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Summer Quarter Commencement Set for Aug. 20

WWU News - Thu, 08/18/2016 - 10:10am

BELLINGHAM – Karen L. Richards, a Western Washington University Distinguished Alumna and an investment officer with Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC in Bellingham, will speak in two Commencement ceremonies Aug. 20 in Western’s Performing Arts Center Mainstage.

Approximately 365 undergraduates and about 60 master’s candidates will receive degrees this quarter. Admission is by ticket only, and each graduate will be allowed four tickets. Overflow seating also will be available on campus.

WWU Creates Ray Wolpow Institute for Study of Holocaust, Genocide

WWU News - Tue, 08/16/2016 - 11:24am

Western Washington University has created the Ray Wolpow Institute for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Crimes Against Humanity and named Sandra Alfers, professor of German in Western’s Department of Modern and Classical Languages, its founding director.

The institute is named after retired Western Professor Ray Wolpow.

WWU's SBDC to Host Free Virtual Workshop on Boosting Web Traffic July 28

WWU News - Wed, 07/27/2016 - 1:40pm

Western Washington University’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is partnering with the SBA to bring a free marketing workshop to Whatcom County.

There will be two separate sessions taking place at the SBDC. Part 1 will delve into how you can make your business website visible to search engines using search engine optimization tools (SEO). In Part 2, we’ll show you the benefits of using social media platforms to create awareness for your brand.  

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‘Pokémon Go’ Adds to Safety Concerns Associated with Smartphone Use, says WWU Professor

WWU News - Wed, 07/27/2016 - 9:28am

As Pokémon Go soars to never-before-seen heights of usage across the world – consider that in barely over a week after its release it already had more daily users than Twitter – some questions have begun to arise about safety.

WWU's Woodring College Receives Funding to Assist with Since Time Immemorial Curriculum

WWU News - Wed, 07/27/2016 - 8:48am

Western Washington University’s Woodring College of Education has received two grants totaling $600,000 to assist with adoption of a state law that requires schools to incorporate a state-created curriculum known as Since Time Immemorial to enhance what students learn about the state’s 29 federally recognized tribes.

The two grants for two separate projects assist nine school districts and multiple Native communities. The Washington Student Achievement Council approved funding for both of the projects.

'Grandparents U' starts ninth year at Western

WWU News - Tue, 07/26/2016 - 8:46am

Western Washington University Youth Programs kicked off the ninth year of its Grandparents U program on Thursday, July 21.

An intergenerational summer program, Grandparents U invites grandparents and their grandchildren in grades 1-8 to pair up in a non-traditional setting and take a class together. This year, there were 60 participants in the Bellingham program.

The goal of Grandparents U is to provide an opportunity for grandparents and kids to spend more time together rather than just a weekend, Extended Education event coordinator Colleen Jacobson said.

WWU’s Small Business Development Center Co-Sponsoring a Free Workshop on Social Media Strategies for Small Businesses and Nonprofits July 27

WWU News - Wed, 07/20/2016 - 4:18pm

Western Washington University’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is partnering with SCORE and Constant Contact to host a free social media for small business and nonprofits workshop from 9 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, July 27 at Gateway Centre Executive Suites, 1313 E Maple St. #201, in Bellingham.

Edmonds Signs on as Inaugural City to Western's Sustainable Cities Partnership

WWU News - Wed, 07/20/2016 - 10:44am

Western Washington University students and faculty will be helping the city of Edmonds on a range of projects – from developing a mobile app for downtown visitors to using GIS to help management of the city cemetery – during the 2016-2017 academic year.

WWU Foundation Reaches Agreement with Dawson Construction on Armory

WWU News - Tue, 07/19/2016 - 8:55am

Dawson Construction, LLC of Bellingham has signed an option agreement to purchase the Armory property from the Western Washington University Foundation.

The option is for 10 months and allows Dawson Construction time to perform a feasibility study before completing the sale.

Western Tops in the Pacific Northwest in 2016 Money Magazine College Rankings

WWU News - Thu, 07/14/2016 - 1:28pm

Western Washington University is the top public master’s producing university in the Pacific Northwest, according to Money Magazine’s new 2016 Best Colleges ranking at http://new.money.com/money/best-colleges/rankings/best-colleges/.

