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We Are #CAHProud: Celebrating Our 2017 Year-End Celebration Winners

How can a future-oriented liberal arts college celebrate and recognize the talent and achievements of its undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, chairs, and staff from its eight dynamic departments and four diverse interdisciplinary programs?

One way is to take quality time near the conclusion of each academic year to honor those with extraordinary achievements, making our college better as a result of their impressive contributions.

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Another way is to salute our eight departments through a cavalcade of unique posters, leading from the SURC Ballroom entrance to our college’s 2017 Year-End Celebration right up to the podium.

And let’s not forget that each one of these theatre-style posters included our hashtag: #CAHProud.

We are indeed, #CAHProud.

Who is better at telling our story of overachievement than each of our departments? Consider the contributions of our Department of Art in nurturing the skills of students dreaming of painting, sculpting, and designing the next masterpiece.

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How about our Department of Communication, offering degrees in Communication Studies, Digital Journalism, and Public Relations, thus preparing the next generation of story tellers to advocate and report the news, stories, and information that society needs.

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Our Department of English aims to develop scholars in the world’s Lingua Franca, and recently received the state’s only “Big Read” grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).

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Our Department of History prepares our students to succeed as evidenced by alumnus Lori Bohn, a Boeing Systems Planner. The department emphasizes both historical knowledge and historical modes of understanding.

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Our recent “Community Day of Music” was the centerpiece for our poster presenting our Department of Music. The department prepares students for careers in music, providing them with the skills to become knowledgeable and confident music educators, performers, and practitioners.

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There are three primary reasons to major in philosophy or religious studies: Earn more, score higher, love what you do. Philosophy majors are paid well because employers want talented people who can think critically, communicate clearly, and solve complex problems.

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The Department of Theatre Arts produces fabulous shows each season (e.g., Chicago, The Musical and Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream), both on the main stage and in studio (workshop) settings. These opportunities and many others allow students to put classroom theory into practice as part of the regular season of Central Theatre Ensemble, the department’s production wing.

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Study abroad (e.g., Spanish Professor Dr. Eric Mayer’s student hike along Spain’s legendary Camino de Santiago de Compostela) are among the opportunities provided by our Department of World Languages and Cultures. The department offers majors in five languages, and minors in eight more.

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Besides extolling our eight dynamic departments, the main purpose of the College of Arts and Humanities Year-End Celebration was to recognize the accomplishments of our award winners:

Undergraduate Awards:

Thomas Gause Award for Achievement in Music: Composition, Taylor Griffin

Betty E. Evans Award for Achievement in Creative Writing: Poetry, Jason Days

CAH Award for Achievement in Non-Fiction Writing: Creative Writing: Joshua Swainston

The George Stillman Award for Achievement in Art, Austin Harris

CAH Award for Achievement in Performance: Live Performance, Joshua Johnson

Raymond Smith Award for Achievement in Scholarship, Sophia Andarovna

Marji Morgan Outstanding Student Award, Omar Manza

Marji Morgan Outstanding Student Award, McKenzie Lakey

Graduate Awards:

Outstanding Graduate Student Scholarship Award, Lexi Renfro

Outstanding Graduate Student Artistic Achievement Award, Brock Jensen

Faculty Awards:

Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award, Gary Bartlett (Philosophy and Religious Studies)

Outstanding Faculty Research Award, Cesar Garcia (Communication)

Outstanding Faculty Artistic Achievement Award, Vijay Singh (Music)

Outstanding Faculty Service Award, Michael Johnson (World Languages)

Outstanding Non-Tenure Track Faculty Teaching Award, Kirsten Boldt-Neurohr (Music)

Achievement Award for Inclusivity and Diversity, Cynthia Coe (Philosophy and Religious Studies)

Outstanding Employee Award, Sara Carroll (Music)

Outstanding Department Chair Award, Marji Morgan (Communication)

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Most of all, our Year-End Celebration provided all of us an opportunity to thank Dr. Marji Morgan for her leadership, her track record as college dean for nearly a decade, and for her willingness to serve as the interim chair of our Department of Communication for the past two years.

Starting this coming fall, Marji will return to teaching History. She will always be a great mentor, advisor, confident and most of all a wonderful friend.

Now, that calls for a Year-End Celebration!

By Stacey Robertson

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A College Is More Than the Sum of Its Alums, Faculty and Students

By Stacey Robertson

“Vickie (Winegar) consistently demonstrated an ability to rise to any challenge and produce favorable results despite deadline pressures. She is respectful, dependable, creative, motivated, and ambitious … It is these qualities that have made her a ‘go to’ person.” — CAH Administrative Assistant Ashlie Crawford presenting an Outstanding Employee Award to Vickie Winegar

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Looking back at the College of Arts and Humanities (CAH) Alumni Day festivities and the Year-End Celebration and forward to our CWU commencement ceremonies on June 11-12, it would be very easy to concentrate our attention on our overachieving alums, our graduating seniors and our outstanding faculty.

