Western Washington University · Bellingham, Washington
Contact: Victor Nolet, professor of Secondary Education, WWU’s Woodring College of Education, (360) 650-7578; Victor.Nolet@wwu.edu
BELLINGHAM – Western Washington University professor Victor Nolet was part of the U.S. delegation that attended the 2014 UNESCO World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) in Nagoya Japan Nov. 10-12.
Participants from 200 countries gathered in Japan for the world conference, which focused on the role education can play in preparing the world’s youth for a sustainable future as the planet is set to face growing economic, social and environmental challenges. Participation in the World Conference was by invitation only and invitees were nominated by their countries.
“I was honored to be able to have been nominated to join our U.S. delegation to the World Conference and proud to represent Western in the process. I think it speaks well of our university’s reputation as a leader in education for sustainability,” said Nolet, Secondary Education professor in Western’s Woodring College of Education.
According to the UN News Centre, conference participants took stock of the achievements of the UN Decade of ESD, which ran from 2005 to 2014, and addressed issues that will confront the international community in the years to come.
As part of its overall assessment of the UN Decade of ESD, UNESCO presented the Conference with a report entitled Shaping the Future We Want , which analyzes the impact of ESD initiatives across the world. Based on questionnaires responded to by 70 countries, the document reports that two-thirds of the countries concerned have already a national ESD strategy or plan in place, indicating “an increased global recognition that education is a critical tool for moving societies toward sustainable development,” a UNESCO press release said.
The U.S. delegation was led by education and youth specialists from the U.S. State Department and U.S. Department of Education. Nolet was part of a team of expert advisers representing various education sectors, including PK-12, faith communities, higher education, and non-formal and community education. Nolet’s area of expertise is in teacher education, which also intersects with higher education and PK-12.
Nolet said much of what he learned at the conference can be applied at Western.
“The conference comes at a perfect time to inform our work here at Western. As we move beyond simply education about sustainability to educating for sustainability, we will look for ways to engage the entire Western community,” Nolet said.
“We have struggled for some time, at Western, to understand the broader implications of education for sustainability that go well beyond the goals of greening our campus or educating about environmental, energy, and climate change issues,” Nolet said. “For example the sustainable development goals also address issues such as reducing extreme poverty, gender equity, and creating just and equitable economies. The ideas and strategies that were highlighted at the World Conference can be a powerful catalyst for moving this work along. I’m really looking forward to sharing what I learned at the conference.”
Contact: Paul Cocke, director, WWU Office of Communications and Marketing, at (360) 650-3350, or Paul.Cocke@wwu.edu
BELLINGHAM – David Rossiter has been named director of the Center for Canadian-American Studies at Western Washington University.
Rossiter is an associate professor in Western’s Department of Environmental Studies in Huxley College of the Environment and a core faculty member in the Canadian-American Studies program. He succeeds longtime director Don Alper, who resigned from the position at the end of September and will be retiring from the university at the end of the year.
“David Rossiter brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Center for Canadian-American Studies. His work in the program and his research give him a broad and deep understanding of the Canada-U.S. relationship and the needs of Western students in this area. He is perfectly positioned to carry on the tradition of a strong Canadian-American Studies program at Western established by Bob Monahan and Don Alper.” said Brian Burton, associate vice president for Academic Affairs at Western.
Rossiter received his doctorate in Geography from York University in Toronto, Canada in 2005. A broadly-trained human geographer with interests in cultural, historical, and political sub-fields, Rossiter has researched contested spaces and resources in British Columbia and the U.S. Pacific Northwest. His past projects have explored early industrial forestry in B.C.; anti-logging campaigns in B.C.; the intersection of aboriginal claims and environmental politics in both B.C. and the state of Washington; the spaces of the B.C.-Washington border, and pipeline politics in B.C. He is currently in the midst of a study of historical geographies of nature and recreation in the mountainous North Shore region of Vancouver, B.C.
“I am extremely honored and excited to have the opportunity to take on this leadership role with Canadian-American Studies at Western. The program strongly reflects the University’s emphasis on both interdisciplinary and international study, and I look forward to working with students, faculty, and staff in building upon the excellent work done by Professors Monahan and Alper,” Rossiter said.
The Center for Canadian American Studies offers a comprehensive program for the study of Canada in the United States. In consortium with the Canadian Studies Center at the University of Washington, the WWU Center is one of only two U.S. Department of Education designated National Resource Centers for the study of Canada in the United States. The Center, which has won 9 Title VI federal grants from the U.S. Department of Education, is a nationally recognized center of excellence for American scholarship on Canada.
