Western Washington University invites incoming freshman to get a head start on college and participate in Viking Launch, which will take place from Sept. 13-19 and provides students with the option to earn up to 2 credits prior to the first day of fall quarter.
Viking Launch is a weeklong preparatory course designed to introduce participants to the academic and social climate of Western’s campus. Participants will stay in either the Fairhaven Residence Hall or Kappa Hall on the Ridge, where they will remain for the rest of the year.
The program connects incoming students with faculty, housing, and university contacts prior to the beginning of the quarter, helping them build a strong foundation for their college career. Students will complete an undergraduate seminar course, recreation activities, a service-learning project and college workshops. Western offers a variety of seminar courses for students to choose from that cover topics including education, environmental science, design and photography, marine biology, pre-med, and more.
Viking Launch is $795 for the 2-credit program, $695 for the 1-credit program, or $395 for the non-credit option. This cost includes tuition and fees, as well as full access to the on-campus dining halls.
Early registration is recommended and can be completed by visiting the Viking Launch website at http://www.wwu.edu/vikinglaunch.
For more information about Viking Launch, contact Michele Anderson, Extended Education program specialist, at firstname.lastname@example.org (360) 650-6409.
WWU's Small Business Development Center and SCORE Partner to Promote Small Business Week Programs May 6-8
Western Washington University’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and the Bellingham Chapter of SCORE are co-sponsoring a number of events May 6-8 to celebrate National Small Business Week.
All events are free and open to the public.
On Wednesday, May 6 there will be two workshops on Government Contracting. These programs are designed to take the mystery out of selling to the government and help you learn the basics about what it takes to become a successful government contractor. Jean Hales, of the Washington Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) and Jeanie James of Shorebird Creativewill present“Government Contracting Essentials” from 9-11:30 a.m.; and “Strategies and Techniques for Successful Proposals” from 1-3 p.m. Both events will be held at the Bellingham SBDC Office located at 115 Unity St., Suite 101.
For more information contact: Jean Hales at (425) 248-4223. To register online go to www.washingtonptac.org and click on Events and Workshops.
On Thursday, May 7,Rick Hogan of Constant Contact will present “Social Media 101 and 201.” This seminar will give participants a closer look at the popular social media networks such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Google+. Hogan will show the benefits of using each, how other organizations are marketing with them, and some do's and don’ts of each channel. This event will be held from 10 a.m. until noon at the Gateway Centre’s Rainier Room at 1313 E. Maple St. To register, call the SBDC at (360) 778-1762.
On Friday, May 8, Charlie Magee of FranNet will present “Buyer’s Guide to Business and Franchise Ownership.” In this hands-on workshop, Magee will discuss business and franchise ownership as a potential vehicle for reaching larger personal and financial goals. Potential benefits include more time with family and friends, control over schedules, personal fulfillment or financial security. This event will be held from 10 a.m. to noon at the Squalicum Boathouse at 2600 N. Harbor Loop Dr. To register, call the SBDC at (360) 778-1762.
Western Washington University’s Small Business Development Center is part of the most comprehensive small-business alliance in the U.S., with more than 1,000 active SBDC programs across the country. Western’s SBDC receives support from the U.S. Small Business Administration, Whatcom County, the Port of Bellingham, and the City of Bellingham. Since 1983, Western’s Small Business Development Center has given back to the business community and helped to shape the economic future of Whatcom County by providing free, confidential advising, technical assistance, and research to business owners and managers in an effort to help businesses thrive.
Bellingham SCORE Chapter 591 serves Whatcom, Skagit, Island, and San Juan Counties through counseling offices located in Bellingham and Coupeville. SCORE Chapter 591 mentors are comprised of 14 active and retired business men and women, who provide clients with free and confidential business counseling.
For more information on the events above, contact CJ Seitz, interim director of Western Washington University’s Small Business Development Center, at (360) 778-1762; or Jack Kimmes, SCORE advisor, at (360) 685-4259.
Starting Friday, May 1, a new Kickstarter campaign will launch to help fund future projects of Western Washington University’s Industrial Design students.
