2019 SHM Phoenix Newsletter Issue 1 Vol 9

Fall 2019 | Vol. 1 No. 9

CWU’s Safety and Health Management (SHM) Program Annual Newsletter

The faculty of the SHM program congratulates the class of 2019. The program graduated 34 students during academic year 2018-19.


Our students continue to excel with their participation in the CWU American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) Student Section under the advisement of Professor Morgan Bliss. Professor Jennifer Serne will take over the advisor role of the section starting fall 2019. The program thanks Bliss for her service these last two years. As always, the section’s goal is to continue to provide additional opportunities for current and prospective students to learn more about occupational safety and health discipline, promote interaction between students and OSH professionals, recruit new students

into the program, and offer excellent leadership opportunities for student section officers. On May 3, 2019, the ASSP Student Section, in conjunction with Puget Sound ASSP Chapter, hosted a Professional Development Conference (PDC) in the Student Union and Recreation Center (SURC) with more than 150 attendees from

across the state. Our alumnus Brian Van, safety director for Guy F. Atkinson Construction, LLC, and former president of the ASSP Puget Sound Chapter, again led the PDC’s efforts. The Lower Columbia Basin Chapter continues to closely collaborate with the planning efforts. Pictured above: The SHM Class of 2019 with Faculty


Program Updates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Faculty Updates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Upcoming Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Contact Us . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8

Student Update . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 ASSP News . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Donors and Supporters . . . . . . . . . 3 Alumni and Friends . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4

The Student Section elected their executive board for academic year 2019-20, with the continued goal to be the outstanding student section in the nation. Volunteering with ASSP supports and advances the organization and our profession. As volunteers, the students’ professional networks will grow, they will benefit from access to professional development opportunities, and they will gain insights to trends and innovations in the occupational safety and health (OSH) profession. Pictured above: The 2019 ASSP Puget Sound Chapter PDC, photo courtesy of © David Hundley AMERICAN SOCIETY OF SAFETY PROFESSIONALS (ASSP) NEWS Congradulations to the following students for winning national and regional scholarships during academic year 2018-19. We thank the ASSP Foundation, BCSP, and the donors for their support. Pictured right : Emily Rosen, 2019 Construction Safety Scholarship recipient, is majoring in safety and health management and minoring in risk management and construction.

Congratulations to the following section officers and advisor:

Vy Dam, President Emily Rosen, Vice President Nikki Dam, Secretary Lucien Sahali, Treasurer James McCrary, Senator Kyle Hergert, Alternate Senator

Mason Hawk, Media Relations Ryan Lawyer, Public Affairs Dawson Brooke Baumgarten, Parent Chapter Liaison Angel Villa, Special Projects #1 Alex Zarker, Special Projects #2 Jennifer Serne, Faculty Advisor

ASSP Foundation / Other External Scholarships:

Mason Hawk, ASSP Construction Safety Scholarship, $2,000 Andrew Lange, BCSP John Hodges Thumbs Up Scholarship Award, $4,100 Emily Rosen, 2019 Construction Safety Scholarship, WA State Governors Industrial Safety & Health Advisory Board

Lucien Sahali, ASSP Safety Conference Travel Scholarship, Sponsored by UPS, $833 Lucien Sahali, UPS Diversity Scholarship, $5,250 Lucien Sahali, Puget Sound Chapter Martin Brown Memorial Scholarship, $1,000 Julia Zanotelli, BCSP QAP scholarship, $5,000



CWU’s SHM program produces the best, brightest, and most highly sought-after future safety professionals in the nation. This is in large part due to the generous support it receives through your donations of money, equipment, and time. From recruiting quality students to exceptional faculty instruction to a state-of-the-art learning environment, your investment in SHM continues to support student success, resulting in direct and positive impacts on the safety profession.

We want to thank the following SHM donors from July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019. We sincerely appreciate your generosity.