WWU Theatre & Dance Presents Theatre on Campus, Dance in Fairhaven This Summer

WWU News - Fri, 07/08/2016 - 4:38pm

The Western Washington University Department of Theatre & Dance is producing a summer season of musicals and comedies in the WWU Performing Arts Center and contemporary dance performances at the Firehouse Performing Arts center this summer.

Evening performances are at 7:30 p.m., and matinees are at 2 p.m. A complete list of times and dates is available online at cfpa.wwu.edu/theatredance. A special three-show discount subscription is available for $40 by calling the box office.

Fly Fishing Author John Alevras to Discuss ‘Building a Collectible Angling Library’ at WWU on July 13

WWU News - Thu, 06/30/2016 - 1:19pm

Noted fly-fishing author and book collector John Alevras will speak at Western Washington University at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, July 13 in Special Collections (Wilson Library 6th floor) about building a collectible angling library.

This event is free and open to the public.

Western to Host Poulsbo Lecture on Aging and Physical Stability July 20

WWU News - Thu, 06/30/2016 - 1:09pm

Western Washington University on the Peninsulas will host physical therapist Lynn Schorn this July as part of its Western Lecture Series.

The lecture, “Challenge Your Balance: Strategies and techniques to find your stability,” will be presented at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, July 20 in the WWU Center at Olympic College Poulsbo, Room 119.

Eileen Coughlin to Retire in 2017 as Vice President after 23 Years at Western

WWU News - Wed, 06/29/2016 - 10:59am

Eileen Coughlin announced today that she will be retiring from her position as vice president at Western Washington University following the upcoming 2016-2017 academic year.

WWU Names 2015-16 Outstanding Graduates

WWU News - Tue, 06/28/2016 - 12:11pm

BELLINGHAM – Western Washington University honored its Outstanding Graduates for the 2015-16 academic year at spring Commencement Saturday, June 11.

Faculty members from dozens of academic departments and programs select one graduate to honor as the Outstanding Graduate of the year. Selection is a high honor based on grades, research and writing, service to the campus and community, and promise for the future.

Presidential Scholars Announced at Commencement

WWU News - Tue, 06/21/2016 - 3:51pm

Western Washington University President Bruce Shepard honored seven graduates as Presidential Scholars during Commencement on Saturday, June 11.

Presidential Scholar awards honor top students in six colleges for their exceptional scholarship and service to the university and community.

Shepard presented each of the following Presidential Scholars with a medallion:


Megan Mehan Daley

Woodring College of Education

Presidential Scholars Announced at Commencement

WWU News - Tue, 06/21/2016 - 10:52am

Western Washington University President Bruce Shepard honored seven graduates as Presidential Scholars during Commencement on Saturday, June 11.

Summer WWU Youth Programs Open for Registration

WWU News - Tue, 06/21/2016 - 9:00am

For the 34th consecutive year, Western Washington University is offering a wide array of programs for kids in grades K-12 this summer.

Western’s youth programs have encouraged kids to consider opportunities in higher education. Participants gain exposure to a college campus while learning under the instruction of Western’s top-quality educators.

Western’s Odyssey of Science & Arts is a program for students in grades 4-9 to explore science and art through hands-on activities in specialized labs and classrooms on Western’s campus.

Filmmaker Jo Ruxton to Discuss ‘A Plastic Ocean’ at WWU June 29

WWU News - Mon, 06/20/2016 - 2:43pm

Jo Ruxton will speak at Western Washington University at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, June 29 at Western Libraries Special Collections (Wilson Library 6th Floor) about the human-caused environmental problem of plastic pollution, and the serious detrimental effects of plastics in the oceans.

This event is free and open to the public.  

Stephanie Cheng Elected WWU Associated Students President

WWU News - Tue, 06/14/2016 - 10:12am

Stephanie Cheng has been elected Western Washington University’s Associated Students president for the 2016-2017 academic year.

The Associated Students (AS) is both the association of all WWU students and the official student governing body. The AS is responsible for providing a framework for a variety of experiential learning opportunities and serving as a vehicle for student involvement in the governance of the university.


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