Parks Named Kuolt Distinguished Professor
Anderson Parks was named the 2021 Kuolt Distinguished Professor of Business. College of Business Dean Jeffrey Stinson said the appointment will allow Parks, a management professor based at CWU-Lynnwood, to amplify the impact of his teaching and other activities that connect the college and classroom to industry.
NEH Grant Helps Digital Humanities Growth
CWU was awarded a $257,000 grant last year from the National Endowment for the Humanities, allowing the College of Arts and Humanities (CAH) and CWU Libraries to pay for a half-dozen new faculty positions for 2020-21. The grant helped CAH and the libraries fund 15 faculty positions, including a digital historian/archivist, and also helped introduce programming for the CWU EthicsLab, the first interdisciplinary, public humanities space in the Northwest.
CWU Partners with Renton Technical College
CWU and Renton Technical College have teamed up on a new program designed to help people in the occupational trades earn a college degree, by counting work and apprenticeship experience toward degree completion. CWU and RTC signed a memorandum of understanding last fall that will allow more apprentice-level workers to develop their project management skills and earn a bachelor of applied science degree.
Among the Best for Non-Traditional Students
CWU offers one of the best higher education experiences in the state for non-traditional learners, according to the national college ratings website, CollegeFactual.com. CWU was ranked third in the 2021 Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students In Washington report, earning high marks for programs that cater to individuals who don’t follow the conventional high-school-to-college route.
CWU Dining Services Earns Prodigy Award
Dining Services received a second-place Prodigy Award in late 2020 from Computrition, one of the nation’s leading providers of food service and health care software. Dining Services was recognized for streamlining its digital operations, improving data collection processes, and creating new visual displays for nutritional information from 2019-20.
Scholarship Honors CWU Alumni Mattis
The US Marine Corps Support Group of Washington has changed the name of its annual scholarship to honor General James N. Mattis, a 1971 graduate of CWU. The General Jim Mattis Scholarship awards $2,000 annually to a Marine Corps or Navy veteran who has served with the Marines. The scholarship recipient is selected by the CWU Veterans Center Advisory Board at the start of each fall quarter.
National CAMP Organization Elects Bocchetti
Miriam Bocchetti is the new president of the National HEP CAMP Association, which supports students from migrant and seasonal farmworker backgrounds who are seeking educational opportunities. Bocchetti is CWU’s director and principal investigator for the High School Equivalency Program and College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP).
Grant to Study Effects of COVID-19, Poor Air Quality
The CWU Department of Health Sciences was awarded a $100,000 research grant by the American Lung Association to study how COVID-19, poor air quality, and certain socioeconomic factors have adversely affected underserved populations in the Yakima Valley. The Emerging Respiratory Viruses Research Award will help CWU Public Health faculty and a team of student researchers conduct surveys of Lower Yakima Valley residents about the combined effects of the virus, air quality, and limited economic resources.
CWU Multimodal Helps State Train Contact Tracers
A partnership between CWU Multimodal Learning and the Washington State Department of Health helped train more than 1,000 COVID-19 case investigators and contact tracers last fall and winter. Introduced in September, the program utilizes CWU’s Canvas education platform so the state can provide instruction to individuals who want to help protect people in their communities from the virus.