News at WWU
Catharine Vader will lead a discussion about this year’s Western Reads selection, “The Boys in the Boat,” by Daniel James Brown, as it relates to the principles of positive psychology and Western’s BEST SELF program, at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 19, in Wilson Library 270 on Western’s campus.
The discussion is free and open to the public.
Brown’s book tells the emotionally charged story of the eight-oar crew team from the University of Washington that beat the odds and won gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics.
The BEST SELF program was developed as a method to encourage and enable individuals to achieve a deep sense of wellbeing and happiness. In her discussion, Vader, Wellness Outreach coordinator for Prevention and Wellness Services at Western, will explore how the 1936 crew team overcame tremendous obstacles in large part due to practicing BEST SELF principles such as courage, persistence, teamwork, and gratitude to push themselves and achieve more than anyone besides them thought possible.
For more information on the discussion or on Western’s BEST SELF program, contact Catharine Vader at (360) 650-7557.
Western’s Jerry Ek will discuss the theory of adaptive change as part of Western Washington University’s Huxley College of the Environment Speaker Series at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 5 in Communications Facility 120.
The presentation is free and open to the public.
The theory of adaptive change (or resilience theory) holds great explanatory value for understanding change over time in complex societies, including sociopolitical collapse. In his talk titled “Resilience Theory and the Classic Maya Collapse,” Western lecturer Jerry Ekwill examine the mechanisms through which the socio-ecological systems of the Mayan Classic Period (AD 250-900) gradually lost resilience and eventually collapsed. Ultimately, Ek suggests that demographic, political, and economic changes that led to the decline of Classic Maya kingdoms were the result of transition between two different socio-ecological regimes: the low-density urban agrarian landscapes of the Classic Maya and a post-collapse ecological regime that was not capable of supporting large populations—a system that has persisted into modern times.
Jerry Ek is an environmental archaeologist with research interests in human-environmental dynamics, urbanism, and sociopolitical collapse in complex societies. An undergraduate alumnus of Western’s Department of Anthropology, Jerry completed a master's degree at University College London and is currently in the final phases of completing his doctorate in Mesoamerican archaeology at the State University of New York.
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.
WWU’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, please contact WWU’s Huxley College of the Environment at (360) 650-2554.
Students from Western Washington University and Whatcom Community College, as well as community volunteers, will offer free tax assistance from Feb. 2 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. in Parks Hall 336. The program will be open until April 15, with exception of the school’s intersession closure dates, March 13-29.
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 from Feb. 9 to March 27, and then from April 6 to April 15.
Western Washington University’s College of Business and Economics (CBE) will host alumnus Bob Brennecke for its Strategic Management Executive Strategy Speaker Series from 2:30-3:30 p.m. on Friday, Friday, Feb. 6, 2015 in Communications Facility 110 on the Western campus.
The presentation will focus on strategy in the world of gaming and entertainment, and is free and open to the public.
After receiving his bachelor’s degree from Western in 1994, Brennecke began his marketing career at Publicis, a marketing and advertising agency in downtown Seattle. Brennecke left Publicis to join Vivendi Universal, then was hired by TransUnion, where he spent three years as a sales representative managing an existing account base while also acquiring new accounts.
Brennecke left TransUnion to work for Microsoft as a field marketing manager and later as a senior category manager working on the Xbox project, where he remains now.
The WWU College of Business and Economics Strategy Speaker Series program brings senior level business leaders to campus to interact with students and share their perspectives on strategic management, leadership, and professional development. The Speaker Series is presented by the CBE’s Center for Innovation in Education.
For more information about these events and others, please contact Sandra Mottner at (360) 650-2403.
Common algae commercially grown to make fish food holds promise as a source for both biodiesel and jet fuel, according to new research by Western Washington University Associate Professor of Chemistry Greg O'Neil and Chris Reddy of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and recently published in the journal “Energy & Fuels.”
The researchers exploited an unusual and untapped class of chemical compounds in the algae to synthesize two different fuel products, in parallel, from a single algae.
"It's novel," said O'Neil, the study's lead author. "It's far from a cost-competitive product at this stage, but it's an interesting new strategy for making renewable fuel from algae."
Two current Western students, undergraduate Garrett Gilbert of Olympia and graduate student John Williams II of Battle Ground, assisted O’Neil in his research and were named in the study. O’Neil completed his research both at Western and at Woods Hole on Cape Cod. The project was supported by O’Neil’s $430,000 Faculty Early Career Development Award from the National Science Foundation.
