By Senators Hansen and von Reichbauer


      WHEREAS, Under the provisions of the Federal Statehood Enabling Act, a bill approved by the Washington State Legislature of 1890 designated the city of Ellensburg as the site of a proposed normal school; and


      WHEREAS, In the following year, a biennial appropriation for the intended school funded only its operations, and the use of classrooms loaned by the Ellensburg School District made possible the formal opening on September 6, 1891, of the Washington State Normal School; and


      WHEREAS, In 1893, a capital appropriation of sixty thousand dollars permitted construction of the institution's first building erected on land deeded to the school's Trustees by the City of Ellensburg, and Barge Hall, named in recognition of the institution's first principal, was constructed, which today continues to serve an integral function in the conduct of University affairs; and


      WHEREAS, In 1933, an enactment of the legislature conveyed to the institution the right to confer degrees, following which a continuing expansion and elaboration in academic and degree programs, including graduate, interdisciplinary, and international studies, transformed the institution's educational role from one limited to the training of teachers to its status today as a multipurpose, comprehensive, regional university; and


      WHEREAS, Commensurate with its increasing academic diversity, the school's name was changed by legislative action from Washington State Normal School to Central Washington College of Education in 1937, to Central Washington State College in 1961, and to Central Washington University in 1977; and


      WHEREAS, Distinguished faculty and administrators have successfully acted in concert to fulfill the call for traditional educational values, to transmit new academic knowledge, technologies, and methods, and to prepare for the imminent educational challenges inherent in a new century; and


      WHEREAS, Ceremonies scheduled by Central Washington University for May 11, 1991, will formally open a year-long centennial observance, which will include the one hundredth commencement ceremony scheduled for June 8, 1991;


      NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, That the Senate of the State of Washington honor and proclaim the one hundredth anniversary of the founding of Central Washington University and the celebratory events of the year as the University enters its second century of service to the State of Washington reaffirming its dedication to educational excellence; and


      BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That copies of this resolution be immediately transmitted by the President of the Senate to Dr. Donald L. Garrity, President, Dr. R. Y. Woodhouse, Chair of the Board of Trustees, and Mrs. Gail K. Jones, Chair of the Centennial Committee, all of Central Washington University.


I, Gordon A. Golob, Secretary of the Senate,

do hereby certify that this is a true and

correct copy of Senate Resolution 1991-8672,

adopted by the Senate April 23, 1991.





Secretary of the Senate