Profiles & Briefs

Profiles & Briefs

Student Earns Courtroom Honors

CWU student Mariah Hogan can be very persuasive. For the second year in a row, the CWU law and justice major has been recognized as an outstanding attorney at the recent American Mock Trial Association (AMTA) Seattle
Regional at the University of Washington Law School. Hogan, a junior from Kent, Wash., was one of only 10 named to the all-regional team.

Comstock Commons

After a donation of $200,000 by Dale Comstock and his late wife, Mary Jo, the commons area in the new Samuelson Hall is being named in their honor. The Comstocks are CWU alumni and Dale Comstock taught mathematics at Central from 1964 to 1996. In 2013, Dale was named a CWU Distinguished Alumni. The Comstocks previously established the Dale and Mary Jo Comstock Distinguished Thesis Award and the Dale and Mary Jo Comstock Scholarship for students majoring in mathematics.

Groundbreaking for New Health Sciences Building

Construction began in November on the new $60 million Health Sciences Building, a state-of-the-art facility that will house the school’s exercise sciences, clinical physiology, nutrition, paramedicine, and public health programs.

At a ground-breaking ceremony last year, President James L. Gaudino said the new 80,748 square foot building allows the university to consolidate its health sciences programs, which had outgrown existing facilities. The programs currently operate in four separate buildings spread across campus.

“This project is the culmination of our multi-year, campus master plan for what we call the ‘Science Neighborhood,’ which includes Science Hall, Discovery Hall, and Samuelson Hall,” Gaudino said. “Its completion will help catapult Central to the top in terms of providing state-of-the-art, STEM-related academic facilities for our students.”

The new facility is scheduled to be open in late 2021.

New Transfer Center Aids Transition

Central is hoping to make transferring an easier proposition. With that in mind, the university is opening a new Transfer Center, which will be fully operational in fall quarter 2020. “The center will help support the best undergraduate experience for transfer students to ensure a smooth transition and timely progress toward graduation and beyond,” said Aaron Brown, associate dean of Student Development and Achievement.

CWU’s Online Degrees are Tops in the Northwest, a web-based research organization that evaluates higher education, named CWU as one of the nation’s Top 60 Most Affordable Online Colleges for 2020. Central was number one in the Northwest and, overall, ranked 36th in the nation in affordability.

Select Construction Degrees Now Online

Responding to a growing need in the construction industries, CWU has begun offering two new online degrees, including Bachelor of Science and
Bachelor of Applied Science programs in Risk, Insurance,
and Safety Management (RISM).

University Centers Gain New Degree Programs

Starting next fall, CWU-Lynnwood and CWU-Sammamish will each offer a new BA in Liberal Studies that allows students to earn a degree without a specialization. According to Scott Robinson, director of Liberal Studies and Film, who oversees the program, the new major permits students to take upper-division courses in a specialized program, which they can incorporate into their degree. CWU-Sammamish is also adding a BS in Information Technology and Administrative Management in the fall.

Literacy Prof Named to National Book Award Committee

Literacy professor Sharryn Larsen Walker was named to the selection committee for the annual Notable Books for a Global Society Award contest. She will serve a three-year term on the prestigious committee, a children’s literature and reading special interest group through the International Literacy Association. Walker is a CWU alumna who has taught at the university since 2007.

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