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A newsletter of the CWU College of Education and Professional Studies • Spring 2012

Hogue Hall Addition is Textbook Construction in Many Ways by Iris Dimmick and Cambree Benetua

New and improved

Bright yellow walls and open study spaces are among the first things you notice about Central Washington University’s new Hogue Technology Addition, a six-year project completed last summer. “You used to see students huddled under dark stairways or dimly lit hallways,” said Dave Carns, program coordinator for Construction Management, one of six Industrial and Engineering Technology (I&ET) programs that call the new facility home. “In the old building there wasn’t really any space for the students to study or meet between classes. Now we have several areas in the building designated specifically for that purpose.” Both literally and figuratively, the new edifice is just easier on the eyes, says William Cattin, professor of I&ET and Mechanical Engineering Technology (MET). “I’ve noticed that the more sunlight, the brighter the students’ mood,” said Cattin. The modern feel—including modern heating, ventilation, and air conditioning—add to an enhanced learning environment that more than meets the needs of I&ET students and faculty. The new building itself is a learning tool for students. Exposed

beams, piping, wiring, and seemingly unfinished walls allow students to compare blueprints to actual structures and connections within the facility. In addition, the labs feature advanced ventilation, electrical, and mechanical systems that both professors and students can study, replacing pages in a textbook with hands-on experience.

Designed to Go Platinum

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is a rating system, developed by the US Green Building Council, used in the design, construction, and operation of high performance green buildings, homes, and neighborhoods. LEED was a hallmark of the blueprints for the Hogue Technology Addition. LEED ratings, which range from certified to platinum, are based on a point system distributed across several categories that outline almost every aspect of building construction and use. For instance, where materials originate is a factor because local or regional materials require less gasoline to transport them. Points also can be scored for installing showers and providing plenty of bike racks, which encourages students to ride their bikes instead of driving. “LEED platinum was the goal throughout construction,” said Carns. Platinum is the highest rating a building can receive and Hogue is one of the select buildings in Washington State that may receive such a rating. “We won’t know officially until a few years after the final completion of the project, but that’s what we’re shooting for,” Carns added.

Among the green features in the new Hogue that scored points for LEED are:

in this issue:

• Energy efficient heating and cooling;

Career Success, CAREER Satisfaction................. 4

• Recycled construction materials;

AIDING ROSLYN’S RENAISSANCE................................ 5

• Low-flow toilets;


• Motion-sensor, energy-efficient lighting; • Low-toxicity paints; and • Storm water management (more earth, less concrete)

Hogue Hall Addition ............................................. 1 HELPING SOLVE PROBLEMS OF AGING....................... 4

NEW AVIATION PARTNERSHIP ANNOUNCED............. 6 EXPANDING HORIZONS—STUDY ABROAD................7 A CENTRAL GRADUATION...........................................8

aviso College of Education and Professional Studies Spring 2012 Connie Lambert, PhD, Dean William Bender, PhD Associate dean, Professional Studies Michoan Spoelstra Development Officer Editor Robert Lowery Public Affairs Contributing Editors: Jennifer Green Department of Communication Diane Houser Graduate Studies and Research Contributing Writers: Cambree Benetua Ashton Cermak Bonnie Davidson Iris Dimmick

A helix (left) and an airfoil (right) wind turbine are temporarily on display in the cabin-esque corridor called “Bender’s Knuckle.”

Kelsee Dodson-Carter Pete Los Lindsay Trott Nichole Williamson

COLLEGE OF EDUCATION AND PROFESSIONAL STUDIES Central Washington University 400 E. University Way Ellensburg, WA 98926-7415 Telephone: 509-963-1411

Editor’s note: The contributing writers for this edition of AVISO were all CWU students enrolled in the Department of Communication fall quarter Advanced Journalism Seminar, led by Jennifer Green. I appreciate and want to publically acknowledge their fine effort in the development of this publication. I know you will enjoy reading it.

Wind blows, sun shines, energy flows

In the Hogue Addition’s wood paneled corridor, called “Bender’s Knuckle,” named for William Bender, CWU associate dean for Professional Studies and department chair for Industrial and Engineering Technology, two different types of wind turbines await installation, one on top of the Hogue Technology Addition, a second for the lawn behind the Japanese Garden. A grant from the Bonneville Environmental Foundation will also generate Hogue with an array of solar panels for its working roof. The panels will provide electrical power for the building and, more important, opportunities for activity-based labs.

