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2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

CWU Life

Dining Services

All students living in CWU residence halls are required to select a meal plan. There are five to choose from, and all are set up as a prepaid dining debit account, which allows for purchase of meals or snacks at any campus dining location. Students living off-campus may also purchase a meal plan for the convenience of dining and buying beverages and snacks on campus.

Dining Services’ staff is dedicated to your dining satisfaction. Its mission is to provide exceptional food service and customer service to the campus community. This is evident in fresh, appetizing, and nutritionally balanced menus along with the hospitality offered at each of its distinctly different dining locations on campus. These include:

  • Central Marketplace, located in the SURC, offers à la carte service in six restaurants: Taglianno’s Pizza, Taglianno’s Pasta, Totally Tossed Salads, Lion’s Rock Broiler, El Gato Loco, and Wrap and Roll Deli Bar
  • Holmes Dining Room, located in the SURC, offers an all-you-can-eat service for brunch/lunch and dinner
  • North Village Cafe, located in Green Hall on the north side of campus, offers à la carte service for meals and snacks throughout the day
  • 1891 Bistro, located in Tunstall Hall on the south side of campus, features local fare such as Thomas Hammer Coffee, Winegar’s Homemade Ice Cream, ABC Donuts, EZPZ Grab and Go, the CWU Catering Pastry Case, and soups of the day.

You may also use your meal plan at any of CWU Dining Services’ espresso bars or convenience stores:

  • Cat Trax East Espresso and Smoothie Bar, Cat Trax West Espresso, and Cats Convenience Store in the SURC 
  • Coach’s Coffee House in the Wendel Hill Hall
  • NVC Espresso Bar and NVC Store in the North Village Café and Store

Dining services are available on campus for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and late-night meal service on weekdays, and for brunch and dinner on weekends.

If you have questions about the dining options available at CWU Dining Services, call 509-963-1591, or visit Dining Services can also be found on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Nutritious Foundations
Dining Services offers nutritious menu selections, based on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s food pyramid, to support your healthy lifestyle. You’re encouraged to adopt a balanced, moderate, and varied diet by exploring the nutritional foundation that Dining Services provides in all dining arenas.

Special Events
Several special dining events are offered quarterly to enrich your dining experience. Some of these events include Oktoberfest, a Holiday meal, a seafood buffet extravaganza, themed and cultural dinners, Cinco de Mayo, the Student Appreciation BBQ, and the commencement luncheon.

Employment Opportunities
Dining Services is the largest employer on campus, hiring between 250-350 students annually for part-time work. Consider joining the team where you will meet new friends and learn new skills.

Dining Services is a member of the National Association of College and University Food Services, and is an active supporter of the academic mission of the university through participation in many out-of-classroom events and activities held throughout campus.

Honor Societies

Central Washington University maintains memberships in several national honor society chapters. Here is a list of those memberships. Please see the appropriate department for more information about these honor societies.

Alpha Epsilon Rho: This is the national honor society for broadcasting. Founded in 1943 for the purpose of emphasizing superior scholarship and creative participation in telecommunication production and activity, it prepares its members for roles as responsible telecommunicators. Membership in Alpha Epsilon Rho is open to undergraduate and graduate students who are making electronic media studies one of their major academic interests and who meet high standards of scholarship. Please see the Department of Communication for more information.

Alpha Eta Rho: (AHP) This International Professional Collegiate Aviation fraternity acts as a bridge between aviation colleges and the aviation industry. AHP was established in 1929 by Earl W. Hill, an aviation instructor at the University of Southern California and, with help from students and faculty, was founded on April 10, 1929. It is the oldest professional aviation fraternity in history. AHP members serve the aviation industry in fields such as: Aviation Captains, NASA Engineers, Flight Attendants, Aircraft Mechanics, Aerospace Engineers, Corporate Pilots, and many more. Please see the Department of Aviation for more information.

Alpha Kappa Delta: This is an international sociology honor society. Founded in 1920 and an accredited member of the Association of College Honor Societies, Alpha Kappa Delta is a non-secret, democratic, international society of scholars dedicated to the philosophy of Athropon Katamannthanein Diakonesin or “to investigate humanity for the purpose of service.” AKD seeks to acknowledge and promote excellence in scholarship in the study of sociology, the research of social problems, and such other social and intellectual activities that will lead to the improvement of the human condition. Please see the Department of Sociology for more information.