Algae contain fatty acids that can be converted into fatty acid methyl esters, or FAMEs –the basic building blocks of biodiesel. For their study, O'Neil, Reddy, and their colleagues targeted a specific algal species called Isochrysis for two reasons: because growers have already demonstrated they can produce it in large batches to make fish food, and because it is among only a handful of algal species around the globe that produce fats called alkenones. These compounds are composed of long chains with 37 to 39 carbon atoms, which the researchers believed held potential as a fuel source.
Biofuel prospectors may have dismissed Isochrysis because its oil is a dark, sludgy solid at room temperature, rather than a clear liquid that looks like cooking oil. The sludge is a result of the alkenones in Isochrysis – precisely what makes it a unique source of two distinct fuels.
Alkenones are well known to oceanographers because they have a unique ability to change their structure in response to water temperature, providing oceanographers with a biomarker to extrapolate past sea-surface temperatures. But biofuel prospectors were largely unaware of alkenones.
"The alkenones themselves, with long chains of 37 to 39 carbons, are much too big to be used for jet fuel," says O'Neil. But using a chemical reaction called olefin metathesis, the researchers were able to break the long chains into pieces with only 8 to 13 carbons.
"Those are small enough to use for jet fuel," O'Neil said.\
The scientists believe that by producing two fuels – biodiesel and jet fuel – from a single algae, their findings hold some promise for future commercialization. They stress that this is a first step with many steps to come, but they are encouraged by the initial result.
"It's scientifically fascinating and really cool," Reddy says. "This algae has got much greater potential, but we are in the nascent stages."
Among their next steps is to try to produce larger quantities of the fuels from Isochrysis, but they are also exploring additional co-products from the algae. The team believes there are many other potential products that could be made from alkenones.
"Petroleum products are everywhere – we need a lot of different raw materials if we hope to replace them," said O'Neil. "Alkenones have a lot of potential for different purposes, so it's exciting."
For more information on his alkenone research, contact Greg O’Neil at (360) 778-6283 or gregory.o’firstname.lastname@example.org.
POULSBO – Shannon Bruce, executive coach and CEO of StoryBridge Inc., will discuss the importance of positivity in “Shift to Above-the-Line Culture: How Positive Thoughts Accelerate Results,” as part of the Western Washington University’s Lecture Series at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 5 in room 105 of the WWU Center at Olympic College Poulsbo.
The presentation is free and open to the public.
Bruce will explore the significance of being positive, its impact at home and in the workplace and share methods to increase positive thinking. Bruce argues that maintaining a positive attitude can lead to improved engagement, creativity and the ability to work as a team.
For more information on this lecture or the Western Lecture Series, please visit wwu.edu/KitsapEvents or call (360) 394-2733.
Extended Ed Offering Project Management Crash Course This Spring; Info Sessions Set for March 11 and April 2
Western Washington University’s Extended Education will offer “Project Management Crash Course” this spring, an evening program open to students, staff, faculty and the community.
The crash course focuses on developing skills and techniques to aid in project management, as well as prepare individuals for their Project Management Certification exam through the Project Management Institute.
Information sessions will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 11 at the Bellingham Public Library and 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 2 in WWU Communications Facility Room 316.
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.
Instructor Robin Halliday is a certified Project Management Professional with more than 25 years of knowledge and experience. Overseeing both projects and people in a managerial setting, she has been involved in the following sectors: software development, network services and operations and facility moves.
For more information on Project Management Crash Course, please visit wwu.edu/enrich, email ExtendedEd@wwu.eduor call (360) 650-3308.
The Western Washington University Department of Theatre and Dance continues its 2014-15 season with three-time Tony Award-winning comedy In the Next Room or the vibrator play, by Sarah Ruhl.
The play, set in the 1890s, explores different aspects of women’s intimate lives during the Victorian era, when women were raised to believe sex was something to be endured, not enjoyed. The play hinges on the newly developed electric vibrator, which gained popularity with doctors of the time as a way to treat women’s hysteria. The production contains adult themes.
Performances of In the Next Room or the vibrator play run at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 5-7 and Feb. 11-14, with 2 p.m. matinees on Feb. 7 and 14 in the DUG Theatre on the lower level of the Performing Arts Center on the WWU campus. The play is directed by Cynthia White, adjunct faculty member and member of Actors Equity Association and SDC – the national union of theatrical directors and choreographers.