Contact: Paul Cocke, director, WWU Office of Communications and Marketing, (360) 650-3350; Paul.Cocke@wwu.edu
BELLINGHAM – Carmen Rasmussen has been named the coordinator for the Campus Community Coalition, a diverse partnership involving Western Washington University, the City of Bellingham, and a number of local community partners.
"Carmen’s unique and varied set of experiences make her an ideal choice for this role. We are excited to have her assume this leadership position and to utilize her strengths in keeping the partnerships and the work of the Coalition strong and firmly grounded in our local community,” said Eileen Coughlin, senior vice president and vice president for Enrollment and Student Services at WWU.
Rasmussen assumed her duties on Nov. 3. Her role is to serve as a bridge to the larger community, to provide leadership to the Coalition, and to oversee Coalition projects, including the Hospitality Resource Alliance, the Bellingham Advice on Tap campaign, co-sponsored workshops on rental rights and responsibilities, and efforts in the local neighborhoods.
“I am pleased and humbled to have the opportunity to serve as coordinator of the Campus Community Coalition. I'm eager to work with the many dedicated and passionate partners who make up the Coalition as we continue to promote a safe and connected community.” Rasmussen said.
Rasmussen, who has a bachelor’s degree from Washington State University, has extensive experience serving with community organizations. Most recently she was a high risk legal advocate for Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services in Bellingham. She also has served as a program coordinator/supervisor for Lutheran Community Services Northwest; as an elected City Councilmember, City of Marysville; as a community outreach coordinator, Snohomish County Health and Safety Network, and Hero Program coordinator, Granite Falls School District. She also was the owner/operator of Alpine Outfitters and a corrections counselor and officer for Snohomish County Corrections.
Through grant funding, the Campus Community Coalition was founded in 1999 by Western Washington University and the City of Bellingham to address issues of mutual concern, such as student alcohol misuse. It has a strong history of promoting working relationships and shared responsibility through collaborative education and problem-solving. In 2008, the Coalition expanded its membership and scope to include other area colleges and local agencies in dialogue concerning issues of health, safety, and quality of life.
Western, led by President Bruce Shepard, is highly committed to building relationships with the local community. The WWU President’s Office provided the ongoing funding needed to support the work of the Coalition and to ensure that its efforts would continue beyond the time covered by the grant.
Rasmussen succeeds former coordinator Ann Russell, who left the Coalition to assume the newly created WaterWork Program coordinator position at Re-Sources.
Contact: Jen VanderWeyden, Western Washington University’s Huxley College of the Environment marketing coordinator, at (360) 650-2554.
BELLINGHAM – William Hurley, naval architect from The Glosten Associates and PelaStar, will discuss the introduction of offshore wind energy in Europe as part of Western Washington University's Huxley College of the Environment Speaker Series at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 20 in Communications Facility 120 on the Western Washington University campus.
The presentation is free and open to the public.
For new technologies to be successful, they must work within economic and financial constraints, fit in the political framework, and take a positive environmental approach. Offshore wind energy has its own set of technical and engineering challenges. In his talk titled “Deep Water Offshore Wind Energy in Europe: The confluence of technical, economic, political and environmental issues,” Hurley will discuss the introduction of new renewable energy technology on the world stage, drawing from his experience developing the PelaStar floating wind turbine foundation.
Hurley is chairman of The Glosten Associates, Inc., a Seattle-based consulting firm of naval architects, marine engineers and ocean engineers serving clients worldwide. He is also president of PelaStar LLC, a renewable-energy development and delivery company. Hurley joined The Glosten Associates in 1977 after graduating from the University of Michigan with a B.S.E. in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering. He has worked in the marine industry for 37 years, specializing in commercial vessel design and construction.
The presentation will include a question-and-answer period. Anyone interested in the topic is encouraged to attend and participate. This lecture is also part of the Alaska Airlines Speaker Series, made possible by a generous contribution to the WWU Institute for Energy Studies.
The Huxley College Speaker Series, sponsored by Western’s Huxley College of the Environment, is intended to bring together environmentally-minded members of the WWU and Bellingham communities. Speakers address topics of contemporary environmental concern in the region and the world.
WWU’s Huxley College of the Environment is one of the oldest environmental colleges in the nation and a recognized leader in producing the next generation of environmental stewards. Huxley’s distinctive, interdisciplinary curriculum reflects a broad view of the physical, biological, social, and cultural world, and has earned international recognition for quality.
For more information, please contact WWU’s Huxley College of the Environment at (360) 650-2554.
