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The Archives at Central Washington University was established in 2004 to act as the repository for official and unofficial records that document the history of the university. The archives also serves as a regional repository to house, preserve and promote the history of Central Washington. It is located on the 4th floor of James Brooks Library on the Ellensburg campus.
The primary objectives of the archives are to appraise, collect, organize, describe, preserve, and make available university records and regional collections of permanent historical value. It also aims to support research, teaching, and public awareness of the rich heritage of central Washington and the University.
The archives consists of records, photographs and artifacts produced by CWU or its predecessors: Washington State Normal School at Ellensburg (1891-1937); Central Washington College of Education (1937-1961); and Central Washington State College (1961-1977). The collection contains documents published by the University as well as materials produced by University administrators, faculty, staff, students and alumni. The collection includes administrative reports, department and committee records, student publications, photographs, printed records, and the correspondence of former presidents, deans, and other University officials.
The regional manuscript collection, which is part of the archives, consists of historically significant 19th and 20th century personal papers, business and organizational records, photograph collections and other materials produced in central Washington state by individuals, businesses and organizations that reside, or have resided, in the region. One-of-kind unpublished works from the counties of Benton, Chelan, Douglas, Grant, Kittitas, Klickitat, Okanogan, and Yakima are represented in the collection. The collection includes materials relevant to the history and cultural development of central Washington.
Center for Spatial Information
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The Center for Spatial Information (CSI) encourages, supports and coordinates research projects for students and faculty using hardware and software technologies that gather and analyze “spatial” information to solve problems in the social sciences, natural sciences and business. Geographic Information Systems (GIS), high-precision Global Positioning System (GPS), ground-penetrating radar, precision conventional laser surveying, digital microscopy and satellite image processing are some of the spatial technologies used by CWU faculty and students.
CSI is responsible for carrying out the mission of the department of agriculture Global Invasive Species Program (GISP) for spatial technology education and transfer to local governments, through the Washington office at CWU, one of seven national GISP centers. Typical GIS applications include projects in archaeology, field biology, geology, natural resource studies and urban planning.
Major cooperating facilities and projects include the Pacific Northwest Geodetic Array (PANGA) data analysis facility, monitoring the movement of the earth’s crustal plates in California, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Washington and Oregon; and the GIS laboratory, where a variety of undergraduate and graduate GIS courses are taught, and numerous large and small research projects are conducted using state-of-the-art computing systems. CWU is one of three National Science Foundation-funded GPS analysis centers that produce high-resolution geodetic time series for the 1,400-station Plate Boundary Observatory component of EarthScope.
CSI encourages creative, interdisciplinary uses of spatial technology, and actively works with the private and government sectors to identify problems to which CWU personnel and equipment can provide effective solutions. CSI’s homepage is at www.cwu.edu/ ~csi.
Central Washington Archaeological Survey
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The Central Washington Archaeological Survey (CWAS) is a research and public service office that is part of the anthropology department. An advisory board which includes the dean of Graduate Studies, Research and Continuing Education, the dean of the College Of The Sciences and the chair of the anthropology department, provides direction and support for CWAS activities. CWAS conducts archaeological investigations in the central counties of the state and promotes public involvement in the identification and protection of regional archaeological resources. Closely integrated with academic programs in anthropology, CWAS involves faculty and students in research projects funded through external grants and contracts. CWAS cooperates with state and federal agencies, Native American tribes and nations, professional archaeologists throughout the state, and state and local archaeological societies in the study and preservation of central Washington’s archaeological resources.
Geographic Information Systems Laboratory
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The GIS laboratory supports computer hardware/software systems for analysis of spatial data (maps, aerial photos, satellite imagery, digital terrain data, etc.). The laboratory provides an excellent teaching and research facility for faculty and students from a variety of fields, including anthropology, archaeology, biology, geography, geology, land-use planning, resource management and sociology. In addition, the laboratory offers contract and consultation services to public and private agencies for GIS applications.
Additional information can be found at http://www.cwu.edu/~geograph/
Information Technology Services
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The Information Technology Services department (ITS) provides student computer lab management services; telephone services to the Ellensburg campus and its centers; networking and computer operations and services; maintenance and repair of University-owned computers; coordination of new purchases; desktop support; help desk services; and applications development and maintenance. ITS staff members work closely with all segments of the University to ensure that information technology is broadly developed, acquired, used and available to all students, faculty and staff. ITS information is available on the Web at www.cwu.edu/~its and ITS can be contacted at 509-963-2924. The ITS HelpDesk can be contacted at 509-963-2001.
Faculty and students have easy access to contemporary hardware and software in 30 general purpose and discipline specific computer labs spread throughout major academic buildings on campus. Virtually every residence hall room is equipped with an Ethernet connection providing free Internet services for those students that bring computers to campus. Students who opt to live off campus can take advantage of free modem connections. In all cases, they can access their e-mail and centrally maintained file services directly via Internet connections.
Wireless access to the Internet is available across the campus and via laptop checkout in the Student Union and Library. Information on wireless at CWU is online at www.cwu.edu/~wireless.
Public Safety and Police Services
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Business Phone: (509) 963-2959
After Hours Non Emergency: (509) 925-8534
Emergency Phone: 911
Fax: (509) 963-2994
Central’s Police Agency operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and is a general authority state police force. The department employs 12 armed police officers who are fully commissioned by the state of Washington and have the same arrest and investigative authority as other law enforcement officers in the state.
All of the officers are graduates of the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission’s basic academy, and each has numerous hours of annual specialized police training. The majority of the officers hold bachelor’s degrees in law and justice or a related field of study. The department has the primary responsibility for law enforcement on Central’s campus and works closely with other law enforcement agencies. Commissioned officers patrol the campus 24-hours-a-day with emphasis on crime prevention and education, including encouraging the reporting of all crimes.
Each year the officers conduct between 60 and 75 crime prevention programs for the University community, with the majority held in the residence halls for the benefit of students. These programs include personal safety, rape awareness and prevention, operation I.D., bicycle registration, drug and alcohol use/abuse, and related crime prevention techniques.
Outdoor emergency telephones have been installed at the entrances to residence halls, while other strategically located “blue light” emergency telephones are installed throughout campus. Each phone has a direct line to the KITTCOM (Kittitas County 911) dispatch center. University police officers respond to all campus emergency calls placed through KITTCOM.
In addition to the commissioned officers, the department employs two parking enforcement officers, a secretarial staff, a switchboard operator and student employees.