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Contact: Ann Russell, coordinator, Campus Community Coalition, (360) 650-6863 or Ann.Russell@wwu.edu
BELLINGHAM – Research scientist Julia Dilley will speak about the state and local impacts of liquor privatization during a town hall-style community discussion on underage drinking in Whatcom County from 4 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 30 at the St Luke’s Community Health Education Center, 3333 Squalicum Parkway, Bellingham.
The event, free and open to the public, also will include Bellingham youth who will share results from their recent survey of alcohol advertising and marketing in our community.
“We will explore how our misperceptions about youth alcohol consumption can affect our ability to address this issue at the community level,” said Ann Russell, Campus Community Coalition coordinator.
Dr. Dilley currently works with state and local health departments and tribes in Washington, Oregon, Alaska and New Mexico. Her current research projects include studies of health disparities and the impact of policy – including alcohol privatization – on behaviors and public health outcomes. She is a senior research scientist and principal investigator with Program Design and Evaluation Services (PDES), an interagency public health research and evaluation unit within Multnomah County Health Department and Oregon Health Authority.
During the community discussion, participants will examine the changes all of us can make – whether student, parent, teacher, neighbor, family, friend or health care professional – to create an environment in Whatcom County where youth can feel supported and inspired.
The event will empower attendees to address some of the environmental attributes that affect underage alcohol use in Whatcom County. By learning to promote health and commit to keeping misperceptions in check the discussion will help encourage a community that supports all its members to make positive choices about their health and quality of life.
This event may be especially useful to students, parents, teachers, policy makers, neighborhood residents and health care professionals.
Light refreshments will be provided. Translation services can be made available. RSVPs strongly encouraged (to plan for food and seats); to RSVP click here.
This event is sponsored by The Campus Community Coalition, The Whatcom Prevention Coalition, WWU Prevention and Wellness Services and the Whatcom County Health Department, and made possible with funding from the Campus Community Coalition, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
Contact: Chris Roselli, WWU Alumni Association, at (360) 650- 6832 or Chris.Roselli@wwu.edu
BELLINGHAM – Western Washington University will host its 5th Annual Back2Bellingham reunion weekend for alumni, families, students, faculty/staff and community on May 16-18.
“It’s been very exciting to see Back2Bellingham become an annual highlight for Western alumni, students, parents, and the community at large over the last five years,” President Bruce Shepard said. “We’re proud to once again showcase the best of what Western’s engaging, inviting and adventurous community of students and faculty have to offer over the course of this packed weekend. And of course, Western’s distinctive approach to higher education put to higher purposes will be part of the mix, with programs like Relay for Life, EndFair and an environmental cleanup project among others.”
Back2Bellingham offers an opportunity for all WWU colleges, departments, clubs and organizations to bring potential and current students, parents and staff together to network with alumni and faculty.
“Back2Bellingham is not only for alums; we invite anyone with a connection to Western to come experience campus, classes without quizzes and a variety of events available to create an entertaining weekend,” Chris Roselli, director of young alumni and student programs at the Western Alumni Association, said. “The list of activities extends to the entire Bellingham community and Whatcom County, including local businesses that will sponsor events and offer special discounts for that weekend.”
Back2Bellingham’s fifth year features more than 100 reunions, tours, educational discussions, athletic events, recreational and entertainment opportunities, with live music on four stages. Guest speakers for 2014 include environmentalist and founder of 350.org, Bill McKibben, as well as YouTube sensation and inspirational speaker “Dancing Matt” Harding.
The $13 registration includes a BBQ lunch on Old Main Lawn with live music by the Prime Time Band, the Red Square Carnival with a 250-foot zip line through campus, Party in the Library, Classes without Quizzes, Junior Viking Blast Pass and kids athletic camps, Downtown Bellingham Bash at Boundary Bay Brewery and campus tours. Some theatrical events and reunions require additional tickets, which can be purchased at www.back2bellingham.com and at the WWU Box Office throughout the weekend.
Potential students and parents will also have an opportunity to see the outstanding work of current Western students with the 15th Annual Scholars Week Showcase. Additionally, Western's Office of Admissions invites high school students interested in attending WWU to attend “Spring into Western.”
Back2Bellingham fun extends beyond Saturday’s big events in Red Square and into the community. Beginning Friday, participants can enjoy guided tours of Bellingham, Lakewood and Bellingham Bay via bicycle, kayak or whale-watching boat.