Tickets to In the Next Room or the vibrator play are on sale now for $10-$15 with discounts for students and with a valid WWU ID. Contact the box office at (360) 650-6146 or visit tickets.wwu.edu. Parking is free in the ‘C’ lots south of campus after 4:30 p.m. weekdays, and all day on weekends. Visitor parking is available off Garden Street below the Viking Union, and pay-by-the-hour parking is available near the Performing Arts Center in lots 11G and 14G after 4:30 p.m. weekdays, and all day on weekends.
For more information about attending a performance, go to cfpa.wwu.edu/visiting.
Western Washington University’s Palliative Care Institute to Host ‘Heal Without Cure: Enacting the Vision’ Work Party Feb. 19
BELLINGHAM – The Western Washington University RN-to-BSN program and various Whatcom healthcare organizations are partnering to sponsor a palliative care workshop on Thursday, Feb. 19 at Bellingham Technical College.
The Palliative Care Institute invites members of the public to attend “Heal Without Cure: Enacting the Vison,” at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 19 in Settlemyer Hall at Bellingham Technical College; pre-registration is required by Feb. 8. The event costs $5 and a buffet dinner is included. The event aims to find successful ways to promote a form of medical care that is set on improving the quality of life for those with a serious illness – to heal without a cure.
Participants will convene and review a call-to-action produced out of the summer institute. Later in the evening, smaller groups will spend the evening brainstorming project ideas, their potential outcomes and establishing a timeline to achieve their goal of spreading their message throughout the greater-Bellingham community.
Workshops include: provider training input for summer institute; complementary, alternative and allopathic provider partnerships; community-based palliative care service; website of resources; normalizing the conversation (i.e. card-making party); culture supporting those who are dying – making the journey; community awareness – bus advertisement, 60 by 65 campaign; improving end-of-life care in skilled nursing and long-term care; and caregiver support: (i.e. Bellingham At Home.)
The event is sponsored by The Palliative Care Institute (PCI) which is a partnership with WWU, Whatcom Alliance for Health Advancement (WAHA), Community Organized Group for Health, PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center Palliative Care and Whatcom Hospice. The PCI has been established to help transform palliative care in the Whatcom community and support the human responses to living and dying.
This workshop will build on work completed in previous institutes. However, new participants are always welcome. Interested parties can register online by clicking the link. The registration deadline is Sunday, Feb. 8. All paper registration applications must be received no later than Friday, Feb. 6.
Scholarships are available to those in need of financial assistance. Please contact email@example.com request assistance. For more information, please visit https://wce.wwu.edu/bsn/palliative-care-institute.
Items such as climate change and the militarization of American policing will be discussed by activists, researchers, and scholars in the Winter World Issues Forum lecture series, organized by Western Washington University’s Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies.
The following forums are free and open to the campus community and general public. The forums are held from noon to 1:20 p.m. every Wednesday in the Fairhaven College Auditorium, unless otherwise noted below.
Wednesday, Jan. 28
“Mapping Corporate Education Reform in the Neoliberal State"
Presenter: Wayne Au,associate professor in the School of Educational Studies at the University of Washington Bothell and an editor for “Rethinking Schools.”Public education is currently seen as one of the last great “prizes” for proponents of neoliberalism as a large market for potential profit. In this talk, professor Au will analyze how the neoliberal restructuring of the state relative to public education has resulted in a shift from democratic government to an increase in non-democratic network governance by corporations, nonprofit organizations, and philanthropies. Drawing from his upcoming co-edited collection, this talk offers a framing for the rise of neoliberal network governance in education and shares different examples of social network analyses illustrating such governance in the United States, Chile, and elsewhere.
Wednesday, Feb. 4
“War Comes Home: The Excessive Militarization of American Policing”
Presenter: Seattle Lawyer Peter Danelo, across the country, heavily-armed SWAT teams are forcing their way into people's homes in the middle of the night, often using explosives to temporarily blind and deafen residents, simply to serve a search warrant for a small amount of drugs. As we have seen recently in Ferguson, police officers in camouflage tote military rifles and patrol in the same armored vehicles used in the war zones of Iraq and Afghanistan. But this is America: our neighborhoods are not war zones, and our police officers should not be treating us like wartime enemies. How did we get here and what can we do about it?
