Beginning Friday, March 13, Western Washington University’s Testing Centerwill offer the Graduate Record Examinations revised General Test, a standardized test taken by prospective students applying to graduate and doctoral-degree programs nationally and internationally.
“We are thrilled to provide a convenient location for students and community members in our area, as the closest testing center offering the GRE exam is in Snohomish County,” said Kathy Murray, manager of Western’s Testing Center.
GREspring test dates at Western’s Testing Center are March 13, April 17, May 1 and June 18. To schedule an exam, test takers must register and pay on the test developer’s website, ets.org/gre, or by calling (443) 751-4820.
The GRE exam is computer-based and features verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning and analytical writing.
Western’s Testing Center also offers an online GRE preparation courseto give students effective test-taking strategies, access to official practice tests and a personalized diagnostics assessment report.
For more information, call (360) 650-3937, email firstname.lastname@example.org visit the Testing Center online or at 333 32nd St.; the Testing Center is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday and for occasional Saturday testing.
Western Washington University’s Educational Administration program will hold an advising session from 10 a.m. until noon on Saturday, March 14 at the Everett University Center’s Gray Wolf Hall room 160, located on the Everett Community College campus.
Students and community members from Snohomish and neighboring counties are invited to learn about the program’s Puget Sound locations and its various offerings, including the master’s degree in Educational Administration; Residency Principal Certification; and Superintendent Certification.
Western’s Educational Administration program prepares working professionals certified as Educational Staff Associates (ESA) for leadership roles as principals, assistant principals, superintendents, deans and other administrative positions.
To learn more about Western’s Educational Administration program, please visit wce.wwu.edu/edad/educational-administration, email EdAdmin@wwu.eduor call the Educational Administration Program Manager, Kimberly Caulfield, at (360) 650-3708.
James Conca of UFA Ventures, Inc. will discuss global energy politics as part of the Western Washington University Huxley College of the Environment Speaker Series at 4 p.m. on Thursday, March 5 in Communications Facility 120 on Western’s campus.
The presentation is free and open to the public.
Global energy consumption, currently estimated at 17 trillion kilowatt hours per year, is projected to grow to well over 30 trillion by mid-century, with most of this growth occurring in developing nations. To attain a sustainable global energy production free of intermittent shortages, security vulnerabilities, environmental degradation, and extreme costs requires the development of a variety of energy sources.
In his talk titled “The GeoPolitics of Energy: Achieving a just and sustainable energy distribution by 2040,” Conca will discuss a rational global energy strategy that can achieve an ethical and sustainable energy mix in the U.S. and the world, focusing on a mix of fossil fuels, renewables, and nuclear energy. He will also highlight the technical hurdles, legal battles, distribution obstacles, and challenges in public perception facing each of these energy sources.
Conca is a senior scientist for UFA Ventures, Inc., in the Tri-Cities. Prior to UFA Ventures, Conca directed the Center for Laboratory Sciences at Columbia Basin College and the New Mexico State University Environmental Monitoring and Research Center, the independent monitoring facility for the country’s only deep geologic nuclear repository. Conca holds a doctorate in Geochemistry from the California Institute of Technology, an master’s degree in Planetary Science, and a bachelor’s degree in Geology/Biology from Brown University.
The presentation will include a question-and-answer period. Anyone interested in the topic is encouraged to attend and participate.
The Huxley College Speaker Series, sponsored by Western’s Huxley College of the Environment, is intended to bring together environmentally-minded members of the WWU and Bellingham communities. Speakers address topics of contemporary environmental concern in the region and the world.
Western’s 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 on the speaker series, call (360) 650-2554.
WWU to Host Feb. 27 Screening and Discussion of ‘To Light a Candle,’ Documentary About Religious Oppression in Iran
Western Washington University will host a screening and panel discussion of Maziar Bahari’s “To Light a Candle,” a new documentary about the criminalization of higher education for Iran’s Baha’i minority, at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 27 in Communications Facility 120 on Western’s campus.
The screening and panel discussion are free and open to the public.
Barbara Rofkar, an instructor in International Studies at Western, will moderate the panel, which will include Michael Karlberg, chair of Western’s Communications Studies Dept., and a scholar of Iran’s persecution of the Baha’i; and at least one expatriate member of Iran’s Baha’i community.