“Spring is a great time for families to connect with their student and visit campus. With great student-sponsored events, engaging presentations and the recently upgraded planetarium, there are always new things to see and learn about,” said Anna Carey, director for New Student Services/Family Outreach. “We’re especially pleased to feature Bill McKibben as the culminating speaker for this year’s programming with Western Reads.”
In addition, WWU is partnering with Whatcom County Tourism to include special discounts from businesses on the Bellingham Experience mobile app through the weekend.
Learn more, register, and see who’s coming at www.back2bellingham.com
Contact: Jennifer Keller, associate professor of Journalism at Western Washington University, (360) 650-4987 or Jennifer.Keller@wwu.edu.Western Washington University student and Vancouver, Wash., native Emily Willeman; photo courtesy PRWeek
BELLINGHAM – Western Washington University student Emily Willeman recently finished in the top five of PRWeek’s National Student of the Year contest, a competition that is open to public relations students from across the country.
Students entering the contest are tasked with writing a five-page campaign consisting of their own primary research and evaluation.
Prior to this year, PRWeek used a real company as the model for the competition, but this year opted to ask students to come up with a campaign for a fictitious company called Flight Airlines.
“Every year up until now, you’ve had a really good idea of what the company is. During the primary research, you could go up to students and ask what they thought about that specific company,” said Willeman, a native of Vancouver and a graduate of Union High School. “But because this was this was the first time they had done a fictional one, I basically had to start everything from scratch.”
Willeman’s requirement was to pair up the fictitious Flight Airlines with Olympic athletes. Using the concept of light both literally and metaphorically, she planned for the athletes to carry the light of the Olympics on “a flight relay” with Flight Airlines. In Willeman’s campaign, members of the media were invited to watch the flight relay traveling from Seattle to other parts of the United States, and eventually landing in Rio de Janeiro, the site of the upcoming the Summer Olympics. At each stop, a member of the crew would run a replica of the Olympic torch from one plane to the next. When the plane finally landed in Rio de Janeiro, the American athletes were presented the torch in a simple ceremony.
PRWeek is a monthly trade magazine written for the public relations industry with about 6,000 subscribers across the United States.
Willeman, a Journalism/PR major, was the only student from the West Coast in the top five finalists. The awards were handed out March 20 at the Grand Hyatt in New York City.
For more information about PRWeek and the Student of the Year awards, visit http://awards.prweekus.com.
Contact: Jen VanderWeyden, Western Washington University’s Huxley College of the Environment marketing coordinator at (360) 650-2554
BELLINGHAM – Bernard Housen will discuss the use of tree leaves as pollution monitors as part of Western Washington University’s Huxley College of the Environment speaker series at 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 24 in the Environmental Studies building, room 100 on Western’s campus.
The presentation is free and open to the public.
In his talk titled “Magnetic Properties of Tree Leaves Reveal Pollution Patterns in Bellingham,” Housen describes the use of tree leaves as biomonitors of airborne particulate matter in Western Washington. Airborne particulates are important factors in local and regional air quality, which in turn impacts the health of residents. Current studies suggest that metallic particulates, which derive primarily from industrial or vehicular sources, may carry greater exposure-related risks and tree leaves are especially effective collectors of particulate matter in urban and rural environments.
Housen is a professor of Geology at Western. He grew up in Auburn, graduated from the University of Washington with a bachelor’s degree in Geological Sciences, and attended graduate school at the University of Michigan, where he earned a master’s and a doctorate in Geological Sciences.
The presentation will include a question-and-answer period. Anyone interested in the topic is encouraged to attend and participate. The speaker series 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 Jen VanderWeyden at WWU’s Huxley College of the Environment at (360) 650-2554.
Contact: Josh Bennett at Bennett.firstname.lastname@example.org or (360) 510-1646
BELLINGHAM – A team of six Western Washington University students won $10,000 for their NOVA Solar Window plan at the 6th Annual Environmental Innovation Challenge on Thursday, April 3 at the Seattle Center’s Exhibition Hall.
The Western team won the $5,000 second-place prize sponsored by Puget Sound Energy and the $5,000 Clean Energy Prize sponsored by the University of Washington Clean Energy Institute. The annual Environmental Innovation Challenge encourages interdisciplinary student teams to define an environmental problem, develop a solution, produce a prototype, and create a business summary that demonstrates the commercial viability of their product, process or service. More than 90 collegiate teams competed in the contest.
