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Virtual Reality: The new frontier for Industrial Design

WWU News - Mon, 02/27/2017 - 11:01am

Western Industrial Design student Matt Hoogestraat is standing in the middle of an oval shaped room with the sea stretched out around him in all directions. Around the exterior of the room are tables with odd designs hovering above them. Matt teleports from table to table, examining the designs until he finds one with his name on it and his designs above it.

While all of this is happening, Matt is sitting in the office of his professor, Jason Morris, motionless with a helmet and goggles on.

This is virtual reality.

Tzeporah Berman to discuss Environmental Activism March 3 at Western

WWU News - Mon, 02/27/2017 - 9:51am

Tzeporah Berman, strategic advisor to First Nations, environmental organizations and philanthropic foundations, will give an on-the-ground look into the environmental movement as part of the WWU Huxley College of the Environment Speaker Series at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, March 3 in Academic Instructional Center West 204 on the Western Washington University campus.

This talk is also the Keynote Address for the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Western Division of the Canadian Association of Geographers. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Western Named a 2016 Top Producer for Prestigious Fulbright Scholarships

WWU News - Fri, 02/24/2017 - 1:43pm

Western Washington University was named a top national producer for Fulbright Scholarship winners in the 2016-2017 school year, according to a just-released ranking from the Chronicle of Higher Education and the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Western produced three Fulbright winners in this same time period, placing it tied for third place among public masters-granting institutions nationally.          

Western to offer summer youth programs for grades K-12

WWU News - Fri, 02/24/2017 - 10:25am

Get your sunglasses and flip flops ready, it’s time for summer youth programs.

This summer, Western Washington University is proud to offer a variety of youth program offerings for students in grades K-12.

For the past 35 years, Western’s youth programs have encouraged kids to explore a favorite topic and consider opportunities in higher education. Participants experience hands-on learning and gain exposure to a college campus under the instruction of Western’s top-quality educators.

WWU to Host Rescheduled Winter Career Fair March 7

WWU News - Fri, 02/24/2017 - 10:07am

Job seekers looking to connect directly with employers are invited to attend Western Washington University’s Winter Career Fair, which will take place Tuesday, March 7 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Viking Union Multipurpose Room.  Admission to the fair is free and the event is open to the public.

TEDXWWU Coming to Western on Saturday, March 4

WWU News - Thu, 02/23/2017 - 4:29pm

TEDxWWU is coming to Western from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 4 in the Performing Arts Center. TedxWWU is designed to help organizations, individuals and communities create conversation and connections at a local level.

Nine speakers from the Bellingham area will discuss a wide variety of topics.

WWU's Fairhaven College to host 'Know Your Rights' Saturday from 9-2

WWU News - Thu, 02/23/2017 - 12:32pm


Saturday. February 25, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Western Washington University's Fairhaven College

Presentations and speakers discussing:

The American Legal System
Landlord - Tenant Immigration (in Spanish also)
Debtor - Creditor
Criminal Law
Family Law
LGBTQ Issues

WWU’s Kelly Magee Publishes ‘The Neighborhood’ with Gold Wake Press

WWU News - Thu, 02/23/2017 - 10:31am

Western Washington University Associate Professor of English Kelly Magee has published her collection of fantastical fairy tales and retellings called “The Neighborhood” through Gold Wake Press.

Magee has been working on these short stories since she was in graduate school at Ohio State University. She taught a multi-genre topics class that featured recycled writing, where students choose pieces of literature and rewrite them. Fairytales was one of the popular source genres in the course.

WWU KhSA to Present 'Our Hidden Story II: The First Generation' Saturday in the VU MPR

WWU News - Thu, 02/23/2017 - 10:03am

Last year, Western Washington University's Khmer Student Association (KhSA) brought you the hidden stories from Cambodian Genocide survivors, and this year KhSA brings you the hidden stories of First Generation Cambodians.

KhSA will present "Our Hidden Story II: The First Generation" at 6:30 p.m.on Saturday, Feb. 25 in the Viking Union Multipurpose Room. The event will feature three speakers from the Cambodian community who have battled adversity to get to success.

IGE to host Fulbright Scholar info session for faculty March 2

WWU News - Thu, 02/23/2017 - 9:49am

Western's Institute for Global Engagement will host a Fulbright Scholar info session from 4-5:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 2 in Miller Hall 258.

Who should attend?