For more information on the event, contact Michael Karlberg at (360) 650-7367 or email@example.com.
Western Washington University’s College of Business and Economics (CBE) will host Howard Sharfstein for its Ethics and Social Responsibility Speaker Series from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 27 in Communications Facility 110 on Western’s campus.
Sharfstein’s presentation, titled, “The Forest for the Trees: One Company’s Journey to Develop Sustainable Fiber Sources,” is free and open to the public.
Sharfstein is associate general counsel for Kimberly-Clark Corp., based in Roswell, Georgia. Sharfstein provides legal support to the corporation on matters related to environment, energy, safety, and sustainability. Among his responsibilities, Sharfstein advises Kimberly-Clark’s business leaders and its Global Sustainability team on compliance requirements that attach to air emissions, water discharges, waste management practices, and occupational safety requirements. He also devises and executes regulatory risk-reduction strategies focusing on climate change and other environmental policy initiatives; provides advice concerning Kimberly-Clark’s sustainability policy initiatives, including fiber procurement (forestry and alternative fiber); and helps the company build relationships with non-governmental organizations.
Before joining Kimberly-Clark, Sharfstein was a practicing environmental attorney at Troutman Sanders in Atlanta, Georgia, and Nixon Hargrave (now Nixon Peabody) in Washington, D.C. He also worked in the waste-to-energy industry and served as a policy advisor to the New York State Assembly Committee on Environmental Conservation. Howard has a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from the State University of New York at Albany, a master’s degree in Science and Technology Studies from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a J.D. from Georgia State University.
Western’s College of Business and Economics Ethics and Social Responsibility Speaker Series program brings senior business leaders to campus to interact with students and share their perspectives and experiences related to ethics and social responsibility. The Speaker Series is presented by CBE’s Center for Innovation in Education.
For more information about these events and others, please contact Sandra Mottner at (360) 650-2403.
The Western Washington University Department of Art will host internationally-acclaimed Haida manga artist Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas (“mny") in the final installment of a lecture series discussing historical and contemporary Northwest artistic practices at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 4, in Miller Hall 138 on Western’s campus.
The lecture, titled “What if There is No Plan?” is free and open to the public.
Yahgulanaas gained fame as an artist after many decades working in the Haida Nation’s successful campaign to protect its biocultural diversity. He is known for the innovative form “Haida Manga,” which blends North Pacific Indigenous iconographies and framelines with the graphic dynamism of Asian manga.
Yahgulanaas’ visual practice encompasses a variety of different art forms including: large-scale public art projects, mixed media sculptures and canvases, re-purposed automobile parts, acrylics, watercolours, ink drawings, and illustrated publications, including: A Tale of Two Shamans (2001), the internationally awarded Flight of the Hummingbird (2008), RED, a Haida Manga (2009), and Old Growth (2012). He is also the illustrator of David Suzuki's The Declaration of Interdependence: A Pledge to Planet Earth.
His work is displayed in the British Museum (London, England), Seattle Art Museum, the Vancouver Art Gallery (Vancouver, Canada), the Glenbow Museum (Calgary, Canada) and the Museum of Anthropology (Vancouver, Canada). His large sculptural works are part of the public art collection of the City of Vancouver in Canada. In 2011 and 2012, Yahgulanaas was the Audain Professor in Contemporary Arts of the Pacific Northwest at the University of Victoria.
Free parking is available in the “C” lots at the south end of campus after 4:30 p.m. For more information, or for disability accommodations, please contact Julia Sapin at (360) 650-3670.
Akutan, a small island in Alaska’s Aleutian chain, needs 4.2 million gallons of diesel fuel a year to keep the lights on and the houses warm for its fewer than 400 year-round inhabitants, at a high cost both literally and in terms of environmental damage.
Western Washington University assistant professor of Geology Pete Stelling is researching how to turn the island’s volcanic core into a geothermal power source that could not only cut the needed amount of imported fuel into a fraction of its current level but transform the quality of life for its inhabitants.
Central to the landscape of the island is the 4,275-foot volcano, Mount Akutan, which last erupted in 1992. Beneath its surface, pockets of water are being superheated by the volcano’s magma; utilizing this superheated water and its steam to generate electricity could free the island from its need to import so much fuel, said Stelling.
