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WWU, City of Poulsbo, Foundation Reach Agreement on Marine Science Center Building

WWU News - Wed, 05/25/2016 - 11:52am

Western Washington University, the city of Poulsbo and the Poulsbo Marine Science Foundation have approved initial agreements that will allow Western to lease and then to assume ownership of the Poulsbo Marine Science Center building.

Kendra Smith-Howard to Discuss the History of Cleanliness in 20th Century America June 7 at Western

WWU News - Wed, 05/25/2016 - 11:49am

The recipient of the 2016 James W. Scott Research Fellowship, Kendra Smith-Howard, will explore the history of cleanliness in 20th Century America, including the role and impact of Georgia-Pacific and other regional wood-pulp manufacturers, during the talk “A Messy History of Cleaning Up: Georgia-Pacific and the History of the Disposable Diaper,” at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, June 7 in the Special Collections area of Western Washington University’s Wilson Library.

The presentation is free and open to the public.

Expect Heavy Traffic around Civic Stadium on Commencement Day June 11

WWU News - Wed, 05/25/2016 - 11:35am

Bellingham and university police will assist with traffic control around Civic Stadium June 11 as Western Washington University’s two Spring Commencement ceremonies will draw thousands of people to the area.

The ceremonies will take place at 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. at Civic while Western’s typical Commencement venue, Carver Academic Building, is in the midst of a major renovation.

The two Commencement ceremonies will be larger than events that are typically held at Civic Stadium, whose bleachers hold about 3,840 people.

WWU Spring Quarter Commencement Set for June 11 at Civic Stadium

WWU News - Wed, 05/25/2016 - 11:30am

About 2,030 students will graduate from Western Washington University in two spring Commencement ceremonies at Bellingham’s Civic Stadium June 11.

About 1,825 undergraduate and 205 master’s students are expected to graduate from Western June 11. Admission is by ticket only, and each graduate will be allowed four tickets.

Spring Commencement ceremonies will be held off campus at Civic while Carver Academic Building undergoes major renovation. 

Western’s Jeff Carroll Awarded More than $1.2 Million in Pair of Grants to Research Huntington’s Disease

WWU News - Tue, 05/24/2016 - 4:21pm

Western Washington University Assistant Professor of Psychology Jeff Carroll has secured a pair of grants for more than $1.2 million to assist in his continuing research into the causes and potential treatments for Huntington’s disease, a fatal genetic degenerative brain disorder.

Governor appoints Abby Ramos as new WWU student trustee

WWU News - Mon, 05/23/2016 - 11:30am

Abigail “Abby” Ramos has been appointed by Gov. Jay Inslee to serve a one-year term as the student trustee at Western Washington University.

“Abigail Ramos is an outstanding student leader who has already demonstrated her commitment to WWU students and the community. She will provide a valuable perspective to the board that will have an impact beyond her term, and her time at Western,” said Gov. Jay Inslee. “I appreciate her willingness to work to ensure that all students continue to receive an excellent education at Western.”

David Sattler's book, "The Miracle of Life at La Jolla Cove," wins two national book awards

WWU News - Mon, 05/23/2016 - 8:48am

Western Washington University professor David N. Sattler's new book, "The Miracle of Life at La Jolla Cove," has received two prestigious national book awards: Independent Publisher Book Award and Feathered Quill Book Award.

Jane Goodall, the world-renowned primatologist and conservationist best known for her landmark study on the behavior of wild chimpanzees in Tanzania, wrote the book's Foreword; nearly 5,000 books were entered into this year's Independent Publisher Book Award program.

Western Alumna Valeria Fisher Earns Scholarship to Study in Germany

WWU News - Fri, 05/20/2016 - 2:02pm

Recent Western Washington University alumna and current graduate student at the Technical University of Munich Valeria Fisher received a DAAD Graduate Scholarship for the 2016-2018 academic year.

Fisher, a Bellingham resident, is being awarded €750 per month for two years for her enrollment in the Technical University of Munich’s Master’s program in Consumer Affairs.

Western to Hold Spring Info Session for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Program

WWU News - Wed, 05/18/2016 - 8:45am

Western Washington University’s Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) certificate program will hold an information session at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, May 24 in Miller Hall Room 239 on Western’s campus.

TESOL prepares students and community members for international employment in teaching, humanitarian aid, conservation work and community service. The program is designed for all majors of study, as well as community members with 45 or more college credits.

WWU’s Hud Hudson to Discuss the Philosophical Case for the Existence of God June 1 at City Hall

WWU News - Tue, 05/17/2016 - 9:10am

Hud Hudson, professor of Philosophy at Western Washington University, will give a talk titled “A Critical Evaluation of the Fine-Tuning Argument for the Existence of God” from 7-8 p.m. on Wednesday, June 1, in the Bellingham City Council Chambers.