  • Faculty who are interested in learning about Fulbright and its faculty research and/or teaching programs


What questions will be addressed?

Wizards@Western to present 'Bugs, Lights and Lightning' Saturday

WWU News - Wed, 02/22/2017 - 12:12pm

At 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 25, in SL 120,  Chemistry faculty members Steven Emory and Elizabeth Raymond will present "Bugs, Lights, and Lightning!," an interactive science program that focuses on the physical and chemical aspects of light as part of the College of Science and Engineering's Wizards@Western youth science lecture series. 

The show is free and open to the public.

WWU’s SBDC to Co-Sponsor a Free Social Media Workshop: ‘Digital Marketing Strategies for Small Businesses & Nonprofits’ on March 8

WWU News - Wed, 02/22/2017 - 9:34am

Western Washington University’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is partnering with SCORE and Constant Contact to bring a free social media seminar, “Digital Marketing Strategies for Small Businesses & Nonprofits, from 9 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, March 8, at the Gateway Center Executive Suites, 1313 E. Maple St. #201, in Bellingham.

WWU to Host a Screening of 'The General' Feb. 23 at The Pickford

WWU News - Wed, 02/22/2017 - 9:05am

As part of the WWU Children's Literature Conference, the Pickford Film Center will present a screening of the film The General, on Thursday, Feb. 23, starring Buster Keaton and with acclaimed graphic novel creator Matt Phelan, who will introduce the film and then also be available for a Q&A afterwards. 

WWU hockey team wins conference championship

WWU News - Wed, 02/22/2017 - 8:42am

The Western Washington University hockey team successfully defended their top playoff seeding over the weekend, picking up a pair of wins to claim the 2016-17 Northern Pacific Hockey Conference championship at the URC Ice Arena in Cheney, Washington.

Entering the NPHC tournament at the number one seed on Saturday, Western benefited from a pair of early goals from junior defenseman Aiden Knabb as they defeated the University of Idaho 6-4 in the semi-final round.

Western’s Ray Wolpow Institute for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Crimes Against Humanity to Host Free Workshop for Teachers April 29

WWU News - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 2:33pm

On Saturday, April 29, the Ray Wolpow Institute for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Crimes Against Humanity at Western Washington University will host a free full-day workshop for teachers with a focus on Holocaust education and its implications for the present and the future.

Jon Riedel to Speak on Glaciers in Washington’s National Parks Feb. 23 at Western

WWU News - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 8:46am

Jon L. Riedel of the U.S. National Park Service will discuss the status of glaciers in Washington's National Parks as part of the WWU Huxley College of the Environment Speaker Series at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 23 in Miller Hall 138 on the Western Washington University campus.

The presentation is free and open to the public.

WWU to host Western Veteran Women Panel Feb. 22

WWU News - Fri, 02/17/2017 - 11:05am

Western Washington University’s Veterans Services will host a Western Women Veterans panel from 5-7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 22 in Fraser Hall 201.

This event is free and open to the campus community.

The panel is a partnership between the Veterans Service Office, Western Veteran Community and the AS Veteran Outreach Coordinator.

WWU to host Second Annual WWU Great Puzzle Hunt April 1

WWU News - Thu, 02/16/2017 - 11:16am

Western Washington University will host The Second Annual WWU Great Puzzle Hunt at 10 a.m.-3 p.m., with awards at 4:00 p.m., on Saturday, April 1, in Red Square. Registration is now open.

Everyone is invited, regardless of puzzle-solving experience.

WWU Ranks Third in 10 Best Colleges for People Who Love the Great Outdoors

WWU News - Wed, 02/15/2017 - 2:01pm

Western Washington University is one of the top 10 best colleges for people who love the great outdoors. The ranking, released on Feb. 3, cites 10 four-year schools that ranked in the top half of MONEY’s annual Best Colleges ranking.

MONEY magazine ranks Western as third on its list of 10 Best Colleges for People Who Love the Great Outdoors.

The WWU Community Dialogue Series Presents: Talkin’ Race

WWU News - Wed, 02/15/2017 - 11:26am

Western Washington University students, faculty, staff and Whatcom County community members are invited to a campuswide dialogue about race Thursday, Feb. 23 from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at the Viking Union Multipurpose Room.

This is the second year in a row that Western’s Faculty Senate Social Justice and Equity Committee will sponsor a vital conversation about racial difference on campus.


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