“The majority of electrical generation today surrounds boiling water and using the steam to drive a turbine, which spins a generator and makes electricity. The fuel – coal, oil, or natural gas, for instance – is used to boil that water,” he said. “Geothermal sources skip the need for a fuel and go to the superheated water right at its source to make the electricity, and this could happen at places like Akutan to make them far more energy independent.”
The perfect geothermal source, according to Stelling, occurs when the superheated water, over time, dissolves the surrounding rock and turns it into clay that acts as a cap, keeping the water and steam from escaping or losing pressure. Iceland, for example, is rife with these types of sources, one reason why the island nation is 80 percent powered by geothermal energy.
Stelling is researching the viability of secondary sources that are far more common but less attractive for development. In most cases, these “second tier” geothermal sources were once under a glacier; the immense pressure of the glacier’s weight has pushed the hot water far closer to the surface, in most cases eroding the clay cap that has kept it under such high pressure.
“The low-hanging fruit has very often been picked,” he said. “But these sources could be incredibly important, because they are far more numerous. What we are looking to find is just how powerful these secondary sources can be."
On Akutan, for example, harnessing the geothermal power from the sites that Stelling has researched could provide electricity to light and power the appliances in every home on the island as well as support its major industry, a seafood-processing plant that has up to 900 employees during peak season. In addition, the heat from the geothermal sources could provide ample warm air to operate greenhouses, allowing islanders to grow fruits and vegetables year-round – providing a scare commodity in a place that that sits at the end of a two-week ferry run from the mainland, as well as local jobs.
Stelling’s chief task is working to understand just how efficient these secondary geothermal sources are; once he has established that baseline, the public and private sectors will have enough data to move forward with harnessing the resource for the benefit of the island’s population in a way that is far more economically viable and far less environmentally damaging than the current diesel-based methods, which currently comes all the way from Tacoma, Washington.
Stelling will return to the island this summer to continue his work; he plans for his next research locations to be in similarly volcanic areas such as Chile and Colombia.
“These secondary geothermal sites have such incredible potential,” Stelling said. “The more we learn about them, the more they can be used to improve the lives of these folks and make them more energy independent.”
For more information on his research, contact Pete Stelling, Western Washington University assistant professor of Geology, at (360) 650-4095 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
WWU to Host Berkeley’s Robert Goldman for Discussion of the Great Indian Epic Poem, ‘Ramayana,’ Feb. 26
Robert Goldman, professor of Sanskrit at the University of California at Berkeley, will speak about India’s monumental epic poem, the “Ramayaṇa,” which some have described as the greatest story never told in the West, at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 26, at the Majestic Hall, 1027 N. Forest St. in Bellingham.
This event is free and open to the public, and is sponsored by Western Washington University’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Department of Liberal Studies, as well as the departments of Modern and Classical Languages and Anthropology.
Goldman will discuss how “Ramayana,” originally written in Sanskrit with many later versions in other languages and dialects, served originally as a foundational work of Hinduism, while also providing core texts for Buddhist, Jain and Islamic peoples and cultures throughout South and Southeast Asia. For millennia, the book has provided a touchstone for ideas of aesthetics, social relations and statecraft throughout this vast region.
Goldman received his doctorate from University of Pennsylvania, and has since written dozens of works on “Ramayana” and other topics of South Asian religion.
For more information, contact Stephanie Wanne at Western’s Department of Liberal Studies at (360) 650-3031 or email@example.com.
WWU to Host ‘Examining Race, Civic Engagement, and Citizenship Post-Ferguson: Where Do We Go From Here?’ March 4
The Ralph Munro Institute for Civic Engagement at Western Washington University will hold a symposium to discuss race, civic engagement and citizenship in a post-Ferguson world from 6-9 p.m. on Wednesday, March 4 at the Bellingham City Council Chambers, 210 Lottie Street.
The event is free and open to the public.
The symposium will look at the issues raised by the recent police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. The program will feature a panel of professionals with wide-ranging experience in law enforcement, the judicial process and social justice advocacy. Topics will include questions such as, what legal actions can be taken in cases where police misconduct is witnessed? What are the rights of street protesters? How are the police trained to understand the communities in which they work? As well as many other topical issues.
After the panel, there will be breakout groups to discuss ways to engage citizens, the criminal justice system, and government in conversations about race and how to address the inequities or perceived inequities of institutional practices in America.