Team members included Blake Bishop of Fairhope, Ala.; Christian Erickson of Lake Stevens; Josh Bennett of Bellingham; James Mayther of Olympia; Sarah O’Sell of Kenmore; and Jim Kintzele of Michigan City, Ind.
While the underlying technology behind the solar transparent collector has been in development for more than five years, the team, which formed in fall quarter, created the application, design solution, prototype and the commercial plan for the solar window. Bishop served as the project manager and solicited applications from some of Western’s Masters of Business Administration students to join the team. Other members were sought from Western’s Industrial Design and Electronics Engineering Technology programs. Faculty sponsors included Associate Professor of Finance and Marketing Ed Love and Professor of Chemistry David Patrick.
Kintzele spent long hours in the lab on the solar collector prototype, managing a team of five EET students helping him. O’Sell built the prototype’s frame and provided conceptual designs as well as informational graphics. Mayther was in charge of finances, strategy, and operations while Bennett created the team’s marketing and sales plan.
Next, the team will participate in the Investment Round of the UW Business Plan Competition on Tuesday, April 29, as one of only 36 teams to move forward from the Screening Round on April 10-13. They will pitch the NOVA Solar Window to judges in hopes to be considered one of the projects with the best chance of success in the real world and earn “funding” in the form of fictitious Buerk Bucks, given to the team the judges think has the best plan and real-world application. The 16 teams with the most Buerk Bucks will move on to the Sweet 16 Round.
For additional information please contact Josh Bennett at Bennett.email@example.com or (360) 510-1646.
Contact: Perry Fizzano, chair, Western Washington University Dept. of Computer Science, at Perry.Fizzano@wwu.edu or (360) 650-3807.
BELLINGHAM – Western Washington University’s team is going to the National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (NCCDC) on April 25 – 27 in San Antonio, Texas after winning the Pacific Rim Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition regional at Highline Community College in March.
In the CCDC competition, the group of students is told they are replacing the information technology team of a fictional company. They must carry on various business-related IT tasks – setting up databases, e-mail servers, and the like, while next door, a team of hackers called the Red Team is attempting to compromise these same services.
“It was intense, and very fast-paced,” said Katie Klions, a Computer Science major from Silverdale. “While you are working to protect your infrastructure, the Red Team is working to bring it down. Winning the competition comes down to which team can not only defend against the initial intrusions, but repair the damage done quickly while at the same time preventing the Red Team from coming back and doing it again.”
The Red Team is brought in by the competition’s organizers, and is made up of cybersecurity professionals from the military, government, and industry.
This is the first time that Western has sent a team to the nationals, where it will be in a field of 10 teams including squads from the University of California at Berkeley, the Air Force Academy, and Southern Methodist University.
Cybersecurity is a growing field, as evidenced by the breach of Target’s databases over the holidays, resulting in the theft of millions of credit card numbers.
“The urgent and massive need for computer-security professionals has caught the government, industry and education sectors quite unprepared. Corporations such as Target are suddenly finding that large-scale compromise of their information systems and customers’ personal data is not just an embarrassment, but a significant threat to their commercial viability,” said David Bover, associate dean of Western’s College of Sciences and Technology.
Bover said there is currently a need for thousands of suitably qualified computer security professionals but very few colleges and universities in the nation have the faculty and academic programs to make a significant impact on this shortage in the workforce.
“There is no evidence that corporations in Washington state are any better prepared than Target,” he said.
Western’s CCDC team is made up of Klions; Troy Tornow of Spokane; co-captain Aaron Griffin of Stanwood; Tim Sargent of Bremerton; Mark Shipley of Silverdale; Rémi Gattaz of Montbonnot, St. Martin, France; Michael Hennings of Kingston; and James Collins of Conway.
Klions said they are deep in preparations for the nationals later this month in San Antonio.
“The key to our success in the Pacific Rim competition was communication. We were able to communicate extremely well, and everyone knew their jobs and roles,” she said. “If we can keep those lines of communications up, I think we’ll do well at nationals.”
For more information on Western’s involvement in the NCCDC, contact Perry Fizzano at Perry.Fizzano@wwu.edu or (360) 650-3807.
Contact: Dawn Dietrich, director of Western Washington University’s Western Reads program, at Western.Reads@wwu.edu
BELLINGHAM – Western Washington University has selected Daniel James Brown’s book “The Boys in the Boat” as the Western Reads book for the 2014-2015 academic year.
