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Climate Change, Snowmelt, and Salmon: WWU Faculty Probe for Answers on How to Save a Pacific Northwest Icon

WWU News - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 1:44pm

Jim Helfield is in a race against time, and he knows it.

Helfield, an associate professor of Environmental Science at Western Washington University,  is researching ways improve the habitat for spring- and summer-run Chinook salmon on the South Fork of Whatcom County’s Nooksack River. Also known as king salmon, Chinook are the largest Pacific salmon species, growing to sizes upwards of 100 pounds in some rivers.

WWU’s Mike Etnier Receives $100k NSF Grant to Research Climate Change in the Aleutians

WWU News - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 11:11am

Western Washington University’s Mike Etnier, a research associate in the Anthropology department, traveled to Dutch Harbor on the Aleutian island of Unalaska in August to continue his research into how climate change has affected the marine environment over the past 4,000 years at this remote location.

“In Dutch Harbor, there is a series of archaeological sites that are showing major evidence of climate change, specifically in the animals that formed the basis of the ancient subsistence economy there,” said Etnier.

WWU to Host Yes! Magazine Co-founder Sarah Van Gelder as Part of the Munro Seminars Nov. 1 and 2

WWU News - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 2:38pm

Western Washington University’s Ralph Munro Institute for Civic Education will host its fifth annual Seminars for Civic Education Nov.1 and 2, featuring a keynote lecture from Sarah van Gelder, acclaimed author and co-founder of YES! Magazine, and two panels on “Rebuilding Consensus in an Age of Political Polarization” with a variety of professors, nonprofit leaders and other subject-matter experts.

Event details are as follows; all presentations are free and open to the public:

PACCAR’s Carl Hergart to Speak at the Western Leadership Forum Nov. 8

WWU News - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 1:53pm

PACCAR’s Director of Advanced Technology Carl Hergart will present “Trucking into the Future” at Western Washington University’s annual Western Leadership Forum on Wednesday, Nov. 8 at the Bellwether Ballroom.

Guests can check-in for the forum at 11:30 a.m. outside the ballroom. Lunch will be served at noon and the keynote address will begin at 12:45 p.m.

WWU to Host Fall Career Fair Nov. 2

WWU News - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 10:09am

Job seekers looking for ways to connect directly with employers are invited to attend Western Washington University’s Fall Business Career Fair, which will take place from 1-5 p.m. on  Thursday, Nov. 2 in the Viking Union Multipurpose Room.

Admission to the fair is free to job seekers and open to the public.

WWU Enrollment Shows Record Number of Freshman Students; Overall Fall Enrollment for Students of Color is the Highest Ever

WWU News - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 9:57am

Western Washington University’s fall enrollment figures show that the freshman class is the largest in the history of the university, and overall fall enrollment for students of color is the highest ever at Western.

New Exhibit, ‘Germany: Integrating Immigrants,’ to Open Oct. 24 at WWU

WWU News - Fri, 10/13/2017 - 2:08pm

Western Washington University Professor of German Cornelius Partsch was awarded a grant to sponsor a special exhibition entitled “Germany: Integrating Immigrants,” which will be located in Western Libraries Special Collections, (Wilson Library 6th Floor).

The exhibit, which is free and open to the public, opens on Oct. 24 and will remain on display through the end of fall quarter.

Eric Munscher to Discuss Turtle Survival Oct. 19 at Western

WWU News - Fri, 10/13/2017 - 9:56am

Eric C. Munscher, research ecologist at SWCA Environmental Consultants, will discuss threatened and endangered turtle populations as part of the WWU Huxley College of the Environment Speaker Series at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 19 in Academic West 204 on the Western Washington University campus.

The presentation is free and open to the public.

Spectrum Dance Theater to Present Free Public Lecture and Demonstration Oct. 24 at WWU

WWU News - Thu, 10/12/2017 - 10:13am

Seattle’s Spectrum Dance Theater will present a public lecture and demonstration on the Western Washington University Performing Arts Center Mainstage at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct.24.

The presentation, which reveals insights into the creation and intentions of “SHOT” – a work by Spectrum’s award-winning artistic director, Donald Byrd, is free and open to the public.

Western on the Peninsulas to Host Lecture on Efforts to Save Wild Turtle Populations Oct. 16

WWU News - Thu, 10/12/2017 - 9:56am

Western Washington University on the Peninsulas will host a Western Lecture Series event by Eric Munscher of the Turtle Survival Alliance (TSA) from 6-8 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 16 concerning efforts the group makes to help with survival of the world’s wild turtle population.

