Con “GRAD” ulations!

Here in the Publicity Center we have FIVE members, Jayme Newby, Jake Lunde, Jackson Scherer, Mark Stluka, and Keila Gordon, graduating this spring. Though we are sad to see them go, we are so proud of them for making it this far.

Keila Gordon is our Wildcat Access Marketing Manager and has been working in the Publicity Center since Fall 2012. She graduated from Arlington High School in 2011 and entered CWU as a sophomore, making her our youngest graduate at just 20 years old!! She is majoring in business and plans to move to Kennewick this summer and find a marketing job- oh and of course get a bulldog!

“I really love Marketing. I enjoy the psychology of why people buy what they buy and what influences them to buy things!”

Her favorite memory in the Publicity Center was when she got this job and “Hype” friend requested her, she was a bit delayed with a response (about two years), and when she finally accepted the request, our boss Mindy liked her post from two years prior about getting her job!

We are very excited for Keila, to see where she goes and all that she accomplishes! Congrats Keila!


Jackson, Jayme, Mark, and Jake are our four graduating Graphic Designers each of which have very different plans for the upcoming years.

Jackson arrived at CWU in the fall of 2010 planning to major in Video Production, however by his second year he decided he was more interested in the Art majors.

“I just kind of fell into Graphic Design really, I took a Graphic Design class in high school and I hated it haha”

With his background in drawing and painting, love of all art forms, and an interest in the tools of our new digital age he decided on the Graphic Design major and has been working here in the Publicity Center for the past year now. His favorite memory in the Publicity Center would probably be the day Jake noticed a sock hanging out of the bottom of his crewneck (He had just done laundry). Later he found another one of his socks on the ground in his Art History class! Jackson plans on staying here in Ellensburg for the next year or so to save some money and practice his music. He then plans on playing on cruise ships for the next couple of years!

“I’m going to miss the Publicity Center big time, it’s one of the best groups of people I’ve had the pleasure of being a part of here at CWU. Huge thanks to everyone for being so fun to be around!”


Jayme has been working here at the Publicity Center since the summer of 2013, creating various different posters including the Rock Against Rape 2014, Green Dot, the Spring Hype layout, and more!

“I got an amazing opportunity my freshman year and got accepted into the Disney College Program for Anaheim, CA. While I was down there I got the opportunity to speak with animator and my major changed from Exercise Science to Art. I then did some more research, took a design course, and fell in love with Graphic Design.”

Jayme plans to move back to the west side of Washington and to get a job in the Renton/Seattle area. Besides Graphic Design, Jayme has many other talents…

“I played lacrosse here at Central for four years and got asked to play on the Women’s USA team in Beijing. I turned it down though for my internship at the Publicity Center. I will also (hopefully) be coaching with one of my dear friends who went to Beijing next Spring.”

When asked what her favorite memory was here in the Publicity Center she told us she has a lot of great memories, but her most favorite were our staff meetings, decorating for Halloween, and of course our Disney sing-a-long days!


Jake is originally from Puyallup, Washington and has been working here since Fall 2012, majoring in Graphic Design. His plan after graduating from CWU is to get married to his beautiful fiancé, Taylor, and to get a job at a Branding Agency in Seattle.

“I wanted to be a graphic designer because I think I have an eye for it, and it’s what I find myself doing in my spare time.”

We asked Jake what his favorite memory was here in the office and he couldn’t name just one! He said,

“Just the overwhelming fun that I had every day, the witty banter, Justin’s dry humor, and the mix of people was just amazing. I seriously loved my time here.”


Mark is the newest member to our office! He started in Spring 2014! His plan for the summer is to intern here at the Publicity Center doing graphic design while enjoying the nice Ellensburg summer weather, and also to look for a job as a Graphic Designer in Seattle for the upcoming year.

“I wanted to be a graphic design major because I’ve always had a passion for being creative, and graphic design is a good way for me to expend my creative energy. As I progressed through the program I realized it was something I could see myself doing for a long time and feeling fulfilled.”

Mark is from Puyallup, Washington;
Something people don’t typically know about him is that he loves fishkeeping!

“As weird as it sounds… I have 2 aquariums currently, and there is something very fulfilling to me about trying to replicate the natural environment of tropical fish in an aquarium.”

Mark fit right in with the Publicity Center and we hate to see him go so soon, but happy we got the chance to work with him!


We’re gonna miss all of our graduates, but as we said before- we couldn’t be more proud of them, and we can’t wait to see where life takes them! Congratulations 2014, you did it!

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