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CHENEY FREE PRESS Tl ursday, July 9, 2015 , i ' I! ,. ] i 'l,l~ I ' By PAUL DELANEY Staff Reporter The Eastern Washington University board of trust- ees met recently with their first goal the approval of a preliminary operating and capital budget for the 2015-17 biennium. But another mission was accomplished June 26 with a vote that will more closely align the school's in- vestment portfolio with its mission of sustainability, Behind the lead of trustee Jim Murphy, who served on a committee that addressed this revision of the in- vestment policy of the school, board members heard about reasons to support the measure. Murphy read parts of a letter from EWU president Dr. Mary Cullinan regarding responsible investments. In it Cullinan wrote: "Historically universities have played a role in issues regarding social change and social responsibility. In recent years responsible investing has been discussed on public and private campuses around the country and they approach it in a variety of ways." "As an institution, EWU has set a goal to be a ment, a national pledge to reduce global warming national leader in sustainable practices," Cullinan and address climate change. went on to say. Eastern is currently working to align Since then Eastern has embarked on a Ivide-rang- a sustainability master plan with its strategic plan. Responsible investing is a complex topic, Cullinan wrote. "I'm pleased that the board of trustees is con- sidering the various aspects of the multi-faceted issue in light of the mission and goals of EWU." The proposed change was brought to the board, Murphy said, after "We had a vigorous discussion about the issue." Following that discussion, Murphy offered a motion that EWU's trustees support "Moving of the endowed funds portfolio into a socially re- sponsible investment strategy to be accomplished while ensuring optimal return on investment," he said. The five members present at the meeting gave their unanimous approval of the motion. One of EWU's first actions came in 2007 when the school signed onto the president's climate commit- ing program that involves alternative transportation, recycling and a community garden, among other initiatives. Murphy cited concerns over increased rail ship- ments of both oil and coal through both ~qeney and Spokane to world markets in urging the "Cote. "Where we sit geographically, thiI Spokane County. area is a major route for all oil shipments that come from the Bakken oil fields to the Western Washington ports," Murphy said. "Further, we sit on the major route that runs from the Powder River coal fields of Wyoming to the west side of the slate to ports in Western Washington." There's concern Murphy said, voiced by both govern- mentaragencies and citizens, that such continued shipping might constitute potential harm should a train derail. Paul Delaney can be reached at pdelaney@chem'y_freepress. com. Cheney The Cheney High School FBLA Club (Future Business Leaders of America) took part in the FBLA Na- tional Business Leadership confer- ence June 29 - July 2 in Chicago. The conference was attended by a record 11,500 students and advisors. In competition, Cheney had 18 students compete at the conference. At the FBLA Awards of Excellence Ceremony, nine different CHS stu- dents placed in the top 10 nationally in seven events. Colton Dotson was the highest placer, finishing third place in the nation for his work on Microsoft Excel. In the Database Design category, Joe Riddle and Mac Frederick finished fifth and seventh, respectively. It was the first time Cheney has had two stu- dents on stage at the same time at nationals. Leanna Elk once again placed at Nationals after she and Kendra Kendall finished 10th in Life Smarts. Elk is only the second Cheney FBLA club member to place at Nationals twice while Kendall placed for the first time in her career. Jackson Spencer also placed for the first time nts pl at national Contributed photo by Cheney High School FBLA adviser Adam Smith Award winners from left to right: Joe Riddle, Mitch Lawrence, Jackson Spencer, Conner Gerstenkorn, Hannah Blazon, Kendra Kendall, Leanna Elk, Mac Frederick and Colton Dotson. at Nationals after he took seventh in Sales Presentation. Other place winners include Mitch Lawrence, Microsoft Office Specialist Photo by. Al Stover Agroup of students socialize during the free lunch offered at Medical Lake Middle School. Medical Lake offers free