Alpha Phi Sigma: This is the nationally recognized honor society for students in the criminal justice sciences. The society recognizes academic excellence by undergraduates as well as graduate students of criminal justice. The honor society is open to undergraduate students who have a declared law and justice major or minor, have maintained a minimum GPA of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale in their cumulative and criminal justice class or rank in the top 35 percent of their classes, and have completed a minimum of four courses within the law and justice curriculum. Graduate students must have a minimum GPA of 3.4 on a 4.0 scale or rank in the upper 25 percent of their class, and have completed a minimum of four courses within the law and justice curriculum. Please see the Department of Law and Justice for more information.

Alpha Sigma Lambda: This national honor society, established in 1946, provides the opportunity to recognize the special achievements of adult students. Alpha Sigma Lambda acknowledges adult students who accomplish academic excellence while facing competing interests of family, work, and community. Members must have earned a minimum GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale. The CWU chapter of ASL is Psi Delta Omega and is advised by the Center for Student Empowerment. Invitations to join Psi Delta Omega are sent out at the beginning of each academic year, and induction ceremonies are held both at the Ellensburg campus and at one of the Puget Sound- area centers. Please see the Center of Diversity and Social Justice for more information

Beta Alpha Psi: This is a not-for-profit honor and service organization for accounting, finance and information systems students at AACSB-or EQUIS-accredited universities. Founded in 1919, the CWU chapter was installed in 2013. It provides opportunities for development of communication, leadership and professional skills, participation in community service, encouragement of ethical, social and public responsibility and interaction among students, faculty and professionals. Beta Alpha Psi requires its members to maintain at least a 3.0 GPA. It is recognized and respected by the business community as a premier collegiate organization. Please see the College of Business for more information.

Beta Beta Beta: TriBeta is a society for students, particularly undergraduates, dedicated to improving the understanding and appreciation of biological study and extending boundaries of human knowledge through scientific research. Since its founding in 1922, more than 200,000 persons have been accepted into lifetime membership, and more than 626 chapters have been established throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. Please see the Department of Biological Sciences for more information.

Eta Sigma Gamma: Since its inception in 1967, Eta Sigma Gamma, the National Health Education Honorary, has had a rich history of contributions to the profession of health education and health promotion. It was through the commitment of a group of dedicated professors and students at Ball State University that the first chapter of the honorary was established. Today, there are over 80 chapters representing thousands of students in colleges and universities around the United States. Please see the Department of Health Sciences for more information.

Gamma Theta Upsilon: Gamma Theta Upsilon is an international honor society in geography. Gamma Theta Upsilon was founded in 1928 and became a national organization in 1931. Members of Gamma Theta Upsilon have met academic requirements and share a background and interest in geography. Gamma Theta Upsilon chapter activities support geography knowledge and awareness. New members are inducted annually. Please see the Department of Geography for more information.

Kappa Delta Pi: The honor society in education, Kappa Delta Pi, encourages high professional, intellectual, and personal standards, and recognizes and honors outstanding achievement in the study of education. Membership is open to undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty by invitation. New members are inducted quarterly. Please see the College of Education and Professional Studies for more information

Lambda Alpha: The Lambda Alpha National Collegiate Honors Society for Anthropology was founded on March 15, 1968 at Wichita State University in Kansas. To date there are over 200 chapters nationwide. Lambda Alpha (derived from the Greek Logos Anthropou, meaning “the Study of Humans”) was established for the purpose of encouraging and stimulating scholarship and research among students, faculty and others engaged in the study of anthropology. Lambda Alpha provides scholarships, research and publication opportunities to student members (undergraduate and graduate). Please see the Department of Anthropology and Museum Studies for more information.

Lambda Pi Eta: This is the national honorary society for undergraduates in communication. As an accredited member of the Association of College Honor Societies (ACHS), Lambda Pi Eta (LPH) has an active chapter at CWU’s Department of Communication. LPH represents what Aristotle described in The Rhetoric as three ingredients of persuasion: logos (lambda) meaning logic, pathos (pi) relating to emotion and ethos (eta) defined as character credibility and ethics. Lambda Pi Eta recognizes, fosters, and rewards outstanding scholastic achievement while stimulating interest in the communication discipline. Please see the Department of Communication for more information.

