President's Message

Welcome to the first issue of Crimson & Black, the official magazine of Central Washington University.


President James L. Gaudino

The stories in this issue explore the transformative role that CWU plays for our students. Something that I have heard many times from Central alums is how the university prepared them for success after graduation. On countless occasions, I have encountered proud Wildcat graduates who tell me they would not be who they are today if not for the education they received at Central.

We can see the positive impact of Central in the lives of students like Axicalli Godinez, who is featured in the story Made at CWU. During her time at the university, she has managed to excel in the classroom while working a weekend job and helping to raise her 2-year-old daughter. It’s also evident in alumni like Cody Marxer, Oscar Torres, Alexa Maine, Leni Halaapiapi, and James Segura-Mitchell who each, in their own ways, say what they learned at Central helped them find their eventual career paths.

The theme of transformation also applies to the publication in your hands, which replaces CWU Connections. The changes are partially the result of a recent reader survey in which an overwhelming 67 percent of respondents indicated they would like to receive the university magazine more frequently.

With that in mind, we have increased the publication schedule—Crimson & Black will be published in the fall and spring—and have created a new and enhanced website,, that will be regularly updated. The website will include links to videos related to stories, expanded versions of printed stories, and original features written specifically for the website (some by our very talented CWU students).

Please enjoy the new Crimson & Black, and let us know what you think.


James L. Gaudino


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