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Old Hogue, a Monument to No-Frills Construction

In 1970, Hogue Hall was constructed to house the Teacher Education and Shop/Technology programs. It was an era when basic functionality was priority one and energy was cheap. It worked fine for 40 years. “There’s not a square foot of insulation, just concrete and brick,” said Cattin. “But for what we paid, we got a pretty good deal; the layout is good and it’s structurally sound.” Work is underway on remodeling the original 1970s-era Hogue Hall, which is scheduled for completion next fall. Hogue’s sturdy foundation and embracing sustainability allowed for a renovation, instead of completely razing it. The new building and renovation of the old one was originally expected to cost about $40 million. Luckily, Hogue’s “good bones,” along with a competitive construction market, allowed for a far less costly $27-million addition and remodel.

Robert Lowery

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“We’re teaching more and more alternative energy technology classes,” Cattin said. “The building itself is a teaching tool for that.”

IET Senior Elson Hampton sands out color imperfections and blemishes on blocks of wood that were turned into toys donated to charity.

“We outgrew the old building to the point where we had different programs housed in different buildings scattered around campus,” Cattin said, estimating that old Hogue’s capacity was exceeded by more than 150 students. “The addition and remodel have come just in time,” he said.

During the 2011-12 academic year, about 400 students are enrolled in six I&ET majors: construction management, electronics engineering technology, industrial technology, mechanical engineering technology, safety and health management, and technology education. Hogue is home to graduate students taking masters’ classes in engineering technology, along with those enrolled in general education classes. Carns added, one of his favorite parts of the new building “is the fact we are moving more toward the center of campus.” The new Wendell Hill residence hall is located on the north side, with the replacement for the Barto residence facility, under construction on the south. The new central location of Hogue is expected to allow I&ET to become more closely affiliated with other departments, while offering additional convenience for students.

Interdisciplinary Teamwork

The jigsaws and sanders were humming–some so high pitched they were almost inaudible, some so low you could feel the vibrations in your throat. In the new wood shop, located just off the three-story tall interdisciplinary lab in the Hogue Addition, it was loud and busy.

Shared Interests Equal Opportunities With our shared interest in a quality workforce and academic success, opportunities for connectivity between Central, industry, and individuals has been outstanding. Central is grateful for the financial support to the I&ET Department from the Fluke Corporation, Allan and Inger Osberg, the Mechanical Construction Association, Jim and Katie Gaudino, Associated General Contractors, Fisher Companies, Dr. William Bender, Brian and Elizabeth Clarke, and Lydig Construction. These donors have financially invested in supporting today’s students and enhancing the programs. On behalf of our students, faculty, staff, and extended CWU family, thank you for your generous contribution to Central Washington University.

Nicholas Bate, technology education senior, measures the blade depth of a cut.

About a dozen students huddled around various apparatus and measuring tables. The fall quarter MSET production simulation class was making toys for Toy Shop for Tikes, an annual tradition. Other students hovered over the production activities with notebooks, their scrutinizing eyes protected behind safety glasses. They were auditing the processes for efficiency and looking for ways to make production run more smoothly as part of a MET Systems Engineering class. Khalid Algarawi, a master’s student, watched and collected data as Mark Loftis, I&ET junior, cut out wheels from a two-by-four. Loftis appreciates the cooperation between disciplines. He said it more closely mimics how the industry works in the real world. “They see some things that we might’ve missed,” Loftis said. “They help us improve.”

Mark Loftis, IET junior, uses a custom-made, modified drill press to drill out wheels.

Joy Gou, an I&ET graduate student, takes notes about wooden toy parts that the computer numerical control routing machine has produced. Students like Gou are looking for ways that the production class can increase efficiencies.