Alumni and Friends

Brian and Elizabeth Clarke Anthony Howard

James and Penny Lindsey Bradley and Robin Pettit

Bill and Susan Wood

Corporations and Other Organizations

Goodfellow Bros . Hensel Phelps Construction - Northern California Hensel Phelps Construction - Plains District Lower Columbia Basin Chapter of the American Society of Safety Professionals MSA – The Safety Company NECA - IBEW Electrical Training Center; Portland, Oregon Northwest Scaffold Service Inc.

3M Company American Society of Safety Professionals Board of Certified Safety Professionals Columbia Willamette Chapter of the American Society of

Puget Sound Chapter of the American Society of

Safety Professionals The Boeing Company The Institutes Griffith Insurance Education Foundation The Spencer Foundation

Safety Professionals Construction Safety Summit of Oregon

Eugene Water & Electric Board G.E.W., LLC Solutions in Safety

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Pictured above: SHM Industry Advisory Council Vice Chair, Kate Crawford, addressing the SHM Alumni, Friends, and Graduating Seniors Night in May 2019. She delivered the keynote address to the class of 2019.

To help our alumni and friends remain engaged with the SHM program, we hold our annual Alumni, Friends, and Graduating Seniors Night in Ellensburg every spring. This year, it was held in conjunction with the ASSP Puget

Sound Chapter PDC on May 3, 2019. More than 40 alumni and friends attended. Program graduates and friends are encouraged to attend this event in 2020, anticipated to be on May 7, 2020 at 5 p.m. in Hogue Technology Building.

We would like to thank former Director of Development Michoan Spoelstra for all her support of the safety and health management

Please welcome Phylicia Snow , Director of

four years. She is passionate about education and about philanthropy. You can speak with her about donations towards the Safety and Health Management Program or to find out more information about getting involved. The program is looking forward to working with her.

Development for the College of Education and Professional Studies. Snow joined

program. She was a critical part of the program’s success, and we wish her the best in her future adventures.

the University Advancement team mid-April. She comes from the United Way of Northern California where she was the interim CEO for a year and director of development for roughly

We want to include news and updates of what our alumni are doing in future issues of Phoenix. Send your latest news (within the past six months), such as awards and recognitions, to Sathy Rajendran at rajendrans@cwu.edu for inclusion in our next newsletter. We need your support to build our program’s alumni network, as alumni participation is critical to our continued success. Please talk to program graduates in your network, and encourage them to get involved. Visit the SHM alumni website at cwu. edu/engineering/safety-and-health-management-alumni , for ways to participate, or contact Sathy Rajendran.




phenomenal, and the program congratulates Bliss for her efforts in creating an innovative and high- demand program. The MS-SHM’s inaugural cohort (fall 2019 cohort) will consist of 25 students who will start the program in fall 2019. The program will benefit from the diverse industry backgrounds and extensive experience of the first cohort of students. We continue to The curriculum is the same for both degrees, both are delivered 100 percent online, and will equip students with professional skills and knowledge to develop, implement, and administer risk and safety management programs in a variety of industries. Graduates from both degree types will use a variety of concepts and principles from diverse areas such as occupational safety management, business administration, risk management, insurance, and statistics to assess and respond to the numerous risks faced by incredibly diverse organizations.

receive inquiries every week, and we are looking forward to receiving student applications for the next cohort early next year when it opens in November 2019. Please contact the graduate coordinator, Morgan Bliss at morgan.bliss@ cwu.edu if you have any questions regarding the master's program.