The lecture is part of the WWU College of Humanities and Social Sciences Dean’s Lecture Series and is co-sponsored by the City of Bellingham, which is free and open to the public.

Candidate Forum for State Schools Superintendent in Bellingham May 25

WWU News - Mon, 05/16/2016 - 1:39pm

Area residents will get the chance to hear from candidates seeking the state Superintendent of Public Instruction post during a forum to be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 25 at Bellingham High School, 2020 Cornwall Ave.

The forum, free and open to the public, is hosted by Western Washington University’s Woodring College of Education, Bellingham Public Schools and the League of Women Voters of Washington Education Fund.  

       Candidates who are expected to attend are:

WWU Design Days Features Student Work, Professional Speakers

WWU News - Mon, 05/16/2016 - 10:33am

The Western Washington University Department of Design has released the schedule for its annual Design Days, which takes place May 16-19 this year and is free and open to the public.

The opening presentation at 5 p.m. on Monday, May 16 will be a panel discussion by three notable WWU Design alumni in Academic West 204. The closing keynote at 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 19, also in AW 204, will be delivered by Kirk James, COO/principal of the Portland-based design firm Cinco.

The complete schedule for the week is available at wwu.edu/design.

University of Hawaii's Rebecca Cole to Discuss Ecosystem Recovery May 19 at Western

WWU News - Mon, 05/16/2016 - 10:05am

Rebecca J. Cole from University of Hawaii at Manoa will discuss the recovery of native plant communities in the Pacific Basin as part of the Western Washington University’s Huxley College of the Environment Speaker Series at 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 19 in Communications Facility 110 on Western’s campus.

The presentation is free and open to the public.

Western’s Greg O’Neil Publishes New Paper Focused on Greening the Chemical Industry

WWU News - Fri, 05/13/2016 - 9:05am

With an eye towards a greener, more environmentally friendly chemical industry, Western Washington University Associate Professor of Chemistry Greg O’Neil, along with a team of students at Western and peers at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, have just published a new paper in The Journal of Organic Chemistry that points to a new faster and greener way of investigating the chemical reactions common in oil spill cleanup.

WWU Career Services Center report shows improving job market for graduates

WWU News - Thu, 05/12/2016 - 12:17pm

The results of the Western Washington University 2014-15 employment survey indicate continuing improvement in the job market for recent graduates, especially in terms of field-related hiring.

Western bachelor’s degree recipients reported the largest gains. Ninety-one percent reported employment within six months of graduation (up eight percent from 2013-2014) and field-related employment increased to 61 percent.

Average starting salaries remained relatively stable (down 1 percent to $38,732).

Top Mars Scientists to Engage the Bellingham Community About the Future of Mars Exploration June 27 at the Mount Baker Theatre

WWU News - Thu, 05/12/2016 - 11:00am

Some of the world’s top Mars scientists will gather in Bellingham to share the latest scientific results from the Red Planet and preview NASA’s next generation Mars rover mission at an all-ages community event at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, June 27 at the Mount Baker Theatre.

The event, “Mars Invasion! The past, present, and future of NASA's exploration at the Red Planet” features Jim Bell, the lead scientist on the next-generation camera system that will fly on NASA’s next Mars rover which is scheduled to launch in 2020.

WWU Theatre and Dance to Present Shakespeare’s ‘As You Like It’ June 1-4

WWU News - Wed, 05/11/2016 - 4:28pm

The Western Washington University Department of Theatre and Dance will present Shakespeare’s comedy “As You Like It” on the Mainstage of the Performing Arts Center June 1-4; performances are nightly at 7:30 p.m. with a 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday, June 4.

Kathleen Kitto to Retire as Dean of the Graduate School at WWU

WWU News - Wed, 05/11/2016 - 11:14am

Kathleen Kitto, vice provost for Research and dean of the Graduate School at Western Washington University, will be retiring at the end of the 2016-2017 academic year.

NOAA’s Robyn Angliss to Discuss Unmanned Aerial Surveying of Marine Mammal Populations May 12 at Western

WWU News - Tue, 05/10/2016 - 10:10am

Robyn Angliss of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Marine Fisheries Service will discuss using pilotless aircraft to study marine mammal populations as part of the WWU Huxley College of the Environment Speaker Series at 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 12 in Communications Facility 110 on the Western Washington University campus.

The presentation is free and open to the public.

WWU Global Spice Music Series Features SNL Percussionist May 26

WWU News - Tue, 05/10/2016 - 9:51am

Western Washington University's Department of Music will host percussionist and vocalist Valerie Naranjo, and multi-instrumentalist Barry Olsen at the second concert of the Global Spice World Music Series at 7:30 p.m. on Thurs. May 26 in the Performing Arts Center Concert Hall.

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