By the students, for the students of Central Washington University

The Observer

By the students, for the students of Central Washington University

The Observer

By the students, for the students of Central Washington University

The Observer

Megan Rogers

Megan Rogers, Assistant News Editor

Assistant News Editor - Winter 2023

Senior Reporter - Fall 2022

Staff Reporter - Spring 2022

All content by Megan Rogers
Jeff Bousson is CWUs new sustainability officer. Photo Courtesy of Jeff Bousson

Jeffery Bousson joins CWU as new sustainability officer

February 1, 2023

Jeffery (Jeff) Bousson joined CWU in December as the university’s new sustainability officer. As the sustainability officer, Bousson said he is developing projects, programs and initiatives related to...

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Photo of Black Hall.

CWU forms the joint governance sense making group

January 25, 2023

CWU’s Joint Governance Sensemaking Group met for the first time on Nov. 22 and will continue to meet throughout the course of the academic year. The group is composed of Amy Claridge, Walter Szeliga,...

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APOYO will continue to stay at their CWU Campus location until 2024. Photo Courtesy of APOYO on Facebook

CWU signs two-year contract allowing APOYO to remain on campus

January 18, 2023

CWU signed a contract with Allied People Offering Year-Round Outreach (APOYO) on Oct. 18, which will allow APOYO to remain in their on-campus facility until Oct. 31, 2024. Associate Professor and Director...

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Wildcat Pantry hosts Pack the Pantry to support student needs

Wildcat Pantry hosts Pack the Pantry to support student needs

January 11, 2023

The Wildcat Pantry, located on the ground floor of the James E. Brooks Library, is hosting Pack the Pantry throughout the month of January, a drive to help bring in food donations and other essential items...

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New Gender-Based Violence Prevention workgroup to review policies, practices and programs

November 22, 2022

CWU announced on Nov. 10 its plans for a new gender-based violence prevention workgroup. The workgroup will be meeting on a regular basis shortly after Nov. 30. The workgroup will be made up of a total...

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Sign at the entrance of the Education Abroad Fair in SURC 137.

CWU’s education abroad fair allows students to learn about options for studying abroad

November 22, 2022

CWU hosted the Education Abroad Fair in the SURC on Nov. 16. The purpose of this fair was to introduce students to the different options available through CWU and partnering organizations for studying...

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Kittitas Public Safety Building located in Ellensburg, Washington.

Mental health grant introduced for wellness at Kittitas County Jail

November 16, 2022

Kittitas County Jail received a $483,552 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs. These grants are designed to create mental health support programs for inmates in the...

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CWUs voting center in the SURC.

CWU voting center encouraged student involvement

November 16, 2022

CWU helped to engage students in the voting process on Nov. 8 through a voting center located in the SURC. “If they haven't received their ballot from whatever county they're from, from wherever they...

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Learning Commons organized protest against Title IX violations on Nov. 1

Learning Commons organized protest against Title IX violations on Nov. 1

November 9, 2022

Chants of “Stop protecting rapists!” rang through the walkways between the SURC and Brooks Library on Tuesday, Nov. 1 as students aired their grievances over alleged Title IX violations by campus staff. According...

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Shane Johnson (right) discussing his piece “Gallery of the Gamer Overwatch Tournament.”

Sarah Spurgeon Art Gallery features work by faculty

November 9, 2022

2,000 pounds of solid ice filled the Sarah Spurgeon Art Gallery in Randall Hall for the Department of Art and Design Faculty Exhibition on Nov. 3. The gallery features the recent work of full-time and...

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Photo of CWU police department. Photo by Megan Rogers

Ellensburg’s noise ordinance

November 2, 2022

The City of Ellensburg has a noise ordinance that is in place 24 hours a day, seven days a week. “24 hours a day, any [of] what could be considered unreasonable noise that can be heard from over 100...

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CWU enrollment on a decline

October 28, 2022

Enrollment numbers at CWU have been down for over a decade, according to Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Finance and Administration, Joel Klucking. The Board of Trustees (BoT) met on Oct....

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ASCWU Board of Directors at a public meeting. Photo by Megan Rogers

ASCWU stresses the need for a new vice president

October 21, 2022

“Transitioning into my role [as president]  has been increasingly difficult…because I have to play a game of what is worth more of my time,” Luis Reyes, ASCWU President said, in the ASCWU BOD meeting...

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Photo of CWU Wildcat Neighborhood Farm. Photo courtesy of Carina Gaz

CWU awarded silver STARS in sustainability

October 19, 2022

CWU received silver STARS in sustainability from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) on Sept. 16.  The Sustainability Tracking, Rating and Assessment &...

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WAM mentors (left to right): Chloe Cairns, Madeline Bjorn, Olivia Zavala, Natalie Amos, Anna Richardson, Sidney
Grimm, Maggie Gatlin, Kiara Zmiarovich Sadaya, Tiffany Ochoa, Jacque Ramirez. Photo courtesy of Julia James

Wildcat Academic Mentoring program began this fall

October 12, 2022

Wildcats Academic Mentoring (WAM) launched this fall, which is an all-new peer mentoring program created and directed by Julia James. James said WAM is an academic success program that also balances...