Wednesday, Feb. 11
“Planting Trees: Protecting and Restoring the Environment in Guatemala”
Presenter: Jorge Armando Lopez, community activist with theChico Mendes Reforestation Projectin Guatemala, the greater contexts of environmental justice, climate change, and indigenous peoples’ struggle for survival and sovereignty. Lopez will highlight his work in Pachaj, a Maya K’iche’ village in Guatemala. The project began in 1998 as an idea conceived by Lopez and two friends who had become disillusioned with the politics of their local government. They created a new environmental initiative with a focus on the reforestation of nearby community lands. It began with a small tree nursery near Jorge’s home in Pachaj—an area highly impacted by heavy logging, mining, agriculture and the deforestation done during the country’s civil war in the 80’s. Come learn about the Project and the environmental crisis in Central America created by civil war, international free trade agreements, and continued social repression.
Tuesday, Feb. 174:15 p.m. in Communication 110
Elise Chenier (see below)will give a workshop for students and faculty on Interracial Intimacies (http://interracialintimacies.org/how_to.html), focusing on historical research, oral testimony, mixed race and feminist and LGTBQI research methodology.
Sponsored by Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies and the World Issues Forum.
Wednesday, Feb. 18
“Pinkwashing; The Queer Critique of Israel’s Pro-Lesbian and Gay Politics in Historical Perspective”
Presenter: Elise Chenier, associate professor of History and Director, Archive of Lesbian Oral Testimony, Simon Fraser University, British Columbia. Over the past few years the Israeli government and its supporters have been actively promoting the country as the only nation in the Middle East to support lesbian and gay rights, and advertising their beaches to the gay community as an ideal vacation spot. Across the west, lesbians and gays have adamantly rejected this campaign on the grounds that the Israeli government is using gay and lesbian issues, and gays and lesbians themselves, to cover up or "pinkwash" their actions, deemed "criminal" by the United Nations, against Palestinians. In this talk, historian Elise Chenier offers an overview of the history of queer politics in the west to put the current movement of queers against Israeli apartheid in context.
Wednesday, Feb. 25
“Israel, South Africa and the Jim Crow South: Resisting Apartheid”
Presenter: Omar Barghouti,Palestinian human rights activist and co-founder of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement for Palestinian rights. The presentation will cover the origins, motives, successes and inspirations behind the non-violent global, Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) human rights movement and the underpinning ethical principles that connect it to the struggle against apartheid South Africa and the Civil Rights movement in the US. The ethical responsibility of Americans in breaking the links of complicity with Israel's regime of occupation, colonization and apartheid are highlighted.
Wednesday, March 4 and 7 p.m. at TBD place
“Undoing Border Imperialism”
Presenter: Harsha Walia, South Asian activist, writer and popular educator. “Undoing Border Imperialism” is a new book that situates immigrant rights movements within a transnational analysis of capitalism, labor exploitation, settler colonialism, state building, and racialized empire. By providing the alternative conceptual frameworks of border imperialism and decolonization, Walia will offer relevant insights for all grassroots and social movement organizers on effective strategies to overcome the barriers and borders within our movements in order to cultivate fierce, loving, and sustainable communities of resistance striving toward liberation. For more information on the World Issues Forum presented by Western’s Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies, contact Shirley Osterhaus at (360) 650-2309 or visit the World Issues Forum Website at http://www.wwu.edu/fairhaven/news/worldissuesforum/index.shtml.
WWU's Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies, established in 1967, is nationally recognized for innovation in teaching and learning, intensive advising, student-designed majors, narrative assessment, experiential and independent learning and a commitment to social justice.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
BELLINGHAM – Western Washington University Assistant Professor of Energy Policy Thomas Webler will discuss Germany’s energy transition as part of the Western Huxley College of the Environment Speaker Series at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 29in Communications Facility 120 on the Western campus.
The presentation is free and open to the public.
Germany is the world’s fourth largest economy and the sixteenth most populous nation. Germans are also strongly committed to fighting climate change without nuclear power. Now they have set the ambitious goal: to fuel their heavily industrialized economy with renewable energy. In his talk titled, “The German Energy Transition: Can we do the same here?” Webler will offer an introduction to and update on Germany’s progress in its so-called Energiewende (Energy Transition), and invite a conversation about whether we can do the same here.