Mattison Helps Solve Problems of Aging By Kelsee Dodson-Carter Julie Mattison admits the move from San Diego, California to Ellensburg was a culture shock. However, the CWU alumna, current staff scientist, and faculty head at the National Institute of Aging, found the journey from big city to small town led her into a significant career. Mattison says that moving to Ellensburg to pursue her Master of Science in Exercise Science opened up a whole new world for her. With just a handful of students in her classes, Central offered a smaller atmosphere than the University of California-San Diego, where she completed her bachelor’s degree. It was an atmosphere she grew to love. “The environment was personalized,” she recalled, adding that all of her professors took time to get to know their students. “Instructors and professors have a genuine interest in the success and well-being of their students. It was a great learning experience because of that.” After earning her master’s, Mattison entered a PhD program in human physiology at Southern Illinois University, graduating in 2000. She said her education at Central made her a better writer and thinker, and led to her success in the doctoral program. “I got the most out of the topics that required extensive research and writing,” she said. Vince Nethery, Nutrition, Exercise, and Health Science chair, calls Mattison one of his most exceptional students. “The rate at which she developed as a grad student suggested to me that she was well on her way to realizing her potential,” Nethery said. Now Mattison runs a research program at the National Institute of Aging that studies factors that lead to disease and age-related losses in function. By trying to understand the mechanisms for these deleterious changes, Mattison and her colleagues are developing interventions that might ultimately slow the negative processes and extend health in the aging population.


Her research includes studying resveratrol, a compound found in grapes, red wine, purple grape juice, peanuts, and some berries. Scientists are now looking at the compound for its potential health benefits, including life extension. Mattison noted, resveretrol and other critical nutrient elements that impact health and aging are found in a wide variety of foods and drinks. Mattison said the best part of her job is seeing big projects come to successful completion. “I’m really happy that I have built up a research program that is still going strong.”

Combining Passions Make for Career Success and Satisfaction By Lindsay Trott As a student at Central, Elizabeth Shuckhart found a way to parlay her main interests of medicine and exercise into a degree and, later, a career. It wasn’t until her sophomore year at CWU that Shuckhart decided to major in exercise science, as professors from the program helped her find a way to turn her passions into her major. After graduating with her bachelor’s degree in exercise science in 2003, she continued her education at Central, earning her master’s in exercise science in 2005. Shuckhart particularly enjoyed the small class sizes in graduate school at Central because it offered her, and her fellow students, one-on-one time with professors, which helped ensure a clear understanding of the material. Nethery recalled Shuckhart was “extremely inquisitive and engaged in activities facilitating her education, and [she] embraced it at the highest level. She took what she learned at CWU and moved on to higher education and a higher level of work.” Shuckhart completed an internship at Evergreen Hospital in Kirkland, where she worked in cardiac rehabilitation with patients who had just had a major cardiac event, such as a heart attack or bypass surgery. Following her internship, she continued to work in the field as an exercise physiologist, but she soon became frustrated that she was seeing patients only after they had a cardiac event. “I thought I could help people more by catching them before that point,” Shuckhart said.

Shuckhart decided that, by becoming a physician assistant, she could help patients become more proactive about their health. She graduated from the MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Training Program at the University of Washington’s School of Medicine this past August and has been working in family medicine for the past several months for Group Health. “By working as a PA in family medicine, I can educate patients on the importance of exercise, nutrition, and personal accountability in regard to their health,” Shuckhart said. “In addition to that, even if I see patients after they have had some major health event, such as a heart attack, I can be more involved in trying to make sure they are aware of various programs such as cardiac rehabilitation and services from registered dietitians.” Shuckhart is grateful for her experience at Central and credits much of her recent success to her time spent here. “The exercise science professors in the Department of Nutrition, Exercise, and Health Sciences are amazing, and they truly want to make sure that they are sending the highest quality, best-prepared people out into the workforce to help others live better lives—which I think is very important,” she said.

CWU Students to Assist in Roslyn Renaissance The Emmy-award winning television program Northern Exposure was based in the fictional town of Cicely, Alaska. It was actually filmed in the historic coal mining community of Roslyn, between 1990 and 1995, drawing many tourists to the community 20

minutes from Ellensburg. Since the show went off the air, tourism in Roslyn has dwindled, even though there are a number of notable attractions in the upper Kittitas County community. Dr. Kenneth Cohen, CWU Recreation and Tourism professor, and students have been invited to help rejuvenate tourism in the community in partnership with the Roslyn Downtown Association and the Roslyn Renaissance Project Plan. Students will help increase sustainable economic development, preserve or replicate historic structures that respect and support Roslyn’s unique character, and provide attractions or amenities that will increase tourism. “Our students will get opportunities for experiential learning and professional development,” said Cohen. “The project will also generate research and resources that can enhance the local economy, preserve and promote the natural and cultural attributes of Roslyn, and improve the quality of life for its citizens.” CWU’s Recreation and Tourism program, founded in 1947, was the first of its kind at a college or university in Washington. Many of the CWU graduates of the program occupy positions in leadership and management throughout the Pacific Northwest. They provide a strong network of alumni support for students who will follow them into the workforce. Recreation and Tourism graduates receive a Bachelor of Science with a specialization either in recreation management or tourism management. Each area is based on sustainable practice principles that take into account people, communities, economics, and the environment.