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Beacon the therapy dog. Photo courtesy of @beacon_therapydog Instagram

Brookside Funeral Home Got a New Furry Team Member

October 5, 2022

Brookside Funeral Home got its newest team member, Beacon, a nine-month-old hypoallergenic labradoodle and newly certified therapy dog trained by Ultimate Canine.  Jamin Mohler, owner of Beacon and...

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Apoyo window decal in the sunshine.

APOYO struggles to find food donations

October 5, 2022

Allied People Offering Year-Round Outreach (APOYO), a local food bank, is struggling to find meat donations.  “Northwest Harvest hasn't been sending the usual chicken that we usually get on our Wednesday...

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Science building on a sunny day.

CWU STEM Program receives National Science Foundation grant to help teachers

September 28, 2022

Science building on a sunny day.

Preserving the Arts in Ellensburg

Preserving the Arts in Ellensburg

June 1, 2022

The City of Ellensburg has partnered with the Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce, CWU, Ellensburg Downtown Association, Laughing Horse Art Foundation and CenterFuse to create the Ellensburg Community...

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Community member gather in Unity Park in Downtown Ellensburg to bike to the Renslow Trestle.

Ellensburg anfitriona “Ride to Renslow”

May 26, 2022

La liga de ciclistas americanos proclamó Mayo como el mes de la bicicleta y para ayudar a celebrar por primera vez, la ciudad de Ellensburg y la cámara de comercio fueron anfitriones de “Ride to Renslow”. Miembros...

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Community member gather in Unity Park in Downtown Ellensburg to bike to the Renslow Trestle.

Ellensburg hosts Ride to Renslow

May 25, 2022

The League of American Bicyclists proclaimed May as bike month and to help celebrate, for the first time ever, the Ellensburg City and the Chamber of Commerce hosted Ride To Renslow.  Members of the...

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El jefe de la policía de CWU es admitido al salón de fama de RAD

May 19, 2022

El jefe Jason Berthon-Koch con el departamento de policía de CWU fue admitido al salón de la fama de la defensa en contra de la agresión de violación (o RAD por sus siglas en Ingles). Berthon-Koch...

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CWU Chief of Police inducted to RAD Hall of Fame

May 18, 2022

Chief Jason Berthon-Koch with the CWU Police Department was inducted into the Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) hall of fame. Berthon-Koch has been teaching RAD classes for 18 years.  “I was very honored...

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4-H is an extremely beneficial program for children to join

May 11, 2022

4-H is one of the most beneficial programs that a child can join. 4-H works with youth 5-18 years old and strives to bring out the potential in them and make them strong leaders.  According to uwyo.com,...

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Tishra Beeson appointed new department chair for Health Sciences

Tishra Beeson appointed new department chair for Health Sciences

May 11, 2022

Tishra Beeson has been appointed the new department chair for Health Sciences. Beeson will begin this new position on Sep 1.  Beeson shared her gratitude to her colleagues who elected her into this...

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El edificio de Ciencias de la Salud reúne a los departamentos

El edificio de Ciencias de la Salud reúne a los departamentos

May 5, 2022

Los programas de Fisiología Clínica, de Nutrición y Salud Pública, de Servicios Médicos de Emergencia Paramédicos y de Ciencias de la Alimentación se encuentran ahora en el mismo edificio de Ciencias...

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Photo courtesy of Dr. Ernest

Students monitor animal activity across I-90 crossing structures

May 4, 2022

Student researchers at CWU took part in a study where they observed small mammals in the I-90 project area to see which species are using the wildlife crossing structures.  Wildlife crossing structures...

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Health Sciences building brings department together

Health Sciences building brings department together

May 4, 2022

Clinical Physiology, Nutrition and Public Health, EMS Paramedicine and Food Science programs are now housed in the same building. The 81,395 square-foot Health Sciences building had its grand opening on...

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Photo from inside The Botany Shop

Una tienda local de Ellensburg gana el premio del Mejor Nuevo Negocio

April 20, 2022

Después de abrir sus puertas como negocio el 28 de mayo de 2021, The Botany Shop, una tienda local de plantas y productos botánicos, ganó el premio del Mejor Nuevo Negocio del condado de Kittitas. La...

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Photo from inside The Botany Shop

Local Ellensburg botany shop wins best new business

April 20, 2022

The Botany Shop, a local plant and botanical goods store, won Kittitas County's Best New Business award.  After opening her doors for business on May 28, 2021, owner April Rohrbach shared her excitement...

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Orpheus in the Underworld

Orpheus in the Underworld

April 14, 2022

Orpheus and Eurydice was a story of music, love and tragedy, but that all changed when the CWU Opera performed an adaptation of “Orpheus in the Underworld” by Anthony T. Buck. The adaptation is based...

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