Webler is an assistant professor in Huxley College’s Department of Environmental Studies and a member of Western’s Institute for Energy Studies. He serves on the International Advisory Board for the Center for Interdisciplinary Risk and Innovation Studies at Stuttgart University and recently returned from a trip to Germany, where he met with European scholars researching and teaching about the Energy Transition.
The presentation will include a question-and-answer period. Anyone interested in the topic is encouraged to attend and participate. This lecture is also part of the Alaska Airlines Speaker Series, made possible by a generous contribution to the Western Institute for Energy Studies.
The Huxley College 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.
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, please contact Western’s Huxley College of the Environment at (360) 650-2554.
BELLINGHAM – Twenty-two year-old Beatrice Rana will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 6 at the Western Washington University Concert Hall as part of the Sanford-Hill Piano Series.
Rana won Silver (2nd Prize) and the Audience Award at the prestigious Van Cliburn competition in June 2013; she had already attracted international attention at age 18, winning 1st Prize and all special prizes at the Montreal International competition in 2011.
Born in 1993 to a family of musicians, Rana made her debuts as a soloist with orchestra at the age of 9, performing Bach Concerto in F minor. She began her musical studies at four and achieved her Piano Degree at the age of sixteen with top marks, laude and honorable mention under the guidance of Benedetto Lupo at the Nino Rota Conservatory of Music in Monopoli, where she also studied composition with Marco della Sciucca. Lupo performed as part of the Sanford-Hill Piano Series in November of 2013.
Rana played in 2013 with Yannick Nézet-Seguin in Montreal, and in 2014 with the RAI Symphony Orchestra and the Los Angeles Philharmonic at Walt Disney Hall; and will play with the Detroit Symphony, the Accademia di Santa-Cecilia, the Queensland Symphony in Brisbane, the Filharmonica della Scala in Milan, and the London Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall in 2015.
Rana was also selected in 2014 to perform at the International Music Festival of the Orpheum Foundation for advancement of Young Soloists at Zurich’s Tonhalle, with the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino conducted by Zubin Mehta. She now studies with Arie Verdi in Hannover, Germany.
The quadrennial Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, widely recognized as one of the world’s most important piano competitions, was organized by a group of music teachers and citizens from Fort Worth, Texas in 1962 to commemorate American pianist Van Cliburn’s sensational victory at the first Tchaikovsky International Competition in Moscow in 1958. His performance in Moscow heralded a new confidence in the quality of American music-making, as well as a new era in cultural relations between East and West. The completion celebrates Cliburn’s historic achievement and is dedicated to the discovery of the world’s finest pianists.
Tickets for Beatrice Rana’s performance are $16-40 and available at the WWU Box Office (360) 650-6146 or online at tickets.wwu.edu.
For the last 13 years, the Sanford Hill Piano Series has provided access to professional pianists from around the world for the students of Western Washington University and the greater community. The piano series is supported by its namesakes, Sibyl Sanford and WWU Emeritus Professor of Music, Ford Hill. Ticket proceeds benefits scholarships for WWU piano students. For more information about the series, visit wwu.edu/sanfordhill
BELLINGHAM – Job seekers looking to connect directly with employers are invited to attend Western Washington University’s Winter Career Fair, which will take place Thursday, Feb. 12, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Viking Union Multi-purpose Room. Admission to the fair is free and the event is open to the public.
Sponsored by WWU’s Career Services Center, the Winter Career Fair is a major recruiting event that allows students and the general public to meet with hiring managers from a wide range of employers, including private-sector companies, non-profit organizations and government agencies.
This event provides valuable opportunities for students and alumni of all majors to discuss internship and employment possibilities with participating organizations. For those who may be uncertain about their career goals or options, the Winter Career Fair is an excellent resource for conducting job market research.
Participating employers include: Alaska Airlines, Amazon, American Family Insurance, Aramark, CampusPoint, Conversica, Draper Valley Farms, Enterprise Holdings, Everett Police Department, Expedia, Fastenal, Georgia Pacific, Keller Williams Western Realty, Maxim Healthcare Services, Skagit Regional Health, Target, Team Corporation, The Sherwin Williams Company, Tyler Technologies, US Bank and many more.
This year’s fair will also be featuring an engineering section in conjunction with the Engineering and Design Department’s new programs. Participating employers include: EMC, Exotic Metals Forming Co., King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks, Puget Sound Energy, U. S. Geological Survey, the Washington State Department of Ecology, and others. Engineering student clubs will also be in attendance.
