The SOURCE of CWU’s Greatness

Since you were a kid, hanging your best school work on the fridge has been an acknowledgement that you did an exceptional job, you went above and beyond, you showed that exam, or paper or arts and crafts project “whatcha got.”

While there’s nothing wrong with still hanging your work on the fridge, since you’ve stepped up into college, shouldn’t you also step up how you show off your best work?

For those at CWU who have completed work this year that they are especially proud of, the Symposium for University Research and Creative Expression (SOURCE) is an opportunity to showcase and celebrate that work. Submissions for SOURCE are now open online at and will stay open until Friday, April 10. Those students whose submissions are selected will have the honor of presenting their work at SOURCE, which will take place on Thursday, May 21 from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. throughout the SURC.

SOURCE is a university-wide forum designed to showcase all genres of scholarly work by CWU undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and staff. Submissions may take the form of an oral, poster or video presentation; a performance; a creative exhibit; or a constructed object. Whether it’s a creative writing piece, biological research or a choreographed dance, SOURCE provides students with a platform to showcase their hard work and accomplishments. (And, just to point it out, you can’t put a choreographed dance on the fridge, and it’s also difficult to put up a fifteen page research paper. Who has that many refrigerator magnets?)

Although it is an honor just to present at SOURCE, every year a number of presenters earn Outstanding Presentation awards. Last year, the winners were honored with a ceremony at the Experience Music Project in Seattle, which included dinner, presentations and a speech by CWU President James Gaudino. Along with this, each winning presenter also received a medal for his or her achievement.

One of the best thing about SOURCE is the variety of work it includes, so whatever project you’re most proud of, there could definitely be a place for it. There’s one way to find out.

To learn more about SOURCE, check out Daniel Fisher’s story in this year’s winter Hype, which can be found right here on our blog. Or, contact Dr. Kara Gabriel, SOURCE Committee Chair, at 509-963-2387 or

Baseball and Softball and Rugby, oh my!

What better way to enjoy this beautiful weather than to watch some CWU baseball, softball AND rugby?! This weekend is full of FREE CWU sporting events for everyone!


Friday, March 13th:

  • CWU BaSports_mar13_WCAseball vs NW Nazarene at 1pm & 4pm at the CWU Baseball Fields
  • CWU Softball vs NW Nazarene at 1pm & 3pm at the CWU Softball Field



Saturday, March 14th:

  • Sports_mar14-rugby_WCACWU Men’s Rugby vs University of Oregon at 12pm at the CWU Rugby Pitch
  • CWU Softball vs NW Nazarene at 12pm & 2pm at the CWU Softball Field
  • CWU Baseball vs NW Nazarene at 1pm & 4pmat the CWU Baseball Fields
    • CWU Men’s Rugby vs Seattle Saracens at 2pm at the CWU Rugby PitchSports_mar14-_WCA

Going Once, Going Twice, Are You Going?! CWU Psych Club Silent Auction

The CWU Psychology Club is on the road to the Western Psychology Association (WPA) convention in Las Vegas this spring, and invites everyone to help the club get to Vegas by attending the Psychology Club Silent Auction tomorrow! Come enjoy dinner, live music and a photobooth Saturday, March 7 from 4 to 7 p.m. in the CWU Student Union and Recreation Center (SURC) Ballroom.

There will be something for everyone to bid on, including items from the Wildcat Shop, Seahawks and Sounders gear, Silverwood theme park tickets and much more!




Tickets are $15 in advance online at or $20 at the door.

The Langston Hughes Project Comes to CWU!


Nearly 50 years after the famous American poet Langston Hughes’ death, his long-lost synergy of poetry and jazz music is brought back to life through the multimedia performance, The Langston Hughes Project. The concert performance of Hughes’ famous jazz poem, “Ask Your Mama: Twelve Moods for Jazz” features the jazz group The Ron McCurdy Quartet, spoken-word poetry and images from the Harlem Renaissance.

Hughes was a Harlem Renaissance poet, writer and activist who changed literature with his jazz poetry. Hughes’ piece, “Ask Your Mama: 12 Moods for Jazz” was his tribute to the struggle for artistic and social freedom for Africans and African-Americans in the 1960s not only in America but all over the world. The piece was originally intended to be in collaboration with jazz musicians Charles Mingus and Randy Weston, however Hughes’ passing in 1967 left the piece in the planning stages.

The music, spoken-word and imagery video representing the work of Hughes makes for a promising eventful performance TONIGHT at 7pm in the SURC Theatre! Here is a little sneak-peak of what to expect!

SEOIs: The Time is Now!

Villains. Heroes. SEOIs. Corgis.

All will be revealed.

It’s that time of the quarter again for students to fill out their SEOIs (Student Evaluation of Instruction). From March 2 to March 15, students can access these anonymous surveys through their CWU emails and Canvas, and have the opportunity to give their professors direct feedback.

SEOIs are more important than many students realize, and the more students who participate the more weight SEOIs carry. Watch the SEOI movie trailer to learn more, and help stop the SEOI Haterz.

SEOIs need you!

And the winner is….

If you love reality tv series, such as The Amazing Race, I’m sure you’ve said at least once, “I’d totally go on this show” Well, it’s your lucky day. CWU’s CLCE is bring The Amazing Race to Ellensburg on Friday, March 6th!


The entire race is done on foot and in teams of two, you will be competing against other students as they pass through obstacles, answer trivia questions and go through mind-bending challenges at every. single. pit stop. throughout campus and downtown Ellensburg! There’s more to win here than just bragging rights, you will be competing for the chance to win TUITION WAVERS, which will be divided amongst the two team members. First place will receive $500 and second place $250!

If you’re a local business or organization, you can host a pit stop where the teams will complete a challenge! Participate in this great opportunity to not only win some cash for school, but to challenge yourself and learn more about Ellensburg! REGISTRATION FOR HOSTING A PIT STOP AS WELL AS COMPETING IN THE RACE IS DUE THIS FRIDAY, FEB. 20TH!!! So don’t wait to register, do it now! Visit CLCE in SURC 256 or call (509) 963-1850!


Party, Mardi Gras Style!

Didn’t book your ticket to New Orleans for Mardi Gras? No worries! As a part of the annual Black Film Series going on now at CWU, the Center for Diversity and Social Justice (CDSJ) is inviting everyone to the 3rd annual Mardi Gras Party. The music and cuisine will bring the festive and fabulous style of New Orleans to campus, and everyone is welcome to attend the party, for free! There will be traditional bayou delicacies including red beans and rice, creole gumbo, white beans and sausage, curry chicken, dirty-rice, bread and banana pudding and more. The festivities will kick off at 6 p.m. in Michaelsen Hall room 126.

Image: Mardi Gras weekend in New Orleans, Louisiana USA

A brief history of Mardi Gras:

Mardi Gras translates into English as “Fat Tuesday,” which is appropriate because Mardi Gras falls on the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, and is a chance for people to indulge for a last time before the beginning of Lent. Many branches of Christianity observe Lent, in which people give up something, like eating meat, for about six weeks until Easter Sunday.

Whether or not you’re observing Lent, Mardi Gras is a fun holiday for everyone, and the Mardi Gras Party at CWU is a chance to learn about the history and tradition behind what has become one of the world’s largest celebrations.