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Wildcat Battalion to Compete at the ROTC “Super Bowl”

“We didn’t know what the events would be until we arrived, but the cadets adapted to every situation and did extremely well.” CWU President James L. Gaudino, a veteran of the US Air Force, watched the competition. “It was an incredible group with a whole lot of spirit,” he said, adding that the 8th Brigade officers observing the competition noted the great spirit and comradery of CWU cadets. “Our students really pulled together in a remarkable show of physical strength, problem-solving, stamina, and teamwork.” CWU now advances to what some cadets consider the “Super Bowl of ROTC,” the Sandhurst Competition. The 46th annual event, based on a similar seven-event format, will involve teams from CWU and seven other ROTC units nationwide, six American universities, the United States Air Force Academy, United States Naval Academy, United Services Military Apprenticeship Program, and international squads from Afghanistan, Australia, Chile, Taiwan, Spain, and Taiwan.

CWU cadets in the military leadership event

CWU’s Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) unit defeated a team from Gonzaga to earn a spot in the prestigious International Sandhurst Competition at the United State Military Academy at West Point, New York. On March 3, the two units squared off in a daylong series of eight events at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. CWU won five events outright—physical fitness, land navigation, marksmanship under pressure, military leadership, and rope bridge building, in a competition that also tested skills in first aid, boat movement, and communication. CWU’s victory officially positions it as the best Army ROTC unit in the 8th Brigade, which encompasses programs in eight western states and the Pacific Rim. “Our cadets trained hard and it showed,” said training officer Major Jay Cook, adding that cadets were further evaluated by the time it takes to complete tasks and how well they complete them.

A CWU cadet in the marksmanship competition

Aviation Announces New Partnership with American Eagle American Eagle Airlines and Central Washington University have announced a new partnership pertaining to the airlines’ pilot recruitment and interviewing policy. “American Eagle recognizes the quality of training Central Washington University provides and the airline-ready pilots our Department of Aviation produces,” said CWU Provost Marilyn Levine. CWU flight simulation coordinator Jason Underhill, 6

who helped negotiate the new accord, added, “Over the long term, this hiring agreement is a great plus for the university and our graduates.” Under the new accord, during hiring periods, the Dallasbased air carrier will guarantee interviews to pilot candidates graduating with a CWU Bachelor of Science in Aviation Flight Science, who have maintained a 3.0 grade point average, and have successfully completed a number of flight training requirements and certifications.

(l. to r.) Peter Dzyubak, CWU chief flight instructor; Teresa Sloan, Department of Aviation professor; and Andy McIrbin, chief flight instructor.

Study Abroad Expands Student Horizons

called it enriching and inspiring to hear the story of how an idea became a successful, globally known advertisement.

By Pete Los and Ashton Cermak

The international study-abroad program was the brainchild of ITAM department chair, Robert Lupton, who had previously taken groups of students abroad through City University, which has an affiliate in Slovakia. Lupton’s contacts and prior experiences made it easier to get the program underway at CWU. The first ITAM study-abroad trip to central Europe was in 2001. “We took four classes and then took a few years off,” Lupton notes.

CWU students visited the Danube River in Budapest, Hungary to study transportation.

Part of the curriculum involves visiting businesses so students can talk with business owners or managers about their businesses processes and what they are doing in terms of information technology. Students are required to write three papers, which includes a daily travel journal detailing their first-hand experiences on the trip.

A decade ago, the Central Washington University Department of Information Technology and Administrative Management (ITAM) began organizing the International Comparative Retail Management and IT Study Abroad summer trips to central Europe. The trips allow students to experience—first hand—free-market systems that had arisen in historically communist or socialist countries. Another such excursion is planned for this summer to Austria, Czech Republic, Poland, and Slovakia.

Preparing a group of students to study abroad is a lengthy process, Braunstein said. It takes approximately nine months to put together the itinerary, marketing materials, paperwork, and arrangements.