The lecture will be held at Olympic College-Poulsbo, room 220. It is free and open to the public, with no prior registration required.

Western on the Peninsulas to Host Lecture on Japanese Internment During World War II Oct. 17 at Poulsbo City Hall

WWU News - Thu, 10/12/2017 - 9:54am

Western Washington University will host a lecture at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct.

WWU's Jared Hardesty to Discuss ‘Unfreedom: Slavery and Dependence in Eighteenth-Century Boston’ Nov. 1

WWU News - Wed, 10/11/2017 - 12:57pm

Western Washington University Associate Professor of History Jared Ross Hardesty will discuss his recent book, “Unfreedom: Slavery and Dependence in Eighteenth-Century Boston,” (New York: NYU Press, 2016) from 4-5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 1, in the Western Libraries Reading Room (Wilson Library 4th Floor Central).

UBC's Sharalyn Orbaugh to Present 'What’s Queer about Postwar Manga?' Oct. 24

WWU News - Wed, 10/11/2017 - 9:48am

Sharalyn Orbaugh of the University of British Columbia, will present “What’s Queer about Postwar Manga?” from 3-4 p.m.on Tuesday, Oct. 24  in Science Lecture 140.

The talk is free and open to the public.

WWU to Test Western Alert Notification System, Hold Campus Lockdown Drill Oct. 19

WWU News - Wed, 10/11/2017 - 9:20am

Western Washington University plans to test its emergency notification system known as Western Alert at 9:35 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 19 and also conduct a campus lockdown drill.

Western Alert is a group of ways to reach students, faculty and staff with important safety information.

Puget Sound Economic Forecaster Publication has New Home at WWU

WWU News - Wed, 10/11/2017 - 9:07am

A 25-year tradition of quarterly regional economic forecasts will continue as Western Washington University takes the reins of the Puget Sound Economic Forecaster publication from its founders, Dick Conway and Doug Pedersen. 

The Forecaster has a long track record of accurate forecasts and reporting significant factors within the regional economy and the sub-sectors that drive it along with forecasts on specific sectors of the economy and articles explaining various factors and trends. 

Compass 2 Campus Brings 1,000 Fifth Graders to WWU Campus Oct. 17

WWU News - Wed, 10/11/2017 - 9:02am

About 1,000 fifth graders from Skagit and Whatcom counties will be visiting Western Washington University on Tuesday, Oct. 17, to see firsthand what a university campus is like. The tour kicks off the ninth year of Compass 2 Campus, a proactive effort that sends trained WWU student mentors into schools in order to get more kids to see themselves as lifelong learners.

Mark Weitzman to Present ‘Defining Anti-Semitism and Why it Matters’ Oct. 25 at Western

WWU News - Thu, 10/05/2017 - 1:03pm

Mark Weitzman, Director of Government Affairs for the Simon Wiesenthal Center, will give a talk entitled Defining Antisemitism and Why it Matters, at Western Washington University at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 25 in Academic West Room 204 at as part of continued efforts to implement recommendations from the University’s Task Force on Preventing and Responding to Antisemitism.

The presentation is free and open to the public.

Ryan Dearinger to Present 'Dirty Work: Hop-Picking Cultures and the Perils of Diversity in the Pacific Northwest' Oct. 25

WWU News - Thu, 10/05/2017 - 12:47pm

Eastern Oregon University Professor of History Ryan Dearinger will give a talk entitled “Dirty Work: Hop-Picking Cultures and the Perils of Diversity in the Pacific Northwest” at Western Washington University from 4-5 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 25 in Western Libraries Special Collections (Wilson Library 6th floor).

The event is free and open to the public.

WWU’s Concert Choir to Preform on Nov. 18 at Bellingham’s Church of the Assumption

WWU News - Tue, 10/03/2017 - 1:09pm

The Western Washington Concert Choir will hold a performance at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 18 at the Church of the Assumption in Bellingham.

The performance, titled “A Light in the Darkness: Songs of Hope and Comfort” will be conducted by Leslie Guelker-Cone. Tickets are $15, $12 for seniors, $8 for students, and can be purchased at the WWU Box Office or by calling (360) 650-6146.

The Church of the Assumption is located at 2116 Cornwall Ave., in Bellingham. For more information on the concert, call (360) 650-2385. 

Dedication Set for Oct. 13 for Renovated Carver Facility at WWU

WWU News - Tue, 10/03/2017 - 10:14am

Western Washington University will host a dedication, ribbon-cutting and tours of its renovated Carver facility on Friday, Oct. 13

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