meals By AL STOVER Staff Reporter Although school is out for the smnmer, students can be seen in the Medi- cal Lake Middle School cafeteria. The school district is currently offering its Sum- mer Food Service Program, where it offers free breakfast and lunch for children ages 1-18, Monday through Fri- day. Breakfast is served from 9:30-9:45 a.m. while lunch runs from noon - 12:30 p.m. Meals are on a first come, first served basis. According to its website, the program en- sures that low-income chil- dren continue to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session. Jill Howard, district food services supervisor, said this is the first time in several years the district has offered a free meals program. She explained that one of the require- ments for the program is the district must have it at a locationin an area where 50 percent of students qualify for free or reduced lunch. "For us that was the THE 9810 W. Melville Come Out & Watch Some Of The Finest Professional Golf In The Inland Northwest at the 52rid Annual LI LAC CITY INVITATIONAL • Great experience for junior golfers! • Enjoy the Coors Light Hospitality tent while you watch golfers come in on #18 • Live broadcast from the tournament on Thursday • Thursday Wedge Contest, Friday Long Drive Competition, middle schooL" Howard said. "The meals also have to follow federal guidelines." The program started slow in its first couple of weeks with only a few kids coming each dav. Howard said it's picking up as sum- mer goes on. "There's at least a cou- ple more kids coming each day," Howard said. The program runs unU1 Aug. 21. Howard's goal for the program is that no child in Medical Lake goes hun- gry during the summer. AI Stover can be reached at al@cheney epress.com. ~nd 3-day 50/50 Cash Putting Competition ore ooen to the aublic. • Net oroceeds from the Lilac City Invitational, including the puffing contest and spectator tickets goes to support the Shriners Hospitals for Children-Spokane. Call 509-747-8418 to purchase tickets or register as a volunteer. Word, fourth and Hannah Blazon and Conner Gerstenkorn, Public Service Announcement, ninth. The Cheney chapter members Billtngs receives Cheney High School alumna Jamie (Billings) Nolting has been se- lected for the presti- gious Fulbright-Hays Group Project Aboard Program, a highly com- petitive, merit-based grant program founded by U.S. Sen. J. William Fulbright in 1946. The selection makes Nolt- ing eligible to receive scholarships to study, conduct research or exercise her talents abroad. Nolting's father, Mike Billings, said the 2005 CHS graduation and class valedicto- rian plans to spend six weeks in Peru in the heart of Inca country won $500 in prize money for how well they placed in the competi- tion. The club had the second-most people place in Washington state. Fulbright award this summer as part of her award. She will live with native families, participate in excur- sions into the surround- ing countryside and be actively engaged in multiple aspects of Peruvian culture and economv. "Following comple- tion of this program, she will then consoli- date her learning, train- ing professional devel- opment and intercul- tural exchange into her teaching curriculum to use in the classroom," Billings wrote in an email. After graduation, Ja- mie Billings received a bachelor of arts degree in Spanish from East- ern Washington Uni- versity in 2007, and a master of arts degree in Hispanic Studies from Brown University in 2012. After teaching for two years at a New Orleans, Lfl. private school, she and her hus- band moved to West- ern Washington where she currently teaches Spanish at Bellarmine Prep High School in Tacoma. The Fulbright pro- gram operates world- wide in over 155 coun- tries, with 53 alumni winning the Nobel Peace Prize and another 78 receiving Pulitzer prizes. lift graduates from University of Montana Cheney High School alumna Nora Ifft was one of 2,459 University of Montana student de- gree candidates receiv- ing diplomas in spring 2015. Ifft graduated with high honors, 3.7 grade point average or higher, in receiving a bachelor of science degree in athletic train- ing. Ifft has enrolled at Eastern Washington ........ c',i G;,'2i oic;ben?,i. ........ e e e e e • • • oem • s 8 a e u • • • • • • • • e o o e° ° e 8 8 e University and will begin work on a mas- ter of science degree in sports and recre- ation administration this fall. 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