Western Washington University · Bellingham, Washington
Contact: Kaleb Ode, Western Washington University’s DECA president, email@example.com
BELLINGHAM – Western Washington University business students took top honors at the 2014 Collegiate DECA Pacific Northwest Career Development Conference (PNCDC) on Feb. 27 through March 3 in Seattle.
The group of students competed in business simulations, case studies or prepared presentations with varying career focuses such as project management, marketing and emerging technologies.
Western brought the largest student delegation, which competed against colleges from Washington and British Columbia, including the University of Washington, Washington State University and Gonzaga University. Students presented to business professionals from the Seattle area, creating a link between their studies and real life business scenarios. In addition to professional experience students were vying to qualify for spots at Collegiate DECA’s International Career Development Conference (ICDC) held in Washington D.C on April 23-26. The Collegiate DECA ICDS brings roughly 2,000 college students together from around the world to compete in business simulations and scenarios.
This is the fourth year Western DECA has competed at the PNCDC and is their most successful one to date. Among many honors, Western received four 1st place, four 2nd place and five 3rd place awards. Those 13 top three awards equaled 19 top three finishes for Western, as some students competed in teams of two or three. An additional eight competitors qualified to move on to the ICDC with Western finishing with 27 spots at the international competition held in Washington D.C.
The following competitors placed in the top three:
- Jai Mannatt (Victoria, BC), International Marketing (team), 1st place
- Josh Snyder (Woodinville), International Marketing (team), 1st place
- Elle McGlocklin (Port Angeles/Edmonds), Marketing Management, 1st place
- Spencer Martenson (Woodinville), Sports and Entertainment Marketing (team), 1st place
- Alex White (Woodinville), Sports and Entertainment Marketing (team), 1st place
- Tyler Dyer (Kent), Project Management, 1st place, Marketing Management, 2nd place
- Hannah Bouscher (Spokane), Advertising Campaign (team), 2nd place
- Hayden LeMaster (Sumner), Advertising Campaign (team), 2nd place
- McCall Schilling (Kenmore), Advertising Campaign (team), 2nd place
- Michelle Diep (Everett), Business to Business (team), 2nd place
- Nathan Nguyen (Everett), Business to Business (team), 2nd place
- Kaleb Ode (Sumner), Human Resource Management, 2nd place
- Bruce Lu (Nanning, China), Emerging Technologies, 3rd place
- Evina Tan (Bellevue), Emerging Technologies, 3rd place
- Liz Reynolds (Vancouver), Hospitality, 3rd place
- Lauren Molitor (Anacortes), Human Resource Management, 3rd place
- Austin Sweeny (Maple Valley), Retail Management, 3rd place
- Haylie Cannon (Bonney Lake), Sports and Entertainment Marketing (team), 3rd place
- Taylor Hope (Mill Creek), Sports and Entertainment Marketing (team), 3rd place
Western’s DECA members have already started raising funds to attend the national conference in April. Anyone interested in sponsoring the club’s trip to Washington D.C., or who want more information, should contact chapter president Kaleb Ode at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Western’s College of Business and Economics Accepting Scholarship Applications for the 2014-2015 Academic Year
Contact: Kyla McCauley, Pre-Major advisor, Western Washington University College of Business and Economics, Kyla.McCauley@wwu.edu, or (360) 650-4140
BELLINGHAM – Western Washington University’s College of Business and Economics is now accepting scholarship applications for the 2014-2015 academic year.
Scholarships are available to students of Pre-Major, Provisional, and Full Major status within all College of Business and Economics departments, and are awarded based on scholarship criteria.
Application guidelines, links and a list of all CBE scholarships can be found online at http://cbe.wwu.edu/cbe/students/scholarships.shtml#tab1. All scholarship applications are due by Friday, April 11 at 5 p.m.
For more information about scholarships or if you have questions, please contact Kyla McCauley at (360) 650-4140 or Kyla.McCauley@wwu.edu.
Contact: Robbie Oyama, Student Services Advisor, Language and Culture Programs at Western Washington University, (360) 650-2129, Robin.Oyama@wwu.edu
BELLINGHAM – Western Washington University’s Asia University America Program (AUAP) seeks 30 individuals and families to support its Community Friends Program, designed to match students who recently arrived from Asia University in Tokyo, Japan with families and individuals from the greater Bellingham community for conversation, friendship, and cultural exchange.
Community Friends volunteer to invite AUAP students into their homes at least one time during their intensive five-month stay in Bellingham. The visit allows the students to see an American home, experience family life, and share some elements of Japanese culture.
Community Friends will be meet their student(s) at a gathering on Western’s campus, Thursday, March 20. Community Friends are also invited to several AUAP events including its signature Japan Night celebration, as well as a picnic and the AUAP Closing Ceremony and Reception.
“There is no need to plan special activities to entertain the students; just include them in the things you or your family do such as cooking dinner, playing games, bicycling, hiking, watching movies and just talking,” said Robbie Oyama, Western Washington University Student Services Advisor. “AUAP students also look forward to sharing Japanese culture with their Community Friends, and hopefully time spent together will be a rewarding cultural exchange.”
"WWU's AUAP Community Friends Program is an opportunity to get involved in an excellent program that engages participants in learning about diversity of thought and people. Taking the students out for pizza at La Fiamma, sharing meals at home, having ice cream at Mallard, and bowling downtown allowed us to enjoy and share everyday American life with them,” said Shar Sarte Prince, WWU AUAP Community Friend. “In my experience, the best part was seeing my daughter try a homemade Japanese meal that our students prepared for us. Japanese stew is delicious! I appreciate the opportunities I had for personal growth and to be able to give back to students.”
Western Washington University and Asia University have a history of friendship and cooperation which goes back to the late 1970's. In 1988, Western and Asia University built on their long-standing relationship by developing a pilot English language and cultural orientation program for Asia University students. This pilot program proved to be so successful that Western was asked to facilitate the expansion of the program to additional universities in the Pacific Northwest and to coordinate the development of the Asia University America Program (AUAP) Consortium. Since 1988, more than 10,000 Japanese students have come to the Pacific Northwest as part of the AUAP, with about 4,000 (an average of 150 per year) coming to Western.
For more information on becoming a Community Friend, please contact Robbie Oyama by Thursday, March 13 at (360) 650-2129 or Robin.Oyama@wwu.edu, or visit the “Getting Involved” section of AUAP’s website, www.wwu.edu/auap.
Contact: Marissa Jaksich, Western Washington University VITA coordinator, email@example.com
BELLINGHAM – Students from Western Washington University and Whatcom Community College, as well as community volunteers, will offer free tax assistance through April 15 at Western’s Parks Hall 336 and Whatcom’s Heiner Library.
Sponsored by Western’s Beta Alpha Psi Accounting Society in cooperation with the Internal Revenue Service, the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program assists low- and moderate-income taxpayers in preparing their tax returns.
Western’s hours for VITA will be on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 4:30 - 8:30 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sunday from 12 - 4 p.m. in Parks Hall 336. The program will be open until April 15, with exception of the school’s intersession closure dates, March 13 – 31.
Whatcom’s site operates twice a week on Mondays from 5 - 8 p.m., and Fridays from 9 a.m. to noon and 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. in Heiner Library. Whatcom's program will be open until April 15, except for the school’s closure dates from March 30 through April 7.
For more information, visit http://www.wwubap.org/volunteer-activities/vita/, or contact Marissa Jaksich, Western’s VITA coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact: Garth Amundson, Western Washington University Department of Art, at (360) 650-3436, or email@example.com.
BELLINGHAM – Photography students in Western Washington University’s Art Department are incorporating advanced scientific technology for their next assignment using a scanning electron microscope (SEM).Image courtesy Dylan Vogel
ART371: B&W Photography II students are using the microscope to consider the contrast between the microscopic and their worldview. Using the diptych format, they juxtaposed these two interpretations by setting them side-by-side, including one image produced with the microscope, while the other image was shot using a Canon 5D digital camera. A SEM is typically used in science to magnify and compare specimens.
“When I found out we had a SEM on campus, I knew we could utilize it as a point of departure for a project,” said Professor of Art Garth Amundson. “Students are very enthusiastic about the project. I think they really enjoy getting out of the Fine Arts Building and utilizing some of the resources on campus.”
This project poses questions about abstraction, figuration and the surreal landscape, bridging the world of fine-art photography with that of scientific technology. Photography’s history is bound to the scientific world, as it was only recently separated from the categorization of science within the last 50 years.
Scientific Technical Services coordinator Erin Marci has been training students on the use of the microscope and working with them on scanning their specimens or subjects.
Featured students include Kimmiree Bolla (Ellensburg), Bailey Carrell (Steamboat Springs, Colo.), Camille Crocetti (Albuquerque, N.M.), Greg Crooks (Freeland), Scott Edwards (Buffalo, N.Y.), Angela Gallagher (Flowery Branch, Ga.), Kelly Hill (Fall City), Spencer Isitt (Spokane), Annmarie Kent (Stanwood), Lincoln Lute (Boise, Idaho) and Dylan Vogel (Sandpoint, Idaho).
For more information, contact Garth Almundson at (360) 650-3436 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact: Alisyn Maggiora, Western Washington University Extended Education, at (360) 650-3717, or email@example.com.
BELLINGHAM – Western Washington University will offer a crash course on project management this spring, with info sessions at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 6 at Western’s Academic West room 303 and at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 18 at the BIG Idea Lab at 114 W. Magnolia St., suite 505.
This course will help individuals working as project managers, or in other similar positions, to establish a solid foundation in management controls and practices. In five weeks the program will cover the basic practices, processes, methodologies and policies that all project managers should know.
Participants will develop skills and understand proven techniques to help manage projects more effectively. This course is an interactive combination of lecture, small group activities and discussion of real life projects.
With more than 25 years of teaching experience, instructor Robin Haliday will share her knowledge of various management fronts in the classroom. Overseeing both projects and people in a managerial setting, she has been involved in the following sectors: software development, network services, operations and facility moves.
Contact: Alisyn Maggiora, Western Washington University Extended Education, at (360) 650-3717 or Alisyn.Maggiora@wwu.edu
POULSBO – Focused on topics surrounding environmentalism and energy, Western Washington University is offering a series of lectures which will take place at the newly created Western Washington University Center at Olympic College in Poulsbo.
The spring Western Lecture Series is open to the community and will feature three events, which are free unless noted otherwise:
Thursday, March 13: “The Climate Reality Project;” presentation by Jill MacIntyre Witt, a local Climate Reality project leader. MacIntyre Witt will give an updated presentation based on Al Gore’s film, “An Inconvenient Truth.” The presentation will focus on connecting climate change and extreme weather events, along with exploring the myths surrounding the denial of climate change. This event will be at 5:30 p.m. at WWU Center at OC Poulsbo.
Saturday, April 26: Join local ornithologist Daniel Froehlich to learn about local avian residents, while considering the possible fates of the bird habitat. Froehlich’s presentation, “The Port Gamble Forest Block as Habitat for Native Birds” will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and includes an educational walking tour at Port Gamble Forest Block and a post-lunch follow up lecture at WWU Center at OC Poulsbo. The cost of the walking tour and lecture is $39.
Tuesday, May 20: Kevin Schneider, a senior research engineer at the Pacific Northwest National Library, will provide a free lecture at 5:30 p.m. at WWU Center at OC Poulsbo titled “History and Current Status of the Electricity Infrastructure in the Pacific Northwest.” Schneider’s lecture will include a brief history of the region’s electricity infrastructure and a discussion of today’s issues and their societal impact.
For more information on this lecture series, please visit the WWU Center at Olympic College Poulsbo website at www.wwu.edu/poulsbo, or call (360) 650-3717.
Contact: Gregory Ward, Western Washington University Extended Education, (360) 650-6409 or firstname.lastname@example.org
BELLINGHAM – Western Washington University is offering a trip to study food in Italy as part of the new Global Discovery community travel program; information sessions are scheduled for 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 12 in the Northwest Room of the Bellingham Public Library’s Fairhaven branch.
Professor of Environmental Studies and Global Discovery leader Gigi Berardi will share her experiences and food background at the information session, including growing up in an Italian home and how that inspired her culinary passions. Berardi’s research in food culture and her belief in the importance of minerals, sun and Mediterranean fats in the diet strongly inspire her method of teaching about food.
Participants will travel from Aug. 31 to Sept. 14. The trip focuses on Italy’s fascinating contemporary food culture and combines hands-on Italian cooking classes with basic Italian language lessons. Based in Florence, the trip includes visits to notable museums as well as excursions to nearby towns, like Siena and San Gimigniano.
Global Discovery trips are non-credit and offer an opportunity for people to travel with Western faculty and immerse themselves in another culture.
Other Global Discovery programs include a trip to Tanzania led by Western’s Tim Scharks. The trip focuses around Mt. Kilimanjaro; the group will discover the mountain’s ecology and geology while learning more about the region’s culture and history.
Contact: Tom Roehl, Western Washington University College of Business and Economics, (360) 650-4809, email@example.com.
BELLINGHAM – Western Washington University’s International Business Program is partnering with Western’s Small Business Development Center and the Port of Bellingham to host a seminar for businesses on exporting to Latin American markets, from 9 – 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 6 at the Port of Bellingham’s Harbor Center Conference Room.
The seminar is free and open to the public.
Stephen Murphy and Joseph Vogel from Pacific Northwest Advisors (PNWA) will give insight on their experience leading Pacific Northwest firms exporting to the Latin American market. They will speak on how to take business advantage of dynamic emerging markets such as Brazil and Mexico.
Murphy provides business development for universities, software, media and clean technology firms expanding to South America, as well as Brazilian firms seeking partnership stateside. His expertise includes access to high-level government officials in Brazil, Washington D.C. and to executives in multilateral and international financial institutions.
An active management consultant, Vogel has over 40 years of international business experience; his Latin American experience includes: market entry, joint ventures, turnarounds and channel management in a variety of industries. Vogel recently played a major role in the Washington State Small Business Development Center’s nationally recognized small business export initiative.
The schedule for the seminar in the Bellingham Harbor Center Conference Room is as follows:
9 – 9:45 a.m.: Market potential in Brazil (Q & A follows)
10 – 10:45 a.m.: Market potential in Mexico (Q & A follows)
11 – 11:30 a.m.: Taking business advantage of the potential
For more information, contact Tom Roehl at Western’s College of Business and Economics at (360) 650-4809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact: Jen VanderWeyden, Huxley College of Environment, at (360) 650-2554
BELLINGHAM – The University of Washington’s Mike Warner will discuss climate change and extreme weather as a part of the Western Washington University Huxley College of the Environment Speaker Series at 4 p.m. on Thursday, March 6 in Communication Facility 125 on Western’s campus.
The presentation is free and open to the public.
In his talk, titled “Projected Changes in North American Atmospheric Rivers Due to Climate Change,” Warner will describe his research on the connection between anthropogenic global warming and extreme weather. Atmospheric rivers (ARs) — long, narrow bands of highly-concentrated water vapor that occur with winter storms — are often associated with extreme precipitation and flooding, particularly along the mountainous West Coast of North America. Several studies have suggested that climate change could lead to shifts in the location and intensity of the jet stream, which in turn could impact the location and frequency of ARs. Warner will share his research on these projected shifts and the anticipated impact on associated weather events along the West Coast.
Warner received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Atmospheric Sciences from the University of Washington and is currently a doctorate candidate in the same program. His interests and research lie in Pacific Northwest weather and climate change, with an emphasis on how climate change will affect extreme precipitation.
The presentation will include a question and answer period. Anyone interested in the topic is encouraged to attend and participate. The Speaker Series, sponsored by Western’s Huxley College of the Environment, is intended to bring together environmentally-minded members of the Western and Bellingham communities. Speakers address topics of contemporary environmental concern in the region and the world.
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 professionals and 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 Jen VanderWeyden at Western’s Huxley College of the Environment at (360) 650-2554.
Contact: Quinton Maldonado, Western Washington University Department of Art student, email@example.com.
BELLINGHAM – Western Washington University students in the Society of Photographic Education (SPE) Club are organizing an exhibition and sale, from 5–8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 27 in Western’s Fine Arts Building B-Gallery.
The event coincides with the closing reception of the club’s exhibition, which will feature work from the club’s students, with content ranging from street photography to studio portraiture. All images are for sale and printed on high quality archival paper, with prices ranging from $15-$25 for 16x20”, 11x14” and 8x10” prints.
The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Prints will be for sale during the reception only.
Featured artists include Camille Crocetti (Albuquerque, N.M.), Ashley Garrels (Renton), April Hayden (Issaquah), Kelly Hill (Fall City), Katie Hudak (Bozeman, Mont.), Frankie Krupa-Vahdani (Seattle), Kevin Lowdon (Bellevue), Quinton Maldonado (Richland), Patricia Swanson (Lynwood) and Tim Seguin (Wenatchee).
The sale is an opportunity for members of the community to support students and aspiring artists, and also to help the Western SPE Club attend the national SPE conference in Baltimore in March.
For more information on the event, contact Quinton Maldonado or Kevin Lowdon at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WWU to Host Information Sessions on March 12 for its Inaugural Bachelor of Business Administration Degree at Olympic College
Contact: Alisyn Maggiora, Western Washington University Extended Education, at (360) 650-3717, or email@example.com.
BELLINGHAM – Western Washington University’s Poulsbo-based bachelors of Business Administration program will host information sessions at noon and 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 12 at Olympic College’s Bremerton and Poulsbo campuses.
The information session schedule is as follows:
- Noon, Haselwood Library Room 110, Olympic College, Bremerton
- 3:30 p.m., Hern Lecture Hall, Olympic College, Poulsbo
Attendees will have an opportunity to learn about the benefits of the degree, course requirements for admission, how to apply for the program, tips and deadlines, financial aid resources and career services.
The program will begin offering classes this September at the newly created Western Washington University Center at Olympic College in Poulsbo. Offered through Western’s College of Business and Economics, the program is designed to prepare students for leadership roles in business and the community. A bachelor’s in Business Administration is beneficial for students with a variety of career goals, including opportunities with financial institutions, manufacturing and retails firms, service industries and the public sector.
The priority application deadline for the program’s fall start is Tuesday, April 15. Applications received after April 15 will be accepted on a space-available basis.
Western Washington University Center at Olympic College in Poulsbo is collaboration between Olympic College and Western Washington University; it’s part of a joint vision to serve the community and businesses on the Kitsap and Olympic Peninsulas. Through the partnership, Western will offer a variety of degree programs, professional development opportunities, a lecture series and programs for youth grades K-12.
For more information, please visit www.wwu.edu/poulsbo or call Alisyn Maggiora at (360) 650-3717.
WWU Professor David Sattler to Discuss ‘Cyberbullying: What Parents and Teachers Should Know’ on March 12
Contact: David Sattler, WWU Psychology Professor, (360) 650-3525 or David.Sattler@wwu.edu
BELLINGHAM – Western Washington University Psychology Professor David Sattler will give a talk titled “Cyberbullying: What Parents and Teachers Should Know” at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 12 in the Bellingham City Council Chambers, 210 Lottie St., in Bellingham.
The free, public talk, an installment of the WWU College of Humanities and Social Sciences Dean’s Lecture Series, is co-sponsored by the City of Bellingham.
How can we keep our children safe from humiliation, taunts, threats, and rumors on the internet and social media sites? What motivates children to cyberbully, how does it affect the victim, and what are consequences for the bystanders who observe the acts? What messages might children receive from video games and reality television programming that make cyberbullying appear acceptable?
This presentation addresses these key issues and discusses potential emotional, psychological, and behavioral consequences for both the perpetrator and victim, how to recognize the warning signs, how to respond, and strategies to minimize cyberbullying.
Sattler received his bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Spanish from San Diego State University, and his master’s and doctorate degrees in Social Psychology from Michigan State University. His research examines how people respond to traumatic events and normative influences in a variety of situations. Together with his students, he has been examining cyberbullying and the influence of social norms on the internet.
Audience questions for Sattler’s March 12 talk will be welcomed. The lecture will be recorded and shown on Bellingham TV Channel 10.
For more information on this lecture, please contact Kimberley Kolb Ayre, WWU College of Humanities & Social Sciences, (360) 650-3763, or firstname.lastname@example.org
The College of Humanities and Social Services (CHSS), the university’s largest college, includes the 13 departments of : Anthropology; Communication Sciences and Disorders; Physical Education, Health and Recreation; Political Science; Psychology; Sociology; Communication Studies; English; History; Journalism; Liberal Studies; Modern and Classical Languages, and Philosophy as well as three interdisciplinary programs: East Asian Studies, Linguistics, and Women Studies.