But if we only focused on these events and these particular stakeholders, we would be doing a great disservice to another key group of essential contributors: our staff. They are the invisible heroes, who provide critical support for the entire university.

Thinking Outside of the Box

Coming to Central Washington University from Bradley University in winter 2015, it did not take long for me to come in contact with the name, “Winegars.” In fact anyone with a craving for delicious ice cream or a morning hot-and-creamy mocha can easily visit either of the nearby Winegars.

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For the College of Arts and Humanities, Winegars means more than coffee and ice-cream, it means the tireless efforts and calm, cool, collected counsel of Vickie Winegar. She has now worked for CAH for four years, the first three with our Department of Communication and the last year with our Department of English.

Ms. Winegar is fond of the Silicon Valley phrase, “Thinking outside of the box.” To some it may be an overused metaphor, but to Vickie it is a reflection of entrepreneurial spirit.

“Sometimes you have to be creative,” said Winegar, reflecting on the procedures of academic life. “I don’t see a ceiling. If I see an issue, I am not afraid to ask questions. I am an advocate for my co-workers.”

Ms. Winegar not only knows her way around the corridors of our college and its departments, she knows Ellensburg like the proverbial back of her hand. Since she was seven, she has lived here with the exception of a short-stint in Olympia.

She married into the Winegar family, and she credits her ability to think quickly and creatively to her part-time work for the homemade ice-cream and coffee provider. Before coming to Central Washington University, she was a legal assistant for a criminal law firm, which ultimately she found unfulfilling.

“Because we work behind the scenes, it would be easy for any college to overlook us,” said Ms. Winegar. “It is gratifying to have our accomplishments recognized and saluted.”

Reflecting on her Outstanding Employee Award, Vickie is humbled and appreciative. This award recognizes the tremendous contribution of Vickie Winegar to the overall success of our college. We value and appreciate the daily input of our vital staff to our college, its eight departments and four programs.

Congratulations Vickie!

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Earning Our Year-End Celebration

By Stacey Robertson

We certainly love our award shows including the Oscars, Emmys, Tonys, Grammys, ESPYs, Halls of Fame, Nobel Prizes, Heismans and so many more.

Award shows in far too many cases have become de rigueur and overly predictable with their magic envelopes, winners, first runner-ups, and required acceptance speeches. They are usually ratings champions, but in some ways they are becoming standard and predictable.

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The Central Washington University College of Arts and Humanities awards ceremony last Tuesday was anything but standard and predictable. Beginning with two brilliant performances from our Musical Theatre program, the gathering featured inspirational students, devoted professors, and committed staff. By the end of the evening, we all knew the remarkable achievements of each and every one of our award winners, signifying that our college is rising at a faster pace and steeper incline than ever before.

We nurture talent whether it is artistic expression, critical thinking and assessment, digital design, multimedia story-telling, award-winning musical and theatrical performances, language fluency and so much more. Our 360-degree approach includes talented staff preparing our college to do the best job for our students, the scholars who just will not accept anything less than their very best, our knowledgeable faculty who mentor and counsel our students, and our overachieving alumni, who are eager to mentor and give-back.

Most of all, our college philosophy is grounded in liberal arts – lifelong learning tailor-made for the service-oriented economies of the 21st Century.

Looking back on the 14 awards presented May 10, I was especially impressed by the two outstanding student awards, which bear the name of my nine-year predecessor, Marji Morgan. Dr. Morgan’s exceptional leadership put our college on the path toward excellence by nurturing our strengths and leveraging our potential. Her contributions and dedication allowed us to become the college we are today.

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So without further adieu, here are outstanding award recipients for the 2016 College of Arts and Humanities Year-End Celebration:

Undergraduate Awards

  • Thomas Gause Award for Achievement in Music Performance: Natalie Parks Bernstein
  • George Stillman Award for Achievement in Art: Three-Dimensional Work: Grace Trautman
  • Raymond Smith Award for Achievement in Scholarship: Braden Goveia (World Languages)
  • Marji Morgan Outstanding Student Award #1: Victoria Zencak (World Languages)
  • Marji Morgan Outstanding Student Award #2: Patrick Carpenter (Education and World Languages)

Graduate Awards

  • Outstanding Graduate Student Artistic Achievement Award: Krista Connelly (Music); Chase Grover and Philipe Hyojung Kim (Art)

Faculty Awards

  • Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award: Gayla Blaisdell (Music)
  • Outstanding Faculty Artistic Achievement Award: Stephen Robison (Art)
  • Outstanding Faculty Services Award: Jeffrey Dippmann (Philosophy and Religious Studies)
  • Outstanding Non-Tenure-Track Faculty Teaching Award: Lila Harper (English)

Employee Awards

  • Outstanding Employee Award #1: Vickie Winegar (English)
  • Outstanding Employee Award #2: Heather Horn Johnson (Art)

Department Chair Award

  • Outstanding Department Chair Award: George Drake (English)

Please join me in saluting our 14 award winners, and everyone who gave us all the reasons in the world to celebrate!