Panelists for the event will include:
- Craig Sims, chief, Criminal Division, Seattle City Attorney's Office
- Veronica Galvan, judge, King County Superior Court, Western alumna
- Tali Hairston, director of The John M. Perkins Center for Reconciliation, Community Development, and Leadership Training, Seattle Pacific University
- Flo Simon, Bellingham deputy police chief
- Veronica Velez, assistant professor and the director of the Education and Social Justice minor, Woodring College of Education/Fairhaven College
- James Bible, Seattle attorney, former president, Seattle chapter, NAACP, Western alumnus
The Western Washington University Office of the Provost will host John K. Roth, the Edward J. Sexton Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Claremont McKenna College, who will present his lecture, “Ethics Before and After the Holocaust,” at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 10 on the second floor of the Bellingham City Council Chambers, 210 Lottie Street.
The event is free and open to the public.
Roth received his bachelor’s degree from Pomona College in 1962 where he graduated magma cum laude with honors in Philosophy, then moved on to receive his master’s degree and doctorate from Yale University. Roth taught from 1966 to 2006 at Claremont McKenna College (CMC) where he became the founding director of the Center for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide and Human Rights (now the Center for Human Rights).
Throughout his career in academia, Roth has received numerous awards including but not limited to, CMC’s Presidential Award for Merit in 2004; CMC’s alumni association’s highest award, the George C.S. Benson Distinguished Achievement Award in 2004; the Holocaust Educational Foundation’s Distinguished Achievement Award for Holocaust Studies and Research in 2012; and along with Professor Kenji Yoshida of Doshisha University in Japan, the first Faculty Pairing Grant awarded by the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission.
In addition to his long list of awards Roth used a Demonstration Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to develop two model interdisciplinary courses: “Perspectives on the American Dream” and “The Holocaust.” Roth has written or edited more than 50 books as well as published numerous articles and reviews. Roth’s latest book, “The Failures of Ethics: Confronting the Holocaust, Genocide, and Other Mass Atrocities,” will be published by Oxford University Press this year.
The Western Libraries Reading Series will host Barry Gough, author of “Juan de Fuca’s Strait” (2012) and other sagas of the Northwest Coast of America, from 4-5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 4 in Special Collections, Wilson Library 6th Floor, on the Western Washington University campus.
The talk is free and open to the public.
Gough is a former associate professor of History at Western. He will discuss the traditions of marine art and the value of portraying such sailing craft in our own times in his talk, titled “Sailing the Waterway of Forgotten Dreams: Art and European Vision on the Northwest Coast in the Age of Juan de Fuca and His Successors.”
Great practitioners of marine art have always known their marine history and understood the technological features of ships as well as the business of seafaring. Gough will take Bellingham maritime artist Steve Mayo’s paintings as his illustrative texts, and an exhibit of artist Steve Mayo’s watercolor prints will also be on display in Special Collections through the end of winter quarter.
This event is co-sponsored by Western Libraries and Western’s Department of History.
For more information, contact Tamara.Belts@wwu.edu (360) 650-3193
The Western Washington University Department of Theatre and Dance presents a new adaptation of Anton Chekov’s “Uncle Vanya” by Seattle playwright Craig Lucas on the WWU Performing Arts Center Mainstage from March 5-14, with evening performances at 7:30 p.m. and select matinees at 2 p.m.
Chekov’s characters long for happiness but expect someone else to provide it for them. The characters are self-involved, ignoring at their own peril the destruction of their natural resources. Writing in the 19th century, Chekov predicted that, in a few hundred years, this human trait would have dire consequences.
“Uncle Vanya” is a comedy (Chekov thought all his plays were).
“The characters are as ridiculous as the people we sit beside at the airport or see eating at a booth behind us at a restaurant,” said director Beth Leonard. “Everyone complains about how empty their lives are and yet scurry home to turn on the TV or boot up the computer.”
The play portrays the visit of an elderly professor and his trophy second wife to the rural estate that supports their urban lifestyle. “Uncle” Vanya, brother of the professor's first wife, who has long managed the estate, and Astrov, the local doctor, both fall for the professor’s new wife. Crisis descends on the estate when the professor announces his intention to sell it, with a view to investing the proceeds to achieve a higher income for himself and his wife.