With a donation of $27 to the Kickstarter fund, customers will receive an Imbue brewing vessel. After a few weeks, the price will rise to $29. Funds being raised by the sale will contribute to future Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) student projects within the Western chapter and help continue Industrial Design (ID) education at Western. At the end of ID students’ senior years, final models of their senior project are required – these final pieces are entirely student funded, and the Kickstarter campaign will help remove some of this burden.
The Imbue brewing system is a portable tea steeper and mug that works by putting loose-leaf tea into the vessel’s strainer, adding hot water, closing the lid, and then turning the vessel upside down for the tea to steep. Once the tea is done steeping, the magnetic portion of the container can be removed along with the leaves, and acts as a sort of drainage sink. The vessel was created by Western’s student chapter of the IDSA in the Industrial Design department, and is restocked back after selling out last December.
“Imbue makes it easy to effortlessly brew great tasting loose leaf tea anywhere,” said Ashkon Nima, who is coordinating the Kickstarter campaign. “As industrial designers here at Western, we analyzed the brewing process in a collaborative group to make a creative and innovative multi-use vessel. It’s great for brewing tea, but is also a good bottle for other hot and cold drinks as well.”
Since the creation of the original project, industrial design students have worked closely with local Bellingham partners and manufacturers overseas in hopes of the Imbue system eventually being able to reach a much wider audience. To donate to the WWU Industrial Design Kickstarter campaign and receive an Imbue vessel, visit imbuetea.com.
For more information, contact Ashkon Nima, ISDA fundraising project coordinator for the Imbue system project, at email@example.com
Western Washington University’s Educational Administration program will host a drop-in advising session from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, June 6 on the Everett Community College campus.
The session will take place in Everett University Center’s Gray Wolf Hall, room 160 and is intended for Puget Sound residents interested in pursuing supervisory, leadership, or curriculum-development careers in education at one of the program’s five locations.
Prospective applicants are invited to meet the Educational Administration program faculty and staff. They are also welcome to discuss professional goals and learn about the program’s various degree and certificate options, which include the Master of Education in Educational Administration degree, the Residency Principal Certification, the Superintendent Certification, and the Teacher Leader (TOSA) program.
Current Educational Administration students are also invited to attend, where they will receive academic advising to better prepare for registration, internships, and more.
In partnership with various school districts and community colleges across the Pacific Northwest, Western’s Educational Administration program offers courses in Bellingham, Bremerton, Everett, Seattle, and Tacoma.
To learn more about Western’s Educational Administration program, please visit wwu.edu/edadmin.
For more information about the advising session, contact the Educational Administration Program Manager, Kimberly Caulfield, at (360) 650-3708 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Western Washington University will host a seminar to honor the award-wining Smart Solar Window student team and its faculty advisors at 4:15 p.m. on Wednesday, May 6 in Communication Facility room 120, followed by a reception at 5 p.m. in Environmental Science Building room 128.
The event is free and open to the public.
The seminar is titled “Materials After Dark” and will celebrate the success of the students team and its mentors who recently won a $75,000 first-place at the Environmental Protection Agency “P3: People, Prosperity and the Planet” on April 11 in Washington, D.C. There will be an opportunity to meet the team and learn more about their project.
The team is made up of seven Western students and one University of Washington student. They won the competition by designing the Smart Solar Window, which is the first completely transparent solar panel that harnesses energy from the sun, converts it to electricity on cuts down on building’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning by 10 to 30 percent.
This event is co-sponsored by Western’s Advanced Materials Science and Engineering Center (AMSEC) and the Institute of Energy Studies (IES); information will be available at the reception for students who are interested in the AMSEC and the IES programs.
For more information contact Mark Bussell, director of AMSEC and professor of Chemistry, at (360) 650-3145 or email@example.com.
Western Washington University will host Wizards at Western, a WWU program for children and parents, at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 2 in Science Lecture Hall 150.
The show is free and open to the public.