In 2006, Jennifer Tomasino, ITAM alumna, spent five weeks touring six countries: Slovakia, Czech Republic, Austria, Italy, Poland, and Hungary.

“What do you do when you go someplace where the people only speak Slovak and you’re hungry? How do you eat? How do you use a bus system?” Braunstein asked rhetorically. “But by the end of the trip the students are much more confident traveling on their own.”

“When you realize that everything is so much bigger and you allow yourself to just open up and really see the big picture, then you get an understanding of where you fit and how you can make a difference in the bigger picture,” said Jennifer Tomasino. Lori Braunstein, ITAM professor and program coordinator, added, “Participants study businesses, marketing, advertising, retailing, and IT to see how these business people, who never owned a business before, are surviving in a freemarket system.” Tomasino and her group conducted interviews with local establishments about how business changed from communist to free-market rule and how they are coping with and adjusting to the free-market system. While in Bratislava, Slovakia, they interviewed the creators of MasterCard’s “priceless” campaign. Tomasino

Tomasino, who had studied World War II history in various classes, admits she was not emotionally prepared for the tour of Auschwitz that she and fellow classmates took on their study-abroad trip to central Europe. “I spent the entire tour in tears,” she recalled. “You can read about something in a history book, but when you go over there and you see it and you touch it, it’s completely different, and you understand it on a completely different level.”

Braunstein, who has participated in four central European adventures, has observed how students can get overwhelmed with everything they are learning and the situations they encounter, including the most common barrier, language.

CWU students at Gratex, Bratislava, Slovakia learning about global business with information technology

The study-abroad program aims to enlighten students and make them more globally aware. Braunstein said the department wants the students to become world citizens and to be more in touch with what is going on in the world. “A lot of times they’re amazed,” she added. “They meet other kids their age at the discos and they’re just amazed that these people speak four languages. So they’ll come back to Central and start taking a language class because they feel they need to know more languages.”

Tarnowe, Poland learning about radio, advertising, and marketing

Studying abroad is also a good opportunity to open doors for more diverse career options in the future. Braunstein points out that several Central students have returned to Slovakia after graduating to teach and work there. Flower market in Krakow, Poland


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中央畢業 (A Central Graduation)

By Nichole Williamson and Bonnie Davidson

Central Washington University Provost Marilyn Levine, along with university professors and 23 Chinese graduate students, were all seeing red at the graduation ceremony in Liuzhou City, China in September. Red–the color of good fortune in China–was reflected in the students’ graduation hoods and decorations. Even the chairs were draped in red. The graduation ceremony in China, a first for CWU, was for the initial group of young Chinese professionals who traveled to Central to earn their Master of Science in Engineering Technology and Master of Professional Accountancy. The ceremony was also atypical for China, noted Levine, CWU’s vice president for academic and student life. She gave the commencement speech in Liuzhou City in both English and Chinese, encouraging the graduates to become citizens of the world. Levine has a deep interest in Chinese culture and addressed the gathering in Mandarin Chinese, in which she is fluent. She also is able to speak Cantonese Chinese, Japanese, and French.

Many of the students had left behind their families when they came to Central. They were followed by 26 peers who studied at CWU during fall quarter. Students from China and their CWU counterparts benefit from the contrast between their cultures, Olson said, noting that American students seem to have more creative problem-solving skills, but Chinese students seem to spend more time studying. When it was time for CWU faculty members to return home, many of the new grads took time off work to come to the airport to say goodbye. Levine pointed out that CWU may add other cohort programs of interest to Chinese students, such as Recreation and Tourism. Eventually, the goal is to send Central students abroad as well, said Levine. She mentioned that other universities in China are expressing interest in sending students to study at Central. “My goal is to expand the campus diversity,” Levine said. “And open up new worlds for us.”

While in China, Levine signed another contract with the city that will bring to CWU student groups that move through a program together. The program is designed to teach the Chinese students skills and techniques that they can take back home with them to use in their future careers. Competition for spaces in the program is intense, with more than 70 students vying for 20 slots. CWU has the programs students need to learn skills and techniques that they can take back home with them to apply to their careers. “They’re looking for young people with fresh thinking to help with the expansion of capitalism in their country,” said Darren Olson, associate professor of Engineering Technology.


CWU students, faculty, and staff at the graduation ceremony in China

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Central Washington University College of Education and Professional Studies spring newsletter 2012