Honeyford is first to receive new CWU alumni award

In a ceremony May 1, Sen. Jim Honeyford received the first-ever College of the Sciences Alumni of the Year award for Social Sciences from Central Washington University.

The award recognizes Honeyford’s ongoing passion and interest in CWU as well as his work as chair of the Senate capital budget to fund Science Phase II, a major construction project for the university.

“Senator Honeyford has a firsthand knowledge about the unique approach to science education that makes Central a leader in undergraduate ‘STEM’ education,” said Kirk Johnson, dean of the College of the Sciences.

In 2013, the Legislature appropriated nearly $67 million for construction of the Science Phase II building which will house the geological sciences, physics and Center for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Education programs. Classes are expected to be in held in the new building beginning in fall 2015. Science Phase II will join Science Phase I and Dean Hall in the southwest quadrant of the campus commonly referred to as “Science Neighborhood.”

“Making sure our state universities have the tools they need to provide a top-tier education won’t happen without investments in their infrastructure,” said Honeyford, R-Sunnyside.

Honeyford is a CWU graduate who earned bachelor’s degrees in sociology and education as well as a master’s of education in instructional media.

“I’m proud to be a Wildcat and honored they chose me for this award,” said Honeyford.

The announcement took place in Ellensburg on the university campus. However, Honeyford was unable to attend.