The show is titled “What’s the Matter?” and Betsy Raymond, professor of Chemistry at Western, will perform a series of demonstrations that explain the properties of different types of matter and the changes that matter undergoes. She will be assisted by students from Western’s Chemistry Club and the show will be accompanied by scientific explanations and questions designed for children in grades 4-9.
Wizards at Western is sponsored by the College of Science and Engineering.
For more information contact Jennifer Mott, information technology specialist, at (360) 650-2454 or Jennifer.Mott@wwu.edu.
Students from Western Washington University were honored with Region 10 Mark of Excellence Awards by the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) at the spring conference held April 11 in Spokane.
Western students won 11 Mark of Excellence awards given to four-year college students for their work at three of Western’s student-produced publications: The Western Front, Klipsun and The Planet, as well as KUGS radio broadcast. The MOE Awards honor the best of collegiate journalism for the 2014 calendar year.
WWU’s environmental magazine, The Planet, was named the top collegiate magazine in the region which includes Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington. Nick Gonzales was also honored with a first-place award for his work in sports photography for theWestern Athletic Department.The Planet Magazine and Gonzales will go on to the national level where they will compete against regional winners from across the country. National winners will be recognized Sept. 18-20 at Excellence in Journalism 2015 awards in Orlando, Florida.
Western students, awards won and hometowns are:
Best Student Magazine
Winner: “The Human Issue” by The Planet staff, The Planet Magazine
Finalist: “At Home in the Woods” by Danny Miller (Phoenix, Arizona), The Planet Magazine
Finalist: “Soakin' up the Sun” by Bailey Barnard (North Bend), The Western Front
Winner: “Woodworth, the Hero” by Nick Gonzales (San Jose, California), Western Athletic Department
Non-Fiction Magazine Article
Finalist: “Wonders of the Wilderness: Local Foragers Enriched by Wild Foods” by Michelle Dutro (Bellevue), Klipsun Magazine
Finalist: “Switch: Breaking Gender Norms in Sports” by Mikayla Raley (North Bend), Klipsun Magazine
Best Use of Multimedia
Finalist: “Peeking into the Past” by Becca Freimuth (East Wenatchee), Klipsun Magazine
Finalist: “The Green Blues” by Sam Carlos (Edmonds), KUGS
Radio News Reporting
Finalist: “Sex Workers Left out of Conversation on Sex Trafficking Prevention” by Taylor Sanders (Kennewick), KUGS
For a complete list of Region 10 winners, visit: http://www.spj.org/news.asp?REF=1332
For more information, contact Jack Keith, senior instructor of Journalism, at (360) 650-6244 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Working together on a team led by the University of Oklahoma’s James Shaffer, Western Washington University assistant professor of Physics and Astronomy Seth Rittenhouse has helped create a new type of molecule that may pave the way to the first generation of scalable quantum computers.
Their research was just published in the research journal “Science,” and is available online at news.sciencemag.org.
The molecule is unique because it has the largest electric dipole moment – a property that determines how the molecule reacts to electric fields– ever recorded. This molecule was first theorized in 2000, but not proven in lab until recently. Rittenhouse’s job, as a theoretical physicist, was to take the results being found in the lab by Shaffer and his team in Oklahoma and then build a new hypothesis around those results, which would then be tested. The back-and-forth between the experimentalists in the lab and the theorists crunching endless strings of formulae on their white boards continued until the molecule was successfully built and tested. Working along with Rittenhouse as a theory collaborator on the project was Hossein Sadeghpour from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.
“That’s really part of what my role as a theoretical physicist is: to take pre-existing knowledge and use it to propose new phenomena, and then to continue to refine it as more and more information becomes available,” Rittenhouse said.
Among other effects, these molecules interact strongly at large distances, which makes them potential candidates for the development of quantum computers – devices which can perform many types of computations at rates far faster than the fastest current transistor-based computers. Where traditional digital computers store information in bytes of data in one of two states – either a zero or a 1 – quantum computing uses qubits of data that allows that information to exist simultaneously as both a zero and a 1, or portions thereof.
Rittenhouse’s work with Shaffer’s team began after meeting him at a conference and hearing an explanation of their work to date.
“While it seemed like they were on the right track, some of their work using Cesium in the molecule was work I had already done, so I offered to lend a hand with tweaking it, and we went from there,” he said.
Rittenhouse completed his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Western and received his doctorate from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2009. He then completed a three-year postdoc at the Institute for Theoretical Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics (ITAMP) at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and Harvard University Department of Physics; he has taught at Western since 2012.
For more information on Rittenhouse’s work, contact him at (360) 650-3823 or email@example.com.
Western Washington University’s Career Services Center will host a panel discussion on opportunities with AmeriCorps at 4-5:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 7, in Viking Union Room 552.
The discussion free and open to the public.
AmeriCorps is a national volunteer organization that offers graduates thousands of opportunities to gain meaningful professional experience working in nonprofit and government organizations nationwide. Job assignments can include community development, environmental protection, public safety, housing, youth development and more.
Western graduates have served in AmeriCorps positions building homes following Hurricane Katrina, teaching reading to students in low-income communities and assisting nonprofit agencies.
Panelists at this event will be sharing information and advice to help students learn more about the experience and the benefits, to find out if AmeriCorps is the right fit and to learn more about the application process.
Panelists will include Sarah Dorfler, AmeriCorps VISTA project coordinator at Western; and Cassidy Mills, AmeriCorps food educator at Common Threads Farm in Bellingham. It will also include AmeriCorps FEMA Corps members Heather Johnson, who is currently based in Bothell, and Meg Stuckley, who is currently based in Lynnwood.
For more information visit Western’s Career Services Center website at http://www.careers.wwu.eduor contact Shelley Pearson, counselor at the Career Services Center, at (360) 650-7973 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Western Washington University Dance students will perform an excerpt from Liz Gerring’s “glacier” as a featured part of the “Dance in Concert” showcase at 7:30 p.m. on April 23-25 and 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 26 on the Mainstage of the WWU Performing Arts Center.
Gerring’s glacier is a modern dance piece that has earned critical acclaim in the national press since its premier in September 2013. WWU’s “Dance in Concert” will also showcase original and collaborative works by faculty members Nolan Dennett, Penny Hutchinson and Rick Merrill.
The WWU Dance program has fostered a relationship with Gerring’s company, which has been in residence at Western, as well as supplying WWU dancers with multiple workshop opportunities with members of Gerring’s company.
Tickets to the “Dance in Concert” performances are $15 for general admission and $8 for students, faculty and staff of Western. Reservations can be made online at cfpa.wwu.edu/theatredance or by calling (360) 650-6146. Tickets are also available at the door.
More information about the concert and the Department of Theatre and Dance can be found at cfpa.wwu.edu/theatredance.
On May 1, Western Washington University Professor of Music Gustavo Camacho will begin a 10-day tour of Cuba with a brass quintet composed of faculty from four American universities.
The quintet’s feature performance will take place at a music festival in Santiago de Cuba titled “Concierto Santiago 2015;” they will have a variety of other smaller performances and classes with local Cuban musicians and conservatory students. The quintet will have the opportunity to travel through Havana, Sancti Spiriti, and Santiago de Cuba while immersing themselves in Afro-Cuban culture and music.
Fifty years of sanctions and poor relations between the United States and Cuba have created a lack of cultural exchanges between the two countries; now, for the first time in decades, professional brass quintet from the U.S. has the opportunity to tour Cuba. Due to the new political talks between President Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro, educational groups such as the quintet are now allowed to visit Cuba. The group received a personal written invitation by Daniel Guzman, who is associated with the music conservatory in Santiago.
The brass quintet was formed by Michael Davidson, professor of trumpet at the University of Richmond. Davidson has visited Cuba numerous times to research Afro-Cuban music and its ties to American jazz. Besides Camacho and Davidson, the quintet also includes trumpet player John Aley of the University of Wisconsin at Madison; trombone player Mark Lusk of Penn State University; and tuba player Velvet Brown of Penn State University.
To learn more about the tour, contact Chris Casquilho, manager of marketing and special events for the College of Fine and Performing Arts at Western Washington University at (360) 650-2829 or Chris.Casquilho@wwu.edu.
The Irwin L. Slesnick STEM Education Symposium will take place from noon to 7 p.m. Friday, April 24 in SMATE 220 on the Western Washington University Campus.
The event will be open to all students and faculty and is hosted by the Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education (SMATE) Program; the symposium consists of workshops, informal time with presenters, a student panel, and three lectures.
The first speaker, Hannah Jordt, is a doctoral student in the Biology Department at the University of Washington, and has earned several teaching awards along with her master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Mississippi. Jordt will speak from 3-3:45 p.m. in SMATE 220, and her lecture is titled “Eliminating the Achievement Gap.”
Mary Pat Wenderoth, the second speaker at the symposium, is a principal lecturer in the Department of Biology at the University of Washington and teaches upper division Animal Physiology courses. She is a member of the University of Washington Biology Education Group, and the University of Washington Teaching Academy. Wenderoth’s lecture, titled “The End of the Lecture?” will be held from 4-4:45 p.m. in SMATE 220.
The third presenter, Rachel Beattie, is the director of Productive Persistence at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Before coming to the Carnegie Foundation, Beattie was a postdoctoral researcher at Ohio State University. Beattie will be hosting both a workshop and lecture at the symposium; while the lecture is open to the public, space is limited for the workshop and an RSVP is necessary to attend. If interested, contact Lori Torres at email@example.com. The workshop is titled “Growing Your Students’ Mindsets” and will take place from noon to 1:30 p.m. in SMATE 220. Her lectures are titled “Why Do Some Students Excel in STEM While Other Students Struggle?” and “How Your Mindset Can Affect Your Success” and will take place from 5-6 p.m. in SMATE 110.
For more information on the symposium, contact Lori Torres, Western Washington University SMATE program support supervisor at firstname.lastname@example.org (360)-650-7605.
Western Washington University is hosting a two-day celebration of Mongolia during its upcoming “Mongolia Days,” to be held May 5-6 on Western’s campus.
All Mongolia Days events are free and open to the public.
Western’s longstanding commitment to Mongolian Studies education is exemplified by Western Libraries’ unparalleled collection of Mongolian materials, and attendees are invited to join special guests from Mongolia for a series of programs designed to highlight and celebrate the Mongolia Collection at Western Libraries, Western’s partnerships with Mongolian universities, and Western’s community connections.
At 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 5, featured speaker Charles Krusekopf – executive director of the American Center for Mongolian Studies and director and associate professor of the Royal Roads University School of Business in Victoria, British Columbia – will give a talk in the Library Presentation Room (Wilson Library 164F) entitled “Natural Resource Development in Mongolia – The Impacts on Culture, Environment, and Government.”
Since the mid-2000s the Mongolian economy has boomed, fueled by the development of the coal, copper and gold mining industries. This session will examine the impact the natural resource boom over the last decade has had on Mongolia’s political system and government, the natural environment, and tangible and intangible cultural heritage.
At 5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 6 in Western’s Old Main Theatre, the “Mongolian Celebration,” will feature opening remarks by Acting Consul General Dorj Bayarkhuu, the Mongolian Consulate of San Francisco, and performances by celebrated Mongolian musicians Adilbish Badmaanyambuu and Bold Chimedregzen. The celebration concludes that same evening at 7 p.m. with a special screening of “Remote Control,” a filmabout a runaway living on a roof in Ulaanbataar who finds a lonely woman and embarks on a mission to intertwine their fate. The film won the New Currents Award for emerging filmmakers at Asia’s largest international film festival in 2013, and is being offered as part of Western’s Center for International Studies Reel World Film Series.
Mongolia Days are sponsored by Western Libraries, Woodring College of Education, the Center for East Asian Studies, and the Center for International Studies. Programs are made possible by the generous support from Henry G. Schwarz, John C. Street, and Susan Bradbury.
For more information about Mongolia Days, contact Connie Mallison at (360) 650- 3051 or Connie.Mallison@wwu.edu.