Central Washington University
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|Central Washington University|
|Motto in English||By teaching we learn|
|Endowment||US $13.3 million|
|President||Dr. James L. Gaudino|
|Provost||Dr. Marilyn Levine|
|Location||Ellensburg, WA, U.S.
|Campus||Rural College Town
380 acres (154 ha)
|Former names||Washington State Normal School
Central Washington College of Education
Central Washington State College
|Colors||Crimson & Black|
|Athletics||NCAA Division II|
|Sports||13 Varsity Teams|
|Mascot||Wellington P. Wildcat|
Central Washington University, or CWU, is a publicly assisted university in Ellensburg, Washington in the United States. The university's three chief divisions include the Office of the President, Business and Financial Affairs, and Academic and Student Life (ASL). Within ASL are four colleges: the College of Arts and Humanities, the College of Business (Ellensburg campus and centers in the Puget Sound and central regions), the College of Education and Professional Studies, and College of the Sciences.
In 1890, the state Legislature established the Washington State Normal School (WSNS) in Ellensburg for “the training and education of teachers in the art of instructing and governing in the public schools of this state.”  WSNS originally opened on September 6, 1891, with classes held at the Washington Public School in Ellensburg. In 1893, the school's first building was constructed and named Barge Hall, in honor of the first WSNS principal, Benjamin Franklin Barge. Barge Hall was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1976.
The school became Central Washington College of Education in 1937, Central Washington State College in 1961, and, finally, Central Washington University in 1977. It continues to be one of the fastest growing universities in the State of Washington.
- The Pacific Northwest Geodetic Array (PANGA) uses real-time GPS measurements to research and measure crustal deformation and mitigate natural hazards throughout the Pacific Northwest. These hazards arise from earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, landslides, and coastal sea-level encroachment. In addition, PANGA GPS measurements are used to monitor man-made structures such as Seattle's sagging Alaska Way Viaduct, 520 and I-90 floating bridges and power-generation / drinking-supply dams throughout the Cascadia subduction zone, including the megadams along the Columbia River. GPS data are telemetered in real-time back to CWU, where they are processed in real-time using both JPL's RTG software as well as Trimble's RTKNet Integrity Manager software to provide relative positioning of several mm resolution.
- Wine Quality Research Initiative has identified the nature of wine faults in some wines and how to prevent them. Currently the initiative is directed at detecting and preventing wine fraud, a lucrative and growing crime in the wine import/export business.
- The Science Honors Research Program offers undergraduate students an opportunity to conduct high level research on projects that they design, develop, and implement. The Science Honors Research experience provides CWU undergraduate students an unparalleled opportunity to prepare for graduate school and successful scientific careers.
CWU students, alumni, and varsity athletes are known as the "Wildcats" and their colors are crimson and black. CWU is part of NCAA Division II and is part of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference.
|Men's||Football, Cross Country, Soccer||Basketball||Baseball, Track & Field|
|Women's||Soccer, Cross Country, Volleyball||Basketball||Softball, Track & Field|
The Wildcats won the Division 2 NAIA Football National Championship in 1995.
In 2008, Wildcat softball players Mallory Holtman and Liz Wallace helped carry injured opponent Sara Tucholsky of Western Oregon University around the bases after she hit her first-ever career home run and injured herself running around the bases. CWU lost the game, ending the Wildcats' season. The story received national attention and the trio appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, CBS, CNN, and ESPN. They also won an ESPY award for Best Moment in Sports in 2008, were featured in Sports Illustrated, and are part of a national billboard campaign promoting sportsmanship by the Foundation for A Better Life.
The football garnered much attention as being one of the most successful NCAA Division II teams in the northwest. In 2006, they moved to the North Central Conference, because the Great Northwest Athletic Conference announced it would discontinue its participation in football following the 2005 season. The football team shares an intense rivalry with Western Washington University (who will also be joining the NCC in 2006). Recently,[when?] the team has been competing in a game called the Battle in Seattle taking place at Seattle's CenturyLink Field before the even more traditional Cascade Cup game, although because of conference scheduling the two games were combined starting 2006. In 2008, The Great Northwest Athletic Conference reinstated football, and Central Washington along with Western Washington rejoined the conference, so the previous format of the Battle in Seattle being played at CenturyLink Field and the Cascade Cup was contested in Ellensburg. In 2009, Western Washington University disbanded its football team. In 2009, Central Washington University posted a perfect 11-0 record, the only Division II team to post a clean slate in 2009 regular season. Central Washington then lost to the Bearcats of Northwest Missouri State, who were the eventual NCAA Division II champions.
Club Sports: Rugby
Of the variety of club sports offered by Central, the men's rugby team has been particularly successful. CWU established the men's rugby team in 1972. The rugby team plays and regularly defeats far larger universities, such as, the University of Washington, Washington State University, University of Oregon, and Oregon State University. Rugby at Central has been quite successful against these and other larger schools. The Wildcats played in the College Premier Division until 2013, but in 2013 moved to the Varsity Cup competition, and finished the season ranked sixth in the country.
Rugby has gained the Wildcats national recognition due to its high level of success in the national playoffs. Their most impressive accomplishments include making the Sweet 16 in 1998 and 2001. In 2001, Central defeated North Carolina 52-17 in their Sweet 16 match, before losing to Penn State 14-12 in the Elite 8 (Penn State went on to play in the championship match). In 2007, the men's rugby team was ranked as high as 10th in the nation. Central finished the 2010-11 season ranked 7th in the nation, and finished the 2012-13 season ranked 6th.
The Wildcats have also been successful in rugby sevens. The Wildcats won the 2011 Las Vegas Invitational to qualify for the 2011 Collegiate Rugby Championship. The Wildcats gained national attention for their rugby program when, led by Tim Stanfill, they finished fourth at the 2011 Collegiate Rugby Championship, a tournament broadcast live on NBC. That same year CWU Rugby finished 2nd (losing in overtime) at the USA Rugby Sevens Collegiate National Championships. Tim Stanfill was voted MVP of the 2012 Tournament and a member of the All-Tournament Team along with Forward Patrick Blair. Central Washington won the 2012 Northwest 7s tournament to qualify for the 2012 USA Rugby Sevens Collegiate National Championships. The Wildcats also played in the 2013 USA Rugby Sevens Collegiate National Championships, reaching the semifinals.
In 2012 CWU Rugby's Head 7's Coach and 15's Head Attack Coach Tony Pacheco was named as the Head Coach for the Collegiate All-Americans 7's program. Pacheco, a product of CWU Rugby (Class of '03), selected two CWU Rugby players, Tim Stanfill and Patrick Blair, as Collegiate All-Americans, joining Scott Anderson (Class of '99) in obtaining All American status as members of CWU Rugby.
The following are some notable former Wildcats:
- NFL quarterback Jon Kitna — Seattle Seahawks, Cincinnati Bengals, Detroit Lions, and Dallas Cowboys. Led the team to an NAIA Div. II championship in 1995.
- CFL quarterback Mike Reilly — Edmonton Eskimos, Formerly of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Green Bay Packers, St. Louis Rams, Seattle Seahawks.
- CFL linebacker Adam Bighill — BC Lions.
- NFL tight end Jared Bronson — Miami Dolphins.
- MLB pitcher Dave Heaverlo — San Francisco Giants, Oakland Athletics, Seattle Mariners.
- MLB outfielder Billy North — Chicago Cubs, Oakland Athletics, Los Angeles Dodgers, San Francisco Giants
- Basketball coach Dean Nicholson [609 victories] who combined with his father, Leo [505 victories], to win 1,114 games at CWU, which is the most ever by a father-son duo in college basketball history.
- NCAA football coach Keith Gilbertson — University of Idaho, University of California, Berkeley, University of Washington. Played football for the Wildcats for one season in 1967, later graduating in 1971
- Joe Callero Head men's basketball coach at California Polytechnic State University and former head coach of Seattle University.
Government or Military
- USMC General James N. Mattis — United States Marine Corps. Commander of the United States Central Command 2010–2013. Class of 1972.
- Ron Sims — Current Deputy Secretary of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development and former King County Executive.
- Astronaut Dorothy M. Metcalf-Lindenburger Currently, she is assigned to the crew of STS-131, her first expedition.
- United States Coast Guard Douglas Albert Munro (October 11, 1919 – September 27, 1942) is the only member of the United States Coast Guard to have received the Medal of Honor, the U.S. military's highest decoration.
- U.S. Air National Guard Brigadier General John R. Croft — Chief of Staff of the Wisconsin Air National Guard
- U.S. Air National Guard Brigadier General Myron N. Dobashi — Commander of the Hawaii Air National Guard
- Lieutenant Commander Craig Olson, Navy Blue Angels Demonstration #5 Lead Solo Pilot. A Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet instructor pilot at Naval Air Station Lemoore,. Decorations include: Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, three Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, and various personal and unit awards.
- Douglas B. Wood President of Tommy Bahama Group Inc.
- Christine M. Day named "CEO of the Year" by Forbes Magazine. CEO of Lululemon Athletica an athletic sportswear company.
- Stephen L. Nelson — Author "Quicken for Dummies" and 150 other books in the series, over 5 million copies sold worldwide. Named “most prolific computer book writer” by Wall Street Journal.
- Inventor, CPA Roland "Sandy" Wheeler— Inventor of “Bowflex“(NYSE:NLS) in the 1980s he later went on to acquire Nautilus, Stairmaster and Schwinn Fitness.
- Ray Conner, chief executive officer of Boeing Commercial Airplanes
- W. Hudson Kensel, historian of the American West.
- David L Boushey American Stuntman and the founder of the United Stuntmen's Association, the International Stunt School, the Society of American Fight Directors, and is a member of The Hollywood Stuntmen's Hall Of Fame.
- Daniel D. McCracken a prominent computer scientist. He was a Professor of Computer Sciences at the City College of New York, and the author of over two dozen textbooks on computer programming.
- Actor Craig T. Nelson — star of sitcom Coach
- Actor Brian Thompson – known for his work in action films and television series
- Allan Byron Swift an Emmy award–winning broadcaster, served as a member of the United States House of Representatives from 1979 to 1995. He represented the Second Congressional District of Washington as a Democrat.
- Singer Wanz - featured singer on Macklemore and Ryan Lewis hit song "Thrift Shop (song)"
Student Union and Recreation Center
On April 26, 2006, the school opened a $58-million Student Union and Recreation Center. The Student Union and Recreation Center is home to a full-sized rock-climbing wall, fully equipped gymnasium, and an outdoor recreation office, which rents everything from rafts, to snowshoes and ice axes.
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- Supply Chain Management - BS & Certificate Programs
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- "Astronaut Bio: Dorothy Metcalf-Lindenburger (06/2010)". Jsc.nasa.gov. 1975-05-02. Retrieved 2012-08-20.
- "LCDR Craig R. "Merlin" Olson - #5 Lead Solo". Retrieved 12 October 2012.
- "Bowflex founder Sandy Wheeler to be CWU Des Moines commencement speaker". Highline Times. 05/30/2011.
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