Master of Science degree in Safety and Health Management In February 2019, SHM successfully launched a new master of science degree in Safety and Health Management (MS-SHM). The degree program is 100 percent online and part-time, designed for working professionals. The response to the new degree, led by Professor Morgan Bliss, was Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Applied Science in Risk, Insurance, and Safety Management Coming fall 2019 we will launch a bachelor of science and a bachelor of applied science in risk, insurance, and safety management. The program’s mission is to prepare students to be job-ready professionals equipped with the skills, competencies, and leadership capabilities to succeed in the contemporary risk, insurance, and safety management field. The differences between the two degrees are the degree types (BS vs. BAS), admission requirements, and prospective student population.

the industry for a period of time to enhance their career potential by utilizing their community/technical college education and on-the-job experience to earn a baccalaureate degree following completion of upper-division coursework. The BAS-RISM degree program is delivered 100 percent online, and is designed for students with an occupational safety and health or closely related applied or technical degree from an accredited college to gain a baccalaureate degree. For details about applying to these new degrees, contact Sathy Rajendran at rajendrans@cwu.edu.

The BAS-RISM degree allows individuals who have worked in

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from Convergence Training. She is currently pursuing her doctorate in education and started her doctoral research project in September 2019.

Washington State Department of Labor & Industries. The published innovations and best practices are available to view or download at no cost. Rajendran’s next big focus is to develop a plan to market, recruit, enroll, retain, and graduate students for the new degrees in RISM.

Professor Mike Andler

completed his 12th year at CWU, and fifth year teaching in the SHM program. He continues to

Sathy Rajendran continues to chair the Engineering Technologies, Safety

teach construction management courses and general education courses. Andler has been actively attending professional development conferences to enhance his teaching and received the CEPS Outstanding Teaching Award for non-tenure track faculty member. For the program, Andler is predominately teaching the risk management courses and may coordinate the SHM certificate program moving forward. year at CWU. She continues to teach industrial hygiene, our lab course, the capstone course, and will start teaching our graduate courses next year. In her research pursuits, she co-spoke at the 2018 GISHAB conference and co-authored three ASSP articles with Jeff Dalto Professor Morgan Bliss just finished her third

and Construction Department. The department has

Professor Jennifer Serne joined us this year and did an excellent job teaching hazardous materials management,

grown under his leadership. He received two curriculum/program development grants this year, one of which is a $13,000 grant from the Spencer Foundation. He led the completion of a new publication— “Safe and Innovative Work Best Practices for Mechanical Crafts”— which presents 72 innovations and best practices to increase safety in mechanical contracting, one of America’s most dangerous industries. Comfort Systems USA Northwest, Central Washington University, Oregon State University and McKinstry partnered to publish the best practices. This three- year effort was made possible through the Safety and Health Investment Projects (SHIP) grant program, administered by the

ergonomics, construction safety, general industry safety, and more. She designed and added new lab modules into the ergonomics course. She will lead an essential task for our department as the diversity and inclusivity director in the coming years to create an inclusive excellence culture at ETSC. Serne spoke at the ASSP Puget Sound PDC at CWU in May 2019. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D., and will be starting her doctoral research project soon.



CWU Career Services and the Department of Engineering Technologies, Safety and Construction invite you to attend the annual industry-specific ETSC fair. Recruitment is for upcoming graduates seeking employment upon graduation, students looking for internships, and alumni seeking employment. Register now. 2019 Engineering Technologies, Safety, and Construction Fair


The annual ASSP Puget Sound Chapter PDC is scheduled for May 8, 2020, in Ellensburg.

Look for our email invitations as the date approaches.


The SHM program’s Annual Alumni, Friends, and Graduating Seniors Night is scheduled for May 7, 2020, in Ellensburg.

The career fair is scheduled for Thursday, October 3, 2019; 10:00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m. in the CWU Student Union and Recreation Center Ballroom on the Ellensburg campus. For more information, Contact Bruce Simpson: simpsonb@cwu.edu or 509-963-1982.

Look for our email invitations as the date approaches.


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For more information regarding making a gift, contact:

Individual gifts: Phylicia Snow Director of Development

Corporate gifts: Shawn Lowney

Sathy Rajendran Program Director

Director of Community and Corporate Relations

phylicia.snow@cwu.edu 509-963-1423

shawn.lowney@cwu.edu 509-963-3628

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