Western Reads is Western’s campus-wide reading program designed to promote intellectual engagement and civil discourse among members of the campus community.
All new freshman and transfer students will receive a complimentary copy of “The Boys in the Boat” at orientation and will be invited to participate in a variety of Western Reads activities during the academic year, including discussions, faculty presentations and guest lectures.
In this moving and insightful book, Brown 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.
Brown shares the moving story of working-class boys who came from the state’s “foggy coastal villages, damp dairy farms, and smoky lumber towns" and mastered the art of rowing and work together and to become Olympic champions.
Joe Rantz, the central character and emotional heart of the book, is a young man who knows that a seat in the boat, and the camaraderie and commitment of the other boys, is his best chance of remaining in college. In the depths of the Great Depression and looming rise of Nazi Germany, nine young men changed the world of rowing and captured the hearts of the nation.
The Western Reads selection committee is comprised of faculty, staff and students from across campus. Criteria for selecting the book include issues of concern to students, accessibility, and possibilities for interdisciplinary conversation and opportunities for students to reflect on their own lives as learners. The Whatcom Reads program has also selected Brown’s book for the coming year and the two programs will work together on programming and events.
Previous years’ Westerns Reads books include: “Early Warming: Crisis and Response in the Climate Changed North,” by Nancy Lord; “The Young and the Digital,” by S. Craig Watkins; “Omnivore’s Dilemma,” by Michael Pollan; “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time,” by Mark Haddon; “Persepolis,” by Marjane Satrapi; “Honky” by Dalton Conley, and “The Battle Over the Meaning of Everything” by Gordy Slack.
Western Reads is sponsored by Western’s Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education – Senior Vice President, and Vice President for Enrollments and Student Services and by New Student Services/Family Outreach.
Contact: Shirley Osterhaus, Western Washington University’s Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies coordinator, (360) 650-2309 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
BELLINGHAM – Scholars and activists from diverse backgrounds will have the opportunity to engage and inform individuals on a variety of global and local issues for the Spring 2014 World Issues Forum lecture series, presented by Western Washington University’s Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies.
The following forums are free and open to the public, and are from noon to 1:20 p.m. every Wednesday in Western’s Fairhaven College Auditorium, unless noted otherwise:
Wednesday, April 16
Traditional Justice as an Alternative for Child Services
James Pirtle, Seattle trial lawyer
The presentation entails the tragic story of Thomas Kwoyelo, former child soldier turned commander in the Lord's Resistance Army in Uganda. He was the first combatant to be slated for trial in the new International Crimes Division of the High Court of Uganda. Kwoyelo's defense team won his case on appeal on equal protection grounds (though the government has refused to release him). Pirtle will discuss the status of this case, moral culpability, the plight of the child soldier, and the lasting consequences on the accused, the state, and the victims of rebellion. For more information on Pirlte’s defense of Kwoyelo, go to windowmagazine.org.
4-5 p.m., Wednesday, April 16 in Academic West 304
Gaza Writes Back
Refaat Alareer, Yousef Aljamal, Rawan Yaghi, young writers from Gaza
Three young writers from Gaza, members of the generation that has lived through Israel’s 2008-2009 offensive known as “Operation Cast Lead,” share experiences that have fundamentally impacted their lives. Their stories are acts of resistance and defiance, proclaiming the endurance of Palestinians and the continuing resilience and creativity of their culture in the face of ongoing obstacles and attempts to silence them. Whether tackling the tragedy that surrounds missile strikes and home raids, or the everyday indignities encountered by Palestinian refugees, through their writing these authors have brought to life the real issues that the people of Gaza face.
Wednesday, April 23
Water: Why it Matters and How it is Changing the World
Sheila Muxlow, campaign director with the Water Wealth Project
Join Sheila Muxlow for an informative and interactive workshop on water and threats and opportunities to transform the status quo into a state of sustainability. Thinking globally while acting locally, Sheila will share her expertise with international development and her experiences of working on water issues in Canada. The workshop will dive into the topics of fracking, tar sands, hydro projects and coal, while also sharing some hope in the opportunities campaigning on water protection provide to build a mainstream movement to counter the insatiable push for unsustainable economic growth.
Wednesday, April 30
Julienne Gage, producer and multimedia journalist
"Water Everlasting?" looks at the management of Haiti's most essential resource in the aftermath of its 2010 earthquake. That topic opens a broader dialogue about development in the western hemisphere's poorest country. Can Haiti ever recover? Where do those billions of dollars in international aid funds go? What will it take to get Haiti moving toward a more sustainable future? Rather than make a typical PR video highlighting just the successful parts of a project, Gage and her crew opted to explore the complexities of a work in progress.
Monday, May 5
Not One More Deportation
Maru Mora Villalpando, Latina immigrant organizer and consultants for nonprofits working for racial justice, advocacy
Wednesday, May 7
A Different Kind of Travel: Global Inquiries
Brittaney Schunzel and Steven Riley, Fairhaven College Adventure Learning Grant recipients, 2012
The planet at large is a dense and complicated network of human relationships, environment and opportunities. Steven Riley and Brittaney Schunzel will speak to their individual experiences traveling throughout Egypt, Mongolia and China and creating dialogue abroad through Fairhaven College's Adventure Learning Grant in 2012-2013.
Thursday, May 15, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Viking Union 565
Tony Panyan’s name to this talk “North America Adrift: Understanding the Successes and Failures of NAFTA” at the Border Policy Research Institute Conference “Beyond Nafta: Thinning the Border to Strengthen North American Competitiveness.”
Wednesday, May 21
The Three U.S.-Mexico Border Wars: An Update
Tony Payan, professor of Political Science at the University of Texas at El Paso
North America is pulled in two different directions: reaffirmation of the nation-state, with implications for border controls, or the inevitability of globalization with its particular meaning for border flows. Twenty years after NAFTA, the three countries of North America have failed to take advantage of a unique historical opportunity to move the status of borders from lines of defense and opposition to lines of encounter and institutionalized cooperation. Border structures are ever more rigid; vested interests in border closing are still growing, and political leadership lacking. Overlooked are the lives of tens of millions of people who have had their economic prosperity curtailed, mobility truncated, and sense of security upset by unprecedented deployment of technology and force, both of which are channeled into controlling rather than efficiently managing our borders.
Wednesday, May 28
Adventures in Hospital Land: The Semiotics and Sadism of the U.S. Medical Industrial Complex
Wendy Susan Simonds, professor of Sociology at Georgia State University
This talk centers on the visual culture of medical institutions, or what Simonds calls "Hospital Land," through a discussion of photographs Simonds began taking during the chemotherapy treatment of her friend and former colleague, Chet Meeks, in 2007 and continued to take thereafter. Simonds uses these photographs to comment on the ways in which science, medicine, and ultimately, authoritarian institutions more generally instruct people, seeking to generate and then direct particular forms of behavior in the service of institutional goals.
Simonds will describe how her perceptions of and strategies for coping with Hospital Land have changed as she has aged, and as she became increasingly (personally and professionally) attentive to the contradictions and complexities of medicalization. Simonds’ goal is to illuminate broad cultural in/sensibilities and conventions around health care, mortality, and identity in ways that she hopes will serve as an intellectually engaging and personally useful guide for understanding and coping with Hospital Land.
For more information on Western’s Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies World Issues Forum speaker series, call Shirley Osterhaus at (360) 650-2309 or visit the World Issues Forum Website at http://www.wwu.edu/fairhaven.
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.
Contact: Jenny Spurgin, Employer Outreach Manager, WWU Career Services Center, (360) 650-3240 email@example.com
BELLINGHAM – Job seekers looking for ways to connect directly with employers are invited to attend Western Washington University’s Spring Career Fair, which will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, April 24 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 Spring 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. Over 60 organizations will be participating in the fair.
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 Career Fair is an excellent resource for conducting job market research. Students who are graduating and have not yet found employment are encouraged to attend.
Participating employers will include: Aramark, CampusPoint, Everett and Olympia Police Departments, Logos Bible Software, Medical Consultants Network, PACCAR, Pacific Capital Resource Group, Pexco, Target, Washington State Auditor’s Office, Wells Fargo, Zillow, Zodiac Aerospace and many more.
To make the most of the Career Fair experience, job seekers should research participating companies in advance, dress in professional business attire, and bring lots of resumes. For a complete listing of participating employers and information about how to prepare for the fair, please visit the Career Services Center website at http://www.wwu.edu/careers/.
For more information about this event, visit the Career Services Center offices in Old Main 280, or call (360) 650-3240.
Western Offering Info Session for ‘Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages’ Program April 16
Contact: Trish Skillman, Western Washington University Woodring College of Education, TESOL program director, at Trish.Skillman@wwu.edu or (360) 650-3336.
BELLINGHAM – Western Washington University’s Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) certificate program will hold an information session at 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 16 in Western’s Miller Hall Room 131.
In our increasingly globalized world, a TESOL certificate demonstrates evidence of in-depth training that opens doors to international, national and local opportunities.
Western’s TESOL certificate program focuses on preparing students to teach internationally and with adult populations within the United States.
Community members and college students alike are welcome to take an initial TESOL course prior to formally applying to the program and the university.
Students enrolled in the program will have the option of taking courses online only, in classrooms on Western’s campus, a combination of online and in-person classes, and through intensive summer programs in Bellingham and Mexico.
Contact: Chris Casquilho, Western Washington University’s College of Fine and Performing Arts manager of Marketing and Special Events at (360) 650-2829, or firstname.lastname@example.org
BELLINGHAM – Western Washington University’s College of Fine and Performing Arts will host a pair of piano performances at its Performing Arts Center Concert Hall on April 17 and 23.
Milica Jelača Jovanović and Marija Ilić will perform a piano duo recital at 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 17; the evening’s program includes works by Robert Alexander Schumann, Franz Schubert, Sergei Prokovfiev, and Johann Sebastian Bach, including Schumann’s “Andante and Variations, op. 46.”
Jovanović is a member of the piano faculty at Western and Ilić is an internationally-known performer and teacher with appearances at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York City.
The event is free and open to the public.
Christina Dahl and Oksana Ezhokina will perform an evening of four-handed piano pieces courtesy of Western's Department of Music at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 23.
Dahl has established a reputation as one of the leading piano teachers of her generation, working for nearly 20 years in the Stony Brook University Music department, a program that has fostered eclectic pianists whose careers range from Bang On a Can and Yarn/Wire membership to prizewinning in the Cleveland Competition, the Gina Bachauer, the Orleans and other international solo competitions. She has directed chamber music jointly with the Emerson Quartet at Stony Brook for more than 10 years. She is on the faculty at the Yellow Barn Music Festival and School, and for many years has traveled to Leavenworth to participate in two festivals at the Icicle Creek Center for the Arts. Her principal teachers were Ann Schein at the Peabody Conservatory, Gilbert Kalish, and Marjorie Duncan Baker whose 1927 Steinway she still plays.
Ezhokina has soloed with the Seattle Symphony; St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic and Tacoma Symphony; and performed in venues such as the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C.; Benaroya Hall in Seattle; Davies Orchestra Hall in San Francisco; and Klassik Keyifler Festival in Turkey. She has premiered works by Marilyn Shrude, Wayne Horvitz, Bern Herbolsheimer, and Laura Kaminsky. She has been featured on multiple live radio broadcasts on such stations as WFMT-Chicago, KUOW and KING FM in Seattle. Her collaborations include concerts with the Seattle Chamber Players, Avalon String Quartet, violinists Ian Swensen and Andrew Jennings, and cellists Johannes Moser and Anthony Elliott, among others.
Ezhokina holds a doctorate in of Musical Arts in Piano Performance from Stony Brook University and is currently chair of the Piano Program and an assistant professor of Music at Pacific Lutheran University. She is also artistic director of several flagship classical music programs at the Icicle Creek Center for the Arts, including the International Chamber Music Festival/Institute and Winter Piano Festival.
The April 23 performance will include four-handed pieces by Maurice Ravel, William Bolcom, and Sergei Rachmaninoff. Tickets are $9-$16 and are available at ticket.wwu.edu, by calling (360) 650-6146, or at the door. All proceeds from the event benefit Western's Department of Music.
Contact: Jennifer Shelton, director, Western Washington University’s Small Business Development Center, at (360) 778-1762
BELLINGHAM – The Western Washington University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will celebrate its 30th anniversary from 3:30 - 6 p.m. on Friday, April 18 at the SBDC office at 115 Unity St #101.
The event is free and open to the public. Appetizers and beverages will be provided for the guests that attend, and door prizes will be provided by local businesses. A slide show illustrating 30 years of the SBDC’s local impact on the businesses, entrepreneurs, and economy of Whatcom County will run during the event as well. Music will be performed by DJ Birdman.
For more information on the SBDC’s 30th anniversary event, contact Jennifer Shelton at (360) 778-1762.
Western Washington University’s Small Business Development Center is part of the most comprehensive small-business alliance in the U.S., with more than 1,000 active SBDC programs across the country. Western’s SBDC receives support from the U.S. Small Business Administration, Whatcom County, the Port of Bellingham, and the City of Bellingham. Since 1983, Western’s Small Business Development Center has given back to the business community and helped to shape the economic future of Whatcom County by providing free, confidential advising, technical assistance, and research to business owners and managers in an effort to help businesses thrive.
Contact: Ray Wolpow, director, Northwest Center for Holocaust, Genocide and Ethnocide Education at Western Washington University, (360) 650-4529 or NWCHE@wwu.edu
BELLINGHAM – Noémi Ban, a local resident and Holocaust survivor of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp, will share her story at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 29, and Wednesday, April 30 in Arntzen Hall 100 at Western Washington University.
The talk is free and open to the public, but because space is limited, reservations for Ban’s hour-long talk are mandatory,
The number of opportunities to listen, in person, to survivors of the Holocaust describe their tragic experiences and inspire us with their wisdom are passing; therefore, it is with honor and respect that the Northwest Center for Holocaust, Genocide and Ethnocide Education welcomes Noémi Ban to Western Washington University’s campus.
“Your generation may be the last one able to listen to a survivor,” Ban has told Western students.
Ban will be available for a Question and Answer session and book signing at the end. Ban’s speech is sponsored by Western’s Northwest Center for Holocaust, Genocide and Ethnocide Education (NWCHGEE).
Ban retired as a teacher in 1989 so she could devote her time to educating students about the Holocaust. She is the author of the book “Sharing is Healing,” and her experiences are documented in the 2007 film “My Name is Noémi.” She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2010 Daughters of the American Revolution Americanism Award, and has received honorary doctorates from Gonzaga University and Western Washington University.
Admission is free: however, seating is limited and pre-registration is required. To make a reservation, please go to the Northwest Center for Holocaust, Genocide and Ethnocide Education’s website at www.wce.wwu.edu/NWCHGE/ .
For more information on Ban’s lecture, contact The Northwest Center for Holocaust, Genocide and Ethnocide Education at Western Washington University at (360) 650-4529 or NWCHE@wwu.edu.
Contact: Paul Cocke, director, WWU Office of Communications and Marketing, (360) 650-3350; email@example.com
BELLINGHAM – Western Washington University has hired Darin Rasmussen as its new Director of Public Safety/University Chief of Police. His appointment is effective today, April 9.
Richard Van Den Hul, vice president for Business and Financial Affairs at Western, said he was pleased to hire someone with Rasmussen’s experience and qualifications.
“I’m excited to announce Darin’s appointment as Director of Public Safety/University Chief of Police. Darin is an excellent law enforcement professional and strong leader for all of Public Safety. Importantly, he also understands the vital role Public Safety plays in serving students and the university community,” Van Den Hul said.
Rasmussen, who was hired following a national search, has been interim chief since last September and also served as assistant chief. He succeeds Randy Stegmeier, who left Western to take the position of manager of security for the Pike Place Market Preservation and Development Authority in Seattle.
“Joining Western’s leadership team is a great opportunity to serve such a vibrant campus. I am honored to continue serving in this role with the highly professional officers and staff of the Department of Public Safety to provide a safe, secure and accessible environment for the entire Western community. Western and the Bellingham community are a great fit for me and my family,” Rasmussen said.
Rasmussen has a bachelor’s degree from Washington State University and graduated from Northwestern University’s School of Police Staff and Command in 2007. He served with the Marysville Police Department for over 22 years, including as lieutenant, detective sergeant and accreditation manager.
At the Marysville Police Department, Rasmussen’s accomplishments included reorganizing the Marysville Volunteer Program to focus on crime prevention; collaborating with the Marysville Community Coalition, Marysville School District and city offices to present a series of community forums focused on safety and emergency preparedness; and developing and implementing a Burglary Strike Team. He also served as an adjunct faculty member for Everett Community College from 2001 through 2008, teaching subjects such as Professional Development, Police Patrol Operations and Criminal Investigations. He has received numerous awards and recognitions.
The Director of Public Safety/University Chief of Police reports to the vice president for Business and Financial Affairs and manages the department’s operations, including University Police, Parking Services, the Lockshop and Sustainable Transportation.