BELLINGHAM – Western Washington University has been selected for the national 2014 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction award, which recognizes higher education institutions across the country that reflect the values of exemplary community service and achieve meaningful outcomes in their communities.
“We’re proud to once again receive this recognition, because making a positive difference in the world beyond our campus is a fundamental part of who we are at Western. Students come to Western looking to put their higher education to higher purposes, and our faculty and staff are so good at helping them realize those goals here in our local communities, and around the world,” said Western President Bruce Shepard.
Western is the only public institution on the West Coast that has made the Honor Roll with Distinction every year since 2010.
For the 2014 award, Western was recognized for: the programs and services of the Center for Service-Learning, Compass 2 Campus and the Human Services program.
The Center for Service Learning offers services that facilitate partnerships that meet the common goals of the WWU, local, regional and international communities.
“Once again, the Center for Service-Learning is honored to be recognized for the high quality of Western’s rigorous and engaging education. Western offers many powerful examples of how students apply their learning for the greater good. Together with community members, we create positive change, strengthen communities, and live our education,” said Tim Costello, director of the Center for Service-Learning.
Compass 2 Campus is a program at Western designed to increase access to higher education by providing an opportunity for 5th-12th grade students from traditionally underrepresented and diverse backgrounds in Whatcom and Skagit counties to be mentored by university students.
“Our engaged and dedicated Western student mentors are positively changing the lives of many children in our community, which is primary goal of Compass 2 Campus,” said Cyndie Shepard, director of Compass 2 Campus.
The Human Services Program, part of Western’s Woodring College of Education, prepares professionals to work in a variety of settings as case managers, advocates, grant writers, youth workers, volunteer coordinators, human resource specialists, fundraisers, trainers, para-educators or advocacy specialists for victims of child abuse, domestic violence, homelessness, or other social issues.
“The Human Services program has a 45-year history of close engagement and collaboration with community partners. It is a mutually beneficial relationship, wherein our students provide much needed services for our partners, while adding to their academic experience through applied practice. Our program would not be nearly as sought after and successful if not for our community engagement,” said John Korsmo, associate professor and academic program director for Human Services.
The President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll was inspired by the thousands of college students who traveled across the country to support relief efforts along the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina; the initiative celebrates the volunteer spirit that exists within the higher education community.
The Corporation for National and Community Service oversees the Honor Roll in collaboration with the U.S. Departments of Education and Housing and Urban Development, Campus Compact, and the American Council on Education.
Western has received numerous recognitions for its community outreach and service. Compass 2 Campus Director Cyndie Shepard has received a national Point of Light Award and also was named to the Northwest Hall of Fame for her work with Compass 2 Campus. Also, Western is No. 1 on the 2014 Peace Corps rankings among medium schools with 65 Western undergraduate alumni currently serving.
BELLINGHAM – Jun San Juan, assistant professor of Kinesiology at Western Washington University, will give a talk titled “Born to Run? Biomechanical Factors of Running Injuries” from 7 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 10 in the Bellingham City Council Chambers, 210 Lottie St., in Bellingham.
The free, public talk is an installment of the WWU College of Humanities and Social Sciences Dean’s Lecture Series and is co-sponsored by the City of Bellingham.
Running is becoming an increasingly popular activity with participation noted at all age levels. The increase in both participation and increased frequency of training can lead to significantly increased exposure to running-related injuries, most notably in the lower extremities. In his presentation, Jun San Juan will discuss multiple factors that can contribute to running-related injuries.
Jun, who has a doctorate in Biomechanics from the University of Oregon, is a certified athletic trainer through the National Athletic Trainers’ Association. His research interest is in injury prevention and rehabilitation. His goal is to bridge the gap between researchers and clinicians.
Audience questions for the Feb. 10 talk will be welcomed. The lecture will be recorded and shown on Bellingham TV Channel 10.
For more information on this lecture, please contact Kirsten Anderson, WWU College of Humanities & Social Sciences, (360) 650-3763, or Kirsten.Anderson@wwu.edu
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; CommunicationStudies; English; History; Journalism; Liberal Studies; Modern and Classical Languages, and Philosophy as well as three interdisciplinary programs: East Asian Studies, Linguistics, and Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies.