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CWU Faculty Center to Open Fall 2013 | CWU Public Affairs

Since it opened in 1960, CWU’s Grupe Conference Center has been used as a classroom, lecture hall, and as campus and community meeting space. Beginning fall quarter, the center—located between Black and Bouillon halls—will serve a new purpose, as the university’s faculty center. CWU President James L. Gaudino endorsed the concept.

“In my meetings with academic departments around campus, the need for collaborative faculty space was a consistent theme,” Gaudino points out.

The idea of establishing such a space, where faculty members could meet and interact, also came up during the last school year, when the university’s Faculty Senate conducted a general survey of its members.

“[There was] a recurrent sense that the faculty don’t regularly interact with people outside of their departments to informally discuss their ideas,” says Eric Cheney, this year’s Faculty Senate chair.

In response to this perception of isolation, last year’s chair and CWU’s new strategic planning director, Melody Madlem, and Cheney went looking for a place that would suit as a faculty center. The Grupe Center was determined to be the best place.

The new center will offer functions for faculty that currently do not exist, and serve as an alternative to faculty office space. The 1,799-square-foot center will give CWU faculty a place to meet and collaborate readily. By providing a space for regular interdepartmental interaction, it will allow them to get to know each other and each other’s disciplines, offering opportunities to share expertise and experience.

“It will heighten the faculty’s sense of a shared university vision, helping them deliver better curriculum to students,” Cheney notes. “More interaction among faculty across departments at a faculty center should begin to build a more cohesive university vision among the faculty.”

Prior to its opening, the center will undergo basic maintenance—new paint, carpeting, and furniture. When opened, faculty will have key access to the center 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Grupe Conference Center was named in honor of Mary A. Grupe, an early CWU researcher in experimental psychology, who served at the institution between 1897 and 1907, and from 1912 to 1929.



3 NW universities teaching teachers about tsunamis | The Seattle Times

Three Northwest universities share a $625,000 National Science Foundation grant to train educators from Washington and Oregon coastal communities about earthquake and tsunami dangers.

Three Northwest universities share a $625,000 National Science Foundation grant to train educators from Washington and Oregon coastal communities about earthquake and tsunami dangers.

Oregon State University receives $315,000 as the lead institution, with $194,000 going to Central Washington University and $116,000 to the University of Portland. (READ MORE…)

Mumma Chosen as Chief Judge at China’s International Beverage Exposition and Competition | CWU Public Affairs

By: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell
Posted: August 27, 2012

International Wine Woman Amy Mumma has once again been chosen to be the Chief Judge for the International Beverage Exposition and Competition (IBEC) in Shenzhen, China, August 29-31. Mumma, Central Washington University’s Director of the Institute of Wine, Beverages, and Gastronomy, is the only woman in the world chosen to judge at the event. One of the largest conventions of its kind in Asia, the IBEC attracted more than 12,000 buyers and 450 exhibitors last year.

“China is a growing market for wine and going there is integral to Central’s goal of internationalizing our curriculum and bringing international students to CWU,” said Mumma.

Mumma will have students in CWU’s World Wine Program accompanying her. Lauren Hayes, from Vancouver, will serve as Mumma’s assistant at the competition. Hayes has already completed the Wine Professional Certificate, Bachelor of Science in Global Wine Studies, and the Sommelier Certificate program at Central. Yu Cai, who is interning in Shanghai, China, and is currently pursuing his bachelor’s degree in Global Wine Studies, will join Mumma and Hayes at the exposition.

Mumma holds an MBA in Wine from the University of Bordeaux Business School, the Advanced Certificate of Wine and Spirits from the Wine and Spirit Education Trust in London and a Diploma of Tasting from the Université de Bourgogne in Dijon, France.

Mumma is also recognized globally for her knowledge of wines. In 2005, she was the first to be named Professional Wine Woman, the top award of the International Wine Women Awards in Paris, France. In 2008, she was named Western Innovator by the Capital Press and she was recognized in the Congressional Record by US Congressman Doc Hastings for her contributions to the wine industry.

In 2010, she was selected as one of the top four wine professionals in the world to tour and evaluate wines and the wine business of the Lombardy region in Italy. Earlier this month, she was the guest of Wines of Germany, where she observed the wine business in southern Germany.

As an international wine judge, writer and teacher, she has developed consumer and trade courses about the wine industry that have reached thousands of people around the world.

Mumma was also requested to choose other international IBEC judges. Among those she selected were Giacomo DeToma, a master winemaker and President of the Italian Consortium of Moscato di Scanzo; Christopher Chan, Sommelier at the Rainier Club in Seattle; and Don Wood, owner and winemaker of Icicle Ridge Winery.

The IBEC event will be covered by China’s local, regional, and national media. In addition, the wine competition will be streamed live in the giant Shenzhen transportation system. For more information about the IBEC, visit

Follow Lauren Hayes’ experiences at the IBEC on her Twitter account: @Laurenlikesvino

Canyon center could add to mix of attractions for visitors | Yakima Herald-Republic

Canyon center could add to mix of attractions for visitors | Yakima Herald-Republic

The Yakima River Canyon is this area’s backyard playground and — to some extent — our family secret. Many visitors from out of the area, especially Western Washington, breeze through the Kittitas and Yakima valleys on interstates 90 and 82, unaware of this easily accessible getaway that offers activities like rafting and other water sports, hiking, bicycling, lessons in natural history and more.

An influx of federal funding could help change that in a good way. 

A group of Kittitas County residents has secured a $796,000 grant through the National Scenic Byway Program, which is part of the Federal Highway Administration. Supporters say the money will help build a 3,000-square-foot interpretive center near the north end of the canyon, just south of Ellensburg, on State Route 821. The center will be placed in 64-acre Helen McCabe Park, named for a late recreation professor at Central Washington University. (READ MORE…)


CWU endowment tops $1 million – Daily Record: News

Central Washington University’s Patrick R. O’Shaughnessy Endowment has surpassed both its $1 million goal in cash balance and $1.1 million goa…

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CWU professor carrying the torch in England – NBC Right Now/KNDO/KNDU Tri-Cities, Yakima, WA |

CWU professor carrying the torch in England – NBC Right Now/KNDO/KNDU Tri-Cities, Yakima, WA |.

ELLENSBURG, Wash.– 21 days until the Summer Olympic Games kick off in London, and a Central Washington University professor is packing his bags, getting ready to carry the Olympic torch in England.

Dr. Ethan Bergman was selected by Coca-Cola as one of this year’s Olympic torchbearers.

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Undergrad geoscience class receives Science magazine prize for real-life research

Undergrad geoscience class receives Science magazine prize for real-life research.

Geoscience assistant professor Anne Egger took a class as an undergraduate at Yale University that examined how pure science connects to society. Not only did the class draw her in more dramatically than other classes had, it helped determine how she would engage future generations of students.

“The class did a good job at making us think hard about the issues,” says Egger, who works in the departments of geological sciences and science education at Central Washington University. “Now, as a professor, it helps me realize how to enact that ideal of teaching, not only content, but why the content is important.” (READ MORE…)