Leonard describes the play as “a witty, smart and hopefully recognizable story about a group of people who can be as familiar as our next door neighbors, or the face across our kitchen table.”
Tickets to “Uncle Vanya” are $13-$16 for the general public; student prices begin at $7; and a discount is available for WWU staff and faculty. Reservations and information are available at (360) 650-6146 or cfpa.wwu.edu/theatredance.
Western Washington University’s Western Lecture Series will host Erin Douglas for a free lecture titled “The Necessity of Gender Studies: Why We Need Women’s History Month”at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 10 in Olympic College Poulsbo room 219.
Douglas will share examples of women’s influences on history, culture, literature, science and more with a discussion on Gender Studies and its pivotal role in exploring women’s accomplishments.
Douglas, a visiting professor from Miami University, has a background in 20th-century British literature and studies related to media, gender and sexuality.
The Western Lecture Series offers new lectures on educational topics each quarter. Each lecture is open to the public, and many are free or require a small registration fee.
Western Washington University Center at Olympic College in Poulsbo is a 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 offers a variety of degree programs, professional development opportunities, a lecture series and programs for youth grades K-12. For more information on the WWU Center at Olympic College Poulsbo please visit www.wwu.edu/poulsbo.
Western Washington University’s Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies’ World Issues Forum will host Palestinian human rights activist Omar Barghouti from noon-1:20 p.m. in the Fairhaven College Auditorium, where he will present “Israel, South Africa and the Jim Crow South: Resisting Apartheid.”
The presentation will cover the origins, motives, successes and inspirations behind the nonviolent global, Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) human rights movement and the underpinning ethical principles that connect it to the struggle against apartheid-era South Africa and the Civil Rights movement in the United States.
For more information, contact Shirley Osterhaus, Western Washington University’s Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies coordinator, at (360) 650-2309 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Three Western Washington University students have received prestigious National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Hollings Fellowships, more than any other university on the West Coast.
"The Hollings/NOAA Fellowship is a highly prestigious award that draws applications from students in the best colleges and universities in the country. The fact that so many Western students have won the fellowship proves that Western students really can go anywhere and do anything,” said Steven VanderStaay, Western’s vice provost of Undergraduate Education.
The Hollings Fellowship gives winners up to $8,000 per year in academic assistance during the nine-month academic year and a 10-week full-time paid internship position during the summer at a NOAA facility. Additionally, if the student is reappointed, another scholarship of up to $8,000 will be rewarded for the following academic year.
Western will be represented by Hollings scholars from coast to coast this summer: two students will be working in Massachusetts and the other will be in Oregon.
The recipients of the fellowship are Courtney Knox (Olympia), Timothy Anderson (McMinnville, Ore.) and Maia Hanson (Granite Falls).
Knox was awarded her Hollings to work at the National Marine Sanctuary in Port Angeles. She will organize and plan youth camps to introduce middle school and high school students to the world of marine science.
Knox is a Mathematics major who is scheduled to graduate with a Computer Science minor in the spring of 2016. After graduating from Western, Knox plans to earn her master’s degree in the teaching program at Western’s Woodring College of Education and teach high school math or computer science.
Anderson was awarded his Hollings to work at the Northeast Fisheries Science Center in Woods Hole, Mass. While at the center, Anderson will be building and deploying satellite-tracked drifters for recording surface currents as well as working on ways to visualize drifter tracks.
Anderson is an Environmental Studies major at Western’s Huxley College of the Environment who is scheduled to graduate next spring with a minor in Mathematics.
Hanson will also work in Woods Hole at the Northeast Fisheries Science Center. Hanson will spend her internship studying micro-invertebrate samples collected from underwater vents. The goal of the project is to identify and categorize the types of organisms that have been collected at sea.
Hanson is studying Mathematics and Biology and is scheduled to graduate in the spring of 2016.
Western's Fellowships Office advises students who are interested in applying for nationally competitive scholarships. It provides information about available scholarships, helps students identify opportunities that match their backgrounds and career goals, and assists students in the preparation of their applications. The office also has information about internships and research opportunities for high achieving students.
For more information, contact Tom Moore at Western’s Fellowships Office at (360) 650-4074 or go to http://www.wwu.edu/fellowships/about.shtml.