Employee Association Employee of the Year. Natalia Thomas, student services generalist for Westside Student Life, was also a monthly EEA honoree last year for her contributions, particularly at CWU-Lynnwood.
For the first time in its history, CWU received an Educational Fundraising Award from CASE, the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. 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. 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.
Lydig Construction has donated $250,000 to CWU for the naming rights to the new planetarium in Discovery Hall (formerly Science II) and in support of the Lydig Endowment that provides scholarships for students in CWU’s Construction Management and Safety and Health Management programs.
For the second straight year, CWU was among 30 finalists for the Freedom Award and the only one from the Pacific Northwest. Each year, the Secretary of Defense Employer Freedom Award is presented to as many as 15 public and private employers. The awards are administered by the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a volunteer group that encourages employers to support those serving in the National Guard and reserves.
Governor Jay Inslee has named Alex Harrington to serve as student trustee at CWU for the 2019-20 academic year. Harrington, who will be a senior during his term, is majoring in political science. He is a 2018 graduate of Bellevue College and earned his diploma from Interlake Senior High School in Bellevue.