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CHENEY FREE PRESS Thursday, AugdSt201'2015 ..... Student success, managing enrollment, relationship with city are priorities By PAUL DELANEY Staff Reporter The Big Sky Conference's Pres- ident's Trophy for academic and athletic excellence sits appropri- ately on the coffee table in Dr. Mary Cullinan's office. While it centers on athletics, the award represents the overall mission to which Cullinan has dedicated much of her first year on the job. "I would say that the work we have been doing on student success for me is the most important." Cul- linan said. Cullinan began her term as the 26th president at Eastern on Aug. 1, 2014, taking over for the retiring Dr., Rodolfo Ar6valo. She was formerly president of Southern Oregon Uni- versity in Ashland, Ore. While Eastern has fully embraced Cullinan's mission, "It's not a kind of goal that gets done (quickly), it's al- ways a work in progress," she said. The mission is a complex process with many moving parts including focusing on advising, mentoring and generally whatever is needed to help students get through to graduation, Cullinan explained. Finding the money for college -- even though the Washing- ton State Legisla- ture's re- cent bud- ship fundraising campaign," Cul- linan said. "All these things are coming together with all parts of the university thinking about student success." Eastern will continue to focus significant energy on what Cullinan called "the underserved student," who she described as those who are first generation and Pell Grant recipients, whose funds need not be repaid. That part of the student population was a priority for Cul- linan when she interviewed for the job. "A lot of times they are support- ing themselves financially," Cullinan said. "We need to have the processes in place that make it as easy as pos- sible for them." Cullinan also noted how a new program for incoming freshmen ought to simplify their process. "We're pre-populating their schedules," she said. Instead of students going through the process of handpicking their classes and times, it's, "Here's your schedule," Cullinan said. The data to put the schedules together was arrived at through consultation with advisers and Cullinan said the point is, "It's general education." With Eastern's enrollment racing towards another record number, there's also an effort in the works to manage this growth. "We have just been growing, which is wonderful," Cullinan "I would say that the work we have s a i d "But we been doing on student success for me haven't b e e n is the most . ~.ILL L growing Eastern Washington University. President Dr. Mary CuUinan, strategi- get cut tu- cally." ition at EWU - is also part of the That means arriving at the right effort, amounts of undergrads, gradu- "We're starting a huge scholar- ate, out of state and international heney School District hi over 60 new educators for all buildin t Cheney School District has announced its list of new educators hired for the 2015- 2016 school year. Associate Superintendent Sean Dotson said the district still had a few more hires to make before the year begins Sept. 1. BETZ ELEMENTARY Kristen Dobb will join Betz Elementary as a kin- dergarten teacher. This is Dobb's first year as an el- ementary school teacher. She completed her masters of education degree in read- ing and mathematics from Walden University. Traci Trotter will teach first grade at Betz. She comes to Cheney from Quin- cy School District, where she taught kindergarten and second-grade. Trot- ter received her master's in education from Walden University. In second-grade, Melissa Hawley will join the Betz staff. She previously worked as a fifth-grade teacher at Southside Christian School in Spokane. Hawley earned her master's degree from Washington State Univer- sity. Kimberly Cree will teach a second/third-grade multi- age class at Betz this year. Cree comes to Betz' from Othello School District, where she was a second grade teacher. She received her bachelor of arts in read- ing from Eastern Washing- ton University. The Betz third grade team will have two new ad- ditions. Patty Burton comes to Betz from Moses Lake School District, where she taught at multiple levels. Burton holds a master's degree in curriculum and instruction from EWU. Charlene Cox will also be a third-grade teacher at Betz this year. Cox previ- ously worked as an aca- demic interventionist and gifted and talented teacher in Newburg, Oregon. She received her bachelor of arts in education from Western Oregon State College. # Photo by Paul Delaney EWU president Dr. Mary Cullinan recently completed a busy first year on the job. students, among other categories. That has to be penciled out and then strategies need to be drawn up to get to those goals. ,We've just been saying great, let's just grow 2-percent per year," Cullinan said. "It's worked fine but it's not a long-term strategy." Cullinan would like to see an increase in the international student population. "We want to globalize the campus," she said, carrying on the effort of her predecessor, Are- Lisa Chan will teach a fourth-and fifth-grade multi-age class at Betz. Chan joins Cheney Public Schools from the Valley School District, where she taught multiple grade lev- els. She earned her master of education in technology from Lesley University. Eileen Mager has been hired as a fifth grade teacher at Betz. Mager has previously taught fifth grade in Cheney Public Schools and has been a leave replacement teacher in several other classrooms in the district. She received her masters in elementary educa- tion from EWU. In special education, there are two new additions at Betz this year. Tanya Amdal will join Betz as a first year teacher in special education. Amdal earned her master of arts in elemen- tary and special education from EWU. Lisa Folie will also join Betz as a first year special education teacher. Folie re- ceived her bachelor of arts valo, who made specific inroads to Brazil. ."We're developing a strategy, we don't want to go to just one or two countries, we want to have a diversity of countries," she said. Cullinan wants to see a portfolio of different nations, not unlike a solid retirement invest- ment plan. Besides attracting a more diverse student population from abroad, in- , See Cullinan page 3 Medical Lake School District welcomes new staff .......... Medical Lake School Kylee Neitzer ...... District has hired 13 new first-grade teacher. employees for the 2015-16 Laurel Ohl - first- school year. grade teacher. DISTRICT Justeen Paige - pay- roll/benefits administra- tor. HALLETT ELEMEN- TARY Paige Hanlon - first- grade teacher. Lacey Swegle - third- grade teacher. Nicholas LeDoux -- fourth-grade teacher. MICHAEL ANDER- SON ELEMENTARY Kathryn Ellis - special educational preschool. Mariah Coombs - kin- dergarten teacher. MEDICAL LAKE MIDDLE SCHOOL Tim Cruger -- assis- tant principal. Benjamin Hill -- special education match teacher. Kimberly Lee - spe, cial education Language Arts teacher. MEDICAL LAKE HIGH SCHOOL Jeff Ward -- coun- selor. Leslie Zeitler- para educator II 0oehavior/di- rect instruction match, Eng- lish Language Arts and academic intervention). in psychology from the State University of New York at New Paltz. 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