BELLINGHAM — Western Washington University’s Building Resilience and Voicing Empathy for All Students (BRAVE) is hosting two events as part of the “Movember” movement that raises awareness about men’s mental health issues.Eric Hipple
Former Detroit Lions Quarterback Eric Hipple will present “Real Men DO Cry” at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 19 in Arntzen Hall Room 100. BRAVE will then host a “Walk of Hope” through Western’s campus at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 20 starting in the Viking Union Multipurpose Room (MPR). Doors will open for the “Walk of Hope” at 6:30 p.m. at the Viking Union MPR.
Both events are free and open to the public.
BRAVE is partnering with several campus organizations to host these events, including Western’s Men’s Resiliency Program, To Write Love On Her Arms (TWLOHA), Prevention and Wellness, the Counseling Center, and their advisory committee, Suicide Prevention Grants Manager Farrah Greene-Palmer said.
In “Real Men DO Cry,” Eric Hipple will offer insight to mental fitness, mental illness, stigma, and the traditional concept of masculinity by drawing on his experiences with depression, grief, and his son’s suicide.
Hipple aims to inspire the audience to reach out for help before they get to a crisis point.
“The Walk of Hope will create a space where the community can discuss and help break down the stigmas surrounding depression and suicide. The evening will include student and faculty speakers who will share how suicide has personally affected their lives and a walk through campus as a way to raise awareness of the issues surrounding suicide,” TWLOHA Vice President Emma Palumbo said.
The goal is to encourage hope in our community and increase awareness regarding suicide and suicide prevention, Palumbo said.
“This relates to the Movember theme and men’s mental health, because, statistically, more men die by suicide. We want to be sure to invite men, but they are not the only group at-risk,” BRAVE Program Support Staff Katlyn St. George said.
The “Movember” movement encourages men and women to support men’s wellbeing, raises awareness about men’s mental health issues, encourages students to address issues that men face and reduce stigmas attached to male stereotypes.
“[BRAVE] educates students on their resources and what is available to them, how to approach someone dealing with depression, and how to encourage them to go seek resources,” BRAVE’s Volunteer Event Planner Ian Vincent said. “Instead of taking responsibility to look after that person yourself and be their counselor, go seek professional help.”
For more information on Eric Hipple’s presentation and the Walk of Hope, visit BRAVE’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/WWU brave or contact Western’s Suicide Prevention Grants Manager Farrah Greene-Palmer at Farrah.Greene-Palmer@wwu.edu.
Contact: Chris Casquilho, Western Washington University’s College of Fine and Performing Arts manager of Marketing and Special Events at (360) 650-2829 or email@example.com
BELLINGHAM — Western Washington University’s Department of Theatre and Dance will present “Legally Blonde: The Musical,” a musical stage adaptation of the hit Reese Witherspoon movie, in six performances at 7:30 pm from Tuesday, Dec. 2 to Saturday, Dec. 6 at the Performing Arts Center Main Stage on Western’s campus.
There will be a 2 p.m. matinee show, along with a 7:30 p.m. evening show, on Saturday, Dec. 6.
Tickets are available by calling Western’s Box Office at (360) 650-6146, in person at the ticket office, and online at tickets.wwu.edu. Tickets range from $12 to $20 with student seats starting at $7 and discounts for Western I.D. holders.
“Legally Blonde” is the story of the famously perky optimist Elle Woods, whose perfect life is turned upside down when her boyfriend breaks up with her so he can attend Harvard Law School and pursue a career in politics. She follows him to Harvard and while struggling to fit in and do well in law school, Elle learns something about herself and her potential to make a positive difference in people's lives.
This energetic musical comedy includes songs like "Serious," "What You Want," and "Whipped Into Shape."
“Legally Blonde” has music and lyrics by Laurence O'Keefe and Nell Benjamin, along with a book by Heather Hach. The story is based on the novel “Legally Blonde” by Amanda Brown and the 2001 film of the same name. The show opened in pre-Broadway tryouts in San Francisco and moved to Broadway in April 2007, where it was nominated for a number of Tony and Drama Desk Awards. The show ran for about 600 performances, has had two successful national tours and many regional productions since then.
The story’s theme light-heartedly considers the insidious way people are labeled by others and expected to fit a prescribed role, which resonates with many teenagers and young adults.
“Legally Blonde: The Musical” contains some mature themes, and it is recommended that families with young children assess the material before planning to attend.
For more information about the production, call (360) 650-2829 or visit cfpa.wwu.edu/theatredance.