Pi Sigma Alpha: (Mu Lambda chapter) This is CWU’s honor society for students of political science. This is a national honorary, first organized in 1920, with more than 740 chapters throughout the country. Membership is based upon scholastic achievement and a genuine interest in the understanding of politics and political issues, as evidenced by performance in several political science courses. Please see the Department of Political Science for more information.

Phi Alpha Theta: This is a nationally recognized honor society founded in March 1921 at the University of Arkansas, and today it numbers over 900 chapters, representing 500,000 members. Central’s Tau Iota chapter was chartered in 1972. Membership is composed of undergraduate and graduate students and professors who have been elected upon the basis of excellence in the study and writing of history. The society’s objective is the promotion of the study of history by the encouragement of research, good teaching, publication, and scholarly interaction among historians. Please see the Department of History for more information.

Phi Kappa Phi: The national honor society of Phi Kappa Phi recognizes and encourages superior scholarship in all academic disciplines. Membership is open to undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty members by invitation, with election based on superior scholarship. New members are inducted each spring. Please see the Department of Accounting for more information.

Phi Sigma Tau: This is the international honor society in philosophy. Its purpose is to recognize and encourage excellence in philosophic scholarship among students and faculty. It publishes philosophy articles from undergraduate students in its journal Dialogue. Central’s local chapter (Washington Alpha) meets periodically to discuss philosophic issues. Membership is based on scholastic attainments. Please see the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies for more information.

Psi Chi: This is the international honor society in psychology, founded in 1929 for the purpose of encouraging, stimulating, and maintaining scholarship in, and advancing the science of, psychology. Membership is open to graduates and undergraduates who are making the study of psychology one of their major interests and who meet the minimum qualifications. Psi Chi is an affiliate of the American Psychological Association and a member of the Association of College Honor Societies. Please see the Department of Psychology for more information.

Salute: This is a national academic honor society recognizing student veterans and military personnel who have demonstrated outstanding performance in the academic setting. One of the primary goals of SALUTE is to acknowledge and recognize members who have shown courage, strength, leadership, excellence, and perseverance in their military endeavors and now are showing that same commitment to their academic careers. Please see the Veteran’s Center for more information.

Sigma Lambda Chi: The fundamental purpose of Sigma Lambda Chi is to provide recognition to outstanding students in construction curricula. Sigma Lambda Chi is the society that offers students the opportunity to be recognized locally and internationally for their academic accomplishments as a construction major. Please see the Department of Engineering Technologies, Safety and Construction for more information.

Sigma Pi Sigma: This is the national physics honor society. It was founded in 1921 and now has over 500 chapters nationwide. It is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies and is affiliated with the American Institute of Physics and with the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Membership is open to undergraduate and graduate students and faculty members. Students elected to membership must maintain high standards of general scholarship and outstanding achievement in physics. Besides providing an incentive for all physics students to rise to excellence, the society also encourages physics interest and science literacy in the general public. Please see the Department of Physics for more information.

Theta Alpha Kappa: The only honor society devoted to religious studies. Theta Alpha Kappa granted Central Washington University a charter in 2007. Its overall purpose is to provide local and national recognition to students with high scholarship and an academic interest in the field of religious studies. In addition to promoting student interest in research and advanced study in the field, it provides opportunities for the publication of student research papers of merit through the Journal of Theta Alpha Kappa, encourages a professional spirit and friendship among those who have demonstrated an aptitude for excellence within the field, and popularizes interest in religious studies among the general collegiate and local community. Please see the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies for more information.

Wildcat Shop

The Wildcat Shop has everything you need right here on campus. We have saved students $2.1 million since 2017 on course materials, and we offer a wide variety of products and services, including:

  • Textbooks (new, used, rental, inclusive access, and ebook)
  • General reading and reference books
  • Computer hardware (special student prices)
  • Certified Apple repair staff
  • Electronics
  • Clothing, gifts, and hydroflasks
  • School and art supplies
  • Greeting cards
  • Dorm supplies
  • Health and beauty aids, including Smashbox products
  • Stamps
  • Snack foods and more

We also provide custom engraving, sublimation, laminating, binding, copying (color or black and white), mat board cutting, mounting, and fax services.

Special order any book, computer, electronic product, or supply, at no additional cost. For your convenience, the Wildcat Shop buys back textbooks at the end of each quarter, during finals week, and the first two days at the beginning of each quarter. Contact the Wildcat Shop at (509) 963-1311, or at Always open online.